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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Listen to this: Jale, "Again" (Komoda mix)

Something good for a bad world

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM

The almighty Jale - VIA SUB POP
  • The almighty Jale
  • via Sub Pop


It's 2017 and Jale has a "new" song—the gods have smiled upon us.

The upcoming Brave New Waves session was recorded in the spring of 1993, remixed by Kevin Komoda that year, and will—finally—be released as a record September 8 (preorder here, limited edition on blue vinyl, oooo). The album features songs that would eventually end up on Dreamcake, as well as rarer songs that only appeared on independent 7 inches or promo releases, including “More or Less.”

Formed in 1992 by Eve Hartling, Alyson MacLeod, Jennifer Pierce, and Laura Stein, the power pop/grunge Jale was signed to Sub Pop, releasing their debut album, Dreamcake, in 1994 and So Wound in 1996.  In my opinion, they are one of the best bands we got. Fun trivia fact for you: The band also appeared on the very first cover of The Coast, in 1993. (see below)

So please listen: For three minutes and 18 seconds, not everything is horrible.



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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: Three Sheet at the Seahorse

Three Sheet forever

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Three Sheet - GABRIELLE ARCHER
  • Three Sheet
  • Gabrielle Archer




I have to be honest, this is a very biased review. I have been a huge fan of Three Sheet ever since I saw them open for Shad at the Grawood in 2012. Unbeknownst to me, they had already been on the Halifax scene for many years and I have been fortunate enough to see them several times since. I love them so much that I postponed a camping trip by a day so that I could be at their final show. I have absolutely no regrets about that decision. 

Three Sheet is made up of five incredibly talented, grateful, and humble artists. The energy at a Three Sheet show so is always so palpably positive. You can’t help but leave their shows with a “high on life” kind of vibe. All of this held true for their show on Friday night. The songs were interspersed with anecdotes about the band and their long history together, as well as several “thank yous” to the crowd for showing up and supporting live music. I look forward to following their individual music careers and seeing what projects the members of Three Sheet come up with next.

 Also, shout out to Know Issue who opened the show with a phenomenal set. It was my first time seeing them and they might help fill the Three Sheet void in my concert calendar. I am a sucker for hip hop music with melodies and harmonies, and both Three Sheet and Know Issue do an excellent job with that. Female vocalists for the win!
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Watch: Ritchcraft's "Park Bench (Let Go)"

Dance moves straight ahead

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Ritchcraft - VIA YOUTUBE SCREENCAP
  • Ritchcraft
  • via YouTube screencap


Ritchcraft’s (AKA James Ritchie) newest single, sounds surprisingly happy for being about something so sad. “Park Bench (Let Go)” is the latest from the Haligonian producer and musician, and it’s about that most fertile of songwriting territory—love lost. “The entire song is about an ex-girlfriend,” Ritchie says. “I had a tough break up some years ago and although difficult at the time, my life began to change for the better from that point. This song is in a way an ode to her.”

Ritchcraft’s “unique upbeat groove inspired music” has been influenced by the likes of “Pharrell and Timbaland. Everything influences my music, every sound around us has a frequency and a pitch and the more I listened and trained my ears to be conscious at all times the more fine tuned and precise my music production became,” he says. “Currently i'm listening to Goldlink, Masego, JMSN, Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, Tom Misch and Jacob Banks.”

Shot by Chandler Haliburton and edited by Ritchie, the video features Ritchcraft's irreverent Drake-esque dance moves and a lush nod to end of summer beauty.

Expect an EP from Ritchcraft in the fall, called Intrigue.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ten super sunny weekend picks

Summer might be slipping by but sandcastles, celebrity pups and critically-acclaimed rockers will help make the most of what's left.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:39 AM

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Anguish and Rapture
Thursday // Friday
Hannah Genosko takes us on a tour of the gallows of her imagination, exploring experiences of revelation through the perspective of invented, outsider artist Elevia Anne Mitchell. The result? Eerie, scratchy, mixed-media work that blurs the line between religious fervor and mental illness.

9
Summer Cafe Con
Sunday
If you love board games (no, like, REALLY love them) you better set your Sunday alarm a little earlier for this tabletop gaming session that sees mini-tournaments and events take over the Board Room's Halifax location.

The Olate Dogs will conga-line through your heart, we swear (see 1). - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
  • The Olate Dogs will conga-line through your heart, we swear (see 1).
  • Submitted photo.

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Pug party
Saturday
OK, pugs! Time to take your humans for a walk downtown for this pug appreciation session that features dog treats, pug-themed art and more. (This will also help cure your cuteness hangover if you see the Olate Dogs on Friday- read 1 for more.)

7
Clam Harbour Beach sandcastle competition
Sunday
Head to Clam Harbour Beach for this annual gathering that sees the best that sand architects can build! Amateur hour, it ain't.

6
Twenty four hour 'zine challenge
Saturday // Sunday
Have a 'zine idea you've been dreaming of making a reality? Swing by the Anchor Archive Zine Gallery (a corner of Radstorm's space) for a chill crafternoon filled with workshops.

Afraaz Mulji's piano skills are sure to dazzle (see 4). - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
  • Afraaz Mulji's piano skills are sure to dazzle (see 4).
  • Submitted photo.

5
OVAV w/Cringeworthy, Last Call Chernobyl, Dirt Stache
Friday
OVAV (some fans may remember the band's long-form name, Of Vice and Virtue) and Dirtsache celebrate the release of their split EP with this show of hard-grinding guitars.

4
Purist beware!
Saturday
In one of his final Halifax shows, classical prodigy Afraaz Mulji goes a slight shade of punk by throwing out his book of standards and instead creating on-the-spot tunes.

3
Willie Nile Band w/James Maddock
Saturday
Two New York rock'n'roll legends take over The Carleton for this no-holes-barred show. Haven't heard of Willie Nile? The Carleton shares his resume best: "The New York Times called Willie Nile 'one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.' His album Streets Of New York was hailed as 'a platter for the ages' by UNCUT magazine." Wowza!

2
Live with Black Power Hour
Thursday
Kicking off Sankofest, a celebration of Black brilliance created by Halifax's Black Lives Matter reading group, is this live radio show hosted by poet and activist El Jones.

1
The Olate Dogs
Friday
These adorable rescue pups were the proud winners of America’s Got Talent, and a look at their impressive live show—including conga lines, feats of agility and strength and a surprising sense of rhythm—explains why. VIP ticketholders get to meet the dogs, so don’t sleep on that.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ten festive weekend picks

Enjoy the festival season with fests for beer, India, lanterns and comics, and save room for Gus the tortoise's 95th birthday.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 10:23 AM

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Meatballs and Strange Brew screening
Friday
The Atlantic Film Festival Outdoor Film Experience series finishes with a double bill at the Public Gardens: Meatballs, the 1979 flick about a less-than-average summer camp and its wacky councillors, and Strange Brew, the classic 1983 laugh-fest following Bob and Doug McKenzie's quest for free beer.

9
India Fest
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Come for the vindaloo, stay for the bhangra! Experience Indian culture, food, dance and music at this year's India Fest.

Get ready for good food and lots of fun (including henna!) at India Fest (see 9).
  • Get ready for good food and lots of fun (including henna!) at India Fest (see 9).

8
Next to Normal
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
The Tony award-winning musical that follows a bipolar mother and her family arrives at The Waiting Room with a rock-heavy soundtrack.

7
Halifax Seaport Beerfest
Friday // Saturday
Craft brews, big names, special casks and tasting nibbles are all on offer at this bustling two-day beer bonanza. Raise a tiny stein to Seaport Beerfest in its 11th year.

6
Old Man Luedecke
Friday
Nova Scotia's famed, folky singer-songwriter returns with a new record and roots-driven sound for what's sure to be a sellout show.

Raise a tiny stein to the Seaport Beerfest's 11th year (see 7). - CHR!S SM!TH
  • Raise a tiny stein to the Seaport Beerfest's 11th year (see 7).
  • CHR!S SM!TH

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SAY something: Exploring rainwork art
Saturday
Paint the town red? Well, this group of local artists have painted the town in text—that's only viewable when it rains. Here, Argyle Fine Art helps you see the secret writing on the wall (and the sidewalk), equipping adventurers with a bucket of water and a map.

4
DCAF kick-off party
Friday
The Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival gets things going with a night of nerd-core noise from the likes of Wordburglar (who'll also be dropping a new album at the show), The Bad Nintendos, Vadell Gabriel and more.

3
Gus' 95th birthday bash
Sunday
The wise tortoise who's equal parts museum mascot and grumpy gatekeeper celebrates his big day with cupcakes, lemonade and good cheer.

2
Northern lights lantern festival
Saturday
The 14th edition of this annual, north end festival sees fun for all ages with a barbecue, lantern-making, pony rides and more. The night is capped off with a parade of lanterns and a fireworks display.

1
Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival
Sunday
The biggest little comic book show returns for its sixth year, with a host of uber-talented comic book creators, cartoonists and illustrators in tow! Read all about it (and see samples of their work) in The Coast's first-ever all-illustrated issue this week.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Watch: Wordburglar's "NARC HI-Score (In Nintendo Power)"

Then go play a video game

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Wordburglar - ADDISON JOHNSTON
  • Wordburglar
  • Addison Johnston


The DCAF kick off party with Wordburglar, Coins, The Bad Nintendos, Vadell Gabriel, Komissar, Breaks Breen
Friday, August 11 at 9pm
Gus' Pub and Grill, 2605 Agricola Street
$5 advance at Strange Adventures (both locations), $7 at the door


The Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival gets things going with a night of nerd-core noise from the likes of Wordburglar (who'll also be dropping a new album at the show), Coins, The Bad Nintendos, Vadell Gabriel and more.


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Listen to this: 3B's "Switch Up"

"Now I gotta go and waste all my time on some petty-ass bullshit."

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:44 AM

3B's "Switch Up"
  • 3B's "Switch Up"


Released on Monday, beatboxer 3B explores a new pop-hip hop hybrid sound with his new single, "Switch Up."
 
Mellow marimba and woodwind back up 3B's (AKA Branden Taylor) plaintive lyrics about some disloyal buster. "This song was inspired by the people in life that are so easy to come and go," Taylor says. "The ones that take your presence for granted but eventually end up missing it."

3B's background is in beatboxing, he placed 4th in 2015's Canadian Championships. "I started beatboxing in the ninth grade," Taylor says. "At first I took my own personal struggles and expressed them through beatbox, I was going around from school to school, province to province, as well as internationally, with a organization called UNITY Charity, helping the youth find and develop ways to express their stress, and develop skills for success, this unfortunately got in the way of my own artistic freedom of expression and after a while the same love I had for beatbox dissipated."

"I found myself lost for a little while, but one day I sat down and decided to just write—how I felt, what I saw," says Taylor. This reflection produced the radio-ready "Switch Up". Have a listen below.
 


 

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Lido Pimienta at SappyFest 2017

"Pimienta, whose electrifying dance music draws from her Afro Colombian and Indigenous heritage, who shaped the brightest, most life-affirming moments of the festival."

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Lido Pimienta - LIANNE XIAO
  • Lido Pimienta
  • Lianne Xiao


SappyFest has always produced a sort of magic. But this year’s festival, which for the twelfth time reignited Sackville, New Brunswick with a weekend of music and palship and not-so-secret secrets, felt especially vital. Locals Kirsten Olivia and Aquakultre were both highlights—Olivia moved a packed Vogue Theatre to both laughter and tears, while Aqukultre was joined by the Big Budi Band, a crew of Halifax scene all-stars for a collaborative and uplifting performance. But it was Lido Pimienta, whose electrifying dance music draws from her Afro Colombian and Indigenous heritage, who shaped the brightest, most life-affirming moments of the festival.

She exhibited a handful of textile artworks, delivered an artist talk, joined Aquakultre and Doldrums for their performances, showed up to close Sunday’s Bahnahnah dance party, and became the talk of the town with a star-making performance on the main stage. Notably, Pimentia was also one of a handful of artists to acknowledge the unceded Mi’kmaq and Maliseet land on which the festival took place, and asked that the main stage audience make space for racialized women, Indigenous women and trans people at the front of the crowd before she began performing. Pimienta has been having one hell of year—thanks in no small part to a spot on Polaris Prize short list for last year’s self-released record La Papessa—and every moment she graced at SappyFest affirmed her spot as one of the most important artistic voices in the country. At the heart of Pimienta’s performances were a deep sense of care for others and a wicked desire to move bodies and minds—grounded with pummeling beats and topped with a beacon of a voice, her music was unstoppable.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Twelve sunny long weekend picks

Make the most of your Natal Day weekend with fireworks, wrestling and pinball.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 9:29 AM

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The Red Turtle film screening
Thursday
Hope Blooms hosts this sweet, outdoor screening of the Oscar-nominated cartoon that follows a shipwrecked man's life-changing encounter with a red turtle.

11
the WORKS
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Doug Bamford, a NSCAD ceramics technician with over two decades of experience, dives into ceramic artists' obsession with glaze at this exhibit.

10
Full moon yoga
Monday
Head to Chocolate Lake Beach for this slow stretching session under the full moon. An optional nighttime swim follows the practice.

Don't think opera can be punk rock? You haven't seen Halifax Summer Opera Fest's show Carmen (see 4). - SUBMITTED
  • Don't think opera can be punk rock? You haven't seen Halifax Summer Opera Fest's show Carmen (see 4).
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The Good Robot Asphalt Rumble ball hockey tournament
Monday
Wondering what to do with your Monday holiday? Gather a team of four for this ball hockey tournament and watch the good times roll (and shoot, and score!).

8
Julius Caesar
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Et tu, Brute? See the fall of Rome and the cost of greed as Shakespeare By The Sea takes on this classic.

7
Pinball Takeover
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
The Central Library's Creative Lab transforms into a retro wonderland all weekend long as the space fills with vintage pinball machines and gaming pros ready to share some skills.

6
Natal Day Parade
Monday
The annual parade has switched up its route for Halifax's 122nd birthday. Kicking off on Gottingen Street before crossing the Macdonald Bridge, it ends by winding along Wyse Road in Dartmouth. We have a feeling it'll be extra-packed this time around, too, as Sidney Crosby says he'll be spending his birthday atop a float with a certain, special grey chalice.

Like A Motorcycle rocks Lake Banook in the Rising Star Showcase (see 1). - KTLAMOND
  • Like A Motorcycle rocks Lake Banook in the Rising Star Showcase (see 1).
  • KTLAMOND

5
Theresa Caputo, Long Island medium, live
Sunday
Truths about the future, as hard as extra-strength hairspray, await at this TLC star's show that'll help you commune with the dead—and maybe even score some winning lotto numbers.

4
Carmen at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival
Friday // Sunday
If a French opera isn’t the first thing you think of when we say “punk rock,” we don’t blame you. But Georges Bizet’s tale of opera’s ultimate rebel might change your mind: Its 1875 debut caused an ACTUAL RIOT. Come in your Ramones t-shirt to be totally on-vibe.

3
Halifax Busker Festival
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday // Monday
Strong women, fire eaters, Elvis impersonators and more wild, wonderful delights light up the waterfront with five stages' worth of wacky offerings.

2
WWE's Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour
Friday
Nothing like watching bodies hit the floor in the Forum on a sweltering summer night. This event is a big deal for wrestling fans, bringing the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Alexa Bliss, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks and Enzo Amore to town for a seasonal smackdown.

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Natal Day Lake Banook fireworks and Rising Star Showcase
Monday
The grand finale for the 122nd Natal Day festival? A totally-bangin' (literally) fireworks session held over super-scenic Lake Banook, right after the Rising Star Showcase (which features The Royal Volts, Like a Motorcycle and more) wraps. There is no rain date for these fireworks.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teenanger talks tour tips and 10 years

Beware the double double

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 4:36 PM

The delightful Teenanger
  • The delightful Teenanger


Teenanger w/Booji Boys, Protruders, Sweet Dave & The Shallow Graves
Thursday, August 3 at 9:30pm
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street
$8 before 11pm, $10 after


Toronto's Teenanger are a solid, solid band of solid, solid people. Coming to Halifax on Thursday before their SappyFest show, and bringing their newest album—Teenager, their fifth record, released this July—with them, guitarist Jon Schouten answers our pressing questions and provides an absolutely invaluable list of tour tips from a band that's been slogging it out for 10 glorious years. Bookmark this, young ones.

Q: This is your first album in a little while, what was the band up to in the interim?

A: All sorts of things, really. Chris spent sometime in the UK trying to perfect his patent-pending vegan, gluten free-haggis. Steve wanted to focus on developing a U-line-esque catalogue for high-end office supplies. Melissa took a side gig styling Celine Dion, and I've been dedicating most of my time trying to get my Minesweeper expert time under 4:30.

Q: I read an article mentioning Teenanger is “growing up.” Do you think this is a reaction to the shift in sound or just an inevitable thing for music journalists to say when a band has been around for 10 years and are in their 30s?

A: HA! I feel like this album is the opposite of "growing up," and is more fun and energetic! The subject matter of the lyrics, and concepts of some songs are a little more conscious, but overall I think it's a little perplexing why people automatically connect the age of the group with growing up. We're moving in the complete opposite direction.

Q: What inspired this album? Any common themes with these songs?

A: Think of the album as a 1970s Jello mold. The album as a package is the Jello and the bits of pineapple and marshmallows floating in the perfect green goop are the tracks. That's how we think of it.

Q: Do you guys have touring down to a fine science now? Everyone respects each other’s quirks?

A: Last night Melissa asked "I wonder what jokes we're going to come up with on this tour?" which sums up our touring vibe perfectly.

Teenanger's 10 years (not really on the road) tour tips:

Just have a good time
Don't take it too seriously
Smiling feels good
Try to sleep in comfortable spots
Don't stay with the drunkest guy at the show
If you stay with a record collector, always say that you don't collect vinyl even if you do. You'll thank us for this one.
If you walk into a venue and the promoter starts automatically making excuses for how bad the show is going to be, turn around and drive away.
Invest in good sleeping mats. Yoga mats are shit for sleeping, FYI
You can get some bang for your buck out of stacking free vegetables on bean burritos and bagels etc.
Double Doubles will make you put on the pounds. Cut that shit back.
Don't bring Ampeg 8 x10s and drum kits, that shit is going to be at every venue. Waste of time and energy.
If you're a band that isn't well known, don't take other bands with you. Local openers bring out locals.
Ideally you want promoters to ask YOU to play, the more you bother them for a show, the worse the show is going to be.
Having an early slot on weekdays is better.
Remember people and their names.
Getting a $50 motel room isn't being a "rockstar." Having a chill night and shower once in awhile feels nice.
Don't discard small town shows. Those are the kids who are actually excited about music, and like to buy merch.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR GEAR UNATTENDED IN THE CAR IN MONTREAL


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Monday, July 31, 2017

Premiere: Sarah Denim's "We Are Always"

Like a cool breeze

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Illustration by Julia Hutt @joolsannie, digital by Sarah Denim @_sarahdenim_
  • Illustration by Julia Hutt @joolsannie, digital by Sarah Denim @_sarahdenim_


Ease into the week with Sarah Denim's audio equivalent of an iced mango green tea, brand new single "We Are Always."

Cool, calm and organic-sounding, the track is a preview of Denim's upcoming album, due for release in September, following up 2016's gorgeous Left Side Trilogy EP.

Produced by Sarah Denim, engineered by Evan Cox, and mastered by Galen Conroy, Denim says the song is about "letting go of ideas and thoughts that keep us apart and finding and knowing and going to the place inside where we are always together, in love, with everybody."

Denim's sensual songs are like a cool breeze, with a gentle feeling of optimism. Denim says that writing allows her to "process my experience and feelings ... in a healthy way through creating."

"I believe the part of us that loves music and art, loves each other unconditionally and feels connected to everything."

Listen and enjoy in advance of her SappyFest show this Saturday.



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Review: Joel Plaskett on Georges Island, Saturday, July 29

Joel’s stage banter was on point

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Joel Plaskett Emergency - GABRIELLE ARCHER
  • Joel Plaskett Emergency
  • Gabrielle Archer


My main motivation for going to the show was to explore Georges Island. However, due to strict fencing and security, exploring was out of the question, and my focus shifted to the afternoon’s concert. The Brood and Port Cities both played good opening sets but it was clear that the crowd was really there to see the Joel Plaskett Emergency. The audience was up on their feet for JPE’s set and Joel’s stage banter was on point, as was the song selection. "Harbour Boys" was particularly appropriate with the lyric "I came here to bring the noise to the island girls and harbour boys." He also playfully changed the name of "Snowed In" to "Fogged In" as you couldn't see anything beyond the island due to the afternoon’s heavy fog. Moments before dedicating "I’m Yours" to his wife and son, Plaskett professed his desire for the province to make changes to the liquor laws so that children, like his son, would be able to attend shows. All in all I’d say it was a successful show, I'm just thankful that I wasn't one of the ones stuck waiting in line for the ferry for a couple of hours afterwards.


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ten weekend picks to get on board with

With the Tall Ships' arrival, Pride's second weekend and lots of outdoor shows, this weekend will be sweet sailing.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:08 AM

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Beyoncé brunch
Sunday

Fuel up for the day with all your favourite bey jams, brunch classics and on-theme cocktails (hello, boozy lemonade). 

9
Mi'kmaq: The traditional and spiritual ways 
Saturday 

Trevor Sanipass shares both ancient and modern traditions of the Mi'kmaq, including an honour song and smudge demonstration, before launching into the importance of oral history. 

Joel Plaskett rocks out with a special Tall Ships show on George's Island (see 2). - INGRAM BARSS
  • Joel Plaskett rocks out with a special Tall Ships show on George's Island (see 2).
  • Ingram Barss

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Connect/Contact
Thursday // Friday // Saturday 

Carrie Allison-Goodfellow charts the roots and routes of her Cree and Métis ancestors, travelling from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, in this art show. 

7
Tall Sips
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday

The Coast knows the right way to celebrate the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is by raising an equally tall glass—and invites you to grab your drink passport and discover some of the best bevvies (both alcoholic and non!) in town. 

6
Dykes vs Divas softball game
Sunday
It's the annual Pride softball game that makes our A League of Their Own dreams ring a little truer, played in heels and gowns. 

The annual Pride softball game Dykes vs Divas returns for a (style) league of their own (see 5). - BEACON HEAD STUDIO
  • The annual Pride softball game Dykes vs Divas returns for a (style) league of their own (see 5).
  • Beacon Head Studio

5
Boarding the Tall Ships
Saturday // Sunday
On Friday the participants in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta start arriving in the harbour, then are open for visitors Saturday and Sunday (and Monday, if your weekend rolls that way) from 11am to 4pm. Head to the waterfront and join the fun.

4
Broadway Our Way
Saturday 
See the stars of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival riff on their favourite Broadway bits and cabaret repertoires at this fabulous evening of informal musical theatre. 

3
BIPOCalypse II
Saturday

The stage celebration of local Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) who are queer, trans or two-spirit returns! Performers of all levels of experience share sets that range from stand-up to plays. 

2
Joel Plaskett Emergency w/Port Cities on Georges Island
Saturday 
One reason Joel Plaskett loves this town is probably that it allows him to do cool things like play to thousands on a little snake-infested island in the middle of the harbour. This uber-summery, 19+ showcase of east coast sweethearts starts at 11am, with ferries crossing all day. 

1
Bastid's BBQ
Sunday
The lineup of shenanigan-starters (AKA super legit DJs) for Skratch Bastid's seventh annual summer bash/homecoming features the likes of Lord Finesse, Russell Peters, Jorun Bombay and more.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Halifax Pop Explosion announces more headliners and keynotes

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Charlotte Day Wilson, Clairmont The Second, Cloud Nothings and more

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Wyatt Cenac
  • Wyatt Cenac


Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival & Conference celebrates a whopping 25 years this October 18-21 with headlining acts like Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Charlotte Day Wilson, Clairmont The Second, Cloud Nothings, Patrick Watson, Tasha The Amazon, Weaves and comedy headliner Wyatt Cenac, in addition to the previously announced Japandroids and Ria Mae.

This year, the fest is leaning harder on the conference side of things with a radically different format. The XPAND Music Conference is free and open to the public, and keynote speakers Lido Pimienta, Malcolm London and Laina Dawes will be laying down the truth, "exploring socially-focused topics such as activism and community building." Even if you aren't involved in any aspect of the music industry whatsoever, the insight of Pimienta (Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician, artist-curator and Polaris Prize shortlister), London (Chicago poet, activist, educator, and musician) and Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal) is guaranteed to be enthralling.

Early bird festival wristbands are on sale now for $99.00 (plus taxes & fees) and are available here.

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Premiere: Municipality's "Miles Away"

Woozy cocktail alert

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 8:56 AM

COVER ART BY ADAM LE BLANC
  • cover art by Adam Le Blanc


Basically un-Googleable band Municipality premieres a shining new track from upcoming debut album Any Word, out September 1 on Atlanta, Georgia's Human Sounds Records. "It's pretty poppy. We have a lot of our friends involved in some way or other, so to me it has a communal feel," says Peter Fordham, who along with twin brother William and Peter Gillis and Daniel Crowther, make up the band. "Human Sounds Records has an interesting connection to Halifax in that it shouldn't have any connection to Halifax. It's based in Atlanta, Georgia and on the surface it's strange that they've released so much Halifax music. [including Strongboy's latest album]. But I think once they got introduced to the scene here there was a lot to absorb. Halifax is quite an untapped resource with so many fantastic bands."

Taking a few pleasant turns with a goddamned rock solid throwback sound, it's the details make "Miles Away" extra delightful. Interesting touches of percussion and restrained harmonies create an overall woozy cocktail of mellow grooves. "Lyrically, it basically me just trying to capture constant repetition of my inner monologue. Mostly things about communication, solitude and ways in which I try to fill my time," says Fordham. "And of course, it's very much inspired by other songs and bands that we love."



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Vol 25, No 12
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