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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Halifax rockers The Everywheres are on Broad City tonight

Band breaks off break-up plans after hit TV breakthrough.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 4:14 PM

The Everywheres: Yas Queen! - KATE GIFFIN
  • The Everywheres: Yas Queen!
  • Kate Giffin

Tonight on MUCH (11pm AST), a little ditty called "Watch It Grow" by Halifax psych-rockers The Everywheres will have 10 or so glorious seconds of airtime on one of the most popular comedy shows in America. Yeah, that's right: The Everywheres will be on Broad City.

"This really is one of the great success stories of recent pop history," explains the band's lead, Sam Hill, on how the song made it to Comedy Central's hit. "Jessi Frick, who runs Father/Daughter Records in San Francisco, sent me an email back in December. They are beautiful folks who decided to put the first record out back before I ever even really had these friends in the band. She asked me if I would be up for having 'Watch it Grow' in an episode of Broad City. I had never seen the show, but some pals swear by it so I said sure! It's been a pretty surreal journey."

The soundtrack selection couldn't have come at a better time for The Everywheres. "We were going to break up the band, but after our recent success with Broad City we took a step back and realized 'Wow, we must really have something special,' says bassist Adam Gravelle. "We have a few performances lined up for next month, and we are adding a new member, trying to refresh things a little bit for that." The as-yet-unrevealed mystery newb will get on drums to support Hill, Gravelle, Rilla Word (organ/keys) and Nicholas Hanlon (guitar).

"We also have a spot at Flourish Festival in Fredericton in April and we are going to release a new album as soon as the mixing and mastering is finished," says Gravelle. "The new album was going to be called Dignity Fever, but then we changed it to Swish and we just recently decided to call it Broad City." What a bunch of comedians.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Watch: A teaser for the Halifax Cat Fanciers' Society Cat Show

A peek at the proceedings and heats from the Biennial Spring Classic last summer

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Kathleen Prinsen and the award-winning Florian
  • Kathleen Prinsen and the award-winning Florian

Today at The Coast, watch the trailer for Cat Show, which chronicles the competition and heats between Halifax's north-end cats and their owners, all participants in the Halifax Cat Fanciers' Society's Biennial Spring Classics. The trailer is a pitch for a potential satire (catire?) web-series, based on real life events. In 2013, Kathleen Prinsen's tabby Florian vied for top spot in a Windsor Street attic. In 2015, the competition at The Khyber took nips and turns unforeseen in cat show history. This is a look back two years and a sneak peek at the next Biennial Classic. 

A pitch for the Independent Production Fund, which supports Canadian-made web-shows, Cat Show previews a series that could be produced by Adam T. Burke, Everardo RamirezGlen Matthews and Prinsen, formerly of SwearNet. The series follows a short film produced by Burke and captures nail-biting feline trials, the motivations of cat owners in competition, plus glamour shots and backstories of the majestic Maynard (owned by Cheryl Hann), the self-abusing Gravey (owned by Hugh Stewart) and Florian, the cat's meow.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Watch the teaser pitch for BA Johnston's Ham Jam

Hamilton's trash troubadour eats sandwiches and wants a webseries

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:39 AM

B.A.'s Ham Jam
  • B.A.'s Ham Jam

Hamilton's own "trash troubadour," the beloved longtime Gus' Pub staple, former Haligonian and 2015 Polaris Music Prize nominee (Shit Sucks), BA Johnston just dropped a teaser pitch for an online web-series starring himself! And it goes something like this: "BA is enlisted by the fictional Hamilton Tourism Action Committee to produce tourism videos to promote the city. In each episode, BA will introduce the viewer to one of his favourite places in Hamilton and fail spectacularly at making it seem remotely worth visiting." That's basically the narrative of every single one of his songs. And it looks fucking great. Get greasy on the Ham Jam Facebook.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Listen to this Oscars-inspired beat tape by 75 Crates

The Boston-Halifax producer put together tracks using Best Film Score nominees

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 4:33 PM

The Score - 75 CRATES
  • The Score
  • 75 Crates

In case you don't know (somehow?), it's Oscar Weekend—this Sunday is the biggest annual night in the film industry and the 88th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre#OscarSoWhite or not, millions of people will sit through three-hours-plus of schmoozing and inside jokes as some of the year's movie blockbusters will be recognized for cinematic greatness. To celebrate, we've got some Oscar treats for you. 

"The Score is comprised of samples from the movies nominated for Best Film Score for this year's Oscars," says Boston-born, Halifax-based producer 75Crates (Dan Maguire). On 13 tracks, Maguire challenges himself with a limited sound palette and varying tempos, adding his own synths, bass and piano to samples from the Best Film Scores, which includes Carol (by Carter Burwell), Sicario (by Jóhann Jóhannsson), The Hateful Eight (by Ennio Morricone), Bridge of Spies (by Thomas Newman) and Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens (by John Williams). And the winner is? Epic cinematic tracks that are well-crafted and cool. 

It's no surprise since 75Crates has been making music for ages, even though it's been a few minutes since a release. Back in Boston in the late 1990s and early 2000s, under the name Soul Searchers, Macguire and his brother produced for artists like Reks: "Our first single charted on Billboard for a week in 2000, charting higher than Eminem's 'The Way I Am' that week, which was pretty cool," he says. They continued working for a few years with a number of artists who were nominated for Boston Music Awards before Maguire moved to Halifax to study and practice law. Since January, he's been working on The Score and we're stoked to share it here at The Coast. For the sci-fi nerds, "Galaxy War" and "Space Battles" are especially dope tracks. 

You can follow 75Crates on Twitter and Facebook to keep up on his releases, and you can tune in to the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night to see who wins Best Film Score

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Hard Times: the Pro Wrestlers we lost this year

One last time in the ring for the pro-wrestlers who passed away in 2015

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Dusty Rhodes
  • Dusty Rhodes

Hard times in wrestling this year — we lost some of the best there ever was and the best there ever will be. I remember the moment I heard about Rowdy Roddy Piper's death, and I knew we'd never see the likes of Roderick Toombs again. Also, remember this Simpsons clip? Oh man, and this one? Haha, "Enchanting musk." Anyway, here's to some of the ring kings we lost in 2015. 

Dusty Rhodes

One of the best, most charismatic actors in the history of professional wrestling, The American Dream passed away on June 11 at the age of 69. Born in west Texas, Rhodes first appeared in National Wrestling AllianceJim Crockett Promotions and then most famously in the World Wrestling Federation. His 'average' physique added to his"Common man" persona, the "son of a plumber" and an outspoken champion of the working class. He appeared in WCW and ECW until 2001, and later returned to the WWE as a booker and producer of NXT. Earlier this year, he appeared on-air with his wrestling sons Dustin and Cody Rhodes. More than anything, Rhodes was an exceptional promotional performer. Like many wrestlers of his era, Rhodes drew on the pace, style and exaggerated oratory of southern Gospel preachers ("The man of the hour, / The man with the power"), best exemplified in the "Hard Times" promo. Bless you, Dusty. 

Tommy Gilbert

Tommy Gilbert was an old-school-style Tennessee wrestler who came up in the Continental Wrestling Association in the 1960s and 70s, performing in Memphis and other southern and mid-Atlantic cities until later serving as a referee for Mid-South/UWF in the 1980s. He was a highly esteemed mentor to Terry Funk, who has said that Gilbert never got the recognition he so much deserved. "Nightmare Freddy's" owns sons, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert and Doug Gilbert, took after their father; Eddie especially made his way into the profession by writing wrestling articles about his dad and beginning his career with the ring name "Tommy Gilbert Jr." Tommy lived through the death of Eddie in 1995 before his own death this year on November 26, at age 75. While his promotional style was somewhat subdued, he was a beast in the ring and an avid self-promoter. He loved his fans. There was nothing more southern than his two-boot cowboy boot matches. 

Cora Combs

Born in Kentucky in 1923, Cora Combs was a classic Hollywood female wrestler; her contributions were recognized at her induction into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007. Originally a country singer, Combs began training in 1949 with Billy Wolfe, the husband of the most famous female wrestler of the post-War era, Mildred Burke. Her time in wrestling would not have been easy; chauvinism and non-payment dominated women's wrestling leagues. Moreover, many report Wolfe to have been a womanizer and an abuser who attempted to discredit Burke after their split in 1952. Regardless, Combs continued to wrestle until 1985, famously against her own daughter Debbie Combs. She died on June 21 at the age of 95. 

Buddy Landel


The Original Nature Boy Buddy Landel was born to wrestle. A high-school dropout from Tennessee, his sister started dating wrestler Buddy Orton, and Landel realized his own assets (he was 6'3'' and well over 200 pounds. He began training with Boris Molenko before he joined Mid-Southern, International Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett and NWA. He famously feuded with the 'other' Nature Boy Ric Flair (in the 1980s and then later in the 'Battle of the Nature Boys'). The feud lasted his career; they even maintained similar styles and entrance themes. Landel exemplified high-glitz southern wrestling with his willowy blonde locks, his energy on the mic and his overbearing, enormous presence. He was a main-event through and through and his matches with both Flair and Sean Michaels broke attendance records. By the 1990s, along with a serious drug addiction, he appeared on RAW and wrestled Bret Hart, during which he was badly injured. He was an accomplished musician and after his retirement, he did commentary for matches in Knoxville. He died at home in Virginia on June 22, age 53. 

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Long live the memory of Hot Rod, one of the best wrestlers to ever walk this goddamn earth. Born in Saskatoon, raised in Winnipeg and trained in bagpipes, Roddy was a Canadian judo champion before embarking on his impressive and legendary wrestling and acting career. His iconic moniker was given to him by accident at his first match; his friends played the bagpipes and Roddy handed out dandelions, the announcer stumbled, "Here's ... Roddy, uh, the, uh, Piper." He started wrestling for AWA, NWA Central States and here in the Maritimes until the late 1970s, when he emerged as a villain in NWA Hollywood Wrestling. Soon he was wrestling regularly all over North America and in the 1980s, feuded with fan-favourites Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair and Greg Valentine, before joining the WWF in 1984, with many feuds (Hogan, especially) and his own segment, Piper's Pit. Over the next decade, Roddy was a popular character in the company and appeared at many Wrestlemanias, Summerslams, special events and PPVs until his deflection to World Championship Wrestling in 1996, with various nWo feuds. He returned to the WWE in 2003 and remained a presence until this year (Piper's Pit was even resurrected). Along with wrestling, Roddy was a popular actor with lead roles in over a dozen action and sci-fi films like Carpenter's They Live (1988), Canadian indie-horror production Portal to Hell (2015) and the forthcoming wrestling drama The Masked Saint (opening January 8). He also appeared on Walker Texas Ranger, Outer Limits, SNL and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia over the years. An unreal performer, and a well-regarded, kind man, Roddy Piper is irreplaceable. He died on July 30 of a heart attack, at age 61. 


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Patriot Way: An Interview with the NFL's Troy Brown

The New England Hall of Fame wide receiver is in town tonight to watch football

Posted By on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

click image Troy Brown, wide receiver, New England Patriots (1993-2007)
  • Troy Brown, wide receiver, New England Patriots (1993-2007)

Tonight at HFX Sports Bar & Grill (check it out), Troy Brown is in town. The wide receiver of the New England Patriots for fifteen years, with three Super Bowl rings (2002, 2004, 2005), five AFC wins and an induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame, came by The Coast today to chat about his football career. One lucky fan at HFX will win a trip to Super Bowl 50

Originally from South Carolina (watch this), Brown played for Marshall University in West Virginia before being drafted into the NFL in 1993. He was cut then re-signed and for over a decade, he helped take the Patriots to the Super Bowl five times; the first time in 1997 and then with QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. He set team reception records (557) with a career-high of 31 touchdowns. Since his retirement in 2008, the family man has been a Patriots commentator with ComCast and he recently published a book about his time with the team, Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty (available on Amazon). 

Brown is in town for one night at HFX Sports Bar (8pm, 19+) to watch the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers, the team that defeated the Patriots at the Super Bowl in the '96 season. 

What brings you to Halifax?

I'm here to help the NFL. I’m all for promoting our game. For me, to be here promoting the game and getting recognized by fans, that's saying a lot for the game. The fans here are into it just as much as the fans back in the States. It says a lot for game and for the people of Halifax, as well. 

It seems you still have a good relationship with the Patriots.

I’m not officially involved, but I’m around. I live five minutes away from the facility, so I’m around, and I’ve got an open invitation from Belichick and (Robert) Kraft that I’m always welcome. 

Can you tell me about your loyalty to the team. Fifteen years is a long time.

Loyalty-wise, I was in a position where — when Belichick came back in 2000 — I was with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent, and I thought about signing with them but when I was there, the Patriots offered me an opportunity to be a starting wide receiver for the team. So I ended up coming back and we only won four or five games the first year, but then things just started clicking. I was in my eighth, ninth season at that particular time and I was like, well, why not stay? That’s where I had been my whole career. And the fans became pretty loyal towards me and really respected and enjoyed the way I played the game. It just became like a second home to me.  

And you had built such strong team by that point ... 

Yes, we built the foundation. What you see now was built by the guys who played in the 2000 and 2001 years and the fans really still love us. I haven’t played in eight years and I still have a lot of respect. I just put a book out and that’s done really well. I think the fans really related with it well, and I think I underestimated what I meant to the community and the New England area. Fans have really come out and supported the book and support me. It makes it a great place to live.

Playing college, at what point did an NFL career feel like a real possibility? 

It was the moment I got drafted. I didn’t have any idea what it really was, at that particular time. I just knew I was going to the NFL. I just knew it was a childhood dream, and now here I am. But at first, I only knew I was gonna be on an NFL team. I didn’t know the ins-and-outs of being cut or staying on the roster, you know? I was clueless about all those things and I actually made the final cut in my rookie year so I think the reality sunk in when I was on the NFL roster ... But it was short-lived because I got cut the following training camp and eventually was brought back on the roster, and that's actually when the reality of it set in — not just "making it" but how difficult it was to stay there and have a career ... And then to play fifteen years was kind of unheard of. I played fifteen years with the same team. After 1993, they came with the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) and guys could go into free agency and sign with different teams and so playing with the same team for fifteen years was really unheard of. You don’t see that happen in today’s game. 

Well on top of that, it was an amazing fifteen years!

An amazing fifteen years. And every year we had a chance. We had a chance and that’s what so great about it. In 2000, we were out of it. In 2002, we didn’t make playoffs. We were close. But every year from that point on, we were there and we always had a chance. Ten of those fifteen years I played, we were in the playoffs and we had an opportunity to do something. Lotta guys can’t say that. In the earlier days, a couple guys I played with had never played a playoff game, and these guys were at the end of their careers at that time. So you could see how thankful they were to be a part of the Patriots. Those kinds of things are great stories to share with the people. 


On that note, what are some of your highlights? Super Bowls obviously ... 

I like to share the highlights and lowlights. You know, being cut, being a 23-year-old kid, basically and not understanding the situation I was in and how it all worked out ... Those are things I learned to appreciate and learn valuable lessons from. How to conduct myself as a professional and not just rest on, 'Oh I’ve made it, my dream is complete, I've got the uniform.' Those kinds of things I look back on and learn to appreciate, you know? Some of the bonehead plays that happened (laughs), I reflect on those, as well.  Like, I fumbled on my first kick-off, in New England, our first home game, I fumbled it but scored a touchdown, one of the fastest touchdown scores in the history of the game. From there, I just continued to grow. I didn’t let those things hold me down or get me down, I just used them to help myself grow a little bit ... Being able to play in the Super Bowl, in my fourth year, against the Packers ... We were were out-manned, you know, they were a superior team by far, man, but we hung in there with them. It's in my book ...

2001 was a big year. The 2001 team was an amazing team ... 9/11, the quarterback’s coach died, Bledsoe got hurt, Tom Brady coming in for the first time and being named the starter for the rest of the year. Those kind of things stick out in my career and some of the plays that happened: blocking the kick in Pittsburgh and picking it up, and scoring a touchdown and returning the point for a touchdown ... Adam Vinatieri kicking the field goal in the snow against the Raiders. All those great stories. I have a lot of great memories. I'm 44 now. They're still there. 

What's Tom Brady like? 

Tom Brady’s pretty cool. He’s a down-to-earth guy, like he’s probably more shy than people think he is. He's probably the opposite of Peyton Manning — Peyton’s out there with the media stuff.

I love Papa Johns

Yeah, he hasn’t found a deal he doesn’t like (laughs) but Tom’s more reserved. I like Peyton, he’s a great guy, awesome guy, but Tom's just a little different, a little more reserved. He chooses things cautiously. And he's a great teammate, very respectful. He demands a lot of everybody and a lot out of himself, and I think that’s why you see him being so successful and the team being so successful, because he keeps the bar set at a high, high level all the time, he’s an awesome guy. 

Belichick and Brown - NFL.COM
  • Belichick and Brown

So what's Belichick like?

He’s great too. Everybody has those days, but for the most part, he likes to joke. He likes to laugh, but he likes to get his work done, as well. But, you know, he’s actually pretty funny. He likes to be comical and I think he gets a bad rep just because of the way he is with the media, his short answers and his grumpy disposition (laughs) but that comes along with it. I think he understands that. The people that know him, the guys that know him, they know he’s a good guy. 

He must inspire the the team. 

He does. He does a great job. There's no other way his team could be so successful unless he keeps finding ways to motivate them and inspire them to go out and play the way they do, every single week. It’s not an easy job. Players can get complacent or satisfied with where they are, with money they have, whatever else, but he continues to find ways to motivate them. He's inspiring. 

As a commentator for ComCast, you must catch all the games.

I pretty much watch every single game. I'm always watching them. 

What are you thoughts on the season so far?

Season’s been great! They’re 10 and 0. I'm just a little concerned about so many injuries, especially on offense. I wonder how long can they hold up. I’d love to see them go undefeated. As a player, I wouldn’t talk about that, but since I'm curbing the team now, that would be awesome. But it’s the way things are with that team, they’re down to basically two healthy receivers now. And one healthy receiver just got moved up from the practice squad last week, so that’s what they’re down to. It makes it a lot less likely, especially going into Denver this week. Denver is pretty tough, their defence is really, really good. And the offense is starting to play better now that Peyton’s out. Who could imagine that? But I still want to see them go undefeated, but i’m a little less optimistic about it ... if they lose this week, it’s not the end of the world. It gives them a chance to get a little more healthy for the last five weeks of the season and give that big push. 

Were you in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX? 

Yes I was, man. It’s a great place to have a Super Bowl, by the way. The weather wasn’t as great as we wanted it, but it's a great place to have it, for that time of year. And it was quite a finish to the game. That’s how you want them, that’s how New England Super Bowls always are. They always come down to the wire. We found a way to come out on top. And the energy is ridiculous, it is ridiculous. It's almost as great as having kids, watching your kids be born, it’s a great feeling. 

What retirement been like? Are you enjoying it? 

I planned to take a year off but WEEI, a radio station, called me to do some pre-game radio shows then ComCast asked if I wanted to do pre-game and nightly shows and I’m like, sure why not. So I ended up getting into that side of things, media and broadcasting, and it's something I never thought I’d do but I ended up liking it! It kept me around the game and I'm still doing it.

And you bring so much expertise with you ... 

Yes, they appreciated that a lot. And I got better at speaking. As a player, I was little shy, I was camera-shy definitely. I didn’t feel very comfortable so I didn't speak well in front of those cameras, but this helped me out a lot, even just in terms of dealing with people — So like, me sitting here right now having this conversation probably wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago ... As a player, I ran from the cameras. Anytime it was time for the cameras, I’d run into the meeting room and got dressed in there (laughs). This has helped me a lot. 

Aside from the book and media, what other plans do you have? 

Well, I got my two oldest kids — one’s a senior, one’s a sophomore — so once that sophomore gets to senior year, I'll start to think about what’s going to happen, but the work I do now is perfect for me. And my kids are soccer players so it allows me to watch them and hang out when they have games and what not. So once that comes to an end, we’ll see, but there are a lot of avenues in the NFL. That’s what’s so great about this game. There are so many great things you can do with this game to help out and that’s what it’s all about with me. That’s the Patriot way. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Don't let Snoop Dogg coming to Truro overshadow this shit move

In Hubtown shooting with Trailer Park Boys, Snoop still has time to share disgusting memes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM


The internet was a-buzz yesterday when the news spread that Snoop Dogg was in Truro for some reason... turns out that reason is that he's a TPB superfan (and did try to use his star power as leverage for the NS film industry tax credit) and is shooting with the Sunnyvale gang. But the internet was also talking about Snoop Dogg for another reason, he (or his social media manager) reposted Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith's (or J.R. Smith's social media manager's) vile post calling Caitlyn Jenner a "science project."


Is there not a way to celebrate Akon's amazing contribution—setting up solar street panels and solar panels in over a million homes across 14 African countries—without being horribly transphobic?

Truro, please keep your good weed for someone a bit more tolerant.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heat meets Sesame Street in local short Foam Drive Renegades

Precocious puppets

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM


After watching wrestling promos all Saturday morning, as is my custom, I finally checked out local short film sensation, Foam Drive Renegades, which video-hosting site Vimeo recently named a must-see Staff Pick. Written and directed by Adam DeViller, co-written by Matt Chisholm and produced by Melani Wood, Foam Drive Renegades is Heat meets Sesame Street: a realist crime drama featuring a convenience store, some goons and a puppet in the crosshairs.

“When Matt first pitched the idea to me, it sounded like a formulaic and run of the mill street drama, but then he brought up the puppet and I burst out laughing,” says DeViller. “I've always loved the street crime genre, like Menace II Society and Reservoir Dogs and Matt's more into, like, fantasy, like Meet the Feebles and Labyrinth, so the idea of taking two familiar movie styles and putting them together seemed like a really great opportunity to make them fresh.”

Filmed on the coldest three nights of January 2013, Foam Drive stars Chisholm, Glen Matthews, Kevin Kincaid, Gordon White, and Rhys Bevan-John as Reggie, a PCP-addled pin-cushion designed by Henry Townsend and inspired by a Chappelle’s Show sketch of loser puppets.

“But my favourite part of the film is probably the music," says DeViller, “Cam Smith made the opening and closing scores, and Adam Burke (s/o Judge Bitch) did the robbery music, and there's also a track by Pat Stay, who has an approach to rap that is very '90s west coast, which is pretty much the time and place when you're talking street crime movies. It was just all perfect."

Foam Drive premiered at Montreal's 2013 Fantasia Film Festival, winning Best Short honourable mention at AFF before Best Short at the Boston Underground Film Festival in March. Since the online debut, the flick has attracted reviews and attention for its performances and mix of genres.

"It's familiar but it's different and that's something Matt and I try to do every time we write. We want it to feel like something you've seen before that’s also totally unique and new," DeViller says. The team will begin filming a door-to-door salesman-themed short, Bad Morning, this fall.

Foam Drive Renegades from Adam DeViller on Vimeo.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

The 34th Atlantic Film Festival first announcement

Featuring Andrea Dorfman's Heartbeat screens at the Atlantic Gala

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Tanya Davis on the set of Heartbeat - MIKE TOMPKINS
  • Tanya Davis on the set of Heartbeat
  • Mike Tompkins

The 34th Atlantic Film Festival announced this year’s Atlantic Gala and Atlantic Features program, to just tease you with a little film goodness before the August 20 full festival announcement. Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat, in its Atlantic Canadian premiere, will screen at Park Lane on Friday, September 12 as the Atlantic Canadian Gala (disclosure, I am in this film for a minute). Dorfman’s film continues her collaboration with poet and songwriter Tanya Davis (you may remember their smash hit collab How to be Alone), as Davis’ character follows her heart in a touching film (there’s animation too! And a really striking bit part character, wow who’s that girl?)

The Atlantic Features Program features Kent Martin’s documentary Raising Windhorse; Jesse Harley’s Lure and two features from Paul Kimball in The Cuckoo in the Clock and Roundabout; Tim Tracey’s Canadian Ninja and Nik Sexton’s How to be Deadly; Newfoundland's Christian Sparkes and Jordan Canning offer up Cast No Shadow and We Were Wolves, respectively; and Jean Beaudry's La gang des hors-la-loi (The Outlaw League) just wants to do bad things, OK?

The Atlantic Spotlight features Deanne Foley’s big screen adaptation of Lesley Crewe’s novel, Relative Happiness, and William D. MacGillivray and Justin Simms co-directed documentary of politician Danny Williams in Danny

The Atlantic Shorts Gala screens Sunday, September 14, featuring Denis Theriault's I Am Syd Stone, Leah Johnson's Some Things Won’t Sleep, Shaun Lowe's The Awe of Night, Lisa Rose Snow's When Fish Fly, Chris Devanney's Titan, Scott Simpson's The Toll, Cayman Grant's Butterflies and Justin Oakey's Flankers.

TV production gets some shine with the Atlantic Broadcast Program featuring productions made for TV from New Brunswick The Boy Who Was Bullied, Code Kids and Les sceaux d’Utrecht, Prince Edward Island Rainbow Valley, Newfoundland Sister Morphine and Vocation and Nova Scotia Bounty: Into the Hurricane, Edge of East, Santa Quest & State of Mine.

A complete list of the Atlantic Canadian program with film selections, filmmakers and schedule of screenings, as well as tickets, can be found online at

The 10x10 Music Video Mentorship Program has once again matched up 10 music makers with 10 video makers for a peanut butter and chocolate style match made in heaven. Ten music videos will be shot over 5 days and a jury will decide which duo will win the $10 000 prize.

The Musicians: Cameron Hawes, Chelsea Amber, Chet Porter, Chris Martin Trio, Dave Sampson, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, Like a Motorcycle, Quiet Parade, Scientist of Sound and Villages.

The Filmmakers: Chelsea Smith, David Mullins, Dillon Garland, Jenna Marks, Juan Duarte, Megan Wennberg, Nicole Balderston, Paul Benjamin, Roger Maunder and Steven Gill.

Best of luck, youse.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer of Sandra!

Atlantic Film Festival's Outdoor Film Experience buys into Bullock

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hi, pal!
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It was a happy day at the Coast offices, let me tell you. This year, for the 14th annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience (formerly alFresco filmFesto), the free series on the waterfront chose to focus on the oeuvre d'Bullock. We chose to rejoice (the reign of dudes has been interrupted!)

From July 18 to August 15, at the Halifax waterfront on a 30-foot inflatable screen at the end of the Halifax Waterfront’s Tall Ships Quay (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market), we can all experience the roller coaster of emotions that only my best friend Sandra Bullock can evoke.

Friday, July 18: Gravity, 2013, 90min (Rated PG)


Friday, July 25: The Blind Side, 2009,129min (Rated PG). "Michael, I want you to have a good time but if you get a girl pregnant out of wedlock, I will crawl into the car, drive up to Oxford and cut off your penis."
Friday, August 1: Miss Congeniality, 2000, 109min (Rated PG). "You think I'm goooorgeous, you wanna daaaate me!"
Friday, August 8: Speed, 1994, 116min (Rated 14A). Still better than Metro Transit.
Friday, August 15:  People’s Choice vote between: While You Were Sleeping, Two If By Sea, Two Weeks Notice, and The Proposal.
*Fans can vote here: starting July 1st, until noon, August 8th. The winning film will be announced just before the Speed screening.  

Things you should know:

An Atlantic Canadian produced short film will be screened before each film, the Summer Shorts series. Delightful!

Bring blankets and chairs.

They will sell snacks, you can bring snacks yourself or you can surreptitiously steal handfuls of popcorn from your neighbour. You decide.

  Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. Please check for weather updates and cancellations at: There are no rain dates.

It's free. I know I mentioned that already but it's good so I'll say it again.

Throughout the summer/HRM there will be other non-Bullock themed films happening, courtesy of AFF, if you're into that sort of thing:

Sunday, June 29: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986, 103min (Rated PG) at Sunnyside Mall, Bedford as part of Bedford Days This screening is both a “bring your own chair” and a drive-in movie  

Tuesday, July 1: Despicable Me, 2010, 95min (Rated G) at Kinsmen Park as part of Sackville Patriot Days  

Saturday, July 5: Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary), 1984, 105min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth, hosted by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

Saturday, July 19: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! (15th Anniversary), 1989, 93min (Rated G) at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, hosted by The Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing  

Saturday, August 3: Princess Bride, 1987, 98min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth as part of Natal Days, hosted by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission  

Thursday, August 14: Il Était Une Fois Les Boys (When We Were Boys), 2013, 106min (Rated G) at Parade Square, City Hall, Halifax as part of The National Acadian Day Celebrations, hosted by the Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre   

Thursday, September 4: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014, 142min (Rated PG) at Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront as part of the “End of Summer” series   

Friday, September 5: The Lego Movie, 2014, 100min (Rated G) at Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront as part of the “End of Summer” series   

Saturday, September 6: Frozen, 2013, 102min (Rated G) at Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront as part of the “End of Summer” series   

 *Admission is free and all screenings start at dusk with gates and concessions opening one-hour prior. Please check for weather updates and cancellations at:

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Q&A with Twin City Wrestling host Adria Young

Intrepid Coast reporter Adria Young moonlights as the host of a brand new wrestling show

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Adria Young pins 'em - SCOTT BLACKBURN
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Sometimes someone you work with is doing something so cool you just can't ignore it. So at the risk of saying I only cover my friends (which is 100% completely true by the way. That's why I have so many friends and never ever EVER spend nights alone binge-watching Orphan Black and eating microwave popcorn, on account of I'm almost always in da club or poolside taking pictures of the tops of my thighs), I asked Coast contributor extraordinaire Adria Young about her mind-bogglingly awesome new venture: hosting a local cable TV show about wrestling.

Q: What the heck is going on, girl?
A: TCW Wrestling is a six-part wrestling series on Eastlink (Thursdays—check local listings) and online over the next six weeks, culminating in the first live event of the year, TCW’s Evolution of Championship Wrestling (June 28). The hour-long episodes feature matches by some of the most animated live action pro-wrestlers like Dazzling Dick Durning, Julius Fantana, Lincoln Steen, Narcis Saint, the Acadien Remi Petit, R&R Express and more, with announcer (and series editor) Scott Simpson, hosted by me. The series includes special guests, and matches were filmed at live events in Dartmouth and Lunenburg County last year by TCW and Jason Eisener and crew. Local audiences get loud and rowdy. As the host of TCW for this season, I take the audience through the ropes of each episode and introduce major threats, though I think I’m starting to have a secret, burning desire to get in the ring. Not only are these wrestlers defending their titles, there’s an entertaining clash of egos and greasy promoters.

Q: Why now? And why wrestling?
A: TCW owner, Cyril Richards, is bringing local wrestling back to local TV, which hasn't really happened in the Maritimes since the days of Grand Prix. I hope viewers will get into the spirit of wrestle and then come out to live TCW events to watch the rest of the series unfold. TCW Wrestling (and wrestling in general) is family entertainment and so much of the experience is really getting involved in the events, cheering for faces, booing the heels, and just being engaged. Going to TCW live really inspired me to get involved and embrace the spirit of wrestle.

Q: How much bronzer is too much bronzer?
A: As the host of a wrestling show, there is no such thing as too much bronzer.

Q: Who is your favourite wrestler?
A: My favourite TCW wrestler is the vain Narcis Saint. I have a soft spot for pretty faces but he needs a glitzier opponent, someone with as much sparkle. Maybe a new challenger will swoop in and take these pretty-boy wrestlers by snowstorm. I also like tag-teams and I like watching those R&R dirtbags take hits. I really appreciate that TCW’s wrestlers have regional inflections in their characters and they take the matches seriously while still having fun. 

Q: What do you love most about the sport/art/entertainment medium?
A: Anything can happen in wrestling, from chair and ladder hitting to the ring collapsing; it’s real, spontaneous live action. Plus, the film crews (Jason Eisener, Evan Eliot, Tyler Ross, Pat Campbell and more) did an excellent job capturing the events and the production quality is great. 

Q: Why should we turn on the TV?
A: A lot—a ton—of work went into this series. I can’t wait to watch it develop and I think the next year of live events is going to be great. TCW is bringing in two top lady wrestlers, Leah Von Dutch and Courtney Rush, for the first ever TCW ladies match in June, who of course I’m really excited for, because lady wrestlers are my favourite wrestlers and deserve to be champions. 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Fuel your wanderlust with Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat

Local documentary takes a break from a hectic festival circuit to celebrate an online release

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM


WARNING: Watching this film will make you want to sell your earthly belongings and get the heck out of dodge. I very nearly put in my notice and it's not even 10am yet.

Local director/cinematographer Kevin A. Fraser and local producer Melani Wood struck documentary gold when they met David Welsford (caution: his website is just as deadly as the doc), 29-year-old Nova Scotian who restored an old wooden boat in order to sail the Caribbean. After slaying the festival circuit, today marks the film's online release. It's romantic and awesome and inspiring. Start packing that go bag.

Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Contessa isn't here to make friends

Scott "Contessa" Bosse's official Big Brother Canada finale week event has got your TV cravings covered

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:00 AM


In those tense moments before Big Brother Canada’s finale (Thursday, May 8) you’ll undoubtedly need something to do other than study the live feeds. Halifax’s almost-kinda-sorta houseguest Scott “Contessa” Bosse (check him on FB) and the “high emotion Scotian” houseguest Kyle Shore will help you fill the time. Bosse (and his drag alter ego Contessa) was part of a new twist this year where three potential houseguests were secreted away in the “war room” until Canada voted one of them inside. Unfortunately Bosse didn’t make the cut, but that hasn’t slowed down his enthusiasm for the show.

Big Brother nerdery is a special sort and it’s a group I count myself in (hence the coverage of a national television show in the Scene column—a girl’s gotta be well-rounded after all). Bosse’s official Big Brother Canada finale week event this Saturday at Reflections Cabaret (5184 Sackville Street, $7, 9pm) promises to hold appeal for even casual fans. As drag queen Contessa, Bosse has been planning events in Halifax for 10 years—Contessa’s Cosmic Drag Bingo is a standout. “When it comes down to it, this one of the positives to getting the boot so early,” says Bosse, laughing. “I'm now back in full swing of my life, I’ve come to a good place—I’m not a bitter Betty. The show is coming to an end and I want to honour it.”

Bosse will have fellow houseguest Kyle Shore, last season winner Jillian MacLaughlin and boyfriend/houseguest Emmett Blois on deck to talk game, goof off, answer questions and take photos with fans. Bosse will up the performance element with friends Bridget Von Snaps and Wilhelmina Couture. “I’m kicking the show off with a choreographed piece with three backup dancers and confetti launchers,” says Bosse. “Kyle and I will banter. I'll make him take his shirt off, we’ll take a lot of selfies.”

Bosse’s experience wasn’t typical of a usual Big Brother houseguest, but he’s keeping on the bright side. “You turn on the TV and you want to cry, but then you get all these nice messages from fans and it’s a dream come true experience.”

His eviction hasn’t diminished his enjoyment of the dangerously addictive reality show. “It turned out to be a fun good versus evil type premise, it’s definitely been an on the edge of your seat kinda week,” Bosse says. “I hope Neda takes the whole thing.”

His war room roommate Alison might have been his favourite at first, but opinions change. “She had the worst gameplay of any of the players. Be a leader, girl! I’m not rooting for her, hashtag sorry ‘bout it,” says Bosse. “The slop had more strategy and entertainment value than she did.” The shade!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Women Making Waves' big splash

Female role models on and off the screen abound at this weekend's conference

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Bomb Girls Betty (Ali Liebert, left) and Gladys (Jodi Balfour) compare notes on the floor.
  • Bomb Girls Betty (Ali Liebert, left) and Gladys (Jodi Balfour) compare notes on the floor.

Sometimes your career can be defined by a single moment. Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman were in negotiations with Alliance Communications to distribute their 1992 documentary Talk 16, a film following the lives of young teenage girls. Mitchell and Lundman wanted to hang on to their copyright in hopes of creating a dramatic series in the future and Alliance refused. After intense three day negotiations, Alliance gave in to their request.

“It’s hard for women to simply get gigs in this business,” says Mitchell, co-founder of Back Alley Productions. “We found a way to hang on to our own material and give ourselves and other women the opportunity to be producers, directors and writers.”

The leading women in film and television will gather in Halifax for the fourth annual Women Making Waves conference on March 21-23 ( Hosted by the Women in Film and Television Atlantic Chapter (WIFT-AT), the conference will feature a screening of short films, a screenwriter’s circle and the Wave Awards.

Mitchell and Lundman are certainly leading the way for women to develop and produce their own shows. Through their production company, they’ve had a string critically acclaimed shows including Drop the Beat, Played and Durham County, a crime drama that was nominated for Best Dramatic Series at the 2007 Gemini Awards. Their most recent success is Bomb Girls, a TV series about four women working in a munitions factory during World War II. Originally meant to be a six-part miniseries, the show received a full season renewal.

“In Bomb Girls, we have lots female talent behind the scenes,” says Mitchell. “We’ve hired lots of female writers over the years and even female camera operators, which are hard to find. Having women in senior positions creates more material in the long run.”

Bomb Girls was cancelled last year and fans from the US and Canada launched the “Save Bomb Girls” campaign calling for a third season, which included thousands of letters to Global TV and tweeting #savebombgirls to Netflix on International Women’s Day. The campaigns are reminiscent of recent fan campaigns that brought back the TV show Arrested Development and the Veronica Mars movie. Bomb Girls will have a MOW airing on March 27 at 8pm on Global TV. “I’ve been so overwhelmed, validated and touched by the fans,” says Mitchell. “We’ve received over 7,000 letters about what the show has meant to fans. It shows that there’s a desire for female content, especially for young women and stories about women in history.”

Meanwhile, Mitchell and Lundman are moving on their next project, a serialized crime drama about a young female detective investigating a murder. Newcomer Jane Maggs, a young screenwriter from Newfoundland, is developing the script.

“We’ve had so many people talk about how Bomb Girls changed their lives,” says Lundman. “We want to keep doing this type of programming with female role models on and off the screen.”

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If the Internet Cat Video Festival doesn't come here, I swear

I will pitch a fit the likes of which you've never seen

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

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The very same day I was reminded that the Oh Don Piano video is eight years old and the probability is high that Don is dead now (thanks, Sue Carter Flinn), I discover that the Internet Cat Video Festival is a thing, and Canadian Art reports that it's touring across Canada. But Halifax is not on the list and it's probably because of something you did.

I think there's still time to turn this around, but if not who wants to take a road trip to Fredericton this spring? For now, enjoy this classic jam.


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