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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


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 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).

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

Devour! The Sea
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)

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.

BurgerFriesPop EP release
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.

Art Party
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

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

Matthew Good
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.

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

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!

High Klassified
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


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

“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.
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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!

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

Saint Paddy's Dance
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

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

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

Fashion Forward Film Fest: Blade Runner
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.

Radical Comedy Night
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

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

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

Tragedy Ann W/ Franklin Brewery Boys
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).

Weirdos Screening
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.

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

GroundSwell: Ria Mae
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:

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.

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.

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 Or, to request a print brochure by mail, please e-mail 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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Plumtree's back catalogue re-released on vinyl

Halifax's coolest band

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM


Thanks to Label Obscura, you can refresh your 20 year old Plumtree collection (sorry old, scratchy CDs, you are no longer cutting it) with some freshly pressed vinyl. The label re-released Mass Teen Fainting, Plumtree Predicts The Future and This Day Won't Last At All on March 7 with a limited edition of 300 copies.

I still play the hell out of Plumtree's entire catalogue, and my autographed 7inch is a prized commodity. I likely wouldn't be playing guitar today had I not been inspired after seeing Plumtree at Bedford Days in 1995 or 1996 (with Hip Club Groove!). Learning solos note for note in my room was my hobby and it puzzled and delighted my dad. Thank you Plumtree for all that you are!

Warm up the ol' credit card and read more about the history of the albums here.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Billy Talent w/Monster Truck and The Dirty Nil at the Scotiabank Centre: A Love Story

After a proposal at a Billy Talent concert six years ago, a couple returns to rock again

Posted By and on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Chandrae and Jason in 2010
  • Chandrae and Jason in 2010

You know how people always say "when hell freezes over I will do such and such," well, that kind of happened to us in a manner of speaking.

I had been dating my best friend for about two years and I felt the time was right to ask her to marry me. She was never the kind of girl who was all about weddings, I had to convince her to get married. We both love music and going to concerts—it was our thing. We also both love Billy Talent—we had seen them several times. And because they were coming to Halifax again, I decided that would be a great place to propose.

The day of the show was getting closer and I was worried that she was onto my plan. I started to panic. I was unable to get permission to propose on stage, and in all fairness she would have killed me, so it worked out for the best.

We were right up front when our song—“Devil On My Shoulder”—came on, and security happily allowed me into the pit so I could get down on one knee and ask her to marry me. And what do you know, she said yes. Our proposal picture was photo bombed by the guy on the left which is appropriate since we were in the middle of a rock concert.

As we left the show, it was unusual to see a fresh covering of snow because it was April 15, 2010. When we called our parents Chandrae said, “Look mom, hell really did freeze over, I’m getting married."

We have been married almost six years now and could not be happier. Every time Billy Talent comes to town we go—that’s our band and always will be. When I hear one of their songs, I think how lucky I am that she said yes.

Chandrae and Jason now, six years into a Billy Talent-fueled marriage
  • Chandrae and Jason now, six years into a Billy Talent-fueled marriage

photos by Chandrae Bailey of Chanee B's Photography, words by Jason Francis

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Ten ways to rock the weekend

Burgers, sculptures and girl power galore.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Mystic Con
Friday // Saturday
Can't wait till Hal-Con? Neither can the kids at MSVU, who are offering two days of daily gaming, cosplay contests, discussion panels, lip sync battles and more.

Indie Afternoon at Black Buffalo
Benefits and D'Ambrosia sling coffee house vibes at this intimate show.

An all-female lineup (including Gabrielle Papillon, pictured) brings a night of acoustic pop and girl power vibes to The Seahorse (see 2). - SCREEN SHOT VIA GABRIELLEPAPILLION.COM
  • An all-female lineup (including Gabrielle Papillon, pictured) brings a night of acoustic pop and girl power vibes to The Seahorse (see 2).
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Kirsten Olivia

She's been compared to Solange and Jill Scott, and now brings her big R&B voice to the north end library.

U Sport Men's Basketball Final 8
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday

National net-swishing action takes a slam dunk in Halifax, returning after years of travelling coast to coast. Hosted by the Dalhousie Tigers.

Bone Cage
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Catherine Bank's poetic and darkly humoured portrayal of life in rural Nova Scotia is a place where stripping the environment means stripping your soul. Catch the play at King's!

Meat the Burger Week's burger bus route (see  5)!
  • Meat the Burger Week's burger bus route (see 5)!

Taste Halifax Burger Bus
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
A VIP preview of this year's Burger Week bests awaits! Burger believers meet at the Marriott for pick up before traipsing through town for meaty morsels washed down by partial pints.

Welcome to Bananaland
An interactive evening that reimagines The Party as an art space, complete with "pre-recorded banana sounds" you can shake a leg to and free banana snacks. Bonus points if you show up in yellow.

Fashion Forward Film Festival: Barbarella
Fashion Forward celebrates flicks from bygone times that imagined what today's clothes would look like. Kicking things off? 1968's Barbarella, a deliciously campy swipe at the '60s futurism movement—complete with Jane Fonda in go-go boots.

Galentine's Day Round 2
Tara Thorne, The Attempted Murder of Laura Jean, Gabrielle Papillon, Laurenn Marchand and CAMERON perform stripped-down versions of your favourite pop songs.

The Girl With The Golden Ear
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
When a record label receptionist is able to predict which songs will top the charts, her career rises as well. This Bedford Players production is based on a Canadian true story.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ten years of SPEWing

The “thrash fuckin' metal” band celebrates a decade of music with Saturday’s show.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Throwback to SPEW in 2015.
  • Throwback to SPEW in 2015.

Decade of Alcohol Abuse with Spew, Hard Charger
Saturday, March 4, 10pm-2am
Gus' Pub & Grill

As SPEW’s last remaining original member, bassist and vocalist Simon Fraser has been part of some wild performances.

“There’s just been a lot of craziness,” he says.

Looking back on the last 10 years, three instances in particular come to mind.

The first time SPEW played with Dayglo Abortions, a Vancouver-based punk band, was a big deal for Fraser. He listened to the group throughout his school years and they became a huge influence on his own music.

Another memory that stands out to Fraser involves him losing part of his tooth, but he maintains they had a good time. 

“Someone bumped my mic stand while I was playing and broke my front tooth, but we didn’t skip a beat. We just kept going,” he says, guessing this was eight years ago. “Some guy got onstage, started getting in my face so I pushed him offstage, he fell on his face and everyone cheered. Yeah, it was a lot of fun.”

One of Fraser’s favourite shows—he can’t really call it a memory as he doesn’t remember playing the set—was at Club 1668.

“We were just basically playing in a mosh pit. Amps were getting knocked over, drums were getting knocked over. Apparently it was just crazy.”

The local music scene, Fraser says, is always changing: “Sometimes people are really excited about it and other times no one cares about it.” For Fraser and his bandmates, it’s not about “awards and accolades,” but having fun.

“As a kid, I never won any awards. Now I’m 30, so I don’t need to start winning them now.”

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Jim Gaffigan brings The Noble Ape tour to Halifax

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:44 PM

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Hold the hot pockets, kids, because everyone’s favourite food-obsessed comedian, Jim Gaffigan, just announced a Halifax date as part of his upcoming The Noble Ape world tour.

Promising all new material (nope, not even stuff on his recent Cinco Netflix special will see the stage), we’re counting the days until May 12—and filling the time with UV shirts and trips to the food court.

Get full details (including a ticket link) by checking our event listing and, in the meantime, here’s a bit of Gaffigan to guffaw at.

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July Talk to Touch down in Halifax this April

Posted on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:43 PM

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July Talk is ready to push and pull its way back to Halifax in support of their latest album Touch, hitting The Marquee on April 21.

The Toronto indie darling’s sophomore effort has a slightly more poppy sheen than its previous album, but the dissonant, soft-and-gruff, hers-and-his vocal play the band is known for remains (thankfully) intact.

Jam out to July Talk's latest hit, "Picturing Love", while you wait for tickets to go on sale March 3 at 10 am.

Want more details (including a ticket link)? Check out our event listing.

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