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Terra Spencer and the Class of 1971

Friday September 10 at 8:00pmMermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor Where were you in 1971? Maybe you were trying to impress someone cute sitting next to you in Biology class, or figuring out a plan to borrow your dad’s car on Friday night, or playing Twister in the rec room. Or maybe, like Windsor, NS songwriter Terra Spencer, you just daydreamed about doing all those things while you flipped through a box of records in your grandparents’ basement. In any case, there’s no question that 1971 kicked off a golden age of music, and Terra has assembled a stellar band…
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Music In Communities: Summer Music

Kim Barlow Music In Communities is a non-profit cooperative that advocates for music literacy, engagement and inclusivity in rural Nova Scotia. We’re getting ready to bring loads of music your way this summer! First, we’d like to introduce our two awesome Canada Summer Jobs employees, Maisie and Reuben Gilbert. They’re young, but they bring a lot of skill and experience to the positions. Reuben just finished his second year at Acadia University in the School of Music and Maisie will begin studies post-pandemic. They have won awards with their family band, The Gilberts, (with brother Frieden) and have accumulated an…
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Mike Uncorked: Jeff Pettigrew and Arcanum & Lore

Mike Butler Two things I find very powerful are the written word and the spoken word. I am an advocate for literature and the creation of poetry, stories, etc and one of the reasons I love writing for The Grapevine is to have that outlet to create stories and share them with the Valley. I met Jeff Pettigrew a while back and within a few minutes of chatting, we discovered our mutual love of the written word and finding ways to communicate with all forms of creative writing. Over the last few months Jeff has taken the initiative to create…
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The Legacy Song Project

Sarah McInnis is a singer/songwriter, accredited music therapist, and end-of-life doula living in Port Williams, Nova Scotia. She is passionate about helping people to navigate end-of-life processes and grief through music, and started The Legacy Song Project earlier this year. This initiative is designed for individuals nearing the end of their life, and for those who have lost loved ones. After a detailed conversation, Sarah writes and records a personalized song, to honour, reflect on, and preserve the memory of a loved one. The Grapevine (GV): What was the impetus behind your creation of The Legacy Song Project?Sarah McInnis (SM):…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Offers Three Virtual Concerts for Free Viewing

François Côté This year, for the first time in more than half a century, the Acadia Performing Arts Series did not present live performances in Convocation Hall or Festival Theatre, its two habitual Acadia campus venues. As we all know, the Acadia campus has been off-limits to the general public since the beginning of the pandemic. It even seems unlikely that we will be able to present performances on campus come next fall. Normally, at this time of year, we would have released a full 2021-22 Series, nicely presented in our glossy booklet. Thousands of copies of this booklet would…
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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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