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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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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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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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The Tradition Continues: Berwick Gala Days!

Submitted Community members in Berwick’s Apple Capital and surrounding areas are excited to join together to celebrate the last long weekend of the summer. Travel to Berwick for Labour Day weekend! The events will kick off on Saturday morning with one of two community breakfasts at the Berwick Lions Hall. The official opening will take place here at the 830am with the Mayor and Royal Party in attendance. As traditions continue, Saturday will be filled with the Children’s Parade, followed by treats for everyone, and prizes and activities for youth on the grounds. Traditional events are taking place such as…
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Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Janet Kirkconnell We’re back—maybe! Phase 5 of the Nova Scotia Government’s plan for reopening the province is expected to be brought into effect on September 15, and if, with this, Acadia University at long last opens the campus to the public— we’re ready with a full 2021-22 season! The Homecoming weekend concert on October 17 will be given by pianist Walter Delahunt, with a concert in memory of Felicita Kalejs, followed on October 24 by an unusual Debut Atlantic offering, the Dinuk Wijeratne Trio, made up of pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, percussionist Nick Halley, and jazz bassist Tom Easley. On November…
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Who’s Who: Michelle McKean

Mike Butler Is there ever a perfect time to be featured in this column? Possibly! If you have a new business, a new show, a new something to promote, it’s great to be able to reach an audience to support you. If I were you, I would flag and tag this profile for possible future use, because Michelle McKean is a STAR and even if you might not require her services now, you may down the road. Let’s get acquainted with this wonderful woman. Michelle McKean grew up in Pictou County and was blessed with an amazing family. After high…
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Featurepreneur: Dreams of Denim

Genevieve Allen Hearn The owners of Ametora Supply, Alex and Margaret Pearson, recently moved their shop from Lunenburg to Centreville. The vintage clothing shop oozes all kinds of charm and nostalgia. The Grapevine wanted to find out more about this entrepreneurial couple, and how they found their way to the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about Ametora Supply.Alex and Margaret (A&M): Ametora Supply is a gender and size inclusive curated vintage shop with a focus on denim and clothing made in Canada and the United States. We moved to Lunenburg from Halifax four years ago, in need of…
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