Local writer gives a voice to generations who had none

First book explores trauma stories of African Nova Scotians told around kitchen tables New Glasgow’s Angela Bowden lives by a mantra that she’s carried with her throughout her entire life: I know I can do it. And she does it. Bowden is a strong, powerful writer and activist who is, right now, riding high. She...

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Pierre Aucoin wins Rose Bowl

Caroline Boulter and Justin Skinner win Junior Cup The New Glasgow Music Festival has come to an end. Usually, the festival ends with a Stars Concert and Gala Awards presentation at the deCoste Centre in Pictou. This did not happen in 2021. Instead, the committee has written letters of congratulations to the winners of the...

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Country recording artist Drake Jensen releases Dubinsky’s “Rise Again” to support LGBTQI+ community

HALIFAX – Cape Breton country recording artist Drake Jensen has collaborated with the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia to create a fund for persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) and work with the community. “Being from Cape Breton has shaped the person that I am. No matter where...

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Gunning earns Stompin’ Tom Award from ECMA

Pictou County’s own Dave Gunning has received a 2021 Honorary Award from the East Coast Music Association. The association announced earlier today that Gunning received one of five Stompin’ Tom Awards; other recipients include Tara MacLean, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Peter Rowan and Wendy Bergfeldt. Stompin’ Tom Connors, one of the most well...

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All-star, all-Nova Scotia entertainment for Lobster Carnival

The entertainment lineup for this year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival will be rockin’ the waterfront. After a year-long void of live music, organizers are looking forward to hosting a weekend of entertainment and they’ve put together a lineup of Nova Scotia talent that is sure to appeal to all ages. Long-time Nova Scotia favourite Matt Minglewood...

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Author turns personal experience into new book

SUNDRIDGE — Monica Graham, an author living in Sundridge outside River John, says a chance conversation with someone at Nimbus Publishing led to her latest book. Senior Moment: Navigating the Challenges of Caring for Mom, goes to print at the end of April and will be available shortly thereafter. The book follows Graham’s experience of...

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Back-to-back laughter

Second comedy show planned for River John Comedian Karan Sidhu just can’t get enough of Pictou County — specifically River John. The Brown Cowboy, as he is called, rode in to River John with a posse of fellow comedians on March 13 to host One Night Stand, a fundraiser for the former River John school....

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Duo creates a “solid” show

What happens when you combine Wayne’s World, Sesame Street, and some good, old-fashioned nostalgia? You get bombed solid! The Bombed Solid, Pictou’s two-piece band, has been hosting their live show — Get Bombed Solid with the Bombed Solid — for the past six months. Mike Hiltz and Eli Hollett have been having fun, playing music,...

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Laughter: the best medicine

Former school halls will be ringing with laughter again The Brown Cowboy will be riding in to River John with a posse of fellow comedians to keep the community in stitches. Karan Sidhu and a few funny friends are throwing a comedy show at the former consolidated school on March 13. It is, he hopes,...

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The Strange Valentines at home in River John

Couple playing music, highlighting community halls A delightful visit with David Farrell and Janet Mills is like sitting down with a delectable layered dessert: Each layer offers something unique and decadent by itself, and you know you’re going to love the entire sweet package as a whole. The River John couple are gregarious, funny, engaging,...

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