Friday, Oct 20th, 2017

Leisure and Living

AIFF only a week and a day away

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Halloween is just around the corner so, for Antigonish, it means another late-October tradition is, also, fast approaching. The curtain will rise for the 11th annual Antigonish International Film Festival Oct. 26 and, over the course of three days (Oct. 26 to 28), 40 films will be shown at three locations; the Cineplex Theatre, the People’s Place Library and Antigonish Town Hall council chambers, literally neighbouring buildings in the Antigonish [...]

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Picture perfect

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Kendra Vigneau has created – and captured – countless memories as part of her 4-H experience.     One of the myriad skills the St. Josephs member has developed is photography.     “I really like it and I think I have expanded my skills a lot,” the 18-year-old said, as she cradled a camera in her hand.     The 2017 Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School graduate chatted for a [...]

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Scary fun

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

 If you like being scared out of your wits, in a fun way, isn’t time around Halloween the best to indulge in those types of activities? The answer is ‘yes’ and a good place to start is next Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Cameron Hall on the campus of St. F.X. The female section of Cameron Hall is known as TNT residence and it’s those students who, annually, run a haunted [...]

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Elise Canning to show soccer, acting skills on Mr. D.

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Elise Canning had an opportunity to combine two of her loves – soccer and the stage – this summer.     The Antigonish student garnered a role in the CBC sitcom Mr. D, which stars St. F.X, alumnus Gerry Dee.     “I had no idea what I was getting into,” the Grade 11 student at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School said, with a laugh.     After seeing the invitation [...]

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Indigenous Art exhibit at McNeil Gallery

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie richar[email protected]

After a grand opening celebration Oct. 12, the Exhibition of Indigenous Art hangs at the McNeil Gallery, in the Schwartz School of Business (second floor) on the campus of St. F.X., ready to be enjoyed by all. The works, by artists Loretta Gould, Amanda and Darren Julian, Chelsea Brooks, David Brooks, Jay Bell Bird and Lorne Julien, come from the private collection of Rolf Bouman. The exhibition is the brainchild [...]

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A night of Highland dance and music

Posted on October 19, 2017

The Grant School of Highland Dance will host a fundraiser this weekend.     A Night of Highland Dance and Music with Friends will take centre stage Sunday, Oct. 22, starting at 6 p.m., in the St. F.X. Chapel Auditorium.     The list of performers includes Dave Carroll of the Maritime Celtic music duo Sons of Maxwell, Grant Highland Dancers’ travel group and Antigonish Creative Dance Association (ACDA) members.     The [...]

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A Homecoming ‘highlight’

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A Saturday morning tradition of St. F.X. Homecoming Weekend sees recognition bestowed upon both current and past students. The 2017 Hall of Honour candidates and 2017 Alumni Recognition Awards are both celebrated during the event which is held at the Schwartz School of Business auditorium. This year’s Hall of Honour candidates were; Clifford Maxwell (posthumously) – class of 1957, James Bowne – class of 1967 and Hugh Hines – class [...]

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North Grant native continues to take the stage

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

For Laura Teasdale, the seeds for a career on stage – and beyond – were planted while growing up in Antigonish County.     “My mother’s people (Wallace family) are all fiddlers, so there was always music in the family, and we always played together – us kids,” the North Grant native, whose father Charlie ran a well-known sawmill for decades, said.     “I was lucky that, when I started to [...]

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FAST fan favourite lands ‘dream job’ at Neptune Theatre

Posted on October 4, 2017 Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A fan-favourite for theatre-goers in the Strait region has taken a curtain call – at least, for now – as he embarks on a new role.     Jeremy Webb, a mainstay performer with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre (FAST) for most of the past decade-and-a-half, will be the new artistic director of Neptune Theatre in Halifax.     “I sat down with myself and had a little meeting – worked out what [...]

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Local artists up for music awards

Posted on October 4, 2017 Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Cassie and Maggie (MacDonald), the musical sister act who are based in Halifax but have deep-rooted family connections to the Antigonish area, recently received multiple nominations for a couple of award ceremonies; including an impressive four for the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The four nominations has the sisters tied with Victoria B.C.’s Stephen Fearing for the most for this year’s national folk music awards. The other nominations are [...]

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Arts Canopy Project benefits celebrated

Posted on October 4, 2017 Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A well-attended art unveiling at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Sept. 26, served as an appropriate time to recognize the good work done, as well as continuing efforts of, Arts Health Antigonish’s (AHA) Arts Canopy Project. “Arts Canopy Project is an Arts Health Antigonish initiative which has helped to bring a number of arts-based projects to people; seniors and other folks, who are living in the community,” program co-ordinator Mary Partridge [...]

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Bethany Arboretum ready to be enjoyed

Posted on September 29, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Sisters of St. Martha want people to enjoy their property’s many wonderful attributes and have made it easier with the opening of the Bethany Arboretum – phase one, this past weekend (Sept. 23). Twenty-five trees are part of phase one and people can walk along the property’s paths to check out the trees which are marked with identification plates as well as commemoration notes. A pamphlet is designed with [...]

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Theatre Antigonish unveils 43rd season line-up

Posted on September 29, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Theatre Antigonish (TA) has raised the curtain on the line-up for its 43rd season. “You are the folks that make it happen – on-stage and off,” Andrea Boyd, TA artistic director, said during a gathering, Sept. 18, at St. F.X.’s Bauer Theatre. More than 50 people were on hand not only to hear about the plays that will be staged, but also the opportunities to participate in the productions. TA, [...]

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Homecoming weekend at St. F.X.

Posted on September 29, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

A family reunion – St. F.X. style – is coming to Antigonish this weekend. Homecoming 2017 will take place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 on the historic campus. “People love it, whether it is the alumni coming back to relive their days on campus, or the people who are waiting to see them,” Mary Jessie MacLellan, St. F.X. alumni affairs director, said. “Students enjoy that opportunity to connect with [...]

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Cancer survivor walks into people’s hearts

Posted on September 29, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

After providing a hearty handshake and warm smile, Mikael Champagn – known affectionately as ‘Miguel Love’ – sits and then spreads out a series of press clippings. The photos and stories cover the coffee table in the office of Town of Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher, much like the walker – and cancer survivor – has covered countless communities during his on-going journey. “I truly do it for the love of [...]

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Canadian folk legend coming to St. Andrews

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

A Canadian folk legend is bringing his music to Antigonish County.     Valdy Horsdal, better known as Valdy, will take the stage Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) at St. Andrews District Community Centre.     Showtime is 2 p.m.     “I never played there – it is a new one for me, so I am looking forward to it,” Horsdal, a familiar face for Stan Rogers Folk Festival fans, said.     Doris [...]

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A little something for everyone

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The fourth annual Windfall – fine art and handcraft market – will take centre stage this weekend in Antigonish. The popular two-day event will take place Saturday, Sept. 23 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 24 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at St. F.X.’s Keating Centre. “We have 75 of the best artists and craftspeople from across the Maritimes, including local artists, who come and sell their handcraft [...]

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‘Fellowship through food’

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Much is shared around the dinner table; love, memories and the creation of friendships. That’s the magic an Antigonish group of volunteers has captured – and continues to – with their popular international community potlucks. “It’s a gift for people to come together and, as they do, they make connections,” Cultural Connections Antigonish (CCA) board member Brenda Berthiaume said, in describing the gatherings. CCA launched the celebratory meals – ones [...]

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Take a bite out of Burger Week

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The second Antigonish Burger Week is in full swing. “This year, we have 19 businesses in the town signed up and two more in the county,” Dianne Farrell of Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS) said in an email. The celebration of the mouth-watering treat, which started Sept. 18, will continue until Sunday [Sept. 24]. Farrell talked about the genesis of Antigonish Burger Week, an initiative organized in 2016 by [...]

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Sherbrooke Village Cooperative Art Gallery to launch Saturday

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Historic Sherbrooke Village is now the home to an art gallery. The Sherbrooke Village Cooperative Art Gallery – Cook House – will celebrate its grand opening Saturday [Sept. 23], from 2 to 4 p.m. Bev Cameron, one of the five cooperative members, said the idea came from “experienced artist” Wilda Kaiser. “She talked about its importance,” Cameron said of her thoughts on sharing art through avenues such as a cooperative. [...]

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