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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Have a fire-hot weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 11:34 AM

The Coast's Hot Summer Guide is HERE and that's the official start of Halifax's summer, so watch team Canada and USA face off in a rugby match, go to game night at The Discovery Centre, catch Partner's stadium rock at The Seahorse and hit an outdoor house show with Devarrow. Whew! More weekend fun awaits below.

Saturday's match between Canada and USA's rugby teams is the first event at the new Wanderers Grounds Stadium. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Last Laugh: Erica Sigurdson, Andrew Chapman and Jay Malone
Friday, Saturday
A new comedy club hatched by the great minds behind the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest sees a trio of laugh-getters storming the stage at The Atlantica and bringing the funny. more deets

Game On!
Saturday
Let your inner kid out to play at this adults-only night at the Discovery Centre that features retro and super-sized video games, augmented and virtual reality, giant board games, pop-up escape rooms and more. more deets

Growing Up Gerwig: The House of the Devil
Sunday
The monthlong tribute to everyone's girl crush Greta Gerwig wraps with a Halifax Central Library screening of the 1983-set flick, about a college student's realization her babysitting gig isn't as harmless as it first appeared. more deets

Canada vs. USA rugby match
Saturday
A test match at the new Wanderers Grounds (5819 Sackville Street, sandwiched between Summer Street and Bell Road) sees Canada's senior men's rugby team face off against Team USA for some high-adrenaline action. more deets

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Grand Theft Terra Firma
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
“Pick your thief and play a part in the crime,” reads the instructions to Grand Theft Terra Firma. A combination of installations and photographic compositions at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, the exhibition makes reference to gameplay from the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, and invites visitors to participate in one of the world’s greatest heists: Colonialism. more deets

Folk/Funk
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't seen the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's impressive collection of ceramics by professional and folk artists, get to this show before it closes mid-July and see a number of newly acquired pieces by famed Quebec ceramic artist Edouard Jasmin. more deets

A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shelley Mitchell's latest collection of oil paintings takes endless inspiration from trees of all types, at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Lies of the Beautiful People
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Peep Ginette Melanson's pro palette knife work in these paintings presenting people's daily lives, on view at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. more deets

Partner brings its brand of Led Zepplin-influenced rock to The Seahorse. - COLIN MEDLEY PHOTO
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Madchild w/Nasty RudeDawg and guests
Friday
Swollen Members' Madchild stops in Halifax as part of an epic cross-country tour, showing off tracks from his upcoming album Darkest Hour and a few mildly terrifying face tattoos at Reflections. more deets

Make Music Day Halifax
Thursday
A free, sonic celebration of the summer solstice attempts to fill HRM with as much music as possible. See amateur and professional noise-makers of all stripes in a variety of locations, like Hydrostone Park, Argyle Fine Art, the Public Gardens, Bistro Le Coq, the Grand Parade, Alderney Landing and Quaker House. more deets

Partner w/Century Egg, No, It's Fine.
Thursday
Tegan and Sara back-and-forths paired with stadium rock riffage is what makes Partner the type of act you can't get enough of. See the duo shred alongside art-rock cool-quirky Century Egg and the fun-but-punky No, It's Fine. for an unmissable show at The Seahorse. more deets

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The Barn Presents: Devarrow, Dana Sipos, Abigail Lapell
Thursday

The seasonal house show at 5673 Bilby Street returns just in time for the summer solstice. Celebrate the longest day of the year in sonically sweet company as Devarrow—whose haunting, huge sound evokes Save Your Scissors-era City and Colour mixed with some Ryan Adams vibes—performs with powerhouse singer-songwriters Dana Sipos (pictured) and Abigail Lapell. Bring your own food for the barbecue and BYOB. more deets
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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

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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 halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com and the rest of the fest's lineup will be shared in the coming weeks.

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​Rich Aucoin bike blog #9: Nashville, TN to Washington, DC

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:12 AM

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“The Wave,” “The Motorcycle Salute,” or as I’ve heard it called, “The Drag” (my personal favourite): Defining the signal of acknowledgement between two two-wheeled travellers on the open road in North America. These waves, mostly between two motorcyclists and presumed to have originated between the most famous two motorcycles, William Harley and Arthur Davidson, occasionally are shared between motorized and non-motorized cyclists to express the understanding of their shared road dangers and commonalities.

While I don’t see many motorcyclists giving the road cyclist the wave—though it happens—a lot more of them are open to letting the long-distance cyclists into their ranks with a dropped hand offering of respect. It does feel very empowering to when a group of bikers cruises by you on a quiet lonely highway and the leader and pack all drop their hands out in recognition to which you drop a hand back as are the ways of the road.
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I’ve gotten into the lush, wet and mountainous part of the trek.
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Felt like Bart Simpson trying to find the excitement of the 1982 World’s Fair years too late in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Country roads take me home to the place where I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama!
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I saw something in the middle of the highway that turned out to be a kitten. I couldn’t figure out where it came from or how it got there but I ran out into the road and scooped it up before it could get run-over and checked the nearby houses for any answers. Finding no help (even from a police officer who stopped to make sure I was physically alright as I had flung by bike to the side of the road hastily), I put the kitten in my front bike basket and was proceeding to cycle him to the nearest animal shelter which I assumed was like our local SPCA back home but luckily got intercepted by some women in the road as well getting donations for their organization, Abandoned Angels Inc., they let me know it was more of a “kill shelter” because of the overpopulation of animals in the south and they said they’d help get the kitten its shots and find it a home so I handed the kitten over to them and continued on my route.
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Biked by an abandoned asylum.
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Stayed at supposedly haunted hotel reminiscent of The Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

Visited the 215-foot high naturally eroded bridge in Natural Bridge, Virginia. It was a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe, years later surveyed by a young George Washington and years later bought by Thomas Jefferson who called it “the most sublime of nature’s works.”
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Visited one of the many caverns of the area. Was able to explore by flashlight because I was the only one visiting at the time so they bent the rules and turned off the lights for me.

Finished crossing the Appalachian mountains and enjoyed the longest downhill ride of the tour.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Score a winning weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:10 PM

This weekend the OUTeast Film Fest returns, the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off and Canada's next big band The Glorious Sons comes to town. See how to spend the best days of the week below.

OUTeast Film Festival 2018 kicks off with a gala screening of the Sundance-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
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Roller Derby: Black Rock Bandits vs Dead Ringers
Thursday
Two teams in the Anchor City Rollers league face off for edge-of-your-seat action. Make sure to arrive early at the Mayflower Curling Club, because pre-match a food truck rally is taking over the parking lot for your snacking pleasure. more deets

OUTeast Film Festival Opening Gala: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Friday
The queer film fest kicks off with a screening of the Sundance Film Festival top-prize-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which sees Cameron P(Chloë Grace Moretz) sent to a gay conversion camp the day after prom. Despite the camp's best efforts, Post finds self-acceptance and a chosen family as she sees others like her for the first time. See it at the Halifax Central Library. more deets

Soapbox Science
Saturday
Soapbox Science, the curated lineup of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), brings 12 awesome lady researchers to the Seaport Market to share their discoveries in an interactive, casual presentation. more deets

2018 FIFA World Cup viewing
Saturday
While every sports bar in town will be showing soccer all weekend long (shout out to Niche Lounge for its epic patio big screen that lets you watch the game in the sun!), those looking for an atypical yet awesome viewing experience should head to the Portuguese Social Club to see the Spain vs Portugal match: Families of fans chanting and hollering at each goal makes for a high-intensity spectator sesh. more deets

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Conservation Starter
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society’s inaugural juried members’ exhibition sees Studio 21 bling out in fine art jewellery made by local talent. more deets

Refuge Canada
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you're yet to make it to the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21's exhibit about refugees' stories—and Canada's spotty admittance record—stopping by before World Refugee Day (Wednesday, June 20) is a primo way to mark the occasion. more deets

Put A Bird On It!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dart tips its hat to Portlandia and feathered friends of all sorts with this bird-focused show. more deets

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A Survey of Ordinary Scenes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Megan Kyak-Monteith and Alex Sutcliffe deconstruct the language of internet culture and share immersive paintings of childhood memories in a show the artists hope will "challenge notions surrounding the beliefs, histories, and biases attached to the painting medium." See the works at Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

The Glorious Sons, critical darlings who also get tons of radio play, rock out at the Garrison Backlot Bash this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Upstream Ensemble: New Directions—UP!
Sunday
Upstream, the collection of local composers and noise-makers, returns to the Halifax Music Co-op to give you a dose of the eclectic and experimental as it shares selections from its repertoire along with new compositions by members and, for the first time, newly commissioned works by adventurous local composers outside the Upstream crew. more deets

Garrison's Backlot Bash: The Glorious Sons w/The Motorleague, Hello Delaware
Saturday
The Backlot Bash has always been a banger, bringing some of Canada's coolest acts out east to get summer started (July Talk and The Sheepdogs have been headliners in summers past). This year, Garrison's done it again, bringing the beautifully bluesy and hard-rockin' five-piece that'll be your new favourite band: The Glorious Sons. Supporting acts Hello Delaware and The Motorleague make arriving early vital. more deets

Century Egg w/Napster Vertigo, Stabbing Joy
Thursday
The indie-quirky-cool Mandarin-English rock band Century Egg will make your legs scramble on the dance floor at the Modulating Mansion. more deets

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Artist in Residence Finalists Showcase
Friday
The five finalists gunning for Casino Nova Scotia's Artist in Residence program (past artists include Devarrow, who'll also perform a set, and Reeny Smith) battle it out for the crown at this free show. See Elijah Will, Jah'Mila (pictured), Jodi Guthro, Owen Meany's Batting Stance and T. Thomason deliver their top tunes. more deets
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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
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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 halifaxpopexplosion.com.

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Wares’ passion and place

The Edmonton four-piece brings its terrific debut across the nation with fire and heart.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Wares W/Lizbrain&Doug, Goldbloom, Matty Grace
Wednesday, June 20, 8pm
RadStorm, 6050 Almon Street
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Wares' self-titled 2017 debut makes gargantuan sonic leaps throughout its 38 or so minutes. It opens with the lackadaisical, hazy "City Kids," shows the band raising its fists for sinewy, anthemic punk on "Mission Hill" and goes positively ballistic with the thrashy folk of "Jeremiah."

But the album's heart and cohesion lies in songwriter Cassia Hardy's exploration of what it means to leave a flawed place you love—and decide to return, over and over. "I think one of the most important parts of finding a home is establishing some distance from time to time," Hardy says over the phone from the City of Champions (AKA Edmonton). "So when you come back, you're doing it with a surety of mind—that this is where you choose to be."

A lot of bands, from a lot of places in this country—certainly Halifax—have been burdened by that choice (ahem Joel Plaskett's "Work Out Fine"). Industry centres like Montreal and Toronto become very alluring as you scan local listings in your city's wicked cool alt-weekly during a drought. But Hardy keeps heading back to Edmonton, watching young artists make their way up in the scene.

"Hopefully they don't leave for Toronto and Montreal," Hardy says. "I think it's a common Prairie story. There are a lot of people here who make scrappy, weird, interesting music, and then they get tired of always being on the fringes, of always battling it out."

It is a common Prairie story—remember The Weakerthans? But Wares keeps fighting that good fight at home and on the road. And there's only one thing that keeps them coming back. "You have to be dead sure, and you have to love it, or else it's not going to be good for you," Hardy says. "You can't do it for any other reason than passion." 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Drink in the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 4:42 PM

This weekend, the Drink Atlantic Festival raises a glass to local cocktail culture, Oceans Week wraps with a beach cleanup, HIFF debuts a can’t-miss film shot on Cape Breton and there's so much more going on.

Jacquelyn Mills filmed her Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival pick In The Waves over several years as a one-woman crew. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
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McNab's Island Beach Cleanup
Sunday
The longest-running beach cleanup in the Maritimes, the annual McNab's cleanup has gathered nearly 13,000 bags of garbage and recyclables from the island's shorelines. Pitch in as part of Oceans Week and register for the event, which departs from Murphy's Cable Wharf, outside of Murphy's Restaurant on the waterfront, on mcnabsisland.ca/events. more deets

Hydrostone Haul
Saturday
Described by organizers as a "dynamic, festive, multi-street yard sale, created in the tradition of other huge neighbourhood sales across the country," this sweet sale is a perfect way to score some finds. more deets

In The Waves screening
Thursday
Day two of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Fest kicks off with a screening of Jacquelyn Mills’ impressionistic documentary depicting the life of her grandmother Joan in a small coastal village on Cape Breton Island. Shot over several years with a one-woman film crew, it's an intimate portrait of grief and solace. See it at Neptune's Scotiabank Theatre. more deets

Croquet & Cocktails
Saturday
Drink Atlantic, The Coast's celebration of cocktail culture on the east coast, takes a bow with this epic evening of croquet and cocktails hosted by Hendrick’s Gin National Brand Ambassador Alvin Ramchurn. Two signature bevvies are included in your ticket price, plus each round of croquet gets you a Hendrick’s-and-tonic creation of your choice. Location details revealed with ticket purchase, croquet dress encouraged. more deets

Emma Allain attempts to re-create her lost French-English dictionary at the Port Loggia Gallery. - EMMA ALLAIN ARTWORK
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Lost Dictionary/Dictionnaire Perdu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
When Emma Allain's irreplaceable Larousse French-English dictionary—and three replicas—were lost or stolen this past February at the NSCAD port campus's Port Loggia gallery, the artist found material instead: Over a 12-day period, Allain will be stationed in the Port Loggia, attempting to replace the original reference by making new versions of her Larousse. more deets

Mad Expectations: An Homage to Monet
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Artist Karl MacKeeman pays respects to the king of impressionism with a host of water lily paintings. See them at Lion & Bright. more deets

Germinations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dart Gallery describes its latest exhibit, a show by Rhonda Barrett, best: "a new collection of ideas grown from the seeds of hand-cut collage, ink and acrylic, nurtured with an appreciation of Ikebana (Japanese paper arts and flower arrangement)." more deets

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Colour Kerfuffle
Thursday, Friday
A small retrospective of process-oriented abstract painting by Randy Engelberg celebrates the artist's non-objective, hard edged, bursting-with-colour style at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

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PANDA
Friday
A night of Afrobeats, Afrotrap, Afrohouse and Afrofutirism with DJ KVZI and DJ Fadzwa at The Khyber. more deets

Matt Steele and the Corvette Sunset album release show w/The Kents, Lazeez
Thursday
Indie rock darling Matt Steele—described as "one part Elvis Costello, one part Marlon Brando"—celebrates some new tunes with this fire-hot Seahorse Tavern show. more deets

Scotia Festival of Music Gala
Sunday
Johannes Debus conducts the closing show for the Scotia Festival of Music at the Sir James Dunn theatre, as works by Bach, Bartok and Philip Glass are performed. more deets

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Sorry w/Stabbing Joy, Chet Martel, Fungus
Friday
PEI's Sorrey describes itself as "an unapologetic reminder of how the heart pulses strongly during our fading romances," performing dreamy shoegaze pop. more deets
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Ray Reaves’ double life

The up-and-coming rapper releases his duplicitous EP The Gemini on Friday.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Ray Reaves The Gemini release
Friday, June 8, 10pm
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street
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Gemini season is upon us! Duality, contrast, whatever you want to call it: It's a time to look at both sides of the coin. And no one knows the importance of this introspection better than Ray Reaves, who drops his latest EP The Gemini on June 8.

The six-track collection, coming days after his 21st birthday, sees the American-Canadian rapper exploring many facets of his personality and touches on depression, egotism and suicide. With sounds ranging from hyped and trappy to low-key and vibey, and with lyrics like "I'm a scrawny n—-a from the suburbs, but I'll kill you n——s on this trapping shit," it's indicative of someone who can't simply be taken at face value.

"There's a part of me that wants to be like 'I'm the shit, I'm awesome, Ray Reaves is the next big thing,' and extroverted," says Reaves. "But there's another side most people don't see that's calm, reserved, and consciously aware."

A former clarinet-playing band geek turned hip hop artist, music has taken on different meanings in his life. Referring to songwriting as his form of "self-medication," Reaves co-produced The Gemini alongside up-and- coming producers Fontaine, Choi and Nineteen92; including lead single "Kill Switch" released last month.

Available via major streaming services upon release, it marks the musician's third EP in six months, but he's not stopping there. To promote his new music, Reaves will play a number of shows, including a release-day party at The Carleton.

With its lyrical candour and instrumentation to match, The Gemini is sure to set it off this summer wherever it's played—while drawing fans further into Reaves' world. "I want people to connect with my trials and tribulations and know someone wants to help them through their own situations," says Reaves. "I hope they get some understanding of who I am, not only as an artist—but as a person."

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #8: Memphis to Nashville, TN

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 3:35 PM

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I go back and forth between whether I like to plan ahead on things like travelling or whether I like to have a loose idea and just let a lot of things fall as they do and not stress whether I’m seeing the “best” possible thing with my time. While I’m a huge fan of the website Atlas Obscura and subscribe to its daily newsletter, I didn’t do a bunch of research before this tour to see what I could detour to see.

So coming across something like Billy Tripp’s The Mindfield was quite a pleasant surprise. He’s been building the enormous metalworks structure since 1989. I got to chat with him and pick up a copy of his building memoirs, The Mindfield Years. He was an extremely nice fellow and had lots of interesting stuff to say as we talked about philosophy and traveling. He recommended William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways which I had already coincidentally downloaded as an audiobook because of Meg Remy (US Girls) recommending in an interview a friend of mine had done with her.
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So lush now in Tennessee. Sometimes it looks like the tropics.
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Lots of hot days on empty roads like this. I don’t think I’ll be on anymore interstates for the remainder of the tour which is great. Blue highways only.
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It's also been dark and gloomy for the first time on the tour too so lots of small roads turn into green tunnels. These are different shots on different days in different places!
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Getting back to Nashville was exciting and felt like seeing it anew. I have usually stayed with friends on the east side, but I stayed downtown because of having to do a morning show performance. I went out and experienced Broadway Street in all its glory. For those who haven’t been to Nashville, Broadway  is like a musician’s utopia with literally every business for a three-block stretch of it being a bar with a band playing live music.

The only catch is that every bar is playing country music and mostly pop bar country music so I went looking for somewhere playing real country and found it in Robert’s Western World: A six-piece armed with a fiddle and pedal steel playing some classic tunes and original music and with the youngest band member in his mid-50s. It was really good.

I’ve fantasized with friends about the idea of a music festival taking over Broadway’s infrastructure and having a festival where you could walk five minutes down one street and hear every genre of music. Doubt that could ever happen but would really interesting for the eclectic music fan. At its best moments SXSW has been like that albeit the sheer concentration of Broadway’s bars makes it an interesting experience to envision.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dive into the weekend with these 12 Shore Things

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 11:28 AM

This weekend, Oceans Week washes ashore while the Scotia Festival of Music ups your classical IQ. Plus: The Cedar Lebanese Fest and Doors Open return while Ghettosocks and Aquakultre drop a new EP.

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Doors Open 2018
Saturday, Sunday
Get to know some of the city's most iconic buildings with these free tours that give you lots of fun facts about sweet spots like the city greenhouses, the Cambridge Military Library, Alexander Keith’s Brewery and more. Get the full list of 30 venues at doorsopenhalifax.com. more deets

12th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The epic celebration of Lebanese food, music and culture returns! Wear your stretchy pants to make the most of the uber-authentic eats, and don't forget to take in a show while you're there. Held at the Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church (3844 Joseph Howe Drive). more deets

Our Changing Oceans
Saturday
An Oceans Week celebration at Alderney Landing that features a 10am harbour-side litter clean-up, sea-level rise mapping activities with the Ecology Action Centre and more at Alderney Landing. more deets

Black Cop
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cory Bowles' film following the daily struggles of a Black cop ("Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you and everyone assumes you hate NWA")—which closed out the 2018 Halifax Black Film Festival—returns to Parklane's silver screen this weekend. more deets

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The Lastest Tech
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Andrew Godsalve and Nathan Wilson's joint thesis exhibition takes over all three gallery rooms at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, exploring space and time through architectonic sculpture and photomontage, while presenting the viewer with the ways they are complicit in the information age. more deets

Reflections on Memorial Tattoos
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Held in the main floor of the MSVU library, this collection of snaps explores the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos. more deets

Disposable Income
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Nicholas Rosin dives into the deep end of social norms and the impact of status anxiety with satirical pieces that tackle our daily consumption habits—think a gilded coffee cup and stir stick—to highlight the coping mechanisms we have to survive our daily grind. See them at Hermes Gallery. more deets

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Adaptation
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Also at Hermes Gallery, Kaashif Ghanie’s latest collection of ceramic vessels sees the emerging artist contrast lived experiences of Islamophobia with traditional Islamic pottery forms, adapting the surface of urns with mutations that "embody the systemic discrimination against Muslims in Canada." more deets

Postdata, the side project of Wintersleep frontperson Paul Murphy, arrives at The Seahorse on Thursday. - NORMAN WONG
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Scotia Festival of Music Highlight 4
Thursday
Andrew Armstrong rocks Bartok's "3 Burlesques, Op. 8" at this Scotia Festival of Music set that also features the sonic tonic of Elissa Lee, Sharon Wei, Blair Lofgren and more, at Sir James Dunn theatre. more deets

East Coast Music Showcase feat. John Gracie, Makayla Lynn, Reeny Smith and more
Saturday
CIOE 97.5 FM takes a snapshot of the east coast soundscape that features the golden vocal chords of R&B queen—and this week's Coast cover star—Reeny Smith, Nashville-trained country name-to-know Makayla Lynn and more. Catch it at the Spatz Theatre. more deets

Postdata w/Quiet Parade, DJ Century Samuel
Thursday

Wintersleep frontperson Paul Murphy returns to his beloved side project Postdata, bringing his brand of confessional electro folk to The Seahorse stage. more deets

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Abu Dhabi vinyl release party
Friday
AQUASOCKS—the best new super group you haven't heard of yet, made up of OG MC Ghettosocks (pictured) and early-D'Angelo-esque crooner Aquakultre—celebrates some hot new wax at this album release show that also features United Arab Emirates-inspired hors d'oeuvres. It all goes down at Alteregos Cafe. more deets
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Postdata’s wild heart

On Let’s Be Wilderness, Paul Murphy expands the intimacy of his debut without sacrificing an ounce of feeling.

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Postdata w/Quiet Parade
Thursday, May 31, 8pm
The Seahorse Tavern 2037 Gottingen Street
$15

The first Postdata record was a gift, from Paul Murphy and his brother Michael, to their mother. The collection is nine hushed, intimate, gentle songs, emotionally in line with but sonically and tonally distant from Paul's main gig, Wintersleep.

For the second Postdata album, Let's Be Wilderness, released May 18, Murphy ran its 11 songs through a familiar combination: His bandmates Tim D'Eon and Loel Campbell, and their longtime producer, Tony Doogan. The bulk was recorded in Doogan's Glasgow studio in less than a week. Drum duties were split between Blonde Redhead's Simone Pace and Campbell, who also played bass. "Tim was doing Tim stuff," says Murphy of the guitarist.

"There's always songs that are strong that don't end up working or that you don't have ideas for at that time," says Murphy, from his home in Montreal, of the difference between a Wintersleep song and a Postdata song. "I was chipping away at these ideas, in between records just demoing them, not really knowing what would really happen with them. At some point it emerged that there was a bunch of stuff that was far along, in terms of demos. And it didn't feel like rock music."

Let's Be Wilderness ambles around from straight-ahead indie-rock ("Wilderness") to "Weighty Ghost"-style acoustic rock ("Evil") to a gorgeous synth-driven ballad ("Ithaca") and closing with "Window," a quiet guitar-and-Murphy track most reminiscent of the first album. There may be more players, but zero emotion has been traded for their input.

"I like working with people, I don't find it's invasive in any way," he says. "And they're all pretty humble personalities and good people to work with. There's no one questioning lyrics or trying to make a radio song.

"You end up working with people that you can be around. It's like a sanctuary."

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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 sonicconcerts.com 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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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #7: Little Rock, AK to Memphis, TN

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 11:57 AM

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Good writing is like giving sight to the blind. I’m sure an exercise in many creative writing programs is giving the age-old thousand words to a photograph of the writer’s choosing. I started listening to William Least Heat-Moon’s cross-American odyssey Blue Highways and it feels as if he’s describing a series of photographs he’s taken while crossing old-highway America, much like I’m doing on this bicycle. Good travel writing is equal parts impressions and history.
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A few hours outside of Little Rock, I stopped at a one-gas-station town and was eating my snacks and rehydrating outside the station when a man driving a golf cart pulled up. The man was wearing shorts, an open Hawaiian shirt and a hat that said Veteran on it. I can’t remember if he was wearing shoes or not. He asked if I knew where I was. I paused chewing the rest of my peanut-buttered cracker and replied, “Arkansas?” “Where in Arkansas?” Was his next question with an audible wind noise accompanying his chosen interrogative. I butchered the pronunciation saying Lonoke, like it was a Japanese delicacy. He then corrected me with its correct pronunciation: “Lone Oak.”

He then launched into a story that sounded as if he told it the same way to anyone who was passing through and had a second to hear about how the town received its name. Initially the place was just a depot stopping point for the railroad and needing a name for the stop, they named it Lone Oak after the an oak tree which stood on its own nearby. After asking about my journey and where I was from, he asked if I’d like a tour of the town, so I cycled along-side his cart while we meandered by where he grew up/where his elderly mother still lives, where he played baseball, his high school. (Later that day he was having a BBQ—I saw the large rented grill and nearby some grave markers that in addition to the dates of brith and death included a “class of” date too. Apparently the class reunions are a big deal in Lonoke).

We finally arrived at the small town museum. I had seen a few of these already on the tour but now wish I had stopped in on each one. This was by far the most creative and thorough of all the town museums I had seen, with an entire local history from settlers, Civil War history to when the town was at its boomiest housing a nearby military airplane manufacturing plant and airfield during the second World War. In addition to this normal amount of historical account, the museum also housed a rather large taxidermy collection of local animals as well as an reproduction of the town as it was around the turn of the century. The model town was life-size too, with mannequins, and built entirely by the family that owned and ran the museum.

There was much detail, I ended up asking the museum’s owner as much about their building process as I did about the history of the town. They found old antiques to fill the life-size dioramas, they printed off labels to things such as to fill the shelves of canned goods in the general store, they had a floodlight as the nose-light to an on-coming locomotive painted and sculpted onto the wall. If only every stop on this tour had a sweet local with some time on their hands to reveal hidden treasures.
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Hazen was the first place I’ve stayed on this journey that was on a quiet summer lake. Arriving late in the afternoon with golden hour in full shine, this small lake looked pretty idyllic and quiet, sheltered from the nearby highway. Sitting on the dock with people fishing nearby packing up their coolers and heading home, it was a great place to read, with nature filling my periphery and soundtracking my thoughts.
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The landscape is so lush and green now. It’s humid and feels tropical.
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There are many places where you’re travelling along roads which are scarcely above the waterline, with gates permanently left ready to swing shut with a sign saying Road Closed. The topography can look at times more northern from the waist up, yet all living in a bayou that an alligator swimming by would not look out of place in.
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I’ve been excited about arriving in Memphis for years due to its place in the history of music and severely heightened by the reading of Amanda Petrusich’s brilliant musical travelogue, It Still Moves. The city did not disappoint: I visited Sun Records, The Museum of Rock n Soul, The Civil Rights Museum and The Stax Recording Museum. So much history, so many excited baby-boomers excited to see all things Elvis-related (I didn’t make it to Graceland on this journey).
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The bizarre story of Memphis’ most ambitious building is interesting having been designed in 1954 as The Great American Pyramid, only to be completed in 1991 by the designer’s son as an arena for sports and events, and now is predominantly a Bass Pro Shop. This building is one of the most unique I’ve ever seen.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Prismatic Festival ramps up for year 10 with epic lineup announcement

Mark your calendars for September 12 to 16

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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The annual fest that's all about highlighting diverse voices, Prismatic always shines bright. For year 10, though, the multi-venue event is setting the bar even higher. Here's some acts we're stoked to see:

Santee Smith is set to debut a new work, The Mush Hole, which the dancer bills as "a performance acknowledging the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. Keeping hope as the driving force, the performance offers and reflects truths and relives the experiences and devastating impacts on the students and parents without their children." Last year's fest saw Smith perform the arresting Re-Quickening and we're confident another can't-stop-thinking-about-it show awaits with this.

The Mariachi Ghost, meanwhile, debuts its full performance Rencor Vivo—a mix of musical theatre, ghost stories and cultural hypnosis that'll have you nostalgic for old-world Mexico. It's out-there artsy, but we mean that as an absolute compliment.

Trained in western classical and traditional Iranian music, Mohsen Sharifian and Habib Meftah Bushehri blend ancient and modern as they bust out high-energy beats that'll make you cut a rug.

Former poet laureate Shauntay Grant will also be releasing her latest book during the fest. Titled Africville, it traces a young girl's attempt to visualize the life her family lived in the historic community.

While ticket prices and show details are still TBA, the free opening gala on Sept 12 at the Halifax Central Library provides a good jumping-off point to the rest of the fest's offerings. See you there!

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Raise a glass to the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 11:27 AM

OBEY Convention takes your eardrums on a trip, STAGES Fest shares tons of quirky-cool theatre, Stillwell taps the best craft beers coast to coast and Hillsburn comes home with its epic new record this weekend.

Just in time for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Stillwell crowns its own favourite suds at both the bar and beer garden locations. - INSTAGRAM/COM/BARSTILLWELL PHOTO
  • Just in time for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Stillwell crowns its own favourite suds at both the bar and beer garden locations. 
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Dartmouth Makers Spring Market
Friday, Saturday
Get your mitts on gadgets, goodies and gifts of all sorts at this market filled with handcrafted gold by local artisans at Christ Church Hall. more deets

Grand National
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
To celebrate the Canadian Brewing Awards' touching down in Halifax, Stillwell raises a glass to its 30-ish favourite producers nationwide (some of which have never been poured on the east coast). With beers being tapped all weekend long at both the Barrington Street bar and Stillwell Beergarder on Spring Garden Road, suds fanatics will wanna follow along on social media so they don't miss a drop. more deets

Contralto screening
Friday  
It's the Canadian premiere of composer Sarah Hennies' experimental documentary. Contralto follows a cast of transgender women speaking, singing and performing vocal exercises, examining the relationship between gender and sound. See it at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

In The Shadows
Saturday
This staged reading, part of the STAGES Theatre Fest, is best described by LunaSea Theatre: "In the Shadows is a Lovecraftian, feminist, horror story set in Nova Scotia in 1920. In the play, the Great War has ended and Halifax is still recovering from the Explosion of 1917. Dottie Inglis is a librarian and closeted lesbian who stills talks to her long-dead grandmother. Widow Mamie Spares is an old school friend and secret crush who shows up in her office looking for help. Mamie has inherited some strange property in the Rawdon hills and asks her old friend to accompany her out into the country to inspect the properties." See it at Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Stage. more deets

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Hindsight is 20/40
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Rebecca DuBois explores the concept of memory through overlapping canvases that collage certain moments from her past at this Anna Leonowens Gallery show. more deets

Extra long print sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A less-than-half-price sale on limited-edition prints means Argyle Fine Art is ready to help spruce up your walls. more deets

Walking the Littoral
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Another Anna Leonowens Gallery show, this exhibit sees Alicia Hunt's cloth structures explore concepts of belonging and displacement. more deets

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Material Remains
Saturday, Sunday
A collection of textile-based works from Mount Saint Vincent University's permanent collection, Material Remains explores gender politics and current events with household scraps like table linens and bedding. See it on display in the school's gallery. more deets

Hillsburn shreds The Marquee this weekend with your new favourite band No, It's Fine. - LENNY MULLINS PHOTO
  • Hillsburn shreds The Marquee this weekend with your new favourite band No, It's Fine. 
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June Body w/Shuteye, Eyeball Kid, Ursa Bright
Thursday 
Alt-pop-rock trio June Body celebrates its new album at this slick Gus' Pub show. more deets

Hillsburn album release show w/No, It's Fine., David In The Dark
Saturday 
Fresh, folky indie-rock gem Hillsburn celebrates its long-awaited sophomore effort, The Wilder Beyond, with an equally wild party featuring the playful lyricism of No, It's Fine. and David In The Dark's sun-soaked sound at The Marquee. more deets

Feist
Friday, Saturday 
What a Pleasure to see the "1234" singer share The Reminder from the Rebecca Cohn stage that hers will always be one of the country's most sweeping, swelling voices. more deets

Un Blonde w/Anaïs Maviel, Markus Floats
Sunday
If you're only going to see one show at this weekend's OBEY Convention, it should probably be this one, with critical darling Jean-Sebastian Audet's solo project Un Blonde seeing the walls between avant-funk and low-key soul crumble.  Here, he shares the stage at Fort Massey United Church with percussion-based sound healer Anaïs Maviel and Markus Floats, a musician exploring the possibilities of real-time digital signal processing. But really, you shouldn't limit yourself to one OBEY show. more deets

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Sure Thing Events

  • The Regal Beagle Band w/Hello Delaware, Museum Pieces @ The Seahorse Tavern

    • Sat., June 23, 10 p.m.
  • Stand Back w/Second Line Parade, Roadside Scarecrow @ The Carleton

    • Thu., June 28, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $7
  • It’s Mackie w/X-Plycit @ Menz & Mollyz Bar

    • Thu., June 28, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

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