Halifax Scene by Jamie Paterson

Cheers to charity

Comedy and music for a good cause took over the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax on Saturday night. The International Women’s Day Dinner and Silent Auction treated guests to some laughs and raised money for Bryony House.On the way downtown, I ran into a group of well-dressed wedding...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 1:32 PM

Hoop dreams and jazz hands

It was March Madness time last week with the Atlantic University Sport men’s basketball tournament at the Metro Centre. On Saturday night it was all about the arts as I checked in to the Salt Truck Follies at Halifax Grammar School. The evening of comedy and dance raised money for Live Art Dance...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 1:32 PM

Feasting on local fare

Taste me! Taste me! That’s what my mind was screaming last Thursday night during the Savour Food and Wine Show at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Some of the best chefs in town were cooking their top recipes while wine experts were teaching us which vino to pair with the dishes. The show...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 1:32 PM

Farewells, fundraisers and talk about sex

A COLOURFUL WEEKEND: The business community had its chance to say thanks and farewell to one of its own this week with a going-away party for Fred MacGillivary. The Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame hosted the event, a place near and dear to MacGillivray’s heart. Unfortunately, the guest of honour...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 1:32 PM

Fake celebrities and the world's finest wine

RED WHITE AND BLUSH: I was off to Seasons Bistro and Wine Bar last weekend to sample the best wines from around the world. Better still, the wines were paired with samples of rich chocolate. More than a warm-up to Valentine’s Day, the fourth annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting Event was a fundraiser...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 1:32 PM

Dennis Rodman livens up Progress Club dinner

This year’s Canadian Progress Club dinner is one they’ll be talking about for many years to come. Hockey legends Frank Mahovlich and Brian Trottier teamed up with football’s Jim Kelly and Olympic gold medallist Adam van Koeverden. But it was basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman who brought the show to...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 1:32 PM

Flashbacks of the friendly sort

It was the meeting of old and new this week, as Neptune Theatre gave folks the chance to relive their prom days. Chiffon and tuxedos were the order of the day at Black & White and Prom All Over, a fundraiser for student matinees and other programs. The Mu Lan Chinese Cultural Centre ushered in...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 1:32 PM

Paying tribute to King and helping out a dear friend

Sometimes in this job, I feel like a dog chasing his tail. Such was the case this past Friday night as I found myself running between the Cohn and Pier 21 looking for the perfect picture. I was caught between two outstanding events. The first was The Dream Continues … A Musical Tribute to Dr....

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 10:30 AM

Taking a stroll down memory lane

The ’80s were all the rage this week as one of Canada’s most successful bands of that decade hit metro for a pair of shows. The Box were able to make the crossover from French to English audiences, and are currently working on their sixth album.Fans at Monte’s ShowBar Friday night were able to...

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 10:30 AM

Scrooge, puppets and a history lesson

As much as I love the Christmas season, let me be the first to say I’m glad it’s over! The Scene has been touch and go over the past few weeks. Usually Friday night is my night to make the rounds of the popular night spots in Metro. The past two Fridays have been dead, to say the least. On Boxing...

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 1:11 AM

Gotta love Father's Day

This is a week that will be remembered for a long time, but not for good reasons for those who live in the Porter’s Lake area. The reminders of what was going on in that community hovered over the skies everywhere the Scene went this week.The quest for higher learning motivated me earlier in the...

Thursday, June 19, 2008, 10:30 AM

One full week of partying

Sometimes there’s barely enough of me to go around. Such was the case this week when your Man on the Scene found himself in every corner of the city covering every event imaginable.Thursday, I was cruising the World Trade and Convention Centre at the 11th Annual Dinner and Auction for Habitat for...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 10:30 AM

Rockin’ in the city

This week saw your Scene going a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll!One of the few country bars in metro hosted the Kentucky Headhunters this week. Friday night the Rodeo Lounge was hopping with the honky-tonk, blues and southern rock of the Headhunters. The Rodeo Lounge has been...

Thursday, June 5, 2008, 11:00 AM

Cosby a crowd pleaser

It was more comedy than you could shake a stick at this week. First, the legend himself, Bill Cosby, was in town for two sold-out shows at Casino Nova Scotia. My Scene spies tell me he took stand-up to a sit-down level, performing both shows centre stage, seated in a chair. Very few comics could...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 7:48 PM

The Replacement

What a week for your Man on the Scene to be out of commission! But don’t feel too sorry for me. I took a week off to bask in the warmth of the Cuban sun while learning to say “Un cerveza, por favor.” This is not to say the Scene was left unattended in my absence. My good friend Anna Zee from Q-104...

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 5:00 AM

Latvians invade

National pride was all over town this week. Everywhere you turned there were maple leaf flags, or wild and crazy Latvians wearing horns! Halifax really stepped up to the plate and is showing how to put on a world-class event. Kinda makes you wonder what we would have done with the Commonwealth...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 9:39 PM

Halifax hits the ice

This week, it’s all about the hockey! Halifax has welcomed the world and it’s so cool to see hockey fans of all stripes enjoying the hospitality we have to offer. The World Men’s Hockey Championship started Friday with team Slovenia taking on the Canadians in their first game. A tailgate party was...

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 9:39 PM

Who’s getting old?

I think the Rolling Stones sang it best with “What a drag it is getting old.” That song must have been running through Jeremy Webb’s head more than once this past week as the actor and director turned the ripe old age of 40. The British import, who now calls Halifax home, celebrated four fine...

Thursday, May 1, 2008, 6:41 PM