A Tribute to Neil Young Saturday, April 21, 8:00 PM

It’s time for another quality Osprey fundraising concert with a crew of class-act Shelburne County musicians performing their favorite Neil Young songs. Enjoy great live music and support your local Arts Centre at the same time.

Neil Young has been a well-known name in music over the last five decades. A fellow Canadian, a prolific guitarist, an instantly recognizable vocalist and a brilliant songwriter, Young has released a massive collection of songs over the years that have varied greatly in style from folk to country to heavy rock.

A group of talented Shelburne County musicians (many of whom are die-hard Young fans) will perform a tribute show on the Osprey stage featuring their favourite selections from Young’s long-standing musical career. Although Young been a member of iconic groups like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, much of the evening’s selections will be from his 39 solo albums including many hits and a few rarities.

Featuring: Pat Melanson • Gerry Ogilvie with “Ghosts & Heroes” • The Elliott Band • The Ragged Island Roosters • Melissa Strachan • Sean McClure • Naming the Twins • Chett & Lisa Buchanan

Support the Osprey and local music with songs by Neil Young!

Tickets: $17 adult, $7 student

MODIFIED: A Film About GMO Foods Thursday May 3, 7:30 PM

Thursday May 3, 7:30 PM
MODIFIED, a first-person documentary that asks why genetically modified foods are not labeled in Canada and the US despite being labeled in 64 other countries. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored in Aube Giroux’s (the filmmaker’s) relationship to her mother, a passionate gardener and food activist. Their intimate mother-daughter investigative journey, fueled by a shared love of food, ultimately reveals the extent to which industrial interests control our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. Called “enlightening and powerful,” this is a special film about global issues by a Nova Scotia filmmaker.

A special guest involved in the creation of this film will be on hand to introduce it and answer questions afterwards.  Presented by the historic Cooper’s Inn on Shelburne’s waterfront.

Admission: By donation at the door.
Suggested donation: $5

The LYNNeS – Lynn Miles & Lynne Hanson Thursday, May 17, 7:30 PM

The LYNNeS are Juno award-winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two Canadian heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics.  Individually they have toured North America and Europe, and their debut album Heartbreak Song For The Radio will be released in 2018.

Get ready to see this duo live on the Osprey stage!

Tickets: $20, $7 student

Basement Theatre’s THE ELEPHANT IN THE BACKYARD Three performances: June 1 & June 2, 7:30 PM // June 3 - 2:00 PM

Shelburne’s longstanding theatre troupe, Basement Theatre is back this spring with a brand new original play written by Ed Trevors.
It is 1979 and the circus has arrived in Shelburne. A fisherman’s family is dealing with a family crisis while elephants roam the streets and backyards of the town.



  • June 1, 7:30 PM: Pay-What-You-Can admission at the door only.
  • June 2, 7:30 PM & June 3, 2:00 PM: $17 adult, $7 student – advanced tickets available soon.

Friction Quartet Saturday, June 9, 8:00 PM

Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire.

Friction Quartet takes risks to enlarge the audience’s understanding of what a string quartet can be, through arrangements of pop music, the use of digital sound processing, percussion, amplification, movement, and by combining music with other media such as dance and film. But they never lose sight of the quartet’s essence—the endlessly nuanced interaction of four analog voices, even when those voices are used to channel real and produce faux digital sounds.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

Maritime Concert Opera – La Bohème Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 PM

We are pleased to welcome the Maritime Concert Opera back to the Osprey. MCO is a semi-professional regional opera company based in Lunenburg which brings in-concert performances of great operas to many communities in Nova Scotia. While they use professional soloists, their chorus and ethos are rooted firmly in their communities. A concert opera brings you all the gorgeous singing of complete operatic works, in the original language, without the staging, sets or costumes.

La Bohème opens your soul to emotions too big for words. The music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache…

The composer Giacomo Puccini created the opera La Bohème in 1896, a four-act opera that premiered on February 1, 1896, in Teatro Regio, Turin. The setting of La Bohème takes place in 1830s Paris, France. The opera is based on a collection of related stories by Henri Murger published in 1851 and follows the standard Italian opera format as a very popular performance across the world. The story shows vignettes of bohemian youths who lived in the Latin Quarter of Paris and focuses on relationships, characters, and lovers.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

The Caledonian Show Saturday, June 23, 7:30 PM

Get ready for “​​​​​​​​​​​The Caledonian Show” at the Osprey featuring ​​The Caledonian Orchestra of Nova Scotia joined by The Caledonian Dancers as well as other guest artists.

The Caledonian Orchestra returns to the Osprey, eager to share the traditional sounds of Old Scotland. Lively marches, strathspeys, jigs, reels, laments and waltzes make up the extensive repertoire of the orchestra. Be prepared for a night of toe tapping traditional Scottish music! For the first time, the The Caledonian Dancers under the direction of dance master, Brenda Mackay, will join the orchestra on stage to add traditional highland dance to the evening.

Don’t miss this high-energy traditional music and dance performance!

$17 adult, $7 student


Maria Osende Flamenco Dance Public Workshop: July 13, 7:00 PM // Performance: July 14, 7:30 PM

Two exciting days of Flamenco Dance at the Osprey!

Originally from Spain, Maria Osende was trained in ballet and danced with the National Ballet of Spain. After a successful career in ballet, Maria began to work in flamenco. She is the founder, artistic director and principal dancer with Maria Osende Flamenco Company of Halifax.

“Maria Osende is a highly accomplished professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Osende’s personal and unique artistic voice ads to her deep knowledge of flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance. Her solo and company work is engaging and impeccably produced. Her vision is one of flamenco as an open artistic form that is powerful and relevant in today’s world, and that can communicate with audiences everywhere.”

Flamenco Dance Workshop – July 13, 7:00 PM, Osprey Theatre
Maria Osende presents a public workshop to learn basic flamenco dance techniques in the Osprey theatre. No experience required. After the workshop, enjoy a social hour in the lobby with Spanish tapas appetizers prepared by volunteers and refreshments from Osprey bar. Admission by donation, suggested at $10.

Flamenco Flash Mob on the Waterfront! – July 14, 10:00 AM, Dock Street
Maria Osende, joined by a group of her flamenco students will appear for a quick “flash mob” performance on the waterfront on Saturday morning during the Shelburne Farmers Market. This event will give a quick preview of the stage performance scheduled for later that evening. Catch it if you can!

Maria Osende Flamenco Public Performance – July 14, 7:30 PM, Osprey Theatre
Get ready for an evening of sensational professional flamenco dance performance by Maria Osende Flamenco Dance Company. “Some of the hottest, freshest flamenco this side of the Gibraltar”. Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

Best of Boxwood Sunday, July 29, 3:00 PM

Presented annually at the Osprey, Best of Boxwood is a mix of roots and folk music with an overlay of classical, all played with the precision and technique of classical.

Boxwood festival director Chris Norman leads the performance with flute, small pipes and voice. Each year, a group of musicians hailing from all over the world join Chris adding zest and spice to the mix of songs, instruments and music.

Boxwood programs combine originality, intelligence, fun, and sheer mastery that have garnered respect from audiences, presenters and colleagues alike in North America, Europe and Asia.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “a flute player of spectacular and imaginative virtuosity,” Chris Norman has contributed to groups and productions as diverse as The Baltimore Consort, Skyedance, Helicon, Chatham Baroque, Concerto Caledonia, as well as Hollywood soundtracks like the Oscar winning Titanic and seven solo recordings. His influential work as a performer, composer, recording artist, educator and director of the Boxwood Festival and Workshop has played a significant role in reviving the flute in traditional Scottish and Canadian music.

The Best of Boxwood is presented by Musique Royale and tours throughout the province after the Boxwood Festival and Workshop each July in Lunenburg.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

Songs at Sea Level – Music Festival August 17 & 18

Songs at Sea Level is celebrating its fifth year and we’re set to bring a jam-packed two-day schedule of quality music to the Osprey’s stage!

Songs at Sea Level takes place inside the Osprey’s main theatre…but this isn’t your regular Osprey show. 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.

Further anouncements and full lineup will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

We highly encourage you to purchase a full two-day pass to take in the entire festival.

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

Tidal Women…Braving the Storm – a play Two performances: August 25 & 26, 7:30 PM

Other Women Theatre Collective presents “Tidal Women….Braving the Storm: Songs and Stories of Women and the Sea”

Voyage with Tidal Women, a theatre performance with music, poetry and memoir of three women from very different times and places, who made a life by the sea.

A collaborative production by Laurel Darnell, Sue Evans and Cynthia Myers.

Darnell, Evans and Myers portray female characters of local and historical interest who lived an isolated life near the sea in different times and places. Three strong narratives intertwine and explore the lives of women who express their fears, frustrations and joys through writing.

Laurel Darnell, a producer and performer from Indian Point, NS, plays Evelyn Richardson, a lighthouse keeper on the South Shore, using text from Richardson’s memoir, “We Keep a Light”.

Sue Evans, an actor from the UK now living in Chester, was intrigued by the stories of women who disguised themselves as men to assume roles that would otherwise have been denied them. She plays both a mother and a daughter, Ruby and Nan, from Laurie Graham’s book “The Liar’s Daughter”, a story that adds dimension to a long held assumption that the only women aboard ships in the early 19th century were officers’ wives or prostitutes.

Cynthia Myers, a professional actor and jazz singer explors the life of Lady Anne Grenfell. Anne MacClanahan left Chicago society life to marry Sir Wilfred Grenfell whose mission brought education and medical stability to people living in the outposts of Newfoundland. Cynthia’s portrayal uses text from MacClanahan’s book The Annals of Le Petit Nord, written in the form of letters to a friend.

Enjoy an evening of music, poetry and memoir of women from different eras, with a decidedly salty atmosphere.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

La Nef – Sea Songs and Shanties Sunday, September 16, 7:00 PM

An evening of maritime capstan shanties, halyard shanties, laments, forecastle songs, short haul shanties and more sung by a chorus of seven male voices. Inspired by this tradition of maritime music, Seán Dagher has arranged a collection of songs and tunes to display all the warmth and depth they deserve. Music from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Americas, and the Caribbean. All aboard!

La Nef comprises of:
Seán Dagher, voice, cittern; Nils Brown, voice; Michiel Schrey, voice; Clayton Kennedy, voice; David Gossage, flutes, voice; Nelson Carter, violin, percussion, voice; Andrew Horton, double bass, voice.

Presented as part of Musique Royale‘s high-quality annual concert series.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound Saturday, September 29, 8:00 PM

Back by popular demand after another sell-out performance at the Osprey last summer, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound brings Motown, Soul, R&B, Funk, and all things groovy to the Osprey on Sept. 29 as part of our 15th anniversary season!

This tight eight-piece soul-funk band from Halifax takes the classic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s and puts their own spin on them with vocal powerhouse Roxy Mercier out front and a full rhythm section to back her up.

Band members include Ian Bennett (bass), Brendan Melchin (drums), Andrew MacKelvie (sax), Andrew ‘Ajax’ Jackson (trombone), Dan Chevier (guitar), Will Hansen (guitar), and Leith Flemming-Smith (keys/organ).

Recently, the group won Nova Scotia Music awards for best urban and best new group recording, as well as The Coast magazine’s gold award for Best R&B Band.

Bringing an authentic yet refreshing take on the music of yesterday, the group performs mostly original music and throws in timeless hits, as well as lost gems for the funk fanatics in the crowd.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student – available soon.

Orchid Ensemble Saturday, October 6, 7:30 PM

Orchid Ensemble travels to Shelburne to perform an evening of world music from China and beyond!

Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang (Taiwan/US) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Acclaimed as ‘One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene’ (Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student  – available soon.

Ensemble Les Songes Friday, October 19, 7:30 PM

Hailing from Montreal, Ensemble Les Songes specializes in Baroque and Renaissance music. The group consists of soprano Samantha Louis-­Jean, recorder player Vincent Lauzer, baroque cellist Camille Paquette‐Roy and harpsichordist Mélisande McNabney. These four dynamic young performers were brought together by friendship and their common passion for the baroque repertoire. In 2015 and 2016, Les Songes were on the road across Canada performing their program Alma Innamorata, with two tours presented by the Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

With this program, they were nominated at the Prix Opus in the Concert of the Year – medieval, Renaissance, baroque music category. Les Songes have performed in the Clavecin en Concert and La Dauphine concert series, at the Bourgie Hall and the Chapelle historique du Bon­-Pasteur, as well as the International Baroque Music Festival in Lamèque. Their concert Agitata was recorded and broadcast by CBC ICI Musique.

Presented in partnership with Debut Atlantic.

Tickets: available soon.

Harold and Maude, a play October 26 & 27, 7:30 PM // October 28, 2:00 PM

Based on the 1971 cult-classic dark comedy film, local Shelburne County theatre troupe, “Blank Slate Theatre” presents a stage version of Harold and Maude at the Osprey. Produced and directed by Georg MacDonald and featuring a cast of local favourites.

Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged “suicides.” Obsessed with death, Harold meets a like-minded 79-year-old woman named Maude. Harold and Maude become inseparable friends, both helping each other out of various personal travails.

Tickets: $17 adult, $7 student – available soon.

The Hupman Brothers Band Saturday, November 3, 8:00 PM

The Hupman Brothers Band is a contemporary blues folk band whose founding brothers, Ryan and Scott Hupman grew up and started playing and performing music right here in Shelburne. Now based out of Wolfville, the Hupmans are an Osprey favourite and come back home to perform popular shows at the Osprey regularly. We couldn’t present our 15th anniversary season without including the Hupman Brothers – always pleased to have them back!

The band features, Scott and Ryan Hupman, both on guitar and vocals, Chris Robison on bass, and Adam Bazinet on drums. Over the past eight years, the Hupman Brothers have released seven studio albums and received multiple award nominations through Music Nova Scotia, The East Coast Music Association (ECMA), and Maple Blues. July 2016 saw the release of their newest album, Still Love It (featuring Asa Brosius on pedal steel). The Hupman Brother’s music is grounded in the golden age of Blues, yet it does not necessarily follow the standard Blues formula. Their songs and arrangements are fresh, incorporating swing/ragtime blues guitar of the 30s and 40s as well as folk, country, and roots influences.

Tickets: $22 adult, $7 student

Lest We Forget: Letters from the Front Line – a play Saturday, November 10, 7:30 PM

New Lockeport-based theatre troupe “The Locke’s Island Players” formed in 2017 under the direction of John Fredrick Brown and saw an incredible year of performance and community support. Now in 2018, they are remounting one of their most popular pieces at the Osprey to attract a new following in Shelburne and to honour an important part of Canada’s history on Remembrance Day weekend.

‘Lest We Forget: Letters from the Front Line’ is based on letters and documents from the First World War, telling the story of “the war to end all wars.” Developed and directed by John Frederick Brown, Lest We Forget features letters read and stories told by eight actors as well as a collection of original and period correct music performed by live musicians.

Brown comments, “This war will soon be forgotten by those who have any memory of its momentous effect on the world, so it’s important that the story be told.”

Tickets: $15 adult, $7 student – available soon.

Naming The Twins Winter Album Release Concert Saturday, December 1, 7:30 PM

Naming The Twins – the Shelburne-based harmonizing folk duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser – were given a fabulous opportunity this past spring to record an album with Bill Garrett of Borealis Records in Montreal. Their new album is a collection of original winter-themed songs written by both Robbie and Kath and is perfect for putting you in the holiday spirit. Some of Canada’s best musicians have joined them on the album with recording sessions in both Ottawa and Montreal.

‘The Twins’ will perform a holiday concert at the Osprey featuring their newest music and publicly release the album in their own hometown. Stay tuned for more info.

Tickets: available soon.