farm city!


December 17, 2010
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Tarek Al-Zand. Photographer. Haligonian.

Tarek lives and shoots film in Halifax. He also runs CKDU, Halifax’s campus/community radio station. More of his Common work here.



October 28, 2010
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Cecil Day. Printmaker. Nova Scotia.

“In Traps, her most recent series, she looks to the subject of hunting in developing a suite of etchings that illustrate, to scale, traditional traps—box traps, snares, leg irons—alongside their related quarry.”

This is the only print from Day’s latest series that I could find, but I was lucky enough to see the entire series at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia during the recent Nocturne: Art at Night event in Halifax. You can see some of her other work here.


May 30, 2010
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“Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting.”
– Ondaatje

I just finished reading Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, a novel about the process of work, descriptions of workers, city-building, public-works. It takes place in 1920s and 1930s Toronto and features immigrant labourers, sex and the Bloor Street viaduct.
I’ve been telling people it’s one of my favourite books, full of my favourites things: workers, politics, the imagining of urban spaces, art thievery.
I’d recommend it. To you.

solidarity forever.

May 1, 2010
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May Day / Jane Jacobs.

Today’s May Day, International Workers’ Day.
I spent the day in Halifax, participating in a ‘Jane’s Walk’ – a celebration of cities, this city in particular. The walk takes it’s name from the legendary Jane Jacobs – a rad, inspiring woman. In the 1960s she wrote about urban communities, planning and design in ways that are still resonant today.
[The bottom photo is of Jacobs, riding a bike].
And so we walked. And talked. And it was good.

critical mass.

March 22, 2010
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Friday is the first Critical Mass Bike Ride of the spring season. I’m excited – I made a poster, built a new bike and found these three photos on the interweb. If you’re in Halifax, meet me at Victoria Park at 6 pm on Friday evening. If you’re in another city, find the city-wide-ride and join it. It’s the most wholesome fun of the month.


March 5, 2010

Gavin Watson. Photographer.

This shit is real.
Watson started taking photos of his friends and family (his brother Neville is on the BMX bike) when he was a 14 year-old skinhead in the UK. I dig the style of photo and the style of the kids in the pics: the leftover mod look of the 1960s – the too-short pants, the plaid, the suspenders are all found these days in the Halifax young-farmer scene. Weird cycles, huh?
The colour photograph at the end is a self-portrait of Watson (and a girlfriend?).

Farm City Living.

December 11, 2009
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Spacing Atlantic. Urban Issues Blog. Autumn 2009.

New markets are popping up all over the city. Whether it’s from a North End street-side market or one found in a South End parking lot, more and more people are buying local food. Although most Haligonians embrace the local food movement, Halifax city council isn’t on board; at least when it comes to urban poultry. The beginning of 2008 saw city council taking a stance against food security with its decision to ban backyard laying hens. Almost two years later, it seems that urban agriculture enthusiasts and amateur chicken farmers will get another chance to plead their case…

Read more about Halifax chickens here.


November 4, 2009
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The Walrus. Premier Canadian Magazine.

The Walrus is The Best.
The Pantone-Halifax colour card is from the cities issue and it’s bang on (as a colour-combo, I mean). To find your city, click here.
The cover art speaks for itself (as aesthetically-great, I mean).

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