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The mayor’s concert diary 

Editorial by Kyle Shaw

In response to a timeline being circulated by Events Halifax, Peter Kelly is releasing excerpts from his 2007 personal diary.

January 19I'm busy performing a Stationery Supply Inventory when Fred MacGillivray bursts into my office. He says Events Halifax has a chance to book Soul 2 Soul for a September 1 concert on the Common. I've already committed to serve tea at the Carroll's Corner Community Centre that day, but Jazzie B. is a personal hero of mine. Dilemma.

January 22427 paper clips in my desk drawer, up from 386 last January. We'll move some serious paper this year.

February 2Halifax is awarded the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Now that's an event worth supporting, sure to include lots of local athletes and parents—potential voters one and all. Which reminds me, I need to get an atlas and find out more about this Commonwealth thing.

February 14I wander over to the Trade Centre building to drop in on MacGillivray. He gets confused when I offer to let Jazzie B. stay at my house, and starts talking about Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I go through 20 years of city personnel files but can't find either of them.

February 15They're singers who might go to Moncton! (Thanks, Crystal.) MacGillivray was offering an olive branch by inviting me.

February 16A day straight from heck. MacGillivray is trying to bring Hill and McGraw to Halifax—their show is called Soul 2 Soul—and just because I don't share his enthusiasm he's treating me like lumps in the batter. When he asks if that's me singing "Back To Life" on the city's phone system's hold music, I feign a coughing fit and run from the room.

February 27Did you know Tuvalu is in the Commonwealth? And how many of my taxpayers live in Kiribati? I've called an emergency meeting of the finance department to find out.

March 6Council accepts a report about how the city should deal with concerts in future. People involved with last September's Rolling Stones concert thought things would have been easier without so much government rigamarole. As if there could ever be enough hoops to jump through. Where do they think accountability comes from? The report says council should sign an agreement giving MacGillivray and his Events Halifax crew the leading role for planning new concerts. We won't actually be signing that "memorandum of understanding" until April 16, so I've got 37 days to do things my way.

March 8Taking my endodontist's advice, I call The Who's management to book (is it a him? a band? a her?) for a concert. Management tells me Who already said no to Events Halifax. I respond that I'm in charge and I don't take no for an answer. That seems to work. And me and premier Rodney cancel the Commonwealth Games bid. I'm done losing sleep over Nauru's netball team.

July 5MacGillivray! His behind-the-scenes timeline blames me for Halifax not getting The Who or Justin Timberlake or Elton Joel or the other Soul 2 Soul. What a darn pain in the rump.

July 6A mayor's gotta do what a mayor's gotta do. Like the Herald quoted me in the paper today, "This is not about me. It's about the municipality. And it's not about politics. It's about stepping forward and continually doing what I have been doing in the seven years since I've been here."

Now I must get back to counting the grains of sand on Blackrock Beach. Respectfully, I remain.

What D-list act would you like to see on the Common? Tell me at: editor@thecoast.ca.

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