Kim Wempe – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Touring Artist

Place of Birth: Humboldt, SK

Currently Resides: Antigonish, NS...well just outside in an area called Ohio.

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?

Well there are a few, it really depends on where I am in Nova Scotia at that time.  Paper Chase in Halifax is a favourite of mine.  They keep the windows open and it’s a funky atmosphere with really amazing soups! Then there is the Tall n’ Small in Antigonish.  Great coffee and the BEST sandwhiches I’ve ever had in my life.  The turkey pesto must be had by all! Then there is the Justamere Cafe in Antigonish.  GREAT food, great atmosphere, and amazing friends of mine own it.  I’ve had a lot of important business meetings in this cafe and the atmosphere and people make those meetings comfortable for me. I am able to think clearly there.  There are many more but I think this is too long already.

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?

My favourite place is the Economy Shoe Shop in Halifax because when I think of a pint of beer, I also tend to think of a plate of nachos, and this is the place to go for nachos! I would also say the Company House in Halifax because I love the feel of the room, I love the staff, and this is my favourite place to see live music as well as one of my favourite places to play.  They also have my favourite thing in the world which is platter of meat, cheese, pickles, and crackers.  I relate beer to food if you haven’t noticed.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?

I would say Biscuit General Store in Halifax for clothes and other trinkets.  It’s right downtown and I love their cards. I’m big on cards for any occasion.  Paper Chase is also an amazing place to buy cards for people! There are certain black and white ones you can only get at Paper Chase.  They will give you a laugh for the day... or week.  I also like to go to the Folklore Centre in Halifax and not necessarily shop, but dream.  They let me play old Gibson guitars that most people wouldn’t let me touch.  I also love to give David Bradshaw and Noah Tye hugs because they let me play those guitars.

Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?

Come to my house just outside Antigonish in Ohio and sit on my porch with me.  I sound so old but you would love it, especially between 7:30pm and 8:30pm when the sun is setting.  It is also amazing at night when the stars have splattered every inch of the sky, the peepers have occupied every inch of silence, and you are in your chair with a beer in hand. The Cabot Trail has also always been a favourite view of mine.  Everyone who comes to visit me and has never been to Nova Scotia, I take them here.   I have to do it at least once a year...no exceptions.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:

1. Well...the Cabot Trail! You have to drive the Cabot Trail.  Take a few days though and take in Cape Breton.  Stop in the towns, camp, hike, and shop at the all the little places along the way.

 2.  Eat chowder and fish and chips.  It sounds stereotypical, but you’ll never have better.  There is a place outside Antigonish called Boyd’s Seafood.  You can sit on the patio and watch the boats coming in from fishing.  Cribbon’s Warf is where you’ll find it.  I’ve never had better seafood chowder or fish and chips in my life.

3. Attend a folk festival whether it’s the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Celtic Colours, the Deep Roots Music Festival, etc, you have to take in the music here.  It is the most important part of your trip.

What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?

Where do I start? I moved here short notice for school and was very nervous about my decision to do so.  When I got here, it was home.  Things always work out the way they should.  The people, the feel of life, the scenery, and most of all the music, took me by storm.  I recently bought a house with my partner Warren, and l could not be happier.  I will always love the prairies where I grew up, and I will always miss family (thankfully my job allows me to see them a lot and I haven’t backed down from mailing them real estate books), but this is my home now.  My life would be very different if I hadn’t found Nova Scotia...or if it hadn’t found me.

 For all things Kim Wempe visit www.kimwempe.com

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