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On The Cover: Ian Janes and Nicholas D’Amato

Ian Janes is a Nova Scotia artist, songwriter and producer. He makes pop songs that are deeply influenced by soul, R&B, and Jazz. Ian’s music is compelling and irresistible, sophisticated yet simple. His musicality and authenticity have captivated listeners across Canada, the US, and beyond. His latest record, Episode 5, is being released through Bandcamp. ”This record and book are intended to be a break from your screen…to give you something to do with your hands, eyes and brain while you listen,” Janes says. “I guess my hope is that by offering you something with my album that the digital…
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Gifted Boxcar Tracks Creative Space to Wolfville Memorial Library

Submitted With the Wolfville Memorial Library operating from a former train station, the idea of building on the locomotive theme made perfect sense when a retired boxcar was offered as a gift to the Town of Wolfville. Months after the offer was made, a curious crowd gathered as the hefty boxcar was gently lowered by crane onto the orphaned tracks behind the library on August 25. Director of Parks and Recreation Kelton Thomason worked with multiple partners to coordinate the special delivery that saw a train return to the small stretch of tracks for the first time since the 1990s….
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Homeowner Supports Now Available Through Switch Wolfville

Submitted Across Canada, inefficient residential homes are a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In Wolfville, homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint can now leverage zero percent financing through a new property assessed clean energy (PACE) program called Switch Wolfville. The program, complete with concierge-inspired energy coaches, will support homeowners with energy assessments and project planning to help reduce residential greenhouse gas emissions. Energy-efficient improvements covered by the Switch program include custom solutions like solar panels, heat pumps, insulation, or new windows and doors. “Wolfville homeowners want to respond to our climate emergency,” Wolfville Mayor Wendy Donovan explained. “The…
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The Grapevine Votes:

Kings-Hants 2021 Federal Election Candidates Share Their Plans for Small Business Recovery and the Climate Emergency Please note: In order to prevent any implicit bias, we do not edit candidate responses for spelling, grammar, or clarity. The Grapevine: If elected, how will you support small businesses in Kings-Hants, in particular through the challenges of pandemic recovery? Kody Blois, Incumbent, Liberal Party of Canada:Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, especially in rural communities, and they have had a tough 18 months. I’m proud of the work our government has done to support small businesses and keep them open, including…
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Margot’s Hidden Gems: The LaHave Folk Festival

Margot Bishop This hidden gem is an event that is all music. The LaHave Folk Festival at Fort Point museum ran for 14 years: rain, shine, aftermaths of hurricanes, whatever the weather, the musicians arrived and—bam—a party was ON. Last year because of Covid, the festival moved to Farmington on private land, so that people could be safe. It was the only time that I have missed the festival. The grounds at the Fort Point museum were great for hosting the LaHave Folk Festival—but times have changed. This year the festival is being held on the grounds of the BernArt…
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Visually Speaking: Sacred by Nature

Anna Horsnell There is a very unique show opening in an equally unique location on September 6. Sacred by Nature is a wonderful combination of photography and what can best be described as fluid silk sculpture by Wolfville artist, Kate McKenna. The show is being hosted by Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in their spacious entrance gallery. For eight years, McKenna lived in Mexico where her art career began in earnest before she returned home to Nova Scotia. “This exhibit is particularly meaningful,” she smiles, “Not only because of the subject matter, and the focus and inspiration it provided during the…
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Mike Uncorked: Wyatt’s Bench!

Mike Butler Have you heard of Wyatt’s Bench? Here’s a feel good story like no other. Life’s little stumbles into awesomeness are some of my favourite things. You wake up, you start the day and no matter how scheduled you are, there are things that just happen. Lately, since I have four jobs (sometimes five), I had decided to take some more leisure time for myself to see friends, read, and enjoy the outdoors. In Wolfville (and the Valley) we have the beautiful Harvest Moon Trail and I use this trail a lot. My very good friend Dave and I…
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Visually Speaking: Figures of the Land

Anna Horsnell Friends and artists Simone Labuschagne and Elizabeth Sircom are partnering in a new exhibition running from September 18 to October 16 at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. Labuschagne is a painter. Sircom creates sculpture. Together they will present the evocative Figures of the Land. The ladies met about five years ago through the world of art, as their husbands are both well-known local artists (Labuschagne is married to Steven Rhude and Sircom is married to Arnaud Béghin.) The two women considered a joint exhibition about a year and a half ago, pre-pandemic. Neither of them wanted to rush the…
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Who’s Who: David Hovell

A Little Wine, A Little Magic, and A Big BusMike Butler David Hovell and I go WAY back! Well, not that WAY back but a while at least! I have been a proud tour guide on the Magic Winery Bus for four of its ten years on the road, and it’s been something I cherish and thank David for all the time. He loves this area as much as I do and David sees potential when there’s nothing in front of him, sees opportunity when it hasn’t even knocked yet, and sees growth when the seed has barely been planted….
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Windsor Agricultural Society to Host Modified 256th Hants County Exhibition

Submitted The oldest agricultural fair in North America will move to a modified format in 2021 to safely operate within public health protocols. In March, the Exhibition Association of Nova Scotia announced that all traditional “in-person” fairs and exhibitions in Nova Scotia would be cancelled again in 2021 due to COVID-19. Individual fairs could go forward with scaled down events meeting public health protocols. A traditional Hants County Exhibition welcomes roughly 30,000 visitors annually from all over the Maritime provinces, making it a large contributor to the local Valley economy. While the impact of Covid-19 has created a challenging situation,…
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