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[EDITION] VOLUME 51

Cover Story: Millennia TEA Wins
Grand Prix Retail Award 
by James Mullinger

Photographs by David Gainforth

Also in this issue:

* WestJet Offers Non-Stop Flights from Halifax to London, Dublin, Paris and Glasgow

* Your Chance to Win a Round-Trip For Two To London in [EDIT] Giveaway
 

* The [EDIT] Guide to Dublin


* Nick Cave: The Exhibition

* Read by the Sea
by Sarah Butland


* Classified on the [EDIT] Podcast

* When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O'Neill
A Book Review by Mary Barlow
Millennia TEA is one of the most exciting companies in Atlantic Canada right now. Owned and operated in Saint John, New Brunswick, by co-founders wife and husband Tracy and Rory Bell, start-up Millennia TEA is proudly the very first company in the world to produce and deliver an edible, frozen-tea product. 
 
To do this, they work closely with farmers in Sri Lanka who hand-pick fresh organic tea leaves. The leaves are flash-frozen that day and packaged in loose format or in convenient cubes. “If you want to maximize the health benefits of the food you’re consuming, you harvest at their nutritional prime and flash-freeze them within hours,” Bell explains. “Keeping the tea leaves in their real, raw format delivers five times the antioxidants that dried tea does. And our product can be used in food — as a superfood booster for smoothies, sauces, dips and more, something you could never do with a conventional dried tea." Click here to learn more in [EDIT]'s exclusive short film by Creative Rise.
 
The Bells and their team are going from strength to strength with a plethora of exciting announcements this year. They recently revealed that Millennia TEA had doubled its retail footprint across Canada. 
 
Millennia TEA products (convenience-format tea cubes, as well as chopped loose product), are now available at Loblaw-owned grocery stores across Canada, including Atlantic Superstore in the East, Provigo in Quebec, Loblaw, Zehrs, Fortinos and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Ontario, and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Western Canada. This includes the company’s very first retail location in the Northwest Territories! Three hundred (300) new locations in total, where Canadians looking for a clean green source of energy and antioxidants can find Millennia TEA in the organic frozen aisle. 
 
“Knowing we brought something into the world that actually has the potential to help people live longer stronger lives fills me and our TEAm with joy, and represents the good we want to do in the world,” says Tracy. “We’re hearing from customers every week now who say frozen raw tea is moving the needle for their health in ways they can see and feel, which makes the challenges of bringing to market a product consumers have never considered before so worth it!”
 
And then just last week, Millennia TEA was named innovation of the year in OTC Healthcare by the Retail Council of Canada at the Grand Prix Awards in Canada.
 
If you have any interest at all in Atlantic Canadian success stories, then please take it from us: This is a really huge deal. The Grand Prix Awards are the most prestigious honours in Canadian retail and consumer packaged goods. The Oscars of the food industry, if you will. Of the hundreds of applicants representing the country’s largest grocery retailers and food and beverage brands, there were 121 finalists and 26 companies who took home awards.
 
“This award means so much to our TEAm because a few years ago frozen edible tea didn’t exist,” Tracy exclusively told [EDIT]ION. “We had a health scare in our family and learned about the powerful health-promoting properties of the tea plant in its purest and most naturally-powerful form. So we set out to share this superfood in its most real, raw form – washing and flash-freezing fresh-picked tea leaves at their nutritional prime.
 
"We’ve had lots of struggles these past few years – creating an international supply chain and partnering with farmer’s cooperatives in remote parts of the world, and more recently, educating consumers about a product they know well (tea), but in a way they’ve never considered before (fresh-frozen), and then asking them to find us in the freezer vs. the tea and coffee aisle. Fast forward to today and Millennia TEA has grown from our first retailer here in Atlantic Canada, to more than 700 health and grocery locations that span the country, and planning for our first exports to the US later this year. Most importantly, we’re hearing from customers every week who say our frozen supercubes are helping fuel their wellness in ways they can see and feel, which is my greatest joy and represents the good we want to do in the world with this Company. 
 
"To sit in the room at the Grand Prix Awards, alongside the biggest grocers and brands in the country, and be honoured as the biggest innovation in the country in the Over the Counter Healthcare category adds a level of credibility to our category-creating innovation that will continue to boost our TEAm’s efforts to help families across the country live longer, stronger, more satisfying lives. We are over-the-moon appreciative for this recognition and all it represents.” 
Erin Lawlor, Bekah Glass Davis, Tracy Bell & Kimberly Dykeman at the Retail Council of Canada Grand Prix Awards, Toronto, 1 June 2022
WestJet and Halifax Stanfield International Airport are eager to help travellers explore the world again — so much so that they have resumed four fabulous, seasonal non-stop routes to Dublin, Paris, London and Glasgow. Click here now to watch the first of [EDIT]'s brand new and exclusive films by Tyler Warren Ellis, starring James Mullinger announcing this exciting news! 
 
Each of these cities is bursting with new and timeless hotels, excursions, restaurants and more, and the [EDIT] team have assembled a list of our favourite and hottest spots to play. In the second in a series of features on the best places to visit in these world class cities, please find below [EDIT]'s fave destinations in Ireland's capital, Dublin.

But first, be sure to enter the contest to win a round-trip airfare for two in the Premium cabin from Halifax to London! 
 
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THE [EDIT] GUIDE TO DUBLIN
 
The largest city in Ireland and one of only six UNESCO cities of literature in the world, Dublin has books in its blood. Visiting the marvel that is the new city library is a must. Dublin boasts no less than four Nobel prize winners (Yeats, Beckett, Shaw and Heaney) and some of the world’s best book festivals. But you should also check out other cultural festivals, including Longitude (July 1–3) with headliners like A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator.
 
STAY
The Shelbourne
Situated in the epicentre of Dublin, just steps away from the city’s main arts, entertainment, and shopping areas and historical sites, the Shelbourne Hotel (pictured below) has been a favourite hotel for visitors from around the globe for nearly 200 years. An Autograph Collection Hotel, it offers an elegant, traditional yet lively atmosphere with premium bars and lounges, decadent menus and exquisitely appointed guestrooms.
> theshelbourne.com

VISIT
Guinness Storehouse Factory

A trip to Guinness Storehouse Factory is a must. Explore the story of Guinness across the seven floors of this iconic building before taking in the 360-degree views of Dublin city from the Gravity Bar (pictured below). Visit the Guinness Academy and learn how to pour your own pint from the experts using their signature six-step ritual. In the mood for photos? Perfect. Ask for a Stoutie – a perfectly poured pint featuring your selfie on the head of the black and white stout. Sláinte!
> guinness-storehouse.com/en
 
Click here for further info on WestJet's non-stop flights to Dublin from Halifax and to book your flight today!
The North American Premiere of
Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition
 
Nick Cave has been one of the most admired musicians in the world for more than forty years. Perhaps best known as the songwriter and lead singer of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whose latest album Ghosteen was regarded their best work ever. Cave’s body of work also covers a wider range of media and modes of expression including film score composition, ceramic sculpture and writing of novels. Over the last few years his Red Hand Files website and ‘Conversations with’ live events have seen Cave exploring deeper and more direct relationships with his fans. 


His latest project Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition (currently at the Galerie de la Maison du Festival in Montreal) is an immersive exploration into an artist’s creative world: through adolescent rebellion, punk and rock hedonism, to a lifelong search for spirituality, Cave’s inspirations and process are showcased through over 300 objects, artifacts, and multimedia works. The exhibition delivers a comprehensive insight into the career and inspirations of the shadowy Australian cultural icon and gives us a glimpse into the history and development of a great rock star. The show is a multi-sensory pathway through eight rooms, made up of art installations that portray different moments in Nick Cave’s life and career. It includes over 300 objects from Cave’s personal collection. This exhibition makes it a goal of provoking your imagination by encouraging you to interact with his personal tools of creation and memorabilia. For example, you can sit Nick Cave’s current office and look through his personal notes or admire family photos. 

Stranger Than Kindness explores the inner world of an artist in constant evolution, from teenage rebellion and the underground art scene of 80's West Berlin, through a hedonistic and spiritualistic quest for artistic and religious fulfillment. The exhibition delves into the inspirations behind an artist's creative process and output — the sights, sounds and material objects that, woven together, constitute an ever-evolving record of personal reflection and development. Through a life of creation and transformation, the exhibition reveals the multitude of fragments that make up who we are. It covers the journey from Cave’s childhood in 1960s Wangaratta, Australia, through the chaotic years with his first bands, The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party, and his relocation to Berlin and then London. Most excitingly, this is the North American premiere and exhibit has only been previously been shown in Copenhagen. Which explains why so many Americans are flocking to Galerie de la Maison du Festival in Montreal to experience it. Cave told [EDIT]ION: 
 
“When the Royal Danish Library contacted me with the idea of a “Nick Cave Exhibition” I was reluctant to get involved. I am not nostalgic by nature and I had no time for a trip down Memory Lane. But the team at the library were clearly serious people with a wonderful infectious energy and they drew me in! We created an exhibition that feels unprecedented in its audacious reach, its feet rooted in the past while extending into the uncertain future. In the end we were able to put together an exhibition of extraordinary detail that commented on the fragile and vulnerable nature of identity. I am so proud to be a part of this unique and unorthodox exhibition— a shattered history we called Stranger Than Kindness.” 

 
Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition
Until August 7, 2022
Galerie de la Maison du Festival
305 Ste. Catherine Street West, Montreal
 

 Click here for further details.
Photographs by Anders Sune Berg
Sarah Butland on Nova Scotia's Most Beautiful Literary Festival
 
In its twenty-second year, Read by the Sea Literary Festival welcomes Canadian author Lana Shupe, launching her first book The Lonely Little Lighthouse, and Gail Francis with Moonbeam to round out the WordPlay event for children ages 0 to 100!
 
This year the festival is introducing a new event for middle grade readers aptly named OnWords, celebrating that we are all moving on and growing up while always making time for reading. Lawrence Hill will be reading from his first children’s book Beatrice and Croc Harry and Lisa Harrington from her novel The Big Dig. Both WordPlay and OnWords will take place on Canada Day, July 1st 2022 at the River John Fire Hall on School Street, beginning at 12:30 PM. 
 
The Main Stage events on July 2 will be at the River John Legion gardens as usual (unless it rains, in which case it will also be at the fire hall) and will feature Lawrence Hill for a second appearance, Jon Tattrie speaking about his book Peace by Chocolate: The Hadhad Family’s Remarkable Journey from Syria to Canada, Morgan Murray introducing us to Dirty Birds, and Dr. Afua Cooper reading from Black Matters

You can grab a front row seat to all events, beginning June 30 with a writing workshop with journalist Stephen Kimber, as well as a Heritage Walk with the River John Historical Society Museum followed by an open mic and then, for the family, a story-telling campfire that night. 
 
 www.readbythesea.ca
CLASSIFIED IS ON THE ROAD AND...
ON THE [EDIT] PODCAST!

Classified is back on the road in a big way with The Retrospected Tour. So James Mullinger heads to Enfield, Nova Scotia to meet iconic East Coast hip hop artist and record producer, Luke Boyd, better known by his stage name, Classified. He shot to stardom over 20 years ago and has since collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Buck 65, Ria Mae to David Myles. He has also racked up an incredible number of Juno awards, Much Music Video Awards, and ECMA’s for his incredible talent and earned dozens of platinum and gold records.

Despite the colossal success of his music, he has always remained close to his lifelong friends and raises his beautiful family on the East Coast. Born and raised in small town Nova Scotia, he is a perfect representation of just how much an Atlantic Canadian can achieve on an international scale.

Be sure to pre-save "Retrospected" that drops June 29 and click here to book now for The Retrospected Tour:

www.classifiedofficial.com

Click here to listen to Classified on Mullinger Meets Canadians now!

Mullinger Meets Canadians is produced by Podstarter.

When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill
A Review by Mary Barlow

 
Marie and Sadie were destined to be friends. The setting is Montreal in the 19th century. Young Marie is the only daughter of a wealthy sugar factory owner. She has blond ringlets, a doll-like face, and a personality to match.  Her life is perfect, until Sadie Arnett’s family moves into her neighborhood and changes everything.  Sadie has a dark and edgy personality, and the girls become inseparable.  They continuously challenge each other and crave each others presence.  One fated day a terrible accident separates the girls and they spend the following years yearning for their lost friendship.  As adults, they find themselves both back in Montreal, where their lives take them in entirely different directions, leaving the reader wondering when their inevitable reunion will happen and if their spark will rekindle.  In classic Heather O’Neill style, the city of Montreal plays strongly in the background, and her flawed characters are relatable, dynamic and always loveable. A bona fide modern masterpiece for Canadian literature lovers.
 
When We Lost Our Heads is published by HarperCollins.
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