52 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 52: Tracey Barbrick, Associate Deputy Minister of Departments of Labour & Advanced Education, Community Services. Vaccine Roll-out.

    Episode 52: Tracey Barbrick, Associate Deputy Minister of Departments of Labour & Advanced Education, Community Services. Vaccine Roll-out.

    We begin this episode with Tracey Barbrick, Associate Deputy Minister of Departments of Labour & Advanced Education, Community Services. We discuss with her the province’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and what more we can do as a community to encourage vaccination. On Biz Buzz, we have a few business updates to share, and we’ll talk about What’s Open in Downtown Halifax, Patio Season, Pups on Patios, and our new ‘Meet Me Downtown’ and Parking campaigns. 

    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/

    Tracey Barbrick, Associate Deputy Minister of Departments of Labour & Advanced Education, Community Services

    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

    • 57 min
    Episode 51: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 12, June 8, 2021

    Episode 51: Downtown Halifax Covid 19 Report 12, June 8, 2021

    We are back with another special COVID-19 episode. This episode was recorded via video conferencing as we are all working remotely during the third wave of this pandemic. So, we apologize in advance for any issues with the sound quality.

    In this episode, we are joined by Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, who will be discussing the recently launched Provincial Re-Opening Plan. Paul will also update us on the provincial advocacy efforts by 12 business improvement districts, including Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

    On Biz Buzz, we’re going to talk about Patio Season in Downtown Halifax, Pups on Patios, Open City, the Patio Lanterns Festival, and the special giveaway from our 50th Downtown Lowdown episode. We also have lots of art in Downtown Halifax, including a new mural on the waterfront, the Self-Guided Downtown, and Art Argyle Fine Art’s Poster Pole Gallery.

    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

    • 32 min
    Episode 50: A very special 50th episode with guest, Mayor Mike Savage

    Episode 50: A very special 50th episode with guest, Mayor Mike Savage

    Mike Savage was first elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality in 2012, with a mandate to make Halifax the most livable, entrepreneurial, and inclusive city in Canada. He’s going to talk to us about what it’s been like to run a municipality during the pandemic. He will also be joined by Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

    Paul will update us on provincial advocacy efforts by 12 business improvement districts, including Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

    On Biz Buzz, we have a few business milestones to share, we’ll talk about what’s open in Downtown Halifax and how you can continue to support our local businesses during this lockdown. We’ll also talk about Asian Heritage Month, Open City 2021, the Patio Lanterns Festival, and our special giveaway for our 50th Downtown Lowdown episode.

    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/

    HRM Mayor Mike Savage @MikeSavageHFX

    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

    • 46 min
    Episode 49: Joyce Liu, Founder and CEO of Lumi Studios - Asian Heritage Month plus a Covid Update

    Episode 49: Joyce Liu, Founder and CEO of Lumi Studios - Asian Heritage Month plus a Covid Update

    We begin this episode with Joyce Liu, Founder and CEO of Lumi Studios, a media and production company in Downtown Halifax. They specialize in community storytelling, offering mix-media services to local businesses and corporations.

    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 video campaign that Downtown Halifax Business Commission, in partnership with 11 other business improvement districts across the province.

    On Biz Buzz, we’ll talk about what’s open in Downtown Halifax and how you can continue to support our local businesses during this lockdown, and we’ll tell you about our new giveaway with The Coast for Asian Heritage Month and a giveaway that we will be doing for our 50th episode.

    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/

    Joyce Liu, Founder and CEO of Lumi Studios https://www.lumistudios.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

    • 40 min
    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

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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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