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Jonathan Torrens leads all-star East Coast entertainers helping Fort Mac evacuees

Jonathan Torrens leads all-star East Coast entertainers helping Fort Mac evacuees

Joel Plaskett’s familiar ode to Halifax, Love This Town, includes the oft-quoted line about how “there’ll be drinks on the house, when your house burns down.” But over the past few days, East Coast entertainers have taken that sentiment to the next level with regard to Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees. Enfield rapper Classified is giving proceeds from his new single with David Myles, Work Away, to Canadian Red Cross relief efforts, and the pair hosts a benefit on Friday at the Fleet Club.
Studio Black!, Across The Line among Screen N.S. award winners

Studio Black!, Across The Line among Screen N.S. award winners

Cory Bowles almost missed the announcement that Studio Black! won the Screen Nova Scotia Award for best television series on Saturday night.
Port Cities brighten up CBC Searchlight finalists

Port Cities brighten up CBC Searchlight finalists

Cape Breton pop trio Port Cities has a weekend packed with anticipation lined up, playing two shows during a busy Canadian Music Week in Toronto followed by Monday’s wrap-up of public voting in the CBC Music Searchlight competition for new talent.
Bluenose authors Maybee, Mian winners at book awards

Bluenose authors Maybee, Mian winners at book awards

Despite a big binder filled with rejection letters she collected in her teens, 20s and half of her 30s, Sarah Mian never doubted she would be a writer. She was right. Her debut novel When the Saints was published in January 2015. And on Wednesday night, Mian’s tale of a fractured and flawed Nova Scotia family was a double award winner at the Atlantic Book Awards in Moncton.
Royal Wood shines Ghost Light on East Coast

Royal Wood shines Ghost Light on East Coast

There’s nothing supernatural about the songs on the new Royal Wood album Ghost Light, but they do have a glow about them. The dapper alternative-pop crooner clearly felt haunted by the ideas behind the songs, as they came into being unexpectedly during a trip to Los Angeles.
Composer Blais' voice not forgotten at ECMAs

Composer Blais' voice not forgotten at ECMAs

Jerome Blais, a professor of composition and music theory at Dalhousie University, is one of five composers nominated for the ECMA for classical composition of the year.
Matt Andersen reveals more of his political side in latest songs

Matt Andersen reveals more of his political side in latest songs

By STEPHEN COOKE / Local Xpress Matt Andersen has always used his muscular voice to speak from his heart and soul, but his latest album Honest Man expands on another internal aspect as he devotes much of its running time to singing from his conscienc
A good role: Dartmouth dancer glows in Sleeping Beauty

A good role: Dartmouth dancer glows in Sleeping Beauty

Magical fairies, darkness and light, summer and winter and good and evil do battle in a mythical Garden of Eden in Bengt Jorgen’s new adaptation of the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty.
Screen Nova Scotia's new boss thrives in perpetual crisis mode

Screen Nova Scotia's new boss thrives in perpetual crisis mode

Erika Beatty has worked behind and in front of the camera, doing everything from financing to an interview with a leader in the environmental law movement with a price on his head that was conducted in the Philippines during a typhoon. On Monday, she becomes Screen Nova Scotia’s first executive director.
Eastern Front Theatre delves into killer Manson's heart of darkness

Eastern Front Theatre delves into killer Manson's heart of darkness

In its production Creepy and Little Manson, Eastern Front Theatre has taken on the challenge of portraying a more sympathetic version of notorious killer Charles Manson, in the years just before his hatred for society boiled over, fuelled by events taking place beyond the prison walls such as the antiwar movement and the battle for civil rights.