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Monday, June 13, 2016

Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach announce Halifax tour date

Show including Nikki Sixx's band rocks Scotiabank Centre September 28.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM

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Hey metal heads, get caught up in the intensity! Hard rockin’ mega bands (and longtime friends) Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach recently announced a joint tour with a stop right here in Halifax.

Papa Roach, best remembered for the triple-platinum 2000 album Infest, are proving their intent to be in music for the long haul, touring their 2015 release F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise). With over 20 years of music-making to draw from, Roach fans are sure to hear a varied set list. Five Finger Death Punch diehards, meanwhile, will headbang to hits from the band’s latest album, Got Your Six, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 last fall.

These acts share the stage with alt-metal group Sixx:A.M.—rock legend Nikki Sixx’s modern-sounding side project—and post-hardcore band From Ashes to New. The show is happening September 28 at 6:45pm at the Scotiabank Centre, with tickets ranging from $58-$78. Tickets go on sale June 17th at 10am. Get them by phone (1-877-451-1221) or online here.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chantal Kreviazuk returns with Hard Sail album and tour.

The singer-songwriter launches first national tour in six years on November 21.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

  • Image via Chantal Kreviazuk
For the past six years, Chantal Kreviazuk took a break from her role as one of Canada’s foremost singer-songwriters. Instead, she was busy penning hits for the likes of Drake and Carrie Underwood—all while raising her three sons and getting lost in the joys of motherhood that she says bring new authenticity into her life.

This week, Kreviazuk announces her return with an upcoming album, Hard Sail, and a slew of cross-country tour dates, including a stop in Halifax this November.

With multiple JUNO nods and a discography dating back to the mid-nineties, chances are you’ve hummed along to Kreviazuk’s airy, folk-pop melodies on the radio. With Hard Sail hitting shelves June 17, you’re sure to get re-acquainted with Kreviazuk’s emotive voice and personal lyrics.

Her Halifax show, November 21 at Dalhousie’s Rebecca Cohn auditorium, promises to be the perfect reunion for Kreviazuk and her fans- and the chance for you to get carried away on her rolling waves of heartfelt sound.

Tickets are $44.25 and include a digital download of the album. They go on sale June 10 at 12pm and are available by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online here.

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Sloan brings One Chord To Another home Oct 7

Breakthrough Halifax band taking album on 20th anniversary tour.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 1:12 PM

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Halifax-born pop rock band Sloan has made a long career mixing punk-tinged vocals, sharp guitar lines and frothy, light melodies. With over 25 years in the music game, it feels safe to say they cinched Canadian Icon status long ago.

If remembering that long ago makes you feel nostalgic, you’re not alone. It seems Sloan has been in the reminiscing mood lately, as they recently announced their plans to celebrate their third studio album, One Chord To Another, turning 20 this year.

The group released a flurry of tour dates earlier this week, saying they’ll be touring OCTA just like it’s 1996 again, when Sloan was the biggest act in the "next Seattle" Halifax scene. And, with Halifax’s addition to the list for a Friday, October 7 show, you’ll have your first chance in over a year to see the now Toronto-based musicians rock a hometown stage at The Marquee Ballroom this October.

Tickets are $27.99 in advance and go on sale at 10am this Friday, June 10. Get yours at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen St) or online here.

Here's a clip of "The Lines You Amend" Sloan has re-released for the tour.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gridlock Festival to offer free, all-ages programming

Don't worry kids, this festival's got it on lock

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 1:23 PM


Gridlock Festival is the new kid on the festival block and it's already making friends with the neighbourhood youngsters–this morning the festival organizers announced two free, all-ages shows for the 19-and-under crowd.

On Saturday, July 9 the Spatz Theatre will host Postdata, Owen and Waxahatchee for an afternoon show open to 300 minors and 400 wristband holders. An additional 100 tickets will be sold for $31.50.

Later the same afternoon, Crossed Wires, Solids and Beach Slang will play a yet-unannounced venue open to 200 under-19 show-goers, 50 wristband holders and 50 folks lucky enough to pick up a $21.50 ticket.

Gridlock Festival takes place July 8-10 at the Spatz Theatre. Weekend and day passes are on sale now, ranging in price from $66.50-$201.50.

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Halifax Jazz Festival 2016 lineup announced

Dust off your dancing shoes for Jazz Fest's 30th anniversary

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Yass kween! Ms. Lauryn Hill!
  • Yass kween! Ms. Lauryn Hill!

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival dropped its 2016 (and 30th anniversary) lineup this morning and it's a doozy. In addition to the already-announced City and Colour, Metric and–swoon–Ms. Lauryn Hill main stage shows, the festival promises acts for die-hard jazz fans and newbies alike.

Visitings acts include Kendrick Lamar collaborator/ex-Suicidal Tendencies bassist Thundercat, Polaris Prize nominated singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, Laila Biali, OG disco freaks Chic, Julia Holter, New Orleans' The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Canadian jazz legend Oliver Jones.

Plenty of locals round out the lineup, including Cyndi Cain, Shirley Jackson, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, Adam Baldwin, Gypsophila, The New Bridge, Keonte Beals and Reeny Smith.

You can check out the full festival roster here.

Festival passes ($129-$229) are sold out, but you can pick up individual show tix here.

The festival runs July 12-17 at the waterfront main stage and various venues around the city. #HJF30

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Toronto poppers Metric just announced to play Halifax Jazz Fest

Quartet joins Jazz Fest headliners Ms. Lauryn Hill, City and Colour and Basia Bulat

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 2:14 PM

The Metric system - COURTESY: METRIC
  • The Metric system
  • Courtesy: Metric
The Halifax Jazz Festival, in partnership with Sonic Concerts, just announced the fourth headliner for its 30th anniversary celebration: Toronto pop-quartet Metric will play Halifax once again, like it's 2006. Except it'll be Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The band joins the legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill, the T.Dot singer Basia Bulat and Ontario rockers City and Colour as headliners. 

The poppers, fronted by Emily Haines, released their sixth studio album last September, Pagans in Vegas, after a decade of Polaris Prize and Juno nominations and awards. Metric is, without a doubt, one of Canada's most popular pop bands, and they recently announced that one dollar from every ticket sold on tour in 2016 would go to the David Suzuki Foundation. Cool, dudes.

Pre-sale tickets ($55) are on sale tomorrow at 10am, with the general sale on Friday morning. 

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Manifest destiny: NSCC music business students strut their stuff

Students learn how to put on a live music show tonight at The Marquee and The Seahorse

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 1:28 PM

All Neon Everything for the NSCC - NEON DREAMS (MATT GATS)
  • All Neon Everything for the NSCC
  • Neon Dreams (Matt Gats)

"The Halifax music industry is overflowing with incredible, underrated musicians who are yet to be discovered," says Emma Cassidy, one of the 21 students in this year's edition of the Nova Scotia Community College's Music Business Program. Tonight at The Marquee and The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm, $8/$5), students in the program are putting on their first live music show called Manifest with two levels of live music featuring Halifax EDM-stars Neon Dreams, the super funky Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, DJs Pineo & Loeb, alt-rockers The Brood and Best Fiends, a zoo of Elephants In Trouble and many more. 

With her classmates Caleb Shriver and Matilda Bourque, Cassidy is part of the publicity team for the event, while the rest of the class was evenly divided between sponsorship, marketing and the venue team for the night. "It's a unique opportunity for us to put the skills we've acquired over the last eight months into action," says Cassidy. The live show is just one of many projects that the one-year Music Business Program uses to prepare students for a real-life career in the music industry to show the multifaceted nature of the industry and all the hard work involved in success. 

"The biggest thing that I took out of the NSCC program was the ability to commit time and energy everyday to focus on the career that I was looking to build," says Corey LeRue, producer and musician with Neon Dreams and a 2012 graduate of the NSCC's Recording Arts program. The band's drummer Adrian Morris is also an NSCC grad. "It gave me great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals right in my hometown," says LeRue. "I feel like the foundation of the industry around here is starting to be rooted from the NSCC programs." 

To further showcase the NSCC's relationship to the local music industry, Cassidy says all of the band's performing at Manifest were chosen because, like Neon Dreams, one or more band members studied in the NSCC's music business, music arts or recording arts classes.

"It's a one-night celebration highlighting the successes of NSCC students, past and present," she says. Many graduates can be found playing shows, recording music at Echo Chamber, managing artists or working events for the ECMAs, Music Nova Scotia and the Halifax Pop Explosion.  "As far as the job market goes, it’s a dog-eat-dog world," says Cassidy, who plans to stay local after graduation and move into artist representation. "If you want to make it, you have to be the best." 

Why should you come out to Manifest? LeRue answers: "To support local people who are really grinding to make their career happen. There's a ton of diverse talent and it's going to be lit, fam." 

Creating attractive publicity is just one element of a successful event.
  • Creating attractive publicity is just one element of a successful event.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Lauryn Hill playing 30th anniversary Halifax Jazz Festival

Tickets available Thursday for star's July 12 show.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Genre-blending superstar Ms. Lauryn Hill plays the Halifax Jazz Festival July 12.
  • Genre-blending superstar Ms. Lauryn Hill plays the Halifax Jazz Festival July 12.

The Jazz Festival turns the big three-oh this summer, so it's fitting a big act is headlining: Lauryn Hill will play the festival's opening night. The official announcement just happened, and the $68 tickets go on sale this Thursday for the Tuesday, July 12 concert. (Check the fest's site to get tix and/or festival passes online, or to find offline vendors.)

If you've been a music fan for a solid chunk of the fest's 30 years, Hill needs no introduction. But if you're wondering what the deal is, realize that between her work with the Fugees and then her solo masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, she was one of the most important musicians of the 1990s, and her influence has shaped artists you've definitely heard of, including Beyoncé. Maybe overnight megasuccess made her retreat from public life for a while, but her busy tour schedule is strong evidence she's ready to own stages again. The Jazz Festival couldn't ask for a better birthday present.

For a little Lauryn Hill education, here are three of her biggest hits, plus one of Hill's tracks from last year's Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone. Apologies in advance for any ear worms or spontaneous sing-alongs.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Detroit's Royce da 5'9'' coming to Halifax on his Canadian tour

#WorldStar regular and friend of Eminem (freminem?) will play with local openers

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 2:09 PM

click image Detroit Vs. Everybody - COURTESY: SHADY RECORDS
  • Detroit Vs. Everybody
  • Courtesy: Shady Records

Detroit rap heavyweight Royce da 5'9'' is coming to Halifax in May! The friend of Eminem (freminem?) from their duo Bad Meets Evil went on to work with some of the biggest names in hip-hop from Big Sean to TechN9ne to Common and more. His new album, Layers, will be out on April 15 and he continues to release collabs with some pretty dope people. Hitting four Atlantic cities (St. John's, Fredericton and Sydney), the Halifax show will feature Kelowna's Doug Crawford, as well as local openers who are currently competing via Facebook for the highest number of votes to open for Royce. Tickets are on sale now via etix and range from $25 (earlybird) to a VIP Meet & Greet package at $85, which gets you an autograph, a photo and no lineup. As Royce himself says, "I'm legendary, legen-legendary, I'm le-le-legendary." Don't sleep.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Garrison's Backlot Bash with July Talk, Three Sheet and more

Gear up to get beer'd up at the open-air fest in June for the Ecology Action Centre

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 3:07 PM

click image Three Sheets to the wind - THE COAST
  • Three Sheets to the wind
  • The Coast

Gear up to get beer'd up: this Friday, March 11, tickets go on sale for Garrison Brewing's second annual Backlot Bash, featuring musical performances from Toronto blues rockers July Talk, Halifax rappers Three Sheet, ECMA winners Alert the Medic and local upstarts The Brood at the all-night, open-air parking lot party festival in support of the Ecology Action Centre

“We're super excited to make this the one time of the year where we throw open the doors and show off the new brewery” said Brian Titus, Garrison Brewing President, in a press release. “We love that we get to call the Seaport home and we want to celebrate it." Along with jams, there will be Garrison beer, local craft ciders, Dockyard Soda and "four of the best food-trucks going." 

Proceeds from the music fest will go towards the Ecology Action Centre. Last year, the Backlot Bash raised nearly $5,000 for EAC's transportation programs. That rules. Gates will open at 5pm on June 11, "rain or shine," and early-bird tickets start at $25, which you'll be able to buy online.  

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We've got the full Gridlock Festival lineup right here, right now

Headliners include Wolf Parade, Rural Alberta Advantage, Waxahatchee and more

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Look familiar? It's Wolf Parade behind The Marquee - C/O WOLF PARADE (SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE)
  • Look familiar? It's Wolf Parade behind The Marquee
  • c/o Wolf Parade (Semi-Precious Stone)

The full line-up for Halifax's newest music explosion, Gridlock Festival, is out today and The Coast has it all right here, right now. From July 8 to July 10, Halifax is going to see some of the U.S. and Canada's hottest electro-pop and rock bands play the Citadel High grounds, and Stillwell Beer as the bar sponsor.  We previously announced the first half of the lineup, but we are STOKED to tell you the following bands and comedians will soon be here: 

- Recently reunited Montreal indie-dogs Wolf Parade
- Toronto rockers Rural Alberta Advantage
- Coast critic's top picks, Alabama slamma Waxahatchee
- The west coast's best drone band Freak Heat Waves
- Edmonton's super cool singer Calvin Love
- "Grungey slacker rock" duo SOLIDS
- Halifax's favourite rock band WALRUS
- The new order of Adam Strangler 
- Sackville sludge king Jon McKiel 
- Halifax's true songbird Kim Harris 
- Smashing T.O. dream-duo Moon King

Plus, a comedy lineup that will include:

- Longtime Chicago stand-up (cc. MADtv) Matt Braunger
- San Francisco's "funny gay comic" Casey Ley
- Halifax super freaks Cheryl Hann, Megan MacDowell and Ian Black 

Weekend passes for Gridlock are ON SALE NOW and you can check out the rest of the pretty stellar lineup here, or at Gridlock's site. It's going to be a WET HOT HALIFAX SUMMER. 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How sweet it is: James Taylor is coming to Halifax

Five-time Grammy award winner is bringing his show to eastern Canada in May

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Whenever I see your smiling face ... - C/O EVENKO
  • Whenever I see your smiling face ...
  • c/o Evenko

This just in: five-time Grammy winner James Taylor is coming to Halifax! The legendary troubadour has booked the Scotiabank Centre (1800 Argyle Street) on Tuesday, May 17 to support his most recent album Before This World, his first release of new songs since 2002's platinum-selling October Road. From the press release: "Before This World was released in June of last year and scored Taylor his first ever #1 album on the Billboard Charts." This is exciting.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, February 19, at 10am, with prices ranging from $97.50 to $131.00. Sure that seems like a lot, but it's James Taylor! Don't forget, we've got a friend in him! Watch this brand new teaser trailer (above), in which the longtime Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about his new album and his illustrious career. He's one of the best-selling artists of all time (with over 100 million records) and he's still as handsome as all get out. How sweet it is

click image Remember when he was on The Simpsons? Click to watch! - C/O 20TH CENTURY FOX
  • Remember when he was on The Simpsons? Click to watch!
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Monday, February 8, 2016

City and Colour playing Halifax Jazz Festival July 14

Tix on sale Friday so save your scissors and your pennies.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:42 PM


The TD Halifax Jazz Festival and Sonic Concerts have teamed up for the first time to bring folk superstar–and former member of Alexisonfire–City and Colour to Hali just in time for Jazz Fest's 30th anniversary.

Despite being most decidedly un-jazzy, City and Colour (real name Dallas Green-get it?) is a huge act and he's been hitting international audiences right in the feels since his debut album, Sometimes, hit the shelves in 2005.

Green's star has risen astronomically as a solo artist–he's racked up three Juno Awards, dropped five killer solo albums and a collaborative album with Pink. Considering Alexisonfire's uncertain future, Green will likely continue to hold his own.

Tickets are $55 and will go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10am. They'll be available through both the Halifax Jazz Festival and Sonic Concerts sites.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Halifax artists among the 2016 Juno nominees

Mo Kenney, Ria Mae and more up there with Drake and The Weeknd

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

click image Mo Kenney just nabbed her first Juno nomination - VIA INSTAGRAM
  • Mo Kenney just nabbed her first Juno nomination
  • via Instagram

First awarded in 1970, the Juno Awards are the Canadian Grammys, a marker of musical achievement based on sales, radio play and popularity in national and international markets. Usually, the Junos represent the best in Canadian music. And this year, more than in the last decade, some of the largest artists in the whole damn world (the Biebs, Drake and The Weeknd) have been Canadian artists, record-breaking and dominating the global charts. Yet it's been awhile since little old Halifax has equally produced so many talented, diverse and nationally recognized artists. But this year is our year! Announced this morning, our local nominees include:

Mo Kenney (In My Dreams), Adult Alternative Album of the Year 

Joel Plaskett (The Park Avenue Sobriety Test), Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Old Man Luedecke (Domestic Eccentric), Traditional Roots Recording of the Year

Ria Mae ("Clothes Off"), Single of the Year

Jerry Granelli Trio (What I Mean Now), Jazz Album of the Year

These Halifax artists are nominated alongside Drake ("Hotline Bling" for Single of the Year, plus Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year), The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Metric (Group of the Year), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dallas Green, and independent artists like Daniel Romano and SonReal (playing Halifax with Classified on March 18), and the controversial name-unchanged Viet Cong. Read the full list here.

Juno Week begins on March 28 in Calgary and the Juno Awards will air on April 3 on CTV with performances by The Weeknd, Aleissa Cara, Shawn Mendes and more. This year's inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame is Burton Cummings, the lead singer of The Guess Who. Congratulations to all the nominees and huge congrats to our Halifax all-stars.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gordon Lightfoot Read My Mind: Halifax shows announced

The Ontario king returns to Halifax for three dates in August

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:58 AM

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Ontario king of 60s and 70s folk-pop, Gordon Lightfoot, has just announced a return to Halifax for three dates: August 25, August 26 and August 27 at the Rebecca Cohn (6101 University Avenue). He has also scheduled shows in Glace Bay, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and Antigonish. Now 77 years old, Lightfoot is a national treasure with international recognition — a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Order of Canada, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2012, the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame. Tickets go on sale this Friday ($69.50-$99.50) via the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office.  That's what we get for loving him. 

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