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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
  • OUTeast Film Festival 2018 kicks off with a gala screening of the Sundance-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
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Roller Derby: Black Rock Bandits vs Dead Ringers
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
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
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
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

The Dart Gallery tips its hat to Portlandia with a new exhibit. - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • The Dart Gallery tips its hat to Portlandia with a new exhibit.
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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

  • Megan Kyak-Monteith and Alex Sutcliffe
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!
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
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
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
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.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:45 AM

CupcakKe brings raunchy rhymes and a new album to HPX this fall. - SCREENSHOT VIA CUPCAKKE.COM
  • CupcakKe brings raunchy rhymes and a new album to HPX this fall.
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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

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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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Wares W/Lizbrain&Doug, Goldbloom, Matty Grace
Wednesday, June 20, 8pm
RadStorm, 6050 Almon Street

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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