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Rod Nicholls’ Pillowman: The Best Production I Never Saw

Rod Nicholls’ Pillowman: The Best Production I Never Saw

November 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm

In February of last year, I arrived back in Cape Breton after 10 years away. The first evening home, I picked up a newspaper from my sister’s kitchen table and saw a publicity photo for the Boardmore Theatre’s production of The Pillowman. The play, a celebrated and controversial black comedy,Read More

Sistine Chapel. (Photo by By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (The Sistine Chapel) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Robert Harris’ Conclave: To Pick a Pope

November 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Those of you who have long wished to get an inside look at how the Catholic Church elects a leader (the short line is to the left, or is that the right?) need wait no longer now that Robert Harris has written Conclave: The Power of God, The Ambition ofRead More

While You’re Re-Designing that Building, Why Not Make It Better?

While You’re Re-Designing that Building, Why Not Make It Better?

November 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Construction of Sydney businessman Marty Chernin’s mixed-use apartment building on the Sydney waterfront has been postponed again—Chernin told the Post  he now hopes to break ground in Spring of 2017. Chernin’s Harbour Royale Development intends to build on the harbor side of the Esplanade at the foot of Dorchester Street.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Subjects

November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

Note: Fast & Curious will be a new weekly feature in which The Spectator will take a brief look at a number of stories that piqued its interest during the week.   Oh Readers! Oh Lovers of Books! First and foremost, Spectator contributor Sean Howard has published a new bookRead More

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

Sydney VAO Re-Opening: A Victory for Vets

November 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

Never having served in the military, I can only image what this victory must feel like. In 2014, Cape Breton vets, like veterans across Canada, lost a valued service and a much- needed lifeline, their Veterans Affairs Office (VAO). Faced with that devastating news, veterans responded to the challenge withRead More

4 A.M., Onni Nordmann, Oil on Canvas, 2013

Onni Nordman: Risking Failure For ‘The Good Stuff’

October 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

Cape Breton artist Onni Nordman is enjoying a growing reputation these days. His work is already popular in Nova Scotia, where it often appears in gallery shows and events like last month’s Lumière. And now Nordman is becoming known in Europe, where he recently had exhibitions in Munich and Helsinki.Read More

Rosemary Sullivan

Cabot Trail Writers Festival: Small But Great

October 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

On a beautiful fall day, one that felt more like early September than early October, we set off to spend the afternoon at the 2016 Cabot Trail Writers Festival, making our way through the early autumn woods to the Gaelic College at St. Ann’s. After a brief exploration of theRead More

Listening to Lumière

Listening to Lumière

September 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

The best reaction I remember to the first-ever Lumière Arts Festival—held in Sydney, N.S. in 2010—was from a friend who exclaimed joyously, “I haven’t seen this many people on Charlotte Street at night since the police strike of ’74!”* Not to imply the arts festival is lawless, just that theRead More

Chad Tobin’s Street Photography

Chad Tobin’s Street Photography

September 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Chad Tobin has a day job. I suspect he’s very good at it. But this article is not about the CBRM resident’s job—it’s about his passion. Tobin is a street photographer. To take a really good street photograph, he says, you must ensure all the elements in the photo areRead More

Music, Please! McGhee Receives 2016 McLennan Award

Music, Please! McGhee Receives 2016 McLennan Award

August 30, 2016 at 1:31 am

The announcement this week that Rosemary McGhee, longtime Sydney area music teacher, is the 2016 recipient of the Katharine McLennan Award will be received with great joy by her many friends, her former students, her choir members, her chorale associates and all the others who have been exposed to herRead More