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Updated: Aug 18, 2023

Nathin Hines started attending all-age shows in junior high and by the time he was old enough to get into the bars he had already formed his first band. But Hines is most known as the voice behind Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew, a band that played the local scene until Covid hit.

Photo Credit: Jules Cameron

But now Hines, and another founding member of the band, Tanner Leudy, is back with a new sound and a new band.

As Covid restrictions were easing, Hines; Leudy; and Mitchell Hines (Nathan’s bro), started writing music together that Hines describes as a “stoner rock/hard rock sound.” Soon after Steve Floyd and Jesse Rowe came on board. In April of last year, the band debuted as Conductor.

Fast forward to this summer and the band has a year of heavy touring under its belt and a newly released single.

“Our debut single is called Snake Bite, a total throwback to underground ‘70s heavy rock, overdriven guitars, in-your-face vocals, and a pounding rhythm section,” says Hines. “Fans of modern stoner/ hard rock or fans of strictly ‘70s sounding hard rock will totally dig it, perfectly dusted with a pinch of heavy metal.”

Conductor played Daniel’s last Saturday and this weekend they will be playing in Moncton for Diner Drugs’ new album release party.

Photo Credit: Michelle Leudy Photography

As far as local shows, Conductor is planning a big event for the fall. They tell us they will soon be announcing a show with a great lineup of Cape Breton bands.

This fall the band is also planning to release an LP.

Conductor enjoys playing the local music scene in the Third. “It's a great community and the fans and support have been amazing,” says Hines. “Since restrictions have lifted most gigs are packed!”

The band calls the Third home, but they are also looking forward to getting on the road. “We will play anywhere,” says Hines. “Through social media, we have connected with similar styled artists globally, but for now we would like to conquer Canada as much as possible.”

You can expect some new show dates to be announced by Conductor in the near future.

Photo Credit: Jules Cameron

A budding film industry for the Third?

A group of 10 young Mi’kmaw students last week had the opportunity to create a short film, two documentaries, and a public service announcement after taking part in a five-day multi-media camp in the Third led by three prominent indigenous actors.

The Third attended the film premiere last Friday night and the community came out to show their support. It was a standing room only as the young actors and their proud families and friends gathered to watch the results of their week for the first time on the big screen.

The room erupted in cheers, laughs, and claps at the end of each individual film project. During the airing, the actors enjoyed sharing their private-behind-the-scenes knowledge of how what we were watching all came together.

The Artist Inside Multi-media Camp is the brainchild of Justin Rain, who is a member of the Cree Nation from Saskatchewan and an actor. He told The Third that the camp is for indigenous youth that have very little to no filmmaking, writing, or acting experience.

Rain tells us that this is the third camp that Artist Inside has organized. But it is the first time that his team relied completely on smartphone technology. “We all have them, they are accessible and we thought it would be a neat idea to create a media camp with equipment that we all have in our pockets.”

From left to right: Eric Schweig, Violet Rain, Justin Rain

Rain also thought that it would be inspirational for the budding actors. Young people are very familiar and comfortable with smartphones. So taking them out and shooting some footage isn’t a daunting exercise for them. Instead, the phones give them the “ability to make a film with something we use and that is easy to get a hold of,” he told us.

Violet Rain is also one of the lead facilitators with Artist Inside. Like her husband, Justin, she is also a successful indigenous actor. She thinks the camp, and particularly learning to make films on smartphones empowers the actors. “You don’t need to wait for equipment. With minimal equipment like an iPhone, you can get your story out there, and I think that is very powerful,” she said. “No matter where you are in your journey if you have a story to tell you should tell it.”

Both Rains enjoyed watching the youth come out of their shells and evolve as actors. They also hope that the participants continue to make films and use their new-found skills as positive outlets instead of the negative ones that plagued the Rains when they were young, such as substance abuse and withdrawing because of a lacking identity.

Patrick Doyle, far right, explains to some youth how a professional digital camera works

The Unama’ki Motion Picture Cooperative was also on hand for the premiere. Cinematographer

Patrick Doyle was there to demonstrate the professional Arri Alexa digital camera that was donated to the UMPCo-op by Panavision Canada, the leading provider of professional camera equipment.

“There hasn't been much of a film industry in Cape Breton,” said Doyle.So, it's very likely most of the youth in the workshop haven't seen a full-size profession camera before.”

Before and after the premiere, camp participants and other youth interested in the entertainment industry had the opportunity to try out the camera for themselves.

Doyle says that it is always enjoyable and impressive to see the abilities of the cameras. “The camera has a very large monitor that allows you to see what the camera is seeing. It is always interesting for people when they can see that.”

As a professional cinematographer, Doyle has been around the globe filming for the biggest studios in Hollywood, including MGM and Paramount Pictures. These days he is spending most of his days home in the Third to get the UMPCo-op off the ground. (Watch for future stories about this exciting project from The Third.)

Doyle, along with several other Thirders, are working hard to establish a film industry on the island. He thinks the participants from the camp will “absolutely” get involved with the Co-op. He wasn’t surprised to see so many youth wanting to participate in the film camp and looks forward to being able to offer workshops throughout the island.

“It shows that this is something that draws youth in and that's exactly what the UMP Coop will build on to start developing a larger film community,” he said. “I'm very excited to see what we can do here in Unama'ki when we start to be able to offer workshops all over the Island.”

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