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Nova Scotians negotiate the future

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Our live event held Friday, May 16, will be available to stream on demand... once it finishes its journey to the server... Click here to find the player

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Classic Wax - The Rankin's Fare Thee Well Love

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Jimmy Rankin talks about the Rankin Family's breakthrough album "Fare Thee Well Love" (1990) with Mainstreet's host Stephanie Domet.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES:

 

Lennie Gallant drops into the Mainstreet studio with stories about the making of his classic album "The Open Window" (1994).

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Stephanie brings together songs from "Working Man: The Best Of Rita MacNeil" and interview clips from the CBC Archives to pay tribute to Cape Breton's first lady of song.

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NS father wants you to think twice about using the R-word

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A father of a child with special needs wants you to think twice about using the R-word. Robb Scott lives in Greenfield, near Truro, with his wife and three kids. Turner is their middle child. Turner is three, and he has Down Syndrome. This is a video Robb put on YouTube about why he no longer uses the word "retarded" to describe something silly or dumb.

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Robb and his wife Kelly spoke with Mainstreet's Stephanie Domet about life with Turner, this video, and reactions to it.

 

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Dartmouth boyhood inspired Jason Eisener's One Last Dive

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Jason Eisener's Hobo With A Shotgun had its genesis in a movie trailer he made for a contest. This summer, he produced a one-minute and nine-second short that might lead to another feature length film. And it could be set just about anywhere in the City of Lakes. Watch One Last Dive here. And listen to Stephanie's interview with Jason here.

Nova Scotia's best beaches

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Thumbnail image for Macleod's campsite beach.jpgAfter Nova Scotia was shut out of a top ten list of Canadian beaches in the Globe & Mail, we asked our listeners to help us identify Nova Scotia's best beaches. They came up with a list dominated by provincial parks, but we also heard about a few places you might not be familiar with. If you're planning a roadtrip or two this summer, here are some possible additions to your itinerary. Don't forget your sunblock. And maybe a wetsuit!

 

PROVINCIAL PARKS:

 

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park on the eastern shore

Martinique Beach Provincial Park on the eastern shore

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park south of Halifax in Sambro

Queensland Beach Provincial Park west of Halifax, just before Hubbards

Mavillette Beach Provincial Park on the French shore near Yarmouth

Melmerby Beach Provincial Park on the Northumberland shore

Pomquet Beach Provincial Park on the Northumberland shore

Point Michaud Beach Provincial Park in Richmond County, Cape Breton

West Mabou Beach Provincial Park in Inverness County, Cape Breton

 

OTHERS:

 

Carters Beach in Queens County in Port Mouton on the south shore

Crescent Beach in Lockeport on the south shore

Hirtle's Beach in the District of Lunenburg on the south shore

MacLeod's Beach (pictured above) near Inverness, Cape Breton

Cabots Landing Provincial Park is a place to start exploring the beaches at Aspy Bay, on the northern tip of Cape Breton

Sal Kahn approach to math comes to NS

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The Nova Scotia government and some local business leaders are spending a million dollars on a pilot project to augment the teaching of math in junior high schools. Almost three-hundred grade seven students in four different school boards will take part. They will be provided with tablet computers so they can watch video tutorials on the internet. Stephanie talked to Jim Spatz about this.

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This is an approach to teaching math that was made famous by Sal Khan. He was the subject of a documentary by Paul Hunter on The National last month.

 

And here's a link to the Khan Academy library of four-thousand educational videos:

 

Peter MacKay in a Chevrollac

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This sculpture by Fenn Martin is on display until the end of June in New Glasgow, at 195 Forbes Street in front of the Celtic Circle. Stephanie talked to Fenn on June 3.

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Bad dishwasher, good cause

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If you'd like to help Gerry Leblanc's daughter Sophie raise money for the Crohn's And Colitis Foundation Of Canada, here's a link.

https://secure.ccfcfindthecure.ca/ParticipantPage.aspx?PID=24809&L=2&CCID=107&GC=GTv2

 

Classic wax with Rita, and Lennie

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Stephanie brings together songs from one of Rita MacNeil's 'best of' collections, and interview clips from the CBC Archives, to pay tribute to Cape Breton's first lady of song.

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Lennie Gallant's classic album "The Open Window" was released in 1994.  He dropped into Studio A with stories about how the songs were written, and how the recordings were made.

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Classic wax - The Open Window, by Lennie Gallant

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Lennie Gallant's classic album "The Open Window" was released in 1994.  He dropped into Studio A with stories about how the songs were written, and how the recordings were made.

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David Myles, Rose Cousins, and more

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Hear Stephanie Domet and Mainstreet live from the 25th anniversary East Coast Music Awards, with special co-host Ted Blades.

Performers and panelists in the first hour include Thom Swift, Joella Foulds, Ian MacKinnon, Karl Falkenham, Ria Mae, Scott MacMillan, Cam Smith, and Meg Warren.

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Performers and panelists in the second hour include Tom Power and The Dardanelles, Colin Grant, Crissy Crowelly, Rose Cousins, Rich Aucoin, and Ben Caplan.

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Performers and panelists in the third hour include David Myles, Chris Kirby, Jenn Grant, Christina Martin, and Tim Chaisson.

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The bright lights of Mainstreet

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Congratulations to our winners!  Ted and Cynthia Siegel of Middle Ohio
You voted their home best decorated for the holidays in Nova Scotia. 

 

 

 

Special podcasts on the concert cash report

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We've done many interviews, and had many calls and emails from you about the Auditor General's report into the concert cash scandal at city hall.

If you want to read the report yourself, find it here.

And if you missed some of our coverage, we've compiled it into two special podcasts. (As of 6pm Thursday, the second audio file is still on the way to our server.)

Part 1 part 1
Part 2 part 2

S.S. Khandalla on their Studio H experience

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Resize 7.JPGA few weeks back, School of Rock contest champs S.S. Khandalla spent a weekend collecting their prize. Ryan Langdon, Justin Tousignan, Evan Stoney and Danaan Pederson won a recording session in CBC's Studio H with ECMA-winning producer Karl Falkenham.

Stephanie chatted with Ryan and Karl about how recording in the CBC studio was different from recording in a basement in Windsor. "We had no idea what to expect going into a studio that nice," Ryan said. "The electrician who did Studio H probably did a better job. We get shocked by our gear pretty often."

You can hear that interview, and the Studio H recording of the band's song "Rufio" on Monday's Mainstreet. In the meantime, click the picture below to watch the band in an audio slideshow, set to their song "Sleep" (also recorded in Studio H).


Three bands performed for our judges in our inaugural School of Rock contest.

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Local guy wins Hobo With A Shotgun contest

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We've updated our Hali-wood Goes Horror-wood podcast. It's a special hour-long compilation of all our interviews with movie director Jason Eisener, and it now includes his April 11th appearance on Mainstreet with Keith Hodder from Mineville. Keith's trailer Van Gore just won the Hobo With A Shotgun trailer contest, and will be featured on the Hobo DVD & Blu-ray. In this podcast, we also meet Rutger Hauer (who plays the Hobo) on the Hobo set during production in Halifax. Another local guy, Mark Palermo, talks about how he got a big break and ended up co-writing the horror/comedy Detention. And finally, Mainstreet's Alex Mason talks about the appeal of movies where horrible things happen to the characters on screen, including the (say what?) sexual attraction one woman confesses to feeling toward a notorious pop culture serial killer.
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Also: we have a mini podcast with the entire Mainstreet crew doing a tag-team review of Hobo With A Shotgun, the day after it's red carpet premiere in Halifax.
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(You can also subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store - search for Mainstreet Halifax.)

Another podcast - sexy babes, Big Foot '76, and stadiums

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Stephanie Domet talks to a poet, a pastor, and a philosopher about why little girls wear sexy clothes. Alex Mason remembers a pop culture moment from 1976. And Bill Roach asks half a dozen Nova Scotians whether we can afford to build a stadium in metro, and whether we can afford not to. Stream it here...
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(Or follow this link if you want to be able to right click and save the audio to your computer. You can also subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store - search for Mainstreet Halifax.)

School of Rock highlights, and other 2011 podcasts

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We've just created another podcast full of highlights from our first School Of Rock contest. Listen in as the three finalists play live for our judges.
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LAST WEEK, we compiled the most dramatic moments from our conversations with the judges -- as they picked five semi-finalists, and then three more when several bands pulled out and were disqualified. You'll also hear excerpts of songs from ten of the bands that competed.
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OUR OTHER FEBRUARY PODCAST...

There's talk in the news about the amount of property tax businesses pay downtown, compared to the amount paid in the suburban business parks. Bernie Smith - formerly with a merchant's group on Spring Garden Road, and now promoting businesses in the Agricola Street neighbourhood - is calling for a freeze on taxes downtown. And some of the basis for this is an analysis done by accountant Andrew Murphy a year ago. Andrew Murphy tells us one of the reasons his analysis continues to have an impact is because a lot of people heard two detailed interviews we did with him last February. So we've packaged those into a podcast.
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MORE PODCASTS, from last month...

The CBC's Nina Corfu finds out why a waiter in Halifax doesn't like paramedics, and tells guest host Bill Roach about other things she learned reading a very entertaining local blog. And we ask Bill Black and Lars Osberg if our provincial government can afford to do anything other than cut, cut, cut, as it tries to reposition Nova Scotia's economy in 2011.
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IN ANOTHER PODCAST from January, hear our phone-in on whether schools should stay open on storm days. Also, Mainstreet's Alex Mason wonders why some people insist on acknowledging the "and" in the acronym for Utility And Review Board. And Bill Roach gets a skating lesson with the Mayor of Halifax (let's hope it doesn't turn into a "crash course") at the speed skating oval on the Common.
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School of Rock audio archive

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We've archived all Stephanie's conversations with our contest judges, and the bands that made it to the semi-finals.

Stephanie introduces the judges

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Snow & Blackbirds named first semi-finalist

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S. S. Khandalla named second semi-finalist

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Snow & Blackbirds disqualified, Callum Moscovitch is in

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Callum Moscovitch withdraws, Always Distracted is in

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The Trips are in; Eco-Shock is in and then withdraws

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The judges sample several bands, and settle on Autumn Falls

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Jailyn Cry wins a wild card draw and the vote is on

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Stephanie talks to members of Always Distracted

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Stephanie talks to members of S. S. Khandalla

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Stephanie talks to members of Jailyn Cry

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Stephanie talks to members of The Trips

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Stephanie talks to members of Autumn Falls

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