Author Archive: jskinner

Acadia Performing Arts Series 2014-15

The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to announce its 2014-’15 season.  The series opens in September with the twin pianos of the dynamic Duo Turgeon, followed in October by the Zodiac Trio with a beautiful program for clarinet, violin and piano. In November, the celebrated Elmer Iseler Singers will display their unique brand of choral excellence.Tafelmusik, Canada’s premier baroque orchestra, presents the Galileo Project with its stunning images accompanied by the music of the period. Measha Brueggergosman’s Christmas is a special series add-on in December. The Tom Regan Memorial Concert will open the second half of the season in…
Read more

Lost and Found

What once was lost…. now is found! It’s freezing rain outside, Patsy Cline is playing on my stereo, laundry is tumbling in the dryer, and I am snacking on roasted almonds and contemplating loss. Seems like a depressing topic for me, doesn’t it? Well, you’re incorrect. It’s actually a very positive thing to discuss. I’ll prove it. On three occasions this past week I was called “a light”. All three times I asked the person, “What do you mean?” and they’ve explained: “Mike, you are a positive, bright and happy presence in the world and you never exude anything but…
Read more

Gluten-Free Pecan-Date Loaf

What more can you ask for from a loaf? Gluten-free, no added sugar, full of nutrient-rich nuts, dates and flax—and most importantly, delicious! This loaf is quite dense, so it slices up nicely. It would be perfect for freezing and then toasting for breakfast. You could also turn it into a dozen muffins, but keep an eye on the time, as they will not need to cook as long. 1 1/3 c. pitted dates pinch of baking soda 3/4 c. water 1 free-range organic egg 1/3 c. butter 1 c. gluten-free baking mix 3/4 tsp guar gum 1 tsp baking…
Read more

The Grapevine Podcast 6: Caleb Miles

Caleb Miles joins us in Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre to play us a song and to discuss his last 8 years of contribution to the music coming out of the Annapolis Valley. Also this 6th episode: Kate Corrigan interviews 4th year Acadia music student Lucas Oickle, citizen feedback after the 336 Main Street development proposal meeting, Mona Parson’s remarkable WWII story, and Brian Cottam from Wild Lupin Media discusses their recent live streaming efforts via Contributing regulars: Mike Butler, Mr. W. Ells & Lazy J., & Jeremy Novak

The Grapevine Podcast 5: Mike Aubé

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Mike Aube joins us in Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre to discuss: his hosting of Just Us! Open Mic, his past musical efforts and his current crowd-source funding campaign for his upcoming album.  Also this episode: Dale Gruchy’s digital story about Gaspereau Valley Fibres’s participation in the Back 2 Back Wool Challenge & Gabrielle Archer introduces Halifax’s Quiet Parade and discusses AXE Radio.   Contributing regulars: Jeremy Novak, Mike Butler, Mr. W. Ells & Lazy J.

The Grapevine Podcast 4: Mike Miline

Mike Milne joins us in Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre to discuss his album Fine Felt Hat and his experience being the MC of Paddy’s Pub Open Mic.  Also this episode: Andy Flinn’s digital story to be found on the Kings County Cultural Map & Amber Rowe introduces a singer/songwriter from the South Shore, Jennah Barry. Contributing regulars: Jeremy Novak, Mike Butler, Mr. W. Ells & Lazy J.

The Grapevine Podcast 2: Hupman Brothers

Ryan Hupman, one half of the Hupman Brothers, sits down to discuss their 5th and newest album, Back On The Mountain.  Also in this episode: Scott from the Acadian Bus Lines, STARDROP Cartoonist Mark Oakley, Laura from Valley Family Fun, Mr. Wade Ells with Rockets & Ramona part 2, Slam Poet Mallory Palmer, Nick Cox from the Acadia Theatre Company, Belly Dancing Herbalist Angie Jenkins, Amber Rowe speaking on Mo Kenney, & Mike Butler discusses his two latest Grapevine articles (Who’s Who: Alan Slipp, & new business In Good Hands). Please Note: There is a small amount  of explicit content…
Read more

The Grapevine Podcast 1: Sahara Jane

Ouje the dog in the Gaspereau Valley helps to welcome Sahara Jane in the first ever Grapevine Podcast. What is a Grapevine Podcast?, Rockets & Ramona, Amber Roe, Mike Butler, Jamie Loughead, Remembrance Day, 2012. Local music directly from Wolfville, NS in the Annapolis Valley.

Acadia Cinema’s Upcoming Anniversary

A landmark on Wolfville’s Main Street is having its 100th anniversary in the new year, and the celebration includes you! The front portion of the Acadia Cinema building was built in 1907. It became a cultural venue in the small university town in 1911 when the opera house was added at the back. Today the Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre and Studio-Z are on the old opera house site. In 1927 the venue became the Orpheum Theatre, as the burgeoning film industry began to outpace live performance. In 1947 the wooden structure was rebuilt as the Acadia Theatre, a single…
Read more

A King’s Christmas

A Feast of Seasonal Song and Story The King’s College Chapel Choir is delighted to present its third annual Christmas concert, A King’s Christmas. The choir has performed to appreciative audiences in Halifax and Lunenburg since 2008, when the Chronicle Herald declared A King’s Christmas “an unquestioned tradition maker,” but this is the first time the concert has come to Wolfville. Under the direction of Grammywinning musician Paul Halley, the choir will perform carols both old and new, interspersed with seasonal readings by guest narrator Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company. The concert includes works by Herbert…
Read more