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Calling for artists, musicians for Digby's Tall Ships event this summer

The Lord Nelson, one of the ships which will sail in the Tall Ships Regatta this August in the Annapolis Basin.
The Lord Nelson, one of the ships which will sail in the Tall Ships Regatta this August in the Annapolis Basin.

DIGBY, NS - Digby is calling for artists and musicians interested in participating in the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta event in DIgby this summer.

The event’s theme is ‘Rhythms of the Seas,” which looks to showcase Digby’s artistic flare and culture. The event will be part of Canada 150 celebrations, with an emphasis on local talent, and will be held Aug. 15 and 16 in Digby Town.

“We have so much musical and artistic talent here, from African drumming and Acadian chansons to Celtic sessions,” says committee member Saskia Geerts.

“All of this music has been inspired by the sea over the years, and we want to showcase the variety we’ve got.”

Mayor Ben Cleveland is also on the organizing committee. He says their aim for music is “constant musical entertainment on both days. People will experience different kinds of music at every stage.”

“When the tall ships leave, we want people to say, ‘wow, that was really something,’” he says.

Artists will be set up at the War Memorial, where they will display their wares and art pieces. Some will also be creating art live while explaining how they do it.

“Rug-hooking, painting, jewelry, ceramics, you name it, and Digby’s got it. We’re aiming for a wide variety of mediums,” says Geerts.

Cleveland hopes many artists apply, since many are shy and create art in private at their own homes.

“I want them to take advantage of this – to set up and show people what amazing things they can do,” he says.

The response has been great so far, but the committee still wants more people to apply to make sure all those interested are considered. Buskers are also encouraged to perform throughout Digby Town, but must contact the committee before the event.

Event organizers are looking to draw talent from Digby and Annapolis areas, since both counties share the Annapolis Basin and its history. Shuttle busses between Annapolis Royal and Digby will run Tuesday and Wednesday during the event.

Annapolis Royal will also have a huge fireworks display to celebrate the tall ships.

“This is the first place many explorers, such as Samuel de Champlain, arrived on tall ships in Canada. It’s fitting for this to be a 150 event since it’s where it all started,” says Geerts.

Musicians have until the end of March to apply. There are 25 separate time slots each day for music, and performers will be paid. Artists are encouraged to apply by the end of March or beginning of April.

To apply, email digbytallships@gmail.com. Written letters of application can also be dropped off at Digby’s Town Hall.

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