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Ultimate Halifax Guide

Live theatre, exciting exhibitions, fun outdoor activities—discover this season’s top destinations to explore in Halifax

By Janice Hudson

NEW DISCOVERIES
For 32 years, the Discovery Centre has been giving kids and adults alike exciting, hands-on opportunities to learn about science, math, engineering, and technology. And now, it’s moved to a new 40,000-square-foot home on the Halifax waterfront. The new site has four themed galleries, an innovation lab, and Atlantic Canada’s only immersive dome theatre.

Discovery Centre. Photo: Mark Dilangelan.

Discovery Centre. Photo: Mark Dilangelan.

Not just a planetarium for exploring outer space, this theatre also lets visitors immerse themselves inside the human body or run like an animal through the jungle. The centre also hosts changing exhibits: The Science of Rock N’ Roll runs until May 14 and opening on May 29 is Tyrannosaurus: Meet the Family. On Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., admission is free.

BUYER’S MARKET
Spring weekends in Halifax are the perfect time to discover Nova Scotia’s fresh produce, tasty baked goods, local artwork, and cool souvenirs. More than 250 vendors from across the province showcase their goods over two levels at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Marginal Road.

A few minutes’ walk up Lower Water Street takes you to the Historic Farmers’ Market in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery building. Find vendors and live entertainment in the main courtyard or tucked away in the maze of wings and hallways in this historic facility. You’ll find it less crowded than the Seaport, but equally fun to explore.

Historic Farmers’ Market

Historic Farmers’ Market

Heading north on Windsor Street is the Halifax Forum, home to one of the city’s newest farmers’ markets. More than 50 vendors take over the facility’s bingo hall each Saturday morning for the Halifax Forum Farmers’ Market. Find local farmers selling produce right off their trucks in the parking lot.

Across the harbour in Dartmouth, just steps from the Halifax Transit ferry terminal, you’ll find the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market. It has live entertainment on its main stage on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Outside, find flower and plant vendors aplenty during the spring months.

ALL THE CITY’S A STAGE
Eastern Front Theatre’s 2017 Stages Theatre Festival presents 15 shows and events from May 15 to 27. The schedule includes new plays, workshops, theatre for families, and world premieres held at venues across the city. The festival highlights work from Nova Scotia’s top professional theatre companies at different stages of development, from workshops and play readings to full productions. Highlights include The West Woods by Mulgrave Road Theatre on May 16 to 19, and Treegirl by Forerunner Theatre on May 19 to 21.

Stages Theatre Festival

Stages Theatre Festival

GARDEN PARTY
Spanning six hectares in the middle of the city, the Halifax Public Gardens is one of North America’s finest formal Victorian gardens, with dramatic flower displays, weeping and flowering trees, fountains, and foliage plants. This year, it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary with events and activities happening daily during the season. This month, watch for the Victorian Tea Party at the Lord Nelson Hotel on May 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s an afternoon of English tea, with music by Symphony Nova Scotia and Hausmusik. On May 27, there’s a poetry reading in the gardens from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each Sunday afternoon starting June 11, drop by the Victorian bandstand for free concerts featuring local musicians.

Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE
To celebrate Canada’s 150th year since confederation, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 presents Canada: Day 1, a travelling exhibition that showcases 150 years of immigrants’ “day one” experiences. View distinctive artworks and compelling objects, such as a Syrian welcome kit, a head-tax certificate, moving War Bride correspondence, and more.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

One of Canada’s most visited National Historic Sites, the Halifax Citadel was the fourth in a series of forts since 1749 to occupy the hill overlooking the harbour. Check out the Army Museum on-site for more military artefacts and history. In 2017, all National Historic Sites are offering free admission with a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, available online at pc.gc.ca.

CRAFTED FOR CANADA
Just in time for Canada 150, Novascotian Crystal has expanded its Canadian spirit line of handcrafted crystal, featuring a maple leaf design. It’s now available in whiskey tumblers, water glasses, brandy snifters, shot glasses, and more. Stop by the workshop at the foot of George Street on the Halifax waterfront and watch the craftspeople create these mouth-blown masterpieces using age-old techniques.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE
With warmer temperatures now the norm, there’s plenty of outdoor activities on offer across the city. On the tip of Halifax’s South End, Point Pleasant Park boasts 39 kilometres of roads and trails that wind through forest and past rocky hills, ravines, and military ruins, including the Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site. The park also hosts alfresco theatre group, Shakespeare by the Sea, during the summer.

Heading west past the Armdale Rotary on Purcell’s Cove Road is Sir Sanford Fleming Park. This 38-hectare space has walking trails through forest, saltwater marsh, and a large pond (Frog Pond). Climb up Dingle Memorial Tower, the 10-storey Italianate landmark built in the early 1900s. Kids will love the new playground on-site, Halifax’s first all-natural play space made of hand-carved tree trunks. They can climb up the mesh and log tower that mirrors Dingle Tower.

Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Shubie Park is a 16-hectare greenway bounded by Lake Charles to the north and Lake Micmac to the south. Trails meander from deep forest to sunny lakeside along the historic route of the Shubenacadie Canal, offering beautiful scenery and quiet areas to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Shubie Park

Shubie Park

DAY TRIPPING
No trip to Halifax is complete without visiting Peggy’s Cove, the fishing village just a 45-minute drive west from Halifax. Its iconic lighthouse is the most photographed site in Nova Scotia. Fifty minutes east of Halifax is Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte, a living history museum that recreates life in a 1940s Nova Scotian coastal village. Tour the 18 restored buildings and tuck into a lunch of baked beans and brown bread at the on-site cookhouse.

Memory Lane Heritage Village

Memory Lane Heritage Village

 

 

 

Hot Shopping: Spring into style

By Suzanne Rent

For a fresh, new look for the warmer months ahead, The Perfect Fit in Bedford has the latest looks at affordable prices. This consignment boutique is packed with designer styles for all tastes. Consign your current clothes, while looking for options to update your wardrobe. Complete your outfit with shoes, a handbag, and sunglasses.

Foreign Affair on Barrington Street has been a staple of the city’s style scene since 1973. Find the best luxury and contemporary designs here. This boutique carries top brands such as Marie Saint Pierre, Marc Cain, Tibi, Alexander Wang, and Helmut Lang. And on-site seamstresses can help tweak the garments for your wardrobe.

Foreign Affair

Foreign Affair

LOVE LOCAL
P’lovers on South Park Street is stocked with eco-friendly products for your home, wardrobe, and gifts. Find bath and beauty items made with all-natural ingredients. Decorate your home with non-toxic candles, frames, and mirrors made from recycled wood.

P'Lovers

P’Lovers

For a unique market experience, visit Local Source on Agricola Street. Here you’ll find in-season and fresh products, which are from vendors at local farmers’ markets or from small local farms. The bakery uses organic grains and cane sugars and local fruit and other ingredients

FOR THE KIDS
Halikids on South Park Street is a colourful boutique for kids offering high-end clothing, toys, and games just for children. The toys here are selected for their abilities to inspire creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. Kids will love the fun, durable clothing styles, too. Help them choose from the bright décor items that will liven up their bedrooms.

Brain Candy Toys in Sunnyside Mall is locally owned, specializing in educational toys and learning resources. There are toys for children of all ages, ranging from bath toys for babies to intricate puzzles for tweens. The store has a section dedicated to Lego complete with new sets and a menagerie of Schleich animals.

Brain Candy Toys

Brain Candy Toys

BEST FOOT FORWARD
John David Shoes in Park Lane Mall has been specializing in women’s footwear for more than two decades. Each season sees the arrival of the latest styles. This season’s looks include Michael Kors plate thongs, mocs, mules, and slip-ons.

Park Lane Mall

Park Lane Mall

CENTRES OF SHOPPING
Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth has more than 120 stores and services, offering a variety of options for shoppers of all tastes and ages. Anchored by The Bay, this three-storey shopping mecca has high-end stores for women’s fashions, entertainment, electronics, as well as spas and salons. Stop for a break at the food court, which has a number of food outlets, including New York Fries and Thai Express.

Situated on Spring Garden Road, Halifax’s shopping district, Park Lane Mall offers a mix of shops for fashion, gifts, health and beauty, and home décor. Shops include Olsen Europe, The Source, Things Engraved, and The Body Shop. Pack up your purchases and head to the lower floor to Cineplex Cinemas for an afternoon matinee.

Hot Dining: Steak expectations

By Trevor J. Adams

STEAK EXPECTATIONS
Succulent steak and top-notch service are hallmarks of The Keg. Visit the popular chain in Halifax in the heart of the downtown on Market Street.

As the name suggests, Primal Kitchen on Brenton Street is a carnivore’s haven, boasting local meats smoked, cured, and butchered inhouse. The 35-ounce bone-in prime rib for two, paired with truffle fries, is a guaranteed date-night all-star.

The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar gives the classic chop-house experience a 21st-century spin. You can’t go wrong with a classic New York striploin paired with a couple of big, juicy, fresh Atlantic scallops.

The Keg.

The Keg.

CASUAL FAVOURITES
A Southern-style smokehouse tucked away in a tiny Barrington Street location, Boneheads BBQ is beloved by locals. The menu includes all the slow-smoked mainstays you’d expect: ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and more. Indecisive? Try the mammoth (and ideal for sharing) Pit Boss Sampler and get a little bit of everything.

Boneheads BBQ

Boneheads BBQ

Just around the corner from the Atlantica Hotel on Quinpool Road, Relish Gourmet Burgers offers creative takes on the classic burger and fries. The house specialty is the Halifax Explosion: a flash-grilled pineapple ring dusted in habanero powder, plus pancetta bacon, curried onion frites, and aged cheddar.

A SHORE THING
The Shore Club Lobster Suppers in Hubbards are a must for Nova Scotian visitors. Enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the rollicking and informal setting of a community supper at one of the province’s last old-fashioned dance halls. The menu also includes all-you-can-eat mussels, with vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals

FEELING CRAFTY?
Take a break from the bustle of Spring Garden Road in the subterranean refuge of the Rockbottom Brewpub. The menu offers all the pub grub you’d expect, but the house-made craft-beer is the real draw. Locals love the zesty IPA and rich oatmeal stout; keep an eye out for the brewer’s latest seasonal creations. But why play favourites? A sampler tray is a tasty way to experience all the newest brews.

Rockbottom Brewpub

Rockbottom Brewpub

HOW SWEET IT IS 
If you’re the sort of person who skips dinner to save room for dessert, proceed directly to The Middle Spoon on Barrington Street and at Sunnyside Mall. This stylish spot specializes in decadent desserts paired with creative cocktails. It’s the ideal place to while away an evening with friends.

Comic relief

The Halifax Comedy Fest returns, showcasing top comics from across Canada

By Janice Hudson

Now in its 22nd year, Halifax Comedy Fest brings some of the biggest names in comedy to the city. With 30 performers at several shows and venues across Halifax, this is the East Coast’s ultimate celebration of stand-up comedy.

This year, the event runs from April 26 to 29 with an all-star roster of emerging talents and established veterans, including Mark Critch, Jeremy Hotz, Eman El-Husseini, Steve Patterson, and Debra DiGiovanni.

Debra DiGiovanni

A festival fan favourite, DiGiovanni is returning to Halifax for the first time since 2013. The Gemini-award winning comic has done two Canadian stand-up specials for CTV/Comedy, as well as Live at Gotham on Comedy Central. She was also a finalist in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her first stand up show for Showtime, Single, Awkward Female, is now playing on Netflix.

Catch DiGiovanni at the Opening Gala on Wednesday, April 26 at Casino Nova Scotia, and the Gala of Laughs on April 28 in the Spatz Theatre at Citadel High School on Bell Road. The Gala of Laughs also showcases Jeremy Hotz, one of Canada’s most unique stand-up comics. His quirky observational comedy nets him new fans every time he takes the stage.

Jeremy Hotz

Jeremy Hotz

This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian and festival veteran Mark Critch returns to host the Gala of Laughs and the Gala of Laughs Finale on April 29 held in the Spatz Theatre at Citadel High School on Bell Road.

Mark Critch

Mark Critch

Look for seasoned comic Ryan Belleville at the Gala of Laughs Finale and as host at the Opening Gala. A regular on the comedy festival circuit, Belleville is a familiar face on TV and film on both sides of the border, and currently lends his talents to the new CBC TV show Workin’ Moms.

Ryan Belleville

Ryan Belleville

Also returning to this year’s festival is Steve Patterson, host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters. Coming off his latest cross-Canada theatre show, This is Not Debatable, and his tour for The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send, Patterson appears in the Gala of Laughs and hosts the All Star Show on April 27 at Casino Nova Scotia.

New this year at the festival is Laughs for Lungs, a comedy show and fundraiser on April 26 for the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Open to fans age 19 and older, the event takes place at the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club in Dartmouth. Ted Morris, Erica Sigurdson, and Mike Delamont will take the stage.

One of Canada’s most popular comics, Mike Delamont will also be hosting a double feature of afternoon shows on April 29 at the Lower Deck Pub in the Historic Properties.

Eman El-Husseini

Eman El-Husseini

A self-described “walking, breathing comedy special,” Montréal comedian Eman El-Husseini draws on her personal background and upbringing to get the laughs rolling. She takes the stage at the All Star Show on April 27 at Casino Nova Scotia and at the 3pm Pub Comedy show on April 29 at the Lower Deck Pub. She’ll also be performing at the free Laugh@Lunch show on April 28 at the Halifax Central Library. Joining her onstage there will be Charlie Demers and Sterling Scott.

Sterling Scott

Sterling Scott

This year’s festival also includes performances by Lachlan Patterson, John Wing, Carol Zoccoli, Chantel Marostica, Charles Haycock, Charlie Demers, Darryl Orr, Derek Seguin, D.J. Demers, Jay Malone, John Beuhler, Keith Pedro, K. Trevor Wilson, Kyle Brownrigg, Landry, Matt O’Brien, Matt Wright, Nigel Grinstead, J.R. DeGuzman, Charlie Demers, Sterling Scott, and Matt Falk. For schedules and ticket information, surf to halifaxcomedyfest.ca.

Hot Shopping: Spring styles

By Suzanne Rent

FINEST FASHIONS
Brilliant Clothing Boutique on Birmingham Street showcases the best in pre-loved clothing. That means fashionistas can find current styles and designer labels at affordable prices. Brands include Michael Kors, Rag and Bone, Steve Madden, and Frye.

shopping-brilliant

Brilliant Clothing Boutique

Cintamani on Spring Garden Road and Sunnyside Mall creates outdoor wear designed and tested in Iceland. There are full lines of jackets, fleeces, and accessories for women, men, and children. Perfect for families that love to spend plenty of time outdoors.

CENTRE OF STYLE
Newly renovated with a stylish and modern look, Halifax Shopping Centre remains the largest shopping centre in Nova Scotia. Refresh your wardrobe with new looks from stores such as H&M and Banana Republic. Pick up a treat at the Newfoundland Chocolate Company or Laura Secord. Take a break in the new food court called Terrace, which has a variety of outlets to choose from.

Halifax Shopping Centre

Halifax Shopping Centre

GET BLOOMING
KoKo Mod Floral on Portland Street, Dartmouth features floral designs of modern originality. Owner Korayne Romanchuk was trained by a European design master. Choose from fresh designs to celebrate a special occasion or person. Or check out the permanent designs, including wreaths or driftwood.

KoKo Mod Floral

KoKo Mod Floral

My Mother’s Bloomers on Spring Garden Road delivers flowers and designs for any celebration. Choose a design from one of several collections, featuring lilies, roses, orchids, blooming plants, or green plants. Or just find a design in a fresh bouquet to celebrate spring or Easter.

My Mother's Bloomers

My Mother’s Bloomers

STYLE BY DESIGN
To spruce up your space for spring, stop by Amazing Space Interiors on Almon Street. In the new retail store, there are design ideas for every budget and taste. Find high-end designer brands or fully customized furniture. It’s a great way to kick off the season in style.

Hot Dining: April eats

By Trevor J. Adams

LOCALS LOVE IT
Vines Pasta Grill on Panavista Drive in Dartmouth is a longstanding local favourite, boasting an array of Italian classics. Popular offerings include veal marsala, seafood linguine, and creative pasta dishes aplenty. Sunday brunch buffet.

Vines Pasta Grill

Vines Pasta Grill

Looking for a pleasant nook to while away an evening with friends? Intimate Little Oak on Lower Water Street is just steps away from the waterfront boardwalk. It boasts a small and dynamic menu showcasing global influences and seasonal ingredients, a huge (yet artfully chosen) wine list, and a selection of craft beers and ciders.

PERFECT PAIR
Bramosa Pizzeria & Beer Bar on Quinpool Road is the ideal spot to indulge in the classic beer and pizza pairing. Local craft brews pair with signature creations like the Tuscan Sun (white sauce, hot banana peppers, pineapple, sundried tomatoes, green olives) and Lombardy’s Fire (smoked bacon, jalapeno, pineapple). Free delivery on the Halifax Peninsula (on orders over $15) after 4pm.

Bramosa-Pizzeria

Bramosa Pizzeria

MARITIME CLASSIC
Don’t let the location fool you: Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House, tucked away in a strip mall in Bayer’s Lake on Oland Crescent, is one of your best bets for a traditional feed of fish and chips. The tiny, casual diner boasts friendly service, huge portions, and perfectly fried fresh Atlantic haddock.

Fredie's Fantastic Fish House

Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House

SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A pair of homesick Korean students studying in Halifax launched friendly little Backoos Korean To Go Food on Birmingham Street, offering a take on fried chicken that you won’t find elsewhere in Nova Scotia. Deep-fried, crispy, and spicy-sweet: the flavourful offerings have made this casual spot one of the most popular newcomers to Halifax’s dining scene.

 

 

Now Open: EPH Apparel

Courtesy of EPH Apparel

Photo by Simeon Rusnak. Courtesy EPH Apparel

Popular purveyor of menswear EPH Apparel has moved their flagship store into a stunning new downtown location. The brand, which launched an online-only operation in 2010, has made a mission of proving customized, made-to-order suits are attainable for any budget. Face to face consultation at the new shop offer gents the opportunity to create their own bespoke suit, from cuff to lapel, in person. Drop by the sleek space or call ahead to book a consultation. Mon-Sat 10 am-7 pm. 190 Smith St, 1‑888‑343‑6117, ephapparel.com

Halifax St. Patrick’s Day hot spots

Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a St. Paddy’s Day pint in Halifax? We’ve rounded up a list of Celtic pubs that will get you in a celebratory spirit

By Trevor Adams

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You won’t need a four-leafed clover to have a jolly time at these local Celtic hot spots. On March 17, the line will start forming at sun-up outside The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse on Prince Street. Enjoy traditional music throughout the day, a pint of ale from the old sod, and Irish cuisine like lamb stew.

A local favourite for an after-work tipple, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub on Argyle Street boasts an array of popular pub grub. the Banger Burger is sure to satisfy hungry carnivores.

Old-Triangle

Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Jamieson’s Irish Pub on Cumberland Drive is a must for craft-beer lovers, with sixteen taps showcasing Nova Scotia’s best.

Halifax Inside

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Don’t let a blustery day get you down, Halifax still offers plenty to see and do

 

By Kim Hart Macneill

GAME ON

·        Avoid winter’s chill inside the Scotiabank Centre and catch a hockey game. The Halifax Mooseheads, the city’s major-junior hockey, plays at home throughout the winter so you have lots of options to watch some action on the ice. Surf halifaxmooseheads.ca for game schedules and to buy tickets.

·        While you’re there, check out the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, located just off the box office. Celebrating the province’s top athletes, the 7,000-artefact collection features interactive and visual exhibits including the clothes dryer hockey great Sidney Crosby used for shooting practice, multi-sport simulators, and a diverse collection of historical memorabilia and gear.

 

ROLL THE DICE

Playing board games is a classic way to while away a stormy day. The Board Room Game Café, with locations in downtown and Bedford, is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. This gamers’ haven is home to more than 500 games, and staff are on-hand to help you learn to play something new. Play as many as you like for only $5. Stay a while; the café serves espresso, a locally made soda, and snacks. This spot serves local craft beer too, which means minors are welcome with a guardian until 6 p.m.

 

EMBRACE THE PAST

·        Make an afternoon of it at one of Halifax’s museums. On Lower Water Street the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic offers a gateway to the past. Discover the age of steamships, The Battle of the Atlantic, and Nova Scotia’s role in the Titanic disaster Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum.

 

·        Get to know our natural world at the Museum of Natural History. This institution celebrates the people, landscapes, and wildlife of Nova Scotia. Don’t miss Science on a Sphere. Visitors sit inside the 18-foot round screen to watch visual interpretations of complex data such as sea ice migrations, the world’s largest earthquakes, and live weather representations. Don’t miss Gus! The 94-year-old gopher tortoise usually goes for a walk at 3:30pm.

 

·        Aviation aficionados will appreciate the compact Shearwater Aviation Museum at CFB Shearwater. In a small chapel at the entrance to this active military base you’ll discover a captivating look at maritime military aviation history from 1918 to now. The museum features static displays, including uniforms through the decades and restored planes of various vintages. Admission is free.

 

·        Atlantic Canada’s only national museum explores immigration experiences and the role immigration played in building our country. Housed at Pier 21, a National Historic Site, the Canadian Museum of Immigration features permanent and traveling exhibits that highlight this location’s colourful history. Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants passed through this gateway to Canada. During the Second World War it was a departure point for 500,000 military personnel.

 

JUMP AROUND

Thousands of square feet of trampoline await you at Get Air Nova Scotia on Windmill Road. Kids of all ages will delight at the feeling of flying as they soar through the air. In addition to the trampoline, check out the slackline tightrope and the Ninja Course, a race through a maze of walls and trampolines.

 

THE GREAT ESCAPE

Grab a group of friends and test your problem-solving skills against the clock at one of Halifax’s escape rooms. Solve the clues in under-an-hour to escape the room. Captured Escape Rooms on Barrington Street offers eight different puzzles to keep you guessing. Add a touch of local flavour to your adventure with Halifax-explosion themed The Great Escape on North Street. It’s Halifax Explosion-themed room mixes history and mystery while encouraging you to solve the puzzle.

Hot Entertainment

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NOVA SCOTIAN FLAVOURS

January 26 to March 9

The Savour Food & Wine Festival is a must for serious foodies, offering a series of unique events celebrating Nova Scotia’s culinary scene. Highlights include Imbibe: A Cocktail Event (January 26), Decadence: Chocolate, Wine & Cheese (February 9), Rare & Fine Wine (February 24), Craft Beer Cottage Party (February 25), and the Savour Food & Wine Show (March 9).

 

3 FOR MUSIC LOVERS

·         January 19 to 22: In the Dead of Winter is a favourite with serious music fans. The acoustic-music festival features established and up-and-coming artists at venues around the city. This year’s roster includes Andrea Ramolo, Dan Misha Goldman, Jennifer Castle, Jim Bryson, and others.

·         January 29: Cecilia Concerts hosts a matinee performance by the Helios Vocal Ensemble. One of Atlantic Canada’s top a capella ensembles, they perform sacred and secular music, specializing in Renaissance polyphony (a fluid and unifying musical style).

·         February 10: The Dartmouth Community Concert Association presents Duo Fortin-Poirier. Pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier share the stage for 1 Piano, 4 Hands.

 

ARTISTRY IN MOTION

February 14

Renowned repertory dance company BJM comes to the Dalhousie Arts Centre for a unique one-night-only Live Art Dance performance. Displaying its “radiant and expressive style,” BJM explores the creative side of contemporary trends while staying true to classical aesthetics. This show will delight new dance fans and long-time aficionados.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

February 18 and 19

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, became an international celebrity thanks to his fascinating, funny, and musical broadcasts from space. He joins Symphony Nova Scotia for two concerts at the Dalhousie Arts Centre performing iconic themes from Apollo 13, E.T., and Star Wars, along with his personal songs, including his biggest YouTube hit, a cover version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

 

COME SAIL AWAY

February 9 to 12

The Halifax International Boat Show at Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road brings together boats and equipment from across eastern Canada: watercraft of all shapes and sizes, marine equipment, marine engines, electronics and accessories, docks, and more.

 

EDITOR’S CHOICE

COME TO LIGHT

February 15

The Arkells used to open for local boy Matt Mays. Now they take Halifax’s biggest stage themselves, headlining an evening at Scotiabank Centre that also includes Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. The Hamilton rockers are best known for hits like “11:11,” “Never Thought That This Would Happen,” and “Come to Light.”

 

Calendar

January 10

Symphony Nova Scotia

Music meets media in Behind the Sound of Music, featuring guest composer Nicole Lizée’s unorthodox take on The Sound of Music.

 

January 12

Halifax Hurricanes

The hometown heroes take on the Island Storm in minor-pro hoops action at Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street.

 

January 21

Shaun Majumder

A night of stand-up comedy at Casino Nova Scotia with the popular Newfoundland native and This Hour Has 22 Minutes veteran.

 

February 3

Matt Minglewood

A mainstay of the Maritime blues-rock scene for a generation, Minglewood is a local favourite. See him in at Casino Nova Scotia.

 

February 24

Measha Brueggergosman

The acclaimed soprano returns to the Dalhousie Arts Centre, sharing a collection of songs about emancipation, family, faith, and discovery.

 

February 26

Cecilia Concerts

Soprano Rebecca Caine recreates British leading ladies of London’s West End musical theatre, including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, and My Fair Lady.

Hot Shopping

Choco Cafe

By Suzanne Rent

ALL THAT GLITTERS
Visit Touch of Gold on Spring Garden Road for the finest engagement and wedding rings. The experienced and knowledge staff will help you find the best fit and designs. Offers lines of luxury watches including Rolex, Tudor, TAG Heuer and Frederique Constant.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS

  • Rousseau Chocolatier on Hollis Street makes its chocolates in small batches with fine chocolate and local ingredients. The display case in the shop has truffles and chocolates that look like pieces of art. Sample other treats such as French macarons and chocolate-covered meringues. Gift boxes and heart-shaped boxes filled with sweet treats available, too.
  • At Rawthentic Chocolate owner Chandra Lockhart makes her raw chocolate from Peruvian fair-trade chocolate. Her truffles are flavoured with lavender, cayenne, or rose. Cooked on a low temperature to preserve the raw label, these treats are gluten and dairy free. Sold at the Seaport Market, Pete’s Frootique, Local Source, Organic Earth Market and at Noggin’s at the Alderney Market.
  • Cocoa and Honey makes everything from artisan bars and truffles to candied nuts and dessert sauces. Its chocolates are created with organic and fair trade products and no preservatives or artificial flavours. Local ingredients include cranberries from Lunenburg and plums from area farmers’ markets. Sold at Ratinaud on Gottingen Street.
  • Inspired by Newfoundland culture, Newfoundland Chocolate Company mixes its sweet treats with whimsy and fun. The packaging is designed with Newfoundland sayings such as “oh me nerves” or with the well-known jellybean homes of St. John’s. Inside the chocolate are Newfoundland flavours like partridgeberries or bakeapple. The gelato and truffles are made at the Sunnyside Mall location. Other locations at Mic Mac Mall and Halifax Shopping Centre.
  • Gourmandises Avenue Chocolaterie in the Seaport Market is owned by a Parisian-trained chocolatier, so the chocolates are made with French traditional, but combine local flavours and designs. Chocolates are made with wines from Nova Scotia wineries or designed in fun fish shapes. The shop also sells delicate and delicious French pastries and macarons.
  • Located on Lower Water Street, Choco Café Chocolate Boutique and Espresso Bar is the place to for chocolate lovers to relax. Buy a rich hot cocoa that includes a flavour shot such as marshmallow or hazelnut. Browse the boutique for gifts of chocolate. Chocolate favours available for weddings, baby showers, or corporate events. The chocolate is Belgium and mixed with various flavours.

IN FULL BLOOM

Props Floral Design in the Hydrostone (page xx) can create an arrangement for a loved one or to brighten up your home during the winter. Eclectic and classic designs for every season and space. Check out the gift certificates or classes in making flower arrangements.
My Mother’s Bloomers offers fresh flower arrangements, fine giftware, and permanent botanicals. Pick up a cluster arrangement, seasonal vase arrangement, or a Bloomers original design. Designer planters include potted orchids or custom dish garden. Join in on a class to learn how to make some of the designs yourself.

 

Editor’s Choice

ONE OF A KIND

At Fireworks Gallery on Barringston Street, talented goldsmiths create custom jewelry with a fusion of Old World techniques and 21st-century technology. Help create your own design in gold, silver, or platinum, and with precious gemstones. Repair and restoration services available.

Hot Dining

Weird Harbour 2

By Kim Hart Macneill

GRAB A JAVA

·         Two If By Sea Café is a bright morning beacon to under-caffeinated commuters. Its two locations, Portland Street in Dartmouth and Historic Properties near the Halifax Transit ferry terminal, serve up house-roasted coffee and bakery fare that will warm you up on cold mornings. Try the pain au chocolat.

·         Downtown welcomed a new café this fall, Weird Harbour on Barrington Street. This laid-back locale is decked in wood for an authentic East Coast vibe. Ask for an espresso and a molasses cookie, and then snag a window seat to watch the world go by.

 

SMALL PLATES, BIG TASTES

Foodies flock to Highwayman Restaurant & Bar on Barrington Street for Spanish-inspired share plates and original cocktails. This cozy, up-market option serves a menu of seafood, cured meats, cheeses, and more. Save room for a decadent dessert and something from the carefully-curated wine list.

 

LUNCH BUNCH

·         Come hungry to Darrell’s Restaurant on Fenwick Street. This joint is known for sizable, gourmet burgers. A local favourite is the Hawaiian Burger featuring Angus Beef topped with teriyaki-marinated pineapple, mozzarella cheese, BBQ sauce, and an onion ring lei.

·         Go back in time at the True North Diner in Bedford Place Mall. This 1950s-themed dinner dishes up burgers, fries, shakes, and more. The classic dinner section of the menu highlights home-style fare such as meatloaf, fish cakes, and all-day breakfast.

 

TASTE OF THE EAST

·         Tucked into a petite Clayton Park strip mall, you’ll discover 9 + Nine. This Chinese eatery is compact, but offers ample options. You’ll find the expected Sweet and Sour Chicken, but also an array of tofu dishes, fried buns, and dumplings.

·         Cheelin Restaurant, near the historic Keith’s Brewery, presents an extensive lunch buffet from 11:30am to 2:30pm every Friday. Enjoy a selection of Szechuan and Beijing dishes made with local ingredients.

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY

·         Tom’s Family Restaurant in Lower Sackville is a crowd pleaser with menu options for all ages. This spacious spot offers sandwiches and wraps, burgers, seafood, and a few Greek options. The kids’ menu features favourites such as chicken fingers, pita pizza, and grill cheese.

·         New offering Stone Pizza on Alderney Drive in Dartmouth offers small dinners the opportunity to customize their own nine-inch pizza and watch it be made. In addition to a long list of cheese, vegetable, and meat toppings, this spot offers gluten-free crusts. Plus old-school sodas from the Pop Shoppe.

 

EDITOR’S PICK

ON THE MOVE

The Foggy Goggle left its long-time digs on Argyle Street last month and headed for North End Halifax. The new location offers the Goggle additional space to feed more hungry folks its menu of comfort food with attitude, including the Thai Peanut Burger and Jalapeno and Bacon Mac and Cheese.