Impressario Jay Chetwynd is convinced that music festivals bring economic growth to our region and give “the locals some festivals to be proud of and call their own.”
Chetwynd has helped to organize a new event for September, called the Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival.
Set for Sept. 12-13, this new festival will take place at Fox Mountain Camping Park near Aylesford.
The first festival of its kind east of Montreal, this weekend-long event will showcase East Coast metal and hard rock bands.
Chetwyd says the event will feature up to 20 bands. The celebration of music will feature vendors, tattoo artists, and a Shred-O-Rama guitar battle.
“We're expecting attendees from as far away as Quebec and Maine, as this festival caters to a crowd of folks that normally do not get to experience festivals that cater to the lovers of loud music.”
The annual Smokin’ Blues Fest will return to Fox Mountain July 12-13. According to Chetwynd, the festival is marked by few rules, but much respect.
“The grass-roots approach of the event allows ticket prices to be kept low, while maintaining a level of musical quality that keeps supporters coming back for more each year.”
Artist Patrick Bezanson has a show on at the Designer’ Café in Kentville until March 5. He has been working in art for many years, though primarily in the field of graphic novels.
In the past two years, he has found a passion in old, distinguished and sometimes well-worn architecture. This has included homes, churches and barns. The current series showcases a few of the barns and scenery, as well as stylized graphic novel images. Bezanson resides in Kentville with his wife, Anita, and two sons. His web site is: visibledesigns.blogspot.ca/
Port Williams sisters Lucy and Sally Wilkie are hoping for online votes when the final round of Canada Post young stamp design competition gets underway. Voting doesn't start until Feb. 18. Here is the link: http://www.deliverhope.ca/
Authors @ Acadia
A Spoken Word Event with the Word Iz Bond Collective and guests is taking place Feb. 12, 7 p.m., in the Vaughan Library Quiet Reading Room at
The event features Haligonians El Jones and Reed “IZrEAL” Jones, as well as guest Queenie, also known as Valerie Mason-John, visiting from B.C.
Queenie is keen to lead a word-shop in the hour directly before the show. Anyone interested in participating in Unlocking The Muse – which focuses on using meditative exercises to inspire writing –running from 6-7 p.m., should RSVP to email@example.com by midnight on Feb. 8.
The event will be one of The Great Black North’s launches across Canada in February for Black History Month. The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Fundy Film screens Searching for Sugar Man on Feb. 13, one of the music world's most unusual stories, about Detroit's Rodriguez, the greatest 70s rock icon who never was. His debut LP bombed in America and he disappeared. Yet when a bootleg of his recording arrived in South Africa, it became a phenomenon for two decades, a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement. Two South African fans set out to discover what really happened to their hero.
It screens Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before the screening. fundyfilm.ca or 542-5157.
Indoor Ghost Show
Take a history tour from the comfort of your seat in the first-ever Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show.
The sixth year of Valley Ghost Walks kicks off with the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at Manning Memorial Chapel on the Acadia University campus.
This is a creatively spooky, two-hour theatrical production of Wolfville's intriguing past. The show features favourite tales from the outdoor show, along with new Wolfville ghosts, special guest Alan Melanson of the Annapolis Royal's Candlelight Tours and musical guest Pete Adams.
Part of the proceeds from the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show will go towards the Randall House Museum in Wolfville.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students at Box of Delights in Wolfville.
Music in Berwick
The Union Street Cafe and the Wick Pub will host
Darrell Skinner on Feb. 15 and on Feb. 22 The Worry Birds.
ECMA award-winner John Campbelljohn makes his debut performance on the Wick Pub stage on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, to reserve call 538-7787.
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is holding its annual fundraising event next weekend due to the blizzard. It is scheduled now for Feb. 16 at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
Funds raised at this annual event will support the theatre’s 2013 season, including productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and a new adaptation of The Iliad performed entirely around a fire.
Tickets for the evening are $75, and include a three- course meal and partial tax receipt. A table of eight is $550. Details are available at www.twoplanks.ca. Tickets can be purchased by calling 582-3073.
On Feb. 16 at the Al Whittle Theatre, Broken Leg Theatre will present DanceConxion, Dead Sheep Scrolls, Marilyn Manzer's Whistling Winds, Kathy France and Thea Burton, Jeremy Novak, Quick As a Wink Theatre and Andy Flinn.
Tickets will be available at Box of Delights in Wolfville.
The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre will present an evening of bluegrass-inspired music featuring two of the region’s most promising bands, The Modern Grass with guests Grassmarket, on Feb. 16.
The show will get underway at 8 p.m.
The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 in Halifax. They have since released four albums and toured extensively. Their latest album, High on the Mountain, explores new territory in folk, roots and bluegrass music alike and received the awards for both Traditional/Roots Recording and Country/Bluegrass Recording at Nova Scotia Music Week in November.
Grassmarket has an Americana-pop sound. The trio combines warm songwriting, layered pop arrangements and instrumentation. Their second full-length effort, You are for the Ocean, released in November, is a collection of 12 intimate songs featuring the band’s trademark mix of old-time and electric instruments.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.
CentreStage Theatre in Kentville presents Who’s In Bed With the Butler? by Michael Parker in January.
In this American farce, a California billionaire has bequeathed all of
Who’s in Bed With the Butler? is directed by Linda and Wayne Marriott. It plays on Fridays and Saturdays until Feb. 16. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Tickets $12 / $10. Call 678-8040 for reservations. For more information, visit www.centrestagetheatre.ca
Matt Balsor and The Glorylanders will be holding
a fundraising concert for Horton High School Safe
Grad Program on Feb. 17.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Horton High School.
Admission is $8.
The Women of Wolfville (WOW) present their 12th annual production, WolfVegas: The WOW Factor on Feb. 21-23.
This show is a departure for the group. It is a talent competition along the lines of Canadian Idol, hosted by the well-known and loved Reanne Seacoast.
There will be seven acts in competition before an esteemed panel of judges - Simone Scowl, Theresa Sogenerous and Ginger. However, the final decision will be left to the audience. The cast is promising a bit of Vegas in Wolfville with glamorous showgirls, song, dance, comedy and the Le Cirque de WOW.
WOW works to raise awareness and funds for charities and initiatives that support women and children. To date the group has raised over $150,000.
Performances are at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville, Feb. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and are available at the Box of Delights bookstore in Wolfville as well as at the door. For further information, please call Pat at 542-9788.
A taste of Europe
The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s annual fundraising café, Sweets for the Sweet will be held on Feb. 24, 2 p.m., at the Waterville and District Fire Hall.
This year, guests will be treated to a European Café theme and an afternoon of delightful performances, delicious desserts and divine drinks. Entertainment will include songs the choir will be performing during their 2013 European tour, as well as a variety of tunes performed vocally and instrumentally by the talented choir members.
The choir is an instructional music program for students in Grades 7-12, conducted by Heather Fraser. It emphasizes musical and vocal training through choral music and enriches the artistic lives of its members, their families and communities.
Tickets for the fundraising café are $12 and are available at the door.
The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra of Nova Scotia will be performing in concert on Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor.
Their repertoire is best described as that of a traditional Scottish orchestra, but with frills added. Director Nelson Ferguson, is a Scot, who has played in and been associated with several Scottish orchestras. His music arrangements reflect the sound of the Scottish music as you can currently hear it in Scotland.
Nelson and Ron Ross, the MC and vocalist, make sure that audience hear some background anecdotes associated with the music. The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra is comprised of 30 musicians (violins, flutes, accordions, bass, piano and drums). The members share a love of the music of Scotland and Ireland, pleasing audiences and being with each other, on and off the stage.
Join them on Feb. 23 for an evening of toe-tapping reels, jigs, polkas and haunting slow airs and vocal renditions of well-known favorites. Jimmy Sweeney, a well known local vocalist/musician, will be the orchestra’s special guest performer.
All tickets are $15 each and they are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.
The Acadia Cinema Co-op Board is just past the halfway mark in paying for the new digital server.
The annual Equity Tax Credit share sale terminates Feb. 28, so now is the time to get involved. Shares are also available in the lobby, where tickets are sold prior to each film.
The Nova Scotia Department of Finance will send out Equity Tax Credit slips in early March. A $35 tax credit will be given on 2012 NS taxes is the return for every $100 share purchased.
In the galleries
- Until March 28, Valley Artists paintings, featuring the work of artist Pat McLean, will be on display at the Valley Regional Hospital Art Gallery, Kentville.
- Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville has a retrospective of artist and printmaker David Silverberg. Show runs until March 31.
- The Acadia University Art Gallery has its university/community exhibition on view until Feb. 14. http://gallery.acadiau.ca