Get ready for lake season with Makenew's swimsuit pop-up

She suits, she scores.
Dive into summer head-first with some brand-new, locally made swimmers. Tonight Makenew (2698 Agricola Street) is summoning warm weather by hosting a Summer Swim Pop-up (Friday, May 18th from 8-10pm) with jams from DJ T-Woo, seasonal refreshments and special guests.

Twelve fit-for-royalty weekend picks

While Meghan Markle cinches her princess status, we've got a host of ways to feel like a royal this Victoria Day holiday weekend—from traditional tea at the Lord Nelson to witnessing art rock queen Jasmyn Burke and her band Weaves at The Seahorse. Read on to make the most of the best days of the week.

Q+A: Art Pays Me designer Duane Jones on creativity and starting conversations

"If people feel uncomfortable I don’t mind that."

Halifax cosplaying an accepting community

Transgender cosplayer Rae O'Neil says the local geek community is a welcoming and liberating space.
Rae O’Neil is dressed in an outfit based off a mash-up of two Final Fantasy characters.

Makin’ it New: Creating Sustainable Fashion Before it was Cool

How Anna Gilkerson went from selling her own clothes online to building a curated thrift empire.
“A challenge is not the challenge itself, but how you respond to it,” Anna Gilkerson says, eight years after starting her curated thrift shop. She says her responses have evolved since the beginning of Makenew, knowing that no matter what challenge she faces, she is contributing to the ever-growing sustainable fashion movement every single day.

Guided Tour - Hydrostone

Make plans for wealth

Venus Envy is turning 20

And it wants to celebrate with you
“It’s pretty amazing for any small business to hit 20 years and I feel particularly proud a business like ours has been able to last so long. It speaks to something special about Halifax, it supports small businesses and people looking for products like ours,” says Marshall Haywood of Venus Envy’s (1598 Barrington Street) big anniversary.

Halifax auditor general blasts woeful procurement process at city hall

Contracts awarded and extended without proper approval, high risk of fraud and a muddied scoring system just some of the dangers flagged.
A year after discovering a half-million-dollar case of vendor fraud, HRM’s procurement policies remain dangerously unguarded.

Central Nova Correctional Facility unveils $6.8-million renovations

Open concept “day rooms” and body scanners will better monitor inmate population, says prison officials.
Burnside’s prison is hoping to shed its infamous and violent reputation with the help of an expensive makeover. The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility gave a media tour of its $6.8-million renovations Tuesday morning.

Raise your glasses, Drink Atlantic Cocktail Festival debuts this June

It's a Coast/Clever Barkeep joint
Just when you thought your thirst for summer couldn't be any greater, here's something else to look forward to. From June 7 through 9, your pals over here at The Coast and The Clever Barkeep's Matt Boyle and Jeffrey Van Horne are celebrating our region's cocktail culture with the first ever Drink Atlantic Cocktail Festival.

Your 2018 Atlantic Book Award winners

Thirteen awards were handed out last night at Paul O'Regan Hall to the authors, illustrators and publishers representing the best of the past year in Atlantic Canadian literary offerings.

Rich Aucoin bike blog # 5: Elk City to Oklahoma, OK

Remember that it’s all luck; we can only try to give ourselves more chances to obtain those lucky breaks. Anyone claiming to have accomplished something others consider great from their sheer will-power is either in some narcissist delusion or is failing to see all the variables surrounding them and their position.

Praise these 12 weekend picks

Rihanna wowed at the Met Gala and now the pope of pop gets a tribute night at Lion & Bright. Equally fashionable things to do?

Smudge for sale

Selling Indigenous medicine and ceremony intends to profit off of another person's pain.
I learned to pick my medicines from my white, Acadian stepmother.

Riot Pixie Boutique is ready to rock

Fun stuff headed for Paddler's Cove
When Kristin MacLean got sick of shopping online, she did something about it. After two years of planning a way to share her love for everything “punkabilly”, she’ll open Riot Pixie Boutique this summer at Paddler’s Cove, overlooking Lake Banook.

Agricola Street Brasserie debuts a new rooftop bar

Billow Bar is all about booze and barbecue.
The folks behind Agricola Street Brasserie (2540 Agricola Street) and Little Oak (1475 Lower Water Street) are adding something extra to their repertoire. Just in time for patio season, the Brasserie’s upstairs patio will now be known as Billow Bar Rooftop Cocktails & BBQ, a sunny spot to drink, eat and eat some more.

City hall employees protest racism in the workplace

Municipal workers claim little has changed since a 2016 report called out HRM for a culture of intolerance and lack of diversity.
The municipality admits it’s not going a good enough job in creating a diverse and supportive work environment, and is promising—once again—to do better. The acknowledgement comes after 20 public employees demonstrated outside City Hall on Tuesday in protest of racial discrimination inside HRM’s workforce.

Cornwallis Street Baptist Church is now New Horizons

Historic African Nova Scotian house of worship changes its name to “better reflect the church’s values.”
The former Cornwallis Street Baptist Church will now be known as New Horizons Baptist Church. Members voted on the new designation, which still needs to be approved by the Registry of Joint Stocks, after service this past Sunday.

Breach teen is free!

Halifax police have no grounds to lay charges against the 19-year-old railroaded by the province for its lacklustre FOI site security.
The teenager who helped expose Nova Scotia's embarrassing cybersecurity fail is a free man. Halifax Regional Police have concluded an investigation into the data breach of the province's Freedom of Information web portal and have determined there are no grounds to lay charges.

Your 2018 East Coast Music Award winners

After kicking off Wednesday evening on the waterfront, the ECMAs  coasted to a gentle finish in a downtown Halifax hotel last night. The festival has tweaked its handout system over the years, moving the big show early in the fest (this year it was Thursday), experimented with giving out individual awards at late-night showcases (terrible) and this year moved the traditional industry brunch to an evening celebration (we'll see if that sticks).

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