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Kurdish-Syrian artist Janso Isso travels from the darkness to light

Kurdish-Syrian artist Janso Isso travels from the darkness to light

Kurdish-Syrian artist Janso Isso looks back at the war in Syria and forward to his new life in Nova Scotia in his solo exhibit Path to the Light at the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, 1891 Granville St., Halifax. He and his family came to Dartmouth last November sponsored by the Crichton Park Friends of Refugees.
Love comes with a cost in the postwar desolation of King of Berlin

Love comes with a cost in the postwar desolation of King of Berlin

Strong characters and songs make this Doppler Effect production a worthy entry into the Queer Acts Theatre Festival. The play examines the nature of love in a dangerous time, when those who celebrate affection in all its forms are literally under the gun, and the cruelty of a world where one must be prepared to kill or be killed in defence of the human heart.
Ron Sexsmith rides on into Nova Scotia for Halifax Jazz Festival, Sydney’s Makin’ Waves

Ron Sexsmith rides on into Nova Scotia for Halifax Jazz Festival, Sydney’s Makin’ Waves

A new album sees the singer-songwriter take more control in the studio, still seeking the ultimate in catchy adult pop perfection.
PHOTOS: Opening night at the Halifax Jazz Festival

PHOTOS: Opening night at the Halifax Jazz Festival

The Halifax Jazz Festival kicked off on Wednesday night with performances by reggae artists Jesse Royal and Jo Mersa Marley, the son of Stephen Marley and grandson of Bob Marley.
King of Berlin premieres at ninth annual Queer Acts Theatre Festival

King of Berlin premieres at ninth annual Queer Acts Theatre Festival

The ninth annual Queer Acts Theatre Festival, running Thursday through Sunday at the Bus Stop Theatre and Marquee Ballroom in Halifax, includes the return of The Doppler Effect with the world premiere of Kristin Slaney's King of Berlin, Halifax writer-actor-activist Hugo Dann's story of his life and a work called fried by local emerging queer artist Jade Bayer Peek, a Black and Mi'kmaw artist.
Singer-songwriter Shauf brings The Party to 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival

Singer-songwriter Shauf brings The Party to 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival

Carefully arranged, emotionally powerful pop gets a perfect setting for his sextet in St. Matthew's Church on Friday night
Land, fire and theatre make for thrilling experience at Ross Creek Centre for Arts

Land, fire and theatre make for thrilling experience at Ross Creek Centre for Arts

In Nothing Less!, the brand new play about 1918 Nova Scotia suffragists by bestselling author Ami McKay and Two Planks artistic director Ken Schwartz, as well as in Shakespeare's 400-year-old comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, women are pushed around by men in an established social order. They are fed up and want to change the direction of their lives.
The Northern Pikes forecast Big Blue Sky for Halifax in October

The Northern Pikes forecast Big Blue Sky for Halifax in October

The Prairie rockers celebrate their debut album's 30th anniversary with a tour stop at Casino Nova Scotia's Schooner Showroom.
N.S. Music Week brings everything from Celtic to metal to hip hop to Truro in November

N.S. Music Week brings everything from Celtic to metal to hip hop to Truro in November

The annual music conference and festival celebrates its 20th year with nearly 90 acts converging on the centre of the province.
Yar har har: Peter Pan flies again in funny, irreverent Point Pleasant Park show

Yar har har: Peter Pan flies again in funny, irreverent Point Pleasant Park show

Peter Pan is a great two-hour flight with strong leads, a driving plot, lots of swordplay and wordplay and good messages about growing up, knowing who you are and being a good friend. The Shakespeare by the Sea production runs to Sept. 3 in repertory with All's Well That Ends Well and, as of Aug. 4, Julius Caesar.