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Hot Shopping for June

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GIFTS THAT GIVE
The Pier 21 Gift Shop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration, on Marginal Road is the place to go for gifts from one of the city’s most unique museums. Get a ball cap for the kids, a book for the history buff, or a pewter gift for the collector. Its line of signature products, including mugs, passport covers, and key tags, are embossed with the museum’s logo.

At the Designer Craft Shop on Marginal Road, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council members display their works, including artistic etchings, silk clothing, and handmade jewelry. An expert jury approves every item in the shop.

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FRESH FROM THE SEA

Lobster is a treat year round, but pick up some fresh crustaceans at Clearwater on Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport for your summer gathering or barbecue. Other fresh offerings include clams, snow crab, scallops, shrimp, and masago. The airport location offers lobster securely and freshly packed for travel.

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LOVE LOCAL
Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique in Sunnyside Mall and the Hydrostone Market showcases boutiques of handmade goods, all produced by Maritime artisans. Its owners focus on a buy-local movement and source products such as funky art prints, whimsical handcrafted pillows, fashionable jewelry, and delicious food products.

To find local works of art, the AGNS Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street. Find unique and collectible pieces of sculpture, pottery, paintings and more. Maud Lewis is among the many local talents whose work is featured here.

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SUMMER STYLE

Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street has all the best summer dresses for any occasion. Find a basic style for everyday wear, flirtier frocks for weekends, or a cocktail dress for a wedding or other summer celebration. Choose from accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and hair pieces to complete your look.

Turbine on Upper Water Street or in Sunnyside Mall features the work of Canadian designer Lisa Drader-Murphy. There are dresses and tops for all tastes. Browse the belts, shawls, and skincare collection too. Try on the Zain dress, a innovative style that can be worn six different ways. Locally made jewelry and hats round out this boutique’s fare.

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BEST BAUBLES
Featuring designs by artists from Nova Scotia, Canada, and Israel, Bedazzled in Sunnyside Mall
offers eye-catching jewelry for your summer outfits. Look for brands such as Toni XO, Earth Goddess, and Wendy Jack. Occasional trunk shows give the designers a chance to show off their latest collections.

Hot Dining For June

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Photo: Jessica Emin

DRINK UP
Beer lovers rejoice! Jamieson’s Irish-House & Grill on Cumberland Drive in Dartmouth boasts 16 taps. Irish favourites share space alongside local craft beers from Propeller, North Brewery, Tatamagouche, and Unfiltered, as do house offerings Jamieson’s IPA and Jamieson’s Special Dark Ale.

Craft cocktails abound at Lot Six (page 61) on Argyle Street. The menu travels through space and time. The 1794 Fish House Punch from London, England, contains Appleton Jamaican rum, cognac, peach brandy, lemon, and black tea. Don’t miss oyster happy hour from 4pm to 6pm daily.

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Waffle Love on Kaye Street knows that a light, airy waffle is the key to culinary bliss. The compact menu features a traditional waffle with maple syrup, a fruit covered waffle, or sweet toppings like Skor or Oreo crumble.

For heartier fare, try the weekend brunch buffet at Athens Family Restaurant on Quinpool Road. Known for Greek cuisine, this casual spot presents an all-you-can-eat option starring breakfast stalwarts like bacon and eggs, alongside fresh fruit, perogies, fish cakes, Greek sausages, and more.

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ON THE RUN
Backoos Korean ToGo Food on Birmingham Street is a nook featuring only a counter and three stools for people awaiting pick-up orders. Deep-fried chicken dominates the menu, which also includes traditional sides like kimchi (fermented cabbage salad) and japchae (sweet potato noodles).

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BURGER BONANZA

Relish Gourmet Burgers celebrates local history with location-specific burgers at each franchise. Quinpool Road serves the Halifax Explosion topped with fresh pineapple, pancetta bacon, curried onion, and aged cheddar. At Larry Uteck Boulevard, diners can toast the street’s eponymous college-football coach with the Couch-U: topped with balsamic jalapeño blueberry preserves, bacon, crispy pickled peppers, and cheese curds.

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LET THEM EAT STEAK
Nothing says big night out like steak. The Keg on Market Street is a long-time favourite, known for classics like the applewood-smoked bacon wrapped tenderloin or the New York strip.

Candle-lit Cut Steakhouse on Salter Street presents USDA prime beef that’s aged and butchered in-house. The à la carte menu invites diners to add a range of sides to their steaks, from frîtes to bread pudding to pan-seared beets.

Hot Shopping for May

LOCALS LOVE IT
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Tom and Marla Dorward have owned Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street since 1971. Since then, they have provided musicians and music lovers in the city with a shop where stringed instruments are bought, sold, traded, and consigned. The knowledgeable staff can help clients shop for just about any instrument.

GET GIFTED
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Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road showcases the best work of more than 200 artisans from around the region in its store. Artisans include Cheticamp Hookers, Amos Pewter, Grohmann, Nancy Postman, and many others. Find products for the home such as dishes, cookware, and food, or products for yourself such as bath and body items and jewelry.
Kept Gifts and Housewares, an independently owned and operated boutique on Portland Street in Dartmouth, houses a vast and eclectic collection of handmade and local products. Much of the stock features a Maritime artisan flair. This is a source of well-crafted gifts perfect for any occasion.

SPRING BLING
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To add some heat to your spring wardrobe, visit Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street. Here, a team of resident goldsmiths will create a distinctive piece of jewelry for your collection. Bring in your ideas, photos, or magazine clippings to help make a piece that includes the best gold, silver, platinum, or gemstones. Designs are created using a combination of Old World techniques such as engraving and filigree with innovative technology.

CENTRE STROLLS

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Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth is one of the region’s largest shopping destinations. Anchored by The Bay, it boasts 120+ shops, including Winners and Homesense, Gap, Old Navy, Peoples, and Lush. Have a break at the food court on the third floor.
On the Halifax side, Halifax Shopping Centre
on Mumford Road is undergoing a transformation, bringing its guests a quality selection of shops and services, all within a new and bright renovated space. Retailers such as Mac, Sephora, Banana Republic, Hollister, and Michael Kors have all set up shop here.

Outdoors In

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It’s the perfect time of year to explore the great outdoors. Take it Outside in Dartmouth Crossing or Upper Water Street is the place to get geared up for those spring adventures. Suit up with jackets, pants, footwear, backpacks, and more.
Women on the go will love Lolë on Upper Water Street for its spring collection of active wear. Check out their line of organic cotton clothing with fresh looks for spring, including tanks, capris, jumpsuits, leggings, and tunics.

C IS FOR COOKIE
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If you love homemade baked treats, visit Susie’s Shortbreads on Upper Water Street and Chain Lake Drive. Take home a dozen cookies or cupcakes, a cake, candy, mini cheesecake, or a frozen treat. All of the sweets are baked from scratch using fresh ingredients. Cupcake batter and cookie dough are available, too, so you can make the treats at home

Hot Dining for May

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Selected by the editors as one of Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants for 2015, laid-back Primal Kitchen on Brenton Street features a dream menu for meat-lovers. Everything is house-made using primal cuts (the pieces first separated during butchering) of meat. Don’t miss the many craft beer options or the well-curated wine list.

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

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    Ready to up your date-night game? Stories restaurant at The Halliburton hotel on Morris Street presents a casual attitude amid an upscale environment. Start with rice paper wrapped scallops and finish with a decadent blackberry-brown butter tart.
    For an upbeat evening of eats and entertainment, try The Carleton Music Bar & Grill on Argyle Street. The menu features an eclectic mix of pasta, pub fare, and share plates. After you eat, stick around–this nightspot features live music and comedy shows.

    GRAB A GLASS
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    Irish pubs aren’t just for St. Patrick’s Day anymore. Drop into Durty Nelly’s for a local craft beer or a pint of Guinness and some hearty Irish nosh like stew or bangers and mash.
    Dartmouth visitors should try The Celtic Corner on Alderney Street for a friendly pint. A varied menu boasts savoury pies and pasta dishes. Stick around to watch the latest football match or some live Celtic music.

    AFTERNOON DELIGHT
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    Explore the Halifax Waterfront in the morning and stop at Bishop’s Landing for lunch. Its diverse eateries will suit any taste. Try Ristorante a Mano if you’re hungry for Italian cuisine, or Hamachi Steakhouse Bar & Grill for unforgettable Asian fusion fare. After lunch, grab a coffee at the Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar or cold-pressed juice at Juice Press Inc.

LET’S ROLL
Local chain Sushi Nami Royaleweb IMG_2985, located downtown on Dresden Row, is known for its fresh ingredients and varied menu of traditional Japanese fare. Try the okonomiyaki, an Osaka-style cabbage pancake served with mayo and miso soup.
Wasabi Sushi on Quinpool Road is a hit for its happy hour menu featuring two- and three-roll maki combos and deals on libations. The atmosphere at this cozy spot is a mix of simple modern style and Japanese accents.

LAZY SUNDAY
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Celebrate the weekend with a sumptuous brunch at Cora
(page 58) with locations around the city, including downtown on Dresden Row. Dishes at this spacious breakfast joint arrive piled high with artistically cut fruit. The popular eatery offers five locations in the municipality.

Stand-up city

web Bob Marleyweb JulieKimweb Dave HemstadThe Halifax Comedy Fest returns this month for its 21st year, showcasing top international comics alongside East Coast up-and-comers. From April 27 to 30, some 30 comedians will perform 14 shows at venues around the city.

Returning for his third appearance at the festival is Bob Marley. With a wry take on daily life, Marley is always a fan favourite. He hosts the All Star Show on April 28 at Casino Nova Scotia and performs at the Gala of Laughs on April 29 at the Spatz Theatre.

This year sees the return of another long-time favourite, as Rich Hall comes back to Halifax’s stages for the first time since 2007.

Rich Hall, along with his trademark sour expression and cantankerous gravelly voice, appears at the All Star Show on April 28 at Casino Nova Scotia and the Gala of Laughs Finale on April 30 at the Spatz Theatre.

Also on the calendar is two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Julie Kim. She’s a mainstay of the country’s stand-up circuit, appearing on national TV and radio, and plays shows from coast to coast. She performs at the Opening Gala, Laugh@Lunch, and Gala of Laughs.

Local fans are also excited to see emerging star Aisha Alfa at this year’s festival. Born in Nigeria and raised in Canada, she won Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job, was a finalist for NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, was one of the first Toronto Bob Curry Fellowship recipients from Second City, and was regional finalist for SiriusXM’s Canada’s Next Top Comic. Her TV appearances include The Second City Project, Superchanel’s Too Much Information, MTV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation, and the Emmy Award winning Odd Squad on PBS. She also co-hosted on Much Music’s Video on Trial.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes veterans Mark Critch and Cathy Jones—local favourites—along with Elvira Kurt, Tim Steeves, Trent McClellan, Chuck Byrn, John Sheehan, Erin Foley, Caitlin Langelier, Marito Lopez, Adrian Cronk, Chris James, John Cullen, Mayce Galoni, Graham Kay, Ivan Decker, Rob Bebenek, Jean Paul, Michelle Shaughnessy, and Nathan Macintosh.

Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street hosts the Opening Gala on April 27 and All Star Show on April 28, while the Spatz Theatre at Citadel High School on Bell Road is home to the Gala of Laughs on Friday, April 29 and Gala of Laughs Finale on April 30. The Lower Deck Pub in the Historic Properties hosts a double feature of matinee shows on April 30.

The festival also includes two nightly Not Made for TV shows at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel on Hollis Street from April 28 to 30. You can also sample the comedy with a free Laugh@Lunch show at the Halifax Central Libraryon April 29.

 

For tickets and schedule information, surf to halifaxcomedyfest.ca.

Hot Dining for April

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Towering cake slices and intricate cocktails top the menu at The Middle Spoon Desserterie and Bar Think of an old-timey speakeasy with dessert. Baked goods are made in-house and sure to delight. The cocktail list is extensive and loaded with fresh ingredients. The menu also features soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Styled like a sumptuous boudoir, The Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery does only one thing, and does it well. The flavour list is sizable, with a smattering of vegan and gluten-free options. Pair your dessert with some locally sourced java or a glass of milk.

Bar bites

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Craft beer and comfort food play well together at Stillwellon Barrington Street. This contemporary craft-beer haven is known its wide array of local brews and hard to find options from across the country. The food menu changes with the season and the burger is always a popular choice.  The Local on Gottingen Street boasts a warm pub vibe for a laidback hangout. In addition to carrying a house beer made by neighbouring Propeller Brewery, the menu features pasta dishes, pub grub, and plenty of vegetarian choices.

Catch of the day
Make a trek to Peggy’s Cove before tourist season heats up. After visiting the famous rocks, grab some grub at the Sou’Wester Restaurant and Gift Shop. This homey eatery is renowned for its seafood chowder and house-made gingerbread.Housed in a century-old former fire station, McKelvie’s Restaurantoffers familiar and novel seafood fare. An array of lobster and fish platters lets dinners try all that Nova Scotian seafood has to offer. Premium Black Angus steaks round out the menu.

Local favourite
A mainstay of the downtown dining scene, the Great Wall on Bedford Row has dished up Cantonese and Szechuan delicacies for some 30 years. Locals love the Dim Sum, served on Sundays from 11:30am to 3:00pm. Arrive early to ensure you eat your fill.

Editor’s choice

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A recent addition to downtown Dartmouth’s craft-beer scene, Battery Parkon Ochterloney Street brings two Halifax fixtures across the harbour and under one roof: beers from North Brewing Co.and eats from the culinary team at Brooklyn Warehouse. The menu stars mezes-style share plates that dinners can customize with breads, cheeses, meats, and seafood.

That’s using your noodle
Star Anise Vietnamese Noodle Restaurant is a simple spot specializing in big, steaming bowls of pho. Try it with rare beef, which cooks in the broth at your table, beef balls, or tripe. On the side you’ll find lime, fresh basil and coriander, green onion, bean sprouts, and hot sauce to make your bowl your own.

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

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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 Dining

By Janice Hudson

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Downtown at Gio on Market Street, Chef Bee Choo Chair gives traditional recipes an inventive new twist. Her 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 curated wine list and a creative mixed drinks menu.

SOUL FOOD

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As the weather turns chillier, cozy up in a booth at Stayner’s Wharf Pub and Grill. The menu here has plenty to keep you warm, including steak and chicken dishes, plus local fare like pan-fried haddock and curry-crusted salmon. Most evenings offer live music, too.

SEASONS CHANGE

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There’s a new executive chef in the kitchen at Seasons by Atlantica on Robie Street. Chef Daniel Orovec is passionate about showcasing local ingredients on his new menu, which includes seafood favourites such as bacon-wrapped scallops and seafood linguini with saffron cream. “It’s about supporting local food and letting good ingredients shine on their own,” he says.

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On Lower Water Street, McKelvie’s takes fresh seafood to new creative heights. Try the maple-roasted bacon wrapped scallops or the lobster poutine with hand-cut fries. The crunchy haddock is another top seller, with creamy BBQ sauce and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Specializing in thin crust, New York Italian-style pizza for over 20 years, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo in The Hydrostone has doubled its seating capacity thanks to a recent renovation. The restaurant kept its signature Italian-style décor and stucco walls, but it now has a sleek bar area serving local brews on tap.

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With chef Renée Lavallée at the helm, The Canteen on Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth serves up a flavourful array of sandwiches, salads, and take-out meals featuring fresh local ingredients. The bread is baked on-site, including gluten-free options.

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Specializing in Chinese cuisine since 1984, Great Wall, located downtown on Bedford Row, boasts robust Cantonese and Szechuan dishes such as Kung Po shrimp and Singapore vermicelli. Owner Patrick Wong also offers tasty Dim Sum on Sundays from 11:30am to 3pm.

Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART

Lovers of local art will enjoy the offerings at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Owner Jane MacDougald sources local artwork such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, and collectibles. The gallery also hosts art shows. Art consultation services, installation, and lease-to-purchase financing options available.

STOP AND SHOP

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• With more than 120 stores, Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth offers a variety of high-end retailers and special services perfect for seasonal shopping, anchored by iconic department store The Bay. Three floors of shops includes American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Bodyworks, Lush, and Forever 21.
• Situated in the West End, Halifax Shopping Centre is the city’s largest shopping mall with 160 stores and services. Shop for a winter wardrobe at Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, or Cleo. Find matching shoes and handbag at Aldo, Naturalizer, or Coach. One-stop-holiday shopping for everyone on your gift list.

GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

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P’lovers, with locations on South Park Street in Halifax and Queen Street in Dartmouth, is the perfect destination for the shopper who likes to make purchases that are sensitive to the Earth. The product line includes eco-friendly art, clothing, books, stationary, home décor, jewelry, and items for the outdoors.
• Since 1978, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road has been a big supporter of Atlantic Canadian artisans who make unique gifts and works of art. The selection includes pottery, glass, wood, pewter, jewelry, and food; you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

STORY SELLERS

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Woozles on Birmingham Street is Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore. It boasts shelves of books that inspire any imagination. Titles include those for baby’s first year of reading to those for young adults. Beyond books, Woozles hosts Battle of the Books, book clubs, book fairs, and more.
• For comic lovers, Strange Adventures, Comics and Curiosities on Prince Street in Halifax is a treasure trove of new and old comics, games, clothing, toys, and more. The award-winning comic book store also hosts Free Comic Book Day.

FULL OF FLAVOUR

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For the foodie on your shopping list, find savoury gifts of olive oil and vinegars at Liquid Gold in The Hydrostone and Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of the oils in store are ultra premium and made with the best crops in any season. The balsamic vinegars are made in a family-owned facility in Moderna, Italy. Pestos, tapenades, mustards, and confits will help finish off the shopping for any choosy cook.

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For gifts for those with a sweet tooth and a huge sense of fun, visit Freak Lunchbox at its Barrington Street location in Halifax or in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. This colourful store is bursting with nostalgic novelties such as Pez and Pop Shoppe. Grab a bag of bulk candies in myriad varieties or check out the bobbleheads of cultural icons.

 

‘Tis the season

By Trevor J. Adams

Parades, live theatre, concerts galore and more—Halifax is abuzz with Christmas magic.

November and December are lively months in Halifax, with dozens of special events to celebrate the holiday season. Read on for our favourites. With an exciting mix of traditional classics and new events, there’s plenty here for the whole family.

YULE PARTIES

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Holiday Parade of Lights. Photo: Will Roberts

The Holiday Parade of Lights on November 21 marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Halifax, as some 100,000 spectators line downtown streets to see dozens of floats and musical acts. Also on November 21,

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site hosts its annual Victorian Christmas, sharing Christmas traditions dating back to colonial days. The event continues on November 22.

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Victorian Christmas at Halifax Citadel. Photo: Parks Canada

Back downtown on November 28, Grand Parade square in front of Halifax City Hall hosts the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, a family-friendly celebration with live entertainment and a visit from Santa. The party moves across the harbour the next weekend, as the park at Sullivan’s Pond hosts the Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting on December 5, where the highlights include the Santa Claus Express Train and fireworks.

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Back for its 38th year, Christmas at the Forum is one of Canada’s largest annual indoor markets of its type, with some 450 vendors offering art, gifts, antiques, and food. The Halifax Forum on Windsor Street hosts on November 6 to 8.

THERE’S A SONG IN THE AIR

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Symphony Nova Scotia offers holiday concerts galore, with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on November 28 and 29, The Nutcracker (presented with Mermaid Theatre and Halifax Dance) on December 4 to 13, and Handel’s Messiah on December 18 and 19.

A King’s Christmas is back on December 13. A special guest narrator joins the King’s College Chapel Choir at All Saint’s Cathedral on Martello Street for seasonal songs and stories. Paul Halley directs.

The holidays get a Celtic twist on December 20, as the Barra MacNeils perform A Cape Breton Christmas at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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MAKING MERRY

Beloved humourist and storyteller Stuart McLean brings his Vinyl Café Christmas Show to the Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street on November 20. December sees the return of a popular holiday-themed comedy event on December 11 and 12. The annual Ha Ha Halidays event comes to the World Trade and Convention Centre on December 11 and 12, with a lineup that includes Australian funny guy Jim Dailakis and Newfoundlander John Sheehan.

PLAY ON

Neptune Theatre’s long-awaited holiday production begins on November 28. A Year With Frog and Toad brings Arnold Lobel’s character to the stage in a Tony-nominated musical. The holiday pantomime at Theatre Arts Guild is another seasonal mainstay. It’s always a lively, rollicking show with lots of audience participation. This year, The Emperor’s New Clothes runs from November 26 to December 12.

 

October Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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• Drala on Grafton Street is a favourite spot for those looking for gifts and items reflecting the contemplative lifestyle. Choose from meditation cushions and incense, Japanese teas, and beeswax candles to bring a peaceful energy to your space.
• Located in the recently renovated Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Pier 21 Gift Shop boasts unique gifts from around the world, Inuit carvings, traveller accessories, and much more.

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Specializing in head-to-toe service, The Unicorn in Bishop’s Landing caters to the best in women’s style. Locally owned and operated, shop for top brands such as Eliza Caveletti, Laurel, Peruzzi, Riani, and others. Browse the selection of fall and winter styles in handbags, jewelry, and clothing.

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Musicians and music lovers will enjoy a stop into the Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street. Stringed instruments are available for sale or on consignment. Bring your instrument in for appraisal or repair. The staff are all musicians and knowledgeable about music and the products they sell.

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Carrefour Atlantic and The Puffin Gallery on Upper Water Street offer one-of-a-kind gifts for discerning shoppers looking for something special. Featuring quality gifts such as literature, visual arts, and handicrafts produced in Atlantic Canada, Canada’s North and by First Nations communities.
• The artisans at Amos Pewter in the Historic Properties use traditional practices to handcraft molten pewter into designs that reflect the region’s beauty. Choose from modern and eclectic designs in collectibles, jewelry, home décor, and more.

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• Knitters will love the selection at LK Yarns in The Hydrostone in Halifax’s North End. This shop carries a large selection of yarns, as well as everything else you need for your knitting projects, such as patterns, needles, books, buttons, and baskets.
• Regardless of your skill level, The Loop on Barrington Street welcomes everyone to stop in to browse its selection of items for any project. Find natural yarns, fibres, and tools for crochet and felting projects. Sign up for a workshop to expand on your skill set.
• At Dartmouth Yarns on Portland Street, the motto is “it’s always sweater weather in Nova Scotia.” It has all the supplies you need to get started on your fall and winter sweaters and more. A class on knit therapy or crochet therapy is a great way to spend a blustery fall afternoon.

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Proud to be local, Dartmouth Clothing Co. has a selection of fun and comfortable t-shirts, baseball hats, tank tops, and posters, all featuring locally inspired logos and designs. Its products are available at Fresh Goods Sneakers and Apparel, Sugar Shok Candy Boutique, Biscuit General Store, Strange Adventures, and The Dart Gallery.

 

October Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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Held in cities across Canada, the Gold Medal Plates competition showcases top chefs, battling to crown gold, silver and bronze culinary teams. On October 29, eight Nova Scotian chefs will compete in Halifax, including Chef Terry Vassallo of Café Chianti, Chef Bee Choo Char of Gio, and Chef Mark Gray of The Brooklyn Warehouse. Visit www.goldmedalplates.com for tickets.

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At Stories, the intimate restaurant located at The Halliburton hotel on Morris Street, Chef Scott Vail’s inspired menu changes with the seasons. His mainstays include local game, lamb, seafood, and housemade charcuterie.

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A staple of Halifax’s West End dining scene for more than 30 years, Athens Restaurant on Quinpool Road boasts a menu of flavourful classic Greek dishes, including lamb souvlaki, moussaka and calamari. The space seats about 150 people and is a popular breakfast spot on the weekends.

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Baan Thai on Blowers Street has a fresh menu and colourful furnishings from Bangkok. Choose from any number of curries, Pad Thai or a special all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Fridays. The delicious menu offers spicy noodles, cashew chicken, shrimp cakes and spring rolls, plus much more.

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Photo: Kelly Neil

Photo: Kelly Neil

Chef Andrew Farrell of 2 Doors Down is making his mark on Nova Scotia’s dining scene, creating soulful recipes like deep-fried mac and cheese, and traditional potpie using fresh local ingredients. Find the restaurant in the heart of the downtown on Barrington Street.

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• Downtown on Prince Street, the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse is a large, three-room pub with live entertainment nightly and no cover charge. A great place to relax with friends, the Old Triangle has a classic pub menu and serves weekend brunch.
• Celebrating one year on Halifax’s brewpub scene, Gahan House is a popular destination in the picturesque Historic Properties. Choose from a range of Gahan’s own handcrafted beers on tap, including blueberry ale and Sir John A honey wheat ale.