Annual Jazz Picnic—Sunday August 5th

Grab your picnic, blanket, family, and friends and join us in Kingsburg for the John Bird Quartet. 

No tickets necessary. The show gets underway at 5PM. Fun hats are strongly encouraged!

Duckworth Barn — 963 Kingsburg Rd., Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2X0


The Rendezvous Quartet—July 6th at 7:30pm

Kingsburg Summer Concert Series — No. 1

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Reservations are required. Please email Anne at afouillard@eastlink.ca to reserve. Tickets are $20.00.  

Two incredible young musicians from Cuba studying abroad. Augusto Pedro in Spain and Alison Ricio in Canada. They are products of Cuba’s legendary music education system and the children of one of Cuba’s most loved singers, Augusto Enriquez. Augusto 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 close to $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. This summer Los Primos will present music of the Enriquez family all over the province.

Augusto Pedro Enriquez has been studying music for the past 6 years in Spain and is now completing his Masters at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. He has been featured as a soloist on classical guitar with the Madrid Symphony orchestra. As well as being a guitar master, he has inherited from his father, a voice with power and elegance.

Alison Enriquez just finished her grade 11 after 2 years on scholarship at Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She is the principal 2ndviolin in the NS Youth Orchestra and the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra. At 17, Alison sings like a 30-year professional and is now a regular every week at Stayner’s Sunday Jazz.

Alison and Augusto Pedro have not seen each other in over 4 years. Come join the celebration of this Cuban-Canadian Rendezvous in Nova Scotia. A family reunion that 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.


Ariana Nasr + Curtis Thorpe—August 3rd at 7 pm

Kingsburg Summer Concert Series — No. 2

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Ariana Nasr and Curtis Thorpe are two Nova Scotian multi-instrumentalists who now live and perform in Montréal.  This summer they will return to NS to release their upcoming CD "Padam Padam" - featuring classics from France, the Balkans and the Americas. 

Ariana sings jazz, soul and world classics with equal dexterity and has spent the last several years performing a tribute to French greats Édith Piaf and Jacques Brel!  She also plays soprano saxophone (her first love) as well as accordion and violin.

Curtis is a fabulous player who is at home with complex finger-style guitar picking as well as groove-based music.  He is a one-man band playing guitar, harmonica and percussion simultaneously.

Expect to hear the unexpected at this concert but count on classics like Édith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose", Dave Brubeck's "Take Five", and Etta James' "At Last" performed by two musicians who really click together!

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Tickets are $20.00.  Please email Anne at afouillard@eastlink.ca to reserve.  Reservations are required.


Steve Normandin—August 24th at 7 pm

Kingsburg Summer Concert Series — No. 3

Self-taught accordionist and pianist Steve Normandin's extensive knowledge of French songwriting has led him to perform in many different parts of the French-speaking world. A composer and lyricist, he's also a terrific singer who can perform Canadian Folk or French songs with real panache.

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Between the years 2003 and 2007 if you wanted to catch Steve in performance you could do so at various places across the globe—Australia, Singapore, Germany, France, Belgium—as an actor-musician in "The Busker's Opera", a rock opera staged by Canadian heavy-hitter, Robert Lepage. He also worked with great Canadian and French artists, from songwriting to classical world (soprano Suzie LeBlanc, Anne Sylvestre, Gilles Vigneault,  Trois-Rivières and Quebec Symphony orchestras, and many more). 


A collector of 78's from the first half of the 20th century (French Music Hall, Québec singers, old-time jazz, Swing...) Steve regularly salvages those would-be relics from the dust bin of history and revivifies them for both his own pleasure and that of his listening audience. He performs regularly as both a soloist and with the many and diverse ensembles that call upon his talents, including any of several Jazz Manouche outfits. 

Steve makes his home in France since 2015 : Brittany, next to the sea.

Here's what they said about Steve at  "Django in June" in 2017 in Northampton, Massachussets, USA.

“Well, I’m sorry, I’m not an accordion player, but I can tell you I was absolutely blown away by Steve Normandin (who plays everything, it seems...I think if they did a genetic mapping of the man, they’d discover musical staffs, not DNA strands). Friday night’s concert he did a kind of tragic, histoire-chanson, and finished on one of the most explosively dramatic moments I have ever seen in any music, with any instrument.”

Tickets are $20.00.  Please email Anne at afouillard@eastlink.ca to reserve.  Reservations are required.


Lecture by Al Chaddock—July 18th at 7 pm

 

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Al will be lecturing on the need to rediscover our selves through art and science with a focus on the U.N. Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms as the basis of human activities.

He is an artist and philosopher of wide accomplishment over many years.  Living in Chester, Nova Scotia, he has represented the Cultural sector on the Nova Scotia Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.  He worked with Elizabeth Mann-Borgese, considered the "Mother of the Oceans",  to create World Ocean Day on behalf of Canada as part of Canada's contributions to  the Earth Summit in Rio.  He is a member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Science, the founder of The Mahone Bay Heritage Society, (now Mahone Islands Conservation Association).  He was a participant in the  UN Law of the Sea Conference on Straddling  and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks Conference (New York 1996).  He has been a member of the British Institute for the Study of Animal Behaviour.   A beloved story teller, singer- song writer, social activist, accomplished yachtsman, did I say also an excellent artist.  See his paintings below.


Sean Kennedy's Lecture Series 2018

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Series title: Poetry and Psychoanalysis

Professor Seán Kennedy of Saint Mary’s University, resident of Kingsburg. All lectures are on Wednesday night at 7 pm at the Kingsburg Barn

1. Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.
'Something there is that doesn't love a wall': Robert Frost in the Age of Trump

2. Wednesday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m.
'Hunting the salami: Penis Envy in Carol Ann Duffy's "Frau Freud".

3.  Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Me too? Feminist solidarity in Andrew McMillan's "Leda To Her Daughters".

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.