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🗞️ Couple wants answers after downtown attack

Plus, drama on the Wanderers pitch, heat warning in effect and new 2SLGBTQ+ bar grand opening

Oh hi Halifax,

How about this heat, huh?

I think we can all agree that fires are bad and proof of a growing climate crisis, but also, it feels a bit like karma was showing off as a fire swept its way directly into Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

He bought the property in 1998 for USD$17M and had it outfitted with a train, a zoo, an amusement park that contained several fair rides and a 50-seat theatre—not to sell tickets to, but in a misguided attempt to live out the childhood he never had. Totally normal behaviour for an adult man.

I’m honestly surprised this house of horrors wasn’t destroyed years ago, but better late than never.

Now all we need is a tsunami to take out Epstein Island.

Stay cool out there

– Julie

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

Today: ⛈️ 29°

Tomorrow: ☁️ 30°

Next Day: 🌧️ 25°

🚗 Driving, biking or busing today? Check out the current traffic conditions and ongoing road closures.


Two weeks after being attacked on Argyle Street, this couple is still waiting for answers from the police

📸 Credit: Facebook / Emma MacLean

On June 23, Emma MacLean and her girlfriend Tori were attacked—verbally and physically—by a group of young men in the early morning hours on Argyle Street.

When The Coast reached out to Halifax Regional Police (HRP) to request an interview about the attack, Const. Anne Giffin said: “an assault occurred at approximately 1:50 a.m. on June 23 in the area of the 1600 block of Argyle Street in Halifax. Two people were approached by another group, who were not known to them, and assaulted. The incident remains under investigation.”

Under investigation. Those two words bring up all kinds of images: knocking on doors, viewing legions of security footage, interviewing key witnesses. Working around the clock to bring dangerous offenders to justice.

🤔 Need To Know

🌡️ Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the region until Wednesday.

🎫 The TD Halifax Jazz Festival kicks off tonight! Upgrade your experience with reserved seating options and more. Ticket add-ons start at only $10!*

🌊 Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend is on display at the Museum of Natural History from July 6 to September 2, 2024.*

🤠 2 chances to see Citadel + Compagnie’s tribute to Johnny Cash at FODAR! – 2024 Dora Award-Winner The Man in Black. Onstage 7:30pm July 19, 20.*

*Sponsored Post


Jazz Fest kicks off!

This week, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival brings six days of spectacular music to the Halifax Waterfront. Headliners include Killer Mike, Fitz and the Tantrums, Emmylou Harris, Matt Andersen & the Big Bottle of Joy, The War and Treaty, Charlotte Day Wilson, and Rankin MacInnis. Get your tickets now!


Wanderer Grounds: York gotta be kiddin’ me!

📸 Credit: Instagram / @hfxwanderers

It's hard to come back from a two-goal deficit and harder still if the ref makes some... questionable calls. This happened to the Wanderers over the weekend who lost 2-1 away to York United.

The Wanderers got back into the groove and had a lot of shots on goal, but just couldn't beat York's keeper. Late in the game winger Zach Fernandez got pulled down in United's 18-yard box. What really should have been a penalty instead was a yellow card to the Wanderers for dissent.

In this episode of the Wanderer Grounds Matt and Martin talk about all the drama on the pitch, and then have some fun comparing Wanderers to NHL Hockey players—all that and more in the latest episode which can be found right here.

🗞️ In Other News

⚖️ The province’s highest court has delivered stinging criticism to a provincial court judge—the second time it has done so for Judge Alain Begin—attacking him for mishandling a sexual assault case.

☕ Java Blend Coffee Limited workers have signed their first collective agreement with the Halifax-based company—a year after staff voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 2.

🏫 Some parents in Nova Scotia say they're taking their kids out of school or considering leaving the province altogether because the province's inclusive education policy is failing their children.

🚨 Police have charged a youth in connection to a bomb threat at Lockview High School in Fall River on May 8.

🏳️‍🌈 Rumours—a new queer nightclub in Halifax—is celebrating its grand opening nearly three decades after the iconic bar it's named for closed its doors.


Enslavement Exhibition opens on Emancipation Day

From August 1 at the Canadian Museum of Immigration: A History Exposed: The Enslavement of Black People in Canada, created with guest curator Dr. Afua Cooper and in partnership with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, explores the experiences of enslaved Black people in Canada through biographies and archival records.

🗓️ Things To Do

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these Coast picks:

🗓 Halifax Mural Festival: Get ready for live music, artist talks, community market and more to explore at the Halifax mural festival. | July 6-14

🗓 Unfiltered Hip-Hop - Don’t Sweat The Technique: Featuring the slick legendary rhymes of Ghettosocks, the swishing beats of DJ Uncle Fester, the raw energy of C Stone-Léon and French and a standout set by Bad Friends, this is a show you don't want to miss. Be there at Gus’ Pub for a night of pure, unfiltered hip-hop. | July 11 | 8pm | $10

🗓 Halifax Wanderers Home Game: Come cheer on the home team as take on Pacific FC at the Wanderers Grounds. | July 11 | 7pm | From $29

🗓 Live Music featuring Markus Riekst: Drop by Bulwark Cider House for an evening of great food, drinks and live music. The young talented Markus Riekst will be entertaining attendees with a fun mix of pop, country and contemporary music. | July 12 | 6pm

🗓 Vibrancy Festival 2024: Halifax’s premier electronic festival returns for two days and two nights this July. Brace yourself for over 20 hours of world classic house, techno and beyond squeezed into four unique shows, in four incredible venues, all culminating with our main event Saturday night inside the fort at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. | July 12-13 | 3pm | From $46.05

Have an event to share? Let us know at [email protected].

⚓️ What’s In The Harbour

➡️ The NYK Remus container ship leaves Halifax for Port Everglades at 12:30am.

➡️ The Atlantic Maple tugboat leaves Halifax for unknown seas at 9am.

🛳️ The NYK Constellation container ship arrives in Halifax from Saint John at 3:20pm.

🛳️➡️ The Coral Princess cruise ship arrives in Halifax at 7am and leaves for Canadian seas at 4pm.

🛳️➡️ The Atlantic Star container ship arrives in Halifax from Baltimore at 5:20am and leaves for Liverpool at 4pm.

🛳️➡️ The EF Ava container ship arrives in Halifax from Portland at 1:15pm and leaves for Reykjavik at 4pm.

🍴 Where To Eat & Drink

🫐 The Lifesaver Wild Blueberry Sour is back at Unfiltered Brewing: deliciously juice and mauve, jammy and thirst-quenching (and gluten reduced).

🌶️ Celebrate summer and flavour with the Crispy Paneer Fiesta Burger at Turbo Chicken: crispy paneer, fresh veggies and bold Indian spices.

👀 In Case You Missed It

🖼️ If you plan it right, you’ll be able to catch Mitchell Wiebe gallery-sitting his own show at the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax’s south end during its final week. His exhibition, Third Elbow, has been up since April 23 and has been extended twice, it will finally disappear next Sunday, July 14. The Coast’s Lauren Phillips spoke with Wiebe about his show Third Elbow and how it bends painting, portals, and planes of perception.

🇯🇲 JUNO-nominated reggae powerhouse Jah’Mila considers her newest album to be an evolution of her sound. Striking out in 2022 with the success of Roots Girl, earning Jah’Mila her 2024 JUNO nomination, she thought her next musical endeavour should show how she’s progressed since making songs during the pandemic. Roots will eventually rise above the earth, chasing the sun—this was this concept that led Jah’Mila to title her sophomore album Woman of the Sun. The Coast’s Brendyn Creamer chats with Jah’Mila about her new album and how it represents her growth as an artist.

👟 A Halifax man completed his cross-country trip in Victoria, BC on Sunday, with thousands of dollars raised for those living with heart disease. Ryan Keeping ran 75 kilometres every day for 99 days.

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