AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published Sept 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: Halifax Magazine
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With warmth and candour, Garrett Mason shares the difficulties of life on the road with a famous and oft-drunk father; he explored the pressure of following in famous footsteps. With artful writing and deft storytelling, Maggie adds to the narrative with insights from industry insiders, bridging the gap between father and son’s eras. Photographer Mairin Prentiss adds previously unpublished photos of Mason, taken in a relaxed moment before a show. Forthright and honest, this story shows fans much more of this talented and largely unrecognized artist than they’d seen before. In its first day online, this reader-favourite story became one of Halifax Magazine’s five most-read stories of the year.

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As the son of blues legend Dutch Mason, Garrett Mason has already had more than enough public attention. He doesn’t have social-media accounts, he doesn’t make videos, he rarely does interviews—he just wants to play his guitar and forget the drama. With patience and persistence, freelance writer Maggie Rahr slowly won his trust, until he agreed to an unprecedented interview for Halifax Magazine.

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