Stanfest cancelled for this year

CANSO – The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Stanfest) is cancelling this summer’s event, scheduled for July 23-26, due to the COVID-19 pandemic This announcement follows other major event cancellations in the region, including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Halifax Jazz Festival, Antigonish Highland Games, Larlee Creek Hullaballoo (NB), Festival of Small Halls (PE), and Indian...

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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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New library, deCoste part of cultural hub concept

PICTOU — Work on a cultural hub that will include a renovated deCoste Performing Arts Centre and a new library could start in the fall of 2020. About 60 people who attended a public presentation of the cultural hub proposal last week were able to view conceptual designs of the complex from its Water Street...

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deCoste fall lineup has wow factor

The fall lineup for the deCoste Performing Arts Centre has music, comedy, CD releases and more all leading into a busy Christmas season. Upcoming on Sept. 30 is a true Canadian legend. Paul and Lily Horsdal could not have predicted the musical success their third child would have when he began his solo career in...

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Council approves capital funding for new Cultural Hub

PICTOU — Town Council has tentatively approved its share of funding for a Cultural Hub at its regular meeting on Monday. The recommendation to approve came at its monthly committee meeting on Sept. 9 after hearing a joint presentation by chief librarian Eric Stackhouse on behalf of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) and deCoste Performing...

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Rum Ragged — back by popular demand

One group was so well received by a local audience, it is coming back. Rum Ragged will be back on stage at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion...

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Silent Witness group receives 100 Women Who Care award

PICTOU — The Pictou County Chapter of Silent Witness has a ready-made use for the funds it has received from 100 Women Who Care Pictou County. The local group received the funds at the most recent 100 Women Who Care event last Thursday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre and plans to use the money...

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Stanfest – Standing strong at 22 years

When the idea for an international music festival welcoming thousands to the tiny, remote community of Canso surfaced back in 1996, it seemed like a bold and courageous idea, but was it possible? That surely was on the minds of many. Now as the site is in construction for the 22nd edition of the signature...

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Pictou: Our Town, Our Story to grace deCoste stage again this summer

During Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, the deCoste Performing Arts Centre created and staged the original musical theatre production of Pictou: Our Town, Our Story. They are pleased to bring back the popular stage show again this year, refreshed with script updates and several new songs, for four performances, as part of the Festival of...

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Sobeys gives $10,000 Presenting Sponsorship to deCoste

PICTOU — Sobeys is partnering with the deCoste Performing Arts Centre to bring a special group of events to the Pictou stage. In September, the deCoste launched an ambitious Canada 150 series with 14 concerts. “We wanted to showcase the cultural diversity of Canada by presenting a collection of shows that represented the regions of...

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