Memory Café NS

Artists & Musicians

Artists and Musicians:

We are so honored to have the following artists and musicians generously contribute to Memory Cafes 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 Cafe.

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.

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

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

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 instillation to date is a larger than life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest” for Acadia University Art Gallery.

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.

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.

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”.