NS Music Awards

Well, wow! Music In Communities is thrilled to announce we won Community Presenter of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards! This acknowledgement from our peers is heart-warming and huge. Enormous thanks to everyone involved over the past two years of our fledgling operation. Almost since the beginning, we have had to try to keep the music alive in our community through Covid. It has been a crazy challenge and also incredibly rewarding to bring people together safely when we needed it the most.

We’re grateful to collaborate with other fantastic community organizations. Thanks to the Deep Roots Music Cooperative, Acadia Performing Arts Series, Wolfville, Kentville and Canning Recreation Departments, the Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts, and Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

In our efforts to bring music to the margins, we’ve hosted improvising session for folks with learning disabilities; after-school ukulele clubs; outdoor singalongs and pop-up choirs; trans- and queer-friendly sessions; a Black History Month series and more.

Some of the real “THIS IS WHY WE DO THIS” moments have included:

Maisie Gilbert on drum kit with her School of Rock girl-group at the Canning Legion;

Sarah McInnis conducting a masked, socially distanced pop-up choir singing In the Bleak Midwinter in Clock Park in December;

T. Thomason inspiring a trans kid to sing after hormone treatments had altered his voice;

Measha Brueggergosman’s version of Sinner Man at the Church Brewery;

Reuben Gilbert jamming with the local old-timers in the gazebo at the Canning Kitchen Party;

Ken Shorley and Sahara Jane improvising together at the Jam Dances;

And so many other little moments that made me cry, and make it really easy to do this work, because the results are tangible. i keep seeing ways we can do more.

The Music In Communities team is growing all the time so if I miss anyone, my apologies. Here are some of the people who have run our programs, run sound, volunteered at the door, hosted workshops, made posters, filmed us, and helped me keep my head from exploding. Thank you: Sarah McInnis, Peter Williams, Amelia Robitaille, Michael Langiewitz, Laura Billington, Reuben Gilbert, Maisie Gilbert, Bethan Delorme, Matt Delorme, Kimberly Smith, Kathleen Purdy, Phil Dennis, Zakary Miller, Mark Riley, Fisher Akao, Terra Spencer, Rebecca Fairless, Sam Wilson, Jah’Mila, Sarah Levy, Brandon MacGregor, Wendy LaPierre, Donna Lynn Holmes, Ken Shorley, Sahara Jane, Mairi Chaimbeul, Ananda Kavanagh, T. Thomason, Eli Dunlap, Brian Borcherdt, Katy Hopkins, the Dearlies, and all the amazing musicians who have played for us.

xo Kim Barlow, Director


(Photo l-r: Sarah McInnis, Reuben Gilbert, Maisie Gilbert, Kim Barlow, Frieden Gilbert, Terra Spencer) 

Upcoming Events

We respectfully acknowledge that these events take place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Spruce Larks Album Release

The Old Catholic Church , 2182 Sheffield Rd. (Hwy 358) , Canning

Join the "Spruce Larks" (Kirsty Money & Jude Pelley) as they release their long-awaited debut album, "Out Of The Nest". Featuring bouzouki, nyckelharpa, and vocals, performing repertoire from traditional Scandinavian dance tunes, to original instrumentals, to the Beatles and Bob Marley!

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Quilting & Postdata

The Old Catholic Church , 2182 Sheffield Rd. (Hwy 358), Canning

Paul Murphy of Wintersleep brings his solo project, Postdata to Canning! Support by Quilting - an improvisation group comprised of Brian Borcherdt, electronics; Mairi Chaimbeul, harp; Sahara Jane, sarangi, voice and jaw harp; Kim Barlow, banjo and guitar. Cozy, intimate venue at the old church thanks to Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Tickets are $20 adv/$25 door. POV & masks required, BYO snax/bev.

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Join us on Friday August 20th for a high-summer night of great music, food and dancing, outdoors at TapRoot Farm. Fabulous funk, soul and R&B by some great Valley musicians, the Mark Riley Project know all the songs you want to dance to.

Babo at TapRoot Farms will have the jerk pans fired up and will be serving Jamaican Jerk on a first come first serve basis prior to the performance. Cash only please.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm, and the music will be from 7:30 - 9:30. Food will be available from 7 pm. This event is happening at TapRoot's Church St. Location - 1736 Church Street, Port Williams. (Not their Canard Street location).

Tickets are $20, food & drink are separate.

There are picnic tables for you and your bubble, or bring a camp chair. 

This event is a collaboration between Music In Communities and Taproot Farm, and part of our ongoing commitment to building community through music and food, and sharing good times together.

Proceeds will go to pay the band and cover costs. Any additional funds raised will be used to run more great music programs.

Canning Kitchen Party 2021

In time with Phase 3 reopening, there will be live music at Bruce Spicer Park every Saturday at 1pm, from July 3rd to September 4th, as well as additional shows at Kingsport Beach and Taproot Farm.

MIC would like to thank this years sponsors for their support! 

We have received overwhelming support from our local businesses this year, and we're thrilled to work together to make our community lively and vibrant. 

Canning Kitchen Party 2021 line-up:

July 10 Morgan Davis + Jenny Lapp 

July 17 Terra Spencer + Museum Pieces
July 24 Big Turnips Kim Lake
July 31 Sam Wilson + Gizelle de Guzman
Aug. 7 Factory Girls + Brian Passmore
Aug. 14 Guy Paul Thibault + The Jungernauts
Aug. 21 Norma MacDonald + Mohammad Sahraei & Friends
Aug. 28 Amy Lounder & Jude Pelley Stringband + Sarah McInnis

Sept. 4 The Gilberts + guests

Kingsport kitchen party

Last year we had most of our shows at the pavilion at Kingsport Beach. It was a beautiful venue to listen to songs by the seaside, so we just had to go back.

From 1 - 3 pm on high-tide Sunday afternoons, there will be two performers sharing a show at the Kingsport Beach Pavilion

Lunch at the Tides-In Canteen, great local music, and then a swim. A perfect Sunday!

Free or by donation, all ages, social distancing required.

July 11 Kristen Martell + Graham Nicholas

July 25 Nick Maclean + Rebecca Fairless

Aug. 8 Ted Simmons + Paul Lauzon 

Aug. 22 Heather Kelday + Corey Isenor 
Sept. 5 Mike Aubé + Lindsay Misiner

teen music drop-in program!

The Music In Communities Cooperative feels more committed than ever, to making music available and accessible to everyone who can benefit from it. We’re grateful to the Canning, Wolfville and Kentville Recreation Departments for collaborating with us to put these programs into action this summer. 

Here is an incomplete list of programs you or a kid you know can participate in. 

ACTIVITIES in wolfville

  • Ages 8 - 11 Ukulele Club 
    6pm Thursdays July 8 - Aug 26 
  • Trans & Queer-Friendly Youth Music Drop-in (with many thanks to collaborators, the Deep Roots Music Cooperative) Ages 11-18 
    7:30pm Thursdays July 8 - Aug 26 
  • Pop Up Choirs 
    6:30pm Fridays July 23 & Aug 27 

For details, locations and registration, contact info is below: 
Wolfville Rec, 7 Victoria Ave, Wolfville, NS B4P 2H4. Call 902-542-3019 or email

activities IN KENTVILLE

  • All Ages Ukulele Club  
    6pm Tuesdays July 6 - Aug 10 
  • 18+ Ukulele Club 
    10am Wednesdays July 7 - Aug 11 
  • Jam Dances - improvised music and movement for all abilities 
    Saturdays July 10 & Aug 14, 1pm 
  • Big Summer Singalong 
    6:30 Aug 20 

For details, location and registration, contact info is below:
Kentville Rec, 354 Main St, Kentville, NS B4N 1K6.  Call 902-679-2540 or email 


  • Ukuleles at the Canning Rec Day Camp, July 14 & Aug. 6 
  • Community Jam Sessions, all welcome 
    Saturdays July 3 - Sept. 4  at Bruce Spicer Park, around 3pm after the Canning Kitchen Party concerts 

For details, location and registration, contact info is below:
9846 Main St, Canning, NS B0P 1H0. Call 902-582-2033 or email