Peggy Walt 
Member since Jan 9, 2013

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Re: “Pause the presses

Dear The Coast - somehow, your news has hit me harder than almost everything we've been hearing and experiencing thus far. The Coast never closes down! You have been there for us, through thick and thin, good times and bad. Certainly not everyone has always agreed with everything, and that's what makes it interesting reading. You gave us our community. You put us out there, with all the warts, and all the glory. There has been nothing like you, as you know, and even with diminished pages, your connection to the local scene, especially to the arts, has never waivered. Of course it makes sense that all of this is hitting you very hard - but that's how much you have been melded into our community, that it seemed unthinkable you could be sinkable. Much love and much appreciation for all your coverage and for staying in print - we love you!!

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 03/19/2020 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Tenants organize against Park Victoria’s pest problem

That sounds like an awful situation for all the tenants and must have spillover impact on the related businesses who must be worrying (restaurant, e.g.). We need massive public education for incoming students on how their poor garbage habits are impacting this whole city. Why are landlords in student houses not giving them better information on their responsibilities and then checking/cleaning up their messes? We all have to live with the resulting rodents/bugs. Almost every rental unit in the university neighbourhoods has a pest box outside but that's not enough. Secure your garbage, dispose of it properly and clean up your messy kitchen! And then...this landlord needs to take responsibility for the mess it's allowed to be created and clean it up.

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 09/27/2018 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Why Schmidtville matters

Very well spoken! Long live Schmidtville and other precious neighbourhoods! Thank you for your considerable efforts on behalf of all HRM residents. Love walking through this neighbourhood.

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 07/27/2018 at 1:39 PM

Re: “What use would you like to see for the old Spring Garden Road library?

Actually, my dream is that it will become the home of Halifax's first (finally!) Performing Arts Lodge and the Atlantic location for the Canadian Music Centre, with offices for arts organizations, and a great concert venue on the first floor - apartments for senior artists upstairs! Let's talk, Waye Mason...

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 08/17/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Mending fences at Pride

Nope, the point of view of the dozens of people from Halifax's Jewish community who showed up and did not support the anti-Israel motion.

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 07/21/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Mending fences at Pride

"During the AGM, an anti-pinkwashing motion was brought forth by members of Queer Arabs of Halifax was voted down by attendees, many of which were believed to come from outside the LGBTQ+ community. One major point of controversy was the presence of materials from the Size Doesn't Matter campaign at Pride's community fair. The materials championed Tel Aviv as a queer-friendly city, but QAH and other community members raised concerns about dismissing the struggle of queer Palestinians living under the occupation of Israel."

Did you talk to anyone from the "attendees" who happens to be Jewish for this story? There is another point of view.

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 07/20/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Trudeau pinkwashing Pride parade

Hi there - a few definitions for the word "Gaggle" below:
1
: flock; especially : a flock of geese when not in flight compare skein
2
: a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization a gaggle of reporters and photographers
3
: an indefinite number participated in a gaggle of petty crimes

Not sure that members of the Jewish community of Halifax are winged, and pretty sure we aren't engaging in any petty crimes, so that must mean we're the group lacking organization. No-one can accuse the Jewish community of being homogenous...and many different points of view were expressed by the straight, queer, Holocaust survivor related, Rabbis, affiliated, and non-affiliated Jews present at the AGM. But there was a pretty united viewpoint, and it's this: there should be no room for anti-semitism at a gathering that states it's for all. But instead, Pride should "do a better job of listening to the concerns of Black, Indigenous and Muslim individuals." Jews needs not apply, I guess. And personally I welcome our PM to show his love and support for Pride. Maybe Halifax's Jews will even feel safe walking with him.

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Posted by Peggy Walt on 07/19/2017 at 12:23 AM

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Re: “Music of the Spheres

Halifax Camerata Singers presents two performances of its final self-presented concert in the 2018-19 Look Up Into the Heavens season with Music of the Spheres, a multi-media event of music from across the centuries, taking place in both Halifax and Lower Sackville. Music of the Spheres features acclaimed singer/songwriter Ben Caplan, as special guest narrator, with projected images of space and the planets. Concerts are Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Paul ORegan Hall, Halifax Central Library, and Sunday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Knox United Church in Lower Sackville.

Some of the featured composers are Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Eleanor Daley, Eriks Esenvalds, Ola Gjeilo, Frank Ticheli, Kathleen Allen and Laura Hawley. Ben Caplan will provide narrations of poems and other writings that complement the ethereal nature of the music, with readings ranging from American poets Wendell Barry, Elizabeth Bishop, and Canadians Lucy Hach, Lorna Crozier and Marjorie Pickthall, to an astronauts thoughts on home while watching the cosmos from space. Artistic Director Jeff Joudreycommented on the program: I want the audience to be able to relate to the harmonic structures of the pieces so what they experience the beauty of the texts combined with lush harmonies and gorgeous images on the screen.

Who better to deliver these moving texts than award-winning singer/songwriter Ben Caplan, with his unmistakable and powerfully resonant voice? Described as a songwriter, performer and entertainer in the most time-honoured sense of the word, from the moment he walks onto the stage, you are filled with his infectious spirit, and captivating presence. In his latest project, Caplan explores themes of immigration, loss, darkness, love, sex, and God. Caplan is touring with a fresh batch of songs which were originally composed for a new musical play called Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. The award winning play had its international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won top festival honours, and has been a smash hit. The play has toured internationally including a seven-week run Off Broadway where it picked up a New York Times Critic's Pick, and six Drama Desk Award nominations, among other accolades.

Between performances of the play, Caplan has been hitting the road to play concerts across Europe, Australia, and North America with a new line-up of musicians. The music from his theatre production has been turned into his third studio album, Old Stock. The sound is rooted in Caplan's resonant baritone voice, supported with the sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional banjo and acoustic guitar. More information at www.bencaplan.ca.

Founded by Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey in 1986, Halifax Camerata Singers includes performers from many parts of Nova Scotia, and is Atlantic Canadas leading chamber choir. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, the Province of Nova Scotia/Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and individual donors and corporate supporters, the choir has distinguished itself by performing exciting choral repertoire from many periods and styles, with special attention to Canadian music. Winners of Music Nova Scotias Best Classical Recording in 2016, and nominated for an ECMA in the same category in 2017, the choir also won the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the 2010 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choir. Camerata often collaborates with chamber ensembles, Symphony Nova Scotia and other musicians. Their five recordings are for sale at the Symphony Nova Scotia Boutique, Taz Records, online and through iTunes, and are distributed through Naxos of America, Inc. through Halifaxs Leaf Music catalogue. Halifax collaborative pianist Lynette Wahlstrom accompanies the choir.

Tickets
Tickets for Music of the Spheres are on sale now through Ticket Halifax and are $35 regular, $30 senior, and $20, student/under-waged. Please go to www.tickethalifax.comto purchase. Or visit The Coast offices at 2309 Maynard Street, Halifax.

Information: contact1986@halifaxcamerata.org, find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or www.halifaxcamerata.org.

Posted by Peggy Walt on 02/27/2019 at 11:20 PM

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