On Saturday, January 19, local musicians Carolyn Lionais, Steve Fifield, and Moving Arms will play at 118 Harvey Street in Sydney as part of Elsethings Arts Festival, an innovative new arts festival taking place simultaneously in 15 Canadian cities, from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL.
Elsethings Arts Festival will bring together 70 artists from 15 communities across Canada. Each city’s stage is produced by a local curator and managed remotely by Cabin Songs, an imprint of Old Ugly Recording Co. co-founded by Tyler Butler and Joe Gurba. Cabin Songs is an artist-run promotional network of Canadian folk musicians.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between disparate Canadian communities,” says Butler. “Our mandate is to create a network of artists for artists from coast to coast.”
Sydney’s show will feature well known local talent. Carolyn Lionais has guest starred in the Yarnells, the Tom Fun Orchestra, Harmonia, the Lighthouse Choir, and if you’re lucky, you can catch her playing solo sets in little venues around Sydney. Her contribution to Elsethings will be her sweet and strong voice, carried by beautiful melodies and her classical guitar. Fifield is a poet who also happens to be a musician. Parallels to Al Tuck are drawn when Fifield takes the stage and all hush to hear his tunes. Moving Arms is an evolving project by Bernie MacCuish. Appearing in the past two Lumière events with projects that question cityscapes and evoke memory, Moving Arms will be bringing his creativity, talent, and thoughtfulness to Elsethings. Other Cape Breton musicians taking part in the Festival include Breagh Mackinnon and Dave Sampson who will be performing in Antigonish at the Inn.
The festival was inspired by Cabin Songs’ new release from Halifax musicians Nick Everett & Everybody, Elsethings. The album showcases songs written and recorded in various Canadian cities with a battery of talented musicians. The newly minted album will be available at all Elsethings Arts Festival stages and at Governors Pub & Eatery in Sydney where Nick Everett & Everybody will also be playing on January 19 with Rad and Subtract and Special Costello.
Doors open at 8pm for the Elsethings Arts Festival. Cover is a suggested donation of $5.