NS author pens book about resiliency

TRURO – Strength, hope, resiliency. Those three words fill the pages of Karen Dean’s new book, We Are Unbreakable: Raw, Real Stories of Resilience, which launched online through Amazon at the end of November. “I named the voice in my head Gina, in honour of my friend (Gina Goulet) taken in the mass shooting,” said...

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FAST planning outdoor show this summer

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre is looking outside the box to bring live theatre to the community this season. After canceling all live productions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAST has announced a new plan for bringing live theatre back to the community in 2021. The plan was announced via video by the company’s...

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deCoste among organizations to receive gov’t funding

The deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou is among the 89 arts and culture organizations impacted by COVID-19 to receive a provincial government grant. COVID-19 restrictions have prevented many arts and culture activities from taking place. To help organizations adapt and maintain their operations through this difficult time, the province is awarding $2.1 million in...

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Nods and accolades for Gunning album

This year is starting out to be a positive one, on many fronts. For favourite Pictou County musician Dave Gunning, it’s starting with five folk award nominations for his album, Up Against the Sky. The album is a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee for: Contemporary Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary...

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Natalie MacMaster named to Order of Nova Scotia

A frequent performer in Pictou County has been nominated to receive the Order of Nova Scotia. Inverness County native Natalie MacMaster is among the six Nova Scotians who will have their contributions honoured. Lieutenant-Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, made the announcement on Monday. “On behalf of the Queen and...

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Neptune stage will light up with Christmas classic

Neptune Theatre will stage its holiday-classic adaptation of Dickens’ a Christmas Carol, written and directed by artistic director Jeremy Webb and featuring Rhys Bevan-John as Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens’ a Christmas Carol is a special presentation and not part of Neptune’s subscription season. It will run Nov. 24 to Dec. 27 in Fountain Hall; this is...

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LGBTQ+ Rights activist feted at book launch

NEW GLASGOW — Gerard Veldhoven says he feels fortunate to have been able to share his life experiences in print. The local activist officially launched his recently published book called A Passion for Equality: My Personal Journey, last Friday at Glasgow Square during an event hosted by the New Glasgow UNESCO Inclusive Communities Committee. George...

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David Myles coming to Glasgow Square

The worldwide health pandemic may have halted plans for the 25th annual Riverfront Jubilee this year, but the committee remains dedicated to bringing live music to local residents. The Riverfront Jubilee will present David Myles in concert at Glasgow Square Theatre on October 24. Tickets will be $45 and available at ticketpro.ca starting at 8...

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Pictou Lodge hosting Jimmy Rankin for two nights

You just can’t stop the music! The Song Dog, Jimmy Rankin, is coming to town to do two small shows. The Riverfront Jubilee is bringing the multi-award winning singer/songwriter to Pictou Lodge on September 4 and 5. “We are thrilled to be able to bring Jimmy Rankin out for a show in our community, especially since...

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Radio play coming to life at Festival Antigonish

Festival Antigonish is working on a new digital project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – An original radio play titled “Hector the Spectre steals the show”. Currently under production, and preparing to air in September is the original new radio play “Hector the Spectre steals the show”. The play will air as a six-part...

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