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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Have a hair-raising Halloweekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Haunted houses, scary screenings and the biggest shin digs in the city mark the year's eeriest eve with all kinds of fun. Peep the can't miss events below and then get back to finishing your agave costume.

KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill lights up The Seahorse Friday. - STEPHEN RUXTON PHOTO
  • KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill lights up The Seahorse Friday.
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Double feature: Hocus Pocus and The Craft
Sunday
Good Robot pays homage to Bette Midler, patron saint of Scary Season, with a screening of Hocus Pocus, the cult Disney flick that follows a trio of witches brought back from the dead, followed by a showing of The Craft. more deets

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun w/DJ Skeeter-B
Saturday
May we suggest a Cyndi Lauper costume for this all-night bop session at The Dome? more deets

Halloween Hellraiser
Friday
KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill and Alice Cooper Stan My Other Brother Alice join forces for this groovy all-night rager that's best experienced in a hair-raising costume. It all goes down at The Seahorse. more deets

Phantom of the Pipes
Saturday
Event organizers promise "an evening of frightening and fantastic music featuring the monster organ" at Fort Massey United Church with this creepy concert. more deets

Bedford Brass Quintet: Brassquerade
Friday

The Bedford Brass Quintet delivers a skin-crawling serving of Halloween fun with this "kaleidoscopic concert full of music that's bizarre, fantastical and just plain weird!" What's on the bill? Creepy classics like "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod and modern goose-bump-givers like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Danny Elfman. Costumes are encouraged and students and children who arrive at Saint Ignatius Church dressed up get in for free. more deets

Thrill the World
Saturday
The Oval gets into the macabre spirit of the season, taking part in this world-wide Halloween celebration slash Michael Jackson tribute that sees fans of all ages doing their best “Thriller” dance. more deets

Ghostly Gala
Friday

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax takes a trip to Cole Harbour Heritage Farm for this bone-chilling night that sees the tellers recite ghostly tales from around the very city we live. more deets

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Another Spooky Night at the Movies
Friday
Looking for a classic way to spend the night when ghosts roam free? Head to Bethany United Church's screening of Hitchcock’s 1927 flick The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog—and watch a serial killer roaming the streets of London as organist Shawn Whynot provides a live soundtrack to the silent film. more deets

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Carnival of Terror
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Head to Atlantic Splash Adventure (1200 Lucasville Road) for this skin-crawling scare sesh that sees you and your pals screaming your heads off inside an infamous haunted house. more deets

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Fangs for the Memories: A Halloween Drag Show
Saturday

The Halifax Drag Kings are paging all creatures of the night to join them for a night of drag performances, door prizes and dancing that's bound to be a ghoulish good time at Menz! more deets

Fear The Darkness Haunted House
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The epic house full of horrors returns to Alderney Landing with all-new attractions and a theme that's a nightmarish twist on fairy tales, for you to get scared. A haunted photo booth, captured escape room and a casket ride round out the frightful fun. more deets

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Have a poppin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 12:22 PM

It's an explosive weekend as the Halifax Pop Explosion continues its city-wide takeover, Atlantic Fashion Week delivers designer duds for its 12th season and Boston singer-songwriter Bryan McPherson plays two Halifax shows! If cannabis' first legal weekend has you looking for a good time, scroll on.

Local streetwear label BZLY showcases pieces inspired by a utopic vision of inter-generational collaboration at Atlantic Fashion Week. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Local streetwear label BZLY showcases pieces inspired by a utopic vision of inter-generational collaboration at Atlantic Fashion Week.
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Unpacking The Living Room performance: "WORK OUT I WORK OUT"
Saturday
The Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's show all about examining and re-imagining our everyday living spaces wraps with a performance piece by Julie Hollenbach and Gambletron exploring the effort required to perform one's gender. more deets

Sharkwater Extinction screening
Friday
Rob Stewart's 2018 doc about the illegal shark fin industry is the follow-up to his 2006 flick that helped ban the practice of catching sharks, cutting their fins off for soup and discarding the bodies in 90 countries. Stewart died during the making of Sharkwater Extinction and this Ecology Action Centre-hosted screening seems the perfect tribute. Held at Scotiabank Theatre Halifax. more deets

Atlantic Fashion Week opening night showcase
Thursday
Atlantic Fashion Week opens with a bang as Nova Scotia's answer to Carolina Herrera—the tartan-infused Veronica MacIsaac—kicks things off with a new collection. A handful of streetwear-inspired brands (including BZLY, pictured above) make the undercard extra-colourful, too. Held at 350 Horseshoe Lake Drive. more deets

Fix-it Fair
Sunday

The third annual ode to up-cycling returns the the Alexander Keith's Brewery Courtyard "to help even the un-handiest people feel like they can tackle simple home repairs" with a repair cafe and on-site experts who'll do their best to fix broken everyday items. more deets

Studio 21 showcases new works by famed artist David Urban. - DAVID URBAN ARTWORK
  • Studio 21 showcases new works by famed artist David Urban.
  • David Urban artwork

A thousand cuts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you've yet to see artist B.G-Osborne's Khyber exhibit (it's only there for 10 more days), get on it: The found footage compilation sees over 80 clips of cisgender actors portraying trans characters, highlighting how mainstream media erases trans identities. more deets

New Works by David Urban
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The famed Canadian painter debuts a new series of paintings at Studio 21. As the gallery puts it, these works lay "in a borderland between abstraction and representation." more deets

Pushing It
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Becky Welter-Nolan's latest Hermes show sees the artist exploring " the narrative of success, navigating between endurance and futility" with a soft, supersized boulder titled RockyIII. more deets

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The Shubenacadie River Beading Project
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carrie Allison—the Indigenous artist who last year exhibited her geographically accurate beadings of the Shubenacadie River at the Port Campus—returns to the space with Kin River Collective to see "participants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, come together and collectively honour the space of the Shubenacadie River" with a beading of the waterway. more deets

Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson plays two shows in town this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson plays two shows in town this weekend.
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Art d'Ecco w/Sportfan, Future Peers, Sorrey
Friday

Crossing musical and gender divides in the grand tradition of David Bowie, Art d'Ecco (this week's Coast cover star!) delivers sharp looks and sharper sounds as part of his mission to bring weirdness and inclusivity back to rock 'n' roll. See his only Halifax Pop Explosion showcase at The Local. more deets

Bryan McPherson
Saturday, Sunday

Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson delivers Americana-tinged tunes taking the side of the underdog that'll make your feet stomp, your heart heave and your head nod along. Catch him Saturday at New Scotland Brewing Co. in Dartmouth or Sunday at Gus' Pub. more deets

Diva Station Trio
Saturday

Because Beyonce was right and a diva is, in fact, the female version of a hustler, three local divas—with the vocal chords to match—have combined forces to deliver a set of pop, rock, opera, top 40 and more at Halifax Distilling Co. Don't miss Maureen Batt, Laura Caswell and Sarah Richardson as they deliver the big diva energy you didn't know you needed. more deets

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Cadence Weapon w/DJ Shut, Jayd Ink, Fat Tony, BLAKDENIM, Hua Li
Saturday

One of the brightest stars of the early-aughts Canadian hip hop scene, Cadence Weapon proves he's still burning bright as he delivers a more raw brand of rap at this HPX showcase. Pro tip? Don't sleep on opening act Hua Li (pictured), singing/rapping/slaying triple-threat who delivers golden-era hip hop vibes with delicious hooks. more deets
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Have an artfully awesome Nocturne weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:01 AM

This weekend, Nocturne lights up the night with art all across the city, The Town Heroes tear it up at The Seahorse, Laurie Brown brings her Pondercast to Halifax and famed artist Kent Monkman debuts a collection of paintings responding to Canada 150 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Little Years shares the story of a gifted mathematician stifled by sexism in the 1950s. - SAMM FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • The Little Years shares the story of a gifted mathematician stifled by sexism in the 1950s.
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Nocturne 2018
Saturday

Art's big night out returns for another evening of epic, outdoor displays in a swath of mediums. This year's edition of the fest is curated by groundbreaking Indigenous artist Raven Davis, and you can grab both the official Nocturne guide and lots of fun art-at-night content in this week's Coast. more deets

The Little Years
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Set in the 1950s, John Mighton's play follows a young, enthusiastic and gifted mathematician as she realizes her dream may not be possible as her brother becomes the star of the family and she is forced to settle for a series of unfulfilling jobs. "The Little Years confronts the impact of chauvinism and explores the nature of fame, the value of art and the passing of time," the show's playwrights add. Catch it at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Art Talks gallery tour
Friday
If Nocturne's about to ramp up your visual appetite, get another look at the good stuff with this tour: Departing from the Halifax Central Library, this free bus trek sees a host of Indigenous artists and curators (that'd be Carrie Allison, Aiden Gillis, Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfeld and Wanda Nanibush) discuss the current showcases at the Treaty Space Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s Art Gallery—and a very special secret stop. Register for the fun at eventbrite.ca. more deets

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Pondercast live taping
Thursday

Former CBC host Laurie Brown brings her popular podcast to Halifax for a live taping. "Pondercast is for explorers—it guides you to the clouds for a mind-bending view," offer event organizers, saying this edition of the pod will touch on "how to stay human as the world tilts in new and strange ways" while musician Joshua Van Tassel creates live backing soundscapes at the Museum of Natural History. more deets

Nanabozho's Sisters explores the legacy of Indigenous women artists using "masquerade, mimicry, parody, ironic reversals, comedic scenarios, anachronistic combinations and satirical creations." - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • Nanabozho's Sisters explores the legacy of Indigenous women artists using "masquerade, mimicry, parody, ironic reversals, comedic scenarios, anachronistic combinations and satirical creations."
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Emotive Landscapes
Thursday, Friday
The Corridor Gallery gives you some serious wanderlust as it showcases watercolour landscapes of Iceland by Kate Ward. more deets

Nanabozho's Sisters
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Nanabozho’s Sisters sees works by several Indigenous women artists play with the legacy of Nanabozho, a trickster figure in Anishinaabe stories, with elements like mimicry, parody and ironic reversals. See it at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. more deets

Carrie Allison: Beaded Earth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carrie Allison, an Indigenous artist who specializes in traditional bead work, exhibits the results of her Museum of Natural History residency—where she worked with the museum's archives to explore and "critically examine colonial methodologies of botanical categorization, display, and displacement"—at this showcase. more deets

KENT MONKMAN
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Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Acclaimed Indigenous artist Kent Monkman's made a name for himself with his ability to infuse baroque-feeling canvases with subversive stories. Here, the painter shares a stack of theatrical canvases responding to Canada's 150 celebrations with Monkman's gender-fluid, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, taking the viewer flying backwards through the confederation's history. See it at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as it opens this week. more deets

OBEY Convention's off-season programming sees Irish performer Áine O'Dwyer wail on the keys of Fort Massey's antique organ. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • OBEY Convention's off-season programming sees Irish performer Áine O'Dwyer wail on the keys of Fort Massey's antique organ.
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The Town Heroes w/David in the Dark, Kids Losing Sleep
Friday

The alt-rock four-piece celebrates its fourth full-length album with an all-night party that sees the pop-punk fun of Kids Losing Sleep (a band featured in The Coast's recent New Music Issue) warming The Seahorse stage. more deets

Lion Bear Fox
Thursday

Folky three-piece Lion Bear Fox returns to The Carleton to share a stack of story-driven songs. more deets

Áine O'Dwyer w/chik white
Friday

OBEY Convention kicks off its series of off-season shows with a doozie, bringing "performer, listener and sonic stalker Áine O'Dwyer" from Ireland to Halifax to explore Fort Massey United Church's "recently-restored organ, which dates back to 1913 and contains over 2,000 pipes and three distinct keyboards." Hear her wail on these antique keys as experimental jaw harpist chik white opens the show. more deets

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Alexander and the Great Ones w/Shadow, Brianna Gosse
Thursday

The Nick Lowe-influenced Alexander MacNeil (leader of Alexander and the Great Ones) brings his rollicking rock packed with funny lyrics to Gus' Pub. more deets
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Have a megawatt Thanksgiving weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM

A megawatt, more-stuffed-than-a-turkey Thanksgiving weekend awaits as shiny Sure Things like a local celebration of India's Festival of Lights, a brilliant show by acclaimed singer-songwriter Rae Spoon and a screening of award-winning flick Let The Sunshine In descend upon your calendar.

Carbon Arc Cinema returns for another season with the award-winning French romance Let The Sunshine In. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Carbon Arc Cinema returns for another season with the award-winning French romance Let The Sunshine In.
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International Fashion Week Nova Scotia
Saturday

A full day of high-fashion energy arrives at Casino Nova Scotia: From 12-2pm, a youth runway collection gives #ootdinspo, while a 7:30pm adults-only fashion gala brings red carpet vibes. A 25-and-up after party at 10pm keeps the good times goin'. more deets

India's Festival of Lights
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Diwali is "a celebration that spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance," event organizers explain of the light-filled festival. Here, the brilliant brains behind India Fest deliver a slice of the cultural celebration, taking over the Halifax Forum with food and cultural vendors, performances, fireworks and more. more deets

Let The Sunshine In screening
Friday
Carbon Arc kicks off its latest season with a screening of this 2018 flick, which sees Juliette Binoche playing a divorced Parisian painter who refuses to settle as she looks for love. more deets

Handworks Halifax
Saturday, Sunday

Calling all crafters and the DIY-inclined! This makers' market at the Halifax Forum sees you picking up pieces by local artisans as well as taking part in free workshops on felting, henna, pottery and more. more deets

Emily Lawrence's show of scent-infused photos at the Craig Gallery wraps this weekend. - EMILY LAWRENCE ARTWORK
  • Emily Lawrence's show of scent-infused photos at the Craig Gallery wraps this weekend.
  • Emily Lawrence artwork

Pushing It
Saturday, Sunday
Becky Welter-Nolan's latest Hermes Gallery show "critiques labour and the narrative of success" with a 200-pound quilted soft-sculpture boulder "navigating between endurance and futility." more deets

Scratch & Sniff Menu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't seen Emily Lawrence's Craig Gallery show yet, this weekend is your last chance—and the food-heavy them is perfect for Turkey Day, too. The exhibit 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 the interviewee's memorable foods (which included many a Thanksgiving dinner), photographed them, and infused the prints with scratch and sniff technology "to explore the power of olfactory promoting as a means of memory retrieval." more deets

Erotic Landscapes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Colombian-born and now Nova Scotia-based artist Carlos Gomez shares oil paintings, watercolours, and works using "traditional printmaking techniques" at this Lion & Bright showcase. more deets

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A Thousand Cuts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

B.G-Osborne's Khyber exhibit "is a found-footage video compilation of cisgender actors portraying transgender roles in film and television. The work arranges clips from over 80 sources to confront the perpetual violence of these inauthentic representations and the systemic erasure of trans people in mainstream media." The show also features printed matter, including a list of the names of trans people who've been murdered in the past two years. "This print serves as a reminder to the viewership of the common consequence of transgender expression, especially for trans women of colour," the gallery adds. more deets

Indie pop duo Dear Rouge comes to the best coast this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Indie pop duo Dear Rouge comes to the best coast this weekend.
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Braden Lam & The Driftwood People w/Eric Stephen Martin, Emily Stuart
Thursday
The salt-water, folk-tinged incarnation of an early-aughts Justin Briber, Braden Lam is the #mcm you haven't met yet. Get your (sonic) introduction to the Ben Howard-sounding songster as he celebrates a new EP with his band, The Driftwood People, at The Carleton. more deets

Cassie Josephine w/The Cry If I Want To's, Terra Spencer
Saturday

To celebrate 40 cycles through the zodiac, indie-folkster Cassie Josephine sings a stack of "songs about aging and the stories that get you there"—and marks the release of a new album, Only Half Blue. Good rockin' awaits with The Cry If I Want To's, making arriving early at Art Bar + Projects a must. more deets

Dear Rouge w/Natalie Lynn, Modern Space
Friday

Vancouver-based electro-rock gold Dear Rouge comes to the best coast for a night of classic bops at The Seahorse. more deets

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Rae Spoon w/Holy Crow, RespectfulChild
Saturday

Award-winning, genre-jumping non-binary artist Rae Spoon—who's penned nine albums spanning the spectrum from folk to electronic—arrives at Radstorm with a new stack of songs, titled bodies of water. more deets
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halifax Pop Explosion announces festival kick-off party featuring Matt Mays and Partner

Cop your wristband for this October 16 party

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig.
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October 17 is a date looming large in our calendars for lots of wild, wonderful reasons—it's the first day of the Halifax Pop Explosion AND the first day of legalized cannabis—but now the countdown is about to be even more epic: HPX announced today that it's getting the party started a little earlier with a countdown to legalization party on October 16 at The Marquee Ballroom featuring the sunshine-streaked sonic tonic of Matt Mays and the stadium-inspired riff-rockage of Partner.

Doors open at 8pm and entry is guaranteed to wristband holders (the fest says a few door tickets might be available if space permits) so Mays fans won't wanna leave it to chance. Get your wristband—and peep the festival's full lineup, which includes awesome all-girl rap group The Sorority, a show by Polaris prize winner Jeremy Dutcher and more—at halifaxpopexplosion.com.

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