Play inspired by Viola Desmond makes its world debut at Neptune

The world premiere of Controlled Damage, written by Canadian playwright Andrea Scott, in association with Toronto’s b current performing arts, runs Feb.4-23 at Neptune Theatre. The play explores the life of Viola Desmond and how her act of bravery started a ripple effect throughout society. The play shines a light on how her actions impacted different cultural...

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Hear the story behind the song …

When Bruce Guthro comes to town it’s almost like he’s coming home. Although he was born and raised in Cape Breton and has been calling Halifax home for the past two decades, Guthro holds a special place in the hearts of Pictou County residents. If for no other reason than his song Ivey’s Wall, which...

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Mabel Murple, dolls, and writing through grief

RIVER JOHN — It’s been a whirlwind of a few months for local author and poet Sheree Fitch. From the third season of Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery, to the publication of a new book, Fitch has been kept on her toes. She even collaborated with a Maritime business in the launch of board...

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Holiday concert showcasing talents

Three Nova Scotian talents will showcase their gifts in a holiday concert on Dec. 23. Performers Brenna Conrad, Andrew Morrisey and Rachel O’Brien will be bringing their immense talents to New Glasgow at Shaun on Provost Street. Each performer is distinguished in their field and have entertained audiences around the world. The trio has performed...

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Jube in January returning

NEW GLASGOW – The Riverfront Jubilee is bringing back Jube in January, a local music event, on January 25, 2020 at Glasgow Square Theatre.  “For the 25th anniversary of the Riverfront Jubilee, we want to create as many opportunities as possible to get people together to enjoy amazing music, since that is why the Jubilee...

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Holton and Friends celebrating Merry Little Christmas show

PICTOU — The season of wonderful music and fellowship is here and Ann Holton and Friends are ready for it. They will present ‘A Merry Little Christmas Show’ at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pictou on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Holton is a talented vocalist who released her first Christmas CD last...

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Colin Cook art show on Sunday

Be prepared to be wowed. Local artist Colin Cook is emerging as one of Nova Scotia’s most exciting and innovative artists. You have a chance to see and purchase his work – again – on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shaun’s, 135 Provost Street. This will mark Cook’s second show in...

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Make a date with self-love and confidence

A new calendar filled with photos of local women is trying to encourage self-love and body confidence. Chelsea Sutherland, who owns Chelsea Laine Salon and Colour Bar in New Glasgow, asked people to showcase parts of themselves that have triggered insecurity, but they’re now embracing. “It’s about what I’m ready to celebrate about myself, so...

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Friends of the Northumberland Strait benefiting from CD featuring Atlantic Canadian artists

Dave Gunning says he “can’t wait to hear the whole thing.” He is referring to a CD in which one of his songs are featured — as are songs by other ‘who’s whos’ of the Atlantic Canadian music scene — all of whom have donated a track. The project is a fundraiser for Friends of...

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Mission: Accomplished

It was pure old-fashioned Pictou County generosity that enabled the Pictou County Christmas Fund committee to reach its goal. A couple of last-minute pledges just seconds before the telethon ended on Sunday meant that $80,325 was pledged, slightly more than the group’s $80,000 goal. Monique Sobey, PCCF chair, was elated with the result. “We very...

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