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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
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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

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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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Monday, January 8, 2018

The War on Drugs play Jazz Fest 2018

Daniel Caesar also on tap; tix on sale Friday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 11:11 AM

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The Halifax Jazz Festival continues to raise the bar after an astonishing run of St. Vincent, Lauryn Hill and Anderson .Paak with a hot headliner double-punch, announcing The War on Drugs (July 11, $52.50) and Daniel Caesar (July 15, $37.50) as part of this year's lineup. Both shows are co-pros with Sonic Concerts, and tix go on sale Friday at 10am online or at the Music Nova Scotia office (2169 Gottingen Street).
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Friday, December 15, 2017

A Tribe Called Red headlines FREE NYE concert

It all goes down at Grand Parade Square from 10pm to 2018.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 2:12 PM

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Hailing from Ottawa, A Tribe Called Red fuses hip hop, reggae, and dance music with elements of Indigenous music.

Hitting mainstream recognition when it became the first Indigenous group to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the Junos, the DJ collective has gone on to play at a slew of big festivals—think Coachella, Bonnaroo, Osheaga and New Orleans Jazz Fest.

A Tribe Called Red's live shows often feature traditional dancers (though there's no word yet as to if that'll be part of the Grand Parade experience), while the music is a modern resurgence of Indigenous culture, sampling vocal chanting and drumming.

Kicking things off at 10pm is the EDM-bumping hometown hero Neon Dreams, meaning arriving early is a must.

If all that wasn't enough, there's also fireworks, which the city says are the largest light show in the province.

Get hyped with my personal favourite a Tribe Called Red Song, "Sisters":

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Protest the Hero stopping in Halifax for its Fortress 10th anniversary tour

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 3:01 PM

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Canadian progressive-metal band Protest The Hero announced it will be having an extensive North American tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its gold-certified album, Fortress.

The 10-track LP was released in early 2008, debuting at number one in Canada.

The band will stop in Halifax at the Marquee Ballroom on Tuesday, April 24 at 8 pm.

Tickets go on sale Friday December 1 and will be available at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor Street), Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen Street) and online at

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Friday, November 3, 2017

In The Dead of Winter Festival announces 2018 lineup

Waxahatchee, Kaia Kater and Palehound all snag headliner status.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Kaia Kater shreds at The Carleton as part of IDOW 2018. - POLINA MOURZINA
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Though this freakishly warm fall has winter feeling falsely far away, In The Dead of Winter Festival reminded us today that the snow is a-comin'—but luckily for us, so is the awesome singer-songwriter-focused festival with its folk-rock-Americana stylings.

The fest quietly put tickets on sale this morning for a slew of shows, including the trademark Songcircles, which sees much of the lineup share songs and stories in a more relaxed, intimate setting at Good Robot Brewing.

Also on deck? Waxahatchee at The Marquee, delivering the sonic equivalent of Mayan chocolate (sweet, rich, yet intensely fiery) to your frostbitten ears.

We’re also marking shows with Kaia Kater, an African-Canadian banjo player dedicated to sharing Old Time tunes with the masses, and the Boston-based Palehound, a lyrically-fuelled, emotionally-vast alternative group, to our calendar. Check out a video from Palehound’s latest album, A Place I’ll Always Go, below:

The fest runs January 18-20 with shows happening across the city and you can check out more at

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bahamas, Matt Mays, July Talk and The Beaches announce Halifax shows

January's about to be burning-hot with these Big Tickets.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Two concerts announced this week have me planning to make 2018 the year that listening to a shit ton more music becomes my official new year's resolution. These shows will surely help:

On January 12, Bahamas celebrates his fourth effort, Earthtones, which takes D'angelo-inspired rhythms sifted through a singer-songwriter style. The result? A show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium as warm as a dip in the Caribbean.

On January, 20, meanwhile, a ticket so hot it'll burn your hands lands at the Scotiabank Centre: Matt Mays, Dartmouth's own rock 'n' roll prince, celebrates his new wax Once Upon A Hell Of A Time with the gruff-soft, his-hers vocals of July Talk sharing headliner status. Warming the stage? The Beaches; the east-side Toronto offspring of Garbage and Hole that'll bowl you over with its punk goddess vibes and is literally worth the ticket price on its own. Check out what I mean with the band's latest vid, "Money":

Get full details on Bahamas' show here and the Matt Mays w/July Talk, The Beaches show here.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Prismatic Arts Festival announces 2017 lineup

Cure the love that ails you and practice your English at the multicultural fest.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Santee Smith's Re-Quickening explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. - DAVID HOU
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Prismatic Arts Festival, the annual celebration of culturally-diverse art in all mediums, dropped its first lineup announcement for the 2017 festival today. Running September 14 to 23 in a slew of venues across the city, the event boasts plays, dance performances, panel discussions and more.

Tickets for the fest go on sale July 25 and range from $5-$250 (including single tickets, festival packages, conference tickets).

While full details for events have yet to be announced, here’s a peek at some shows we’re marking on our calendars:

The Raft
A classic scene from Homer’s Odyssey—windswept, away from home and clinging to a dilapidated sea raft—gets updated with this play following desperate refugees attempting to outwit a temptress and make it to shore.

Orchestral Powwow
Cris Derksen marries traditional Indigenous Powwow music and dance with classic symphonic stylings for this, the ultimate cultural mash-up.

Broken English Karaoke
Stephanie Yee’s party-starting karaoke night has been a fan favourite at past festivals. This year’s Prismatic sees it return once again to push participants to navigate the boundaries between familiar and unfamiliar.

Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover
If you've ever felt literally lovesick, Shahin Sayadi’s workshop-stage musical play will ring a special chord: The story is set in a fishing village in Southern Iran where zar exorcism ceremonies, brought to the region by escaped East African slaves, are used to cure illness (and love.)

Santee Smith's beautiful, arresting show explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. Prismatic Festival adds this isn't your typical dance show: "Created through a process unique to Smith's culture, Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence, a piecing together of shards of knowledge that tips colonialism on its head."

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Deadmau5 headlines Halifax's FREE Canada Day concert

July 1, 5pm on the Common

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After months of waiting (OK, maybe that was just me), the headliner for the year's biggest outdoor birthday party has finally been announced! Today the city confirmed that Deadmau5 will be rocking The Common with what he calls "the world's most transformative DJ stand" his CUBE 2.1.

It'll be the first time the cube sees Canada, so house heads will want to make sure they're within moshing distance to witness it in all its EDM glory. Rounding out the bill is a sonic buffet ranging from North Preston R&B giant Reeny Smith to poet laureate Rebecca Thomas to local rocker Matt Mays.

The party kicks off at 5pm but as this show will probably be the hottest ticket in town, you might wanna make a day of it—or at least arrive early.

While we wait for the fun, practice your moves with mau5's newest mix, stuff i used to do, which dropped earlier in 2017.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pet Sounds tour hits Halifax

Beach Boys frontperson Brian Wilson has added new dates to his world tour.

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 11:08 AM

No word on whether the goat will be included in the tour.
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Wouldn’t it be nice if Brian Wilson came to Halifax? Don’t worry, baby: He is.

The Beach Boys co-founder will be surfin’ much more than the USA for his upcoming tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pet Sounds by giving fans one more chance to hear the songs live from the man himself.

The first leg of the tour kicked off in March 2016, and Wilson played 99 shows that year. He’s extending the tour with 56 new dates, including a fall performance at the Scotiabank Centre. Feel those good vibrations as Wilson plays one of music’s most-loved albums in its entirety.

If you’re a Beach Boys fan, don’t spend September 16 in your room. God only knows if you’ll get a chance to see Wilson perform again.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Tegan and Sara in Halifax July 27

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:37 AM


Your favourite JUNO-nominated indie-pop duo, Tegan and Sara, come back to Halifax touring their latest release and eighth album, Love You To Death, at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium on Thursday, July 27 at 8pm.

Tickets are $49.50 in advance and $54.50 day of show (including tax and CIF) and will be available this Friday, March 31 at noon at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online at Limit 4 per order. Additional fees may apply. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show time is 8pm.

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