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A Word or Two with K.V. Johansen

The finalists have recently been announced for the 2012 Sunburst Awards, prizes given to the best of Canadian speculative fiction. Included in the adult category is Blackdog by K.V. Johansen, a sci-fi/fantasy author, journalist, editor and medieval history-phile based in New Brunswick. The Sunburst jury described Blackdog as “everything high fantasy should be: a tale of wars among gods, demons and wizards that also works as an oddly compelling social-cultural coming-of-age novel”. Arts East caught up with Johansen shortly after the shortlist announcements were made.

What was the inspiration behind Blackdog?
For me, stories usually start off with a character in a situation. The plot and even the whole world grow out of that. Blackdog began with the idea of a man in an alleyway, in a town under attack, being possessed by some sort of demonic dog-spirit. Now there’s no alleyway, and the spirit isn’t a demon (there are demons in this world but they’re nature-spirits and the Blackdog isn’t …

La Tour Baroque Duo!

Musique Royale presents La Tour Baroque Duo in six locations in Nova Scotia - July 16 – July 21.

The La Tour Baroque Duo brings together Michel Cardin and Tim Blackmore, two outstanding early music performers who combine their talents to present inspired programs of duos and solos for recorder, theorbo and harpsichord from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Formed in 2009, the La Tour Baroque Duo of Tim Blackmore (recorders and harpsichord) and Michel Cardin (theorbo) has performed throughout the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, the far north, in France and in the USA, receiving accolades such as “exquisitely played” and “spellbinding” from audiences and critics. Their début CD ‘Les caractères de la danse’ (2011) has received critical acclaim in Canada and the US. In 2012 the Duo will perform at the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival and the Toronto Early Music Centre, tour Nova Scotia for Musique Royale, and release a new CD of Scottish baroque music entitled ‘The Last Time I…


Tom Brett

"I got into photography in 2004, more so as a hobby than anything else. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have photos displayed in different galleries and magazines throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. I’m fortunate to live in a province which provides such a scenic landscape and amazing photo opportunities."

Mix-Ups, Mayhem and a Gay Wedding!

The Drowsy Chaperone June 21, 2012 The Pond Playhouse, Halifax
A capacity crowd took in the fun and frolic at The Pond Playhouse in Halifax this past Thursday night, as The Drowsy Chaperone kicked-off its 2-1/2 week run with the promise of ‘Mix-Ups, Mayhem and a Gay Wedding.’
Sure enough, laughter filled the petite Purcells Cove theatre for most of the 100 minute production, thanks to a solid script and a strong cast.
And while community-based theatre isn’t Broadway by any stretch of the imagination, the Theatre Arts Guild chose well with the campy Chaperone – the multi-award winning tale of wedding bells gone awry - making the most of its modest modus operandi and bringing out the best in its volunteer players.
Indeed, there is a lot to love about this ‘sprightly little show’; the charismatic Karen Myatt shines as Janet Van De Graaff, the sultry 20’s-era starlet (fans will want to check Myatt out at the Chester Playhouse next month); Brian Hart’s vocals paired well as her flaky fiancé (lov…


Sugar & Spice!