Celtic Colours opens in Port Hawkesbury
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:27
The Celtic Colours International Festival is back for its 19th year.
It kicks off Friday night at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Joella Foulds is the Festival's executive director.
She tells The Hawk that while the number of concerts has increased over the years, the Festival has grown away from the stage as well.
"We have worked with communities to develop other things that people might go to during the day and late at night," she says, "that range from learning opportunities, workshops, visual art exhibits, hikes, community meals, and farmers markets."
Foulds says there are 268 events in all at this year's Festival.
The opening-night concert is billed as Sensational Sisters.
Among others, it features Loreena McKennitt and the String Sisters, a group of six fiddlers from five different countries.
Foulds says Festival organizers were really fortunate to get both acts together in one show.
"We've been trying for many, many years to get both of those artists," she says. "They just happened to be available to us the same year, so we were able to put them in the same concert because it fit people's schedules. So that's really special."
In addition to the opening concert at the Civic Centre, there is also the Festival club show later Friday night at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's.
Cab driver sexual assault trial to resume in January
Friday, 09 October 2015 12:40
The sexual assault trial of an Antigonish taxi driver has been adjourned until January.
William Roger MacLellan's trial got underway in June in Antigonish Provincial Court.
It resumed Thursday, before being adjourned until January 19.
The 49-year-old MacLellan faces two charges.
He pleaded not guilty following his arrest last November and is free on conditions that include he not operate a taxi or work as a driver for hire
Police say they received separate reports from two young women who say they were touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose when they were taken home alone in a taxi last year.