Kings County arts scene Aug. 28

Wendy Elliott
Published on August 29, 2014

Muriel the mermaid made of recycled articles reclines near the wharf at Delhaven. She is the creation of Canning artist Marie Jardine, who takes part in the Uncommon Art project annually.

©Wendy Elliott

New festival starts

The new variety-style music festival at Fox Mountain

will run from Friday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Aug. 30. Organizer Joyce Seamone says she is starting out small. The music will run Friday evening and approximately 1:30 - 10 p.m. on Saturday.

As the title suggests she has lined up a variety of music which includes a rock and roll band with music from the 50’s/60’s Bluestar, classics from the 60’s British and American artists with Hal Bruce, a Newfie band Bay City Band, a bluegrass band Shady Lane,  a blues/folk band from the Valley the Hupman Brothers and two bands that are a mixture of all of the above – Saucy Jack and Jackie Dalrymple and the Quick Brew Crew.

Kaitlin & Dead Sheep

Port Williams native Kaitlin Morrow is bringing her Toronto-based comedy group Sex T-Rex to Halifax to present their hit western-comedy, Watch Out Wildkat. Their saddle ride through the classic film genre will be performed live at the Museum of Natural History as part of the Atlantic Fringe Festival from Aug. 29-Sept 5.

Wolfville’s sketch comedy troupe, the Dead Sheep Scrolls, will also be performing at Atlantic Fringe. The four comedians, who organize Night Kitchen, were at the Saint John Fringe last week.

For details on individual performances check the website.


Meanwhile Wolfville’s favourite monthly music event Night Kitchen will return in September as (K)night Kitchen.

After the summer break, the variety night is slated for Saturday, Sept. 6 with Andy Kavanagh & the Dead Sheep Scrolls among the performers.

Food film set

Devour, the Food Film Fest, and Wolfville chef Dave Smart are combining efforts again. On Thursday, Aug. 28, there will be a screening followed by a dinner.

The film starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. The evening will begin with a screening of Chef at Al Whittle Theatre. Jon Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a chef who suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant, only to find himself moving to Miami to launch a food truck. The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, and Scarlett Johansson.

The meal at Front & Central will follow Chef. Tickets for the film are $10 at the Box of Delights.

British theatre on screen 

National Theatre Live at the Whittle is gearing up for its first show of the next season A Small Family Business. It will be screened at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 29.

Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 70 comedies. He is supposedly the most performed living English playwright, and the second most performed after Shakespeare. 

Ayckbourn spent his career in a very special

In 1987, The National Theatre, recognizing a good thing when they saw it, offered Ayckbourn an opportunity to come to London to direct 3 plays of his own choosing - as long as the trio included a new one of his own devising. A Small Family Business was the result, winning the best play of the year award.  

In fact, A Small Family Business has been called the most important political play of the 1980’s. Another critic included it as one of the top 10 British plays of  the 20th century.

Supper and Barn Dance

On Friday, Aug 29 a great time is in store for those who attend the barbecue chicken supper at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, followed by an all-ages dance to live music from the North Mountain Ceilidh Band.

With foot-stomping music, a caller to lead you through the steps and much laughter promised. It’s a great way to say goodbye to summer friends and welcome the new beginnings of the fall. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for kids 11 and under for dinner or the dance separately, or $15/ $10 for both.

Pony Girl to visit

Jeff Kingsbury is bringing his band from Ottawa to perform at his alma mater Acadia University.

Called Pony Girl, he says the band is something of an indie/art-rock group with a lot of chamber and jazz

“We're embarking on a 10-date tour from Ottawa to the East Coast and back in late-August/early-September, and we'll be playing a show at the Garden Room in the Irving Centre in Wolfville on Sept. 4.

“This show is something of a homecoming for me after having graduated and left the area to pursue music,” he said.

Kingsbury grew up in Kentville and studied music at Acadia, graduating in 2012.

Greek Tragedy

A screening of the stage production of the Greek tragedy Medea will take place on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

It will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. They can be purchased at the Box of Delights in Wolfville or Wilson’s Pharmasave in Berwick and Kentville.

At Union Street Cafe

Union Street will also present Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case on Sept. 6. They have been wowing critics and fans since their 2010 debut release.

Their November 2013 sophomore effort, The Sun in Your Eyes, has been the best selling album since its release at the legendary Fred’s Records in St. John’s, NL. The first single, Thick as Thieves, earned the boys the title of “Best New Act in Canada” in the CBC Searchlight Contest, beating out over 3,000 acts across the country. Their highly energetic and entertaining live show has floored audiences all across Canada and as far away as the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.

Other dates to mark on the calendar:

Sept. 20 CD release with Ian Sherwood,

Sept. 25 Deep Roots Kick Off Show with Bob Snider, Brent Mason, and Tom Gallant, Oct. 7 Jimmy Rankin (almost sold out), Oct. 11 The Modern Grass with guest Jennah Barry, Oct. 18 Ron Hynes, Oct. 25 Garnet Rogers, Nov. 1 Stephen Fearing and

Nov. 8 Matt Minglewood.

Film Series Rolls Out Sept 7

The Fundy Film Society (FFS) in Wolfville is embarking on its 13th autumn series with 27 feature and documentary films from French and English Canada, Australia, Sweden, Palestine, UK, Poland, Japan, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the USA.

A lush period bio-pic of an 18th century woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) born into slavery, Belle is the illegitimate child of a Caribbean slave and a Royal Navy officer. Her aristocratic British great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watkins) raise her with many privileges, yet her skin colour remains a barrier, clouding her future. 

It will be screened on Sept 7: 4 & 7, Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tickets ($9) 30 minutes before screening

For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Al Whittle Theatre, the series also includes two celebratory special screenings (Nov 5, Nov 7), the Nov. 5 screening (also a nod to the 75th birthday of the National Film Board of Canada in 2014) is in collaboration with the fall exhibit of the Acadia University Art Gallery.

At a recent board meeting, the society agreed to make the first ticket price increase in 12 years. General admission tickets will now be $9 and 6-packs will be $42 for six tickets (all prices include HST).

 “Some distributor fees have gone up 67% in the past year and a half”, said Noemi Volovics, FFS treasurer, “and the impact has been significant.” The Autumn series 6-pack sale will be held in the Al Whittle Theatre lobby on Sat, Sept 6, 10 a.m. – 2 pm. and will continue at screenings through Sept 14. All films but three are fully confirmed and full details can be seen on

Hard Rock Fest ahead

The second annual Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival will return to Fox Mountain Camping Park in Aylesford Sept. 12-13 with 25 bands and a number of special guests, including the Randy and Mr. Lahey show from Trailer Park Boys fame.

Bands include Anesthesia, Abysseral Throne, Beyond Eternal, Black Moor, Broken Ohms, Chaos Theory, Dark Envy, Diable Strange, Dischord, Elevate the Virus, Forward Unto Dawn, Frown, Hero’s Last Rite, Hitman, Last Kick, Machete, Novichok, Oceanic, Oceans Will Rise, 80s metal tribute band Poison Cherry, 7 Mile Stare, Tactus, The Green Lung Grinders, Try Dying and Iron Maiden tribute band 2 Minutes 2 Maiden.

Weekend, day and evening passes are available at the gate or in advance from,, Mama Sodia’s Pizza in Kingston or by calling Fox Mountain box office at 902-847-3747.

Weekend camping spots are also available and kids 12 and under are free with supervision. An on-site canteen will be available and non-glass beverages can be brought in. 

Now at CentreStage

Although he is in his early 20s now, Brian Dowd can’t shake his feelings of self-doubt and social awkwardness whenever he’s anywhere near Jerry Finnegan’s sister, Beth.  He’s felt this way since the age of seven when her family moved in next door. Beth has no idea of his unrequited love and it’s do or die for Brian when he learns that she is about to be married.  Determined to declare himself at last, he’s resolved to meet his fears head-on. After all, what’s he got to lose – except the love of his life!

Written by Jack Neary, this acclaimed comedy will appeal to all audiences.  It is directed by Mindy Vinqvist Tymchuk.

Cast members are: Marc Hetu and Emily Lutz, except Danielle Lutz will replace her sister August 30.

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister is on stage August 29, 30. Showtime is 8 p.m. / 2 p.m. matinee on August 24.

Tickets are $15/$12 (Call 678-8040 for reservations). CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River Street, Kentville.

Play will travel

Marion Abbott and East Coast Carolling of Halifax are pleased to bring their play, No Safe Harbour, to CentreStage, Sept. 5 and 6. The play depicts the physical and emotional devastation of the Halifax Explosion, through the eyes of a 12 year-old girl. It will be presented in the Upper Performance Centre beginning at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $12. CentreStage gift certificates and season passes are invalid for this show.

Call 678-8040 for reservations.

In the galleries

- The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour. Open daily, featuring Darren Brown, a cigar box guitar maker. Http:// 

- Uncommon Common Art has its seventh season underway. Until mid-October, there will be 18 installations set up at sites throughout Kings County. Brochures/maps will be available at all Visitor Information Centres and area businesses.


- CentreStage Theatre is presenting Wolfville artist Barbara Cain on the Artist Wall during the run of Jerry Finnegan’s Sister. Cain paints in watercolors, oils and acrylics.

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