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Concierge Q&A for July

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Trevor MacRae is an executive host and concierge at Casino Nova Scotia. A Cape Breton native, he came to Halifax to study at Dalhousie University and made the city his home. He recently become a professional affiliate with Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic and has been part of the organization for two years.

What’s your pick for July’s can’t-miss event for visitors?
I always look forward to the Halifax International Jazz Festival. It’s a music lover’s paradise: jazz, blues, R&B and much more! It’s the oldest jazz festival in Atlantic Canada, celebrating 29 years of worldclass music from July 8 to 12 at 14 stages around Halifax.

What’s your favourite patio for relaxing on a summer afternoon?
One of my favourite patios in the city is at The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse on Prince Street. A block away from the waterfront, it’s a great spot to soak up the sun, sample some delicious Irish-inspired food and take in the Celtic atmosphere.

What’s Halifax’s best venue for live music?
I’m a music enthusiast and my favourite spot for live music in Halifax is The Carleton bar and grill on Argyle Street. It won three East Coast Music Awards for venue of the year, which is a huge feat with so many great music venues on the East Coast.

If you only had one day in Halifax, how would you spend it?
I would start the day off by going to the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market. There you will find everything from fresh local meat, fruits and vegetables to handmade local crafts and jewellery.

While in the South End of Halifax, I would take a stroll through Point Pleasant Park, one of the most picturesque parks in the city with magnificent views of the harbour. The afternoon would entail a tour on the Harbour Hopper, which is an amphibious vehicle that will provide a historical tour of much of downtown Halifax.

Afterwards, I would go to dinner on the waterfront at The Bicycle Thief, capping the night off by sampling some of the exceptional craft beers that the Maritimes have to offer at the Stubborn Goat on Grafton Street.

What’s one meal every visitor to Halifax should try?
If you are visiting the East Coast you should partake in some of our fabulous seafood. I would suggest the Seafood Tower at the Agricola Street Brasserie. The dish has an assortment of seafood and is definitely one of the best meals in the city.

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