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!


WhyHere? – Old Confidence Lodge Studio & Stage

Next up in our WhyHere? series with the LQRDA is Diego Medina at the Old Confidence Lodge recording studio in Riverport.

WhyHere? looks at people who have chosen to be in this area and examines the reasons for this. Diego Medina is a great example – he grew up in Chile, but moved to Canada as a young adult. After learning his trade in Alberta and across the country and working with some huge names, he was ready to set up his own studio and he looked east as  he wanted to be near the ocean and live somewhere affordable. The old Oddfellows building in Riverport was the perfect solution; he transformed it into the Old Confidence Lodge, and the rest is history. Diego now brings fantastic artists from across the country to work in this beautiful, peaceful yet well connected area. He’s a huge assed to the community.

Whilst we were at the Lodge making this video we had the pleasure of meeting Jennah Barry, who was in having her first listen to her new album Young Men, recorded there earlier this year. Jennah agreed to let us use the music from her album as the soundtrack for this video, and it fitted so well! Thanks Jennah. If you like what you hear (and you will!) check Analog Songs on Monday for the first of 2 videos we recorded with her.

If you watch this video you can’t help but feel inspired by his story in his own words. I’m jealous!


Liverpool International Theatre Festival

Back in May, Liverpool Nova Scotia played host to around 90 Canadian and international delegates for 5 days during the Liverpool International Theatre Festival. This festival happens every 2 years at the Astor Theatre and around the town.

We were honoured to be asked to document the events and Stephen even got to present an award for the Outstanding Visual Presentation (which went to the group from Slovakia, Homodram Theatre, for their play Anyad).

It was a solid 5 long days of hard work and burning the candle at both ends, but it was a real fun time. I learned so much about theatre from all the people I met and from listening to the adjudicator after the plays and at the daily coffee critiques. I’ve never particularly been a theatre person, but I have a new-found appreciation now having watched 10 plays in 5 days, many in foreign languages. I’m already counting down to the next festival in 2014!

Look out for our video coming soon. In the meantime, check the LITF website and their facebook page for all our photos to give you a flavour of the festival – you’ll be sorry if you missed 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.

White Point – meet the rebuilding team

Over the past few months since fire destroyed the main lodge at White Point Beach Resort, we’ve been working with them to document some of the  resulting happenings, everything from recreating a White Point quilt to planning the rebuild itself. Today was the day we’ve all been waiting for when construction began. We made this short film over the last few months to document the events leading up to this point and to introduce everyone to the team that has been working so hard to get to this point.

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Our latest project with Bonny Lea Farm

For the last few weeks we’ve been spending a lot of time at Bonny Lea Farm in Chester, a centre for adults with special needs and disabilities. Following on from our initial project with the Queens Association for Supported Living last year, we’re working on a series of videos covering all of the different areas at BLF, of which there are many: they have day and residential facilities, as well as a variety of work and recreation programs. At this time of year the centre is just gearing up to get fully operational in the barn and greenhouse, so it’s an exciting time for us to be there.

The staff at Bonny Lea Farm wanted us to make some videos that they could use for education and advertising as well as to show donors how their money is used. There are still many misconceptions surrounding this and other similar programs in Nova Scotia, and they want to challenge these. The participants are all very keen to get involved in the videos and show us what they do as well as the skills that they use during their working day. We’re still working on shooting the footage at the moment but we expect to have the first video out in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully you will be as inspired as we have been by the staff and participants at Bonny Lea Farm!

Here are a few photos from our first few shooting days at BLF. Good times!


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TecBox International

In December 2011 we had the pleasure of working with Rainer and Margit Bressmer of TecBox, and their staff, on some videos and photos for their website.  TexBox is a company based in Rhodes Corner, Lunenburg County that designs and makes wooden and cardboard shipping crates for export.

Since buying TecBox in 2005, Rainer and Margit have transformed the company into the successful business that it is today.  They recently added strong cardboard packaging to their business, in addition to the wooden crates that they already made.  They were rewarded for their efforts late last year when they were presented with the 2011 Lunenburg-Queens Business Excellence Award for Export Achievement.

What struck us from the first time we visited TecBox was just how hands-on everything is – each crate, wood or cardboard really is completely hand made, and that’s why they are able to make anything upwards from a single box – no large quantities necessary.

The Bressmers emigrated from Germany some years ago.  As immigrants ourselves they are a real inspiration to us and we hope to be able to follow in their successful footsteps.

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.

Riverbank General Store

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We made this short film for the Queens Association for Supported Living (QASL) to highlight the amazing project they took on when they bought the old general store in Mill Village, NS. Over the course of 18 months the staff and clients of QASL carried out the complete renovations from top to bottom (with only a little help from professionals where necessary). The store now provides a place for the clients to work out in the community and show the abilities that they have.

If you haven’t visited the Riverbank General Store yet, you are missing out! Now that the store, gift shop and restaurant are up and running it is a great place to stop in for some Christmas shopping and a bite to eat. The gift shop sells items made by QASL at their Penny Lane workshop in Milton as well as products from local crafters. Follow them on facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest product lines.

We are truly lucky to have a place like this in our community and to have the people with the vision to make it happen. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with QASL, it has been a real learning experience for us and we’ve enjoyed every moment!

You might remember our longer film from earlier in the summer which covered the organization as a whole (click here to see it).

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.