Deep Roots hon­our­ing fes­ti­val-found­ing mu­sic teacher

Mar­lene Jack­son has taught mu­sic since 1955 and co-founded the An­napo­lis Val­ley Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

Valley Journal Advertiser - - ARTS - ARTS KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Sara.Eric­s­son@kingscountynews.ca

Mon­u­men­tal mu­sic teacher Mar­lene Jack­son will re­ceive this year’s Val­ley Arts Award at the up­com­ing Deep Roots Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Wolfville.

The vet­eran mu­si­cian and mu­sic teacher has taught mu­sic since 1955, and was an ‘easy choice’ and ‘ob­vi­ous can­di­date’ for the hon­our, ac­cord­ing to fes­ti­val pub­lic­ity di­rec-

North Hills Jazz Café to fea­ture Mark Ri­ley

The next Jazz Café at North Hills Museum in Granville Ferry fea­tures Mark Ri­ley.

The evening — from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20 — will fea­ture Ri­ley (who plays gui­tar, bass, and drums) along with Gra­ham Howes on the pi­ano, Kevin Perkins on bass, and Tim Fisk on the drums.

Mark Ri­ley is orig­i­nally from the Dart­mouth area where he started out as a gospel singer in his home­town of Loon Lake. In 1995, Ri­ley was quickly re­cruited by the ECMA award-win­ning Nova Sco­tia Mass Choir, where he per­formed and toured At­lantic Canada as a tenor and soloist. A few high­lights with the choir were the Jazz East Jazz Fes­ti­val, sev­eral ECMA (East Coast Mu­sic Award) per­for­mances, and also the Martin Luther King Trib­utes at the Rebecca Cohn Au­di­to­rium in Hal­i­fax with Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia.

North Hills Museum is lo­cated at 5065 Granville Rd., Granville Ferry. The museum is man­aged by the An­napo­lis Her­itage So­ci­ety on be­half of Nova Sco­tia Museum.

Tick­ets are $25 and will be lim­ited and sold in ad­vance un­til Sept. 15 tor Jim Mur­phy.

“If you look at the mis­sion of our fes­ti­val, the role of mu­sic in ed­u­ca­tion is core to ev­ery­thing we do. That’s why Mar­lene was our choice for our fif­teenth an­niver­sary,” he said.

Jack­son worked as a mu­sic teacher at Hor­ton District High School from 1982 to 1992 and re­ceived an award for In­no­va­tive Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment from the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union. She is also a co-founder of the An­napo­lis Val­ley Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which she re-

only. Tick­ets in­clude the en­ter­tain­ment and food. Wine will also be avail­able at $5 per glass. To pur­chase tick­ets, or for more in­for­ma­tion call 902-532-2168 or email north­hillsmu­seum@gmail.com.

Rose En­sem­ble at Fes­ti­val The­atre Sept. 23

The Rose En­sem­ble’s ‘Land of Three Faiths’ is pre­sented Sun­day, Sept. 23 at 7 :30 p.m. at Fes­ti­val The­atre, at Aca­dia Univer­sity as part of Aca­dia’s Per­form­ing Arts Se­ries.

‘Land of Three Faiths’ is at once sa­cred, sec­u­lar, folk, and clas­si­cal, em­bark­ing on a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­plo­ration of lan­guage, spir­i­tu­al­ity, and cul­tural ex­change. This en­ter­tain­ing and en­light­en­ing pro­gram fea­tures in­stru­ments and mu­si­cal ideas that blur the lines be­tween Mid­dle-Eastern and Euro­pean cul­tures.

Founded in 1996 by artis­tic di­rec­tor Jor­dan Sramek, the Min­nesotabased Rose En­sem­ble has achieved an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as a pre­miere Amer­i­can early mu­sic en­sem­ble.

Tick­ets: $36 ($22 for stu­dents), in­clud­ing taxes and fees.

Sea­son sub­scrip­tions for the en­tire 2018-19 se­ries are still avail­able at $193 (or $119 for stu­dents) for all nine con­certs. For in­for­ma­tion visit pas.aca­diau.ca. To buy tick­ets or a full sea­son sub­scrip­tion, go to the Aca­dia box of­fice at the Univer­sity’s arena, or on­line at box­of­fice. aca­diau.ca. mains ac­tively in­volved with.

“I just love the kids,” she said of why she’s stuck with teach­ing and has kept on with the fes­ti­val for so many years.

Jack­son’s other ac­com­plish­ments in­clude win­ning the Pres­i­den­tial Ser­vice Award from the Cana­dian Reg­is­tered Mu­sic Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in 1990, which rec­og­nized her ser­vice and con­tri­bu­tion to Canada’s mu­si­cal cul­ture.

This was fol­lowed by Jack­son re­ceiv­ing an hon­ourary life mem-

Maud Lewis: A Life Col­lected is at Aca­dia

The ex­hi­bi­tion Maud Lewis: A Life Col­lected, cur­rently show­ing at Aca­dia Univer­sity Art Gallery, presents a selec­tion of art­work from pri­vate col­lec­tions of Nova Sco­tia folk artist, Maud Lewis (1903-1970).

She grew up in Yar­mouth, and later Digby, even­tu­ally mov­ing to a small house in Mar­shall­town, when she mar­ried Everett Lewis. Maud Lewis be­gan cre­at­ing and sell­ing paint­ings in this road­side house, which quickly be­came a stop for tourists, in­clud­ing those tak­ing the ferry.

Some of those early col­lec­tors have kept her work, while the in­creas­ing in­ter­est in Maud Lewis led oth­ers to build a col­lec­tion hav­ing never met her at her road­side stu­dio.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by Dr. Lau­rie Dal­ton, is on view un­til Sept. 30. Ad­mis­sion is free. The gallery is closed Mon­days but open Tues­days to Sun­days from 12 to 4 p.m. or by ap­point­ment.

Info: 902-585-1373, or art­gallery@aca­diau.ca

Epic blues night at Ever­green The­atre

Doc MacLean re­turns to Ever­green The­atre in Mar­garetsville on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. and he’s bring­ing Al­bert Frost with him.

The pair are unit­ing in an epic bership to the Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion in 1998, also rec­og­niz­ing her con­tri­bu­tions to the prov­ince’s cul­ture of mu­sic.

Th­ese, and more, show just how much Jack­son has given to mu­sic in Nova Sco­tia, said Mur­phy.

“[Mar­lene is] at the root of what is means to keep mu­sic alive in the school sys­tem, espe­cially now that it’s kind of un­der at­tack and is not funded like it should be,” he said.

Jack­son said she was sur­prised when no­ti­fied of the award she is to re­ceive Sept. 30 at the fes­ti­val’s

blues road tour across Canada, mix­ing delta with west Africa, Son House with Ali Farka Toura, elec­tric with acous­tic, new sto­ries with old.

It’s CanAfrica Blues: a play­ful, yet re­spect­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion by th­ese unique, yet com­pli­men­tary artists.

MacLean has per­formed with a who’s who of first- and se­cond­gen­er­a­tion blues, roots and gospel artists such as Sam Chat­mon, Peg Leg Sam, and Blind John Davis. Among many oth­ers, he has sup­ported Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Wa­ters, Johnny Win­ter, and BB King. fi­nale con­cert, but that “it’s an hon­our.”

She added that she looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing her work teach­ing mu­sic, and with the fes­ti­val.

“The fes­ti­val is some­thing that is very ben­e­fi­cial to stu­dents. The learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and hear­ing each other play — it’s all very im­por­tant for them,” she said.

“There are count­less stud­ies that prove it — mu­sic...im­proves ev­ery­thing.”

Al­bert Frost has per­formed with in­ter­na­tional artists such as Ali Farka Toure, Fin­ley Quaye, Vusi Mahlasela and Gin­ger Baker. He has toured with Sim­ple Minds, REM, and has sup­ported the Rolling Stones. As a gui­tarist, singer, song­writer, and pro­ducer, Frost has been a cel­e­brated fig­ure in the South African folk, blues, roots and rock mu­sic scene for over 20 years. Tick­ets: $30.

Phone: 902-825-6834

Email: ev­er­greenthe­atre@gmail. com

Go On­line: www.ever­green the­atre.ca

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