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Jun
3
Sun
XARA Choral Theatre: RISE
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm

Xara Choral Theatre is breaking the boundaries of choral performance. Weaving together contemporary choral singing, movement, lighting, and spoken word, their breakthrough performances tell stories that are transformative for audiences and performers alike.

 

XARA CHORAL THEATRE invites you to celebrate ten years of choral innovation and the fiercely talented performers who have helped them make their mark, along with the stories that have inspired the work.

RISE is a collection of four short pieces of choral theatre. Each explores what it means to be a woman searching for agency and fighting for change while trying to honour her elders and her past. 

The ensemble will be joined by Xara alumnae, several young singers from our Chrysalis Youth Mentorship program, and guest artists Rebecca Thomas, and Michelle Raine. Each section of the show has been collaboratively developed with the featured artist and will include a re-imagined Greek myth, slam poetry, and vulnerable monologue. Music will vary from new works by Canadians Don Macdonald and Kim Baryluk to music by Finnish, Tamilian, and African-American composers.

The narratives that come alive through this show celebrate, affirm, challenge, and mourn the unique roles women play in our culture. It may leave you with new perspectives on the many ways of being a woman, a protector, and a bearer of history.

  • Top Women’s Choir in Canada, 2013
  • East Coast Music Award Nomination, 2016
  • National and regional touring Internationally recognized in the USA and Europe
Featured Artists
  • Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble
  • Xara Alumnae & Chrysalis Youth
  • Rebecca Thomas, poet
  • Michelle Raine, actor
  • Christina Murray, conductor
  • Jenny Trites, collaborative pianist
  • Claire Leger, choral choreographer
  • Matthew Downey, lighting designer
  • Jordyn Bochon, costume designer

 

Christina Murray, Co-Artistic Director & Conductor

 

 

Claire Leger, Co-Artistic Director & Choreographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
9
Sat
THERESA MALENFANT & JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm

CELEBRATE THE BLUES WITH LEGENDS THERESA MALENFANT & JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN!

Hailing from Dieppe, NB, Theresa Malenfant grew up surrounded by a musically-talented family. She made her singing debut at the age of fourteen and was soon on stage, dueting with the great Dutch Mason. After many years of success, both in her native Canada and during a five year stint living and performing in Europe, Malenfant has a number of critically acclaimed albums to her credit and 30 years of performing under her belt. The vocal powerhouse in the tradition of Janis Joplin and Etta James has amassed an incredible career, one that has shown no signs of slowing down.

 

John Campbelljohn’s acoustic blues performances he makes the most of the song. Campbelljohn soulfully commands the stage with rich vocals, while his powerfully prolific technique on guitar or trusty dobro lap steel further embellishes each composition. His power trio ups the ante with an electric sound that can pummel an audience into submission or captivate them with the subtleties of ace musicians driven solely by the love of their craft.

A tight rhythm section fronted by Campbelljohn’s distinctive prowess on slide guitar quickly demonstrates that, although John’s a Cape Bretoner, he’s been cut from a plaid of a very different color. Power blues that touch on rock, reggae and roots with a few overtones of pure country – these are John Campbelljohn’s stock and trade. He’s also added the wondrous sounds of the pedal steel to his live band shows to haunting effect. The overall quality of the musicianship, the energy of his delivery and the guaranteed good times that spring from the band’s performances are proof of the pudding.

Acoustically, John combines the influences of such diverse players as Fred McDowell, Ry Cooder and John Hammond while his electric shows earmark everyone from Sonny Landreth to Johnny Winter, Clapton to Duane Allman. A simple listen to any of his six CD releases tell the tale that John Campbelljohn – solo or otherwise – is a born performer and a credit to his accomplishments: Blues Artist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Slide Guitarist of the Year. His is a sophisticated, well-informed and progressive definition of the blues and his distinctive edge has been applauded from Sydney to Stuttgart. Treat yourself to something truly fan-friendly and fun with a no-nonsense master of many genres.

 

 

 

 

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Jun
21
Thu
Maritime Concert Opera: LA BOHEME
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

We are pleased to welcome the Maritime Concert Opera back to King’s Theatre. MCO is a semi-professional regional opera company based in Lunenburg which brings in-concert performances of great operas to many communities in Nova Scotia. While they use professional soloists, their chorus and ethos are rooted firmly in their communities. A concert opera brings you all the gorgeous singing of complete operatic works, in the original language, without the staging, sets or costumes.

La Bohème opens your soul to emotions too big for words. The music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache…

The composer Giacomo Puccini created the opera La Bohème in 1896, a four-act opera that premiered on February 1, 1896, in Teatro Regio, Turin. The setting of La Bohème takes place in 1830s Paris, France. The opera is based on a collection of related stories by Henri Murger published in 1851 and follows the standard Italian opera format as a very popular performance across the world. The story shows vignettes of bohemian youths who lived in the Latin Quarter of Paris and focuses on relationships, characters, and lovers.

 

Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart is a professional mezzo-soprano who has sung across Canada, the United States and in New Zealand. Founder of Toronto-based Opera Anonymous, she oversaw over 20 productions from 1994 to 2002. Nina and her husband moved to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 2002, and has since overseen 18 full operas and a total of 34  concerts with MCO.  In 2005 she and Tara Scott founded the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop which has just completed a very successful tenth season.

 

 

 

 

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Jun
30
Sat
PAUL O’BRIEN and Band
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm

Join us at King’s Theatre for the launch of Paul O’Brien’s new CD, recorded in Nova Scotia and produced by JP Cormier.

Paul will be joined by a team of amazing Nova Scotian musicians:

 

  • Jeff Hennessy on piano
  • Ken Shorley on percussion
  • Scott Henderson on pipes and flute
  • Millie O’Brien on vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul O’Brien is a UK-born singer-songwriter-instrumentalist based in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, who spends his winters touring Europe. He has a gift for going straight to the emotional heart of the story and taking his listeners with him. The music has a new Celtic feel, songs that are steeped in the acoustic tradition but retain a freshness and relevance, songs that will touch your heart, songs about real people and situations, songs you can remember.

  • “A working class poet with a knack for straightforward language held aloft by a sweet gift of melody.” – Boulevard Magazine
  • ”Paul O’Brien is a modern day poet, a guardian of our history. He knows how to tell us, easily and gracefully stories that are serious, romantic, personal by turns; about love and nature and . . . well, life!”  – Marc Phillip, Magazine Audio
  • “The moment of listening has that feeling of being something special and rare. Paul has a perfect voice for his subjects, strong, warm and able to create a sense of intimacy with his listener. He calls us to action with songs that ring like anthems and makes us cry with reminders of social injustice.” Sheryl McKay, CBC Radio Two

 

O’Brien is a songwriter with deep roots and broad horizons, and he is included in the long tradition of folk/ roots artists everywhere as a teacher of the guitar, mandolin and bodhran, the traditional Irish drum. Since the beginning of his career, his influences have been diverse – everything from new English folk to Reggae. He has developed an eclectic folk style that is broadly appealing and not easily categorized. His experiences as an immigrant, musician, and teacher; his natural instinct for humour and storytelling; and his empathy for the underdog have all combined to produce an insightful and entertaining artist. Paul O’Brien’s concerts are dynamic affairs, and his connection with the audience is palpable. No room is too large or too small for him. In the space of one song, he can take his audiences from foot stomping energy to the absolute stillness of choked-back tears.

 

 

 

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Jul
7
Sat
STEVEN PAGE w/Kevin Fox
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm

Congratulations to STEVEN PAGE and former Barenaked Ladies bandmates on being inducted into the CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME at this year’s Juno Awards.

Steven Page — a founding member of Barenaked Ladies, with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums — is a legendary performer. His distinctive and powerful tenor is one of pop music’s most recognizable voices. He’s a towering figure in the world of singer-songwriting, and continues his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects.

Page has composed six Stratford Festival scores, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time ensemble, is a member of the Trans-Canada Highway, and has journeyed across North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater – all the while continuing to write, release and perform his original music. Steven is currently working on a Stratford-commissioned musical he’s writing with Governor General’s Award-winner Daniel MacIvor. A new album entitled HEAL THYSELF will be out later this year with tours planned in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. & Ireland.

We’re excited to welcome STEVEN PAGE to Annapolis Royal with fellow musician (and long time friend of King’s Theatre) KEVIN FOX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
14
Sat
UNION DUKE
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm

Sweat flies and floorboards tremble – Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.

For their third record, Golden Days, Union Duke recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. Then they brought in Grammy award-winning mix engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timber) to bring the mixes to life. Golden Days will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned – and of laughter between friends, tenderness between lovers. One minute you’re following banjo music rambling down a country lane. The next minute you feel the pulse and pound of the amplifiers.

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all.

 

 

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Jul
21
Sat
DIYET & The Love Soldiers
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm

Diyet and the Love Soldiers Album Release at the Yukon Arts Centre on March 9, 2018.
Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography

Born in a tent, raised in a small cabin in a village on the shores of a glacial lake in the mountains of the Kluane region of the Yukon, Diyet proudly embodies her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish roots with a musical presence that is equally diverse and unique.

Diyet is Alternative Folk, Roots, Country and Traditional Aboriginal with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in her Indigenous world view and northern life. She performs as a trio with husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout on guitar and foot percussion and multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton.

Diyet’s live performances provide an intimate and uplifting experience as she invites her guests into a soundscape of rhythm, melody and storytelling. With a resonant voice that captures the spirit, Diyet is a contemporary artist whose music leaves listeners with a sense of hope and possibility. Her lyrics paint a vivid picture of her home and travels, and touch upon the happy and heartbreaking things that happen in her world, exposing her interpretation of a northern reality: hard, raw and will break you if it can, but at the same time is always beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive.

Her debut  album, The Breaking Point, received nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Songwriter of the Year” at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in 2010 and 2011, “Album of the Year” at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and remained on the Canadian Aboriginal Music Countdown for 24 weeks.  Diyet’s enticing vocals will pull you into the songs while the lyrics tell you a story.

 

 

 

 

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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

Last year’s sold out concert was a highlight of the summer.

This show will be the first time EVER that all the very talented musical members of the Enriquez family will play together on stage. Absolutely not to be missed!

 

 

 

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 Enriquez – percussion
  • 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
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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