Celebrating Sun, Soil and Society, in the village of Tatamagouche, TATAFEST is in its 4th year, bringing people together with events for all ages. The 2018 version will give you a chance to take part in lots of entertainment. You are invited to purchase a TATAFEST VIP Ticket Package for a saving of $30, allows you access to the following events and venues for only $70:
Sunday, August 19: Sean McCann (of Great Big Sea) in concert at The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre www.gracejollymore.com/events/2018/8/19/sean-mccann-of-great-big-sea
Thursday, August 23: Unforeseen. A cover band featuring the remarkable blind pianist Shelby Murray at The Grace https://www.gracejollymore.com/events/2018/8/23/unforeseen
Friday, August 24: A Kitchen Party hosted by Keith Mullins and also featuring Christina Martin, Meaghan Smith, Dale Murray and Jason Mingo.
Saturday/Sunday, August 25/26: Bard By The Bay. A Shakespearian delight. At The Creamery Square Senator's Stage www.gracejollymore.com/events/2018/8/25/bard-by-the-bay
And during TATAFEST Week: FREE admission to the Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre
These events and venues are all found at Creamery Square in Tatamagouche.
In partnership with TATAFEST 2018, The Grace presents Sean McCann, formerly of the renowned folk/rock group Great Big Sea.
Séan McCann – long-time singer in the iconic Canadian party band Great Big Sea, was a high functioning alcoholic burdened with a dark past. He spent 35 years drinking heavily to numb his pain and avoid his truth. In 2013, he decided to leave the band and re-invent his life.
He is now a solo artist and advocate for mental health and addiction recovery. His story is about surviving abuse, becoming sober, leaving the band and making a real difference in the world.
Listen to Sean Sing http://www.seanmccannsings.com/sing/
Tickets are $30 at Fulton's Pharmacy, and online at www.gracejollymore.com
"Unforeseen" is a unique and unforgettable experience featuring blind pianist Shelby Murray and her band of journeyman musicians', who have performed with the Glamour Puss Blues Band, Dutch Mason, 1755 and many more.
The group has performed at many marquee events including festivals, beaches, parks, fairs, corporate events, village, town and city celebrations and private functions.
The "Unforeseen" concert experience showcases the greatest rock'n'roll hit songs from yesteryear, combined with classic rock selections that include songs from: Roy Orbison, Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, CCR, Elton John, Billy Joel, Trooper.
Tickets are $20 at Fulton's Pharmacy, and online at www.gracejollymore.com
Creamery Square Senator's Stage is the setting as Singer-Songwriter Keith Mullins hosts an afternoon of favourite Nova Scotia musicians, a concert for everybody. The showcase of exceptional talent will also include Christina Martin, Meaghan Smith, Dale Murray and Jason Mingo. www.gracejollymore.com/events/2018/4/12/kitchen-party-featuring-keith-mullins
As well students of the new Tatamagouche Regional Academy will unveil an original school song written by the students with help from Keith Mullins. Tickets for this event are $30 available at Fulton's Drug Store, at The Grace and online here at gracejollymore.com.
The Bard is back! Once again it's time for a little bit of Shakespeare. The North Shore Players will present a full afternoon of programming with more than just a hint of Shakespeare. The event is part of TATAFEST 2018. Tickets are available at the event for only $15 / $10 for students.
Presented on Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26, 2018
FREE Admission - Donations at the door, Thank you
ALBATROSS – A Film by Artist Chris Jordan
On a tiny island in the heart of the Pacific, a love story is unfolding. This film is an incredible, life-changing, and timely public artwork created by Chris Jordan.
It is a love story… a brilliant and poignant look at both the pain in our world and the love that tugs at us to do something.
“I want people to watch this film and feel sadness and rage and realise that comes from a place of love. Don’t pull the plug out of the bathtub just yet; don’t let all that raw emotion drain away. Once you feel love, you can be more courageous and make more radical choices.” – Chris Jordan
At the express request of Chris Jordan, there is no charge for attendance.
The journey of ALBATROSS began in 2008, as a collaboration with activist/photographer Manuel Maqueda. Studying the newly-emerging issue of ocean plastic pollution, we learned of a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the center of the vast North Pacific Ocean. We immediately began planning an expedition there, and on our first trip to Midway Island in September of 2009, we and our team photographed and filmed thousands of young albatrosses that lay dead on the ground, their stomachs filled with plastic. The experience was devastating, not only for what it meant for the suffering of the birds, but also for what it reflected back to us about the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity's damaged relationship with the living world.
ALBATROSS is being given to the world as a new-paradigm gift-economy offering. The main ways it will spread is by word of mouth, social media, and hosted screenings. You can personally amplify its message by sharing your feelings and experience of ALBATROSS through your networks. You can help its audience grow globally by sending it to your friends in other countries.
All incoming funds will be applied to help bring ALBATROSS further out into the world. We invite you to join in whatever ways inspire you, to carry the transformational story of our beloved birds to awakening hearts everywhere.
Since being inspired at the age of nine when she saw Natalie MacMaster in concert, Alycia Putnam has been working on her fiddle chops and a deep repertoire of foot-stompin’ tunes. The result of this dedication has been three solo albums and thousands of live performances spanning the globe from Pictou to Amsterdam, and back to Pictou.
Alycia’s most recent album, the much anticipated Wired for Sound, includes 13 tracks of traditional to more eclectic fiddle music and the immense talent of 10 of the province’s most well-known musicians.
Since her performing career took off in the late 90’s, Alycia has amassed a network of artists she regularly adds to her live performances depending on what’s needed for the gig. Her core family band (her dad, Robert, on guitar and her mom, Kelly, on bagpipes) can be expanded to feature percussion, bass, vocals, banjo, mandolin, and a suite of other sounds depending on who’s footing the bill. Regardless of the band’s composition, this live show has something for everyone and is a must-see for anybody who loves Cape-Breton-style fiddle music played by a mainlander.
Dana Jefferson has become a popular attraction at Big Al's in Tatamagouche, featured regularly as Friday evening entertainment. He draws on an extensive repertoire to appeal to all, with the help of 2 and sometimes 3 accomplished guitar playing friends. Dana is humble and just plays for the enjoyment. Come and hear the boys on stage at The Grace and it will be your enjoyment that is suitably enhanced. Tickets only $15 at the door.
Script Writing Seminar
The Sunrise Film Festival returns to the North Shore during 2018, with a wide range of screenings and events throughout the year.
A new feature of this year’s Festival is a one-day intensive Script Writing Seminar conducted by novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Gary L. Blackwood. Though the Festival’s film screenings won’t take place until early September, the script writing seminar is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche, from 10 am to 5 pm. All ages from teens to seniors are welcome, but registration is limited to 10, so book early. For more information and to reserve a place, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-701-2483. The cost is $35 per person and includes tea, coffee, and snacks through the day. Participants should bring their own laptop or paper notebook.
The seminar will cover the essentials of script writing: how to come up with non-cliché ideas; how to center the storyline around a strong conflict; how to structure a screenplay/stage play; how to create convincing characters and dialogue. It will also touch on such nuts-and-bolts topics as proper script format, creating an intriguing logline/synopsis, and where and how to submit scripts.
Though the emphasis will be on creating film and stage scripts, most of the same techniques taught in the seminar are just as useful for writing novels and short stories.
Blackwood has taught screenwriting and playwriting to students from elementary school to university, as well as to adults. His plays have won numerous awards and appeared in theatres from California to Spain. The script for the feature film The Seerreceived an Award of Merit from Cinema WorldFest. The stage adaptation of his bestselling YA novelThe Shakespeare Stealerhas been produced by most of North America’s top children’s theatres; the screenplay version was optioned by the producer of Supernatural. Blackwood is also the author of 35 novels and non-fiction books.
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The members of the group are vocalist Hubert Francis star of Brookes Diamond production, “Drum” from Elsipogtog First Nation, Evan Syliboy formerly with Lonecloud and bassist/composer/sound designer & sound editor Lukas Pearce of Halifax NS and group leader, percussionist/storyteller Alan Syliboy. The show consists of songs, stories (narrative about The Thundermaker) accompanied by multi-media art film and live performance.
Come to The Gala Dinner for The Grace to be held at the Northumberland Room, Fox Harb'r. Sunday, June 3, 2018. Beginning at 5:30 for Reception and Dinner at 6pm. A Silent Auction is available, entertainment and more. Every ticket sold includes a 1 year membership to The Grace. All proceeds are for The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre.
Alan Syliboy is an established Mi' kmaq artist. His work is influenced by the indigenous Mi'kmaq rock drawing and quill weaving traditions. Working in acrylic and mixed media, Alan creates vibrantly coloured images exploring the themes of family, searching and spirituality. The exhibition will be featured through June and July,with the opening scheduled for Friday, June 1 at 7:00 pm.
The Land Lady is a new play by Tatamagouche playwright and novelist Gary Blackwood. The one-person show features Nicole Uzans as iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr. It takes place long before Carr achieved success, when she was eking out a living by running a boarding house in Victoria. She recounts and often dramatizes scenes from her childhood; the years she spent studying art in San Francisco, London, and Paris; her failed romances; and her attempts to free herself from the conventions imposed by the art world and by society.
It will be presented May 17 and May 18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students, available at the door.
Drawing on the rich repertoire of East Coast Celtic tradition of intricate instrumentals, sea shanties, Irish and Scottish songs, and original compositions, Celtic Rant have forged a polished sound around the guitar, fiddle, pipes, mandolin, and excitingly robust vocal harmonies. They have been performing in festivals and clubs throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI and have been building a steady base since 2006 – the year the band started.
They recorded the debut “Celtic Rant” and follow up recording “Encore” with producer Don Chapman. The newest CD “A Clancy Rantcy” is a tribute to the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. “A Clancy Rantcy” takes Celtic Rant into exciting new territory.
Celtic Rant consists of Victor Fraser on vocals, guitar, tenor banjo and fiddle, Rob Wigle on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and Rob Greene, who also does vocals and plays bass guitar, fiddle and pipes.
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Tickets are $15 at Fulton's Pharmacy, at the door and online at www.gracejollymore.com
Born and raised in Lunenburg county Nova Scotia, and a former resident of Pictou County, Addison Locke has been entertaining audiences throughout the region and beyond since 1984
Addison has recorded in Nashville, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and began offering full length concerts in 2008 after launching his first long playing CD titled. "Addison Locke...What Have You Done". He is honoured to have recorded his CD in the Dave Gunning Studios
Addison knows that the key to joy in the music industry is found 'on the ground' singing for live audiences. He holds to his idea that the finest artists are also fine people filled with genuine affection and respect for their fans.
Quiet and humble by nature, Addison offers sincere and wildly true stories about where his songs originate and the characters that inspired them. Those who attend Addison's live concerts leave his shows knowing him and leave feeling that he genuinely loves each one of them.
Tickets are $15 at Fulton's Pharmacy, at the door and online at www.gacejollymore.com
The Grace is delighted to welcome back Hillsburn. This is an exciting and energetic award winning folk/pop/rock band.
In 2016/2017, Hillsburn released their debut full-length album, and sold out shows across Canada. The Halifax based band won the Canadian Folk Music Award for “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” and a 2017 East Coast Music Award for "Fans' Choice Video of the Year."
The new album, "The Wilder Beyond" comes out February 2. Use the links below to listen to some of the new tunes. They return to The Grace on March 16, 7:30. Don't miss them!!
See a recent article in The Coast
Get in the Holiday mood and celebrate our local talent at this showcase of what the North Shore has to offer. Song, readings, skits, variety and familiar faces. Bring the family and enjoy the show. Bar available.
Tickets only $10 available at Fulton's Pharmacy and online at www.gracejollymore.com/tickets and at the door (while they last).
FREE ADMISSION for performers and children under 12.
It's time once again to celebrate our local talent. Kevin Aitchison has been performing in the Tatamagouche area solo and in partnership with other great local musicians. He has prepared his own CD and will offer songs from that collection on November 25. Come and support our own.
Freewill offering in support of Kevin and The Grace. Bar available.
Do you know what's in your food? This thoughtful film will focus on the involvement of chemical companies in the production of your food. The film maker will be in attendance for a question and answer session. Brought to you by Northumberland Shore Slow Food. Click here to see the trailer for this film https://www.modifiedthefilm.com/see-the-film Admission by donation.
It's 1942, and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have arrived at the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel with their assistants, luggage, and their legendary feud with each other. Everything’s in order for the wartime performance…that is, until the two rivals are somehow assigned the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious comedy by Michael McKeever. Enjoy a lively evening of theatre with the talented actors of New Glasgow Youth Theatre Society! (Some mild adult language)
Tickets $15 (Adult) and $10 (Students/Seniors) Available at Fulton's Pharmacy, Tatamagouche and online at www.gracejollymore.com/tickets
The Stadacona Band of The Royal Canadian Navy, based in Halifax, is a full-time professional military band with a proud tradition of musical excellence spanning more than 75 years. The band consists of some of Canada’s finest musicians and is world-renowned. As a result, it is in constant international demand. The band also assists non-profit civilian organizations across the Atlantic provinces. The 35-member group uses a variety of configurations from parade and concert band, to big band and jazz/dixie combos, as well as brass and woodwind ensembles. This enables the band to cover a wide range of engagements. The Stadacona Band appears courtesy of the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.
Tickets are $20, available at Scotiabank (Tatamagouche) Fulton's Pharmacy, At The Grace and online.
Artists of our North Shore put their best foot forward in presenting their work at The Grace, on canvas and through the camera's lens. Come to The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre's Ice House Gallery and enjoy the home grown offerings from these talented artists. Monday, October 30 - December 16, 2017. You might see something you'd like to take home with you. Saturday 10 am - 1 pm.
This Saturday- Chris Sonntag, Heather Ross and Barb Gregory will be playing their harps at the Ice House Gallery. Hot cider and cookies to treat the public as well. Sundays by Appointment.
Enjoy a FREE 8 week line dancing session sponsored by The North Shore Area Community Health Board, dancing to all styles of music. Held at The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre with instructor Debbie Davis-Maybee. 90 minutes of great exercise and social time. Hard soled shoes are a good idea.
Sundays - Oct 15 to Dec 3, 2pm - 3:30 pm. Donations to The Grace are welcome. Call now to let us know you are coming. 902-657-1083 or email email@example.com
2016 Juno winners, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John's, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!
Tickets available at The Grace, or online or at Fulton's Pharmacy, Tatamagouche. Adults $20 / Children 10 and under FREE.
This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS' Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.
Listen to them perform "Bounce Back".
Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. He's a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.
Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
Tickets $25/$20 for seniors and students.
Available at Fulton's Pharmacy, at The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre and online.
Sponsored by Forbes Bros., Denmark.
There is a new country star on Nova Scotia's North Shore. Jake Duggan is turning heads and for good reason. He's just that darn good. You'll be impressed with the calibre of this young talent. Accompanied by his band, Jake will be featured at The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre on Sat. Sept. 9, at 7:30. Don't miss it!
Admission $15. Tickets available at Fulton's Pharmacy, Tatamagouche and online at www.gracejollymore.com/tickets