Kings art scene: Aug. 29

Wendy Elliott
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Well done, fiddlers

Several young Kings County fiddlers took home ribbons from the 64th Maritime Fiddle Festival this summer.

In the age nine and under category, Benjamin Symons of Kingston came fourth. Charlotte Peng, of Wolfville, came second in the age 10 -12 category and Chloe Symons, Kingston, came third.

The special award for youngest fiddler went to Ainslie Symons, also of Kingston.


Kentville entertainment

A new Kentville firm, Fusion Entertainment Company, has recently started a regular event at The Travellers Club called A Fusion of Song Songwriters Circle.

Once a month they will feature four Maritime singer songwriters from all genres in an intimate setting at the Kentville venue.

Jessica Brewster says the aim of the event is to unite artists with an audience who has come to hear their music and to help draw attention, future memberships.

Aug. 30, also at The Travellers Club, Fusion will be host an End of Summer Kitchen Party with local country star, Kevin Davison and New Brunswick’s Paul Wiggins. Wiggins was in Kentville during this year’s Apple Blossom Festival and was a crowd favorite.

The next Songwriters Circle will be held Sept. 12 from 7  to 11 p.m.


Robin Hood in the Park

Broken Leg Theatre in Wolfville is presenting Robin Hood in Willow Park four days Aug. 31, Sept. 1., Sept. 7 and 8.

Donna Holmes promises a comic version of the Sherwood Forest tale. The script was written by Holmes and Louise Williams.

Show times for the hour-long production are 3 and 6 p.m. Freewill donation.











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 come out and show us what you’ve got. Fruitcakes requires four men and four women, six boys and seven girls (all of varying ages), so there just might be a role for you!

Auditions will be held on stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 starting at 7 p.m. as well as Sept. 1 and 8 starting at 1 p.m. The show will run the week of Nov. 18. Info: Gerald Cormier, 765-0327, or Chantal Murphy, 847-3197.



Night Kitchen’s new season

Night Kitchen Resplendent will launch another season in the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville Saturday, Sept. 7.

The music will get underway at 8 p.m.

Cost is $10; $5 for students.





An even dozen for Fundy Film

The Fundy Film Society is rolling out its 12th autumn season Sept. 8, with Before Midnight.

The third movie in Richard Linklater’s trilogy. Jesse and Celine meet in their twenties in Before Sunrise, 1995, reunite in their thirties in Before Sunset, 2004, and now face the past, present and future, family, romance and love in Greece “before midnight."  Sept. 8 at 4 and 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets: $8, 30 minutes before the show.  

This year’s series brings 23 great features and documentaries from a dozen different countries and four continents ot the Valley. Here are just a few highlights of the series: the first film ever shot in Saudi Arabia (Wadjda) which is also the first feature film made by a female Saudi Filmmaker; Watermark, a documentary about water, reuniting the duo (Baichwal and Burtynsky) who created Manufactured Landscapes; The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which is the oldest surviving animated feature film (1926) with an original score composed and performed live by Small World Project, an award-winning trio from Montréal; Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm and the introduction of an exciting new Fundy Film series called weird Wednesday (wW) beginning with two super screenings Oct. 30 and Dec. 11. 

Fundy Film six-Packs, $36, and advance tickets for The Adventures of Prince Achmed

($20/$12 for students) will be sold Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fundy Film table in the Al Whittle Theatre Lobby, and at all Fundy Film screenings from Sept. 8 to 15.

Info:  542-5157




Re-released poetry

Sept. 9 marks the posthumous release of a collection of poems by Annapolis Valley resident, Stewart H. Fraser.  Originally published in 1974, Early Works is a collection featuring a variety of themes.

This re-release is an entirely digital creation that uses the original text, combined with photographs of Fraser, who spent most of his life in Nova Scotia.  He died in 1991 from colon cancer. Half of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to cancer research. 






Story Mob hits Wolfville

The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is thrilled to present its first StoryMob Green Eggs and Ham Sept. 7, somewhere in Wolfville.

Taking place between 10 a.m. and noon, the exact location and time will be released 24 hours in advance through social media, radio and the library website. A story mob is inspired by an exceptional children’s book and allows for participation in a variety of ways including costumes and props, simple choreography, musical instruments and reading from the book.  StoryMobs are primarily aimed at families, but warmly welcome the involvement of book-lovers, flash mob-enthusiasts and fun folks of all ages.

Volunteer adult readers are needed.  To sign up to read, or to find out more information about the event contact Angela Reynolds,

The upcoming story mob is sponsored by the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Valley Family Fun and CentreStage Theatre.



Jenn Grant in concert

Singer Jenn Grant will give a concert in Wolfville with Jim Bryson Sept. 12.

It will start at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre.

Grant is set to hit the road this fall, bringing with her a batch of new material that she has written for her next album.

Bryson will kick off the evening as her special guest.

A Juno nominee, Grant has released four albums. Her most recent., The Beautiful Wild, won this year’s ECMA pop recording of the year award.

Tickets are available at the Box of Delights bookstore. Info: 542-9511.


At Union Street

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

Aug. 31 – Charlie A’Court

Sept. 5 - Ron Sexsmith










New metal fest

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

This event is the first of it's kind for the region and it's ready to take that region by thunderous storm, promises organizer Jay Chetwynd. Featuring a stellar 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 bring guitars. Fox Mountain Camping Park will have an early-bird camping special. Advance tickets and gate tickets are only $38.50, taxes included. Evening passes are available for $26 after 9 p.m. Camping is also available.

For details and booking: 847-3747. 



At CentreStage

Shirley Valentine in on stage in Kentville. The play was written by Willy Russell and directed by Cherie Zinck. Candy O’Brien has taken on the challenging lead role in this one-woman show. Please be aware that there is mature subject matter and language in this play.

Shirley Valentine plays Friday and Saturdays until Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 25.
 Tickets: $15, $12 for students and seniors.

Coming Soon is Lord Arthur Savile's Crime By Constance Cox, which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde.

This play is based on an 1890s story about Lord Arthur Savile's who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first.

Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Matinees Sept. 29 and Oct. 6

Tickets: $15/$12. Info: 678-8040.

Reservations: 678-8040  


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 current show is called Wheels and Water .

- Until Sept. 29, works by Robert Pope will be on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville. A curatorial talk is set for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. with curator Tom Smart.

Organizations: The Travellers Club, Al Whittle Theatre Lobby, Fusion Entertainment Company Kitchen Party Broken Leg Theatre Greenwood Players A.V.M. Morfee Centre Fundy Film Society Annapolis Valley Regional Library Valley Family Fun and CentreStage Theatre Fed Halifax Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Kingston Kings New Brunswick Willow Park Sherwood Forest Greece Saudi Arabia Montréal Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia Calgary Fox Mountain Camping Park East Coast Death Valley

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