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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

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 11:03 AM

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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.
  • No word on whether the goat will be included in the tour.

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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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

GroundSwell Music Festival hits the ground running

As the music fest returns March 16-18, we've created a playlist to groove to.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Ria Mae closes this year's GroundSwell Music Festival. - LANE DORSEY
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GroundSwell Music Festival
Mar 16-18
Various times and locations (see listings below)

The stars have aligned for this year’s GroundSwell Music Festival. Celtic-tinged rock landing on St. Patrick’s weekend? It’s too perfect. With three nights of big ticket shows and lots of genres on offer (from Ria Mae’s power-pop to roots music from Rawlins Cross), we’ve put together a playlist to get you jammin’.

Ria Mae closes the fest on Saturday night at Olympic Hall, and we're grooving to this song that scores 12 out of 10 on the Halifamous scale (thanks in part to a Classified verse):

Your daily dose of bagpipe, thanks to Rawlins Cross—that rocks Spatz Theatre Thursday, March 16:

In-Flight Safety dropped an EP last year and this fresh take on a lyric video gives us life—perfect for before they play with Ria Mae and Arsoniste March 18:

The Stanfields will 100% play this song, aka your theme tune for when things get rowdy, when they hit the Olympic Hall stage Friday, March 17:

And, a taste of how Like A Motorcycle rock live, before they open for The Stanfields at Olympic Hall on St. Paddy's with their new guitarist David Casey, who apparently smells great. Like A Motorcycle are fresh from another Euro tour so really I bet they ALL smell great now:

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jim Gaffigan brings The Noble Ape tour to Halifax

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Hold the hot pockets, kids, because everyone’s favourite food-obsessed comedian, Jim Gaffigan, just announced a Halifax date as part of his upcoming The Noble Ape world tour.

Promising all new material (nope, not even stuff on his recent Cinco Netflix special will see the stage), we’re counting the days until May 12—and filling the time with UV shirts and trips to the food court.

Get full details (including a ticket link) by checking our event listing and, in the meantime, here’s a bit of Gaffigan to guffaw at.

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July Talk to Touch down in Halifax this April

Posted on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 12:43 PM

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July Talk is ready to push and pull its way back to Halifax in support of their latest album Touch, hitting The Marquee on April 21.

The Toronto indie darling’s sophomore effort has a slightly more poppy sheen than its previous album, but the dissonant, soft-and-gruff, hers-and-his vocal play the band is known for remains (thankfully) intact.

Jam out to July Talk's latest hit, "Picturing Love", while you wait for tickets to go on sale March 3 at 10 am.

Want more details (including a ticket link)? Check out our event listing.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Good Charlotte announce Halifax concert

The early-aughts time warp continues.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 2:07 PM

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Guys, seriously, what year is it?

Good Charlotte is the latest early-aughts band to hit town with a big ticket show, taking over the Casino Saturday, April 22. (For those keeping track, their peers Billy Talent are coming to town in March and Simple Plan rocked the Scotiabank Centre last fall).

Yep, the times may be a-changin’ but Canadian power-pop-infused rock is out to prove its staying power, it seems.

Fans certainly won’t be complaining as Good Charlotte’s late 2016 disc, Youth Authority, provides an ample case for not growing up (or, at least, not growing old).

Whatever, just start sliding into your skinny jeans now and you’ll be ready to rock with the pop-punk princes like it’s 2008 all over again.

In the meantime, check out their latest video:

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Salt-N-Pepa is coming to Halifax

Get ready to Shake Your Thang with the I Love The 90s Tour

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM

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Time to dig out the big earrings and bright bodysuits—an all-star '90s dance party is headed this way in May. Headlined by Salt-N-Pepa and featuring names like Biz Markie and Color Me Badd, the I Love The '90s Tour be Halifax’s chance to push it real good.

Tickets for the May 24 show (which takes place at the Scotiabank Centre) go live February 10 (and are in the 40 dollar range), but while you’re waiting to talk about sex, baby, let’s relive some of the best by the Queens, NY queens of hip hop.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Matthew Good (minus the band) hits Halifax this March

With his re-do of A Beautiful Midnight in tow, we're curious what's next.

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Matthew Good misses the good ol’ days, it seems, nostalgically naming his upcoming coast-to-coast tour (complete with a Halifax stop) I Miss The New Wave: A Beautiful Midnight Revisited. It’ll be fascinating to see the Vancouver alt-rocker take the Matthew Good Band’s 1999 record and turn it into a one-man show, though his doing so means any last flickering hopes of a MGB reunion are probably dead.

A five-song ep of the same name drops December 2, with a Warner Music press release quoting Good as saying “I’ve waited almost 20 years to reimagine these songs in the studio; I think I may have actually bettered what some consider my best work.”

Load Me Up was one of Beautiful Midnight’s biggest hits, and we’re curious to see how it’ll be stripped down at The Marquee on March 25. In the meantime, let’s vibe out to the original:

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Wintersleep get ready to rock The Marquee

January 14 and 15 in support of The Great Detachment

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:34 PM

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It’s been a good year to be in Wintersleep. The band members spent 2016 headlining Gridlock festival, dropping an album that was also totally jaw-dropping (more on that in a second) and, now, will be celebrating all those wins with a big show at The Marquee.

Hitting the stage January 14 and 15 with their sweeping, folky-but-still-hard-hitting latest effort The Great Detachment, we’re sure the Marquee will be packed with chants of poetry-inspired lyrics like "I can't survive on my Amerika/ If the worst is true/ Is it just a waste of time?” Oh, and the fact that the newest songs harken back to the vibe of 2007’s breakout hit single Weighty Ghost? Even better.

Speaking of time-wasting, the Jan 14 show has already sold out (the worst! It’s true!) so fans better bust a move to to snatch up Jan 15 seats.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gord Downie announces Halifax concert

The Tragically Hip frontman will be singing songs from Secret Path.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 4:37 PM

click image Gord Downie onstage in Toronto during a 2015 performance. - DAVID BASTEDO
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Secret Path concert
Tuesday, November 29, 8pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

If you were one of the many folks disappointed The Tragically Hip’s farewell tour didn’t stop in Halifax, you’re in luck. It looks like Gord Downie will be gracing the city with his presence—and his music—after all.

Downie is also using his voice to raise awareness about the history of Canada’s residential school system. He is set to perform songs from his recent album, Secret Path. The 10 songs are based on the story of Chanie Wenjack.

The 12-year-old died from starvation and exposure as he fled the he Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario. Wenjack was trying to walk home from his family, who lived more than 400 miles away.

Secret Path started off as a series of poems, which were later turned into songs and recorded. The album’s release was accompanied by a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire as well as an animated film.

Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will be donated to the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation. The money is dedicated to finding missing Indigenous children.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Thursday, November 17 at 12pm. Tickets are $61 (including tax and CIF) and will be available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online at Additional fees may apply. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Arkells and Frank Turner split headline status at upcoming show

These two different acts draw very different crowds here in Halifax

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Fun, dancey pop is what the Arkells does best, and the band is bringing its particular brand of party jams to Halifax with the United Kingdom’s Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls in tow.

The Arkells are bringing big pop-rock vibes to Halifax in early 2017. - SCREEN GRAB FROM ARKELL'S WEBSITE
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While Turner’s soulful folk is the headline draw in some towns (he opened the 2012 London Olympics with an acoustic guitar and scathing, anti-consumerist solo), here he’s playing second fiddle (er, second guitar?) to the energetic Arkells.

It’s an odd couple bill, for sure, but we bet the Arkell’s Private School fans (and, no doubt, lots of private school girls) will dance like it's a Saturday night come the cold, winter Wednesday in February. Turner lovers, meanwhile, will be emotionally recovering from singing along to freedom anthems.

Take part in a little of both by snapping up a ticket (ranging from $43-$63-ish) and heading to the Scotiabank Centre on February 15, 2017.

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Sure Thing Events

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  • Milk & Bone @ The Seahorse Tavern

    • Thu., Nov. 22
  • Kaia Kater @ The Carleton

    • Sun., Nov. 25, 8-11 p.m. $17.50

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