One of the most original and exciting young bands on the scene today, the 24th Street Wailers, are taking on a band program during the Deep Roots Festival
This is a new community outreach programs this year that’s being held in association with Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
There will also be a songwriting workshop, headed by Keith Mullins and Heather Kelday, held at Horton High School. The workshop will wrap up with a performance on Sept. 28 at The Clock Park Tent.
Deep Roots coming
Once again, there will be a blend of up-and-coming and tried-and-true performers the last weekend of September at the Deep Roots Music Festival.
Folk musicians and composers Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will return to Wolfville for the opening Main Stage on Sept. 27 to help Deep Roots celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Jesse Winchester, a singer/songwriter with over 40 years in the music business, will be on stage Sept. 28 in Wolfville.
Another festival kick-off event at The Al Whittle Theatre on Sept. 26 will be a showing of the movie Road To Baleya, which features Deep Roots performers Tannis Slimmon and her husband, Lewis Melville. They will be on hand to answer any questions after the movie.
Hosting the two Main Stage concerts at Festival Theatre on Sept. 27 and 28 will be rising stars David Myles and Coco Love Alcorn, both beloved by Deep Roots audiences. Other Main Stage acts include Cuckoo Moon, Tannis Slimmon, Laura Smith, blues great Ray Bonneville and Crabtree & Mills (member Paul Mills, aka Curly Boy Stubbs, produced Stan Rogers recordings and, recently, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield while he was in space).
Also returning to Deep Roots Main Stage is Celso Machado, a Brazilian musician/percussionist who engages audiences in creating rhythms and soundscapes. He will also give a free children’s performance during the festival.
Musician Dave Carmichael, who returns for his third year as program coordinator, is excited to have put together the makings of a wonderful Cajun/Acadian collaboration.
“Unisson, from Clare District, are a great Acadian band. I can’t wait for them to meet David Greely from Louisiana,” he said.
On Sept. 28, the focus in the evening is Blues at the Barn, with Ray Bonneville and one of the most original and exciting young bands on the scene today, the 24th Street Wailers.
The next morning's Rise up Singing is a sing-along with festival artists in support of the Wolfville and Area Food Bank. Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food item.
Rick MacNab, Heather Kelday, The 24th Street Wailers, Beautiful Wild Animals and ORO! Orkestra will be part of the closing concert on Sept. 29. The Festival Finale also features the presentation of the Valley Arts Award.
Tickets are available through any TicketPro outlet, including Wolfville's Box of Delights Bookshop.
Kings County writer Laura Best will be launching her new book Flying With a Broken Wing on Sept. 29. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the East Dalhousie Community Centre.
Amanda Rheaume here
Singer Amanda Rheaume pays homage to her family history in Manitoba with her recording Keep a Fire.
She will launching the album Sept. 16 at Paddy’s Pub, Wolfville.
Award-winning roots-pop-Americana artist Rheaume has created a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her Métis ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic family-of-origin albums.
Artist Bob Hainstock is offering two six-week courses in introductory and intermediate printmaking.
The introductory course will be held Wednesdays, 7-9 pm., from Sept. 11–Oct. 16
Later in the fall, Hainstock will teach an intermediate course entitled the Diversity of Collagraph Prints. Those sessions will run on Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., from Oct. 26–Nov. 30.
Register in person at gallery or mail by Oct. 20. Forms available on gallery website http://gallery.acadiau.ca/ under ‘outreach-events listing.’ Fees: $160 gallery members/ $165 non-members.
On Sept. 19 Jan Tait will screen the film Reactor at 7 p.m. at Studio Z in the Acadia Cinema Co-op.
In April 2012, Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown to learn how the Japanese are responding to the crisis. Reactor is a short ﬁlm that aims to uncover
how and why we can let go of old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening by bringing to light our interconnectedness and showing us that our actions matter.
Tait, an osteopath, will discuss her own upcoming travels and vision for her work and share in a group conversation on health, spirituality, and activism.
On Sept. 22, Tait will be returning to Ishinomaki, Japan to share osteopathic treatment with her friends and community in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. This fundraiser will allow her to pay an administrative assistant in her Japanese community.
Hear Modern Grass
The band Modern Grass will perform during the Fall Wine Festival at Luckett Winery on Sept. 20.
They will play from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
On Sept. 15, Fundy Film will screens Jagten of The Hunt.
Mads Mikkelsen (Best Actor Award - Cannes) portrays Lucas, a former teacher who is starting over after a tough divorce and job loss. Just as his life is improving, an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is alone to fight for his life and dignity in Thomas Vinterberg’s multi-award-winning drama.
On Sept. 22, Fundy Film screens Much Ado About Nothing. Joss Whedon gives Shakespeare's classic comedy a contemporary spin. Shot in just 12 days using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
Both films will be screened at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening.
At Harvest Gallery
From Sept. 14–Oct. 13, Lynda Shalagan is featured at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.
The exhibition “Seeing Red” was an idea that figured prominently during her recent trip to China in terms of a personal, visual statement. Red is a colour deeply imbued with symbolism in the Chinese culture.
“Although I used it purely intuitively,” she said, “these paintings express something about my experience of this ancient culture.”
Shalagan said she was attracted to the graphic quality and flow of the pictograms and calligraphy. Leafless in early spring, even the branches of the twisted trees in the gardens seemed to be communicating in this exotic language.
In 2005, a car struck author Wayne P. Gillis while he was riding his motorcycle, causing a number of serious injuries. In his new book, Moving Forward: A Personal Story of Hope, Recovery & Determination, Gillis chronicles that event and those injuries. He presents for readers the inspiring story of how he overcame them and began putting his life back together.
On Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m., Gillis will be at the Coles County Fair Mall, New Minas to sign books.
A former employee trainer for a national bank, Gillis built and sold a successful business in Florida before returning to Canada to go back to university. He now lives in Charlottetown with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.
Jenn Grant in concert
Singer Jenn Grant will give a concert in Wolfville on Sept. 12 with Jim Bryson.
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 of the evening as her special guest.
A Juno nominee, Grant has release four albums. Her most recent and first released in the U.S., The Beautiful Wild, won this year’s ECMA pop recording of the year award.
Tickets are available at the Box of Delights bookstore.
A new Kentville firm, Fusion Entertainment Company, has recently started a monthly event at The Travellers Club in Kentville, 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 Travellers Club.
Jessica Brewster says the aim of the event is to unite original artists with an audience who has come to hear their music and to help draw attention, future memberships.
The next Songwriters Circle will be held on Sept. 12 from 7–11 p.m.
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 its kind for the region and it's ready to take that region by thunderous storm, said 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 people are invited to bring their guitars. Advance tickets and gate tickets are $38.50. Evening passes are also available.
Coming soon to CentreStage Theatre in Kentville 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, who is engaged to Sybil Merton. Her cheiromantist, Podgers, has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and feels duty bound to get the murder over with first.
It will be on stage Sept. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-29, and Oct. 4-6, 11-12 and 18-19. Showtime is 8 p.m. and matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. Tickets $15/$12, call 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.