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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 Awards to Support Community Leadership Among Black Acadia Students

Submitted Through generous gifts from a wide variety of alumni donors and in support of the university’s commitment to anti-racism, Acadia University is pleased to announce the Edwin Borden Awards. Named in honour of Edwin Borden, an Acadia alumnus who was one of the first Black individuals in Canada to be granted a Bachelor’s (1892) and Master’s (1896), these awards will recognize community engagement and leadership among Black Acadia students. Borden was from Truro, Nova Scotia, and went on to earn a PhD and enjoy a distinguished career as a church leader and college president in the United States. Acadia…
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“Out of the Pandemic” at Jack’s Gallery

Submitted The Acadia University Studio Art Program in conjunction with Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville, will be presenting an exhibition titled “Out of the Pandemic,” which showcases acrylic paintings on canvas created by students enrolled in the independent study winter term course. This exhibition has been organized and curated by Acadia instructor Judith J. Leidl. Dates for the exhibition are Saturday, March 6 until Saturday, April 26. Participating students include Lena Gallant, Derek Gaudet, Jinhong Jiang, and Elianna McKinnon. The art work explores the question—as we come out of the worldwide pandemic—what important knowledge did we glean from this unprecedented situation? Students…
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I KNOW A PLACE

I KNOW A PLACERon Lightburn Lavender at Lightfoot & Wolfville thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton’s in Berwick, Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Visually Speaking: Painter Carolyn Mallory

Anna Horsnell Sometimes we just know. Like the first time artist Carolyn Mallory stepped off a plane in Iqaluit back in 1999. The land, the light, and the culture spoke to her. What followed were twelve adventurous years living in Nunavut, raising three children, and immersing herself in the North. That experience still shapes her work and her art, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Although Nova Scotia is now home, Mallory still spends her summers travelling in the Arctic on a ship as a resource person with Adventure Canada. She’s written three books (Common Plants of Nunavut, Common…
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Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!

Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!By Mike Butler Do you live in the Valley? Okay, the province? Well, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of parathlete extraordinaire Ben Brown! On March 7, Ben has a special fundraiser he’s planned and he needs your support! I am highly recommending you mark your calendars everyone! Ben is a wheelchair racer chasing a goal to be one of the best racers in the world, and Ben is over the moon to be representing Canada at the 2021 Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan (depending on the global situation. Keep all fingers crossed…
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ArtCan Gallery and Café is Celebrating 20 Years in Canning

With lots going on to kick off this milestone year we have a new exhibition in the gallery, several studio art classes and a fully stocked art store! Our passion for art and cultivating creativity is inspired by the community around us and has led ArtCan to evolve into the place it is today. Chef Michaela Hayes brings her own artistry to the kitchen with a delicious lunch menu of soups, salads, paninis, and homemade sweets. Influenced by the abundance of fresh and local produce in the Valley, Michaela takes care in creating unique dishes from scratch, both to enjoy…
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I KNOW A PLACE

Ron Lightburn Winter Blues Winter Blues depicts a sunny corner of our snow-covered backyard here in Coldbrook. thelightburns.com Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at seven locations in the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm, LilyPond Vintage, Tides Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Henny Penny’s Farm Market and Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Wheaton’s in Berwick.

Farewell Al Whittle!

Wendy Elliott In 1953, Al Whittle became the youngest theatre manager in Canada when he took over the reins at the Acadia Cinema. On January 23, Al died at the age of 91. Admission to the theatre at that time was 35¢, with 10¢ matinees. The theatre was eventually renovated, increasing its seat capacity to 630 and then expanding from a single to a triple screen experience. Al was involved in every aspect of the theatre’s operations, from taking tickets and making popcorn to choosing the films and providing technical assistance for the projector.Thinking back to his first adventures in…
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