For Second Year – Wolfville declared one of the Top Culture Destinations in the Maritimes

For Second Year – Wolfville declared one of the Top Culture Destinations in the Maritimes

For Immediate Release                                                                                                  

September 27, 2013

Wolfville, NS – The Wolfville Business Development Corporation (WBDC) is honored to announce that Wolfville has been declared, again by CBC TV, as one of the top ten cultural destinations in the Maritime Provinces.

On last evening’s CBC Television production of Maritimes Cultureville, host Colleen Jones highlighted the many distinct cultural attributes of ten Maritime communities.  The selection of communities was based on submissions by Maritimers and an evaluation by CBC.  Wolfville, along with the Village of Canning, were in this year’s top ten culturally vibrant communities in the Maritime Provinces.

CBC TV celebrated Wolfville as the home of Acadia University and Al Whittle Theatre where music and theatre are “nurtured” and as a community where “artist genius shines”.  It also accentuated Wolfville’s slow food and wine experiences as offering new economic growth opportunities for Wolfville and its surrounding communities.

Wolfville is a fertile culture of both the head and the hands, influenced as much by academia as the soil.  It has a sense of confidence and creativity that keeps it charged with a unique brand of energy.  Wolfville sets the stage now for world class experiences ranging from distinctive boutiques, world class accommodations and dining to the Wolfville Magic Winery Bus, Deep Roots Music Festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest and much more.

“We are delighted to receive this important recognition and equally proud of the renowned reputation that Wolfville is developing,” said David Hovell, Executive Director, WBDC.   “As we continue our work to establish Wolfville as the premier food and wine destination of the Atlantic Provinces, it is exciting to see opportunities to grow enterprise in Wolfville emerging.”

The Wolfville Business Development Corporation is an independent corporation that represents the interests of Wolfville businesses and business people.  It is funded directly by Wolfville businesses and works in partnership with the Town of Wolfville, Acadia University and business owners.  WBDC promotes Wolfville through marketing initiatives aimed to create a positive profile for the Town and increasing business activity.

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For Additional Information Contact:

David Hovell, Executive Director

Wolfville Business Development Corporation

Tel:      (902) 542 – 4093

Cell:     (902) 670 – 0340


Wolfville Painting the Town Red & Blue Sunday: Rescheduled




For Immediate Release                                                                                            

September 11, 2013

Wolfville, NS – Determined to show its pride, Wolfville will wave Acadia University colours by Painting the Town Red and Blue this coming Sunday, September 15, 2013 and will fill the Town Centre parking lot with Streetfest.

Paint the Town Red and Blue will transform Town Centre parking lot, in Wolfville’s downtown core, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm into a Streetfest; a celebration welcoming new and returning Acadia University students plus give local residents the opportunity to meet their new neighbours.  Streetfest will include musical performances on stage, fun activities for children and families, local business displays with product sampling, a Dunk Tank supporting Shinerama, Wolfville Volunteer Fire Department truck demonstration and much more.

The Spirit Rally and Fireworks Show have been postponed for later this fall and will not occur on the evening of Sunday, September 15th.  Once confirmed, event details will be released.

Streetfest is open to the public and all area residents and families are welcome; admission is free.  Painting the Town Red and Blue is a cooperative effort by the Wolfville Business Development Corporation, Acadia University, Acadia Students’ Union and the Town of Wolfville.

Join the Paint the Town Red and Blue event on Facebook by visiting:


For additional information contact:

David Hovell, Executive Director                                                Scott Roberts, Executive Director Communications & Marketing

Wolfville Business Development Corporation       Acadia University

Tel:        (902) 542 – 4093                                            Tel:        (902) 585 – 1705

Cel:        (902) 670 – 0340                                            Cel:        (902) 670 – 8966

Email:            Email:


Kespukwitk Celebrated: ANCIENT MI’KMAW Culture ReEmerges at White Point Beach Resort in Liverpool, Nova Scotia- June 20th and June 21st.

 Kespukwitk Celebrated: ANCIENT MI’KMAW Culture ReEmerges

Immerse yourself in a deeply enriching past and present Mi’kmaw culture . White Point Lodge in Hunts Point, Nova Scotia is celebrating Kespukwitk.  You can find all the details here on A wide  range of impressive artistry work, artifacts and presentations will be showcasing over the the two day period.AncientMikmawCulture

Innovative will be broadcasting live at all the while exploring the deeply set culture of our land and history. Check us out over the next 48 hours.

Discover a truly captivating and enlightening event that will leave you feeling a deeper appreciation and broader set knowledge of the aboriginal culture.Mingle with the devoted artists such as: jeweler, Sheila Porter and traditional leather work artist and beader, Cherry Whynot. Indulge your inner child, learning from Canadian Museum of Civilization’s archaeologist Dr. Mathew Betts; you’ll be glad you did. That’s just a taste of what’s to come, check our website for further updates as the event comes closer into view.

Discover and explore the Shell Middens, Petroglyphs, and 10,000 artifacts of the Mersey – it’s a journey back more than 10,000 years with our guides, the Mi’Kmaq of Acadia First Nation and their ancestors. Explore the shell middens of Port Joli with Dr. Matthew Betts of the Museum of Civilization, re-discover the largest collection of Petroglyphs (history/stories in stone) in Eastern North America and a collection of artifacts that reveal a way of life and use of an ancient travelway 10,000 years in use. Participate in and admire the Circle Dance and on Summer Solstice (June 21) welcome the sun at the Traditional Sunrise Ceremony (5:30am), experience the Mi’Kmaw Village and explore traditions and practices more than 10,000 years rich This will be a 2 day experience like no other, and a chance of a lifetime as we gather to celebrate, acknowledge, share and experience the Mi’Kmaw heritage of our region with all who gather.
Explore the entire 2 day program in depth now and don’t miss this unique experience!

LIVE Webstream: Can’t make it to the event but interested in the presentations? Drop in to to see the live steaming of the event!

Mi’Kmaw Culture Re-Emerges in Liverpool, Nova Scotia

10,000 years of Mi’Kmaw Culture Re-Emerges in Nova Scotia

Liverpool, June 5, 2013 – For over 10,000 years, the drum has been the heartbeat of Southwest Nova Scotia and in honour of National Aboriginal Day and the Summer Solstice, Acadia First Nation is hosting a groundbreaking event at White Point Beach Resort on June 20 and 21, Ancient Mi’Kmaw Culture Re-Emerges.

Offering unique insights into this ancient culture, guests of the two-day event will embark on a journey through more than 10,000 years of Mi’Kmaq presence in “Kespukwitk”, the area encompassed by today’s UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.  Dr. Matthew Betts, the lead archaeologist in Atlantic Canada for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, will reveal the fascinating 3,000-year-old story uncovered on the shores of Port Joli; Nova Scotia experts will interpret and present the thousands of artifacts found on the riverbed of the oldest travelway in the province – the Mersey River; and the largest collection of petroglyphs found in Eastern North America at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site will be retraced during this event.

Master of Ceremonies and Acadia First Nation Community Enhancement Development Officer Melanie Purdy is thrilled about the program created for this event.  “We are so pleased to share and highlight the depth, wealth and beauty of our culture through these historical elements against a backdrop of a cultural experiences program presented by our community.”  A Circle Dance, a Summer Solstice Sunrise Ceremony on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a Mi’Kmaw Artists Showcase, a traditional Wigwam Village and Lunch featuring a Medicine Plant walk, traditional craft and tool demonstrations and drumming and dance will be among the experiences that will round out this gathering.  “We are proud to showcase and honour our heritage in such a dynamic way, inviting our guests to explore, discover and fully appreciate our presence in Kespukwitk, dating back more than 10,000 years.”

Respected and celebrated traditional Mi’Kmaq birchbark canoe builder Todd Labrador is intimately involved as he showcases his canoes and conducts various ceremonies including the Summer Solstice Sunrise Ceremony on National Aboriginal Day. Labrador, a member of the planning committee, says this event is one of which he is particularly proud to be part of. “This gathering enables us to honour our ancestors and more importantly share insights into our teachings, learnings and culture with the greater community, it is an honour” says Labrador.

Eric LeBel, Superintendent at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site says they are excited to be a partner and presenter at the event. “This gathering is groundbreaking. The Acadia First Nation community is truly inspiring and is surrounded by a very passionate team working to share the story of the Mi’Kmaq in this region.”

Organizers say they are pleased with the response. Judy Boutilier, Cultural Officer with Acadia First Nation, says the 2 day program presented along the shores of the Atlantic at White Point Beach Resort is perfect settling.  Boutilier says, “While guests are welcome to join us for one or both days, many are opting for the overnight package ensuring they don’t miss the 5:30am Sunrise Ceremony on Summer Solstice.” For those unable to attend in person, organizers have made arrangements to have the event live streamed over the Internet

“The enthusiasm and excitement surrounding ‘Ancient Mi’Kmaw Culture Re-Emerges’ has been astounding. It is such a privilege to be hosting this gathering here at White Point” says White Point’s Marketing Manager, Donna Hatt, “being part of the planning team has been a privilege and the support has been overwhelming.”

‘Ancient Mi’Kmaw Culture Re-Emerges’ program is available online at For registration information, visit  or call 1-800-565-5068.

Robot in a Machine caught in Wolfville, Nova Scotia by Gabriel Both

Nick Cox, a musician in Nova Scotia, was artfully strumming his guitar on the Wolfville harbour wharf, when he was approached by a slightly eccentric character with a movie camera.

“Do you want to make a music video?” Steve Wilsack inquired, and before long, such a video was produced.  Steve showed the rest of the crew at Innovative the film of Nick’s performance, and one member, Gabriel Both, was intrigued by the possibilities.  “I knew that I could do something similar with my own music compositions,” said Gabe in a recent interview.

With Steve and the rest of the ‘Innovative Crew’, Gabe began developing his music to a music video. Many locations were utilized throughout the duration, among them, Wile’s Laundromat, The Wolfville Harbour Raft, the Skateboard park, Pete’s, and even the Wolfville town council meeting.

The public feedback was unanimous; everyone wanted to see and hear more.

After council said Wolfville was ‘busker-friendly’, Gabe performed on the streets in front of the Just Us! Cafe and Al Whittle theatre, the Front Street Cafe, the Creative Hair Salon, and even ‘The Market’ on Main Street.

Eventually, enough footage was collected, and Innovative set to producing a music video for his newest creation: “Robot in a Machine”

For more music by Gabriel Both, go to:

Women in Technology – Discussion in Wolfville

A documentary and discussion about women’s involvement in technology and the challenges faced was held in Wolfville on Monday, May 6th.

Here is the raw live stream from the event.

Go to  to view more information about this event.


A Celebration of the Places & Faces of Wolfville!

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A community celebration Tuesday, May 7th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Wolfville’s Acadia Festival Theatre for a community celebration of a new brand, ‘Bloom’!

Innovative is broadcasting the event live at:

The celebration is comprised of two key components:
• 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – A Wolfville Showcase featuring local businesses and partners who contribute to the unique experience that is Wolfville.
• 12:00pm to 12:30pm – A thirty minute stage performance, produced by Jeremy Webb, designed to tell the Wolfville brand story featuring the faces, voices, talent and creativity of Wolfville.

The show is free and there is a free lunch for the first 200 guests!!

For more information go to:


Spring is in Full Swing

Conditions are perfect, spring has sprung and it just so happens to be Earth Day on this fine-sun-filled day, so we thought perhaps this is good time to send out a friendly reminder that spring clean-up is just around the bend. It will run for one day only in your area and does not necessarily commit on your regular clean-up day, so we’ve provided you with all the details. Click the link below to view more information on accepted items and schedule.


Innovative in New Minas, is an ACES drop-off Centre for electronics.  We accept:
Here is the ACES site for Nova Scotia.


Wolfville Development Committee -Sends proposal to Public Hearing and Council (Nova Scotia)

Community Development Committee Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  The committee  had examined the changes and has referred the matter back to council.    There will be another Public Meeting on the proposed development before it proceeds to council.  Check out the video footage of the meeting at:

336 Main Street

336 Main Street Development Plans are now proceeding to another Public Hearing to be announced in a few days.

New plans and updated drawings can be found on the link  listed below.,com_events/Itemid,266/agid,334/catids,121|153|154/day,17/month,04/task,view_detail/year,2013/

Team iMoe has great fundraiser Sucess at the Innovation Summit, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Team iMoe, who just recently won the Robotic championship at Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was in attendance at the Dinner Keynote-Patrick Horgan (V.P. Operations, IBM Canada).  The girls were fundraising before the event, plus each guest received a piece of their handmade collection at the dinner. Ray Ivany, President of Acadia University was very impressed with their display and all their success.

The tech-savvy group of junior high students presented its award-winning robot to innovation leaders from around the world at the province’s first Innovation Summit earlier  in the day. (April 16th).

The experience brings the all-girls team one step closer to showcasing its innovation on the international stage when they compete at the FIRST LEGO World Festival and Championship in St. Louis later this month.

Premier Darrell Dexter says the team is an inspiration to  any girl who thinks science and math is not for them. The premier says the amazing young ladies took a smart idea and turned it into a marketable product that is so amazing they are working to patent it. He says this is the kind of ingenuity the province wants to support.  The girls designed and programmed a robotic sensor to help seniors. The device attaches to a walker and alerts the user when they are beginning to lose their balance.

The province is giving the Bedford based, iMoe Robotics team more than $4000.  toward their trip to the competition on April 24-27. The girls qualified by winning the provincial title at the league’s Acadia University Robot Programming Competition last February.

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