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Thane Dunn Returns to Wolfville in Full Elvis Style

Thane Dunn Returns to Wolfville in Full Elvis Style By Mike Butler Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis is going to be in the building very soon! The King of Rock meets the Queens of Country in a stellar new show starring world champion Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn, returning to Wolfville to entertain the masses. The Elvis rock and country experience with the international world champion Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings will present 19 concerts across Atlantic Canada, with an April 19 stop at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville, and you should get your tickets as soon as possible. Dunn’s…
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Craft Local

Craft Local By Annita Nichol Part entrepreneurial incubator and part community gathering space, Craft Local brings together makers and designers, interactive makerspace installations, and small batch food and drink options in a vibrant and enjoyable marketplace showcasing our local makers-sphere. We are passionate about the Nova Scotia creative economy, the handmade revolution, and the makers movement. We want to showcase local businesses that value sustainability and make a difference in our community. We are also inspired by the Wolfville Farmers Market venue and excited to provide another opportunity for the local community and tourists alike to enjoy this beautiful space….
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Acadia’s Jazz Big Band to Tackle Formanek’s Exoskeleton

Acadia’s Jazz Big Band to Tackle Formanek’s Exoskeleton By Nicholas D’Amato On April 4, the Acadia University School of Music’s Jazz Big Band will present a special night of music. The band will perform an extended suite called Exoskeleton, by the great American bassist and composer, Michael Formanek. The original recording of the suite was released on ECM Records in 2016, and performed by Michael’s band, Ensemble Kolossus. The music is special to me, the director of Acadia’s big band, and it is just plain empirically special. Its universal qualities are on display throughout, whether it be the thrilling written…
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What’s Growing at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Blue Vervain

What’s Growing at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Blue Vervain By Samuel Jean, Seed Bank Intern Happy spring! I started working at the seed bank last August, and I am happy to be here to see spring in the Annapolis Valley. During the last months, I collected seeds from native populations, assessed their germination rates, propagated endangered species, and offered plant tissue culture training to students. I’m Acadian, and I grew up in Saint-Isidore, New Brunswick. I started gardening in my sandbox when I was 4 years old and I was known by my peers as a nature enthusiast…
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Maxim Bernard at Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Maxim Bernard at Sunday Music in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell In early March, Quebec City’s Maxim Bernard had a ‘wow’ moment when he arrived in Rotterdam for a four-concert tour of The Netherlands with Sinfonia Rotterdam. He found a larger-than-life photo of himself on concert posters in large advertising frames on the streets of Rotterdam. The Hague, and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), the other cities on the tour, probably also had him on display. Bernard is literally the poster child for any youngster who thinks one has to start the arduous path to concert musician at an early age. He…
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His Scarlet Robe: The Art of Lucas Morneau

His Scarlet Robe: The Art of Lucas Morneau By Afnan Farooqui Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau’s solo exhibition, The Queer Mummer, on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery until April 14, intertwines photography, fashion, and performance to deliver a sincere and profound exploration of identity by blending together drag and the Newfoundland tradition of mummering. Despite both being historic forms of performance, drag has been othered, while mummering has been accepted. Through this blend, Morneau critically confronts attitudes and perceptions deeply held within the public eye and canon. In this exhibition, Morneau grapples not only with an exploration of drag…
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Faculty Q & A: Burc Kayahan

Faculty Q & A: Burc Kayahan By Omar Bhimji Omar Bhimji (OB): In terms of research, what are you working on right now? Burc Kayahan (BK): I’m an applied econometrician, which means my research focuses on empirical issues in economics. Since I started at Acadia I’ve been pursuing two broad research agendas. The first one is about tourism economics, and the first project I did related to that – in partnership with Dr. Brian VanBlarcom – was about UNESCO world heritage site designations and the expected economic benefits, measured in terms of visitation and tourism-related income generation, they would produce….
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Fifteen Voices of Kentville

Fifteen Voices of Kentville By Lynn Pulsifer, Kentville Historical Society History is coming alive in Kentville! Not just through books or dusty artifacts, but through the voices of past generations. “We didn’t know we were poor until somebody came along and told us years later.” These words came from one of the participants in the Kentville Historical Society’s new oral history project, now nearing completion. This project, done in collaboration with Dr. David Duke, a professor in Acadia’s department of history, has opened the door to discovering history through the words of those who lived it. Back in early 2018,…
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The Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces Full 2019-20 Season

The Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces Full 2019-20 Season By François Côté The Acadia Performing Arts Series proudly releases its 2019-20 Season on April 5, as the 2018-19 Series will come to a close with the presentation of Symphony Nova Scotia in concert with star pianist Sara Davis Buechner. The 2019-20 Series will begin in September with the Duo Turgeon and the Bergmann Duo joining forces to become the Canadian Piano Quartet, 40 fingers tickling the ivory with virtuosity. It ends in April 2020 with Grim & Fischer, a multi-award winning piece of physical theatre genius, by Wonderheads Theatre. In…
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Random Act of Kindness

The Grapevine has a secret admirer! Thank you for our gift bag of goodies — what a surprise! As we put together each issue, it’s always nice to imagine our readers enjoying it once it’s firmly in print, and it’s so great to hear that you love reading this little paper just as much as we love putting it together. Thank you!