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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Get shucky this Oyster Fest weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Get shucked this weekend as the Halifax Oyster Festival brings Canada's biggest raw bar back to the waterfront, the 48 Hour Film Project screens flicks made in a scant two days, Hopscotch Festival delivers hip hop heavyweights to Dartmouth and indie darling The Burning Hell keeps it weird at Gus' Pub.

The Atlantic Flamenco Festival goes out with a bang as Spanish dancer Virginia Castro Duràn takes The Seahorse stage Thursday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Atlantic Flamenco Festival goes out with a bang as Spanish dancer Virginia Castro Duràn takes The Seahorse stage Thursday.
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Halifax Oyster Festival 2018
Friday, Saturday

Oh baby! The best in bivalves awaits at this two-day raw bar event held on the Halifax Waterfront. Tasting sessions featuring over 20 different oyster producers from Atlantic Canada and abroad will make you a connoisseur in no time, while shucking competitions dial up the energy (and the fun!), no matter if you're watching or partaking. more deets

Flamenco night with Virginia Castro Duràn
Thursday

While The Atlantic Flamenco Festival gives you a host of chances to fall for the Spanish stepping style, this marquee event is sure to bowl over fans as it sees Virginia Castro Durán, famed Spanish flamenco dancer, bringing her signature mix of stomping feet and coiling wrists to The Seahorse stage. Live backing music, tapas and wine round out the good times. more deets

Festival of Wines grand tastings
Friday, Saturday

The marquee event of the Festival of Wines sees you exploring great grapes from across North America (the region of this year's fest theme) with a whopping 350-plus wines to swill and sip. Held at the Cunard Centre. more deets

Halifax 48 Hour Film Project screening
Thursday

Members in the 48 Hour Film Project (which sees filmmakers create a short from scratch in two days) see their finalized flicks shown at this Halifax Central Library screening. Audience members vote for their favourites, which could win $1,000 and the chance to be shown at Cannes (!!!). more deets

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery sees the forest for the trees with Sarah Irwin's collection of leaf-filled canvases. - SARAH IRWIN ARTWORK
  • 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery sees the forest for the trees with Sarah Irwin's collection of leaf-filled canvases.
  • Sarah Irwin artwork

Close to the edge... The work of Gerald Ferguson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Billed as a "comprehensive overview of Gerald Ferguson's practice," this Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show sees some of the artist's signature works displayed from the gallery's vaults—underscoring why he was included in such seminal showcases as the Museum of Modern Art's 1970 conceptual art showcase Information. more deets

James G. Davis: Selections from Five Decades
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Studio 21, a longtime staple in the local arts scene, celebrates its new digs at 5431 Doyle Street with an exhibit worthy of the occasion: A selection of highly-narrative, mythically-inspired works by famed artist James G. Davis, spanning his career. more deets

Poet Trees
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Sarah Irwin takes you into an enchanted forest as she debuts a collection of canvases celebrating trees both real and imagined at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery. more deets

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Travelling Textiles
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Visting Japanese artist Nobuko Hiroi arrives at the Anna Leonowens Gallery with this, an exhibit "celebrating the intimate and sensorial nature of textiles in our everyday life." more deets

Indie-rock weirdo The Burning Hell brings songs about love, loss and Kiefer Sutherland to Gus' Pub Saturday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Indie-rock weirdo The Burning Hell brings songs about love, loss and Kiefer Sutherland to Gus' Pub Saturday.
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Hopscotch 2018: Brother Ali w/MURS
Saturday

Atlantic Canada's largest hip hop festival returns for a full day of rhyme-slinging ruckus, capped off with this show starring the indie MC with a social justice bent, Brother Ali. It all goes down at Dartmouth's Ferry Terminal Park. more deets

Birdie Whyte & Caribou Run w/Nik Field, Ken Viota
Friday
For her latest jaunt out east, Ottawa's banjo queen Birdie Whyte collaborates with a new backing band in each city, adding endless influences to her songbook's mix of garage, bluegrass, jazz and folk-tinged tunes. In Halifax, it's the neo-folk Caribou Run rounding things out, while Nik Field and Ken Viota hold the undercard. See it at The Carleton. more deets

BA Johnston w/The Burning Hell, Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew
Saturday

It's a lit night of oddball rock at Gus' Pub: Hamilton dirtbag BA Johnston plays songs about food while quirky, world-travelling indie-rock outfit The Burning Hell doles out lyrics about hope, heartbreak and the ideal situations to launch your own cult. more deets

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Sarah Jane Scouten
Sunday
The Vancouver-based singer-songwriter counts Hank Williams and Stan Rogers as her greatest influences and regularly draws comparisons to the likes of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement. Here, she shares her rootsy-Canadiana sound for all your boot-stompin' needs from The Carleton stage. more deets
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall forward into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 11:33 AM

It's the most wonderful time of the year—for arts and culture happenings, that is. Look ahead and plan an awesome autumn with this week’s Fall Arts Guide, and know that the fun starts now with events like the Atlantic Flamenco Fest’s opening weekend, the debut of Indian dance company Attakkalari Dance in Halifax, and AQUA live in concert!

Live Art Dance kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a visit from India's Attakkalari Dance. - JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA PHOTO
  • Live Art Dance kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a visit from India's Attakkalari Dance.
  • Jawahar Kala Kendra photo

An Afternoon of Flamenco
Sunday
Local flamenco dancers serve up a taste of the Spanish stepping style at this performance, part of the Atlantic Flamenco Festival. Held in the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall. more deets

No Place To Go book launch
Thursday
"Why are public toilets so crappy?" writes award-winning journalist (and Coast contributing editor) Lezlie Lowe. Here, Lowe celebrates the release of her latest, a book that "plunges into the world of public toilets considering city planning, society, design, equity, and hand soap," with a reading-and-signing sesh at Art Bar + Projects. more deets

Chinese Festival Day
Saturday
It's a jam-packed day of cultural richness as the Chinese Festival shares presentations, performances and activities from the Halifax waterfront. Authentic, regional eats (think dim sum!) and handcrafts are also on deck. more deets

Attakkalari Dance Company performs Bhinna Vinyasa
Thursday, Friday
To kick off its 2018-2019 season, Live Art Dance welcomes India's Attakkalari Dance Company to the Halifax stage as part of its first international tour. The company is set to perform a piece Live Art calls "a fresh contribution to the contemporary Indian dance scene, exploring the lives of individuals and communities faced with rapid changes." more deets

The group show Revolution sees artists considering upheavals of all kinds—including the French Revolution—at the Mary E. Black Gallery. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The group show Revolution sees artists considering upheavals of all kinds—including the French Revolution—at the Mary E. Black Gallery.
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James G. Davis: Selections from Five Decades
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Studio 21, a longtime staple in the local arts scene, celebrates its new digs at 5431 Doyle Street with an exhibit worthy of the occasion: A selection of highly narrative, mythically inspired works by famed artist James G. Davis, spanning his career. more deets

Revolution
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
For this juried exhibition, 22 Craft Nova Scotia artists share works defining their meaning of the word "revolution"—from #metoo to the French Revolution to personal discoveries. See it at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

Observations from the Aries Factory
Thursday, Friday
Gary Castle presents the highlights of his yearlong, collage-a-day project at this Corridor Gallery show with 17 mixed-media canvases on a variety of themes. more deets

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Quaff: To Drink Deeply
Thursday, Saturday
A juried showcase of works by the Nova Scotia Potters Guild sees a swath of original, drink-themed ceramics on display at Government House. more deets

Folk-rock firestorm Devarrow returns to town with a full band in tow. - PHOTO VIA DEVARROW.COM
  • Folk-rock firestorm Devarrow returns to town with a full band in tow.
  • Photo via devarrow.com

Pigeon Hole
Saturday

A Victoria-based rap duo that got its start as part of the early-aughts group Sweatshop Union, Pigeon Hole delivers indie hip hop vibes backed by bold bass lines. Catch the show at The Marquee. more deets

AQUA w/Prozzäk, Whigfield
Friday
Live your Barbie girl dreams as the Danish pop throwback turns the Forum into a funhouse. more deets

Devarrow w/Russell Louder, Bella Larsen
Saturday

Devarrow—the local troubadour who melds Save Your Scissors-era City and Colour lyricism with Bon Iver-on-espresso vibes—returns to The Carleton with a full band in tow to rain down on our ears. more deets

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Rufus Wainwright
Thursday

One of the greatest vocalists, composers and songwriters of our time graces our unworthy presences as he takes the Rebecca Cohn stage as part of his latest tour. more deets
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall for these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Get ready to pumpkin spice up your life as Christina Martin and Ben Caplan both play Big Ticket hometown gigs, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival goes into binge mode, Word on the Street takes over the Halifax Central Library, and Prismatic Arts Festival shines on with a slew of shows—including the must-see Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover.

Shakespeare In Love sparkles at Neptune Theatre, no Gwyneth Paltrow required. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • Shakespeare In Love sparkles at Neptune Theatre, no Gwyneth Paltrow required.
  • Stoo Metz photo

Shauntay Grant at Word on the Street
Saturday 
The Word on the Street, Halifax's annual hat-tip to books and magazines, returns to the Central Library for a full day of lectures and readings worth checking out. A highlight? Former poet laureate Shauntay Grant's presentation of her latest book, Africville, which depicts a child imagining the former neighbourhood. She speaks at 11am in the second floor Lindsay Room. more deets

Shakespeare In Love
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Though Neptune Theatre doesn't have Gwyneth Paltrow in the wings for its stage remake of the '90s flick slash period drama, we're sure it'll still be epic—after all, how could the (fictional) tale that inspired Shakespeare to write Romeo & Juliet not be? more deets

Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover
Thursday, Friday
Shahin Sayadi’s musical theatre piece—workshopped at last year's Prismatic Arts Festival and returning now for Prismatic 2018 for its full debut—will make your lovesick heart skip as it shares the tale of two lovers in southern Iran. A disapproving family attempts to cure a would-be Romeo of his case of caught feels with a Zar exorcism, a tradition brought to the region by escaped African slaves, before a shocking revelation comes to light. See it at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Neptune Theatre prop and costume sale
Saturday 
Take home a piece of theatre history at this cash-only sale that sees Neptune cleaning out its prop closet. Held at 2245 Creighton Street. more deets

FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 

Oh, baby: With this many film screenings, the massive ode to movies can feel overwhelming. Sift through the plentiful picture shows to see what's unmissable by picking up this week's Coast, which has a whole feature on FIN—or check out some coverage heremore deets

It's your last weekend to see the AGNS's illuminating, ruminating exhibit The Light Fantastic. - DUANE LINKLATER ARTWORK
  • It's your last weekend to see the AGNS's illuminating, ruminating exhibit The Light Fantastic.
  • Duane Linklater artwork

Homepage
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Peter Dykhuis makes the mundane into art as scraps of visual information (think maps, grocery lists and the like) and the digital screens they call home are turned into mixed-media works at Hermes Gallery. more deets

The Light Fantastic
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The group show that focuses on light as a medium—rather than clay or paint—wraps next week, so this is your chance to see neon-y pieces on themes swirling around life, sexuality and the seeming futility of existence at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. more deets

Scratch & Sniff Menu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Emily Lawrence's Craig Gallery show explores scent's complex and tightly woven connection to memory. Based on interviews with people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Lawrence re-constructed memorable foods, photographed them, and infused the prints with scratch and sniff technology "as a means to explore the power of olfactory promoting as a means of memory retrieval." more deets

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Let me talk to you man to man
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 
NSCAD faculty member Erica Mendritzki shows a collection of canvases at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, saying: "Like a lot of girls, I would like to have the chance to talk to somebody man to man. To engage with the history of art or the history of ideas, as a woman, is to interrupt a century-spanning conversation in which the rules of engagement and the topics of discussion have been set by men." more deets

After wowing crowds around the world with her latest record, Christina Martin returns to Nova Scotia for a release party at The Marquee. - SARAH JAMER PHOTO
  • After wowing crowds around the world with her latest record, Christina Martin returns to Nova Scotia for a release party at The Marquee. 
  • Sarah Jamer photo

WEARY w/Kim Harris, Chris Meyers
Friday
Billed as "soft songs from St. John's," WEARY brings beautiful melodies to The Nook with pal Kim Harris—another Newfoundlander known for lace-like, lyrical tunes—in tow. more deets

Pretty Archie
Thursday
The Cape Breton four-piece delivers its signature saltwater spin on Canadiana with this sweet Carleton set. more deets

Christina Martin & Band album release show w/Villages
Friday 

Martin celebrates album number six, Impossible To Hold, with a home-province release show with her backing band after wowing fans worldwide. Event organizers call it a blend of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Eurythmics—we call it the perfect mix of a vulnerable vibrato and rock star energy. Catch it at The Marquee. more deets

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Ben Caplan
Friday
It's been a hot minute since Halifax's folk-pop prince has graced a hometown stage, but now the bearded balladeer is back—with a new album and his signature theatrical stage presence in tow—for what's sure to be one of the best shows of the season. Catch it at the Rebecca Cohn. more deets
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have a globetrotting weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Can't catch a flight this weekend? Get the next best thing as global offerings like the eats at Italian Weekend, the A-grade performers at the Experience China Gala and the English football vibes at the HFX Derby fill the coming days.

Homemade mains and the desserts dreams are made of await at Italian Weekend. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Homemade mains and the desserts dreams are made of await at Italian Weekend.
  • Riley Smith photo

Experience China Gala
Sunday
The Halifax Chinese Festival kicks off with a luxe bang at this showcase. Watch a half dozen internationally acclaimed Chinese performing troupes, including the Chinese National Opera and the country's national acrobatic troupe, take the Rebecca Cohn stage. more deets

Halifax Anarchist Bookfair
Saturday

In a bid to push back against late capitalism and its horrors, this book and craft fair sees anyone interested in anarchism, or anyone who just hates the government, descending upon 5450 Russell Street. more deets

Italian Weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Get a taste of the dolce vita as the Italian Cultural Centre serves up eats like nonna makes (think tiramisu, cannoli and all the pasta you could dream of) alongside live entertainment and bocce games at the Agricola Street spot. more deets

The HFX Derby: A SMU vs Dal double header
Friday

A derby—known to hardcore soccer fans as a match between two rival footie teams of close geographical proximity—sees both the men's and women's Tigers and Huskies teams face off at the Wanderers Grounds Stadium. more deets

Artist Damien Webb serves up Disney-inspired awesome at Argyle Fine Art. - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
  • Artist Damien Webb serves up Disney-inspired awesome at Argyle Fine Art.
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Farewell to 1272
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
After 10 years of sharing snapshots from 1272 Barrington Street, ViewPoint Gallery prepares to move house with this sweet exhibition full of members' favourite photos. more deets

On & Off The Wall: The Peer Gallery of Lunenburg Shows in Halifax
Saturday, Sunday
A smattering of artists from the famed Lunenburg gallery showcase works ranging from watercolours to abstract at the Chase Exhibition Room. more deets

Teensyland
Saturday

Artist Damien Webb invites you to his pint-sized world of wonder as he shares a collection of original, miniature sculptures (often made from found materials) that are a bite-sized spin on a fictional theme park. See 'em at Argyle Fine Art. more deets

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#callresponse
Saturday, Sunday
The SMU art gallery unveils its eyeball-energizing, heart-thumping, brain-flooding show #callresponse—featuring work from five Indigenous women artists "living within the Canadian nation state" and includes a piece by the Sobey Art Award-winning Ursula Johnson—“to ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building.” more deets

Hello Delaware brings Red-era Taylor Swift realness to the UNI Festival Saturday. - PHOTO KYLEE NUNN
  • Hello Delaware brings Red-era Taylor Swift realness to the UNI Festival Saturday.
  • Photo Kylee Nunn

Dancing Down The Walls
Friday
DJ Fadzwa, DJ Dentata and DJ Nausikaa make you raise a fist (and shake yo' butt) at this fundraiser in solidarity with the inmates at Burnside Prison, raising money for the strike they're undertaking until September 9. Held at Glitter Bean Cafe. more deets

UNI Festival 2018
Saturday
The outdoor festival celebrating community returns to Gottingen Street, bringing an open-air vendors' market and a three-on-three basketball tournament with it. Live performances by the likes of UK artist Shauna and Toronto's Nilla—and local gems Hello Delaware, Aquakultre, Ced, Marty & Dave and more—round out the fun. It all goes down near the YMCA, at 2183 Gottingen Street. more deets

The Midnight Ramblers cover The Rolling Stones
Friday

No one can ever be Mick Jagger, but this Moncton five-piece gives it its best go, delivering enough vintage Stones covers that you might finally be able to get some satisfaction. Catch it at The Carleton. more deets

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Botfly w/Motherhood, Washing Machine
Saturday

A night of hardcore—with '80s-rock tones thanks to Washing Machine, pictured—takes over The Seahorse. more deets
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