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The Carleton – Jay Malinowski + The Deadcoast

Jay Malinowski and The Deadcoast kicked off their current tour here at The Carleton Bar and Grill in Halifax.  It would be an understatement to say that the evening showcased the breadth of Jay’s talent.  The legendary Don Francks was present to read stories from Jay’s book ‘Skulls and Bones’ which also features his very own illustrations.  This may have been the only performance I have ever been to where there was so much dancing, but no one left their seat. The harmony between the readings and the music matched perfectly to create a beautiful evening of story telling.  The syncopation of both vocals and music between Elliot Vaughan and Jay rounded out the intricacies of the entire production.  This was not a show, it was art.




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Something I really look forward to once a month is the Home Depot Kids Workshop.  Molly has always taken an interest in helping me with little projects and stuff, so this was a natural fit for us.  At one of the workshops, there was another father-daughter duo enjoying themselves. In most cases, it is the parents that do much of the assembling, but in this case the little girl wanted to be more involved.  This is the conversation I heard:

Little Girl: “I want to hammer the nails by myself”

Dad: “Sure thing”

Little Girl: “But I want to hold the hammer alone”

Dad: “No problem, just be careful”

Little Girl:  “Can you hold the nail for me?”

At that instant I looked up with a smile and the look I saw on his face was priceless.  I knew exactly what he was thinking.



Elaine Churchill - I love this photo Scott!

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Second Time Around

I will admit, that with Nina being our second child I have been slacking a bit in a lot of departments.  I can only speculate on why the second child always gets the short end of the stick, maybe because we no longer feel the urge to helicopter parent and give them the freedom to do more on their own.  For me though, what is interesting is that even though we’ve been around the block once already, I still get amazed by what Nina can do.  All the firsts still excite me and the sheer curiosity always makes me smile.  You can never take for granted pure innocence, true sincerity does not last forever.  I don’t take as many photographs of Nina, but the ones I do take really reflect her personality.  Happy birthday Nina, we love you so much!!



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The Carleton – Sean McCann + Matt Wells

I was walking into the backstage area to drop off some photo gear and as I approached, Matt Wells, Paul Lamb, Meaghan Smith, and Sean McCann had an impromptu discussion around what all creatives can relate to: Chasing the dream in the pursuit of happiness.  Listening to what such experienced artists had to say, reaffirms my own decisions around photography.  That discussion was a great way to describe the go with the flow evening.  It was a very laidback show and the banter between Matt and Sean really showcased their Newfoundland charm.  Not to be outdone by their charisma, there was still music to be heard.  I had not known much about Matt, but my impression is he gives everything he does 110%.  I can honestly say I have never seen anyone rock out on a kazoo with such passion!  Sean’s performance was a reflection of the life lessons he has learned while living a very public life with many highs and lows.  He really tells it how it is.  He was joined on stage by local artist Paul Lamb for some songs they collaborated on in the past.  What caught many by surprise was when he joined Meaghan Smith in the crowd for a beautiful duet.  Sean and Matt wrapped up the evening by going on stage together highlighted by “Queen Street Love”.  Both guys have albums soon to be released so keep an eye out for that.  Until then, check out some images from the evening.


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