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Don’t Stop: Weekend Events Guide – Bus Rides, Shelter Walks and Street Parties

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With lots of neat-o, community urban events taking place this weekend – from Metro transit bus rides discussing sprawl, Mobile Art project unveilings, the final walk with Aimee Brown in Point Pleasant Park to Open Street parties –  I thought I would consolidate the Events Guides, so you can map out your weekend plans in advance.


WHAT: Taking development issues on the bus: Ecology Action Centre’s 37th Day of Action
WHERE: Metro Transit Route 14, meet and jump on at Barrington & Duke, South
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 12:48pm, SHARP!!
HOW MUCH: $2.25

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY (HRM) –  As part of Ecology Action Centre‘s 40 days of Action to celebrate the organizations 40th year of operation, grab your bus pass and join EAC’s Built Environment Committee for a healthy debate about the past and future of Halifax’ city’s growth. This event is all about jumping on a bus and riding through various HRM development types – from the city’s core through the subdivisions to the edges of metro – while having a discussion on growth and development. What do our neighbourhoods say about us? The event encourages dialogue regarding HRM development and the impact it has had on the city’s economics, the environment, and the notion of community.

The bus tour is organized by the Built Environment Committee at the Ecology Action Centre, but all residents of the city are invited. Special “on the bus” guests include:  Jennifer Watts, City Councillor of HRM district 14; Andrew Murphy, Accountant and developer who worked on the proposed changes to HRMs’ regional tax structure; and two more guests that have yet to be announced.

With a valid bus pass, ticket (or bus fair), just hop on the number 14 heading towards Leiblin Park at the bus station at Barrington and Duke and travel with us through the peninsula, past Cowie Hill and out to Leiblin Park. At the end of the trip, you can get a transfer to take the bus back to the city.

Talk of how HRM is developing and the impact it has on economics, the environment, and the notion of community is reaching a frenzied level. Continue the conversation that was raised with the Carmichael Lecture and the visit of David Donnelly and Bruce Lourie. Make the discussion of how HRM develops an even bigger part of the Ecology Action Centre’s birthday celebrations.

For more information contact Jack Yurko at or Jen Powley at 802-1270 or

Photo from GateKeeper's Lodge Blog

WHAT: Suburban Shelter, GateKeepers Lodge residency
WHERE: Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS
WHEN: Sunday, May 29th, 2pm-5pm

While water and food are pretty straight forward – shelter can be many things to many people, including the Rolling Stones.  Point Pleasant Park’s history is primarily shared between Mi’kmaq, Scottish, British, and French settlers, all who have occupied the park in varying ways.  To establish their presence in the area once known as Sandwich Point to early settlers, different kinds of shelters were set up according to each group’s cultural needs, norms and preferences within what we now know as Point Pleasant. (GateKeeper’s Lodge Blog)

HALIFAX – Join Aimée Brown at Point Pleasant Park on Saturday, May 28 and or Sunday, May 29, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm for her last park performance called SUBURBAN SHELTER. This final performance is her 5th, while in residence at the Point Pleasant Park Lodge. In this last performance, Aimée will be exploring the Park’s brush with a suburban destiny, by installing a domestic survival scene within a 1/2 acre lot of land at the North end of Point Pleasant Park.  The site of this lot is based on a historic map of Point Pleasant Park, where park land was subdivided into privately owned sections.  After establishing the boundaries of the 1/2 acre lot using GPS and field marking techniques, a shelter will be set up within the lot and Aimee will be conducting a tea service both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. For more details on this project and a map of the 1/2 acre lot placement, please visit GateKeepers’ Lodge Blog or contact with any questions.

WHAT: Vision Pavilion Wrap-up party
WHERE: Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, NS
WHEN: Sunday, May 29th, 2pm-4pm

DARTMOUTH – Vision Pavilion showcases locative media works created using mobile phones and web-based community art projects.  Experience storytelling, photography and poetry generated through digital audio and image mobile applications. The public is invited to join Vision Pavilion participants for a Sunday afternoon of community art celebration at Alderney Landing in Downtown Dartmouth. Treat your eyes, ears and taste buds to sounds, images and cupcakes! We’ll also be offering iron-on transfers of QR Code stories, so bring a T-shirt, cotton canvas bag, or hat.

WHAT: Open Street Party
WHERE: North Commons, Halifax, NS
WHEN: Sunday, May 29th, 2pm-5pm

HALIFAX – To kick off HRM Bike Week, there will be the 3rd annual Open Street Party at the North Commons in Halifax, NS. The Open Street Party is a fun, family-friendly, free, fresh, and fabulous event. Ever dreamed of cruising around the streets of Halifax without cars on the road? Now is your chance! The event takes place on the inner two lanes of the streets surrounding the North Commons: Robie, Cogswell, North Park and Cunard. These lanes will be closed to motor vehicles and open to everyone else.

This is a great opportunity for kids to play and bike safely in the streets of Halifax. In addition, adults new to cycling can try it out in a safe and supportive environment. There will be various volunteers on hand to offer information about topics like bike safety and bike maintenance. There will also be food vendors, music, displays, games, contests, a police bike rodeo, and other activities for Haligonians of all ages. Get excited, this will be one heckva’ party!!!!

Are you having an event which concerns urban planning and public urban space in one of the Atlantic city’s? Send information for consideration to Spacing Atlantic.



  1. Critical Mass is also today, Friday, May 27th! Meeting at 6pm in Halifax at Victoria Park (South Park and Spring Garden). The ride will end up at the HRM Bike Week Kick-Off Party which will take place at the Seaport Market Farmers’ Market (1209 Marginal Road) from 6pm-10pm.

  2. Thanks Crystal, this is awesome awesome awesome.