48 episodes

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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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.

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

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

    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 IDA Canada and how he sees downtown and main street areas recovering from the pandemic. 

    And Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, is back. Paul is going tell us about the new developments with provincial economic relief programs, and the new communications campaign that Downtown Halifax Business Commission, in partnership with 11 other business improvement districts across the province, has launched in response to how the Government of Nova Scotia’s economic relief programs need to better target small business.

    And on Biz Buzz, we have a few milestones to tell you about, we’ll remind you of how you can continue to support our local businesses during this lockdown, and we’ll chat quickly about What’s Open in Downtown Halifax and Asian Heritage Month.

    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: Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission  https://downtownhalifax.ca/

    Ken Kelly, Project Manager with International Downtown Association 

    Bizz Buzz: Lauren Andrews, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

    Recorded & Edited by: Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic michaelboyd@podcastatlantic.com

    Music: “Patching Holes (in a Sinking Ship)” by Bigideas

    Visit us at: downtownhalifax.ca

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @DowntownHalifax

    Email us at: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca or allana@downtownhalifax.ca

    • 51 min
    Episode 47: Covid 19 Report for May 4, 2021

    Episode 47: Covid 19 Report for May 4, 2021

    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 with provincial and federal economic relief programs as well as a couple of new DHBC grants.

    We’ll also talk about what’s going on with businesses in Downtown Halifax since the province of Nova Scotia has declared another lockdown and everyone is encouraged to stay home. We’ll finish with a list of what Downtown Halifax businesses are open and what’s open online, and a few gift suggestions for Mother’s Day.

    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: Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission https://downtownhalifax.ca/

    Bizz Buzz: Lauren Andrews, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

    Recorded & Edited by: Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic michaelboyd@podcastatlantic.com

    Music: “Patching Holes (in a Sinking Ship)” by Bigideas

    Visit us at: downtownhalifax.ca

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @DowntownHalifax

    Email us at: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca or allana@downtownhalifax.ca

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

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

    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 food and beverage industry, and the new dogs on patio rule that came into effect in late March. On Biz Buzz, we have business updates and milestones, how to best support local with the new restrictions, we’ll tell you about a few virtual events coming up, and more.  We’ll also talk about scheduled summer pedestrian-friendly street closures, waived patio fees, and a COVID-19 report on newly announced Public Health restrictions. Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission gives us updates on summer pedestrian-friendly street closures, waived patio fees, and small-business highlights from the federal budget. 

    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: Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission · https://downtownhalifax.ca/

    Gordon Stewart, Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia https://www.rans.ca/

    Bizz Buzz: Lauryn Andrews, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

    Recorded & Edited by: Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic michaelboyd@podcastatlantic.com

    Music: “Patching Holes (in a Sinking Ship)” by Bigideas

    Visit us at: downtownhalifax.ca

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @DowntownHalifax

    Email us at: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca or allana@downtownhalifax.ca

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

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

    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 successful entrepreneur.  In Biz Buzz, we have business updates and milestones. We’ll also talk about EGGcellent window decorating for Easter and Easter gift ideas, Open City, Soli Productions’ The-Fabric-of-our-DNA, and picking up after your dog.

    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: Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission · https://downtownhalifax.ca/

    Tareq Hadhad, Founder and CEO of Peace By Chocolate https://peacebychocolate.ca/

    Bizz Buzz: Lauryn Landry, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

    Recorded & Edited by: Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic michaelboyd@podcastatlantic.com

    Music: “Patching Holes (in a Sinking Ship)” by Bigideas

    Visit us at: downtownhalifax.ca

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @DowntownHalifax

    Email us at: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca or allana@downtownhalifax.ca

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 44: Discover Halifax Ross Jefferson

    Episode 44: Discover Halifax Ross Jefferson

    Ivy will be talking to Ross Jefferson, President and CEO of Discover Halifax, and Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Ross will be telling us all about the Discover Halifax’s recently launched Integrated Tourism Master Plan. On this episode in Biz Buzz, we have business updates and milestones, we’ll talk about March Break and free parking during March Break, Around the World in 80 Plates International Food Festival, extended Dine Around, and Downtown Halifax Live. 

    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: Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission · https://downtownhalifax.ca/

    Ross Jefferson, President and CEO of Discover Halifax https://discoverhalifaxns.com/

    Bizz Buzz: Lauryn Landry, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

    Recorded & Edited by: Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic michaelboyd@podcastatlantic.com

    Music: “Patching Holes (in a Sinking Ship)” by Bigideas

    Visit us at: downtownhalifax.ca

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @DowntownHalifax

    Email us at: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca or allana@downtownhalifax.ca

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

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

    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 business updates and milestones, we’ll tell you about our featured member for March, THE TEN SPOT, and we’ll talk about March Break, Around the World in 80 Plates International Food Festival, and where to park in Downtown Halifax. And Ivy will give us an Covid Update.

    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: Katie Conklin, Marketing & Communications Manager for Discover Halifax  https://discoverhalifaxns.com/

    Bizz Buzz: Lauryn Landry, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

    Recorded & Edited by: Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic michaelboyd@podcastatlantic.com

    Music: “Patching Holes (in a Sinking Ship)” by Bigideas

    Visit us at: downtownhalifax.ca

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @DowntownHalifax

    Email us at: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca or allana@downtownhalifax.ca

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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Canadian Tea Man ,

Great resource and a fun listen

I love this podcast, very informative and fun, great guest speakers and is a fantastic resource for upcoming downtown events. Great job DHBC team.

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