Nova Scotia

April 24, 1897 – The Halifax Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert at the Academy of Music. The orchestra – which included 18 strings (11 women), 8 woodwinds, 8 brass, and 2 percussion – played a Schubert memorial, including the Unfinished Symphony, as well as works by Weil. This first Halifax Symphony […]

Today in Canadian Art History: Halifax Symphony Orchestra Gave its ...

“Get ready for late nights! Great books abound among this year’s GG finalists and you won’t be able to put them down. Further proof of the prolific and potent Canadian literary scene.” – Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council for the […]

Canada Council for the Arts Announces Finalists for the 2013 ...

If there’s a Canadian artist who best fits the description of “underrated” it would be Halifax, Nova Scotia’s SJ the Wordburglar. The hip-hop artist (real name Sean Jordan Volpe) has been a regular fixture within the underground rap scene, along with his prolific crew known as Backburner. With a penchant for […]

URBAN/Intersection: SJ the Wordburglar

Just a few short weeks ago Claire Tacon had the pleasure of doing what so many writers dream, and stay up nights singing into their hairbrushes, about: she held her first novel in her hands. In the Field (Biblioasis, September 2011) centers on Ellie Lucan, a soil scientist who’s at […]

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Symphony Nova Scotia Season Launch 2010 I specifically mentioned in my first article that I would leave the debate on the issues that symphony orchestras are currently facing to the experts, but upon return to Toronto from Halifax, I could not help but report and dig deeper into the successes […]

Accolades: A Canadian Example of Symphonic Success