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Henry Singer Opens New Flagship in Calgary

By HANNA DEEVES

(Henry Singer Eighth Avenue Place. Photo by Chris Bolin)

The world of men’s fashion is getting a makeover. Henry Singer Fashion Group, an iconic Alberta-based men’s retailer, just opened their flagship store this October. The new Henry Singer will continue carrying 50+ brand names, and comes with a complete update and a few new goodies. (more…)

Four Fresh Seafood Spots in the City

By TIM PAWSEY
Nov. 2017

At Hook Seabar, chef Kayla Dhaliwall creates specialties such as a spicy tuna roll (back) and tuna tartare (front). (Photo by KK Law)

Finny fare thrives throughout downtown.

Newly landed at English Bay, Hook Seabar blends multiple influences, from sushi to poke to steamers, in a smart modern setting.

Just off Robson, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar yields a bivalve bonanza, plus salmon burgers, a smoked oyster skillet and an oyster happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

At Main Street’s The Fish Counter, every bite is certified Ocean Wise: tacos, po’ boys, bouillabaisse and the freshest of fish ’n’ chips.

In Yaletown, Rodney’s Oyster House revels in fresh oysters, steamers and stews with a laid-back, distinctly East Coast vibe.

Quick Lunch in Calgary: Top 6 Spots for Grab n’ Go Grub

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Want to throw a feast back at the office? The Happy Chicken Dinner from The Nash and NOtaBLE is now available to order out. (Photo courtesy of NOtaBLE.)

We’ve all been there—seeking out a delicious mid-day meal, but pressed for time in the middle of the workday or between errands and meetings. It’s easy enough to hunt down the nearest McDonald’s or Tim Horton’s for a quick lunch fix, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty or healthy, finding a quality meal on-the-go can certainly be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for take-out or dine-in, a solo meal or a speedy spot that is sure to impress, these local eateries are sure to feed you right! (more…)

Hot Date: The Sound of Music

Photo courtesy Bottom Line Productions, Inc.

For over 60 years, this romantic and beloved production has been thrilling audiences as they remember their favourite things. In The Sound of Music, a woman takes a job as a governess for a large family with a widowed father while questioning whether or not she should become a nun. This new production still features all of the remarkable songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original show, including “My Favourite Things” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Whether this is your first (or sixteenth going on seventeenth) time seeing the production, you’ll take pleasure in filling your heart with the sound of music! For tickets, call 1-866-540-7469 or visit Edmonton Broadway.

The Sound of Music | September 19–24 | $35–$125
Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

Eat Canadian in Calgary, Eh?

By SEEMA DHAWAN

Jacob's Ladder Bison from The Guild. (Photo: Cindy La, courtesy The Guild)

Jacob’s ladder bison from The Guild (Photo: Cindy La, courtesy The Guild)

There are two ways to define Canadian cuisine. The first is to build off of ingredients found locally like Saskatoon berries, fresh salmon, and Alberta beef. The second is to bite into foods from world cuisines that have grown their way into the culinary scene and built Canada’s identity. (more…)

Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

Bejeweled best

  • Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street has been creating custom designed jewelry for 40 years. Their designers and goldsmiths blend Old World techniques with New World designs. Choose from designer jewelry, custom, or wedding and engagement styles. Fireworks is also a full-service jeweler, offering repair and restoration.
  • Bedazzled in Sunnyside Mall, Bedford, carries a range of jewelry and accessories to suit any taste. Find designs by artists from Nova Scotia, across Canada, and Israel. Artists include Toni XO, Michique, Christine Philippe, and Earth Goddess.

 

Catch of the day

A stay in Nova Scotia isn’t complete without a feed of lobster. But Clearwater Seafood on the Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport also packs up fresh crustaceans for your trip home. It’s not just lobster — pick from other fresh seafood such as scallops, crab, shrimp, and clams.

 

From the Highlands

Find your family tartan at Plaid Place in Barrington Place Shops and be fitted for a kilt, too. This is the place for everything Scottish. But there are more than kilts. Browse the selection of Buchan pottery (stoneware pottery made in Portobello, Scotland), hoodies, ties, socks, gifts, and jewelry.

 

Local treasures

  • Kept Gifts and Housewares on King Street in Dartmouth is packed with handmade finds by artists from around the region and the world. The store carries a fun and fascinating selection of décor items, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, products for children, and candy. Staff carefully select each piece for its unique look and top quality.
  • Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique has two locations, Sunnyside Mall and the Hydrostone Market, from which to choose the work of artisans from the Maritimes. Find gourmet edibles, stained glass, fibre and fabric art, cushions, candles, and fine art and paintings.

 

Finest fashions

  • Stock up on summer frocks after a visit to Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street. Only a small quantity of each style is in store so every client is uniquely outfitted. Choose from top brands and also local designs including Sweet Pea Collection by local designer Katrina Tuttle.
  • Locally owned and operated, Wildflower Clothing Inc. on Doyle Street brings international style to local shoppers. The bright and fresh boutique is packed with outwear, lingerie, tops, and bottoms for your summer wardrobe. Finish off your new look with some trendy accessories.
  • Located on Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth, Room 152 is stocked with new and pre-loved pieces. If you love labels at great prices, this is the place to go. Labels include Jimmy Choo, Helmut Lang, Fossil, Coach, Vivienne Westwood, Vera Wang, and plenty more.

 

Editors pick: Much more music

Any musician will love to shop at the Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street. Situated in a 135-year-old Victorian home, the shop is packed with stringed musical instruments, including banjoes, guitars, mandolins, and fiddles. There is also a selection of harmonicas, tin whistles, and Appalachian dulcimers. All the staff are musicians who can help with your decisions.

Insider’s Scoop: The Epic Canadian History Hall

By Joseph Mathieu

This Canada Day, a new permanent addition to the Canadian Museum of History will mark a turning point in the way our country tells stories. The Canadian History Hall, a project five years in the making, will unveil three new galleries showcasing the unsung, much-loved, and even hard-to-swallow aspects of Canada. Described as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on Canadian history, President and CEO of the Museum Mark O’Neill said the institution hopes that, “Canadians will come away with a new understanding of who we are today and with a new appreciation of the debt we owe to those who came before us.”

On July 1, stroll down the Passageway with mirrored silhouettes of 101 familiar Canadian symbols into the nexus of the  Hall. Inside a giant rotunda called the Hub, visitors will find themselves on a massive map of the country, all 10 million square kilometres of it — a perfect launching pad to learn new things about the land we know as Canada.

The Passageway into the Canadian History Hall. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

The Passageway into the Canadian History Hall. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

Named for the donors to the ambitious project, each of the three galleries showcases the story of Canada through multiple perspectives. The Rossy Family Gallery covers the dawn of human civilization until the year 1763. The era debuts with the Anishinabe creation story on a starry widescreen that depicts, “a view of how the world fits together, and how human beings should behave in it.”

The Anishnaabe entrance to the Rossy Family Gallery. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

The Anishnaabe entrance to the Rossy Family Gallery. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

The first gallery winds into a treasury of weapons, tools, and personal possessions that display the industry and creativity of Indigenous peoples across the continent. Alongside archaeological evidence of First Nations activity as far back as the Ice Age, there is a fossilized piece of a mammoth jaw and teeth, an intricate diorama of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, and a game to see how every piece of the bison was used to make something useful.

Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

View from the Rossy Family Gallery. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

You can meet the ancestors of the Inuit, the Thule, who proudly wore jewellery of copper and bear teeth, as well as stone facial piercings and hairstyles that may have been used to convey status. An impressive display of facial reconstruction technology introduces the bead family of Shíshálh, four family members of high standing who lived approximately 4,000 years ago.

The differences in habits and heritage of many different Indigenous peoples is elaborated with great detail. One display compares the Indigenous names alongside the simplified traditional European names attributed to them, like the Haudenosaunee, or Five Nations Confederacy (now Six Nations), which Europeans simply called the Iroquois.

Astrolabe thought to belong to Samuel de Champlain. Canadian Museum of History, 989.56.1, IMG2017-0092-0005-Dm

Astrolabe thought to belong to Samuel de Champlain. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

The roles of Frenchman Samuel de Champlain played in the history of Canada were many. He was known as an observant chronicler, a diplomat and a soldier, and ultimately a settler whose statue on Nepean Point depicts him holding his famous astrolabe that went missing. A corner exhibition dedicated to the man known as the “Father of New France” houses an astrolabe that may or may not have belonged to him, but it was discovered along a route he is known to have travelled.

View from the Fredrik Eaton Family Gallery. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

View from the Fredrik Eaton Family Gallery. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

The second Gallery, named for the Fredrik Eaton Family, covers Colonial Canada until the eve of the First World War. Several aspects of life in Canada changed with the introduction of guns, horses, and disease, while a century-long conflict between English and French Canada raged over dominance of the fertile land. The integration of French and then British rule forever changed the lives of Indigenous peoples.

The Métis of the Northern Plain were one of the first people of mixed heritage to choose a flag: a blue banner with a white infinity loop. Some see the symbol as two peoples meeting to become one, while others identify with its message of hope that the Métis nation will never fade. There are also mentions of the growing reputation of Montreal as a world-class city, the complications with living next to the United States, and the trending fashion of hooded overcoats, known as “capots” or “canadiennes”, during the French regime.

View from Gallery 2. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

View from the Fredrik Eaton Family Gallery. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

The third gallery is the size of the other two combined, named after donors Hilary M. Weston and W. Galen Weston, and it covers the period that is currently being written: Modern Canada. From 1914 until 2017, the mezzanine overlooking the Hub has no chronology, just a diverse layout reflecting the complicated nature of Canada.

The push for independence and prosperity, the interwoven story of First Nations told in their own words, and the identity of Canada on the world stage all play major roles in the top-floor gallery. The floor is filled with memorabilia like Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope t-shirt, Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s Montréal Canadiens jersey, and Lester B. Pearson’s 1957 Nobel Peace Prize. How Quebec nationalism has shaped not only the province but the rest of the country is examined from province’s Quiet Revolution to patriotic separatism that almost bubbled over during two referenda in 1980 and 1995.

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A T-shirt worn by Terry Fox during his 1980 Marathon of Hope. Photo: Canadian Museum of History.

There are painful panels to read that shine a light on the cultural suppression of Inuit and First Nations culture for many decades. One large pull quote from our founding Prime Minister John A. McDonald stands out: “Indian children should be withdrawn as much as possible from the parental influence.” Right around the corner are the colourful and vibrant art pieces in painting and dress that only the Haida of British Columbia could design. The #IdleNoMore movement also takes a prominent display amongst the sometimes uncomfortable history of the past federal stance on Indigenous peoples and their fight for respected rights.

“The Hall is unapologetic in its exploration of Canada’s history, depicting the moments we celebrate along with the darker chapters,” said O’Neill. “Chapters that absolutely must be told if we are to offer accurate account of this country’s past.”

Visitors will find conflicting images of a country far older than its 150 years of Confederation. The main message of the extensive and sometimes controversial Hall is that Canada is a great mix of conflict, struggle, and loss while also of success, accomplishment, and hope.

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.

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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.