Monique Ryan

The Coast - - ARTS & CULTURE -


GOLD If I Had An Old House On The East Coast, Kat Frick Miller and

Wanda Bax­ter

SIL­VER The Long Way Home, John De­mont

BRONZE The Mill, Joan Bax­ter

The Nim­bus pub­li­ca­tion If I Had An Old House On The East

Coast clearly struck a nerve with you—some of whom def­i­nitely do have an old house on this here coast. Wanda Bax­ter’s was built on the south shore in 1783. “It’s as old as Lunen­burg,” she says. “It’s re­ally some­thing to have an old house—I’m just to­tally in love with the whole thing. It’s just hard to get away from ever, think­ing of the work that’s gone be­fore.” The book is il­lus­trated by Kat Frick Miller’s gen­tle, re­al­ist paint­ings, a col­lab­o­ra­tion that be­gan with the tome’s con­cep­tion. “I’m just re­ally glad peo­ple like it,” says Bax­ter. “It does seem to be res­onat­ing. I think it’s hit a cer­tain nerve. And peo­ple re­ally love Kat.”


GOLD Monique Ryan SIL­VER Brit­tany Todd BRONZE Alexis Cormier Ser­pen­tine Stu­dios cel­e­brated a full-on decade in busi­ness last fall, and the bel­ly­dance and fit­ness club’s co-founder Monique Ryan has left her move­ment mark on you. “I gen­uinely love chore­ograph­ing dances and shar­ing them through per­for­mance and teach­ing,” says Ryan. “Over the past year I’ve been col­lab­o­rat­ing with other dancers from across the Mar­itimes on my big­gest chore­o­graphic project yet,

Night Gar­den Bel­ly­dance,” which goes off March 30 and 31 at Alder­ney Land­ing in Dart­mouth. “I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love for a liv­ing here in Hal­i­fax,” Ryan adds, “and I am so grate­ful for the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.”


GOLD Mark Critch SIL­VER Megan McDow­ell BRONZE Dan Hen­dricken

This Hour Has 22 Min­utes’ vet­eran an­chor nabs your funny vote for an­other year, one in which he is split­ting his time be­tween the show and tour­ing in sup­port of his new mem­oir, Son of a Critch. “I am once again shocked and hon­oured to have been cho­sen as Best Co­me­dian by the read­ers of The Coast,” he writes from an air­port, prob­a­bly. “Hal­i­fax’s com­edy scene is one of the best in the coun­try and I am blown away and ter­ri­fied by the tal­ent each and ev­ery day. I’m de­lighted to just be keep­ing up. Thanks again!” Con­grat­u­late Critch in per­son at the Lord Nel­son on No­vem­ber 12 for a read­ing and sign­ing.


GOLD Yuk Yuk’s SIL­VER Hello City BRONZE Goofy Moose at the Toothy Moose Yuk Yuk’s re­tains its golden crown as the city’s Best Com­edy Night. We could go on and on about the con­sis­tent big laughs and big names that Hal­i­fax’s ded­i­cated com­edy club brings to this town, but on be­half of the lo­cal comics, let us of­fer some ad­vice for first­time au­di­ence mem­bers: 1. Don’t heckle or in­ter­rupt the per­for­mance. Just don’t. 2. Don’t try to be funny your­self. You’re not. 3. Stay off your phones! 4. Have some drinks, but don’t get ob­nox­ious drunk. 5. Re­mem­ber to laugh! Once you start it’ll be hard to stop.


GOLD Ni­cole McIn­nis, Oh Dina! SIL­VER Holly Nauss, Prom­ise of a Pearl BRONZE Amy Chan­dler, Fri­day55 “I’m hon­estly so sur­prised I won again. I just am,” says Ni­cole McIn­nis, who cre­ates modern bridal head­pieces with a vin­tage vibe un­der the moniker Oh Dina! “We live in this place where there’s so many amaz­ing­ing gold again is be­yond me.” In the past year, McIn­nis has moved to a new space in Dart­mouth—“We have re­ally high ceil­ings and there are flow­ers hang­ing ev­ery­where, it’s re­ally dreamy”—and rack­ing up In­sta­gram fol­low­ers (over 10K). “I’m mak­ing stuff and ship­ping stuff,” she says. “I’d like to thank the Canada Post ladies in the Dart­mouth Shop­pers. They’re my girls.”


GOLD Christ­mas at the Fo­rum SIL­VER Hal­i­fax Crafters So­ci­ety Win­ter Mar­ket BRONZE The Dart­mouth Mak­ers Just like it’s never too early to start blast­ing Michael Bu­ble’s Christ­mas al­bum; the time is al­ways right for pe­rus­ing hol­i­day crafts, hot co­coa in hand. That’s where Christ­mas at the Fo­rum comes in! It’s the long­est-run­ning hol­i­day craft event on the east coast, which fea­tures over 200 ex­hibitors across three ju­bi­lant days at the Hal­i­fax Fo­rum. From sweet treats to fes­tive gifts to or­na­ments to Santa’s lap, Christ­mas at the Fo­rum has it all. Look no fur­ther for Christ­mas in No­vem­ber.

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