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The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents Arts Club Theatre’s The Piano Teacher Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Piano Teacher is the second show in the Society’s 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT Theatre Series.

A concert pianist hasn’t touched a piano in years following the loss of her husband, until a teacher with unconventional methods gently reacquaints her with the healing power of music. As she opens up, other life changes follow. A simple alteration to her home, for instance, brings the unexpected companionship of her contractor.

“With a beautiful, open white set and a soundtrack of timeless classical works, The Piano Teacher keeps the meditative power of music, and its effect on the human condition, as the central theme,” said Janelle Escott, marketing andf community engagement director of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. “The piece moves along as the main character, Erin, makes her way closer to the piano, and in turn closer to finding peace.”

Written by Dorothy Dittrich, The Piano Teacher was the winner of the 2017 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. Commissioned by the Arts Club Theatre, the piece premiered in the Spring of 2017 and garnered glowing reviews earning it a spot among the three-show Arts Club On Tour Series.

The Arts Club Theatre Company is the largest theatre company in Western Canada. Its popular productions range from musicals and contemporary comedies to new works and classics. Founded in 1958 as a private club for artists, musicians, and actors, it officially became the Arts Club Theatre in 1964 when the company opened its first stage.

“Lead by artistic director Ashlie Corcoran and executive director Peter Cathie White, The Arts Club Theatre continues to bring top quality theatre to Vernon year after year,” Escott said.

Tickets for The Piano Teacher are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors and $40 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-7469 or visit for tickets, subscriptions and more information.


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What you missed in the newsletter: Sesame Street turns 50 –




50 years ago, this was the closest thing to a smartphone. (Giphy)

Hello! You’re reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we’ll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy.

Hi, art lovers!

Watching Sesame Street before lunch was such a staple of my preschool routine, I’ve been desperately craving Zoodles all week. That is to say, I’ve been thinking a ton about Sesame Street lately, and it’s all because of this feature story.

The show turns 50 (!!!) on Nov. 10, and while I was digging around for a Canadian angle (because this is CBC Arts), I wound up stumbling on Matthew Hayday’s research. He’s a professor at the University of Guelph, and the history of Sesame Street in Canada is more complicated than you might realize. Did you ever hear about mommy-and-me protests to bring back Big Bird when stations threatened to yank the show? Me neither. And did you know that a lot of the segments we watched growing up were meant to teach kids about Canadian identity? Personally, that was lost on me at age three…though I still know every word to this song

What impact did the show have on you? Thinking about that question, I love that this project by Alex Da Corte exists. He’s based in Philadelphia — and he must have felt Sesame‘s influence more than most of us. Big Bird and Oscar (and a bunch of other childhood faves) pop up in this installation (Rubber Pencil Devil) that appeared at the Carnegie International last year. (This Art21 doc takes an in-depth look. Watch here.) What he says at the beginning of the video is one major hat-tip to the power of Sesame: “How do I know my life, how do I know my politics, how do I know my religion, how do I know my love? I probably learned it from my family, but mostly, I probably learned it from TV.”

Want more Sesame Street history? Here’s a thorough recap of the last five decades via PBS. Or nerd out on 50 years of Sesame Street music. This New York Times feature unpacks the making of a classic educational banger…and so, so, so much more. (Everything is considered, right down to whether a Muppet can convincingly play a saxophone.) And, just because I’m a lifelong trashketeer — though maybe not as committed as this guy — here’s the “Grouch Anthem” from Follow That Bird. (Oscar’s stars-and-stripes backdrop is misleading. The flick was totally shot in Ontario.)

And because we promised you eye candy

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If minimalist posters “tickle” your fancy…(Elmo by Thom Pastrano. From his series The Streets.)

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File under: things to do with a box of VHS tapes. (Recycled fashion by designer Benjamin Benmoyal.)

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Could this be the ultimate nap spot? (Gorgeous textile installation by Alexandra Kehayoglou.)

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Before you go and hit up Canadian Tire for a new ski mask, inspo c/o Irish artist @threadstories.

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50 years ago, the world’s top artists flocked to Halifax – Back in the ’70s, NSCAD’s Lithography Workshop helped transform the city into an unlikely hot spot for the world’s conceptual artists. It was over by the end of the decade, but now it’s back for a new generation. Go inside the project that’s reviving its legacy.

About that thing that’s happening in Halifax – Get a behind-the-scenes look at the NSCAD Lithography Workshop! We’ve produced an entire series about the project, and this is the first episode. Here, artist Shary Boyle explains the story behind her print, Cephalophoric Saint.

Take a walking tour of Africville – Like much of Halifax’s Black community, Shauntay Grant’s family called Africville home for generations. Its history inspired Grant’s latest children’s book, and she wants readers to feel her love for the place. She took Amanda Parris on a tour. Watch.

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Sfé R. Monster (@sfemonster) – Sfé designed this logo for Transgender Awareness Month, and you can read all about it here. A prolific comics artist, Sfé splits their time between Vancouver and Halifax, which might account for the extremely coastal setting of webcomic Eth’s Skin. (The story’s set in a more supernatural than usual B.C.)

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PHOTOS: Huge crowd flocks to annual Mission Arts Council Christmas Craft Market – Mission City Record




Heritage Park School was a hub of activity this weekend for the annual Mission Arts Council Christmas Craft Market.

Patrons stood shoulder to shoulder viewing everything from chocolates to knitted garments to metalwork and acrylic paintings offered by the more than 100 vendors.

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Non-profit Tides Contemporary Art Gallery opens in Kentville – The Guardian





The Annapolis Valley’s newest art gallery is now open in Kentville. 

Tides Contemporary Art Gallery is non-profit gallery that features the work of more than a dozen established and emerging artists from Kings County and southwestern Nova Scotia.

It’s a project of the Kentville Art Gallery Society, and is the space formerly occupied by the Hardware Gallery, across the street from the Kings County Museum.

The new gallery is a co-op, with staffing provided mainly by the artists themselves and some volunteers. Operating costs are covered by membership fees, so the gallery already has its first year of expenses and marketing costs in the bank.

Gallery co-ordinator and society chair Bob Hainstock said the co-op model makes the most sense for a new gallery. 

“Private ownership starting a new gallery with private money, it’s just not happening anymore,” he said. 

The featured artists sit the gallery from one to three days a month, which means there are no staffing costs so money can be spent on marketing.

“To establish a gallery again in Kentville is going to take a lot of marketing.”

He said the gallery has a good mix. 

Bob Hainstock poses for a photo at the new Tides Contemporary Art Gallery in Kentville. Hainstock, the gallery co-ordinator, says co-ops are a good model when opening new galleries. – Ian Fairclough

A varied palette of artists

There are established artists with international reputations and exposure in top New York and Toronto galleries, as well as several some just beginning their exhibition experience. Artists will change their exhibition work every month.

Among those showing are Maggie Schmidt Mandell, Roy Mandell, Carolyn Mallory, Wayne Boucher and Gundrun Mueller-Both.

“We’ve  concentrated mainly on painters and print makers: the wall artists,” Hainstock said. “Now we have to make an effort to get the floor artists, the sculptors, the metal, fibre and wood people.”

There is a waiting list of about a dozen artists hoping to get into the gallery, and Hainstock said he would love to see more artist co-ops get established, and said the model has proven successful elsewhere.

The town owns the building and wants to sell, so Hainstock said it’s critical that the gallery achieve success during its two-year lease.

He said the society would also like to develop the second floor of the building and put in a print-makers co-op, potters co-op and an educational co-op that would put on classes and workshops in a huge array of arts and crafts mediums.

“We want to make this whole area very active, with a lot of traffic coming into Kentville to either look or take part in the arts and culture activities,” he said. 

“Arts and culture enterprises are providing a new energy and confidence in small towns, that you don’t have to bring in the big manufacturing plants or count on government jobs anymore.”

He said more and more people who are retiring, or nearing retirement age, are taking up interests in the arts “and finding out that they’re damn good at it. They’re getting a satisfaction of ‘hey, who knew I was an artist?’”

That also helps fuel galleries, he said. 

The gallery will also feature an art gift boutique and art rental program. The gift boutique will feature smaller, less expensive pieces. The art rental program is designed for home or office and includes rent-to-own features, as well as opportunities for business rewards to company employees or customers.

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