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Feast of fun times expected at 2017’s GroundSwell Music Festival

Halifax event set for St. Patrick’s Day weekend boasts stellar lineup of Rawlins Cross, Heather Rankin, the Stanfields and Ria Mae. 

December 12, 2016. Stephen Cooke. Local XPress. 

Halifax’s annual celebration of East Coast music and hospitality, the GroundSwell Music Festival, returns in 2017 for another year of merry music and tasty treats over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The three-day event includes a trio of concerts with top-flight Atlantic Canadian entertainers, starting on Thursday, March 16,

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Heather Rankin joins I’m Not What I Seem: A Conversation on Rita MacNeil and East Coast Music

I’m Not What I Seem: A Conversation on Rita MacNeil and East Coast Music
with Charlie Rhindress, Heather Rankin, and Bill Roach.

cx9zodnxeaae9i1Rita MacNeil has long been recognized as a trailblazer in Canadian music. As the first East Coast artist to achieve mainstream success and continue calling Cape Breton, Nova Scotia her home, she paved the way for future generations of Maritime musicians. Join Charlie Rhindress, author of a new biography of Rita MacNeil, in conversation with Heather Rankin and CBC Weekend Morning host Bill Roach as they reflect on how this strong,

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Small Things brings laughter and other gifts to Guysborough

Guysborough Journal 

By Lois Ann Dort


Last week the Mulgrave Road Theatre brought their latest show, Small Things by Daniel MacIvor, home to the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre in Guysborough. Local audiences were not disappointed.

Small Things, a story that focuses on three women from as many generations living in a small town, is a throw-your-head-back in laughter comedy but it also has a serious side. MacIvor’s work, which has been staged by the MRT previously, has a way of making you think after the performance,

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Acclaimed Songwriter Heather Rankin Courageously Steps Out with Songs like ‘Titanically’ & ‘We Walk As One’ on Solo Record, ‘A Fine Line’


“Take me to the waters deep” — Haunting image from beautiful ‘Titanically’ video

When I recently re-encountered my songwriter/musician/producer friend David Tyson, his Bosendorfer piano, which he gratefully received as a lifetime gift 30 years ago, was still the centerpiece of his living space overlooking the Pacific.

Tyson, who formerly co-wrote and produced singer Alannah Myles’ debut record that earned her a Grammy award, “loves the sound’ of his fine instrument, although he calls its huge sound “very daunting.” He admits that like any dedicated musician,

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