Arts scene Aug. 20

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The elm tree sculpture installed in foyer of the Visitor Centre at Grand-Pré National Historic Site celebrates the three cultural groups present in the Grand Pré area over the centuries. It is the work of Gerald Gloade, a Mi’kmaq, Monette Léger, an Acadian, and Doug Morse, a descendent of New England Planters. - Wendy Elliott, 

Spinney’s nominated

The Spinney Brothers are one of the official nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association emerging artists category.

“We are grateful to all those who voted for us and wish to congratulate all other nominees in their respective categories. To be recognized at this level is not to be taken lightly,” Rick Spinney said. “There are so many incredible up and coming bands and artists in the industry, we are just so honoured to be a part of the this incredible family.”

The Wolfville band is comprised of Allan Spinney, Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Darryl Hebb. The brothers debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic, traditional and distinctive sound.

They incorporate original material, drawn from various sources, that allows them to intertwine the past with the present.

The IBMA Momentum Awards will be presented to an inaugural group of recipients at World of Bluegrass in September.

New metal fest

Sept. 14 marks the first annual Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival at Fox Mountain Camping Park.

This event is the first of its kind for the region and it's ready to take it by storm, promises organizer Jay Chetwynd. Featuring a lineup of Maritime metal and hard rock bands, he says, the event is a "celebration of East Coast loud" in more ways than one.

Among the bands performing are Broken Ohms, Black Moor, Iron Giant, Fed Pennies, Death Valley Driver, Black City Avenger and Chaos Theory.

There will be acoustic jams after the show, so attendees are encouraged to bring guitars.

Advance tickets and gate tickets are $38.50. Evening passes are available for $26 after 9 p.m. Camping is also available.






Dance to the band

On Aug. 24, five self-described ‘nice guys with wicked chops’ are playing tunes for a dance at the Old Orchard Inn barn in Greenwich.

Caleb Miles and Noah Scanlan will play guitars, Mark Bezanson will be on bass, Mike Carroll on drums and Jeff Hennessy on keyboards.

The Caleb Miles Band promises they’ll “combine blues, rock, funk, and jazz into something that we have no description for other than it feels good and it's fun.” Music starts at 9 p.m.











Quilt Display

From Sept. 5-30, Prescott House Museum near Port Williams will have a variety of home made quilts on display.


Open Auditions in Greenwood

The Greenwood Players welcomes all would be thespians to audition for its fall play, Fruitcakes.

The play requires a large and varied cast, so county residents are being encouraged to come out and show the Players what they’ve got. Fruitcakes requires four men and four women, six boys and seven girls (all of varying ages).

Auditions will be held on stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre Aug. 22, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, starting at 7 p.m., and Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 and 8, starting at 1 p.m.

Fruitcakes will run the week of November 18 for five or six performances. For additional information, contact Gerald Cormier 765-0327 or Chantal Murphy 847-3197.


Regan in recital

Heather Pineo Regan will be giving a piano recital on Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Irving Centre Garden Room, Acadia University in Wolfville.

The program features works by Fauré, Poulenc, Schoenberg and Ravel.

Regan began her formal musical training at the age of nine in Halifax. While studying piano at the Maritime Conservatory of Music, she appeared as a soloist with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra directed by Raffi Armenian. She won the Bachelor of Music gold medal from Brandon University and received her Master of Music degree from Western. She is based in Port Williams.

Admission to the recital is by freewill offering at the door.



Musique Royale in Wolfville 

Responsio, a work for solo bass clarinet and a vocal quartet, by Peter-Anthony Togni, will be presented at the Manning Memorial Chapel in Wolfville on Aug. 23. The work is a contemporary response to Guillaume de Machaut's medieval masterpiece from 1364, Messe de Nostre Dame. 

The musicians include clarinetist Jeff Reilly, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig, tenor Charles Daniels and tenor John Potter.

The concert is at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available at the door: $20, students $10. Call 582-3933 for information.


In Berwick

On Aug. 23, Gillian Boucher and Mary Beth Carty will perform at Union Street Café.

Boucher spent most of her youth accompanying some of the finest bands and singer-songwriters from folk circuits in both Canada and New Zealand, but began her solo career with the debut of her highly-acclaimed album, Elemental, in 2008.

On Aug. 30, Calgary native Noel Johnson performs. The singer-songwriter’s folk rock is loose, rhythmic, rustic and catchy.



At CentreStage

Shirley Valentine in on stage in Kentville. She is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's eggs ‘n chips, wondering what happened to her life. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.

Shirley Valentine plays 23-25 and 30-31.
Showtime 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 25.
Call 678-8040 for reservations.


Upcoming shows

The Evergreen Theatre has a Fundy Folk Night on Aug. 24. Admission is $10 at the door or by emailing and features lots of local talent.


In the galleries

- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour features an eclectic group of Canadian artists with a focus this month on Halifax artist Eva Toth. Her new exhibit opens Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m. Her current show is called Wheels and Water.

- Nistal Prem De Boer work is on display at Charles McDonald House, Centreville







Organizations: Spinney Brothers, International Bluegrass Music Association, Fed Old Orchard Inn Prescott House Museum Greenwood Players Irving Centre Garden Room Acadia University Maritime Conservatory Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Brandon University Evergreen Theatre Charles McDonald House

Geographic location: Wolfville, Port Williams, Fox Mountain Camping Park East Coast Death Valley Halifax Greenwich Canada New Zealand Calgary Kentville Liverpool Greece

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