Annapolis Valley Register
Québec superstar in concert this month in Wolfville
Musicians featured will be Pierre Lapointe, Philip Chiu and Cameron Crozman
Quebec star Pierre Lapointe and celebrated classical musicians Philip Chiu and Cameron Crozman will come together to present an exciting Frenchthemed concert this month.
On Jan. 20, in a “Musique de Chambre” treatment, they will perform songs from Lapointe’s recent recording, “La Science Du Coeur”, re-imagined here for piano, cello and voice, as well as a selection of works by iconic French composers such as Chopin, Poulenc and Debussy.
Lapointe is a chart topping leader of “La Nouvelle Chanson Française” who is known for his ground-breaking collaborations with established classical artists. He made history in Quebec when his career-defining record, “Dans la Forêt des Mal-Aimés” (“In the Forest of the Un-Loved”), became a triumphant concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain, in front of a Montreal audience of more than 100,000.
Lapointe is not only a star in Quebec where his work has won him 18 “Prix Félix” (Québec’s Juno Awards) but also a critically acclaimed artist in France where twice he received the “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros”, the most prestigious music prize in the francophone world. Clearly, there is a lineage from Brel to Gainsbourg to Lapointe.
“… a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colours.” (La Presse), Philip Chiu is one of our country’s most sought-after chamber musician.
A musician of “stunning panache” (resmusica.fr), Crozman is also being hailed as one of Canada’s foremost young cellists.
Tickets are still available for their Wolfville performance. They are now available at the Acadia University box office. To purchase, for price, time and more information, go online to boxoffice. acadiau. ca or call 902- 542- 5500 or toll free 1- 800- 542- 8425.
the artist in attendance, will be held at the gallery Thursday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 9 p. m. All are welcome.
“For the last 13 years, the subject matter in my paintings has explored car- culture, consumerism, and urban sprawl,” said Bishop. “I’ve made series of work with cars in parking lots, shoppers pushing carts through grocery store checkouts, and gridded collaged landscapes of real estate magazines. My current paintings revisit the idea of Canadian landscape in terms not of natural but of commercial space, where ubiquitous retail outlets dictate use of the land and proclaim its occupation. I like the idea of subverting the romanticized untouched Canadian environment, iconized in art history in such celebrated work as the Group of Seven. Over the time of working with these themes I’ve become fascinated with presenting advertisements within my paintings.
Commercialism and advertising is so mainstream that we are desensitized to it, but under the frame of landscape painting something changes, and we’re left to question intention.”
Bishop shows his paintings regularly between New Brunswick and Nova and his work is in numerous public and private collections across Canada including the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia art banks, the Canada Council Art Bank, and many others.
Hardware Gallery director, Sasha Nelson notes “Jack looks at our commercial environment with a humorous yet questioning eye, giving us cause for thought and even concern. A fresh, different perspective. Definitely worth checking out”
Go Online: Find Hardware Gallery at www.hardwaregallery.ca
King’s Theatre kicks of new year with bluegrass
Ray Legere and the Alan Jeffries Band hit the stage at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. for a bluegrass show you won’t want to miss.
An Amherst native, Legere is one of Canada’s premiere fiddle/ mandolin players and five-time winner of the Eastern Division Bluegrass Awards in the categories of Mandolin and Fiddle Player of the Year, and has been honored with a Masters Award for each.
Jeffries has been called one of the best guitar players in Nova Scotia by the likes of JP Cormier, and his band is celebrated as one of the best bluegrass groups in the business.
A resident of Annapolis Royal, Alan is well- known to audiences worldwide. He has been touring with David Myles for the past 10 years, and was named Atlantic Canada Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Association’s Bluegrass Guitar Player of the Year in 2005. His debut solo album, ‘ Coffee ‘ til Midnight’ won the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Roots/ Traditional Solo Recording of the Year.
The manner in which Jeffries and company play off each other and deliver their music is an energetic and satisfying experience. It’s a timeless sound for an ageless crowd.
Tickets: General $24.35; Members $20.85; Youth: $10.45
Reserved seating. Tickets on sale in advance online, by phone, at the Theatre, and at the door.
Doors open 45 minutes before the show.
Go Online: www.kingstheatre.ca
The Lifers at Sydney Street,
Temple on Queen
The Lifers, led by sisters Anita and Liv Cazzola, are bringing their duo performance to eight Nova Scotia and New Brunswick towns, taking the stage at In the Dead of Winter Festival ( Halifax), Cold Nights Festival (Sackville NB), and Winter Warmer Festival (St Andrews, NB) along the way.
January 25 the sisters stop at the Sydney Street Pub in Digby and on Feb. 2 at Temple on Queen in Bridgetown.
Liv and Anita are using this tour to launch their ‘Intentions Book,’ a new initiative to promote environmental stewardship within their widespread community of fans, uniting them with purpose.
The Lifers are an experimental folk duo from Guelph, Ont. Resonant harmonies guide the way with strength and vulnerability throughout intensely dynamic performances of pieces confronting the fragility of our world and ourselves.
Harp-inspired ukulele, accordion swells, and lush string and synth arrangements give way to rip-roaring, soaring melodies and overdriven frenetic strums.
Go Online: http://www.thelifersmusic.com/
Trent McClellan in Wolfville,
The newest cast member of the award- winning show This Hour Has 22 Minutes is launching his Maritime ‘ Laugh Every Day Tour’ in 2019 and he’ll be making stops in Wolfville and Annapolis Royal.
McClellan, originally from Corner Brook, is a stand-up comedian, writer, podcaster, and actor known for his approachable, candid, and effortless observational comedy.
McClellan joined the cast of This Hour has 22 Minutes in 2017 after contributing as a writer for several years. He has had numerous filmed television performances from the Just for Laughs Montreal, Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals for CBC Television, and has recorded comedy specials for CTV and the Comedy Network.
He is also a favourite on the Canadian airwaves. He can be heard on the CBC radio program ‘The Debaters’ and he was a panelist on CBC’s ‘Canada Reads’ where he defended ‘February’ by Lisa Moore.
The ‘ Laugh Every Day Tour’ is produced by Premiere Entertainment Group and travels to Festival Theatre, Wolfville on Feb. 22 and King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on Feb. 23.
For full tour dates, locations, and tickets visit www.trentscomedy.com.