2016 in a Nutshell

2016 was a great year for the New Glasgow Farmers Market. There were so many firsts for us and it was exciting to be a part of!

We celebrated the grand opening of our new, heated building and held our first ever Winter Market! The Town of New Glasgow held their 2nd annual Chill Out event at the Market and we are very happy to be the location of the 2017 Chill Out event again this year on January 14th, 2017!

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Because of our new winter home, we were able to provide a marketplace for more than 30+ vendors including farmers, food producers and artisans to sell their wares for the winter and early spring months who would otherwise have not had a local place to sell their goods. This earned them money and of course when you buy, they have to re-stock and that means shopping here at home. We saw record breaking attendance at the opening in January.  We continued to welcome roughly 700 shoppers every Saturday through the winter months, great for our first time open in the winter! This gave our community another place to shop for local goods through these months.

We grew into two buildings when we re-opened the dome in late April. Because of this, we were able to increase our vendor capacity by more than 100%, making our Market home to more than 70 vendors through the peak season!

This year we saw our attendance increase by 60% and on occasion, we more than doubled attendance over last year, showing that we had many new visitors joining us throughout the season.  That means more people supporting local and putting money into our local economy!

As you may (or may not know) the New Glasgow Farmers Market is an independent non-profit organization. We are run by a board of volunteers and we are a co-operative, meaning that all the vendors are also expected to participate in the successful functioning of the Market, and we have one staff member, the Market Manager.  All the money required for operating comes solely from weekly table fees paid by vendors and fundraising. We do also apply for grants as well when possible.

Fundraising includes our gift baskets and weekly 50/50 draw. They also include occasional events that the community can come out and enjoy.

We decided to change our approach with fundraising this year and try some new events. As with all grand plans, some of the ideas were great, others not so much. But it was all worth a shot, you never know until you try!

We held two fabulous main events last year. Our first was our From Market to Main Street event. It was a magnificent farm to table event designed to highlight the integral relationship between urban and rural communities. The event brought the community together in so many ways, more than we ever could have hoped for. That’s what the market is about, great local food and bringing people together!

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On August 27, 2016 160 people dined in the middle of Provost Street in historic downtown New Glasgow.  They came together for an unprecedented night of fun and friendship. We made the table in one long row on purpose, because people would need to sit near someone new, introducing them to someone they hadn’t met before. They enjoyed local food and music and sipped on local wine and craft beer. And in the end, friendships were made and fun was had by all. It really was a magical evening!

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In addition to our amazing contributions from vendors, we had local partners that made it all possible and without them, we could not have pulled it all off.   The Town of New Glasgow provided logistical support and approval to use the beautiful and historic Provost St. as the backdrop. Our food partner for this event was local chef  Jason Conway from J Conway Catering. We gave him the challenge of preparing a meal from as many locally grown foods sourced from the Market as possible. He kindly donated his time and talents  for this event!

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We partnered with Glasgow Square Theatre who lined up local talent. Guests listened to the talents of market favourites Heather Cameron , Amelia Parker and Ray Stewart and of course Pat Spaulding!  Pictou County Pop Classics brought down the house with a preview of their 70’s show which was a sold out event after their appearance at the Market to Main event.

The decor and consulting that provided the most beautiful and elegant setting was provided by local business Rocklin Parties.  All the details, like flowers and hay came from Market vendors and many of the servers were vendors from the Market too!

We had 3 hours to turn a busy and bustling downtown into a beautiful and elegant dining room. Weather was not on our side at the beginning, causing rain delays and maybe a little gray hair for organizers and musicians. A wonderful thing happened when it rained though…guests huddled together under the awnings of local businesses to keep dry. They mingled and got to know people that maybe they hadn’t met before. The rain added to the intricacy of it all. In the end, the night cleared up and the meal was top notch … people were dancing in the streets!

Here are more photos from the event, courtesy of Wonderland Photography and Kimberly Dickson from the Town of New Glasgow, please click on the photo:

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The event garnered attention, not only province wide, but we even had Markets from the country contact us asking how they could do it in their communities!

 

In fact, the night was so amazing, that we are going to do it again!   We have a  couple of twists up our sleeve and can’t reveal much more just yet, but you should mark August 19, 2017 on your calendar. Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for an announcement on 2017 tickets!

Our other big event for the year was Roktoberfest. Held on September 17th, the goal of this night was to put a focus on our many wonderful distilleries and local music. It was to be a casual and fun environment filled with music and food.  We once again partnered with J Conway catering for a simple, yet delicious German inspired meal. Our partner, Rocklin Parties took good care of us too!

Mike and the MacPhersons, Next Exit and Leah and Kyle treated guests to a fun and musical night!

Big Cove Foods created a cocktail menu using spirits from vendors Steinhart Distillery, Nova Scotia Spirit Company and Caldera Whiskey! Uncle Leo’s and Sober Island were on tap and we also brought in some ale from Tatamagouche Brewing Company too!

The night was a great success! We have a similar evening planned, but again with a twist in store, so for this one, mark October 28th on your calendar… and while we’re keeping it secret, we can tell you it will be a Boo-tiful evening and you’ll have a Monsterous-ly good time!

We also held our first ever weeknight Market in December. More than 2700 people came out and shopped with us! It gave those who may not normally have the opportunity to visit us on a Saturday a chance to come and see what we have to offer. It was so successful, we’ll be holding a couple more in 2017!

All in all, it was a very successful fundraising year for us. We raised more than $15, 000! In addition to operating costs, the more funds we raise, allows us to tackle some of the goals on our wishlist. And when we accomplish those goals and put on events, we strive to use local companies and businesses so the monies raised goes right back into our community. This year as we accomplished our goals and held our events, we also spent more than $20, 000 in our community along the way. That doesn’t even include all the supplies we had to purchase to stock the new building and more!

With some of the funds raised this year, we installed our Market Kitchen which is used on market days by Big Willie’s Brunch, but it is also utilized by some of our food vendors who require the use of an approved kitchen in order to sell at the Market. Without the kitchen, they would be unable to sell with us and offer their amazing food to you.  We would like to thank Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef for consulting with us and helping us with our vision.  We purchased flooring materials from McLean’s Flooring, and Lyon’s Brook Piping and Welding, did a fabulous job fabricating our beautiful stainless countertops and Happy Harry’s Pictou County found us just the right cabinets. We purchased our stove from Chediac’s . Of course we cannot forget to thank St. Joseph’s Academy for generously donating the beautiful triple sink and tap in our kitchen! Big thanks goes to Colin from Knotty Acres who constructed, painted and built the kitchen and installed the kitchen floor and tile backsplashes in the Market. Lumber and other materials came from various shops within our county.

We also purchased heaters for the dome and while it definitely was not a tropical destination, they did take the edge off. They enabled us to keep both buildings open, offering you more variety of local goods and more vendors had a holiday Marketplace. We purchased them from Terry and his team at Graybar .

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We thank you all for your support and we have some fabulous things happening at Market in 2017! We have a special project or two that we will get to cross off our wish list that will better our community. And of course we will have some more great events that you will not want to miss. Stay tuned and keep in the know, you will not want to miss it!

We look forward to starting our 2017 season with you on January 14 at 9am!

We are continuing to be Local, Fresh and Flourishing!

 

In the News this year:

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2016/7/20/event-to-transform-downtown-street-into-4593344.html

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2016/8/28/from-market-to-main-street-4626909.html

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2016/8/30/market-dining-event-deemed-huge-success-4628730.html

http://pictouadvocate.com/2016/12/14/first-mid-week-farmers-market-hit/

 

Music at the Market- Niki V

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This week we are excited to welcome yet another very talented musician to the Market!

Niki V 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.

Find her on facebook: www.facebook.com/nikivmusic

Music at the Market- Regan Keay

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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).

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Market Events 2016

We’re putting the FUN in Fundraising!

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

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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.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE NOW!   

This is a fundraising initiative and proceeds will go towards future projects and programs at the Market.

We would like to thank our partners, the Town of New Glasgow, J Conway Catering, Glasgow SquarePetite Riviere Winery and Rocklin Parties for making this event possible.

Join the Facebook event to stay updated!

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         SEPTEMBER 17       OKTOBERFEST- MARKET STYLE

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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

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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!

 

Holiday Gift Guide Part 5- Home & Entertaining

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:

 

FOR THE HOME

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Snippets December 19th
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James Fraser- Portrait Artist and customer sketch work, a personal gift that will last for generations
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Handcrafted by Melissa- christmas decorations for the home…a perfect hostess gift…they will think of you every year!
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Jiggy Java- Jiggy has her handcrafted Nova Scotia tartan throws. Gift the gift of home. Easy to wrap, easy to ship!
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Wonderland Photography- beautiful photography prints by Heather MacDonald. Floral, to land and cityscapes, there is something here to please every decor. They come matted and ready to frame. For a real touch of home, add it to a care package with a Nova Scotia Tartan throw from Jiggy, a blanket from Lismore Sheep Farm. a bottle of one of our many great wines, spirits or ale and a food item of choice from Big Cove foods, Mister Products, Knotty Acres or some Chapel Cove Chocolate. Nova Scotia goodness!
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Lyn-Sue Wice- Watercolour artist. Many subjects to choose from, but Lyn Sue-s work is personal and nostalgic. A beautiful gift for anyone. Beautifully matter and ready to frame. Pair it with many of our other local offerings to make a unique gift that is authentically Nova Scotia.
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Piedmont Pottery- Handcrafterd pottery by Gary Fredericks, pair it with honey from MacD’s bees and chocolate from Chapel Cove or jams and jellies for tea and toast from MeMaws, Rita Heighton, Big Cove Foods or Knotty Acres.
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Quilted Chaos- Hand quilted bowls…used for the most important belongings. Fill with with other goodies from the market and wrap it in our Farmers Market tote bag . A practical and beautiful gift!
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The Spoonery- Handcrafted wooden serving ware that will stand the test of time. Hand carved by Matt Dondale. Add any one of these to a kitchen basket filled with Market goodies. Honeys, chocolate, jams and jellies, a market gift certificate with a pair of Matt’s “bear claws” for serving salad, the combinations are endless.!
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Lismore Sheep Farm- Wool Blankets, wool dryer balls, and so much more! December 12th & 19th
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Art By Dionne- From fridge magnets, to notepads and pens and art on canvas, Dionne has very unique pieces that make coveted gifts. Be sure to visit Dionne and she will help you find just the right thing!
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Samco Creations- Youth vendor Samuel Thompson has unique birdhouses, vinyl record bowls and Christmas tree decorations. Birds need warm winter housing too!

 

ENTERTAINING

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Chapel Cove Chocolate- Chocolate for all occasions! A great hostess gift or favours at the table!
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Mister Products- A variety of condiments, sauces, baked good and pickled items. Ray has just what you need to make your food sparkle!
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MacD’s Bees- Sweeten up your guests…honey goes great in any recipe and also makes a great hostess gift!
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West Side Bistro- Meat pies, delicious cheesecakes, pies and pastries…save yourself some time and know that by doing that, you are not sacrificing quality! Good, local food with real ingredients!
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Uncle Leo’s Brewery- Whether is a host(ess) gift or for your meal. A fine , local craft Ale is always just the right thing. Rebecca and Karl will be able to help you select just the right beer! No Holiday party is complete without it!
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Little Dan D Farm- Farm raised, free range pork and chicken. Get a Market gift certificate for you recipient so they can come back and buy the Maple Syrup as soon as it’s ready! Local goodness….fresh breakfast sausages on Christmas morning! Nothing better!
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BLM Meats- Award winning, farm fresh, grass fed beef raised right here in Pictou County. The boys at BLM will help you pick just the right cut for you Christmas meals. From farm to table in just a few kilometers. Great tasting, award winning local beef!
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Petite Riviere Winery- Not sure which wine to choose? Christine from Petite Riviere has you covered. She will be able to suggest the right thing….from wine to ciders, she’s got it all!
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Knoydart Cheese Farm- A selection of hand made fine cheeses, perfect with wine and a fresh baguette from Mister Products. Fraser is with us the 3rd Saturday of every month, year round…so you will see him next on December 19th!
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Big Cove Foods- Spice it up! Sauces, spices, jellies and more…Big Cove has just what you need to add some pizzazz, goes great with any meat! Dave and Sarah can help you with just the right blend…and they have recipes too!
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Steinhart Distillery- Organic vodkas….unique gifts but fantastic for entertaining. Just ask them about the many different wonderful ways you can use it! Produced close to home, it’s just one more local favourite!
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Lakenman’s Farm- Susan is back on December 19th with all your Christmas veggies! Fresh & beautiful produce, be sure to hurry in, they won’t last long!
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St. Famille Winery- St Famille has a variety of wines from the valley that will go great with any meal! John and Lonny can help you choose just the right one!
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Bramble Hill Farm- Cathy has a selection of greens, just waiting for your special touch! Locally grown goodness is still possible! You will Bramble Hill farm with us regularly at the Winter Market.
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Little Dorset Farms- Meat pies, sausage rolls, bacon, chicken, beef and pok. Maureen has what you need!

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Dorset Farm- Order your farm fresh, free range turkey, available for pick up on December 23rd!
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Ironworks Distillery- trios , $26 for three 50 ml bottles cranberry, blueberry and raspberry rum – light, amber, dark spirits – vodka, apple brandy and amber rum
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Ironworks Distillery- A very unique gift…the Pear de Vie! Each year bottles are placed on tree and approximately half are harvested resulting in pear in bottle Pear de Vie for $125.00. The bottle is presented in wooden carved box with letter re: harvest.
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I Love Farmers Markets tote bags- wrap your hostess gift in this! available at the welcome table for $15…make it part of your gift and eliminate the need for gift wrapping!
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Knotty Acres- Jams and ajellies for all ocassions. Red Pepper Jelly, beer jellies made with Uncle leo’s ale…both go perfect over baked bries or creams cheese….ask Colin for more cooking ideas!

Music at the Market- Hannah Fraser

Introducing Hannah Fraser.  To many, Hannah will not need an introduction as she has frequented the New Glasgow Farmers Market in previous years!

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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!

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Music at the Market- Jeni Armin-Pereda

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.

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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!”

Music at the Market- Al Gallagher

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.

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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.

Catch him this Saturday, August 29 when he makes a special appearance at the New Glasgow Farmers Market!

Music at the Market- Alex Lank

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.

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Alex Lank

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.

Catch him at the market this Saturday!

Music at the Market- Ferrona

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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!