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BEST BOOK GOLD Notes from a Fem­i­nist Killjoy, Erin Wunker SIL­VER Dis­pos­able Souls, Phonse Jes­some BRONZE Bad Things Hap­pen, Kris Bertin “I wrote this re­ally quickly. I think about my writ­ing for a very, very long time and I read a lot,” says Erin Wunker, au­thor of your favourite book Notes From a Fem­i­nist

Killjoy. “So by the time I sit down and write, it does usu­ally come very quickly.” The con­tract-to-pub­li­ca­tion for the es­says com­pris­ing Killjoy was a scant 11 months, launch­ing with a ca­pac­ity crowd at Art Bar, where read­ers in­clud­ing El Jones and Meghan Hub­ley re­cited some of Wunker’s work. “It was packed, they had to turn peo­ple away,” says Wunker. “That to me was shock­ing, be­cause my name doesn’t cir­cu­late in the city and nor does it need to, but peo­ple came out be­cause of the name of the book.” The tome is al­ready be­ing taught in univer­sity classes from here to Al­berta. “Win­ning this ac­knowl­edge­ment gives me hope be­cause we have so much work to do in Hal­i­fax around in­ter­sec­tional fem­i­nist is­sues, anti-racist is­sues,” she says. “I find it heart­en­ing.” BEST CHORE­OG­RA­PHER

GOLD Cory Bowles SIL­VER Veronique MacKen­zie BRONZE Alexis Cormier Cory Bowles has been fo­cus­ing more on film in the past year, though there are two key pieces he think snagged this win for him: A re­mount of Live from the Flash

Pan with Mo­cean Dance in sum­mer 2016 in An­napo­lis Royal, and a Jan­uary run of Juliet and Romeo, a re­worked ver­sion of the story from Juliet’s per­spec­tive with De­cid­edly Jazz in Cal­gary. But mostly he’s puz­zled. “Not to knock any­one who voted for me, but I’m not re­ally sure that that should go to me,” he says. “I’m sure that should not go to me.” The most ob­vi­ous can­di­dates are maybe sil­ver-win­ning chore­og­ra­pher Veronique MacKen­zie and Alexis Cormier in bronze, but Bowles’ list of more-de­serv­ing dance artists goes a few steps fur­ther. “Lisa Phin­ney Lan­g­ley, she had some good work this year, some re­ally great stuff go­ing on. Jac­inte and the Mo­cean gang. In a way it’s kinda good, be­cause it shows how much peo­ple aren’t go­ing to see stuff—if I won, it’s be­cause not enough peo­ple are see­ing dance in the city. So I can say, ‘Hey, come out and watch this.’ There’s lots go­ing on.” BEST CO­ME­DIAN

GOLD Mark Critch SIL­VER Ch­eryl Hann BRONZE Megan McDow­ell Your favourite co­me­dian has been on This Hour Has 22 Min­utes for half of its ex­is­tence (it has just en­tered its 25th sea­son), but he’s also a reg­u­lar gala host at the Ha!ifax Comedy Fes­ti­val and gen­eral de­light-about-town. “A big thank you from me to all the read­ers of the Coast. Hal­i­fax has been very good to me over the years,” Mark Critch says from an air­port some­where. “Shoot­ing 22 Min­utes here has been a joy. Get­ting to be a part of the elec­tion cov­er­age with Mans­bridge on the night Trump was elected was a high­light. I love when real­ity trumps any­thing you could write. Here’s hop­ing I can be a part of the cov­er­age when he is im­peached.” BEST COMEDY NIGHT

GOLD Yuk Yuk’s SIL­VER Just Vor­lafs, Good Ro­bot Brew­ing Com­pany BRONZE Comedy Hour, Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs No joke: Af­ter three straight years of win­ning gold, Hal­i­fax is still yukking it up at Yuk Yuk’s. This Toronto-based comedy club has out­lets across the coun­try, and the Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tion is a pop­u­lar haunt for funny folks. Yuk Yuk’s hosts lo­cal favourites such as Dan Hen­dricken, Cather­ine Robert­son and Travis Lind­say and it wel­comes plenty of out-of-town­ers as well, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Hal­i­fax Com­e­dyFest. BEST CRAFTER

GOLD Ni­cole McIn­nis, Oh Dina! SIL­VER Bethany Riordan But­ter­worth, Bread and But­ter Pot­tery BRONZE Holly Nauss, Prom­ise of a Pearl Oh Dina!’s Ni­cole McIn­nis is

shocked to win Best Crafter. “I’ve never even got­ten sil­ver or bronze be­fore in this area,” she says, on a break from pack­ing up her pop­u­lar DIY bach­e­lorette kits bound for a store in New York. She caught the flower-crown wed­ding trend a few years back (“I’m mov­ing into a more ethe­real dry flower phase”), then her Etsy store took off and now she’s swamped. “I came back to Nova Sco­tia and didn’t think I’d be able to make a liv­ing here,” she says. “I was in film for awhile and I didn’t think I could come back and ac­tu­ally do it. I was just try­ing to drum up busi­ness just to live here so I wouldn’t have to leave. And then it ac­tu­ally worked.” Her thanks are of the ef­fu­sive kind: “I am so, so hon­oured and sur­prised. I’m flab­ber­gasted about it, hon­estly.” BEST CRAFT SHOW

GOLD Christ­mas at the Fo­rum SIL­VER Hal­i­fax Crafters’ Win­ter Mar­ket BRONZE Dart­mouth Mak­ers Like Michael Keaton or Rene Russo, ev­ery­one loves to see a vet­eran make a come­back. Christ­mas at the Fo­rum—stop read­ing, it’s on

right now!— is the long­est-run­ning hol­i­day craft bo­nanza in the At­lantic prov­inces, knock­ing on 40 years, and you’ve not for­got­ten. Fea­tur­ing over 200 ex­hibitors across three days at the Hal­i­fax Fo­rum, the show of­fers myr­iad gift ideas (for loved ones, and don’t for­get to love your­self!) from con­sum­ables to or­na­ments to cloth­ing to unique wares. Plus photo ops with Santa! There’s a rea­son they call it The Big One. You call it The Best One. BEST DANCE COM­PANY/ GROUP

GOLD Mar­itime Bhangra Group SIL­VER Hal­i­fax Dance BRONZE Ser­pen­tine Stu­dio Five of the hap­pi­est souls you’ve ever met have made an im­pact on Hal­i­fax and be­yond in the past year, danc­ing their way into your hearts (and votes). Has­meet Singh Chan­dok and com­pany are land­ing ap­pear­ances all over the coun­try. And as if that weren’t enough, each of Mar­itime Bhangra Group’s videos are cre­ated to raise funds to sup­port causes in­clud­ing blood cancer suf­fer­ers, Hur­ri­cane Har­vey vic­tims and those with Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease. This group is noth­ing but solid gold. BEST DANCER

GOLD Monique Ryan SIL­VER Cavell Hol­land BRONZE Jac­inte Arm­strong It’s a mile­stone year for Ser­pen­tine Stu­dios, the bel­ly­dance/cir­cus com­pany co-founded by your Best Dancer, Monique Ryan. We’re talk­ing a solid decade, cel­e­brated last month with a reper­toire-span­ning ex­trav­a­ganza at The Mar­quee. “I’m so glad that the cat­e­gory for Best Dancer is back this year and I am be­yond thrilled and very hon­oured to have won,” she says. “It re­ally means so much that peo­ple voted for me, and for bel­ly­dance.” Also per­form­ing hula-hoop and ac­ro­bat­ics, Ryan dances with At­lantic Cirque too. This spring, Ser­pen­tine (which Ryan runs with Laura Se­lenzi) will pro­duce its full-length pro­duc­tion Night Gar­den. BEST FASH­ION DE­SIGNER

GOLD Lisa Drader-Mur­phy SIL­VER Ka­t­rina Tut­tle BRONZE Mag­gie MacCormick Lisa Drader-Mur­phy loves Hal­i­fax. The fash­ion big­wig sells her trade-

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