The newly formed Mount Uniacke Society for the Arts have three fundraising concerts planned in as many months, starting this Saturday with Mir, at the Fire Hall (8pm, $20). Founders Moka Case and Barry Kent have a considerable amount of experience in the music community between them: Kent is a former EMI rep and Case is the former manager of the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, has chaired the ECMAs and participated as a jury member for the Junos. Kent and Case, along with valuable volunteers, are understandably eager to open a live-music venue in their town. Because if you think its tough to drag your ass back to the north end after a show downtown, you can imagine how hard it would be to drag your ass back to Mount Uniacke.
Right now, the Society is focusing on professional concerts and shows that residents of our community would otherwise have to travel to Halifax or the Annapolis Valley to see, but the group is hoping to expand and include local acts as well. If all goes well, audiences can look forward to a diverse line-up including some open-mic nights so we can both enjoy the local talent and see who might be a good fit for an opening slot for future shows, says Case. Wed love to have local musicians open all the shows in the future. Since weve lived here weve yet to see any shows featuring local musicians. Im sure theyre out there since virtually every community in Nova Scotia has its homegrown talent. Mount Uniacke is the hometown of Buck 65 after all.
Case describes the Society as a labour of love and is optimistic about its success in the community. Wed like to enhance the already good quality of life here. The concerts and the society can further unite the community. When people gather to enjoy social or cultural events they have a chance to relax, listen, chat, laugh, dance, learn something new and everyone shares something in common.