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ryan cook as
"hank williams"

Saturday, November 17th, 7:30PM


Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook forges a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country.

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Ryan cook as "hank williams" - saturday, november 17th, 7:30PM

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook forges a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan's songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for artists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, & Travis Tritt, receiving over 20 award nominations in Canada including three Album of the Year awards. His acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original folk country ballads and vintage music from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

AWARDS/ ACCOLADES

As an independent artist Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, and written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. Ryan has performed on many big stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree, CMA Music Festival, Music City Roots, Maverick Music Festival (UK), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (NS), and Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PE). Online Ryan has over a million YouTube views, 5000 Facebook followers, and 2000 Twitter followers. Ryan regularly performs a theatrical musical tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and has performed tributes to Merle Travis, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Beginning in 2007 Ryan has performed over 1000 concerts in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. 

For more information, www.ryancook.ca


 
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ian
sherwood

Friday, March 22nd, 8:00PM


He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville”. He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year..

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ian sherwood - friday, march 22nd, 8:00PM

Ian Sherwood’s fifth studio album “Bring The Light”, produced by Daniel Ledwell, is filled with the same hooky cleverness that has endeared Sherwood to his audiences. This time, the deft work of Ledwell’s production brings Sherwood’s songs a new dimension of beauty and depth.

Guitar, saxophone, huge songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer, Ian Sherwood Brings The Light to every stage he stands on. A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls.

When not touring the UK, US or all across Canada Sherwood produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville”. He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”

“… impressive guitar work amid catchy hook lines galore, surely the main thought in the room was, “Yep. It’s only a matter of time before he’s a household name.””
-Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian

“Despite starting out as a saxophonist, acoustic folk is Ian Sherwood’s forte and it’s something he does rather well.”
-Americana-UK.com

“You know that Silk Soy Milk? The chocolate kind? That’s what his voice sounds like.”
-Shaun Majumder, Comedian

For more information, www.iansherwood.com


 
 
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the very hungry
caterpillar & other eric carle favourites

Saturday, March 30th, 2:00PM


Suitable for ages 3+, Theatre for Young People
Perfect for family audiences

Mermaid Theatre's hit show returns to Windsor.

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the very hungry caterpillar & other eric carle favourites - saturday, march 30th, 2:00PM

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.  High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself  into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self. 

Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Institute of Puppetry Arts Workshops at Mermaid Theatre - 
Located directly next to MIPAC - 118 Gerrish Street, Windsor, NS B0N2T0

Hosted by Education & Outreach Director, Struan Robertson
1-hour puppetry workshop TBA (before the performance)
1-hour puppetry workshop TBA (after the performance)
For more information and to reserve your child's place,
call 902.798.5841 or email puppets@mermaidtheatre.ca, limited space available *more details coming soon

For more information, www.mermaidtheatre.ca
 


 
 
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diyet &
the love soldiers

Saturday, April 6th, 8:00PM


"Vulnerable, true to life songs." -Vancouver Sun

Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories

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diyet & the love soldiers - saturday, april 6th, 8:00PM

Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton; this multi-instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.

Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood “in the bush” or rather was brought up on the ancestral lands of her people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Coming from a family rooted in traditions but tempered with a good sense of adventurous hippie attitudes, Diyet has created a musical presence that is as diverse as her Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Japanese and Scottish heritage.

She got her start singing on the school bus, went on to acquire a degree in music, then became a published songwriter in Vancouver, BC. When the pull of the North was too strong, she packed her bags, and her Dutch husband, moving back to her village without a plan or even a pub to play in. The result of this unlikely career move has been international collaborations; touring in Canada and Europe; and two acclaimed albums (The Breaking Point, When You Were King) with the third, Diyet & The Love Soldiers, scheduled for release in spring 2018.

Diyet tours nationally in Canada and internationally in Europe. Performance highlights include major folk, jazz, and multi-disciplinary festivals in Canada, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Mundial Montreal.

Continuing to live with feet firmly planted in two worlds, Diyet’s adventurous and sometimes chaotic life is on full display in her music. She often says, “yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you!”

Diyet’s enticing vocals will pull you into the songs while the lyrics tell you a story…The entire album is great, and has a unique sound…if you like good music you should definitely check out this album. “Canadian Beats”

Diyet has met the challenge with the release of “When You Were King” – a sophomore release that is anything but sophomoric. This time around Diyet explores themes of yearning and persistence with sparse instrumentation, aching deliveries and arrangements as stark and icy as the Yukon Territory itself. “Rockwired Magazine, USA”

For more information, www.diyetmusic.com


 
 
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rebecca perry's from judy to bette: the stars of old hollywood

Friday, May 3rd, 7:30PM


Musical Theatre - Rebecca Perry's most recent solo show, From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood, which premiered at the prestigious Next Stage Theatre Festival, sold out its entire run, garnering a feature from CBC Radio, who also aired songs from the show.

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rebecca perry's from judy to bette - friday, may 3rd, 7:30pm

Rebecca Perry is an actor, singer and writer based in Toronto. She has worked with a variety of companies across North America in theatre, film, television and voiceover. Recently she played lead roles in the feature films Forest Fairies alongside Simon Callow (now available on Amazon Prime UK & US) and Best Friend From Heaven, alongside Kris Kristofferson (Amazon Prime UK). Perry also has a recurring role on the TV show Ponysitters Club (airing in the US & South America). This year, she starred in the web-series A Gay Victorian Affair, which releases this spring.

Perry has provided voices for the multiple characters in the animated feature films Duck and Donk and Fast and Furriest. She also voiced two characters in the forthcoming cartoon series Emojiville.

At the end of 2017, Perry toured with Roseneath Theatre's Dora award-winning, and recently published play The Money Tree, which travelled to 15 states in the US in fall of 2017, including a residency at The Smith Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. Perry was also part of the 2016 winter tour around Ontario.

Perry’s multiple award-winning solo show Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl(★★★★★ The Nouse UK) toured to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, where it sold out its entire run at the prestigious Gilded Balloon, and even had a celebrity attendee: Anthony Rapp of Broadway's Rent! The success at Edinburgh led to a regional tour of England in 2016, and the show will tour the UK again in fall 2018. The Canadian premiere for the show was at the Rose Theatre in Brampton that same year, and since then Confessions… has toured theatres around Ontario and the Maritimes, including performances at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The show goes back on the road, touring again to the East Coast this spring, travelling around Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Awards include both Outstanding Performer & Outstanding Production from NOW Magazine, and Best Fringe Festival Production (Play) from BroadwayWorld. Receiving critical acclaim wherever it goes, the show has been profiled on Global TV, featured in podcast & radio interviews, and can be seen on TV across the country – Bell Fibe TV Canada taped the show live in front of a studio audience for their program On Stage On Demand.

Perry's most recent solo show, From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood, which premiered at the prestigious Next Stage Theatre Festival, sold out its entire run, garnering a feature from CBC Radio, who also aired songs from the show. It began its professional touring life in 2017, performing in Northern Ontario with Tour de Fort and the Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series. The show has a regional tour of England in April 2018, travelling to five theatres, and then is heading to Nova Scotia in May, before returning to the UK for another tour of multiple theatres in the fall.

Perry was awarded a 2016 Harold Award, celebrating both her creative and entrepreneurial spirit and her understanding of the business side of acting that has helped her successfully create and perform her three respective solo shows that she tours across the globe.

For more information, www.rebeccaperry.ca


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the
rainbow fish

Sunday, May 5th, 2:00PM


Suitable for ages 3+, Theatre for Young People
Perfect for family audiences

“The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!”

Mermaid Theatre's brand new show returns to the stage.

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the rainbow fish - sunday, may 5th, 2:00pm

“The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!” Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s elegant new show, The Rainbow Fish, will include an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colourful story as well two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Seaand Opposites. Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.  The Rainbow Fish features these same elements.

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry.

Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title--the sweet message of The Rainbow Fish series has resonated with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers around the world.

About the Performance 
The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow. He is admired – and resented - by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further adventures follow as The Rainbow Fish finds the courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours who are eager to make his acquaintance. The underworld wonderland is the setting for an introduction to the concept of opposites. As a fitting finale, the story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all—give and take—as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.

Institute of Puppetry Arts Workshops at Mermaid Theatre - 
Located directly next to MIPAC - 118 Gerrish Street, Windsor, NS B0N2T0

Hosted by Education & Outreach Director, Struan Robertson
1-hour puppetry workshop TBA (before the performance)
1-hour puppetry workshop TBA (after the performance)
For more information and to reserve your child's place,
call 902.798.5841 or email puppets@mermaidtheatre.ca, limited space available *more details coming soon

For more information, www.mermaidtheatre.ca


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heather
rankin

Friday, May 10th, 8:00PM


After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line, her debut solo record.

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heather rankin - friday, may 10th, 8:00pm

This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others.

A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like “We Walk As One” conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. Other songs showcase a more upbeat and contemporary side of Rankin, like her rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” which features Hip Hop Artist Quake Matthews. It is a social commentary with a Dance Club vibe. A song like David Tyson’s “Valentine” is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart.

It is clear that A Fine Line is a personal record for Rankin, who co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks with David Tyson. “We Walk As One,” the song that her siblings, Cookie and Jimmy, sing backup vocals for, is the album’s most obviously autobiographical track. It speaks to the idea that, although physically separate, those who love and care about one another, continue to move forward together in spirit. Similarly, “I’ve Got Your Back” expresses a sense of unconditional love and support amid a cold and tumultuous world. “Titantically” is the record’s most poetic and ephemeral, the personification of a violin that is rescued from the wreckage of the Titanic, and ripped from the grasp of the person who loved it most in the world. There is a deeply emotional acknowledgement of an inherent sadness to life in A Fine Line, but what is most prominent is Rankin’s resolve to continue to move forward in spite of it.

It’s an impressive feat that one album can include a myriad of songs that are individually so different from one another and yet, they come together to create deeply affecting variations on a common theme. When played separately, each track stands assuredly on its own, revealing different aspects of Rankin’s immense talent and her vibrant, complex perspective on life and music. Taken together, one begins to see rich thematic and lyrical intersections, often between the most disparate songs. She begins with laying out the struggle of the human condition, our quest toward finding, and then living as our authentic selves, and then as the album progresses we are plunged into the depths of that struggle. She leaves us, undeniably, with a pure testament of hope and gratitude.

This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes and has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. She harkens back to her childhood in Mabou, Nova Scotia and honours her roots in that community, and in her family, but she does so in her own authentic voice. This voice has been shaped by the Gaelic traditions of her home, and by the years she spent singing the songs of her brothers and sisters, but her voice is set free here, and often euphorically so, in a way previously unheard. Proving eloquent songwriting runs in the family, Rankin takes us to more private places in her lyrics, and this mixture of vulnerability and exhilaration makes for a powerfully compelling record. After more than twenty-five years in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only just now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever.

For more information, www.heatherrankin.ca