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Ten super sunny weekend picks 

Summer might be slipping by but sandcastles, celebrity pups and critically-acclaimed rockers will help make the most of what's left.

Anguish and Rapture
Thursday // Friday
Hannah Genosko takes us on a tour of the gallows of her imagination, exploring experiences of revelation through the perspective of invented, outsider artist Elevia Anne Mitchell. The result? Eerie, scratchy, mixed-media work that blurs the line between religious fervor and mental illness.

Summer Cafe Con
If you love board games (no, like, REALLY love them) you better set your Sunday alarm a little earlier for this tabletop gaming session that sees mini-tournaments and events take over the Board Room's Halifax location.

The Olate Dogs will conga-line through your heart, we swear (see 1). - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
  • The Olate Dogs will conga-line through your heart, we swear (see 1).
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Pug party
OK, pugs! Time to take your humans for a walk downtown for this pug appreciation session that features dog treats, pug-themed art and more. (This will also help cure your cuteness hangover if you see the Olate Dogs on Friday- read 1 for more.)

Clam Harbour Beach sandcastle competition
Head to Clam Harbour Beach for this annual gathering that sees the best that sand architects can build! Amateur hour, it ain't.

Twenty four hour 'zine challenge
Saturday // Sunday
Have a 'zine idea you've been dreaming of making a reality? Swing by the Anchor Archive Zine Gallery (a corner of Radstorm's space) for a chill crafternoon filled with workshops.

Afraaz Mulji's piano skills are sure to dazzle (see 4). - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
  • Afraaz Mulji's piano skills are sure to dazzle (see 4).
  • Submitted photo.

OVAV w/Cringeworthy, Last Call Chernobyl, Dirt Stache
OVAV (some fans may remember the band's long-form name, Of Vice and Virtue) and Dirtsache celebrate the release of their split EP with this show of hard-grinding guitars.

Purist beware!
In one of his final Halifax shows, classical prodigy Afraaz Mulji goes a slight shade of punk by throwing out his book of standards and instead creating on-the-spot tunes.

Willie Nile Band w/James Maddock
Two New York rock'n'roll legends take over The Carleton for this no-holes-barred show. Haven't heard of Willie Nile? The Carleton shares his resume best: "The New York Times called Willie Nile 'one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.' His album Streets Of New York was hailed as 'a platter for the ages' by UNCUT magazine." Wowza!

Live with Black Power Hour
Kicking off Sankofest, a celebration of Black brilliance created by Halifax's Black Lives Matter reading group, is this live radio show hosted by poet and activist El Jones.

The Olate Dogs
These adorable rescue pups were the proud winners of America’s Got Talent, and a look at their impressive live show—including conga lines, feats of agility and strength and a surprising sense of rhythm—explains why. VIP ticketholders get to meet the dogs, so don’t sleep on that.

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