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No topic of conversation is off limits to JD Fortune. Sitting in his new office in the former CKEC radio station in downtown New Glasgow, he talks about everything from being a God-fearing Christian to being sued by two fellow cast members of Rock Star: INXS over the rights to his smash hit Pretty Vegas, […]

The halls of the former radio station in downtown New Glasgow will once again be echoing with music. Like all successful duos, The Commune has opened up in the Provost Street location that formerly housed CKEC radio, with Shoebox Studios operating from the upstairs space. It was a love of basketball and music that brought […]

The Riverfront Jubilee has been once again cancelled thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was almost one year to the day that the Riverfront Jubilee volunteer board of directors announced ‘Back together in 2021’, however that won’t be the case this year.  Until the most recent COVID-19 situation in Nova Scotia, the board had every intention […]

First book explores trauma stories of African Nova Scotians told around kitchen tables New Glasgow’s Angela Bowden lives by a mantra that she’s carried with her throughout her entire life: I know I can do it. And she does it. Bowden is a strong, powerful writer and activist who is, right now, riding high. She […]

Caroline Boulter and Justin Skinner win Junior Cup The New Glasgow Music Festival has come to an end. Usually, the festival ends with a Stars Concert and Gala Awards presentation at the deCoste Centre in Pictou. This did not happen in 2021. Instead, the committee has written letters of congratulations to the winners of the […]

Pictou County’s own Dave Gunning has received a 2021 Honorary Award from the East Coast Music Association. The association announced earlier today that Gunning received one of five Stompin’ Tom Awards; other recipients include Tara MacLean, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Peter Rowan and Wendy Bergfeldt. Stompin’ Tom Connors, one of the most well […]

The entertainment lineup for this year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival will be rockin’ the waterfront. After a year-long void of live music, organizers are looking forward to hosting a weekend of entertainment and they’ve put together a lineup of Nova Scotia talent that is sure to appeal to all ages. Long-time Nova Scotia favourite Matt Minglewood […]

SUNDRIDGE — Monica Graham, an author living in Sundridge outside River John, says a chance conversation with someone at Nimbus Publishing led to her latest book. Senior Moment: Navigating the Challenges of Caring for Mom, goes to print at the end of April and will be available shortly thereafter. The book follows Graham’s experience of […]

Second comedy show planned for River John Comedian Karan Sidhu just can’t get enough of Pictou County — specifically River John. The Brown Cowboy, as he is called, rode in to River John with a posse of fellow comedians on March 13 to host One Night Stand, a fundraiser for the former River John school. […]

What happens when you combine Wayne’s World, Sesame Street, and some good, old-fashioned nostalgia? You get bombed solid! The Bombed Solid, Pictou’s two-piece band, has been hosting their live show — Get Bombed Solid with the Bombed Solid — for the past six months. Mike Hiltz and Eli Hollett have been having fun, playing music, […]

Former school halls will be ringing with laughter again The Brown Cowboy will be riding in to River John with a posse of fellow comedians to keep the community in stitches. Karan Sidhu and a few funny friends are throwing a comedy show at the former consolidated school on March 13. It is, he hopes, […]

Couple playing music, highlighting community halls A delightful visit with David Farrell and Janet Mills is like sitting down with a delectable layered dessert: Each layer offers something unique and decadent by itself, and you know you’re going to love the entire sweet package as a whole. The River John couple are gregarious, funny, engaging, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Staff of the deCoste Performing Arts Centre are getting ready to open up this week with three shows hosted by Doris Mason in “Under the Big Top” on their deck, and they’re also looking forward to getting back inside the theatre and showcasing a little bit of everything this summer. “We really have a great […]

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Wintersleep, Tim Baker, Neon Dreams, Natalie MacMaster, Eastern Owl, and Jacobus are among the winners of the 2020 East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs). Hosted by Mary Walsh, the 2020 East Coast Music Awards Show presented by TD featured performances from a number of artists, including Wintersleep which features drummer Loel Campbell. Throughout the broadcast, the […]

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Dorothy MacIntosh is an inspiration. The spunky 86-year-old (soon to be 87), who has already written several books – what she calls “stories for the family” – has just had her first novel published. The novel is called The Old Violin, published by Friesen Press. It is quite a departure for the Lyons Brook resident […]

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With COVID-19 restrictions prompting the cancellation of all major events and large gatherings, Halifax Busker Festival, originally scheduled for July 29 to August 3, is, in true street performer fashion, twisting and transforming itself into a digital festival for its 34th year. Festival producers are developing on an online version of the event that will […]

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The North Barn Theatre Collective is bringing a new puppet show to Antigonish County. Experienced much like a drive-in cinema, Late Night Radio is a socially distant, live theatre performance where audiences tune in their car radios to an FM broadcast as a spectacle emerges in the landscape before them. Performed in the rural community […]

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Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro can use another adjective to describe his extensive career: innovator. Proving that every situation has a silver lining, Guthro found a new way to deliver his incredibly popular Songwriters Circles to fans everywhere amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: virtually. Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle, The Circle Continues, will be delivered in a […]

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TRURO – Visual Voice Fine Art is showcasing A Different Perspective a solo art exhibit with new artworks by Bob Hainstock. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design 24 years ago, the artist has lived and maintained his studio on the southern edge of the province’s unique North Mountain, that 100 kilometre […]

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NEW GLASGOW – There will be no live music on the Glasgow Square stage this year with the cancellation of the annual Riverfront Jubilee. The board of directors have announced the 2020 event – which was scheduled to take place July 31-August 2 – will not take place due to uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 […]

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Neptune Theatre has decided to postpone its summer series of productions: The Argyle Street Kitchen Party (August 4-30) and The Rocky Horror Show (July 14 -August 30) for the health and safety of its patrons and staff. “This was a difficult decision in terms of the impact on the theatre, the artists and crews, but […]

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As so many events have been cancelled lately art lovers and those isolating inside will have something to look forward to this weekend as Art At Night goes online for the first time ever to help continue to bring local art and performance to the community. A Facebook group has been created for the event […]

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In these dark days of uncertainty, a local artist is making it her mission to share a bright ray of sunshine. And it’s going straight to the inboxes of all of her email contacts — all 400 of them. Jaye Ouellette lives in Arisaig with her husband and two dogs. Every week until the chaos […]

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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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Truro, NS. Saturday, Apr 4, 2020  –  Visual Voice Fine Art gallery Visual Voice Fine Art will reopen for 2020 with Private Spaces, a show of new artworks by Rosemary Clarke Young and Kit Clarke. “We hope the virus doesn’t curtain people’s enjoyment of this great exhibit, this is the culmination of a year of […]

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre announced its 2020 summer season in January; now it is considering its options in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. A public decision regarding the season is expected to be announced by the end of April. Questions that are being considered include all available options for form, scale, content, and delivery […]

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It has been 50 years since local musician John ‘Spyder’ Macdonald joined the Atlantic Federation of Musicians, an accomplishment that was marked along with his friend and fellow musician Gregg ‘Phisch’ Fancy at a recent awards ceremony in Halifax. The two have been dedicated to their craft and continue to play shows all over the […]

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The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday with River John author Sheree Fitch speaking at their fifth annual Women’s Day breakfast. The renowned Canadian author has been a groundbreaking force in the literary arts and literacy community throughout Canada and beyond since 1987. She is widely recognized as […]

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It will be a night for dancing, laughs, good music and more for The Kitchen Criminals on March 7 as they celebrate their first CD release party at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. The launch party will be an all-ages show with tickets selling for $20 and kids getting in free. After four years of […]

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When the Irish Rovers take the stage of the deCoste Performing Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon the audience may be asking, Wasn’t that a party? The Advocate caught up with the Rovers’ George Millar for a Q&A in advance of their Pictou stop. Q: This is your last world tour, what are some of the […]

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ANTIGONISH – Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre has unveiled its 2020 season lineup with the theme “An Unexpected Twist”. This will be the 33rd season for the company that has been producing and presenting professional theatre in Antigonish since 1987, and has become a cultural and tourism anchor for the region. The season’s theme speaks to […]

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but what happens when you can’t see? You make up for sight in many other ways. Chris Knowles and the Visually Impaired Art Group that meets once a week in New Glasgow set out to create masterpieces without ever seeing it themselves. Knowles started losing his […]

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Country music legend Clint Black is coming to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. The Truro facility is gaining popularity as a multipurpose venue that can host premier sporting events such as the upcoming IIHF Womens World’s Hockey Championships, as well as be a host for world class musical acts. Black will be in concert on […]

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PICTOU — Local businesses have derived a benefit from the deCoste Performing Arts Centre’s decision to offer shows throughout the winter. Dining establishments are among those businesses that have received a boost from the deCoste’s Winter Blast performances and the assortment of winter bookings they offer. The Winter Blast is sponsored by Advocate Media Inc. […]