OPENFILE: Peter Kelly, Newsmaker of 2011

It seems inarguable that mayor Kelly was 2011’s Halifax newsmaker of the year, and not in a good way. Try as I might to find another angle, or another way to spin it, the most recurring theme this year in Halifax politics was the mayor’s role in the various scandals and leadership crises that plagued HRM for much of 2011. I didn’t blog much for the first three months of the year, but things changed when the concert scandal erupted in read more


Peter Kelly – Take Responsibility

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. – Ray Kroc – founder of McDonalds Today has been another day full of media and discussion.  Many memorable moments, talking about the issues raised and the meaning of the concert scandal report delivered by HRMs Auditor General. Listening to Peter Kelly today, I was struck over and over again by the incoherent almost rambling defence he is mounting.  Others have written about this, at the read more


The AG presents the concert scandal report to Council

Larry Munroe, HRM Auditor General, walked us through the Executive Summary of the Concert Scandal report. First big remark was “CAO and DCAO could not have made these disbursements happen on their own.”


Where Did the Big Concerts Go? – Concerts in HRM Part 4

So, what is our goal?  Bring huge acts as tourism draws to Halifax and put us on the map?  Two thoughts: First – let us reflect on the words of my friend, Ben Pearlman.  He is King’s College educated, former Halifax Pop Explosion Talent Director and now promoter working at Collective Concerts in Toronto, one of Canada’s largest independent concert promotion companies.


Concert Socialism, Not For the Faint of Heart! – Concerts in HRM Part 3

I spent last weekend in Moncton, Halifax’ so called arch rival.  I was up there for New Brunswick Music Week.  I took my kids, did a panel and a ran a workshop, went to Crystal Palace, ate at the Crowne Plaza.  We had a lovely time. A dominant meme in Halifax is that Moncton is outpacing Halifax economically, culturally, and most importantly, in the rare commodity of “can do spirit”. The usual suspects in the pro-development at all costs camp read more


But, what if it rains? Concerts in HRM Part 2

This is not the first time your faithful scribe has written about concerts in opposite land. Now our special east coast brand of concert socialism has bent both the market and audience expectations like a five dimensional pretzel. That’s right, like Star Trek, things are so bent out of shape we need an extra dimension to even map out how we got here.


On Stadiums, Summer Concerts, and Business Columns – Concerts in HRM Part 1

Look closely at that picture over there. Rolling Stones, right? Halifax, or Moncton show? Neither. That my loyal readers is a picture of the Rolling Stones at Frank Clair Field in Landsdowne Park in Ottawa. The concert took place in a stadium. Let’s talk about stadiums. In the Chronicle Herald yesterday (Wednesday Oct 5) the columnist for (corrected, I thought he was editor) the business section, Roger Taylor, wrote a column that included the sentiment that “If there was seating read more


Small Update

Another shorter update. Bernie Smith from the Spring Garden Merchants Association called to say that one of the ways that they sold the Stone’s concert was increased business for downtown. The end result of the Stones concert – markedly decreased business on Spring Garden Road, the exact opposite of what was expected, hoped, and promised.


Oh Dear God… published.

To my wonder and delight, the Herald published my last article in the paper today. It was rather shocking in that I was not contacted, or, they tried to contact me while I was on business in Boston and never got a hold of me. It also comes two weeks after I wrote it, so some of the facts and suppositions are no longer completely accurate. Tomorrow, I think it likely that there will be a letter written by a read more


Chronicle Herald | Rolling Stones – Another View

Note: This article was published in the September 25, 2006 issue of the Chronicle Herald on the Op/Ed page. As the mud on the North Common slowly dries under the warm fall sun, you can hear the whirling sound of government, industry and media spinning rapidly and heartily. They spin to ensure that the only message heard after the Rolling Stones concert is overwhelmingly, ridiculously positive. On the face of it, the concert was a success. Lots of people had a read more