Kings County arts scene: May 20

Wendy Elliott
Published on May 19, 2014

Art Battle 125 winner was Heather Alexis Porter of Kentville. She was the people's choice at the event held for the first time at the Acadia Art Gallery.

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Art Battle

Two rounds of furious painting resulted in a third round in the first Art Battle at Acadia University last week. Spectators then chose Heather Alexis Porter of Kentville as the winner, but everyone was entertained and the paintings were auctioned off. View a slideshow from the event here.

Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens The Expedition to the End of the World on May 21 at 8 p.m. 

In the summer of 2011, a three-masted schooner set sail for Northeast Greenland. Aboard is a Danish crew of adventurous scientists, artists and philosophers embarking on a journey to a landscape that has not been walked by humankind since prehistoric times.

Fundy also screens The Auction on May 25 at 8 p.m. In the pastoral landscape of Saguenay, rugged sheep farmer Gaby decides to sell the ancestral home to help his eldest daughter. He sees his move to the city and a modest apartment as a liberation from the only life he has ever known.

Films are screened at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8. 


Music at New Minas

Compose Yourself, a musical about composers that exposes students to classical music, has been popular locally this spring.

New Minas Elementary School student performances are May 22 at 1 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. L.E. Shaw Elementary School students performed last week, said music teacher Olivia Frampton.


Coming home

Ask Your Sister, with the three Nasr sisters and Andy Flinn, have returned to Canada and will offer two concerts at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville May 23-24.

Ariana Nasr and her husband, Flinn, have been in India and China to perform with sisters Kamila and Sahara Jane Nasr.

Sahara Jane reports that the China tour is winding down and they are looking forward to returning to their hometown.

They plan to perform the material they’ve written for their upcoming album, plus some old favourites. The new CD is expected in July.

Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Box of Delights Bookshop or online from their website.



New art show

Grand Pre artist Jean Leung will have her artwork on display at the Designer Café in Kentville. It will remain up until June 15.


Benefit is slated

A benefit concert to assist O’Neal Blackman, a student at Horton High School, is planned for May 23 at the school.

It will begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds are intended to raise funds to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle.


Calling on artists

Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville is looking for submissions. The Annapolis Valley is full of talented emerging artists and we are hoping to offer you an opportunity to show your work in a public venue. Taking that first step is always hard. Artists who have shown their work at Jack’s have found it a gateway to other galleries. If you are interested in exhibiting, submission forms are available on the website or email


Honour choir sings

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir will present their final musical offerings of the year on May 24. Two concerts will be held at Kentville Baptist Church at 3 and 7 p.m.

The afternoon concert will feature the junior choir, with guest performances by the senior choir, concluding with massed numbers that will join all 120 AVHC singers in song to end off the season with a bang.

The 7 p.m. concert will feature a full program with the senior choir after performing at Podium Choral Conference in Halifax.

The AVHC organization now has over 120 singers in two choirs. Both junior and senior groups have had an extremely successful year. The two choirs have recently been chosen to represent the Annapolis Valley Music Festival at provincials at the end of May.

Tickets are $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for students. Purchase them ahead from choristers, from the choir manager’s desk at rehearsals, or at Pharmasave locations in Wolfville and Kingston.  


Chase Ross and band

Kentville-born musician Chase Ross and his band, The Devil's Half Acre, has a new album coming out soon. The band is going to be hosting a show at St. Croix United Church to celebrate.

Die and Carry On is the band’s third release.

“It was inspired by beginnings and endings and beginnings again,” Ross says. “Each song attempts to explore what it truly means to carry on. I wrote a lot about coming to terms with events beyond our own control, and of last wishes and words spoken while standing on the threshold of great change.”

The show is going to be May 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.


Port Williams Musical Showcase

Hear the highlights of the Valley Music Festival on May 25, 7 p.m., at Port Williams United Baptist Church.

Anyone who would like to be a participant in a showcase of musical talent can contact Lana Churchill by May 22.

A freewill donation at the door will go towards the music festival and the church.


Public art request

Wolfville has approved a public art policy with the goal of unveiling, every four years, a permanent piece of public art by means of juried process. 

The policy was proposed by three Wolfville residents, Dick Groot, Terry Drahos and the late Bob Stead. The idea arose from the recent establishment of Work at the Trestle by Ruth Abernethy in Waterfront Park. 

Previous public art in Wolfville included the stick people, a project initiated by three local artists who created a series of street sculptures that appeared mysteriously at irregular intervals under the cover of night. Another example is the annual Uncommon Common Art program.

The policy will be governed by a committee of council known as the Art in Public Places Committee. The committee will advise on the implementation of the policy, propose the scope and terms of reference for each new public art project and recommend for approval the members of the jury for each project. The town is currently seeking individuals to serve on the committee. Information can be found on The deadline for applications is May 23.

As part of the policy, the town has committed $5,000 annually to a reserve that will be used to leverage funding from other governmental and private sources. The town hopes to unveil the first piece of art in 2018.  

Ron Hynes concert

Newfoundland’s renowned singer/songwriter Ron Hynes will be giving a concert on May 30 at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.

It starts at 8 p.m. and features one of Canada’s favourite songwriters.


Remembering Wilf

A musical variety night called Remembering Wilf Carter is set for May 31 at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6 p.m., at Northeast Kings Education Centre, Canning. It features Ontario's yodeling singer Andy Bowes.

Also performing Nova Scotia's Floyd Spicer, Ron Muise, Carl Dalrymple, Lois Lutz and Country Kids. Emcee will be Floyd Spicer.  

Tickets are $10 at the door and from Cochrane's Pharmacy in Canning and Wolfville. The Wilf Carter Room at the museum on Main Street will be open the day of the show from 3-5 p.m.

Proceeds go to the Wilf Carter Room, Canning Library and Heritage Centre. Information: 582-3320.


At CentreStage

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.

It is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage on May 23-24 and 30-31.

Tickets $15 adults/$12 students and seniors (65+). 

Call 678-8040 for reservations.


Great duo in concert

For a fourth year, the Deep Roots Music Co-op is collaborating with the Apple Blossom Festival to present a major concert on Apple Blossom Saturday.

This year, on May 31, Eastern Canadian artists Joel Plaskett and David Myles will come together for a memorable double-bill.

Tickets are on sale now for the 8 p.m. concert at Convocation Hall, Acadia.


Boys launch new CD

The Wolfville band Men Will Be Boys is holding a

CD release party at the Wolfville Lions Hall June 7..

Dancing runs from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Admission is by freewill offering, with proceeds to the L’Arche Homefires Building Our Dream campaign.



Time to audition

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) is holding auditions for new choir members for the next school year, beginning in September. Any students in Grade 5-12 during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to attend.

Auditions for both junior choir (Grade 5-8) and senior choir (Grade 8-12) will be taking place on from June 2-6 at various locations.

All detailed information about the choir, audition locations as well as online registration for auditions can be found on the AVHC website.


In the galleries

- A new group exhibition at the Acadia Art Gallery features the work of the artists who participated in the recent live painting event Art Battle 125. An artist afternoon will take place on June 4, at 3 p.m.

- Argyle Fine Art in Halifax is launching a new body of work by Aylesford artist Twila Robar-DeCoste in a show entitled Bloom. The show will continue until May 21 and is also online.