Classical Series beginning at deCoste with “Shake, Rattle ‘n Bow”

Programming can be a challenge for an entertainment venue when it comes to providing variety, as there is often pressure to bring in performers believed to be profitable. Those operating the deCoste Performing Arts Centre have a different philosophy: it’s not about always making a profit, it’s about having a balance, supporting your community and...

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Mamma Mia delivers big-time

PICTOU – The Rotary Club of Pictou’s presentation of Mamma Mia has drivenamateur theatre to new heights. To evaluate the production and its sellout crowds last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre means searching for superlatives that ran out from describing the club’s previous musicals. It was electric. Better to compare Mamma Mia there to work...

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Bands supporting bands

Stadacona Band hosting fundraiser for local schools   A big band with a big sound is making its way to the deCoste Performing Arts Centre to help out some local schools this month. The Stadacona Band will be playing tunes of all types in support of the band programs for McCulloch Education Centre, Dr. W.A....

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A show for the ages

Pictou County’s own Eleganza Extravaganza is making its way back on stage with more sass, more laughs and more musical prowess than ever before with the third year of Jake and Shaun’s Big Gay Affair in Pictou County and Beyond. What started humbly has now made its way on tour across the province and further...

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Help Light the Night on September 15

PICTOU — Organizers hope the Light the Night walk in September will be the first of many in Pictou. Sharon Stewart, who co-owns Sharon’s Place Family Restaurant, and other family members and friends are helping to inaugurate the walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC). The walk is scheduled to...

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JD Fortune spending ‘One Night With You’

The first song JD Fortune remembers ever singing on stage for anyone was Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. That was many years ago and the popular singer has lived a lifetime since then — a rock star’s lifetime, in fact — and he has come full circle back home. Fortune will be performing Elvis songs on...

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Canada 150 scores big

By any measure — and despite some adversity — Canada 150 celebrations in Pictou County and elsewhere hit many right notes. Residents and visitors thronged to the Tall Ships over the weekend in Pictou, New Glasgow and Westville hosted annual pre-Canada Day and Canada Day events and a Canada 150 baby boy was born at...

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Music festival next week

Anticipation is mounting as the 79th annual New Glasgow Music Festival approaches. The event will take place Tuesday, April 18 through to Thursday, April 27, at various venues in New Glasgow including Glasgow Square, North Nova Education Centre, Trinity United Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. George’s Anglican Church and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. As usual,...

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PICTOU — Pipes of War — Vimy Ridge will be presented at the deCoste Centre on Sunday, April 9, the 100th anniversary of the World War One battle. The battle at Vimy Ridge in 1917 was a defining event for Canada, considered by many contemporaries and later scholars to be a significant event in Canada’s...

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No. 2 Battalion supporters help preserve its memory

Those who revere No. 2 Construction Battalion hope people will continue to support it. The battalion was commemorated during African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia last February on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. However, Brian Johnston is among those who hope it will be remembered through future years. Johnston is a former police officer...

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