Posts by Erica Eades

Murphy’s law

Michael Murphy doesn’t believe in signs. So when he found an envelope addressed to a name eerily similar to his own, he did what any non-superstitious person would do: he dropped it in the nearest mailbox and continued on his way. But for some reason, Murphy couldn’t shake the idea of that lost letter. The…

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Please excuse the typos

I recently came across a blog post by marketing copywriter Amber James on typo apologies sent from mobile devices. You know the ones: “Sent from my iPhone/Blackberry/Android/tablet. Please excuse the typos.” The phrase litters the signature box of emails sent by droves of (usually articulate) people. After laying out the facts, James posed an interesting…

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Who let the dogs out?

The Sheepdogs. Supplied photo by Alex Kirzhner

Rolling Stone cover winners come to Halifax Aug. 18, 2011 is a day the Sheepdogs won’t soon forget. After a tumultuous seven years spent climbing the ranks of Canada’s music scene, the roots rockers from Saskatoon were given an opportunity many artists can only dream of: They landed a spot on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine,…

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Online exclusive: Q&A with Jim Cuddy

Blue Rodeo singer brings new solo album to the Maritimes With the release of his third solo album, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy is paying tribute to the subtle charms of city life. “The kind act is very magnified in the city because it’s unexpected,” says the Toronto native on the origins of Skyscraper Soul. After spending…

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Meet Jeff Norman: Master taster for Jack Daniel’s whiskey

Jack D Honey. Photo by Angela Gzowski

Halifax visit first in history for the 145-year-old company  For the first time in over a decade, Jack Daniel’s is releasing a new spin on their classic Old No. 7 whiskey: Tennessee Honey liqueur. Already a success in the United States, where it hit shelves earlier this year, the product will be available in Canada…

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Out of the stone age

Dino Bones. Photo by Brittany Lucas

Toronto-based five-piece Dinosaur Bones is ready to rock To say that Toronto-based indie-rock quintet Dinosaur Bones is dedicated would be an understatement. Since releasing their entirely self-funded debut album, My Divider in March, the guys have been touring incessantly, sharing the stage with bands ranging from Tokyo Police Club to Ra Ra Riot to Library Voices.…

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Beneath the hype

Vertemnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1591

The downside to a vegetarian diet It seems you can’t go a day anymore without hearing the benefits of vegetarianism. Lose weight! Feel healthier! Save the environment! The propaganda is endless, and it’s convincing too. So convincing, in fact, that I was lured into the trend about a year and a half ago. Though my…

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The Swell Season delights at AFF

Once stars’ lives unveiled in new documentary About three months ago, I read this NPR article about The Swell Season, a documentary about the Irish/Czech band of the same name. Now, I am, and have been for quite some time, an avid fan of the group; I collect their albums, I’ve seen them in concert…

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Ecstasy at the AFF

Canadian director Rob Heydon’s new film an unexpected love story On Sunday evening I attended the opening to Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy at the AFF. Now, before I disclose too much about the film itself, I feel I must stress how truly wonderful of an event this was. In what I can only assume was a…

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Waltzing with Hobbits

Shot from Take This Waltz courtesy of the AFF.

The Away From Her director is back. But this time she’s tackling young love. Last night I had the absolute pleasure of attending a screening of Canadian director Sarah Polley’s new film, Take This Waltz. Like many films at this year’s festival, Polley’s flick is under a media embargo, so I won’t be giving a very…

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