A look at upcoming arts and entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley:
Steve Poltz comes to Union Street May 18
Halifax-born singer/songwriter, humourist, and maker of fun Steve Poltz comes to Union Street in Berwick May 18 marking the release of his new album ‘SHINE ON.’
A Canadian by birth and a San Diego resident for most of his career, he lives in Nashville. It was in the heart of ‘Music City’ Poltz quickly found a circle of like-minded musical friends, including his new album’s producer, Will Kimbrough. He signed with Nashville’s Compass Records Group, and released ‘SHINE ON’ March 1 via esteemed folk/roots label Red House Records.
Throughout over three decades in music, Poltz has done it all and more -- often shared by way of his rockin’ countrified folk slices of sardonic Americana (hatched in Halifax). Of course, he co-wrote Jewel’s multiplatinum Hot 100-topping megahit ‘You Were Meant For Me,’ but he also went on a whale watch with her and a few federales that turned into a drug bust. The two still share the story at every festival they play together.
He made his bones as the frontman for underground legends The Rugburns, who burned rubber crisscrossing the continent on marathon tours and still pop up once in a while for the rare and quickly sold out reunion gig.
Show starts at Union Street at 8 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 + tax
Sing with Coco Love Alcorn
Come sing with Coco Love Alcorn and her bassist Connor Walsh!
She’ll be at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal May 20 at 7 p.m. For two hours Coco will teach songs, lead improvisation exercises, and demonstrate how non-scary and fun singing together can be!
“Since releasing ‘Wonderland’ (fall 2016) I have had the joy of visiting and singing with dozens of choirs across Canada and beyond,” she said. “It all started in the fall of 2014 when I uploaded a video to YouTube singing a song I had just written called ‘The River.’ Within months, choirs had started singing this song and I hadn’t even stepped into the studio. I knew that I wanted to visit and sing with as many of these choirs as possible.”
She said to show up in each new town and be immediately embraced by a community of people who sing together is an incredible thing. “I have always loved to sing for people, but to sing with them is an even greater joy,” she said. “I have found a new passion and my new calling. If I haven’t met you yet, I would love to!”
Tickets: Adults - $30; Youth – Free.
Doors open 45 minutes before the workshop.
Fiddler on the Roof at Festival Theatre
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is presented by Stage Prophets at the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville with four evening performances at 7 p.m. May 16 to 19, and two matinees at 1:30 p.m. on May 18 and 19.
The classic musical about family, faith, and love is a compelling story as old traditions and young love collide.
Directed by May Hanneman with musical direction by Paula Rockwell and a cast of more than a 100.
Tickets are available at the Box of Delights Book Store, Wolfville and Occasions Gifts and Decor in Kentville. Tickets are also available online at boxoffice.acadiau.ca
Choir Camps coming up; registration open
Do you love to sing? Do you have a passion for choral music? Do you want to work with one of Canada’s leading choral conductors? If so, then the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s Sing Summer Choir Camps may be for you.
They take place at the Berwick United Church Camp for a wonderful week of singing in a rustic cottage setting. With three camps, there are opportunities for singers of all ages (8+) to spend a wonderful week singing under the majestic hemlocks as they develop and expand choral skills in a friendly, fun and encouraging atmosphere.
This summer they are offering Junior Choir Camp and Youth Choir Camp (Aug. 11 to 17) and Adult Choir Camp (Aug. 19 to 24).
For more information or to register for Choir Camp visit the NSCF website at www.nscf.ca and select Sing Summer Choir Camps under the Programs menu or contact the Choral Federation office at 902-423-4688. Bursaries available.
Photo contest a tourism project
There are lots of great photographers in the Annapolis Valley – with hundreds of great things to photograph. And Tourism Nova Scotia knows that travellers love nothing more than recommendations from locals. Combine the two and you’ve got a contest.
That’s why from now until May 26, Tourism Nova Scotia is inviting Nova Scotians to share their favourite photos of “lesser-known” places to see and things to do in Nova Scotia on Instagram using #NovaScotiaUNLISTED for a chance to win one of three Google Pixel 3 smartphones.
One grand prize winner will be selected by Tourism Nova Scotia to have their photo featured on the cover of next year’s Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide. The winner will receive a $2,000 honorarium and photo credits in the guide.
This is a chance for Nova Scotians to show their pride and highlight the things that make their town or region outstanding.
Contest rules can be found at: www.novascotia.com/unlisted
Patsy Cline Show at Annapolis Legion June 2
The Annapolis Royal Legion is hosting ‘Bonnie Kilroe Presents... Patsy Cline,’ Sunday June 2 with show time at 8 p.m.
“Bonnie is a celebrity impersonator, and was a winner of a Reel Award in Las Vegas,” said Legion spokesman Noel Young. “She plays sold-out shows across the country each year, and we are lucky to have her show in Annapolis Royal!”
This is a full stage show, held in the Annapolis Royal Community Centre Auditorium (at the Legion). Tickets are on sale at the Annapolis Royal Legion bar, as well as at www.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets are $20 each and pre-booking is recommended. Only 120 tickets will be on sale.
‘Mom’s Gift’ at CentreStage Theatre
There’s a spring show at CentreStage! In ‘Mom’s Gift,’ Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix.
‘Mom’s Gift’ is directed by Susan Monro and the cast in order of appearance is Candy O’ Brien. Chérie Zinck, Danielle Lutz, Wendy Stewart, Darrell Doucette, Angela Jenereaux , Ryan MacNab. The featured artist is Brenda Imlay.
Remaining dates are May 17, 18.
Front of House opens at 6:45 p.m. for the evening performances.
Tickets are: adults $15; seniors/students $12; children, age 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are recommended and are held until 15 minutes before show time.
Phone: 902-678-8040 for reservations.
Quilts exhibit at Kings County Museum
An exhibit all about quilts is now open at the Kings County Museum in Kentville.
“Expressions of Nature: Quilts by the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild” runs to August.
This summer the museum has planted a pollinator garden on the grounds of the site. In keeping with this idea, the quilters’ guild has contributed works, which reflect themes of nature, including florals, and the bright bursting colour range of an Annapolis Valley spring and summer.
Since their establishment in 2002 the 50 members of the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild have welcomed quilters of all ages and all skill sets. Monthly meetings provide the opportunity to learn new techniques, gain inspiration, and strengthen friendships through the shared love of quilting. The group holds workshops, brings in guest speakers, take part in retreats and community outreach projects and enjoy displaying their work in exhibits such as this one.
The Kings County Museum is located at 37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville.
On the screen at Fundy Cinema
Fundy Cinema screens ‘Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree)’ May 19 at 7 p.m.
An aspiring young author returns home from college to pursue his passion for literature, but is faced with a complicated family dynamic caused by his father’s gambling addiction in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s hypnotic and affecting tale of discovery.
All shows at the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tickets are $10 and available 30 minutes before screening.
Go Online: fundycinema.ca
How to Train Your Dragon at King’s Theatre
King’s Theatre presents ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ on May 17 at 7 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m.
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.
Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.
Tickets are: $11 for an adult; $10 with Film Buff Card; or $8 for a youth.
Doors open 45 minutes before show time.
Go Online: www.kingstheatre.ca
11th annual Blackfly Music Festival May 18
The Annapolis Royal Legion has a show with bite coming up.
The Legion hosts its 11th annual Blackfly Music Festival May 18 from 1 to 10 p.m. or later.
There are lots of great acts all day long for only a $7 cover for the whole day.
There will be barbecue available from 12 to 7 p.m. Open to everyone 19+.
Exhibits at Round Hill Studio
Exhibit: Stéphane Richard, ‘Sea & Sky.’ Exhibiting until May 31 at Round Hill Studio, 280 St-George Street, Annapolis Royal.
In May the studeo is again welcoming Stéphane Richard, a New Brunswick born artist who now lives in Kentville. Stéphane is presenting a body of work inspired by the ocean and shores of Nova Scotia. Visually stirring him emotionally, Stéphane captures the deep ranges of light and dark in this series of acrylic paintings.
Workshop: Acrylic Basics with Jaime Lee Lightle on May 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Round Hill Studio. Learn the basic methods of composition, colour mixing, and shading with live demonstrations and one-on-one coaching. Cost: $75 plus tax (most supplies included). Limited spaces available.
Honour choir celebrates 30 years
The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir presents Celebrating 30 years of AVHC at Wolfville Baptist Church on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The music speaks to cherishing childhood, growing up, and the importance of listening to our young people about what they have to say about the world they see. This uplifting music oozes with heart and positivity. It will make you want to dance, laugh, cry, and sing along.
Advance Tickets $15/$5 (students)
Door Tickets $20/$10 (students)
Tickets are available at avhc.ca, at 1-888-311-9090, and Atlantic Ticketpro locations. Visit avhc.ca for more information.