Kingsburg Summer Concert and Lecture Series


The Paul St-Amand Trio

Let's Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker

on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm


Trumpeter and vocalist Paul At-Amand has earned raves for his lyrical sound and understated yet expressive singing voice. With his band Blue Spirits, he received a 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year for the album Liquid Courage. He regularly fronts a rotating duo/trio/quartet featuring some of the region’s finest jazz musicians, and he’s a member of the popular Latin ensemble Son Latino. Also an accomplished classical trumpeter, Paul is principal trumpet for the orchestra Nova Sinfonia and a founding member of the Bedford Brass Quintet. In 2018, his original brass composition The Eagle and Shield was chosen as Dalhousie University’s official Bicentennial anthem.

“St. Amand’s trumpet playing is just that good. It really is a special sound.” - Bill Roach, East Coast Music Hour (CBC Radio)

Tickets are $20.00.  Please email Anne at to reserve.  Reservations are required.


on Sunday July 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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Geoff Arsenault

Drummer, singer, songwriter, performer, and illustrator GEOFF ARSENAULT, uniquely talented, multifaceted artist with a funky, soulful sensibility has been a longtime collaborator with musicians ranging from Matt Andersen, Ray Bonneville to Dutch Mason, Mary Jane Lamond to Thom Swift, Arsenault’s two solo albums, “This Ain’t No Fiction” and “Voodoo Baby Rattle” have been celebrated by fans and critics alike. Multiple nominee and winner of the 2006 best drummer in the national Maple Blues Awards, he is known for his generous harmonious style and distinctive musical contributions to multiple genres. His own music is linked between Tony Joe White and JJ Cale. Roots music. Swampy, funky, New Orleans, Tex Mex. Tinged with Blues.

“Of the music he’s writing and performing, all I can say is WOW!! This is as good as it gets...” — THE CBC’S GLENN MEISNER


Glenn Patscha

Born in Winnipeg, in 1970, Glenn Patscha relocated to New Orleans in 1989 to study piano with Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste at The University Of New Orleans. He went on to play and record with many New Orleans icons young and old such as Earl Palmer, Victor Goines, Danny Barker, Brian Blade, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Davenport and Leroy Jones. In 1998, a recording and touring stint with Marianne Faithfull reignited an interest in composing and songwriting. After moving to New York City in 1998 Patscha started the critically acclaimed band Ollabelle. T Bone Burnett signed the band to his Columbia Records imprint DMZ in 2003. Since living in New York he has recorded and performed with Levon Helm, Sheryl Crow, Bettye Lavette, The Holmes Brothers, Cubanismo, Madeline Peyroux, Roger Waters, Lizz Wright, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson and Loudon Wainwright. He has also scored the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film “Sangre De Mi Sangre” with Brian Cullman, award winning Finnish Film “Kukkulan Kuningas - On Thin Ice“ and a number of short films by photographer Mary Ellen Mark and Documentarian Martin Bell. Recently Patscha has produced recordings for The Holmes Brothers and Marc Cohn. He has also recorded a beautiful debut album with his new band The Big Bright with Fiona McBain (Ollabelle) and Liz Tormes.

Glenn now lives with his family in Mahone Bay.

Nicholas d’Amato


Bassist Nicholas D'Amato who moved to Nova Scotia eight years ago is a veteran of the New York City music scene.As a sideman, Nicholas has been the propulsion for a vast array of groups spanning all stylistic borders and for the past few decades has toured the world, performing in over forty countries. For the last twelve years, he has been the bassist for Concord Jazz recording artist, Lizz Wright. Nicholas has performed, recorded, and toured with Elle King, Rachel Platten, Shayna Steele, Wayne Krantz, Mike Murley, David Braid, Meaghan Smith, Ian Janes, Dinuk Wijeratne, Charlie A'Court, Brian D'Arcy James, Martha Plimpton, Janita, Popa Chubby, Kim Barlow and many others. He also performs regularly with Canadian artists Ian Janes, Meaghan Smith, Charlie A'Court, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Geoff Arsenault, among others. He keeps busy recording albums and tracks for some of the world's finest, as well as television jingles and film scores. Nicholas balances his time on the road with teaching at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he is the bass instructor, and leads classes in improvisation.

I’ve heard this combo play and it’s a lively fun experience - you may even dance to the music….


The Rendezvous Quartet -

a joint show of Duckworth Real Estate and Lunenburg Seaport

on Friday August 2nd at 7:30 pm

held at the Lunenburg Seaport - a meeting and happening place, a marine museum with a fabulous vibe!

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Two incredible young musicians from Cuba studying abroad. Augusto Pedro in Spain and Alison Ricio in Canada playing with their father Augusto and Jeff Goodspeed. Augusto Jr. and Alison are products of Cuba’s legendary music education system. Augusto Sr. spent 35 years performing all over the world and has now chosen to live in Nova Scotia because like Cuba, we own a piece of paradise. 

Jeff Goodspeed is one of the most recognized jazz musicians in Nova Scotia. He and his wife Amara founded Los Primos Project together in 1997 to help with the shortage of instruments in Cuban music schools. In 20 years, they have raised more than $600,000 for music education in Nova Scotia, delivered more that 700 instruments to schools and individual musicians in Cuba and organized more than 40 cultural exchange trips between Nova Scotia and Cuba. Last summer, Los Primos introduced the Enriquez family all over the province.

This past winter Jeff spent several months in Havana and was featured with the National Cuban Symphony playing his own compositions and arrangements. He’s now back and readying the group for another season of concerts playing to Nova Scotians.

Augusto Pedro Enriquez has decided to move his studies from the Royal Conservatory in Madrid to the Fountain School of Music at Dalhousie University. He has been featured as a soloist on classical guitar with the Madrid Symphony orchestra and is now also learning jazz by sitting in at Jeff’s weekly Sunday jazz gig. 

Alison Enriquez just finished her grade 12 after 3 years on scholarship at Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She was just awarded a full scholarship to study at the Fountain School of Music. At 18, Alison sings like a 30-year professional and is now a regular every week at Stayner’s Sunday Jazz.

Please join Jeff, Augusto, Alison and Augusto Pedro for an evening where they will make you laugh and bring a tear to your eye, as they play everything from the Classics to Latin Jazz and traditional Cuban music. This Rendezvous Quartet will bring and arsenal of instruments including violin, electric 5 string violin, classical guitar, electric guitar, Cuban guitar, saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor), flute, EWI, electric bass, percussion and beautiful voices.





Reeny Smith in Kingsburg

on Friday, August 16 at 7:30 pm

Call Anne at 902-766-0104 or email at

You’ll have the pleasure of hearing one of Nova Scotia’s finest new young artists on the scene, a multiple award winner - we’re thrilled to have her perform in Kingsburg.

Since releasing her first in EP in 2015, “I Am Reeny,” Reeny Smith’s powerful voice and vibrant, emotional rollercoaster of a stage show have solidified her as one of the most enthralling artists in Canada.

Signing with Cymba Music Publishing in 2016, she released her breakout single, “Good Girl Swag”, a song with an unrelenting positivity in an increasingly harsh world. Smith went on to win Music Nova Scotia’s African Canadian Artist of the Year award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as Best RnB Artist award in The Coast’s Best of Halifax awards in 2017 and 2018.

She’s collaborated with artists like Quake Matthews, and opened for Anderson Paak at the Halifax Jazz Festival, but through it all, Smith says the thing she’s the proudest of is developing her craft as a songwriter and being recognized for all of the hard work she’s put into the depth and realism of her work.

“My biggest achievement thus far has been recognized internationally for my songwriting work. Songwriting was never something I thought I was good at, so to have reached this level of validation means a great deal to me.”

Have a listen:

Awards & Achievements 
2018 The Coast Best Of Halifax Best R&B Gold winner
2018 Music NS African Nova Scotian Artist of The Year
2018 ANSMA Artist of The Year
2017 Music NS African Nova Scotian Artist of The Year
2017 The Coast Best Of Halifax Best R&B Gold winner
2016 Music NS African Nova Scotian Artist of The Year
2015 ANSMA Artist of The Year
2015 Music NS African Nova Scotian Artist of The Year
2015 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence Winner
2011 NSTT Teachers Award
2011 ANSMA Rising Star
2010 Halifax Jazz Festival Galaxy Rising Star
Represented Nova Scotia in Canada Games National Artist Program
2010 ANSMA Best Up and Coming Artist
2010 NSTT Portia White Award


Sean Kennedy's Lecture Series 2019


Professor Seán Kennedy of Saint Mary’s University, resident of Kingsburg.


“Is Beauty Truth?”

Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 pm

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty?' Romanticism, death and form

Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm

'Things fall apart': degeneration, race and the fin-de-siècle

Wednesday August 21 at 7:30 pm

Forms of degeneration: Hitler, Keats and degenerate art

These three lectures will trace our obsession with beautiful forms, poetic and otherwise, from Romantic poetry and theory through to its gruesome culmination in the aesthetics of fascism. Drawing on Keats, Yeats and others, I will argue that our obsession with beauty has less to tell us about 'truth' than about idealising fantasies of physical perfection that reflect some of the cruelest prejudices of our species.

Sean's Bio -  He is Professor of English with a specialisation in modern Irish literature and culture. He has published widely on the work of Samuel Beckett in Irish contexts, is the founder of the binennial Queering Ireland conference organisation (2009-present), and is interested in psychoanalysis, queer studies and feminisms. His latest project, ‘Ireland and the Erotics of Austerity’, is a psychoanalytic study of the discourses of austerity in an Irish context.  For those of you who know Sean and have heard him speak, the event is thought provoking, the discussions lively and everyone learns something.

All are welcome. Lectures are free of chargeReservations are not required.

this event is a community service brought to us by dr. sean kennedy, professor at st. mary’s university.

Joe Kertes Lecture, Author

speaking on Monday, August 19

at 7:30 pm at the Barn

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Joe Kertes (born 1951) is a writer who escaped from Hungary with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan. Kertes founded Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs. He was for 15 years Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and was a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation.

His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1989.[1] Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. Roddy Doyle said of Kertes's third novel, Gratitude (Penguin), that the story "grabbed me and wouldn't let go; I found it totally engrossing. It is a huge, sprawling novel, yet beautifully precise. Gratitude brings new life to well-known history, but the lasting strength of this wonderful book is its people, in all their flaws and glories. It is a massive achievement". Ha Jin described Gratitude as "a rich, grand novel. It reveals the complexity of human psychology and motivations. It shows the fate and the cruelty and generosity of human beings caught in the violence of history. Joseph Kertes writes with tremendous skill, strength, and passion, which make reading this book sheer pleasure. Stylistically and thematically, it is a remarkable achievement". "Gratitude" has won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.[2]

Kertes is also a frequent contributor to newspapers, like The Globe and Mail, and magazines, like The Walrus. A recent feature in The Walrus, called "The Truth About Lying", was nominated for a National Magazine Award. A story of his, "Records," was a finalist for a CBC Literary Award.

His latest novel, called The Afterlife of Stars, is a New York Times Editor's Choice.

Kertes was named winner of the 2017 Harbourfront Festival Prize for outstanding contribution to literature and the world of letters. “I am thrilled and humbled by this great honour. My desire to work for and contribute to the literary community has been like working for and among family, people I know — people aspiring to the same lofty ideals I’ve been stumbling toward: to give true expression to feelings and thoughts and actions,” says Kertes. “I am thrilled, too, to be added to a list that includes Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, Miriam Toews and many other heroes of mine.”

This is a free lecture.