Manitoba Hal and Darren Arsenault Saturday July 30, 8pm


As a Shelburne resident, MANITOBA HAL BROLUND has forged an international reputation for his music. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful riffs and melodies, taking out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident baritone voice, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw all throughout Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia.

was born performing. His howling melodies could be heard throughout the hospital, though his talents have vastly improved since then. Travels and travails, loves lost and last laughs; that’s what he’s singing about. Not only is Darren’s blues-infused jazz/folk good to listen to, it’s good to move to. His stuff gets up and dances around the room!


Tickets: $12 adult, $7 student

Best Of Boxwood Sunday, July 31, 3:00PM

Best-of-Boxwood-smJoin Chris Norman, director of the Canadian Boxwood Music Festival. This annual event is popular at the Osprey and features a selection of the best artists being presented at the festival.

Joining Chris Norman are:
David Greenberg – baroque violin, Cape Breton fiddle
Alison McGillivray – baroque cello, viola da gamba
Magnus Holstrom – nyckelharpa
Yann Falquet – guitar, French Canadian & Acadian songs

Tickets: $20 adult, $7 student

SONGS AT SEA LEVEL Annual Music Fest! Friday, Aug. 12 & Saturday, Aug. 13

Shelburne Summer Music Festival! Presenting our third annual music festival in the Osprey’s parking lot by the floating docks. Join us for a relaxing and fun Friday and Saturday with a great music lineup including Joe Murphy & the Water Street Blues Band, the Urban Surf Kings, Brite-VU, an outdoor screening of Eric Clapton live at the Royal Albert Hall and a collection of talented local musicians.

Also, bring the entire family! We are organizing a Kids Craft Activity Tent and a Sidewalk Chalk art contest! Presented by Art Studio 138.

As always, enjoy BBQ food, a full bar and a comfy table and chair setup.

In the event of rain the festival will take place inside the Osprey Theatre.

Adult Tickets: Fri $20|Sat $20|Both $30
Student Tickets: Fri $7|Sat $7|Both $12


Friday, August 12

Dobson Harding5-6 PM: Philip Harding and Dave Dobson
David Dobson began his professional music career in the Liverpool band Sandy Road. After a move to Halifax in 1980 he continued in the music business nonstop doing studio work and playing thousands of shows.
Philip Harding’s father encouraged him to play the guitar at an
early age, accompanying fiddle tunes and Hank Snow songs. Throughout high school his life revolved around listening to records and playing for dances in various bands he formed. One particular band known as the Notch Brothers became well liked and performed all over Nova Scotia in the mid to late seventies.
The two met again by chance in the summer of 2013 and have been playing together since.

RIR-promophoto-sm (1)6-7 PM: The Ragged Island Roosters
Together, Allan Crosby and Alex Buchanan form this roots/blues duo. Both piano-based songwriters, they have been working on a soulful collection of music. They may only be two people, but with rockin’ piano, harmonica, and drums, the Ragged Island Roosters have a full-band-sound sure to get you moving!

Joe Murphy7-9 PM: Joe Murphy & the Water Street Blues Band
New Brunswick Joe Murphy has been fronting the Water Street Blues Band for many years. Joe accompanies his powerful voice with his blues harp, slide guitar and accordion. He has played with many legendary blues players such as Otis Rush, Johnny Copeland, John Lee Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, and Johnny Sansone, to name a few. Locally in Halifax, Joe has played with just about everybody and when visiting performers come to the Maritimes, other performers sometimes fill in to complete the show.

Eric Clapton9-11 PM: Outdoor Screening – Eric Clapton: Live From The Royal Albert Hall (2015)
Our first-ever outdoor screening at the Osprey! This year at Songs at Sea Level we’re bringing Eric Clapton to the stage with a live concert screening from the Royal Albert Hall. Filmed and shown in full HD quality, this will truly be a spectacular new experience at the Osprey! We’ll have popcorn and a full outside bar to accompany the concert film.
“Eric Clapton’s performance quality is, like the cliché goes, much like a fine wine; it only grows better with age. That holds true in the case of the now 70-year-old rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, who recently put on a two-hour-long show in celebration of his seven decades on Earth at South Kensington’s Royal Albert Hall.”

Saturday, August 13

Killick5-6 PM: Killick and Chett Buchanan
Killick and Chett Buchanan will share the stage to kick off Saturday’s lineup.
The mighty Killick duo! Pat Melanson and Alex Buchanan perform a mixture of Celtic and Acadian styles with a multitude of musical instruments – mandolin, accordion, guitar, banjo, piano, and bagpipes! Killick will be debuting a collection of brand new original songs this year at S@SL.
Chett BuchananAs a child of Shelburne County, Chett came of musical age in the mid-seventies while he was in junior high school. He used song-writing to help him learn how to play guitar, as every time he learned something new, he would try to use it in one of his songs to “make it his own”. Chett’s first group experiences were in high school, and he continued to play throughout college and university. During his musical career, Chett has been a part of the Mucktown Racetrack Band, The PoorBoys, and the Winsome Blues Band. He now plays guitar on sessions at HarbourTone Productions and is a member of the Ghost Town Heroes.

Peter Healy6-7 PM: Mike Elliott, Bruce Reid, Peter Healy
Three great local folk-rockers sharing the stage!
Mike Elliott and Bruce Reid are usually seen with the Poorboys or Heavywater, but also play as an acoustic duo. Both avid songwriters, Bruce has a powerful voice that pushes songs to a new level, where Mike is often found accompanying other musicians on guitar, mandolin or Dobro.
Most of you know Peter Healy as an actor, director, and photo 2playwright. Certainly, these talents contribute to his love of fun and mischief, which he greatly encourages in the children he directs. But Peter has also been playing music around Shelburne County for over 40 years, and he is an expert on the stage. His musical roots lie in pre-WWII blues, post-WWII Country and 1960’s folk, and his lyrical idol is John Prine. Following these influences, Peter tells stories through his songs, leaning toward the hard and bitter side of human nature, with a lot of strange humour and touches of irony thrown in the mix.

Urban Surf Kings7-9 PM: Urban Surf Kings
Think of the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allen & the Arrows. Mix them together and you have Urban Surf Kings! They have 11 releases to date, including their April 2009 seven-inch EP, Ski School. With a fan base that extends around the world (including North & South America, Europe, Asia & Australia), Urban Surf Kings may be the busiest surf band in Canada.

Stephen Elliott9-10 PM: Brite-VU with Stephen Elliott
Comprised of lead vocal and guitar Robb Medwid, bassist Greg Erkvaara, drummer Steve DeWolfe and most recently Stephen Elliott lead guitar and vocals this band has continued to grow and harness their strengths to provide a powerful, and dynamic sound with a varied melodic wave. Stephen Elliott grew up in Shelburne County and is well known in the area for his previous band, Vapor and the very successful annual “Vaporized” concert at the Osprey. He has also performed many times with his father Mike Elliott.

Cineplex Stage: “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” from the Met Opera Sunday, August 14, 7:00PM

1380x591_Pearl_Fishers_TopLive screening from the Metropolitan Opera on the Osprey’s big screen.
From the met:

Don’t miss the production the New York Times hails as “the sleeper hit of the Metropolitan Opera season… a dream cast… Sensitive and insightful production… Theatrical magic… Diana Damrau brings brilliant coloratura agility, radiant sound and charisma galore to the role of Leila. Mariusz Kwiecien is an ideal Zurga… Matthew Polenzani sang his haunting aria of remembrance with wonderful lyrical tenderness – if you think it is impossible for a tenor to cap phrases…with melting, pianissimo high notes, report to the Met to hear how this is done superlatively… If only [Bizet] could have seen this production.”

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.

Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student

Shelburne Film Expo: Get Your Shorts On Finalists Friday, September 9, 7:30PM

5a2af0465851d0b09a17705ee343bd49“Get Your Shorts On” is a competition and showcase of original short films made by Nova Scotia filmmakers. See this year’s finalists on the Osprey’s big screen. Featuring a wide range a genres from comedy to horror. The winner of the 2016 “Shelby” award is presented at the end of the night. Always popular, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, support local filmmaking!
Tickets: $12 adult, $7 student
Available soon.

Ragged Island Roosters CD Release Party Saturday, September 24, 8:00PM

Allan Crosby and Alex Buchanan make up the Ragged Island Rooster Duo. They’re releasing a debut album of original rhythm & blues music. Featuring a live horn section, hammond organ, bluesy piano, harmonica and vocal harmonies, the stage will be packed full of talented musicians to put on a show that will certainly keep you groovin’.

Tickets: $12 adult, $7 student
Available soon.

Cineplex Stage: “Taming of the Shrew” from Stratford Sunday, October 16, 2:00PM

8190-Website-Production-Image_SHRPresenting Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew from Stratford.
Courtship or conquest? The breaking down of a defiant spirit – or a breakthrough that liberates a heart deprived of love? Will you ever see a battle of wills that’s fiercer or funnier – or more hotly controversial? Experience a live theatre performance filmed at the Stratford Festival in Ontario in high definition on the Osprey’s big screen.

Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student
Available soon.

Cineplex Stage: “Frankenstein” from the National Theatre Sunday, October 30, 2:00PM

1438853886-frankensteinJust in time for Halloween! Experience an incredible production of Frankenstein live from the National Theatre in London screened on the Osprey’s big screen.
From the National Theatre:

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Tickets: $16 adult, $7 student
Available soon.

Burnwater: Alchemy Dance Performance November 18-20, multiple public showings

2015-12-05-Mocean-25-web 2015-12-05-Mocean-39-webCreate your own path through Burnwater: Alchemy, an interactive performance and installation that explores the connections between place, memory and the natural world. Weaving together percussion, dance, poetry and the extraordinary iron sound sculptures of Nova Scotia blacksmith John Little, the viewer is immersed in a delightfully imaginative world suspended in time and place.

A collaboration between Hear Here Productions, Mocean Dance and the Osprey Arts Centre Burnwater: Alchemy brings the outdoors in to create a spellbinding experience for the audience.

Audiences are limited to 30 per showing.

Burnwater: Alchemy acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, The Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Awesome Foundation South Shore
Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette

Friday, Nov. 18, 7:00PM
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:00PM

Tickets: $15 adult, $7 student
Available soon.

Basement Theatre: Christmas Production November 25 & 26, 8:00PM

Christmas-theatre-smJoin Basement Theatre for their ever popular Christmas production. More details to follow as we enter the holiday season. Ask about our block booking discount rates for large groups of tickets. This event is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with colleagues, friends and family. Always fun, light-hearted and festive, the volunteer members of Basement Theatre dedicate long hours and lots of energy to put on this great production.

Tickets: $15 adult, $7 student
Available soon.