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The Spirit of Giving One’s Time

The Spirit of Giving One’s TimeBy Bria Stokesbury Ask any non-profit organization what their volunteers mean to them and you will likely hear similar answers. Without an unpaid workforce it might be hard to operate, if not darn near impossible. It isn’t just non-profits that rely on volunteers. Almost all aspects of Canadian society are impacted by the work of thousands and thousands of hardworking selfless individuals who show up day and night, fair or foul weather, to make sure the work gets done. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our cultural and heritage organizations. I should know, I’ve worked with…
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Polaris Winner Jeremy Dutcher to Perform at Convocation Hall

Polaris Winner Jeremy Dutcher to Perform at Convocation Hall In London, The Guardian’s opera critic, Jordan Darville, writes about Jeremy Dutcher: Jeremy Dutcher’s low voice is filled with reverence as he quotes Buffy Sainte-Marie: “If what you want is not on the menu, go into the kitchen, cook it up, and show them how good it tastes.” Dutcher’s debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, certainly wasn’t on the menu: an avant-garde neo-opera that reinterprets century-old wax cylinder recordings of traditional songs by his people, the Wolastoqiyik of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, sung in their language of Wolastoqey. The project…
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Featurepreneur: Skylit

Featurepreneur: Skylit Now in their fourth year in business, and just voted Outstanding Small Business of the Year by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce, Skylit say their mission is “to provide the highest quality and most aesthetically pleasing solar installations in Nova Scotia.” The Grapevine recently asked Amanda Brulé of Skylit all about the solar panel business in the Valley, and what inspires her about renewable energy: The Grapevine (GV): How did you get interested in solar panels and renewable energy? Amanda Brulé (AB): I’ve always had an interest in social responsibility and environmental sustainability. When the owners, Andrew…
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The Conundrum Concerts

The Conundrum ConcertsBy Kim Barlow This winter, Music In Communities Co-op is hosting a series of informal shows at Conundrum Press, exploring improvisation in different genres. Conundrum is the graphic novel publishing house run by Andy Brown on Front Street in Wolfville. On Sunday December 8, Conundrum Press will launch its latest graphic novel. Mohammad Sahraei and I (Kim Barlow) will play songs and improvise on banjo, guitar, and traditional Persian instruments including setar, dotar, kamanche, and tombek. This is a new collaboration. We’re excited to share the ways that folk and improvised music bridges cultures, history, and geography as…
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Holiday Concert and Event Listings

Holiday Concert and Event Listings There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by experiencing the incredible events the Valley has to offer. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the classic poem. Saturdays November 23 and 30 and December 7, at 11am and 2pmDoors Open at 10:30amUpper Performance CentreTickets are $5/under 12: $7/ adult, cash or cheque. Call 902-678-8040 for reservations. CentreStage Theatre61 River StreetKentville, Nova Scotiacentrestage@centrestagetheatre.ca(902) 678-8040 Old Holy Trinity Church…
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Dinner Out: Founder’s House Brunch

Dinner Out: Founder’s House BrunchBy Scott Campbell For those of you who haven’t made you way to Annapolis Royal to try the Founder’s House restaurant – located on the beautiful grounds of the Fort View Golf Course – you really should go. Recently, four of us drove to Annapolis Royal and had brunch at The Founder’s House. We began our brunch with a round of cocktails. If you are a fan of the Caesar then you really need to try one of these. Founder’s House make their own Caesar mix in-house to create this unique and delicious cocktail. If you…
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“Touching the Ocean, Receiving Medicine”

“Touching the Ocean, Receiving Medicine”By Anna Horsnell The room is dark. On the wall is a projection of brown water, its undulating surface a hypnotic recording of slack tide, that period when tidal waters pause to change direction. Water becomes clouds become time itself. Brown water of the Minas Basin pulled and pushed by the constant rhythm of the mighty Bay of Fundy. The room resonates with a haunting soundtrack composed within the lines of poetry written on the wall. This combined experience is entitled Arrival, an immersive installation on exhibit at the Ross Creek Art Gallery until December 20….
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Who’s Who: Darin Roche

Who’s Who: Darin RocheBy Mike Butler We all know someone with red hair! At least, we should! I’ve been fortunate to not only sprinkle my friendship circle with gingers but I also am the proud husband of a pretty stunning redhead, if you’ve ever seen him. With the holidays coming up, I have found the perfect gifts for my redheaded hubby through a clothing company called Ginger Authentic Clothing! And in finding this company, I found its founder, Darin Roche. Take a read. Darin was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At the age of 16 he found himself…
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ArtCan Art Store Offers Expanded Selection in Time for the Holidays

ArtCan Art StoreBy Michaela Hayes Need a gift for the artist in your life? The Art Store at ArtCan has recently expanded its selections of supplies. Purchase a gift certificate for art materials or to take an art class with Ron Hayes. The Art Store now carries a varied selection of premium art supplies as well as many standard economical materials. We decided to rebuild the art store, expand the options and bring back the lines of products that artists were wanting. We are the only store in Nova Scotia to offer R&F handmade oil paint sticks. For watercolour paints…
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Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!By Mike Butler As I am writing this article (twinkly-eyed and giddy), it’s exactly one month until Christmas Day. Out of common sense and respect, I start my holiday cheer after November 11, and music and decorating after December 1, but I never shy away from thinking about the gifts and treats I’m going to pick up for my friends and family. If you know me, then you know Christmas is my favourite time of year! With so much at our disposal here in the Valley, I’ve compiled a little list…
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