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Canning musician bringing summer musical series to her home community

The Dearlies performed at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market recently. The band, which formed in 2016, are sisters Jenny and Meagan Osborn, Rebecca MacDonald and Kim Barlow. They were joined by guest musician Peter Williams.
The Dearlies performed at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market recently. The band, which formed in 2016, are sisters Jenny and Meagan Osborn, Rebecca MacDonald and Kim Barlow. They were joined by guest musician Peter Williams. - Wendy Elliott

Series to run on Saturdays from June to September

CANNING, N.S. —

Canning musician Kim Barlow is bringing a musical series to her home community that will run until mid-September.

“We are thrilled to announce a music series that will happen every Saturday all summer in our beautiful village,” she said.


Barlow moved to Canning in 2013 from Yukon and she’s teamed up for this musical adventure with fellow Yukon ex-pats, Mike and Alice Hartling. The Hartlings recently opened the coffee house.


“We have a full line-up of wildly talented musicians booked through the summer and we can’t wait to share this great music with you,” Barlow noted.

Shows will start with a revolving house band featuring Barlow and members of the Dearlies, Ida Red, and Acadia faculty members Mark Adam and Nic D’Amato.

“We will play a set of traditional Maritime music reinterpreted, fun sing-alongs and familiar anthems,” Barlow said. “The guests will play a set, and then we’ll have a jam session, open to all, and go as late as we want.”


This is a kitchen party to celebrate the rich musical traditions found in the Maritimes, she promises.

“I’ve worked on making it a multi-cultural lineup, with lots of locals from Canning and nearby. Lots of fun. There are so many,” Barlow said. “We’ll kick off the series on June 1 with a collaboration featuring Mika Francis and Cristian Quirivan.”

Mika Francis is an advocate from the Acadia First Nation, who is studying social services at NSCC Kingstec, where she is the president of the L'nuek Alliance and of the Kingstec Student Association.

She drums with the Melgita't Women drum group, who have drummed on stage with JUNO award winners Jim Cuddy and William Prince.

Cristian Quirivan is from Chile and plays the folk music of the Andes on traditional South American instruments such as wood flutes, pan flutes and stringed instruments like the charango and the cuatro.


The Dearlies will be the house band to launch the series, with the sweet harmonies of Rebecca MacDonald, Jenny and Meagan Osburn, Barlow on banjo, Peter Williams on bass and Sarah Mcinnis on fiddle.


Barlow is grateful for the support she’s received from the Hartlings, Long & McQuade in New Minas and some initial sponsors, but she is keen to gather more sponsorship. She can be reached at kimbarlow77@gmail.com.


Tickets are $10 for the concerts and will be available at the door. Kids are admitted for free.


The Summer Kitchen Party line-Up thus far:
June 1 - Big Kick-Off Kitchen Party with Mika Francis, Cristian Quirivan & The Dearlies
June 8 - Terra Spencer & The Bombadils
June 15 - Dylan Jewers & Big Turnips
June 22 - Chris Robison
June 29 - Gabe Minnikin
July 6 - The Gilberts
July 13 - Mohammad Sahraei
July 20 - Space Paddy Bog People
July 27 - Sahara Jane & Ken Shorely
Aug. 3 - Porter-Breau Sing Acadian songs & originals
Aug. 10 - Zak Miller Sings Wilf Carter
Aug. 17 - Gaelic Song with Robyn Carrigan
Aug. 24 - Heather Kelday
Aug. 31 - Mark Riley
Sept. 7 - Sarah McInnis
Sept. 14 - Andy Webster

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