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Halifax-Raised Musician Andrew Machum Part II: Life In Toronto & Branching Out Into Alternative Acapella Genre

Halifax-Raised Musician Andrew Machum Part II: Life In Toronto & Branching Out Into Alternative Acapella Genre

By Andrew Macdonald

Halifax-raised Musician Andrew Machum Part II: Life In Toronto & Branching Out Into Alternative Acapella Genre

This is Part II of a chat with emerging 23-year old musician Andrew Machum, Halifax raised, and now living in Toronto, after a year’s stint in Los Angeles.

Part II ran the other weekend, and a link to that article is contained below this story.

Machum has just released two new singles on streaming sites, one called Winter, which he self-produced and engineered in his studio set up in his TO apartment, where he lives with his younger brother, Matthew, a Ryerson student.

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NSLC Financials: Commercial Beer Giants Like Oland See Sales Decreases, While Independent Craft Brewers Enjoy Strong Traction

NSLC Financials: Commercial Beer Giants Like Oland See Sales Decreases, While Independent Craft Brewers Enjoy Strong Traction

By Andrew Macdonald

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp the other day released its third-quarter financial results.

An interesting fact is that in the period between Sept-Dec. is that total beer sales were down 1%.

The NSLC store network sold 64.45 million hectolitres of beer in the financial reporting period, as compared to 65 million hectolitres in the previous year.

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Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

By Andrew Macdonald

Story Update

Earlier in the week, I moved a story that millennial entrepreneur Lara Cusson is now selling tacos out of her popular independent café on Agricola Street.

Cafe Lara has entered into an “arrangement” to provide kitchen space to Taco Lina, formerly located in Gus’ Pub.

Reports Cusson: “Taco Lina’s, owned by the Rinaldo brothers, has relocated inside Café Lara”.

The Mexican food offering makes its debut at Café Lara this weekend, opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

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Mummies From Egypt Now An Exhibition Highlight At Halifax’s Museum Of Natural History

Mummies From Egypt Now An Exhibition Highlight At Halifax’s Museum Of Natural History

By Carol Dobson

If you spent your childhood Saturday afternoons in the darkened movie theatre waiting to be scared out of your skin by the mummy in the movie, then the “Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life’ exhibit at the Museum of Natural History shows the moviemakers were pretty accurate in their depictions.

The exhibit has its roots in Florence Italy’s Museo Egizio and has been traveling throughout Europe and China before setting down in Halifax to make its North American debut from February 22 to June 21.

“It’s divided into three rooms,” The Museum of Natural History’s curator Jeff Gray says. “The first room explains the mummification process. Then, in the second room, you see various elements of the sarcophagi and in the third room, you see items from the funerary trousseau chest that accompanied the person on their journey into the next life. Where we today treat death more solemnly, in the Egyptian culture moving on to the next life was more celebratory and people were excited about what would happen in the next life.”

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Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Old Fashioned Brewery Wars Between Garrison & Propeller Breweries To Play Out On Quinpool Road

Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Old Fashioned Brewery Wars Between Garrison & Propeller Breweries To Play Out On Quinpool Road

By Andrew Macdonald

Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Craft Brewery Wars Touch Down On Quinpool Road: Garrison & Propeller To Fight For Customers

You gotta love it – and old fashioned independent brewery war is shaping out to play out on Quinpool Road – between the two deans of the craft brew movement.

I refer to the founders and proprietors of Brian Titus’ Garrison Brewery & Jon Allan’s Propeller Brewery – both established in 1997, some 22-years ago.

Garrison late in 2019 opened a fourth expansion brewery and retail store at the Norman Nahas owned Oxford Theatre.

And now comes word that Propeller is going to open a retail store also on Quinpool Road, in the Doug Reid built luxury condo complex, The Keep.

It will spark an old fashioned brewery war from the two craft brewery pioneers.

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Brewery Wars, Part II:  Meet John Allen – The Man Behind The Beer Wars On Quinpool Road

Brewery Wars, Part II: Meet John Allen – The Man Behind The Beer Wars On Quinpool Road

By Andrew Macdonald

Quinpool Road Brewery Wars: Meet John Allen – The Man Behind Beer Wars

Propeller Brewery, like its staunch foe, Garrison Brewery were both founded in 1997.

Propeller declined to talk to me, while Brian Titus did speak to The Notebook – my cell phone number is embedded in Titus phone. The Titus story is elsewhere.

But, who is John Allen, the man who is sparking an old fashioned brewery war to play out on Quinpool Road?

Well, his Propeller Brewery website declares: “For 20 years, Propeller Brewing Company has been making quality craft beer”.

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