The Coast is back with the 26th annual Best Of Halifax readers' survey results

Special for this pandemic year, the theme is reasons we love the city.
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Going viral as virus therapy

In a time when, as we heard from readers in the survey, the social part of social media became ever more important, Halifax's love for TikTok hit the mainstream.

Our not-so-secret garden

How a gate at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street became a magic portal for all of us.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden,” wrote author Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911.

The Haus of Rivers runs through it

The Halifax drag queens on a path to world domination share their top makeup tips.
High-energy dancing, planned choreography, stunts and on point lip syncing are just a few things you can expect when you go to a Haus of Rivers drag show.

David Bowie’s son traces Canadian heritage through Pier 21

The Scotiabank Family History Centre helped Duncan Jones find the Canadian link.
On Thursday, the child of legendary rockstar David Bowie tweeted about Halifax’s own immigration museum, Pier 21. Filmmaker Duncan Jones, 49, is the only child of Bowie and his first wife Angie (nee Barnett), who were married from 1970 to 1980.

Our Artists Matter is a rallying call, not a reminder

The live-streamed performance re-centers the BIPOC communities that created drag in the first place.
Our Artists Matter: A Qtbipoc Pride Show

The North American Indigenous Games bring the mawiomi home

This month, the largest sporting event the Maritimes has seen since European contact was supposed to take over the city: 5,250 athletes from 756 Indigenous nations were ready to compete in 16 sports as part of the North American Indigenous Games.

Stop making Indigenous voices calendar dependant

Sunday is National Indigenous People's Day, but the celebration feels hollow, says Rebecca Thomas.
Here we are: Another June.

O funding, where art thou?

How are all levels of government going to support the arts sector? And is what they're doing enough?
By now, 10 weeks in, it’s a sadly familiar scene for artists in all mediums: Galleries closed; tours and performances cancelled; revenue drying up quicker than a puddle on a hot, late-May sidewalk.

Nick Nemeroff tells us a joke

The comedian that's been on Conan tides you over until his next Halifax show with some LOLs.
Nick Nemeroff learned what makes a good one organically, working at Just For Laughs in Montreal and taking note of what was cutting it up onstage. Soon, the stand-up was diving headfirst into open mic nights, moving to Toronto to follow in the footsteps of indie comics like Chris Locke and Sara Hennessey.

Bring Halifax culture home with our arts streaming guide, April 27-May 3

Halifax and Halifax-connected Sure Things to enjoy from a safe social distance.
Monday, April 27 Trivia for Shut-ins

I miss all my people. I miss the people who aren’t my people.

Halifax poet Sue Goyette's journal of these socially distanced times.
Editor's note: When lauded Halifax poet Sue Goyette—the Masterworks Award-winning author of seven books—offered to share what she, in an email, called "a strange diary I've been keeping," we knew it'd be full of the sort of beauty and strangeness and jumping-off-the-screen aliveness needed in this time of stale air and cramped quarters. These days life feels, more than ever, to be about the little things; but Goyette reminds us it's also about the strange things, the things that fill us with wonder—and perhaps most of all, the things left unsaid.

Six ways to broaden your mind wider than social distance requirements

Your body might be atrophying on the couch but your brain doesn't have to.
So here you are, googling work-from-home hacks; making your own sourdough starter; generally trying to figure out what our new normal looks like as the province enters a state of emergency and COVID-19 continues to shake our world. You're bored or busy with remote work or maybe both.

State of the arts

Why did it take a global pandemic for us to start seriously talking about cultural funding?
Why do you live in Halifax?

Going out this weekend? Read this first

Many events are being cancelled and postponed in the wake of COVID-19 concerns.
Hours ago, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer Robert Strang said at a press conference that while there's no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province yet, he expects the virus will arrive here eventually. In the meantime, he urges that public gatherings must be kept to a maximum of 150 people.

Take a look at HFX Wanderers FC's new kits for the 2020 season

A trip to Italy, an anthem waveform and blue, because, the ocean.
Nothing screams "Halifax" like wearing a jersey with a literal waveform of "Barret's Privateers" across the front—and HFX Wanderers FC's new jerseys do it well.

First look: Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life

Take a trip to ancient Egypt thanks to the new, world-travelling exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.
Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life Feb 22-Jun 21, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street

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