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Tim Baker wants to get back to Halifax. Plus: Recalling "Ask Hole", The Coast's advice columnist.

Dearest readers!

Those of you who remember the days of The Coast in hardcopy might recall our affable advice columnist, Ask Hole. From sharing tips on Halloween costumes (think Sexy Wage Gap, Student Loan Statement or Halifax Property Developer) to support for walking in late for class, going sober to parties and making new friends, Ask Hole had us covered.

Now, just in time for the stressful holiday season, The Coast is bringing our wisdom whiz in for a conversation about how it felt wearing the Ask Hole hat. In preparation for that, we are once again asking you to “send us your awkward social questions,” particularly questions related to being a student in December.

Email all your burning questions to [email protected], subject line Ask Hole, before December 2nd to help get the Ask Hole juices flowing once again.

– Lauren Philips, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

🌧️ Today’s weather: Cloudy with up to 30mm of rain. A high of 10C and a low of 4C.

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

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Need to know

🧯 The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic shut down over the weekend and will continue to be closed until tomorrow due to a dumpster fire that caused damage to the building’s entrance.

🎄 Certain pre-lit Christmas trees have been recalled in Canada due to burn and fire hazards. Find more details on the specific trees here.

🎻 There's still time to gift friends and family with tickets to a Symphony Nova Scotia holiday concert! Holly Cole with SNS, The Nutcracker and Messiah. Get tickets now.*

🏥 According to a provincial press release a new nursing home in Pictou County’s Westville will be opening in 2028.

🎷 TD Halifax Jazz Festival is excited to present you with this year's Evergreen Stage series at the Halifax Waterfront from Nov 25 to Dec 17.*

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On The Coast


Maud Lewis by Local Artisans at AGNS Gallery Shop

Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia’s beloved folk artist, has inspired local artists and makers in their work. From re-imagined artwork, to hand painted ornaments and purr-fect earrings, the AGNS Gallery Shop has an array of one-of-a-kind gifts any lover of Maud’s work would be thrilled to receive. Prices range from $5 to $55.   

In other news

🦠 The HMCS Harry DeWolf cut its Great Lakes tour short and returned to Halifax over the weekend due to an onboard COVID outbreak.

😬 Peggys Cove is in neighbourly turmoil due to a disagreement over who has access to a gravel road that the community has used for decades.

🚍 Halifax Transit is pushing to get more safety officers on buses and ferries through a proposed safety program.

🔥 Three potential wildfire emergency exits in Upper Tantallon are being looked into by Halifax.

🏬 Businesses are having second thoughts about the widespread use of self-checkout machines due to the potential for increased theft.

🗣️ Calls are growing, including from The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, for the municipality to consider transforming vacant buildings around the city into affordable housing.

🔬 The QEII Foundation has received a $1 million donation to fund research through the new Innovation Catalyst Fund.

🥕 According to Feed Nova Scotia, food banks in the province saw a 27% increase in use this year and are struggling to keep up with the demand.


Tim Baker misses Halifax. And he misses you, most of all.

📸 Ethan Murphy

Tim Baker is searching for something. What it is, he hasn’t quite managed to pin down. It’s there, at the edge of his imagination, when he picks up a guitar to write a song or a verse, or when he sets off on a months-long tour of mostly sold-out shows across Canada, or Europe, or anywhere else. In January, it was the UK and Ireland. Soon, it’ll be Victoria and Vancouver. Then the rest of Canada. (“Being on the road, you’re always travelling and never really arriving,” Baker says, speaking with The Coast from his home in St. John’s. “And when you get home… you’re ready to hit the road again.”) Most of all, he felt its absence during the long years of COVID-19 isolation, pining to perform songs in crowded rooms again.

It was that search that sparked Baker’s magnificent 2022 album, The Festival. And it was a similar search that provided the creative spark for his newest EP, Along the Mountain Road. Baker will perform songs from both during a pair of sold-out solo shows at The Stage at St. Andrew’s in Halifax next month.

Sure things

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

🗓 LEGO Holiday Exhibition: The Halifax Museum of Natural History has a special LEGO Holiday Exhibition happening featuring builds of nostalgic Halifax staples (like Woody the Christmas Tree) to celebrate 20 years of Bricks by the Sea. | until Jan. 6 | $4.05-$6.30.

🗓 Rug Hooking Workshop: Looking to pick up a new hobby? Ramblers is hosting Hanna Eidson (@h.h.hooks on Instagram) for a Rug Hooking Workshop. | Nov. 27 | 6-9pm | $105.

🗓 Halifax International Wine Fest: Get your wine on at the Halifax International Wine Fest happening at the Halifax Seaport’s Pavillion 22 this weekend. Grab your friends and taste test more than 200 kinds of wine. This is a 19+ event. | Dec. 2 | $60-$85 | 2-5pm, 7-9pm.

Find more Halifax events in The Coast listings

Shop talk

🍨 New desserts spot Dessert Yard has opened its doors on Grafton Street.

Eat this

👀 The Rarebit—housemade brown bread topped with shaved ham, Dijon butter and cheese sauce—is back at Stillwell Freehouse.

Shop this

🛍 Different Folks is having a pop-up shop this week from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. Stop by the Pop Can shipping container at the waterfront and shop from over 15 local vendors.

🍦 Looking for a unique advent calendar this year? Dee Dee’s Ice Cream has you covered. Get your hands on its 12 Days of Dee Dee’s calendar consisting of 12 8oz tubs of “super-premium, handmade ice creams & sorbets.”


🏋️ F45 Training Dartmouth is offering a week of free trial classes (Nov. 27 to Dec. 2) for individuals of all levels.

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