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Canning hosts choir from Africa


On May 14, the renowned children’s choir Watoto is coming to Canning.

Light 4 Learning, a committee that raises money to provide solar panels to rural schools in Uganda, is bringing the energetic voices of 22 young boys and girls from Uganda to the Northeast Kings Education Centre.

This is the second time Light 4 Learning has hosted Watoto. The choir’s blend of African rhythm, contemporary gospel and ethnic dance make this one-night-only concert a feast for the senses. The children share their stories and new-found hope through song with energy and enthusiasm.

Opening the show for Watoto is Wolfville’s Djugdjug Ensemble, a percussion group of mostly West-African music.

Together, Watoto and Djugdjug will create an opportunity to view other cultures, see how children live in other parts of the world and participate in an African experience.

A small portion of the freewill offering for admission will go to Light 4 Learning to continue their work in Ugandan rural schools.

For further information, contact Judy Van Amerongen at 582-3040 or



Bernhardt celebration

The life of the late theatre professor Colin Bernhardt will be celebrated on April 27. The event will feature stories, music, videos and poems. It starts at 2 p.m. in Festival Theatre.

Bernhardt died in December.


Photos on display

When asked to exhibit images for Wait Until Dark at CentreStage Theatre, several members of the Kings County Photography Club agreed that a “dark” theme would be most appropriate. Submissions featured black negative space, images with low-key lighting, black and white images and images with a dark theme, some of which tie directly to the premise of the play.

Rather than frame the images in a traditional manner, old window frames of varying sizes were used. Members who took part in the exhibit were Natasha Cairns, Delaine Carlson, Joceline Doucette, Jamie Ellison, Rodger Evans, Gerry Hardy,
Randy Hill Justine MacDonald and Don McCabe.

The Kings County Photography Club was established in 2005. Everyone is welcome to join, from novice to expert; all you need to bring is a love of photography. Meetings include lecture/slide presentations, competitions and workshop nights where members share their skills. The schedule for the upcoming year is at


New book out

Graphic artist Mark Oakley of Wolfville has received his new Stardrop Book.

Stardrop "A Place to Hang My Spacesuit" is Oakley's second Stardrop book. Stardrop is a light-hearted science fiction webcomic series about a space princess hiding in a small town, such as Wolfville.

Oakley has also been working with students at the New Booker School to prepare their own comic books.

Country Night

A Classic Country Music Special will be held May 4, Port Williams Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m.
start. Admission is $10 at the door.

The performance will feature Shirley Reid, Chet Brown/Lois Lutz, Graham Moorehead, Rob Jamieson/Katrina Gilles, Paul Moulaison, Carl Dalrymple, Jim Crowell/Wayne Hiltz, Floyd and Jo-Ann Spicer, Gordie Giles and Blain Henshaw.

Proceeds are for the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.

Drama Camp

Edalene is offering its sixth Theatre Intensive Camp. Camp will be offered for students ages 11-16 and run from July 22–Aug. 9. During this camp, the students will be trained in dance, music and theatre technique, while rehearsing for a full-scale musical production. This year’s production will be the Disney musical, The Little Mermaid. Auditions will be held on May 12.

Anyone interested in auditioning should e-mail  or call Kerri Leier at 697-2515.

After School Art

An After School program is being offered at Harvest Gallery, Wolfville.

For children Grade 2 to 6, it runs Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., from May 1-June 5. The $125 fee includes all supplies and a light snack from Pete's. Classes are limited to 10 participants.

This popular art program is taught by local artist and art educator Terry Drahos. 

The six-week session will emphasize drawing and painting skills, keeping a sketchbook and painting.

To register, call 542-7093 or e-mail


Amero here to sing

Multi-award winning singer/songwriter from Winnipeg Don Amero will be on stage at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Amero will be racking up the miles in the next few weeks, which will see the Winnipeg musician will head west to Regina for the JUNO Awards, to celebrate his first JUNO nomination. Amero’s current release, Heart On My Sleeve, has been nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year.

“Being nominated for a JUNO Award is the culmination of hard work and the support of many people, and it’s a very rewarding feeling,” says Amero. “I’m really proud of Heart On My Sleeve, and happy that the album has been well received so far – not only by fans, but also by the music industry.” 

Then, after the JUNOs, Amero heads east to Atlantic Canada – one of his favourite places to tour.

“I love playing out east, it’s always felt like home to me. My dad was born and raised in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, so I must have some East Coast roots somewhere deep within myself.”

In Windsor

Due to poor weather earlier this month, Rumplestiltskin has been re-scheduled for May 4 at 11 a.m.

Ticketpro will contact everyone who purchased tickets online or by phone to re-issue tickets with the new date. Patrons who cannot make the new date will be issued a refund.

Those who purchased tickets in person at a Ticketpro outlet must return to the same outlet to request a refund. Existing tickets will be honoured and tickets for the new date are also on sale.  


Chvostek coming

Folk/Roots musician and activist, Annabelle Chvostek, is heading to the East Coast next month with her 2013 Juno-nominated CD, Rise. 

She will perform on May 4 at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.

The Toronto-based singer/songwriter will be joined on stage by Jeremie Jones on upright bass.

Released by Borealis Records in the fall of 2012, Rise is a celebration of recent grassroots uprisings in Canada and around the world, complete with casseroles, a "peoples' chorus" and a cover of Peter Tosh's "Equal Rights".

Chvostek is a multi-instrumentalist who, after many years as a solo artist, joined the Juno-winning Wailin’ Jennys in 2004. Then, in 2007, she left the Jennys and reprised her solo career, signing to Borealis Records and releasing what many see as her solo debut, Resilience. She also released a Live from Folk Alley album in 2010.


Award-Winning play by 2b theatre 

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor, will present When It Rains, by Halifax’s 2b theatre on May 11 at 7 p.m. 

Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for students and seniors. The show contains mature contents and is recommended for ages 19 and over only.  

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.


Old Crow coming

Tickets are selling very well for the folk band Old Crow Medicine Show and Blues master Matt Andersen, who will play Acadia’s Convocation Hall on June 1.

The Nashville-based acoustic Americana outfit has performed everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry and A Prairie Home Companion to massive festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. They invited New Brunswick native Andersen to tour with them after hearing him cover their hit song, Wagon Wheel, in 2010, and together they played several shows across the U.S.

Presented by the Deep Roots Music Cooperative and the Apple Blossom Festival, tickets for this concert are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Festival coming up

The Annapolis Valley Music Festival, an annual music festival in Wolfville involving over 3,000 competitors of all ages from across Nova Scotia, starts soon.

The festival runs until May 3.

Stars of the Festival Concerts showcase highlights of festival talent. They will be held on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Festival Theatre Building, highlighting bands and ensembles, and 7 p.m. at Denton Hall, featuring soloists.


Author signing here

Author Alfred Silver will be at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on April 28 to sign copies of his new novel, Runaway Horses, which was published by Pottersfield Press.

He will be on hand at 1:30 p.m.


At CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville presents Wait Until Dark, a suspense-thriller by Frederick Knott.

Aided by her difficult 10-year-old neighbour Gloria, housewife Susy Hendrix is learning to cope with recent blindness. She is terrorized in her own apartment by a group of criminals who believe she is hiding something that they want. This intense show features scenes of darkness and near-darkness, requiring the lighting of some matches, and is best suited to adults and teens.

Wait Until Dark, stage managed by Nancy Henry, is directed by Peter Booth and George Henry, and is produced by Linda Levy Fisk. It features Sharon Churchill Roe, Stephen Abbass, Mike Bulter, Alex Trimper, Paul Abela, Aria MacDonald, Annelise Smith, Kaia Goss, Ryan Trimper and Ryan MacNab.

Wait Until Dark runs weekends until May 25. Showtime is 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on May 5 and 19.

Fundy flicks

On April 24, at 7 p.m., Fundy Film screens Crulic: The Path to Beyond, an astounding animation and feature-length documentary that tells the story of Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian who died in a Polish prison during a hunger strike for unjust imprisonment.

Fundy Film also screens The Sapphires on April 28 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. A good-hearted film that deftly mixes sparkling humour and serious drama, this is the true story of four young, talented Aboriginal women from a remote Australian mission who form an ‘all-girl’ group, "The Sapphires" and land a gig entertaining the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968.  

On May 1, at 7 p.m., Fundy Film will be screening Drowning in Colour: The Art of Wayne Boucher. There will be a reception and question and answer session, with moderator Laurie Dalton and Wayne Boucher and producer Violet Rosengarten participating, at the Harvest Gallery after the screening

Tickets to the shows are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening at the Al Whittle Theatre or call 542-5157.



Honouring Al

In celebration of Al Whittle’s 60-year contribution to the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, he is being honoured with a gala event of live performance and film on April 26.

The program will feature musicians like the Hupman Brothers and Andy & Ariana, musical theatre notables Edalene Theatre and Donna Holmes, sketch comedy artists The Dead Sheep Scrolls and chanteuse Suzanne Balcom, with Lisa St. Clair on piano.

“It will be a real variety showcase of the kinds of local groups who present at the theatre. We’ll also feature a showing of the 1953 hit musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, one of Al’s favourites,” said theatre manager Mary Harwell.

In addition, two locally/produced film shorts will premiere prior to the feature length movie. 

Renovated and reopened in 2004, the building is owned by two local cooperatives. The restored 160-seat state-of-the-art theatre was officially renamed the “Al Whittle Theatre” in honour of its long-time manager.

Whittle is still a fixture at events. He can often be found taking tickets for matinee screenings.

Tickets for the gala celebration are $15, or $12 for students, and are on sale now at the Box of Delights 542-9511.


Live on screen

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, scheduled for April 5 at the Al Whittle Theatre, had satellite problems, which affected a number of theatres. It has been rescheduled to April 27.

Everyone with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland tickets can use them to attend the rescheduled April 27 screening of Alice, plus a special screening of Swan Lake. Those wishing for a ticket refunding instead can do so though Just Us!


In the galleries


- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour has a

show entitled ‘Art Squared.’

- At Harvest Gallery until April 28 is an exhibition of work by painter Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith of West Brooklyn.

- Jack’s Gallery has a group exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital imagery by Valley women artists ranging from the young emerging to older established artists. The exhibition closes April 28..

-  South Shore artist Barbara Carter has a show on at theDesigner Café in Kentville until May 2. 

-  Great Little Art Show will be held at Newport Landing by the Hants County Arts Council and the Avon River Heritage Museum. The opening is April 26, 7-9 p.m. Special guest is Laurie Dalton, curator of the Acadia University Art Gallery.
Viewing times throughout the weekend, for $3, are April 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Organizations: Festival Theatre, CentreStage Theatre, Kings County Photography Club Al Whittle Theatre Booker School Roots Evergreen Theatre Imperial Performing Arts Centre Grand Ole Opry Box of Delights Bookshop Pottersfield Press The Sapphires Hupman Brothers Edalene Theatre Newport Arts Council Avon River Heritage Museum Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Uganda, Africa Northeast Kings Education Centre Nova Scotia Country Atlantic Canada East Coast Windsor Winnipeg Regina U.S. Annapolis Valley Weymouth Kentville East Margaretsville Wonderland Old Crow New Brunswick Wagon Wheel George Henry Vietnam West Brooklyn Hants County

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