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Beserker Lion Collective’s Flight of Fall Music Festival brightens up your December weekend

click to enlarge The Town Heroes deliver frosty rock.
  • The Town Heroes deliver frosty rock.

As musician and concert promoter Bethany Fulde's band This Ship embarks on its first Upper Canadian voyage, her crew encounters a frosty squall as provinces across the country get their first taste of winter.

For Fulde---whose music collective known as Berserker Lion is preparing its first music festival with The Flight of Fall Music Festival---the storm couldn't have come at a worse time, with Fulde so far from home.

"I can't control the weather and didn't want to wait until spring," she says about planning the festival in early December, while her crew sets sail back to the east coast. But even with frigid nor'easters hampering her concert plans, Fulde is excited about having the wintry concert series sooner than later: "We had this great idea and just wanted to go for it."

Spending the past few years performing around town with The Light Brights and working as a production coordinator with the Halifax Pop Explosion, Fulde decided to venture into uncharted waters when she formed a music collective in 2011. The result was Berserker Lion, a crew made up of This Ship and local acts Minus World, Alice Stops Time and Seamus Erskine.

"Basically, we wanted to start and form a community. There is strength in numbers and we wanted to be able to build a brand," she says, pointing towards labels like Arts & Crafts which, like Berserker Lion, have a consistent visual and sonic aesthetic.

"Obviously it's at a smaller scale right now, but we wanted it to be like if you saw the name Berserker Lion and knew one of the bands, maybe you'd be interested in hearing another one," she says. "It's really about brand recognition and awareness."

Planned smack-dab between the Halifax Pop Explosion and the folk-centric In the Dead of Winter, Fulde created the festival to offer fans a more rock 'n' roll concert series in one of the gloomier months in the city. But besides allowing some of her friends and favourite local musicians a chance to rock out for a couple days, the festival's goal is to foster a communal atmosphere for local bands.

"I feel like the goal has already been achieved in a lot of ways. It's about working together and building relationships," she says about The Flight of Fall Music Festival, which is also gaining support from fellow collectives Broken Chord, Feels Good and foodclothingshelter.music, as well as Dartmouth's CD Heaven. "We really wanted to be as inclusive as we could without straying too far from the music collectives which we're representing."

As much as she wants people to come to the shows and see some new bands, Fulde emphasizes again the festival's role in building relationships between local acts for the future. "I really want the bands to have a good time and have the audiences feed off of that," she says. "There's something to be said about community and building your own culture around the music you believe in."

Chris Martin & The Troubleshooters, Moonshine Ramblers, Mike Humble, David R Elliot, live art with Janette Rawding, Friday, December 2, The Company House 2202 Gottingen Street, 9:30pm, $7

Soho Ghetto, Acres & Acres, This Ship, Archie Gillis, live art with Nick Brunt and Justin Lee, Friday, December 2, Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 9:30pm, $7

The Town Heroes, Alice Stops Time, Motherhood, Noah Tye, live art with Nick Brunt and Justin Lee, Saturday, December 3, The Company House, 9:30pm, $7

Whale Skin, Weak Size Fish, Minus World, Seamus Erksine, Saturday, December 3 Gus’ Pub, 9:30pm, $7

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