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Canning singer & songwriter in Valley for Al Whittle Show

Laura Roy
Canning, Nova Scotia singer and songwriter Laura Roy

May 17, 2018 8:00 PM at the Al Whittle Theatre is the place to be! Laura Roy performs original music with Jeff Goodspeed and Friends, Jeff Goodspeed (sax), Silvio Pupo (keys), Dave Burton (drums) and Jamie Gatti (bass). Tickets are available at the Box of Delights, Wolfville and online at Eventbrite.ca. Find her on Valleyevents.ca and Facebook.

Canadian R&B/pop artist Laura Roy is a captivating songwriter and vocalist. Laura is currently based in London, UK writing and recording her second EP set for release spring 2018.

Born and raised in the small village of Canning, Nova Scotia, she began singing, writing poems, and composing music around the age of 10. She performed at talent shows and festivals around the province of Nova Scotia. Laura’s music is known for her unique, smooth and sultry R&B vocals combined with infectiously catchy pop hooks. An avid songwriter, Laura is a four-year attendee of the prestigious Gordie Sampson Songcamp, put on by the Grammy-winning writer and she has also been actively involved with The Songwriter’s Association of Canada, attending song writing camps across the country.

Laura became well known for her versatility as a songwriter, writing everything from folk-pop to R&B/hip hop, in particular, her collaborations and co-writes with Canadian Juno Winner Classified and Quake Mathews.

Laura has travelled and collaborated with writers in Nashville, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and London, UK. Her debut EP (released July 2016) containing 6 songs infused with slick, synth-pop, 90’s R&B vibes, soulful melodies, anthemic hooks and was written and recorded in Toronto and New York City with producers Adam King, Joel Stouffer (Dragonette) and Ari Leff (LAUV). Her song Don’t Chase was a Music Nova Scotia Nomination for New Artist Recording of the Year 2016. Laura is a two time CBC Music Searchlight Nova Scotia top 10 finalist.

In January 2017, her release of the pop song “Pitbull” in collaboration with Stanton Project charted on National Canadian Radio and was placed in the Canadian Radio Bell Media’s iHeart Top 20 countdown.

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Annapolis Valley Chef Michael Williams Awarded Chef of the Year 2017

Chef Michael Williams - Crystany's Brasserie
Chef Michael Williams – Crystany’s Brasserie

Michael Williams, chef of Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning, Nova Scotia, was recently recognised for his achievements at the annual ApEx Event held at the Halifax Casino, March 27, 2017. He received the prestigious Chef of the Year – Independent Food Service Award for the Atlantic Provinces.

ApEx is known as “Canada’s Premier Foodservice and Hospitality Event.”  It brings together a very wide range of representatives from the food and beverage industry, from chefs and line cooks to caterers and restaurant owners and operators. The giant exhibition takes time to also acknowledge the accomplishments of notable people in the industry, like Williams.

Williams is an accomplished young chef and graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at NSCC. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he’s honed his professional skills in Bridgewater, Lunenburg, and Halifax, and has been calling Nova Scotia his permanent home for years.  Now he’s the chef of Nova Scotia’s first entirely gluten-free dining establishment, Crystany’s Brasserie, which he operates with his partner, Brittany Maxner. His skills at preparing magnificent gluten-free dishes has gained a lot of admiration and appreciation by gluten-intolerant and regular patrons alike.

In response to his receipt of the coveted award, Williams remarked “I’m super happy to be given such a high honour, but that doesn’t mean I’m done; it just means I’ve got to strive to be even better.”

Crystany’s Brasserie is located at 9848 Main St., Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada  B0P 1H0. Visit their web site at http://www.crystanysbrasserie.com.

International Town Crier Competition Comes to The Annapolis Valley

Gary Long, Canning Village Crier

 

The Association of Annapolis Valley Town Criers is pleased to partner with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and K-Rock Radio 89.3 to bring an international town crier competition to the Annapolis Valley from the 12th of September to the 17th. In conjunction with many of the Municipal units in the Valley, 23 town criers from Australia, New Zealand, USA (California, Washington and Maryland), Ontario, Nova Scotia, England, and Wales will be in the Valley for this competition. The competition will be held over three days, in Windsor, Annapolis Royal and Grand Pré.

In between the competition days, the criers will have the opportunity to visit the Kentville Farmer’s Market, the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and visit some points of interest in the Canning area. On the Friday, 15th, they will have lunch in Canning and supper in Hall’s Harbour.

It will be five days of noise and colour, and an opportunity for locals to meet and greet visitors from other parts of the world. The town criers of Windsor, Lloyd Smith, Annapolis Royal, Peter Davies and Canning/Berwick, Gary Long are hosting the five day event as part of the Annapolis Valley’s Canada 150 celebrations. Come join the fun!

For more details, please contact Gary Long.