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Issue #1,211 VOLUME 27, NUMBER 7 JULY 11 - JULY 17, 2019

On the cover: Sheila E. by Koury Angelo. “She came into fame bringing her crisp, pristine,polyrhythmic style to Prince’s post-Revolution band in the late Eighties, helping shape the decade’s rock, pop and R&’s her eminence as a still-in-demand drummer that’s secured her musical legacy.”—“100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” Rolling Stone

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Jazz Fest: The weekend we fall in love with the waterfront all over again, for the millionth time.


“My feet are 10 shades of black and I already scrubbed them once.” —Confessions of a Cavendish attendee

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passed his property was supposed to migrate to my mother, but the lot didn’t. Not realizing this, mom deeded the lot to me the day before she died. When I tried to get information on it, I was told the land had never been granted, and was owned by the department of natural resources. I had 40 years of tax receipts and permit applications, but it took DNR two years to admit their mistake. When they changed the title, they put it back in the name of my father’s estate. My deed was from mom to me, so I couldn’t register it. Tax arrears had accumulated. The property was sold at a tax sale. The arrears were approximately $1,500. The province got $10,000 from the tax sale. The buyer got over $30,000 when he resold it. I got nothing. —Deena Netzke on Facebook Where is The Coast getting the $5,495 foreclosure sale price from? I know the current owner of the Chester home, and that is not what they paid for it. —Eva Romita on Facebook That isn’t what it went for—more like $500,000. —Teresa Eisenhauer on Facebook

I would work myself to death in that big house...couldn’t keep myself in brooms. —Rosemary Boutilier Wile on Facebook How do you find out about those deals? I want one! —Linda Geffroy on Facebook Editor’s note: Eight King’s College journalism students in the King’s Investigative Workshop went through a major research and dataanalysis effort to figure out how Nova Scotia’s foreclosure system works. (For details on what they did, head online to About that seemingly impossible sale we highlighted on the cover, thanks to the investigative journalism team pointing the way you can easily verify it yourself. Head to ViewPoint. ca and search for 98 Pig Loop Road in Chester (you may have to sign up for a free account). After you click into the listing, the History tab reveals various transactions related to the house, like the land registration on September 28, 2017 at a purchase price of $5,495, and its 2017 assessment of $1,182,000, or “nearly $1.2 million” as the cover says. You’ll also see it sold last February for $650,000. Happy sleuthing.

Paper and plastic Due to the emphasis of trying to eliminate plastic in all forms, I am writing to one newspaper to ponder a question about another. Why is my morning Chronicle-Herald delivered in a plastic bag tied up with an elastic? I receive the paper six days a week, that is six unnecessary bags. Multiply this by 52 weeks and you get a lot of plastic bags delivered! It is not that long ago that my morning paper was delivered to my mailbox. Why was this policy changed? I live on the peninsula and have home mail delivery. I can understand the Herald using bags in the rural areas, or where there are community mailboxes, but certainly not in the city. We are making such a push to ban oneuse plastic bags—so what about these? Please, Chronicle-Herald, return to the no-plastic-bag policy, especially in the city. These bags are completely unnecessary. —D.A. Burns, Halifax

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volunteer positions on Halifax’s boards and committees are up for grabs. As a way to encourage more diversity within the fairly homogenous walls of city hall, residents can play a role in shaping decisions and discourse on policing, taxis, watershed, the Shubenacadie canal and more. With big proposed changes for the taxi industry slated for this fall and a police force still trying to figure out what to do about street checks, now’s your chance to get out of the comments section—seriously, get out—and into a chair at the table. Plus, some of the meetings have snacks (no child care, though). The deadline for applications is July 15, and you must be over 18 and a resident of the municipality to apply.


Making space for affirmation There are new changes to birth certificate and driver’s license sex-indicator rules in Nova Scotia. BY JESSICA R. DURLING


ova Scotian residents and born applicants can now obtain a new birth certificate or driver’s license displaying M, F or X, as well as have the option not to have displayed at all. As of July 9, these changes include the sex indicator X, which will be available for individuals who do not identify exclusively as male or female. Anyone can apply to have their sex indicator changed to M, F or X. This comes after consultations with transgender community members who had their sex misidentified at birth. Krista Dewey, deputy registrar general for vital statistics with the province, says this change is important because identity documents such as birth certificates are a space which people can see their gender identity affirmed, or where they can see their gender identity misidentified or erased. According to Dewey, these changes have been in the works since 2015. Ths was shortly after regulations for transgender Nova

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Scotians to correct their birth certificates were eased to no longer requiring have a surgery or hormone therapy requirement. “We had participants who shared anecdotes with us about disturbing experiences that they have had when asked to present a piece of ID, where they’ve been asked invasive questions, or had been judged or even had violence perpetrated against them,” Dewey says. “The option to have a gender marker that aligns with one’s gender identity is a way to better ensure the dignity and safety of some of our most marginalized community members.” Dewey says this change also acknowledges gender is a spectrum and not a static binary. Both long- and short-form birth certificates will now have the option to have no sex indicator displayed, available to anyone born in Nova Scotia, whether they have changed their sex indicator or not. In consultations, it was expressed by com-

munity members that including an X option but not an option to remove the marker could open the ID holder to discrimination. The X would act as a signifier that the person is a member of a marginalized community. Community members also raised concerns with the RCMP’s current requirement for fingerprints before someone can legally change a name. Dewey says while this still exists for names, it will not be a requirement for gender markers: “That doesn’t exist today, and it will not exist as part of our new process.” Applicants 16 and older will need to make a statutory declaration to state their preferred sex indicator change. Applicants 15 and younger will still need to provide a written statement from a physician or psychologist. Dewey says this is to show that person understands what they are declaring. “When we established this process,” she says, “we needed to make sure the person who

is making the application needs to understand what they are applying for.” X cannot be selected for a child at the time of their birth and non-Nova Scotia-born applicants will receive a certificate of change displaying their updated sex indicator. They must have resided in the province for at least three months to be eligible. There is no fee to correct your sex indicator with the province. Dewey says this change arose from consultations with the community: It was expressed that the burden to correct a birth certificate and have it accurately show a person’s sex should not be on the person seeking to correct it. It was also expressed that fees were a difficulty for a population who already faces employment discrimination. a Jessica Durling was part of these consultations and led a petition to ease the requirements in 2015.

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Building gets blessing Halifax West and Community Council approves a proposal for eight-storey building on Brunswick Street. BY CAORA MCKENNA


n eight-storey residential unit building got approval from Halifax West and Community Council this week. The proposed property will nest behind the historic rectory building which sits at the front of the lot at 2267 Brunswick Street beside St. Patrick’s Church. The application was first put forward by Studio Works International Inc. on behalf of developer Adam Barrett—known for working on historic properties in the area. St Patrick’s Church is a registered heritage property, as is the property on the other side of 2267 Brunswick, Huestis House but the proposed property—completed in 1889—is not. The property was de-registered in 2015 at the request of St. Patrick’s Church, who noted a 1982 registration error that saw the rectory registered along with the church. The report from that meeting says the committee was informed at that time about an offer to purchase the rectory—which would give the church much needed funds for its own restoration projects—“but the offer is contingent on the property being deregistered” the report says. Blair Beed spoke at the hearing on behalf of St. Patrick’s Church in favour of the development and the changes that have been made throughout the process. Joanne McRae, co-owner of Huestis House, spoke against the development, saying it didn’t fit with the area. “I can’t paint my house a bright blue colour that I love, because it wouldn’t respect that heritage area,” she says, noting the difficulties of changing registered historic properties versus non-registered. Ron Smith, the architect from Studio Works International, says they’ve done what they can do to get the proposed design to where it is.

Bronze Cornwallis with his puffed-out chest (the real one was probably not so statuesque). JONATHAN FOWLER

History in the front, party in the back. HRM

“You can’t rebuild old heritage buildings,” he says, “but you can keep the ones we have.” The main recommendation that came from the heritage advisory committee was to keep the new development in line with the height of the roof of St. Patrick’s Church and improve the north facing side of the building’s blank wall. Staff say they brought this to the developer but it decided to keep the eight stories, though changes were made to the north facing wall. Staff then recommended that HWCC approve the project. The proposal was passed, with councillors Waye Mason and Lindell Smith voting against the development. a


Long-term planning needed for short-term rentals Halifax group asks council to act on Airbnb.


hort-term rentals have been lurking in the background of Halifax’s housing market for a few years, and a group of north end neighbours are organizing to reign in some of the negative affects they are seeing. Neighbours Speak Up, a working group of about 50 people, presented their platform to Halifax and West Community Council this week. Bill Stewart, spokesperson for the group, says its main concern is what he’s calling “ghost hotels.” Properties being bought, renovated or built for the sole purpose of year-round, less than thirty day rentals, with no primary resident present. Stewart says there are currently 1,861 active short-term rentals properties in Halifax. Of these, 71 percent are categorized as “entire home” rentals, meaning the host or owner doesn’t live in the unit when guests are there. There are concerns that increased ghost

hotels are taking away units from longer-term Halifax renters—Halifax is currently experiencing its lowest vacancy rate in over 20 years, at 1.6 percent. Stewart says he’s heard from community members that they’ve have 200 people apply for longer-term rentals. Stewart says it’s also a business issue. “The more we saw what was going on, the more we saw the money that was behind all of this, how much was being charged, the fact that these folks do not pay any commercial taxes, they’re not licensed, there’s no standards.” Provincial changes won’t take effect until 2020, and Stewart is skeptical of the province’s notion that short-term rentals will help rural communities. City staff are currently looking into the issue of short term rentals—namely Airbnb—and HWCC says they will ensure that Neighbours Speak Up’s presentation will be passed along to them. —CM

Memorializing triumph How do you solve a problem like Cornwallis? BY JONATHAN FOWLER


he Mohawk word atateken, meaning “relatives” or, loosely, “brothers and sisters,” suggests equality and fraternity among peoples. Last month it officially replaced British general Jeffrey Amherst’s name on a downtown street sign in Montreal. A sharp commemorative contrast compared to Amherst’s support for infecting his Indigenous enemies with diseased blankets. Meanwhile last month in Nova Scotia saw public meetings asking for feedback on how to best recognize and commemorate Indigenous history including how to commemorate Halifax’s founder, British colonel Edward Cornwallis, who in 1749 issued a scalping proclamation against the Mi’kmaq. These sessions yielded divergent perspectives, but officials need not deliberate for long. Separate and apart from whether the violence Cornwallis ordered against the Mi’kmaq was appropriate or even effective in its time, it clearly disqualifies him from public commemoration today. Those who disagree will predictably cite historical significance to justify public commemoration: Cornwallis was important and therefore he deserves a statue. This argument fails because the fundamental purpose of statues and place names is not to aid historical understanding but to signify a community’s values. History has been recruited to this purpose since the first image of Pharaoh smashing his enemies was chiseled in stone, and we are now habituated to these dark arts and their symbolic humiliations. Even the bronze panels at the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square in London were cast from captured French guns. This monument was modelled on Roman examples that were usually topped with oversized, bronze emperors. The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius at the Capitoline Museums in Rome is an unlikely survivor. He raises one arm to his troops in a gesture some historians believe inspired the 20th century’s menacing fascist salute. More tellingly, Saddam Hussein’s Hands of

Victory monument in Baghdad featured giant, scimitar-wielding hands bearing the dictator’s own immodest fingerprints. Beneath them, the monument’s builders spread thousands of helmets claimed as trophies from the Iranian war dead. Halifax’s bronze Cornwallis presents a subtler form of triumphalism, but it is triumphalism nevertheless. If you don’t think so, take it from the project’s instigators: Archibald MacMechan, who served on the committee responsible for erecting the statue, compared the founding of Halifax to that of ancient Rome in a 1927 article, praising Cornwallis’s “sterling manhood” as an example to “men of English blood the world over [who] are accustomed to give voice to a just pride in the achievements of their race, as a colonizing power...” We have different values today when it comes to public memory and official commemoration. More to the point, triumphalism is toxic in societies like ours where the descendants of past antagonists wish to live peacefully together. And yet, many of our citizens fail to recognize the image of Pharaoh in the sword-clad, bronze Cornwallis with his puffed-out chest (the real Cornwallis, tormented by illness, was probably not so statuesque). “You can’t change history,” they say, although images like these have always been the public relations tools of history’s great oppressors and falsifiers. Let us give Cornwallis the scrutiny he deserves by placing the Cornwallis statue in a civic museum. He should not be erased from history, but he and others who claim to lead should receive the full glare of history’s penetrating light. Reserve the public square for our real values. Atateken by any name is welcome here, but this is no place for the divisive herofantasies of a dead empire. a Jonathan Fowler teaches in the anthropology department at Saint Mary’s University.

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HOT J A Z Z S U M M E R The Halifax Jazz Festival returns for its 33rd year, featuring a Nigerien guitar whiz, a reggae star, a band of ambient indie kids, a broadcasting favourite and one literal living legend.

SHEILA E. The 61-year-old drum god is fuelled by family, community and the active choice to pick love over hate. BY STEPHANIE JOHNS n Friday, this city has a rare chance to see O a living legend: The great Sheila E. Sheila Escovedo, queen of all things percus-

sion, has had more extraordinary experiences in her life than seem possible to fit into her 61 years. From first stepping on stage with her father, famed musician Pete Escovedo, at age five; becoming an accomplished percussionist by age 20; working with George Duke, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and Santana; touring with Marvin Gaye as a percussionist at age 26; hitting number one on the US dance charts in 1984 with her hit “The Glamorous Life” and living the full ’80s decadent rock star life, with stories to match (having lunch at the Eiffel Tower on a whim, for example). And of course there’s the whole Prince deal—Sheila E. was a longtime collaborator with the late musician, and they were also briefly engaged. But Sheila Escovedo, who will headline the main stage at Jazz Fest, never intended on pursuing music as a young girl, despite musical roots running deep in her family—in addition to her father, there’s her uncles Alejandro and Coke Escovedo, and her godfather Tito Puente. “I didn’t know I was going to be an artist or a musician,” she says from Los Angeles. “I was

an athlete, when I played with my dad at 15 it reminded me of competing at meets. It was a rush. But all I wanted growing up was to be the first girl astronaut and to win a gold medal at the Olympics. That’s all I cared about.” That rush of performing live with her father quickly translated into a lifelong passion. “I was a sponge, that one show changed my life. Even my dad knew it, we both cried after the show,” she says. “I was shaking, thinking ’This is amazing. I know this is what I’m supposed to do.’ You do whatever you have to do through the pain and the process—injuries, heartbreak, whatever it is—I still get to that place, that moment of being able to share this gift.” And Escovedo’s had her fair share of pain: After becoming semi-paralyzed from years of physically demanding drumming in high heels, she now drums barefoot. It wasn’t an easy shift— “heels are what I’m

known for”—but let’s be real: What Sheila E. is truly known for is her incredible percussion skills, and dedication to her art. Dedication was certainly required working in a notoriously male-dominated music industry in the 80s and beyond, in which Sheila E. persevered and thrived due to the support and influence of her family. “In the beginning I didn’t know how rare it was for women to play, I thought a lot did. I’d see other women and say ’What’s your instrument?’ and they’d say ’We don’t play!’” she says. “I grew up watching my mom play, and the other lady I’d see was Karen Carpenter. She was an amazing drummer. I’d ask ’How come I don’t have a television show like her? I have a brother too.’ I looked at her as an equal, and at the same time I didn’t realize how rare it was.” And like many women musicians in the 1980s (and let’s be real again, today) Sheila E. endured

oppression because of her gender. “I’ve absolutely experienced sexism, and still do, even at 61, it’s crazy. I was often the only woman in these situations, and I was away from home. I had to deal with the advances of men; saying bad, horrible things, giving me their key, advances to the point of ’I’ll give you a record deal, I’ll produce, I’ll give you money,’” she says. “I can’t even began to tell you what men have tried to do, I’ve had to fight them or slap them. But my parents taught me the value of respect, they are my mentors.’” Her latest album, Iconic: Message 4 America is similarly spirited, made up of covers of songs from the 1960s and ’70s, with guests like Ringo Starr and George Clinton. Escovedo chose songs that were meaningful to her and hoped they’d be inspiring to the listener. The effect as a whole is one of protest, revolution and change, which is more relevant now than ever. “As musicians it’s our responsibility to bring people together. There’s a divide in the world, times are different, but we can change what’s happening, that’s our message and ministry,” she says. “Love and hate can’t exist in the same place, so we need to choose love.”

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Moctar first became noticed via popular pirated mp3s in Africa. CEM MISIRLIOGLU

M D O U M O C TA R The Nigerien combines traditional Tuareg guitar with modern electric: “Just the music and the friends, that’s my paradise.” BY MORGAN MULLIN Mdou Moctar w/Superfluid

Thursday, July 11, 10pm The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street $22.50 ou think you know how African music Y sounds: You still know the words to K’naan’s last hit and your record collection

includes Mumford and Son’s Johannesburg EP. Drips of the continent’s varied music land on your eardrums, but what you don’t know, yet, is that there’s an African rock star whose loose, noodling guitar is about to rip a faucet wide open on your head. Niger’s Mdou Moctar spent the early 2000s climbing the staircase of fame through Africa’s pirate mp3-sharing network, while we were loserish-ly stealing Nickleback or Avril Lavigne. His lush soundscapes are worlds within themselves, earning him fans in the likes of music critics at NPR and bands like Wilco. When he arrives at Jazz Fest Thursday night, it’ll be with a sound that engulfs, drawing parallels in your brain to the most dexterous Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton riffs. But Moctar’s influences lie elsewhere, in the traditional Tuareg music of his childhood in the village of Tchintabaraden, on the edge of the Sahara in Niger.

“I love the music but my mother is very, very religious. She never listened to the music at all, ever,” he recalls of his childhood. The familiar part of his origin myth rings true: After seeing famous Nigerien musician Abdullah Oumbadougou playing in Tchintabaraden, “I was very, very, happy. I see him and think ’I need to be like him.’” It was as a teen that Moctar gained an audience, playing soft, acoustic ballads at the elaborate picnics he and his friends would throw in the desert: “That was the place where the young generation love what I play. It was crazy—you can’t imagine how good it is to play with your friends and dance together. Just the music and the friends, that’s my paradise.” These days, touring behind 2019’s Ilana (The Creator), feel far away from those desert evenings—in part because Moctar’s sound has grown into the tangles and snarls of electric guitar pulsing under Tuareg guitar’s traditional softness. As he sees it, the evolution is to be expected. “All the time, I change the sound because I am curious. All the time, I need to try something because I’m curious about what can happen,” he says. “The next album? I don’t know what it will sound like—because I am curious.” The Coast • JULY 11 – JULY 17, 2019 • 7

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A N D A L L T H AT J A Z Z Peep these complete listings for this year’s festival. BY MORGAN MULLIN

Thursday July 11 BAHAMAS W/THE BARR BROTHERS Jazz Fest Main Stage, Lower Water and Salter Streets, 8:30pm

LIEBMAN/MURLEY QUARTET St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1749 Argyle Street, 7pm

OPEN COMPANY Art Bar, 1873 Granville Street, free

NADIA MOORE W/MALLEUS TRIO, LES MOONTUNES, SON LATINO Jazz Fest Main Stage, Lower Water and Salter Streets, noon-4pm

SHEILA E. W/ASIA & NUGRUV There’s no bigger name in percussion than Sheila E—see page 6 for proof. Jazz Fest Main Stage, Lower Water and Salter Streets, 8:30pm

OPEN COMPANY Lukas Pearse hosts this series of free improvisational music showcases. Art Bar, 1873 Granville Street, free

SPLASH! BANG! BOOM! Theadore Tugboat, Halifax waterfront, 10 and 11am

THE EASLEY QUARTET The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 9pm

Friday July 12 ART OF THE TRIO: MURLEY, VIVIAN & CLARKE Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, free, 12pm BERNICE W/THE DRUG RUGS Read more about the five-piece that’s label mates with Feist, Broken Social Scene and Fucked Up on page 9. The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street, 10:30pm

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JOE MURPHY’S BROOMDUSTERS W/ZAMANI, TUESDAY NIGHT BAND, HUBTOWN BIG BAND A solid bill of fest favourites, this free waterfront showcase sees verified triple-threat producer, songwriter and singer Zamani (pictured) rain fire on your ears as she hits the stage at 2:30pm. Sun July 14, Jazz Fest Main Stage, Lower Water and Salter Streets, noon

MDOU MOCTAR W/SUPERFLUID Read more about the guitarist who’s as good as Eric Clapton on page 7. The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street, 10:30pm

SPLASH! BANG! BOOM! Theadore Tugboat, Halifax waterfront, 10 and 11am

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YOHVN BLACK W/SHAY PITTS, JODY UPSHAW, EPDMC BFFS Shay Pitts and Jody Upshaw stay golden. Murray Warrington Park, 2346 Brunswick Street, free, 6pm

Saturday July 13 ANN DENNY W/MIKE COWIE, OPEN BORDERS, WILLEM PAYNTER TRIO Hydrostone Park, 1pm CREATIVE MUSIC SERIES: THE DANCE OF SOUND, THE SOUND OF DANCE 1313 Hollis, 1313 Hollis Street, 8pm EXCO LEVI & THE HIGH PRIEST BAND Read more about modern reggae’s saviour on page 9. The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, 11:15pm

CHRIS MITCHELL & HHMMDINGER The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 9pm

GLOBAL CENTRIC BRASS BAND W/WENTZELL ORGAN TRIO Acadia Hall Park, 650 Sackville Drive, free, 1pm


ISKWÉ Cree roots blended with trip-hop. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1749 Argyle Street, 7pm

HEATHER BAMBRICK QUINTET St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1749 Argyle Street, 7pm

LAURIE BROWN & JOSHUA VAN TASSEL Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, 2pm


LOS PRIMOS W/AUDREY OCHOA, KITTY & THE KATZ, ELISE BESLER Jazz Fest Main Stage, Lower Water and Salter Streets, free, noon-4pm


CREATIVE MUSIC SERIES: OLD CITY NEW VOICES ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT Jerry Granelli’s brainchild and Jazz Fest staple, the Creative Music Series sees musicians of note create live, sonic combustion. 1313 Hollis, 1313 Hollis Street, 8pm

MARCEL AMORE & PLAN ASHE W/THE TRITONES AND MORE Dartmouth World Peace Pavilion, 88 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, free, 10am-1:30pm MS. LISA FISCHER & GRAND BATON W/PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP Jazz Fest Main Stage, Lower Water and Salter Street, 8:30pm OPEN COMPANY Art Bar, 1873 Granville Street, free PONDERCAST LIVE Read more about the mind-expanding podcast on page 9. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 9pm SPLASH! BANG! BOOM! Theadore Tugboat, Halifax waterfront, 10 and 11am


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LAURIE BROWN The former CBC host finds new stories via Pondercast. Laurie Brown & Joshua Van Tassel

Saturday, July 13, 2pm Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road free Pondercast Live CLAIRE HARVIE

BERNICE The Toronto indie-rock quintet has deep jazz roots. Bernice w/The Drug Rugs

Friday, July 12, 10pm The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street $20 ithout jazz, there’d be no Bernice. All W five members completed undergrad degrees in jazz performance at different

schools, but ended up forming a band that leans more toward minimalistic pop. “After school, I didn’t quite feel like [jazz] was my path forward in music and started really focusing on writing my own songs,” says Robin Dann, vocalist and songwriter with the Toronto band. “I feel like we’re the perfect

pop band to play jazz festivals because we love jazz—we’re still very much involved in our community in Toronto. A lot of us still play a lot of jazz. But the music that we play is obviously not; the central word would not be jazz, in my opinion.” A little over a year ago, the band released its debut full-length Puff LP: In the air without a shape. It’s included on the 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which annually awards the best Canadian album based on artistic merit rather than commercial success. Part of the album’s idea was to mimic the intimacy and playfulness of a live show, but still sound like a recording.

“A big part of how we play together has an open-ended quality to it,” says Dann. “We love to improvise together, again that kind of goes back to that we used to play a lot of jazz.” The songs from the album are always evolving and changing, sometimes by design but other times unintentionally. It’s all part of a band that has a playful aura, yet is technically sound. “I think we just try to be ourselves and keep the spirit of why we play music,” says Dann. “For me, it’s connecting with people and having fun, not taking ourselves too seriously and still feeling like the music is sounding good.” —Jonathan Briggins

EXCO LEVI “You have to displace yourself and follow the drumbeat of your heart.” Exco Levi & The High Priest Band

Saturday, July 13, 10:30pm The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street $22.50 or one of Canada’s most decorated reggae Fpeople. musicians, it’s all about singing for the “Reggae music—all the music that we

do—we sing songs of unification and liberation,” says Exco Levi, the stage name of Wayne Ford Levi. Born in Jamaica, the musician is now based out of Brampton, Ontario and is coming to Halifax Jazz Festival with his High Priest band. He’s won five Junos—including four in consecutive years, 2012-15—but that success hasn’t changed the way he approaches his craft. “For me, it’s no pressure because our message is the same...of liberation, of the freedom and togetherness.”

A constant in his music is an upbeat vibe even while tackling subject matter that could easily steer the sound in a different direction. This includes songs that talk about violence or on “Bleaching Shop,” the controversy of bleaching skin. “I think it’s an in-born concept,” says Levi of how he draws positivity. “I think life is on a scale of negative and positive so you have to displace yourself and follow the drumbeat of your heart. For myself...the positive path is always more highlighted when it comes to Exco Levi.” This will be the first Halifax visit for the reggae king, and chances are he’ll leave an impression on those who see him perform at the Marquee Ballroom. The audience can expect a show that’s educational, from a band that knows a thing or two about the importance of having a good time.

“I hope they come to my show and leave with a blessing, leave learning something, getting to understand what we are all about,” says Levi. “We have to incorporate the good times also with the message, the message of liberation, with the struggle, with the message of togetherness and balance it with good times. That’s what we’re doing.” —JB


Saturday July 13, 9pm The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street $25 about to get meta at Halifax Jazz Festival. Ilivet’sThat’s because Laurie Brown is bringing a show of her podcast Pondercast to an au-

dience at the Carleton, where she’ll talk about concert crowds. “I’m kind of turning the tables and looking at the role that the audience plays in music festivals,” says Brown, the former host of CBC’s The Signal. “The kind of energy and what the audience gets out of a festival situation, it turns out it’s everything. It actually makes chemical changes in your body and makes you feel better, makes your immune system better and it gives you a sense of belonging.” Pondercast, as the title suggests, explores questions around mindfulness, existence, life and everything in between—along with the occasional in-depth interview. Naturally, it makes sense to see the name of the podcast alongside other artists on Jazz Festival posters around town—Brown says she’s “incredibly honoured” to have her show accompany the music programming. A key element to her podcast both live and her studio —OK, the literal closet where she records—is the musical accompaniment by Joshua Van Tassel. “He can be atmospheric and making beautiful instrumental music without it really feeling like ambient music. It’s a step above that—it’s got a melody and a feel and an emotion to it that for me,” says Brown of the musician who puts the music behind her words. (They’ll discuss the process at the Central Library on Saturday afternoon.) So a live recording, in front of people, telling stories about live music importance, while music accompanies the words in the background. It’s starting to make sense why a podcast is part of a music festival. “I’m hoping that if people come to see Pondercast,” says Brown, “they’ll pay more attention to the audiences when they’re going out to the next show.” —JB

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It’s been one year since—after being wronged by their boss—a bunch of former Smiling Goat baristas opened their own place, complete with rainbow lattes. This week Glitter Bean Cafe (5896 Spring Garden Road)—a unionized, queer-centred co-op coffee shop—celebrates the anniversary of its caffeinated resistance.

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The Raven Espresso Boutique Chantelle Buote’s cafe—in a mystical, teal vintage trailer— is all about Spryfield. BY HALEIGH ATWOOD PHOTOS RACHEL MCGRATH WHO SHE IS “Coffee vibes are good vibes,” Chantelle Buote says as she crafts an iced latte. Buote is the owner of The Raven Espresso Boutique, a coffee shop that operates out of a vintage 1969 trailer. She didn’t plan to open a cafe, but she took what the universe placed in her lap. When Buote stumbled across an advertisement for the trailer, outfitted with a fully functioning propane-powered Italian espresso machine, she knew it was more than a good omen. “Everybody told me I was crazy, but I knew how special this was,” Buote says. The Raven is permanently parked behind St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Herring Cove Road. Last year, she brought the trailer to farmers’ markets and other events around the HRM. “But my customers started telling me that they couldn’t find me,” she says. “So, I decided to stay put right in the heart of Spryfield.” Again, everyone told Buote that she was crazy. “They couldn’t understand why I wanted to be in Spryfield,” she says. “But I knew I couldn’t be the only person living here who wanted more than Tim’s or McDonald’s.” WHAT SHE DOES Over the years, Buote worked as a cocktail waitress, bartender and caterer—but she always came back to coffee. “When you serve people coffee, you get to contribute to their happiness,” Buote says. When she was younger, she felt pressured to seek out a “real” career, but then she realized that a job in the service industry didn’t have to be transitional or temporary. Her grandmother worked as a teller at TD Bank for decades simply because she loved helping people. Following in those footsteps, Buote decided to make a career out of being a friendly barista. Buote uses Java Blend’s Fog City for her coffee and espresso, and carries loose leaf teas from World Tea House. For snacks, she sells Glory Pops, a new handcrafted local popsicle business, and baked goods from Tart & Soul, including vegan granola bars. “I use the best of the best,” she says. WHY IT WORKS Buote has noticed that there is an increasing amount of young people moving to Spryfield, largely because of its affordability and proximity to the city. As a result, The Raven is becoming a go-to for the community’s caffeine fix. Customers have told her that they have been waiting for years for a cafe like hers. Eventually, Buote would like to open a storefront coffee shop, but she would have to compete with herself. There is no way she plans to close the trailer, not that her customers would let her. “The Raven is about Spryfield,” she says. “I’ve made a commitment to the future of our community, and I want to see it do well.”

WHERE SHE DOES IT The vintage trailer’s original teal colour just happens to be Buote’s favourite. “Pretty much everything in my life was already teal,” she says. A translucent, gauzy awning keeps the serving window out of the sun, and a picnic table provides a spot to linger. The decorations inside the trailer are a mix of old and new. There is an abstract wooden carving of a fish that was commissioned by an old customer and a painting of a white raven that friends made during a live art session. Over time, Chantelle has collected a hodgepodge of trinkets, such as a pair of brass keys, a dashboard hula girl and plastic mushrooms and garden gnomes. Slowly, she established a whimsical theme modelled after her own style. “It’s mystical, magical fun,” she says. “Usually, you have to conform at the workplace, but this is just who I am.”

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DOWNTOWN HALIFAX Halifax’s downtown is the business capital of Atlantic Canada, a place of bank towers and bustle. But savvy visitors can find boutique experiences here too, the sort of shops, services and tastes that make Halifax unique. A Local Treasure Having recently celebrated its eighth birthday, Inkwell Modern Handmade is recognized as a fixture of downtown. Inkwell makes gifting a meaningful piece of home easy and personal. The shop is known for filling in our blanks with poetic text and quirky designs to celebrate any occasion. Tug at your significant other’s heart strings or call on your wedding party in a memorable way—you’ll find the right words among Inkwell’s 200-plus handmade artists. Inkwell’s expanding selection of Canadianmade goods includes local food and pottery items, from tea and gourmet chocolates to fun containers for your farm-fresh finds like berries and eggs. You’ll also recognize your favourite Nova Scotian artists in the mix, including local treasure Emma FitzGerald. If you’ve been waiting for your chance to take a spin on Inkwell’s century-old letterpress, Saturday, July 20 is your chance! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Lunar Landing, you can print your own complimentary moon-themed souvenir for yourself or your lunar-loving pal. Inkwell Modern Handmade, 2011 Brunswick Street

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A Dessert to Remember

Wearing frames is about more than achieving that refined look, but it doesn’t hurt to look a little stylish while prioritizing your eyecare. Ocean Optometry has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge frames, and with its investments in eyecare technology like Digital Retinal Photographs and Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging, you can know they’re doing the same with your vision health. Just like your personal style, your eyes are one-of-a-kind and deserve excellent assessments. Ocean Optometry’s tailored approach to identifying your individual needs transcends a couple of “box checks” on a list. Its in-depth Q&As allows the shop to get to know you, all while providing you with premium updates that can help you stay on top of your eyecare. Their frictionless experience in a relaxed atmosphere, combined with the luxury of booking online and enjoying complimentary parking downtown, makes for a great reason to freshen up your routine and take a dip in the ocean. Ocean Optometry, 5240 Blowers Street

Are you waffle lovers ready to think outside the box and let your taste buds burst with a new dessert experience at Cafe Taiyaki 52? This isn’t a typo for teriyaki—taiyaki is a traditional Japanese dessert found right in downtown Halifax. This hybrid version of a Western waffle or pancake is baked golden brown, fluffed with carefully chosen ingredients and packed with sweet flavourful fillings. You can indulge in the adorable cafe’s spin on the signature sweet eats, like their bite-size Mini Gangs, or cool off with the Jaw Dropper, soft-serve mango or matcha ice cream swirled into a fishshaped cone. This bright, positive and uniquely lovely cafe is ready to show Halifax a dessert like no other. Give in to the temptation and stop by Taiyaki 52 for a Java Blend coffee and dessert, or take the fishy fun home to your family for an after-supper treat. There’s nothing like dessert to foster sweet memorable moments together. Taiyaki 52, 2009 Brunswick Street


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Live Music at Your Fingertips Grab your foodie friends and “sip and share” a bottle of rosé paired with a dozen oysters this patio season at The Carleton. Its happy hour offers enough mix ’n’ match small plates to satisfy everyone’s post-work summer cravings. Newly renovated, The Carleton radiates historic charm in the heart of the city. Widely known as one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere live music venues, you can almost always expect to hear tunes when you walk through their doors. The Dinner at The Carleton series marries the two things we all love most—delicious food and great tunes (local, national and international). The Carleton’s fresh, locally inspired, and elevated comfort food is brought to life by chef Michael Dolente, silver medallist in Canada’s Culinary Championship 2018 for Nova Scotia. His friendly chef-brewmaster Craft Draught Showdown, which happens every two months, is just one example of why The Carleton is one of the most intriguing and popular downtown destinations. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street

Pour Me a Glass of History Explore the past with Compass Distillers and its new off-the-beaten-path partnership with the Halifax Citadel. Compass is an award-winning grain-toglass distillery, which means everything is made from scratch, on site and from agricultural products sourced from Nova Scotia. With this recent launch, Compass Distillers’ spirits are even more exclusive and help to tell the story of our region through food and drink. The different levels of experiences range from a stand-out tasting of the three drinks, to the upper tiers that are crafted for you history and spirit buffs alike. Take a tour of the Citadel with one of the highlanders and sneak a peek behind the scenes at the barreling room. Along with the specialty spirits—Noon Gun Gin, Fort George Genever and Daily Ration Run—the highest tier lets you pull a sample from the barrel-aged whiskey before everyone else. What better way to heighten your knowledge of the area than drinking up a glass of history? Book tours 48 hours in advance at

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Enveloped in Naan

You can taste the tradition behind familyowned and operated May Garden. The restaurant specializes in Canadian Chinese food but also crafts authentic Chinese for Cantonesestyle dish lovers. With 40 years of experience, May has learned a thing or two about which HRM food cravings need to be satisfied. May Garden has added four other locations to the original in Lower Sackville, including its newest, conveniently located inside Casino Nova Scotia. After you’ve tested your luck and are ready to spend your earnings (or indulge your losses), May Garden will be waiting. The Casino location combines a modern and bright vibe with a bar and a patio overlooking the harbour. Along with its eclectic regular menu and weekend dim sum special, you can bring your freshly caught lobster and cook it traditional Cantonese style. (If you don’t want to leave the house, the menu is available on UberEats.) With these portions and flavourful dishes, you always win big at May Garden. May Garden, 1983 Upper Water Street

Take in the authentic Indian food that has been passed from generation to generation at Shivani’s Kitchen. Shivani’s recipes are inspired by her mother’s and grandmother’s dishes and transformed to be made completely her own. Traditionally when you want to enjoy Indian food, you need to do so in a time-consuming fashion. At Shivani’s, you only have to wait five minutes before you’re indulging in a portable sample platter of butter chicken or curry dishes, without compromising the taste you know and love. Shivani’s traditional oven bakes the freshest naan bread in the HRM, which is used to wrap her unique stuffed naan rolls—they can be filled with anything from bacon and egg to marinated Tandoor chicken. Shivani reinvents the meaning of “to-go food,” so the next time you’re walking around downtown and have a sudden craving for Indian food, you can take it all with you on your summer stroll by the sea. Shivani’s Kitchen, 1209 Marginal Road

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Take it outside

A new tour provider brings personalized kayak tours to locals and visitors alike. BY ALLISON SAUNDERS

When Chris White was downsized from his outside sales job in 2017, he started thinking about what was next, how he would reinvent himself and what made him really happy. He took on a job as a bus driver for the flexibility to be active and outdoors—and wound up loving it—but this summer, he’s following his sense of adventure one step further. Next week, White officially launches his indie tour company, Nova Scotia Kayak and ATV Outside Adventures, inspired by the the trips and treks he takes on his own. “I’ve always been kayaking and for the last couple of years, even before I got downsized, I was thinking of something when I got to retirement,” he says of the idea. “I want to take people out and away.” White’s packages are a bit choose-yourown-adventure style. “It’s going to be like putting a little puzzle together,” he says. “I’ll be getting people to tell me what they like to do.” Through the week, he plans to head out on kayak trips and will let his guests dictate CLOSED

The end for The Watch Dartmouth’s slick and stylish The Watch That Ends The Night (15 King’s Wharf Place) announced Tuesday that the restaurant had closed permanently. Mark Gray and Alissa Maloney took to Facebook to share the news. The Watch was originally opened by Joe and Bethany Gurba in fall 2017; Gray (former executive chef at Brooklyn Warehouse, Battery Park Beer Bar) took over ownership of the restaurant in May 2018. Last year, it was named Canada’s Best New Bar by enRoute magazine. “It is crazy, in a way, that you can be number one on a national stage and nine months later shut your doors. It goes to show the uncertainty and variability of this industry,” says Gray. In the end the closure came down to finances. “It’s not ever the way people want their business to end. Those are the cards we were dealt, and we couldn’t keep up,” he says.

where to go, whether it’s as close as Long Lake or anywhere from Sambro to the south shore’s epic coast. Packages range in length, and can include food too—White is happy to cook up sandwiches and tea, barbecue and lobster boil or even brunch after a morning on the water. He can accommodate up to four passengers and does pickups anywhere in the HRM. On the weekends, he’ll take it to the next level, offering premium trips for two that include transportation to the water on his sideby-side (in other words, a four-seater ATV). White says it isn’t a spectator sport—as a oneperson operation he expects his participants to, well, participate. “I’m not teaching kayaking as much as I’m using it as a tool for adventure,” he says. “There are a lot of great kayak spots around, I’ve learned by going to them. When you’re in a kayak you’re the only one out there a lot of the time. You see the wildlife, you’re really out there in nature.” Find more info on White’s packages at “You can speculate all day long about what went wrong but there’s just so many moving parts, I have no idea what happened really.” The Watch That Ends The Night’s closure will also signify the end of a chapter in Gray’s life—his culinary career. He is currently studying to be an addictions counsellor and plans to focus his lens on the restaurant industry. “With my personal struggles with addiction and the process of recovery thus far—it has been an incredible process—I want to give back the gift of sobriety and recovery I was given.” Gray, an addict in recovery, is nine months sober. “I want to help others who are in the shoes I was in when I was 20, 22 or 25.” Gray says The Watch’s journey was fantastic from day one, and that despite its ending he looks back on it with pride and gratitude: “We’ve learned a lot and made tons of great memories there. We achieved great things and tried to push the envelope, and we had an incredible team—now, people who’ve come and gone and people who remained until the end. It’s been a wild ride, for sure, but a great one nonetheless.” —AS The Coast • JULY 11 – JULY 17, 2019 • 15

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CHIK WHITE W/ILYSE KRIVEL, COLIN FISHER Lauded music outlets like The Quietus and Tiny Mix Tapes love the wild sound experiments of chik white (née Darcy Spidle), who uses a jaw harp to build music at once familiarly ancient and completely fresh. Inspired by dadaism, sound poetry, noise and nature (to name a few), his aim is “to conjure visceral experiences.” Here, the musician shares the stage with equally avant-garde offerings—Toronto’s Ilyse Krivel and Colin Fisher—to rock you hard. 1313 Hollis, 1313 Hollis Street, Sun Jul 14, 7pm, $10

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RACHEL LAURIN The closing concert for the Changing Tides organ festival, this showcase sees organist, composer and improviser Rachel Laurin sharing from her extensive catalogue. Cathedral Church of All Saints, $25, 8pm

30 FINGERS Split Crow Pub BLOODSHOT BILL W/KEITH HALLETT Jacob’s Lounge, $20, 9pm THE GNARLTONES Bearly’s, 10pm JOHN CHAISSON TRIO Bâton Rouge, free, 6:30pm LISA MACDOUGALL Le Bistro, free, 7-10pm MATINEE W/PAUL LAMB Lower Deck, Halifax, 5-8pm MCGINTY Old Triangle, free MIKE COWIE AND CO. The Press Gang, 8pm SHAMELESS Lower Deck, Halifax TEN MILE HOUSE Lower Deck, Clayton Park THEO MACINTOSH Stayner’s Wharf, 5pm

DJ + Dancing ’90S NIGHT W/DJ REWIND Toothy Moose AUDIO THERAPY THURSDAYS Reflections, $7/$9, 11pm DJ IV W/DJ OKAY TK Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge DJ RANDY Monte’s, Free, 10pm THIRSTDAYZ W/DJ DANDERSON Menz, 10pm

ALMASY DUO W/DON MACLENNAN Stayner’s Wharf, $6, 10pm THE CATHARTICS W/PUSSY STENCH, PRIVACY BAG Gus’, 8-11pm CRAIG HUMBER St. James Church Hall, $15, 4:15pm CSABA KANYASI & DILSHAN WEERASINGHE Compass Distillers, 7:30-10:30pm DONALD HUNT Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1:30pm DORIS MASON Bâton Rouge,6pm LANDING SOUND The Loose Cannon, free, 9pm-12am THE LEGENDARY GOLDBLOOMS Sniggily Wiggily’s, 7pm LISA MACDOUGALL Le Bistro, free, 7-10pm MCGINTY Old Triangle, free THE MELLOTONES Bearly’s, 10pm MIKE LLOYD DUO Split Crow Pub, 9:30pm-12am SAINT JOHN STRING QUARTET Grand Parade Square, noon-1pm SHAMELESS Lower Deck, Halifax THE JEFFY Staggers, 9pm

Friday July 12 Big Ticket Shows DEF LEPPARD Arguably England’s biggest contribution to the glam metal movement, Def Leppard arrives to pour some sugar on your ears—fresh off its 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke Street, $90-$129, 7pm

Saturday July 13 Big Ticket Shows MAKAYLA LYNN Lynn’s taken her early-Taylor Swift vibe to Nashville, shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, gained major props from Rolling Stone and has even won awards like Music Nova Scotia’s Entertainer of the Year and Best Country Artist and Best Artist Most Likely To Make It Big in the Best Of Halifax Reader’s Choice Awards. Here, she shows us this summer is all hers with a stint of all-ages shows at White Point Beach where she hypes her latest single, “I’m Over You.” White Point Beach Resort, 75 White Point Beach Road 2, Hunts Point, Jul 13-14, 8pm

DJ + Dancing DJ FROST AND XS 7 Red Stag Tavern, 10pm-1am DJ RANDY Monte’s, free, 10pm ONE MORE TIME: A 2000S DANCE PARTY Menz, 11:30pm-2:05am THAT ’90S NIGHT The Seahorse, 10pm-2am

Live Music 30 FINGERS Split Crow Pub DANCE NIGHTS Newfoundland Social Club, $6, 8-11:30pm JOE MURPHY & THE WATER STREET BLUES BAND Your Father’s Moustache, 4-8pm JOHN CHAISSON TRIO Bâton Rouge, free, 6:30pm

KEITH HALLETT Bearly’s, 10pm MARK RAVEN AND GUESTS Staggers, Free, 4-7pm LISA MACDOUGALL Le Bistro, free, 7-10pm MATINEE W/PAUL LAMB Lower Deck, Halifax, 5-8pm MCGINTY Old Triangle, free MCKINLEY, MORRISON & WILLIAMS Stayner’s Wharf, 10pm MIKE COWIE AND CO. The Press Gang, 8pm PETRICHORD W/MIKE FONG, LVBOR CVMP, NATHANIEL COLE Menz, $8, 10pm POWER PARTY W/DRESSER, GLAZEY, LIGHT SOURCE Radstorm, $7/PWYC, 8-11pm RAISE THE FUNK Menz, 10pm-2am SHAMELESS Lower Deck, Halifax TEN MILE HOUSE Lower Deck, Clayton Park WREN KELLY ALBUM RELEASE PARTY Sniggily Wiggily’s, $10, 8pm ZACH CRAWFORD & FRIENDS Bearly’s, 4:30-8:30pm ALEX PEARSON

Live Music

DJ FROST AND XS 7 Red Stag Tavern, 10pm-1am DJ RANDY Monte’s, Free, 10pm ELECTROPOLIS Gus’, 10pm-2am

Sunday July 14 Big Ticket Shows MAKAYLA LYNN Lynn’s taken her early-Taylor Swift vibe to Nashville, shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, gained major props from Rolling Stone and has even won awards like Music Nova Scotia’s Entertainer of the Year and Best Country Artist and Best Artist Most Likely To Make It Big in the Best Of Halifax Reader’s Choice Awards. Here, she shows us this summer is all hers with a stint of all-ages shows at White Point Beach where she hypes her latest single, “I’m Over You.” White Point Beach Resort, 75 White Point Beach Road 2, Hunts Point, Jul 13-14, 8pm

DJ + Dancing DJ MIKE G AND GUESTS Toothy Moose, Free

Live Music ANTHONY AND JORDAN Split Crow Pub, 8-11:30pm CHIK WHITE W/ILYSE KRIVEL, COLIN FISHER See photo. 1313 Hollis, $10, 7pm JEFF GOODSPEED AND HIS ULTIMATE BAND OF SUPER HEROES Stayner’s Wharf, free, 5-9pm KALYNA RAKEL QUARTET The Carleton, PWYC, 6-8pm THE MIKE COWIE VIBE TRIO W/ RON HYNES, DAVE STAPLES Morris East, Bedford West,free, 5:30-8:30pm SIGNAL HILL SUNDAYS Lower Deck, Halifax

SKIN & JONES The Perfect Pour Pub & Grill, 4-7pm THEM OTHER JOHNS The Local, 4-8pm

Monday July 15 DJ + Dancing DJ TONY HAZE The Bitter End, 10pm MOOSE MONDAYS W/DJ SKEETER B Toothy Moose, Free


Tuesday July 16 DJ + Dancing AMATEUR DJ NIGHT W/DJ MASTER Menz

Live Music GARRETT MASON Bearly’s, 8:30pm GOTTIJAM Menz, $3, 10:30pm JOHN CHRISTOPHER Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, free, 7-8pm JORDAN LEBLANC The Carleton, free, 6-9pm MIKE LLOYD Split Crow Pub, 8-11:30pm NEW MUSIC TUESDAYS Sniggily Wiggily’s, 8:30pm TYLER AND SCOTT Durty Nelly’s, free, 10pm

Wednesday July 17

GEOFF KENNEDY The Carleton, free, 6-9pm NEW DESIGN W/JUNE BODY, NO, IT’S FINE., URSA BRIGHT Menz, 8pm-12am THEO MACINTOSH Stayner’s Wharf, 7pm TOMMY GREEN JR Grand Parade Square, noon-1pm WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZ W/DAMIEN MOYNIHAN, SILVIO PUPO The Local, Free, 9pm-12am

upcoming concerts Burnt Black Sat Jul 27, The Seahorse Tavern, $15 Amy Helm Fri Aug 9, The Carleton, $32.50 A Tribe Called Red Wed Aug 21, The Marquee, $28/$33

Live Music ACOUSTIC WEDNESDAYS Gahan House, 8pm ALASTAIR MACDONALD AND LARRY HOLT Scott Manor House, free, 6pm BLUES NIGHT FEAT. JOE MURPHY AND BRAD CONRAD The Loose Cannon, 9pm A CAPE BRETON CEILIDH W/ RANKIN MACINNIS Obladee COLIN BURKE AND FRIENDS Split Crow Pub, 8-11:30pm’ DODGE LEVATTE Durty Nelly’s, free, 9:30pm EMILY STUART Le Bistro, free, 6-9pm

Dean Brody and Dallas Smith w/Chad Brownlee, Mackenzie Porter Thu Sep 26, Scotiabank Centre, $48-$108 Jacquees Sun Oct 13, Spatz Theatre, $50-$55 Daniel Caesar Thu Nov 14, Scotiabank Centre, $45-$55 Gordon Lightfoot Nov 22-24,Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, $40-$100

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TAIL CHASE RUNNING’S FUN RUN A five-kilometre fun run (or walk) that raises funds to help local rescue dogs. Shubie Park, 54 Locks Road, Darmouth, 8am, $30-$40


YOGA & STORIES WITH SICKBOY, LAURIE BROWN & JOSHUA VAN TASSEL Jeremie Saunders and Brian Stever—two of the three buddies behind the illness-examining podcast Sickboy— guide you through this yin-style yoga class while Pondercast’s Laurie Brown and Joshua Van Tassel take you on a cerebral journey with word and sound. Read more about Pondercast on page 9. Shanti Hot Yoga, 5508 Spring Garden Road, 12pm, $20

Monday July 15

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MOONRISE MOVIES A totally twee and also free outdoor movie watching mecca in the heart of Spryfield arrives just in time for summer! Things kick off with a weekend of horror flicks: Night Of The Living Dead and Let The Right One In show on July 12 and 13, respectively, so you can catch some chills under the stars despite this heat. Held at the Spryfield Urban Farm, across the street from 75 Rockingstone Road. Jul 12-13, 9:30pm

Thursday July 11

complete with all sorts of vintage-feeling activities—returns. Memory Lane Heritage Village, 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte, Jul 13-14, 9:30am-4pm FAIRVIEW FAMILY DAY A free barbecue, movie screening under the stars, fireworks and more await at this sweet celebration. WD Piercy Park, 119 Frederick Avenue, 4-11pm

LEBANESE FESTIVAL 2019 Leb Fest returns for year 18, offering unmissable, authentic eats, traditional dance performances and live Lebanese music. Olympic Community Hall, 2304 Hunter Street, Jul 11-14, 11am-11pm, free

FUN-DUCT-RAISER: DUCT TAPE BOAT RACES A fundraiser for Long Lake Provincial Park sees individuals and teams building boats out of only duct tape and cardboard before competing in a race across the great body of water itself. Wear yo’ water wings and peep for more. Long Lake Provincial Park, Long Lake Trail, St. Margaret’s Bay Road, 1-4pm

Friday July 12 DARTMOUTH AT DUSK A food, art and craft fair held outside Alderney Landing that sees you getting a taste of the local maker scene and taking in a sweet summer sunset. Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, 4-9pm FIN OUTDOOR SCREENS MAMMA MIA! An at-dusk screening of the Meryl Streep/ABBA send-up that’ll have “Take a Chance on Me” stuck in your head till the leaves change. Halifax Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, 8pm, free LEBANESE FESTIVAL 2019 Olympic Community Hall, 2304 Hunter Street, Jul 11-14, 11am-11pm, free MOONRISE MOVIES See photo. Jul 12-13, 9:30pm NORTH BY NIGHT MARKET The nighttime, open-air market pops up again with henna, vintage wares, art and more—now at a new location: 2131 Gottingen Street. 7-10pm

Saturday July 13 ANNUAL WOMEN’S HERITAGE CELEBRATION A celebration of “women’s work in the home and community”—

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HALIFAX WANDERERS FC VS. CAVALRY FC Wanderers Grounds Stadium, 5819 Sackville Street, 4:30pm LEBANESE FESTIVAL 2019 Leb Fest returns for year 18, offering unmissable, authentic eats, traditional dance performances and live Lebanese music. An on-site artisan gift shop and cafe the fest says is known for its baklava rounds out the good times. Olympic Community Hall, 2304 Hunter Street, Jul 11-14, 11am-11pm, free LOBSTERPALOOZA 2b Theatre Company’s annual shell-cracker of a fundraiser returns, with lovers of live theatre obeying the claws of attraction and heading to Herman’s Island (a one-hour drive from the city) to feast on fresh lobster, local wine and beer and live music. Vegetarian options and steak are also available. Call 902-453-6267 or email for deets. 3-7pm, $75/$100 MOONRISE MOVIES See photo. Jul 12-13, 9:30pm NEWCOMER’S WELCOME BARBECUE A free intercultural family event, this ‘cue sees you making new friends from all over as you wash down outdoor fare with games and live music. Halifax Common, 12-4pm, free PEGGY’S COVE AREA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS The annual hat-tip to the visual arts scene along this costal Halifax community sees artists in the area open

HFX PRO-AM Head to Oakfield Golf & Country Club, 6055 Highway #2, Enfield, for the inaugural gold competition that sees 128 Mackenzie Tour professionals and 64 amateurs perfecting their swing. Jul 15-21. $15-$100

their studio doors for drop-in tours that’ll leave you all breathless and inspired— and then, f you’ll burn up that spark, taking part in the Paint Peggy’s Cove event, which sees artists set up easels all over the beloved fishing village to capture outdoor scenes in real time. To Jul 15, STRAWBERRY SOCIAL Wholesome vibes abound as the Cole Harbour farm celebrates the bounty of early summer with homemade, super-sized strawberry shortcakes. Live music, lemonade and a chance to see the farm animals all equal the perfect afternoon outing. Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, 2-4pm

PEGGY’S COVE AREA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS The annual hat-tip to the visual arts scene along this costal Halifax community sees artists in the area open their studio doors for drop-in tours that’ll leave you all breathless and inspired— and then, you’ll burn up that spark, taking part in the Paint Peggy’s Cove event, which sees artists set up easels all over the beloved fishing village to capture outdoor scenes in real time. To Jul 15,

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THE BIG SING The all-levels pop music chorus tackles “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell this week. Bring the voice you have! Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 6:309pm, $5

ANNUAL WOMEN’S HERITAGE CELEBRATION The yearly celebration of “women’s work in the home and community”—complete with all sorts of vintage-feeling activities—returns to the historical village. Memory Lane Heritage Village, 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte, 9:30am-4pm

HFX PRO-AM Head to Oakfield Golf & Country Club, 6055 Highway #2, Enfield, for the inaugural gold competition that sees 128 Mackenzie Tour professionals and 64 amateurs perfecting their swing. Jul 15-21, $15-$100

GUIDED TOURS OF MCNABS ISLAND Departing from Eastern Passage with A&M Sea Charters, (87 Government Wharf Road), this sweet, summery voyage sees you hike along the storied isle, visiting Victorian gardens, the ruins of the A.J. Davis Soda Pop Factory and even the site of the old Bill Lynch fair. Groups are capped at 27 bodies and you can confirm your spot by emailing Continues through Aug 25, $20/$25 LEBANESE FESTIVAL 2019 Leb Fest returns for year 18, offering unmissable, authentic eats, traditional dance performances and live Lebanese music. An on-site artisan gift shop and cafe the fest says is known for its baklava rounds out the good times. Olympic Community Hall, 2304 Hunter Street, Jul 11-14, 11am11pm, free PEGGY’S COVE AREA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS To Jul 15,

Wednesday July 17 A RETURN TO RECITATION: REVIVING THE ART OF READING ALOUD This evening of “exclamations, exultations, inspirations, joyful adherence to punctuation and some nice poems” sees a host of the city’s biggest poetry lovers read their favourite rhymes aloud. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, 7pm, $10 HFX PRO-AM Oakfield Golf & Country Club, 6055 Highway #2, Enfield, Jul 15-21, $15-$100 ROBIESCOPE SCREENS AMÉLIE An outdoor screening of the early 2000s hit that sees a naive girl (Audrey Tautou) navigate Paris with her own sense of justice. Good Robot Brewing Co., 2736 Robie Street, 8pm

Theatre HENRY V For the first time ever, Shakespeare By The Sea brings this tale of the English-French 100 year war to the Cambridge Battery stage, dishing up relevant-asever themes on power, patriotism and propaganda in a sweet, outdoor setting. Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, 5718 Point Pleasant Drive, Jul 12-14, 7pm; Wed Jul 17, 7pm; PWYC/$20-$25 STRINGS & GOOSEBERRY PIE A one-night-only show of music and drama courtesy of the Theatre Arts Guild, Strings & Gooseberry Pie sees sonatas played on cello and violin before a staged reading of the one-act play Gooseberry Pie by local playwright Nick Jupp. The theatre bills the play as a piece all about decisions, from ones we avoid to ones made for us to ones with an unexpected impact. Pond Playhouse, 6 Parkhill Road, Sat Jul 13, 8pm, $15/$25 THE WIZARD OF OZ INDOOR PERFORMANCES This year’s non-Bard-based work Shakespeare By The Sea will tackle is the famous tale of Dorthy and her doggo on a grand misadventure. Here, the seasonal theatre troupe promises “an all-new adaptation, perfect for audiences of all ages, featuring original music by Garry Williams” that’ll make your heart soar all the way to Emerald City—performed at an indoor location. Park Place Theatre, bottom parking lot of Point Pleasant Park, Jul 13-14, 1pm; PWYC/$20-$25 THE WIZARD OF OZ This year’s non-Bard-based work Shakespeare By The Sea will tackle is the famous tale of Dorthy and her doggo on a grand misadventure. Here, the seasonal theatre troupe promises “an all-new adaptation, perfect for audiences of all ages, featuring original music by Garry Williams” that’ll make your heart soar all the way to Emerald City. Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, 5718 Point Pleasant Drive, To Aug 31, 7pm, PWYC/$20-$25

Drag HEIST TAKEOVER The artsy, edgy live art company that brought us plays like the Fringe hit The Princess Show and its deliciously camp follow-up Princess Rules delivers a night of live drag performances, featuring the beloved character Princess Edward. An all-night dance party with DJ Douvet rounds out the fun, with the party game Lip Sync Roulette taking over the dance floor. Chain Yard Urban Cidery and Unchained Kitchen, 2606 Agricola Street, Thu Jul 11, 9:30pm, PWYC

Comedy MEGACOMEDYMONDAYS MegaComedy can only mean mega laughs and a night of comedians spinning tales of magic and adventure. Or as the organizers describe it, “the third worst place to find the best laughs in town.” Gus’, 2605 Agricola Street, Mondays, 8pm, free OASIS COMEDY HOSTED BY MATT RYAN Get ready to giggle and guffaw as Matt Ryan rules the mic at this weekly comedy sesh. Oasis Pub & Eatery, 5661 Spring Garden Road, Tuesdays, 8pm THE PICKLED FROG Chanel Freire hosts this weekly open mic that promises new comics each week and laughs aplenty. The Fickle Frog Pub, 5675 Spring Garden Road, Mondays, 8:30pm, PWYC THE OPEN SMOKE COMEDY SHOW The Amsterdam-inspired social club invites you to bring some buds and get the giggles as Rick McGray hosts this comedy night that’s free for High Life members. High Life Social Club, 5982 Spring Garden Road, Thursdays, 9-10:30pm, $8

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Visual Arts Galleries

capturing the surface of the ocean, presented in carefully selected pairs. Intentional camera movement, multiple exposures and blending techniques render the images re-imagined. Roodenburg’s artist’s statement says her process is “not unlike applying many layers of translucent oil paint” before quoting Moby Dick, saying her sea-sprayed scenes are places “not down on any map; true places never are.” To Aug 31


14 BELLS FINE ART GALLERY Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm, 5523 Young Street Collection of the artist: Peter Gough The internationally lauded realist painter gets a mini retrospective that acts as a masterclass in capturing—and playing with—light. To Jul 19 ANNA LEONOWENS GALLERY Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm Granville Square, 1891 Granville Street Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design The annual roving exhibit that celebrates the best in book design stops at The Anna to show off some boss-looking tomes. To Jul 20 Deposits An exploration into digital and physical location-based data collection—particularly how this data influences your experience of a place—sees artist Sage Sidley present found objects, prints, sculptures and more. To Jul 13 JIAN Koei Kao explores negative space and translation between humans and animals with embossed works and ink and oil paintings. To Jul 13 North Block Rachel Anzalone explores the history of NSCAD’s North Block stairway with these collages of paint chips peeled from the stairwell. To Jul 13 Not Place Heather Murray’s paintings, sculptures and audio works explore, as the gallery puts it, “the ecstatic flight of ideas that occurs during extreme mood states, extracting ideas from these experiences and bringing them into a relatable realm.”Jul 16-20 Ocean Treasures: Anthropocene Artifacts The Anna sums this showcase up: “Artist-researcher Jennifer MacLatchy combs shorelines in Nova Scotia, searching for and collecting marine debris, or anthropocene era artifacts. This exhibition is a museum-like display of artifacts that have been documented and preserved with great care in order to study the relationship between humans and the ocean in a time of great change and loss.” Jul 16-20 Preparation Suites Celeste Cares and Alex Sutcliffe deliver collections of canvases that explore getting ready—for Cares, it’s portraits of a “mushy, girlish muse applying lipstick and spilling coffee” (as the gallery puts it) while for Sutcliffe, it’s abstract figures that wait, “preparing for nothingness.” Jul 16-20 ART 1274 HOLLIS Daily 10am-6pm, 1274 Hollis Street Moving Denise Soper unpacks the inertia of life itself with this showcase that focuses on the constant motion of our day-to-day, from driving and walking to personal, emotional shifts. To Aug 7 ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Thu 10am9pm, 1723 Hollis Street Salvador Dali, a suite of prints The dandy of dadaism and sultan of surrealism, there is no comparison to Dali. Here, his later work—widely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the Catholic Church—provides a rare glimpse into the post-melting-clock years. To Oct 27

TEICHERT GALLERY Sun-Mon 12-5pm, Tue-Sat 10am5pm, 1723 Hollis Street Lumiere The gallery describes this stack of canvases by Evgenia Makogon as “a body of work inspired by summer light and the beauty of colour that is hidden in plain sight.” To Jul 31 Works by Evgenia Makogon New paintings await. To Jul 31 Sure Thing

VIEWPOINT GALLERY Wed-Sun 12-5pm, 1459 Brenton Street Glimpses of Forgotten Memories See photo. To Jul 28

Glimpses of Forgotten Memories Elizabeth Bishop—the 1911-born poet from Great Village—wrote the sort of heart-reviving verse that made the everyday seem anything but, like Hemingway or Woolf. Here, ViewPoint Gallery members Kathleen Flanagan and Roxanne Smith meditate upon her writing, unpacking themes of presence, absence, memory and loss (the themes of Bishop’s work) while capturing the essence of Bishop’s childhood home. ViewPoint Gallery, To Jul 28

Halifax Harbour 1918 The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s latest memorial of the Halifax Explosion sees the city’s waterfront shown through the eyes of Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer. To Sep 2 Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art A stereotype-challenging, narrativereshaping exploration of Blackness in Canada, with works by artists Sandra Brewster, Chantal Gibson, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Bushra Junaid, Charmaine Lurch, Esmaa Mohamoud, Michèle Pearson Clarke and Gordon Shadrach, arrives from the Art Gallery of Ontario. To Oct 27 Worn Inward A collection of works by eight Indigenous artists, this show acts as a response to Jordan Bennett’s AGNS exhibition Ketu’elmita’jik, which saw Bennett bringing home a collection of Mi’kmaw artifacts and placing them in an immersive environment full of bright colours. Here, Arielle Twist, Brandon Hollohan, Gesig Isaac and more delve into museum collections to explore, as the gallery puts it, “self-representation through adornment and wearable design.” To Oct 13 An exhibition highlight: Monkman, Johnson and Bennett If you missed Kent Monkman’s incredible Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, shown at the gallery last fall, which re-presented the story of Canada through the voice of a genrefluid, time-travelling alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle; if you slept on Jordan Bennett’s Ketu’ elmita’jik, which saw him reclaiming Indigenous artifacts, playing with colour and shape in an immersive environment; if you don’t already know Ursula Johnson to be the talent of a generation, being the first Atlantic Canadian to win the Sobey Art Award with her dynamic practice; this show will give you a crash course in all three—a sort of visual Reader’s Digest on a trio of the brightest talents in the art world right now.

CORRIDOR GALLERY Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm, 1113 Marginal Road One of One “Printmaker Dave Power’s work combines his interest in the technical side of printmaking with his knowledge of the buildings, marine environment, and landscape of Canada—especially the east coast. A former Marine Coppersmith, Power built his own printing press and discovered that working with the copper plates and the mechanics of the press interested him as much as the actual artwork,” the gallery offers of this exhibit. To Jul 30 CRAIG GALLERY Tue-Fri 12-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm, Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth group effort The annual Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program Exhibition returns with stars-onthe-rise like Carrie Allison, Emily Lawrence, Jenny Yujia Shi and Katharine (Kyle) Vingoe-Cram debuting pieces alongside their names-of-note mentors Ursula Johnson, Peter Dykhuis, Charley Young and Karin Cope. To Jul 21 DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12-5pm, 6101 University Avenue From the Vault: Human/Nature An assortment of photographybased works from the gallery’s permanent collection, this showcase explores the place that human nature and the natural world intersect. To Jul 14 Nature as Communities A collection of works that studies how artists across the country are reimagining our relationship to the environment, from Indigenioussettler relations to developing land-based practices. To Jul 14 GALLERY NINETEEN NINETEEN Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, 6025 Stanley Street The In Betweens Kristen Herrington, described by the gallery as a “fluid artist,” displays a collection

Museums of paintings bubbling with life and colour. To Aug 2 HERMES Sat-Sun 12-6pm, 5682 North Street Still/Life Ian McKinnon arrives at Hermes with a collection of over 100 drawings asking the big questions—why we seek out or make art, what draws us to places—while also unpacking “the vocabulary of transcendence and healing so often ascribed to our art experiences.” To Jul 28 MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am4pm, 1061 Marginal Road Patterns of Growth Toni Losey’s earthenware pieces rest, nubblytextured and smooth- silhouetted, in waves of ombre gradient. Finishing flourishes that look like a cross between the most beautiful barnacle your imagination could render and an alien’s eye dapple protrusions from the wheel-thrown, altered and assembled works. You can’t stop staring—and you don’t want to, either. To Aug 25 Woven Woods It’s hard not to think of the trees in a Van Gough painting when your eyes drink in the detail of a Loraine Roy work: Softly sloping lines make the nature-centred motifs feel like they’re swaying softly as you watch, winking à la “Starry Night.” To Aug 25 MOUNT SAINT VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 124pm, 166 Bedford Highway Carrie Allison: clearing Lauded Indigenous artist Carrie Allison continues unpacking themes surrounding the commodification of land with this showcase that combines her 2017 watercolour and ink drawings with a new series of beaded portraits. To Sep 8 First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust This exhibit acts as a snapshot of the works facilitated by

the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, which has been awarding scholarships to visual artists since 1949. A curation of pieces from across generations and mediums, it skips along themes from 1979 to 2016—but all pieces will pique your curiosity or pluck your heart strings. To Jul 28 NOVA SCOTIA CENTRE FOR CRAFT AND DESIGN 1096 Marginal Road Craft LAIR: Tyshan Wright The Centre for Craft’s latest Local Artist In Residence, Tyshan Wright, is a “traditional maker of Jamaican Maroon instruments and cultural objects,” the gallery says. Here, Wright aims to “explore the intersections between traditional and contemporary craft,” as he creates mixed media representations of sacred Maroon objects. To Aug 25 SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue Jaime Angelopoulos: Oblique Choreography A collection of animated, colourful sculptures by critically adored artist Jaime Angelopoulos present, as the gallery puts it, “a kind of joyful exuberance, but they also operate on a deeper social and psychological level.” To Aug 4 STUDIO 21 Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, Mon by appointment only, 5431 Doyle Street FRESH While it’s all gold in this showcase of works by Sarah Burwash, Jared Betts and Jenny Yujia Shi, Burwash’s ability to lay down dreamlike landscapes in soft-as-acloud whispers of watercolours is truly remarkable. Do yourself and your eyeballs a favour and peep this exhibit, stat. To Aug 31 Seaspray Mariette Roodenburg delivers a collection of photos

CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21 1055 Marginal Road, Daily 9:30am5:30pm Family Bonds & Belonging An exploration and meditation on what family means, this exhibition promises to “celebrate Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation.” Originally produced by the Royal BC Museum, it offers a collection of stories from early and contemporary families, those who came as immigrants and those who have always been here, while touching on themes of “belonging, growth and change, gatherings and generations.” To Nov 3 DISCOVERY CENTRE Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm, Sun 1pm-5pm, 1215 Lower Water Street Survival of the Slowest While we tend to focus on fast animals when we think of evolution, considering the speed of a cheetah more advanced than the slog of a sloth, this exhibit—filled with live animals like a green iguana, two-toed sloth and a spur thigh tortoise—explores the evolutionary benefits of slowness. To Oct 3

Other Spaces SCOTT MANOR HOUSE 15 Fort Sackville Road, Bedford Eight of Clay: Sea Worthy The annual ceramic and pottery showcase by Eight of Clay returns to the historic Bedford house to treat your eyeballs. To Jul 14

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For fuck’s sake, implement zero-tolerance, nopanhandling areas already Spring Garden is full of panhandlers, Barrington is full of panhandlers, hell now even the waterfront is full of panhandlers. Everyone in this city who lives or works downtown is tired of being harassed countless times every day by these people and it’s beyond embarrassing hearing tourists comment about how many panhandlers there are. How about designating some areas as no-panhandling zones due to their cultural/tourism value and have the police enforce it?Seriously, anything to do something about this—there is nothing fine about allowing people to be harassed so openly and to have local business be negatively affected as well. —Stop Enabling Panhandling


person who put up those posters. Everything—every iota of our pointless, meandering, calculated lives—is doomed to fail whether or not we choose to use plastic. It will fail because you’re going to keep trying to win. And that’s chestbeating behaviour we really can leave behind. Stop thinking you’re better than your peers because you are being fair in your assessment of how shit our world is. Because you’re right, but life doesn’t care that you’re right, because life isn’t fair. The only solution is to give from the heart. The heart is unquantifiable; it cannot be qualified. Not in years, not in dollars, not in barrels of oil. —Our Responsibility

❤ Bridge Commission shout

out To the lovely woman who saved us so graciously when we embarrassingly pulled into a MacPass-Only lane: Your sweet customer service made our day! —Need Glasses


❤ Space bun princess

I saw you at the most recent HomeBass. You were dressed in green neon and grooving effortlessly on the dance floor. I took your cool neon sunglasses and you slapped me for it. I think I fell in love right then and there. I hope I see your red hair at another event, you’re truly something special. —Not Cool Enough For You

What are we buying this week? Fans Aloe vera Pick at home and cover your mouth Seriously? You believe the best place to pick at your fly bites and scabs is at the bus stop and on the bus? Not only were you picking—not scratching, but full on picking—your fly bites and scabs, but then you were wiping the blood onto your legs, arms and the bus seat. Come the hell on! How were you raised? No one wants to see that shit. It’s disgusting. To top it all off you start sneezing with your yap wide open spreading your snot and spit all over the place for all to enjoy. Thanks so much for that. The topper to all of this was the huge wad of spit you graciously left on the side of the street before getting on the bus. Grow up and get some manners. I feel bad for whoever had to sit next to you on the bus. —Wishing For Some Hand Sanitizer


Multi-level marketing People fall into two categories when it comes to multi-level marketing: They either recognize that it’s a bullshit industry, or they’ve invested thousands in a company and are not making the money they thought they would make. Who is buying into this? —Perplexed


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Free Will Astrology

Ride the rollercoaster, Sagittarius, advises ROB BREZSNY Cancer

(Jun 21-Jul 22)

Vantablack is a material made of carbon nanotubes. According to *The Guinness Book of World Records*, it is the darkest stuff on the planet. No black is blacker than Vantablack. It reflects a mere 0.036 percent of the light that shines upon it. Because of its unusual quality, it’s ideal for use in the manufacture of certain sensors, cameras and scientific instruments. Unfortunately, an artist named Anish Kapoor owns exclusive rights to use it in the art world. No other artists are allowed to incorporate Vantablack into their creations. I trust you will NOT follow Kapoor’s selfish example in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, it’s crucial that you share your prime gifts, your special skills, and your unique blessings with the whole world. Do not hoard! This week’s birthdays: Cal Good, Brian MacKay, Sean McKenna, Tristan Legg


(Jul 23-Aug 22)

Hi, my name is Rob Brezsny, and I confess that I am addicted to breathing air, eating food, drinking water, indulging in sleep and getting high on organic, free-trade, slavery-free dark chocolate. I also confess that I am powerless over these addictions. Now I invite you to be inspired by my silly example and undertake a playful but serious effort to face up to your own fixations. The astrological omens suggest it’s a perfect moment to do so. What are you addicted to? What habits are you entranced by? What conditioned responses are you enslaved to? What traps have you agreed to be snared by? The time is right to identify these compulsions, then make an audacious break for freedom.


(Aug 23-Sep 22)

When cherries are nearing the end of their ripening process, they are especially vulnerable. If rain falls on them during those last few weeks, they can rot or split, rendering them unmarketable. So cherry-growers hire helicopter pilots to hover over their trees right after it rains, using the downdraft from the blades to dry the valuable little fruits. It may seem like overkill, but it’s the method that works best. I advise you to be on the lookout for similar protective measures during the climactic phase of your personal ripening process. Your motto should be to take care of your valuables by any means necessary.


(Sep 23-Oct 22)

Please don’t try to relax. Don’t shy away from challenges. Don’t apologize for your holy quest or tone down your ambition or stop pushing to get better. Not now, anyway, Libra. Just the opposite, in fact. I

urge you to pump up the volume on your desires. Be even bigger and bolder and braver. Take maximum advantage of the opportunities that are arising, and cash in on the benevolent conspiracies that are swirling in your vicinity. Now is one of those exceptional moments when tough competition is actually healthy for you, when the pressure to outdo your previous efforts can be tonic and inspiring.


(Oct 23-Nov 21)

I can’t decide whether to compare your imminent future to a platypus, kaleidoscope, patchwork quilt or Swiss army knife. From what I can tell, your adventures could bring you random jumbles or melodic mélanges—or a blend of both. So I’m expecting provocative teases, pure flukes and multiple options. There’ll be crazy wisdom, alluring messes and unclassifiable opportunities. To ensure that your life is more of an intriguing riddle than a confusing maze, I suggest that you stay closely attuned to what you’re really feeling and thinking, and communicate that information with tactful precision.


(Nov 22-Dec 21)

Every year, thousands of people all over the world go to hospital emergency rooms seeking relief from kidney stones. Many of the treatments are invasive and painful. But in recent years, a benign alternative has emerged. A peer-reviewed article in a scientific journal presented evidence that many patients spontaneously pass their kidney stones simply by riding on rollercoasters. I doubt that you’ll have a literal problem like kidney stones in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. But I do suspect that any psychological difficulties you encounter can be solved by embarking on thrilling adventures akin to riding on rollercoasters.


(Dec 22-Jan 19)

In his book The Histories, ancient Greek historian Herodotus told the story of a six-year war between the armies of the Medes and the Lydians in an area that today corresponds to Turkey. The conflict ended suddenly on a day when a solar eclipse occurred. Everyone on the battlefield got spooked as the light unexpectedly dimmed, and commanders sought an immediate cease to the hostilities. In the spirit of cosmic portents precipitating practical truces, I suggest you respond to the upcoming lunar eclipse on July 16-17 with overtures of peace and healing and amnesty. It’ll be a good time to reach out to any worthwhile person or group from whom you have been alienated.


(Jan 20-Feb 18)

My astrological colleague Guru Gwen believes that right now Aquarians should get scolded and penalized unless they agree to add more rigour and discipline to their rhythms. On the other hand, my astrological colleague Maestro Madelyn feels that Aquarians need to have their backs massaged, their hands held and their problems listened to with grace and empathy. I suppose that

both Gwen and Madelyn want to accomplish the same thing, which is to get you back on track. But personally, I’m more in favour of Madelyn’s approach than Gwen’s.


(Feb 19-Mar 20)

As a self-taught rebel poet with few formal credentials, I may not have much credibility when I urge you to get yourself better licensed and certified and sanctioned. But according to my analysis of the astrological omens, the coming months will be a favourable time for you to make plans to get the education or training you’re lacking; to find out what it would mean to become more professional, and then become more professional; to begin pursuing the credentials that will earn you more power to fulfill your dreams.


(Mar 21-Apr 19)

You’re in the Land of Green Magic. That’s potentially very good news, but you must also be cautious. Why? Because in the Land of Green Magic, the seeds of extraneous follies and the seeds of important necessities both grow extra fast. Unless you are a careful weeder, useless stuff will spring up and occupy too much space. So be firm in rooting out the blooms that won’t do you any good. Be aggressive in nurturing only the very best and brightest.


(Apr 20-May 20)

Eight years ago, researchers in Kerala, India went to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple and climbed down into centuries-old vaults deep beneath the main floor. They found a disorganized mess of treasure in the form of gold and precious gems. There were hundreds of chairs made from gold, baskets full of gold coins from the ancient Roman empire and a four-foot-high solid statue of a god, among multitudinous other valuables. I like bringing these images to your attention, Taurus, because I have a theory that if you keep them in your awareness, you’ll be more alert than usual to undiscovered riches in your own life and in your own psyche. I suspect you are closer than ever before to unearthing those riches.


(May 21-Jun 20)

Children need to learn certain aptitudes at certain times. If they don’t, they may not be able to master those aptitudes later in life. For example, if infants don’t get the experience of being protected and cared for by adults, it will be hard for them to develop that capacity as toddlers. This is a good metaphor for a developmental phase that you Geminis are going through. In my astrological opinion, 2019 and 2020 are critical years for you to become more skilled at the arts of togetherness and collaboration; to upgrade your abilities so as to get the most out of your intimate relationships. How are you doing with this work so far? a Go to for Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available at 877-873-4888.

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Quick hits A series of rapid-fire advice on exes, pedophilia, erectile dysfunction, non-consensual porn and prostate stimulation. fiance and I have been in a relation“This is one of the things people don’t Q My ship for 11 years. His best friend is one A understand about ethical and feminist of his exes, and that has always bothered me. porn—it’s not just soft lighting and sweet loveWhat do I do?—Needing Guidance After Getting Engaged


You could make up your mind to get over it, NGAGE. Or you could threaten to break off the engagement unless your fiance cuts his best friend out of his life. That would be an asshole move—that would be an emotionally manipulative asshole power move. But, hey, you wouldn’t be the first person to wait for the moment of maximum leverage before telling your partner that, despite what you led them to believe (or allowed them to assume), they are going to have to choose between their best friend(s) and the person they’re about to marry or just married. Fair warning: If you issue that ultimatum and your fiance (or husband) writes in and asks me what to do, I’m going to tell him to leave you.

a 58-year-old happily married gay Q I’m man, and I have a kink I’ve had since

childhood: I get off on destructive, city-smashing giants—think of Godzilla as a muscular man smashing things with his dick. Since this is impossible to realize, I rely on drawings and other images. After Tumblr removed the adult content, I found my way to newer websites. Some featured manga-style drawings of giant prepubescent boys. I’ve NEVER experienced any attraction to children, but these cartoons are a turn-on. Does lusting after cartoon images of boys make me a pedophile? —Freaky

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If you aren’t sexually attracted to children, FEARSSS, you aren’t a pedophile. Pedophilia is not something a non-pedophile drifts into after viewing a little squicky manga. Pedophilia, according to the best and most current research, is a hardwired sexual orientation—one that can never be acted on for moral and ethical reasons. That said, I would urge you to avoid viewing or downloading this stuff. It’s illegal in the United States (and lots of other places) to possess drawings or computer-generated images of children that depict “a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” per federal law. I don’t know whether your local prosecutor would consider viewing drawings of giant prepubescent boys smashing buildings with their dicks as a criminal offense, but I’m sure you don’t want to find out. Avoid those websites.

can a gal go to find reluctant/nonQ Where consensual porn that isn’t overly rapey?

I really love power play (think “naughty secretary gets punished”)—but when I look for reluctant/non-consensual porn, I often come across male-perspective rape fantasies. I’d love to wank to a video or story about a woman reluctantly enjoying herself while her aggressor fucks her up the ass, but every search is fraught with the perils of finding something truly rapey. And that just makes me feel sad and icky. I’m willing to spend money if I trust the source. I just don’t know where to look! Is the issue with my keywords? Help!

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making,” says Tristan Taormino, the feminist author, sex educator, podcaster and porn director ( “Ethical and feminist porn can also have an edge and feature power play, so long as there’s consent. My series Rough Sex, which has three volumes, is all about real women’s kink fantasies, and there will be something in there for RESPECT. You can find it on In addition, I recommend, where she can use the search term ‘rough,’ and xconfessions. com, where she should search for ‘BDSM.’”

a 57-year-old man, and I have been Q I’m in a relationship for 10 months. I have

some erection problems that are helped by ED meds. The issue is I haven’t told my girlfriend I’m taking them. I take a pill when we are together “just in case,” but this is costly and the resulting lack of spontaneity makes me anxious. Also, I feel like I’m holding on to this secret. —Please Send Advice


Call your girlfriend. It’s time you had the talk. Give her your reasons. Tell her it’s not her fault—and, really, it’s not her fault or yours. Men don’t take boner pills because they aren’t attracted to (or horny for) their partners, as some fear. The reality is quite the opposite: Horny men take ED meds. She may need to hear it a few times before it sinks in, PSA, but you have nothing to be ashamed of. And, if she enjoys the sex, she should be as grateful for these meds as you are—and she shouldn’t want you to waste them any more than you do.

a bi guy in my late 20s. I date women Q I’m and occasionally hook up with guys. In between, I have toys. My question has to do with something that happens when I’m using a dildo and stimulating my prostate: During intense stimulation…I pee (I think)? My confusion lies in the fact that what comes out is clear and doesn’t smell like urine. I know there’s a debate about female squirting and whether it’s urine, but I’m still very confused. But is this normal for a man? Should I worry?

—Leaking Everywhere And Knowing It’s Not Good


Your dildo isn’t just stimulating your prostate gland, which produces the milky fluid that comes flying out of your cock when you ejaculate, but your Cowper’s glands as well. The Cowper’s glands are located just under your prostate and they produce a clear fluid, AKA “pre-come,” that basically flushes out your urethra during arousal. Urine is acidic, and acids can harm sperm cells. So pre-come neutralizes whatever acids might be lurking in your urethra—basically, pre-come makes sure your urethra is a safe space for your sperm cells. Some men produce very little pre-come, some men produce buckets of it, and some men produce more under particular circumstances. Don’t worry, LEAKING, just enjoy. a Listen to Dan Savage’s Weekly Lovecast at thecoast .ca/savage

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