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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ten ways to make your Earth Day weekend bloom

Earth Day parties, classical music remixed, SPFF and high fashion await.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 1:46 PM

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Starfish Student Art Awards
Thursday
This glitzy evening celebrating the brightest stars in the NSCAD student scene is one of the hottest art tickets of the year. Peruse the works from the 10 finalists before the award announcement that sees one of them win a $5,000 prize.

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JonBob Illegal Art album release party
Friday
Hot new remixes from one of Halifax's most international sound scientists (his work has been released in Russia and Taiwan) mean hours of shuffling feet.

Joel Plaskett and his dad, Bill, rock the Rebecca Cohn (see 4). - LINDSAY DUNCAN PHOTO
  • Joel Plaskett and his dad, Bill, rock the Rebecca Cohn (see 4).
  • Lindsay Duncan photo

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Earth Optimism, one community at a time
Friday
A lecture in honour of Saturday's Earth Day, inspired by the Smithsonian Institute's global summit of the same name, this talk shares what's working in conservation.

7
Playwrights @ TAG
Friday
Three original, one-act plays storm the stage for this mini-theatre fest.

6
Jenny Berkel w/Corey Isenor, Handy Jam String Band, Kim Barlow
Thursday
Jenny Berkel takes a break from supporting dates on Jenn Grant’s current tour with a show at The Carleton.

Lights, camera, action! The Coast and Eastlink's festival celebrating SmartPhone-shot shorts returns. - LENNY MULLINS PHOTO
  • Lights, camera, action! The Coast and Eastlink's festival celebrating SmartPhone-shot shorts returns.
  • Lenny Mullins photo

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Seasons
Friday
A multimedia storytelling experiment set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter.

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Bill and Joel Plaskett: Solidarity tour
Thursday
Local legend Joel Plaskett teams up with his earliest musical influence—his dad.

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Earth Day celebration with Modern Grass
Saturday
Celebrate Earth Day (and support the Ecology Action Centre) with the bluegrass-folk sounds of Modern Grass.

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Dialect: The NSCAD fashion show
Saturday
See the best and brightest (or should we say chicest?) of NSCAD's design students at this annual catwalk collection of fashion and jewellery.

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SmartPhone Film Festival screening & awards
Friday
It's SPFF, The Coast and Eastlink's third annual celebration and screening of shorts made in the sort of movie studio you carry around in the palm of your hand! Cheer on your favourites while sipping a sample from Bulwark cider and chowing down on gourmet popcorn.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

We found 10 winning holiday weekend picks for you

Art shows, big tickets and bold bling await you this holiday weekend.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 11:01 AM

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Tristan Perich's artist talk
Saturday
The composer and sound artist who specializes in one-bit symphonies shares a peek into his process.

9
Spring Fling: A Queer Slow Dance
Friday
An old-fashioned slow dance complete with dance cards.

Vicky Chow brings her modern piano stylings to Halifax (see 1). - KAITLIN JANE PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Vicky Chow brings her modern piano stylings to Halifax (see 1).
  • Kaitlin Jane Photography

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Billow and Well & Bone and Bough
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Figurative paintings of imagined landscapes by Adele McFarlane explore natural cycles of forests and oceans through human narrative.

7
Neon Dreams w/Alx Veliz
Thursday
An EDM takeover of the Spatz Theatre? A dream, indeed!

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Fencelines
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
An immersive artwork that's part blacksmithing, part ceramics and part gestural drawings discusses themes of ownership and borders.

Big Knife Little Knife are drums, guitars and yelling about library closures (see 4). - TREVOR HATTER PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Big Knife Little Knife are drums, guitars and yelling about library closures (see 4).
  • Trevor Hatter Photography

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Mild Eyes Spring Pop-Up
Thursday
Artist Shaya Ishaq celebrates the season with a slew of fresh ceramic jewellery and weavings, while DJ Alfalfa Brown bumps beats.

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Big Knife Little Knife w/Wax Face, Pros & Cons
Saturday
'90s hardcore-inspired rock.

3
Annapolis, Sub. B: Postcards from the Future
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Janice Leonard explores how the ethereal-sounding Paradise, Nova Scotia is bluntly referred to as "Annapolis, Subdivision B" in geo-location tags—making artwork that contrasts the softness of rolling land with the hardness of geographical boundaries.

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Adam Baldwin w/Like A Motorcycle
Thursday
After opening for Sam Roberts and dropping his debut full-length last year, the Halifax rocker gets his own Big Ticket, bringing his strikingly earnest lyrics and Springsteen-inspired sound along for the ride.

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Vicky Chow w/Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen
Saturday
Pianist Vicky Chow has been touring the world while tickling the ivories with her contemporary take on composing.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Addicted to The Drug Rugs

The self-proclaimed bubbly pop musicians are ready to rock The Seahorse.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:42 PM

The Drug Rug members L-R: Guitarist Emma LeBlanc, vocalist Laura Kempton and guitarist Marcus Tracy. Not pictured: Drummer Spencer McPhee and bassist Billy Habib. - JORDAN HAINES
  • The Drug Rug members L-R: Guitarist Emma LeBlanc, vocalist Laura Kempton and guitarist Marcus Tracy. Not pictured: Drummer Spencer McPhee and bassist Billy Habib.
  • Jordan Haines

Aftermath 2017 - An NSCC Last Class Bash
Friday, April 7, 9pm-2am
The Marquee Ballroom and The Seahorse Tavern,
2037 Gottingen Street
NSCC Students: $5 advance/$7 door
Public: $10 advance/$12 door

Psychedelic pop group The Drug Rugs are dropping in to a two-level concert on Friday, lined-up with popular locals such as The Town Heroes and Toronto's After Funk.

“There’s the Seahorse, which is more of the poppy, electronic stuff in the basement,” says Laura Kempton, Drug Rugs' lead vocalist and music arts student at NSCC. “Then the Marquee is like rock—rock n’ roll.”

The Drug Rugs is falling in with the “poppy” crowd, taking the Seahorse stage.

Students from NSCC's music business program took the reins on organizing the end-of-school year celebration as their final project. Kempton says her band was lucky to be asked to get on board.

The Drug Rugs have been on the scene for about a year—coincidentally, it also started off as a group project for a class. Since its beginnings, three members have grown into five, and the band’s audience is drinking it all in.
The group has had requests for merchandise as well as more song availability online. Overall, Kempton finds the local music community “super welcoming” to newcomers.

It’s “really easy to book a show—multiple venues on the same street, like Gottingen,” she says. “But then, promoting yourself is a different story.”

Thanks to the music program, Kempton feels she’s been “catapulted into the scene,” and meeting people in the industry.

“Now, I’m friends with The Brood, who were like, just a name I kind of recognized beforehand.”

She plays with them, too: The Drug Rugs’ current bassist is Billy Habib, who also rocks out with The Brood.

“I'm friends with all these musicians I’d only kind of heard of,” says Kempton.




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Ten totally electric weekend picks

From blues legends to ballet to not-your-nana's-bingo, you don't wanna miss these events.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 12:31 PM

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Aftermath: The Town Heroes w/After Funk, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, Pino & Loeb
Friday
A handful of buzzy bands all specializing in feel-good fun adds up to a sweet show.

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Pretty/Ugly
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Xiaocheng Li takes on fast fashion with a rich textile exhibit inspired by the garment industry's massive waste and environmental damage.

Blues legend Guy Davis brings his finger-picking guitar style to Halifax (see 1). - JOSEPH A. ROSEN PHOTO
  • Blues legend Guy Davis brings his finger-picking guitar style to Halifax (see 1).
  • Joseph A. Rosen photo

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Cosmic Drag Queen Bingo
Friday
Head to the Forum for this night of dabbing and dancing that also quashes community hunger by raising funds for Feed Nova Scotia.

7
Finding Common Ground
Sunday
See flamenco's Indian roots at this part workshop, part performance event that draws lines between the classic Spanish style and Indian Bharatnatyam dance.

6
Swan Lake
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
The classic ballet of beauty and desire is re-imagined in 17th century Nova Scotia.

Lorraine Field's artwork about loss and hope inspires verse from local poets (see 5). - LORRAINE FIELD
  • Lorraine Field's artwork about loss and hope inspires verse from local poets (see 5).
  • Lorraine Field

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Alas, A Visual Lament poetry reading
Thursday
Lorraine Field's photographic art show Alas, A Visual Lament unfurls the tight pain and decay stemming from her late husband's passing—as well as delivering a sliver of hope. Here, four poets respond to her work.

4
Once
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
The Broadway smash about a Dublin street musician finding (and falling for) a beautiful muse comes to Neptune.

3
The Magic Project
Friday
See the standout snaps from three different photo shoots celebrating diversity and portraiture at this party featuring tunes by Chudi Harris and Aquakulture.

2
Heist! launch party
Saturday
Halifax's newest live art company says hello with theatre, drag performances, DJ beats and Mother's kitchen treats.

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Guy Davis w/John Campbelljohn
Friday
The New York blues legend (and king of finger-picking guitar!) brings a fresh album to Halifax.

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Andrew MacKelvie wants you to hear the silence

Halifax-based saxophonist talks improv music and his upcoming show.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:00 AM

“If silence is like a timbre, silence has a quality and that quality is part of the room, how can I then start to influence that quality?” - SUBMITTED
  • “If silence is like a timbre, silence has a quality and that quality is part of the room, how can I then start to influence that quality?”
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Sounding Evolution: Andrew MacKelvie w/Lukas Pearse, Geordie Haley
Monday, April 10, 8pm
1313 Hollis, 1313 Hollis Street
$20/PWYC

Silence is seemingly the opposite of music. For Andrew MacKelvie, though, there's a certain resonance to it—and that's what he seeks to explore in his work.

"There's certain patterns, almost, in the air that you can start to hear," says MacKelvie, who's been playing saxophone for more than 15 years. "I know that sounds a little out there, but it's really fascinating." That's what MacKelvie has been incorporating into his own music, particularly in the last two years. "If silence is like a timbre, silence has a quality and that quality is part of the room, how can I then start to influence that quality?"

MacKelvie has a passion for improvised music and released a record of it, You'll Come Upon A Mountain, in 2014. In addition to his solo ventures, he's played in The Original Folk Trio, xxvii and New Hermitage (his most recent project). New Hermitage is honing in on the idea of "environmental sound"

Next week, MacKelvie is collaborating with guitarist Geordie Haley and bassist Lukas Pearse for a concert in the suddenlyLISTEN series. SuddenlyLISTEN, founded in 2000, focuses on "creative art events" and "celebrating improvisation."

Ironically, says MacKelvie, improvised music tends to be strict. "Your allegiance to the music has to be really strong," he says. "The minute you sort of lose focus on what you're doing—especially in a group like that—you're just left behind."

That said, MacKelvie finds a distinct joy in playing with other people, creating "something from nothing" as a group. He's especially excited to take the stage with Haley and Pearse, who he describes as "pros" in the improvisational style.

He hopes folks won't be intimidated by the concept and will be willing to attend the show to "give it a try."

Ahead of this concert in particular, MacKelvie has been dwelling on the best way to write for improvisation. He's put together ideas, textures and melodies, but they can be "totally ripped apart" by the musicians. He compares the concept to a Lego set: Simple parts can become complex. "I just give you all the pieces. You can assemble it however you want," he explains. "This is what's on the box, but you can do whatever you want with it. You can make whatever you want." 


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ten super sunny weekend picks

Art shows, big brews and plays that'll be like a ray of sunshine to end your week.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:59 AM

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Write For Your Life IV
Sunday
Cheer for Halifax's deadliest writer!

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Dazor EP Release Show
Saturday
Heavy sounds from hard rockers.

The Great Lake Swimmers wash ashore in Halifax (see 1). - SUBMITTED
  • The Great Lake Swimmers wash ashore in Halifax (see 1).
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Elephant's Graveyard
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
The Dartmouth Players share the tragic story of a small town's struggling circus in 1918 Tennessee.

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Shokran Canada
Thursday
A traditional celebration of Syrian dance and culture.

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Laundry Room Gallery
Friday // Saturday
This university laundry room has been transformed into a mini gallery. Catch the unveiling, and don't forget your fabric softener.

Ceramic basketballs by Lucy Marrion Pauker at the Laundry Room Gallery (see 6). - SUBMITTED
  • Ceramic basketballs by Lucy Marrion Pauker at the Laundry Room Gallery (see 6).
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To Trace Memory
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
A showing of experimental and alternative photography that explores themes of memory and kinship.

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Kitchen Sink
Friday // Saturday
An indoor yard sale full of curiosities, oddities and artsy delights, this event helps fund Eyelevel's gifts to your eyeballs.

3
Big Spruce's Fourth Anniversary: RA RA Rasputin Fest
Saturday
Ra Ra Rasputin, how many pints can you get in? This brewery's birthday seems the perfect time to find out.

2
Halifax Tea Festival
Saturday
Hours of sipping and steeping await.

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Great Lake Swimmers
Saturday
The indie rock darlings wash ashore at The Seahorse.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Tegan and Sara in Halifax July 27

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:37 AM

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Your favourite JUNO-nominated indie-pop duo, Tegan and Sara, come back to Halifax touring their latest release and eighth album, Love You To Death, at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium on Thursday, July 27 at 8pm.

Tickets are $49.50 in advance and $54.50 day of show (including tax and CIF) and will be available this Friday, March 31 at noon at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online at sonicconcerts.com. Limit 4 per order. Additional fees may apply. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show time is 8pm.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ten totally cool weekend picks

A Montreal hitmaker, dozens of new artists and even more burgers await.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Kaashif Ghanie uses ceramics like canvas at his Craig Gallery show (see 10). - COURTESY OF CRAIG GALLERY
  • Kaashif Ghanie uses ceramics like canvas at his Craig Gallery show (see 10).
  • COURTESY OF CRAIG GALLERY

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Ripple: Ceramics
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Kaashif Ghanie re-envisions his thrown platters as canvases for expression.

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Devour! The Sea
Thursday
This after-dark wander around the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in collaboration with Devour! food film fest, sees Maritime heritage and regional cuisine come alive. Award-winning chefs fuel the fun with nibbles and wine pairings.

High Klassified brings big beats to The Company House (see 1). - (VISUALLY TASTEFUL)
  • High Klassified brings big beats to The Company House (see 1).
  • (Visually Tasteful)

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Yann Martel
Thursday // Friday
The award-winning author of Life of Pi hosts one continuing conversation over two nights at two sites, circling around the theme of loss and the power of imagination.

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BurgerFriesPop EP release
Friday
How much of a coincidence could it be that new wave band BurgerFriesPop decided to put out its five-song EP during The Coast's Burger Week? “It was totally on purpose,” admits the trio's Dale Boudreau.

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Art Party
Friday
The AGNS transforms into an art-packed nightclub filled with bumping beats and spill-proof drink cups.

BurgerFriesPop are dropping their big EP during Burger Week (see 7). - SILOËN DALEY
  • BurgerFriesPop are dropping their big EP during Burger Week (see 7).
  • Siloën Daley

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Yas Quartet
Sunday
This Chicago group knows a thing or two about strings, having taken its big, classical sound around the world.

4
Matthew Good
Saturday
See the alt-rocker take MGB’s 1999 record A Beautiful Midnight and turn it into a one-man show! Though his doing so means any last flickering hopes of a MGB reunion are probably dead.

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StArt Festival
Saturday // Sunday
The Bus Stop Theatre hosts some of the city’s brightest emerging talent at this two-day, multi-medium fest.

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Halifax Burger Week
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Five years in, The Coast's creation and Feed NS fundraiser has taken on a life of its own. If you don't already know, here's the drill: Grab your burger passport and see how many of these special sammies you can swallow in a seven-day stretch!

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High Klassified
Friday
Laval's hottest hitmaker (he's worked with Future and The Weeknd) brings big, shiny beats to Halifax.

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High Klassified hits Halifax

The #LavalOuRien producer brings suburban swag to the coho.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Wishing we could pull of this hair, though! - (VISUALLY TASTEFUL)
  • Wishing we could pull of this hair, though!
  • (Visually Tasteful)

While a hip-hop head reppin’ their hometown certainly isn’t new (at least half of College Dropout era Kanye relied on Chi-town referencing), the way beat maker/music mystic High Klassified reps Laval, NOT Montreal, should touch the heart of any proud Dartmouth dweller or Cole Harbour kid.

Tomorrow night, High Klassified and his killer pick comb/ high top fade combo are leaving the sleepy Quebec suburb for a Citadel Clothing Co sponsored show and we’re ALREADY dancing just thinking about it.

With a record deal on one of Canadian hip-hop’s hottest labels (that’d be Fools Gold) and a resume that boasts collabs with the likes of The Weeknd and Future, High Klassified’s got that “oh-haven’t-you-heard?” vibe that’ll gain you 1000 cool kid points.

If all that doesn’t convince you to head to The Company House for 10pm on March 24, this might: Citadel has asked us if we’d be into giving away two tickets to a couple of lucky readers. How can you get in on the action? Tweet or Instagram us with the reason why you love your Halifax suburb before noon on Friday. #LavalOuRien could be #BayersLakeOrBust ?

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BurgerFriesPop is a winning combo

Releasing an EP to coincide with Burger Week, the group likes to have it their way

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 3:40 PM

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BurgerFriesPop EP release w/Jessie Brown, FM Berlin, Bad Partys
Friday, March 24 at 9pm
The Local, 2037 Gottingen Street
$7


“It was totally on purpose,” says guitarist and vocalist Dale Boudreau on new wave trio BurgerFriesPop’s decision to release their EP during Burger Week.

With all of the online rumbling about The Coast’s ever-popular week-long excuse to stuff your gob with burgers, the band took the burger-themed momentum and are now releasing five songs with a show at the Local with Jessie Brown, FM Berlin and Bad Partys (Friday, March 24, $7, 9pm).

“We had to make it special,” says drummer Martin Maunder. Boudreau, Maunder and Terry Boudreau (brother of Dale) on bass and vocals make up the group, who write surfy, rocky, angular songs and subscribe to a DIY philosophy. On their Facebook page they list one influence: Minutemen. And much like the punk icons, they jam econo. "We like doing stuff ourselves," says Maunder, who also runs Carnivore Records and Herbivore Bookings. "I was sitting at home cutting out J cards for the tapes, I made the art myself, I'm making buttons—I like the hands on approach."

"We were all hands on," says Dale. "We wanted to do it the way we wanted to."

Recorded and produced by Maunder, the songs are a small sample of their oeuvre, and what they considered to be a good starting point. "We all love different types of music, we try to bring out what works for the band," says Terry. "Whatever fits the song the best."

Part of the group’s impulse is to provide a counter to mainstream rock, and they don’t shy away from politics. "Mainstream music doesn’t seem fun or proactive or encourage people to think," says Maunder.

"You’ll hear Martin and I arguing over the state of current affairs on the recordings," says Dale, "but we don’t choose sides, the way we see it is it’s us against everyone else."

And though they may argue, they bond over a good combo, just as their name may suggest. Named after the #1 combo at A&W—a nod to their three piece rock combo status—the name has gotten them immediate fans, they say. Not to mention it’s a great excuse to eat fast food every week at practice. Dale’s usual order is three bacon McDoubles, he gives the fries to longtime vegetarian Maunder and a shake or smoothie for the health conscious Terry.

"We were gonna make our own wine and start calling ourselves BurgerFriesWine," says Maunder.

"That’s what happens when everyone hits their mid 30s," says Dale. "They stop drinking pop and drink wine instead."



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Make way for Vulva Culture

The band is back and raising money for Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Vulva Culture's Amy Vinnedge, pictured here at the 2015 Halifax Pop Explosion. - LENNY MULLINS
  • Vulva Culture's Amy Vinnedge, pictured here at the 2015 Halifax Pop Explosion.
  • Lenny Mullins
Vulva Culture w/Husband & Knife, Special Costello
Saturday, March 25, 8:30pm-12am
Timber Lounge

Vulva Culture w/Chudi Harris, Aquakulture
Monday, March 27, 8pm-12am
The HMCS Wardroom, University of King's College

After a four-month hiatus, Vulva Culture is hitting up two live shows in Halifax at the end of March.

“We’ve still been working in-between, just not playing too, too often,” says band vocalist Amy Vinnedge. “We’re very pleased to be out of hibernation and gearing up to go again.”

The shows will also mark the release of demos from the group’s 2015 album In Vain. When Vinnedge originally wrote the songs and recorded the demos, it was “an emotionally stressful period of time” in her life.

“The songwriting process itself was like, kind of the first step in a cathartic therapy—like a purgative kind of therapy for myself.”

These days, Vinnedge is feeling grateful for the support she’s receiving, both for the band and on a personal level. It made her want to do something to give back. While talking with bassist Hannah Guinan (who is also artistic director at the Khyber), the two got on the topic of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.

“The Centre is such a valuable resource to Halifax,” says Vinnedge. “One of the most important things for survivors of any abuse and trauma is to receive that support and that care.”

Avalon has also played a role in helping Guinan “make the Khyber a safer space.”

“They really empower—not just survivors—but like, the community as a whole and really work to educate the community,” says Vinnedge.

As a result, proceeds from purchases of In Pain: In Vain Demos will go to Avalon.

“I think this is a nice way for us as a group to do something for them and to help support them.”





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Twelve wild ways to spend St. Patrick's weekend

From feminist comedy to Jane Austen love stories to green beer, we have all the ways to spend the best days of the week.

Posted on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:34 PM

As always, click each event title for full details, and happy weekend-ing!

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The King's Chorus Chichester Psalms
Sunday
A rare chance to hear Leonard Bernstein's 1965 classic live.

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Saint Paddy's Dance
Friday
A totally twee way to be Irish for a day? Celebrate at an old-fashioned community dance.

Tragedy Ann bring folk rock vibes to the coho (see 4). - ALEX LAM
  • Tragedy Ann bring folk rock vibes to the coho (see 4).
  • Alex Lam

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St. Patrick's Day Mega-Puketacular
Friday
Gus' give an honest take on what its March 17 is about: Beer and punk rock.

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Prints and Puns Pop-Up
Saturday
Teams of two go head-to-head for the title of ultimate punster while shopping for pun-laiden prints.

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Fashion Forward Film Fest: Blade Runner
Thursday
NSCAD's Fashion Forward Film Fest features flicks from bygone times that imagined how we would dress today. Since Bladerunner has long been inspiration for punk designers like Vivian Westwood, it makes sense as the fest's second showing.

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Radical Comedy Night
Friday
What a scream! Slightly off-putting, gross jokes from your funny neighbourhood feminists.

Ria Mae rocks GroudSwell fest this Saturday (see 1). - LANE DORSEY
  • Ria Mae rocks GroudSwell fest this Saturday (see 1).
  • Lane Dorsey

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Pride & Prejudice
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Jane Austen's tale of marriage and manners, featuring historically-rich costumes, hits the stage.

5
Through The Looking Plastic
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Nicole Singer’s fine art jewellery is inspired by optical illusions.

4
Tragedy Ann W/ Franklin Brewery Boys
Saturday
Ontario folk duo Tragedy Ann split the stage with Franklin Brewery Boys, bringing serious harmonies and thrift folk vibes.

The kids from Weirdos hit the Nova Scotian road (see 3).
  • The kids from Weirdos hit the Nova Scotian road (see 3).

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Weirdos Screening
Friday
Set in the 1970s and shot in black and white, this TIFF-premiered film follows 15-year-old Kit as he dreams of escaping his rural roots for the glamour of the big city.

2
Floodland Plays The Beatles
Friday
Floodland are back and wanna hold your hand, love you do, and play loads of Beatles favourites for you!

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GroundSwell: Ria Mae
Saturday
Two thousand seventeen has been good for Mae so far: She’s spent it zig-zagging Europe as Tegan and Sara’s opening act. Bask in the glow of this skyrocketing star at GroundSwell’s closing show.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

GroundSwell Music Festival hits the ground running

As the music fest returns March 16-18, we've created a playlist to groove to.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Ria Mae closes this year's GroundSwell Music Festival. - LANE DORSEY
  • Ria Mae closes this year's GroundSwell Music Festival.
  • Lane Dorsey

GroundSwell Music Festival
Mar 16-18
Various times and locations (see listings below)

The stars have aligned for this year’s GroundSwell Music Festival. Celtic-tinged rock landing on St. Patrick’s weekend? It’s too perfect. With three nights of big ticket shows and lots of genres on offer (from Ria Mae’s power-pop to roots music from Rawlins Cross), we’ve put together a playlist to get you jammin’.

Ria Mae closes the fest on Saturday night at Olympic Hall, and we're grooving to this song that scores 12 out of 10 on the Halifamous scale (thanks in part to a Classified verse):

Your daily dose of bagpipe, thanks to Rawlins Cross—that rocks Spatz Theatre Thursday, March 16:

In-Flight Safety dropped an EP last year and this fresh take on a lyric video gives us life—perfect for before they play with Ria Mae and Arsoniste March 18:

The Stanfields will 100% play this song, aka your theme tune for when things get rowdy, when they hit the Olympic Hall stage Friday, March 17:

And, a taste of how Like A Motorcycle rock live, before they open for The Stanfields at Olympic Hall on St. Paddy's with their new guitarist David Casey, who apparently smells great. Like A Motorcycle are fresh from another Euro tour so really I bet they ALL smell great now:

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Symphony Nova Scotia announces 2017/18 concert season

Maestro Bernhard Gueller celebrates 15 years with SNS when his current contract concludes May 2018

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

50-voice Estonian National Male Choir, RAM Koor
  • 50-voice Estonian National Male Choir, RAM Koor

This afternoon Symphony Nova Scotia announced their upcoming 2017/18 season with a full orchestra preview of highlights, which include good ol' classics like Beethoven’s Ninth and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Halifax Pop Explosion's Ria Mae concert and The Music of David Bowie

“Our upcoming concerts include the sublime Brahms Violin Concerto and his First Piano Concerto, the majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto by Beethoven, and the Cherubini Requiem–something I have wanted to conduct all my life," says Symphony Nova Scotia's music director Maestro Bernhard Gueller in a press release. This 2017/18 season marks Gueller's conclusion as director, having led the orchestra for almost 15 years.

A new music director search will take place this year, potential candidates appearing as conductors with the orchestra this season and a final decision announced in 2019. Gueller finishes his contract in May 2018, and will then become Symphony Nova Scotia's Conductor Laureate.

Highlights include:

MASTERWORKS SERIES:
The classical season opens with star violinist Giora Schmidt performing Brahms’ powerful Violin Concerto.
For the first time ever, a performance of Cherubini’s dramatic Requiem, in partnership with the internationally celebrated, Grammy Award-winning, 50-voice Estonian National Male Choir, RAM Koor.
Magnificent Mozart returns, with performances of all-Mozart works in Halifax and at Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing Theatre.
Partnerships with star Halifax musicians including cellist Denise Djokic, clarinetist Dominic Desautels, and trumpeter Richard Simoneau.
Two award-winning pianists perform two spectacular concertos: Honens Competition winner Luca Buratto performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, and Chopin International Competition winner Charles Richard-Hamelin performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
A premiere of a new work from a Canadian woman composer through the Maria Anna Mozart Award – the first of its kind in Canada.
The finale of the season is an annual Festival, hear Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by one of the world’s top pianists, Marc-André Hamelin. Then, for the final concert with Gueller as Music Director, a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9.

FUSION SERIES:
The Finnish vocal supergroup Rajaton returns for a three-concert celebration of the Music of ABBA.
Celebrate the smooth, rich music of Motown with three powerhouse local performers: Cyndi Cain, Owen “O’Sound” Lee, and Dutch Robinson.
After three sold-out concerts last season, “Piano Man” Jim Witter returns for a multimedia journey through the music of Simon and Garfunkel.
Nova Scotia’s own Ben Caplan brings a brand-new festive show in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
Multi-award-winning, internationally beloved Matt Andersen performs.
Rising star Ria Mae joins SNS for the Halifax Pop Explosion.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Heather Rankin and Evans & Doherty.
Hear Gershwin’s grand, bombastic An American in Paris alongside a virtuoso performance from Halifax’s own Peter Allen in the million-selling hit Rhapsody in Blue.
Remember the inspirational life and music of David Bowie in a symphonic tribute featuring his all-time greatest hits. 


BAROQUE SERIES: (St. Andrew’s United Church)
The acclaimed Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra returns to Halifax with its new multimedia concert experience: The Circle of Creation, celebrating the music and life of J.S. Bach.
Hear Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons alongside one of Handel’s dramatic Organ Concertos.
Baroque music specialist Jeanne Lamon leads the orchestra and the Vesuvius Ensemble in a concert exploring the passionate, sunny, and energetic music of southern Italy.
For the first time in over 15 years, Mozart’s delightful 1789 arrangement of Handel’s magnificent Messiah.

MORE:
The Free Family Series returns to Pier 21 with the Halifax Circus, the Maritime Bhangra Group, and Black Is Beautiful.
The internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet performs a diverse and creative concert of new symphonic music.
SNS returns to Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing Theatre for the fifth year, with a repeat performance of Magnificent Mozart, a bonus Family Concert, and a free concert during Symphony Week (date to be confirmed).
A performance of The Nutcracker, Halifax’s favourite holiday tradition for over 25 years.
Partnership with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for Anastasia, exploring the mystery of Russia’s 17-year-old Grand Duchess through live music and dance.

Full details on the 2017/18 season are available now at at symphonynovascotia.ca. Or, to request a print brochure by mail, please e-mail marketing@symphonyns.ca. Ticket packages for the 2017/18 concerts are on sale now, and single tickets for all 2017/18 concerts will go on sale August 1.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

OBEY Convention early line-up announcement

May 25-28, don't miss it

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 12:28 PM

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Celebrating the 10th edition of the festival, OBEY X, the OBEY Convention announced the early line-up for spring's wildest festival, including Indonesian folk, hip-hop, thrash metal and more.

Clear the ol' calendar for May 25-28, across the city at "alternative and historic venues" (over half of the programming free and all ages) OBEY once again provides some modern and radical musical experiences to melt the dirt-snow in your winter brain.

Expect "operatic Indonesian doom-folk duo Senyawa, Philadelphia’s outré hip-hop activist Moor Mother, industrial NYC thrash-metal combo Uniform, legendary new age beacon Laraaji, insurgent acid-house bunker-junkers Pelada and Hull, Quebec’s bilingual post-punk powerhouse FET.NAT.

Beyond musical offerings, OBEY X will see the return of Art In Fest, The Khyber Centre For The Arts’ standalone celebration of contemporary art, as well as The Everyseeker Symposium, a lecture series exploring the intersections of music, sound and listening across disciplines (presented in partnership with The Fountain School Of Performing Arts)."

Early bird passes are on sale now until March 28, when the second wave of artist announcements are revealed. Passholders are guaranteed access to all ticketed events.




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