Artists & Musicians

Artists and Musicians:

We are so honored to have the following artists and musicians generously contribute to Memory Cafés in Nova Scotia. Thank you to all for sharing your talents, time and commitment to help us bring high quality art and musical performance to persons living with memory challenges and to their families.

Feel free to download and use these art works and musical performances to spark group discussion and for entertainment at your own Memory Café.

Arnaud Béghin

Arnaud Béghin is a French painter presently living in Hantsport, Nova Scotia. He is represented by the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville and by Secord Gallery in Halifax. He is married to Canadian artist Elizabeth Sircom.

Doretta Groenendyk

Doretta paints narrative, acrylic and collage images on board that are whimsical and playful. The work she creates is woven into her lifestyle, which is filled with stories and possibility. Just as the work is created within her family living space, so the images depict life in its familiar but poetic narrative.

More information can be found on her website

Elizabeth Sircom

Originally from the Annapolis Valley, Elizabeth Sircom received her art training in Paris, France, and lived in Le Havre, Normandy for 20 years, working as a professional artist and art teacher, with a focus on portrait sculpture. She returned with her family to live in Nova Scotia in 2013 and since then has been an active member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, CARFAC and the Nova Scotia Potters’ Guild, giving many workshops to adults and children. Her other centre of interest is music. She teaches cello and is the Program Director of the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra in Wolfville.

You can view Elizabeth’s web site at

Diane Nadon

Diane Nadon, the daughter of an Acadian mother, from St. Mary’s Bay/Baie Ste-Marie (Clare), N.S., and a Quebecois father, was born in Montreal, where she lived until her retirement in 2008, when she returned to live in the Baie Sainte-Marie area.

This Acadian region has always inspired her artistic creativity: the sea and the rocks, nature’s flowers, the diversity of colour eternally changing with each season, have all been a living source of inspiration for her.

During childhood summers, she spent vacations in the wide open spaces of Baie Sainte-Marie and Meteghan beach.

As an adult, she became friends with artists in the region, with whom she discovered the joys of watercolour, and this close relationship with the visual arts has never left her.

After watercolour, she found pleasure in other techniques; etching and the lino-cut became another fascinating adventure in the La Manivelle studio.

In recent years, as director of the “Conseil des Arts de la Baie”, Diane has tried to bring more visibility and support to artists in this region by creating several projects, and organizing workshops in the spaces of La Manivelle and l’Atelier, as well as many exhibitions at the Le Trécarré gallery.

Diane’s works are on display at the Le Trécarré Gallery and at Yarmouth Creative.

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Holly Carr

Holly has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally.  Holly has designed for theatre productions and large scale public installations. Her most ambitious installation to date is a larger than life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest” for Acadia University Art Gallery.

Andrew Son

Andrew Son is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University, having studied Neuroscience and Music. A musician from the Halifax region, he loves to perform the piano and story-tell through music, especially to those that cannot regularly attend public performances. This led him to found the Music and Healing Society of Dalhousie, where he led a group of Dalhousie students in organizing concerts at hospitals and nursing/long-term care homes for patients, families, and health care workers. Furthermore, from his experience with volunteering at the Veterans' Memorial Building, Andrew is passionate about working with older adults and advocating for stigma reduction surrounding dementia. He is a Provincial Outreach Coordinator for the Memory Café Nova Scotia.

Chrissy Crowley & Colin Grant

Chrissy Crowley and Colin Grant are well-known Nova Scotian fiddlers.

Chrissy was born into a large family steeped in the ways of Celtic music. She has taken on the twin mantels of both protecting and promoting the sounds of her native Cape Breton Island. She has embraced the music of her Celtic roots and made it her own.

Colin's fiddle playing has stepped to the forefront of the East Coast traditional music scene. Although most at home with traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, his versatility as both a lead and side musician has given him experiences in a variety of traditional styles, in addition to folk, rock and country genres.

Donovan Cassidy with Steven Wilton

Donovan Cassidy-Nolan hails from Wolfville Nova Scotia and loves to play fiddle and violin. He has worked as a cultural re-enactor at the Grand Pre UNESCO site, sharing Acadian fiddle music and the stories of the Acadian, Loyalist and Mi’kmaq people.

Jenn Sheppard, Stephen Muise & Jordyn Crocker

Jenn, Stephen and their daughter Jordyn are a family of professional Cape Breton musicians. During the onset of the pandemic, the three performed live online to raise money for various charities and special causes. For 20 weeks, from their living room, they raised over $100,000 for causes near and dear to our communities, such as the purchase of 48 iPads for long term care facilities. To hear more music from this family trio, visit “The Garbage Night Sessions”.

John Tetrault

John Tetrault is known and respected locally as a musician and songwriter. As a teacher and clinician for the last 30 years, Tetrault also enjoys sharing his passion for music with aspiring musicians. He has been teaching guitar and helping with bands at Kings-Edgehill School for years.

In addition, based out of Hantsport, he teaches private lessons and leads songwriting and guitar workshops. He has been a faculty member at the Acadia University Jazz Camp since 1990.

He has performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival and the Earth and Lunenburg Folk Festivals. His solo work includes appearances at private functions and community venues. Often called upon as a pit guitarist, he even played a stint at the Atlantic Theatre Festival.

Matthew Martin

Originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Matt has been teaching guitar lessons and performing in Nova Scotia since 2004. He has a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Acadia University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Koblenz International Guitar Academy in Germany. Matt currently teaches out of his studio in Kentville and performs for various events throughout the Annapolis Valley and across the Maritimes. He has taught classical guitar at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, and Acadia University. In addition to solo playing, Matt also plays guitar in the Halifax based group Flamenco en Rouge.

Monette Robichaud

Monette was born and lives in Meteghan, N.S. She has been singing Acadian songs for as long as she can remember and has entertained audiences ranging from children to the elderly. Monette loves singing traditional and folk songs (and anything in between !). She very much enjoys it when her audience joins in the singing.

Rose Morrison

Rose Morrison has been a professional musician for more than 20 years, touring and teaching internationally. She first came onto the scene at age 11 as an original member of The Cottars. The group recorded three albums, toured North America, Europe, and Japan, earned themselves two East Coast Music Awards, and performed at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out audience. She has since recorded and performed with Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Glen Hansard and Brendan Begley, among others, and continues to tour with many well-known artists in North America and internationally. Rose released her first solo album, The MacKenzie Project, in 2010 and her second album, Atlantic, won Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2018 East Coast Music Awards. Rose is now working on her third solo studio album with Dave Gunning as producer. She released ‘Let Our Love’ which can be watched here: