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Best Newspaper Writer 

Stephen Cooke

When the multiple Best of Halifax winner and arts writer for the Herald is contacted, he’s in his office enjoying the new Lindsay Buckingham record. “I once made a Fleetwood Mac mix tape of just Buckingham-written songs,” he says. “They definitely get weirder as you go along.” He speaks well of the program at the Atlantic Film Festival this year, where he tried to see things he figures would probably not get a release in theatres here, such as the Australian family drama The Black Balloon, the kooky dystopia comedy Visioneers, and the local “philosophical comedy sketch film… that worked” called Random. He’s stoked to see the Neil Young concert at the end of November, and enjoying new releases by local lights Husband & Knife, Fall Horsie and Garrett Mason.

1st Runner-up: Stephen Kimber, The Coast

2nd Runner-up: Tim Bousquet, The Coast

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