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Author: Tara Thorne

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The Tideline is an arts and culture podcast hosted by Tara Thorne, headquartered in Halifax, showcasing in-depth interviews with the city's artists, entertainers, and people about town.
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The Halifax-set Diggstown, which launched its third season this week on CBC TV, was part of the wave of #NSFilmJobs able to shoot in the COVID-light province over the past year and a half, with the added bonus of being able to employ tonnes of local actors. Star Vinessa Antoine joins the show from Toronto to chat about Marcie Diggs' emotional evolution, what she learned from her years in soaps, and her favourite place to eat in Dartmouth. Creator Floyd Kane — a Dalhousie law grad before he moved into producing, writing, and directing — also beams in to talk about threading the pandemic into the current season, how the team fits so much story into such a short episode run, and what's up with that Fox broadcasting deal that was announced off the top of the year.
Tara's first boss and current life coach Stephanie Domet drops by the show to talk about AfterWords, the literary festival she co-founded with Ryan Turner. After an auspicious live debut in 2019, AfterWords is now marking its second—and hopefully final—round online with thelikes of Katherena Vermette, Sheila Heti, Ann-Marie MacDonald (marking 25 years of Fall on Your Knees), and many more, all at very reasonable prices with many free events. They also chat about the state of journalism—keep your finger near the volume button for that segment.
The Canadian television multi-hyphenate Sheri Elwood has spent thepast two summers down in Hubbards making Moonshine, asemi-autobiographical drama about the family that runs a summer resortand its adjacent venue (aka The Shore Club). In a spare 15 minutesfrom creating, co-writing, and directing the second season, she phonesin from the shore to talk about being "repatriated" from American TV(and the differences of working in it versus here), and why now feltlike the time for a show like this.
Bretten Hannam has been working on Wildhood, in one way or another, for the past decade, pausing to make multiple short films and their debut feature, North Mountain (2015), an experience that took years itself to recover from. Wildhood is the story of a Two-Spirit Mi'kmaq teen who sets off to find the mother he thought was dead, a gorgeously rendered, gentle journey of self-discovery. In 2020 it became the first feature film to shoot in Nova Scotia in a post-COVID world. Brett stopped in on their way to the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to chat challenges, considerations of community, and opening FIN tonight.
The married duo at the core of Dog Day also makes movies together: First there was Lowlife, then there was The Crescent, and now there is Tin Can, an eerily prescient drama about a world consumed by a plague and a scientist trapped in a life-suspension chamber (it's the titular role). Nancy Urich and Seth A. Smith venture into the city for the first time since pre-covid to talk building an entire universe, premiering online, their plans for their live FIN premiere later this month (spoiler alert: fries), and lots more. Plus TWO Dog Day tracks.
Halifax legend Jane Kansas drops by the show to talk about her new Fringe play My Heart Attack, which covers a quadruple bypass, six hospital visits, multiple infections, and nearly 170 days total in hospital. Like her previous shows — My Funeral: a dry run and My Dead Dad: stories from the front yard  — My Heart Attack promises to be a unique mix of sharp observation, startling nuance, and sneaky tears. The Halifax Fringe Festival runs September 2-12; Tara makes some good show recommendations based solely on who's involved.
Rachel Reid — aka Rachelle Goguen — has been writing the Game Changers series out of Bedford for the past three years. Role Model, the fifth book in her gay hockey player anthology, dropped earlier this month and is about a closeted player who's traded to Ottawa (the horror) and is gently moved toward coming out by a new co-worker, while also grappling with a Me Too fallout courtesy of his former best friend. Rachelle — once upon a time Tara's co-worker — stops by the show to chat secret projects, romance, the politics of sports, and the series' real-life parallels.
The Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan will return to Nova Scotia for the first time since the pandemic began to play the second Tatafest in Tatamagouche at the end of August. She dials up the show from Baie-Egmont, PEI to talk about how she's spent her time in the relative safe haven of her home province — it included slowing down and decking some musical halls — and how excited she is to get back to live shows, among many other things.
Tara and Palmer take a field trip to the Museum of Natural History to visit with Halifax's unofficial mascot, Gus the Gopher Tortoise, who turns 99 this weekend. We chat with the Museum team that cares for him, join him for his daily walk, and discuss how a random $5 purchase in the 1940s has become a venerable and beloved symbol of the museum.
It's been a wild two COVID years for Halifax Pride—in 2020 the festival snuck in its event during a restriction-light July; for 2021 the event moved back a whole month in the hopes of clearing the bar fully. Things will look a little different—smaller—again this year on the Garrison Grounds, but the lineup is robust, diverse, and all-ages. Executive director Adam Reid stops by for a year-by-year comparison and how the pandemic pushed the organization toward a more "thoughtful" event. Plus a brand-new song from Tara's former students in Kids Losing Sleep!
The actor and playwright Jacob Sampson drops by the studio this week ahead of opening night for Shakespeare By The Sea's mainstage show of the season, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's his first time on stage—in this case the grounds of Point Pleasant Park—in over two years! He chats about easing back into the rehearsal hall, this season's motto—choose kindness—and the journey of the award-winning play he wrote for himself, Chasing Champions, a little-known story about the Nova Scotian boxer Sam Langford. Plus: a sweet song from the new Dusted album.
Dana Beeler leads the rock band Hello Delaware, has her hands in all facets of the music industry—just last week she returned to Music Nova Scotia after a year at CKDU—and hates the patriarchy. She and Tara are from the same town (Lantz, it's the worst) so after some rage-tinged nostalgia about adolescence they'll get into post-pandemic perspectives about music, old attitudes—that would be the many all-male music festivals on the docket this summer—and what Nova Scotia Music Week could look like in November.
One of the nation's most accomplished and celebrated opera singers headlines the Halifax Jazz Festival on Friday, performing a repertoire that celebrates Black women vocalists like Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Measha Brueggergosman beams in from rural Nova Scotia to talk about the heart attack that set her back in 2019, the Measha Jazz record she put out (for free!) in 2020—we all know what else happened that year—and how hope and endurance keep her moving forward. Plus we'll hear her take on "Strange Fruit," take a look at the Jazz Fest's other virtual offerings, celebrate the return of Hello City, and more.
Nova Scotia's summer theatre season was a complete wash in 2020, but through multiple waves, lockdowns, reopening phases, and restriction changes, the 2021 season is about to launch. Jesse MacLean stops by the studio to talk about Shakespeare By The Sea's unique programming approach to this summer (plus an update on the Chester Playhouse fire); Ship's Company Theatre's Richie Wilcox discusses the challenges of planning a season out of an indoor space; and Ken Schwartz talks Two Planks and a Passion's truncated/triumphant 30th season. (They all share thoughts on the provincial government's pandemic support for the arts, too.)Plus a new jam from Hello Delaware!
Art Ross and Aaron Green comprise Pillow Fite, a brand-new duo that's managed to make waves with just one song and one show (in a pandemic no less!). An authentic mix of queerness, feelings, tasteful guitars, and empathetic arrangements has made the duo one to watch. They're in studio to talk about this grand accident of a band, its approach and aesthetics, and to tell possibly the only interesting "how we named our band story" ever.
The former leader of Glory Glory has spent the past few years building out his name as a go-to producer in the city while also meticulously crafting his debut solo project, waants—thoughtful and reflective pop music with lots of room for dancing. With his debut album Love U Forever due out mid-July, Warren offers a preview of its offerings, the long period of questioning his life choices from which it emerged, and what his favourite Vampire Weekend record is (it's Tara's too).
Breagh Isabel — you likely know her as Breagh Mackinnon, formerly of folk-pop trio Port Cities — has reemerged with a new skill set and a sweet new single in "Girlfriends," which looks back at her coming-of-age as a queer person in Cape Breton. She'll gently pop into the show to talk about her new direction as an artist, why she moved on from Port Cities (spoiler alert: it's totally cool), and what her future plans are once the pandemic ends.
The East Coast Music Awards, originally scheduled for May in Sydney, have been reimagined as a four-day online festival kicking off June 10. Multiple nominees Rich Aucoin and Like A Motorcycle drop by the show to talk about putting out long-gestating projects into the covid abyss, their hopes and dreams for fall shows (and Halifax release shows), and exactly how they're going to appear on Thursday's big awards gala. Hit ecma.com for the full schedule.
Jonathan Torrens is an ideas guy — he's an actor, writer, director, producer, podcast host, production rental house owner, and professional nice person who's been graciously and usually hilariously gracing Canadian television (and film and computer) screens since 1989. He pops in from Truro to talk about his t-shirt campaign in support of entertainment workers, his new homegrown series Vollies, and offers up some of his past experiences as a working performer in Canada and Hollywood. It's a gentle, kind, funny trip.
Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor is a family drama that finds a young trans woman (Maya V. Henry in her film debut) returning to her rural Nova Scotia town for the funeral of her mother. Her arrival shakes up her father John Andrew (Robb Wells) and sister Tammy (Amy Groening), already grieving one loss and now facing another, more unexpected one, and learning that it’s also a victory. Shelley Thompson drops by the show to talk about writing and directing her first feature—which also has the dubious distinction of being the first film made in Nova Scotia in pandemic times—premiering at the Inside Out festival in Toronto this week.
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