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West Brooklyn SpeakEasy Becomes the Place to Play on Saturday Nights

Ruth Legge Two years ago, the West Brooklyn Community Hall was looking to expand its variety of activities. The Jill Hiscock group, whose drummer lives in West Brooklyn, needed a rehearsal and performance space. Along with a band of volunteers, the SpeakEasy was born. A 1920s jazz vibe combined with tasty food, local craft beers, original cocktails, great acoustics, and a steady audience combined to make it a low key success every Saturday night. Then the world changed. After a break during the shut down, the SpeakEasy became one of the few venues open, due to our low numbers and…
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New Music: The Basin Brothers Release Two Albums

Submitted “It’s been a pretty strange year for sure,” says Basin Brother Chase Ross, but, he continues, “it has been a good time to focus on crafting new songs, and to record two new albums.” Now, those albums are here. Furthest Out and Thinking Of You are full of the types of songs The Basin Brothers have become known for, exploring themes like introspection, love, heartache, and trying to get by. Both albums were produced by Thomas Stajcer at New Scotland Yard Studio in Dartmouth. “The recordings,” says Ross, “show a broader musicality, dynamics, and re-thinking of what our strengths…
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New Music: Wandarian Releases New Record: Tidal Lullabies

Submitted 2021 will be marked as an unprecedented year. For some artists it was an opportunity to dig deeper into the creating, and for Hants County resident Jesse Griffith that meant taking time away from the stage and going to work in studios on three very different records. He is a member of the Basin Brothers, who spent much of the year working on a double-length album recorded at New Scotland Yard in Halifax. Griffith also spent time helping Kim Joy Lake make her debut album Flesh and Bone. Finally, he recorded his own instrumental/experimental music under the Wandarian moniker…
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New Music: Flesh and Bone By Kim Joy Lake

Emily Kathan *Avondale’s Kim Joy Lake has just released her debut album, *Flesh and Bone. We asked the solo artist some burning questions about the creative process and life as a musician in 2021. The Grapevine (GV): How does it feel to be releasing your first album? How long has this been a goal for you?Kim Joy Lake (KJL): Mostly, releasing Flesh and Bone feels incredible. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with an extraordinarily skilled and supportive group of people and am proud of the collection of songs that we created. It does feel slightly…
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Music in Communities Celebrates Black History Month

Kim Barlow Music In Communities has pulled together some fantastic music events to celebrate Black History Month! We’re collaborating with the Deep Roots Music Cooperative and the Church Brewing Co. to present some shows and workshops featuring some of the incredible talent in this region. Mark Riley is a local hero who has just released his first album, One Step, and he kicked off our series early, on January 30 at the Church, as part of the Church’s second birthday party. A big congratulations to Mark on his new release, and his multiple nominations for the African Nova Scotian Music…
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Honour Choir Forges On

By Wendy Elliott In normal times this would be the season for school concerts and musical events, but none of us are going anywhere to hear live music. I was amazed last week chatting with Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) conductor Heather Fraser just how much her choir is accomplishing despite the fact they can’t meet in person. It takes a minimum of three rehearsal Zooms each week for all of the age groups, and lots of organizing, but Fraser says her choir kids seem to like it: “We have a high retention rate and I’m proud that they’ve come…
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News and Events from the Music In Communities Co-op

Kim Barlow I am so very pleased to announce that I received a grant from Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada to support a run of shows and improvising sessions this winter. Through the Music In Communities Co-op (MIC), we’ll host a small, safe show every two weeks at the Al Whittle Theatre, featuring some fantastic open-spirited and creative musicians from our area and other parts of the Atlantic Bubble. We will also be collaborating with various groups to host music workshops and improvising sessions for kids, youth at risk, differently-abled folks, and other members…
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Visually Speaking: Live and In Person

By Anna Horsnell As much as artists need galleries, musicians need venues to play their music. Online videos and recordings can only go so far to satisfy both the listener and the creator of music. Nothing quite compares to a live performance. Whether on stage or facing the stage, the sound and energy soaks into your bones and quenches some universal thirst that just makes you feel good. Located in East Margaretsville, The Evergreen Theatre appreciates the feel-good effects of music. As detailed on its website, “in its 20-year history, The Evergreen has developed from a local amateur talent event…
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Deep Roots announces 17th Valley Arts Award

Deep Roots announces 17th Valley Arts AwardValley Arts Award 2020: Fred & Nancy Chipman A Wolfville couple with a long-time commitment to supporting the arts are this year’s recipients of the 17th Valley Arts Award. Fred and Nancy Chipman have contributed their time and energy to a number of arts organizations over the years, leading to this latest recognition from the Deep Roots Music Cooperative. Former members of the Deep Roots membership committee and annual donors, the Chipmans were also involved with the Acadia Performing Arts committee. Fred served as chair of the group during the 1990s and continued as…
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In Photos: Making Music in the New Reality

It’s no secret that the last few months have been especially challenging for musicians. We caught up with a selection of talented Valley players to find out how they’ve been making their music during a time when shows have been limited and touring has been impossible, and to share their plans for the future with our readers. We are so lucky to have so many amazing folks making music in this Valley. The Basin BrothersThe Basin Brothers have been working on a new album with Thomas Stajcer at the New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth (shown here), a follow-up to…
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