Wolfville writer for young audiences Jan Coates has been nominated for another award this year.
Her novel, The Power of Harmony, has been shortlisted for the 30th IODE Violet Downey Book Award.
Film society offerings
Fundy Film will screen Al Midan (The Square) on April 23 at 7 p.m.
The Egyptian Revolution has been a roller coaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election or a march of millions. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. Director Jehane Noujaim’s documentary transports the viewer deep into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news.
Then, on April 27, the film society will screen Like Father, Like Son.
Kore-Eda took the Cannes’ Jury Prize for this poignant, sensitive drama that explores the age-old debate of nature versus nurture.
Workaholic architect Ryota’s life, one of quietly-ordered affluence with wife Midori and son Keita, is abruptly overturned when authorities reveal that Keita is not his biological son. Due to a switch at birth, their "true" son has been raised in the warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai and his wife. The difference in each couple’s approach to the excruciating dilemma and the gradual emotional awakening of the all-too-rational Ryota reveals Kore-Eda’s rich sense of humanity. Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screenings.
At Union Street
Bill Travis is on deck April 25, while The Hupman Brothers will be holding a CD release concert on April 26 at the Union Street Café in Berwick.
It starts at 8 p.m. and celebrates the release of The Hupman's newest CD Black River Blues.
Catherine MacLellan will be giving a concert on May 3, while the Funtime Brigade is set for May 9.
Music fest soon
The Annapolis Valley Music Festival will run from April 22 to May 2. The Stars of the Festival concerts are both set for May 4, with the first at Festival Theatre at 1:30 p.m. and the second in Denton Hall at 7 p.m.
Various bands will compete at Festival Theatre on the evening of April 21 and from April 22-25. Piano classes take place in Denton Hall, while the strings classes take place at Wolfville Baptist Church.
Musical theatre classes are scheduled for Denton Hall on April 28, while the choirs and vocal classes will take place the following three days.
Entertaining and uplifting
A special screening of the film 50/50 is slated for April 22 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.
The 7 p.m. event is being held as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. The film was inspired by a true story and is largely a comedy about a 27-year-old man who learns he has cancer and struggles to beat the disease.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
Listen to the choir
The Shiretown Singers 2014 Concert Series gets underway on April 23 and continues for three nights until April 25 at the Centreville Baptist Church.
Each performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are musical reviews. This year, featured music will come from popular musicals, The Phantom of the Opera, The Musical World of Walt Disney and Les Misérables.
The 25-member choir is well known in the Annapolis Valley for its combination of male and female voices, together with piano, percussion and guitar musical accompaniment.
The Shiretown Singers have presented annual concerts for more than 20 years, providing donations to the Annapolis Valley Music Festival.
Tickets are $8 each, and are available at R.D. Chisholm’s in Kentville or by phone at 678-5842.
Don Messer tribute
An authentic live tribute to Don Messer’s Jubilee, one of the most popular TV shows in Canadian history, is coming to Wolfville on April 25.
The touring show reunites Grand Master Fiddle Champion Scott Woods (as Don Messer), Cape Breton tenor Tommy Leadbeater (as Charlie Chamberlain) and East Coast Music Award winner Bruce Timmins (as Cecil McEachern).
The show also features the velvet vocals of Lynda Lewis (as Marg Osborne) and 16-year-old step dance champion Emma March in this two-hour masterful performance that pays tribute to the days when Don Messer and his Islanders ruled the airwaves.
The fast-paced, uplifting show delights audiences of all ages with old time fiddle music, sensational step dancing, trick fiddling and family humour. The tour will stop on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.
Tickets - $25 for adults and $10 for children - are on sale now at the Box of Delights Bookstore in Wolfville or call toll free 1-855-SCOTTWOODS (1-855-726-8896).
Well-known Nova Scotia musician J.P. Cormier is giving a concert at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville on April 26. It will start at 8 p.m.
Youth orchestra to visit
The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra will perform in Wolfville on April 26 at 7 p.m.
Under the baton of music director Dinuk Wjeratne, the orchestra will present works by Bartok, Schubert and Dvorak's New World Symphony.
A sinfonia concertante by this year composer competition winner Roydon Tse will also be performed.
The concert takes place at Wolfville Baptist Church. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and they will be available at the door.
Concert in Berwick
The Valley Voices Choir and the male quartet Seventh Wave are giving a concert at the
Berwick Baptist Church on April 27.
It will start at 2 p.m. and tickets are $10.
Neil Diamond tribute
His voice may not be what it used to be, but Neil Diamond can still sell out concerts and provoke girlish screams from the audience.
Joey Purpura has lived and breathed Neil Diamond since 2004, travelled across the country and parts of the Caribbean with his tribute show, Diamond in the Rough.
The tribute show, with some proceeds going to the Legion, will be held April 26, 8 p.m., at the Windsor Legion.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, (902) 798-2031.
Grad benefit slated
Matt Balsor and friends will entertain in a concert to benefit the Horton High School Safe Grad Program.
Hosted by Balsor and featuring guest vocalists Graham Moorehead, Ruth Manning, Frank
Dobbin, Jo-Ann Newman, Alan Butler, and Connie Munroe, it will take place April 27.
The 7 p.m. concert will be held at Horton High School in Greenwich. Tickets are $12, available at Valley Credit Union New Minas and Hantsport branches.
Squid comes to Windsor
The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present Squid Precision Drumming with Cassie and Maggie MacDonald on May 3 at 2 p.m.
East coast Celtic super group Squid have established themselves as one of the most dynamic musical experiences in the region. Featuring Celtic drum-line, bagpipes, fiddle, Chapman stick, guitar and loads of percussion, SQUID mesmerizes with stunning choreography and instrument tricks.
Special guests Cassie and Maggie MacDonald will start off the show with their musical chops. They explore and test the boundaries of traditional music and bring a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements.
This show will appeal to spectators of all ages and is being offered as an afternoon matinee to make it easy for families to enjoy. Admission is $20 for adults or $18 for students, seniors and children.
Tickets are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.
Hear the world
Kings Chorale will present Earth, Water and Sky, a concert celebrating the world around us, on May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
This program of contemporary music by living composers and arrangers will feature music written about our world. Selections will include composers such as John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric William Barnum. There will also be music by familiar singers/songwriters such as Connie Kaldor and Ian Tyson, arranged by people like Allister MacGillivray and Vancouver composer Larry Nickel. Internationally renowned Canadian composers, such as Murray Schafer and Stephen Hatfield, will be featured as well. This is a concert sure to entertain, move and thrill the audience.
The concert takes place at the Louis Millet Civic Centre in New Minas. Tickets, $12, are available from choir members or at the door.
Three to get Married by Kay Hill is a historic comedy set near Aylesford in the 1830s. It describes how a resourceful clergyman sets out to marry off his three daughters.
With the running of the first stagecoach in Nova Scotia, the government is offering a subsidy of 25 pounds to any householder on the route who will open his home as an inn for passengers. Horatio accepts the subsidy and lays in wait for eligible male passengers. Will it happen? Not if Aunt Lizzie has anything to say about it!
Three to Get Married is directed by Beth Irvine and will appeal to audiences from teens to older historic people. The cast includes Darrell Doucette, Chantal Murphy, Hannah Gerrits, Emily Lutz, Nancy O’Halloran, Collyn Boon, Ryan Trimper, Kevin Irvine, Michael Bishop and Ryan MacNab.
Three to Get Married is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage on April 25-26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 30 and 31.There are no wheelchair accessible washrooms on that level. The chairlift will be operational.
Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. Call 678-8040 for reservations.
In the galleries
-The Designer Café in Kentville has a new artist on display until May 4. Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley uses bright colours and a unique style.
- Strandlines - new fabric work by Sanna Rahola at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. Strandlines focuses on the lines that are created by receding tidal waters and the earth's gravitational forces. The show runs through April 27.