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Tired of ill-fitting clothes, Halifax woman makes ‘head to toe’ wardrobe

Tired of ill-fitting clothes, Halifax woman makes ‘head to toe’ wardrobe

Erica Penton's goal is to never buy clothes again — not even her bras. The self-taught seamstress is on a quest to fill her closet entirely with clothes she made herself. Penton started making her own clothes several years ago, but got serious about replacing her entire wardrobe with self-made garments last August.
FRU-GAL: Flap or flop? Getting birdhouse venture off the ground a real adventure

FRU-GAL: Flap or flop? Getting birdhouse venture off the ground a real adventure

What is the opposite of hibernate? I don’t really know, but I feel like I’ve been doing just that. Instead of going into sleep mode for the winter, I’ve been hyperactive — building a brood of birdhouses. Hopefully, they will all fly the coop in the spring.
Nova Scotia-shot Weirdos heads into Sunday's Canadian Screen Awards with six nominations

Nova Scotia-shot Weirdos heads into Sunday's Canadian Screen Awards with six nominations

Cape Breton director Ashley MacKenzie is nominated for best director for Werewolf, her feature film debut, which earned a total of four nominations. The awards will be presented in a gala broadcast at 9 p.m. on CBC.
GLASS ACT: B.C. wines complement and contrast Nova Scotia vino

GLASS ACT: B.C. wines complement and contrast Nova Scotia vino

The camaraderie of spirit between B.C. wine folk and Team N.S. could be chalked up to a common coastal attitude. It could be that Nova Scotia's first strong presence at the international fair made it our debut of sorts and B.C. played the gracious party host. It could be, too, that the parallels in our provincial wine industries were a delight for us to discover.
Start spreading the news — Geordie Brown sings The Songs of The Rat Pack

Start spreading the news — Geordie Brown sings The Songs of The Rat Pack

The Dartmouth performer is backed by a four-piece band as he sings 25 songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.
Mike Bochoff Band provides welcome Distractions from end-of-winter blues

Mike Bochoff Band provides welcome Distractions from end-of-winter blues

Fresh from trip to Germany, Halifax songwriter serves up passionate new project, debut for GroundSwell Music.
Musical theatre retreat comes to Cornwallis

Musical theatre retreat comes to Cornwallis

The American Musical Theatre Academy, a full-time musical theatre school in London and New York, is holding a musical theatre retreat in Cornwallis this summer.
A’Court gives back with new scholarship

A’Court gives back with new scholarship

The Nova Scotia songwriter is creating a bursary to help music grads, and plant seeds for future generations of musicians.
Real life Ontario radio pioneer inspired The Girl With The Golden Ear

Real life Ontario radio pioneer inspired The Girl With The Golden Ear

For his latest play, Halifax writer Ryan Van Horne drew inspiration from Rosalie Trombley, who had a knack for picking hits. The Girl With The Golden Ear opens Thursday and runs to March 26 at Bedford Players.
Tale of N.S. boxer, a postwar romance and Disney musical top Merritt Award nominations

Tale of N.S. boxer, a postwar romance and Disney musical top Merritt Award nominations

Jacob Sampson's world premiere drama Chasing Champions earned nine nominations, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre's Liberation Days had eight and Neptune Theatre's Beauty and the Beast claimed seven nods to lead the Theatre Nova Scotia nominees.