Welcome to the fourth [EDIT] bi-weekly boost.

Stories, thoughts and opinions to inspire you in these unique times and to enjoy between issues of the original, award-winning print magazine.
Twice a month, the editors of [EDIT] deliver you news stories, opinion pieces, current affairs, Atlantic-minded essays and arts curation, community messaging, positive tales and sharp commentaries to readers around the world as we continue to curate the very best in media, literature and culture.
The same quality journalism and world-class photography that you expect from [EDIT], but all unique content exclusive to

Cover photograph by Lindsay Vautour.
photograph by Ronnie Davis.

Featured in the fourth issue below are:
  • James Mullinger on the Rise of Live Drive-In Events Globally
  • Literary Editor Alexandra Fournier on Anti-Racism Literature
  • ANBL on What's In Your Glass?
  • An Open Letter by Lily Lynch
  • Nova Scotia's Dormie Workshop
  • Jennifer Wood on The Beaches of Atlantic Canada
  • Is Canadian Politics Is Boring the Funniest Podcast in the Country Right Now? 
  • The Unique Charm of Garden Grove Cafe: Jennifer Wood Meets Jessica Newhouse
  • James Mullinger Interviews Atlantic Books Today's Alex Liot

The summer volume of [EDIT] is on newsstands across Canada now! Be sure to pick up your copy this week. But in the meantime, scroll down to enjoy the exclusive content in [EDIT]ION Volume 4.
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Global lockdown created a demand for the live experience of yesteryear to make a bold and bright comeback. The very first event of its kind anywhere in Canada was organized by Pocologan Productions in Sussex, New Brunswick.

[EDIT]ION meets the innovators behind this colossal achievement.

Photographs by Ronnie Davis and Sean McGrath
Cover design by Lindsay Vautour
Pocologan Productions is a family-run organization of Jeff, Jenny, Bob, and Rick Keleher. Their flagship event, the Pocologan Camp Party, is an annual independent music and arts festival that celebrates top music talent and artistic counterculture. The first Camp Party in Pocologan, New Brunswick happened in 2008 with just a few tents, a bonfire, and a few of Jeff's friends who knew how to spin records but has grown into one of New Brunswick's hottest summer tickets with revellers travelling from across Canada to attend this mini-Glastonbury.
When COVID-19 hit, the festival community collectively mourned the "loss" of Festival Season 2020. What may seem like a few lost weekends of live music is actually a long-awaited ritual of self-expression that many people consider crucial to their identity. Performers around the world lost their livelihoods as a year's worth of gigs, shows, festivals and corporate bookings were cancelled.

As Pocologan Productions mused on the arts community's sense of loss, they made the quick decision to host a live music event that would fit within the strict social distancing guidelines. Phrases like "Whatever it takes" and "at all costs" and "make it happen asap" were thrown around, until Music & Comedy at the Sussex Drive-In took place on Friday June 12th and was a phenomenal success, a remarkable achievement considering they were the first people anywhere in Canada to attempt such a thing.

More events are planned and the Sussex Drive-In is also hosting a live streaming event of Garth Brooks on June 27th in conjunction with dozens of Drive Ins across America. There are three days of shows at the Beausoleil Amphitheatre located at Solomon Gardens in Moncton for the New Brunswick Day weekend featuring The Divorcees,  Jason Haywood Band, Frantically Atlantic, FM Berlin, Mike Biggar Band, Kendra Gale Band, Ivan Daigle, Andy Bast and Flo Durelle with Scott & Gerald Delhunty. Other drive-ins that are enjoying a resurgence in Atlantic Canada right now include:

Bay Roberts, NL
Mad Rock Popup Drive In 

Sydney, NS
Cape Breton Drive-In Theatre
Brackley Beach, PEI 
Brackley Drive-In
Clifton, New Brunswick
Turkey Town Drive-In
Cambridge, Nova Scotia
Valley Drive-In Theatre
Shediac, NB
Neptune Drive-In
Moncton, NB
The Hub City Drive-In

Rucker’s Reels in Geary, New Brunswick is opening in July bringing the rural movie and entertainment experience within a short drive of Fredericton. Construction has begun on the grounds which are shared with Speedway 660, a 1/3-mile paved oval racing track. The new Rucker’s Reels will be designed as such that both entertainment venues can operate concurrently. Rucker’s Reels will be a permanent venue for the community to enjoy for many seasons to come. 

“The Rucker’s management team is very excited to start seeing our vision take shape,” said Brent Roy of Rucker’s Reels. “We wanted to come up with an idea that New Brunswickers could enjoy even during these times of a global pandemic. We also wanted to create an experience that would be here for years to come. Now that we’ve got some construction started, it is starting to become a reality!”

Live drive-in events took off in America with music and comedy shows happening in forgotten drive-in movie theatres and promoters in the UK are clambering to set up drive-in experiences for outdoor comedy and music shows, but this was the very first of its kind in Canada. The Kelehers of Pocologan Productions should be immensely proud for being at the forefront of such innovation and for putting Sussex, New Brunswick on the map. Other promoters from across North America are now contacting them for advice on how to pull these shows off so seamlessly. [EDIT]ION's editor-in-chief James Mullinger had spent three months performing virtual gigs via Zoom so was delighted to be back on a real stage in front of 1000 people honking their horns and flashing their headlights in delight.

"It was like performing to the characters in Disney's Cars movies," he says. "It was the best feeling I have enjoyed all year and I can't wait to do it again on the 10th July."

Bob Keleher told [EDIT]ION that "one of the reasons the drive-in model works so well is because the venue brings a huge amount of resources and infrastructure that otherwise you have to set up from scratch. It brings elements that a traditional music festival has to pop up the week of the event. Having that infrastructure available is a massive value-add."

Jenny Keleher told [EDIT]ION: "As I watched Jamie Comeau & the Crooked Teeth wrap up a riff and pause for honking and flashing applause, I got the live show goosebumps for the first time in far too long. Simultaneously facing my fears of june bugs and public speaking, I got on stage and thanked the parked audience with as much shaky passion as my voice could muster. I’m a nerd for numbers so our 95% positive feedback (amid VERY strict social distancing rules) rings true for me. We really owe this success to our safety and security team, or as Jeff calls them: our friendly reminder force."

A combination of music fans, comedy fans, camping fans, and drive-in fans joined the 300-car crowd of over 1000 people to enjoy performances by James Mullinger, the Divorcees, and Jamie Comeau & the Crooked Teeth. James will be back at the Sussex Drive-In on 10th July headlining a show featuring comedian Cory Hartlen, poet Clyde Wray and blues-rock powerhouse trio The Tortoise, The Hare & The Millionaire. The Kelehers will be there running the show once again and showing the rest of Canada how it's done.
Click here for tickets.
It's time to get out and start exploring again, and no matter where you choose to go, you'll find people waiting to welcome you back with open hearts.

Because in New Brunswick, it's our welcoming nature.

Click here to start exploring!
Allie’s Essential Reads
by Alexandra Fournier

“What I know for sure is that reading opens you up. It exposes 
you and gives you access to anything your mind can hold.”
Oprah Winfrey
For the past month, anti-racist demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have taken place all across Canada and the United States, and have generated a lot of conversation. For some, it is their first time engaging in the ongoing fight for racial justice and anti-racist books are flying off the shelves. For those looking to start or continue their learning, I can personally recommend these books as essential additions to your reading list.
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
2019 | Simon & Schuster | 190 pages | Non-Fiction 

“America, I did the best I could with what I was given.” So writes Saeed Jones in this gripping memoir of his experience growing up in the Southern United States as a young, gay, Black man struggling to live out loud in a world hellbent on silencing his voice. At once dazzling and devastating, How We Fight for Our Lives pulses with poetry and pain as Jones asks readers to bear witness to his most vulnerable moments from boyhood to adulthood, personalizing the thorny place at which race, sexuality, and class intersect. Timeless and timely, this book is a must-read. 
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
2018 | Beacon Press | 169 pages | Non-Fiction 

In under 200 pages, anti-racist educator Dr. Robin DiAngelo deftly condenses her 20+ years of experience facilitating conversations about race, and exposes the barrier she encounters most often in her work: the defensive attitudes espoused by white people when confronted with the part they play in racial inequity. DiAngelo terms this reaction ‘white fragility’ and sets about breaking down the ways it manifests and how to challenge it in others and in yourself. Split into short, digestible chapters, this New York Times bestseller encourages its audience to get uncomfortable and to use that discomfort as motivation to reflect, learn, and grow. 

If, like me, you plan on adding some anti-racist books to your reading list this summer (and beyond), I would love to swap recommendations and, together, learn how we can best engage in the ongoing fight for racial justice.

Find me on Twitter or Instagram @miss_allie_fo and let me know what’s helping you reflect and grow.
You hear it all the time:  “don’t forget your water!”  This is especially important when consuming alcohol.  Always alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks.  Whether it’s water, soft drinks, coffee or mocktails, the rule of thumb is one for one.  It’s easier than it sounds!  Drinking rum and coke?  Hold the rum for every second drink.  Many cocktails will easily convert to a mocktail by holding the alcohol.  If you’re a beer drinker, try some of the new non-alcohol options on the market. 

Or just stick to water… it’s easy, free and oh so good for you!
Alternating drinks is one of three components of staying in the “moderation zone”.  Don’t forget to also count your alcohol drinks and always adhere to Canada’s recommended low risk drinking guidelines.

Lily graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax and moved to Saint John in 2016. Upon her arrival in Saint John, she was eager to start meeting people with similar interests and soon co-founded Sankara, an Online Multicultural Marketplace. When she's not working on Sankara, Lily loves reading, cycling in the city, and playing with her Great Pyrenees puppy, Nina Simone. 

Please read Lily's call to action below and click here to download a letter template to write to your MLA. As Lily wisely says below, "enough is enough".

Todd and Jeff Bishop on Creating a Must-Have for any Golf-Buff

by Jennifer Wood

Brothers and aspiring golf pros Todd and Jeff Bishop are the creators of Dormie Workshop, a Nova Scotia company that creates premium, leather-crafted golf sleeves for any golf enthusiast. After recognizing a gap in the market, the brothers used their artistic talent and social media savvy to custom create and sell their sleeves around the globe. They have collaborated with style and industry giants including Ralph Lauren, Titleist and Callaway and their sleeves can be found on the club heads of golf and sports royalty including Bubba Wallace, Wayne Gretzky and Tom Brady. They are sold online and at Golf Galaxy and Golftown.

“Our online sales have experienced a real spike recently,” says Jeff Bishop, co-owner of Dormie Workshop. “We usually see a rise in online sales around Father’s Day, but people are now more focused on making purchases online rather than visiting stores, at least for now, anyway.”

Co-creator Rhys Waters (born in Wales, UK and now loving life in Halifax, Nova Scotia) explains how it became one of the most listened to comedy podcasts in Canada.

Jesse Harley is a 16-time award winning filmmaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been professionally editing everything under the sun for the past 20 years. With the rental of a shoulder-mount VHS camcorder at the age of 10, Jesse quickly fell in love with the art of filmmaking, and has doggedly pursued it ever since. Jesse has written and directed four funded short films, directed two television commercials, and has directed his first feature, Lure, which has won 4 awards, and was making the festival rounds before lockdown. While he aims to create a film of every genre, he has a soft spot for oddball comedies, and character-driven suspense thrillers.

Born in Wales in the United Kingdom, Rhys Waters is a creative producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He launched his own start-up at the age of 22, a content agency that led to him making BAFTA Award-winning work for the BBC and global brands like Aston Martin. Now a father of 3, he and his wife decided to move to The Maritimes on a whim but with a thirst for adventure. Rhys has produced, directed and edited over 60+ hours of TV, radio, and commercials. He’s been involved in podcasting since 2014, having developed, launched and run the hit BBC show Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience and consults new podcasts through his company Podstarter.

Rhys shares how their latest podcast became one of Canada's top podcasts and a fave in the [EDIT]ION HQ: 

"After relocating my family to Nova Scotia, Canada I experienced my first Canadian federal election in October 2019. I realized I knew next to nothing about Canadian politics. Up until that point I was still listening to the Brexit drenched output from the UK and it woke me up to the domestic arena of my new home. So I reached out to my go-to source for learning. Podcasts.

I like to learn with a specific kind of show. Where funny, witty people discuss fascinating topics. It’s a ‘laugh and learn’ format that is very popular in podcastland. It’s a great way to learn painlessly. And that’s what you need in politics. Less pain. 

So I started looking for a show about Canadian politics in this format. It didn't exist. It clicked. A topic I was passionate about, a gap in the market, and a chance to pour my overspilling comedic energy into something.

Teaming up with my friend and fellow comedian Jesse Harley, we started making a show with very limited expectations and plans to just do 12  episodes. However, it just clicked for everyone else too! Two months after launch, we are in the top 10 comedy shows in Canada and in the top 50 across all podcasts. Now we have to keep making them as long as there are people willing to listen!"
Click here to listen to Canadian Politics Is Boring

Atlantic Canada is home to some of the most beautiful, often seemingly untouched beaches on the planet. From the red sands and drastic cliffs on Prince Edward Island, to the majestic turquoise waters of Nova Scotia and beyond, there is plenty of opportunity to discover and explore new saltwater gems this summer. Here are some of [EDIT]ION’s favourite spots to soak up the sun, sand and surf.
Five kilometers long, Martinique Beach is the longest beach in Nova Scotia. This  sandy shoreline also houses change rooms and a wooded picnic area.
Shallow Bay Beach
Located in the stunning Gros Morne National Park, Shallow Bay Beach’s waters warm to swimming temperatures in the summer months, a rare delight on the East Coast.
New Brunswick:
New River Beach
From a sandy shoreline, available BBQs, and on-site playground and changing rooms to a cantine that makes the best French fries around, New River is a must for any beach enthusiast.
Pictured above. Photograph by Tyler Warren Ellis.
Prince Edward Island:
Thunder Cove Beach
Thunder Cove Beach is bordered by dramatic sandstone cliffs and home to perhaps the most serene and untouched beach on the island.
by Jennifer Wood

Jessica Newhouse is the co-owner and operator of Garden Grove Café, a chic hotspot in the center of Rothesay, New Brunswick. When COVID-19 hit, Jessica was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to lay off her staff and run the café entirely on her own. She worked sixty plus days straight. Throughout this time, Garden Grove became a source of comfort and a taste of normality for her many clients and supporters. Here she talks about her experience of being a small business owner in a pandemic and some of the challenges she faced to stay open for her community.
JENNIFER WOOD: What was it like to take over the whole operation on your own?

JESSICA NEWHOUSE: Once we were told that we could stay open and offer take-out only it a huge relief; it meant that I had some control over the fate of my business. I knew in my heart of hearts that I could operate safely on my own. I studied the regulations as they were developing, and I payed close attention to how I could continue to operate. We opened the café to serve as a place for the community to go to. It felt great to be providing this experience as part of their day. I had three different customers, each running their own business, that would come in for coffee every morning at  8:30 am. Knowing they would be there, I made sure the café was open by 8:00 am. On many days, I wouldn’t see another customer until 11:00 am! In January, we reduced our caterers from several to one and we took on prepping most of our food in-house. Initially I was somewhat anxious about it, but it has turned into a point of pride. It was the trickiest thing to manage while working alone. I often came to work early or stayed late to prep food. It’s been tough and rewarding at the same time. If anything, this experience has taught me that I am stronger than I thought.

JENNIFER: How did you unwind while you were going through this?
JESSICA: In the beginning I watched every pandemic movie I could get my hands on. My husband and I love these types of films. Watching them was very cathartic as our reality is far less grim. 
JENNIFER: How has the community rallied around you?

JESSICA: On any given day if I were to see twenty clients, fifteen of them were the same people. Their constant support meant a lot to me. The parents at Rothesay Netherwood School were thrilled that we remained open and they wanted to support the café and their teachers. They started an account so that teachers could come in and be pampered with a coffee, lunch or a sweet treat. A lot of my customers came in to buy gift cards to show their support. It’s gestures like these that kept me going and feeling positive that we would pull through. During the lockdown, I felt like Garden Grove was able to create a community within a community; my customers relied on me as much as I relied on them. We shared information, eased one another’s anxieties, and raised each other’s spirits when everything around us was crumbling. 

JENNIFER: How did you manage your stress?

JESSICA: I bought top-of-the-line hand cream! I also have a spin bike so I would hit that every day before work and have a good stretch. It helped me stay focused and clear my mind. My husband and I stocked up on large grocery orders – we spent a lot of time preparing healthy meals. There were nights that I would talk myself off a cliff, but by the morning I was ready to go out and face the public again.
I also kept looking at New Brunswick and how well we were faring in comparison to other provinces and the world around us. We were just doing so much better-that helped me stay sane. I knew that our end date was going to be sooner than other places. It was a good thing to cling to.

JENNIFER: What do your current operations look like?

JESSICA: We have staff back! It’s such a comfort to have them with me. I now turn around and start something and it is already done! We recently made some enhancements to our patio and we are thrilled that it is open. While our operations are still different, and may be for some time, our new normal is feeling pretty good…It’s a huge relief.
Garden Grove Café continues to be open seven days a week and their recently enhanced patio is in full swing. Be sure to visit them and check out their popular  Wine Wednesdays and Yip Fridays. You’ll be glad you did!
In Conversation With
Atlantic Books Today's Alex Liot

by James Mullinger

James: We are huge fans of all that you do at Atlantic Books Today. Please tell us a bit about the importance of the organization.

Alex: Thanks James we know you are. There are always lots of great local books in [EDIT], and we really appreciate all the support! We are technically a non-profit trade organization representing 28 independent Atlantic book publishers, however we’re on a broader mission to unite the #ReadAtlantic community and make it easier for readers to find their next favorite local book. As you know, telling stories in Atlantic Canada is a generational art form and we have one of the richest concentrations of literary talent anywhere in the world. Like many other artistic and cultural industries however, being great at something doesn’t make it easy. Maintaining and growing the consumption of local books by local readers is critically important. We’re in a David and Goliath style dance with the few massive multi-national publishing groups who have consolidated over 90% of the industry, so our purpose and best defence is to keep telling great local stories.  
James: What are the best ways that readers can support the Atlantic Canadian publishing industry? Where should people buy their books, how should they shop, how can they support local authors?
Alex: The easy answer, is the good old fashioned way: at a local book seller. The most effective way to support any local industry is to support its entire supply chain, so we would like readers and consumers to think about the whole #ReadAtlantic community: creators (authors, illustrators), producers (editors, publishers), and providers (libraries, book sellers, events). Creators receive royalties on the retail value of a new book, so by purchasing from your local book seller, for the listed price, all parties are adequately compensated for their work. Local book sellers are also your best guide to find you next favorite title. Research show over 40% of book buying is pure “discovery”, i.e. you go shopping for a book, but not sure which one will be coming home with you. We also know that Atlantic Canadians would like to buy/read more local books but can find it challenging to identify them beyond the local interest section. This is why we’ve launched the Teal Lighthouse icon, to help guide readers to the 200+ new Atlantic Books released each year. Also to help, we just launched a new Find Your Local library and book seller locator tool on our website
James: What's your favourite book this year so far? 
Alex: Unfair question James, like choosing your favourite child. But if I must, I’ll narrow it down to 3 from our current Time To #ReadAtlantic campaign. I just finished reading a really intriguing book called Guru in Your Golf Swing by Ed Hanczaryk, published by SSP, which is about Ed teaching golf to a monk in Bhutan who in exchange teaches Ed to meditate and finally control his mind. I actually think this is a great business book (golf and mindfulness), and it’s pretty cool that Ed still teaches golf at a course just down the road from me. Next on my list to read will be One Good Reason by Séan McCann published by Nimbus, where the famous singer-songwriter from Great Big Sea shares his deeply personal memoir. Our magazine editor tells me it’s very well written and captivating, also as a believer that mental health should be discussed I think this is a brave and important book from Séan. Finally, I’d say like so many of us, I can’t wait to spend more time outside exploring our region, so in hand will be my trusty copy of Waterfalls of Nova Scotia by Benoit Lalonde, published by Goose Lane Editions. I’d like to visit them all someday!
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