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Hot Shopping for April

Editor’s Choice

web Acadian-Maple-SyrupIt’s the time of year when nature produces its sweet treat of sap, which is turned into maple syrup. And Acadian Maple (page 50) on Peggy’s Cove Road in Upper Tantallon has all kinds of maple-flavoured treats. The former hobby farm now produces numerous gourmet maple goodies, including butter, brittle, wine, barbecue sauce, and, of course, pure syrup. The space is also available for bus tours or events.


Chocolate & confections

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Head down to Rousseau Chocolatier on Hollis Street to watch as the team creates handmade chocolates, gourmet brownies, French macarons, and artisanal chocolate bars. But don’t leave without some sweet treats in hand. The chocolates are made in small batches and with real fruit and natural ingredients. Or stay in and enjoy a cold drink, cup of fair-trade coffee or mug of house hot chocolate.
Sugar Shok Candy Boutiqueon Portland Street in Dartmouth is as colorful and fun on the inside as it is on the outside. In this funky store, find more than 50 types of bulk candy, along with greeting cards, magnets, home décor, and ice cream.

Breaking News

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Readers of news and current events will enjoy an afternoon at Atlantic News on Morris Street. Search the racks of magazines, newspapers and periodicals that cover countless topics and regions around the world. Look for titles on music, sports, crafts, religion, and more. It’s a readers’ utopia.

Just for the kids

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Situated on South Park Street, is a boutique designed just for kids. Parents will have just as much fun as their kids will when shopping for high-quality clothes, toys, games, linens and more. Find traditional favourites
such as scooters and trains, plus educational toys, including science and detective kits.




All about art

Art 1274 Hollis is a downtown collective of 24 artists showcasing their art in various media. Learn about emerging and established talent in the region. Peruse pottery, watercolours, stone, jewelry, and contemporary pieces.
Carrefour Atlantic & The Puffin Gallery in the Historic Properties features literature, original art, and traditional handcrafts from artists from Atlantic Canada, the Canadian North, and First Nations artists. It’s an eclectic mix of colourful and unique works by Canadian talents.

Strange days

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Fans of comics and all things sci-fi and fantasy must visit Strange Adventures on Prince Street in Halifax and in downtown Dartmouth on Portland Street. Look for classic titles like X-Men, the Amazing Spiderman, and Captain America, alongside the hottest new graphic novels. The huge selection also includes toys, board games, card games, clothing, and more.


Hot Art: Cultural Significance

In Méthodologie pour touristes (Methodology for tourists) at La maison des artistes visuels francophones, artist Mathieu Léger explores themes of territory, boundaries and survival which contribute to the construction of an identity. Through photographs and video, the artist integrates himself into places he visits seeking to conjure a territory’s culture. March 3 to April 9, 2016, 340, Provencher Blvd, 204‑233‑8972, Map 1: P-6

Hot Art: Fibre Art

February 2016 Morton My Back YardThe Fabric of My Life: Fibre Art Collages by Bev Morton at Wayne Arthur Gallery showcases fibre art creations inspired by places the artist lives, works and dreams. Images of home and gallery, as well as real and imagined places, use distinct lines to define form and colour, with a simplicity that allows the viewer to participate in the experiences of the artist. Many of the pieces started as paintings, which were later recreated into fabric art. Runs Jan 31-Mar 2. Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher Blvd, 204‑477‑5249

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

Hot shopping in July!

By Suzanne Rent


Aritzia-2Brand new to Halifax, Aritzia in the Halifax Shopping Centre is the go-to place for fashionistas who love excellent design, top quality and great prices. Featured brands include Talula, Community, Le Fou, La Notte, The Castings and Auxiliary.




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For a fresh feed of lobster (live, packed for travel, or boiled and ready for a picnic), visit Fisherman’s Market International Inc. on the Bedford Highway. The bountiful Atlantic seafood also includes snow crab, halibut, oysters, scallops, shrimp or other delicacies from the Atlantic. There’s also smoked salmon or mackerel, and novelty items such as hats, mugs and hoodies. If you’re headed home, drop into Clearwater at Halifax Stanfield International Airport to pick up some freshly packed lobster for the trip. Grab all the condiments and accessories you need for a delicious souvenir to enjoy when you arrive home. (Also an ideal gift for house-sitters.)




The Garrison Beer Store located at Garrison Brewing on
Marginal Road is the place to pick up one of the acclaimed brews from a
granddaddy of the Halifax craft-beer scene. Find bottled beer, growlers
and party kegs. Or get a “Mixed 6” of your favourite flavours. You can
even try a sample before you purchase.

At the Prop Shop inside Propeller Brewing Company on
Gottingen Street or Windmill Road, find all the beer gear you need, such
as hats, t-shirts, hoodies, and glasses. And of course, there’s beer too, in
single-serve bottles, six packs, bombers and growlers.





With more than 250 vendors, the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Marginal Road has the best offerings of the season and the city in one stop. There is fresh produce from local farms, fish caught from local waters, Nova Scotian wine and craft beer, and wares produced by artisans from around the province. Just a short Halifax Transit ferry ride away from downtown Halifax is the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market on Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth. Open Saturday and Sundays, this indoor market offers everything from baked goods and produce, arts and crafts and homemade fudge.




Bring the best blossoms of summer inside with an arrangement from Props Floral Design in The Hydrostone neighbourhood on Young Street. Or sign up for a class to learn to make your own custom creations. For flowery summer gift ideas, visit My Mother’s Bloomers (page 70) in Spring Garden Place (page 73) on Spring Garden Road. Owner Neville MacKay brings to his store a lively, colourful and fresh array of blossoms that can be made into custom arrangements for any occasion. Choose from roses, orchids, lilies, or any flower of the season.

Editor’s Choice

The Pier 21 Gift Shop inside the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 on Marginal Road carries a lot more than travel souvenirs of the city. Choose one of the many books or DVDs that share the stories of immigrant life and Canada’s “gateway of hope.” Exclusive gifts include a sculpted and hand-painted authentic re-creation of Pier 21 by Catherine Karnes, plus “Pier into your past” commemorative plate.Pier-21-3

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.

Editor’s Choice

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
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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.

June Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent


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The Lost Cod in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street will help you create clothes with Nova Scotia-inspired designs. Pick from a stock of logo designs that represent a vast swath of Nova Scotia’s commercial and cultural past (including beloved throwback sports logos like the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, Sydney Millionaires and Halifax Windjammers). Then, choose a garment, size and colour and you have your own summer style inspired by the province’s rich history. Great for gifts, too.




• Men looking to update their summer wardrobe can stop into Duggers on Spring Garden Road. Find exclusive brands such as Hugo Boss, Canali, Coppley, Sand and Van Gils. Or visit D2 on the main level for the latest summer trends in men’s style.
• At Colwell’s in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street, find all the basics such as dress shirts, pants, sports jackets, jeans and t-shirts.





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• J&R Grimsmo Boutique on Barrington Street carries gorgeous styles for women, all ethically manufactured, made with sustainable materials and processes, but some of the best designers in North America. Find dresses, tops and bottoms and lots of accessories for any summer outing.
• For casual styles for those active shoppers on the go, try Olsen Europe in Park Lane and Mic Mac Mall. Produced in Hamburg, Germany, these styles are modern, fresh and available in a variety of colours for the season.
• At Wildflower Clothing Inc. on Clyde Street, owner Jill Strong finds styles that are like the comfort food of clothing that work for women looking for no-fuss styles. Accessorize with hats, belts, scarves or handbags.


SunnysideSunnyside Mall on Bedford Highway
is home to various retailers from around the
region. Shop for summer fashions at Turbine
or Moe’s Menswear, accessories at Peoples
Jewellers and something for the kids at Bib ’N Tucker.




Frida Dress up your best outfit with custom jewellery from Frida in Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water
Street. There are styles from Canadian and European designers, and various collections highlighting gemstones and diamonds. Book a consultation to help create your own piece of wearable art.
• At Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street, in-house goldsmiths and gem masters create unique Old World designs in gold, silver and platinum using New World techniques.

Work with one of these masters on
creating a design that tells your
personal story.



Editor’s Choice

sweet-pea_trends11Summer is the season for dresses and Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street has a huge selection of summer frocks for every occasion. Find dresses, rompers or jumpers with flowers, stripes, lace, all perfect for tea parties, weddings or a summer night on the town.

Hollywood North


The Marine Building: Fantastic Four, Blade: Trinity, Watchmen, Life or Something Like It, Timecop, Battle in Seattle

The Marine Building: Fantastic Four, Blade: Trinity, Watchmen, Life or Something Like It, Timecop, Battle in Seattle (Photo: KK Law)


Vancouver Convention Centre: Robocop, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The A-Team, Human Target, The Killing, Godzilla (Photo: KK Law)

Vancouver Convention Centre: Robocop, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The A-Team, Human Target, The Killing, Godzilla (Photo: KK Law)

Vancouver Art Gallery: Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Continuum, Arrow, The X-Files, MacGyver

Vancouver Art Gallery: Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Continuum, Arrow, The X-Files, MacGyver (Photo: Lilly3/Stockphoto.com)

Vancouver Public Library: Double Jeopardy, Stargate SG-1, The Dead Zone, Smallville, Mr. Magoo (Photo: DannyC23/Stockphoto.com)

Vancouver Public Library: Double Jeopardy, Stargate SG-1, The Dead Zone, Smallville, Mr. Magoo (Photo: DannyC23/Stockphoto.com)

While strolling through downtown, you may feel the persistent tingle of déjà vu. Don’t worry: the architecture seems eerily familiar because for over a century, Vancouver has been used as a skilled stunt double in film. The city, which can replicate anywhere from Seattle to Mumbai to outer space, can be credited with many pivotal scenes in cinematic history. Vancouver follows Los Angeles and New York as the third-largest film production centre in the world—there is a catalogue of 20,000 locations for filmmakers to choose from. Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Convention Centre, Marine Building or Vancouver Public Library for a souvenir shot, and keep your eyes peeled for the many movies and TV shows currently in production. You might even make the blooper reel.


Skate in a Winter Wonderland


Glide gracefully at Robson Square

Glide gracefully at Robson Square

Join the swirl of circling ice skaters at the Robson Square Ice Rink (to Feb. 28), located in the heart of downtown. The alfresco activity is family-friendly and free, with skate rentals available for only $4. Plus, the clear dome overhead offers protection from the elements but still shows off the city’s twinkling lights. Afterwards, warm up frosty fingers with a hot drink from the concession. So go ahead and take a spin around the rink—or an arabesque if you’re feeling adventurous.

Tragically Hip – Fully & Completely

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Iconic Canadian rockers the Tagically Hip hit Victoria February 4 during their North American tour commemmorating the re-issue of the band’s celebrated Fully Completely album.

Audiences will enjoy Fully Completely – the Hip’s third full-length album – played in its entirety. Originally released in October 1992. the album reached No. 1 in Canada and went on to sell more than a million copies while spawning hit singles including Locked in the Trunk of a Car, Courage (for Hugh McLennan), At the Hundredth Meridian and Fifty Mission Cap and more.

The critically acclaimed five-piece group has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide, and earned 14 Juno Awards from more than a dozen recordings.

Queen West Restaurant The Good Son Aims to Please

(photos: Craig Moy)

(photos: Craig Moy)

Naming one’s business The Good Son implies a certain amount of geniality, and indeed, chef Vittorio Colacitti’s new Queen West restaurant aims to please—by drawing together the corners of the culinary world. A contestant on season four of Top Chef Canada, Colacitti applies the lessons of his varied cooking experiences—he’s worked in both fine-dining and corporate kitchens, and had stints at pizzerias in Toronto and Italy—to rise to the challenge of an ambitiously cosmopolitan carte that prioritizes seasonal and local ingredients, but uses them in dishes such as jerk shrimp, sarsaparilla side ribs and a half-dozen wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant’s large dining room is adorned with antique clocks, plates, photographs and other welcome reminders of home.  —Craig Moy

• The Good Son, 1096 Queen St. W., 416-551-0589; thegoodsontoronto.com
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VICTORIA: The city of romance

Victoria – long known as the City of Gardens – may well be gaining a second moniker: the City of Romance.

Topping a long list of recent accolades is Travel + Leisure magazine’s recent ranking of Victoria in the top 20 World’s Best Cities for Romance.

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Described as having picture-perfect mountain and ocean vistas, and a buzzing farm-to-table food scene, readers say lovers will feel a world away visiting Victoria.

Described as a European-looking Pacific Northwest destination with everything from whale watching to lush parks and unique dining, the region also grabbed third spot in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice survey for Best Romantic North American Getaway.

And Victoria’s list of romantic accolades continues to grow as Amazon.ca recently announced the city as winner of its Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada ranking for the second year in a row.

Balancing traditional romantic activities like horse-drawn carriage tours, afternoon tea and beautiful gardens, with unique experiences like outdoor adventure, stunning hikes and an amazing variety of local culinary opportunities, it’s no surpise to locals that the region is striking a chord with romantics.

So where do Victorians look to share a little romance? Here are a few of our favourites.

1. The jewel of Victoria’s extensive parks system, Beacon Hill Park is a mixture of formal and informal spaces filled with romantic spots, particularly in the late spring and summer when the gardens are in full bloom. Stroll the gently arched stone bridge across Goodacre Lake, climb Beacon Hill to soak in the views across Finlayson Point, take in a performance at the Cameron Bandshell or just relax with a picnic amid the blossoms – with beauty around every corner, a little romance isn’t hard to find!

2. From High Tea on the veranda overlooking the Inner Harbour to a martini in the Bengal Lounge, who can resist the charm of this grand dame of Victoria hotels, The Fairmont Empress? A tasting tour of some of Victoria’s celebrated Saanich Peninsula wineries offers a romantic escape through picturesque rural landscape, or head to the west coast community of Sooke to the culinary delights of Sooke Harbour House hotel, restaurant, gallery and spa, long considered one of the Capital Region’s most romantic spots. Perhaps consider a little Coastal Romance package from the spa…

3. A favourite among cyclists or those looking for a leisurely drive around the city, the views along the picturesque Scenic Marine Drive are unparalleled. Take a hand-in-hand stroll along the Causeway or West Song Walkway, or sit back and relax beneath a cozy blanket while Victoria Carriage Tours takes you on a horse-drawn tour of the city’s most romantic sites.

4. Consistently voted as one of the city’s favourite restaurants, Il Terrazzo’s infinitely romantic setting is ideal for a candlelit tête-à-tête beside a warm brick fireplace. For those with loftier goals, the twinkling lights and expansive views of the city are equally romantic at Vista 18, high atop the Chateau Victoria hotel.

 5. A rose by any other name….still smells sweeter when enjoyed with someone special. Victoria’s renowned gardens provide the ideal backdrop for romance, from the traditional Rose Garden in Oak Bay to the historic treasures at Abkhazi Garden, just minutes from downtown in the Fairfield neighbourhood. The Butchart Gardens is famous for its romantic setting, complemented by varied dining options, including afternoon tea and fine cuisine in the Dining Room Restaurant, offering views to the stunning gardens. Visit in the evening after June 15 and see the gardens in a whole new light with Night Illuminations, continuing through the summer.


Photo courtesy The Fairmont Empress