Why we celebrate

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When I moved to Halifax as a young man, this talk of a summer festival season was alien to me. I came from Digby, where festival season consisted of “Scallop Days,” a long weekend in August where the community gathered to share its love of beer gardens, tilt-a-whirls and, to a lesser extent, scallops. (Digby… Read More»

Steampunks, UFOs and yodellers—exploring Maritime subcultures

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A new Halifax-based production company, Peep Media Inc., is premiering its first documentary Edge of East on CBC Documentary Channel tonight at 8pm. (It will rebroadcast on CBC Maritimes on July 19 at 8pm). In the doc, director Jackie Torrens explores three rich and surprising subcultures that have unique ties to the Maritime identity: the UFO believers of Shag… Read More»

Diana Whalen adds it all up

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She has long been one of Halifax’s busiest MLAs, and now Diana Whalen’s resumé includes “Finance Minister” in Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government. Recently, she brought in her first budget, and talked with Halifax Magazine about how she’s settling into the job. Is the honeymoon over yet? [Laughs] Let me think…Certainly when you bring in your… Read More»

“Coastal Lives” laid bare

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Writers hold back the curtain on other people’s lives. But as a general rule, they don’t like having their own lives examined. Stories of reclusive and shy writers (most kindly described as “quirky”) abound. So to talk with a writer who openly, even happily, shares a lifetime worth of hopes, hurts, highs and lows, is a disarming… Read More»

Oh, now I get it…

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As regular readers know, I started sharing details on my get-fit efforts about a year and a half ago. As I’ve gone through that journey, losing 48 pounds and six inches off my waist, I always had this vague goal of running in one of the Blue Nose Marathon events as a way of marking… Read More»

Out at the movies—the OutEast Film Festival returns

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Just three years since its first screening, the Out East Queer Film Festival has become a force on Atlantic Canada’s cinema scene. The festival, which runs June 12 to 15 at Neptune Theatre’s Studio Stage, owes its success to its ability to attract a broad audience. “Out East is very accessible,” says Andria Wilson, festival… Read More»

Building a Better Editor: Milestones

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This is the second-to-last post in our Building a Better Editor series. For the last 18 months, I’ve blogged about my efforts to get fit and lose weight. As I’ve done this project, I’ve worked towards two big goals. The first, which I hit last June, was to lose 45 pounds. The second was to… Read More»

My turn to run

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I’ve watched the runners go in pouring rain—that malicious horizontal Halifax rain that makes you just want to get inside as quickly as possible, not run around for fun. I’ve watched them go in dank fog and on unseasonably chilly Sunday mornings, when any normal person would still be in bed. And year after year,… Read More»

Building a Better Editor: Race day approaches

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It’s been a month since my last report on my preparations to run the 10K at the Blue Nose Marathon, so we’re long overdue for an update. Short version: It’s been freakin’ frustrating. Not long after that last update, I fell ill with the flu. The sort of flu that made my doctor say “Wow,… Read More»

Contest: The Trews

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NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Michelle Forrest!  We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see The Trews live at the Marquee Ballroom on May 23, plus a copy of their latest album The Trews. To enter, post a comment below and tell us: What was the best live concert you saw… Read More»