Looking for an event or something to watch, read, listen to or eat this weekend?
We've got you covered with a sampling of our best arts and entertainment stories from the past week.
More shiver than scream
Colin Chisholm was bracing himself to get really creeped out when he started The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix. Check out his review in his latest Streaming Wars column.
Pedalling his music
St. John’s-based singer-songwriter Adrian House is on a tour of the Atlantic bubble. But there’s no van packed to the roof with amps, guitars and a drum kit. It’s just House and his bike, with an acoustic guitar strapped on tight. Check out Andrew Waterman's story to see what House is up to.
Rocking out for youth
A Charlottetown band is trying to breathe new life into the all-ages scene on P.E.I. And, Moment of Eclipse, comprised of four high school members, isn’t wasting time getting ready, reports the Guardian's Dave Stewart.
Peace by reading
In Peace by Chocolate: The Hadhad Family’s Remarkable Journey from Syria to Canada, John Tattrie tells a detailed story of Isam Hadhad, his son, Tareq and their family.
Tattrie takes readers from Syria where the devastating civil war saw the family’s chocolate factory in Damascus destroyed in a bombing, to Lebanon where they spent several years as refugees, to Antigonish where they arrived about five years ago to the open arms of Nova Scotians who helped them and supported the founding of their company, Peace by Chocolate.
'The Lowlands Gulp'
In a new short story written by Anthony Brenton, the residents of the small Newfoundland and Labrador coastal town of Gulp, are driven to a frenzy when members of the community start disappearing, only for their body parts to wash up onto the shore. Waterman spoke with the author and illustrator about the book, which was released just in time for Halloween.
Some might say the current global state has all the makings of a horror film, writes the Telegram's Tara Bradbury. The Nickel Independent Film Festival organizers hope new and established local filmmakers might find inspiration amid anxiety to create participate in its Nickel 48-Hour Horror Challenge this weekend. Click for more details about what's sure to be a spooky silver screen experience.
Small province, big films
A Kensington, P.E.I.. writer and actor can’t wait until his short film hits the big screen this weekend. Shane Mountain wrote, produced, directed and acted in the seven-minute short film, The Seventh Man, which will be featured at the sixth annual Charlottetown Film Festival, Oct. 23-25. Stewart spoke with Mountain and the festival's organizer for the details.
Calling gourmands and movie buffs
Music might be the food of love according to Shakespeare, but to film aficionados, movies are the food of life, and life goes on for Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, writes the Chronicle Herald's Stephen Cooke.
Although it’s the event’s 10th year, it’s been dubbed Devour! 9.5 due to the slightly reduced scale of its offerings due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and gatherings. And like other major arts events this year, its organizers watched the developing situation change starting with the state of emergency declared in March with an eye their fellow festivals.
Art at the Gate
The 2020 version of the Art at the Gate Festival taking place virtually from the scenic coastline of Twillingate and New World Island in Newfoundland and Labrador. After a successful first run of the Art at the Gate Festival in 2019, organizers wanted to keep things going in 2020.
That was before a global pandemic and the subsequent restrictions snuffed out any semblance of a normal festival season. Still, organizers were keen, writes SaltWire's Nicholas Mercer.
Autumn from the air
The Chronicle Herald's John DeMont and Tim Krochak combined forces for this stunning photo essay, featuring Nova Scotia's fall colours from the land and the air. Find out why fall colours suit the province.
One of the new featured players on this season of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Toronto-based comic actor and writer Aba Amuquandoh pays tribute to Alanis Morissette and performs a COVID-19-era version of her hit Ironic in this recent sketch.
After two weeks in quarantine in a Halifax apartment, staring out the window at people enjoying the sunshine on Citadel Hill and mining the news for sketch ideas, Amuquandoh was primed to perform alongside cast members Cathy Jones, Mark Critch and Trent McClellan.
- SaltWire Selects Oct. 21: An election in Membertou, a singer turns to soap making and an NHL scout joins the champs
- SaltWire Selects Oct. 20: A province's racist reputation, precious photos lost and a vow to a family member
- SaltWire Selects Oct. 19: Plague doctors, fly fishing lessons, careers on ice and an election recap