🗞 Happy New Year!

Should Halifax get an "L" in school infrastructure in 2023? Plus, every big show coming to the city in 2024.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a fun and safe last few days. It’s never easy to say farewell to the holidays and get back into the grind of things, but there’s always something exciting about having a fresh 12 months ahead.

I can’t wait to see what 2024 has in store for The Coast!

– Alyssa

🌡️ Traffic & Weather

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🚗 Driving today? Check out the current traffic conditions and ongoing road closures.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Every big show coming to Halifax (and beyond) in this fresh new year

📸 via artist’s website

There’s a solid crop of major shows—music, theatre, comedy and events like last October's visit from Michelle Obama—scheduled for Halifax and around Nova Scotia this year. What else will 2024 bring? We plan to keep you updated. Check out what’s happening in the city so far here.

Please let us know if you find out about something we don't have yet. Email details to [email protected] and let's make this the best events list in the province.

🤔 Need to know

🔥 The RCMP’s investigation into the 2023 wildfires has ended and no one was found criminally guilty.

⚠️ Correction: We apologize for letting one of our holiday wishes somehow escape from Coast Slack and make it into actual publication. The Coast Daily’s December 29 edition stated that Canada had won the World Junior Hockey Championships. This was an error. The tournament is ongoing until January 5, with Canada’s first game of the playoff round happening this morning at 9:30 Halifax time against Czechia.

EDUCATION

School’s out for the year! Should Halifax get an “L” in school infrastructure in 2023

📸 Photo: Kavitha J. / Google Maps; Canva design: Lauren Phillips / The Coast

Don't shoot the messenger, but school's back in session today. Let's gaze back longingly into the halls of learning and growing that got us through another year, bidding farewell to schools that closed and welcoming in ones that opened.

So, how did 2023 balance out? Find out at The Coast.

🗞️ In Other News

🩺 QEII Health Sciences Centre is preparing to begin using its brand-new Ethos radiotherapy machine on cancer patients.

🇨🇦 Six Nova Scotians were recently appointed to the Order of Canada.

🔌 About half the individuals living in tents at Grand Parade now have access to electricity. The other half are expected to gain access today.

🏒 The Professional Women’s Hockey League kicked off its first season on Monday with a game between New York and Toronto, and Halifax’s own Jill Saulnier scored for the winning NY side.

🍼 From least to most popular, the top 5 baby names in Nova Scotia for 2023 were Noah, Jack, Oliver, Theodore and, leading the list, the regal Henry. Henry’s ascendancy comes after Oliver was the top name in 2022, and Olivia lead the way in 2021.

🤔 Trivia Tuesday

🗓️ Things To Do

If you made a resolution to get out more in 2024, The Coast will be your constant companion through the year with entertainment advice like these picks:

🗓 Live Music at the Seahorse Tavern: Shayfer James takes a night off from writing his new album to perform solo at the Seahorse Tavern | Jan. 6 | 8pm | $16.58

🗓 Stand-Up Comedy: Laugh your way through the first Friday of the year with Comedians Kyle Barnet and Brandon Michael at Elle’s Bistro | Jan. 5 | 8pm | $14.11

🗓 Open Waters Festival: Get your tickets for the 2024 Open Waters Festival celebrating new and improvised music at six locations across the city. Hear performances from Symphony Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Arts Orchestra and more | Jan. 8-14 | $20-$90

🗓 Spill the Beans: A group of comedians will be visiting Glitter Bean Cafe to create improvised comedic scenes inspired by anonymous gossip | Jan. 12 | 7:30pm | $10

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

🛍️ Shop Talk

The end of an era: Beloved shop Saunders Tartans and Gifts in New Minas is preparing to close its doors after 70 years in business.

By the Pound Thrift: Shop with no price tags at Dartmouth North Community Centre on January 13 for the second edition of By The Pound Thrift. Browse second-hand treasures and pay $5.99 per pound.

👀 In Case You Missed It

• Looking to refresh your 2024 playlist with something more local? The Coast breaks down the best Halifax album releases of 2023.

• Halifax’s year in sports was never boring—from a deep Mooseheads playoff run to the North American Indigenous Games to World Juniors gold. The Coast’s Martin Bauman looks back on it all.

• In search of a good book to kick off the new year? The Coast digs into the best books released by Nova Scotia authors in 2023.

• Miss a few newsletters over the holidays? Catch up on all the Halifax happenings here.

• People gathered at Halifax’s Sir Sanford Fleming Park on January 1 to mark the new year with an annual polar bear dip.

That’s it!

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