Get your APAS Music Pass ASAP!

The Acadia Performing Arts Series’ MUSIC CLUB launched August 20!By François Côté The APAS had an amazing 2020-21 Series in store, ready to be officially released last April. Obviously, the pandemic put all of this on hold, and we eventually had to cancel the whole season. Now, until we can safely present live performances again, we are excited to launch the online APAS Music Club! Through the Club, we want to offer a platform on which we can maintain and expand our community of music lovers. We hope to keep our longtime subscribers connected, and we invite new members to Join…
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Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra

By Elizabeth Sircom The Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra is happy to announce that we are accepting registrations for the 2020/2021 season. We experimented with an online version of our program this spring and have designed a flexible program to offer which allows for both in-person or online teaching. We offer string instruction (violin/viola/cello/double bass) at the beginner/elementary level and two levels of string orchestra, for young people ages 10-24. Our Fiddle Group is open to all ages, 10 through adult. For more information check out our website, or email us at

Canning Kitchen Party 2020

News From Music In Communities Co-opKim Barlow The Canning Kitchen Party is a series that started last summer, as a residency for “Kim Barlow & Friends” at the Village Coffeehouse. The first show had a sold-out crowd and was busting at the seams. As a consequence, Music In Communities Cooperative Ltd was founded. We expanded our scope and started placing shows in different local businesses around town, featuring fantastic local musicians and traditional music of many genres. It was a great success. It turns out people were craving live music. This summer, we’re craving it even more. The memorable 2020…
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The Ulysses String Quartet in the Garden Room on March 1

The Ulysses String Quartet in the Garden Room on March 1By Janet Kirkconnell Performances by the Ulysses String Quartet, founded in the summer of 2015, and at present the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, have been greeted by critics with unbridled enthusiasm. “Emotively and dynamically, the quartet is particularly astounding” wrote one critic in The Guardian. They were praised by The Strad magazine for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty,” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve.” San Diego Story noted their “avid enthusiasm… [with] chops to back up…
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Love and Song: The Musical Marriage of Don and Anna Osburn

Love and Song: The Musical Marriage of Don and Anna OsburnBy Kim Barlow Music brought them together, and the life they’ve made has had music at the centre of it ever since. In the summer of 1972, two eighteen-year-old fellas from the States went on a road-trip to Canada. At a campground in Nova Scotia, they heard the siren call of Anna and her sister Kate, sitting by a fire singing, Kate strumming a guitar. Don and his buddy grabbed their guitars and headed over, drawn “like bees to honey,” as the girls’ mother would say it later. Don was…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and PlantsBy Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator The changing of the seasons is a powerful experience, especially when we choose to pay attention. We forget, amidst the busyness of our lives, that what is happening in the natural world around us is mirrored within us as well. Spring is an explosive celebration of new life, sometimes overwhelming in its displays and intensity. Summer is a time of growth, moving us upward and forward with great energy. Autumn finds us harvesting the literal and metaphorical fruits of our labours, knowing…
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Sunday Music, Part Two

Sunday Music, Part Two By Janet Kirkconnell Sunday Music in the Garden Room, a series now in its thirteenth year, is kept afloat by donations and volunteers. The second half of the 2019-2020 season of Sunday Music, presented in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on the Acadia campus begins on January 5 with a piano recital by Baxter’s Harbour native Tabitha Payzant. A graduate of Mount Allison University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, she will present an excellent program of a Bach prelude and fugue, one of Beethoven’s late sonatas (op. 110), a Chopin étude,…
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The Spirit of Giving One’s Time

The Spirit of Giving One’s TimeBy Bria Stokesbury Ask any non-profit organization what their volunteers mean to them and you will likely hear similar answers. Without an unpaid workforce it might be hard to operate, if not darn near impossible. It isn’t just non-profits that rely on volunteers. Almost all aspects of Canadian society are impacted by the work of thousands and thousands of hardworking selfless individuals who show up day and night, fair or foul weather, to make sure the work gets done. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our cultural and heritage organizations. I should know, I’ve worked with…
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The Conundrum Concerts

The Conundrum ConcertsBy Kim Barlow This winter, Music In Communities Co-op is hosting a series of informal shows at Conundrum Press, exploring improvisation in different genres. Conundrum is the graphic novel publishing house run by Andy Brown on Front Street in Wolfville. On Sunday December 8, Conundrum Press will launch its latest graphic novel. Mohammad Sahraei and I (Kim Barlow) will play songs and improvise on banjo, guitar, and traditional Persian instruments including setar, dotar, kamanche, and tombek. This is a new collaboration. We’re excited to share the ways that folk and improvised music bridges cultures, history, and geography as…
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Holiday Concert and Event Listings

Holiday Concert and Event Listings There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by experiencing the incredible events the Valley has to offer. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the classic poem. Saturdays November 23 and 30 and December 7, at 11am and 2pmDoors Open at 10:30amUpper Performance CentreTickets are $5/under 12: $7/ adult, cash or cheque. Call 902-678-8040 for reservations. CentreStage Theatre61 River StreetKentville, Nova 678-8040 Old Holy Trinity Church…
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