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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #10: Washington, DC to Edison, NJ

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 4:07 PM

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This is night before my last cycle to New York City tomorrow. I feel like this constant state of motion has become my new normal and when I become still again, I’ll be still spinning like some flipped bicycle wheel that inertia hasn’t caught up with yet; spinning without moving forward. I’ve gotten quite used to the routine of being alone, using what energy I have left after dinner to write music and then when too tired for that, turning to write these blogs! I’ve gotten used to cheap motel rooms as a place of comfort and washing my bike clothes in the sink and wringing them out to dry or drying them with the hair drier while spacing out. It’s all over after tonight though and onto “whatever the hell comes next” (I’ve been listening to Blue Highways on audio-book and that was one of the quotes from today). Oh I released a video today too!


There was a definite feeling in Washington, an unbalance, and yet things all seemed very normal on the surface as if this period of its history was like any other. So many things are happening on a constant 24-hour news cycle now that it’s quite overwhelming and/or a full-time job to keep up with everything going south.
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I left my bike with friends (really nice friends with a bike rack in their home!) for the 10 days that I had to spend crisscrossing North America four times to play three festivals in a west coast-east coast ping-pong-like schedule.

DC to Baltimore was the most urban cycle day I did of the whole tour where I just stayed on Baltimore Ave all day until I reached my destination. For some reason, I didn’t take any photos that day. I should have taken more photos of ordinary common-place things. Will file that in the photo-regrets section.
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Leaving Baltimore and its amazing American Visionary Art Museum of American Folk Art, I was back into lush country riding.
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I biked into Philly with quicker pace, including going through a really nice park/wetland area, so that I could get to Six Flags with Terror Pigeon for the afternoon to ride the world’s tallest rollercoaster.

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Left Philly this morning after the best turnout for the whole tour last night at the show. I woke up at dawn to recreate the Rocky steps shot and coincidentally CBS Philly was there so they filmed me doing the run up the steps carrying my bike and its gear.
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Will write one more blog next week recapping the whole adventure. Thanks for following along.


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Have a glorious and free Canada Day weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 1:49 PM

This weekend is the celebration of 151 years of the confederation, and the whole city seems ready to party (if not for Canada then at least for summer’s arrival). From Skratch Bastid’s dance parties to cheering on The Great Race to stuffing your face at Ribfest, here are all the spots to be this long weekend.

The Great Race, which every year sees throwback rides like this one racing a multi-day route, arrives in Halifax for 2018's finish line this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Khyber Night Flea Market
Saturday
In some of the world's most bustling cities, night markets are a way for shoppers to score one-of-a-kind trinkets and hunt for vintage treasures. Here, the Khyber borrows the idea for an after-dark shopping sesh full of unique items. more deets

Official Canada Day Fireworks
Sunday
After Mo Kenney and Allan Rayman wrap their Alderney Landing concert, this set of sky sparklers is poppin' off. Alderney Landing or Ferry Terminal Park are the best spots to peep the show, so plan accordingly. You can also read more about all the fireworks happening this weekend here. more deets

Halifax Ribfest 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Meat-eaters, rejoice: The annual celebration of world-class barbecue returns to the Halifax waterfront for four days of feasting and saucy goodness. Wear something with an elastic waist, mmkay? more deets

2018 Great Race grand finish
Sunday
The Great Race—a race that sees cars built before 1972 test their speed and endurance—rolls to the finish line in downtown Halifax after setting off in Buffalo, New York. Cheer for the wild and wacky sets of wheels that survived the journey at this grand finish celebration, held outside Waterfront Warehouse. more deets

Noted Canadian textile artist Jane Kidd gets a must-see retrospective at the Mount Saint Vincent University gallery. - JANE KIDD ARTWORK
  • Noted Canadian textile artist Jane Kidd gets a must-see retrospective at the Mount Saint Vincent University gallery.
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Blue Rocks
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A retrospective show tracing how two years living in the rural community of Blue Rocks shaped the artistic practice of painter Marsden Hartley, this AGNS exhibit highlights how the 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

Jane Kidd: Curious
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
One of the biggest names in Canadian textile arts, Jane Kidd gets a mini-retrospective at the Mount gallery, with works from her tapestry series Curiosities, Wonderland, Land Sentence and Phenomena presenting nightmarish visions of genetic modification and environmental devastation based on satellite photographs. more deets

In The Wild Art Show & Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dartmouth Visual Arts Society's annual show features a crop of works capturing the beauty of nature in a million unique ways, on view at the Craig Gallery. more deets

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Summer Dress
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Suzanne O'Callaghan shares post-impressionist, expressionist-influenced paintings exploring the lives of women—and how no summer will be as long as the one when she was 10 years old. See the works at Lion & Bright. more deets

Dammien Alexander (shown at centre with his band) is back in Nova Scotia after a winter gigging in Guatemala. Catch The Seahorse show Thursday. - DYLAN CHEW PHOTO
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Canada Day: Red White and Ginger
Saturday
DJ OKAY TK and a certain top-secret wax spinner with orange hair known for barbecue skills skratch up some of your favourite bops at this all-night rager, held at Lion & Bright. more deets

The Conqueralls w/Quiet Hill, Dame Alexander
Thursday
Dammien Alexander (aka Dame Alexander) fuses funk, blues and pop for a signature sound—and doesn't gig nearly as much as our hungry ears wish he did. Catch him here as he warms the stage for The Conqueralls and see his soul-tinged magic unfurl IRL. more deets

Canada Day Concert: Allan Rayman w/Mo Kenney, Skratch Bastid, T. Thomason, Alfie
Sunday
Mo Kenney, true Dartmouth royalty, makes us see stars as she shares sharply written indie rock just in time for the July long weekend. Osheaga favourite Allan Rayman snags headline status at this Alderney Landing show while local talent T. Thomason and hip hop/R&B genre-blender Alfie warm the stage. The party goes late with the help of DJ Skratch Bastid, so bring your dancing shoes! more deets

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It's Mackie and X-Plycit
Thursday
The Eminem-influenced lady-rappers It's Mackie and X-Plycit are a best friend rhyme-slinging duo that'll make you drop to the beat as they bring a host of other MCs along for the trip at Menz. more deets
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Have a fire-hot weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 11:34 AM

The Coast's Hot Summer Guide is HERE and that's the official start of Halifax's summer, so watch team Canada and USA face off in a rugby match, go to game night at The Discovery Centre, catch Partner's stadium rock at The Seahorse and hit an outdoor house show with Devarrow. Whew! More weekend fun awaits below.

Saturday's match between Canada and USA's rugby teams is the first event at the new Wanderers Grounds Stadium. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Last Laugh: Erica Sigurdson, Andrew Chapman and Jay Malone
Friday, Saturday
A new comedy club hatched by the great minds behind the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest sees a trio of laugh-getters storming the stage at The Atlantica and bringing the funny. more deets

Game On!
Saturday
Let your inner kid out to play at this adults-only night at the Discovery Centre that features retro and super-sized video games, augmented and virtual reality, giant board games, pop-up escape rooms and more. more deets

Growing Up Gerwig: The House of the Devil
Sunday
The monthlong tribute to everyone's girl crush Greta Gerwig wraps with a Halifax Central Library screening of the 1983-set flick, about a college student's realization her babysitting gig isn't as harmless as it first appeared. more deets

Canada vs. USA rugby match
Saturday
A test match at the new Wanderers Grounds (5819 Sackville Street, sandwiched between Summer Street and Bell Road) sees Canada's senior men's rugby team face off against Team USA for some high-adrenaline action. more deets

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Grand Theft Terra Firma
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
“Pick your thief and play a part in the crime,” reads the instructions to Grand Theft Terra Firma. A combination of installations and photographic compositions at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, the exhibition makes reference to gameplay from the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, and invites visitors to participate in one of the world’s greatest heists: Colonialism. more deets

Folk/Funk
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't seen the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's impressive collection of ceramics by professional and folk artists, get to this show before it closes mid-July and see a number of newly acquired pieces by famed Quebec ceramic artist Edouard Jasmin. more deets

A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shelley Mitchell's latest collection of oil paintings takes endless inspiration from trees of all types, at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Lies of the Beautiful People
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Peep Ginette Melanson's pro palette knife work in these paintings presenting people's daily lives, on view at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. more deets

Partner brings its brand of Led Zepplin-influenced rock to The Seahorse. - COLIN MEDLEY PHOTO
  • Partner brings its brand of Led Zepplin-influenced rock to The Seahorse.
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Madchild w/Nasty RudeDawg and guests
Friday
Swollen Members' Madchild stops in Halifax as part of an epic cross-country tour, showing off tracks from his upcoming album Darkest Hour and a few mildly terrifying face tattoos at Reflections. more deets

Make Music Day Halifax
Thursday
A free, sonic celebration of the summer solstice attempts to fill HRM with as much music as possible. See amateur and professional noise-makers of all stripes in a variety of locations, like Hydrostone Park, Argyle Fine Art, the Public Gardens, Bistro Le Coq, the Grand Parade, Alderney Landing and Quaker House. more deets

Partner w/Century Egg, No, It's Fine.
Thursday
Tegan and Sara back-and-forths paired with stadium rock riffage is what makes Partner the type of act you can't get enough of. See the duo shred alongside art-rock cool-quirky Century Egg and the fun-but-punky No, It's Fine. for an unmissable show at The Seahorse. more deets

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The Barn Presents: Devarrow, Dana Sipos, Abigail Lapell
Thursday

The seasonal house show at 5673 Bilby Street returns just in time for the summer solstice. Celebrate the longest day of the year in sonically sweet company as Devarrow—whose haunting, huge sound evokes Save Your Scissors-era City and Colour mixed with some Ryan Adams vibes—performs with powerhouse singer-songwriters Dana Sipos (pictured) and Abigail Lapell. Bring your own food for the barbecue and BYOB. more deets
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Halifax Urban Folk Festival announces partial lineup

The fest caps off your summer with shows from Aug 26-Sep 2.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 4:16 PM

Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker is amongst the fest's headliners. - BRITNEY TOWNSEND
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The ninth annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival, AKA the acoustic-tinged farewell kiss to summer, has announced the first three names on its lineup today. The fest, which is held at a few spots around town but primarily housed at The Carleton, is headlined by Hey Rosetta!'s (RIP) frontperson Tim Baker, Nashville singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt and former Crash Test Dummies frontperson Brad Roberts. Tickets for these three acts will be available Friday, June 22 at halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com and the rest of the fest's lineup will be shared in the coming weeks.

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​Rich Aucoin bike blog #9: Nashville, TN to Washington, DC

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:12 AM

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“The Wave,” “The Motorcycle Salute,” or as I’ve heard it called, “The Drag” (my personal favourite): Defining the signal of acknowledgement between two two-wheeled travellers on the open road in North America. These waves, mostly between two motorcyclists and presumed to have originated between the most famous two motorcycles, William Harley and Arthur Davidson, occasionally are shared between motorized and non-motorized cyclists to express the understanding of their shared road dangers and commonalities.

While I don’t see many motorcyclists giving the road cyclist the wave—though it happens—a lot more of them are open to letting the long-distance cyclists into their ranks with a dropped hand offering of respect. It does feel very empowering to when a group of bikers cruises by you on a quiet lonely highway and the leader and pack all drop their hands out in recognition to which you drop a hand back as are the ways of the road.
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I’ve gotten into the lush, wet and mountainous part of the trek.
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Felt like Bart Simpson trying to find the excitement of the 1982 World’s Fair years too late in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Country roads take me home to the place where I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama!
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I saw something in the middle of the highway that turned out to be a kitten. I couldn’t figure out where it came from or how it got there but I ran out into the road and scooped it up before it could get run-over and checked the nearby houses for any answers. Finding no help (even from a police officer who stopped to make sure I was physically alright as I had flung by bike to the side of the road hastily), I put the kitten in my front bike basket and was proceeding to cycle him to the nearest animal shelter which I assumed was like our local SPCA back home but luckily got intercepted by some women in the road as well getting donations for their organization, Abandoned Angels Inc., they let me know it was more of a “kill shelter” because of the overpopulation of animals in the south and they said they’d help get the kitten its shots and find it a home so I handed the kitten over to them and continued on my route.
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Biked by an abandoned asylum.
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Stayed at supposedly haunted hotel reminiscent of The Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

Visited the 215-foot high naturally eroded bridge in Natural Bridge, Virginia. It was a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe, years later surveyed by a young George Washington and years later bought by Thomas Jefferson who called it “the most sublime of nature’s works.”
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Visited one of the many caverns of the area. Was able to explore by flashlight because I was the only one visiting at the time so they bent the rules and turned off the lights for me.

Finished crossing the Appalachian mountains and enjoyed the longest downhill ride of the tour.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Score a winning weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:10 PM

This weekend the OUTeast Film Fest returns, the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off and Canada's next big band The Glorious Sons comes to town. See how to spend the best days of the week below.

OUTeast Film Festival 2018 kicks off with a gala screening of the Sundance-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
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Roller Derby: Black Rock Bandits vs Dead Ringers
Thursday
Two teams in the Anchor City Rollers league face off for edge-of-your-seat action. Make sure to arrive early at the Mayflower Curling Club, because pre-match a food truck rally is taking over the parking lot for your snacking pleasure. more deets

OUTeast Film Festival Opening Gala: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Friday
The queer film fest kicks off with a screening of the Sundance Film Festival top-prize-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which sees Cameron P(Chloë Grace Moretz) sent to a gay conversion camp the day after prom. Despite the camp's best efforts, Post finds self-acceptance and a chosen family as she sees others like her for the first time. See it at the Halifax Central Library. more deets

Soapbox Science
Saturday
Soapbox Science, the curated lineup of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), brings 12 awesome lady researchers to the Seaport Market to share their discoveries in an interactive, casual presentation. more deets

2018 FIFA World Cup viewing
Saturday
While every sports bar in town will be showing soccer all weekend long (shout out to Niche Lounge for its epic patio big screen that lets you watch the game in the sun!), those looking for an atypical yet awesome viewing experience should head to the Portuguese Social Club to see the Spain vs Portugal match: Families of fans chanting and hollering at each goal makes for a high-intensity spectator sesh. more deets

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Conservation Starter
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society’s inaugural juried members’ exhibition sees Studio 21 bling out in fine art jewellery made by local talent. more deets

Refuge Canada
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you're yet to make it to the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21's exhibit about refugees' stories—and Canada's spotty admittance record—stopping by before World Refugee Day (Wednesday, June 20) is a primo way to mark the occasion. more deets

Put A Bird On It!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dart tips its hat to Portlandia and feathered friends of all sorts with this bird-focused show. more deets

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A Survey of Ordinary Scenes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Megan Kyak-Monteith and Alex Sutcliffe deconstruct the language of internet culture and share immersive paintings of childhood memories in a show the artists hope will "challenge notions surrounding the beliefs, histories, and biases attached to the painting medium." See the works at Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

The Glorious Sons, critical darlings who also get tons of radio play, rock out at the Garrison Backlot Bash this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Glorious Sons, critical darlings who also get tons of radio play, rock out at the Garrison Backlot Bash this weekend.
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Upstream Ensemble: New Directions—UP!
Sunday
Upstream, the collection of local composers and noise-makers, returns to the Halifax Music Co-op to give you a dose of the eclectic and experimental as it shares selections from its repertoire along with new compositions by members and, for the first time, newly commissioned works by adventurous local composers outside the Upstream crew. more deets

Garrison's Backlot Bash: The Glorious Sons w/The Motorleague, Hello Delaware
Saturday
The Backlot Bash has always been a banger, bringing some of Canada's coolest acts out east to get summer started (July Talk and The Sheepdogs have been headliners in summers past). This year, Garrison's done it again, bringing the beautifully bluesy and hard-rockin' five-piece that'll be your new favourite band: The Glorious Sons. Supporting acts Hello Delaware and The Motorleague make arriving early vital. more deets

Century Egg w/Napster Vertigo, Stabbing Joy
Thursday
The indie-quirky-cool Mandarin-English rock band Century Egg will make your legs scramble on the dance floor at the Modulating Mansion. more deets

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Artist in Residence Finalists Showcase
Friday
The five finalists gunning for Casino Nova Scotia's Artist in Residence program (past artists include Devarrow, who'll also perform a set, and Reeny Smith) battle it out for the crown at this free show. See Elijah Will, Jah'Mila (pictured), Jodi Guthro, Owen Meany's Batting Stance and T. Thomason deliver their top tunes. more deets
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Halifax Pop Explosion announces first wave of acts

Book vacation time now for the October 17-20 festival.

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Every fall, the Halifax Pop Explosion blows the city’s minds with an eclectic mix of artists shredding on stages across town. While 2018’s full lineup is yet to be announced, the first crop of names includes scrappy indie rockers The Born Ruffians (which returned to its original lineup earlier this year), Vancouver EDM up-and-comer Applecat and Nova Scotia’s own Port Cities, performing with Symphony Nova Scotia.

We’re already warming up our credit cards to see Chicago rapper CupcakKe, who carries on the bawdy, ball-busting rhyme tradition of Lil’ Kim with a knack for throwaway lines that Pitchfork calls “some of the funniest, absurdist one-liners to appear on a record since the heyday of Ghostface."

Rounding out the announcement is Zola Jesus, Sean Leon, Reuben and the Dark, Helena Deland, Cadence Weapon and Fat Tony. Earlybird wristbands are on sale now for $65, and you can peep more details about the fest at halifaxpopexplosion.com.

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Wares’ passion and place

The Edmonton four-piece brings its terrific debut across the nation with fire and heart.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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RadStorm, 6050 Almon Street
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Wares' self-titled 2017 debut makes gargantuan sonic leaps throughout its 38 or so minutes. It opens with the lackadaisical, hazy "City Kids," shows the band raising its fists for sinewy, anthemic punk on "Mission Hill" and goes positively ballistic with the thrashy folk of "Jeremiah."

But the album's heart and cohesion lies in songwriter Cassia Hardy's exploration of what it means to leave a flawed place you love—and decide to return, over and over. "I think one of the most important parts of finding a home is establishing some distance from time to time," Hardy says over the phone from the City of Champions (AKA Edmonton). "So when you come back, you're doing it with a surety of mind—that this is where you choose to be."

A lot of bands, from a lot of places in this country—certainly Halifax—have been burdened by that choice (ahem Joel Plaskett's "Work Out Fine"). Industry centres like Montreal and Toronto become very alluring as you scan local listings in your city's wicked cool alt-weekly during a drought. But Hardy keeps heading back to Edmonton, watching young artists make their way up in the scene.

"Hopefully they don't leave for Toronto and Montreal," Hardy says. "I think it's a common Prairie story. There are a lot of people here who make scrappy, weird, interesting music, and then they get tired of always being on the fringes, of always battling it out."

It is a common Prairie story—remember The Weakerthans? But Wares keeps fighting that good fight at home and on the road. And there's only one thing that keeps them coming back. "You have to be dead sure, and you have to love it, or else it's not going to be good for you," Hardy says. "You can't do it for any other reason than passion." 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Drink in the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 4:42 PM

This weekend, the Drink Atlantic Festival raises a glass to local cocktail culture, Oceans Week wraps with a beach cleanup, HIFF debuts a can’t-miss film shot on Cape Breton and there's so much more going on.

Jacquelyn Mills filmed her Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival pick In The Waves over several years as a one-woman crew. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
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McNab's Island Beach Cleanup
Sunday
The longest-running beach cleanup in the Maritimes, the annual McNab's cleanup has gathered nearly 13,000 bags of garbage and recyclables from the island's shorelines. Pitch in as part of Oceans Week and register for the event, which departs from Murphy's Cable Wharf, outside of Murphy's Restaurant on the waterfront, on mcnabsisland.ca/events. more deets

Hydrostone Haul
Saturday
Described by organizers as a "dynamic, festive, multi-street yard sale, created in the tradition of other huge neighbourhood sales across the country," this sweet sale is a perfect way to score some finds. more deets

In The Waves screening
Thursday
Day two of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Fest kicks off with a screening of Jacquelyn Mills’ impressionistic documentary depicting the life of her grandmother Joan in a small coastal village on Cape Breton Island. Shot over several years with a one-woman film crew, it's an intimate portrait of grief and solace. See it at Neptune's Scotiabank Theatre. more deets

Croquet & Cocktails
Saturday
Drink Atlantic, The Coast's celebration of cocktail culture on the east coast, takes a bow with this epic evening of croquet and cocktails hosted by Hendrick’s Gin National Brand Ambassador Alvin Ramchurn. Two signature bevvies are included in your ticket price, plus each round of croquet gets you a Hendrick’s-and-tonic creation of your choice. Location details revealed with ticket purchase, croquet dress encouraged. more deets

Emma Allain attempts to re-create her lost French-English dictionary at the Port Loggia Gallery. - EMMA ALLAIN ARTWORK
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Lost Dictionary/Dictionnaire Perdu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
When Emma Allain's irreplaceable Larousse French-English dictionary—and three replicas—were lost or stolen this past February at the NSCAD port campus's Port Loggia gallery, the artist found material instead: Over a 12-day period, Allain will be stationed in the Port Loggia, attempting to replace the original reference by making new versions of her Larousse. more deets

Mad Expectations: An Homage to Monet
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Artist Karl MacKeeman pays respects to the king of impressionism with a host of water lily paintings. See them at Lion & Bright. more deets

Germinations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dart Gallery describes its latest exhibit, a show by Rhonda Barrett, best: "a new collection of ideas grown from the seeds of hand-cut collage, ink and acrylic, nurtured with an appreciation of Ikebana (Japanese paper arts and flower arrangement)." more deets

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Colour Kerfuffle
Thursday, Friday
A small retrospective of process-oriented abstract painting by Randy Engelberg celebrates the artist's non-objective, hard edged, bursting-with-colour style at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

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PANDA
Friday
A night of Afrobeats, Afrotrap, Afrohouse and Afrofutirism with DJ KVZI and DJ Fadzwa at The Khyber. more deets

Matt Steele and the Corvette Sunset album release show w/The Kents, Lazeez
Thursday
Indie rock darling Matt Steele—described as "one part Elvis Costello, one part Marlon Brando"—celebrates some new tunes with this fire-hot Seahorse Tavern show. more deets

Scotia Festival of Music Gala
Sunday
Johannes Debus conducts the closing show for the Scotia Festival of Music at the Sir James Dunn theatre, as works by Bach, Bartok and Philip Glass are performed. more deets

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Ray Reaves’ double life

The up-and-coming rapper releases his duplicitous EP The Gemini on Friday.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Ray Reaves The Gemini release
Friday, June 8, 10pm
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street
$10

Gemini season is upon us! Duality, contrast, whatever you want to call it: It's a time to look at both sides of the coin. And no one knows the importance of this introspection better than Ray Reaves, who drops his latest EP The Gemini on June 8.

The six-track collection, coming days after his 21st birthday, sees the American-Canadian rapper exploring many facets of his personality and touches on depression, egotism and suicide. With sounds ranging from hyped and trappy to low-key and vibey, and with lyrics like "I'm a scrawny n—-a from the suburbs, but I'll kill you n——s on this trapping shit," it's indicative of someone who can't simply be taken at face value.

"There's a part of me that wants to be like 'I'm the shit, I'm awesome, Ray Reaves is the next big thing,' and extroverted," says Reaves. "But there's another side most people don't see that's calm, reserved, and consciously aware."

A former clarinet-playing band geek turned hip hop artist, music has taken on different meanings in his life. Referring to songwriting as his form of "self-medication," Reaves co-produced The Gemini alongside up-and- coming producers Fontaine, Choi and Nineteen92; including lead single "Kill Switch" released last month.

Available via major streaming services upon release, it marks the musician's third EP in six months, but he's not stopping there. To promote his new music, Reaves will play a number of shows, including a release-day party at The Carleton.

With its lyrical candour and instrumentation to match, The Gemini is sure to set it off this summer wherever it's played—while drawing fans further into Reaves' world. "I want people to connect with my trials and tribulations and know someone wants to help them through their own situations," says Reaves. "I hope they get some understanding of who I am, not only as an artist—but as a person."

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #8: Memphis to Nashville, TN

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 3:35 PM

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I go back and forth between whether I like to plan ahead on things like travelling or whether I like to have a loose idea and just let a lot of things fall as they do and not stress whether I’m seeing the “best” possible thing with my time. While I’m a huge fan of the website Atlas Obscura and subscribe to its daily newsletter, I didn’t do a bunch of research before this tour to see what I could detour to see.

So coming across something like Billy Tripp’s The Mindfield was quite a pleasant surprise. He’s been building the enormous metalworks structure since 1989. I got to chat with him and pick up a copy of his building memoirs, The Mindfield Years. He was an extremely nice fellow and had lots of interesting stuff to say as we talked about philosophy and traveling. He recommended William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways which I had already coincidentally downloaded as an audiobook because of Meg Remy (US Girls) recommending in an interview a friend of mine had done with her.
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So lush now in Tennessee. Sometimes it looks like the tropics.
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Lots of hot days on empty roads like this. I don’t think I’ll be on anymore interstates for the remainder of the tour which is great. Blue highways only.
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It's also been dark and gloomy for the first time on the tour too so lots of small roads turn into green tunnels. These are different shots on different days in different places!
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Getting back to Nashville was exciting and felt like seeing it anew. I have usually stayed with friends on the east side, but I stayed downtown because of having to do a morning show performance. I went out and experienced Broadway Street in all its glory. For those who haven’t been to Nashville, Broadway  is like a musician’s utopia with literally every business for a three-block stretch of it being a bar with a band playing live music.

The only catch is that every bar is playing country music and mostly pop bar country music so I went looking for somewhere playing real country and found it in Robert’s Western World: A six-piece armed with a fiddle and pedal steel playing some classic tunes and original music and with the youngest band member in his mid-50s. It was really good.

I’ve fantasized with friends about the idea of a music festival taking over Broadway’s infrastructure and having a festival where you could walk five minutes down one street and hear every genre of music. Doubt that could ever happen but would really interesting for the eclectic music fan. At its best moments SXSW has been like that albeit the sheer concentration of Broadway’s bars makes it an interesting experience to envision.

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