A live performing arts partnership is celebrating its anniversary this month with a musical bash.
New Glasgow has seen live performing arts through the Riverfront Jubilee since 1995, followed by the opening of Glasgow Square in 2001.
“One would not exist without the other,” said Janine Linthorne, chairperson of the Jubilee board of directors. “The Jubilee board was a large part of the driving force behind the county-wide effort to bring Glasgow Square Theatre to Pictou County, and 25 years later, we still call Glasgow Square home.”
On Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of Glasgow Square’s doors opening will be marked with a collaboration of live music featuring all Nova Scotian performers. The line-up includes local bands The Collective and StoneHouse, as well as Neon Dreams, The Stanfields, and the Kiju Boyz, an Indigenous drumming group from Paqtnkek First Nation making their debut at Glasgow Square.
Brett MacDougall, Glasgow Square’s program and events co-ordinator, says focusing on local provincial talent and diversity was intentional.
“So many artists have struggled since the beginning of 2020, particularly at the local level, and it’s been really important to us to ensure we’re putting those performers back on our stage and into the spotlight,” MacDougall said.
Recently, Glasgow Square’s Live & Local Music Series has highlighted Pictou County’s own music community, which this event continues.
Annually, the Jubilee brings together national and regional performers at the venue, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration hasn’t been possible for the past two years.
“We’re so excited for this partnership with Glasgow Square,” Linthorne said. “As we join forces to bring these five talented Nova Scotian acts to Pictou County, we’re doing so in celebration of two significant milestones for these two arts organizations, and as a taste of what’s to come at our 25th festival in the summer of 2022. At the end of the day, we’re all looking forward to bringing live music to fans who have been deprived for the last 18 months.”