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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.
177 Episodes
After a year's worth of singles and videos, the Halifax duo is finally releasing its first recorded project in the form of FLUTTER, a six-song genre-agnostic EP that's deeply personal and incredibly catchy. Art Ross and Aaron Green return to the show a year later to dish on their music-industry immersion, why Ross' sapphic lyrics strike all kinds of chords, and where you can see them this summer.
Five years ago, an idea was born and named after a Barenaked Ladies song about how Halifax sucks. Hello City has been delighting Halifax audiences with its open, supportive, good-natured humour—heck, last summer they were the only pandemic entertainment in town—and friendly, charismatic cast. Liam, Stevey, Gil, Peter, Colin, and Henri—with regrets from Beth and Shahin—stop by for their fourth Tideline appearance (and sole improv-free visit) ahead of this weekend's sold-out anniversary show at...
Singer-songwriter Willie Stratton has wandered a number of genre path, starting with raw acoustic folk as a teen phenom, moving through surf rock as Beach Bait, and landing in a Roy Orbison-style classic country on his new album Drugstore Dreamin'. Ahead of his release show at the Marquee on Friday, he stops in to explain why mixing influences makesthe best art, how he approaches the guitar, and what he likes about his day job as a barber.
For a show (and cult film) out of the mid-1970s, The Rocky Horror Show was ahead of its time in its depiction of queerness and gender and—save a handful of instances—has aged surprisingly well enough to fit into this contemporary time. Neptune Theatre's production opens this week (running through June 26) and director Jeremy Webb and actors Allister MacDonald (Dr. Frank N Furter) and Breton Lalama (Riff Raff) squeeze in a chat between tech run-throughs to dig into how they've updated (a...
To sleep, perchance to dream—in this humidity?! Shakespeare By The Sea's production of Hamlet—its first staged tragedy since 2019— opens on August 5, and director Drew Douris-O'Hara and the man himself, Deivan Steele, stop by the show before rehearsal to chat. Topics include: Climate change's effect on outdoor theatre, the timelessness of Shakespeare's most popular work, the failure of funding models in all times (not just COVID), and the resilience of squirrels.
Fellow awards show and movies obsessive Lisa Buchanan returns to chat with Tara about the Oscars' full-scale return to pre-pandemic times—including the usual pre-pandemic mess! They dig into this year's attempt to bring in viewers (it will fail, it always fails) and how that decision has alienated a swath of craftspeople, Jane Campion's record-setting nominations—and perhaps award-losing comments—Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain, the dominance of international films, and all manner of spo...
Alex MacAskill, once known as Fishbone Prints and now known as the man behind Midnight Oil Print and Design House, stops by the show to talk about how he ended up in the poster game early in life, his stint in Nashville at the historic Hatch Show Print, how many beer cans he's designed for 2 Crows, how he feels looking at posters on Halifax lampposts, and how his love for cats and birds turned into art. Plus the lead single from a brand-new band, We Should've Been Plumbers.
This week offers a rare case of Tara chatting with someone she's known and seen play for a long time, but somehow has never interrogated in a journalistic capacity. Norma MacDonald—call her classic country, folk, Americana, singer-songwriter—released her latest album Old Future one month into the pandemic, when we all thought this thing might be short-lived. Multiple cancelled release shows later (she eventually nailed it), she stops by to chat about these past few years, her day job as a nur...
Josh MacDonald is a veteran of stage and screen, familiar to Halifax audiences through films and shows like Diggstown, Spinster, Little Grey Bubbles, and Sex & Violence. As a screenwriter his works include the horror film The Corridor and the coming-of-age story Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage, which was based on his play Halo. He's got his playwright's hat on when he visits the show this week to discuss #IAmTheCheese, his adaptation of Robert Cormier's 1977 bestseller. On January 30, he'll...
Amidst an auspicious and downtrodden record week in Nova Scotia, the leaders of its arts sector organizations drop by the show to discuss 2021 in full. Screen Nova Scotia's executive director Laura Mackenzie has perhaps the best news of all—a record year in the film industry. Music Nova Scotia's ED Allegra Swanson returns to report on her first Nova Scotia Music Week, and what musicians will need to make it in 2022 and beyond. And Dr. Cat MacKeigan, brand-new executive director of Theatre Nov...
A dozen local songs to score the holiday season! Some classic, some brand-new, and a handful of originals to spice up your nog. Featuring:Breagh Isabel, "Winter Wonderland"Meaghan Smith, "It Snowed"Terra Spencer, "Melt"In-Flight Safety, "Last Christmas"Ria Mae, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"Smaller Hearts, "Christmas At Home"Waants, "Another Fckn Christmas"Reeny Smith, "Dear Santa"Villages, "Writing a Letter (This Christmas)"Hilary Adams, "Sending Love"Jenn Grant, "I'll Be Home for Chris...
Episode 57: Keeper E

Episode 57: Keeper E


Keeper E has made one of the most auspicious debuts in recent memory — even picking up new artist of the year at Nova Scotia Music Week last months—in the form of The Sparrows All Find Food, seven thoughtful and catchy bedroom pop songs she produced at home inSackville, NB, while drifting away from a classical piano degree. The artist also known as Adelle Elwood stops by to chat about finding her real artistic voice, being a child non-prodigy, and her first year navigating the music bus...
Episode 56: Braden Lam

Episode 56: Braden Lam


The young singer-songwriter Braden Lam has already got a pair of EPs under his belt, which he made in between getting a degree at Dal, starting his own business, and falling in love. For the holidays he's dropped a fresh cover of Joni Mitchell's "River," and stops by theshow to talk stalled momentum, the musical ice age caused by the pandemic, why land acknowledgments are important to him, and his slate of December shows.
Music Nova Scotia's annual celebration of artists and industry returns to Truro this week with a new captain at the helm. Allegra Swanson, who became executive director of the organization last year after a lengthy stint with CARAS and the Juno Awards, drops by on her way to the Hub to talk planning for everything, her goals for the org moving forward, and her past life as an opera singer. Plus some jams from multiple nominees Keonté Beals and T. Thomason.
Gather round the campfire for our semi-annual Hello City special, this time all about that fakest but most commercially dominant of holidays, Halloween! Liam Fair, Henri Gielis, Colin McGuire, and Beth Poulsen bring some s'mores and spooky tales to the studio, all made up in the moment. It's rated G for Ghoulish. Stay for the stinger about the best Halloween candy!
Episode 50: Fat Juliet

Episode 50: Fat Juliet


Two Tideline favourites, Kat McCormack and Stevey Hunter, are the show's first repeat guests as they swan in to talk Fat Juliet, the Eastern Front Theatre/Shakespeare By The Sea production taking over Alderney Landing until the end of October. Writer/star Stevey and director Kat relay this show's five-year journey, how they threaded in a Billie Eilish moment, the ins and outs of Shakespeare, and the production's emerging team. Plus Kat reflects on a year at the helm of Eastern Front! Plus a n...
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—k...
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 al...
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.
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 ...