Kings County Arts Scene Feb. 25

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Receives ECMA nomination

Glenn McMullen and his firm, Sound of Pop, based in Wolfville, will have his fingers crossed again this March

Sound of Pop has an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nomination for Music Merchant of the Year and Management of the Year. This is the fifth consecutive year that McMullen’s firm has received industry nominations.

In 2010 and 2011, the nominations were for Record Label of the Year, followed by a 2012 nomination for Company of the Year. The awards will be handed out in Charlottetown.


Founded in 2001, Sound of Pop’s primary focus is pitching music for film, TV and advertisements, in addition to managing a band from New Brunswick, The Playdates, and running a small independent record label.

McMullen transported the former Toronto-based company to the outskirts of Wolfville in mid-2008.


Join a Contra Dance

Caller Shannon Lynch will be leading a contra dance in Wolfville on March 8.

Music will provided live by Andy Webster and Scott Henderson and organizers say no experience is necessary.

Contra dances are called step-by-step, so

no partner is necessary. A beginner’s lesson is slated for 7:30 p.m., while the dancing starts at 8 pm. in the L’Arche Hall on Main Street.

Bring indoor, low-heeled shoes and a water bottle.

Cost is $10 at the door.

For more information,


War Horse is coming

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.

At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

This production goes on screen March 7 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. 

Tickets on sale now at the Box of Delights or any Ticketpro agent.

Oscar Night Party

The Acadia Cinema Co-op is holding an Oscar Night Party on March 2.

It will start at 9 p.m. Come watch the Oscars on a big screen.





See and hear opera

The Royal Opera will present its film version of Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, on Feb. 28 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

This dark Oriental fairytale features elaborate masks and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Just Us Café in Wolfville.



Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens The Venice Sunddroime on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. 

Exploring the impact of the tourist industry and foreign ownership on the magical city of Venice, this documentary details how the invading forces of tourism are obliterating almost everything of value in the city. It is a requiem for a still grand city and an elegy to the remaining Venetians—their humour and their hearts.

Fundy Film will also screen Nebraska on March 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

After receiving a sweepstakes letter, a cantankerous father (current Oscar nomineee Bruce Dern) thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. At the intersection of impeccable direction and a brilliant script is a wisely observed and wryly funny drama.

Finally, Fundy Film will screen Dallas Buyers Club on March 5 at 7 p.m. Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée puts the true story of Ron Woodroof squarely on Matthew McConaughey. In 1985, the Texas electrician and rodeo cowboy is blindsided by an H.I.V. diagnosis with a month to live. An outsider to the gay community, Ron, with unlikely ally (fellow AIDS patient and transsexual, Rayon, played by Jared Leto), establishes a “buyers club" to give H.I.V patients access to unsanctioned alternatives. Fighting for dignity, education and acceptance, Ron's is a story of the transformative power of resilience. 

Screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screenings.


Songwriting Circle

On March 1 at 8 p.m., Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre is pleased to present an evening of award-winning Nova Scotian singer-songwriters. MIPAC's Songwriters' Circle is the next offering in the 2013-2014 Entertainment Series and features the home-grown talents of Ria Mae, Kim Wempe and Carmel Mikol.  

The performance is at 8 p.m. at MIPAC, 106 Gerrish Street, Windsor. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors.  They are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.


Lucas Porter returns


The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Lucas Porter on March 1 at the Festival Theatre, Acadia University. The concert is a Jeunesses Musicales du Canada presentation.

The Wolfville concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be recorded by CBC Radio.

A pianist from Port Williams, Porter is the youngest winner of the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition. As a composer, he was the winner of the Notions Realize Music Challenge, an important international competition.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $20 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Acadia University Box Office in person, by phone at 542-5500 or online at


Rachel’s new CD

Annapolis Valley singer-songwriter Rachel MacLean has recently released her first solo album, Beyond The Rain. 

After five years performing solo, she is hosting her first CD release concert on March 2, 7 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kentville.

The Beyond The Rain CD release concert will feature Rachel’s long time guitarist James Logan and special guest pianist and percussionist Cathy Porter. 

Tickets ($10) are available at Kentville Save Easy, Occasions Gifts in Kentville, Absolutely Fabulous Bed, Bath & Home in New Minas, Casa Bella in Wolfville and at the St. Joseph’s Church office (678-3303). 


Dance the Blues

The Hupman Brothers are holding barn dance at the Old Orchard Inn on March 1 at 9 p.m.

The Greenwich dance marks the release of their recent album Black River Blues.


At Ross Creek

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts has a number of opportunities coming up for aspiring art school students can take March 1-2 at Ross Creek to improve skills. A fun and intensive workshop will be led by NSCAD Foundation Year chair Gene Daniels.

March Break is also around the corner at Ross Creek, with a shuttle service from Cambridge to Port Williams available.


March Break Camp

Art in the Garden, a March break camp, is open for enrollment. Children can spend it at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens with artist and educator Terry Drahos.

The camp runs March 10 to 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for children 7 to 12.



Two camps at Mermaid

March Break at Mermaid Theatre will feature a puppetry camp and a rock music camp.

From March 10-12, workshop instructor Struan Robertson is offering a three-day puppetry workshop. It's open to young puppeteers from ages seven to 16 and will run from 9:30 a.m. -4 p.m. daily. 

Then, from March 13-15, Mermaid Theatre will host a group of Canadian artists who are not just the talented band Speed Control, they are also music educators who will present Rawk Camp. There will be two workshops, one for novices with little to no music experience, and one for advanced students with some music lessons under their belts. The best part: the students' bands will perform on the MIPAC stage on Saturday night. Students can rock their own instruments, or have one supplied.



Celebrate winter

March 9 will be a Winter Community Celebration at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts near Canning.

With exciting new art activities for all ages, explore the magic of fire and smoke as visiting writer and volunteer Jona Xhepa leads an exploration of the food and culture of her ancestral homeland of Albania. Meet new artists, learn the historical fashion, dance and stories of this ancient culture while seeing the work of contemporary artist Jessie Babin of New Brunswick.

The day runs from 2-5 p.m. with Albanian treats, hot chocolate and more.

Admission is pay what you can; book ahead at





In the galleries

-Artist Natalie Parsons will have her work at the Designer Café in Kentville until March 23.

- An exploration of printmaking is open at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.The show runs through March 7.

- Acadia University Arts has a group exhibit of art work on display at Jack’s Gallery at the Acadia Cinema Co-op/Just Us Coffee in Wolfville.The exhibit will conclude on March 23.

- Acadia Art Gallery Project 35: Volume 2, March 5 – April 16an itinerant video exhibition selected by 35 international curators.




Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Company of the Year, Acadia Cinema Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre National Theatre Handspring Puppet Company Oscar Night Party Royal Opera Acadia University Dallas Buyers Club Ross Creek Centre Entertainment Series Festival Theatre Mermaid Theatre CBC Radio Acadia University Box Office Catholic Church Beyond The Rain CD Hupman Brothers Old Orchard Inn NSCAD Foundation Year

Geographic location: Wolfville, New Brunswick, Charlottetown South Africa Kentville Venice Acadia Ross Creek Nebraska Texas 106 Gerrish Street Canada Port Williams Annapolis Valley New Minas Casa Bella Cambridge Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens Canning Albania

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