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Indigenous Programming at Deep Roots

Indigenous Programming at Deep Roots By Genevieve Allen Hearn Eight years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to be the student intern for the Deep Roots Music Festival. During my summer contract, I was tasked to work on the Indigenous programming for the event. You may remember, 2011 was the year celebrated indigenous singer Kinnie Starr and the indigenous band Digging Roots headlined. To complement the headlining acts, we had performers from Bear River lead the community in traditional song and dances in Clock Park, and at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. That experience opened up a whole new world to…
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Songs of Bread, Wine and Salt: Composer Explores Poems of Alden Nowlan

Songs of Bread, Wine and Salt: Composer Explores Poems of Alden Nowlan By Kim Barlow Composer Pete Johnston has brought his two worlds together in the album Songs of Bread, Wine and Salt. Johnston spends summers in the Valley, but his work is in Toronto, where he and many colleagues converge to create innovative jazz and improvised music, and where Johnston is a bassist, composer, and educator. Last year he assembled a group called Stranger Still, with vocalists Mim Adams and Randi Helmers, Johnston on guitar, and Rob Clutton on bass, to perform Johnston’s musical settings of the poetry of…
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Kempt Shore Hosts First Annual Pickers & Songwriters Campout

Kempt Shore Hosts First Annual Pickers & Songwriters Campout August 23, 24, & 25 Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground 5701 Hwy 215, Kempt Shore The first annual Pickers & Songwriters Campout is happening at Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground August 23, 24 & 25. The event will feature songwriting workshops led by celebrated Nova Scotian singer and songwriter Terra Spencer as well as Alex Madsen, lead singer and songwriter of the Divorcees. Dave Guptill, expert in guitar picking styles and performance, will lead the guitar workshops. The family-friendly weekend will also feature a painting workshop led by Gwen Smith. Marc…
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FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019

FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019 May 9-10 MAYWORKS FESTIVAL Wolfville donnaholmes712@gmail.com – May 29 – June 3 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The Valley, NS appleblossom.com – June 7-8 PORT WILLIAMS DAYS Port Williams, NS portwilliams.com – June 13 – 16 ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL Louisbourg & Chéticamp, NS festivalracinesetbottines.ca rootstobootsfestival.ca – June 15 -16 DEVIL’S HALF ACRE MOTORCYCLE EVENT Kentville, NS devilshalfacremotorcyclerally.ca – JUNE 21-23 FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL & SUMMER SOLSTICE POP-UP MARKET Newport Landing, NS fullcirclefestival.ca – June 22 KENTVILLE CHALK AND ART FESTIVAL Kentville, NS kentville.ca – June 22 TEDDY BEAR JAMBOREE Falmouth, NS falmouthcommunityhall@gmail.com – June 22 –…
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The Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces Full 2019-20 Season

The Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces Full 2019-20 Season By François Côté The Acadia Performing Arts Series proudly releases its 2019-20 Season on April 5, as the 2018-19 Series will come to a close with the presentation of Symphony Nova Scotia in concert with star pianist Sara Davis Buechner. The 2019-20 Series will begin in September with the Duo Turgeon and the Bergmann Duo joining forces to become the Canadian Piano Quartet, 40 fingers tickling the ivory with virtuosity. It ends in April 2020 with Grim & Fischer, a multi-award winning piece of physical theatre genius, by Wonderheads Theatre. In…
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Sunday Music Returns

Sunday Music Returns By Janet Kirkconnell After four months’ silence, Sunday Music in the Garden Room returns on March 17 to finish off its 2018-2019 season. Where the fall 2018 segment of the series had brought two cello recitals (with piano), one violin (also with piano), and just one solo piano, for this second half, three solo piano recitals are scheduled: David Potvin on March 17, Maxim Bernard on April 14, and Edward Enman on May 5. A fourth concert, on March 31, brings soprano, and Dartmouth native, Suzanne Rigden, noted by a reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle for…
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The Muddle: Still Waiting on a Fix

The Muddle: Still Waiting on a Fix By Kim Barlow Something is happening in the woods of Gaspereau. Follow a bumpy dirt lane and you’ll find a straw-bale barn tucked in the trees where a series of albums with startlingly high production values have begun emerging. The Muddle’s new release, Still Waiting on a Fix, is the latest. Jeff Hennessy is a music professor and the dean of arts at Acadia University, the kind of career a musician leaps at for obvious reasons: security, stability, and it pays actual money! But the performer is still the heart of the beast….
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Lost and Found: “The Great Green Bag”

Lost and Found: “The Great Green Bag” By Susan Wehrell Welcome to a new little column we are calling Lost and Found. Tell us your tales of items lost, items found, and the stories in between. We called it the “great green bag”, but it was actually black. Slightly larger than other reusable grocery bags, it was made out of black nylon mesh – the sort of material used in some hockey jerseys. The rim and the handles were sturdy green cloth, as was the pocket. At the grocery store, I could fill it full of the heavy groceries, and…
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Fundraiser Duo Recital to Showcase Mother-Daughter Virtuosity

Fundraiser Duo Recital to Showcase Mother-Daughter Virtuosity Submitted Clarinetist Jossée MacInnis and her mother, soprano Susan Dworkin, will perform together on December 18 in a duo recital that is sure to impress. The selections chosen for the concert will include classical Christmas music and baroque, romantic, and post-romantic composers including Schubert and Spohr. Jossée MacInnis was born in Montreal but was raised in Wolfville. She was awarded scholarships to study music at Mount Alison University in New Brunswick, and then at Western University, in Ontario. Now at l’Université de Montréal, she is about to begin her doctorate in clarinet performance….
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