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Good Charlotte is the latest early-aughts band to hit
Yep, the times may be a-
Fans certainly won’t be complaining as Good Charlotte’s late 2016 disc, Youth Authority, provides an ample case for not growing up (or, at least, not growing old).
Whatever, just start sliding into your skinny jeans now and you’ll be ready to rock with the pop-punk
In the meantime, check out their latest video:
The Princess Show
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
If you missed this Fringe Fest hit about a bearded princess with candy-hued-hair, this is your chance to get lost in its rich anime-influenced world.
Abstract: Selected Works
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Atlantic Canadian abstract titan Romeo Savoie holds a retrospective of his paint-flecked, Buddhist-inspired works.
Good Robot's Tournament of Broken Hearts
This is the inaugural running of the brewery's curling tourney with a "half-hearted Valentine's Day theme"—#commitmentissues.
Symphony in Space w/Chris Hadfield
Saturday // Sunday
An out-of-this-world experience, this show sees astronaut Hadfield docking with Symphony Nova Scotia for a fun program of space-tinged tunes (think David Bowie's Space Oddity).
Lift Every Voice: A Musical Showcase
Universal Soul, Owen “Sound” Lee, Sanctified Brothers, Lorraine Novelee Buchan and Chudi Harris-Eze celebrate African Heritage Month in genres ranging from hip hop to gospel.
Twin Peaks screening
Keep the fire burning, one log at a time, with this binge-session of the ‘90s cult classic.
High Heel Awards
A celebration of the year's best in drag, this evening sees queens Eureka Love, Rouge Fatale and Farrah Moan talk costumes, lip syncing and comedy.
Dream catcher workshop
Build your own dream catcher while learning the history and significance of the feathered-and-beaded orbs.
Fabric of our DNA
A fashionable evening put on by Soli-productions and MSVU’s Africentric Support Group, this year's event features clothes from designers Wafa Ouzri, Selasie Tagboto and Toria Aidoo.
Radio Cafe—Return to Form
Shiver me airwaves! Local pirate radio returns to your Halifax dial for a night of fun. Tune in from home or head to 2527 Windsor Street for food, friends and maybe even some time behind the mic.
Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro have released their own solo albums, but tomorrow they will debut their first self-titled folk-pop album as Port Cities.
As a solo musician, Stone says the pressure to hire the most talented touring musicians can often put you in close quarters with difficult personalities. The friends eventually started hiring each other and as songs developed, starting a band together “was just a natural thing.”
Their connection and awareness of one another can be heard in their songs, woven into balanced harmonies and delicate timing.
“Something that people keep saying is that people hear music all the time, but it’s digital and made on a computer for the supermarket or the Super Bowl or something,” says Stone. “There’s just something magical about seeing three humans with a great bond, in a room, singing together—it just kind of reminds people that that’s what music really is.”
Each band member has a different musical background: Mackinnon—a jazz pianist, Stone—a longtime performing artist and Guthro—the son of acclaimed Bruce Guthro. Stone says these varying backgrounds compliment each other in the song writing process.
“Most people start writing songs alone in their bedroom, it’s a really solitary pursuit,” says Stone. “When you find people and start collaborating with them you’re getting excited about the same ideas and creating something that’s better than you would sitting in a room by yourself.”
Port Cities has been sitting on the album for a year while getting signed to Warner Music Canada. Tomorrow they will debut the album in a series of pop-up shows at Taz Records, the NSCC waterfront campus, Music Nova Scotia and Casino Nova Scotia, before heading out on a cross-country tour.
“It’s so much sweeter now that it’s finally coming out after so long.”
Coach Carter in Halifax
Meet the iconic coach-turned-motivational-speaker, or chill at the library with a screening of the 2005 film he inspired. Yeah, this guy's so cool he was played by Samuel L. Jackson.
CinemaScope: An evening with Otto Künzli
Swiss-trained, Munich-based artist Otto Künzli discusses his multi-decade career in conceptual jewellery at the Central Library.
Friends trivia night
Thursday // Friday
Take your besties—the ones who’ll be there for you, and you’ll be there for them too—and crowd on a couch at The Board Room for this night of trivia based on the ‘90s classic.
The London Festival Opera w/Symphony Nova Scotia
A slew of UK opera greats cross the Atlantic for a compilation show of classic stage songs at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.
Downtown Dartmouth food crawl
If good eats are your one true love, book it to Bodega Boutique for a snack-filled stroll around Dartmouth's downtown.
If you think you've seen it all when it comes to tales of star-crossed lovers, this South Pacific flick will prove you wrong.
The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Thaddeus Holownia spent four decades exploring how we interact and respond to our environment from behind a camera lens. Here, 180 of his best snaps snag AGNS wall space.
Valentine's Dough Ball
Because chocolate is the best part of Valentine season anyway, The Coast hosts this VIP bake sale with one-hour tasting sessions.
Part of the Birmingham, UK house music resurgence, Lorenzo brings heavy beats to Pacifico.
Tunes For Trees
Exiled To Sea rocks out for our forests at this Greenpeace fundraiser.
Halifax has lost country music veteran Gordie Roach at 73 years old. Roach performed until the end of his life, collaborating with local musicians such as Al Tuck and Tyler Messick long after losing his ability to play guitar in the early 2000s. Roach was present in the music community, recognizable at shows by his old-time country garb—reminiscent of traditional country musicians.
Musician Lyle Peterson recalls first seeing Roach play with Al Tuck at the Dandelion Café about 17 years ago. “This mysterious cowboy guy in the corner came up onstage, took his guitar and started bashing away on it and singing,” says Peterson. “I just thought, ‘this guy’s incredible.’”
While talking to him after the show, Roach invited Peterson—only 19 years old at the time— to play with him at his next concert. “It was not always easy playing with him because there were no rehearsals so you’d just have to follow along,” says Peterson. “He would say ‘This one starts ‘E’’; that would be all you’d get so you’d have to figure it out from there.”
Peterson says Roach would challenge a lot of new musicians by making them “walk the ropes.”
Roach may have been inspired by polished traditional country musicians but his own sound was much scrappier. “Gordie’s shows were always a little ramshackle in a kind of perfect way,” says Peterson. “That’s exactly how they had to be because you wouldn’t want to see Gordie doing a really slick professional set.”
Peterson suspects most of Roach’s recorded music would be difficult to find, apart from a few recent collaborations with local musicians. Close collaborator Al Tuck shared the news of Roach’s death on his Facebook page February 6, saying he “died overnight” and “Country Music might not know it, but it just lost one of its greats.”
“It’s the infrastructure that can change the city into a strong event city—or work towards corroding the reputation we have as an incredible place to visit,” says Boyle, executive director of the Halifax Pop Explosion.
In January, the motion for a strategy was passed by the Community Planning and Economic Development committee. South end councillor Waye Mason put the idea forward based on a 2015 report from Music Canada and IFPI: The Mastering of a Music City.
Mason met with Boyle and other industry professionals such as Erin Benjamin of Music Canada Live (MCL) and Louis Thomas of Sonic Entertainment Group. After three other meetings, the group spoke with mayor Mike Savage and gained his support to bring the motion before the committee.
“A live music strategy for the city of Halifax, I think, is a wonderful and important and critical way for us to examine the current state and health of live music in the city,” says Benjamin, MCL’s executive director.
The organization was formed in 2014. Since then, it’s aimed to advocate for live music across the country by raising awareness and providing resources for people in the industry.
“The goal of the organization is to entrench the economic, cultural value and power of live music.”
If live music isn’t taken into consideration as HRM develops its Centre Plan or Moving Forward Together Plan, says Boyle, the scene could suffer. The challenge lies in sustaining what already exists in Halifax as well as opening new venues.
“We know there’s great artists and the fans are amazing. It’s just—we’re looking ahead to changes.”
Boyle hopes the upcoming strategy will “clean up some of the bureaucracy” that makes it difficult to put on local events and bring larger concerts to the area. Audiences change and popularity shifts, but he says that’s to be expected. The problem comes down to city infrastructure—“archaic” liquor laws, for example.
Having a special event license means a sectioned off drinking area, which Boyle feels only causes people to drink more in between sets.
It “only creates a scenario where people can binge drink,” he says. Instead, there could be a drink limit while allowing people to “walk around an event grounds.”
Boyle points out that options for underage music lovers are also scarce, as HRM is “not committing to having an all-ages space.”
“We need to develop young audiences—we need to develop young people into music fans.”
On top of that, people can’t attend live music shows if they have no way to get there or no way to get home. Boyle feels a university city could benefit from having busses running later.
“You arrive in a city that’s known for its culture, known for its music, known for its night life,” he says. “You go to look at the bus schedule and the next thing you know you can’t get home at the end of the night.”
Even a single 24-hour route—or one that goes a few hours later—would be an improvement.
Richard McNeil, who plays keyboard for Dub Kartel, agrees that transit is an issue.
“How do you expect people to experience downtown culture if they can’t get downtown without spending $40 on cab rides?” he says.
“Busses stop until midnight and all shows go until two. What’s the expense in keeping, you know, select routes open the extra two and a half hours?”
McNeil says he’s been playing music locally since he started living in Halifax in 2009. Another thing he notices the region is lacking is rehearsal spaces.
“Either you’re getting noise complaints in your residency, or you’re paying out the ass for rehearsal space with a bunch of other bands or you’re lugging all sorts of gear in and out of the location all the time.”
In the same vein of the recording studios at the Halifax Central Library, McNeil sees the value in a shared community space for rehearsal. Ideally, it would have considerably lower costs than privatedly-owned rental spaces, with a backline and drum kit available for use. A shared space would also allow for interaction between different musicians, strengthening the community.
“You’re sharing spaces and therefore sharing experiences,” says McNeil.
When it comes to cultivating live music, the onus is on the city’s venues and musicians. McNeil wants the responsibility to be more evenly divided, and he believes even small changes can make a huge difference.
“It’s falling 100 percent on these venues to create these opportunities for the musicians, when it should be a shared load by the venues and the city alike.”
Time to dig out the big earrings and bright bodysuits—an all-star '90s dance party is headed this way in May. Headlined by Salt-N-Pepa and featuring names like Biz Markie and Color Me Badd, the I Love The '90s Tour be Halifax’s chance to push it real good.
Tickets for the May 24 show (which takes place at the Scotiabank Centre) go live February 10 (and are in the 40 dollar range), but while you’re waiting to talk about sex, baby, let’s relive some of the best by the Queens, NY queens of hip hop.
Sip 'n' Shuck
This delicious evening of Nova Scotia's finest is all about local booze (the sip) and seafood—including, of course, oysters (the shuck). It's the perfect way to tide over your oysterrific cravings until next fall's Oysterfest. It all goes down at the Delta Halifax.
Run for the Greenbelt!
If the great outdoors and hot chocolate aren't enough motivation, profits from this 5K or 10K winter race will go to support the EAC and its Greenbelt initiative. Happening at Point Pleasant Park.
Speaking In Tongues
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Neptune Theatre's latest offering follows the delicate unravelling of two relationships after infidelity.
Board game auction
Update your collection beyond boring basics (here’s looking at you, Monopoly!) at this live auction of cast-off cards and dice at Bedford's Board Room Cafe.
Double anniversary party
Two birthdays (NSCAD's 130th and the Art Bar's 1st) means two times the celebration! Get down with music from G.L.A.M. BATS and DJ Shyshaya at Art Bar + Projects.
African Heritage Month launch
Musical guests and a traditional opening-night ceremony—complete with official government proclamations—kick off African Heritage Month at the Halifax North Memorial Library.
Kinetic's Open Studio series
Saturday // Sunday
A collection of dancers present short, individual works ranging from ballet-infused hip hop to abstact, mythology-influenced movement. Check it out at DANSpace!
Over 25 restaurants and bars are crafting signature cocktails for a swish night of drinking—or as not enough people say, liquid eating.
BREAD and CIRCUSES
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Artist Megan Connors turns traditional still-life style on its head, forgoing bowls of fruit to capture quirky subjects like Barbies with tangled hair. On display at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.
Turn The Heat Up: African Dance
Brush up your moves at these classes teaching traditional African dance, dancehall and Afrobeats styles. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and get location info.
The Wooden Sky W/The Barrowdowns, Loveland, Nick Everette
Toronto indie cool kids The Wooden Sky bring their hippie vibes and latest album, Let's Be Ready, out east for this In The Dead Of Winter show. More details here.
Get Your Drag On! All Star Edition
To celebrate this weekly open stage's success, event hosts are devoting an extra night of fantastical fun to their star performers who have clocked over 20 turns at the mic. Get the details here.
Music in Halifax may be going through some changes—hopefully positive ones—if a motion by south end councillor Waye Mason goes ahead.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Community Planning and Economic Development committee, Mason is asking for a live music strategy for HRM. An “industry-led live music working group” would be put together to develop the strategy.
Mason was inspired by a 2015 report from Music Canada and IFPI: The Mastering of a Music City. The report offers a series of recommendations based one what’s worked in music-centric cities such as Austin, Berlin and Melbourne.
“That’s what this advisory group or this working group would be talking about—would be trying to implement the ‘music city’ program that’s already been well fleshed-out,” Mason explains.
A few Canadian cities have implemented strategies too. In particular, Mason says, “Toronto’s been right at the forefront of this.”
The strategy could touch on everything from what venues the city should own and maintain to how to manage noise complaints.
“It’s those kinds of discussions that have to happen: how do you enhance and protect (live music).”
On a smaller scale, there’s something Mason says has been discussed since before he was part of council.
“How expensive and how hard is it to get it so that when you’re on hold at 311…that the hold music is local music instead of muzak?”
He might be on to something, there. Listening to Ria Mae could make being on hold a lot less painful.
Dilly Dally After Hours
Shake off the winter blues and enjoy local musical talent paired with craft beer, cider and wine at Quinpool Road's Dilly Dally cafe!
Friday // Saturday
Both Utility Tattoos (6070 Quinpool Road) and Lyle Street Tattoo Company (66 Lyle Street, Dartmouth) continue the longstanding Tat tradition of offering surprise, discounted ink around Friday the 13 (think $100-$200).
A documentary following young Dene lawyer Caleb Behn as he balances the need for jobs in his community with protecting sacred ground from fracking.
Sleepshaker EP Release Party w/Scumgreif, Botfly, Chamber
Sleepshaker's signature melodic take on hardcore makes them stand out from the alt-rock pack.
Beats 'N' Boats
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has a Cinderella moment for this big party, transforming into a house of thumping beats, circus performance and dancing.
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protest
A peaceful protest opposing the recently-approved Kinder Morgan pipeline project, complete with petitions and live music.
Lisa Phinny Langeley w/Jacinte Armstrong
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Live Art Dance presents three nights of art and spoken word, where "A pair of Halifax favourites shares this double bill."
Walking With Our Sisters
Saturday // Sunday
A touring installation honouring the 1200-plus missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S), this exhibit is comprised of over 1800 moccasin tops.
Saturday // Sunday
The band dropped its latest album, The Great Detachment, in 2016, a buoying soundtrack of diving deep and getting lost. Now. they're ready to help you detach with a night of dreamy grooving. Saturday is sold out, but Sunday's available with rockers Not You as the opening act.
To celebrate tonight’s “Glenwood G.G./Hau Kea” 7” release (Thursday, January 12, 8pm at The Seahorse Tavern with Unreal Thought and Future Girls with DJ Loukas Stilldrunk, $7), Dartmouth’s own Cryptorips has given us an exclusive, never before heard track off its upcoming full length. “Surya” is a supremely heavy song about complete badass figure skater Surya Bonaly, an extreme talent who was never given her due (watch the video below if you want to be taken on an emotional ride).
Cryptorips’ 14 track album, recorded at the Old Confidence Lodge and Echo Chamber, is slated to be finished in the next month, and the 7” (out on Black Buffalo Records) can be had tonight to tide you over.
New year’s resolution 2017: Do more things that scare you. Although, truthfully, with events this low pressure there’s no reason to be scared. So if you’ve resolved to do more totally fun and not at all scary things in 2017 you might want to check out The Big Sing. Launching this Monday, January 9 at 7pm at the Company House, the group wants to ease you off of the couch and into a friendly situation where you can belt out hits to your heart’s content. Here are the crucial details:
WHAT IS IT? “The Big Sing is a bi-weekly, drop-in singing event. Our inspiration is Choir! Choir! Choir! in Toronto. Each session (we hope to go weekly in the coming months) anyone who likes to sing popular songs is welcome to gather at the Company House,” says The Big Sing organizer Seth Levinson. “Jack Bennet and George Woodhouse will spend an hour or so teaching us three-part harmony of the announced song, then a video artist will document/record the song and post it to YouTube.”
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? “The only prep: listen to the song before coming. We'll be posting a link to the song on Thursdays preceding the event. Lyrics to the song will be distributed at the door.”
WHERE AND WHEN? Every second Monday, 7–9pm at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street. Admission is $5
Rockin 4 Dollars
I can't picture this filling the MetroCentre. Maybe if Triumph came back, maybe.
Megan Connors' artwork in INCREDIBLE.