Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Thank You Bill Freedman

October 28, 2015

It was sad to hear of the passing of Bill Freedman in late September 2015.…

AGM 2015 Recap

June 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Annual General Meeting on June 24th at the…

Conference Thanks

June 2, 2015

One month ago today we opened the first Sable Island Conference. It was exciting to…

Free as the Wind – Original Choral Theatre


FatW Poster FinalThe Xara Youth Ensemble is presenting their new performance piece Free as the Wind, based on the book of the same name by ecologist and author Jamie Bastedo and Halifax artist Susan Tooke.  Set in 1960s Nova Scotia, Free as the Wind is a story of nature, activism, and the power of one person to make a difference.

When the Canadian government decides to auction off wild Sable Island horses, many of them destined to be dog food, Canadian children write letters pleading with politicians to save them.  Free as the Wind follows several young women as they rally their communities to take action and free the horses. Bastedo and Tooke’s story will be interwoven with beautiful choral music, choreography, and lighting to create a new adaptation of this story of strength, beauty, and change.

The premiere will take place on June 7th at Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased through their website or by calling 902.223.7828.

In addition, Free as the Wind will be touring across Nova Scotia, as part of a “double-bill” with the Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble (XCTE) show Waiting on the Eastern Line. Performances will take place on June 8th at Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre, June 13th at The Astor Theatre in Liverpool, and June 28th at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal. Tour tickets should be purchased directly from each theatre.

For more information on Xara Choral Theatre or to order tickets visit