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Get your DIY-on at Canzine East this Saturday, October 20 at Saint David's Church (1537 Brunswick). Thanks to the combined efforts of Broken Pencil Magazine, Halifax Pop Explosion and local keepers of the indie spirit, Anchor Archive Zine Library, Canzine is the place to find a sweet patch for your homemade bag, buy a new book, show off your drawing prowess and hang with the cool, smart kids.

In the spirit of DIY, there are a bunch of workshops, including a "Make your own merch" at 2:30pm with Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective (don't forget to bring a t-shirt), then learn how to create Diary Comix with Portland zinester Shawn Granton at 4:30pm. Pop into the Video Booth with Anchor Archive artist-in-residence Simone Rosenburg, where you can either speak your mind or become an on-the-spot interviewer, kinda like Oprah, just without all the insincere self-congratulations.

Canzine runs from noon to 6pm. Five bucks gets you in the door, and a copy of the new issue of Broken Pencil.

String art

Ever wonder what happens to rundown musical instruments once their Cs are no longer sharp? Thanks to Symphony Nova Scotia's inventive fundraising sale and auction, unusable instruments are given new life in the hands of artists. Symphonic Art: Old Instruments Transformed draws from an incredible roster of artists, including Rose Adams, Louise Baker, Jeffrey Cowling, Phillip Doucette, Gerald Ferguson, Enrique Ferreol, Leola LeBlanc, Zehava Power and candice prior.

SNS committee chair Laurie Cruess says, "The artists are such generous people. That's been the best part—it's a wonderful collaboration from many parts of the community." The instruments were also donated from the general public. "They were found in the street, tossed out, found in basements," says Cruess. "But we made sure that they were no longer useable or playable, because there are needy children who don't have access to instruments. Basically they had to be totalled." From the demoed instruments, artists deconstructed or painted pieces to create 40 pieces of jewellery, furniture, sculpture and other art. A clarinet's keys became a necklace, its barrels, salt and pepper shakers.

Some of the works are on view in the Mills Brothers' front windows until October 20. The party, sale and auction are at Martello Condominiums,1550 Dresden Row. Tickets are $15 (421-1300, ext. 231), but only 75 are available, so hurry!

You're the best. No, you are.

So many congrats, so little column space, so here's a big foam #1 hand to the following: Team Halifax for winning the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, especially to El, who, according to reports, gives new meaning to The Vagina Monologues.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia director and chief curator Jeffrey Spalding's appointment as president and CEO of the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Glynis Humphrey and Elizabeth Goluch, along with Georgette LeBlanc, Lorraine Field and John Little, finalists for this year's Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. And we haven't forgotten Portia White Prize nominees Joleen Gordon, John Little and Alan Syliboy.

Don’t get tripped up, email arts news to suec@thecoast.ca.

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