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Where To Shop Downtown


Graham Avenue’s central strip, easily accessible by skywalk, is perfect for a downtown shop hop.

Courtesy of Bison Books

Courtesy of Bison Books

Inside the lobby of the Millennium Library, Best of Friends Gift Shop stocks clever giftware, like journals, cards, and fun patterned socks. friendswpl.ca

Another haven for literature lovers, Bison Books is piled high with classic and modern reads, including wide selections of local authors and rare books. bisonbooks.ca

Courtesy of Perfume Paradise.

Courtesy of Perfume Paradise.

Around the corner, on Vaughn Street, nose exclusive and hard to find fragrances at Perfume Paradise. perfumeparadise.ca

Courtesy of Verde Plant Design.

Courtesy of Verde Plant Design.

Verde Plant Design offers a bright and airy escape filled with succulents, air plants, and cacti. verdeterrariums.com

Wrap up a day of shopping at Modern Supply Co. Browse minimalist fashion and luxe homeware, like cozy handwoven pillows by Fable Studio, then relax with a hot cuppa from attached Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea. instagram

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September Hot Shopping


By Suzanne Rent

Outdoors is in

Hit the great outdoors this fall in style with attire from Patagonia on Lower Water Street. Besides jackets, shoes, and shirts and pants for men and women, there is also gear for fly-fishing, diving, and camping. Get the kids suited up in their own right-sized gear, too.


  • Tea drinkers will love the assortment of loose tea at World Tea House at its two locations, on Argyle Street and in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of its teas are fair trade, organic, and sold in biodegradable and recyclable materials. In stock are fresh teas such as black, green, herbals, white oolong, and rooibos. Teaware such as tea makers, tea presses, and tea infusers will help complete your collection.
  • Sawadee Tea House on Granville Street carries more than 375 premium teas from around the world. Owner Mie Mie Sein uses her vast knowledge of tea to create special blends for clients looking for tea for medicinal purposes. Sawadee’s loose teas are of high quality and fair trade. Many of the teas here come from Mie Mie’s own farm in the Annapolis Valley.


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If you love the mystical side of life, visit Into the Mystic on Cole Harbour Road in Dartmouth. Shop for gemstones, jewellery, herbal teas, pendulums, and tarot cards. If you can’t find what you want in store, the staff will help you order it in. After you shop, stay for a cup of tea and psychic reading, infrared treatment, aura scan, astrology, or numerology report.


Shop ’til you drop

Located in the heart of Bedford, Bedford Place Mall on the Bedford Highway is a community centre with more than 60 shops and services. A mix of anchor stores includes fashion retailers such as Suzy Shier and Tan Jay. Newly renovated with a fresh look and spacious food court area.

Just off the major highways connecting Dartmouth and Burnside, Dartmouth Crossing is an accessible one-stop-shopping destination for everyone in the family. In the centre are the Village Shops, a unique mix of boutiques, restaurants, and complete with a playground and amphitheatre, this space has a main street feel with plenty of parking.

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A mainstay of designer fashion in Halifax, Foreign Affair on Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road, has the hottest fall fashions for women. Find all the latest brands, including Paige Denim, Mackage, Rebecca Taylor, and Vince.

Samuel & Co. in Park Lane, Halifax Shopping Centre, and Mic Mac Mall, has the best in casual, career, weekend, and evening styles for women. Brands include Silver Jeans, Mexx, Tribal, Frank Lyman, The North Face, and Helly Hansen.Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 1.09.28 PM

June Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson



• Catch some rays on the rooftop patio at Your Father’s Moustache on Spring Garden Road. The fun and lively space has beer aplenty on tap, including three signature brews from the RockBottom Brewpub downstairs.
• Downtown, head to The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street for a cold pint on the sunny patio. The landmark bar has the city’s largest selection of draft beer, including top selections from Maritime craft breweries like Halifax’s Garrison Brewing and Cape Breton’s Big Spruce.
• For fabulous views of Halifax harbour, check out Gahan House in the Historic Properties. This popular Prince Edward Island brewpub recently opened its first Nova Scotia location, serving its own line of handcrafted beers. Try the Beach Chair lager for a refreshing summer sip.

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Steak9246Two downtown restaurants have once again earned the prestigious CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award.
Recognized for the eighth year in a row, Onyx on Argyle Street is a sleek resto bar showcasing local ingredients in delicious globally inspired recipes. Cut Steakhouse on Lower Water Street has received the award every
year since opening in 2008. The menu boasts premium beef (dry-aged and butchered on-site) with
an artful wine list and inventive sides.





• A leader in Halifax’s emerging vegan scene, Envie touts a menu of hearty meals like vegan ribs, grilled cheese and indulgent raw desserts. Catering to dietary restrictions, the menu is 90 per cent gluten free. Find the stylish restaurant on the corner of Agricola and Charles streets in the North End.
• In the West End on Windsor Street, Wild Leek has made-from-scratch vegan comfort food. Chef Kirsten Haggart whips up recipes like mac’n cheese, seitan sandwich, and the popular coconutbacon “CBLT.” Wash it down with a fresh-squeezed juice and save room for gourmet cupcake.


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Downtown at Gio on
Market Street, Chef Bee Choo
Char gives traditional recipes
an inventive new twist. Her
delicious version of poutine
includes fried polenta fingers
topped with duck confit, red
wine jus and blue “Cheez
Whiz.” Open for lunch and
dinner, Gio has a sommelierchosen
wine list plus creative cocktails and martinis.



_MG_4104Specializing in wood-fired pizza, Morris East won bronze in the non-traditional category at the recent International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Its Nova Scotia-inspired winning pie featured pears poached in Blomidon Estate Baco Noir and prosciutto from Halifax’s Ratinaud Charcuterie. Visit in downtown Halifax on Morris Street and in Bedford on Larry Uteck Boulevard.

3 Can’t-Go-Wrong Halifax Seafood Restaurants

Halifax Seafood Restaurants

Halifax Seafood Restaurants: McKelvie’s on Bedford Row in Halifax (Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency)

Situated next to the world-famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Sou’westeron Peggy’s Cove Road offers some of the best local seafood, including chowder, fish and chips and lobster.
• Sou’Wester, 178 Peggy’s Point Rd., Peggy’s Cove, 902-823-2561, peggys-cove.com
Map and reviews


Marshalls’ Downtown Location Offers Labels for Less

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Looking stylish need not hurt the pocketbook, especially during the post-holiday financial crunch. Famed American retailer Marshalls ensures that having fashion sense doesn’t mean pinching dollars and cents—its entire stock is discounted up to 60 per cent. Although the company debuted in Canada in 2011, its first downtown location is brand new and situated centrally in an Entertainment District heritage building. Over two floors and 29,000 square feet, coveted designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, London Fog and Betsey Johnson can be found amidst a vast selection of apparel and accessories for the whole family, including more than 8,000 pairs of footwear. Also find “The Cube” shop-in-shop for stylish teens, with purses and scarves at hand for mixing and matching.  —Linda Luong

>> Marshalls, 126 John St., 416-979-2599; marshallscanada.ca.

Hot Dining in Halifax: Sushi Specialists


Sushi at Hamachi House

Hamachi House on Morris Street reinvents the art of Japanese dining in the city. Often voted as serving the best sushi, the chefs use only the freshest local ingredients. Try their selection of teriyaki and tempura, too.

For a more casual atmosphere, try Fujiyama on Blowers Street, which specializes in sushi and hibachi. The menu also includes teriyaki and sashimi. Take out and delivery are also available.

Hot Dining in Halifax: Fiesta Foods

Burritos at Burrito Jax

For a quick and authentic Mexican lunch, stop by Burrito Jax on Blowers Street. Burritos made from scratch are the specialty, stuffed with everything from Jax chicken, pepper steak, pulled pork or pulled beef. Choose from fixins’ including smashed beans, basmati, sweet potatoes and green peppers.

For a sit-down California-style Mexican meal, try Mexicali Rosa’s on Spring Garden Road. The tasty menu includes MexiCanada treats like the Mushroom Melt and Southwest Penne Paste. Try Mexican favourites Chicken Chimichanga, Taco Dinner, burritos or enchiladas. Mondays feature specials on margaritas and nachos.


Spotlight East: The Atlantic Film Festival Brings Hollywood Insiders to Halifax

Highlights of the AFF include Disappeared

Highlights of the AFF include The Disappeared
Photo: Michael Tompkins

For over 30 years Halifax’s thriving filmmaking industry has exploded every September. As home to the Atlantic Film Festival, the city has welcomed filmmakers, actors and fans from all over the world into its theatres. “We’re probably the biggest film festival in the region,” says festival director Lia Rinaldo, boasting about the local talent. “The heart and soul of our programs is all of the Atlantic films…we have a huge community here.”

This year’s Festival has been a work in progress since its credits rolled last September, and has seen the biggest influx of film submissions in its history. With more than 1,700 entries, Rinaldo and her team kept busy selecting the 158 for this year’s lineup. Of the chosen, about one-third are local creations, one-third national, and the remaining spanning from across the globe. “We try to pull from all areas…to keep it balanced,” says Rinaldo.

Alongside the regional variety, the genres included are also quite diverse. “Pretty much everything and anything you can imagine,” Rinaldo says. Combine this eclecticism with classic Maritime hospitality and the result is a truly unique and animate Festival experience.

One big change that can be expected by Festival goers this year is sheer accessibility; all of the main activities are centralized within just a few city blocks in Halifax’s core, a concentration that Rinaldo is sure will give the Festival a distinctively different feel from other years. “It’s good for making last minute decisions,” she says, citing that between the Oxford and Park Lane locations of Empire Theatres, at any given time there will be about five screenings on the go, followed by nightly celebratory parties around town.

The Festival, supported by a large staff and a volunteer troop of over 300, is calling the Lord Nelson Hotel its home-base, where there will be a Festival Lounge open to the public and delegates from September 14 to September 20. Film-goers can stop in before or after a show or party to enjoy a variety of programs, discussion, food and beverages. “It’s sort of an all-access, behind-the-scenes [look], in a central location,” says Rinaldo.

Aside from the opening and closing galas, fans can look forward to a variety of special events. The Atlantic Gala on September 14, features The Disappeared by Shandi Mitchell, followed by the Telefilm Canada Gala on September 15, which features Midnight’s Children by Deepa Mehta. The CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala set for September 18 will present eleven short films, including Better People by Mark O’Brien and A Dog is Ignoring You From the Passenger Sear of a Parked Car by Anne-Renee Dumont.

The Festival also has eight Rogers Special Presentations, which Rinaldo considers to be “premium” screenings. “They are some of the top films from around the world and the current film festival circuit,” she says. The feature line-up includes Holy Motors by Léos Carax, Love is All You Need by Susanne Bier, Amour by Michael Haneke, and Rust & Bone by Jacques Audiard.

Spectacular opening and closing galas will feature The Angel’s Share by Ken Loach on September 13 and A Royal Affair by Nicolaj Arcel on September 20. The closing gala will also include an international jury appointed awards ceremony. This culmination, taking place on September 20, will wrap up an exciting week for fans, the world’s burgeoning artists, and their palette Halifax.


Tickets for shows and parties are available exclusively at www.atlanticfilm.com

The Fairmont Château Laurier’s Centennial Celebration: What’s in Store

The historic Fairmont Château Laurier is celebrating its anniversary with a series of fun and fascinating events taking place in the coming months.

One of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks celebrates its 100th anniversary this spring. The Fairmont Château Laurier first opened its doors on June 12, 1912, although it was originally slated to open on April 26. An interesting fact that people might not know is that just days before the hotel’s original opening date, the man who commissioned the Château Laurier, Charles Melville Hays, died aboard the Titanic on April 15. Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, for whom the hotel was named, and who also helped the Château Laurier acquire its property, opened the hotel instead. With its prime location in the heart of the city, only steps away from Parliament Hill, the Fairmont Château Laurier has played host to a century of political deals and many of Ottawa’s visiting celebrities. From rock stars to political figures, its guest list has included Shirley Temple, Billy Bishop, Roger Moore, Bryan Adams, Nelson Mandela, and more.

In honour of this historic landmark reaching the big 100, the hotel is offering some fun events in the upcoming months: (more…)

Hot Attraction: One of the Top 10 Spookiest Buildings in the World

Who goes there? The Ottawa Jail Hostel is both a place to rent a room, and a former jail.

If you visit Ottawa on a budget, you just might find yourself spending a night in jail — by choice. The Ottawa Jail Hostel was once a working jail (and is a good choice for those who want a cheaper stay and an experience to write home about). Guests have their choice of a solitary or double jail cell, and Haunted Walks holds a one-hour “Crime and Punishment” tour for the public that includes the old death row. No wonder travel experts at Lonely Planet named this spot one of the top 10 spookiest buildings in the world.

Get Cultured at Avant-Garde Bar


Soviet-era propaganda posters add a historical flair

Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop is easy to miss if you’re not searching for it. Squished in between the booming beats of Ritual Nightclub and the orange glow of iTan Advanced Tanning Studios, the restaurant defines hole-in-the-wall.

Dim lighting and flickering candles contribute to the feeling that you’ve stumbled upon an Ottawa secret, while the walls decorated with Soviet-era propaganda posters evoke a bygone era. All the posters, art, and other merchandise — European sports teams’ baseball hats, polo shirts, hoodies — are for sale.

This Avant-Garde promo poster describes the bar as a cultural hub "where local poets, musicians, artists, designers, and political activitists gather."

When asked about the décor, owner Alex Yugin says, “The Soviet era is very striking artistically and culturally. Every element of décor and every Soviet propaganda poster is surely unlike any traditional pub-related environment. Also, with our family hailing directly from St. Petersburg, Russia, we felt we had a very refreshing and authentic cultural Soviet perspective to offer in comparison to more of a “vintage” North American view.”

The Soviet theme carries over to the menu. For example, classic Russian dishes such as Siberian pelemeni (ground beef dumplings) and borscht are found under the witty heading, “Five-Year Plan Entrees,” referring to Stalin’s five –year plan for stimulating the Soviet Union’s economy. The traditional fare appears alongside more Western-style dishes such as nachos, fittingly named “food stamps nachos,” and a mixed greens salad.

The real gem, however, is the drink menu, which consists of three jam-packed pages of cocktails, martinis, shooters, wine, beer, port, sherry, spirits, and liquors. Cocktails such as “Proletarian Omelet,” “Orange Revolution,” and “From Russia with Love” mix the political with the whimsical. A couple of the most popular cocktails include the “Soviet Sunrise,” a mix of lemon-flavoured vodka and special syrup, and “Red October,” which contains vodka, soda, and a mix of syrups. (more…)

Hot Attractions: Tales from the East Coast at the Canadian War Museum

Just one of the archival photos from "New Brunswickers in Wartime." Photo credit: Chorus girls, Fundy Follies, around 1944. NBM, Murdoch Family fonds, F6.

New Brunswick may be hundreds of kilometres from Ottawa, but its war history is relevant to all Canadians. Until April 9, the Canadian War Museum is hosting an exhibit entitled “New Brunswickers in Wartime, 1914-1946.” Here you will find a wide selection of artwork, artifacts, and images that illustrate the stories of the people from this province during the First and Second World Wars — at sea, on land, in the air, and at home. Whether you’re from the east coast, have family there, or just take an interest in this country’s history, this exhibit will shed light on one province’s people and how they dealt with adversity during trying times.