Arts scene Sept. 19

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Shoulder to Shoulder performs at the Wolfville Farmer's Market during the recent heritage evening. - Wendy Elliott,

Live at the Whittle

The Mud Creek Boys band and Gary Ness will present a special evening of entertainment on Sept. 21. They will celebrate the Dominion Atlantic Railway in images, stories and songs.

The concert caps off the official unveilling of a statue called Work at the Trestle, which commemorates engineer Vernon Smith. It is being installed at Waterfront Park in Wolfville and will be unveilled at 2:30 p.m. by Wolfville’s former mayor, Bob Stead.

The railway concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the L’Arche-Homefires building campaign.


Viewing time

The annual Studio Rally weekend to view Nova Scotia arts and craftspeople is set for Oct. 5-6.

Among the studios open in the Valley region are Tangled Garden and printmaker Kristiina Lehtonen in Grand Pré, Charlotte Onyschuk in Greenwich, Ron Hayes in Canning and Holly Carr and Alan Bateman in Woodside.



At Mermaid

On Sept. 28, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's acclaimed production of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites" will begin a nine-month tour of North America at Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC).  

The show is Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. They are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.



Authors @ Acadia  

The writers’ series at Acadia University starts out this fall on Sept. 30, 7 p.m., at KCIC Auditorium. Local author Wanda Campbell will launch her new novel, Hat Girl.  

In the novel, Pertice McIlveen is a young Ontario woman who loves Hemingway and hates hats. She receives a mysterious key in the mail. Accompanied by her best friend Es, she travels to Gannet Island, off the coast of New Brunswick, to find the door it fits into. 


Band camp

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 program this year in association with Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, as well as a songwriting workshop headed by Keith Mullins and Heather Kelday at Horton High School. A performance will be held on Sept. 28 at The Clock Park Tent.

Ross Creek Centre is also putting on a music cam for teens Sept. 27 to 29.



Deep Roots coming

Once again there’ll be a marvelous 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 Sept. 27 to help Deep Roots celebrate its 10th anniversary. Jesse Winchester, a singer/songwriter with more than 40 years in the music business, will be on stage Sept. 28.

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 Friday and Saturday evenings will be 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

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.”

Saturday night, the focus 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.

Sunday 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.




Book launch

Kings County writer Laura Best will be launching her new book Flying With a Broken Wing Sept. 29. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the East Dalhousie Community Centre.



Japanese visit

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 will also discuss her upcoming travels and vision for her work at the session, as well as share in a group conversation on health, spirituality and activism.

On Sept. 22, Tait, an osteopath, will be returning to Ishinomaki, Japan to share osteopathic treatment with her friends and community in the wake of the 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.


Upcoming flicks

This month, 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. It will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

On Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Fundy Film screens Nostalgia for the Light. In Chile’s Atacama Desert, international astronomers gather atop its mountains for one of the earth’s clearest views of the universe. The desert itself also preserves ancient and modern human remains, including those of  "disappeared" from the 1973 military coup. Melding celestial and earthly quests, Patricio Guzman offers a moving and deeply personal odyssey. 

Then, the society will screen Renoir: A lush atmospheric drama set on the French Riviera in 1915. The film is about celebrated Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his middle son Jean (who became a great filmmaker) and the young, full-of-life, radiantly beautiful final model of the elder Renoir. It screens Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. 

All shows will be screened at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before the show.



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.


Book signing

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 the injuries he suffered. 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 store in the 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.



At Union Street

On Sept. 20, The Worry Birds will perform. On Sept. 27, A Class Act, featuring Bob Federer and Mark Towers, will hit the stage.









At CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has Lord Arthur Savile's Crime on stage, 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.

- Designer Café in Kentville presents ‘Full Barn’ by Fab Leydecker until Sept. 26. She has always been fascinated by horses, her paintings reflect her love for them.



Organizations: Dominion Atlantic Railway, Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Ross Creek Centre Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Al Whittle Theatre Acadia University Horton High School The Clock Park Tent Festival Theatre Area Food Bank East Dalhousie Community Centre Acadia Cinema Co-op CentreStage Theatre Halifax Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Waterfront Park, Nova Scotia 24th Street Grand Pré Greenwich Canning Woodside North America Ontario Gannet Island New Brunswick Japan Deep Roots Main Stage Clare District Louisiana Kings Ishinomaki Kentville China Florida Canada

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