Songs At Sea Level Fest 2017 August 18 & 19

Songs at Sea Level 2017 is set to bring a jam-packed two-day schedule of quality music to the Osprey’s stage this summer in Shelburne. Presenting a little bit of everything from down and dirty blues, sweet sounding vocalists and washboard infused bluegrass to dance floor worthy rock’n’roll, barnyard boogie-woogie, jazzy world music and electrifying surf music. We are pleased to present the nationally-acclaimed folk duo, Tomato Tomato as our festival headliner. Tomato Tomato perform clever and quirky songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist and perform at festivals all over the world. We’re also pleased to present renowned blues artist Morgan Davis, the jazz and world music duo sovablasca of Shelley Meisner and Chris Churchill, the energetic surf rock duo The Green Reflectors, and much more.

This year’s music festival will take place inside the Osprey’s main theatre…but this isn’t your regular Osprey concert. The theatre will be decked out with festival decorations, the windows and doors will be wide open and we’ll even have delicious locally-sourced food for sale.

Boxing Rock

Our 2017 festival sponsor is Boxing Rock Brewery! Sample many of their current brews during the festival at the Osprey’s bar.

We highly encourage you to purchase a weekend pass and take in the entire festival – you won’t be disappointed! This is a weekend at the Osprey you won’t want to miss.

— August 18 —

5:00-6:00 – Bob Vacon and Jessica Jurgenliemk
Bob Vacon & Jessica JurgenliemkShelburne acoustic bluesman Bob Vacon returns to the Osprey to open the festival. Bob’s powerful voice and intricate fingerstyle guitar arrangements bring new life to early blues songs from the deep south. Bob will be joined on stage by Jessica Jurgenliemk who in the past spent time with Bob learning the ropes of fingerstyle guitar.
Shelburne singer/songwriter Jessica Jurgenliemk is constantly refining her already exceptional guitar, piano and songwriting skills. Her voice is dynamic, emotional and unique. She has recently finished her first year at Acadia University studying Music Therapy. She returns to Shelburne for the summer and we are pleased to present her at Songs at Sea Level.

6:00-7:00 – Manitoba Hal
HAL-3857Ukulele bluesman Manitoba Hal always puts on a mesmerizing show that makes you wonder where the rest of the band is hiding. His ukulele technique mimics electric guitar, bass, organ, and even drums. His strong vocals, soulful storytelling and masterful ukulele playing draws you into his bluesy world with hints of Cajun, rock, gospel, and folk. If you haven’t seen Hal, make sure to catch him at Songs at Sea Level.

7:00-8:00 – Morgan Davis
Morgan DavisFor 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.
Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr. John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason and many other great blues artists over the years. Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. His most recent recording, “Drive My Blues Away” is his first solo disc. His previous recording “At Home in Nova Scotia”, pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

8:00-9:30 – Tomato Tomato
TT_HighRes1We’re so excited to bring highly-acclaimed folk duo Tomato Tomato to Shelburne!
Don’t let the name fool you, Tomato/Tomato is not your garden variety duo. John and Lisa write clever and quirky songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist. Lisa performs on an old washboard rigged up with tin cans and a cymbal while simultaneously playing bass and snare drums with her feet. She truly takes multitasking to a new level! Tight harmonies, old-timey guitar and Lisa’s up-cycled percussion create an unmistakable sound that is unique, refreshing and fun.
Tomato/Tomato has proudly entertained prestigious audiences in 2016 with performances at The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and many more. Awards and honours include: Regional Winners for CBCs Searchlight Competition in 2014, nominations for 6 MNB awards including 3 wins in 2015, ECMA nominations for Roots/Traditional album of the year in 2015, Fan Choice video of the year in 2016 and Songwriter of the Year in 2017.

9:30-11:00 – Friday Night Hustle with One Meter Up!
18222448_658934697624881_6826828270359471456_nIf you haven’t yet, it’s time to get up on the dance floor! We’re keeping the music flowing with Shelburne County rock’n’rollers, One Meter Up. This high-energy bluesy rock band consists of Danny Atwell on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Matt Swim on drums, Anthony Gosbee on lead guitar and Bruce Bennett on bass.

–August 19–

4:00-5:00 – Naming the Twins
DSC2707-WEBNaming the Twins is the Shelburne-based, harmony-rich, guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser. The two have a unique sound reminiscent of folk revival groups of the 60s. Their performances bring Robbie’s masterful storytelling and guitar technique along with Kathleen’s harmony-driven vocals and musical support. NTT’s original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, and Stan Rogers. They released their third album, “Turn Styles” in 2016. We’re pleased to have “The Twins” back on the Osprey stage!

5:00-6:00 Jay Pilzer
6c23cc6d122b753ecaab0ed788a6e9c1Jay Pilzer is a retired history professor, an author who has published a book about the history of guitars, a former guitar dealer -and- a blues and folk singer/songwriter. He’s also a new resident of Shelburne direct from Nashville, TN and has brought his musical talents with him. He released a CD of original material in 2005 called “I Think It’s Gonna Rain” featuring a mix of love songs, stories, and blues. His knowledge of history and of people allow him to fill his songs with characters, good and evil, who play out the human drama before us. His roots are in folk but his outlook is fresh and often surprising.

6:00-7:00 Ragged Island Roosters
RIR-promophoto-sm (1)Barnyard Blues and Fertile Farm Funk! The Ragged Island Roosters consists of Allan Crosby on drums, harmonica and vocals and Alex Buchanan on piano and vocals. Both having a love for blues, roots and soul music from the 60s and 70s and both being talented songwriters and performers on their own, they teamed up to create a tight and original sounding blues duo. When performing live, Allan’s soulful drumming and harmonica licks, and, Alex’s rockin’ blues piano all add together to create a remarkable full-band sound. They actively write music together and perform their own original material with a few favourite classics mixed in.

7:00-8:00 sovablasca
sovablascaChris Churchill and Shelley Meisner are the bass & vocal duo, sovablasca. Shelley Meisner has a rich and resonate voice that will stick with you long after the festival. She is joined on stage by her talented partner Chris Churchill. Both Shelburne County natives, Chris and Shelley have been making music together as a duo and within ensembles since 2001, performing arrangements ranging from jazz and bossa nova to pop and blues. Chris is a sought after live musician, playing as a sideman and leader in theatres and clubs in the Maritimes and beyond on cruise ships. Shelley has been singing in bands for decades and, since teaming with Chris, has developed and grown as a vocalist in jazz and world music. Both Shelley and Chris dedicate time to composing and arranging music for various projects and are pleased to offer a set of scaled down, diverse songs at Songs at Sea Level.

8:00-9:00 Surf at Sea Level with The Green Reflectors
green-refThe Green Reflectors are two brothers, Kyle on electric guitar and Aaron on drums. Hailing from Bridgewater, they’ve been performing as a high energy surf duo since 2007, playing shows throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Wherever they play, they get people’s attention and capture the hearts of new fans with in-your-face surf rock and extremely physical shows. There is no shortage of passion and enthusiasm pouring out of The Green Reflectors at every one of their shows. Their act is not one to be missed!

9:00 – The Last Wave with Ghost Town Heroes
Ghost Town Heroes is a well-known group of musicians from Shelburne County who play a tight and quality mix of rock’n’roll, classic rock and country rock. Featuring April Scott on bass, Chett Buchanan and Kevin Fitzgerald on electric guitars, Nathan Blades on lead vocals and guitar, and Richard Snow on drums. Catch the last wave of Songs at Sea Level with a some good ol’ rock tunes to keep you dancing!

Day Pass: $20 adult, $7 student
Full Pass: $30 adult, $14 student
Kids under 12 get in free all weekend long

Tickets are on sale now!

Mosaic Mural Tile-Painting Sessions NEXT: Friday, August 18, 1 PM - 3 PM at the Osprey

Community members are invited to help us create an outdoor mural, designed and facilitated by Shelburne artist, Janet Moore. Participants are free to paint whatever their hearts desire (using predetermined colours) on their individual tile,  which will be mounted on the side of the building to collectively form a beautiful birch tree.

Please join us for this tile-painting session Osprey, or see the list below for more dates throughout the summer!

August 19, 9 AM – 1 PM (at the Shelburne Farmers Market)
August 23, 6-8 PM
August 31, 6-8 PM

All these sessions are at the Osprey, unless otherwise specified.

Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult!

For more information, see our Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Page, or our Osprey Mosaic Mural Facebook Page!

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Obit Thursday, August 24, 7:30 PM


The Osprey presents this quirky and engaging behind the scenes documentary as part of our TIFF Film Circuit Series.

Every day, obituary writers sit down to document the lives of the recently deceased—constrained by pressing deadlines, stingy word counts and often insufficient information. Plunge into the world of New York Times obituary writers who record the lives of everyone from the inventor of the Slinky to the man who dropped the first atomic bomb. These writers face the difficult task of separating truth from fiction to provide impartial accounts for the historical record. Step inside “the morgue”: the paper’s catacomb-like archive of meticulously ordered files and photographs, serving as a stellar resource for the best obituaries in the business, including those written in advance. This engrossing profile brings you face to face with those who toil at the juncture of past and present, and who insist that while the job may seem morbid, they are ultimately reporting on life.

USA, 93 minutes in length, rated PG.

Tickets: $10 adult, $7 student

Hatfitz and Cara Thursday, September 7, 7:30 PM

HFC_liveAustralian Blues Duo, HatFitz and Cara can in no way be mistaken for a dainty duo. They have been known as festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK where it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career.

Their 2014 “Wiley Ways” album was voted Best Blues Album Australia Chain awards and UK Spiral Earth. HatFitz and Cara were 2015’s semi finalists representing Australia in the International Blues Challenge. Female Blues Vocalist of the Year 2015 chain awards Australia for 3rd album “Do Tell”. Semi finalist’s in the International Songwriters Competition.

HFC_doingitagainThis dynamic two piece band are a unique combination that have skilfully combined their hill style Gospel blues with old timey flavourings. Stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz & Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with powerful and soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten. It is not just a live show of their repertoire they share but a personal invitation into the parody of their lives on the road together that often has their audiences in tears of Euphoria.

Experience this raw, bluesy duo live in Shelburne at the Osprey on September 7, 7:30PM.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Duo Silb Sunday, September 10, 2:00 PM

duosilbKristina Kuusisto (concertina) and Roger Eon (guitar) are internationally acclaimed musicians who have played in South and North America and all over Europe. Their classical training is evident in their flawless technique, their many influences in their eclectic programme.

Duo Silb has a universally compelling sound that moves between classical and world music. Touching and colorful, their concerts are moving and often lively expressions of their talent and the warmth of their personalities.

Presented through the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP).

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

Dock Street Uke Camp Gala Concert Saturday, September 16, 8:00PM

UkeCampGalaThe popular Dock Street Uke Camp, organized and run by acclaimed ukulele bluesman Manitoba Hal is on its fifth anniversary this year. To celebrate, they are hosting a monumental gala concert on the Osprey stage. This is a performance you won’t want to miss. Featuring Mike Diabo with the Urban Surf Kings, Manitoba Hal and Nigel D’Eon.

Tickets: $15 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Rusalka Met Opera Sunday, September 24, 1:00 PM

04RUSALKA-superJumboAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents Rusalka filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, screened in HD on our big screen.

Kristine Opolais “gives a vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (New York Times) in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption, giving the work “an inspired staging” (Huffington Post). Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete “a matchless cast” (New York Times), and Sir Mark Elder conducts “a magnificent rendering of the composer’s lush score (Huffington Post).

Sung in Czech with English subtitles.

RUNTIME: approximately 245 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Comedian Mike MacDonald Friday, September 29, 8 PM

Mike MacDonald is a COMEDY LEGEND. He has performed live all over North America and on TV shows like Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, Just For Laughs, and Showtime’s Comedy Club All-Star Show.  He hosted both the Gemini Awards and the Just For Laughs 10th Anniversary Special for the CBC. MacDonald also holds the distinction of being the only comedian to perform at each and every Just For Laughs gala show.

MacDonald has starred in three well received specials for the CBC in Canada and for Showtime in the US. His first special, Mike MacDonald; On Target was the very first one-hour prime time special by a stand-up comic in the history of the CBC. This success led to MacDonald’s next special, “My House! My Rules!” which won its prime time slot when it aired in Canada. It also was nominated for two Gemini Awards. The Showtime version was nominated for two CableACE Awards, “Best Comedy Special” and “Best Writing in a Comedy Special”. His third Showtime special, called “Happy As I Can Be”, achieved a number 1 rating when it aired in prime time in Canada on the CBC.


The Elora Singers Thursday, October 19, 7:30 PM

EFS at Carnegie Hall March 2015 colourThe Osprey is very excited to present The Elora Singers in concert! The Elora Singers are a Grammy and JUNO-nominated chamber choir and the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival in Elora, Ontario. Don’t miss this chance to hear an award winning choir on stage in Shelburne.

“…Ontario’s Elora Singers and director Noel Edison should be declared national treasures by the Canadian government. The artistic care and professionalism that they commit to every project are exemplary…” – David Vernier – Classics Today

The choir was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival and is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, for its commitment to Canadian repertoire, and for its collaborations with other artists.

Elora Festival Singers - Carnegie HallThrough its regular concert series, recordings, and touring,The Elora Singers have established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributing to the musical life of the local community, as well as the international stage.

Since 1997, the choir has been the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival each summer.


In 2015 the Singers showcased at Carnegie Hall in New York City; In 2016 the choir performed in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Parry Sound. They are thrilled to return to the Maritimes to help celebrate our Nation’s 150th.

Tickets: $25 adult, $7 student

Cineplex Stage: Obsession Sunday, October 29, 7:00 PM

static1.squarespaceAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents this production of Obsession filmed live at the National Theatre Of London, screened in HD on our big screen.

A chilling crime story screened in time for Halloween…

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

RUNTIME: approximately 120 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Lynne Crowell, Music For Life – My Journey Saturday November 4, 8 PM

10 years ago, beloved Barrington songwriter and performer Lynne Crowell presented a concert at the Osprey entitled Music For Life: My Journey. It was a journey through 50 years of her musical experience, from her mother’s knee to her then-recent induction to the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.

Crowell began singing in her church choir at the age of 3, and was coached by both mother and grandmother in music technique and presentation.  She has explored the genres of spirituals, bluegrass, folk, and country, as well as touring and performing with many different groups. Her earlier accomplishments include being featured on television and radio, as well as producing 5 CDs. She continues to write and perform in her hometown of Barrington, just minutes away from the cottage where she was raised.

This year, we are pleased to welcome Lynne Crowell as she celebrates her 10 year anniversary of this induction to the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. This local star is a familiar face for many of us, and is returning to present a  concert that will appeal to local residents with a home-y sound and a life-long passion for music.

Tickets: $15 adults; $7 students
Tickets will be available soon.

Cineplex Stage: Stratford’s Love’s Labour’s Lost Sunday, November 19, 7:00 PM

stratfordHD_LLL_perform_recAs part of our Cineplex Stage series, the Osprey presents this production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost filmed live from the Stratford Festival in Ontario, screened in HD on our big screen.

loveslabourslost_videophotos_OTRphoto_slide03_recsmFour young men swear off women to devote themselves to learning – only to fall for four attractive newcomers. Shakespeare’s language reaches its most virtuosic heights in a vivacious comedy that will dazzle and delight.

RUNTIME: approximately 150 minutes.
Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Mud Bay Jugglers Friday, December 1, 7:30 PM

A fun, family-friendly event for the Christmas season!

For 35 years, the Mud Bay Jugglers have inspired audiences across the continent with their unique combination of juggling, dance, and comedy.

This startlingly inventive troupe juggles genres as easily as objects, weaving theater, dance, physical comedy, and juggling into a creative and infectious entertainment experience. Based in Olympia Washington the Mud Bay Jugglers work their choreographic and juggling magic to lively music for a mesmerizing and emotional performance. Since 1980, these master of levity – Doug Martin, Alan Fitzthum, and Harry Levine – have captivated audiences of all ages at theaters, universities, festivals and events through out the United States and Canada. About the only thing predictable about their constantly evolving material is that there will always be plenty of music and mirth – and lots of surprises. No wonder Jugglers World Magazine called them, “One of the most original and creative juggling troupes performing today.”

Tickets: $17 adult, $7 student