A look back at 2010

What can I say, 2010 was a good year for me and for my little corner of the web here on Halifax Politics dot ca. The biggest thing for me this year was the end of my ten year reign as the El Supremo and visionary of the Halifax Pop Explosion. I went to the Halifax Pop Explosion board in 2009 and said “folks, this is my last year” and we put an 18 month plan in place to get read more


More on the Paul McCartney scandal.

I just posted this follow up on a local message board. Again this is not mainstream vs indie, or Beatles vs Arcade Fire, or whatever. The issue is this: Lets say I accept the Economic Impact argument. Lets say I accept that Paul Macca brought $8 million to Halifax. I have a document using generally accepted practices that says that HPX bring $2 million to Halifax. Using that logic, saying yes, this is the investment required to make these events read more


Last Day at HPX

Today is my last day as Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Sometimes when you are really close to something you don’t see it the way the rest of the world does, and you cannot see how you are seen to be related to it. I have been gratified by the interest from the media around my departure, but you would be surprised how many people have said something like “You’ve been there since the beginning, right?” I was read more


RIP Kate McGarrigle

Kate and Anna played HPX in 2005 or 06. It was the day after the CBC strike had ended, and it was really hard to get the word out to the Kate and Anna audience without CBC. I had been told by other, older promoters that Kate and Anna were really hard to work with, with one memorable show in particular where they were they refused to go on stage at the Cohn for hours like princesses. So here we read more


So much to do

My life is being submerged by a tsunami of education related issues. I will be up tonight until midnight finishing the actual paying work not getting done while doing other things all day on that file. In non-education related stuff – its HPX time! Final report is almost done, final financial are almost done, yearly operating grant and a dozen other funding applications are all going out the door. The most exciting part is a partnership between HPX and some read more


So much to do, so little time

I must be becoming an old man. There are a million things that are going on I am interested in, and some of them are things I have wanted to get involved with for years and years. What is interesting is I know, now, that I just don’t have time to do these things. I don’t have time to do anything, really. The last two weeks have involved a lot of thinking and some work and organization around the Helen read more


Hi Dad

My Dad could not get on to this site today because the double meta referred in the index page sent some people to the HPX website, and some to my website. Dad is now a very proficient Mac geek. When he retired from the Navy it was back when officers dictated emails to secretaries that then typed it in for them, and then brought hard copies of replies for the desktop inbox. Now he catches html programming errors. It has read more


More Halifax Stones Madness

Recent response to a good and reasonable friend who happens to work at the Trade Centre Limited/Metro Centre regarding his question “really, don’t you want to see the stones play your hometown?” I am for any band playing here under normal conditions…. however 1 – It’s so f**ing lame to imitate Moncton. Halifax has everything going for it. We need to try and focus on being as good as Winnipeg and Edmonton and Quebec City and Hamilton, not worry about read more


Things to do today….

I am pretty much bored. I have about 1 hour of work to do before the end of the week. I am thinking about driving to Ship Harbour today to look at a house/cottage/country home/money pit I want to buy. 2 hours down if I do. Maybe tomorrow I will reward myself with a trip. The blog looks good, at least on a Mac. I need to go see it on a PC. Next phase, make it 3 columns, with read more