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Helen Creighton celebrated in song

Northender Glenn Walton unveils an original musical score that he’s been working on for the last three years when If I Were a Blackbird, a work of musical theater, premieres April 26, 27 and 28 (8 p.m.) at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Singer Laura Smith stars as Helen Creighton in this concert about the folklorist’s life. Marty Burt, Dan McKinnon, Mandy White, Stewart Legere, Dilly MacFarlane and Terry Mullan are among the cast, and students from the Dartmouth Jazz Choir and Dartmouth All-City Strings accompany the actors.

Glenn Walton

Glenn Walton

Walton, a SMU professor and filmmaker, knew Creighton personally, and produced and directed the 1987 short film The Nova Scotia Song, Conversations with Helen Creighton.

Tickets to this concert are $13/$17. Email glruswalton(at)yahoo(dot)ca for reservations.

Running loose around the Citadel

Runners charged through the moat and across the parade grounds during the MEC Citadel Highlander Race on Sunday. Parks Canada staff steered racers around the course and warned fans from lingering under ramparts that still glistened with icicles. Naturally, organizers added a few historical touches to the event. A Highlander led the pre-race stretch with exercises used by soldiers long ago. Another fired a musket to start the race.

Wading in for the picture

A man snaps a picture of the art on the side of the Pavilion all-ages club this week.

Poet’s new collection playful look at ‘human hurt’

HALIFAX — Poet and neighbourhood resident John Wall Barger launches his collection Pain-proof Men this week.

From the book jacket: “The title is a literal translation of the Arabic word fakir, which refers to both a Sufi holy man who performs feats of endurance or magic, and a common street beggar who chants the scriptures. In the world of carnivals, a fakir or torture king would go to great lengths to demonstrate his immunity to pain – by, for example, lying on a bed of spikes and then asking an audience member to break a concrete block on his chest with a sledgehammer. The voice that emerges in Pain-proof Men is that of a derelict who sings the names of God during the day, and moonlights at a circus as a human pincushion at night …”

More info on Barger can be found at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. You can order his book from Palimpsest Press.

Go North! rolls out Saturday

Detail from 2009 Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour map. The full map is available at Above republished with permission.

Detail from 2009 Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour map. The full map is available at Above republished with permission.

The fourth Go North! art celebration rolls out Saturday with a quirky map highlighting the studios, galleries and performances taking part this year.

Every possible play on the word ‘north’ is used to make the legend on this map useful: Olde North, Northbound, Central North, North of North, Far North. Cranky Alfred Hitchcock fans could argue for a North by Northwest category, but that would probably just encompass Canada Post’s Almon Street parking lot.

The existing five geographical districts do the job just fine.

Pick up your own copy of the map between 12 and 6 p.m. tomorrow at the BusStop Theatre, at 2203 Gottingen Street. The full schedule for the day contains information about several hands-on workshops, guided tours and live performances. All stops on the tour are free.

Two of the five Go North! tours available.

Two of the five Go North! tours available.

Halifax Art Map

North End detail from Halifax Art Map, republished with permission of

North End detail from Halifax Art Map, republished with permission of

This is a detail from the 2009 edition. Artists and advertisers who wish to appear on next year’s should contact the people at Halifax Art Map. The full HRM version, and samples of the artists’ work, are also on that website.

(6) Mary Ann Archibald, painter (7) Laurie Mireau, painter (8) turnstile pottery, clay/potter (9) Paul Hannon, painter (10) Lynda Shalagan, painter (11) Taiya Barss, painter (12) Suzanne Gauthier, painter (13) Philip Doucette, glass (14) Susan Tooke, painter (15) Damian Lidgard, photographer (16) Margot Metcalfe, photography (17) Susan Hubley, painter.

(59) Secord Gallery (74) Norman Flynn Design (77) Hen House (78) Bogside Gallery (79) Hydrostone Gallery (80) etc press (81) Outside the Lines (87) Maritime Command Museum (90) 4Cs Foundation (91) Eye Level Gallery (97) FRED.

Nocturne targets North End for tour

HALIFAX — The Nocturne: Art at Night festival wants a new walking tour dedicated entirely to the North End. The challenge is to find a volunteer to design the tour and train three guides in time for the Oct. 17 event.

“Last year we only had a few special projects in the North End and not very much foot traffic,” said Nocturne’s volunteer coordinator, Rose Zack, in an email this week.

The 2008 Nocturne sparked 29 art galleries to open at night. Zack said last year’s festival also included a walking tour of downtown Halifax.

“I think that people took the tour for a more structured way to experience Nocturne and some even commented that it made them feel safer coming downtown.”

Zack said a dedicated North End tour is needed this year because the neighbourhood has changed so much in the last 12 months. New galleries and The Company House venue on Gottingen Street make it a good time to showcase the area, she said. In addition to Nocturne projects, the tour will incorporate architectural and cultural history.

Zack’s first job is to find the right candidate to create the experience. The job description says that volunteer should be “a leader,” enjoy speaking in front of crowds and be good at research and planning.

“I’d like to have someone who lives in and is passionate about the North End,” Zack said. “I think it is up to the developer to make the tour great, drawing on their own interests and knowledge.”

More information: Nocturne: Art at Night, 6 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 17

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