Skip to main content

January 20-26, 2014: This Week in Atlantic Canada

Did you know that January 25th is Opposite Day? This Saturday, if you so choose to partake, maybe you’ll have roast chicken for breakfast and scrambled eggs for supper. Or perhaps you’ll speak and write in antonyms all day, or walk backwards or drive through red lights!?!
Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Or you could challenge yourself on Saturday, or any day this week, to do something completely out of your comfort zone—something you have never done before. In honour of Opposite Day, maybe you could ask out that cute barista who’s been serving your morning lattes, or visit an art gallery you’ve never set foot in before, or even try for the very first time to pick up a paintbrush and create…

This is starting to sound like a daily horoscope, so let’s get on with some of the things going on in Atlantic Canada this week.

Songs of the Week

Last week, Pictou County, Nova Scotia born Dave Gunning, along with co-songwriter David Francey, went to Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth. There they re-recorded “A Game Goin’ On,” the winning tune for Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest. Saturday night the recording was featured on Hockey Night in Canada. Take a listen:

“The Promise,” the third song of Christina Martin’s series Remember Me: Songs and Stories Relating to Dementia, was released today. The series came from Martin’s artist-in-residency with Dr. Kenneth Rockwood (Dalhousie Geriatric Medical Research and the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network) through a partnership with Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. “The Promise” was co-written and recorded by Dale Murray.


Auditions for Dartmouth Players’ production of Harvey
January 26th & January 27th, 6-9pm
Those interested in volunteering for backstage/technical roles are encouraged to attend too. Harvey will be performed in April.
For more details, e-mail the director Andrew Finnigan:

Seeking Musicians/Performers for Dieppe’s Summer Presentations
The City of Dieppe is inviting musical and performance groups to take part in the 27th edition of their Wednesday Show presentations (July 2 to August 20).
Deadline to send in demo tape/CD and biographical notes is January 31st at 4pm.
For more info, contact Mathieu Landry:

2014 Dooryard Arts Festival
The Dooryward Arts Festival (July 24-27 in Woodstock, NB) is accepting applications from musicians. Deadline for sending bio, audio/video links, etc is January 31st.  

Art in the Open
Art in the Open (Charlottetown) is accepting submissions for its August 23, 2014 visual art & performance event. Submissions deadline is March 1st.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships
Geared towards emerging artists planning on undertaking a study program in dance, music, theatre, literary arts, fine crafts, visual arts, media arts…
Deadline for Spring/Summer Study: March 1
Deadline for Fall/Winter Study: May 1

New Brunswick

Until January 24th: Momentum, Alumni Exhibition
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton

January 22-25: The Next Folding Theatre Co. presents Quarantine Island 1847
Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium, Fredericton

January 24: Fredericton's FROSTival Gallery Hop!
Downtown Fredericton art galleries

January 25 & 26: The UniversitĂ© de Moncton’s Music Department Opera Workshop
Comedic Operas: The Impressario &  The Old Maid and The Thief
The Capitol Theatre, Moncton

January 26: Songwrting Intensive Showcase
Led by acclaimed musical duo: John K. Sampson and Christine Fellows
Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton, 5pm


January 21:  Film Screening ~ Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change
Presented by Cinema Politica St. John’s & MUN Aboriginal Resource Office
Memorial University, St. John’s, 7pm

January 22: Folk Night ~ Duane Andrews & Craig Young
The Ship, St. John’s

January 23: Open Mic for Stella
Proceeds from the event go towards cancer treatment/recovery for Stella Heppleston.
Grenfell Campus Student Union Backlot, Corner Brook

Nova Scotia

Now – February 7: ProletariART~ The People's Art Exhibit
Featuring works by artists of all ages and levels from across Cape Breton
Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney

January 24: The Doppler Effect Productions presents Heartwood by Laura Burke
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor

January 24: Inuk Throat Singer Tanya Taqaq
Presented by JazzEast & In the Dead of Winter festival (January 23-25)

January 24, 25 & 26: Dreams of Harmony Concert series
You Gotta Sing! Chorus and Special Guests raise funds for Phoenix and Sleeping Children Around the World.
Halifax Regional Municipality venues
Also Spring sessions for the You Gotta Sing! Chorus start February 10th


January 22: Open Studio Nights for Artists
Wednesday Nights 6-8pm until February 19th.
Schurman Family Studio, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown

January 24-February 1st: Music PEI Week 2014
Various venues across PEI!

January 25-June 1st: Cold Pop
“A selection of works from the Collection that employ elements of mass visual culture, often with a distinctly Canadian touch. Curated by Pan Wendt.”
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown

January 25: Donna Morrissey Writers’ Workshop
9:00 – 3:00, UPEI Faculty Lounge ($85/$65), Charlottetown
Presented by The PEI Writers’ Guild and the UPEI Department of English
Or call PEI Writers Guild at (902) 940-6441

Popular posts from this blog

Charles Hsuen

Even after almost 30 years as the voice of jazz in Halifax, Charles Hsuen shows no signs of slowing down. His passion to preserve and promote the genre to listeners of all ages cannot be overstated. Recently we spoke with Hsuen about his roots, and his life-long love of big band, bebop, swing, Sinatra and more.
What are your own roots? My roots derive from a rather mixed background. My father is of Vietnamese / Tibetan / Chinese heredity, but grew up in India, before immigrating to Canada in 1967. While my mother’s roots stem from Indo-China, she grew up in Brunei before immigrating to Canada in 1969. Both extended families ultimately settled in Toronto and my parents met and married in the early 1970's. The last name “Hsuen” (now XUAN), pronounced “Schwen,” comes from the Last Emperor of China Henry Pu Yi who ruled using the name Xuantong from 1909 until his forced abdication in 1912. The story was of a tumultuous reign, his forced resignation and eventual attempt to reclaim his ti…

Danny Bilsborough

Danny Bilsborough, NSCC alumna and owner of Danny B Studios, has spent most of her days consulting various clients on software options for their new business endeavours. 
Although she’s been involved with assessing some really exciting projects, nothing makes her happier than grabbing her brush and splashing colour on a canvas. That’s why she’s decided to take the plunge into becoming a full-time artist.
“I was always so scared to try using colour, but when my daughter was born and the opportunity came to incorporate these new palettes into her life, they quickly found their way into mine,” she says.
Colour brings light to many things and gives people a sense of enjoyment. Markus Maier explained in his academic journal titled Color Psychology that colour carries great meaning and can have an important impact on people's affect, cognition and behaviour.
Bilsborough’s favourite pieces to create are those of nature and animals – a quick look at her online Etsy page confirms this. She be…


Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, International World-Champion Elvis tribute artist, Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings, will perform seven shows throughout the Maritimes over the coming months. Recently we spoke with the King of Kings about his passion and profession.
What are your roots? I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. I've lived everywhere from California to Toronto but Moncton always has had a special place in my heart. My musical roots have always been early Rock and Roll and also old Country and Western like Buck Owens and Stonewall Jackson. I’ve always been a huge Jim Morrison fan. He had a lot of similar traits to Elvis.
What first inspired the Elvis tribute? I always loved the man and I’ve had people tell me I looked like him and in early bands I was in people would say I sounded like him. I had a few months leading up to the decision to do it where it seemed every time I turned on the TV there was Elvis, the radio would be playing Elvis…