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Mike Uncorked: Four Seasons Community Orchestra

Mike Uncorked: Four Seasons Community Orchestra By Mike Butler Do you play an instrument? Have you been practising but were unable to find an ensemble to be a part of? Well, look no further! Formed in 2002, the Four Seasons Community Orchestra (FSCO) is composed of members of all ages, ranging from teenagers to 80+, representing all four seasons of life. FSCO provides a focal point and opportunity for all the talented musicians in the Valley to play in a full symphonic ensemble. FSCO players come from most Valley communities from Windsor to Middleton and beyond, and FSCO even has…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Ambitious Multimedia Collaboration between Montreal’s collectif9 and Architek Percussion.

Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Ambitious Multimedia Collaboration between Montreal’s collectif9 and Architek Percussion. By François Côté In a true pan-Canadian collaboration, Montreal’s collectif9 and Architek Percussion come together to present a multimedia performance of music for amplified strings and percussion, video, and spoken words. My Backyard, Somewhere is a reflection of our malleable sense of belonging in a vast country; an exploration of boundaries and locations, of our displaced sense of home. With music by five multi-genre composers from across Canada, videography by Nicole Lizée, and the words of poet Kaie Kellough providing a narrative thread, My Backyard, Somewhere…
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New Tunes: John Tetrault

New Tunes: John Tetrault Joh Tetrault’s new album, Love/Unlove, was made over a period of a year at Soundmarket Studios right in Wolfville. Kory Bayer was the producer and engineer as well as the bass player. The recording includes many contributions from local artists, including Graham Howes, Alex Porter, and Ariana and Kamila Nasr. The CD is a collection of songs about aspects of love, from infatuation to patriotism. “Some tunes are fairly old and a few were written just before recording. Songwriting is a process of observation, and quite a bit of imagination. My love life is not nearly…
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Musique Royale Proudly Announces 2018 Summer Festival Season

Musique Royale Proudly Announces 2018 Summer Festival Season Submitted Musique Royale announces its summer festival season, bringing locals and visitors alike a grand set of performers. The tours will include a vibrant arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Les Voix Humaines, operatic star Isabel Bayrakdarian, the recently discovered early music for cello of Italian composer Fiore, and Nova Scotia traditional music with Boxwood. The season will also showcase early music with young artists Aureas Voces, world music with Steve Normandin, and for the finale, La Nef will spearhead sailor shanties and sea songs! Musique Royale is Nova Scotia’s province-wide presenter…
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Hantsport Music Fest

Hantsport Music Fest By Emily Leeson “I live in Garland’s Crossing — my wife and I have lived here for 37 years. I’ve travelled all over North America and wherever I go, whenever someone asks me where I’m from, I’m from Hantsport Nova Scotia and I will always be from Hantsport Nova Scotia,” says Kevin Guptell, one of the key organizers of the Hantsport Music Fest. “I love the community, I love what it did for me, I loved growing up there and we just want people to get off the highway and to come into our community — to…
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Acadia Graduate Marcel d’Entremont at Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Acadia Graduate Marcel d’Entremont at Sunday Music in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell Acadia School of Music graduate Marcel d’Entremont is on the cusp of a burgeoning career in the world of opera. The tenor, who is originally from Merigomish, and now lives in Montreal, showed great promise while he was still a young student: he won the coveted Rose Bowl at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Halifax four times, and as representative of Nova Scotia at the National Music Festival in 2014, placed first in the solo division, and won the grand award for overall best performer. On…
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Q&A with David Francey

Q&A with David Francey David Francey is a reknowned Canadian folk singer/songwriter whose lengthy music career has earned him numerous awards, including 3 Junos. In lieu of a concert tour for his brand new CD, The Broken Heart of Everything, he is taking his paintings on a cross-Canada trip. The first stops are right here in the Valley. The Grapevine (GV): You started a career in music in your forties — when did you start painting? Why did you start painting? David Francey (DF): I’ve been painting for close to 30 years. I married Beth Girdler, an exceptional watercolourist. She…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2018-19 Season

Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2018-19 Season By François Côté The eight-performance series features wonderful vocal and instrumental music performed by some of our nation’s best ensembles, and by artists visiting Wolfville from the USA and Ireland. The season opens in September with The Rose Ensemble and their performance of “The Land of Three Faiths,” featuring music that is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. In October, two ensembles from Quebec, collectif9 and Architek Percussion, join forces to present “My Backyard, Somewhere,” a multi-media experience featuring the works of five talented composers…
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Advice for New Parents in the Annapolis Valley: You Didn’t Ask, But We’ll Take the Opportunity to Tell You Anyhow

Advice for New Parents in the Annapolis Valley: You Didn’t Ask, But We’ll Take the Opportunity to Tell You Anyhow We asked ourselves and our readers what new parents in this beautiful Valley need to know. Here’s some of what we heard back — Check out our facebook page for more great tidbits of advice. “I found maternity leave to be quite an isolating experience, so I tried to find one thing that would get me out of the house every day. My favourite activity was going for hikes with the Hike It Baby Wolfville group. Once a week the…
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Suzie LeBlanc in the Garden Room

Suzie LeBlanc in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell An Acadian by heritage, internationally renowned soprano and actress Suzie LeBlanc will be giving a recital on April 15 at 2pm as part of the Sunday Music in the Garden Room chamber music series in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on the Acadia campus. She will be performing with Simon Docking, piano. To single out two of this very fine musician’s many accomplishments: Suzie LeBlanc is founder and artistic director of Le Nouvel Opera in Montreal, a company that since the year 2000 has been bringing classical opera, from baroque…
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