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Call for Submissions: Uncommon Common Art 2019

Call for Submissions: Uncommon Common Art 2019 Uncommon Common Art (UCA) is an annual site responsive art project that brings visual art out of institutions and into rural communities of Kings County, Nova Scotia between June 1 and October 30. This free event, which is starting its twelfth year, highlights the exceptional locations of the Minas Basin and Annapolis Valley. UCA guidebooks lead residents and visitors in exploring the art installations in our communities, nature trails, and country lanes. Our projects expand the relationship between art and nature, and constantly work to make visual art and physical activity a more…
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MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY!

Who’s Who: MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY! By Mike Butler When was the last time your little piggies went to market? You need to put your best foot forward and go see Marie Jardine. Read on and find out why. Marie Jardine was born and raised in Dartmouth. In 1977 her dad retired from the Navy and they moved to Ontario. She went to high school in Kincardine, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Huron and then went to Sheridan College to study graphic design and worked in Toronto for a few years. She says, “I worked for…
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In Review

In Review Recent News, Happenings, and Events On Wednesday September 26, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market will celebrate their newly installed 20kw array of solar panels with a sustainability fair as part of their Wednesday Community Market and Market Supper. They’ll share the story of how this project came to pass, and its expected impacts, while recognizing community partners who made it possible. The highlight of the night will be a Q and A session with several NS experts from the solar energy sector. On Saturday September 29 from 9:30am – 3pm, Wolfville’s Quiet Garden will be hosting “Soil and Spirituality:…
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Devour! The Food Film Fest Unveils 2018 Film Line-up

Devour! The Food Film Fest Unveils 2018 Film Line-up Submitted The world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest (Devour!) will present 74 food-and beverage-focused films from 21 countries, running the gamut from eye-opening feature length documentaries to quirky and engaging short flicks. Devour’s 2018 programming centres around this year’s overall theme of “The Power of Food and Film to Transform.” “Film is a powerful medium that can help shine a spotlight on important issues, spark conversations, inspire others and promote meaningful change,” said Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. “We are experiencing a cultural shift where many of…
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Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award

Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award By Wendy Elliott An active music teacher in Berwick, Marlene Jackson is receiving recognition from the Deep Roots Music Festival as one of the two founders of another festival. The Kings County Music Festival floundered in 1943 and there were 10 years without a music festival to inspire young music students. Marlene Jackson and the late Hetty Jackson ramped up interest again in the late 1970s, launching the Annapolis Valley Music Festival. That is one reason Jackson is going to be the fifteenth winner of the Valley Arts Award from Deep…
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Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Donna Holmes Interviews Valdy

Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Donna Holmes Interviews Valdy Wolfville’s own Donna Holmes will be opening for Valdy at the 2018 Deep Roots Festival, so we asked her to interview the distinctive Canadian singer-songwriter for our readers: Donna Holmes: Like all good Canadians I love the winter, the “u” in “colour,” and your “Rock and Roll Song”. Do you ever get tired of playing it? Valdy: No, I still play it every gig, and still in original key, which means I didn’t go for the stratosphere when I wrote it. Anytime we can connect on that level with an audience,…
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Deep Roots Q & A: Jim Cuddy

Deep Roots Q & A: Jim Cuddy Jim Cuddy has been a fixture in the Canadian music scene for over 35 years. Along with the Jim Cuddy Band, he brings his memorable songwriting to Acadia’s Convocation Hall on Thursday September 27. The Grapevine: What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Jim Cuddy: My earliest childhood ambition was to either be a doctor or a cowboy like Roy Rogers. GV: What is your favourite song and when did you first hear it? JC: I think that my favourite song is “The Long & Winding Road,” which I heard when I moved…
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Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Kim Barlow interviews Sarah Jane Scouten

Deep Roots: Musician to Musician: Kim Barlow interviews Sarah Jane Scouten Kim Barlow and Sarah Jane Scouten will both be performing at the 2018 Deep Roots festival. We asked Kim, the local, to interview Sarah Jane, the out-of-towner, and this sweet little conversation is the result: Kim Barlow: What are you most excited about musically, in your own projects, right now? Sarah Jane Scouten: I really love writing ballads, by which I mean a narrative, character-driven song. I like to think of ballads in the Romantic poetry sense, meaning a story written in verse. I like the constraints of fitting…
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Opening concert of Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Opening concert of Sunday Music in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell With Acadia’s 2018-2019 academic year commencing, the chamber music series Sunday Music in the Garden Room, in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on University Avenue in Wolfville, returns. On September 16 at 2pm, two Montrealers, Stéphane Tétreault, cello, and Marie-Ève Scarfone, piano, on a Debut Atlantic tour of the Maritimes, will open the season. Both have distinguished track records as outstanding artists, despite, especially in Tétreault’s case, their relative youth. The most recent recognition of Tétreault’s artistry was the presentation of the Maureen Forrester Next Generation Award…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Outdoor Classroom

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Outdoor Classroom By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist Many people have just gone back to school this month after a summer of growth and learning. The Botanical Gardens supports many educational opportunities both formal and informal in our outdoor classroom 365 days a year. The classroom here has no walls or roof, it is everywhere, and the teacher is the natural world. I feel so fortunate to work outside in an environment where there are so many lessons to be learned and new skills to acquire. Every day as I walk in the…
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