WhyHere? – Kevin & Debbie Page

Today’s Why Here video is about Queens County residents Kevin and Debbie Page, who together run Financial Pages, a branch of the Investment Planning Counsel on Liverpool’s waterfront.

WhyHere? is a regional marketing project by the LQRDA that we’ve been working on for a few months now – The Picture House, along with Boost Media in Bridgewater, is producing videos of people who have chosen to live and/or work in this area and looking at their reasons why.

Kevin and Debbie are friends of ours, and are some of the most enthusiastic people we know! They have boundless energy and give so many hours to the community in many capacities. Whether it be organizing, booking and running the music festival part of Privateer Days, being members of the board for the Queens Association for Supported Living, chairing the host committee for Nova Scotia Music Week 2012, volunteering at the Astor Theatre – if there’s something going on in the community Kevin and Debbie will likely be involved! They are recent returners to this area – both grew up in Liverpool, but moved away to other parts of the Province for most of their working lives. A few years ago they made the decision to leave the city and move to somewhere that they could have the work-life balance that they wanted. Kevin and Debbie truly make the most of where we are – they work hard, but make sure that they pack their time with leisure activities and community events. Watch this video to see why Kevin and Debbie love this area so much and what brought them back here for good.

The music in this video is provided by Andrew Hunter and The Gatherers, based out of Halifax, and the band that Kevin and Debbie’s son Bryan drums for. Thanks for letting us use it!


Let’s be thankful for volunteer firefighters!


Recently we’ve been working with White Point Beach Resort on a few projects documenting what’s been happening since the main lodge burnt down in November 2011. As this week is National Volunteer Week, it seemed appropriate to feature our volunteer fire departments, since they played a critical role in ensuring the fire did not spread anywhere else in the resort.

So, a few weeks ago we sat down with some of the firefighters who were there at the White Point fire, and their wives, to tell us what their job is like from their perspective, and the impact that such a huge commitment has on family life, as well as the challenges they face in doing their job. It was an interesting and candid discussion and I left with a great sense of admiration for what these men do, as well as for their wives and children who support them unconditionally.

White Point wanted to make this video to say thank you to all the volunteers (and their families) for their tireless efforts to keep all of us safe. Join us in thanking them by watching this video and learning a little bit about what life is really like for these guys.

Modern Grass Christmas

Just recently Analog Songs went to the Rossignol Cultural Centre in Liverpool NS to record a couple of songs with The Modern Grass whilst they were on a tour of farmers markets around Nova Scotia.

To celebrate the festive season we’re releasing their version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (check out their latest Christmas album). We shot this one in the English Room at the RCC, which is reconstructed from the old Lambert and Butler tobacco shop in Covent Garden, London England.

After this shoot we got the chance to see the band perform at Lane’s Privateer Inn in Liverpool and they put on an awesome show. Probably the first time I’ve witnessed a standing ovation and 2 encores in Lane’s. You should not miss these guys if you have the opportunity to see them play.

And if you’ve never been to the Rossignol Cultural Centre, well, what can I say?! You’re missing out! This place is a real treasure in our community; it’s full of the most amazing pieces from Sherman Hines’ personal collection (as well as others) and the dioramas are breathtaking. I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never been the the RCC before this shoot, but I will certainly make a point of returning there many times. There’s such a lot to see, from taxidermy, folk art, hunting and local artefacts to the incredible outhouse museum and the cultural village featuring replica tents and cabins from around the world.  And I hear there are plans to do even more – follow them on facebook for updates.

Big thanks to Liz Brown and Sherman Hines from the RCC for letting us use this incredible location for the video shoots.

Don’t forget to check the Analog Songs website to see all the other sessions we’ve done.

Lane’s Privateer Inn wine harvest festival

Lane’s Privateer Inn is a place full of people who are passionate about wine, so when Susan Lane asked us to cover their first wine harvest festival we were very happy to oblige! Their enthusiasm and expertise is obvious.

They had put this event together (in conjunction with the Taste of Nova Scotia and the Winery Association of Nova Scotia) to celebrate the wine harvest here in NS, and it featured food and drink from around the region, including the Hell Bay Brewing Company, Ironworks distillery, Jost, Annapolis Highland Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards, Sainte Famille Wines, Benjamin Bridge and Eel Lake Oysters.

As well as the festival, Susan invited us along to her and sommelier Corinne Maund’s own grape harvest in Beach Meadows which was a fun afternoon, and we got a bit of footage from that day in the video too.  These girls really know their wine!

I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.  Looking forward to next year’s harvest already!  Thanks Lane’s.

The Phantom of the Opera…

Peter Karrie, famed for his appearances in the Phantom of the Opera, brought his show, A Phantom Returns, to the Astor Theatre in Liverpool NS last night.  Peter is on a tour of Canada to raise funds and awareness for the various charities he is involved with including CanChild, the childhood disability research centre in Ontario.  It was a great show and featured loads of talented locals who joined Peter on stage.  We were lucky enough to be asked to step in and capture the events of the day on video for a documentary of the tour that Peter is putting together.  Our special thanks go to Cameron Dexter who helped us loads with some amazing sound recording!