Dockside contributes to revamping of Digby downtown off-season

Published on March 15, 2017

Margie Brown, of the Margie Brown duo, manages the Dockside’s Entertainment and promotions. She says live music has already helped bring more locals out and about in Digby Town ahead of tourist season, and hopes it continues throughout the spring, summer and fall.

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DIGBY, NS - A local business and a savvy manager are looking to bring a little life to Digby’s downtown area during the off-season.

Margie Brown, of the Margie Brown Duo, works as Entertainment and Promotions Manager for The Dockside Restaurant and Bar.

As someone who’s managed businesses and tested the waters before, Brown knows what’s up. She started at the Dockside the summer of 2016, and was made the venue’s Entertainment and Promotions manager last week.

Over the last few weeks, even before her position became official, she created weekly events at the bar, which currently include karaoke on Wednesdays, wing night on Thursdays, and an open mic Sunday afternoons.

Other events she’s created include several live musicians such as Glenn Roache and Carol Perry, with performances around every two weeks, and a soon-to-start monthly paint night. Brown is also in talks to host a Yuk Yuks comedy night, and is looking to plan lip sync battles.

As someone who’s been around the live music industry, Brown also knows how to book a really great band. She says the variety in the music and events she’s created comes from being passionate about getting people involved.

“Live music is always a sure thing, but there’s very little of it here,” she says.

“When you have a passion, the creativity just seems to flow.”

Brown says Dockside head-chef Ryan Thibodeau has been a wonderful partner throughout the process, and “creates these amazing menus and specials to go with the events.”

She credits the current success of these events to this as well.

“5,000 people have liked the Paint Night page so far, and it’s crazy! I don’t even know how we’ll go about accommodating that – probably go with multiple nights,” she says.

The response has been inspiring, says Brown, and she hopes it will continue. She says the town is looking for consistency, and has vocalized a want for these events to continue on a scheduled basis, even into the tourist season.

Brown says the bar, which is located beneath the Fundy Restaurant, is a “hidden gem.” She hopes these events are the kicker that’ll finally show everyone where it is.

“This place has been open since 1999, and there are still tons of people in town who don’t know it exists,” she says, “but Margie Brown is going to change that.”