Talking vegetables

Chris McCluskey gets his veg on.

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Tumbleweed Publishing—a subsidiary of local music co. Tumbleweed Entertainment—is releasing its latest in a vegan-oriented print series this week. Author Claire Gallant decided to branch out from the strict cookbook format of her last two efforts. She says A Cure for Vegoraphobia: A Vegan Dining Guide to Halifax will help local vegans know what establishments meet their standards.

“(Being a vegan) can sometimes be really hard because the venue is so clearly catering to the general populace…which is people who like animal foods. So you find things you don’t eat lurking in every dish often,” she says. “You have to make sure you ask, and it’s sometimes difficult if the servers aren’t sure. Basically I wanted to go through all the questions I would want to know when eating out.”

To answer her questions, Gallant surveyed restaurants all over Halifax.

While her other publications showed recipes from members of bands across Canada, the new effort takes a stab at finding out what the vegan experience is like for some local musicians.

“I decided to do an interview component, inspired by some other anarchist, vegan publications in the States that do interviews with various vegans,” says Gallant. “I thought it would be a good thing for the guide so I interviewed Jason MacIsaac and Brent Randall.”

The guide will be available for five bucks on September 16 at One World Cafe, with performances by MacIsaac’s A Heavy Blinkers Trio and by vegetarian Jenn Grant.

You’ve been warned

If you haven’t yet seen raucous noise group Sharp Like Knives, you only have one more chance. The band played their last bar show September 9 at the Speakeasy—which leaves just one performance. The grand all-ages finale is at The Pavilion on September 14 with Dog Day, Hotshotrobot, Benefit Show and Gamma Gamma Rays.

Show time

Faster than we can announce additions to this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion, the shows are already on sale. K-OS will be in town to launch his new release, Atlantis, with a performance on October 21. Others HPX acts announced this week include Shad K, The Holy Shroud, Jonny Stevens and Sylvie. Tickets are now on sale for K-OS, as well as The Weakerthans, Jon-Rae and the Choir with Great Lake Swimmers, Pony Up with Memphis, and Cadence Weapon with Jon-Rae and the River through ticketpro.ca, Sam the Record Man and Green Lyph Computers.

In the weeks following HPX, look for visits from Stabilo, Tomi Swick (with Stabilo, and then Goo Goo Dolls), Hidden Cameras and Danny Michel.

Folker

Folk-, world-, roots-, blues- and aboriginal-inspired musicians now have until September 15 to get their submissions in for consideration at the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Edmonton. Inaugurated only a year ago, the awards take place on December 10, with nominees being announced five weeks earlier on November 1. There were no Atlantic Canadian winners in 2005, but runners-up included Mary Jane Lamond, Beolach, Duane Andrews, Dave Gunning, Joel Plaskett and Gordie Sampson. For more info, see www.canadianfolkmusicawards.ca

Submit your news for consideration. Nominations due next week by email: scene@thecoast.ca

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