Makayla Lynn com­ing to Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre stage later this month

Lo­cal coun­try mu­sic fans will have a chance to en­joy this ris­ing star


Makayla Lynn will per­form at Truro’s Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre, a high­light of a month of en­ter­tain­ment to kick off the new year.

The teenage singer from Elms­dale has al­ready rep­re­sented Nova Sco­tia in the 2016 Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic Awards Spot­light con­test, won awards af­ter pen­ning hun­dreds of songs and moved to Nashville, where she pro­duced her new al­bum ti­tled Day­dream.

Lynn has spent the last eight years per­form­ing in the Mar­itimes, On­tario and the United States, hav­ing first fronted her own band when she was only 12.

To­day, she is ranked as Nova Sco­tia’s pre­mier coun­try artist and sec­ond best in Canada by Re­verb­na­tion, with a rapidly grow­ing fan base across North Amer­ica.

Lynn’s Truro show is at 7:30 p.m. on Jan 17 and tick­ets are $25.

MARIGOLD UKULELE FES­TI­VAL 2019 (Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., reg­is­tra­tion $125)

Ukulele lovers can learn how to play the­in­stru­ment like pros through work­shops be­ing held through the day by ex­perts James Hill from Brook­field, Heidi Litke from Prince Ed­ward Is­land and Cyn­thia Kin­nunen from On­tario.

Hill has re­leased three al­bums that rewrote the rules of ukulele­play­ing, res­cu­ing the in­stru­ment from ob­scu­rity. In 2009, he col­lab­o­rated with Anne Janelle to pro­duce the award-win­ning True Love Don’t Weep.

In 2011, he re­leased Man With a Love Song, fol­lowed by his lat­est al­bum, The Old Silo, that fea­tured Joel Plas­kett as pro­ducer.

His lat­est work in­cludes a bari­tone ukulele riff. But while he takes his mu­sic se­ri­ously, Hill does not take him­self so se­ri­ously, en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences dur­ing his shows.

Mean­time, Litke has been build­ing in­stru­ments since 2007 and was co-owner of The Bean Sprout Banjo Ukulele Com­pany for three years.

Her phi­los­o­phy is to build new in­stru­ments such as ban­jos us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als sourced lo­cally.

Kin­nunen took up the ukulele af­ter ear­lier pur­su­ing mu­si­cal stud­ies in pi­ano, flute, bas­soon, oboe and voice.

A ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of how to play the ukulele is rec­om­mended for full par­tic­i­pa­tion, but all are

wel­come to at­tend.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter as soon as pos­si­ble; there are only 75 spots avail­able and the first work­shop held in 2017 sold out.

Peo­ple from out of town can take ad­van­tage of the Best Western Glen­garry’s pre­ferred rate by call­ing 902-893-4311 to book a room.

To reg­is­ter for the work­shop, call the Marigold at 902-897-4004. On­line reg­is­tra­tion can be com­pleted at https://se­cure.tick­et­ =mcc&lang=en#def_1312188065.

AN EVENING WITH JAMES HILL AND ANNE JANELLE (Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets $25)

Mu­sic fans can en­joy a show by award-win­ning ukulele per­former James Hill and his col­league Anne Janelle, a cel­list-turned-song­writer.

While Hill has made a name for him­self as an edgy ukulele ex­pert, Janelle fuses folk, pop and jazz rhythms to­gether with her heart­felt lyrics, hav­ing re­ceived clas­si­cal train­ing.

Her al­bum col­lec­tion in­cludes True Love Don’t Weep, which won the Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic Award for Tra­di­tional Al­bum of the Year, as well as So Long at the Fair and her song­writ­ing de­but, Beauty Re­mains.

JAN­UARY THAW DANCE WITH ASIA AND NUGRUV BEST WESTERN GLEN­GARRY (Jan. 26, 9 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Tick­ets $30 or $250 for a ta­ble of 10)

One of At­lantic Canada’s top party bands is com­ing to Truro at the end of Jan­uary for a show of Mo­town, funk, disco and R ‘n’ B hits.

The eight- to 10-piece band boasts strong vo­cal­ists and a horn sec­tion. Asia and Nugruv has en­ter­tained for night­clubs, fes­ti­vals, wed­dings and cor­po­rate events.


Makayla Lynn will be at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre this month.

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