About llcoolbreeze

Stephan MacLeod is a Halifax-based writer, producer, musician and recording engineer. He holds an English degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Recording Arts degree from the Nova Scotia Community college. For the past year, Stephan has worked on documentaries for Bravo, The History Channel and National Geographic. He also fronts the rock group, Windom Earle, and has traveled across the continent performing karaoke in a super-hero outfit.

Yuk Yuk’s Competition Makes Mark Little Richer, Handsomer


The Chronicle Herald randomly chose a photo of a Picnicface member to run with their article on Mark.

In case you haven’t heard, Mark Little of Picnicface is $25,000 richer by winning Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off in Toronto last week.

I missed the big win, but managed to see Mark qualify to the finals. While he stood out as being one of the few qualifying comics to lean towards the absurd, it really looked like the judges (including Ben Mulroney) prefered the more straight-forward stand ups. At the semi-finals Mark squeaked by to the finals by coming in 4th place behind some typical Canuck comics including a guy whose big closer was a rant about the 10-year-old film Armagedon.

Luckily the judges for the finals included talent scouts for Conan O’Brien and Craig Ferguson.  The competition will air on the Comedy Network sometime in the future.

But the real highlight of Mark’s weekend was meeting the guy who played the dad in Troll 2.



Extreme Pogo

Chris Lambie wrote this about a 15-year-old kid from Truro, Daniel Mahoney, who appeared on Ellen to demonstrate a pogo-stick. He currently holds the pogo stick high jump record at 2.33 meters.  But all this started when he was 12.

“I thought, ‘Hmm, why not search up extreme pogo?’ ” he said, adding that his Internet search led him to Spencer’s website and a renewed love for the bouncy sticks.

This “extreme pogo” video speaks for itself. This kid is Jackie Chan with a pogo stick.

Unhappy New Year

2009 didn’t start off so great for the attendees of New Years Eve at the Cunard Center last night.

The Facebook page for the event has several pages of complaints from people demanding their money back or searching for missing jackets. Apparently the organizers were unable to handle the high volume of people attending the event which cost $40 for regular tickets and $100 for VIP tickets. Long lineups for the mandatory coat check and at the bars as well as a “riot” at the coat check at the end of the night have resulted in many attendees to claim this was one of the worst New Years Eve events they attended.

The organizer, Brad Steeves of East Coast Dynamics and East Coast Pubcrawls has blamed the Cunard Center and Source Security for any problems in a post to Facebook that has been removed.

I’m the owner the East Coast Dynamics and I organized this event. I made sure that The Cunard Centre and Source Security knew how many people would be attending. They did not staff properly. As for the Coat Check, when people riot it and try to find their own coat, shit gets out of hand. So the staff did their best to get everyone’s coat back to the right person. If you still don’t have your coat, I suggest you call RCR Hospitality (who own the Cunard). I’m sure they’ll do there best to help you out. I’m going to leave this wall open so that people can still express their opinions, cause everyone’s intitled to one. Sorry for all the mass confusion..

For anyone still missing a coat, there will be a “coat exchange” at noon on January 2 at the Cunard Center. According to a message Steeves sent out to members of the Facebook event:

If you took a coat in error when you left, please bring it back and we will endeavor to locate your own coat if you left without a coat, we have a number of coats at the facility. Please be prepared to give a complete description of the coat and any contents. If you are unable to attend in person, please email sales@rcr.ca with a complete description of your coat.

Halifax “being fair to everybody” by eliminating bus passes for the blind

According to the CBC, Halifax will stop giving free bus passes to CNIB to distribute to blind riders this summer.

“It’s not something we like to have to take away from one group,” said Lori Patterson, spokeswoman for Metro Transit. “But the fact [is] that we’re not able to offer it to many groups.

“We’re trying to be fair to everybody, and this is what we have to do.”

This blogger explains that some of the “freebies” blind people are entitled to ensure that the blind have Access to Information (free talking books or devices to play the audio).

Blind people are not permitted to drive, therefore the free transit pass was introduced as a means of protecting the right to access employment, education etc.

If HRM was concerned with promoting fairness for people with disabilities, wouldn’t providing free service for more people with disabilities make sense?