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A twice-monthly digital publication packed with timely news stories, opinion pieces, current affairs, arts curation, community messaging and positive local tales. The same quality journalism and world-class photography that you expect from [EDIT], but all unique to [EDIT]ION.
Featured in the issue below are:
* Just Keep Creating by Jennifer Wood
* The Canteen Cooks by Morgan Leet
* The SJRHF Lions' Den
* Morgan Jane Home by Morgan Leet
* Mastering the Trifecta by Jennifer Wood
Live music and comedy. For the past 15-months, it has seemed like a far-away dream that we once took for granted. The euphoric feeling of a shared experience, the sound of the crowd, and the music and laughter blasting around you. There's nothing like it, and no way to truly replace it. Lucky for us, Area 506 is back this summer and ready to be our first real live entertainment experience for more than a year.
With multiple shows selling out within five minutes of their on-sale date, it's clear that people are eager for this waterfront concert series. It’s not just this year that audiences are buying up tickets though; it's been a success from its conception in 2016.
Ray Gracewood started Area 506, inspired by his love for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton and a desire to bring that community energy to Saint John. As a Moosehead employee who sat on the Discover Saint John board for eight years, he was passionate about infusing more life into the city. He did just that, and the concert quickly became a household name, with music-lovers traveling from other provinces to attend. Ray tells [EDIT]ION that “there are three pillars; music, culture, and goods.” This reinvention of what a concert could be makes it an utterly unique event, which highlights all things local.
“I always thought that the New Brunswick day long weekend was a huge opportunity,” says Ray. “Often it was thought of as the ‘August Long Weekend’ instead of New Brunswick Day, and I thought that was a shame. Even culturally, New Brunswickers are not apt to get on their own soapbox, so I wanted to create that soapbox for them. Something for the people in New Brunswick to get together to celebrate who they are and where they are from.” This celebration not only showcased a diverse set of music genres, but also local food and goods, all within the iconic village made up of shipping containers. “We always thought there was a cool aesthetic with port city culture,” says Ray, so they brought it to life in a literal form.
Now the team has been working for the past year to see how to make Area 506 work safely, and they have done just that. Ray tells us that it is an entirely new project, now a concert series spread out over five weeks, with 10 shows. The shipping container village will be set up on Long Wharf and stay throughout the month, as a joyful reminder of our return to normalcy. All food and beverages can be ordered through a mobile app to provide table service, in partnership with United Way. And to attend, tickets were purchased in pods of six or 10, allowing you to enjoy the festival within your own group.
“The first thing I'd say is that I hope it's a pride point for New Brunswickers that we put ourselves in the position to be able to do that earlier than anybody else. My hope is that this is kind of the next step on the road to recovery. As we come out of this post-COVID situation for the past 15 or 16 months, I hope that people can get together and celebrate. Even if it is in pods, we're still going to be in the open air and enjoying live music with 700 plus in the same place. The fact that we can do that, I think, is a real testament to the work people have put in.”
With an array of amazing local talent and huge names like Alan Doye, Matt Mayes and Bahamas, there is no doubt that this year will be the best yet.
Everything kicks off this Friday night with comedians James Mullinger and Nikki Payne and the return of New Brunswick legends Grand Theft Bus.
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Works of Jim Middleton, the self-taught multi-disciplinary artist from Sussex New Brunswick have been on display at solo and group shows throughout the Maritimes and beyond. He expresses his work through paints, graphic, charcoal and ink drawings, as well as digital realism.
In the Endeavors 25th Anniversary Competition in 2020, Middleton was named Winner and Fan Fovourite for a piece he submitted for Acrylics, and he also received an honourable mention and Fan Favourite nod in the Oils category.
He is currently working on a solo show for September entitled “The Light of Creativity” where he will be capturing a variety of Fredericton-area dancers, artists and performers in shifting sunlight images. The show will coincide with one of Middleton’s paintings being published in a book by an author that has sold more than 15 million copies of other books world wide (we’d love to tell you the book’s title and author, but we can’t… Stay tuned!)
“I have been drawing my whole life,” says Middleton, whose influences include Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, and New Brunswick’s Mary Pratt. “My art was a hobby until April of 2018 when I was asked to fill in at an art battle two days before the event. I had never painted in my life! I practiced by pausing a handful of time-lapse paintings on YouTube and I won my round! I had worked in black & white most of my life, and the opportunity to work in colour triggered something in me.”
The competition was the impetus for Middleton saying goodbye to his day job to focus on his art full-time.
“I spent most of my life haunted by a quote from my favourite author, Stephen King. ‘Talent is cheap. It is common as table salt. It is wasted every day. The only difference between the talented and the successful is a lot of hard work'.
I wanted to learn the intricacies of painting as quickly as I could, so I challenged myself to create one hundred acrylic paintings in one hundred days. This evolved into ‘art a day’ for a year, and my first solo show was eighteen months later. "Bathhouse in Bhutan" was the featured painting I did at that show and based on a photo by National Geographic Photographer Mattieu Paley who gave me personal permission to use the reference.”
Middleton, who lives with his wife, Kelly, and two daughters, Grace and Cate, in Douglas, New Brunswick, sells original art, prints, and does live paintings for events. He is also a passionate art teacher, and is the host of his own podcast, “Flying by the Seat of My Paints for the Art Entrepreneur.”
Facebook: Jim Middleton Art
The philosophy behind The Canteen on Portland is honest, unpretentious food that’s made with love. It’s a theme that is reflected in everything from the decor and the menu to the owners Renée Lavallée and Doug Townsend, themselves. It’s undeniably great food, with brunch, lunch and dinner options.
Renée Lavallée was brought to Atlantic Canada from Quebec by The Inn at Bay Fortune, where she worked when she met her now-husband, Doug. She then moved to Halifax, his hometown, and opened up the original Canteen, almost seven years ago. She opened with the idea to create a space where people could come to get high-quality, everything made from scratch, simply delicious food. They expanded fro their first location to Portland street, and Renée’s husband jumped on board to work on the business full-time.
After working in living in bigger cities throughout her career, Renée tells [EDIT]ION that she loves the community here, which “is really tight-knit, everyone looks out for one another.” Located in Downtown Dartmouth, she has seen the area grow exponentially in the past years, now a bustling community with thriving small businesses. “It's nice to see that people are actually coming downtown here. We’re right across from the ferry terminal, where you can get off and hit all of these amazing places and still then go right back to Halifax.”
When you go, you’re welcomed into their home-like atmosphere. “It's your neighbourhood restaurant where you know you can come sit at the bar and we know your name, you can have a solid meal and you will always leave with a smile on your face,” says Renée. That meal changes based on the season, Renée’s inspiration, what’s locally available; all influencing the menu.
At the start of the pandemic, Renée and Doug took their creative inspiration to social media, with their YouTube account, The Canteen Cooks. Their fun and personable channel is where she shares recipes, cooking tutorials, and tips. “Its things that you can actually make at home,” Renée explains, making it both entertaining and useful. It now has over 2,000 subscribers, a testament to just how good her food creations are!
You can watch The Canteen Cooks on YouTube by clicking here.
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Morgan lived in New York before moving to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to open her business, Morgan Jane Home, and traveled throughout the US and England, honing in her design skills. Owned by Morgan Jane Millar, it is a collection of everything she loves, her specific taste developed through her work experience and travels. You can find items from all over the world, including Europe and Asia, and recently she came out with her own linen line.
[EDIT]ION’s Morgan Leet met with her to learn more about her business, what brought her to Nova Scotia, and her love for all things homeware.
[EDIT]ION: When did you first know you wanted to pursue interior design as a career?
Morgan Miller: I kind of fell backwards into interior decorating. I was working as a filmmaker with the National Film Board where I made a film on Cancer in Women. I had been a medical photographer after art school, in a teaching hospital in Halifax and I got very involved in women’s rights particularly around their health. After a period of time, I kind of burned out and decided to do something completely different. Antiques were a hobby and I thought I would open a store in Mahone Bay. We found a perfect spot for it and then I bought the Cape across the street from the store and totally restored it. Some people liked what I did and asked me to help them with their houses and I did. I eventually had one of my client homes in “The Street Of Dreams” in St. Louis. I did a couple of apartments in New York and a farmhouse in Upstate New York as well as an apartment in Paris. My husband is a consultant with Microsoft and I just travelled with him wherever he had projects. We ended up in Washington state and I opened a vintage store there on Bainbridge Island called Vintage Home and Garden. We moved then to California and and then up to Cannon Beach Oregon before deciding to come back to Canada.
[EDIT]ION: Can you tell me about the vision behind Morgan Jane Home?
Morgan: I think you could call my style ‘Vintage with a French Accent’. I like simple, clean lines with soft colors, those gorgeous French grays and blues. My vision for the shop was to have gorgeous French and Belgian linen with some vintage but we were also focussed on environmental sensibility. We brought in refillable organic soaps from a New York company called Common Good. This company has won all the awards and certifications for environmental safety. I love real and authentic things, not cheap knockoffs from Asia where the environmental standards are too loose. So though initially we had some things that came in from Asia, we are bringing in other things to replace them…things like brooms from France and mats from a kibbutz in Israel that are made with the highest European environmental standards. Our new linen line which was a year in development also meets those high European standards. Basically I wanted to have a little shop that surprises and delights with things that perhaps have not seen here before.
[EDIT]ION: What brought you home to Atlantic Canada, after moving to the United States?
Morgan: We lived a long time in the states and my husband still works there but remotely now with the pandemic. Previously, he would travel to Seattle once a month and stay for a week or so and come home. What brought us home? I couldn’t take the ugly, racism, xenophobia, misogyny of the previous president. I was so homesick for Canada and Nova Scotia in particular.
[EDIT]ION: What is unique about owning a small business here?
Morgan: Nova Scotia is a very special place and I don’t think it’s own people realize just how special and kind they are. Perhaps it’s all the Maritimes but I love how, in my experience, everyone is treated the same. You don’t get kudos and status for being well-off. You get it by being a good human! It’s not that way in other parts of Canada or the States where money, greed and hate rules.
Bordering the powerful Bay of Fundy, with the world’s highest tides, the sight of the Fundy Coast never fails to inspire. On your journey from Hillsborough to St. Stephen you can experience exciting adventures, fresh seafood, the thrill of island hopping, and impressive wildlife sightings along the way.
THE EPIC SIDE OF FUNDY
Fundy National Park is one of the coast’s crown jewels. For the most extreme of adventurers, take on the fourto-five-day hiking trek that is the Fundy Footpath. The incomparable beauty is worth the strenuous climbs along the coast of the Bay of Fundy. To get the same breathtaking view with much less effort, simply explore the Fundy Trail Parkway, lined with waterfalls, bountiful nature and shorter hiking trails. Or make your way to the scenic lighthouse at Cape Enrage to get an unobstructed sight of the deep blue waters via zip line.
QUAINT COASTAL COMMUNITIES
For those looking for a more relaxed getaway, the quaint towns along the Fundy coast make for the perfect trip. Saint Andrews is known for drawing in visitors, and for good reason. The fairy tale–like town is picturesque, welcoming and full of fun activities like whale watching.. Continue exploring our oceanside communities with stops in St. Martins, Alma and the Fundy Isles.
To read more about the regions of New Brunswick to road trip through this summer, order a copy of our brand new volume of [EDIT] magazine by clicking here!
Mastering the Trifecta
Delectable Dishes. Superior Service. Amazing Atmosphere.
by Jennifer Wood
Photographs by Denis Duquette
Click here to read full feature in French.
Atelier Tony opened its doors during a global pandemic, but ingeniously the family behind the business used the restrictions to their advantage, unveiling one of the best new French restaurants in Canada. The Holden family wanted the restaurant, located on a commercial street in Dieppe (part of greater Moncton), to be special: a jewel in New Brunswick’s crown. And when it opened, the buzz was deafening. Anyone who knows the family, all of whom have a stake in the business, was not surprised though; Atelier Tony is operated by some of the most passionate people in the food and beverage industry.
The French-influenced menu is diverse yet precise; the service is knowledgeable, warm, and yet somehow often invisible; and the refreshing Parisian ambiance, blossoming with soft pinks, florals, and framed artwork, is an experience in and of itself. These three components, while they seem to have come together so seamlessly, are the culmination of the Holden family’s dedication to perfecting every second of the customer experience. Adjacent to Atelier Tony, Dieppe’s newest hotspot is Boulangerie Tony, which rivals any pâtisserie you would find in France. They serve freshly made breads, baguettes, cakes, pastries, croissants, sandwiches and to-die-for freshly roasted Epoch Chemistry coffee.
Atelier Tony and Boulangerie Tony grew out of Tony’s Bistro & Pâtisserie, founded by Tony Holden, originally from Shea Heights, Newfoundland and Labrador. Over a decade ago, while working as pastry chef at Moncton’s Delta Beausejour, Holden began a side hustle making croissants in his basement for purchase at Dieppe’s Saturday morning market. He sold out every time. Based on positive feedback from his market customers, he found a spot to open a small, two-table pastry shop. From there, he started making sandwiches on his buttery croissants and then added soups and breakfast options.
Make sure to also watch the film about the story of Atelier Tony, on The Maritime Edit YouTube channel now, by clicking here!
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