TRURO - For those who enjoy live music, the year is already shaping up to be a good one at the Marigold Cultural Centre.
"It's amazing," said Melanie Grant, fundraising co-ordinator, about some of the lineup for the intimate, 206-seat theatre. "I've never, in the three years that I have been here, seen the lineup so full."
According to Grant, the majority of performances for the year are already booked and she can't hide her excitement.
"(Executive director Al Rosen) has done a lot of research before booking, and talked to a lot of acts in advance," she said. "Years ago, it was very much a last-minute thing. You would have to constantly be checking to see who was performing, and sometimes there would only be about a two-week window."
That's not the case this year.
"Almost all of 2014 is booked," she said.
Some of Grant's favourites, in no particular order, include singer-songwriter Gordie Sampson (July 16), a Big Pond native making a name for himself in Nashville; Dartmouth rocker Joel Plaskett (Sept. 26), who often performs acoustic shows solo or with his father, or brings in the Emergency; the Spinney Brothers (Oct. 24), a pair of Wolfville brothers who are reaching high spots on the bluegrass charts; Jill Barber (Nov. 24), who was inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf; and Mo Kenney (May. 30), an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who just released her self-titled debut recording this past September.
"Mo Kenney is going to rock at the East Coast Music Awards," said Grant, about the 25-year-old who won the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. "She is going to take home some hardware at the ECMAs, and the ECMAs are just prior to her performance here.
"Her show is going to rock."
Other highlights feature folk artist David Myles (April 11), who has been laying down tracks recently with hip hop artist Classified; and Ryan Cook (May 10), a country artist who grew up in a large dairy-farming family on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia.
"I can't even tell them all, there are so many," said Grant. "The first performance we have coming up is Ian Sherwood and he's bringing with him Erin Costelo. She's just amazing and I know he's excited because they haven't worked together before."
Sherwood and Costelo take the stage on Jan. 18, with Bigger Brighter Lights, featuring The Playdates and Machete on Jan. 19, and Nikki Payne set for Jan. 25.
For more information on the performances or to purchase tickets, drop by the Marigold Cultural Centre on Prince Street in Truro, call the box office at 897-4004, or visit marigoldcentre.ca.