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Jul
28
Sat
SUSAN CROWE & Co. Kitchen Party
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm

Last year’s Kitchen Party, hosted by SUSAN CROWE — one of Canada’s great singer-songwriters — and featuring a fabulous cast of local musical talent, was a barn-burning success. So we’re doing it again!

A fundraiser for King’s Theatre, the night will feature a joyous, roving celebration of music that starts on the street at 6pm, moves to the back deck at 6:45pm, and then onto the stage at 7:30pm.

Susan brings her rich voice, wicked sense of humour, and generous heart back to the King’s Theatre stage where she will offer up a mix of her own classic songs in between showcase performances by local musicians.

  • 6:00-6:45pm Bluegrass on the Street with Eclectica
  • 6:15pm Doors Open; Special drinks and treats
  • 6:45 Music on the deck with Carolyn Buck & David Chamberland
  • 7:30 Showtime on Stage with Susan Crowe & Co, including Shalan Joudry, Shelley Marshall, Gregg Mazel, Taren Yelle, Duncan Draper, James Stevenson, and Caleb Miles

Find out more about the performers who will be contributing their talents to the big night!

SHALAN JOUDRY –  Singer/songwriter

Shalan Joudry is a multi-talented artist who calls the community of L’sitkuk her rooting place. She was raised with Mi’kmaq philosophy and teachings about honouring the sacred relationships of balance, and holistic worldview. She’ll be performing some of her original music on stage.

 

 

SHELLEY MARSHALL – Stand-up comic and actor

Comedienne extraordinaire Shelley Marshall is a Toronto actor & writer who has recently relocated to Bear River. Her humour is unfiltered and powerful. This set will give audiences a hint of what’s to come in her full one-woman show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”, making its Nova Scotia premiere at King’s Theatre in August.

 

 

 

JAZZ TRIO:

DUNCAN DRAPER acoustic bass, GREGG MAZEL – sax & TAREN YELLE – vocals

Greg Mazel is a multi-reed virtuoso on all the saxophones and bass clarinet who is originally from Providence RI and now based in Weymouth, NS.

Taren Yelle was born in Digby, Nova Scotia, and was raised on both coasts of the US. She is a versatile multi instrumentalist and band leader and as a vocalist, sings with a really fresh take on everything -jazz standards , R&B or blues. After performing for years in Kumamoto, Japan and throughout New England, Taren has happily moved back to ruggedly beautiful Sou’west Nova Scotia .

Originally from Massachusetts Duncan J. Draper lived in Northern California for 25 years and was a go-to -accompanist for modern dance companies and dance schools in the SF bay area. He incorporates his knowledge of piano ,percussion, acoustic bass and other instrumentation in his performances. He is delighted to discover that Greg Mazel and Taren Yelle, both world class musicians, could collaborate to form this new jazz trio.

JAMES STEVENSON BLUES BAND

JAMES STEVENSON – Guitar

James plays guitar with ease and grace in many genres from country, gospel to jazz. He has been recognized for his capabilities by a wide variety of audience at many events over the years. Born into a musical family in Annapolis Royal in 1940, he taught himself to play guitar at the age of 13.

CALEB MILES – Guitar

Since moving to the Annapolis Valley in 2005, Caleb Miles has established himself on the local scene as a formidable guitarist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, his stylistic diversity is displayed on three self-produced cds (Brickyard Road, Memory Well, and Strange Weather), blending blues, folk, country, roots-rock and pop.

DUNCAN DRAPER – Drums

 

 

ECLECTICA – Swing!

GEORGE SLOANE (Guitar) & ALEX CONSTABLE (Sax) will be performing on the street in front of King’s Theatre from 6:00pm – 6:45pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROLYN BUCK – Celtic fiddle

DAVID CHAMBERLAND – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Carolyn & David will be performing on the deck from 6:45-7:30pm.

Carolyn Buck is a fiddler based in Bear River, Nova Scotia.  She has been playing celtic/traditional music for 18 years and forms part of the band Dulaman, also based in the Digby and Annapolis Royal area. Classically trained and a music teacher for almost 40 years, she is now enjoying an expanded repertoire that includes blues, bluegrass and pop accompaniment.

”Born and raised in Sherbrooke, Québec, David Chamberland has been performing since the age of fourteen. Always with energy and humour, this performer is known for connecting with his audience. Inspired by the people and the landscape of Nova Scotia, the province which has been his home for five years, David delivers an acoustic groove with warm vocals influenced by many musical genres.”

 

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Aug
4
Sat
LOS PRIMOS 2018
Aug 4 @ 7:30 pm

We are excited to welcome Los Primos back to King’s Theatre!

Last year’s sold out concert was a highlight of the summer. Don’t miss the hot rhythms of Cuba right here in Annapolis Royal.

 

 

 

Los Primos 2018 will include:

  • Augusto Enriquez – guitar and voice
  • Pedro Enriquez – guitar and voice
  • Alison Enriquez – violin and voice
  • Jeff Goodspeed – sax and flute
  • Alejandro Enriquizes – percussion
  • David Burton – drums
  • Carla Bezanson– piano
  • Matt MacLennan – bass

Artistic director Jeff Goodspeed and international Cuban recording artist Augusto Enriquez lead Los Primos, and feature some of the most promising and inspired young musicians from Havana.

The Los Primos Project has been contributing to the education of an entire generation of musicians. Started in 1997 to help music education in Cuba deal with instrument shortages, and to inspire our young Nova Scotia musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform with Cuban music students and professionals.

We’ll be serving Mojitos at Velma’s!

 

 

 

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Aug
11
Sat
Shelley Marshall’s HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm

This is a stunning story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It took 10 years for Hamilton-born Marshall to create the work, the worthwhile result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many the genres of performance; clown, stand-up, improv, buffoon, and play.

For the past five years, old Mommy’s Cigarette has been a sell-out success in theatres in Toronto and surrounding cities, receiving Gold in the category of “Best Theatre Production” in 2013, “Best New Discovery” by Now Magazine, and nominated “Best Female Stand Up” in Canada by the Canadian Comedy Awards. Marshall has hosted the popular, televised Hamilton Music Awards for the past four years. In light of the national acclaim she has garnered, what makes Hold Mommy’s Cigarette such a success to Shelley personally is the attention it has contributed in raising mental health awareness. “I knew creating works of art that expressed my experience, my truth, and my understanding, were what would bring a joyful purpose to my life. I feel I not only have an opportunity, but an obligation, to convey a message that can help people heal.” Quickly blazing an uncharted trail, this comedic icon won’t be slowing down any time soon.

Marshall, who has recently settled in Bear River, Nova Scotia, invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart.

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Aug
12
Sun
Shelley Marshall’s HOLD MOMMY’S CIGARETTE
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm

This is a stunning story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It took 10 years for Hamilton-born Marshall to create the work, the worthwhile result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many the genres of performance; clown, stand-up, improv, buffoon, and play.

For the past five years, old Mommy’s Cigarette has been a sell-out success in theatres in Toronto and surrounding cities, receiving Gold in the category of “Best Theatre Production” in 2013, “Best New Discovery” by Now Magazine, and nominated “Best Female Stand Up” in Canada by the Canadian Comedy Awards. Marshall has hosted the popular, televised Hamilton Music Awards for the past four years. In light of the national acclaim she has garnered, what makes Hold Mommy’s Cigarette such a success to Shelley personally is the attention it has contributed in raising mental health awareness. “I knew creating works of art that expressed my experience, my truth, and my understanding, were what would bring a joyful purpose to my life. I feel I not only have an opportunity, but an obligation, to convey a message that can help people heal.” Quickly blazing an uncharted trail, this comedic icon won’t be slowing down any time soon.

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Aug
18
Sat
MAKAYLA LYNN
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm

Winner of Music Nova Scotia’s 2017 Country Recording of the Year, Makayla Lynn is a fresh face in the industry with the vocals, songwriting ability and stage presence that many call unprecedented for her age.

Representing Nova Scotia in the 2016 CCMA Spotlight contest, the ECMA, Music NS and IMEA nominated artist boasts over 1 million video views from over 50,000 social media fans with the numbers climbing rapidly.

The award winning singer/songwriter has penned hundreds of songs and released a debut Nashville recorded and produced album “Daydream” that saw 2 singles released across Canada with great success. With a follow up album just released, Makayla not only shows her songwriting ability with 11 originals, but also proves herself behind the scenes as a co-producer.

A Taylor Guitars partnered artist, Makayla is no stranger to the stage, performing for the past 8 years all around the Maritimes, Ontario and in Nashville as an acoustic solo/duo/trio and fronting her own band since the incredibly young age of 12. She has shared the stage and opened for some of country music’s biggest names and is a regular in front of crowds as large as 30,000 in some of the most iconic venues.

“Makayla Lynn just might be Canada’s next breakout country music star” Canadian Musician Magazine

“Lynn isn’t old school, but she’s not new wave either – leave it to a teenager to find a sweet spot in the middle.”  – Rolling Stone Magazine

​“On a Dare and a Prayer” is simply a must have for any music collection , compiling a range of soft , flawless melodies, heart felt ballads and upbeat , catchy songs that captivate a fresh and youthful take on life through the eyes of Canada’s most promising and brightest young stars.” – Country Music Weekly

 

 

 

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Aug
25
Sat
PORT CITIES
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm

In the brief period of time since Port Cities unleashed their incendiary debut—a wildly self-assured collection of sparkling, rootsy pop that showcases the Nova Scotia trio’s devotion to songwriting—the band’s been hard at work bringing it to the masses. They’ve continued to explore and evolve their ambitious pop sound, melding diverse musical backgrounds to create an alchemy that’s part art, part songwriting science, and all magic: the nimble dynamism of Breagh MacKinnon’s smoky, jazz-indebted delivery, Dylan Guthro’s simmering and soulful R&B swagger, and Carleton Stone’s razor-sharp, romantic rock ‘n’ roll. Their music is a mix of unforgettable melodies and high-flying harmonies with an electrifying heart.

With five Nova Scotia Music Awards, a SOCAN #1 Award (for “Back to the Bottom”), and stints at #1 on CBC and Spotify chart, Port Cities is set to reach audiences worldwide.

 

 

 

 

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Sep
7
Fri
DAVID MYLES – Golf Tee-up Concert
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm

We are excited to welcome the wonderful DAVID MYLES back to King’s Theatre to kick off the 10th Annual Tournament of King’s!

Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression

Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles’ tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and ‘50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.” With the rousing orchestral thrill of “Night After Night,” they sprawl out into simmering soul as Myles seethes at a lover who’s been running around with another. Over Real Love’s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles’ signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition—with all its blood, sweat, and tears—that’s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting.

 

 

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Sep
15
Sat
MARIA OSENDE
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm

We are excited to welcome Maria Osende back to King’s Theatre, is an audience favourite. This show will feature a “pop-up” dance troupe of local dancers who opt to attend Maria’s Flamenco workshops over the summer. Check back soon for details!

Maria Osende is a Nova Scotia-based Flamenco dancer, teacher and choreographer from Spain. Her personal and unique artistic voice complements her deep knowledge of flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance. Her solo and company work is engaging and impeccably produced. Her vision is one of flamenco as an open artistic form that is powerful and relevant in today’s world, and that can communicate with audiences everywhere.

In the fall of 2015 Osende was awarded with the “Established Artist Recognition Award” by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.

 

 

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Sep
25
Tue
JIM CUDDY TRIO
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm

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For over 35 years, Jim Cuddy has written songs that have become indelible in the soundtrack of Canadian lives.  With the release of his fourth solo album, Constellation, he adds ten songs to that extraordinary songbook.

As one of the founding members and creative forces behind Blue Rodeo, Cuddy has received nearly every accolade Canada can bestow upon a musician, from the Order of Canada and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, to countless JUNO Awards and a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Behind it all, is a simple devotion to his craft as a songwriter, which remains Cuddy’s tireless pursuit after more than three decades.

“I’ve always found fascination in the smallest details of human behavior,” says Cuddy of his songwriting. “It has been something that I look at and remember, whether it is the details of an exchange that I witnessed or an exchange that I have.  Of course, as you get older there are bigger things that happen in your life that you realize you’ll never totally understand.  There never seems to be a loss of things to write about.”

Constellation was recorded during the summer and fall of 2017 at Blue Rodeo’s East-end Toronto headquarters, The Woodshed. As is the case with all great songwriters, Cuddy’s music has taken on deeper meaning with the passage of time, no small feat considering he has penned some of the most memorable songs in our nation’s canon.  What comes across on Constellation is less of a separation between the bitter and the sweet, as is sometimes evident with Blue Rodeo, but rather an emotional honesty that resonates across the album. On the album’s many memorable moments, such as “While I Was Waiting,” “Lonely When You Leave” and “Cold Cold Wind”, Cuddy’s unmistakable personality shines through, a testament to how his sound has always resisted attempts to be categorized.  This honesty shines through on the title track, “Constellations”.

“’Constellations’ is about a friend of mine who passed away last year.  Some friends and I took him up to my farm and we sort of had our last supper. We had a riotous time, we drank a lot of wine, and we had a lot of laughs, and it was all tempered with the fact that we knew that our friend was not going to survive this illness.

I think all the songs on the album were tempered by that because there’s something very sobering about losing a friend, especially losing a friend that’s younger, because it makes you tally up mortality a bit.  What it made me do on this record is write some more definitive truths for myself. Write things that had wounded me. Write things that I loved and held onto and write about things I had lost.”

Loss is certainly the theme of the beautiful ballad “You Be The Leaver” which takes on the shock of sudden separation in a relationship, though not necessarily a romantic relationship. “I think in everyone’s life there are relationships that become troubled, and either you survive or you don’t.  There are all kinds of relationships that have a great impact on your life, not just the romantic ones.”

Cuddy’s creative drive led him, in 1998, to launch a solo career in conjunction with Blue Rodeo.  With Constellation, he continues to find new ways to balance personal reflection and plainspoken storytelling, remaining both intimate and accessible. The new album also reunites him with his long-time band featuring stalwart Blue Rodeo bassist Bazil Donovan, guitarist Colin Cripps, violinist Anne Lindsay, keyboardist Steve O’Connor and drummer Joel Anderson, all of whom, along with and guest musicians Oh Susanna and Jim Bowskill help make this one of Cuddy’s most musically diverse albums to date.

Indeed, one of the album’s musical highlights is Beggar’s Banquet-influenced “Cold Cold Wind,” a traditional country styled track that ends in a flash and fury.

“By the time I finished the song, I thought you know what, this needs to have some explosive life at the end.  And so I just started playing that little lick, and realized we also had two extraordinary guitar players in the room, with Jimmy Bowskill and Colin Cripps, and thought it would be fun to have a guitar gunslinger moment at the end. You need to have a bit of punctuation on the meaning of the song. Plus it was an opportunity for those two guys to inspire each other and play off each other.”

Yet, the top shelf playing never overshadows Cuddy’s writing, and the symbiotic relationship between the two is a further tribute to the distinctive Toronto roots rock sound that Blue Rodeo all but defined. As Cuddy explains, “For me, one of the joys in making a record happens when I get past the point of worrying about all the things I may or may not have done wrong, and I can sit back and really absorb and appreciate what everyone else’s contribution. There were so many moments like that on this record, where parts were laid down that really accentuated the emotional impact of a particular song. You only get that with a certain caliber of musician, and I’m fortunate to have them in both bands I’m in.”

That sense of trust is evident in Cuddy’s audience as well, especially those who have been along for the ride from the beginning. His keen ear for conveying the highs and lows inherent to all long-term relationships has helped listeners grow along with him.

“We’ve all had to deal with our own bumps and bruises and scarring along the way, and part of this new record is facing that reality,” he says. “But in other ways Constellation is a celebration of coming through it all and feeling grateful for these long-term relationships that have sustained us throughout our lives.”

 

Colin Cripps is a Canadian guitarist and member of Blue Rodeo and the Jim Cuddy Band.

 

 

 

Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country’s rich cultural texture.

 

 

 

 

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Sep
27
Thu
JP CORMIER
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm

Nobody really knows who J.P. Cormier is for sure. That’s to be expected, believe me.

In 1974 he was a five year old boy, discovering an innate talent for playing the guitar, I had a little hand in that, guiding him through the beginning stages. He learned faster than I could teach.

By the mid eighties, not out of his teens, he was a sideman for bands and artists of many different genres in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and all across the deep south. As he travelled and worked he added more and more instruments to his arsenal of capabilities. He became indispensable to the bands he worked for.

In the early Nineties, he became a sideman for one of Canada’s favourite sons, Stompin’ Tom Connors and also became a staple of the recordings at Studio H in Halifax. His work with the CBC there, spanned musical, production and arranging duties.

All this before he was 20.

In the mid nineties he reentered the musical scene of his beloved East Coast and the Island called Cape Breton. He exploded onto the trad music scene there as a fiddler, performing some of the most difficult music ever produced by legends like Winston Fitzgerald and Angus Chisholm with a facility that stunned onlookers. Especially those who knew he wasn’t born there, but born in Ontario to Cape Breton parents. Somehow, some way, his music was the real thing, sounding like he had been steeped continually in a handed-down brew of family tradition from the old country.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

His previous gig was in Nashville playing mandolin and banjo in a grammy nominated bluegrass gospel band and performing on the Opry, and playing television shows with the likes of Waylon Jennings. All those people also thought he was one of them, American, reared in the ways of bluegrass, old time and Americana music. They knew he was from Canada, but it just didn’t seem possible.

Then in 1997, something amazing happened.

An album released in Canada, out of nowhere, called Another Morning. This time it was him as a songwriter and a lead singer.

And what a songwriter he turned out to be. Some of the performances on that album are literally part of the musical vocabulary today in the East Coast. Songs like the title cut, and Kelly’s Mountain, The Molly May (co written with his cousin Gervais) and others. It inspired, 25 years ago, some of the biggest names in the business today. People like Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen, David Myles, Joel Plaskett, all of which will tell you: that record changed things.

The Canadian industry thought so too, and it received a juno nomination and won an ECMA.

And that was just the beginning.

36 years later after stepping on stage as professional union musician for the first time at the tender age of 13, JP is still going, and frighteningly, still getting better.

16 albums followed the success of Another Morning, winning 12 more ECMA’s, another Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award and 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards. Each album was a snapshot of each thing that he can do. There are fiddle albums, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, tribute records, songwriting collections, a purely astounding spectrum of talent and musical vision.

His catalogue of recordings and the 150 or so records he’s produced on other artists, resemble the tapestry he weaves in live performance. Where he used to carry 3 and 4 piece bands, he tours alone now.

Just him and the instruments.

People still leave his shows confused, amazed and wondering what they just saw. Did they see a storyteller? A Songwriter? Arguably one of the best guitar players in the business today? Someone who crosses the lines between different instruments like there are no lines? Who was that masked man, anyway?

Accolades aside, and there are many from people like Chet Atkins, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot; JP sees himself as just a performer. He’s shy, but has a razor sharp wit and lightning sense of humour. He can be reserved or edgy to the point no return. He speaks for soldiers, first responders, other artists, the forgotten and lost. He speaks sometimes only for himself and refuses rebuttal.

Of all the things he is, foremost he is an entertainer. I think one of the best.  After you’ve seen what he does, I’m certain you will too.

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