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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OBEY Convention announces first wave of 2019 lineup

Keep it strange with the boundary-pushing fest from May 30-June 2.

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We wanna be punk icon Debby Friday when we grow up (but will settle for seeing her at OBEY instead). - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • We wanna be punk icon Debby Friday when we grow up (but will settle for seeing her at OBEY instead).
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Promising "a four-day narrative of radical sounding, a forward-thinking festival like no other," OBEY rings in year 12 from May 30 to June 2 in a host of venues around town. The date announcement also featured a teaser of its lineup, which includes New York's Eartheater, who has a Robyn aesthetic and—according to the fest— "a three-octave vocal range", Philly’s post-bounce clubshaker DJ Haram who mixes DIY noise with booty-shakers and Middle Eastern influences and Debby Friday, a musician, composer and punk icon OBEY aptly calls a "bitchpunk sound theorist."

Early bird passes can be yours for $85, and you can throw in your credit card deets and peep the full list of names at

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

So many show announcements!

Last-minute Christmas gifts have appeared in the form of Metric, Wintersleep, Royal Wood, Ria Mae and...The Golden Girls? (!)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.
  • Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.

There's no reason to panic about getting anyone a Christmas gift this year: Halifax (already) has something for every music fan in 2019.

All tickets are handily on sale this Friday, December 14, in time for you to get a nice card to go with them.

Perhaps your in-laws don't enjoy live music, but they really appreciate a good laugh? You can grab tickets starting this Friday for the Thank You For Being a Friend: The Ultimate Golden Girls Experience, a puppet show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Do you remember the stitch you had in your gut from listening to Dorothy crack a sarcastic joke as Rose, adorably, misunderstood? Hop in a time machine back to the 80s on March 3. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre ($21.50-$36.50).

The two-time Juno-winning pop artist Ria Mae is coming home to perform at the Marquee Ballroom on March 9. Tickets ($20 adv/$25 show) will be available on December 14 at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor Street) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen Street) and at Sonic Concerts.

Royal Wood took the emotions from the death of his father and the love for his new wife and turned them into the album Ever After The Farewell. He returns to  Halifax on March 18 at the Rebecca Cohn. The one non Friday sale date, tickets ($26.50 adv/$31.50 show) will be for sale Thursday, December 13 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29. - NORMAN WONG
  • Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29.
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Halifax indie stars Wintersleep  just announced plans for its latest album In The Land Of, to be released the same weekend as their hometown show at the Marquee on March 29.

Collectively Metric and July Talk have seven Juno Awards—the bands will be hitting the road together for a cross-Canada tour during April and May, bringing all their hits across the country. The third-last stop, out of 12, is May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre. Get tix here.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Neko Case is playing in Halifax April 16

Motivated by tragedy, she's coming in hot

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The award winning indie singer-songwriter Neko Case will be coming to Halifax to promote her latest album, Hell-On. Driven by a fire that scorched her Vermont farmhouse, she hit the studio to produce Hell-On’s already-written single, “Bad Luck” for this, her first solo project in five years.

Case will be performing in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn on Tue, April 16 at 8pm.

Tickets for the show are $60.23 in advance and $65.98 on show day. You can grab yours starting this Friday, Dec 7, at the Dalhousie Art Centre Box Office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 or online at

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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

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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

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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
  • Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker is amongst the fest's headliners.
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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 and the rest of the fest's lineup will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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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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 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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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jazz Fest adds Alvvays, Chaka Khan and more to stacked 2018 lineup

Tickets on sale Friday, April 13 at 10am.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Alvvays opens for for The War on Drugs July 11. - ARDEN WRAY
  • Alvvays opens for for The War on Drugs July 11.
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The Halifax Jazz Festival, which kicked off this year with a very sweet double-barrelled announcement of The War on Drugs and Daniel Caesar, followed in recent weeks by Charlotte Day Wilson and Land of Talk, unveiled its more headliners yesterday.

Canadian superstars Alvvays (July 11, Tent) and life superstar Chaka Khan (July 12, Tent) have been added to the mix, as well as Matt Andersen and The Mellotones, Whitehorse (July 14, Tent) and Nicholas Payton (July 14, St.Matt's).

Tickets for Caesar and War on Drugs are on sale now. The rest go up this Friday at 10am. The fest will round out its lineup in the coming weeks.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sloan plays the Marquee May 3

Tickets on sale today for ECMA performance.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM


Halifax's favourite boy band Sloan—which Exclaim recently proclaimed better than The Beatles—will make your high-kicking East Coast Music Awards dreams come true with a show May 3 at the Marquee.

Tickets are $25, go on sale today at 10am, and will get you onto both floors of the building, which has a stacked lineup of Adyn Townes, Motherhood, T. Thomason, Kill Chicago, Fuzz Fiction, Walrus, Hello Delaware and The Town Heroes.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OBEY Convention XI reveals full roster

Your May 24 weekend just got weird.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Jean-Sebastian Audet, heralded as a pop prodigy by Exclaim!, brings his solo project Un Blonde to OBEY XI. - OBEYCONVENTION.COM SCREENSHOT
  • Jean-Sebastian Audet, heralded as a pop prodigy by Exclaim!, brings his solo project Un Blonde to OBEY XI.
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OBEY Convention is always a head trip. The three-day fest, held the weekend of May 24, calls itself "Atlantic Canada’s most adventurous music festival"—a title it lives up to beautifully as it repeatedly exposes Halifax to sounds newly invented, or that few of us knew existed.

This week, the fest announced the full list of names that'll be leading us on an odyssey of noise this spring, and dudes, it's gonna be hype:

Un Blonde, the solo project of Montreal's musician, producer and composer Jean- Sebastian Audet, sees the walls between avant-funk and low-key soul crumble. Platitudes, meanwhile, sees a collaborative project between two inter-disciplinary artists do radio, performance and A/V presentations.

The dance floor'll be melting as Strange Froots blends musical traditions of Haiti, Ghana, Jamaica and Senegal into a chill soul sampler, and you can get your daily dose of reworked classical music as Melody McKiver delivers a stark, experimental blend of Western Classical and Anishinaabe traditions on the viola.

The sonic equivalent of a shot of green juice, you can get your hot hands on the full lineup's sonic tonic at—and fill the time until the fun starts with this jam from Strange Froots:

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feist announces one, two shows in Halifax

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 at noon.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:43 AM


Feist fanatics will get two chances to feel it all with the indie singer-songwriter in Halifax this May. Born in Amherst, Leslie Feist released her debut album in 1999 and rose to international popularity several years later after her song “1234” was featured on an iPod commercial. Feist’s latest work, Pleasure, was released last spring.

Feist will be playing the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on May 25 and 26. Tickets are $66.50 in advance and $71.50 day of show will be available starting Friday, February 16 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online at

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Jeff Tweedy to break Wolfville's heart April 15

Tickets on sale Friday at noon.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 12:13 PM


Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy will stop by this spring with a show at Acadia's Convocation Hall in Wolfville on Sunday, April 15. Tix are $56.50 and go on sale at noon via Sonic Concerts or by calling the box office at 1-800-452-8425.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Stars announce Halifax concert

Montreal's ethereal pop six-piece hits the Marquee Ballroom April 13.

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Known for its dreamy, decedent soundscapes and haunting vocals, Stars have been building sonic castles in sad-core style for over almost 20 years. Here, the band celebrates its impressive back catalogue (we hope "Take Me To The Riot" and "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" make the encore set list) and its latest effort, 2017's There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, with a Marquee Ballroom show April 13.

Tickets go on sale this Sunday at and are $38.49 in advance and $42.99 day of show.

Fill your time waiting with the soft, lush "Ageless Beauty" (and be prepared to happily hum the melody for days):

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

GroundSwell Music launches Into The Night Music Festival

The rebranded fest hits Olympic Hall March 16-17 with The Flatliners and Said The Whale headlining.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Formerly billed as the GroundSwell Music Festival, Into The Night Music Fest started as a way to highlight all the musical magic happening at GroundSwell Music's synonymous label. Since 2015, it was like walking through a live, label completion CD introducing Haligonians to local gems like the alt-rock The Town Heroes and punky Like A Motorcycle.

This year, though, Into The Night's shaking it up a bit, including Ontario punks The Flatliners and indie groove machine Said the Whale to the festival lineup.

The Flatliners and Like A Motorcycle kick things off Friday, March 16 while Said the Whale and The Town Heroes keep it chill on Saturday, March 17. While more acts are TBA, Black Buffalo Records will be on site March 17 for a record fair from 11am-4pm.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 so fans better get on this great way to spend St. Patrick's Day.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sloan, Measha Brueggergosman and Rose Cousins among new names added to ECMA awards show

The ceremony and concert happens May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Rose Cousins brings her brand of beautifully-restrained folk to the ECMA awards show. - VIA ROSECOUSINS.COM
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The Maritime Grammys are returning to Halifax this spring after what feels like too many years away, and with them are coming one hell of a big ticket. While the entire ECMA madness lasts from May 2 to 6, the awards ceremony itself (which takes place May 3) boasts a week's worth of talent, with old-stock rock royalty Sloan, the golden vocal chords of Measha Brueggergosman and folk queen Rose Cousins adding to a mix that already includes Joel Plaskett, Universal Soul, The Barra MacNeils, Les Hay Babies and The Once.

The East Pointers, Port Cities, Quake Matthews, Kinley, Makayla Lynn and City Natives round out the second wave of award ceremony performers for the Scotiabank Centre show, and tickets are available now for $40.

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Sure Thing Events

  • Bethany Fulde's 'shadow' w/Brett Waye Band @ Gus' Pub & Grill

    • Wed., Feb. 20, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. PWYC
  • Washing Machine w/Klarka Weinwurm, Prism Shores, Power Party @ Radstorm

    • Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. $5/PWYC
  • Ciel w/Shevy Price, DJ Fadzwa, DJ 5RIVERS, DJ TranˈziSH(ə)n @ The Seahorse Tavern

    • Fri., Feb. 22, 10 p.m. $15/PWYC

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