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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 nineteenth issue below are:
The brand new winter volume of [EDIT] is on newsstands across Canada now! But in the meantime, scroll down to enjoy the exclusive content in [EDIT]ION Volume 19.
Photograph: Carla Maria Photography
Sarah Anderson saw an opportunity in her home province of Nova Scotia to create East Coast Pop Up Weddings, a now successful elopement planning business and brand that celebrates the many adventures to be had on the East Coast. Sarah first thought of creating her business after she became a Justice of the Peace in 2017, and after officiating her first wedding she was hooked.
She now helps couples looking for elopement style weddings with every detail, from flowers and drinks to officiating it herself. Couples have come from across the country, and even some from the United States, to have their tiny weddings on the cliffs, hills, fields, and beaches of Nova Scotia.
Sarah met with [EDIT]ION to tell us more about her one of a kind business.
[EDIT]ION: What makes having a wedding here on the East Coast unique?
Sarah: I think it’s just the East Coast mentality. People here are so laid back and so willing to roll with the punches, especially in terms of weather! I think a pop-up wedding suits our personality. We also have endless beautiful backdrops to choose from and there are so many creative people here doing really cool things to help.
[EDIT]ION: Have you felt the support of the community since starting?
Sarah: This is my first kick of the can when it comes to working for myself. I had a really relaxed wedding, so a lot of my family and friends were shocked to see me in the wedding industry, myself included! The support of the community though has been phenomenal in navigating it. From people wanting to partner and collaborate, to people sharing their favourite venues and even offering their property as a spot!
[EDIT]ION: What makes an elopement wedding different from a traditional one?
Sarah: It’s just these two people that are totally in the moment and everything else is beside the fact. There is usually this pressure when it comes to getting married to keep everyone happy and do these things that we have traditionally done; like having a white dress, doing favours, or having a large guest list. With an elopement, you have a day that is just for you and reflects who you are and your personality gets to shine. That’s what I love about it.
Sarah: A really memorable wedding for me was when we hiked Cape Split in October. We met at 4:30 am so we could hike up for sunrise. I loved that pilgrimage we all took together, hiking in the dark with headlamps on. It took two hours to get out there and I just love that element of it. The group was that much closer on the way back after the wedding, and it just gives it more of a story.
Photograph: Chelle Wootten
Photograph: Nicole LaPierre
Based in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, every piece of clothing that Jenny Fennell crafts tells a story of family, tradition, and history. Growing up watching her mother and grandmother knit she was infatuated with creating something. So she started Lily Lake Knits, telling [EDIT]ION that “the name Lily Lake comes from a lake in Cape Breton. The surrounding acres of the lake have been kept in my family for generations and farmed by loved ones. Surrounded by forest, it is home to vast wildlife and beauty. When you make the hike into the lake, all that is heard is the sound of nature. It is a truly special place that I hold dear. When wearing Lily Lake Knits, I hope to evoke nostalgia for camping by a fire, a hike along the rolling hills or the simple feeling of home.”
Not only does her business and creations tell a story, but they can be passed on for generations. “I now use natural fibers, which if cared for properly, will last a lifetime and when the time comes, can be passed down to be loved again and again becoming an heirloom for your family. A way to remember loved ones' past and plan towards loved ones on the way,” says Jenny.
Her passion for the messaging of tradition and history behind her knits is clear. “Many believe each family, or clan, had their own specific Aran sweater patterns, with cable details that were unique to each family. Each sweater pattern told a story of the family or the wearer. Fishing was a way of life in the Celtic Nations and it is said that if a fisherman's body was found after being lost at sea from a ship's wreckage, he could be identified by the cables on his sweater and returned to his family. An intertwining cable signifies the ropes and nets used by fishermen, who would work day and night to feed their families. The blackberry stitch was used to remind us of nature's riches. Braided cables were given to loved ones to represent the stages of life that you would share with family. The honeycomb stitch was used on pieces given to the hardest of workers, those who worked as hard as honey bees. Traditionally, it was an incredible compliment to receive a sweater with honeycomb details. It meant you were respected and your work was appreciated. With each stitch holding traditional significance, cable work was a reflection on you, your family and your life. When the time does come to pass down an heirloom Aran sweater, you aren't just passing down a sweater, you're passing down and celebrating a story of life. It is such a joy to create pieces like this for families.”
The intention and beauty of each product has lead to Lily Lake Knits being a huge success, well-known throughout Canada and has been featured at many stores, including the luxury boutique named Vincent in Ottawa, Ontario.
What started as a hobby of small scale coffee roasting for Elissa Colpitts is now Picadilly Coffee Roasters, a popular coffee shop located in Sussex, New Brunswick. Elissa took the risk to become an entrepreneur after taking a business course for women offered by the Saint John Loan Fund, and it has since paid off as she has seen steady growth since opening.
[EDIT]ION: What has opening up a small business in Sussex been like?
Elissa Colpitts: Being located in Sussex has contributed greatly to our growth and success! We started small but the community has been with us every step of the way, growing with us. I truly believe we would not have seen the growth we have had we been located in a bigger city. Sussex is full of small businesses, several of which we have partnered with in one way or another. There is a lot of innovation and resiliency here, something you tend to notice in small communities that have a history of taking care of themselves and their neighbours. The business community is also so supportive and encouraging, I don't hesitate to reach out to a fellow entrepreneur with questions or for advice. We all want to see each other grow and succeed, I've always felt the sense of community over competition.
I love that our customers have become friends. When they come in, they ask about the kids, they ask about weekend plans, and they follow up on previous conversations. I didn’t realize there would be such a strong social component to starting a business. It's comforting that people here want to know your story, they want to build a connection. I love the small town camaraderie!
[EDIT]ION: What makes your coffee unique, and so delicious!
Elissa: There are a couple of factors that, I believe, help our coffee stand out in a crowd. I would have to say the quality and the source of our beans is the main factor that keeps our customers coming back. There is not only great care in selecting the bean itself but great consideration of the source. Understanding the many impacts of the demand for coffee in the Western world, sourcing the beans from small farms and cooperatives is a priority. People can feel good knowing the people growing the beans are paid a fair wage to support their families and communities. This attention to detail spills over into my own process, roasting beans in a small batch to ensure the beans get the attention they deserve. We don't rely on technology or large machines to roast our coffee. We use sight, smell, and sound to roast each and every batch, to ensure we get the best flavour profile. Because we roast in small batches, our customers always get fresh beans! We always make sure to provide the best product possible.
[EDIT]ION: How can people get some of your coffee?
Elissa: If you are in the vicinity, we would love to invite you to our shop in Sussex where you can grab a bag of fresh roasted beans and delicious drink from our in-house baristas. Alternatively, you can place orders for shipping or local pickup on our website. We also have retail partners in Saint John, Sussex, Fredericton, Moncton and several places in between. All are great places to visit! You can find a list of our partners as well as hours of operation on our website.
Facebook: Picadilly Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Ingrid Munroe
Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth
Award-winning band Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth met with [EDIT]ION's Morgan Leet to discuss their rise to fame, upcoming dates.
by Morgan Leet
Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth are a Saint John, New Brunswick based Alternative band with a mixed sound of Indie with Rock and Blues influences. Their originality is unparalleled, with a stage presence that has gained them widespread popularity throughout Atlantic Canada. Member Nick LeBlanc describing trying to bring their live performance energy onto an album as “trying to capture lightening in a bottle”. Band members Jamie Comeau and Nick LeBlanc met with [EDIT]ION's Morgan Leet to discuss their rise to fame, upcoming dates.
The pair first started playing together when Jamie decided to progress away from his solo career. “I was writing a lot of solo music, and wasn’t doing much relaxing, just doing home recordings. I ran into Nick at one of the local pubs that we grab pints from.” Says Jamie, “We just knew each other a little bit, but I asked him to come over and have a beer and listen to what I was working on. It was just one swoop and Nick was in. That was the start, because me and Nick were the first two starting members and then Drake came along right after because we needed more members to solidify the band.”
From there the band quickly began gaining popularity. Nick tells [EDIT]ION how he “might have jumped the gun too quickly (laughing), but I entered us into the Harvest Jazz & Blues Rising Star competition, which was ambitious on my part! We were a band for one month when we won that and that’s when the snowball started to accumulate, and we just kept rolling with it from there.”
Recently, the band has restructured, bringing a new sound with their new band member Chris Sanford. Jamie notes how “Drake Adams was our previous drummer and is now our bass player, and our new drummer Chris has been playing with Chris since middle school. It’s really nice to have their dynamic.”
They both have a deep appreciation for the local community that they have grown within. Nick describes it as being “far different from what it’s like in places like Montreal or Toronto. I find in those metropolises its almost too competitive, everyone wants to be better than each other. Here in the East coast everyone is supportive no matter what style of music you are doing. They show up, and a lot have become a part of our friend circle. It is an incredible support group.”
This past fall the band swept at the PRIX Music NB Awards, taking home three awards; Recording Of The Year, Live Act Of The Year, and Fans’ Choice. Right now, they are deep into their writing process, and looking forward to playing live when they can safely do so again!
Facebook: Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth
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Halifax Black Film Festival
The Halifax Black Film Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary on February 23 - 28!
As an online festival this year, it is the perfect time to join in and experience all that the festival has to offer. On the first day of the festival, all 75 films will become available for viewers to enjoy around the world, from your own home.
With stories from Black filmmakers like Tyler Simmonds, highlighting the perspective of being Black in Halifax and Atlantic Canada, this festival will be filled with inspiring watches. The goal of the festival to to celebrate the incredible work which highlights the many different Black experiences and the diversity within. Unlike much of the popular media we consume on a daily basis, these films are reflective of the realties of experiences, and are important watches for all living within Atlantic Canada and beyond.
"The Halifax Black Film Festival enriches Nova Scotia’s culture by telling unique and wonderful stories that need to be told. It supports the overall goal of the Nova Scotia Event Strategy, ensuring a diverse range of events throughout our Province.” Says Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
Mullinger Meets Canadians
New Podcast Episode with Candy Palmater
Mullinger meets Candy Palmater, one of his favourite people in the whole world. Candy once described herself as “a gay native recovered lawyer turned feminist comic, who was raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick.” But even that unique title doesn’t do justice to the intelligence and brilliance of this incredibly versatile performer, artist, thinker, comedian, broadcaster and creator of the hit TV series The Candy Show and host of the daily CBC interview series The Candy Palmater Show. She is one of this country’s greatest talents and this is one of the most in-depth and moving interviews yet.
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James Mullinger meets podcasting gurus Rhys Waters and Jonathan Burns to learn about their new project, Podstarter, and why Atlantic Canada is the best place to start a new business right now.
It was a walk along the Halifax waterfront in the spring of 2019 that forever changed the lives of British-born Rhys Waters and Nova Scotian Jonathan Burns.
Waters, a creative producer from Wales, had launched his own start-up at the age of 22, a content agency that led to him making BAFTA Award–winning work for the BBC and with global brands like Aston Martin. He produced, directed and edited over 60+ hours of TV, radio and commercials and developed, launched and ran the hit BBC show Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience. Since 2014, he has been involved in podcasting. Now 36 years old and a father of three, he and his wife decided to move to Atlantic Canada on a whim but with a thirst for adventure. He immediately found an abundance of editing and producing work and was introduced to 47-year- old Jonathan Burns, a like-minded creative.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Burns did what some East Coasters did back then after university. He left. And went as far as an ’81 Volkswagen could go. To Calgary. After repairs in Quebec and Winnipeg. Out West he worked in advertising, business development, and sales and marketing, helping companies develop from prototype to profit. Now considered a creative technologist, he bridges the gap between research and development and business development...
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