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Countdown on to North American Indigenous Games in Halifax | CBC News

Countdown on to North American Indigenous Games in Halifax | CBC News

The year-long countdown is on for Halifax to host the North American Indigenous Games, and while it is one of the biggest multi-sport events in Atlantic Canada, organizers also see it as another step toward reconciliation.

To kick off festivities, the host society threw a party on the waterfront Friday to bring people together through traditional song and dance.

“Every opportunity that we have to create opportunities for people to learn and experience our culture is a step towards the right direction,” said Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Halifax’s Indigenous adviser.

“The more you know, the more you understand, the more chance you will be an ally and support these events.”

Sixteen different sports will be showcased at the North American Indigenous Games, including canoe and kayak, lacrosse and archery.

The event is aimed at inspiring the young Indigenous people taking part as they show off their skills on a big stage.

An adult woman standing outside on a sunny day. Her hair is in two braids and she is wearing a white blouse with a yellow blazer.
Cheryl Copage-Gehue is Halifax’s Indigenous adviser. She said the games will be an opportunity for people to learn more about Indigenous culture. (CBC)

“This is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to come together around a very positive experience that will enhance the lives of the Indigenous youth coming here,” said Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, chair of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games Host Society.

“And when they go back to their communities, they’re going to feel great about themselves, they’re going to reflect on their time here as a positive one.”

Hosting the games is another sign Halifax is working hard on building an inclusive community, according to Mayor Mike Savage.

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Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons is chair of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games Host Society. She hopes youth will have a positive experience when the games are held in Halifax next year. (CBC)

As the city prepares to welcome athletes from more than 700 Indigenous nations in North America, he’s encouraging people across the region to be a part of it by volunteering for the event.

“I think people will get into this, I think they will learn a lot about the Mi’kmaw history and culture … They’ll also have a lot of fun, so I’m really excited about it,” Savage said.

More than 5,000 Indigenous athletes will be competing at the games at venues in Millbrook First Nation, Dartmouth and Halifax. A cultural village will be set up at the Halifax Common.

Copage-Gehue said the cultural village “will create an opportunity to learn our traditional culture here in Mi’kma’ki, but to also learn about Indigenous people from North America.”

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Sensational Pride suggestions: Event inspiration to help enjoy Halifax Pride Festival to the fullest | SaltWire

Sensational Pride suggestions: Event inspiration to help enjoy Halifax Pride Festival to the fullest | SaltWire

From its iconic Pride Parade to beloved sports spectacles like Dykes vs Divas Softball Game and dance parties such as The Bump, the Halifax Pride Festival has established many standout events. However, if you’re not checking Halifax Pride Festival’s online calendar, you are missing out on a whole host of other exciting happenings.

Featuring a plethora of events organized by both Halifax Pride and various community organizations, Halifax Pride Festival’s online calendar is the go-to resource to ensure your pride celebrations are as complete and relevant to you as possible. From social and artistic gatherings to newcomer moments and displays of activism, there’s something for everyone under the 2SLGBTQIA+ umbrella.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s look at some of the exciting events happening each day during this year’s Halifax Pride Festival.


JULY 14

Halifax ProPride

This one is for the professional community.

Join Pride at Work Canada for an evening of networking and connecting with diversity, equity and inclusion leaders, 2SLGBTQIA+ professionals and job seekers at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Featuring a panel discussion focused on building inclusive workplaces based on gender expression and identity, the night will also include a lively networking reception. Best of all, the event can be accessed in-person and via live stream.

When: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


JULY 15

Rainbow Refugees BBQ

Newcomers (and locals) are encouraged to come with their appetites for this tasty treat.

The Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia (RRANS), an organization dedicated to safe and supportive 2SLGBTQIA+ refugee resettlement in Nova Scotia, is hosting “Queering the World: Welcome BBQ” for the 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomer community and the larger Halifax Pride community to mix, mingle, and celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities here and around the world. The BBQ offerings include chicken and veggie options paired with music from around the world and great conversation.

When: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Garrison Grounds


JULY 16

Workout with North Endurance

Everybody is invited to this morning workout sure to help with keeping fit for the non-stop pride celebrations.

Join the team and community from North Endurance (home of West Street CrossFit) at the Halifax Common (near the North Common public washroom along Cunard Street) for a free outdoor workout. All are welcome — regardless of fitness level, with instructors available to help participants adjust or modify the workout to best fit individual needs and abilities.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Halifax Common (North Park and Cogswell)


JULY 17

Halifax Pride Comedy Show

Everyone in need of a laugh should hit up this hilarious show.

The Halifax Pride Comedy Show is back with an incredible lineup of out-of-towners and a few familiar faces to the Halifax comedy scene. Inviting audiences to enjoy a drink and entertainment under the stars, the event is hosted by Halifax’s very own Trina James and headlined by Brandon Ash-Mohammed.

When: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Garrison Grounds


JULY 18

Pride March

This march puts the activism in pride.

Join Halifax Pride and mobilize in support of gender-affirming care at this year’s annual Pride March. The one-kilometre route will end at Peace & Friendship Park, where marchers will observe and participate in a candlelight vigil. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs or make one at a sign-making event at the Garrison Grounds just before the march.

When: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Province House (Granville St)

Beading Workshop

Craft lovers are encouraged to visit this workshop.

Join this event hosted by the Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance for a unique experience with a focus on Indigenous culture and craft art. Attendees will be walked through the steps of creating their own beaded masterpiece to take home. Individuals interested in learning more about Indigenous culture are in luck as this is the first of several Two-Spirited events during July 18, 20 and 21 — all with a focus on Indigenous identity and expression in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Garrison Grounds


JULY 19

Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality from a Jewish Perspective: An Online Class

People of the Jewish faith (and those with interest in it) will surely learn something new about their religion at this online event, like how Judaism believes that there are more than two genders.

Listen in to lecturer Rabbi Dr. N Siritsky, MSSW, RSW, BCC — Atlantic Canada’s first queer and non-binary rabbi leading the newly forming virtual community “Reform Judaism in Atlantic Canada.” Viewers are invited to witness the trail-blazing rabbi discuss traditional and contemporary Jewish understandings of gender and sexuality in the Bible, Talmud and beyond.

When: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Online video chat


JULY 20

Youth Queer Prom

Queer youth are invited to a prom of their very own.

Hosted by the Youth Project, the Queer prom is a dance event open to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth ages 19 and under, welcoming attendees to a space focused on allowing queer-identified youth to be themselves and dance the night away. Best of all, the dress code is ‘wear what you feel best in’ — however, Gay Sailors is this year’s theme for those who love a bit of structure. Chaperones will also be on hand at this drug/alcohol-free space.

When: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Garrison Grounds


JULY 21

Pride In Homeownership Workshop

Prospective homeowners should definitely attend this information-packed session.

Join Clinton Wilkins Mortgage Team and friends as they deliver knowledge that will help attendees on their journeys towards homeownership. Topics covered include the benefits of using a mortgage broker, understanding the impact of credit, assets and income, stereotypes in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Halifax real estate and what individuals need to know about real estate law.

When: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: 5151 George Street


JULY 22

PRIDE LIVE: LHM Records Showcase

Local music listeners will love this showcase.

Check out LHM Records (a Maritime-based label that believes in equitable treatment of artists and the power and importance of music) and its incredible roster of musicians, including Hillsburn, Kim Harris, Keeper E. and WAANTS as they perform sensational setlist (and bring out a few special guests). Best of all, the concert is 100 per cent free; just be sure to register online.

When: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Grand Oasis Stage (Grand Parade)


JULY 23

So Fetch! Dog Walk

This walk will do dogs and their owners some good.

Take part in this event co-hosted by TD Bank and walk Shubie Park for a brisk hour-long stroll which includes a mid-way break at the park’s off-leash beach area. Following the adventure, walkers are invited to enjoy some refreshments and conversation with fellow dog-lovers at the park’s parking lot.

When: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Shubie Park


JULY 24

Dis-Drag! & Dragtopia Presents: An All Ages Drag Show

Kids (and kids at heart) will love this family-friendly spectacle.

Take in the magic of childhood favourites with Dis-Drag! and Dragtopia, who have joined forces to produce an all-ages drag show featuring Disney-inspired acts. With pay-what-you-can admission, it’s the perfect opportunity to support local queens and maybe even win a prize provided by Venus Envy.

When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: The Bus Stop Theatre

Of course, there are many more exciting events happening during this year’s Halifax Pride Festival. To see them all, visit https://www.halifaxpride.com/calendar.

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HRM committee considers ban on plastics at city events

HRM committee considers ban on plastics at city events

Halifax’s Environment and Sustainability standing committee met Thursday, July 7 to discuss two motions. One about Floating Yellow Hearts in Little Albro Lake and one about making city green spaces less grass and more natural plants.

But before the committee debated those two motions they got a presentation from Natasha Tucker, the executive director of Mind Your Plastics. Her charity is dedicated to eliminating plastic pollution in Canada.

She laid out some stark facts: 90% of the plastic we put into recycling bins doesn’t get recycled. Every minute a dump truck full of plastic enters the oceans. It’s grim.

“We’re in a linear economy,” says Tucker. “Which is really focused on a take, make and dispose. So there’s a ton of resources that go into creating the products that we use, and then ultimately use for a very short period of time and dispose of.” She asked the committee to consider a motion that bans single-use or disposable items at municipal-run events because every city generates 20,000 tonnes of waste every festival/event season.

There is a hesitation by political leaders to do more than a plastic bag ban. “I was at a conference with many municipal leaders,” says Tucker. “Talking about plastic-free event policy or plastic pollution-free event policies and whatnot was like, ‘Well, we banned single use plastic bags so…’ I’m like, okay, but what’s next?”

For councillor Shawn Cleary, what’s next is a plan to put forward a motion to get a staff report on how HRM can legislate plastic-free events.

The committee also heard a motion from councillor Sam Austin to trial a pesticide in Little Albro Lake to get rid of the invasive Floating Yellow Hearts. This will require approval from the federal and provincial governments, so staff will come back to the committee with a plan when the pesticide use is approved by the other levels of government.

Finally, the city has been doing a pilot project on naturalizing green spaces. Naturalizing means putting native plants in instead of the boring monoculture grass that’s been common since the colonization of Canada. The pilot project went well, and the committee wants to expand it all over the city, to the tune of $150,000.

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July events in Halifax and beyond for summer 2022

July events in Halifax and beyond for summer 2022

Grand Oasis x Canada Day Weekend
Friday, July 1, there will be outdoor live performances at the Grand Oasis Festival from 7-10:30pm from Crown Land, Neon Dreams, DeeDee Austin, Drives the Common Man and Eastern Eagle. On July 2 there will be Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Salute To Ukraine and a performance from the Ukrainian band Balaklava Blues.
Fri, Jul 1-2 | Halifax City Hall

Antigonish Highland Games
One hundred and sixty years after The Antigonish Highland Society was founded, the society still aims to uphold Scottish tradition at the Antigonish Highland Games. Help keep the culture and traditions alive this summer by attending the many events like piping and drumming, highland dancing, fiddle music and athletics, and the ancient Scottish Heavy Events.
Sat, Jul 2-10 | Antigonish

Lebanese Cedar Festival
Since 2007 the Lebanese Cedar Festival has been a dynamic and successful festival that focuses and appreciates Lebanese culture. The aim is to bridge the gap between Canadian and Lebanese cultures by providing a space and opportunity for people from both communities to commence and enjoy delicious Lebanese foods while listening to music, dancing and more.
Sun, Jul 3-5 | Clayton Park Drive

Granville Green
The Granville Green free outdoor concert series returns to Port Hawkesbury every Sunday this summer. There will be many excellent Canadian acts performing like Tyler Shaw, The Stanfields, Classified and more. After the two years we’ve all endured in the wake of COVID, the festival is dedicated to highlighting the importance of community, resilience and comradeship.
7pm Sun, Jul 3-24 | Granville Green

Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts
This non-profit celebration of the arts at Peggy’s Cove is a spectacular way to spend an afternoon by the water and to get in touch with your artistic side. There are two main events, the first is a three-day air painting event in the little village of Peggy’s Cove on July 8, 9 and 10. The second is a Studio Tour on July 15, 16 and 17, where more than 60 studio artists, galleries and art groups open their doors to have people meet and interact with artists that range from painters to wood and glass workers.
Wed, Jul 6-17 | Scotiabank Centre

Cavendish Beach Music Festival
The Cavendish Beach Music Festival is entwined in the roots of the country music family tree with 13 years experience providing a stage for country music performers to hone their talents. This year’s lineup includes Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch and The Cadillac Three and more. Dust off your cowboy hats and boots cause you don’t want to miss this chance to spend a fantastic weekend outside in the sun with friends, listening to some of the genre’s best artists.
Thu, Jul 7-9 | Cavendish Beach

A Final Folly Fest
This magical and free-spirited festival situated alongside the beautiful Wolastoq river, is the perfect camping and festival spot. All you need to bring to stay is your tent and camping gear as the festival provides free water and showers. The Folly Fest isn’t only music but includes markets, performance art, workshops, kid zones, Silent Discos, and much more. The headliners include big names such as G-Nome Projects, Zamani and Apollo Suns.
Fri, Jul 8-10 | Village of Gagetown

2022 Lobster Bash
Prepare to have full bellies and your cravings satisfied, as all your lobster dreams will come true at the annual Lobster Bash celebration. Along the western shore of the Annapolis Basin, lip-licking lobster rolls, lobster chowder, and steamed lobster will be served. There will be many family-friendly events, including lobster banding, lobster trap stacking and hauling, row boat races, and much more.
Fri, Jul 8-10 | Digby Waterfront

Under the Spire Music Festival
Enjoy a secular experience in the most sacred of spaces. Situated in a former church constructed for music in rural PEI is the summer-long music festival, Under The Spire. Returning for the 27th season, the festival previously known as the Indian River Festival, announces many performers such as Reeny Smith & The Sanctified Bros, Twin Flames, David Myles and Catherine MacLellan.
Fri, Jul 8-Sep 2 | Historic St Mary’s

Grand Oasis Reunion
At the Grand Oasis Festival on July 8, 2022, Alan Doyle the lead singer of the Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea and the band Fortunate Ones will be performing live. On July 9th, there will be performances from Classified and Owen O Sound Lee.
Fri, Jul 8-9 | Halifax City Hall

Halifax Jazz Festival
Spend a couple days of your summer boogie-ing and jive-ing to some funky jazz music at the infamous Halifax Jazz Festival. A collection of renowned performers from all around the world, each with their own unique take on jazz, are brought to Halifax to perform. The lineup for this summer’s event consists of names such as Tank and The Bangas, Perfume Genius, Molly Johnson and The Weather Station.
Wed, Jul 13-17 | Halifax Waterfront

Halifax Pride Festival
Partake in the over 150 colourful and uplifting community and pride organized events for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Celebrate the history, activism, and perseverance of the community at the many exciting and joyous events like the Pride Parade, Queer Music Fest, Comedy Night and much more. Put on your most colourful outfit and join in the vibrant celebration of this extraordinary community.
Thu, Jul 14-24 | Halifax Pride

Acoustic Maritime Music Festival
Get your groove on at the family-friendly four-day Acoustic Festival. Listen to some of Canada’s best artists like JP Cormier, Andrew Waite Band and The Divorcees all weekend long while enjoying good eats and drinks from Smokinstein Food Truck and School House Brewery. If you like to sing, there will also be an open mic session to show off your talent.
Thu, Jul 14-17 | Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground

East Hants Tide Fest
If you’re looking for something entertaining to do, look no further. After two years, The East Hants Tide Fest returns for a jam-packed weekend full of events for everyone. There will be events and tournaments such as the world’s largest washer toss tournament, youth ball hockey, local music, Atlantic Canada’s strongest san and woman, a community fair and many more exciting things.
Fri, Jul 15-16 | East Hants Sportsplex

Lunenburg Arts Fest
Instead of watching something live on tv, head to Lunenburg to watch live and in-person painters’ artistic expressions take tangible form on canvases. For 21 years, The Lunenburg Art Gallery Society has hosted this annual event, formerly known as Paint Sea On Site. During this art festival, participating artists will be scattered in and around the town of Lunenburg painting, providing the public with the opportunity to watch and engage with the artists at work.
10am-5pm Sat, Jul 16-17 | Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Wharf

Halifax Summer Opera Festival
Listen to the sweet melody of the opera at The Halifax Summer Opera Festival this summer. This year the Halifax Summer Opera Festival presents four fully-staged productions of Glick’s Armide. The festival will also participate in Pride events, Opera Backwards, and performances at the Halifax Public Library.
Mon, Jul 18-Aug 14 | Alderney Landing

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal
Hop, boogie and leap over to the Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal to watch contemporary dance, dance theatre, acrobatic movement, Indigenous dance and works from Canada’s best choreographers in rural Nova Scotia. The artistic director and award-winning Canadian choreographer Randy Glynn, brings his vision to life through the mesmerizing and flawless movements of the dancers.
Tue, Jul 19-23 | King’s Theatre

Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival
Watch as both professional and emerging choreographers from New Brunswick strut their exceptional dance moves on stage. This festival aims to provide an array of creative performances in contemporary dance for both audience entertainment and for dancers to hone and show off their skills.
Fri, Jul 22 | Halifax Public Gardens

Nova Multifest
Enter a cross-culture utopia and be mesmerized by the celebration of the rich culture and diversity of Nova Scotia at the Nova Multifest. This electric festival embodies Nova Scotia’s multiple cultures through music, art and delicacies local to each culture. Feast your eyes at the festival’s live shows and cave to the temptations of culinary delights, cold beers from a local brewery and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Fri, Jul 22-24 | Alderney Landing

Harmony Bazaar
Did you know that only a two-hour drive from Halifax sits a mile-long white sand beach and the Harmony Bazaar music festival? What could be better than live music and a beach. The Harmony Bazaar music festival stands to promote female artists and songs. This female-only festival consists of great female artists and music coupled with activities like youth stages, industry dinners, art galas, theatre performances and mentorships.
Fri, Jul 22-24 | Seacaps Memorial Park

Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Enter the world of traditional folk music and more at the 25th edition of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Gather with the extended community to hear a wide range of music that goes beyond folk music such as rock, funk, gospel, and singer-songwriter acoustics. Performers include artists such as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, George Canyon and more.
Fri, Jul 22-24 | Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival

Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF)
PIPAF selects artists from across North America to compete in painting the marvellous sea and landscapes of the Parrsboro Shore. The festival aims to rejuvenate the community and develop the areas cultural economy through artists and artisans. Its success has been chronicled in media across North America, reaching thousands of artists, art galleries and art collectors’ organizations across the continent.
Wed, Jun 22-26 | Parrsboro Band Hall

East Coast Kite Festival
Spend the day outside under the open sky scattered with colours and shapes at the East Coast Kite Festival. Whether you just wish to watch or wish to fly your own kite, this free family-friendly no alcohol event is a great way to spend an afternoon. There will be 50 different types of kites for purchase, food trucks and vendors, craft workshops, kite flying lessons and much more.
10am Sat, Jul 23-24 | Citadel Hill

Hantsport Music Festival
Following the closure of large industries and town amalgamations, local volunteers decided to accumulate and showcase their love for the town by creating the Hantsport Music Festival. The festival focuses on raising money for the community and bringing the best Atlantic Canadian artists like Pail Lamb and Laura Conner with Wreckhouse, The Usual Suspects, Mark Riley Project and many more to the stage.
12pm Sat, Jul 23 | Hantsport Music Fest

Halifax Buskers Festival
No matter what side of the bridge you reside on, you can now enjoy the festivities of the Halifax Busker Festival without having to cross over into Halifax or Dartmouth. The Dartmouth side will have amusement rides, international buskers and music, while the Halifax side will also include international busker performances but will have food and craft vendors. It’s the perfect family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy no matter which waterfront you choose to visit.
Wed, Jul 27-Aug 1 | Seacaps Memorial Park

The Island Fringe Festival
This weekend-long festival is committed to supporting and encouraging independent artists while providing a unique experience outside the conventional theatre and live performance boundaries. Despite being a small festival, it stands loud and proud, offering unconventional performances in unconventional spaces for a rare and uncommon experience, making this an unforgettable music festival you don’t want to miss.
Wed, Jul 27-31 | Various Locations

Natal Day X Grand Oasis
Check out the live outdoor performances from Ria Mae on July 29, and Haviah Mighty, Aquakulture and Mass Choir all on August 1, at the Grand Oasis Festival to celebrate Natal Day.
Fri, Jul 29-Aug 1 | Halifax City Hall

The Riverfront Jubilee
If you love to immerse yourself in the euphoric sounds of music, you’re in luck. The award-winning music festival, the Riverfront Jubilee, opens its stage for national and international acts. Their outdoor amphitheatre is the perfect place to let loose, enjoy the summer sun and listen to great tunes from artists such as Tom Cochrane, Serena Ryder, Glass Tiger, Reeny Smith and more.
Fri, Jul 29-31 | Various Locations

Area 506
Every year around the August long weekend holiday, the AREA 506 festival takes place on the waterfront in Saint John, New Brunswick. Area 506 consists of a shipping container village that showcases vendors’ goods, brands and culture groups, plus the music festival that this summer features artists such as the Arkells, The Glorious Sons, Mother Mother, Sloan and many more.
Fri, Jul 29-31 | AREA 506

Rock the Hub
The annual Rock the Hub event returns. Grab a rock and get rollin’ cause this festival will definitely meet all your rock’ n’ roll fantasies with performances from Monster Truck, Three Days Grace, The Glorious Sons and many others.
Fri, Jul 29-31 | Truro Civic Square

Nova Scotia Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
Whether it’s your first or 49th time attending, Canada’s oldest continuously running Bluegrass Festival is bound to be a great time. This event is more than a music festival as not only can you enjoy great music and food, but you can also partake in their interactive workshops to hone and improve your musical talents. The performers this summer include artists and bands such as Ray Legere and Acoustic Horizon, Matt Lunn & Echo Mountain, The Stiff Family Band and more.
Fri, Jul 29 | Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival

Sappyfest
Channel your inner good vibes and peaceful nature for this year’s Sappyfest. The festival returns this year better than ever to bring great live music you know and love. No matter your M.O., you are bound to fit into one of the many different groups at the festival like musicians, artists, dancers, punks, hippies and poets!
Fri, Jul 29-31 | Sappyfest

Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Lunenburg’s Folk Art Festival is back for the 32nd time this summer. Spend Sunday afternoon at this fundraising initiative looking at the artworks created by over 50 Nova Scotia artists working with wood, pencil, paint, metal, fibre and other materials. Good luck returning home empty-handed after seeing all the amazing art pieces.
12pm Sun, Jul 31 | Lunenburg War Memorial Arena

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Summer 2022 festivals and events in Nova Scotia and beyond

Summer 2022 festivals and events in Nova Scotia and beyond

Indigenous Peoples Day X Grand Oasis
Right outside City Hall, the Grand Oasis Festival Series begins on June 21—both Indigenous Peoples Day and the official first day of summer. The day kicks off with opening speeches and a Mi’kmaw flag raising. The musical performances begin in the late afternoon, starting with openers Iron Tide, Boogát and Fawn Wood, ending with the main performer DJ Shub presenting War Club Live.
7pm Tue, Jun 21 | Halifax City Hall

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Beginning in 1979 as a one time celebration of the International Gathering of the Clans outside of Scotland, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo continues this summer once again over 40 years after its start. This show is renowned around the world and blends the historical and modern through wonderful pipes and drums, dancers, acrobats, military pomp and many more fun activites for the whole family.
Sat, Jun 25-Jul 30 | Scotiabank Centre

Harbourside Ribfest
Prepare yourself for sticky fingers and messy faces as the Harbourside Ribfest returns for the eighth year. With a new name and location, Alderney Landing, the festival will feature five unique rib trucks and local vendors. Don’t miss out on this satisfying opportunity. Your stomach and taste buds will thank you.
Thu, Jun 30-Jul 3 | Alderney Landing

Grand Oasis x Canada Day Weekend
Friday, July 1, there will be outdoor live performances at the Grand Oasis Festival from 7-10:30pm from Crown Land, Neon Dreams, DeeDee Austin, Drives the Common Man and Eastern Eagle. On July 2 there will be Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Salute To Ukraine and a performance from the Ukrainian band Balaklava Blues.
Fri, Jul 1-2 | Halifax City Hall

Antigonish Highland Games
One hundred and sixty years after The Antigonish Highland Society was founded, the society still aims to uphold Scottish tradition at the Antigonish Highland Games. Help keep the culture and traditions alive this summer by attending the many events like piping and drumming, highland dancing, fiddle music and athletics, and the ancient Scottish Heavy Events.
Sat, Jul 2-10 | Antigonish

Lebanese Cedar Festival
Since 2007 the Lebanese Cedar Festival has been a dynamic and successful festival that focuses and appreciates Lebanese culture. The aim is to bridge the gap between Canadian and Lebanese cultures by providing a space and opportunity for people from both communities to commence and enjoy delicious Lebanese foods while listening to music, dancing and more.
Sun, Jul 3-5 | Clayton Park Drive

Granville Green
The Granville Green free outdoor concert series returns to Port Hawkesbury every Sunday this summer. There will be many excellent Canadian acts performing like Tyler Shaw, The Stanfields, Classified and more. After the two years we’ve all endured in the wake of COVID, the festival is dedicated to highlighting the importance of community, resilience and comradeship.
7pm Sun, Jul 3-24 | Granville Green

Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts
This non-profit celebration of the arts at Peggy’s Cove is a spectacular way to spend an afternoon by the water and to get in touch with your artistic side. There are two main events, the first is a three-day air painting event in the little village of Peggy’s Cove on July 8, 9 and 10. The second is a Studio Tour on July 15, 16 and 17, where more than 60 studio artists, galleries and art groups open their doors to have people meet and interact with artists that range from painters to wood and glass workers.
Wed, Jul 6-17 | Scotiabank Centre

Cavendish Beach Music Festival
The Cavendish Beach Music Festival is entwined in the roots of the country music family tree with 13 years experience providing a stage for country music performers to hone their talents. This year’s lineup includes Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch and The Cadillac Three and more. Dust off your cowboy hats and boots cause you don’t want to miss this chance to spend a fantastic weekend outside in the sun with friends, listening to some of the genre’s best artists.
Thu, Jul 7-9 | Cavendish Beach

A Final Folly Fest
This magical and free-spirited festival situated alongside the beautiful Wolastoq river, is the perfect camping and festival spot. All you need to bring to stay is your tent and camping gear as the festival provides free water and showers. The Folly Fest isn’t only music but includes markets, performance art, workshops, kid zones, Silent Discos, and much more. The headliners include big names such as G-Nome Projects, Zamani and Apollo Suns.
Fri, Jul 8-10 | Village of Gagetown

2022 Lobster Bash
Prepare to have full bellies and your cravings satisfied, as all your lobster dreams will come true at the annual Lobster Bash celebration. Along the western shore of the Annapolis Basin, lip-licking lobster rolls, lobster chowder, and steamed lobster will be served. There will be many family-friendly events, including lobster banding, lobster trap stacking and hauling, row boat races, and much more.
Fri, Jul 8-10 | Digby Waterfront

Under the Spire Music Festival
Enjoy a secular experience in the most sacred of spaces. Situated in a former church constructed for music in rural PEI is the summer-long music festival, Under The Spire. Returning for the 27th season, the festival previously known as the Indian River Festival, announces many performers such as Reeny Smith & The Sanctified Bros, Twin Flames, David Myles and Catherine MacLellan.
Fri, Jul 8-Sep 2 | Historic St Mary’s

Grand Oasis Reunion
At the Grand Oasis Festival on July 8, 2022, Alan Doyle the lead singer of the Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea and the band Fortunate Ones will be performing live. On July 9th, there will be performances from Classified and Owen O Sound Lee.
Fri, Jul 8-9 | Halifax City Hall

Halifax Jazz Festival
Spend a couple days of your summer boogie-ing and jive-ing to some funky jazz music at the infamous Halifax Jazz Festival. A collection of renowned performers from all around the world, each with their own unique take on jazz, are brought to Halifax to perform. The lineup for this summer’s event consists of names such as Tank and The Bangas, Perfume Genius, Milly Johnson and The Weather Station.
Wed, Jul 13-17 | Halifax Waterfront

Halifax Pride Festival
Partake in the over 150 colourful and uplifting community and pride organized events for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Celebrate the history, activism, and perseverance of the community at the many exciting and joyous events like the Pride Parade, Queer Music Fest, Comedy Night and much more. Put on your most colourful outfit and join in the vibrant celebration of this extraordinary community.
Thu, Jul 14-24 | Halifax Pride

Acoustic Maritime Music Festival
Get your groove on at the family-friendly four-day Acoustic Festival. Listen to some of Canada’s best artists like JP Cormier, Andrew Waite Band and The Divorcees all weekend long while enjoying good eats and drinks from Smokinstein Food Truck and School House Brewery. If you like to sing, there will also be an open mic session to show off your talent.
Thu, Jul 14-17 | Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground

East Hants Tide Fest
If you’re looking for something entertaining to do, look no further. After two years, The East Hants Tide Fest returns for a jam-packed weekend full of events for everyone. There will be events and tournaments such as the world’s largest washer toss tournament, youth ball hockey, local music, Atlantic Canada’s strongest san and woman, a community fair and many more exciting things.
Fri, Jul 15-16 | East Hants Sportsplex

Lunenburg Arts Fest
Instead of watching something live on tv, head to Lunenburg to watch live and in-person painters’ artistic expressions take tangible form on canvases. For 21 years, The Lunenburg Art Gallery Society has hosted this annual event, formerly known as Paint Sea On Site. During this art festival, participating artists will be scattered in and around the town of Lunenburg painting, providing the public with the opportunity to watch and engage with the artists at work.
10am-5pm Sat, Jul 16-17 | Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Wharf

Halifax Summer Opera Festival
Listen to the sweet melody of the opera at The Halifax Summer Opera Festival this summer. This year the Halifax Summer Opera Festival presents four fully-staged productions of Glick’s Armide. The festival will also participate in Pride events, Opera Backwards, and performances at the Halifax Public Library.
Mon, Jul 18-Aug 14 | Alderney Landing

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal
Hop, boogie and leap over to the Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal to watch contemporary dance, dance theatre, acrobatic movement, Indigenous dance and works from Canada’s best choreographers in rural Nova Scotia. The artistic director and award-winning Canadian choreographer Randy Glynn, brings his vision to life through the mesmerizing and flawless movements of the dancers.
Tue, Jul 19-23 | King’s Theatre

Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival
Watch as both professional and emerging choreographers from New Brunswick strut their exceptional dance moves on stage. This festival aims to provide an array of creative performances in contemporary dance for both audience entertainment and for dancers to hone and show off their skills.
Fri, Jul 22 | Halifax Public Gardens

Nova Multifest
Enter a cross-culture utopia and be mesmerized by the celebration of the rich culture and diversity of Nova Scotia at the Nova Multifest. This electric festival embodies Nova Scotia’s multiple cultures through music, art and delicacies local to each culture. Feast your eyes at the festival’s live shows and cave to the temptations of culinary delights, cold beers from a local brewery and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Fri, Jul 22-24 | Alderney Landing

Harmony Bazaar
Did you know that only a two-hour drive from Halifax sits a mile-long white sand beach and the Harmony Bazaar music festival? What could be better than live music and a beach. The Harmony Bazaar music festival stands to promote female artists and songs. This female-only festival consists of great female artists and music coupled with activities like youth stages, industry dinners, art galas, theatre performances and mentorships.
Fri, Jul 22-24 | Seacaps Memorial Park

Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Enter the world of traditional folk music and more at the 25th edition of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Gather with the extended community to hear a wide range of music that goes beyond folk music such as rock, funk, gospel, and singer-songwriter acoustics. Performers include artists such as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, George Canyon and more.
Fri, Jul 22-24 | Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival

Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF)
PIPAF selects artists from across North America to compete in painting the marvellous sea and landscapes of the Parrsboro Shore. The festival aims to rejuvenate the community and develop the areas cultural economy through artists and artisans. Its success has been chronicled in media across North America, reaching thousands of artists, art galleries and art collectors’ organizations across the continent.
Wed, Jun 22-26 | Parrsboro Band Hall

East Coast Kite Festival
Spend the day outside under the open sky scattered with colours and shapes at the East Coast Kite Festival. Whether you just wish to watch or wish to fly your own kite, this free family-friendly no alcohol event is a great way to spend an afternoon. There will be 50 different types of kites for purchase, food trucks and vendors, craft workshops, kite flying lessons and much more.
10am Sat, Jul 23-24 | Citadel Hill

Hantsport Music Festival
Following the closure of large industries and town amalgamations, local volunteers decided to accumulate and showcase their love for the town by creating the Hantsport Music Festival. The festival focuses on raising money for the community and bringing the best Atlantic Canadian artists like Pail Lamb and Laura Conner with Wreckhouse, The Usual Suspects, Mark Riley Project and many more to the stage.
12pm Sat, Jul 23 | Hantsport Music Fest

Halifax Buskers Festival
No matter what side of the bridge you reside on, you can now enjoy the festivities of the Halifax Busker Festival without having to cross over into Halifax or Dartmouth. The Dartmouth side will have amusement rides, international buskers and music, while the Halifax side will also include international busker performances but will have food and craft vendors. It’s the perfect family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy no matter which waterfront you choose to visit.
Wed, Jul 27-Aug 1 | Seacaps Memorial Park

The Island Fringe Festival
This weekend-long festival is committed to supporting and encouraging independent artists while providing a unique experience outside the conventional theatre and live performance boundaries. Despite being a small festival, it stands loud and proud, offering unconventional performances in unconventional spaces for a rare and uncommon experience, making this an unforgettable music festival you don’t want to miss.
Wed, Jul 27-31 | Various Locations

Natal Day X Grand Oasis
Check out the live outdoor performances from Ria Mae on July 29, and Haviah Mighty, Aquakulture and Mass Choir all on August 1, at the Grand Oasis Festival to celebrate Natal Day.
Fri, Jul 29-Aug 1 | Halifax City Hall

The Riverfront Jubilee
If you love to immerse yourself in the euphoric sounds of music, you’re in luck. The award-winning music festival, the Riverfront Jubilee, opens its stage for national and international acts. Their outdoor amphitheatre is the perfect place to let loose, enjoy the summer sun and listen to great tunes from artists such as Tom Cochrane, Serena Ryder, Glass Tiger, Reeny Smith and more.
Fri, Jul 29-31 | Various Locations

Area 506
Every year around the August long weekend holiday, the AREA 506 festival takes place on the waterfront in Saint John, New Brunswick. Area 506 consists of a shipping container village that showcases vendors’ goods, brands and culture groups, plus the music festival that this summer features artists such as the Arkells, The Glorious Sons, Mother Mother, Sloan and many more.
Fri, Jul 29-31 | AREA 506

Rock the Hub
The annual Rock the Hub event returns. Grab a rock and get rollin’ cause this festival will definitely meet all your rock’ n’ roll fantasies with performances from Monster Truck, Three Days Grace, The Glorious Sons and many others.
Fri, Jul 29-31 | Truro Civic Square

Nova Scotia Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
Whether it’s your first or 49th time attending, Canada’s oldest continuously running Bluegrass Festival is bound to be a great time. This event is more than a music festival as not only can you enjoy great music and food, but you can also partake in their interactive workshops to hone and improve your musical talents. The performers this summer include artists and bands such as Ray Legere and Acoustic Horizon, Matt Lunn & Echo Mountain, The Stiff Family Band and more.
Fri, Jul 29 | Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival

Sappyfest
Channel your inner good vibes and peaceful nature for this year’s Sappyfest. The festival returns this year better than ever to bring great live music you know and love. No matter your M.O., you are bound to fit into one of the many different groups at the festival like musicians, artists, dancers, punks, hippies and poets!
Fri, Jul 29-31 | Sappyfest

Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Lunenburg’s Folk Art Festival is back for the 32nd time this summer. Spend Sunday afternoon at this fundraising initiative looking at the artworks created by over 50 Nova Scotia artists working with wood, pencil, paint, metal, fibre and other materials. Good luck returning home empty-handed after seeing all the amazing art pieces.
12pm Sun, Jul 31 | Lunenburg War Memorial Arena

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Embrace your twinkle toes as you groove to the music in this charming town, listening to charming music. This family fun festival brings some of the best traditional and contemporary folk music artists to the stage from far and wide. Amidst the stunning seaside views Lunenburg has to offer and with the salt in the air and possibly in your hair, explore Nova Scotia’s longest-running folk music festival.
Thu, Aug 4-7 | Lunenburg War Memorial Arena

Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest
Those who have attended this event in the past know it always calls for cloudy with a chance of a hangover. All jokes aside, head over to the beer and cider event of the season and drink responsibly from a range of 300 craft beer, imports, seasonals and ciders from over 20 countries. Hopefully, it’s not cloudy but sunny, however, either way, this indoor event also has live music and delicious eats from Halifax favourites like East of Grafton and The Cake Lady!
Thu, Aug 4-6 | Halifax Seaport

Future Forest
If the idea of getting out of the city and being one with nature tickles your fancy, then the Future Forest Festival is the place for you. This EDM music festival is built from the natural resources provided by the forest its located. In the middle of the wilderness, far away from any houses or city lights, perfect for stargazing, there will be three stages where more than 140 musicians will perform. The festival includes not only music but world class performance arts, artisan and food vendors, a yoga village, learning workshops, art installations, family camping and more.
Fri, Aug 5-8 | Future Forest Festival

East Coast Classics x Grand Oasis
Spend your Saturday evening at the Grand Oasis Festival listening to live outdoor performances and celebrating East Coast artists Mo Kenney and Joel Plaskett.
7pm Fri, Aug 5-6 | Halifax City Hall

Country Rocks the Hub
Saddle up and get ready for this year’s annual Country Rocks the Hub music festival. This year Alexander Keith brings artists and bands such as Terri Clark, The Reklaws, Brett Kissel, Lonestar, and Tyler Joe Miller to the stage to rock your socks off.
Fri, Aug 5-7 | Truro Civic Square

19th Annual Northern Lights Lantren Festival
Light up your day literally and figuratively by attending the Northern Lights Lantern Festival. This four-hour long festival will give you the chance to celebrate the dynamic and vibrant North End. There will also be activities like bouncy castles, lantern making, carnival games, live music, and free community BBQs. The night will finish with fireworks to light up your night just a bit more.
5:30-9:30pm Sat, Aug 6 | Halifax north end

Chester Race Week
Drift on over to Chester, Nova Scotia for Canada’s largest annual Keel Boat Regatta. Not only will you be entertained watching the sailors set sail and race around the stunning Mahone Bay, but there will also be lots of on-land activities to enjoy over the course of the week. The on-land schedule consists of days sponsored by Keith Brewery and Blue Lobster, a visit from the Bluenose, great food and live music on the deck from artists such as Tyler Key and Scott Harnish and the local band Dark and Stormy.
8:30am-11pm Thu, Aug 11-13 | Chester

Outdoor Runway Weekend X Grand Oasis
Channel your inner glamours side and spend the evening of August 12, enjoying the one-night-only outdoor fashion show, THIS IS US! This outdoor runway is created by SOLI Productions and includes an After Party with DJ BAMBII. 20+ countries and designers will be represented during the show. DJ BAMBII returns to perform again on August 13.
Fri, Aug 12-13 | Halifax City Hall

India Fest 2022
Join the hundreds of other visitors immersing themselves in the true colours of Indian culture at this three-day celebration. If you can attend, you will no doubt enjoy the incredible experience being offered to engage yourself in a variety of Indian foods, dances, music, clothing, art & craft, jewellery and henna.
11am-8pm Fri, Aug 12-14 | Halifax Forum

White Rabbit Arts Festival
The free all-ages celebration of comics and cartooning returns to Dartmouth this summer. Take inspiration from the dozens of artists, writers and vendors that you’ll meet while they show off and sell their work.
11 Mon, Aug 15 | Alderney Landing

The Halifax County Exhibition
Make sure you and your family get the chance to enjoy all the fun the Halifax County Exhibition has to offer this summer. The community-run exhibition has been running since 1884 and offers an old-fashion county fair feel. The exhibition offers four days of livestock displays and competitions, games and activities for children, yummy treats, local entertainment and loads more.
Wed, Aug 17-20 | Halifax County Exhibition Grounds

Vibrancy Festival X Grand Oasis
Head to City Hall to hear live outdoor performances. On August 19, see Cloverdale, B2B and Famba perform and on August 20, see American singer, record producer, and DJ, Green Velvet. August 27, and August 28, performers at still TBD.
Fri, Aug 19-20 | Halifax City Hall

Nova Scotia Summer Fest
It’s not a true Nova Scotian summer without a celebration of its music and culture. Therefore, find the heart of summer at the Nova Scotia Summer Fest. Not only will there be great performances from artists such as Walk Off The Earth, Myles Goodwyn and more, but there will also be some of the province’s finest seafood, wines, micro brews and art. You could say this festival has everything you could ever need.
3pm-11pm Fri, Aug 19-20 | Columbus Field

Riverfest
Thanks to Country 100.7 announcer Jonathan Crouse and musician Jason McCorrisstion the Riverfest festival was born. Their dual vision has brought great indie music to the south shore and continues to do so this summer. Join the party and rock out to artists and bands such as Heymaker, The Shifters, Chesterdoom, Diamond City and many more.
6pm-1:30am Fri, Aug 19-20 | Columbus Field

Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition
Dust off your hibernating beach toys from the garage, grab your sunhat and head over to the Eastern shores. After a two-year hiatus due to the Provincial Government’s State of Emergency, the 42nd Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition returns this summer. Whether you watch or partake in the competition, this is a great way to spend a Sunday with friends and family at the beach.
9am Sun, Aug 21 | Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park

The Wellness Escape Festival
Start or continue your wellness journey this summer and discover your inner peace at this festival. Connect to your mind and body through mindful movements and mediation classes, holistic health workshops, and mindful practices. Unearth your calmest and healthiest self by spending your day doing yoga, pilates, meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, bath salts making, mindset training and a sound healing workshop. Finish your day with a spectacular outdoor 3-course dinner amidst the vines under the Nordic Kata Tipi tent.
10am-6pm Sat, Aug 27 | Avondale Sky Winery

Halifax Urban Folk Festival
This festival is all about collaboration and bringing Nova Scotia’s amazing artists together in Halifax. You too can collaborate by joining other Nova Scotians in the great decision to attend the festival and see the outstanding performances from artists such as Postdata, Christina Marin, Zamani, Reeny Smith and Matt Mays.
Mon, Aug 29-Sep 5 | Truro Civic Square

Frosh Returns + Halifax Urban Folk Fest Main Event
The Canadian singer, songwriter and rapper BBNO$, with 1.1 million Instagram followers and 800 million streams on Spotify, is coming to the Grand Oasis festival. BBNO$ is well known for this collaboration with Young Gravy in 2019 to create the hit song “Lalala”. The performer for September 3rd is TBD.
Fri, Sep 2-3 | Halifax City Hall

Music Nova Scotia Takeover X Grand Oasis
Performers for the Grand Oasis festival September 9, 2022, and September 10, 2022, are still to be announced.
Fri, Sep 9-10 | Halifax City Hall

Dear Summer x Grand Oasis
Head to City Hall for an electric night of music on September 16, as Grand Oasis Festival presents performers NOBRO, Like a Motorcycle and Hello Delaware. NOBRO is an all-female rock band dedicated to rockin’ it out. Like a Motorcycle is a local punk rock band and Hello Delaware is a glam punk pop band. The performers on September 17, is  alternative, indie and rock artists Jon Samuel and DJ Douvet.
Fri, Sep 16-17 | Halifax City Hall

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Festival
Head over to the Salt Yard on the Halifax waterfront to socialize and sample over 40 craft beers. This event showcases and celebrates craft beer made throughout the province. Tickets include a tasting glass, sample beer tickets for individual breweries and an opportunity to meet people in the Nova Scotia brewing community. Note: Age identification is required at this 19+ event.
6pm-12am Fri, Sep 16-17 | Salt Yard

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Jane’s Walk returns to Halifax with 17 events to learn about the city

Jane’s Walk returns to Halifax with 17 events to learn about the city

Jane Jacobs’ fight to save Greenwich Village in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and her later fight to stop Toronto’s proposed Spadina Expressway, inspired a generation of urbanists. A woman who made waves in the male-dominated field of urban planning, Jacobs sought to protect city blocks from being turned into high-rises, to keep mom ‘n’ pop shops from being razed to build highways and to keep urban communities affordable. She “wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization,” as New York’s Center for the Living City puts it, and “encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work, and play.”

After the longtime writer and activist’s death in 2006, Toronto created Jane Jacobs Day in her name, and across the country a series of walks—Jane’s Walks—began in her honour. The Halifax version of Jane’s Walk was put on hold for two years due to the pandemic, but the event returns for 2022: It happens this weekend, Saturday and Sunday May 7 and 8.

“The walks help bring people together, creating strong and resourceful communities, cultivating belonging and encouraging civic leadership,” the Jane’s Walk Halifax website says. The event is actually 17 different free, volunteer-led walks happening around the city, each focused on a different topic or area of HRM.

Saturday features 11 walks. At Birch Cove Saturday morning, for example, a Learn To Bird walk will teach the basics of spotting and recognizing local wildlife. In Dartmouth, local historian David Jones will give a history lesson during a walk around Lake Banook.

Journalist Lezlie Lowe—famed for her writing at The Coast and other outlets—will lead a walk around Needham Park, giving details on local women’s war efforts from her new book The Volunteers. And former MLA Lisa Roberts will lead a walk through the north end while talking about affordable housing.

The event continues with six walks Sunday, including author and illustrator Emma Fitzgerald leading a sketching “walk” at Peace and Friendship Park, with a focus on capturing accessible transportation. Another art-focused walk, this one led by Argyle Fine Art, will take you on a tour of public installations and murals around downtown Halifax.

The downtown walk titled Gay Old Halifax will explore the nightclubs and queer community scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s. And don’t forget the vibrant streets across the harbour: an afternoon walk will put the art in Dartmouth.

There is no advance sign-up required and all walks are free, though some recommend bringing special supplies. View the full list of walks on the Jane’s Walk Halifax website.

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Here are a list of events taking place in Halifax to celebrate Anne Lister’s 231st birthday

Here are a list of events taking place in Halifax to celebrate Anne Lister’s 231st birthday

She was born in Halifax on April 3, 1791, and her life inspired the TV series Gentleman Jack which was created by television writer, producer and director Sally Wainwright.

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Shibden Hall, Halifax. (Pic credit: James Hardisty)

Here is the full calendar of events.

Event: The Alibi Bar Mix and Mingle

Address: Rawson Street, Halifax, HX1 1NH

Event: The Complete Anne and Ann Coach and Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: The Complete Anne and Ann Coach and Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: David Glover’s Minster Tour

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: Gentleman Jack on Location: Sutton Park Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Ann Walker’s Lightcliffe Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: David Glover’s Minster Tour

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: Helena Whitbread and Jill Liddington at the Halifax Minster

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: Gentleman Jack on Location: York and Holy Trinity Coach/Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Gentleman Jack on Location: Sutton Park Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: The Listers in Shibden Valley Walking Tour

Address: Shibden Hall Top Car Park, Halifax, HX3 7XA

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: The Complete Anne and Ann Coach and Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: The Complete Anne and Ann Coach and Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Ann Walker’s Lightcliffe Walking Tour

Address: St Matthew’s Church Tower, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

Event: David Glover’s Young Anne Lister in Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Tour starts at Range Bank, junction with Portland Road, Halifax, HX3 6LB

Event: Sally Wainwright and O’Hooley and Tidow at the Victoria Theatre

Address: 2 Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP

Ticket price: Between £20 and £32 depending on seats

Event: ALBW Birthday Bash and Dance Party at Dean Clough

Address: The Arches, E Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Event: Gentleman Jack on Location: York and Holy Trinity Coach/Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: The Complete Anne and Ann Coach and Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Ann Walker’s Lightcliffe Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Shibden Hall Parkland Walking Tour

Address: Shibden Hall Top Car Park, Halifax, HX3 7XA

Event: David Glover: Young Anne Lister, at the Square Chapel

Address: Square Chapel Red Brick Theatre, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG

Event: Ann Walker’s Night at the Halifax Minster

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: Ann Walker Tavern at Dean Clough

Address: The Arches, E Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Event: Anne Lister’s Wild Horses Couldn’t Stop Me English Lake District Day Trip Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Ladies of Llangollen Day Trip Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Ann Walker’s Lightcliffe Walking Tour

Address: St Matthew’s Church Tower, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TH

Event: David Glover’s Minster Tour

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: David Glover’s Minster Tour

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: Teatime at the Alibi

Address: 10 Rawson Street, Halifax, HX1 1NH

Event: ALBW Comedy Night at Dean Clough

Address: The Arches, E Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Event: Anne Lister’s Wild Horses Couldn’t Stop Me English Lake District Day Trip Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: ALBW Goes Literary: Bronte Sisters/Sylvia Plath/Hebden Bridge Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Shibden Hall Parkland Walking Tour

Address: Shibden Hall Top Car Park, Halifax, HX3 7XA

Event: Anne Lister In Her Own Words Exhibition/Private Viewing

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Jill Liddington’s Anne Lister Mock Marriages Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Teatime at the Alibi

Address: 10 Rawson Street, Halifax, HX1 1NH

Event: ALBW Film Festival

Address: Square Chapel Red Brick Theatre, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG

Event: ALBW Dance Party at Dean Clough

Address: The Arches, E Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Event: Gentleman Jack on Location: Sutton Park Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Gentleman Jack on Location: York and Holy Trinity Coach/Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: David Glover’s Young Anne Lister in Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Tour starts at Range Bank, junction with Portland Road, Halifax, HX3 6LB

Event: Jill Liddington: Rivals and Riches at Hope Hall

Address: 57 Clare Road, Halifax, HX1 2JP

Event: Anne Lister Murder Mystery Improv at the Viaduct Dean Clough

Address: Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Event: Anne Lister Society Auditorium, Square Chapel (Day One)

Address: Square Chapel Copper Auditorium, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG

Event: Anne Lister’s Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: ALBW Goes Literary: Bronte Sisters/Sylvia Plath/Hebden Bridge Coach Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: David Glover’s Minster Tour

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: David Glover’s Minster Tour

Address: Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL

Event: Constructing Gentleman Jack: Sally Wainwright/Laurie Shannon ALS Copper

Address: Copper Auditorium, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG

Event: ALBW Wrap Party Arches Dean Clough

Address: The Arches, E Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Event: Jill Liddington’s Anne Lister Mock Marriages Walking Tour

Address: Anne Lister statue at The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Event: Anne Lister Society Auditorium, Square Chapel (Day Two)

Address: Square Chapel Copper Auditorium, 10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG

Event: David Glover’s Young Anne Lister in Halifax Walking Tour

Address: Tour starts at Range Bank, junction with Portland Road, Halifax, HX3 6LB

Event: ALBW Farewell Party Alibi

Address: 10 Rawson Street, Halifax, HX1 1NH

Free workshops and events

Event: SOLOS: Meet Your Community!

Event: Perfect Pictures Workshop with Joanne Bartone

Event: OWLS: Look How Far We’ve Come

Event: Codebreakers Show and Tell

Event: Writers Forum with Janet Lea, author, The Gentleman Jack Effect

Event: Flower Laying Sally Wainwright’s Tribute to Anne Lister

Event: ISAW: “My Dearest Elizabeth” – Leila Straub and Diane Halford

Event: ISAW: “Dearest Very Poorly” – Diane Halford, Dorjana Sirola and Ivana Nika

Event: Writers Forum – Lynn Pharaoh, Author, Anne Lister, Ann Walker and Me

Event: Writers Forum – Jill Liddington, Author, Female Fortune

Event: Writers Forum – Alison Child, Author, Tell Me I’m Forgiven

Event: Writers Forum – Christine Sanders, Poet

Event: Writers Forum – Patricia Hughes, Author, The Curious Tale of Miss Eliza Raine

Event: Writers Forum – Jane Traies/Jay Taverner, Author, Liberty

Event: ALBW Film Festival

Event: Writers Forum – Esther Newton, Author, My Butch Career

Event: Writers Forum – Helena Whitbread, Author, The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister

Event: Premiere: Christine Sanders, Interactive Poetry Performance “Women”

Event: Fan Fiction Show and Tell

Event: Writers Forum – Angela Clare, Author, The Moss House

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Artist Stan Douglas unveils historical work inspired by political events

Artist Stan Douglas unveils historical work inspired by political events

Artist Stan Douglas on the Vancouver set for his photo series Penn Station’s Half Century in 2020.Handout

During a March snowstorm in 1914, a vaudeville troupe stranded in New York’s Penn Station spent the night entertaining itself. What might such a scene have looked like?

With dramatic lighting and vintage costumes, the Canadian artist Stan Douglas conjured up the acrobats and musicians for a photographic series devoted to key moments in the life of the famed Beaux Arts building before it was demolished in 1963. Penn Station’s Half Century features elaborate set pieces that were shot at Vancouver’s Agrodome early in the pandemic and then laid over computer-generated recreations of the lost station’s grandiose waiting room.

The images were commissioned as murals for the new Moynihan Train Hall, which opened at the current Penn Station in December 2020, but the whole series can now also been seen in Canada. Montreal’s PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art ordered exhibition prints of the giant photographs as part of a show devoted to Douglas’s work that includes Penn Station’s Half Century and the 2012 photo series Disco Angola. Consider it something of an appetizer for Douglas’s next big assignment: He will be unveiling new work, inspired by political events of 2011, at the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in April.

Douglas’s photography devoted to past events is usually displayed without any history lessons taped to the wall and often raises an immediate question about context. Does the viewer in Montreal or New York need to know about vaudevillian Bert Williams and his stranded performers or – to name two other scenes featuring folk celebrities arriving at Penn Station – the Black union organizer Angelo Herndon or the Brooklyn armed robber Celia Cooney?

Knowing all the historic detail may enrich the experience but it shouldn’t suggest to the viewer that these works are simply records of events.Handout

“That’s always a question with my work. People say: ‘You have all this backstory, how can we be expected to know that?’ I don’t expect it at all,” Douglas said in a recent interview. “People who do know that will have a different experience of the work, but there should be something in the pictorial experience that should give you a clue as to what’s going on. So, it’s not a requirement to know that stuff, but it does make it a more rich experience.”

Knowing all the historic detail may enrich the experience but it shouldn’t suggest to the viewer that these works are simply records of events, moments in the life of a train station or, in the case of Disco Angola, the unlikely juxtaposition of the Angolan civil war that erupted in 1975 with the simultaneous rise of disco in New York. Instead, the scenes play with storytelling, relying on the unconscious education in image-making that we have all received through media to conjure up scenes that are as much about their own creation as their content – hence the Montreal show’s title, Revealing Narratives.

The Penn Station scenes, for example, are visibly stagy, with chiaroscuro lighting and expressive postures. In the most meta moment of the series, Douglas recreates Hollywood recreating the station for the 1945 Judy Garland movie The Clock. The Disco Angola series, imagined as the work of a fictional photojournalist who intersperses his trips to the war zone with nights at dance clubs, might let the viewer consider the way both conflict and entertainment are presented for the camera.

“If we are informed by our knowledge of the language of film and television we will understand these works,” said Cheryl Sim, the PHI curator who organized the show and compares Douglas and his photographs with the great history painters of old. “They have that grandiose and gravitas. There are so many narratives going on in the frame. … His ability to master composition is central to the work.”

Douglas is interested in history’s secondary plots and bit players – the now forgotten figures such as Cooney, the so-called Bobbed-Hair Bandit who robbed Brooklyn stores at gunpoint.

“One of my key habits or interests is to look at minor histories and to see how minor histories actually reflect a larger condition,” he said. He cites the situation of the vaudevillians trapped in the station – they had to travel to entertain – as a specific example of a more general cultural condition: Before film and TV, all entertainment was live.

Not coincidentally, the African diaspora features in many of these forgotten histories: Williams, a Bahamian-American, broke the colour barrier in vaudeville; Herndon was convicted for “insurrection” after his attempts to organize Black and white workers in Atlanta. And, in the faded spaces of midtown Manhattan’s abandoned hotels, disco emerged from Black and Latino communities as a counterculture dance movement before it ever hit Studio 54.

“I have always depicted Black people but with a very broad sense of what blackness actually is. What is Afro-German? Afro-Cuban, Afro-English, Afro-Canadian, Afro-American? All these kinds of blackness are manifested in different ways,” he said.

Douglas, born in Vancouver to Caribbean immigrants, has a long and subtle relationship with such content. He’s not that impressed with the current rage for Black art.

Douglas, born in Vancouver to Caribbean immigrants, is not that impressed with the current rage for Black art.Handout

“There’s a certain homogeneity to the way in which Black bodies are being represented these days. Unfortunately you can’t tell the artist is a person of colour unless it’s a representational image, and this has allowed a lot of regressive art to get a lot visibility. A lot of art that kind of verges on kitsch is being shown because it’s got a Black body or something, even though there are still many interesting Black artists who are doing nonrepresentational work, conceptual work.”

Educated at what was then the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now University), Douglas has made his career in Vancouver and, despite ever-increasing international attention, still lives there when not teaching at the ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles. Part of the fertile school of West Coast photo artists that emerged in the 1980s, and which also includes Jeff Wall and Ken Lum, he finds Vancouver a useful place to work because its busy film-production industry means he can easily source lights, costumes and extras.

But it is not a large enough centre for any practitioner of the visual arts to be parochial or complacent: Douglas, who has shown around the world, will be representing Canada in Venice this spring. He is the first Black artist to be featured in the Canada Pavilion, but this is not his first Biennale; his work has been included in four previous group exhibitions there, most recently in 2019.

The Venice Biennale always encourages big and surprising unveilings, so Douglas is keeping details under his hat, but he does give a broad hint as to the historic events that will feature in the work. This Biennale, he reminds you, was supposed to take place in 2021, a decade after 2011, the year of the Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring protests. Douglas will be showing a series of photographs in the light-filled Canada Pavilion at the Biennale’s main Giardini site and screening video work at an off-site location on Giudecca. More revealing narratives are sure to follow.

Educated at what was then the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now University), Douglas has made his career in Vancouver.Handout

Stan Douglas: Revealing Narratives continues at the PHI Foundation in Montreal to May 22 and will then tour to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax in June through November. The Venice Biennale runs from April 23 to Nov. 27.