Evening Program for NaTuRe SpEaKs
Canadian Jazz Celtic Harpist
Harpist, Artistic Director, Producer of
NaTuRe SpEaKs Team is delighted to be here this evening
to bathe with you in NaTuRe Sounds with Jazz Celtic Flair.
Nature Speaks... Beyond Appearances...
Seeing Sounds... Hearing Images…
Displays a visual musical journey and relationship between
nature, human nature & environmental issues.
This Show is an accumulation of 25 years of musical experiences
developed through the study of all the periods of Musical History
intertwined with the tremendous sounds we find in nature.
All selections in this concert are related to nature theme of some
sort. I am delighted to work with very fine musicians who are
sensitive to the delicacy of the Harp Sounds adding their own flair
Please welcome with me on the stage
Alex Porter, Drums
Erin Dempsey, Celtic Flute
Renaud Labelle, Bass
In addition, we are also working with David Hiller, Sound Engineer in Nova
Scotia, Chris Caldwell our wonderful Light Designer, Mary Hartwell for House
Manager, and Jaimie Loughead for Event Manager ~ Nature Scenes Projections
“Tonight, I am thrilled to share this deep passion for sound that brings forth
music infused with intentions to guide and encourage people to deepen their
heart connection within themselves and with humanity”.
In our post-modern world, true silence is rarely experienced, it’s as if we
conspire to avoid it. It forces us to pay attention to ideas and emotions we make
little time for… Silence can be disturbing because it is the wavelength of the
soul. Perhaps, silence itself is the mystery at the heart of life and music.
~ Enjoy the show ~ Johanne
Voice of the Ocean
Clouds are moving
See the sun
Life is a pathway
Ne sais-tu pas?
La ballade du printemps
After the rain, beautiful weather.
Part Two (Following Intermission)
Chitlin Con Car
War # 3
NaTuRe SpEaKs Team
David Hillier - Sound Engineer
Mary Hartwell - House Manager
Jaimie Loughead - Event Manager
Brian and Kelly Gottam - Filming tonight
via Wild Lupin Productions
Daniel Friesen and Michel Breton - Stage Advisor and Chinese
Shadow for dancer Kara Friesen
NaTuRe SpEaKs Team
Chris Caldwell & Kenneth Stronach - Light Designer
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Renaud Labelle, Bass
Renaud Labelle was born in Montreal in 1980. He studied bass
with Zbigniew Borowicz and holds a Bachelor of Music, Laval
University . He also benefitted from the teaching of Michel
Donato , Frederick Alarie and Norman Lachapelle.
He has performed all over the world as a musical director and
bass player for Cruise Boat Agencies: Holland America, Cunard,
Celebrity and many more. When he is not at sea on the
marvellous Queen Mary 2, he is playing for the Symphonic
Orchestra or on tour with Canadian Jazz/Celtic Harpist Johanne
McInnis. Johanne and Renaud have been performing together
since year 2000.
He teaches bass privately since 2003 and was part of the teaching
staff of the Atelier Troubadour . He is now active as a freelance
musician in the Quebec region and has played as a
supernumerary in the Orchestra of the estuary since 2010.
His creativity and sense of sounds exploration finds McInnis’s
music a beautiful harbor to enhance his creative sense of
expression and improvisation.
Alex has over twenty years experience as a Professional
He first studied Jazz during his Bachelor of Arts in musical
performance at St.Francis Xavier University.
He started his musical career in Halifax then moved on to
Toronto. He has played with numerous bands and in a
variety of musical genres. He has travelled throughout the
world aboard a one of kind private yacht, performing and
leading Jazz trio’s. In 2008, he decided to move back home
to the Annapolis Valley, where he continues to perform
and teach drums.
His latest involvement with Harpist Johanne McInnis
allows his musical sensitivity to be revealed through his
subtle percussive rifts intertwined with the harp sounds.
Alex Porter, Drums
From Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, Erin Dempsey
learned to play traditional Irish music at a young age.
Erin's passion for Irish flute took her to Cork, Ireland,
where she lived from 2008-2013.
Soaking up the music and culture, Erin hosted
sessions with many expert musicians in Ireland. Back
in Halifax she is now a member of and regularly
performs with both The Halifax Ceili Band and Ragged
Robin. Erin's ornamented, smooth playing is rhythmic
and energetic, with the subtle ornamentation
characteristic of piping-style flute playing.
She has recently discovered the harmony of the
wooden flute and Celtic harp -- instruments that
both complement and emphasize each other unique
Erin Dempsey, Celtic Flute
Kara Friesen has trained as a contemporary, ballet and jazz dancer and
choreographer for 25 years. Originally from Nova Scotia, she moved to
Montreal and studied dance intensively for 8 years.
Highlights of her study were training under the Vaganova ballet
technique, earning her BFA from Concordia University and dancing with
the Sonia Balazovjech Dance Company. Drawing from her experience in
Montreal she has since been involved in the dance scene after moving
back to Halifax.
She is currently a dancer with Votive Dance Company, teaches regularly
and works as an independent artist; choreographing for Kinetic Studio's
open studio series and collaborating with other Nova Scotian artists.
She recently completed the CLEaR Forum with Mocean Dance at Ross
Creek Centre for the arts where she resided with like minded artists
performing as a dancer. Want to know more about dance in Nova
Check out Kara's blog www.halifaxdanceseen.com
Tonight, you are enjoying Kara's creative dance during our Indian Selection called:
Harpist Johanne McInnis, recognized as Soundscape Virtuoso of
Relaxation music with a Jazz/Celtic flair, has been performing in
different parts of Canada. She brings to the concert hall her
mastering of creative sound s exploration, passion and drama.
McInnis’ latest Canadian Award called: Bringing Life to the Arts, was
given by Judy Stretch, Nova Scotia Minister of Education.
Her interpretation of the relationship of music and nature alone
with her musicians: Alex Porter (Percussion and Drums), Renaud
Labelle (Bass), Erin Dempsy (Celtic Flute) is drawing people to what
she takes at heart: the fact the we are all interconnected with
Nature Speaks… can you hear it?
All trained in Jazz and Classical genres, the musicians play sounds
that reflect the colours of life in nature.
McInnis has performed for political dignitaries from various nations
at Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec city. She has played the harp in
hospitals for people passing from one life to the next and found that
experience very revealing and inspiring, not only for the patient but
for her own understanding of life and death as part of a process.
She has performed in various halls of Canada and Europe for the
past 20 years. The Show NaTuRe SpEaKs is an accumulation of her
artistic vision related to the importance of working together with
nature, not against it.
NaTuRe SpEaKs is a musical journey through a day of our lives
where humanity and nature intertwine. May this show be an
inspiration, a reminder and an invitation to work with nature.
In nature, we have no choice of letting go of some layers.
David Suzuki, in his book Legacy, relayed his thoughts in the
“We must realize that the laws of nature have priority over the
forces of economics. We must also adopt a holistic perspective”.
Bathing in these melodies can be refreshing for your mind, body,
spirit and soul. Her passion for sound brings forth music infused
with intentions to guide and encourage people to deepen their
heart connection within themselves and with humanity.
Johanne’s bio can be continued by following this link:
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for advanced hair coloring/styling techniques and the Beauty & Esthetics for the
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Whether she is painting her next book cover on canvas or a "balayage" on hair,
Charlotte is hardly seen without a painter's pallet or a Redken color bowl. In every
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Your host and co-owners are Charlotte Onischuk and Frank
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Why ‘What we do’ is good for you:
We know apples, we’ve been growing them for 110 years
Our apples are free of any insertion chemicals and are safe for you and your kids
We minimize the use of fossil fuels to keep our environment clean and safe
Our cider is safe to drink at any stage. It’s best before and even after.
We cold-press our juice which preserves the most nutrients.
Our business strengthens the local economy and provides jobs.
You can count on our availability all year-round.
NaTuRe Spoke and I listened…
Sparked by an elective ecology course during my graduating year at Mount Allison
University in the spring of 1970 and by the first wave of environmental awareness
leading to the first Earth Day, I added to the knowledge I was absorbing my own
intuition and experience beginning with gardening organically for the past 45
Being the third generation of Annapolis Valley apple growing families, I’ve added
to this 110 year accumulation of expertise by beginning 25 years ago to explore
apple production without synthetic inputs. Adding a healthy dose of serendipity
and consciousness raised by 40 years of daily practice of Transcendental
meditation ™ has allowed me to develop a system of growing a crop of apples
with only human energy produced so naturally that the orchards would turn into
a forest without removing succession species like wild cherry each year.
A forest is actually a model for our methods; manually flattening the mature
vegetation in late summer each year to make harvesting easier mimics nature’s
way of letting the winter snow do the job.
By allowing this biomass to be created by sun, water and minerals, including the
sulfur the ants circulate to the surface (which facilitates nitrogen fixing), the
orchard adds nutrients to replace what is removed each year in the fruit instead
of the 2% biomass that can be sustainably removed from a forest each year as
Working with nature we’re able to produce food for people- unsprayed apples
and two flavors of juice which you can enjoy at intermission that is purer than
water-the tree filters the water as it makes the apple.
This is all made possible using scab resistant varieties that require no fungicide,
letting the trees produce what they will. The most attractive apples can be used
for fresh eating and the “Cosmetically challenged” are turned into juice: fresh,
pure, tasty and local.
I’ve accumulated enough material to write a book someday. For more details talk
with me at the Wolfville Market on any Saturday or explore the Wolfville and
Halifax Seaport Markets websites or contact me by phone 902-582-3044 or email :
Enjoy Cider Tasting during our intermission tonight!
Heather Breton: Artistic Director/Event Manager
"We are committed to you and your vision"
Open daily and serving our
very own Stems Blend Coffee,
a blend of medium and dark
roast coffee, Stems Cafe
provides made fresh soups,
sandwiches savory items
along with sweets, treats, ice
cream and yogurt. Chef
Wayne is continually
searching out new items and
loves using local ingredients
in his creating.
A Licensed Cafe we are
currently serving premium
beer and local cider, plus
Luckett Vineyard wines.
Stems Cafe is part of
Blomidon Nurseries and was
established in 2011, evolving
from a cafe to menu prepared
totally on site.
Our Jazz Celtic Trio is
delighted to entertain
Blomidon distinguish clientele
on Sunday Brunches. You
may find the performances
dates in the Grapevine,
section Eat To The Beat and
on Johanne’s website. Next
performances dates are: July
26, Aug 9 and Sept 6th.
Enjoy a Sunday Brunch in
the company of Kory Bayer,
Alex Porter and Johanne
McInnis at Stem Café.
The Only Jazz House Café
in the Valley where people
can mingle while listening
to Live Celtic Jazz Sounds!
Websi t e Management – Graphi c Desi gn -
Market i ng
Jai mi e Murphy
902- 791- 4222
j ai mi e@murphydesi gns
MurphyDesi gns. ca
Finally, a special thank you to:
Kimberly Matheson for billeting one of our musicians
Daniel Friesen for set design Chinese Shadow
"Peacef ul music t hat creat es an
int imat e cont act wit h nat ure, t he
wit ness of our prof ound f eelings...
we also r ecognize, here and t her e,
t he harsh side of nat ure t hat get ' s
over obst acles t hr ough a
t hunderst orm - in order f or us t o
appreciat e t he light t hat comes
af t er t he darkness."