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Lennie Gallant – The Innkeeper’s Christmas – December 8th

Come and join Lennie Gallant and his band for a celebration of the season with the 4th annual Innkeeper’s Christmas show. 

Lennie Gallant’s Christmas concert is named after the artist’s much loved Christmas song, “The Innkeeper’’. The song is a redemption story told from the point of view of the innkeeper who turns the anointed couple away in their hour of need in the original nativity tale. 

This year, the highly popular multimedia show will feature songs from his new Christmas record as well as favourites from his 14 album catalogue.

His past Innkeeper’s Christmas concerts have all sold out, so book your tickets early!

Journey to Sable Island

Take a theatrical journey to the shores of Sable Island through the eyes of Marcia Pierce Harding’s novel, Secrets of Sable Island. You will travel to the author’s magical world through theatrical performances woven together through narration, dance, lighting and music. Directed and performed by Dalhousie Student Ashley-Rose Goodwin and her specially selected cast, you will find yourself amongst breathtaking visuals of wild horses, where secrets are held tightly to the heart, journeys abound, and dreams come true.

Tickets available now:

Art shows happening in September

Opening on September 2nd we have a retrospective show with local icon Janet Stewart. Over the years, Janet has amassed an impressive body of work, and until very recently continued to practice. We thought it was time some of her work was brought together to be viewed in one place. Join us in the downstairs gallery from September 2nd to 16th to celebrate the contribution that Janet has made to our arts community.

Also opening on September 2nd in the upstairs gallery we have a delightful show called Beloved Gloves from Chester’s Fran Ornstein. Fran is a retired Creative Director and her work is displayed across Nova Scotia and beyond. For this series of paintings, Fran collected gloves from people she knew, and transformed them into oil paintings. The stories that came with the gloves are a big part of this show and give a real sense of connection to their owners. This is one that should not be missed, and it’s on display in the upstairs gallery from September 2nd to the 30th. We will be having an evening viewing on Thursday 2nd September for both of these shows, 6-8pm, so please join us.

And finally, we will be filling the downstairs gallery with the creative works of Bruce Herrington. A retired graphic designer, Bruce has a very unique style. Lately he’s been spending his time combining his impressive paintings skills with a precision saw to create these unusual cut out animal paintings. Well worth coming to see – they will be on display in the downstairs gallery from September 17th to the 30th.

Nick Halley, Glenn Patscha and Patrick Reid at The Astor on September 10th

This one is going to be something special, and a little bit different for the Astor. These three incredibly accomplished musicians coming together on our stage for an evening of jazz inspired entertainment is a dream.

Read on for their impressive individual biographies, then pick up your tickets in the box office or through Ticketpro online:

This show is happening just ahead of the scheduled opening to full capacity, so seats will be limited to 120, and we will of course be following all the Public Health guidance to keep everyone safe.

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a range of musicians including American icon James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

Nick is the founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is the founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax.  Nick is also the Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley.  He is Cantor and Director for the chapel’s male Compline choir.  He is now also Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax.  In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, particularly for his work with Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir.  Nick was the Host of CBC’s Choral Concert for the 2013-14 season.

Growing up in Winnipeg, Glenn Patscha has deep musical roots. Embracing music from Neil Young to Thelonious Monk, James Booker to Bêla Bartok, he has drawn from many disparate inspirations to arrive at his unique way of creating music. In 1989 at 18, he spent a decade in New Orleans studying with Ellis Marsalis and becoming a
staple of the New Orleans music scene, recording and touring with many of the New Orleans greats such as Harold Battiste, Brian Blade,Leroy Jones, John Boutte, Nicholas Payton and many others. In 1998, while touring with Marianne Faithfull, Patscha moved to New York. Soon after, he started Ollabelle, his band that would go on to be signed by T Bone Burnett to his Columbia Records imprint, DMZ records. Ollabelle was one of the seminal bands that gave rise to what is now dubbed Americana music.

Since then, Patscha has recorded and toured with many other artists such as Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Bettye Lavette, Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm, Lizz Wright, Cubanismo and many others. Patscha also has scored a number of films since 2008. Recently Patscha has recorded a new Jazz record with John Ellis and Adam Levy in New York released in 2021. He currently tours with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Rosanne Cash and Marc Cohn and resides on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

After completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at McGill University in 2005, composer and double bassist Patrick Reid quickly emerged as an exciting new voice on the scene. He has been based in Montreal, Toronto, and New York City and has released four albums of original music. In 2011, he was the recipient of the CBC Galaxy Rising Star award and been recognized by FACTOR, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and The Ontario Arts Council in support of projects ranging from national and international tours, album production, and research and creation. As a band leader, he has performed extensively across the globe and has collaborated with many celebrated artists from around the world including: Christine and Ingrid Jensen, Ben Monder, Chet Doxas, The Bombadils, Tinalley String Quartet, Kelly Jefferson, Joel Miller, Denzal Sinclaire, and the Soulpepper Theatre Company to name a few. He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, singer-songwriter Angela Sande, and their corgi Raisin.

Charlie A’Court & Witchitaw – When Country Gets The Blues

On Saturday October 16th, we are thrilled to be welcoming acclaimed musicians Charlie A’Court and Witchitaw to our stage, where they will join forces for their show When Country Gets The Blues.

Two beloved and distinct styles of musical expression. Country music with its story telling and hook-laden melodies; and Blues, with all its emotional intensity and unmistakable rhythms. When Country Gets The Blues celebrates the legends of these genres and blurs the lines between country and blues.

When Country Gets The Blues is the brand new performance concept designed by country-rock ensemble Witchitaw, and blues recording artist Charlie A’Court. Often stylistically compared to Otis Redding and Eric Clapton, A’Court is largely recognized as the proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, his mighty voice, fierce guitar work and contemporary songwriting place A’Court firmly on the world stage. His album, Come On Over, won the 2015 Blues Recording of The Year at both the East Coast Music Awards and Nova Scotia Music Awards.

Witchitaw is a full flavoured, four-piece southern country rock band from the heart of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Their latest album, “The Ride” garnered a 2018 Country Recording of the Year nomination from Music Nova Scotia for their original writing. Singles, “Posse” and “When Opportunity Knocks” are receiving praise from Sirius XM Canada and Canadian country music radio with more than 30 country stations adding Witchitaw to heavy rotation.

Tickets are $30 including all fees, and are available by clicking this link or by coming in to the box office or calling 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday between 11 and 4.

See you there!

The Astor Theatre recognizes the support of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program and The Province of Nova Scotia.

Summer Youth Theatre Programs

We are very happy to announce that this summer we will be hosting a full schedule of youth theatre programs!

The Astor has been running summer programs for our talented young people since before the turn of the millennium. After missing out last year and hearing about what a loss this was to our community, we were very sure that this year we would find a way to provide this celebrated Queens County tradition in a COVID-safe way.

Each program will be run by the extremely talented, creative, and experienced Ashley-Rose Goodwin. Many of you will be familiar with Ashley, as she is already a cherished educator in theatre arts, performance, and music. She naturally immersed herself into the world of theatre and music from a very young age. Throughout her youth, she studied classical piano through The Royal Conservatory and performed in over 30 theatre productions; her most memorable theatrical roles were Nancy in Oliver, Sandy in Grease, Maureen in Hot Bed Hotel and Ophelia in The Fall of Loneliness. She is currently completing her Honours Degree in Theatre Studies at Dalhousie with a minor in music, where she is fortunate enough to study Applied Voice. Her most recent production at Dalhousie was an online opera called, The Bat. She recently was inspired by Dalhousie courses like Puppetry, History of Jazz and Site-Specific Theatre. Ashley will incorporate the exciting new material she has studied into her programming at The Astor. She spends her free time outside in nature, exploring spirituality, writing poetry, exercising and listening to a wide range of music. She resides in Liverpool with her four boys, who have been her biggest inspiration and most incredible supporters in her endless creative adventures. 

This summer will certainly include something for everyone as we are running four two-week programs! Students will be coached in acting technique, musical theatre, vocal techniques, choreography, improvisation, character development, playwriting, puppetry, site-specific theatre and much more! There will even be an opportunity to test out their new skills and talents in front of a live audience in the Broadway Bound program.

No audition or experience is required to attend the programs, so everyone with a love of acting, singing, and performing in general is invited to sign up for tuition in a safe and supportive environment. 

Students should be available for the entire two-week program and must complete COVID-19 screening protocols. However, due to this year’s COVID-19 related restrictions, attendance will be limited to 10 participants in each program. We will be following all Public Health guidelines, so some camp activities may have to be modified.

We will be opening registration at 11am on Wednesday June 16th and are expecting places to be filled quickly. So come in to the box office, give us a call on 354-5250, or email to claim your spot! 

Click these links for details of each program:

Improv Adventure, Adventure Theatre, Broadway Bound, Bringing Puppets to Life