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Downtown Lowdown with Downtown Halifax Business Commission

54 EpisodesProduced by Downtown LowDownWebsite

Downtown LowDown, produced by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, will keep listeners up-to-date with what is happening in Downtown Halifax. Each episode includes a feature interview with individuals from the Downtown area as well as a look at new businesses, upcoming events and so much more.

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Episode 54: Wendie L. Wilson - Visual Artist and the Creator and Designer of the African Nova Scotian Flag

July 20th, 2021

50:42

In this episode, Allana will be chatting with Wendie L. Wilson. Wendie is a visual artist and the creator and designer of the African Nova Scotian flag that was unveiled earlier this year during African Heritage Month. …

Episode 53: Mike Leigh, owner of The Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant and The Loose Cannon Scottish Public House

July 6th, 2021

47:11

We begin this episode with Mike Leigh, owner of The Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant and The Loose Cannon Scottish Public House. We are going to discuss with him the challenges he has faced as a food and beverage …

Episode 52: Tracey Barbrick, Associate Deputy Minister of Departments of Labour & Advanced Education, Community Services. Vaccine Roll-out.

June 22nd, 2021

57:28

We begin this episode with Tracey Barbrick, Associate Deputy Minister of Departments of Labour & Advanced Education, Community Services. We …

Episode 51: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 12, June 8, 2021

June 8th, 2021

32:24

We are back with another special COVID-19 episode. This episode was recorded via video conferencing as we are all working remotely during the third …

Episode 50: A very special 50th episode with guest, Mayor Mike Savage

May 25th, 2021

46:19

Mike Savage was first elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality in 2012, with a mandate to make Halifax the most livable, entrepreneurial, and inclusive city in Canada. He’s going to talk to us about what it’s been …

Episode 49: Joyce Liu, Founder and CEO of Lumi Studios - Asian Heritage Month plus a Covid Update

May 18th, 2021

40:23

We begin this episode with Joyce Liu, Founder and CEO of Lumi Studios, a media and production company in Downtown Halifax. They specialize in community storytelling, offering mix-media services to local businesses and …

Episode 48: Ken Kelly, Project Manager with International Downtown Association & a Covid-19 Update

May 11th, 2021

51:07

On today's episode, Ken Kelly, Project Manager with International Downtown Association, or IDA Canada. Ken is going to tell us about his role with …

Episode 47: Covid 19 Report for May 4, 2021

May 4th, 2021

26:51

We are back with a special COVID-19 episode. Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission is going tell us about the new developments …

Episode 46: Gordon Stewart, Executive Director RANS - Dogs on Patios and new Covid lockdown

April 27th, 2021

44:22

Allana will be talking to Gordon Stewart, Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia. They will be discussing the new restrictions that were just announced and how the restrictions will affect the …

Episode 45: Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO of Peace By Chocolate

March 30th, 2021

1:19:54

Ivy will be talking to Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO of Peace By Chocolate. Tareq will be sharing his story about his journey as a Syrian refugee and …

Episode 44: Discover Halifax Ross Jefferson

March 16th, 2021

40:16

Ivy will be talking to Ross Jefferson, President and CEO of Discover Halifax, and Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Ross …

Episode 43: Discover Halifax - March Break - Katie Conklin, Marketing & Communications Manager

March 2nd, 2021

25:54

Allana will be talking to Katie Conklin, Marketing & Communications Manager for Discover Halifax. Katie will be sharing with us some ideas of what to do in Downtown Halifax for March Break. On Biz Buzz, we have …

Episode 42: COVID-19 Pop-Up Rapid Testing with Dr. Lisa Barrett

February 16th, 2021

38:34

Ivy will be talking to Dr. Lisa Barrett, a clinician scientist with Dalhousie University. Her expertise is in infectious disease and human …

Episode 41: Luc Erjavec, Vice President, Atlantic Canada, with Restaurants Canada.

February 2nd, 2021

43:06

Luc Erjavec, Vice President, Atlantic Canada, with Restaurants Canada speaks Allana and Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, …

Episode 40: January 2021 Covid Report with Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

January 19th, 2021

29:03

A happier new year to all and welcome to Episode 40 of Downtown Lowdown with Downtown Halifax Business Commission, recorded on January 14, 2021. Ivy …

Episode 39: Eric Jonsson, Program Coordinator of the Navigator Street Outreach Program

December 15th, 2020

35:34

We are welcoming Eric Jonsson back to the Downtown Lowdown. Eric is the Program Coordinator of the Navigator Street Outreach Program, which provides …

Episode 38: Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. COVID -19 Report Recorded Nov. 26/20

December 1st, 2020

34:38

Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. They will discuss the new restrictions that were recently announced in response to the …

Episode 37: The Evergreen Festival - Gordon Stevens, COO & Vice President, Finance, of Develop Nova Scotia

November 17th, 2020

36:11

PLEASE NOTE THERE WERE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES RECORDING SOME OF THE SEGMENTS IN TODAY'S EPISODE.  WE APOLOGIZE.  

Allana is talking to Gordon Stevens, COO & Vice President, Finance, of Develop Nova Scotia, about the …

Episode 36: Jim Cormier, the Atlantic Director, Government Relations, with Retail Council of Canada

November 3rd, 2020

53:08

Ivy and Paul are talking to Jim Cormier, the Atlantic Director, Government Relations, with Retail Council of Canada. Jim will be discussing how the …

Episode 35: Genaya Cameron, Senior Director, Events Operation - Halifax Convention Centre & Scotiabank Centre

October 20th, 2020

34:54

Genaya Cameron, Senior Director, Event Operations with the Halifax Convention Centre and Scotiabank Centre be telling us how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Scotiabank Centre, the logistics of re-opening, and what …

Episode 33: The New Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Proposals

October 6th, 2020

40:56

Sarah Fillmore, the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Programs at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be telling us about the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Waterfront Arts District and more. On Biz Buzz, we’ll …

Episode 33: Election Special HRM Mayor's Debate

September 22nd, 2020

52:29

We have a great episode today. Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, will give us the highlights of the Mayoral Candidates …

Episode 32: Tanya Davis, Manager of the Strategic Transportation Planning Program for Halifax Regional Municipality.

September 8th, 2020

52:16

We have a great episode today. Ivy talks to Tanya Davis, Manager of the Strategic Transportation Planning Program for Halifax Regional Municipality. Today’s discussion will focus on the Halifax Mobility Response: …

Episode 31: to Victoria Horne, Manager of Parking Services with Halifax Regional Municipality

August 25th, 2020

48:54

Featured interview. Ivy talks to Victoria Horne, Manager of Parking Services with Halifax Regional Municipality. HRM’s Parking Services is responsible for supporting Regional Council priorities through the …

Episode 30: Ankur Gupta, Co-Owner and Vice-President of Business Development with Scanway Catering.

August 11th, 2020

45:53

On the show today - Ankur Gupta, Co-Owner and Vice-President of Business Development with Scanway Catering. Ankur is sharing with us how they survived – and thrived – over the past few months, and what the long-term …

Episode 29: Guest Jenny Nodelman, Marketing and Events Officer at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

July 28th, 2020

54:17

Jenny Nodelman, Marketing and Events Officer at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Plus, on Biz Buzz today, we’ll talk discuss what’s new, what’s …

Episode 28: Guest Gordon Stewart - The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia , July 13, 2020

July 14th, 2020

33:10

Gordon Stewart, of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, is back on Downtown Lowdown. Allana will be talking to him about the restaurant industry since the state of emergency was declared in Nova Scotia in March …

Episode 27: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 15, June 19, 2020 - Jeff Ransome, General Manager of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

June 23rd, 2020

47:03

A conversation with Jeff Ransome, General Manager of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel – a 352-room, four-diamond hotel located directly on the boardwalk overlooking the Halifax Harbour. Jeff will talk to us about …

Episode 26: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 14, June 15, 2020 - Rustum Southwell, CEO of the Black Business Initiative

June 16th, 2020

44:44

A conversation with Rustum Southwell, CEO of the Black Business Initiative, or BBI, in Downtown Halifax. He is going to talk to us about the work that the BBI is doing in Halifax and the importance of black business …

Episode 25: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 13, June 8, 2020

June 9th, 2020

35:49

A conversation with Jenna Oosterholt, owner of The Ville Caffeine Bar on Sackville Street. She is going to share with us the challenges that The …

Episode 24: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 12, June 1, 2020

June 2nd, 2020

48:46

A conversation with Jeremy Webb, Artistic Director of Neptune Theatre. Jeremy will tell us about how Neptune Theatre has been coping through the …

Episode 23: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 11, May 25, 2020

May 26th, 2020

38:31

A conversation with Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Nova Scotia Business & Labour …

Episode 22: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report # 10, May 19, 2020

May 20th, 2020

31:31

A conversation with Dr. Leanne Roach and Dr. Kelsey Bonang from Insight Optometry. Dr. Roach and Dr. Bonang are going to share with us the challenges that Insight Optometry has faced during the pandemic situation, and …

Episode 21: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 9, May 11, 2020

May 12th, 2020

29:59

A conversation with Eric Jonsson, Program Coordinator of the Navigator Street Outreach Program. Eric will be providing an update on the …

Episode 20: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 8, May 4, 2020

May 5th, 2020

33:11

Erica Pellerin, the Vice President, Marketing & Visitor Experience at Discover Halifax talks about how they are doing things differently during …

Episode 19: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 7, April 27, 2020

April 28th, 2020

31:30

This week's guest, Susan Hanrahan, the Executive Director of Craft Nova Scotia, talks about the impact that Covid 19 is having on the Craft and Maker …

Episode 18: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 6, April 20, 2020

April 21st, 2020

35:12

Week 6 features an interview with Heather Rankin, Co-owner of Obladee Wine Bar and Paul MacKinnon, Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills of the Downtown …

Episode 17: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 5, April 13, 2020

April 14th, 2020

54:02

The fifth Downtown Halifax Business Commission Covid-19 Report is here.  Ivy, Allana and Paul bring you up to date on all the changes and special …

Episode 16: Downtown Halifax Covid-19 Update 4 - Monday, April 6, 2020

April 7th, 2020

27:44

Here's the latest Covid-19 update for Downtown Halifax.  Special guest Philip Holmans speaks about how his business is coping during the crisis and …

Episode 15: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Update 3 - Monday March 30, 2020

March 31st, 2020

29:34

This is our third special COVID-19 episode.  We are going to start this episode with Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. …

Episode 14: Downtown Halifax Covid-19 Crisis Update - Monday March 23, 2020

March 24th, 2020

22:26

Listen to the latest update about how the Covid-19 Crisis is effecting the Downtown Halifax Business area.  Hosts Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills …

Episode 13: Downtown Halifax Covid - 19 Crisis Update Monday March 16, 2020

March 17th, 2020

19:37

Ivy and Allana sit down with their boss Paul MacKinnon, CEO, DHBC to go over the steps being taken for the Downtown Halifax Business area and go over …

Episode 12: International Women's Day. Trampoline Branding, Brawta Jamaican Jerk Joint, I Heart Bikes and March Break at the Discovery Centre

March 3rd, 2020

52:35

Sunday, March 8, 2020 is International Women's Day.  This episode celebrates that with insights from Leslie Gascoigne, President, Trampoline …

Episode 11: 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship & Women On Top of the World

February 18th, 2020

48:00

This episode focuses on the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship with an interview with Grant MacDonald, General Manager and Bruce Rainnie, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame talks about the Women On …

Episode 10: RANS, Argyle Fine Art and Venus Envy

February 4th, 2020

50:24

Gordon Stewart, Executive Director, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, Adriana Afford, Owner, Argyle Fine Art & Christine Ollier, Education Coordinator, Venus Envy.

Producers:

Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Episode 9: Discover Halifax and Wasteless HRM.

January 21st, 2020

1:01:05

Producers:  Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)

104-1546 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7

(902) 423-6658

Hosts: Allana MacDonald Mills and Ivy Ho

Guests: · Erica …

Episode 8: The Giving Episode - Laing House, Navigator Street Outreach & New Years Eve Celebrations

December 17th, 2019

44:29

Producers: Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)

104-1546 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7

(902) 423-6658

Hosts:

Allana MacDonald Mills, Director of Marketing, …

Episode 7: Carrefour Atlantic Emporium and Puffin Gallery, The Board Room Game Cafe, Alexa Pope & Halifax Brewery Farmers Market

December 3rd, 2019

38:00

Producers:

Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)

104-1546 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7

(902) 423-6658

Hosts: Allana MacDonald Mills and Ivy Ho

Guests:

· …

Episode 6: Sawadee Tea House, Level Bar & GIO at the Price George and RCR & East of Grafton.

November 19th, 2019

46:08

Producers:

Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)

104-1546 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7

(902) 423-6658

Hosts: Allana MacDonald Mills and Ivy Ho

Guests:

· Mie …

Episode 5: Eric Jonsson - Navigator Street Outreach & Donna Davis of Cogswell Redevelopment.

November 5th, 2019

57:02

Producers:

Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)

104-1546 Barrington Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7

(902) 423-6658

Hosts:

Allana MacDonald Mills, Director of Marketing, …

Episode 4: Paul MacKinnon CEO DHBC - DHBC Strategic Plan & AGM Highlights and Frank Palermo of Leading with Transit

October 22nd, 2019

1:09:10

Producers: Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)

104-1546 Barrington Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7

(902) 423-6658

Hosts:

Allana MacDonald Mills, Director of Marketing, …

Episode 3: Federal Leadership Debate Highlights and Nocturne with Lindsay Ann Cory

October 8th, 2019

56:43

On this episode: The Federal Leadership Debate Highlights recorded at Neptune Theatre on September 23, Nocturne with Lindsay Ann Cory Plus Biz Buzz, The Coast Top 5 Events &  some Shameless Self-Promotion.

Episode 2 - Suzanne Fougere: Fall Conventions & the Halifax Convention Centre and Hanita Koblents: Argyle Street & How to Use It.

September 24th, 2019

56:12

On this Episode, Suzanne Fougere: Fall Conventions & the Halifax Convention Centre and Hanita Koblents: Argyle Street & How to Use It.  Plus Biz Buzz, The Coast Top 5 Events, some Shameless Self-Promotion and …

Episode 1 - Kourosh Rad - Art of City Building

September 10th, 2019

38:05

Producers: Ivy Ho and Allana MacDonald Mills, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), 104-1546 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3X7 - (902) 423-6658

Hosts: Allana MacDonald Mills and Ivy Ho

Guest: …

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