WE’RE LOOKING FOR FEEDBACK ON THE 2019 EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL – To take a Bordertown Festival feedback survey click here.
Bordertown is over – but there’s tons to do in Sackville – visit the Town calendar of events here. Also one of our presenters, Live Bait Theatre, has a show “Cole” continuing to June 1 – see all the details here!
SO MANY THANKS to everyone who came out to Bordertown and all our partners and presenters. We had a great time, and we hope you did too! See you next year!
The Bordertown Team
Bordertown V to be held May 22 – 26, 2019!
SCHEDULE – for full details and descriptions of events have a look at our beautiful program – click 2019 Bordertown Book FINAL!
And if you’re here, you’re probably going to want to take a look at this: CLICK HERE for the 2019 Sackville Visitor Guide!
Throughout the Festival
Fog Forest Gallery presents “Open Borders” – an exhibition of original artworks featuring Mount Allison Alumni and Sackville Artists. May 9 – 26 at 14 Bridge St. Gallery Hours during Bordertown: Thursday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm. Sunday: noon to 4 pm. Contact 536-9000 www.fogforestgallery.ca
“Flowers for No Wedding” oil on canvas painting by JON CLAYTOR
Wednesday, May 22
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Remade: Visible mending workshop – Join the Sackville Art Hive in playing with simple hand stitching techniques to creatively embellish, mend, and transform your well-worn clothing. At Struts Gallery, 7 Lorne St. Free admission. Contact email@example.com
Thursday, May 23
7:00 pm – THE WAITING HOURS book launch with Shandi Mitchell – the breathtaking new novel by Shandi Mitchell, an author and filmmaker. It has been 10 years since her debut novel, Under the Broken Sky, which sold in nine countries, won the 2010 Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book (Canada/Caribbean), the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award, and nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize!! Mitchell was born in New Brunswick, raised in Alberta, and now makes her home in Nova Scotia. At Tidewater Books and Browsery, 13 Bridge St. www.tidewaterbooks.ca
7:00 pm – The Sackville Legion presents a Country & Old-Time Fiddle Concert, with Stacey Read and the Junior Jills & Billy King and Friends. At the Sackville Legion, 15 Lorne St. 536-7555. Donations at the door.
7:30 pm – Live Bait Theatre presents “Cole” May 23 – 25 at 7:30 pm, and May 25 also at 2 pm (see www.livebaittheatre.com for additional performances May 29 – June 1) – world premiere of a play about speed skating champion Chester Cole. At the Music Barn, 18 Station Rd. Details here or at www.livebaittheatre.com
8:00 pm – An Intimate Evening with Jane Siberry (only 55 seats!) – Iconic and enigmatic, Jane Siberry is one of music’s most unique and gifted singer-songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, she has released 14 studio albums, including her well-loved signature song, Calling All Angels. Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, including k.d. lang, with her stunning renditions of Love is Everything and the 23rd Psalm-inspired The Valley. Jane is on tour for 7 months from November 2018 until June 2019 in her home country Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA performing with equal enthusiasm at Carnegie Hall and living rooms around the world. At Cranwood on Main, tickets are $45.00 To purchase tickets and for more information click here.
Friday, May 24
7:30 pm – Bill and Joel Plaskett headlining this year’s festival. For more details about the show and ticket information, please click here. Tickets are also available at Sackville Town Hall. The cost is $34.50 in advance or $40.25 at the door.
Saturday, May 25
2 pm – 5 pm – Demonstrations and Displays of Medieval Arts presented by SCA Avonmore. Presentations on everything from Medieval Cooking, to Costuming, to Combat! Try your hand at Chain Mail, and make your own Illuminated Art. All ages are welcome! Travel back in time with the Society for Creative Anachronism in the Shire of Avonmore. Bill Johnstone Memorial Park and Activity Centre. Free admission. Contact Sue Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7:00 pm – The PARC Sackville Playwrights’ Cabaret, presented by Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre Host: Charlie Rhindress. Featuring readings by: Charlie Rhindress, Marilyn Lerch, Sue Rose, Elizabeth Copeland, Ron Kelly Spurles, Meg Edwards, Mike Gallant, Jarod Monk, and others to be announced. Free. At Painted Pony Bar and Grill 26 Bridge St. Contact email@example.com
7:30 – Festival by the Marsh presents Kenny James and Mark Green in concert. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. At the Vogue Cinema. Follow Kenny on Facebook!
Sunday, May 26
1:00 pm – A Walk in the Park – Fund raiser for Alzheimer’s. Registration at the Visitor Information Centre, 34 Mallard Dr. Walk starts at 1:00 p.m. www.sackville.com
2:00 pm – Alkemi presented by the Sackville Festival of Early Music. Almost four years ago a fascinating instrument landed on the shores of Nova Scotia with Kirsty Money: the nyckelharpa. A medieval instrument that is now having a revival in Europe, the nyckelharpa has many stories to tell through its depth of sound and magical resonance.Kirsty plays the Swedish nyckelharpa, and although there is not a direct history with the instrument in North America, it’s unique sound and ability to enhance existing folk music traditions has led Kirsty and Jude to start exploring the vast traditional repertoire embedded in Maritime Canada. A tapestry of Swedish, Celtic and original tunes await listeners at the Bordertown Festival. At Cranewood on Main. Ticket and other information is available here.
2 pm – 4 pm – Owens Art Gallery presents a Zine-Make-A-Thon – Drop by the Owens for an all-ages afternoon, artist-led Zine-Make-A-Thon. Learn about the small but mighty form of the independently published zine and explore the collection of Mount Allison’s Teeny Tiny Zine Library for inspiration. Free and open to all. 364-2574
7:30 pm – Hilarious comedian James Mullinger live at the Vogue Cinema, 7:30 pm. For more details about the show and ticket information, please click here. Tickets are also available at Sackville Town Hall. The cost is $17.25 in advance or $23 at the door.
Sackville’s popular Bordertown Festival is excited to be back for a fifth edition in 2019. The Bordertown Festival is a four-day celebration of art, music, and hospitality, which offers a sample of Sackville’s many festivals, art galleries, local businesses, and restaurants. The Festival provides a platform for local non-profit arts and culture groups and venues to present a sample of what they do, all packed together in one amazing weekend.