Glasgow Square wrapping up a great year

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With the Fall Season winding down at Glasgow Square, it is time to look back at a few of the incredible memories over the last month inside and outside the theatre. 

I say outside, because last month we officially kicked off the holiday season in downtown New Glasgow on the outdoor stage during the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. It was a beautiful fall evening, not too cold and no snow or rain to speak of, but plenty of wonderful holiday cheer and music, courtesy of EB Anderson, Layne Greene, NNEC Jazz musicians, AG Baillie School Choir and the Christian Fellowship Church Bell Choir. You couldn’t have asked for a better way to get in the Christmas spirit, as Deputy Mayor Henderson Paris flipped the switch to turn on the lights on the Riverfront.

The very next evening, we turned things around for Cape Breton musical icon Jimmy Rankin as he took his Tinsel Town Tour to the Square, and what a show it was. Jimmy combined his solo hits with some holiday tunes and a few Rankin Family classics as he showed the crowd why he is seen as one of the finest entertainers in the country.

The New Glasgow Youth Theatre Company spent the entire fall preparing for their second production, and pulled together an incredible show for Gary Blackwood’s rendition of the Brothers Grimm tale “The Goose Girl.” The Company, led by Director Amanda Gillis presented back-to-back performances at the Square to a great crowd both nights.

EB Anderson & the Resolutes, Pictou County’s latest musical export, returned home for an excellent CD Release Party for “Broken Down Horse,” their second recording, and first under the Let’s Riot! Music record label.  The band has refined their sound to a point where they are quickly becoming recognized as one of the new bands everyone is talking about. They certainly showed why at their CD Release show, which also featured New Glasgow folk singer Jim Dorie and Chris Martin of Halifax, who brought his exciting rockabilly sounds to New Glasgow for the first time.

And to begin the month of December, one of Pictou County’s favourite bands, and the reigning Fans’ Choice Entertainers of the Year for both ECMAs and NS Music Week, The Stanfields brought their new acoustic show to the Square for the first time. The band, known for their raucous and often full contact rock shows, remained seated and left their big amps and electric guitars at home, exchanging them for flat tops and a mandolin. The result, a huge standing ovation at the end, and a crowd left wanting even more. Their new acoustic record is called “For King and Country” – it really is a CD you need to have.

Next up, this Saturday – it has become a holiday tradition at Glasgow Square and we’re very happy to have “A Christmas Serenade with Doris Mason and Friends” on stage again. Doris will be joined on stage by The Mason Sisters, The Alcorn Family, Annette Drapeau-Reynolds, Katie Gunn, Wildkat Blues Band as well as The Williams Sisters and North Nova Jazz Choir. We’ll be pouring some complimentary hot apple cider for the show, while quantities last. The combination of the wonderful scent of cider and holiday music is a sure fire way to put you in the holiday spirit. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is at 8.

We’re also looking forward to a great acoustic show in the Green Room with Ashley George on Dec. 21. Space is limited to 50 seats, so be sure to get your tickets early as Ashley will perform some of his new material along with selections from his seven other recordings.

And tickets are going fast for Glasgow Square’s Annual New Year’s Eve Bash with Ghostrider and the Allied Horns. We are taking table reservations for parties of eight, while they last.  Be sure to get your tickets soon so you’re not disappointed. It is the party of the year at Glasgow Square!

I know many are out there looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone … we have a couple of great ideas here at Glasgow Square. Our memberships are available – single is $15 and $25 for couples. Gift cards are also available. Please stop in to Glasgow Square or give us a call if you’re interested in either.

On behalf of the staff and incredible volunteers here at Glasgow Square Theatre, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a prosperous and Happy New Year. We hope you join us for more fantastic entertainment throughout 2014.

Organizations: Baillie School Choir, Christian Fellowship Church Bell Choir, New Glasgow Youth Theatre Company CD Release Party Williams Sisters Allied Horns Glasgow Square Theatre

Geographic location: Glasgow Square, New Glasgow, Pictou County Cape Breton

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