Kings County arts scene: April 1

Jennifer Vardy Little
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The Contra dance held on March 8 at the L'Arche hall in Wolfville was a great success. The two musicians who performed at the event were Scott Henderson, left, and Andy Webster

Acadia announces Performing Arts series

The Acadia Performing Arts Series announced its 2014-2015 season recently. 

The series opens in September with the twin pianos of the dynamic Duo Turgeon, followed in October by the Zodiac Trio with a program for clarinet, violin and piano.

In November, the Elmer Iseler Singers will display their unique brand of choral excellence. Tafelmusik, Canada’s premier baroque orchestra, presents the Galileo Project with its stunning images accompanied by the music of the period.

Measha Brueggergosman’s Christmas is a special series add-on in December.

The Tom Regan Memorial Concert will open the second half of the season in January with a display of talent from the Acadia School of Music. Symphony Nova Scotia, meanwhile, will offer a Mendelsohn double concerto for violin and piano featuring Terence Tam and Lorraine Min.

Gypsy jazz by Christine Tassan et les Imposteures will heat up the first day of spring and the series will conclude in April with a contemporary program by Ballet Jorgen Canada.

Cinderella the musical

West Kings District High School has Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella going on stage April 2–5 at 7:30 p.m. The cast is also offering a matinee on April 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10/$12 at the school office in Auburn or by phone 847-4440


Strandlines at the Harvest Gallery

Sanna Rahola is a Finnish fiber artist and designer living on the shores of the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia.  Until April 27, her show, Strandlines, will be on display at the Harvest Gallery.

Rahola creates richly-textured compositions using silk, linen, merino wool and other natural fibers.  Much of what is natural to Nova Scotia unfolds across the surfaces she creates. 

Strandlines focuses on the lines of natural materials discarded on the beach at high tide. 


Organ time

The Annapolis Valley Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists has a membership that extends from Windsor to Digby. The centre is about to hold a concert called Sacred, Secular and Silly X.

This concert is in aid of the centre’s organ scholarship fund, which encouraged talented keyboard players in this area to acquire organ-playing skills.

Spokesman Jon Montgomerie says, “our most successful winner, in 2006, was Shawn Potter of Belmont, Hants County. A graduate in music of both Mount Allison and McGill Universities, he is now employed as music director at First Baptist Church in Ottawa.”

This past August, Potter won the Godfrey Hewitt Prize of $5,000 at the Orgelfest competition held in Ottawa.

“Our 2013 winner was Chantal Peng of Wolfville. Chantal was the winner of the Acadia Rose Bowl at the Annapolis Valley Music Festival in 2011. She enjoyed a set of organ lessons from Elizabeth Harwood, one of Canada's finest organists, who now resides in Annapolis County,” Montgomerie said.

The concert will be held April 4 at Bridgetown Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken for the fund.

The program contains an interesting mix of repertoire, from Bach to Les Miz to the Beatles, by local singers and instrumentalists, as well as congregational hymns. 


At the Union St. Cafe

The Kickin' Mule Blues Band is booked in Berwick for April 12 at 8 p.m. $10

The Kickin’ Mule Blues Band was formed in 2010 and currently consists of Brian Chipman, Mark Bezanson, Jason Burns, and Richard Berithiaume. The original band emerged from an informal North Mountain Jam.

Their sound is spawned from the post-war electric blues era and features the music of the heroes of the day, such as Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers. Essentially, they are a dance band that likes to infuse their audience with the same good feeling that comes from playing this great music.



The authors’ series at Acadia University is presenting Rawi Hage on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

He will be reading at the Irving Centre Auditorium.  

A multi-award winning Montreal writer and visual artist Hage (Cockroach, DeNiro’s Game) will read from his 2012 work Carnival.

Family Fare at the Mermaid


Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present The Studio by the Quebec theatre company Bouge de là on April 12 at 3 p.m. 

Four inventive dancers play with the tools they uncover in an overflowing art studio—frames, scarves, brooms—from which they create original multimedia pieces. Motion-capture technology projects their movements onto the stage as rainbows of colour, so that the dancers appear to move through space like a painter’s brushes on canvas. The one-hour performance offers young spectators and their families a unique introduction to the world of dance and an innovative visual spectacle.  

This family show is suitable for ages five and up. 

Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets. 


Call for film outlines

The Atlantic Film Festival is pleased to announce a call for feature film outlines as the event looks for the best and most talented writers from the Atlantic region to participate in its 2014 Script Development Program.

The program is part of the 34th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Sept. 11-18. Writers will be able to develop their feature film ideas from an outline into a first draft script.

A jury made up of film and arts professionals will select four feature film outlines for development. These outlines will be developed into rough first drafts through three intensive weekend sessions, under the guidance of one of Canada’s top story editors, Noel Baker.

Participating writers will also take part in the Script Pitch Eventon Sept. 14 during the Atlantic Film Festival.

The winner, who will be announced at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival, will win a $10,000 development prize and receive a live, staged full read-through with local actors at Script Out Loudas part of the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival.

The deadline for submissions is April 25. The entry form is available for download from the Atlantic Film Festival website at Participating writers will be announced in early May.


Distorted Realism

The Designer Café in Kentville has a new artist on display until May 4. Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley, has been producing a unique brand of art.

His bright colours and unique style add a distinct take on his subject matter. His unique imagination and view of the world around him, along

with his distinctive strokes and brush work, make for some very attractive, vibrant, powerful and beautiful works.

Two Lenten music series

The Lenten series at Wolfville Baptist Church continues April 2 ass mezzo-soprano Melissa Wood performs. On April 9, flutist Rebecca Hutton is scheduled.

Freewill offering will go to the artists and to the Choral Scholars Program at the church. Lunch is served (soup and bread) from 11:30-12:10 for the 12:15—1 p.m. concerts.

The Manning Memorial Chapel at Acadia University is also running a Lent Recital Series. On March 31, Davina Sureswaran and Trenna Robbins will sing at 12:15 p.m. Admission is freewill offering.

Film society offerings

The film society will screen 12 Years a Slave on April 2 at 7 p.m. 

Steve McQueen’s Best Picture Oscar brings an true story to the big screen. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejio-for), a free black, violinist, farmer and family man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing stark, visceral and unrelenting cruelty, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles to stay alive while retaining his dignity in his fight for survival and freedom.

Then, on April 6, Gloria will be screened at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. After a divorce and with her children grown, Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, makes the best of life while seeking companionship at social dance clubs for singles. Her fragile happiness changes when she enters into a whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer.

On April 9, Frédéric Back: Grandeur Nature (The Nature of Frédéric Back) will be on screen at 7 p.m. Nova Scotia-born filmmaker Phil Comeau’s multi-award-winning documentary is a portrait and celebration of artist-activist extraordinaire, Frédéric Back (1924–2013). A prolific illustrator/graphic artist and honoured filmmaker and animator, Back was the recipient of two Oscars as he strove to depict the beauty of Earth. The film follows his exceptional path from childhood in France to his arrival in Québec.

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


Shakespeare on film

On April 4, 7 p.m., actor Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad will turn up the heat this fall as Broadway’s hottest, rule-breaking, heart-aching couple.

The film version at the Al Whittle Theatre promises jealousy, prejudice, betrayal - and the chance that true love could actually conquer all. The greatest love story of all time, for the first time in over 36 years, played live on Broadway in a stunningly modern production

Play at CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre is featuring a play called Separate Beds.

Ernie and Twink are in the autumn of their lives. In celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary, the couple’s children send them on a Caribbean cruise.

Free of chores and children, Ernie and Twink are wined, dined and introduced to exciting people. When they meet the rich, seductive Blake and Beth, who still seem to have a perfect life together after 10 years of marriage, Twink becomes infatuated with the glamour of the other couple’s lives and seeks to reignite the spark in her own marriage.

A Canadian dramedy written by award-winning playwright, M.J. Cruise and directed by Chérie Zinck, this play will appeal to adult as well as mature young adult audiences.

Cast Members include Trina Long, Mike L’Oiseau, Richard Stern and Liz Stern.

Separate Beds plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre on April 4-5. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 adults/$12 students and seniors.


In the galleries

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



Organizations: Royal Canadian College of Organists, Acadia Performing Arts Series, Acadia School of Music West Kings District High School Annapolis Valley Centre Acadia University Mount Allison and McGill Universities First Baptist Church Bridgetown Baptist Church Beatles Irving Centre Auditorium Imperial Performing Arts Centre Quebec theatre Development Program Al Whittle Theatre Wolfville Baptist Church Nature of Frédéric Back CentreStage Theatre

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Kings Windsor Ottawa Annapolis Valley Auburn Hants County Annapolis County Berwick Montreal Atlantic Halifax Broadway Kentville New York France Québec Caribbean

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