250th Anniversary of the Halifax Common – Oct 2013

“Celebrate the Common 250”, four days of festive and informative activities, was held from October 3 to 6, 2013. This celebration was created by Friends of the Halifax Common to raise awareness of the meaning and importance of the common and to simply enjoy the common.  Click on an event for details.

Oct
4
Fri
2013
Capture the Common @ Parkade of QEII Health Centre
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

ARTIST – ZACHERY FAYE

The “Capture The Common” photo installation is the result of collective photography, a common project. People are invited to submit pictures (capturethecommon@gmail.com) of the Halifax they see (the beautiful and the not so beautiful) that they captured with anything from a smartphone to a professional camera. The installation in the QEII parkade is not only an act of recapturing a space that was once a part of the Halifax common, but also a documentation of Halifax as we see it now.

Dead Falls @ Grounds of Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

ARTISTS – FENN MARTIN, TJ EDIGER

Deadfalls is an abstracted hunting camp that engages the audience with ideas of the rodent/pest and the current use of supposedly protected public land. Inspired by the story of fur trappers at Black-Duck Pond (now the North-Commons Skate Park), Martin & Ediger will set camp and lay traps as they travel the Commons in search of the elusive beaver.

Golf Balls @ Tee Off at the Museum of Natural History
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

ARTIST – KELSEY WATSON

With the newly built world-class golf course dictating the future of her once coal mining home town in mind, Kelsey makes work to express the push and pull to and from one’s home. In Golf Balls, she examines what a golf ball, such a mundane object, could symbolize in different locations throughout the Halifax Common. The piece raises issues of money and power, nature and the manmade, public green space, disposability and the economic future of NS.

Human Trap @ North Common, near the Centennial Fountain
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

ARTIST – ASHLEY BEDET

I have been cautioned several times against walking alone or otherwise through the Common at night. Most people have. This piece is focused on pointing out that safety is in part something created within the individual, but also the greater community. What determines safety within a particular time and space is reliant on gender, class and race. The intention of this piece is to illuminate the transaction each person makes for their own comfort and safety. It acts as a reminder that it is a choice made individually and communally, by both our discussion and silence on the topic.

There is an ‘othering’ that happens continually in communities. To be a part of a community, a person must abide and hold certain moral and social beliefs. If a person does not subscribe to the particular ideologies of the community, they are excluded, and may be labelled a threat. Othering can take many forms: the otherness of night and of public domain is a strong example. Part of feeling safe is feeling like you belong. It is hoping, but also assuming that no harm will happen to you if you continue to be as you are. That is a right we should all have, and this art piece will be implemented as a reminder of that for our public and communal spaces.

The Oikos Shelter @ Victoria General Hospital, the Terrace, overlooking South Park Street parking lot. (this is now below marker #21 on the map, and no longer at location marker #14)
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

ARTISTS – KAI WOOLNER-PRATT, EZRA LIPTON

The Oikos Shelter aims to initiate appropriation of the Commons as a more truly social space. The Common is one of the city’s strongest assets as an un-commodified public space in the heart of the city. However, it does not provide many situations that encourage communal life. The shelter will act as acupuncture for the Common, inserting a spatially bounded locus that encourages public gatherings by focusing attention and creating a situation. Through providing a surprising experience and an intimate social situation, we hope the Oikos will open a space for new personal and imaginative connections to be made. This will encourage Haligonians to reappropriate and reterritorialize the Common as a truly public space that subversively provides pleasure without purchase.

Whirligig @ Central Common
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

ARTIST – EUGENE LEBLANC

Eugene LeBlanc is a retired fisherman from Belle Cote, NS. He has recently started to construct a number of these classic Nova Scotia folk art-style whirligigs for the love of keeping busy. Camp Hill, site of Camp Hill Veterans Hospital, part of the QEII Health Centre, was once called Wind Mill Hill. The whirligig is a playful nod to that past.

Guided Tour of the Public Gardens @ Halifax Public Gardens
Oct 4 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The tour with Guide, Karen Guenther covers the history of the Gardens as well as information pertaining to the plants found in the Gardens.

Meet by the fountain in front of the Horticultural Hall Plaza (in front of Uncommon Grounds Cafe). Use the Spring Garden Road Main Gate.

Tours will be cancelled in the event of rain.
The tours are limited to 20 people.

 

Citadel Hill and Its Relationship to the Common @ Main Entrance bottom Citadel Hill
Oct 4 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

A walk around the Citadel starting at the harbour side gate, going to the west side, the Garrison Grounds and the ‘glacis’ overlooking the Commons and Camp Hill.

Piano in the Park @ IWK Newman Garden, South St & Robie
Oct 4 @ 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Drop by (and invite your friends) to play the Piano in the Park at the IWK Newman Garden’s gazebo at one of the following time slots:

*Friday Oct 4, 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM
Saturday Oct 5, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Sunday Oct 6, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Map of location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=44.637979&lon=-63.584619&z=18&m=b&show=/13013182/Newman-Gardens

Slideshow: Exposition – Halifax Common Then and Now @ Grounds of the NS Museum of Natural History
Oct 4 @ 9:30 PM – Oct 5 @ 12:00 AM

Exposition – Halifax Common then and now, is a slide show that will present a collection of images drawn from historic paintings, etchings, maps, etc. and present-day photos of the Halifax Common by Alvin Comiter.  The images will be projected on the Bell Road side of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and visible from the street and sidewalk.

A commemorative catalogue has been published to accompany the exposition.

PANEL – Halifax Common: 250 years of Community Use @ RBC Theatre, QEII Halifax Infirmary
Oct 4 @ 10:30 PM – Oct 5 @ 12:30 AM

The Halifax Common has hosted hay, cows, cricket, circuses, Catholics, military, Sir Paul and skaters. Susan Markham-Starr will take us on a quick stroll through the history of the Halifax Common, to look at changing uses of this public space and tell us about the decision-makers. Dr. Susan Tirone & Dr. Karen Gallant will discuss the importance of public meeting places in promoting active citizenship and how the development of public open spaces can positively or negatively affect leisure, health, creativity and conversations.

Panrl Moderator:  Peggy Cameron
Welcome Smudge: Bill Lewis, First Nations
Panel:
~Dr. Susan Markham-Star, Professor Emerita, Acadia University
~Dr. Susan Tirone, PhD, Professor, Associate Director, College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University
~
Dr. Karen Gallant, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Oct
5
Sat
2013
Whirligig @ Central Common
Oct 5 all-day

ARTIST – EUGENE LEBLANC

Eugene LeBlanc is a retired fisherman from Belle Cote, NS. He has recently started to construct a number of these classic Nova Scotia folk art-style whirligigs for the love of keeping busy. Camp Hill, site of Camp Hill Veterans Hospital, part of the QEII Health Centre, was once called Wind Mill Hill. The whirligig is a playful nod to that past.

Capture the Common @ Parkade of QEII Health Centre
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day

ARTIST – ZACHERY FAYE

The “Capture The Common” photo installation is the result of collective photography, a common project. People are invited to submit pictures (capturethecommon@gmail.com) of the Halifax they see (the beautiful and the not so beautiful) that they captured with anything from a smartphone to a professional camera. The installation in the QEII parkade is not only an act of recapturing a space that was once a part of the Halifax common, but also a documentation of Halifax as we see it now.

Dead Falls @ Grounds of Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day

ARTISTS – FENN MARTIN, TJ EDIGER

Deadfalls is an abstracted hunting camp that engages the audience with ideas of the rodent/pest and the current use of supposedly protected public land. Inspired by the story of fur trappers at Black-Duck Pond (now the North-Commons Skate Park), Martin & Ediger will set camp and lay traps as they travel the Commons in search of the elusive beaver.

Golf Balls @ Tee Off at the Museum of Natural History
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day

ARTIST – KELSEY WATSON

With the newly built world-class golf course dictating the future of her once coal mining home town in mind, Kelsey makes work to express the push and pull to and from one’s home. In Golf Balls, she examines what a golf ball, such a mundane object, could symbolize in different locations throughout the Halifax Common. The piece raises issues of money and power, nature and the manmade, public green space, disposability and the economic future of NS.

Human Trap @ The Halifax Common
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day

ARTIST – ASHLEY BEDET

I have been cautioned several times against walking alone or otherwise through the Common at night. Most people have. This piece is focused on pointing out that safety is in part something created within the individual, but also the greater community. What determines safety within a particular time and space is reliant on gender, class and race. The intention of this piece is to illuminate the transaction each person makes for their own comfort and safety. It acts as a reminder that it is a choice made individually and communally, by both our discussion and silence on the topic.

There is an othering that happens continually in communities. To be a part of a community, a person must abide and hold certain moral and social beliefs. If a person does not subscribe to the particular ideologies of the community, they are excluded, and may be labelled a threat. Othering can take many forms: the otherness of night and of public domain is a strong example. Part of feeling safe is feeling like you belong. It is hoping, but also assuming that no harm will happen to you if you continue to be as you are. That is a right we should all have, and this art piece will be implemented as a reminder of that for our public and communal spaces.

The Oikos Shelter @ Victoria General Hospital, the Terrace, overlooking South Park Street parking lot. (this is now below marker #21 on the map, and no longer at location marker #14)
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day

ARTISTS – KAI WOOLNER-PRATT, EZRA LIPTON

The Oikos Shelter aims to initiate appropriation of the Commons as a more truly social space. The Common is one of the city’s strongest assets as an un-commodified public space in the heart of the city. However, it does not provide many situations that encourage communal life. The shelter will act as acupuncture for the Common, inserting a spatially bounded locus that encourages public gatherings by focusing attention and creating a situation. Through providing a surprising experience and an intimate social situation, we hope the Oikos will open a space for new personal and imaginative connections to be made. This will encourage Haligonians to reappropriate and reterritorialize the Common as a truly public space that subversively provides pleasure without purchase.

Maintain Your Bicycle with Bike Again
Oct 5 @ 3:00 AM

This free workshop is brought to you by volunteers from the cycling community and Bike Again. Come learn how to fix and maintain your bike.

Meditation Instruction & Practice @ Victoria Park - Fountain
Oct 5 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Shambhala meditation instructors will offer mediation instruction and lead mediation at the Victoria Park to all who come. Imagine 250 participants!
Drop by for 10 minutes, the full hour or any amount in between.  Sit on the grass, bring a cushion or a mat or borrow a cushion (some cushions will be provided).
You are welcome to do your own meditation practice or join in with a group and receive instruction.

Circus Arts – Part 1, Halifax Circus @ Central Common basketball courts, #17
Oct 5 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Halifax Circus will be performing juggling, acrobatics, hand-balancing, diabolo, flowersticks, and unicycling. Members have performed worldwide with the Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers Circus & Cirque Surreal.

Part 2 – After spending the morning in the central basketball courts Halifax Circus will roam the common from 12 noon to 3 PM.

Parts 3 & 4 are day-ending performances at the IWK Newman Gardens at 3 PM and 4:30 PM.

Step back in time with the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants) @ Grounds of Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Oct 5 @ 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Learn about their history and military life more than two centuries ago.
This local group has entertained and educated audiences with their 18th century period costume re-enactments throughout Nova Scotia. Members will provide demonstrations including cooking, sewing, quill writing and military life.

The Common and the Halifax Explosion with Richard Rudnicki, Historical Artist @ North Common, corner of North Park and Cunard streets, near the Armoury
Oct 5 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Immediately after the Halifax Explosion, panic-stricken survivors, many needing medical aid, fled to the Common hoping to escape a second explosion. The artist’s research for a painting of this 10-minute moment in time will be revealed.

Why the Common is important for Youth Mental Health @ Beside Skate Park, Central Halifax Common
Oct 5 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Benson Coulson is a Recreation Therapist on 4South the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at the IWK Health Centre. The healthy recreation options offered on the Common are vital for fostering mental, physical, social, spiritual, and creative growth within youth. How do we optimize this amazing space? How do we maximize the holistic benefits for our youth? This presentation and interactive discussion will explore these and other questions.

Henna Tattooing – Sushma Paul @ The Halifax Common by the Pavillion (off Cogswell)
Oct 5 @ 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Henna Tattoos in the tradition of the Punjab-these intricate and beautiful tattoos are not permanent but will last for several weeks.

Historic Re-enactment of the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants). @ Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History grounds
Oct 5 @ 2:00 PM

Step back in time with the the 84th Regiment of Foot, a Nova Scotia-based group of historic re-enactors that bring this British regiment, originally raised to defend Canada against American invasion, to life. Learn about their history and military life of two centuries ago.

Historical walk of the South Common with Gary Shutlak @ Main Gate, Halifax Public Garden
Oct 5 @ 2:00 PM

Gary Shutlak, an Archivist at the NS Archives will guide a walk to explore the houses, history and streets of the South Common. Every street has a story…

Yoga on the Common – Instruction & Practice @ Baseball diamond #7 on North Common
Oct 5 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Steve Murray, an instructor at Breathing Space Yoga Studio, will lead a one hour Hatha yoga class. This is open to all and would be a nice introduction to yoga!

Baseball @ The Halifax Common, Canada Games Diamond ( #10) baseball diamond (by the Pavillion off Cogswell)
Oct 5 @ 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

All ages and family pick-up baseball as well as clinics for kids. Fun for everyone.

Circus Arts, Halifax Circus – Part 2 roaming… @ Throughout The Halifax Common, Summer Street / NS Museum of Natural History, Public Gardens, Victoria Park to IWK Hospital
Oct 5 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Part 1 – Halifax Circus will be performing juggling, acrobatics, hand-balancing, diabolo, flowersticks, unicycling and aerials. Members have performed worldwide with the Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers Circus & Cirque Surreal.

Part 2 – After spending the day in the central basketball courts Halifax Circus will roam the common until to arrive at the IWK Newman Gardens for, 3 PM.

Part 3 – Halifax Circus will perform at 3PM in the IWK Newman Garden and

Part 4 -Halifax Circus will perform at 4:30 PM in the IWK Newman Garden.

Guided Tour of the Public Gardens @ Halifax Public Gardens
Oct 5 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Led by Karen Guenther, this tour covers the history of the Gardens as well as information pertaining to the plants found in the Gardens.

Meet by the fountain in front of the Horticultural Hall Plaza (in front of Uncommon Grounds Cafe). Use the Spring Garden Road Main Gate.

Tours will be cancelled in the event of rain.
The tours are limited to 20 people.

 

History of the Poor House @ 'Poor House' - Corner Robie & South
Oct 5 @ 3:00 PM

Join Peter MeGuigan, Historian and Author for a Walk & Talk describing the history of the Poor House and the Poor House Pond.

Nova Scotia Australian Football League friendly match: Halifax Dockers vs Toronto Dingoes @ Wanderer's Grounds
Oct 5 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Watch a game, once unique to Australia, now spreading around the world.
Australian Rules Football is a style of football completely unique to the country of Australia. In the past 10 years it has begun to spread into other countries around the world including Canada. If you think you might be interested in being a player, official, volunteer or spectator, check out our Halifax Australian Rules Football Facebook page:
Halifax Australian Football League website
or find us on Twitter: @NovaScotiaAFL

Nova Scotia Cricket Association, NS 40-over Playoffs @ Halifax North Common
Oct 5 @ 3:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Watch competitve Cricket and learn more about this sport.  Watch the NS Cricket Association playoffs. Games played Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon-6:30 pm. A representative from the NS Cricket Association will explain rules and techniques Saturday, 3 – 4 PM.

Camp Hill Cemetery: Life after Death @ Camp Hill Cemetery Main Gate
Oct 5 @ 4:00 PM

Chris Majka, Ecologist leads a guided walk through the Camp Hill Graveyard to explore the flora and fauna of this corner of the Common.

Learn Nordic Pole Walking @ Central Common Basketball courts by Skatepark (by the Pavillion off Cogswell)
Oct 5 @ 4:00 PM

 Join our hands-on workshop with Kat Kitchings to learn the basics & fun of Nordic Walking, and learn why it is such an amazing, healthful activity. (12 pairs of poles are available for lending – first come, first-served. Got poles? Please ensure they are proper Nordic Walking poles with Velcro strap.)

Maritime Brass Quintet concert in the Public Garden @ Public Garden Bandstand
Oct 5 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

MBQ performs high quality music concerts ranging from renaissance and baroque to jazz, folk & contemporary. While the core group is a quintet, concerts might feature any size ensemble, from solos to full-size brass bands.

Piano in the Park @ IWK Newman Garden, South St & Robie
Oct 5 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Drop by (and invite your friends) to play the Piano in the Park at the IWK Newman Garden’s gazebo at one of the following time slots:

Friday Oct 4, 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM
**Saturday Oct 5, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Sunday Oct 6, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Map of location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=44.637979&lon=-63.584619&z=18&m=b&show=/13013182/Newman-Gardens

Drop By Drumming with Glen Fraser @ The Fountain - North Common
Oct 5 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Bring your drums and other instruments & a folding chair. Join us through a tour of West African, Cuban, Flamenco, Arabic and Brazilian rhythms and styles.

Kite Flying @ Baseball Diamond #7/8 near corner of Cunard St. and North Park St.
Oct 5 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Learn to fly unique, handmade Jamaican kites at super high altitudes with Kirk Jones & Katherine Van Blyderveen.

 

The Poor House – DaPoPo Theatre @ Just Us Cafe
Oct 5 @ 5:00 PM

DaPoPo Theatre will present a view into the Halifax Poor House by animating individuals who lived within its walls through text, movement, and music. The history of the Poorhouse is ripe with questions about how we treat those on the margins of society, and how the context and value of a physical location changes as a city changes around it. By investigating the people who populated the Poorhouse, we remind ourselves of the importance of the human element of urban planning and land usage, which is an interesting contextual compliment to the challenges facing the Common today.

DaPoPo Theatre is an independent theatre company creating and presenting accessible, challenging and alternative theatrical experiences for audiences and artists. The theatre craft of DaPoPo is po-litical, po-pular and po-etic. DaPoPo includes Artistic Director Garry Williams and core artists Kristi Anderson, Eric Benson, Zach Faye, Keelin Jack, and Kim Parkhill. In October DaPoPo is presenting it’s fifth annual month-long theatre festival, Live-In at The Living Room on Agricola St.

If These Trees Could Talk @ Oland’s Memorial Fountain, Victoria Park
Oct 5 @ 5:30 PM

Stephen Cushing will lead a walking tour of the Halifax Common Urban Forest.

Circus Arts – Halifax Circus – Part 3 @ IWK Newman Garden, South St & Robie
Oct 5 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Part 1 – Halifax Circus will be performing juggling, acrobatics, hand-balancing, diabolo, flowersticks, unicycling and aerials. Members have performed worldwide with the Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers Circus & Cirque Surreal.

Part 2 – After spending the day in the central basketball courts Halifax Circus will roam the common until to arrive at the IWK Newman Gardens for, 3 PM.

Part 3 – Halifax Circus will perform at 3PM in the IWK Newman Garden

Map of location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=44.637979&lon=-63.584619&z=18&m=b&show=/13013182/Newman-Gardens

Part 4 – Halifax Circus will perform at 4:30 PM in the IWK Newman Garden

Cricket on the Common: Talk and Demo @ Baseball diamond #10 by Pavillion
Oct 5 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet up with a representative of NS Cricket Association and Learn about Cricket.

Watch the NS Cricket Association playoffs.

Cricket on the Common: Talk, Demo and match play @ Baseball diamond #10 by Pavillion
Oct 5 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet up with a representative of NS Cricket Association and Learn about Cricket.

Watch the NS Cricket Association playoffs. Games played Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon-6:30 pm.

Historical Insights from Archaeology on the Halifax Common @ Lecture Theatre, NS Museum of Natural History
Oct 5 @ 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

A talk by Martin Hubley, Curator of History, Nova Scotia Museum, on recent archaeological finds on the Halifax Common.

Military use of the Common, 85th Battallion @ Lecture Theatre, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Oct 5 @ 6:30 PM

Kevin Robins, Parks Canada will speak on the military use of the Common with a focus on the 85th Battalion during WWI.

The Common Flock meet-up & movement practice @ Meet at North Common Public Washrooms.
Oct 5 @ 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

This is where participants in the dance will meet and practice the movements with the choreographers, before the performance.

Piano in the Park @ IWK Newman Garden, South St & Robie
Oct 5 @ 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Drop by (and invite your friends) to play the Piano in the Park at the IWK Newman Garden’s gazebo at one of the following time slots:

Friday Oct 4, 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM
**Saturday Oct 5, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Sunday Oct 6, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Map of location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=44.637979&lon=-63.584619&z=18&m=b&show=/13013182/Newman-Gardens

The Common Flock – Mocean Dance @ The Halifax Common - meet at Washrooms Building, North Common
Oct 5 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Common Flock is a large-scale community performance piece that draws on the historical use of the Halifax Common as an area for farmers to pasture their livestock. Using the flock as a metaphor for the coming together of a community of people, over fifty individuals will ‘flock’ across the common. The impact of a large group of people moving and dancing in unison will bring attention to the breadth of space and importance the Common has in our own community.

Meet at the North Common Public Washrooms building north of the fountain, near Cunard Street. The Common Flock ends at Common Roots Urban Farm

The Poor House, DaPoPo Theatre @ Just Us Cafe
Oct 5 @ 7:00 PM

DaPoPo Theatre will present a view into the Halifax Poor House by animating individuals who lived within its walls through text, movement, and music. The history of the Poorhouse is ripe with questions about how we treat those on the margins of society, and how the context and value of a physical location changes as a city changes around it. By investigating the people who populated the Poorhouse, we remind ourselves of the importance of the human element of urban planning and land usage, which is an interesting contextual compliment to the challenges facing the Common today.

DaPoPo Theatre is an independent theatre company creating and presenting accessible, challenging and alternative theatrical experiences for audiences and artists. The theatre craft of DaPoPo is po-litical, po-pular and po-etic. DaPoPo includes Artistic Director Garry Williams and core artists Kristi Anderson, Eric Benson, Zach Faye, Keelin Jack, and Kim Parkhill. In October DaPoPo is presenting it’s fifth annual month-long theatre festival, Live-In at The Living Room on Agricola St.

Circus Arts – Halifax Circus – Part 4 @ IWK Newman Garden, South St & Robie
Oct 5 @ 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

Part 1 – Halifax Circus will be performing juggling, acrobatics, hand-balancing, diabolo, flowersticks, unicycling and aerials. Members have performed worldwide with the Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers Circus & Cirque Surreal.

Part 2 – After spending the day in the central basketball courts Halifax Circus will roam the common until to arrive at the IWK Newman Gardens for, 3 PM.

Part 3 – Halifax Circus will perform at 3PM in the IWK Newman Garden and

Part 4 – Halifax Circus will perform at 4:30 PM in the IWK Newman Garden

Map of location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=44.637979&lon=-63.584619&z=18&m=b&show=/13013182/Newman-Gardens

Picnic & Potluck @ Starts at Common Roots Urban Farm
Oct 5 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

All Nations Drummers & Singers welcome you to a community Picnic & Potluck, hosted by the Common Roots Urban Farm.

Bring food to share.

Invite friends.

Slideshow: Exposition-Halifax Common Then and Now @ Grounds of the NS Museum of Natural History
Oct 5 @ 9:30 PM – Oct 6 @ 12:00 AM

Exposition – Halifax Common then and now, is a slide show that will present a collection of images drawn from historic paintings, etchings, maps, etc. and present-day photos of the Halifax Common by Alvin Comiter.  The images will be projected on the Bell Road side of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.

There will be a commemorative catalogue published to accompany the exposition.

PANEL – Politics & Possibilities for the Commons @ QEII - Halifax Infirmary - RBC Theatre Auditorium
Oct 5 @ 10:30 PM – Oct 6 @ 12:30 AM

THE POLITICS AND POSSIBILITIES FOR THE COMMONS: Radical Horizons in the Age of Austerity

Panel moderated by Max Haven
with Silvia Federici & George Caffentzis

The 2008 financial crisis has unleashed a global tidal wave of austerity, bankruptcies and bailouts, with disastrous human consequences in Greece, in Spain, in Iceland and here in Canada.  But for writers Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, our current moment is only the latest phase of a centuries-old process of “enclosure” by which common lands, resources and life are privatized by the market.  This panel discussion focuses on the political and social horizons for the commons as both a reality and an ideal.  How can reimagining our commons, and what we have in common, open new pathways to economic  transformation, ecological sustainability, and social justice?

Silvia Federici is a world-renowned feminist scholar, writer and activist, and professor emerita at Hofstra University. A veteran of the international Wages For Housework campaign and anti-nuclear struggles, she is author of Caliban and the Witch: Women the Body and Primitive Accumulation (Autonomedia 2005) and Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (Common Notions/PM Press 2012).
More information: http://commonnotions.org/authors-2/silvia-federici/

George Caffentzis is a scholar and activist based in New York City and professor emeritus at the University of South Maine. A member of the influential Midnight Notes collective he has written on capitalism, technology, education and the nature of money. He is the author, most recently, of In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism (Common Notions/PM Press 2013) and he is an organizer with the New York-based Strike Debt movement.
More information: http://commonnotions.org/authors-2/george-caffentzis/

Oct
6
Sun
2013
Whirligig @ Central Common
Oct 6 all-day

ARTIST – EUGENE LEBLANC

Eugene LeBlanc is a retired fisherman from Belle Cote, NS. He has recently started to construct a number of these classic Nova Scotia folk art-style whirligigs for the love of keeping busy. Camp Hill, site of Camp Hill Veterans Hospital, part of the QEII Health Centre, was once called Wind Mill Hill. The whirligig is a playful nod to that past.

Capture the Common @ Parkade of QEII Health Centre
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

ARTIST – ZACHERY FAYE

The “Capture The Common” photo installation is the result of collective photography, a common project. People are invited to submit pictures (capturethecommon@gmail.com) of the Halifax they see (the beautiful and the not so beautiful) that they captured with anything from a smartphone to a professional camera. The installation in the QEII parkade is not only an act of recapturing a space that was once a part of the Halifax common, but also a documentation of Halifax as we see it now.

Dead Falls @ Grounds of Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

ARTISTS – FENN MARTIN, TJ EDIGER

Deadfalls is an abstracted hunting camp that engages the audience with ideas of the rodent/pest and the current use of supposedly protected public land. Inspired by the story of fur trappers at Black-Duck Pond (now the North-Commons Skate Park), Martin & Ediger will set camp and lay traps as they travel the Commons in search of the elusive beaver.

Faith, Belief and Practice in Common @ faith based organizations-churches, temples, synagogues, mosques
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

Festival organizers have invited local faith communities to consider reflecting in their gatherings over the weekend on the theme of the gift and responsibility of that which we share in common — not only land, air, and water, but also global food security, striving for peace, and well-being.

Golf Balls @ Tee Off at the Museum of Natural History
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

ARTIST – KELSEY WATSON

With the newly built world-class golf course dictating the future of her once coal mining home town in mind, Kelsey makes work to express the push and pull to and from one’s home. In Golf Balls, she examines what a golf ball, such a mundane object, could symbolize in different locations throughout the Halifax Common. The piece raises issues of money and power, nature and the manmade, public green space, disposability and the economic future of NS.

Human Trap @ The Halifax Common
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

ARTIST – ASHLEY BEDET

I have been cautioned several times against walking alone or otherwise through the Common at night. Most people have. This piece is focused on pointing out that safety is in part something created within the individual, but also the greater community. What determines safety within a particular time and space is reliant on gender, class and race. The intention of this piece is to illuminate the transaction each person makes for their own comfort and safety. It acts as a reminder that it is a choice made individually and communally, by both our discussion and silence on the topic.

There is an othering that happens continually in communities. To be a part of a community, a person must abide and hold certain moral and social beliefs. If a person does not subscribe to the particular ideologies of the community, they are excluded, and may be labelled a threat. Othering can take many forms: the otherness of night and of public domain is a strong example. Part of feeling safe is feeling like you belong. It is hoping, but also assuming that no harm will happen to you if you continue to be as you are. That is a right we should all have, and this art piece will be implemented as a reminder of that for our public and communal spaces.

The Oikos Shelter @ Victoria General Hospital, the Terrace, overlooking South Park Street parking lot. (this is now below marker #21 on the map, and no longer at location marker #14)
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

ARTISTS – KAI WOOLNER-PRATT, EZRA LIPTON

The Oikos Shelter aims to initiate appropriation of the Commons as a more truly social space. The Common is one of the city’s strongest assets as an un-commodified public space in the heart of the city. However, it does not provide many situations that encourage communal life. The shelter will act as acupuncture for the Common, inserting a spatially bounded locus that encourages public gatherings by focusing attention and creating a situation. Through providing a surprising experience and an intimate social situation, we hope the Oikos will open a space for new personal and imaginative connections to be made. This will encourage Haligonians to reappropriate and reterritorialize the Common as a truly public space that subversively provides pleasure without purchase.

Run for the Cure @ Halifax Oval
Oct 6 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Run for the Cure coincides with Celebrate the Common 250 as it, and other great uses of the Common, should.

Piano in the Park @ IWK Newman Garden, South St & Robie
Oct 6 @ 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Drop by (and invite your friends) to play the Piano in the Park at the IWK Newman Garden’s gazebo at one of the following time slots:

Friday Oct 4, 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM
**Saturday Oct 5, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Sunday Oct 6, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Map of location: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=44.637979&lon=-63.584619&z=18&m=b&show=/13013182/Newman-Gardens

Nova Scotia Cricket Association, NS 40-over Playoffs @ Halifax North Common
Oct 6 @ 3:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Watch competitve Cricket and learn more about this sport.  Watch the NS Cricket Association playoffs. Games played Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon-6:30 pm. A representative from the NS Cricket Association will explain rules and techniques Saturday, 3 – 4 PM.

MUSICAL RIDE – Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers @ Bengal Lancers - Horse Paddock
Oct 6 @ 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

hjbl.gifThe Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers will perform a half-hour Musical Ride.

Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers – Open House @ Bengal Lancers Stables
Oct 6 @ 4:55 PM – 6:30 PM

Experience the feel of the country at the heart of downtown. The Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers are hosting their annual open house, with barn tours, pony rides and a special Musical Ride performance by the junior members. Check it out and say hi—the horses are waiting.

The Bengal Lancers is home to 30 horses. Each year about 100 children and adults from all parts of the Halifax Regional Municipality take part in our horseback riding programs under the guidance of certified instructors. These programs teach the fundamentals of riding and allow all the participants to take an active role in the care of the horses and develop a strong sense of responsibility and self-esteem.

Book Launch of poetry Anthology “Writing the Common”, @ Lecture Hall, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Oct 6 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

At this Book Launch poets will read from their contributions to the anthology “Celebrate the Common”, a book of poetry commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Halifax Common (1763–2013).
This volume, inspired by FrIends of HalIfax Common with a foreword by Peggy Cameron, was generously published by Gaspereau Press Limited, Printers & Publishers.

The Poor House, DaPoPo Theatre @ Just Us Cafe
Oct 6 @ 5:00 PM

DaPoPo Theatre will present a view into the Halifax Poor House by animating individuals who lived within its walls through text, movement, and music. The history of the Poorhouse is ripe with questions about how we treat those on the margins of society, and how the context and value of a physical location changes as a city changes around it. By investigating the people who populated the Poorhouse, we remind ourselves of the importance of the human element of urban planning and land usage, which is an interesting contextual compliment to the challenges facing the Common today.

DaPoPo Theatre is an independent theatre company creating and presenting accessible, challenging and alternative theatrical experiences for audiences and artists. The theatre craft of DaPoPo is po-litical, po-pular and po-etic. DaPoPo includes Artistic Director Garry Williams and core artists Kristi Anderson, Eric Benson, Zach Faye, Keelin Jack, and Kim Parkhill. In October DaPoPo is presenting it’s fifth annual month-long theatre festival, Live-In at The Living Room on Agricola St.

Guided Tour of All Saints Cathedral @ All Saints Cathedral (front entrance)
Oct 6 @ 6:00 PM

Helen Ryding will be our guide on a tour of the Art and architecture of All Saints Cathedral.

Open Capoeira Roda @ The Halifax Common - Basketball court near Skate park
Oct 6 @ 6:00 PM

Screen shot 2013-10-05 at 11.15.29 PMEach month Capoeira Group Dendê do Recife Halifax hosts an open roda. All are welcome to attend and participate including students, visitors, and those who are simply curious to see capoeira in person.

This month’s roda is at the Halifax Commons (specifically, the basketball court near the skatepark) on Sunday the 6th of October at 3pm. This will be part of a whole weekend of festivities to celebrate the 250th birthday of the Commons itself. See you there!

The Poor House, DaPoPo Theatre @ Just Us Cafe
Oct 6 @ 7:00 PM

DaPoPo Theatre will present a view into the Halifax Poor House by animating individuals who lived within its walls through text, movement, and music. The history of the Poorhouse is ripe with questions about how we treat those on the margins of society, and how the context and value of a physical location changes as a city changes around it. By investigating the people who populated the Poorhouse, we remind ourselves of the importance of the human element of urban planning and land usage, which is an interesting contextual compliment to the challenges facing the Common today.

DaPoPo Theatre is an independent theatre company creating and presenting accessible, challenging and alternative theatrical experiences for audiences and artists. The theatre craft of DaPoPo is po-litical, po-pular and po-etic. DaPoPo includes Artistic Director Garry Williams and core artists Kristi Anderson, Eric Benson, Zach Faye, Keelin Jack, and Kim Parkhill. In October DaPoPo is presenting it’s fifth annual month-long theatre festival, Live-In at The Living Room on Agricola St.

Oct
7
Mon
2013
Human Trap @ The Halifax Common
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

ARTIST – ASHLEY BEDET

I have been cautioned several times against walking alone or otherwise through the Common at night. Most people have. This piece is focused on pointing out that safety is in part something created within the individual, but also the greater community. What determines safety within a particular time and space is reliant on gender, class and race. The intention of this piece is to illuminate the transaction each person makes for their own comfort and safety. It acts as a reminder that it is a choice made individually and communally, by both our discussion and silence on the topic.

There is an othering that happens continually in communities. To be a part of a community, a person must abide and hold certain moral and social beliefs. If a person does not subscribe to the particular ideologies of the community, they are excluded, and may be labelled a threat. Othering can take many forms: the otherness of night and of public domain is a strong example. Part of feeling safe is feeling like you belong. It is hoping, but also assuming that no harm will happen to you if you continue to be as you are. That is a right we should all have, and this art piece will be implemented as a reminder of that for our public and communal spaces.

Sep
16
Fri
2016
Common Link walking loop @ Halifax Common
Sep 16 – Dec 31 all-day
Walk the Halifax Common Loop

Walk the Halifax Common Loop

It’s a great pleasure to say that the Halifax Common Loop pilot walking route is now operational. There is a large map outside the Oval building with the routes… As well there are also a dozen way-finding signs along the two pathways described on the main Oval route sign.
The Common Loop Society looks forward to promoting this route by participating in the upcoming Trails Challenge in October.

Sep
27
Tue
2016
Tim Bousquest hosts District 8: A Forum on Halifax’s Municipal Election @ Kenneth G. Rowe Management Building, Room 1011, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue
Sep 27 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

All 7 candidates for the council seat in District 8 will participate in a forum on municipal politics.  Why does District 8 matter to the future of Halifax? Why should people who don’t live in District 8 care about what happens there? And what are Dalhousie’s responsibilities to District 8’s residents?  For more info:

This event is open to the public. Students and community members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. https://www.facebook.com/events/108202729643278/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1474745386346082

Sep
29
Thu
2016
A public talk, The Emerald Necklace by Jeanine Knox @ Sacred Heart School
Sep 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-4-55-22-pmDid you know that the Halifax Public Gardens is located on the Halifax Common?  Friends of the Public Gardens will host a free public lecture, “The Emerald Necklace: Preserving Olmsted’s Jewel” with Jeanine Knox, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Boston, MA on September 29, 7:30, Sacred Heart School.

An inspiration for the newly created Halifax Common Loop,  Boston’s Emerald Necklace is an 1,100 acre park system of landscapes, waterways and parkways.

The Friends of the Public Gardens (TFPG) protect, conserve and promote the Halifax Public Gardens.