Play, Film, Concert and Workshop Celebrate Anniversary of the Intercolonial Railway


Live Bait Theatre is excited to be partnering with several organizations in Town to present a series of events and exhibits celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Intercolonial Railway coming to Sackville in 1869. Already in 2019 there have been several events including a talk at the Tantramar Heritage Trust Heritage Day celebration, a model railroad show held in conjunction with the Town of Sackville, a concert of period music by the Sackville Citizens’ Band, and the opening of a display on the railway “The Transformative Impact of the Railway on Sackville, NB, 1869-1879” at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre.

Anniversary celebrations will continue with four more events being held between now and the end of the year.  Live Bait will be presenting a special community theatre production of “The Intercolonial Railway: Ties That Bind”, written by Susan Amos and directed by Dale Fawthrop. The play tells the story of the development of the railway from Confederation onward, and performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm with a matinee at 2 pm as well on the 22nd.  It will be presented at the Sackville United Church, and admission is by donation.  To reserve a seat for this play (general admission – seating is limited to 50 people) contact Live Bait Theatre at 536-2248 or

From November 15 to December 15, the Owens Art Gallery will also be screening Steve Topping’s train-themed film “Reading Canada Backwardsin the picture window of the gallery every night from dusk until dawn. Topping is a visual artist who works with electronics, film and sound. He has made several short films and site-specific film installations, including “Reading Canada Backwards,” which was screened at the Vancouver Film Festival in 1997. According to the artist, the film “is proportional to the landscape from Vancouver to Halifax, Canada. It’s shot at a rate of 3 frames per mile so one can compare the geography of the county.” In addition to this presentation of the film, on November 30, the actual date of the anniversary, the Owens Art Gallery will host an artist talk by Topping at 4 pm.

Another major anniversary themed event is the presentation of the concert and cd launch for “The Day the Train Pulled Into Town”, featuring train-themed music composed and performed by Janet Crawford and Ray Legere. “Ray and I both feel very fortunate to live in a community that still experiences the rumblings of the train”, said Janet Crawford. “Working on this “Train” project has been very fulfilling for us both and they’re excited for everyone to hear this new CD.” The CD launch premiere concert will be held Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 pm at the Vogue Cinema. Tickers are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. More information on the concert is available on Live Bait’s website.

In addition to the above mentioned projects, the Tantramar Heritage Trust’s train themed exhibit continues through the fall, and The Sackville Art Hive will also be presenting a workshop titled “Connections Art Project – Our Cultures, Our Past, Our Present, Our Future” in the coming weeks. More details on this project will be coming soon.

For more details on anniversary events, including tickets and other information, please contact Live bait Theatre at 536-2248 or or visit

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