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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dive into the weekend with these 12 Shore Things

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 11:28 AM

This weekend, Oceans Week washes ashore while the Scotia Festival of Music ups your classical IQ. Plus: The Cedar Lebanese Fest and Doors Open return while Ghettosocks and Aquakultre drop a new EP.

Halifax filmmaker Cory Bowles' Black Cop arrives at Cineplex Parklane this weekend. - BLACKCOPMOVIE.COM SCREENSHOT
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Doors Open 2018
Saturday, Sunday
Get to know some of the city's most iconic buildings with these free tours that give you lots of fun facts about sweet spots like the city greenhouses, the Cambridge Military Library, Alexander Keith’s Brewery and more. Get the full list of 30 venues at doorsopenhalifax.com. more deets

12th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The epic celebration of Lebanese food, music and culture returns! Wear your stretchy pants to make the most of the uber-authentic eats, and don't forget to take in a show while you're there. Held at the Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church (3844 Joseph Howe Drive). more deets

Our Changing Oceans
Saturday
An Oceans Week celebration at Alderney Landing that features a 10am harbour-side litter clean-up, sea-level rise mapping activities with the Ecology Action Centre and more at Alderney Landing. more deets

Black Cop
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cory Bowles' film following the daily struggles of a Black cop ("Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you and everyone assumes you hate NWA")—which closed out the 2018 Halifax Black Film Festival—returns to Parklane's silver screen this weekend. more deets

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The Lastest Tech
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Andrew Godsalve and Nathan Wilson's joint thesis exhibition takes over all three gallery rooms at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, exploring space and time through architectonic sculpture and photomontage, while presenting the viewer with the ways they are complicit in the information age. more deets

Reflections on Memorial Tattoos
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Held in the main floor of the MSVU library, this collection of snaps explores the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos. more deets

Disposable Income
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Nicholas Rosin dives into the deep end of social norms and the impact of status anxiety with satirical pieces that tackle our daily consumption habits—think a gilded coffee cup and stir stick—to highlight the coping mechanisms we have to survive our daily grind. See them at Hermes Gallery. more deets

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Adaptation
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Also at Hermes Gallery, Kaashif Ghanie’s latest collection of ceramic vessels sees the emerging artist contrast lived experiences of Islamophobia with traditional Islamic pottery forms, adapting the surface of urns with mutations that "embody the systemic discrimination against Muslims in Canada." more deets

Postdata, the side project of Wintersleep frontperson Paul Murphy, arrives at The Seahorse on Thursday. - NORMAN WONG
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Scotia Festival of Music Highlight 4
Thursday
Andrew Armstrong rocks Bartok's "3 Burlesques, Op. 8" at this Scotia Festival of Music set that also features the sonic tonic of Elissa Lee, Sharon Wei, Blair Lofgren and more, at Sir James Dunn theatre. more deets

East Coast Music Showcase feat. John Gracie, Makayla Lynn, Reeny Smith and more
Saturday
CIOE 97.5 FM takes a snapshot of the east coast soundscape that features the golden vocal chords of R&B queen—and this week's Coast cover star—Reeny Smith, Nashville-trained country name-to-know Makayla Lynn and more. Catch it at the Spatz Theatre. more deets

Postdata w/Quiet Parade, DJ Century Samuel
Thursday

Wintersleep frontperson Paul Murphy returns to his beloved side project Postdata, bringing his brand of confessional electro folk to The Seahorse stage. more deets

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Abu Dhabi vinyl release party
Friday
AQUASOCKS—the best new super group you haven't heard of yet, made up of OG MC Ghettosocks (pictured) and early-D'Angelo-esque crooner Aquakultre—celebrates some hot new wax at this album release show that also features United Arab Emirates-inspired hors d'oeuvres. It all goes down at Alteregos Cafe. more deets
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Postdata’s wild heart

On Let’s Be Wilderness, Paul Murphy expands the intimacy of his debut without sacrificing an ounce of feeling.

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Postdata w/Quiet Parade
Thursday, May 31, 8pm
The Seahorse Tavern 2037 Gottingen Street
$15

The first Postdata record was a gift, from Paul Murphy and his brother Michael, to their mother. The collection is nine hushed, intimate, gentle songs, emotionally in line with but sonically and tonally distant from Paul's main gig, Wintersleep.

For the second Postdata album, Let's Be Wilderness, released May 18, Murphy ran its 11 songs through a familiar combination: His bandmates Tim D'Eon and Loel Campbell, and their longtime producer, Tony Doogan. The bulk was recorded in Doogan's Glasgow studio in less than a week. Drum duties were split between Blonde Redhead's Simone Pace and Campbell, who also played bass. "Tim was doing Tim stuff," says Murphy of the guitarist.

"There's always songs that are strong that don't end up working or that you don't have ideas for at that time," says Murphy, from his home in Montreal, of the difference between a Wintersleep song and a Postdata song. "I was chipping away at these ideas, in between records just demoing them, not really knowing what would really happen with them. At some point it emerged that there was a bunch of stuff that was far along, in terms of demos. And it didn't feel like rock music."

Let's Be Wilderness ambles around from straight-ahead indie-rock ("Wilderness") to "Weighty Ghost"-style acoustic rock ("Evil") to a gorgeous synth-driven ballad ("Ithaca") and closing with "Window," a quiet guitar-and-Murphy track most reminiscent of the first album. There may be more players, but zero emotion has been traded for their input.

"I like working with people, I don't find it's invasive in any way," he says. "And they're all pretty humble personalities and good people to work with. There's no one questioning lyrics or trying to make a radio song.

"You end up working with people that you can be around. It's like a sanctuary."

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rufus Wainwright plays the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium September 20

Tickets go on sale to see the Gay Messiah June 1.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 4:36 PM

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The forever-king of baroque pop and broken hearts—and the only person who could pull off an album of Shakespearean sonnets—famed vocalist, songwriter and gay icon Rufus Wainwright is about to light up your fall with a September 20 show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at sonicconcerts.com at noon on June 1 for $65 or are $70 the day of the show.
Let's fill the time waiting for the male KD Lang with his iconic cover of "Hallelujah," shall we?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #7: Little Rock, AK to Memphis, TN

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 11:57 AM

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Good writing is like giving sight to the blind. I’m sure an exercise in many creative writing programs is giving the age-old thousand words to a photograph of the writer’s choosing. I started listening to William Least Heat-Moon’s cross-American odyssey Blue Highways and it feels as if he’s describing a series of photographs he’s taken while crossing old-highway America, much like I’m doing on this bicycle. Good travel writing is equal parts impressions and history.
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A few hours outside of Little Rock, I stopped at a one-gas-station town and was eating my snacks and rehydrating outside the station when a man driving a golf cart pulled up. The man was wearing shorts, an open Hawaiian shirt and a hat that said Veteran on it. I can’t remember if he was wearing shoes or not. He asked if I knew where I was. I paused chewing the rest of my peanut-buttered cracker and replied, “Arkansas?” “Where in Arkansas?” Was his next question with an audible wind noise accompanying his chosen interrogative. I butchered the pronunciation saying Lonoke, like it was a Japanese delicacy. He then corrected me with its correct pronunciation: “Lone Oak.”

He then launched into a story that sounded as if he told it the same way to anyone who was passing through and had a second to hear about how the town received its name. Initially the place was just a depot stopping point for the railroad and needing a name for the stop, they named it Lone Oak after the an oak tree which stood on its own nearby. After asking about my journey and where I was from, he asked if I’d like a tour of the town, so I cycled along-side his cart while we meandered by where he grew up/where his elderly mother still lives, where he played baseball, his high school. (Later that day he was having a BBQ—I saw the large rented grill and nearby some grave markers that in addition to the dates of brith and death included a “class of” date too. Apparently the class reunions are a big deal in Lonoke).

We finally arrived at the small town museum. I had seen a few of these already on the tour but now wish I had stopped in on each one. This was by far the most creative and thorough of all the town museums I had seen, with an entire local history from settlers, Civil War history to when the town was at its boomiest housing a nearby military airplane manufacturing plant and airfield during the second World War. In addition to this normal amount of historical account, the museum also housed a rather large taxidermy collection of local animals as well as an reproduction of the town as it was around the turn of the century. The model town was life-size too, with mannequins, and built entirely by the family that owned and ran the museum.

There was much detail, I ended up asking the museum’s owner as much about their building process as I did about the history of the town. They found old antiques to fill the life-size dioramas, they printed off labels to things such as to fill the shelves of canned goods in the general store, they had a floodlight as the nose-light to an on-coming locomotive painted and sculpted onto the wall. If only every stop on this tour had a sweet local with some time on their hands to reveal hidden treasures.
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Hazen was the first place I’ve stayed on this journey that was on a quiet summer lake. Arriving late in the afternoon with golden hour in full shine, this small lake looked pretty idyllic and quiet, sheltered from the nearby highway. Sitting on the dock with people fishing nearby packing up their coolers and heading home, it was a great place to read, with nature filling my periphery and soundtracking my thoughts.
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The landscape is so lush and green now. It’s humid and feels tropical.
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There are many places where you’re travelling along roads which are scarcely above the waterline, with gates permanently left ready to swing shut with a sign saying Road Closed. The topography can look at times more northern from the waist up, yet all living in a bayou that an alligator swimming by would not look out of place in.
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I’ve been excited about arriving in Memphis for years due to its place in the history of music and severely heightened by the reading of Amanda Petrusich’s brilliant musical travelogue, It Still Moves. The city did not disappoint: I visited Sun Records, The Museum of Rock n Soul, The Civil Rights Museum and The Stax Recording Museum. So much history, so many excited baby-boomers excited to see all things Elvis-related (I didn’t make it to Graceland on this journey).
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The bizarre story of Memphis’ most ambitious building is interesting having been designed in 1954 as The Great American Pyramid, only to be completed in 1991 by the designer’s son as an arena for sports and events, and now is predominantly a Bass Pro Shop. This building is one of the most unique I’ve ever seen.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Prismatic Festival ramps up for year 10 with epic lineup announcement

Mark your calendars for September 12 to 16

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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The annual fest that's all about highlighting diverse voices, Prismatic always shines bright. For year 10, though, the multi-venue event is setting the bar even higher. Here's some acts we're stoked to see:

Santee Smith is set to debut a new work, The Mush Hole, which the dancer bills as "a performance acknowledging the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. Keeping hope as the driving force, the performance offers and reflects truths and relives the experiences and devastating impacts on the students and parents without their children." Last year's fest saw Smith perform the arresting Re-Quickening and we're confident another can't-stop-thinking-about-it show awaits with this.

The Mariachi Ghost, meanwhile, debuts its full performance Rencor Vivo—a mix of musical theatre, ghost stories and cultural hypnosis that'll have you nostalgic for old-world Mexico. It's out-there artsy, but we mean that as an absolute compliment.

Trained in western classical and traditional Iranian music, Mohsen Sharifian and Habib Meftah Bushehri blend ancient and modern as they bust out high-energy beats that'll make you cut a rug.

Former poet laureate Shauntay Grant will also be releasing her latest book during the fest. Titled Africville, it traces a young girl's attempt to visualize the life her family lived in the historic community.

While ticket prices and show details are still TBA, the free opening gala on Sept 12 at the Halifax Central Library provides a good jumping-off point to the rest of the fest's offerings. See you there!

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Raise a glass to the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 11:27 AM

OBEY Convention takes your eardrums on a trip, STAGES Fest shares tons of quirky-cool theatre, Stillwell taps the best craft beers coast to coast and Hillsburn comes home with its epic new record this weekend.

Just in time for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Stillwell crowns its own favourite suds at both the bar and beer garden locations. - INSTAGRAM/COM/BARSTILLWELL PHOTO
  • Just in time for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Stillwell crowns its own favourite suds at both the bar and beer garden locations. 
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Dartmouth Makers Spring Market
Friday, Saturday
Get your mitts on gadgets, goodies and gifts of all sorts at this market filled with handcrafted gold by local artisans at Christ Church Hall. more deets

Grand National
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
To celebrate the Canadian Brewing Awards' touching down in Halifax, Stillwell raises a glass to its 30-ish favourite producers nationwide (some of which have never been poured on the east coast). With beers being tapped all weekend long at both the Barrington Street bar and Stillwell Beergarder on Spring Garden Road, suds fanatics will wanna follow along on social media so they don't miss a drop. more deets

Contralto screening
Friday  
It's the Canadian premiere of composer Sarah Hennies' experimental documentary. Contralto follows a cast of transgender women speaking, singing and performing vocal exercises, examining the relationship between gender and sound. See it at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

In The Shadows
Saturday
This staged reading, part of the STAGES Theatre Fest, is best described by LunaSea Theatre: "In the Shadows is a Lovecraftian, feminist, horror story set in Nova Scotia in 1920. In the play, the Great War has ended and Halifax is still recovering from the Explosion of 1917. Dottie Inglis is a librarian and closeted lesbian who stills talks to her long-dead grandmother. Widow Mamie Spares is an old school friend and secret crush who shows up in her office looking for help. Mamie has inherited some strange property in the Rawdon hills and asks her old friend to accompany her out into the country to inspect the properties." See it at Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Stage. more deets

Argyle Fine Art makes way for new works with a sale on limited-edition prints. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Hindsight is 20/40
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Rebecca DuBois explores the concept of memory through overlapping canvases that collage certain moments from her past at this Anna Leonowens Gallery show. more deets

Extra long print sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A less-than-half-price sale on limited-edition prints means Argyle Fine Art is ready to help spruce up your walls. more deets

Walking the Littoral
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Another Anna Leonowens Gallery show, this exhibit sees Alicia Hunt's cloth structures explore concepts of belonging and displacement. more deets

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Material Remains
Saturday, Sunday
A collection of textile-based works from Mount Saint Vincent University's permanent collection, Material Remains explores gender politics and current events with household scraps like table linens and bedding. See it on display in the school's gallery. more deets

Hillsburn shreds The Marquee this weekend with your new favourite band No, It's Fine. - LENNY MULLINS PHOTO
  • Hillsburn shreds The Marquee this weekend with your new favourite band No, It's Fine. 
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June Body w/Shuteye, Eyeball Kid, Ursa Bright
Thursday 
Alt-pop-rock trio June Body celebrates its new album at this slick Gus' Pub show. more deets

Hillsburn album release show w/No, It's Fine., David In The Dark
Saturday 
Fresh, folky indie-rock gem Hillsburn celebrates its long-awaited sophomore effort, The Wilder Beyond, with an equally wild party featuring the playful lyricism of No, It's Fine. and David In The Dark's sun-soaked sound at The Marquee. more deets

Feist
Friday, Saturday 
What a Pleasure to see the "1234" singer share The Reminder from the Rebecca Cohn stage that hers will always be one of the country's most sweeping, swelling voices. more deets

Un Blonde w/Anaïs Maviel, Markus Floats
Sunday
If you're only going to see one show at this weekend's OBEY Convention, it should probably be this one, with critical darling Jean-Sebastian Audet's solo project Un Blonde seeing the walls between avant-funk and low-key soul crumble.  Here, he shares the stage at Fort Massey United Church with percussion-based sound healer Anaïs Maviel and Markus Floats, a musician exploring the possibilities of real-time digital signal processing. But really, you shouldn't limit yourself to one OBEY show. more deets

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June Body’s Life and darkness

On its EP Life from Underneath the Halifax trio tackles depression, love and loss.

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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June Body EP release w/Shuteye, Eyeball Kid, Ursa Bright

Thursday, May 24, 10pm
Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street
$10

Halifax’s June Body may be an alternative rock band loaded with energy, but underneath there’s an openness and vulnerability that permeates the core of every song.

The songs on the new EP Life from Underneath share a theme of depression while exploring love and loss. After going through a rough patch, lead singer and guitarist Connor James will write a batch of songs and send them to the other two members of June Body and get to work recording. “When you come out of that hole, you sort of gain this clarity that I think makes writing songs easier,” says James. “When I come out of those swings there, I sort of get a rush of creativity.”

While living in Toronto, James would perform acoustic guitar music under his own name but wanted to do more. After recording the Fragility EP there in 2016 under the June Body moniker, James moved to Halifax and used the three-song album as a demo when looking for bandmates in a new city where he didn’t know many people. A Kijiji ad connected him with bassist Alex Callaghan, and eventually drummer Dillon Shillieto rounded out the trio. 

Previously, all June Body songs were bedroom recordings. On Light from Underneath, the band went into a studio for the first time and recorded the six-song EP with Charles Austin. 

“Going into the studio,” says James, “we were so practiced as a trio that we knew all our parts so well that we just went in and cranked it out.”

James draws on influence from his favourite artist, Elliott Smith, a singer-songwriter who wasn’t afraid to tackle his demons through song. 

“The reason I latch onto those kinds of themes is because a lot of the music I listen to is sort of just blatantly honest and there's no mask on it,” says James, who's also inspired by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. “And that's the kind of music I've always loved.”

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #6: Oklahoma City, OK to Little Rock, AK

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 7:47 AM

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I’ve luckily made it halfway across the country with no rain. In Oklahoma, an almost tornado-level storm passed through, but I had already made it into the city and snapped this photo of its near-constant lightning.
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Leaving Oklahoma, I noticed this huge structure that looked like a waterslide—turns out it was a non-profit outdoors centre that had a unique mix of activities including a white-water rapids course and an aerials obstacle course. I took a second to go down these slides which you had to slide down in burlap sacs. They were fast and it was quite easy to get a vicious rug burn from as evident from one of the employees showing me just before I slid.
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It’s been real humid moving from the plains to lush and wet greenery.
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Lots of Stand By Me-looking bridges (no bodies, thankfully).
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Went through a town called Paris—I love that it decided to make its own Eiffel Tower.
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Going into Little Rock were some amazing bike paths, including the longest non-car bridge in North America.
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I somehow got to review a screening of one of my favourite films, Raiders of The Lost Ark, with a live score performed by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for the Arkansas Times. It’s amazing getting to see films with others that you’ve watched several times in a solitary ritual over the years. Showing even one other friend helps one tap into an empathetic first-viewing experience, trying to imagine what they’re thinking of each scene; this is especially true with children as I remember having this experience when showing my niece and nephew Star Wars for the first time.
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Also the act of watching films with others has always been of great interest to me. I really try to watch the more outwardly vocal reactionary film genres always in theatres as close to their release as possible. These genres are comedies and horror films, where those audible laughs and shrieks heighten the viewing experience. I was reminded at this presentation of Raiders of what a comedy it really is—the jokes were all landing with the audience’s 2,000+ people, making it the most laughter I’ve ever heard while watching the film.

In an era where we’re watching things predominantly in home theatres, on small laptop screens or (worse) smartphone screens, it is hugely worth the effort to attend films your excited about right out of the gate and see them with as many people as possible. The next time you see a favourite film being screened, I highly recommend checking it out for this audience-enhanced experience.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Twelve fit-for-royalty weekend picks

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM

While Meghan Markle cinches her princess status, we've got a host of ways to feel like a royal this Victoria Day holiday weekend—from traditional tea at the Lord Nelson to witnessing art rock queen Jasmyn Burke and her band Weaves at The Seahorse. Read on to make the most of the best days of the week.

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  • Duane Jones of Art Pays Me takes you on a cultural trip with his solo fashion show Saturday, and as this still from the show's casting call shows, it's gonna be a treat.
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2018 Bluenose Marathon
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The city’s most famous cardio session returns for 2018, with the streets huffing and puffing as runners raise funds for a variety of causes. Join in the madness—which includes routes in Dartmouth—or cheer from the sidelines, and don’t miss the Blue Nose Block Fest, a block party taking over Argyle Street from 6:30-9pm Friday with live music and all-ages fun. Still not enough nosing? The Discovery Centre welcomes you to join its team or contribute to it. more deets

Moments in Culture
Saturday
Duane Jones, the brains behind the luxe streetwear line Art Pays Me, hosts this solo fashion show. It's an evening of music, clothing and art that sees Jones visually interpreting a host of cultural moments at the Halifax Central Library. more deets

Landline
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
This immersive theatre experience, held in a secret location, is a performance taking place in two locations at once. Event organizers explain that you'll "become both the audience and the performer as you converse in real time via text message with a fellow participant in Victoria, British Columbia, and go on an audio-guided, experimental walking tour." Grab your tickets (and the reveal of the secret location) through purchasing at tickethalifax.com. more deets

Royal wedding viewing with British breakfast
Saturday
Watch Meghan and Harry tie the knot over croissants and mimosas at this brunch fit for a princess at the Delta Halifax Hotel. more deets

Catherine Allen's new exhibit takes children's self-portraits and turns them into fine art jewellery. - CATHERINE ALLEN ARTWORK
  • Catherine Allen's new exhibit takes children's self-portraits and turns them into fine art jewellery.
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IWK Kermesse Art Sale
Friday
Over 100 original paintings by local artists support a good cause at this fundraising sale at the Chase Exhibition Room. more deets

inflate
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Catherine Allen's exhibit dives into the deep end of the imagination as it shows children's early representations of self: "Over the past two years, Allen collaborated with children ages three to seven to draw portraits of themselves and their families and then 'inflated' these images into jewellery objects," the artist's statement explains. See the whimsical works at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

Ephemerals
Thursday, Friday
Susan Tooke's Secord Gallery show of woodland-style pieces has been held over until May 18, and you'll wanna see these wildly coloured beauts before they're gone. more deets

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Blue Rocks
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
An Art Gallery of Nova Scotia retrospective show tracing how two years living in the rural community of Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, shaped the artistic practice of painter Marsden Hartley. The exhibit highlights how this American modernist was able to make good on the wish of his artistic movement and live a more authentic, simple life—captured in his canvases. more deets

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Bump & Grind 2000s edition
Saturday
From Jojo to Destiny's Child, this early 2000s celebration of R&B will move and melt you at Lion & Bright. more deets

20th anniversary gospel concert featuring Jully Black
Friday
Canada's queen of soul slays at this gospel concert celebrating New Beginning Ministries' 20th anniversary. more deets

The Sadies
Saturday
Imagine if Eric Clapton's Yardbirds lived through the grunge era, and you'll come close to envisioning the happy-sad, sunshine-streaked folk of The Sadies. Roll in the mellow vibes at The Marquee. more deets

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Weaves
Thursday
Dreamy, floral art rock that'll catch you with its sharp thorns, Weaves' show at The Seahorse is unmissable. more deets
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog # 5: Elk City to Oklahoma, OK

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 3:55 PM

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Remember that it’s all luck; we can only try to give ourselves more chances to obtain those lucky breaks. Anyone claiming to have accomplished something others consider great from their sheer will-power is either in some narcissist delusion or is failing to see all the variables surrounding them and their position. Many people we consider successful start to fail at giving an exact road-map for their success because it was a messy, uncontrolled experiment.
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This sentiment is not meant to devalue hope and determination but rather to put it in perspective especially while we reflect on our own failures to meet our expectations. Realizing the factors we cannot control and pressing on is the best we can do in our various quests to achieve our 10,000 hours to master whatever it is we want to master in life. It certainly helps with mental health and to juxtapose the voice that we all entertain which pokes and prods at our failures. Though this voice is necessary, when balanced, to gives a healthy self-consciousness to our newfound ideas and ventures.
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I am reminded of this luck continuously on this bike ride as I encounter death every five minutes or so. So many animals in various levels of decay who got unlucky with their forced interacting with humans and their technology. It’s been so much lately that I feel like half my breath is of death.
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Being in touch with this really grounds one to the reality of their mortality and also to the precarious nature of being around these vehicles we’ve created which can easily take life.
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OKC was the halfway point in this journey. Played two shows and was accompanied by bandmate Neil Fridd aka Terror Pigeon. It was nice to see a familiar face after so much alone time. I crashed hard after the shows too as, if you’ve been to one of my shows before, they take a lot of out me.  This has been a difficult tour with lots of lows which I’m trying to analyze while trying to focus on the highs. Crossing the halfway point brings with it a certain shift that I’m hoping will yield to more of the highs than lows in my mindset crossing the eastern states. Stay tuned!
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Praise these 12 weekend picks

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 12:35 PM

Rihanna wowed at the Met Gala and now the pope of pop gets a tribute night at Lion & Bright. Equally fashionable things to do? Hit up Open City 2018, see a flick at the debut Animation Festival of Halifax and don't miss this issue's cover star, Jeremy Dutcher, play St. Matthew's Church. Read on for more.

The immersive show I Am Anna is billed as a new generation's understanding of the NSCAD co-founder. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Animation Festival of Halifax kickoff party
Thursday
A pre-screening reception with tunes courtesy of DJ James Reid gets Carbon Arc's new hat-tip to animation started, while screenings of the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows (16 internationally acclaimed animated shorts) and the flick Night is Short, Walk on Girl (an anime comedy set in Kyoto) rounds out day one of the fest. more deets

Open City 2018
Saturday
Open City returns, meaning all your favourite local spots are dishing up serious deals and special treats to mark the occasion. With mini-events and pop-ups happening everywhere, the best idea is to get out and wander around neighbourhoods like the north end, waterfront, Quinpool Road and more. more deets

I Am Anna
Friday, Saturday
To pay tribute to the efforts of the iconic NSCAD co-founder Anna Leonowens, a crew of the city's creative creme de la creme—including Kate MacDonald, Vogue Dots, Ghettosocks, Anastasia Wiebe and more—present this "collaborative, performance installation [that's] an immersive experience where the audience is arms-length from the show." Fittingly, it's held at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

Slut: The Play
Friday
After a wildly successful 2017 run, LunaSea Theatre returns with its tale of a teen's attempt to deal with the fallout of her rape as her high school's hallways become thick with gossip. A pay-what-you-can showing in advance of the upcoming Stages Theatre Festival, you can see it at the Bella Rose Arts Centre. more deets

Erica Flake explores her artistic practice with an Hermes Gallery show. - ERICA FLAKE ARTWORK
  • Erica Flake explores her artistic practice with an Hermes Gallery show.
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Wreaking Havoc
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't made it to see award-winning basketmaker Jane Whitten's show on climate change and marine life, you better get to it: The crocheted pieces—made from salvaged plastic bags—are only on view until May 13. more deets

Behind Closed Doors
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Erica Flake explores her artistic practice with drawings, maps and three-dimensional photographs during her Hermes Gallery exhibition. more deets

Ascension
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Charley Young's new series of drawings, based on helicopter travels through the Rocky Mountains, are texture-rich renditions of the alpine landscapes. See them at Studio 21. more deets

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Works by Erin Hollingshead
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Erin Hollingshead arrives at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen with realistic portraits of contemporary women that have an element of the fantastical thrown into the mix. more deets

The LYNNeS, two besties both named Lynn who craft simple, perfect songs, play a house show in Bedford. - BRITTANY GAWLEY PHOTO
  • The LYNNeS, two besties both named Lynn who craft simple, perfect songs, play a house show in Bedford.
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Drake & Rihanna Night w/DJ Rhek, Ghettosocks
Friday
OG MC Ghettosocks shares our sunken ship dreams at this dance party ode to the President and First Gentleman of hip hop. The only question left to ask: Will you wear a pope hat to the party at Lion & Bright? more deets

Hip Hop vs Capitalism
Saturday
The Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts closes with this epic mic drop that sees Test Their Logik, Lee Reed, Ray Reaves and El Jones pushing back against the crumbling system with fire-hot verses at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

The LYNNeS
Sunday
The LYNNeS—aka Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson—are a best friend folk duo that's been slinging gritty lyrics of heartbreak into snug vocal harmonies for over a decade. Here, they celebrate their latest, Heartbreak Song For The Radio, with an evening of “porch music with a little red dirt” at a house concert in Bedford. Get location details and tickets by emailing mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com. more deets

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Jeremy Dutcher
Friday
Composer and vocalist—and cover star of this week's Coast—Jeremy Dutcher blends his classical training with traditional melodies of his Wolastoq Nation for awe-inspiring results. Catch the magic at St. Matthew's United Church. more deets
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Your 2018 East Coast Music Award winners

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 11:31 AM

Kinley Dowling picks up ECMA one of two at the Thursday awards show. - DAVID BAILLEUIL
  • Kinley Dowling picks up ECMA one of two at the Thursday awards show.
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After kicking off Wednesday evening on the waterfront, the ECMAs  coasted to a gentle finish in a downtown Halifax hotel last night. The festival has tweaked its handout system over the years, moving the big show early in the fest (this year it was Thursday), experimented with giving out individual awards at late-night showcases (terrible) and this year moved the traditional industry brunch to an evening celebration (we'll see if that sticks). The winners, between both evening shows, are:

Album: Rose Cousins, Natural Conclusion
Blues Recording:  (tie) Mike Biggar, Go All In and Matt Minglewood, Fly Like Desperados
Bucky Adams Memorial: Measha Brueggergosman
Country Recording: Makayla Lynn, On A Dare and a Prayer
Dance Recording: CRaymak ft Neon Dreams, Play With Fire
Directors’ Special Achievement: Sloan
Electronic Recording: PINEO & LOEB, LIFEBLOOD
Fans’ Choice Entertainer: Matt Minglewood
Fans’ Choice Video: KINLEY - “Microphone” (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
Folk Recording: Rose Cousins, Natural Conclusion
Francophone Recording: Jacques Jacobus, Le retour de Jacobus
Gospel Recording: Measha Brueggergosman, Songs of Freedom
Group Recording: Les Païens, Carte noire
Indigenous Artist: City Natives
Instrumental Recording: Rosie MacKenzie, Atlantic
Jazz Recording: Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington, Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5
Loud Recording: ZAUM, Eidolon
Pop Recording: Jenn Grant, Paradise
Rap/Hip Hop Recording: Quake Matthews, Celebrate the Struggle
Rising Star Recording: KINLEY, Letters Never Sent
Rock Recording: Jessie Brown, Keeping Appearances
Roots/Traditional Recording: Còig, Rove
Solo Recording: Mo Kenney, The Details
Song: Rose Cousins, "Grace"
Songwriter: Joel Plaskett

Company: SpinCount
Event: Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Graphic/Media Artist: Jud Haynes
Live Sound Engineer: Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Management/Manager: Sonic Entertainment Group
Media Outlet: Halifax Is Burning
Media Person: Hillary Windsor
Producer: Daniel Ledwell
Studio Engineer: Jamie Foulds
Studio: New Scotland Yard
Venue: The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Video: Kevin Davison, "When Those Sirens Are Gone"
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Make your weekend pitch-perfect with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 11:46 AM

The ECMAs are rockin', Mayworks gets you woke with a must-see photo exhibit, the Lebanese Film Fest in Canada makes its Halifax debut and more magic to fill the best days of the week awaits.

The Lebanese Film Fest in Canada—Halifax kicks off with critical darling The Insult. - ROTTENTOMATOES.COM PHOTO
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Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market
Saturday, Sunday
Score some sweet treats and trinkets at this market filled with gems made by local makers at Olympic Community Hall. more deets

Jane's Walk: Daylighting the Sawmill River
Sunday
A Jane's Walk is an outdoor step session held in honour of Jane Jacobs, the famed urban planning activist who fought to make cities like New York and Toronto more walkable. This walk, departing from Lion's Beach Park (10 Nolan Street, Dartmouth), discusses the process of bringing the Sawmill River back to the surface from being buried in a pipe for 45 years. more deets

2018 Craft Beer Week Full House
Saturday
The banner event of Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week sees two tasting sessions at the Forum give you ample opportunity to sip the local suds scene, with samples from breweries from all over the province. more deets

The Lebanese Film Festival in Canada-Halifax opening night
Sunday
A travelling film fest bringing a taste of Lebanese cinema to a smattering of Canadian cities, the inaugural Lebanese Film Festival in Canada-Halifax kicks off with a red carpet screening of the award-winning flick The Insult, which follows the media frenzy around a civilian dispute blown out of proportion in modern Beirut. Catch it at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. more deets

Lou Sheppard explores the space between languages with their Khyber show A Strong Desire. - LOU SHEPPARD ARTWORK
  • Lou Sheppard explores the space between languages with their Khyber show A Strong Desire.
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SS Atlantic: Immigrant Ship Disaster
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
"On April 1, 1873, the White Star ocean liner SS Atlantic sank at Lower Prospect near Halifax with nearly 1,000 people aboard—most of them Irish, English, Scandinavian and German immigrants. The wreck was a precursor to the White Star Line's loss of SS Titanic in 1912 and was Canada's worst shipwreck until the sinking of the SS Empress of Ireland in 1914," the Canadian Museum of Immigration explains. Explore the tragedy at the museum's exhibit filled with rare artifacts from the wreck. more deets

A Strong Desire
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Lou Sheppard traces the space where meaning is lost in translation, envisioning it as a queer space and exploring how the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria fits within it, at this Khyber exhibit. more deets

Under the Surface
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group exhibition on display throughout the Mayworks Festival at the Bus Stop Theatre, this show sees Kim Cain pay homage to the arduous agricultural labour of African Nova Scotians with a collection of paintings titled Seeds of the Seven Year Harvest. Also in the exhibit: Tina Roberts-Jeffers' In Full View, a photo exhibit exploring the unpaid labour of women—particularly Black women—and Face Control, Katie Toth's collection of photographs documenting Romani people in Europe and the discrimination they face. more deets

Zamani brings her powerhouse vocals to the Sankofa Singer-Songwriter Circle at The Bus Stop. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Red
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Marilyn McAvoy’s figurative paintings are inspired by song lyrics and the shadows cast backstage, capturing the women who wove in and out of her life during her days "living a life surrounded by live music." See them at Studio 21. more deets

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Bleep In The Dark
Friday
Head to the Dalhousie Student Union's room 302 for this night of live, experimental music experienced in darkness, featuring the wild styles of anecdote, new hermitage, Northern Apparatus, brandon auger and Shield of Want. more deets

Mark Bragg w/The Brood, Fantasy Eye
Sunday
Deliciously psychedelic and delightfully eccentric, The Brood will rock you well at The Local. more deets

The Sankofa Singer-Songwriter Circle
Thursday
A song circle studded with local talent—including powerhouse vocalists Cyndi Cain and Zamani—shares original songs and stories while paying tribute to Four the Moment, a Halifax a capella group that formed in response to the Ku Klux Klan's plan to establish a base in Halifax. Catch it at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

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ECMA Rock Showcase w/Sloan, Walrus, The Town Heroes, Hello Delaware, Adyn Townes
Thursday
Sloan comes home from T-O for this epic celebration of East Coast rock that'll make the Seattle of the North feel as fresh as it did in 1993. Oh, and showing up early is a must so you don't sleep on the psych-rock weirdness of Halifax's Walrus or the Taylor Swift-y feels of Hello Delaware (pictured) at The Marquee Ballroom. more deets
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  • Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall feat. Harolyn Blackwell @ St. George's Round Church

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