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Halifax Alehouse bouncers enter pre-trial hearing for assault case

Plus: What is East Coast music, anyway?

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PROVINCIAL COURT

Halifax Alehouse bouncers enter pre-trial hearing for assault case

Two Halifax Alehouse security staffers accused of attacking a patron while they were on shift last October are back in provincial court today. Alexander Pishori Levy, 37, and Matthew Brenton Day, 33, will both undergo a pre-trial hearing after pleading not guilty to a pair of assault charges stemming from an incident on Oct. 10, 2022.

Halifax Regional Police told The Coast that officers arrived at the Alehouse that morning shortly after 2:35am, following a call about an “unwanted person” at 5287 Prince Street. When the HRP arrived, police say Alehouse staff were restraining a man on the sidewalk. That man, Alehouse staffers allege, had been damaging property inside the bar. But that story varies significantly from what the man who was being restrained remembers.

Need to know

🌧 Today's weather: Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. A high of 6C and a low of 3C.

🎉 More lineup announcements coming soon for the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival this August. Find them here.*

Happy World Press Freedom Day! Today marks 30 years since the UN General Assembly declared May 3 as the day to acknowledge the importance of freedom in the press.

🎶 The East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) start today! From live music to fan fests and awards shows, Downtown Halifax is the place to be.*

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In other news

⚖️ William Sandeson has, for the second time, appealed his conviction for the murder of Taylor Samson in 2015.

📈 According to a new report released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, rent prices in Halifax are expected to continue to rise.

🏫 The Halifax Regional Centre for Education has announced extensive changes coming for 19 schools across the HRM due to a major increase in population.

🧑‍🏫 The province has launched a new online portal teachers will be able to use to submit information for certification, applications for program approvals and more. Read the full release here.

🎭 Arts Nova Scotia has announced a new One Year Sustaining Grant to help maintain and grow Nova Scotia’s arts community. Information sessions are being held on May 8 & 24 and applications are due May 31. Find more info here.

🏠 Souls Harbour Rescue Mission has opened a new affordable housing option for women and children along the province’s eastern shore. Global News has the story.

🧑‍⚖️ Dalhousie Legal Aid, which helps low-income individuals with legal help, is halting its services for the month while it deals with its growing backlog.

🚨 An investigation is ongoing after employees at Dartmouth’s Carson Exports found bullet holes at the establishment. The shooting is said to have happened around 5am Sunday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Halifax Regional Police.

MUSIC

What is East Coast music, anyway?

📸 East Coast Music Association

It’s a good time to be a music fan in Halifax: From May 3-7, the 35th annual East Coast Music Awards and festival are setting up shop in the city, delivering a hefty dose of live music from every imaginable stage and showcase around. With everything from Halifax-based reggae to PEI art rock on offer, it’s a vibrant reminder of just how much music is worth listening to in this part of the country (and also doubles as a chance for you to hear it all up close).

At three and a half decades in, it’d be easy to say the ECMAs have never been bigger or more diverse (though that last part isn’t strictly accurate, as it’s worth remembering the many varied and longstanding music traditions in the Maritimes). But, as public perception of the region begins to refocus wider than the fiddle-folk that’s long defined us (wonderful and important as it is), what is modern east coast music?

We asked a bunch of 2023 ECMA artists what music from here means to them. See their replies.

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