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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wylin' in a winter wonderland

The Coast helps you feel holly jolly with a playlist of holiday tunes heavy on local favourites.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 12:38 PM

Jenn Grant's new holiday album Forever On Christmas Eve is full of classic tunes and a new original track that proves slow jams and holiday hits can overlap. - INSTAGRAM SCREENSHOT
  • Jenn Grant's new holiday album Forever On Christmas Eve is full of classic tunes and a new original track that proves slow jams and holiday hits can overlap.
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How do you make your holiday zoom party feel a little more like the real thing? Treat it the way you would an IRL gathering—which means building the perfect party playlist. This is no small order, people: The background music of the evening sets the tone of how things unfold. It fills gaps in conversation. Ideally, it gets butts moving at some point—and helps get them moving out the door at some point, too. (There's a reason why many a bar plays Semisonic's biggest hit at the end of the night without a trace of irony.)

But since this holiday is bound to be even more stressful than the usual December (sorry but it's true), we here at Team Coast are giving our gift to you a little early: A pitch-perfect playlist of carols and classics, by everyone from Jenn Grant to Ben Caplan to, yes, Mariah Carey. These are the only songs we've ever had help our heart grow three sizes while partaking in eggnog drinking or tree trimming. Here's hoping they do the same for you.


“O Holy Night” by Ben Caplan

The thundering folk star himself goes for Baroque with this holiday standard, making it the prime opening slot on this playlist: Its slow-building anticipation is perfect for waiting for the first guests to (virtually) arrive.


“The Banister Bough” by Chilly Gonzales feat. Feist

Collaborations between Canada’s premiere songbird and musician-producer Gonzales are always solid gold (see the Gonzales-produced Feist album Let It Die for proof). This, the duo’s first-ever holiday hit, proves no exception as it tickles your every vertebra with warm piano and soaring vocals.


“Make You Mine This Season” by Tegan and Sara

When it’s time to kick the party into high gear, this glossy synth-pop gem is what you need—especially since it sounds so in the wheelhouse of the Quinn twins you’d barely know it was a holiday track if you weren’t paying attention to them sing “you’re the only girl I’ve got on my list.”


“Kisses for Christmas” by Christina Martin

Warm, jaunty and mid-tempo: Martin’s new holiday single is not only a catchy-as-hell reminder of what matters most this time of year—it’s also the perfect mood music.


“Downtown Christmas Eve” by Jenn Grant

If you ever doubted that a holiday song could double as a baby-making anthem, well, you’ve never heard Grant’s ode to life in a winter wonderland. 


“Jingle Bell Rock” by Serena Ryder

Not since Regina George has someone made this rock ’n’ roll song slap so hard.


“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Anne Murray

The grand dame of Nova Scotia’s folk tradition is back with the sort of album made for tinsel-edged days. Get into it as she tackles silver-throated standards like this one.


“Merry Xmas Everybody” by Sloan

This John Lennon-feeling 2012 holiday hit still holds up.


“Little Road to Bethlehem” by Don Brownrigg feat. Rose Cousins

A slow, sweet folk lullaby that’s perfect for deep conversation.


“Then It Snowed” by Gabrielle Papillon

A soaring, pop-tinged song that will make the moment feel like it stepped straight out of your favourite holiday movie.


“Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Destiny’s Child

Transport yourself to the days of girl power and butterfly clips with this early 2000s holiday staple.


“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

The GOAT of holiday hits helps end your Zoom call on the perfect, vibrato-soaked note.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Seven Sure Things for November 12-18

All the local live art you need to see—IRL and online.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 4:59 PM

Jennah Barry plays a livestreamed Legion show Friday night.
  • Jennah Barry plays a livestreamed Legion show Friday night.

Thursday November 12

Art Market

Local artists in a host of mediums—including illustrator Bria Miller and the handmade jewellery line Rocks From My Bra—deliver gift-ready works at this sale. The best part? Your $2 entry fee is being directly donated to help moderate livelihood Mi'kmaq fishers in southern Nova Scotia.
Glitter Bean Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road, 6-9pm, $2

"The Dawn of Tango" lecture

A Zoom presentation by Pierre Baston, event organizers describe this talk as follows: "An interactive discussion revealing the seminal (and surprising) Black contribution to tango music and dance. From Argentina’s 19th-century African candombe dance parties, to the milongas and Mundiales (World Tango Championships) of today: see the connection, and learn about the long-concealed Black influences on the dance we love."
Zoom, 7-8:30pm, $15, email mdspore@gmail.com for tickets and Zoom link

Neon Dreams

Back in 2015, Neon Dreams won Gold in the Best of Halifax Readers’ Choice Awards category “Best Artist/Band Most Likely To Make It Big.” In June, the Halifax EDM-tinged duo nabbed the Juno Award for “Breakthrough group of the year.” Halifax, you saw it comin’—now, get ready for a homecoming as the fellas play their first local gig since the massive win, happening Nov 12 and 13 at the Convention Centre.
Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle Street, Nov 12-13, 8pm,
$156 - $270, ticketatlantic.evenue.net

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival

The celebration of indie cinema is delivering a 100 percent online, 100 percent free version of its four-day event—and is stacked to the rafters with cool-looking flicks from near and far. We're obsessed with the entire catalogue, which you can peep here. Pass the popcorn!
hiff.ca, Nov 12-15, free

So Pretty—the film based on Ronald M.Schernikau’s novel about 2SLGBTQ+ youth in New York—will screen at HIFF 2020.
  • So Pretty—the film based on Ronald M.Schernikau’s novel about 2SLGBTQ+ youth in New York—will screen at HIFF 2020.

Friday November 13

Jennah Barry

A National Arts Centre-sponsored livestream from the Legion in Mahone Bay sees Barry's rosewater voice move between soft rock, folk and alt-country for a soul-soothing set.
nac-cna.ca, 9pm, free

LAL w/Sivani, Kelvin Mansaray

Radstorm is livestreaming this album release show from the Polaris Prize longlisted LAL, giving you soulful electronic music to make your bedroom the best show venue in town.
Facebook Live, 8pm, PWYC (donations to Mi'kmaq moderate livelihood fisheries)

No, It's Fine.

The fun and funny indie rocker No, It's Fine. is back with some new tunes to rock the roof off of Gus' Pub.
Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, $10, DM @_no_its_fine on Instagram for tickets
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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Seven Sure Things for November 5-11

All the local, live art you need to see and stream.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 9:50 PM

Composer and cellist Emily Kennedy is the current artist-in-residence at suddenlyLISTEN. See her debut some new songs Friday.
  • Composer and cellist Emily Kennedy is the current artist-in-residence at suddenlyLISTEN. See her debut some new songs Friday.

Thursday November 5

Drag Trivia w/Brooke Rivers

One third of the Haus of Rivers drag family hosts this wig-snatching night of trivia as part of Francofest 2020.
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, 7pm, $40-$60, alderneylanding2020.ticketpro.ca

Kim Harris's album release show

With one of 2020's best records—the 10-track effort Heirloom—Kim Harris celebrates new songs and the return of live performance with a belated album release show.
St. Andrew's Church, 6036 Coburg Road, 7:30pm

Friday November 6

Emily Kennedy, Arthur Bull and Nicole Rampersaud

The improvisational and adventure-loving music organization suddenlyLISTEN is back, helping its artist-in-residence, Emily Kennedy, debut some new work.

Saint David's, 1544 Grafton Street, 7:30pm, $20/PWYC

Saturday November  7

Splinters

If you're yet to see Halifax directorial legend Thom Fitzgerald's 2018 stunner Splinters as it screens at Neptune Theatre, you're not too late. The movie will keep showing nightly until Nov 8. Read more about why it's a must-see here.
Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street or stream online at neptuneathome.com.
Daily until Nov 8, 8pm; Nov 7-8 4pm & 8pm $10, neptunetheatre.com for tickets

Sue Goyette, the city's eighth Poet Laureate, hosts an online talk with some of her predecessors on Tuesday.
  • Sue Goyette, the city's eighth Poet Laureate, hosts an online talk with some of her predecessors on Tuesday.

Sunday November 8

Alan Doyle & The Big Beautiful Band

The Great Big Sea front person gives a trio of salt water-tinged shows as a solo act at the Halifax Convention Centre. Expect to hear most of his new, pandemic-produced EP, Rough Side Out.
Nov 5-8, Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle Street, 8pm, $67.50 - $87.50

Tuesday November 10

Poets Laureate in conversation

The city's current wordsmith—Sue Goyette—hosts an online discussion with past Laureates Afua Cooper, Tanya Davis and Lorri Neilsen Glenn via Zoom.
Zoom, 7pm, register here

Wednesday November 11

Remembrance in Music

Symphony Nova Scotia marks Remembrance Day at the Museum of Immigration with music from Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and a reading of In Flanders Fields. Registration is required for the free showcase. 
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd, 1pm and 2:45pm, register here
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

666 Sure Things happening this Halloweekend

All the online parties and IRL happenings on our calendars from Oct 29-31.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 12:49 PM

DJ Fadzwa and pals help make your living room the hottest dance floor in town on Friday night. - DYLAN CHEW, DESIGN TARA ANDREWS
  • DJ Fadzwa and pals help make your living room the hottest dance floor in town on Friday night.
  • DYLAN CHEW, DESIGN TARA ANDREWS

Haunted Hike food drive

A ghoulish, ghost story-laden walk through Russel Lake Trail awaits for one night only! Meet fellow hikers at Woodlawn Public Library to pick up your map and depart on the skin-crawling trek—and to make a donation to Feed Nova Scotia, if possible.
Thur Oct 29, Woodlawn Public Library, 31 Eisner Boulevard, Dartmouth, 6-8pm, free/donations to Feed Nova Scotia

Ghost tour: Dare to be scared

It's never a bad time to take a ghost tour of the Citadel, but is there a better time than late October? We think not.
Thu Oct 29-Fri Oct 30, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street, 8:20pm, 8:30pm and 8:40pm, $15.87, eventbrite.ca

Spine-chilling science

The Discovery Centre wants to see your Halloween Costume! Hit up the waterfront spot for fun programming like the media literacy 'Trick or Truth' game and more.
Fri Oct 30-Sun Nov 1, Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street, 9am

Light It Up virtual Halloween party

Three of the city's coolest wax-spinners—that's DJ Fadzwa, DJ ShyShaya and DJ VJ—make the hottest dance floor in town your living room. All proceeds from the fun are being sent to Mi'kmaw fishers and the 1752 frontline. Get your tix by emailing tickets@thekhyber.ca.
Fri Oct 30, Zoom, 8-11pm, PWYC, tickets@thekhyber.ca

RobieScope screens Hocus Pocus

By now, it's tradition for Good Robot to screen this Sarah Jessica Parker/Bette Midler classic on a big screen over its outdoor Astroturf-carpeted beer garden. Bundle up and prepare for the scares!
Fri Oct 30, Good Robot Brewing Co, 2736 Robie Street, 7pm, tickets from $74.37 for four, eventbrite.ca 

Haus of Rivers Halloween

The trio that's been selling out shows since the spring returns to The Carleton stage for another sickening showcase. Tickets for this event have, predictably, been all snatched up—but hopefuls can hop on the waitlist at thecarleton.ca.
Sat Oct 31,The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street,  7-9pm, $15, thecarleton.ca

Sales From The Crypt

Radstorm knows that, since Halloween comes but once a year, it should be an all-day event. So, why not hit up the Gottingen Street spot from 11am-4pm for this sale of screenprints and posters?
Sat Oct 31, Radstorm, 2177 Gottingen Street, 11am-4pm

Ghost tour: Dare to be scared

It's never a bad time to take a ghost tour of the Citadel, but is there a better time than late October? We think not.
Thu Oct 29-Fri Oct 30, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street, 8:20pm, 8:30pm and 8:40pm, $15.87, eventbrite.ca

The Drag Show: Halloween Edition

Haus of Jeckyll—yup, the beloved Halifax Drag royalty themselves— brings a show you'll never forget to Murphy's On The Water. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Sat Oct 31, Murphy's On The Water, 1751 Lower Water Street, 9-11:30pm, $15, text 902-223-7243 for tickets.

Halloween Drive In: Scream

Watch Wes Craven's autumnal opus from the nerve-soothing safety of a locked car.
Sat Oct 31, NSCC  Akerley Campus, 21 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth, 10:30pm, $28,  showtix4u.com
Haus of Jeckyll brings fierce frights to Murphy's On The Water with its devilish spin on drag this Saturday. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • Haus of Jeckyll brings fierce frights to Murphy's On The Water with its devilish spin on drag this Saturday.
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Museum Halloween Fun

As if the current Mummy-themed exhibit at the Museum of Natural History wasn't enough for an all hallow's afternoon visit, the Summer Street spot is offering scary stories, scavenger hunts and more.
Sat Oct 31, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, 10am-4pm

Halloween Drive-In and Trick-or-Trunk

A screening of the animated Addams Family Halloween complete with car-to-car trick-or-treating before the movie begins. Don't forget your mask and to practice social distancing!
Sat Oct 31, NSCC Akerley Campus, 21 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth, 3:30pm, $28, showtix4u.com

House of Doom

A pop-up haunted house has arrived at 153 Lindenwood Terrace, Dartmouth. Wear a mask, stick within your bubble and prepare to scream your head off.
Sat Oct 31, 153 Lindenwood Terrace, Dartmouth, 6-8:30pm, free

Halloween Rollout

A frightful take on Coffin Skate Shop's monthly meet-up for skaters of all stripes, this event sees you wheeling about the Emera Oval with like-minded pals-to-be. Costumes encouraged; masks required.
Sat Oct 31, Emera Oval, Halifax Common, 1:30-3:30pm, free

Constellate 15

The live story-telling showcase helps the Halloween hubbub hold on for a day longer with this creepy-crawly set of tales.
Sun Nov 1, Good Robot Brewing Co, 2736 Robie Street, 7:30pm or stream on Twitch
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Seven Sure Things happening in Halifax from Oct 22-28

All the local, live art you need to see.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 2:14 PM

Kye Clayton's star continues to shoot into space as he performs at emerge Fest's Friday Night showcase. - ANDREW RHODENIZER
  • Kye Clayton's star continues to shoot into space as he performs at emerge Fest's Friday Night showcase.
  • Andrew Rhodenizer

Thursday October 22

Music Meets Art at the AGNS

Symphony Week rolls on with this absolute treat for your eyes and ears: Take in the Art Gallery's latest showcases while two Symphony Nova Scotia musicians—
Isabelle Fournier, violin and Susan Sayle, viola—perform a set of intimate songs.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, 6:30-8pm, free

Friday October 23

Braden Lam album release show

We're sure no members of the Lamflock left it this late to get tix to see their troubadour prince celebrate his latest set of comforting-as-coffee songs. But if they did? Well, they better hop on over to thecarleton.ca, add their names to the waitlist, and cross every last finger and toe.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8:30pm, $15, thecarleton.ca

Kye Clayton at Emerge Fest

The fresh prince of Uniacke Square continues to prove 2020 belongs to him with a live showcase at Emerge Fest, where he promises to be sharing some new music. Head to Saint Andrew's for a free, IRL show (reserve your seat via eventbrite) or tune into the livestream via Sidedoor.
Saint Andrew's Sanctuary, 6036 Coburg Road, or livestream via sidedooraccess.com, 7pm, free (reserve spot for physical show via eventbrite)

Splinters at Neptune Theatre

No, Neptune isn't yet returning to live performance—but the legendary downtown theatre is playing the part of a cinema from October 23 to November 8. What's showing? Thom Fitzgerald's Splinters, the 2018 TIFF-debuted flick that traces how a woman's relationship with her mother changes after her father dies.

Saturday October 24

BREACH! An Antonym for Token

Excel Garay curates this explosive blend of performance, installation and media art that aims to disrupt the tokenization they and their peers have felt within fine art academia. It is irreverent, visceral work by a set of fresh talent.
The Anna, 1891 Granville Street, free, to Oct 29
A still from Splinters, the Annapolis Valley-set tale of a woman's turbulent relationship with her mother. The movie—directed by legendary Halifax director Thom Fitzgerald—plays at Neptune Theatre starting Friday. - FILM STILL
  • A still from Splinters, the Annapolis Valley-set tale of a woman's turbulent relationship with her mother. The movie—directed by legendary Halifax director Thom Fitzgerald—plays at Neptune Theatre starting Friday.
  • Film still

Sunday October 25

Gremlins drive-in

Celebrate creepy-crawly season with this screening of the 1980s cult classic, viewed in the tweest retro way.
Dartmouth Crossing, Best Buy lot, 87 Gale Terrace, 7pm, free (reserve your spot through showtix4u.com)

Tuesday October 27

Gottijam

The weekly live music drop-in returns to its rightful home: Menz & Mollyz. Come by to test-drive your band's latest songs or to bask in the glow of bands new and old working the stage. Don't forget your mask.
Menz & Mollyz, 2182 Gottingen Street, 8:30pm-midnight
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Seven Sure Things happening in Halifax from October 8-14

The can't-miss events happening this week.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 6:19 PM

Daniel Walker's Bright Eyes-influenced band Owen Meany's Batting Stance is back with a second LP—and a show at The Carleton to celebrate.
  • Daniel Walker's Bright Eyes-influenced band Owen Meany's Batting Stance is back with a second LP—and a show at The Carleton to celebrate.

Thursday October 8

Emerging Lens Film Festival 10th Anniversary Screenings

The indie film fest celebrates its multicultural focus with a three-day streak of screenings. Thursday is day two of the event, with a host of flicks and local shorts being shown at The Bus Stop Theatre—including Beyond Curls and Kinks, the story of women defying beauty standards with their natural hair.
The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, 6:30pm, free

Loretta Gould's Fire and Ice Display

Part of the Fire and Ice Festival at Alderney Landing, the Craig Gallery is showcasing a collection of works by Mi’kmaq artist Loretta Gould—and the bold use of colour has us swooning. Peep them yourself in the Gallery's cases.
Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, to Oct 11

Friday October 9

Owen Meany's Batting Stance album release show

The literary folk-rock that Daniel Walker has made his signature sound is back at last, with a followup to OMBS's 2016 debut that hasn't the slightest shade of sophomore slump. Celebrate the immaculate effort at this Carleton show.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11:30pm, $15

Sunset Fridays

The days might be getting shorter, but Alteregos is here to remind you that the nights can get hotter—thanks to its mix of dancehall and reggae from 5-10pm.
Alteregos, 2193 Gottingen Street, 5-10pm

We're swooning for Loretta Gould's artwork, on display until October 11 at the Craig Gallery. - LORETTA GOULD
  • We're swooning for Loretta Gould's artwork, on display until October 11 at the Craig Gallery.
  • Loretta Gould

Saturday October 10

Lennie Gallant

The Marquee's new, socially distant live music venue, The Derby ShowBar, has its coming out with a live show by the Maritime musical legend.
The Derby ShowBar, 2037 Gottingen Street, 7-11pm, $49.97

Tuesday October 13

I Don't Karaoke

The karaoke party to end 'em all is back at Gus' Pub and wow, haven't you missed it? Better brush up on the words to your favourite indie rock jam, stat.
Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 8:30pm

Wednesday October 14

Meeting Waters: Cross-Cultural Collaborations on Environmental Racism

Dr. Ingrid Waldron, world-leading researcher on environmental racism, continues to push the needle on public discourse—this time, by having 
Black, African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq and mixed-race artists and activists of all genders and orientations collaborate on pieces surrounding, as Waldron puts it, “any land-based struggles.” The resulting projects will be presented at this panel, with a discussion hosted by Waldron to follow. Part of Nocturne's 2020 festival, you can read more about the event here.
Zoom, 7-9pm, details and links at nocturnehalifax.ca
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Friday, October 2, 2020

Seven Sure Things happening in Halifax from October 2-7

The can't-miss events happening this week.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 4:17 PM

Matt Mays is helping Alexander Keith celebrate 225 spins 'round the sun this week. - DEVIN MCLEAN
  • Matt Mays is helping Alexander Keith celebrate 225 spins 'round the sun this week.
  • DEVIN MCLEAN

Friday October 2

Drag Revival 

Craven Blood hosts this evening of local drag royalty at the recently re-opened Menz & Mollyz bar. You've been missing nights like this, so get to gettin'.
Menz & Mollyz, 2182 Gottingen Street, 9:30pm, $9

Dispatch

If anything can be a play, as Halifax indie theatre continues to prove, why not a walking tour? Here, two of the city's most noteworthy indie playmakers (Annie Valentina and Isa Grant) do their thing—this time, sending you out to explore the harbour city you think you know with text message missives. Part of the Halifax Fringe Festival, it takes under two hours to complete.
10am-4pm; to Oct 4, tickethalifax.ca for details, $5/PWYC

Saturday October 3

Drunk Mean Girls livestream

Yes, your chance to sit in The Carleton for this drunk read-through of the GOAT of teen movies might have passed (it's no surprise the event sold out lightning-fast!)—but all hope is not lost: Montreal's Talking Dog Productions will also be livestreaming its Halifax event. So Fetch!
Facebook Live, 7pm

Black Lives Matter rally

Held in North Preston at the community cenotaph (next to St. Thomas Baptist Church), this rally aims to discuss Premier McNeil's recent apology to the African Nova Scotian community and RCMP funding, among other issues.
North Preston Cenotaph, 35 Simmonds Road, North Preston, 2pm

This Studio 21 art show gives us serious Abstract Expressionist vibes. - JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVOST
  • This Studio 21 art show gives us serious Abstract Expressionist vibes.
  • Jean-François Provost

Sunday October 4

Roxane Gay at Afterwords Literary Festival

A livestream conversation with one of the most luminous living authors and 
Mary Lynk of CBC Radio’s IDEAS. Part of the online Afterwords Literary Festival, you can nab tix via Eventbrite for the live chat, held via Zoom.
Zoom, 4-5:30pm eventbrite.ca for tickets and links, $15

Monday October 5

Alexander Keith's 225th birthday livestream

No, you can't get absolutely shitfaced at The Lower Deck to celebrate Sir Alexander this year, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on every Ontario transplant's favourite Halifax party: A livestream of the suds-founder's fete will be held via Facebook, where you can watch performances by Matt Mays and Lower Deck mainstay Signal Hill.
Facebook Live, 8-11pm

Wednesday October 7

À tire-d'aile

Studio 21's latest art show sees gallery stalwart Jean-François Provost exploring the beauty of transformation as he delivers a set of colourful canvases. A departure from his previous, more monochrome work, the new paintings add a vibrant layer to the artist's continued study of formalist subject matter. Get lost in planes of baby blue and beige.
Studio 21 Fine Art, 5431 Doyle Street, to Oct 14

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from September 17-23

Sure Things to stream and seek out IRL this week.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 5:49 PM

One of the films we're most excited to see at this year's FIN Festival? The Forbidden Reel, a documentary sharing the secret film history of Afghanistan that should be seen as that nation's answer to French New Wave. Watch it Monday night. - FINFESTIVAL.CA SCREENSHOT
  • One of the films we're most excited to see at this year's FIN Festival? The Forbidden Reel, a documentary sharing the secret film history of Afghanistan that should be seen as that nation's answer to French New Wave. Watch it Monday night.
  • finfestival.ca screenshot

Thursday September 17

Dispatch

Part play, part riddle-solving text message game, this Fringe Festival offering promises to "send you on a code-cracking trek through a cityscape you thought you knew." Get started here.
halifaxfringe.ca, Sep 11-27, 10am-4pm daily, $5/PWYC

Jah'Mila w/Owen O'Sound Lee

Halifax's reigning reggae queen takes to The Carleton stage for an already sold-out Prismatic Festival set. Hopefuls can hop on the waitlist here.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 7-10pm, sold out

Friday September 18

Drag After Dark

The Haus of Rivers queens continue their string of must-see shows at The Carleton. This time around, top-secret surprise guests are rounding out the bill.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 10pm, $10, thecarleton.ca for tickets

Salt Yard Sessions

The open-air showcase of local talent continues on the Halifax Waterfront. While this week's lineup was still TBA as of press time, past guests have included Jody Upshaw and Zamani.
Salt Yard, 1521 Lower Water Street, 4:30-6:30pm, free

Saturday September 19

Mosaic Festival 2020

Halifax's celebration of multiculturalism and diversity is taking the party online, with livestream performances by the likes of soul superstar Reeny Smith and rapper Shanii22, whose J Cole and Drake-influenced sound is absolutely addictive.
Youtube Live and Facebook Live, 4-8pm, free

Unearth album release show

"In a difficult year, New Hermitage throws down a set of songs that need to be experienced, rather than listened to: It’s a soundtrack for fumbling through the dark; a soundtrack for finding slivers of light," writes Coast music critic Sam Gillett in his recent review of the experimental classical quartet's new LP, Unearth. Celebrate the set of songs at this release show.
St. George's Round Church, 2222 Brunswick Street, 7:30pm,
$15/PWYC, newhermitageinfo@gmail.com to RSVP

The Butterfly Effect

"Featuring familiar faces, dazzling locations, and technological twists, The Butterfly Effect is a humorous, dark, and compelling look at how the seemingly menial choices we make every day can have inconceivable consequences," offers the Halifax Fringe Festival of this series of plays performed via Instagram Live.
Instagram Live, PWYC

Sunday September 20

Watch a movie from FINpedia

Hundreds of movies of every stripe—from local shorts to international blockbusters—makes thte annual movie lovers' mecca that is FIN so damn fun. This year, the fest is online, meaning you can stream all its titles on demand (save the time-sensitive gala screenings). Get started with Bone Cage, Taylor Olson's film reproduction of Catherine Banks's award-winning play of the same name.
FIN Festival, Sept 17-24, finfestival.ca

Reeny Smith is poised to steal the show at Mosaic Festival, streaming live Saturday night. - SUBMITTED
  • Reeny Smith is poised to steal the show at Mosaic Festival, streaming live Saturday night.
  • Submitted

Monday September 21

The Forbidden Reel gala presentation

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is kicking it online this year, bringing its signature gala presentations along with it. This gala is your 24-hour window to catch The Forbidden Reel, one of the movies we're most excited about at this year's fest. It tells the story of Afghanistan's boldest filmmakers, the movement they pioneered—and the movies that almost didn't survive.
finfestival.ca, 7pm (rental available for 24-hour window), $15/$30

Tuesday September 22

Gottijam gathering

The dependable Tuesday night gathering, which spawned many a local band's first performance at Menz & Mollyz in a pre-COVID-19 world, is back, in a different way: Gathering at a distance on the Halifax Common if the weather is nice via Zoom when it's not, this community proves its endurance and commitment to noise. Follow along on Facebook for weekly weather updates/Zoom links.
Halifax Common or Zoom, Tuesdays, 9pm, follow on Facebook for details

Wednesday September 23

Listen to a Fringe show on Bandcamp

Have you heard? No hurricane or global pandemic can stop the force that is the Halifax Fringe Festival. While there's lots of live performance to take in as part of this year's event, there's also a bank of recordings of one-person shows from fests past. Check 'em all out here.
To Sept 30, halifaxfringe.ca
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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from September 10-16

Our guide to the Sure Things you need to stream and seek out offline this week.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2020 at 5:47 PM

Welcome to The Coast's weekly roundup of can't-miss Halifax events, happening both online and IRL. Looking for more things to do? Check out our complete event listings calendar here.

This weekend, as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival, A Tale on Two Wheels will bring whimsy and live performance to a handful of HRM green spaces. - SUBMITTED
  • This weekend, as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival, A Tale on Two Wheels will bring whimsy and live performance to a handful of HRM green spaces.
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Thursday September 1o

Be Heard: Black and Indigenous Voices (The Scholar Strike for Black and Indigenous Lives)

An open-mic-style rally aiming to elevate the voices of BIPOC community members through speaking or performance. Part of the North America-wide Scholar Strike, this event is held rain or shine on Dal's Studley Quad (next to Wickwire Field). Can't make it? Tune into the event's Facebook Live feed instead.
Dalhousie University, Studley Quad, 10am-1pm, additional livestream via Facebook

Listen to a Fringe show on Bandcamp

Have you heard? No hurricane or global pandemic can stop the force that is the Halifax Fringe Festival. While there's lots of live performance to take in as part of this year's event, there's also a bank of recordings of one-person shows from fests past. Check 'em all out here. To Sept 30, halifaxfringe.ca

Friday September 11

Definition of Man

This Fringe Fest play, held via Zoom, is described by the fest as follows: "A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalized postmodern de-creation myth. Drawing from Kenneth Burke’s essay of the same name, the show investigates the human drive to communicate and the inevitable breakdown that results from the inherent incompleteness of language. The one-act synthesizes personal narratives, academic texts, and acrobatic counterbalancing to explore issues of identity, race, gender performance, and communicative breakdown."
Zoom, 7pm, $15, watch link and tickets via tickethalifax.com

Dispatch

A Fringe experience described by the fest as "a series of enigmatic texts sends you on a code-cracking trek through a cityscape you thought you knew" will have you and your bubble exploring the streets of Halifax as if for the first time.
Sep 11-27, $5/PWYC, tickets and details via tickethalifax.com

Salt Yard Sessions

Live music and DJs spinning hot hits on the Halifax waterfront make for peak Friday night vibes. While this week's performers are still TBA, past names have included Keonté Beals and DJ IV.
Salt Yard, 1521 Lower Water Street, 4:30-6:30pm, free

Classified

Enfield's own gives a summer send-off with this physically distant Shore Club show.
Shore Club, 250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards, 9:30-11:30pm, ticket for tables $420-$800,  eventbrite.com for tickets and details
Factory Girls' sweet spin on folk music has us hooked. See the duo live at Gus' Pub on Saturday. - KAYLA MACAULAY PHOTO
  • Factory Girls' sweet spin on folk music has us hooked. See the duo live at Gus' Pub on Saturday.
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Saturday September 12

A Tale on Two Wheels

A family-focused outdoor theatre experience that tells the whimsical tale of "the adventure of two slightly lost postal workers, a giant monarch butterfly, and their mountain of packages." Held in a host of green spaces around town for free as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival.
Conrose Park, 6510 Jubilee Road, 11-11:30am; Fort Needham Memorial Park, 3340 Union Street, 2-2:30pm; free

East Coast Kite Festival

Because god knows we need some wholesome soul-soothing these days, why not make like the event tagline of this fest and fly as high as you can? Bring your kite, your mask and your sense of adventure!
Halifax Citadel Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street, Sep 12-13, 10am-7pm, free

Savour The Sea From A Distance

If a hurricane couldn't stop the Halifax Fringe, why would a pandemic? Here, as part of the 30th indie theatre fest, magician Vincenzo Ravina delivers an interactive, virtual show via Zoom that'll knock your socks off.
Sept 12, 7pm; Sept 13, 3pm, tickethalifax.com for details, PWYC

Hello City & 30 Years of Fringe Shows

Halifax's reigning improv royalty returns with a round of "yes, and" inspired by the synopses of Fringe plays from past years.
Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, 5530 Point Pleasant Drive, 6pm (rain date Sept 13), PWYC-$30, tickethalifax.com for tickets and details

Factory Girls

A duo that mixes First Aid Kit dreaminess with a streak of Appalachian folk makes its debut at Gus' Pub.
Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, 7-10pm, $30-$60, factorygirlsduo@gmail.com for tickets

Dave Gunning

The fresh, folky sounds of Dave Gunning arrive at Alderney Landing thanks to the space's new partnership with New Scotland Brewing.
Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney Street, 8pm, $40.25/$46, tickets and details here

DJ Dandi

Menz & Mollyz—the city's premiere gay bar and an early victim of COVI-19—has risen from the ashes and recently re-opened. Celebrate by shaking your groove thang (with your bubble and a mask!) on its disco-y dance floor once more as DJ Dandi helms the ones and twos.
Menz 7 Mollyz, 2182 Gottingen Street, 9pm-1am
Definition of Man, a play performed via Zoom, promises to be a sexier take on the classic story of Waiting for Godot. See it Friday.
  • Definition of Man, a play performed via Zoom, promises to be a sexier take on the classic story of Waiting for Godot. See it Friday.


Sunday September 13

East Coast Kite Festival

Because god knows we need some wholesome soul-soothing these days, why not make like the event tagline of this fest and fly as high as you can? Bring your kite, your mask and your sense of adventure!
Halifax Citadel Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street, Sep 12-13, 10am-7pm, free

A Tale on Two Wheels

A family-focused outdoor theatre experience that tells the whimsical tale of "the adventure of two slightly lost postal workers, a giant monarch butterfly, and their mountain of packages." Held in a host of green spaces around town for free as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival.
Dartmouth Commons, Leighton Dillman Park, 4 Windmill Road, 11-11:30am & 2-2:30pm

Savour The Sea From A Distance

If a hurricane couldn't stop the Halifax Fringe, why would a pandemic? Here, as part of the 30th indie theatre fest, magician Vincenzo Ravina delivers an interactive, virtual show via Zoom that'll knock your socks off.
Sept 12, 7pm; Sept 13, 3pm, tickethalifax.com for details, PWYC

Surfing Association of Nova Scotia's annual longboard contest

Do your best Blue Crush impression out on the waves or chill shoreside as a spectator at this weather-dependent event.
Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, NS-207, East Lawrencetown, 8am-5pm, details and weather updates via Facebook

Tuesday September 15

Gottijam gathering

The dependable Tuesday night gathering, which spawned many a local band's first performance at Menz & Mollyz in a pre-COVID-19 world, is back, in a different way: Gathering at a distance on the Halifax Common if the weather is nice or meeting via Zoom when it's not, this community proves its endurance and commitment to noise. Follow along on Facebook for weekly weather updates/Zoom links.
Halifax Common or Zoom, Tuesdays, 9pm, follow on Facebook for details


Wednesday September 16

Listen to a Fringe show on Bandcamp

Have you heard? No hurricane or global pandemic can stop the force that is the Halifax Fringe Festival. While there's lots of live performance to take in as part of this year's event, there's also a bank of recordings of one-person shows from fests past. Check 'em all out here.
To Sept 30, halifaxfringe.ca
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Thursday, September 3, 2020

What's happening in Halifax this Labour Day Weekend

Make the most of summer's swan song with these streams and IRL offerings.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 6:40 PM

Keonté Beals will be performing at the Halifax Urban Folk Festival this Friday. We hope he plays his new single, the addictive and timely "King".
  • Keonté Beals will be performing at the Halifax Urban Folk Festival this Friday. We hope he plays his new single, the addictive and timely "King".

Friday September 4

Because I Have A Voice: Hip Hop for Mental Health

The Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival's free evening show is already at capacity—and with a lineup featuring Classified, Quake Matthews, MAJE, Jody Upshaw and more, it's hardly a surprise. As of press time, though, the 4pm show (which has the same lineup) still has some spots left, so get on it and smash the eventbrite link.
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, 4pm & 8pm, free, eventbrite.ca

Creed

Michael B. Jordan. Need we say more? OK, what if we add that this outdoor screening is free? See ya there!
Ecole Du Bois-Joli, 211 Avenue du Portage, Dartmouth, 8:30pm free, showtix4u.com

Halifax Urban Folk Festival: Catherine MacLellan w/Dennis Ellsworth, Natan Wiley, Zamani, Breagh Isabel, Keonté Beals

Seeing as two of our favourite songs this summer were by Beals and Zamani (that's "King" and "Outside", respectively), we know this songwriters' circle will be lit.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, thecarleton.ca for tickets and details


Saturday September 5

Savour The Sea From A Distance

If a hurricane couldn't stop the Halifax Fringe, why would a pandemic? Here, as part of the 30th indie theatre fest, magician Vincenzo Ravina delivers an interactive, virtual show via Zoom that'll knock your socks off.
Sept 5, 6pm; Sept 6, 3pm, tickethalifax.com for details, PWYC

HUFF: Mo Kenney w/Adam Baldwin, Kim Harris, Deves Matwawana, Jon Samuel, Keeper E

Another star-stacked songwriters' circle, featuring Halifax's answer to Fiona Apple, Kim Harris—whose 2020 record Heirloom has basically kept some members of Team Coast going this pandemic.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, thecarleton.ca for tickets and details

Caddyshack

How much more meta does it get than watching Caddyshack on a golf course? Email communications@oakfield.ca for tix so you can take part in this fresh air screening, held on the Oakfield Golf & Country Club grounds.
Oakfield Golf & Country Club, 6055 Nova Scotia Trunk 2, Enfield,
ommunications@oakfield.ca for tickets and details

The Mellotones

Halifax's favourite eight-piece party band hits the new S | E | A Waterfront Theatre. Wanna know how the band builds its dance floor heating setlists? Check out the magic here.
S | E | A Waterfront Theatre, 1521 Lower Water Street, 8pm, $30/each for a group of 10-$95 for VIP seats for two, tickethalifax.com


Sunday September 6

Savour The Sea From A Distance

If a hurricane couldn't stop the Halifax Fringe, why would a pandemic? Here, as part of the 30th indie theatre fest, magician Vincenzo Ravina delivers an interactive, virtual show via Zoom that'll knock your socks off.
Sept 5, 6pm; Sept 6, 3pm, tickethalifax.com for details, PWYC

Adam Baldwin & The Lake City Motor Band

The Duke of Dartmouth gives you the gift of a long weekend show, performing at the new S | E | A Waterfront Theatre. Consider it your RDI of Telecaster-laced tunes.
S | E | A Waterfront Theatre, 1521 Lower Water Street, 8pm, $30/each for a group of 10-$95 for VIP seats for two, tickethalifax.com

Ever After

Bear witness to Drew Barrymore's best work at this outdoor showing of the 1998 classic, held outside of the Ecole Du Sommet in Bedford.
Ecole Du Sommet, 500 Larry Uteck Boulevard, 8:30pm, free, showtix4u.com

HUFF: Carleton Stone w/Reeny Smith, Quake Matthews

We can't wait to see Smith's pipes soar IRL again—and having her perform next to one of the city's biggest names in hip hop and a third of Port Cities feels like the perfect amount of sugar on top.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 1-4pm, thecarleton.ca for tickets and details


Monday September 7

Labour Day 2020: A Mayworks Celebration

The festival of working people and the arts and The Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council to deliver the ultimate celebration for workers the world over—all online and all for free. Highlights include the release of a second walking tour app by Zuppa Theatre; An 11am poetry performance by Deirdre Lee and a 7pm showcase by Aquakultre (who created one of 2020's top records), performing with special guests at The Bus Stop Theatre. Stream the good goings-on all day on both Youtube and Facebook.
10am-8pm, free, mayworkshalifax.ca for details and streaming links

James Mullinger

The arena-sellout, critically adored comic who swapped the UK for southern New Brunswick returns to Halifax for some guaranteed IRL LOLs. Get ready for the good times by watching the comedy special he released for free during early quarantine —and read that time he told Team Coast a joke.
S | E | A Waterfront Theatre, 1521 Lower Water Street, 3pm, tickethalifax.com for tickets and details

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

June Body's language

The alt-rocker branches out on a new EP that's also a COVID-19 time capsule.

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Fans of Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, The Weakerthans, Pedro the Lion and Sunny Day Real Estate will find a new favourite in June Body. - JORDAN HAINES
  • Fans of Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, The Weakerthans, Pedro the Lion and Sunny Day Real Estate will find a new favourite in June Body.
  • Jordan Haines

On June 22, 2017, members of June Body grappled with a decision: play their set acoustically or miss their live debut. The group's then-drummer broke his arm the day of the show—and guitarist Connor James and bassist Alex Callaghan decided to risk it and unplug.

This impromptu acoustic performance was foreshadowing for the group’s latest release, which dropped earlier this month: Negatives, Vol.1.

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget how good that sounded,” says James. “That show definitely has some influence on the project. It was motivating in the sense that we knew we could make it sound good.”

Ever since, the group has mulled over re-recording some songs acoustically.

“I’m always writing on an acoustic guitar. No song that I’ve written has come from a rhythm bit on an electric guitar, so to strip the songs down to their original base form seemed important to me,” James adds.

It's almost poetic that just as the group gets ready to record its next album—a follow up to 2018's Life from Underneath—COVID-19 hits and drummer Jonny Renken can’t access his drum kit because of restrictions. 

Following their own example, James and Callaghan dust off their acoustics on Negatives, Vol. 1—but unlike the last-minute nature of their 2017 performance, this time, there is time to think. 

And while this is great for creativity, it also poses its own set of challenges: “The thing that makes it difficult is that Connor writes songs on his acoustic guitar and then when he comes and shows it to us, we turn it into a new version of the song. We collaborate,” says Callaghan. “So sometimes the full band version is unrecognizable from the original demo.” 

James and Callaghan work on trying to find a middle ground between the demo versions of the songs and the versions developed as a band. They include the harmonies that Callaghan incorporates during live shows, as well as add new lead guitar parts to thicken up the sound.

The result is an EP that doesn’t need amplifiers to be electric and pairs well with the cooling summer air. 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from August 17-23

All the things to see and stream this week.

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The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal reminds you of the art and magic of movement this weekend. - SUBMITTED
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Tuesday August 18

Oasis Comedy Tuesday

 It's time you took yourself down to Spring Garden Road's own open-mic laugh factory.
Oasis Pub, 5661 Spring Garden Road, Tuesdays, 8pm

Carbon Arc (virtually) screens Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

While the indie movie house has yet to re-open its doors, you can keep in quirky, quality films thanks to its virtual screening selections (which also help support the space as COVID-19 continues). This week, watch the movie about the '70s rock rag Creem Magazine—and, as Carbon Arc puts it, its "wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered."
Screens until August 27, $10, carbonarc.ca

Wednesday August 19

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal presents: Dance on film—Carmen

"Carlos Saura’s film Carmen was an international box office hit in 1983 and the second in his celebrated Flamenco trilogy. One of Spanish cinema's great auteurs, Saura considers Luis Buñuel a mentor and has influenced directors who include Pedro Almodóvar," says the Annapolis Valley's marquee celebration of movement. Screening at King's Theatre in Annapolis Royal as part of the weekend long fest.
King's Theatre, 209 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, 7:30pm, $11

Thursday August 20

Jessie Patrick w/Jester J. Brown

Cool tunes at The Carleton.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, free

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal presents: Market Dances

The Annapolis Valley's biggest dance event carries on its celebratory tune as eight local artists perform a selection of solos and duets at Annapolis Royal's Market Square.
Market Square, 285 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, 8pm, free/PWYC

Friday August 21

Shipwright Sessions: Mi'kmaq Stories: Past and Present by Shalan Joudry, Catherine Martin & Trevor Gould
Since Ship's Company Theatre has had to shelve its 2020 season it's launching a series of live-streams instead—celebrating plays at all points in the creation process. Here, you'll get a preview of a work of a group project helmed by writer Shalan Joudry that, as Ship's puts it, "weaves stories from the past with glimpses into current realities and dreams for the future." Facebook Live, ShipsCompanyTheatre, 8pm

Fungus single release show w/Holy Crow

The four-piece Fungus drops its first single in over a year—the blues-streaked, Kurt Vile-feeling "Time"—with a live stream show. Follow along on either Instagram and Facebook.
Facebook Live and Instagram Live, 6-8pm

Paul Brushett

The singer-songwriter serenades with a free showcase.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, free

from: Florine

The New Pants Project and STAGES Theatre Fest combine forces to deliver this interactive, immersive, multimedia, mail-out performance art piece. As NPP puts it, "we have asked our friend Florine Stettheimer to join us in prescribing her own works of poetry to all of you. Whatever your ailment may be, Florine will respond with an in-kind poem." Get your own—or watch poem-receivers talk about their verses—at fromflorine.wixsite.com.  7:30pm, details at easternfronttheatre.com

Drag After Dark

Get ready for a night of killer lip synching, laughs and lewks as the drag queens of Haus of Rivers host another Carleton showcase. This time, special guests
Smyth Ryan and Farrah Moanz will be on hand to make it extra spicy.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 10pm-midnight, $10

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal presents: Strike Tone live preview

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal wraps up its 2020 event with a bang: A live preview of Vanessa Goodman's new work, Strike Tone, which makes its world premiere at the fest. FODAR describes the piece as "an artful and reflective piece [that] examines how body and sound can thrive and dissolve in space and time."
King's Theatre, 209 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, 8pm, $20

Saturday August 22

Anarchist Book Fair

"Come out whether you’re a seasoned anarchist, excited to learn about anarchism, a curious skeptic, a lover of books, or if you are simply becoming disillusioned with capitalism and the government," write event organizers on the book fair's webpage. Don't forget your mask and to keep social distance!
5381 Spring Garden Road, 10am-6pm

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal presents: Strike Tone Livestream

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal wraps up its 2020 event with a bang: A world premiere livestream of Vanessa Goodman's new work, Strike Tone. FODAR describes the piece as "an artful and reflective piece [that] examines how body and sound can thrive and dissolve in space and time," adding that "The work examines how body and sound can thrive and dissolve in space and time to create a captivating sonic and physical landscape."
fodar.ca for watch links, 8pm, free

Tyler Key

Cool tunes on The Carleton patio.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 4-7pm

Tevon Tynes Trio

A Carleton favourite returns to the stage.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm


Sunday August 23

Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy

The bastion of blues himself hits up Halifax's Sonic Temple studio for a full-band performance that you can watch via Facebook Live.  
Facebook Live, 7pm, $20/$25
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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Matt Mays announces surprise set of Shore Club shows

Cling to the summer tradition, sure—but for god's sake, wear a mask to the Aug 27-29 shows.

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Matt Mays is coming to save your summer—once his 14-day quarantine from Ontario is over. - DEVIN MCLEAN
  • Matt Mays is coming to save your summer—once his 14-day quarantine from Ontario is over.
  • Devin McLean
We all know by now it's not summer if Matt Mays hasn't played his standard three-night, end-of-August set at the iconic Shore Club—so you surely wouldn't be the only one if you assumed that this year's shindig with the prince of the City of Lakes was cancelled.

But in a surprise move, Mays announced in a press release sent out this afternoon that the show will be going ahead, after all—albeit under different circumstances that usual. "Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, capacity at the venue is reduced and no individual tickets will be sold for these shows. Instead, a very limited number of tables for each of the three nights at The Shore Club go on sale tomorrow, August 14 at noon. Seating is assigned and tables for six and 10 guests will be available, ranging from $492 to $920 (including tax and fees)," reads the press release from Sonic Concerts (an arm of Mays' label, Sonic Records).

With the minimum cost of $492 for a table of six, this means that this year's Shore Club show costs twice as much per head compared to last year's gig, where the cost was $40 a ticket (the venue will also be operating at half capacity).

If you're already warming up your credit card and texting the squad to confirm your roster of table-mates, you may as well load the Sonic Concert website before it crashes from frantic fans desperate for a dose of live music (this is, after all, a show that usually sells out months in advance).

If you're still feeling skittish of crowds—or if $492 is your grocery bill for the month—take a minute to revel in the magic of a Mays set here before getting ready to live-stream the shows happening at 9:30pm from August 27 to 28 (with the August 29 gig being in-person only).
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from August 11-16

All the local live art you need to see—and a few offline things to attend, too.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 3:42 PM

DJ OKAYTK holds down the ones and two as HopYard on Friday night. - OKAYTK.COM
  • DJ OKAYTK holds down the ones and two as HopYard on Friday night.
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Wednesday August 12

'80s online music bingo

Halifax's own DJ Fayder delivers this bumpin' mix of hits from the MTV decade while you dab your way to winnings. Tune into the livestream from 7:30pm onwards.
Facebook Live , 7:30-9pm

Backstage with Club Inclusion Theatre

The STAGES Theatre Festival takes you (virtually) backstage with Club Inclusion Theatre as its actors talk about what inspires them to create the characters they play.  7:30pm, details at easternfronttheatre.com

Thursday August 13

Roadside Scarecrow w/Casual Cries For Help

Dance in the space where country and rock meet thanks to Roadside Scarecrow.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, $7

Rally to fire the NSCAD board

Friends of NSCAD continues its campaign to have Aoife Mac Namara re-instated as the university's president with this demonstration.
Granville Square, Granville Street, noon-1pm

Off The Leash with Jeremy Webb

The artistic director of Neptune Theatre returns with another live episode of his online talk show. Tune in via Facebook Live or Youtube.
Facebook Live or Youtube, 8:30pm

Friday August 14

Tevon Tynes Trio

A Carleton favourite returns for a free gig at the storied space.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, free

Acadian Flag Raising

Get ready to celebrate National Acadian Day with this ceremony.
Grand Parade, 1770 Barrington Street, 9-10am

Saltyard Sessions

The Halifax waterfront is always the spot to be come summertime, but every Friday night in August its case grows even stronger as it invites local DJs and musicians to perform free sets. While this week's act is still TBA, past fun has been had thanks to the likes of Reeny Smith and Zamani.
The Saltyard, 1521 Lower Water Street, 4:30-6:30pm, free

Beats & Brews

DJ OKAYTK spins hot wax at HopYard.
HopYard, 2103 Gottingen Street, 9-11pm

Crypthand, Beyond the Code

The STAGES Theatre Festival delivers a look into the source documents that shaped this play about 19th century diarist Anne Lister's first love at boarding school. 7:30pm, details at easternfronttheatre.com

Saturday August 15

Stand Back w/The Legendary Goldblooms

A rock 'n' roll twofer to keep your weekend rollin'.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 9pm-midnight, $8

Bookstore Romance Day

The Dartmouth Book Exchange is celebrating Bookstore Romance Day digitally this year, highlighting authors of the genre on its Facebook page. Tune in Saturday and find your next read.
Facebook, 10am-6pm

Stamp Out Racism Rally

 "Imagine…being surrounded by the sound of drums, beating for 8:46 seconds and when they stop, you have the opportunity to 'Say Their Name' and honour all who have died and suffered the impact of racism… You have the power to make a change and Stomp Out Racism!," say event organizers via Facebook. Get involved by heading to Alderney Landing from 2:30-4pm.
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, 2:30-4pm

Festival Quinzou 2020

The biggest party for Acadian Day is for sure this one, held online and stuffed to the rafters with local Acadian artists. Stream along via Facebook Live.
Facebook Live, 4-5:30pm

Pop Up Cinema screens Raiders of the Lost Ark

A swell summer drive-in, held outside the BMO Centre. The show starts at dusk.
BMO Centre, 51 Gary Martin Drive, Bedford, 9pm, get tickets at nspopupcinema.ca

Sunday August 16

Wigs & Waffles: A Drag Brunch

The queens from Haus of Rivers do it again, selling out The Carleton for a sickening show—this time, featuring the talent of fellow drag performer Miranda Wrights.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 11:30am-3pm, $10

Fat Chance Vintage and Open Nest Collective Portland Street pop-up

The plus-size focused Instagram reseller goes offline and IRL so you can buy your next 'fit.
Cafe Good Luck, 145 Portland Street, 10am-3pm

East Coast Block Party

A rotating list of Halifax's top DJs bring the block party vibes to the Halifax Waterfront.
The Saltyard, 1521 Lower Water Street, noon-4pm
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from August 4-9

All the things to see and stream in the city this week.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 6:02 PM

Halifax's reggae royalty Jah'Mila keeps the beat with a virtual Jazz Fest show this weekend.
  • Halifax's reggae royalty Jah'Mila keeps the beat with a virtual Jazz Fest show this weekend.

Tuesday August 4

Carbon Arc virtually screens Wonders In The Suburbs

Nope, it's not time yet to return to the city's last indie cinema—but you can still support the space by renting your next flick through its site.  The Arc describes this 2019 dramedy as follows: 
"As the new mayor of Montfermeil, Emmanuelle Joly has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle and Kamel have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises—naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing—political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans."
Rent from Aug 1-13, $8, carbonarc.ca

Maritime Conservatory Outdoor Concert

Live, classical music enjoyed from a social distance outside the Maritime Conservatory: What more could your soul seek?
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Road, 7pm, free

Wednesday August 5

Christina Martin

Fresh off the release of a new, live version of her award-winning 2018 record Impossible To Hold, Martin keeps reminding us of the magic living in live music.  Get enchanted as she performs via Facebook Live at 4pm.
Facebook Live @ChristinaMartinMusic, 4pm

Parlour Tricks: The Musical... It's About Time!

Musical Director Lisa St. Clair, Jamie Bradley (playwright/lyricist) and Scott Owen (composer/lyricist) discuss their new musical farce set in mid-19th century Halifax. Part of the socially distant STAGES Theatre Festival.
Details at easternfronttheatre.com, 7:30pm

Thursday August 6

Dusty Keleher

A crowd favourite returns to The Carleton for tunes and tales.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 6-9pm, free

Electro Jacques Therapy w/Krasnogorsk

A Halifax Jazz Fest showcase that's as adventurous as it is awesome.
Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival, 7pm

Friday August 7

Kristen Martell

The singer-songwriter who's work is the aural answer to liquid sunshine hits The Carleton for an IRL set of tunes at 6pm. Get ready to bliss out—and check out our review of Martell's debut EP here.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 6-9pm, free

Andre Fenton & Samantha Wilson

Novelist and poet Andre Fenton imagines the sorts of worlds the rest of us wish we could dream up—and then fills them with protagonists so realistic, they feel like friends. Here, his ripe-on-the-vine words are combined with music from jazz guitarist Samantha Wilson for a must-witness experience from outer space.
Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival, 7pm

Shipwright Sessions: Mind The Light by Gabrielle Papillon

The Halifax art-pop queen takes part in Ship Company Theatre's series of livestreams, giving audiences a look into her play about a young woman lighthouse keeper who "fights for her right to carry on minding the light and to keep her home."
Facebook Live ShipsCompanyTheatre, 8pm

Saturday August 8

Hello City By The Sea

Here it is, a bright light to fix onto your horizon: The improv crew that's made its hilarious mark on the Halifax comedy scene has partnered with Shakespeare By The Sea to use the theatre troupe's socially distant space. Get thee to Ticket Halifax's website for details and to secure that you laugh, at last.
Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, 5530 Point Pleasant Drive, 7pm, $10-$20

Celtic Rant

The trad trio plays a livestream show from outside The Buffalo Club as part of Eastern Passage-Cow Bay's summer carnival.
Facebook Live @SeasideFMRadio, 8-10pm, free

Jah'Mila

The queen of Halifax reggae has the sort of voice you'll never forget and the sort of lyrics that break open your brain. See her in action as part of the Halifax Jazz Festival.
Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival, 7pm

Jerry Granelli

A strong contender for father of the Halifax jazz scene, Granelli's drumming changes lives. Get transformed in real time as you watch his livestream, part of the Halifax Jazz Festival.
Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival, 7:30pm

Gus' 98th Hatch Day

The best Haligonian of all celebrates 98 turns 'round the sun with a sweet celebration at the Museum of Natural History.
Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street
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Vol 28, No 3
November 12, 2020

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