I come from far, far away. Before Halifax, the last place I felt truly at home was on a small, sub-tropical island south of the Korean mainland. Rae comes from the southern states (and if you give her a glass of wine or three, you’ll hear the drawl). Living in Halifax is unexpected for both of us. We both arrived at roughly the same time East Coast LifeStyle apparel was going viral. The logo was everywhere and we started wondering what this lifestyle was about. I confess, I’m still confused. I get the sense that Nova Scotia isn’t totally sure what the east coast lifestyle is either. The landscape is beautifully rugged, fishing villages pepper the seaside, and in town the music is plentiful, many houses are wonderfully old and vibrantly coloured. I think artists and grass-roots activism. Running in a different direction is Halifax’s “bold” new logo, and the massive structures that are being built, like the Nova Centre. Likewise, while the kindest, most generous and friendliest people I’ve ever met have been Nova Scotian, Halifax also has the ominous distinction of being the 2nd most dangerous Canadian city in terms of homicide. I suppose the ‘east coast lifestyle’ is complex and means something different to everyone. What it means to me was totally encapsulated by this event, “Up Close and Coastal”, put on by Oceanstone. Or at least, this would be an ideal east coast lifestyle. Brian Byrne performing in a small, intimate venue with the ocean visible in the window behind the microphone. Food prepared by Oceanstone’s Executive Chef, Bryan Corkery. It was a really cool experience eating top notch food at an amazing resort with Brian Byrne and Jason Haywood playing awesome tunes and telling hilarious stories.
We’re hoping that ‘Up Close and Coastal’ becomes a regular thing. Nova Scotia is a richer place because of experiences like this.
Keep up with Oceanstone to see if (when?) the next one will be (which could be VERY soon), and keep up with Live 105 because they gave away tickets to this event.