This week we are excited to welcome yet another very talented musician to the Market!
NikiV is a singer/songwriter from Pictou County. She is a multi-instrumentalist and has been performing at various venues throughout the county for the past few years.
Her passion for performing is obvious and her energy is contagious. She has written several originals, along with performing many of the classics we all know and love. Niki lives for her music, and is grateful to come from such a supportive and caring community.
Regan Keay is an 18 year old from New Glasgow and she has been singing since she could talk! You may have seen her at the Market for the past two years, as well as the new Glasgow music festival.
Much of her music career has been spent performing for the residents at Glen Haven Manor. You’ll be seeing Regan and her Guitar this Saturday but while she is at school, you will spot her without her guitar and with her girls from the Caledonia’s (Queen’s University A capella group).
As a non-profit organization, the New Glasgow Farmers Market relies solely on table fees, membership fees, grants and funds raised to operate. Operating year round also means expenses now carry on accordingly. We also have some set up fees related to having two buildings…such as having to buy all new tables to fill the expanded space, we have a new kitchen to supply and will need new tents and more! Up until this past year, our main goal was to be year round and to have a heated facility and now that we achieved that goal, we can focus on our many new dreams and goals. Some of these are included on the site plans which have been posted but also a community garden, youth programs and so many more wonderful ideas….like anything else though it takes money to go along with all the vision and hard work.
All of this being said, we have come up with several unique experiences, all of which will help us raise funds that will not only benefit the Market, but will ultimately help us bring more positive change to our community.
Here is a list of what you can expect to see and participate in this year. We hope that not only will you share these events but that you attend them and if you have any visitors coming this summer, be sure to bring them as they will offer a true reflection of everything that is unique to our area and Nova Scotia in general. We are all about local and it’s a flavour you can’t get anywhere else!
This year, we’ve also made it easier for you and your guests from away to attend. The tickets for all of these events will be available to purchase online, not to worry though, you can still pick them up at the Market too! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, find the events and check back here often to find out when tickets go on sale!
AUGUST 27 FROM MARKET TO MAIN STREET
You don’t want to miss this one! A very special event, in fact the first of its kind in the country as far as we can tell!
Join us for a unique farm to table dining experience located in the heart of downtown New Glasgow, Nova Scotia!
Picture a warm summer’s night, a light breeze and the smell of fresh flowers in the air. Music glides down the street as friends and neighbours come together over an elegant meal made of fresh, local foods and fine wine produced by some of the finest producers in the area.
On this night, tables will line Provost Street, a main street of New Glasgow and guests will enjoy a cocktail/tapas hour, followed by a three course meal, connecting the farmer and food producer with their community in the most literal sense. Chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering, will create a menu consisting of ingredients sourced from local producers and vendors found at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. Entertainment will be provided by just some of the talented musicians in our area and will be announced soon.
Tickets are only $55 per person for this unique experience, vegetarian options are available.
Come out and enjoy a mouth-watering meal that pays homage to the German tradition of Oktoberfest. But in true market style, it’s all about local too! Your meal will consist of items found at the Market and will be fully catered by chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering. You will be able to enjoy local spirits and ales while listening to the some of the best musical talents that our area has to offer.
Mainstage will be Next Exit, Leah & Kyle and Mike and the MacPhersons.
Stay tuned for more information!
NOVEMBER 17 HOLIDAY DINNER
Celebrate a fantastic year and take a moment to relax before the holiday season ramps up and enjoy a gourmet meal with local market ingredients! Meal catered by J Conway Catering. Live music and great food, more details to come soon!
This is the final installment of our first ever Holiday Gift Guide. This segment is dedicated to all the wonderful things that will go great in your home and will take your holiday entertaining to the next level.
Imagine beautiful pieces of art and photography by local artists that grace the walls. Wrap into a carefully handcrafted blanket that gives the feeling of warmth and comfort through the cold winter months while sipping a glass of wine, spirit or a finely brewed craft ale. What better gift?
And if you’re entertaining, wow your guests with food that has local flare. Not sure where to start? Well, that’s why Farmers Markets are so great, they are the only places you can speak to the very people that make, bake or grow your food. The producers at the Market are there because they are passionate about what they do and take pride in their creations. Who better to ask for advice on what to serve or how to cook it?
We hope that the Gift Guide has been helpful and that you refer back to it all through the year. There are tons of great and unique ideas for every occasion, not just this Holiday season. We also hope that you continue to support us as we embark in our new adventure into a year round venue. We will be open December 12th and 19th and will continue to have vendors and artisans throughout the winter months as we launch into 2016 with the grand opening of our Winter Market on January 9th at 10am. It takes your support and the continued support of the rest of the community to help ensure that you have access to local food and goods all year round. Keep your eye out here for news! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for a Local, Fresh & Flourishing New Year!
Without further delay here are some great ideas for Home and Entertaining:
Introducing Hannah Fraser. To many, Hannah will not need an introduction as she has frequented the New Glasgow Farmers Market in previous years!
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of listening to Hannah, she is a thirteen year old fiddler from Stellarton. She has been playing since the age of five. She was a student of Fleur Mainville for six years and had the great honour of accompanying her at many of her performances including events at the New Glasgow Jubilee, the Jubilee in January, the deCoste Center, the Festival of the Tartans and countless other local fundraisers throughout the county.
She regularly competes in both Scottish fiddle and classical violin at the New Glasgow Music Festival, plays a variety of genres and has developed playlists of traditional fiddle tunes for ceilidhs, slower songs for weddings and as well as a festive melodies for Christmas events.
We are very excited to have Hannah back for the first time this season. Be sure to stop by, have a seat and enjoy the music!
Jeni is from Pictou and attends in grade 12 at Northumberland Regional High School. She’s been playing ukulele and singing for the last couple years, covering a variety of songs from 1920s tunes to contemporary folk and rock music.
As well as uke and voice, she’s involved in the music program at NRHS where she plays the flute in band and jazz combo, and she is part of New Glasgow Youth Theatre Society.
“I love playing at the Market because of the great atmosphere and the support from so many people in the community for the vendors and musicians!”
Al Writes mostly easy listening songs and ballads, is not caught up in any genre of musical styles, he loves to listen to and write original songs.
In the fall of 2004, Al created a song cafe where songwriters were challenged to write a song every week. He was Talent co-coordinator, seminar co-coordinator & VP of the Songwriter’s Association of Nova Scotia from 1998-2002
Al also hosted A Song Circle at Windsor Imperial Theatre Oct.2002 Featured performer at No Smoke Folk, put on by the Harbour Folk Society, March 2002, Appeared on Breakfast Television Nov 2001
Al is currently writing songs and making demo’s in Nashville.Top 3 are demos, currently pitching songs to recording artists.
Al’s Song “I’m a Soldier” written with Ed Oakley, was given honourable mention with special recognition in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition!. Al has recorded his first CD called The Pepperell St.Sessions.
Find out more about Al and take a listen by checking out his website.
Alex Lank is a Canadian drummer and recent graduate of the St. Francis Xavier University music program. Raised in Nova Scotia, Alex started music early on when he was convinced by his mother to start taking piano lessons at the age of 7. As he continued his classical piano studies, Alex took up the drums at the age of 14 and immediately began playing with as many people as he could, in genres ranging from jazz to punk to heavy metal and more.
While still in high school, Alex participated in programs such as Nova Scotia Honour Jazz and began studying with St. FX drum set professor Terry O’Mahoney. During his time at St.FX, Alex played in many St. FX groups, including the Guitar Ensemble, Latin Band, Percussion Ensemble, as well as leading and co-leading many student led combos and ensembles. He has also had the chance to perform with many of the professors at the university including Paul Tynan (at an ECMA showcase), Jake Hanlon, and Kevin Brunkhorst, as well as playing in clinics with jazz greats such as Mike Stern, Lorne Lofsky, Randy Brecker, Adam Rogers, Neil Swainson, and more. Alex is currently preparing for a move to Toronto in the fall where he will be working towards a Masters degree at the University of Toronto.
Ferrona is a musical duo comprised of sisters Lynn and Sandra DeCoste. They are accomplished singers/songwriters who keep their audiences captivated and entertained throughout their performances.
Lynn is the younger of the sisters, who sings the lead vocals and plays piano/keyboards. Studying music at Dalhousie University, Lynn is also an accomplished Piano/Voice teacher. Keeping the tunes moving, Sandra plays a Celtic drum called the bodhran, as well as the shaker, while singing backing vocals. Ferrona’s strong family harmonies blend like no other.
Music is something they’ve been doing together all of their lives and their love of that really shines through. It’s definitely something that runs in the family. Their father, Berkley and his siblings had a family band called “The Surf Siders” back in the seventies. They have an older brother, Scott, who performs regularly around Nova Scotia in various music groups. On occasion, one can catch all three DeCoste siblings singing with their rare energy and that blend of family harmonies. The show can really get interesting when all of the DeCoste siblings add their eight combined children on stage, who all share their love of music.
They have recently recruited a new member, Pam LeBlanc, who is a local fiddler and well known music teacher. She has been playing the fiddle for almost twenty years and likes to stick to her strong Cape Breton roots with her music. Pam has been practicing with Ferrona for only the past month and is already a valuable asset to the group!
Stylistically, Ferrona’s interest lies in many different types of music. Besides their folk-rock originals, they enjoy playing a wide variety of music from the 1960’s to the present, and throughout the styles of rock, classic rock, celtic and country. Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, Stevie Nicks “Landslide” and the Celtic toe tapper “Mairi’s Wedding” are just a few great examples of their song choices.
Ferrona has performed at many different venues including The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, as well as many weddings, corporate events, private parties, local festivals, pubs and lounges. You can catch them tomorrow at the New Glasgow Farmers Market!
Thomas is a Halifax-based musician whose singer-songwriter stylings have been entertaining Haligonians for five years.
Born and raised in Pictou County, Thomas McCallum grew up in Six Mile Brook, and sang in several local choirs, including the Pictou District Honour Choir. He released his first CD of original compositions in 2014.
This weekend he is back in Pictou County and ready to entertain us the Market!
“I like playing at the market because I believe in smaller scale local agriculture. Pictou County would be made a better place if people were able to live closer to home and follow or explore their vocations to make their living from primary industry while still fulfilling their role in the wider “global village”.Playing at events like the market is great because I get to give back in some small way.”
You can follow Thomas on Facebook and you can listen to his songs which are also available for download on his website. But your very best option is to join us at the Market this Saturday and listen to Thomas live!