Neil Young keeps on rocking in the free world
Neil Young blistered into the Halifax Metro Centre on Saturday night, uniting a generation-spanning crowd of more than 10,000 fans with his iconic brand of foot-stomping, anthemic rock. Wearing a paint-splattered black jacket, Young commanded an open stage piled with vintage guitars and music gear. The sold-out crowd roared with appreciation for the band's rousing renditions of tunes from Young's four-decade-long catalogue.
For a selection of images from Saturday night's show, along with photos from other Fall 2008 events, visit the Events Photo Gallery on the Halifax Metro Centre website.
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A Celtic Christmas at Halifax Metro Centre
Halifax Metro Centre, in partnership with IMG, is pleased to announce the addition of Nova Scotia's own Natalie MacMaster to the "Holiday Festival on Ice," presented by the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm
. The annual skating extravaganza features world-class skaters and internationally renowned musicians coming together to create a one-of-a-kind holiday show for all ages. The theme of the 90-minute show is “A Celtic Christmas.”
Well-known to international audiences as one of Canada's major talents, Natalie has been an ambassador for traditional East Coast music, and is credited with lifting the style to its contemporary prominence. While acclaimed for taking Celtic music to new heights, each album Natalie releases displays a creativity and range that constantly expands the boundaries of the genre.
"We are very excited about the addition of Natalie to the "Holiday Festival on Ice" line-up," said Scott Ferguson, Executive Vice-President of Trade Centre Limited. "The show features a top notch group of talented skaters and musicians and I'm sure will be a hit with all members of the family." MacMaster joins a stellar cast that includes:
- Four-time World Champion, Canadian Champion and perennial Halifax favourite, Kurt Browning
- 2008 World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist and Canadian champ, Jeff Buttle
- Olympic gold medallists and pairs world champions Jamie Sale & David Pelletier
- 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist and US National Champion Sasha Cohen
Joining MacMaster on the musical stage are two-time ECMA award-winners, The Cottars. This hot young Celtic band from Cape Breton have been making waves wherever they go, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, and two tours of Japan.
In the spirit of the holiday, Halifax Metro Centre has partnered with Feed Nova Scotia and will be collecting food and cash donations at the door to help support the important work of this organization in our community. Additionally, Halifax Metro Centre will be donating a portion of the evening's ticket sales to Feed Nova Scotia.
Tickets are on sale now:
- at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office located at the Halifax Metro Centre
- at participating Atlantic Superstore outlets
- charge by phone (902) 451-1221 or
- on-line at www.TicketAtlantic.com
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One competition where everybody wins
Fred MacGillivray, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, is participating in an exciting new fundraiser this holiday season, called the Great Stocking Stuffer Scramble.
On behalf of the Salvation Army, he is raising money to fill his online virtual holiday stocking, and trying to top the donations earned by nine friendly competitors, including musicians Terry Kelly and Jill Barber, Carol Young, 10-year-old Matt Machum, Staff Sgt. Brenda Zima, Olympic kayaker Karen Furneaux, Ambassatours' Dennis Campbell, Dalhousie University president Tom Traves and Saint Mary's University president Colin Dodds. It's an esteemed lineup with some natural, good-natured rivalries that are sure to increase the fun.
All of the funds raised will help the Salvation Army carry out its winter relief efforts and benefit the communities where each donation is made, right here in Atlantic Canada or across the country. "The Salvation Army has been reaching out to Nova Scotians in need for over a century," says Fred. "In my home city of Halifax and in the many communities across Canada where I've lived and worked, the organization has been a touchstone of hope in providing help to families and individuals who are struggling, no matter what their need or affiliation. No one is ever turned away."
Take a look at Fred's YouTube video for an overview of all the wonderful contributions the Army makes.
To see how the competition is going and to donate, visit: SalvationArmy.ca/Stuffers between December 1st and 19th, and click on Fred's stocking. Cheque donations are most welcome and can be sent to:
Salvation Army Maritime Divisional Headquarters
c/o Fred MacGillivray's Stocking
282 – 7071 Bayers Road, Halifax, NS B3L 2C2
LEARN MORE » DONATE NOW »
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On the Big Screen...
Trade Centre Limited is committed to investing in the infrastructure and technology that will enhance our customers' experiences.
This past November, extensive upgrades were completed to our SilverVision system, enabling our production team to offer a much more exciting product. SilverVision is the four-sided centre-hung LED screen at the heart of Halifax Metro Centre arena that broadcasts all the in-game action, instant replays and spontaneous fan reactions during live events, in addition to commercial interludes.
A spacious, state-of-the-art control room was built in HMC to house the new technology, which includes an upgraded instant replay package that offers faster, multi-angle replays and game highlight packages, as well as a robust new Mac digital editing suite.
Two 50-inch HD plasma displays now stream all video feeds from the newly installed Sony digital on-ice cameras, while a new digital switcher allows efficient switching between feeds. This mechanism also gives our team the ability to produce exciting new graphics and picture-in-picture displays.
With these upgrades, the SilverVision team is looking forward to the creative and dynamic video they can offer our patrons during sporting events, as well as new advertising solutions for existing and prospective clients.
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The new Ticket Atlantic Gift Card will be available soon, in denominations to suit any budget. Cards will be redeemable for the costs of ticket purchases at the Ticket Atlantic box office at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Check ticketatlantic.com or call 451-1221 for updates on availability!
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Halifax sweeps the competition, winning hosting rights for the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier
The Canadian Curling Association announced November 4 that the Halifax Metro Centre will host the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier from March 6-14, 2010. This will mark the sixth time that Halifax has hosted the Canadian men’s curling championship. Indeed, it will join Calgary and Toronto as the only cities to have staged the Brier at least six times since the annual event began in 1927.
“The Tim Hortons Brier is considered by many curling enthusiasts to be the flagship event of men's curling not only in Canada, but throughout the world," said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the CCA, at a news conference held in the Metro Centre's Time Out Sports Bar. “The Canadian Curling Association is very pleased to see Canada's east coast get to participate in one of the most anticipated curling seasons on record. We are excited to be returning to this gem of a city.”
Halifax most recently hosted the 2005 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials, which determined the national representatives for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, where Canada’s Brad Gushue won a gold medal and Shannon Kleibrink earned a bronze.
“On behalf of the Host Committee, together with the Nova Scotia Curling Association, I am very excited that the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier has been awarded to Halifax,” said Host Committee co-chairman Hugh Avery. “It will not only allow us the opportunity to show off our great city, but will also provide a legacy of growth for the sport of curling in our province. I am very pleased that Graham Harris and I will be co-Chairs for the event. Graham brings a tremendous amount of experience from working on the host committee of the 2003 Brier and chairing the 2005 Trials. We feel confident that this will be another world-class event for Halifax.”
“Without question, Halifax has one of the most experienced and passionate volunteer groups in the country,” added Harris. “We look forward to working with them again on another fabulous event.” Approximately 1,200 volunteers participate in the event annually.
When Halifax held the 2003 Nokia Brier, it was won by Alberta’s Randy Ferbey, who went unbeaten during the week and finished with a perfect 13-0 mark after defeating the host province’s Mark Dacey in the final. The total attendance was 158,414, a Brier record for an Eastern Canada site (east of Winnipeg). When the city staged the Trials two years later, a record event attendance of 159,235 was established.
The 2010 Tim Hortons Brier will be televised exclusively in Canada by TSN, from the round robin, through the Page Playoffs, semi-final and final. The winner in Halifax will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, April 3-11.
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The spirit of giving
Trade Centre Limited is committed to improving the lives of Nova Scotians by bringing people together to create economic and cultural benefits for our city and province. Of course, the whole TCL team focuses on this goal in the work they do every day in support of major events.
But TCL employees also strive toward this goal on a personal and individual basis, by volunteering at community organizations and giving to charities.
Under the leadership of WTCC Halifax pastry sous-chef Jonathan Hannam, TCL employees recently raisedover $14,162 for the United Way of Halifax in our annual Workplace Campaign. Our employees are to be commended for their hard work, generosity and caring — not just during the holiday season, but all year round.
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Major events help drive Nova Scotia’s economy
Trade Centre Limited has a diversified business model but a single, driving focus: growing Nova Scotia’s economy by bringing people together for major events.
In the 2007/08 fiscal year, the operations of TCL and its six complementary business units brought in $102.8 million in direct spending, plus an additional $72.4 million in incremental expenditures. The crown corporation welcomed more than 753,700 people to its facilities for 753 events over the last year. Among these were a record-breaking nine-performance run with Cirque du Soleil, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, the David Foster Foundation’s black-tie celebrity gala, Crescendo, and the annual conference of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).
Read more about Trade Centre Limited’s business model, financial picture and major events in the organization’s 2007/08 Annual Report, which was released on October 17 and is available for review or download here »
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