Though born and raised in a small farming community in rural Nova Scotia, Kristen Herrington has called Halifax home for more than a decade. She is a prolific abstract painter and designer, with a particular interest in collaborative works. She studied -what she calls- the artist’s “thing” for her Master’s thesis as an avenue to explore the relationship between the creative individual working in a capitalist society. Through this research, Kristen discovered her own “thing” and has been working on that artistic evolution for the past 6 years.

She identifies as a “fluid-artist”, capturing life’s overlooked moments or ideas on her canvasses. Additionally, she uses digital images of her work to make fabrics for items such as yoga mats, leggings and furniture reupholstery. Her work has been showcased in galleries and shops throughout the province and other parts of Canada.

Michael S. Ryan is the solo project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and frontman for the award-winning Alt-Rock group The Town Heroes. As a prolific songwriter with more than 500 unrecorded songs, Michael S. Ryan highlights Ryan’s Folk oriented influences and allows him to explore various avenues of songwriting and performing. A natural storyteller with a desire to entertain, Ryan’s ability to connect with an audience is unparalleled. Known for his banter, crowd engagement and comical stories, his goal as an entertainer is to transport the listener to a world where they believe anything is possible.

At the root of every song is a passionate exploration of the things that make us all human. Whether good or bad, they’re the things that make us who we are – heartache, love, the socioeconomic struggles of rural Canada, dreams and family. His songs fluctuate between lush, multi-instrumented arrangements to stripped-down acoustic ballads á la Bon Iver. Lyrically and thematically, they’re driven by personal experiences and the human condition.

Husband and wife creatives, Michael and Kristen are teaming up for their first collaborative art project. “From the Bottoms of Our Murky Hearts” is the debut album from Michael S. Ryan as a solo performer. Each song on the album will have a coinciding painting — of the same name — that will be Herrington’s visual representation of the mood, lyrics, melody and themes of Michael’s soundscapes.

Check Kristen out @Kristenherrington.art

Check Michael out @Michael_S_Ryan

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Nadia Katherine is a tattoo artist in Dartmouth, and co-owner of her new studio, Mystic Moon Tattoos.

Nadia did her first self-taught tattoos 11 years ago, and gained a formal apprenticeship 3 and a half years ago and has continued to hone her skills since.

When she’s not tattooing she spends much of her time engaged in some of her other passions, yoga and pole fitness.

Nadia’s goal is to keep improving her tattooing ability and she plans to begin a second career in fitness and movement.

Alli Brown is a tattoo artist in Dartmouth, NS. She is the co-owner of her recently established studio, Mystic Moon Tattoos, alongside Nadia Katherine.

Alli has been interested in tattooing since she was very young. She has always been inclined to draw and explore her artistic talent, so tattooing seemed like a natural fit for her. She started her journey as a tattoo artist at Gunners Tattoo Shop in 2017, where she learned everything she knows about tattooing from her mentors, Derek Hill and Nadia K.
On her spare time, Alli loves to be in nature and with animals. She also loves playing video games and is a big fan of anything fantasy or magic-related. She enjoys doing spirit work and offers oracle readings on the side as well.
Alli’s long term goal is to build a van with her partner and travel across the country. She aims to keep building her skills and public reach until she can confidently travel and guest spot at other shops around the world.
Tofunmi Adesanya is a Nigerian born, self-taught and upcoming fashion entrepreneur. She is a lover of culture and aims to preserve the African culture through her pieces.
Her love for fashion was born out of a fascination with her grandmother’s sewing machine when she was younger.
She hopes to go to fashion school to acquire some formal education in fashion design.
In this episode, we talk about her love for fashion, her first runway show and plans for Tofunmi Adesanya, her label.
Check her out @desolaa_a

Andréa Lussing is a Strategic Intervention life coach and Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) practitioner based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In her coaching practice, she specializes in helping women overcome binge eating and overeating so they can create peace with food and self.

She also holds the larger goal of bringing emotional, physical, and mental peace to people everywhere through the use of EFT.

In her downtime, she enjoys cooking vegan food, spending time with her family, and soaking in the beauty of nature. 

In this episode, we talk about her experience in EFT and her future plans for her practice.

Check her out @andrealussing.coaching

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Originally from Montreal, Alexa moved to Nova Scotia 6 years ago for her BSc in Marine Biology and Environmental Sustainability and Society (ESS) at Dalhousie University and fell in love with the Maritimes ever since.

Continuing her education at Dalhousie, Alexa just completed her Master of Marine Management, where her research focused on managing abandoned, lost, and discarded lobster fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy.

Her research was inspired by her time working on-board haddock trawlers on George’s Bank in the summer of 2017, where she had first learnt about ghost gear from fishermen.

She also runs a nonprofit she founded called Stop Trashing It, which motivates people to change their single-use waste habits.

On her downtime, you are likely to find her outdoors, probably by the coast doing a shoreline cleanup, or scuba diving, which is her lifelong passion.

As a Sustainable Oceans Alliance Youth Leader, Alexa continues to inspire and motivate others to take action in doing better for our ocean.

Check her out @lexgoodman

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Travis Lindsay is the most prolific writer in East Coast Comedy.
His great mix of jokes and storytelling has been captivating audiences since the early age of 16
He made his TV debut this past fall on CBC at the Halifax Comedyfest and in 2019 he releases his debut album titled The Kid is Alright.
I had a wonderful time chatting with Travis and learned so much. I can’t wait to check out his album when it is released.
Check him out @thetravislindsay

Jae Thompson is committed to doing all he can to end the violence in this city of Halifax, especially in Spryfield.

“Just anybody getting shot in front of their family, or shot in front of friends … that’s an awful thing,” he said. “Bullets don’t have no names on it. A stray bullet can hit a child that’s four or five.” That was a quote from Jae after a young man (just 21) Donald Stevenson was shot and killed in front of his family!  

He is using his music to create the change he wants to see and in this episode, we talk about the violence, what he is doing about it, Jae Thompson Music Group, White Boy and his squad More Than Kings.

Listen to his song “Dreams” about violence. I can’t wait to work on the short film “Dreams” with Jae.

Check him out @mtk_kxngjthxmpsxn

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Letitia Fraser is a figurative artist born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia. Letitia is a proud descendant of North Preston. Coming from a long line of Artists. Her artistic interest was shown early in life. Her interest matured during her high school years driving her desire to continue to NSCAD, where she is a recent graduate.

Her artwork has been featured in exhibits at the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia, the Freedom Festival Art Exhibit coordinated by the African Nova Scotian Music Association; and several exhibits by the Black Artist Network of Nova Scotia (2014-2017). In 2011 she illustrated images for “The Journey Continues; An Atlantic Canada Black experience.” Written by Craig M. Smith.

In 2018 Letitia had the opportunity to have her artwork published alongside other women in Understorey Magazines 12th issue dedicated to African Nova Scotian Women. She was recently given the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship and the 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award from Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

In February of 2019, Letitia was featured on the cover of The Coast, and interviewed by CBC for her first solo, graduate exhibition Mommay’s Patches, at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

Check her out @newscotlandblack

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An award-winning publicist, radio host, industry professional, and musician, Trevor Murphy has been a devoted member of the East Coast’s music community for well over a decade.
Champion of the underdog, curator of Atlantic Canadian culture, and general man-about-town, Trevor also owns and operates Acadian Embassy Records – a boutique record that label delves into deeper exploration of the Nova Scotian Acadian identity using music as a platform through which to discuss and promote shifts in the culture, community, and history.