Archived Events

03 June 2021

NEW WORK BEGINS AT THE HALL

This morning saw the arrival of the crew who will be doing repairs to the clapboard on the bell tower of The Hall and replacing the large lobby window overlooking the street. Delayed by the onset of the pandemic, it is terrific to finally see the work getting under way.

23 May 2021

FINAL SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT OF THE SEASON

This evening's broadcast was the last Social-Distance Concert for the 2020 - 2021 season. As we normally wind things down for the summer this seemed like a good time to end the season, and for this special broadcast Rob Bentley provided a bit of insight into the origins, the growth and development and the background workings of how these broadcasts came to life.

It is a fascinating hour and a half so if you missed it, be sure to take a look at Live Web Events and be prepared to a very interesting hour.

As we are concluding these for the season we wish to thank our sponsors: The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions and CICR radio for their participation and cooperation in making these possible.

In addition we would like to thank all of the performers who have shared their time and talent in order to make these all possible. They have helped get us through a very difficult year and hopefully come September we will be able to ramp back up to more normal activities at The Hall.

But above all, we all would like to thank Rob Bentley for his creativity, his efforts, his time and his enthusiasm for coming up with the concept and then, through a lot of trial and error and hard work, slowly developed these shows to their current level.

For now we wish every one a good and safe summer. Be kind to one another, keep yourself and everyone safe and we'll see you in September

16 May 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XXV THE FINAL FOR THE SEASON

This evening's virtual open mic brought these shows to an end for the summer, and hopefully when the season opens again in the fall, we will be able to hold open mic nights at The Hall once again.

We would like to thank our sponsors for these opportunities to bring music to the community: The Hall, The Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio. None of these would have been possible without the enthusiastic participation by all the performers and our thanks goes out to them. But most of all we would like to thank Rob Bentley for his time, effort, patience and creativty which made the entire Social-Distance concert series possible. We have now staged 61 performance evenings and will close out next week with Rob taking a look back at the past year, and perhaps giving us a bit of an inside look at the 'magic' behind the scenes.

Thank you all for your interest and support. Be well. Stay safe. And hopefully we will see you all at The Hall in the fall.

14 May 2021

CITIZENS' CHOIR MAKES THE CTV NATIONAL NEWS

Yes, your very own Parrsboro Citizens' Choir got a shout out from Lisa Laflamme last night for providing a positive 'note' with their rendition of 'Farewell to Covid-19'. Well done to the choir and to Rob Bentley for his ingenious efforts to keep music alive at The Hall and in our community during this past difficult year.

09 May 2021

CITIZENS' CHOIR PRESENTS SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT

As the season for the Social-Distance concert series winds down Rob Bentley, from his living room, provided a brief commentary on the origins of the Citizens' Choir featuring some videos of early performances and a cross section still photos of the various community activities in which it has been involved since its' inception in 2012. The presentation also demonstrated how the group involves other disciplines of music with flute, tin whistle and violin all contributing at one point or another.

Unable to meet and practice as a group for over a year now, Rob has kept the choir's sense of identity alive with all his efforts to create the virtual performances, several of which were presented during the course of the hour. He did mention that the latest virtual performance of 'Farewell to Covid-19' (written by members of the choir) had at time of recording received over 1400 'hits' on YouTube. As of the time of writing this, this fun performance has now been viewed almost 3500 times.

The choir is open to anyone who wishes to participate as a member of a choral ensemble and in fact has had one new member join, even under the current restrictive conditions so if anyone is interested, please get in touch.

Next week will feature the final virtual open mic of the season and will be recorded in accordance with the current gathering limits.

03 May 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XXIV

Our next to last virtual open mic aired yesterday evening on Eastlink Cable 5, on the Live Web Events page of www.thehall.ca, on www.parrsborolionsclub.ca and on CICR radio and it did not fail to entertain. A wonderful hour filled with a variety of music which was enjoyed by all. You can see the whole show again by visiting The Hall's website and clicking on the link on the main page, then on VOM XX!V.

There will be one more virtual open mic in two weeks as we wind the community Covid effort down for the summer. Hopefully next fall we will be able to start up with open mic nights, and all other activities, at The Hall. And remember to tune in next week for another in the Social-Distance concert series. Stay posted for updates and in the meantime....stay safe.

25 April 2021

SPAR PRESENTS KERWIN DAVISON

This evening's social distance 'concert' took a decidedly different direction from those offered over the past year. Yesterday evening SPAR had sponsored an hour long presentation by Kerwin Davison on his life and times, and this evening we were pleased to be able to present this charming, witty, informative and just plain fun presentation to you.

This evening's social distance 'concert' took a decidedly different direction from those offered over the past year. Yesterday evening SPAR had sponsored an hour long presentation by Kerwin Davison on his life and times, and this evening we were pleased to be able to present this charming, witty, informative and just plain fun presentation to you.

Kerwin presented a fascinating, and very self effacing look back at his life, taking us all back, in a very personal way, through what proved to be a fulfilling, successful and thoroughly satisfying life. Thank you Kerwin for sharing your thoughts, memories and yes, humour with us all.

18 April 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XXIII ANOTHER GREAT EVENING

This week's virtual open mic marked the beginning of the end for the weekly Social-Distance concert series. Featuring great local entertainment and music, we hope these concerts have managed to keep music going during this past most difficult year.

This evening presented a wide variety of music, and a number of 'backdrops' by Rob Bentley who has been so instrumental in putting these all together.

11 April 2021

SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERTS MOVE INTO SECOND YEAR

As hard as it is to believe, the Social-Distance Concert series from The Hall, sponsored by The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio stepped into its' second year of broadcasts with a retrospective of the Spring Concert at The Hall of 2018, videoed at the time by Tommy Strutz and used here with his kind permission.

The evening started with a new recording by the Parrsboro Citizens' Choir which featured in the background a series of photos of ships built by Rob Bentley's great-grandfather Captain George E Bentley or his brother, Captain Thomas K Bentley between 1905 and 1920. They were all built in Port Greville with the exception of the TK Bentley which was built in Advocate Harbour.

So with this link to Rob we would once again like to thank him for coming up with the concept of the Social-Distance Concert series and the virtual open mic nights which have done so much to keep participation in and the enjoyment of music going through this past difficult year.

04 April 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XXII MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF REMOTE BROADCASTS

This evening marked the 52nd broadcast in the Social-Distance concert series. Open Mic XXII was a highly entertaining evening of music with a wide range of musical genres offered. A wonderful hour made possible only with the cooperation and talents of many people from all around the area, from Advocate to Sackville, NB.

We would like to thank all who continue to contribute to these evenings. Without you they would not be possible. Tune in next week as we begin year two.

28 March 2021

COVID SEXTET ENTERTAINS FROM THE HALL

What happens when six talented musicians get together to make music? At least an hour of magic from The Hall. Featuring soft, rich sounds, interwoven harmonies and a genuine 'feel' for the music, this concert was a treat for all

If you missed it, check it out on the Live Web Events page and enjoy a terrific concert. Be sure to tune in next week for the virtual open mic from The Hall.

We would like to thank all who continue to contribute to these evenings. Without you they would not be possible. Tune in next week as we begin year two.

I21 March 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XXI MARKS 50th BROADCAST

Virtual Open Mic XXI, broadcast this evening, marks the 50th broadcast from The Hall since the beginning of the restrictions on gathering and performing were implemented almost a year ago. We cannot thank Rob Bentley enough for coming up with the concept of the Social-Distance concerts, and then the virtual open mic nights, which have permitted us to keep music alive in our area.

And this evening's performance did not disappoint. A terrific variety of music and a bit of musical history all came together for a very entertaining evening. Over an hour of music was presented, featuring a variety of music from all genres.

Tune in again next week for the Social-Distance Concert from The Hall.

14 March 2021

VIRTUAL KITCHEN PARTY AT THE HALL

And this evening's performance did not disappoint. A terrific variety of music and a bit of musical history all came together for a very entertaining evening. Over an hour of music was presented, featuring a variety of music from all genres.

The music was upbeat and cheerful, and all enjoyed being able to bring to you this evening's concert. If you missed it you can go to the Live Web Events page and simply click on the icon in the center of the upper row. You can also access all previous concerts and open mics present by The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio by scrolling down and selecting your choice.Next week will feature virtual open mic XXI so be sure to tune in and enjoy.

Tune in again next week for the Social-Distance Concert from The Hall.

07 March 2021

THE HALL REACHES VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XX

This evening we reached a milestone, broadcasting our 20th virtual open mic from The Hall. These and the Social-Distance concerts are made possible by the Parrsboro Band Association, the Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio and made possible by all the people who continue to submit their videos to support keeping music alive during these times of restriction.

Special thanks must go to Dr David Howe who provides information and briefings on how to cope with the pandemic and to Rob Bentley, without whom none of these broadcasts would be possible with a special mention for Ryan Macaleese for his brilliant guitar support for all performers.

But once again this evening it was a great night of music and entertainment. Tune in next week for the St Patrick's Day 'kitchen party' with Hooligan's Ruff.

8 February 2021

SOCIAL DISTANCE CONCERT FEATURES GOSPEL MUSIC

his evening’s Social-Distance concert from The Hall featured the Hi-Way Pentecostal Gospel group and the five members presented an hour of uplifting and comforting music, so necessary in these unsettled times. We would like to thank the group for sharing their music and their message of hope.

Tune in next week for Virtual Open Mic XX, with perhaps even a St Patrick’s day theme.

21 February 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XIX A GREAT SHOW

Tonight saw the 19th virtual open mic presented by The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio and it did not disappoint.

Over an hour of terrific music from all over our area and beyond was sent out for the continuing enjoyment of anyone who wishes to tune in, or log on, for the fun.

Tune in next week for the next Social Distance concert from The Hall

15 February 2021

HIGH TIDE (too) PRESENTS GREAT SOCIAL DISTANCE CONCERT

Valentine's Day saw another Social Distance concert presented from The Hall, featuring High Tide (too): Marg Fisher, Andrew Lloyd, Patrick Hanlon and Bertha Macaloney safely recorded a wonderful evening of easy listen music, reflecting the theme of the day. If you missed it you can still watch by clicking the "Social Distance Concerts"link at the top of this page. Be sure to check it, and all the other concerts which have been presented since the beginning of the pandemic period.

Tune in next week for Virtual Open mic XIX.

07 February 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XVIII FROM THE HALL

The Eighteenth virtual open mic was broadcast this evening, sponsored by The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions club and CICR radio and it presented a wonderful variety of music from around the area. Once again thanks must go out to Rob Bentley for putting these together, providing an interesting section on unusual instruments and then making the backgrounds so very interesting. Tune in next week for the next Social-Distance concert and remember to check out the on line auction for The Hall. Bidding closes next Saturday night at 6:00 pm.

01 February 2021

SOCIAL DISTANCE CONCERT 43 FROM THE HALL

Sunday evening The Hall presented the 43rd Social Distance concert from The Hall brought to you by The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio. Tonight Rob thought it would be fun to 'review' the other half of the concerts, the virtual open mic nights so put together a retrospective of a selection of performance from all 17 of the virtual open mic night and the result was well worth it.

A great evening of entertainment, with plenty of variety. If you missed it at 7:00 pm you can still go to the live web events page and see the whole show. So take a look and enjoy.

24 January 2021

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XVII THE HALL

The first virtual open mic from The Hall was broadcast this evening and it was a terrific way to start the new year.

With several performers doing homage to Robbie Burns, and two new performers joining in on the fun, the music was a delight from start to finish. It is truly an honour to be able to continue to celebrate our local performers, and provide a platform for others from afar to provide entertainment during this period when live, in person performing is simply not advisable.

Once again many thanks must go to Rob Bentley for coming up with the concept and then putting in the time and effort to make it all happen, complete with special effects.

Tune in next week for the next Social Distance concert.

17 January 2021

ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT AT THE HALL

Robbie Burns night came to The Hall this evening, albeit virtually, courtesy of a wonderfully varied concert by Hooligan's Ruff who celebrated Scotland's bard in grand style. From humorous and raucous, to plaintiff and mellow, they did the poet proud. And yes, there was even the traditional Address to The Haggis, with a virtual piper, dagger and haggis of course but wonderfully rendered by Martin.

Thanks to all four members of the group for reminding us that some traditions can survive and even thrive under these difficult conditions. If you missed it you can visit the Live Web Events page at www.thehall.ca and click on the Robbie Burns link (center of the top row of images) and enjoy an hour or more of terrific entertainment.

10 January 2021

FIRST VIRTUAL OPEN MIC OF THE YEAR AT THE HALL

The Hall kicked off the new year with its' first virtual open mic, complete with a new location and a new look. You have to watch the whole broadcast to learn the details however, you are sure to enjoy the variety of entertainment presented this evening. You can view the whole show on the Live Web Events page at www.thehall.ca at any time.

We hope you enjoyed the evening and watch for our next Social Distance concert.

21 December 2020

VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT KEEPS TRADITION ALIVE

Sunday evening The Hall broadcast its' annual Christmas Concert, this time virtually. Featuring videos from previous Christmas concerts by the groups which normally meet and perform at The Hall but which have not been able due to the pandemic, it also included performances by many others which added to the sense of this being a community wide celebration.

And the concert was a sparkling success. Engineered by Rob Bentley the season was celebrated in music and well appreciated by all who watched or listened. You can still view the entire concert by going to the Live Web Events page here on this website and clicking on the center photo of the top row.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And to thank all those who supported The Hall in 2020. This has been an unprecedented year for all, marked with tragedies beyond comprehension so we wish that everyone will find peace and joy in the season.

Broadcast from The Hall will resume in 2021 on January 10th with a virtual open mic. We hope to 'see' you all there.

14 December 2020

CHRISTMAS VIRTUAL OPEN MIC A WONDERFUL EVENING

There could have been no more fitting a way to conclude our virtual open mic presentations than VOM XV. This was our 37th in the Social-Distance concert series and brought some much needed Christmas cheer to the community and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support these presentations. Without the willingness of all these talented individuals, none of these concerts and open mics would have been possible.

Tune in next week for the final Social-Distance concert of 2020 when we will present another annual tradition virtually - Christmas Concert at The Hall.

06 December 2020

SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT BRINGS LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE BACK

This Week's concert featured a video of last year's performance of the Living Christmas Tree as we try to keep traditions going through the pandemic. With a lot of work and cooperation on the part of all of us, and with the vaccines on the horizon, perhaps this too will be able to resume in 2021.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoyed revisiting this wonderful traditional presentation.

30 November 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XIV FEATURED ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING

This week's virtual open mic started a little differently by airing a virtual tree lighting from the bandstand. Organized by the Board of Trade and the Claus Cause the actual event was held the night before and the tree darkened until it was officially 'lit' at 7:00 pm Sunday. A creative and safe way to keep a tradition alive.

The lighting was followed by the actual open mic and we would like to thank again all those who participated and shared their time and talents so we can continue to bring entertainment during these difficult times.

The lighting was followed by the actual open mic and we would like to thank again all those who participated and shared their time and talents so we can continue to bring entertainment during these difficult times.

21 November 2020

35TH SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT A WONDERFUL RETROSPECTIVE

We hope that everyone tuned in this evening for a retrospective presentation of 35 weeks of Sunday evening entertainment sponsored by The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions Club and CICR radio. If you did, we hope you enjoyed and will watch again. If you missed it, you can go to www.thehall.ca and check it out on the Live Web Events page. And what a way to look back at this long journey, which is not yet ended, to keep music and performing alive at The Hall and in the community.

Special mention and thanks certainly must go to Rob Bentley whose creativity, talent and energy have combined to be the driving force and technical wizardry behind all of these virtual performances. Thanks also to all the performers who were featured this evening, and the even greater number we could not include in a brief presentation, who have kept the faith, and the music, going. Look for us again next week for Virtual Open Mic XIV.

15 November 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XIII A WONDERFUL VARIETY

Another great evening of entertainment was unveiled during the 13th virtual open mic show from The Hall. Carl introduced a song from a poem by Bruce Graham, the Citizens' choir performed their second virtual recording, Rob showed off his 'cookie tin banjo', Greg Moore did a great rendition of Edmund Fitzgerald in front of a green screen (more magic by Rob) and much, much more.

These shows just keep getting better and better so thank you to all who contribute their time, talent and energy to help keep the open mic spirit alive during these times when we cannot assemble and enjoy the company of others

Tune in next week for the next in our series of Social Distance concerts.

09 November 2020

SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT FEATURES THE BLUESCALE JAZZ QUARTET

What happens when four talented musicians gather, socially-distanced of course, to share their time and talents with us? An evening of magic of course. Many thanks to Merv, Krista, Michael and Rob for this evening's concert. A wide variety of moods, all presented in a sultry and mellow jazz format, which featured the combined and individual talents of each of the members.

Tune in again next week for virtual open mic XIII when once again local performers take their time to entertain.

1 November 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XII FEATURES SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

This evening's virtual open mic was truly an eclectic delight of entertainment. Featuring in many cases, music suitable for Hallowe'en and including a couple of special appearances plus a trip into the world of silent films, there was something this evening for everyone.

A special appearance by the Bluewater Quartet gave us all a preview of next week's concert, and Rob once again proved his versatility and talent in a delightful rendition of the "Monster Mash".

Be sure to tune in again next week for a full hour of blues and jazz. And thank you to all who continue to contribute to these special evenings.

26 October 2020

SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT FEATURES JENNIFER KING CD LAUNCH

This week's Social-Distance Concert was a very special event, co-sponsored by Classics by the Bay, when Jennifer King launched her new CD "Twilight Hour", which features music by solo piano telling stories from childhood.

Included in the presentation was an animated feature by Katrina Westin, accompanied by music played by Jennifer. A truly unique presentation.

Many thanks to Jennifer for choosing The Hall, and the Social-Concert medium, to launch her new recording and give so generously of her time and talent. If you have not seen this concert yet, you can view it on the Live Web Events page (to your left on the screen) and following the link provided.

17 October 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC XI A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED

The Social-Distance Concert series returned to it' Virtual Open Mic format with another wonderful evening featuring a variety of music from around the globe.

Hooligan's Ruff made its' first appearance at the Open Mic and did not disappoint. The members wished to pay tribute to Lewie Hebb who was an integral part of 'the Ruff' and is sorely missed by all. Thank you for such a wonderful manner in which you remembered, and honoured a kind and gentle man, full of music.

12 October 2020

COVID QUINTET PROVIDES MARVELLOUS MUSIC

Sunday evening/'s Social-Distance concert feature d the Covid Quintet. Garnet, Sandy, Lois, Heather and Dietmar wanted to continue on in the spirit of the King Street Strummers alive during this time during which the musical class cannot assemble at The Hall, so in a small 'bubble' they got together to make music.

And what a delightful result. An hour of familiar music, to which you can hum or sing along, made for a delightful presentation.

Well done to all and once again thanks to Rob Bentley for providing the technical expertise as well as his time and effort, for providing this continuing series.

04 October 2020

SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT #27 FEATURED WILLOW STREET STATION

For those who missed the original concert live at The Hall, tonight's Social-Distance concert gives you the opportunity to take part and witness some of the highlights of a tremendous performance by Willow Street Station.

With soulful lyrics, mellow voices and smooth delivery this concert is sure to delight you all. If you did not see it being streamed earlier, go to the Live Web Events page and click on the link provided. You are sure to enjoy every moment

Next week will feature another Social-Distance concert as a scheduling, and calendar hiccup, will delay the next virtual open mic until October 16th.


23 October 2020

JENNIFER KING TO BE FEATURED AT SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT

The Hall, The Parrsboro Lions Club, CICR Parrsboro Radio, and Classics by the Bay are proud to bring you pianist Jennifer King’s official album launch for Twilight Hour – Collected Stories for Piano, as part of the Social Distance Concert Series. This concert includes remarkable live performances at the Hall as well as music from the album featuring the delightful animation of Katrina Westin.

This Social Distance concert will be available at 7:00 pm, Sunday October 25 on cable TV channel 5 in Parrsboro, on CICR 99.1 fm Parrsboro Radio, and online at thehall.ca.

27 September 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC X ANOTHER FUN EVENING

This Sunday evening saw our tenth virtual open mic air and it was a show filled with great music, some terrific original songs, and once again, was 'global' in scope. It also featured a performance by the Parrsboro Citizens' Choir and hopefully this will not be the last time that we can herd the cats together.

For those of you have missed it, you can check it out at the Live Web Events page. Be sure to tune in again next week for the next in the Social-Distance Concert series.

20 September 2020

FABULOUS ENTERTAINMENT AT SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONCERT #26

This evening's social-distance concert featured samples from some of the concerts which have been performed at The Hall in the past several years. Fortunately Tommy Strutz has been present, with his great eye and video camera and recorded these moments. And equally fortunately, each artist presented this evening gave their kind permission to use the recordings to put together an evening with a tremendous variety of top quality entertainment.

You can see all of this evening's concert by going to the Live Web Events page and clicking on the link. It is a terrific hour of music, so enjoy!


13 September 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC 9.0 A TECHNICAL MARVEL FEATURING GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

Another great virtual open mic went out this evening from The Hall, the Parrsboro Lions club and CICR radio. Several original songs performed by their writers, including Sunny from Bavaria, Germany.

And of course once again Rob outdid himself with his technical wizardry to bring us himself and Patti singing with their daughter and her family from the United States. And then he went one further and placed Greg on a train, and in a Formula 1 car. Tremendously entertaining

06 September 2020

SOCIAL-DISTANCE CONTINUES - AT A DISTANCE - WITH ROB AT 'BRINY BAY'

For those of you who have seen Rob Bentley perform, with Patti, with Wazoo, with Carl, with Hooligan's, with.....well you get the point, this evening you had (and still have) the opportunity to see Rob playing solo at Briny Bay in Five Islands. Alone on the stage, with just his guitar, two cameras, a head full of lyrics, and a stunning talent Rob performs not just for the crowd, but with them as well. His love of what he is doing shines through, his emotions reveal themselves in his lyrical treatment of the music, and his joy in playing radiates out when his smile lights up the stage.

What a treat it was to be part of this evening, well actually Friday evening, as Rob shares his talent and love of music with us all.