Events

Mike Uncorked: Travelling Trunk Stories and Murdered to Death at Centrestage

Mike Uncorked: Travelling Trunk Stories and Murdered to Death at Centrestage By Mike Butler CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is always busy! Between rehearsals for multiple shows, renovations, productions, and planning sessions, it’s a non-stop, full-throttle experience at 61 River Street. Just off the heels of a successful run of The Fox on the Fairway, CentreStage currently has two offerings for its audiences and I recommend you smile away the winter blues with both. Because the theatre boasts both an upper performance centre and a main stage area, CentreStage can offer more than one show at a time and that’s very…
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Author Heather Pyrcz Releases Book Two of Tales of the Shining Mountains Trilogy

Author Heather Pyrcz Releases Book Two of Tales of the Shining Mountains Trilogy The bears are back! Borealis Press is pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of Heather Pyrcz’s trilogy, Tales of the Shining Mountains. In book two, The Northern Reaches, Pyrcz follows her protagonist grizzly bears as they travel north, colliding with the miners of the Yukon gold rush. A fusion of fantasy, natural, and human history, the trilogy addresses the early terms of what has become a crisis for wildlife as identified by current supporters of North American natural parks, sanctuaries, and wildlife corridors. Pyrcz…
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Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings

Who’s Who: Sarah Anderson of East Coast Pop Up Weddings By Mike Butler Not many people know this but I actually got married TWICE last year. It’s funny to say and only carries so much truth to it, but it’s a great story. On July 14, I got married at the Acadia Chapel. It was amazing and everybody knows about it. And then a few months later, my husband and I were asked to be part of a promotional photo shoot for East Coast Pop Up Weddings, and we went through the ceremonial motions again with our friend Justice of…
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Acadia Faculty Q & A: Dr. Zelda Abramson

Acadia Faculty Q & A: Dr. Zelda Abramson Omar Bhimji Dr. Zelda Abramson, head of Acadia’s Sociology Department, is due to retire this summer. Her latest research project is a book she co-wrote with her partner John Lynch, titled The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust, being published this month by Between the Lines. Omar Bhimji (OB): What’s your book about? Zelda Abramson (ZA): My book is about displacement, migration and resettlement experiences of Holocaust survivors who came to Montreal. I’m an ex-Montrealer, and when my parents came to the city they had no home, no land; they were…
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Québec Superstar Pierre Lapointe in Concert in Wolfville

Québec Superstar Pierre Lapointe in Concert in Wolfville on Sunday, January 20 By François Côté On January 20, Québec star Pierre Lapointe and celebrated classical musicians Philip Chiu and Cameron Crozman will come together to present an exciting French-themed concert. In a “Musique de Chambre” treatment, they will perform songs from Lapointe’s recent recording, La Science Du Coeur, re-imagined here for piano, cello, and voice, as well as a selection of works by iconic French composers such as Chopin, Poulenc, and Debussy. Pierre Lapointe is a chart-topping leader of “La Nouvelle Chanson Française” who is known for his ground-breaking collaborations…
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Mike Uncorked: Fox on the Fairway Tees Off at CentreStage

Mike Uncorked: Fox on the Fairway Tees Off at CentreStage By Mike Butler Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful, happy, healthy, and successful holiday break and, of course, here’s to a prosperous 2019! In this Best of the Bunch celebratory issue I’m pleased to be writing about what I think is one of the best entertainment venues in the Valley (and province): CentreStage Theatre on River Street in Kentville. They have a new show opening and a legacy worth mentioning, because even with decades in business, there’s still people who haven’t experienced this little theatre…
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Adventures in Advertising with Jack Bishop at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery

Adventures in Advertising with Jack Bishop at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery Submitted Artist Jack Bishop delivers up his new show Adventures in Advertising at Kentville’s Hardware Gallery from January 8 to February 10, 2019. Jack Bishop is originally from Quispamsis, NB. He received a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax in 2007 with a minor in drawing. Returning to NB after graduating, he worked in a studio in Nauwigewauk for several years, during which time he was awarded the Arts NB Emerging Artist of the Year. The theme for Jack’s show at The Hardware Gallery is Adventures in Advertising. “For the…
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Art Spot: Suzanne Patry

Art Spot: Suzanne Patry WHO: I am a self-taught artist. When I was younger, I put aside this passion to pursue my first passion, a teaching career, and later a business in wellness practice. WHAT: Watercolour is my favourite medium. I came to it through the influence of other artist friends, and more specifically when I received a bursary from the Ministry of Education to study at the Fine Art Faculty of Ottawa University in 1981. WHERE: Since I moved from Ottawa to the Valley in 2013 I have been dedicated to my art. I have my studio at my…
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Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts

Terra Spencer’s Year of Firsts By Kim Barlow Like many folks on that magical weekend, I discovered Terra Spencer’s music at the Deep Roots Music Festival back in September. A lyric about “my whole world wrapped up in a Sponge Bob quilt” came over the backstage speaker and had me crying in the green room. There is a well-founded buzz about Terra Spencer. She is a skilled instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, and her music has a gentle, singular beauty. Every songwriter should get the start in music that Terra has had. When she was a kid, Jim Aulenbach taught her…
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Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch 2019

Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch 2019 By Megan Hodges Eagle Watch is here again, just in time for refreshed holiday revellers to pop their heads out from blanket forts and head into the world looking for an adventure. Luckily, Sheffield Mills is close by, and watching dozens of eagles feast in a snowy field qualifies as such an excursion. The weekends of January 26-27 and February 2-3 will see pancake breakfasts, live music, arts and crafts provided by Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and much more. Eagle watchers will also be joined by the Blomidon Naturalist Society and Ducks Unlimited….
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