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9 things you need to know Wednesday 

With bad news for Barrington, GLAD tidings for Halifax trash.

click image The four men in the band Architek Percussion stand in a row, posing without instruments.
  • The Scotia Festival of Music is bringing Montreal’s Architek Percussion to Halifax. Thanks, Scotia Fest!

Generously, GLAD Canada is donating 400,000 free clear garbage bags to Halifax. The gifted bags will be distributed to residents in advance of HRM’s new garbage collections bylaws, which begin August 1. Regional Council voted unanimously for the reverse-corporate handout yesterday, which saves the city hundreds of thousands of dollars it would have otherwise spent delivering “sample” bags to residents. Read all about the new garbage bag limits and laws in our breakdown, and find out why Halifax needs sort its garbage better.

The Scotia Festival of Music runs until June 7, and the concerts are coming at you fast and furious. No excuse not to take in some sweet, sweet chamber music. One of this year’s special guests is Montreal’s Architek Percussion: Get the low down on their unconventional style from our story from 2013, and realize the claim “cool as heck” still applies.

Whitehorse are coming! OK, not until October 8, but it’s worth the wait, right? Plus, tickets go on sale this Friday so make like a scout and always be prepared (with a ticket).

Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Theatre Festival lineup is chock-a-block. This June 17-28, fill your theatre cup to the brim and chug, chug, chug.

Wanna know what “very pop, a little hip-hop, a little sporty and definitely Korean-influenced” fashion sense looks like? Check out photographer Meghan Tansey Whitton’s latest street style subject.

The city of Halifax is seeking an artist from the LGBTQ community with a great idea for public art for one of three entrance plazas to the new North Park intersection redesign. It’ll be sandblasted into the concrete! Now that says something about art’s permanence.

Beautiful boutique J&R Grimsmo announced this week that it is closing its doors for good. This is horrible news for Barrington Street.

+2 Sure Things
Dara Birnbaum, one of Anna Leonowens Gallery’s summer visiting artists, will lecture today at 5:30pm in the Bell Auditorium. Birnbaum’s exhibition features two of her earliest single-channel video works, created while she was teaching at NSCAD from 1978-79. From the Anna Leonowens site:

“During this time, the first real development of a media program and film screenings, along with a cable-TV show, were developed at NSCAD. It is Birnbaum’s firm belief that the atmosphere of NSCAD and the Gallery were inspirational to her, allowing for the development of the very beginning of her formidable career.”

Interested in meeting a group of friendly people having lively conversations about all things green? Tonight is May’s edition of Green Drinks, an informal hang for folks concerned about the environment.

To tide you over until tickets go on sale Friday, here's a little something from Whitehorse.

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