Join local musicians and rising-stars Terra Spencer and Freya Milliken for a one-of-a-kind group non-songwriters' experience. Led by some of the Valley’s most-loved songwriters, we take you on a deep-listening walk in the Wabanaki (Acadian) forest to absorb the sights, smells and especially the sounds of flora, fauna, wind and water in this beautiful corner of the province. We’ll have time for quiet reflection and writing, and when we return to the community hall, we will share our experiences and make some music out of it!
This is a chance to discover the music we all have inside us, even those who love music but feel like you have zero musical ability. The rhythm of heartbeats, breath, and the poetry of words come together in a relaxed, un-intimidating way with these expert guides. If you play an instrument, bring it, and whether you’ve been singing all your life or you never sing in front of other people, this is an open, adaptive experience. We go with the flow, and we've had lots of practice pulling together a brand new song in an hour or less, while finding a lot of joy in the process.
For anyone who is curious to add a dose of Nature, a forest walk, and moments of musical discovery to a trip to the Annapolis Valley. Bring a friend or a few, and experience the power of time well-spent in nature, with musicians who are members of the Music In Communities Cooperative, enriching their community in musical ways. After the program, visit a winery or share a meal with your friends nearby.
More Information Raised on the mud banks of the Avon River, award-winning Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter Terra Spencer has won over audiences in Canada and beyond, since her 2018 debut. She has already crafted a catalogue of startlingly intimate songs, marrying fingerstyle guitar, gospel piano, and her butterscotch voice with sly humour and 70s wood-paneled warmth. Terra recently released her third album, Old News, created with Ben Caplan and celebrated with a cross-Canada and UK tour. In a room of 5 or 500, every show is a knee-to-knee conversation with a natural storyteller. "The real deal." - Ron Sexsmith
Freya Milliken is an up-and-coming musician and recent graduate from the Acadia University School of Music. She's quickly making a name for herself on the touring circuit and will release her first album this year. She's a warm and generous leader with an ability to connect and inspire, that belies her young years.