This wonderful new poem by Halifax spoken word poet, activist and teacher El Jones was performed tonight at the fundraiser held at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax, for the fearless land and river defenders who are resisting Alton Gas.
This weekend’s poem, night cemetery by Robin Metcalfe, was inspired by the ghastly murder of John William Tha Din in 1988 in the Halifax Camp Hill Cemetery, a well known gay cruising area at the time. It’s from Writing the Common, a wonderful collection of poems about the Halifax Commons by a great bunch of local poets, published in 2013, by Gaspereau Press.
Last week I attended The View From Her(e), a contemporary dance piece by Liliona Quarmyne, part of this year’s excellent Mayworks Halifax festival. I had a lot of fun. The good news is, there is a Part 2 this week.
This week we feature a poem by David Huebert about the colonization of the Halifax Commons. April was poetry month, and we managed to not publish one single poem. But never mind, it’s May, and we have another poetic surprise planned for next weekend.
A new documentary to be shown this weekend at the excellent Emerging Lens Film Festival revisits the film tax credit cuts of the summer of 2015 and the real problems it created for Nova Scotia’s many film industry workers. We talk with documentary filmmaker Fateh Ahmed.
We are delighted to present South Shore poet Alice Burdick’s Distraction poem, about Facebook, cats, crow videos and more.
We are delighted to present some of the art of printmaker Ericka Walker. Walker is a Nova Scotia artist who is interested in messages contained in the visual propaganda of the last centuries, and how these messages shape the stories we continue to tell ourselves, no questions asked.
Delighted to feature this excellent poem by Mi’kmaw storyteller and poet Shalan Joudry of Bear River First Nation. The Nova Scotia Advocate tries to amplify voices that aren’t often heard. Surely we can count poets among those voices.
This weekend we feature a short gritty film by Grassfire Films, Cape Breton-based filmmaker Ashley McKenzie and producer Nelson MacDonald. The film was shot in 2013 in New Waterford.
Today we feature Black Sheroes, a poem by El Jones. “If you’re only telling the history of Black men then there’s a half that you missed.”