Read­ing Where We Live

Cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal writ­ing ses­sion planned in Bridgetown

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The Ernest Buck­ler Lit­er­ary Event So­ci­ety is host­ing its sec­ond ma­jor event: a cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal writ­ing on June 3.

The up­com­ing event, Read­ing Where We Live, is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing a wider ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture.

It is be­ing chaired by Jane Borecky and or­ga­niz­ers in­clude Anne Cross­man, Robert Ma­her and John Mont­gomerie.

In 2015, the group spon­sored Re­mem­ber­ing Ernest Buck­ler, an oc­ca­sion which com­mem­o­rated the lit­er­ary achieve­ments of a na­tive son. Mont­gomerie said he be­came a pioneer in the ad­vance­ment of Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture.

The suc­cess of this ven­ture has in­spired the so­ci­ety to present Read­ing Where We Live: A Cel­e­bra­tion of Lo­cal Writ­ing, which will take place in the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch #33 build­ing in Bridgetown on June 3 from 4-9 p.m.

Two lead­ing schol­ars in Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture will be the key­note speak­ers. The first is Alexan­der Macleod, son of the late writer Alistair Macleod, is the au­thor of the 2010 Sco­tia­bank Giller-nom­i­nated

Light Lift­ing and a pro­fes­sor of English and

At­lantic Canada

Stud­ies at St.

Mary’s Univer­sity. The sec­ond is Nick Mount, a pro­fes­sor of

Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture at Univer­sity of Toronto, who stud­ied at Dal­housie Univer­sity. In 2005, his book, When Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture Moved to New York, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for the best book in Cana­dian lit­er­ary crit­i­cism.

“We will be for­tu­nate in­deed to hear the in­di­vid­ual views of these two men on writ­ing for a lo­cal au­di­ence,” Mon­gomerie said.

Paul Colville of Mosher’s Cor­ner, an or­ganic farmer, has re­cently writ­ten The View from Delu­sion

Road: A Set­tler’s

Story, a work of fic­tional non­fic­tion about life in the North

Moun­tain area between 1860 and 1870. He recre­ated dia­logue between his two pro­tag­o­nists, Joseph and Jane Bent. Colville will de­tail his ex­pe­ri­ence as a writer ex­plor­ing a lo­cal theme with help from his­to­rian

Barry Moody and Linda Bent.

The panel will then be ex­panded to in­clude Mount and Macleod with a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in­volv­ing the au­di­ence.

Blain Hen­shaw, who is an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist, broad­caster, auc­tion­eer, song­writer and per­former, will pro­vide mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, as well as com­men­tary on his re­cent book

All Hands Lost, which records the tragic last voy­age of the gyp­sum freighter SS No­vadoc in March 1947.

Ken Ma­her has cho­sen a se­lec­tion to read from Whirligig, Buck­ler’s col­lec­tion of wit and whimsy, which won the Lea­cock Medal for Hu­mour in 1978. Fi­nally, the An­napo­lis Dis­trict Drama Group, un­der the di­rec­tion of Brian Dickinson, will stage Peggy Arm­strong’s play Start­ing Over.

An im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent of this lo­cal writ­ers’ event will be a lo­cally-sourced sup­per catered by D’au­bin’s Fam­ily Meats of Bridgetown. Any­one with di­etary con­cerns should tell their ticket seller as D’au­bin’s is pre­pared to hon­our such re­quests.

As an added at­trac­tion, Mont­gomerie, who is a Bridgetown pi­anist, will pro­vide back­ground din­ing mu­sic. A cash bar will be avail­able.

Tick­ets, $35, are on sale at the Mid­dle­ton, Lawrence­town, Bridgetown and An­napo­lis Royal branches of the An­napo­lis Val­ley Re­gional Li­brary as well as End­less Shores Books in Bridgetown and Bain­ton’s Tan­nery Out­let in An­napo­lis Royal.

Only 80 tick­ets are avail­able. For any fur­ther in­quiries, con­tact Borecky at 902-665-2038. like us on face­book face­book.com/pages/ kingscountynews

Two tour­ing mu­si­cians com­ing

Craig Visser and Emily Shaw will be trav­el­ling around Nova Sco­tia this spring for a run of gui­tar con­certs, in­clud­ing stops at Wolfville and An­napo­lis Royal.

The con­certs will fea­ture clas­si­cal stan­dards by Chopin and Rossini, as well as mod­ern mu­sic for the gui­tar by Dyens, As­sad, Omar Daniel, and Visser. Come and hear these young emerg­ing gui­tarists in what will be an ex­cit­ing and di­verse pro­gram for all tastes and interests.

On May 31, they will per­form at 7:30 p.m. in Man­ning Me­mo­rial Chapel, Wolfville, and then on June 3 at 3 p.m., their con­cert is set for the Art­splace Gallery, An­napo­lis Royal.

Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion for both con­certs.

Wed­ding Belles goes on Cen­trestage ros­ter

Wed­ding Belles by Alan Bai­ley and Ron­nie Claire Edwards is a de­light­ful com­edy set in the garden in Eu­fala Springs, East Texas.

Four garden club ladies meet a young girl who has come to their lit­tle Texas town to marry an in­fantry­man be­fore he ships off for the Sec­ond World War. The women im­pul­sively de­cide to throw the girl an elab­o­rate wed­ding.

Wed­ding Belles is di­rected by Heidi Price. The cast in­cludes Charley Mcbride, Ju­nie Hutchin­son, Carolyn Landry, Terri Bowlby-chi­as­son and Emily Bur­ton.

The play runs from June 2–24, with maint­ess on June 11 and 18. The evening shows be­gin at 7:30 p.m. The mati­nees be­gin at 2 p.m.

The fea­tured artist dur­ing June is Kim­berly Tag­gart.

Go on­line: www.cen­trestageth­e­atre.ca

Get ready for the Mu­sic Man

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful run of the mu­si­cal Grease in early 2017, Quick As A Wink The­atre So­ci­ety in Wind­sor is ready to tackle its next big Broad­way mu­si­cal, and this time, The Mu­sic Man is mak­ing its way to the lo­cal the­atre stage.

Shows will take place at Foun­tain Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre of King’s-edge­hill School in Wind­sor June 2, 3, 9, 10, at 7 p.m., with spe­cial mati­nees on June 3, 4, and 10 at 2 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at QAAW.CA or by vis­it­ing The Box of De­lights Book Shop in Wolfville.

An East Coast Clas­si­cal week­end

A won­der­ful week­end of clas­si­cal mu­sic is com­ing up in Wolfville June 2-4. It opens with Voices 10; pro­fes­sional opera singers, from across Nova Sco­tia, will sing arias, duets, trios, quar­tets and cho­ruses from fa­mous operas. There is also a free vo­cal class, start­ing at 7:30 p.m., at Wolfville Bap­tist Church.

Then, join Fab Five In­stru­men­tal, fea­tur­ing Chan­tal Peng, pi­ano, David Parker, french horn, Jen­nifer King, pi­ano Charke/ Cormier Duo , flute and clas­si­cal gui­tar. En­joy the fiery rhythms of Machado and Gi­nastera and sooth­ing clas­sics of Han­del, Gounod, and Chopin. Free to pub­lic.

Tick­ets are $25 for adults or $12 for stu­dents/chil­dren for Voices 10 and Fab Five In­stru­men­tal; Vo­cal Mas­ter­class is free.

Com­ing up at Kings The­atre

The well-known Val­ley per­form­ers, the Spin­ney Brothers, will be in con­cert on June 4 at 2 p.m. They are an award-win­ning Blue­grass quar­tet.

Then, on June 10, the Xara Choral The­atre will bring their mov­ing new pro­duc­tion of The Hours Turn to Noth­ing to An­napo­lis Royal. The choral the­atre en­sem­ble’s new work marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion. It be­gins at 7:30 p.m.

The Kings Shorts, the 11th an­nual fes­ti­val of 10-minute plays, runs from June 16-18.

Fundy Cin­ema to screen

Fundy Cin­ema screens Fences on June 4 at 7 p.m. Denzel Wash­ing­ton di­rects and stars as Troy Max­son in this pow­er­ful screen ver­sion of Au­gust Wil­son’s 1983 play about an un­happy work­ing­class African-amer­i­can fam­ily in 1950s Pitts­burgh.

On June 11 at 7 p.m., the so­ci­ety will show Neruda. Pablo Lar­raín weaves an en­gross­ing metafic­tional fa­ble around the 1948 man­hunt for cel­e­brated poet and

NKEC goes on stage

North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre is present Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast June 9–11. There will be two mati­nees at 2 p.m. and the three evening shows at 7 p.m.

Tick­ets are $14 for adults and $10 for chil­dren.

The pro­duc­tion will take place at the Fes­ti­val The­atre in Wolfville.

Madi­son Vi­o­let is com­ing to Ber­wick

The Union Street Café presents Madi­son Vi­o­let on June 10.

Madi­son Vi­o­let be­gan in 1999 when a duo met in a res­tau­rant called The Green Room in Toronto. That was 17 years ago, and the pair have been writ­ing and cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful mu­sic to­gether ever since.

Ian Janes is at Al Whit­tle June 10

Hantsport na­tive and mu­si­cian Ian Janes per­forms at the Al Whit­tle on June 10 at 8 p.m. pro­mot­ing his new CD, Yes Man. Fresh from a song­writ­ing trip to Nashville, Janes is tour­ing the prov­ince with fan­tas­tic re­views.

Tick­ets are $22 ad­vance and $22 at the door, and can be pur­chased at the Box of De­lights in Wolfville or Eventbrite.ca

Deep Roots presents Hills­burn June 17

The Deep Roots Mu­sic Fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers have an­nounced that the re­cent ECMA award win­ning Nova Sco­tia band Hills­burn will be on the Al Whit­tle stage on June 17. Hills­burn was one of the most pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ers at the fes­ti­val in 2016.

Last De­cem­ber, the band won a Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Award for New Emerg­ing Artist of the Year, and in April, their video for Run Down was awarded the video of the year at the ECMAS in Saint John.

Hills­burn fea­tures Paul Aarntzen, Clay­ton Bur­rill, Rosanna Bur­rill, Jack­son Fairfax-perry and Clare Mac­don­ald takes their name from Aarntzen’s home­town of Hills­burn, N.S.

Alexan­der Macleod

Paul Colville

Barry Moody

Blain Hen­shaw

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