The Nova Scotia Mass Choir is a two-time East Coast Music Award-winning multicultural gospel choir based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The choir performs locally, nationally and internationally, reaching audiences unfamiliar with the genre of black gospel music and drawing attention to some of the cultural contributions of African Nova Scotians. Their repertoire includes arrangements of traditional gospel and folk music as well as original compositions, and the choir has worked with a range of well-known composers and musical directors. As part of their outreach work, the choir performs several benefit concerts each year in support of charitable causes and racial harmony, including an annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Joy O'Brien is a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She sang for many years with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, a multicultural gospel choir that performed locally, nationally, and internationally. Joy acted as the choir's archivist and accumulated a large collection of newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, sound recordings, and video recordings that document the choir's activities.
Thomas M. Power's drug store was established circa 1873 on Argyle Street by Thomas M. Power (August 10, 1851-June 11, 1934). A new location was opened on December 1, 1897 at the corner of North Street and Lockman Street (present day Barrington Street) across from the Intercolonial Railway Station and close to the naval dockyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia.