Canning Kitchen Party Update

Canning Kitchen Party Update
By Kim Barlow

The Canning Kitchen Party was launched on June 1 at the Village Coffeehouse, with music from the Dearlies, Mika Francis, and Cristian Quirivan, and it was packed to the rafters and spilling out onto the street. What a surprise and a delight it has been this summer, to see the support and enthusiasm of the community as we bring great live music to Canning every week all summer long. It’s a big wheel now, rolling and rolling along.

Partly inspired by the strong response to this series, The Music In Communities Cooperative Ltd. was formed, to continue with these kinds of projects, and to advocate for music literacy and engagement. It started as a small idea but is growing – the Co-op aims to bring music workshops, camps, open groups, and concerts to communities in Nova Scotia, and work with schools, youth, and marginalized communities, to share music in meaningful and beneficial ways. There will be more news on this initiative in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, there is still more great music coming up. On August 24, the Kitchen Party celebrates the bounty of Kings County with Taproot Farms. Taproot manifests so much of what is exciting and hopeful in our region right now, using sustainable farming practices to bring delicious, healthy food to our tables. They’ll cook up a feast of jerk pork, corn on the cob, and salads, followed by Heather Kelday and Ida Red tunes in the events tunnel. This show is $25 for food and music.

There is more! The Kitchen Party continues on August 31 with Mark Riley playing gospel & blues at the Canning Baptist Church (2223 North Avenue), on September 7, when Canning’s own Andy Webster will perform at the ArtCan Gallery & Café, and on September 14, when the eaon fanale concert will feature Sarah McInnis & the Dearlies outside at the Farmhouse Inn B&B (ArtCan if it rains).

Full line-up and details at or Facebook event, Canning Kitchen Party. Tickets for all the shows are available at