The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre.

This year has seen a lot of activity at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre.

Tickets on a $3,000 Travel Voucher were sold and in August the winning ticket was pulled – winners were Alan and Joanne MacKinnon of Tatamagouche – congratulations and have a wonderful trip, wherever that may be.

Two large donations totalling $15,000 were made to the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre by local donors; these donations are greatly appreciated and will be very beneficial to the operation of The Grace.

Between June and October, we entertained with visual arts as well as performing arts, with interesting and beautiful exhibitions by Ivan Fraser, Lynda Shalagan, Rachel/Bob Morouney/Rosie Browning, John Perkins, and Stephan Hederich. The Ice House Gallery is the perfect space for an art exhibition; feel free to complete the online application if you would like to show your art.

It certainly has been a season of entertainment in the Grace Theatre. Shirley Jackson and Her Good Rockin’ Daddys really rocked the place in early June. Later in the month, there was a Kitchen Party held in celebration of the school homecoming. Stoney Creek performed old country and bluegrass on the Senator’s Stage in July. Local musician Josh Simm launched his CD with a wonderful concert, enjoyed by a great crowd.

Always popular was Dave Gunning, who performed in August; closing off August was the Maritime Marionettes and Jack and the Beanstalk. The ever popular and crowd favorite, Jake Duggan, held a concert in early September. There was an almost sold out crowd for Valdy in Concert on Sept. 30 and October started off with The Swinging Belles, a group from Newfoundland that do kid-based performances.

All summer long and continuing in the fall is The Grace Open Mic Night, a very popular evening event with a variety of local talent being showcased.

The Grace will continue to be busy with Free Line Dancing, which started Oct. 15, until Dec. 3 – call 902-657-1083 for more information.

An exciting event will take place in November – the world renowned Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy will perform at The Grace Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; this is a joint fundraiser for The Grace and the Royal Canadian Legion, Tatamagouche – tickets are $20.00 each – Scotiabank will match the tickets they sell or you can get them online at This is a great and entertaining way to show support of our veterans.

On Nov. 25, local musician and songwriter Kevin Aitchison will be performing – freewill offering at the door. On Dec. 14, the next Grace Open Mic Night will be held – come and share your talent or just come and be well entertained by local talent.

The Grace was also home to the West Branch Area Singers who held a recording session on June 24 and the parents of Grade 6 Tatamagouche Elementary School held a graduation event for their kids on June 27.

Anyone wishing to rent the Grace for a function should contact Fred Maybee at 902-657-3500; it is a wonderful location with plenty of room for parking; it is equipped with a sound system and

lighting with comfortable seating. If you would like to volunteer or become a member of The Grace, please let Fred Maybee know.

Until next time, be sure to check us out online at and remember that The Grace is the Place!