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Jun
30
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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

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
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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
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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
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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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