Festival & Benefit


The world lost a great talent, a great spirit, a great person, when Sheila Morrison passed away on April 24, 2009.
In the short time since her arrival here in the fall of 2005 Sheila left her mark on this vibrant community.  Our rich local art scene motivated and inspired her and, in turn, her creativity, energy, ideas, and good humour inspired others.  As a passionate advocate, patron and champion of creative pursuits, her many contributions and initiatives were helping to make our remarkable town that much richer.
Sheila loved and supported movies, the written word, live theatre and, at every opportunity, live music.  If it were possible, wherever acts were performing, Sheila would be there.  She grew to know and love our resident musicians and their unique sounds.  How appropriate then that her dearest friend and life partner, John Robichaud, along with her friends in the arts community, have organized “SheilaFest” a memorial concert at the Al Whittle Theatre, July 25, to honour her memory.  It is John’s wish that all proceeds from the concert, and preceding silent auction, be put toward the purchase of audio equipment that will support and enhance live music in the theatre.  “Sheila understood and treasured the magic of live music” . . .  “What greater honour could be bestowed upon her than to help perpetuate that experience in her name?” says, John.
So mark the date on your calendars – July 25 at the Al Whittle Theatre, 7:00 PM –  and remember and celebrate Sheila Morrison with music and applause—together.

Lovis is a three-year old girl from Gaspereau who has recently been diagnosed with  DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) a rare and extremely aggressive brain stem cancer. A benefit concert is being held on Thursday, July 30th, 7:00 pm in the Festival Theatre, 504 Main St., Wolfville, featuring Heather Kelday, Sarah Pound, Daniel Heikalo, Cathy Arsenault, Swing 42, Sophie Berube and Cathy Fritz Nasson.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm.  Please come early to peruse our great silent auction items and
consider making a bid.  (Please remember, cash or cheque only for the silent auction.) All proceeds will go to the family, to help offset the cost of Lovis’ medication, treatments, and care, and the many commutes to the IWK hospital. Your support is so vital, and so deeply appreciated.  Please help us support this local family!  For further information contact Karin Nakamura 542-4430.