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 ┬áhe 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!


WhyHere?ca – Tanya Long

Over the past few months we’ve been working with the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency on a project called WhyHere? It’s all about celebrating the fantastic people we have in our area and showing people what a great place this is to live and work. Us and another company (Boost Media, from Bridgewater) will be producing a lot of these videos over the coming months and I’ll post ours as we make them. It was important to us to try and use local music wherever we could, and since we’ve been lucky enough to work with some great local musicians since we moved to Nova Scotia, we have been getting them involved in this project by providing the soundtrack music, so big thanks go out to them.

First up we have Tanya Long from Veinot’s Print in Brooklyn, Queens County. Tanya is originally from this area, but moved away to go to university, travelled around, and lived mainly in Ottawa for many years. After returning here for a visit with a friend and showing her all the local attractions, she realized what she was missing out on by not living here, and promptly set about planning her return. Since coming back here she’s taken over the family business and had her own children. Tanya and her family are some of the first people we met when we moved to Queens County a little over 2 years ago and they are such great ambassadors for the area – they welcomed us with open arms and were a huge part of how quickly we became settled. In the video Tanya talks about the community spirit we see all the time here, and I don’t know if she realizes what a big part of that she is. They all give countless hours in voluntary work and are always involved in local events. We are surely lucky to have Tanya and her family in our community.

Massive thanks to Norma MacDonald too, for providing the soundtrack for this video with her song Sand off the album The Forest for the Trees. Norma is originally from Cape Breton but now lives in Halifax, and she’s another of those people who makes Nova Scotia such a fantastic place to live. Watch some of here videos here, and download her music here.