AT THE SQUARE COLUMN BY CARLTON MUNROE
The calendar has turned, 2014 is here, and Glasgow Square is preparing for another exciting, entertaining and enlightening year for you.
First of all, we would like to thank everyone who came out for our annual New Year’s Eve Bash with Ghostrider & The Allied Horns. Once again, it was THE party to bring in the new year. For many, this event has become an annual piece of their holiday schedule, and for others, they experienced it for the first time and want to come back. We would like to let you know the band is confirmed again for our New Year’s Bash to bring in 2015.
February is African Heritage Month, and as part of the Town of New Glasgow’s celebrations, Glasgow Square presents spoken word performer, author, poet, journalist and musician Shauntay Grant on Feb. 7. To say we are excited about Shauntay coming to our stage for the very first time, would be an understatement. She has solidified her place in the literary and performing arts world over the years, and of course became Halifax’s third Poet Laureate in 2011. Admission is free to Shauntay’s performance, but there will be a donation box at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6.
On Feb. 28, we will once again open up the backstage Green Room for a very special song circle performance from three of the most talented and beautiful ladies in the Nova Scotia music scene. Kim Wempe, Ria Mae and Carmel Mikol come together for an intimate acoustic performance in the cozy confines of the Green Room, a Bringing It Home Presentation supported by Music Nova Scotia. Kim, Ria and Carmel all bring with them a uniquely different approach to their music, but together will bring a very special evening of incredible song and music to the Green Room to warm up what I’m sure will be a cold February evening. Seating is limited, and tickets are now on sale so get yours quickly.
We have a lot of exciting news to share as well with regards to our upcoming Music Shapes New Glasgow Concert Series, where we collaborate annually with the Celtic Circle Cultural Centre for a weekly series of shows in spring. This year, the series will begin on March 29 and conclude April 26. We are planning to unveil our lineup in late February so stay tuned.
Glasgow Square is pleased to be able to partner with the Pictou County Blues Society for a very exciting performance in March. Los Angeles blues performer Candye Kane will hit the Square stage on March 9. Check her out online www.candyekane.com , I’m sure you won’t want to miss this one blues fans.
We would like to thank everyone who dropped in just before Christmas to our Pictou County Music Sale. It was a great success. We are working on plans to permanently display and sell CDs and records from local and regional artists. That way, you the music fan can know and trust exactly where to find it, which can often be a frustrating challenge.
Just a reminder about our Glasgow Square membership program. Individual one year membership is $15, and $25 for a couple. It’s a great way to come and enjoy some of the great entertainment with some privileges along the way. And it is also a rewarding way to support your local theatre.
Be sure to check us out online www.glasgowsquare.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Carlton Munroe is the program manager for Glasgow Square and offers insight into upcoming events and past performances at the local live arts theatre. His column runs monthly in our entertainment section. www.glasgowsquare.com