September 19

Fall Meetings at White Point are Special!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on September 19th, 2014

Fall Meetings are special at White Point



August 25

Hey Maine, USA…let your Nova Scotia Ferry-Tale begin!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on August 25th, 2014

This Fall, we’re inviting our neighbours in Maine, USA to sail over onboard the Nova Star to embark on your very own Ferry-tale here in Nova Scotia.
Just 90 minutes from your port of arrival, Yarmouth, travelling along Nova Scotia’s South Shore, you’ll find a treasure of spectacular white sand beaches, the Atlantic Ocean at its ‘surfiest’ and warmest of the entire year.
Write your own ferry-tale ending here in Nova Scotia!

The following was published in the Aug. 24th edition of Explore Maine mag.

August 24

Here and There….a poem inspired by a pic, from White Pointers

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on August 24th, 2014

Having shared this picture on our Facebook Page on Sun. Aug. 24th inviting White Pointers to help express in words what it inspires, we hoped we’d generate some replies.

What we didn’t expect was this beautiful poem from Cindy Titus….Here and There

Here is a home child
There has far to go
Here will study what around him lies
There will travel high and low
Here delights in sand and mud
The things beneath his feet
There has places he must see
And people he must meet
Though life will take them many ways
To live, love, learn and teach
They’ll always come back here to play
On Nova Scotia’s White Point Beach

Thank you Kevin for this amazing shot of your sons Ethan (6 yrs) and Zachery (4.5 years) here at White Point Beach Resort earlier this month.

Here and There

August 19

Fall – it’s a happiness harevest here at White Point!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on August 19th, 2014

White Point Fall Escapes

July 25

White Point serves ‘Taste of Nova Scotia’ Dining Experiences…year-round

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on July 25th, 2014

By Vernon Oickle, Summer 2014

Sommelier Dan Tanner & Executive Chef Alan Crosby, White Point Beach Resort
You eat with your eyes first.

So says Dan Tanner, Food and Beverage Manager and Sommelier at White Point Beach Resort.

“If something appears appetizing then you’ll want to taste it and so it’s important that the first taste be the best possible, no matter if it’s an appetizer, entree or wine,” he says, glancing out the row of large windows in the Founder’s Lounge that overlook the Atlantic Ocean as it rushes to meet the sandy shore. “Our guests are our top priority.”

That’s the philosophy that permeates the resort’s entire food and beverage offerings, underscoring the resort’s commitment to being a Taste of Nova Scotia partner.

Chef Alan Crosby echoes that philosophy, stressing that providing the best dining experience is their ultimate goal. With the emphasis on quality, the menus burst with unique and savoury experiences that change with the seasons.

“Something has to look good first … the dish has to excite the senses before it even gets to the taste buds in your mouth,” he explains. “If it looks good then the diner anticipates the bite.”

Alan’s philosophy on food preparation reflects his years of experience in the industry, but he admits his journey to White Point required him to travel many roads before reaching his final destination. Originally from Liverpool, he graduated from Mount Allison in 1987 with a BA in English and Theatre.

However, upon graduation from university he immediately realized his heart belonged elsewhere and at that point decided to pursue his life-long obsession with food. His real interest had always been cooking so in 1989 he entered the Culinary Institute of Canada located in Charlottetown and graduated in 1991.

“Before then,” he laughs, “I had never worked in food service and had no idea what I was getting into, but I loved it once I got there and, in fact, I even worked at the Institute on the weekends while I was studying there.”

He started his actual culinary career as a prep chef at The Church in Stratford, Ontario, which was a converted church that offered a high-end menu. “It was an extremely busy old-school restaurant. I worked on the vegetable corner where I had to prepare all the ingredients for the vegetable side dishes and soups. It was hectic, but I learned a lot and it was a good jumping off point for my culinary career.”

Although he worked for several years at the Hotel Vancouver, one of the most prestigious hotels in Canada, he longed to return to Nova Scotia. So in 1997 he took the position of executive chef at the Delta Barrington in Halifax. In 2003, he returned to Liverpool where he joined White Point as the executive chef.

As an experienced chef, Alan believes that in order to offer a well-rounded menu, it is important to know every section of the kitchen. “I like it all, but I admit I don’t consider myself a pastry chef. Making good pastry is very precise work and not everyone can do it well. It has never been one of my favourite things to do, but I love making fresh bread.” He notes that all their bread and desserts are made in house.

Alan describes the menu at White Point as an eclectic mix of casual elegance in which the customers exhibit a varied range of tastes, but where a high level of quality is the ongoing benchmark.

Dining options are numerous, he says, noting that they offer a gluten free menu and vegetarian options. The popular dinner buffet that features a selection of meats and salmon, as well as a variety of salads and vegetables continues to be a favourite choice for diners.

Alan’s favourites on the menu include the brown sugar and smoked paprika salmon served with roasted pineapple salsa, and the crab cakes with lime tartar sauce. The biggest seller is steak frites, which is a 10 oz. strip loin cut with steak fries and crimini mushrooms.

“And of course,” he quickly points out, “we have lobster when it’s in season as well as haddock and scallops. Our menu is created in collaboration with the entire staff and our objective is to create food that appeals to every taste.”

When it comes to desserts, Alan’s favourite is bread pudding. “I loved bread pudding as a child, so that will always be on the menu as long as I’m here,” he smiles. “Our bread pudding, which is made in house, is served with amaretto ice cream and it’s amazing.”

“Our philosophy is simple — quality first and give the customers what they want,” he says. “We’re always trying to find something new that customers like while paying homage to the traditions that people expect here in Nova Scotia.”

In an effort to maintain the resort’s commitment to the Taste of Nova Scotia, products are sourced locally whenever possible including pork, ham, bacon and sausage, which are purchased from Meadowbrook Meats in Berwick, while the beef for their burgers comes from PEI. Items like Solomon Gundy come from Mersey Point Fish and mussels from Ship Harbour.

“As a Nova Scotia restaurant our priority is to put Nova Scotia products first, but when they aren’t available in the province, then we try to shop as close to home as possible,” Alan says.

Dan emphasizes they make the same commitment to their beverage menu and wine list.

“We make every effort to use local products. Wines produced in Nova Scotia work well with the foods on our menu, so it makes the perfect and natural pairing. We especially make every effort to highlight what works with local dishes.”

As the resident Sommelier, Dan is trained in all aspects of wine service and pays special attention to wine and food pairing. In fine dining today the role is strategically on a par with that of the executive chef.

From Lunenburg, Dan began his career at White Point Beach Resort in 2000 upon completing his studies in Hospitality Services and Culinary Arts Program at Nova Scotia Community College in Bridgewater.

One of the qualities Dan appreciates about White Point is the resort’s commitment to local products. “Wine making in Nova Scotia is a growing industry especially the white wines. That’s because of the various climates and the soil types in the region. The grapes are lower in sugar levels and the fresh wines are complex. They pair up very nicely with our food menu.”

But, he adds it’s not only the local wineries they support. White Point also serves locally produced beer such as Hell Bay in Liverpool and Boxing Rock in Shelburne as well as rum, vodka and liquor from Ironworks Distillery produced in Lunenburg. They also incorporate local products like VanDyke’s blueberry juice and Sledding Hill Lavendar in their cocktails.

“People are looking for something different and hyper local. Our partnerships with local suppliers enable us to show off our products. We’re proud of the selection we offer,” he says. “For us, it’s important that we make partnerships with the local producers as we want our guests — both from Nova Scotia and afar — to enjoy the best taste experience from the province.”

But Dan’s expertise isn’t limited to local sources and products. In fact, in recent years he has travelled to Spain, Chili, Argentina and South Africa to learn more about the wine and food cultures in those countries. Earlier this summer, he went to Italy on a learning excursion and will travel to Germany in November on a wine tour.

“As the wine Sommelier, I enjoy learning about wines from around the world and how they compare to our Nova Scotia wines. Sharing this with our guests and enhancing their dining experience here at White Point is great,” he says, adding that the idea of these excursions is “to learn about the wine and food in other cultures and to bring it back to White Point so that our guests can enjoy the best food and beverage experiences possible.”

Guests at White Point have unique experiences with Dan and Alan too. Both offer interactive and engaging programming meant to break down barriers, debunk myths and educate folks in a variety of ways.

Dan hosts “Off the Vine Wine Tastings,” a two hour sampling and learning session about wines. He also brings in craft beer producers to introduce their own products and enable guests to get to know them and their techniques giving access to these “rock stars” in their own right.

For his part, Alan hosts “Chef’s Culinary Classes,” a two-hour session in which participants learn to create amazing dishes with Nova Scotian items and ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Special guest presenters often accompany him during these presentations. And yes, there is sampling.

These events are often brought together in Culinary Weekends starting with an Off the Vine Tasting in the afternoon, featuring a Nova Scotian winemaker, and culminating with a chef created and presented four-course wine paired dinner featuring a Nova Scotia menu.

Of course, every dining experience at White Point is enhanced by the stunning ocean views from Elliot’s Dining Room and the Founder’s Lounge year round, and in summer on the decks.

Check out our menu’s and dining experiences on!

July 18

Summer Menu is Sizzling – take a peek at some NEW features

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on July 18th, 2014

Creme Brulee Trio Blue Crab Cakes Pizza Lobster Roll

Served Oceanside on the deck….or in Elliot’s fireside


Pear and Proscuitto Flatbread Pizza, aged white cheddar, baby arugula and red onion cofit.

Steamed Ship Harbour Mussels, with smoked tomato, fire roasted garlic and fresh herbs

Crispy Chicken Quesadillas, flash fried tortillas with cheddar, grilled chicken, corn and bean salad, guacamole and fresh picode gallo

Nova Scotia Lobster Roll on a butter toasted onion roll with tarragon mayo

Blue Crab Cakes – panko crusted, melon salsa, pea shoots and lime tartar sauce


Baby Arugula Salad with fresh pears, crumbled blue, cider vinaigrette, walnuts and crisp onions

Blue Crab Cake, pan fried with margarita melon salsa, pea shoots and lime tartar sauce

Garden Gazpacho, chipotle cream, crispy tortilla and harissa oil

Free Range Nova Scotia Chicken with brie and dried cranberry stuffing, port and blackberry jus

Chipotle BBQ Ribs with Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

Steamed Nova Scotia Lobster


Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake with house made Mayan chocolate ice cream

Trio of Creme Brulee with pumpkin seed brittle

Cast Iron bread and butter pudding with Amarena cherries, almond and house made amaretto ice cream

Daily selection of house made sorbet … always gluten and  dairyfree!

There’s plenty more on those menus too, check them out:
Nightly Dinner Buffets, Breakfast Buffets are definitely popular too!
See you soon!

June 25

Gift Shop infused with local creations!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on June 25th, 2014

Proud to be champions of “Made in Nova Scotia” and even more locally…”Made Nearby”!

While you are here at White Point, or visiting the area, don’t miss a visit to our White Point Gift Shop!

We are open year round and open to everyone. Feel free to drop by just to pick up a gift or something special for yourself or your home. We stock a wide selection of items from many artists on the South Shore. All our products are made in Nova Scotia, so you know you are supporting our local economy and taking a genuine Nova Scotian item back home with you.

We also have a wide selection of White Point clothing, hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts and jackets for kids and adults. Always a great momento of your stay at White Point.

Watch out for our summer Artists in Residence program in Founder’s Lounge. During July & August, we bring in a local artist every Saturday from 2-5pm to entertain and educate our guests and visitors about their craft. Maybe even have an item made especially for you!

Come meet the  Artists of White Point at our Annual Artisan Showcase and Sale held in November.  Just in time for Christmas!

White Point Gift Certificates are available and can be used to purchase items in the Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm during the peak season and Thursday to Saturday 10am-6pm through the rest of the year.  Hours will vary based on events and Holidays.

At the White Point Gift Shop we can gift wrap your purchases and we can also ship your purchases for you, if that is more convenient for you. Even when you are not here and you would like an item from our gift shop, give us a call and we will make arrangements to get it to you.

Call our Gift Shop Manager, Heather Kelly at 902-354-2711 ext 389 or email her at

Frances Jewel Dickson Lunenburg MakeryCraig NauglerLibby BroadbentLaurie & Maggie Horton - driftwood folk artDeb's Felted Bunnies are very popular!Mosaic with Bev

June 25

Artists in Residence @ White Point, Saturday’s all Summer 2014

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on June 25th, 2014

Bringing our Nova Scotia artwork to life is a thrill for us here at White Point. We have been proud to share their work on the walls of our  Main Lodge, within Guestrooms and our Gift Shop. Our Artists in Residence program welcomes a different artist to the Founder’s Lounge on Saturday’s all summer and we invite you to come meet them as they work away on another exciting piece of art.

Here’s our line-up for July & August 2014, and remember to mark our annual Artists of White Point Showcase & Sale, taking place Sunday November 17th featuring more than 24 artists!

White Point’s Artists in Residence Schedule
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Sat. June 28: Imagination Creations Jewellery Plus – Julie Nauss
Julie is self taught jewellery artist of 12 years. She makes creations using wire & sea glass, and any other materials from her beachcombing expeditions; each piece is unique!

Every piece of her jewellery comes from her imagination. However, when we discovered Julie’s work we knew we could plant the seed of bunnies and have her come up with a great connection to White Point. She wrapped up the sea and the bunnies in one with sea glass bunny pendants, which we sell in the gift shop. Each one as unique as each little bunny at White Point.

Sat. July 5: Lisa Wickens, Simply Country Décor
We’ve recently discovered Lisa’s work and have been delighted with the custom White Point pieces she has created – including a hooked rug of our Boathouse!

Lisa lives on Cape Sable Island at the Southern tip of Nova Scotia. She is a self taught rug hooker who operates a small home decorating business. She uses only 100% wool products from local sources for her works. Most are designed and hand drawn by her husband Quent Wickens making hers a truly family business.

Sat. July 12:  Joe Winters, Wizard of Wood
Joe has been a part of the white Point Artist family for many years. Having crafted our 1st collection of much adored Little People, Joe stepped forward immediately following our fire, offering to carve a new generation of WP Little People. Carving from trees off our property, he birthed 4 new friends who were named by White Pointers on Facebook and now adored by one and all.

A whimsical and colourful folk artist and character, Joe in known around our place for the Little People, but it’s his coastal inspired 3-d wood art that captures the imaginations and hearts of many. Living nearby in Liverpool, it is always a treat to drop into the shop to see what has captured his imagination. His works are found in homes around the world.

Sat. July 19th:  Cherry Whynot Mi’Kmaq Artist of Acadia First Nation
Cherry Whynot, is respected Mi’kmaq crafter. She is a member of Acadia First Nations who create traditional and beautiful leather and beadwork crafts. Leather and beaded dream catchers, moccasins, Medicine pouches, beaded and quill earrings etc.  Hanging on the wall near our carved moose antler and in the Gift Shop, you’ll find Cherry’s work, we were delighted to welcome them to our collection earlier this year.


Sat. July 26: Bev Crouse, Fabric & Quilt Artist
Bev has been a long-time friend of White Point most recently guiding us through the design, creation and unveiling of our new White Point Quilt – “Stitching White Pointers Together”. After hosting dozens of Quilting Parties with White Pointers of all ages and all over Canada, Bev has enabled White Pointers to been woven into the very fabric of White Point!

Bev Crouse is a Nova Scotia Quilt and Fabric artist specializing in Stitching up Memories and Milestones. Her portfolio includes simple memory quilts, large art and story quilts and all things in between.  Bev is nearby in Western Head, Queens County.

Sat. August 2nd: Tamar Drushka & John Hanna, The Philosophers Stone Art
Tamar and John’s work can be found all over the Main Lodge, just look for the stacked stone lamps! The original stone vessels of Nova Scotia. We have worked with the ancient glacial stones of the region since 1993 to create a unique and timeless art from our home in Rosebud. The quality of our finishing process is the hallmark of our work. Tamar and John call Rosebud, Lunenburg County, their home.

Sat. August 9: Roger Savage, Watercolour Painter
Inspired to capture the “light and shadow of Nature”,  where weather conditions change in seconds, he discovered that watercolour and paper were the best media from which to form his images. What better place than Nova Scotia and especially the ever changing shorelines of White Point Beach to capture nature. Roger is a familiar face to White Point. You can find many local White Point scenes in Roger’s work as he makes South Queens his home. The White Point Gift Shop sells a number of his pastel paintings as postcards.

Sat. August 16 Maggie & Laurie Horton, Folk Artists
Laurie and Maggie Horton began creating folk art like a lot of artists do – by chance. Their first creation was a small duck, a piece of driftwood that the pair picked up along a beach walk and painted to bring to life. They have been combing the beaches and the woods ever since, finding birds, fish and other creatures along the way. Their work is a team effort – Laurie carves the likeness and Maggie does the finishing paint work.  Their work is whimsical and fun and it is a favourite of White Point and our guests.

Sat. August 23: Craig Naugler, Folk Artist
As you look around the Main Lodge – you’ll soon see that we’ve fallen in love with Craig’s owls, his masks and other colourful creations! Seems our guests are in love with them too – they’ve been ‘flying’ out of the gift shop!
I started carving when I was 19 years old. I carve all types of birds including roosters, seagulls, robins and more, totem poles and bird baths. I am currently known for my owls large and small, and masks. I find it fun to carve and enjoy every piece I make.

Sat. August 30: Mary Ediger – Saltwater Angels and Buddies
Teacher, writer, kayaker and now eastcoaster, as she moved from the west coast to be closer to family and live by the ocean – loves kayaking when the swells are low, walking the beach, and collecting sea glass. Her passion for sea glass developed into a small business, Saltwater Angels – She makes and sell sea glass angels in the four Atlantic provinces. From the White Point Gift Shop, Mary’s Saltwater Angels end up all over the world s they are a popular item with our guests.

June 23

Two Ports Lighthouse 2015 Calendar to be revealed at White Point on July 1st, 2014

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on June 23rd, 2014

Two Ports CalendarThe Medway Head Lighthouse Society and the Spectacle Light Society announce the launch of their “Two Ports” Lighthouse Art Show Calendar, 2015, at White Point Beach Resort, Canada Day, Tuesday July 1, 4:00 – 5:00pm in the Founder’s Lounge.

Since the Federal Government declared the Lighthouses surplus, these icons of Maritime Life have been under a death sentence. The coastal communities of Port Medway and Port Mouton have been working together to save their lighthouses. Port Medway has worked towards and now owns the Medway Head Lighthouse and Port Mouton is working towards acquiring the Spectacle Island Lighthouse. As part of their fund-raising plan the “Two Ports” hold the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show each August which has become a major annual event on the South Shore.

The “Two Ports” Lighthouse Art Show Calendar is a fund-raiser that has grown out of the art show. Some of the artists who submit their work to the show are selected to be included in the calendar. Calendar sales have become a major part of the fund-raising efforts of the two societies. Last year sales of the calendars exceeded all expectations. Calendars were purchased by members of the local community and many visitors to our area. Calendars were also sent to many countries world wide.

On Canada Day at White Point Beach Res ort  the “Two Ports” Lighthouse Art Show Calendar will be unveiled. Visitors will be able to meet many of the artists and see the original artwork that is included in this year’s calendar.

Everyone is welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments and see the new “Two Ports” Lighthouse Art Show Calendar 2015.

For more information on the Lighthouse project & Calendar:
Catherine Pincombe
Lighthouse Awareness Art Show & Sale

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June 16

“SAND, SURF & SONG” – White Point Announces Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2014

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on June 16th, 2014

Announced June 16, 2014 – White Point, Nova Scotia - Enjoy the sensational sounds of Nova Scotia this summer amid the surf and sand of White Point Beach Resort, the South Shore’s premier vacation and entertainment destination, every Wednesday evening in July and August for their NEW Sand, Surf & Song Concert Series!

The Resort is well-known for presenting live entertainment year round in the lounge. This summer, White Point takes its offerings to a whole new experience with an outdoor concert series. Resort guests and visitors are invited to take in some of the finest talent this province has to offer amid one of nature’s greatest masterpieces. Throughout July and August, talent will be presented al fresco on the front lawn, nestled between the bonfire and beach.

Donna Hatt, White Point’s Marketing Manager, says the idea behind the series is to showcase the depth and breadth of Nova Scotia’s best musicians against a dramatic backdrop, the ocean. Working with Kimberly Sinclair at SpinCount Music Promotions, based in Milton, Queens County, organizers have created a stellar line up that achieves that goal.

The series kicks off with a Canada Day concert featuring Cape Breton’s hugely popular Slowcoaster, complete with beachside bonfire, and fireworks!  Join us for a fun night of East Coast roots & rock. Then following every Wednesday night, we are thrilled to announce the following performance lineup:

July 1st, CANADA DAY:  Slowcoaster

July 2nd: Steven MacDougall –

July 9th: Molly Thomason –

July 16th: Irish Mythen –

July 23rd:  Ryan Cook w/Kelly Sloan – w/

July 30th:  Matthew Hornell –

August: 6th:  Jennah Barry –

August 13th:  Dylan Guthro –

August 20th:  Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party –

August 27th: Dave Sampson

Speaking of the lineup, Sinclair says she has put together a slate of entertainers that represent some of the best talent the East Coast and, in particular, Nova Scotia has to offer. “My objective was to give the audience an example of the high caliber of talent that’s incubating on the East Coast,” she says. “The real distinction for this series is that they are all singer-songwriters, which makes them special entertainers, as they can relate the stories behind their songs — what inspired them to write the songs in the first place.”

The other unique aspect of the line is that all the performers are at various levels of their careers and represent a variety of genres and styles. “We have something that will appeal to every age and musical taste,” she adds.

Meanwhile, Hatt says, White Point Beach Resort is excited to present this impressive lineup of Nova Scotian talent that will blend remarkably well with the natural surroundings.

“It’s a perfect pairing for our oceanside backdrop. We’ve been proud to showcase Nova Scotian musicians, year-round, here at White Point, but this year we’ve really taken it to a whole new level,” Hatt says of the series. “We’re thrilled to serve up the very best of Nova Scotia on our newest stage under an open sky on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Sharing these weekly evening concerts with our guests, from home and around the world, will be an amazing experience.”

All shows run from 8-11 p.m. on Wednesday nights. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome. For more details visit .


For more information contact:
Donna Hatt,  White Point’s Marketing Manager
902.354.2711 ext 369/  902.521.7319
For Reservations:

Sand Surf Song Concert Series

Sand, Surf & Song Concert Line-up: About the Performers:

Cape Breton rock band Slowcoaster kicks off the outdoor entertainment with a special Canada Day performance July 1. The Wednesday night series officially starts the following night, July 2, with Steven MacDougall, front man and principal writer for Slowcoaster. A world-class songwriter and distinctive vocalist, MacDougall draws from his vast and diverse musical vocabulary — folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll — all influenced by his Cape Breton musical roots.

The excitement continues July 9 with Molly Thomason, a talented 19-year-old who is already on her third record in four years. A touring vet, she’s had multiple nominations for Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Awards and has achieved finalist slots in the John Lennon Songwriting and International Song Contests. She won Young Performer of the Year at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and the “She’s the One” competition at the 2012 Ottawa Bluesfest.

Appearing July 16, Irish Mythen sings from the heart and soul about life and love in all their moods with the insight of an astute observer of the human condition. Her live show is legendary, as Mythen commands the stage with a powerful voice and heartfelt songs that reward her audience with a memorable journey and has garnered her a passionate worldwide fan base. A citizen of the world, she was born in Ireland, travelled virtually everywhere, and now calls Maritime Canada her home.

Ryan Cook and Kelly Sloan perform July 23. A hardcore troubadour and traveling songwriter, Cook grew up in a large dairy-farming family on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia. Blending the nostalgia of classic country music with modern satire, Cook has developed a progressive style of country that is both traditional and innovative. Sloan, on the other hand, is a classically trained singer who spent a third of her life in the eclectic Halifax music scene. Her music has been described as “soul-infused folk,” “Canadiana flare,” and “country-roots rock.”

Providing the entertainment on July 30 is Newfoundland native Matthew Hornell. Raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, Hornell now makes his home in Halifax’s North End. In 2010, he received four Music NL awards for his debut album, Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds, including Entertainer of the Year. Last year’s sophomore release, Have It All, earned him a nomination for ECMA’s Rising Star Recording of the Year.

The South Shore’s own Jennah Barry takes the stage on August 6. A singer, songwriter and musician, Barry’s music is described as juicy pop gossip with a folk backbone. Her songs dance the spectrum between folk and indie rock. With a voice as sweet as honey, Barry draws on a string of loves lost and won between the South Shore and Toronto. Her songs have the maturity of an old hand at romance, tough to let go of and so easy to love.

An experienced and entertaining performer Dylan Guthro performs August 13. He released his debut album in 2012 for which he won the Music Nova Scotia Award for Best New Recording, solid reviews and multiple placements on the television show, Degrassi.  Since then he has worked in Nashville, toured Denmark on three separate occasions, co-produced his first recording project, toured eastern Canada and attended a song retreat and festival in Sweden. He wins over fans and industry with his catchy and sincere songs, his superb musicianship, and his impressive vocals.

The sounds of Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party are described as a howling, seething hurricane of ferocious rock and roll music. Featuring vocal harmonies and melodies, audiences should be prepared for an onslaught of energy. Hardworking easterners Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party summon their  musical influences from girl groups of the 60s with a tinge of  rockabilly inspired by Gene Vincent. Stratton has a flair for writing catchy songs that leave the listener moved by the raw emotion in them. The band takes the stage August 20.

Rounding out the summer series, Dave Sampson will perform August 27. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve folk-pop songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple earworms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Atlantic Canada for the past three years. He was selected to showcase in the Breakout Stage mentorship program at the East Coast Music Awards 2014.