GOLD If I Had An Old House On The East Coast, Kat Frick Miller and
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.
BEST COMEDY NIGHT
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 amazing artists...wining 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.”
BEST CRAFT SHOW
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.