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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Make your weekend merry and bright with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:09 AM

A holiday cookie swap shakes up The Khyber, Reeny Smith's Christmas concert makes you hum along, Kent Monkman's revolutionary Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show wraps and more weekend fun awaits!

Comedy duo Adam and Lindsay return for their Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show. - SAMSON LEARN PHOTO
  • Comedy duo Adam and Lindsay return for their Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show.
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Khyber cookie party
Saturday
An all-ages fundraising spectacular sees The Khyber hosting the city's (arguably) best and (definitely) biggest cookie swap. How it works: Upon entry, The Khyber gifts you a full bag of cookies. If you bring some of your own, they'll be added to the exchange table (and your entry fee will be waived). Bring a bag of Oreos or your family’s secret recipe, all cookies are welcome—and be sure not to miss R&B/hip hop gem Aquakultre’s performance, too. more deets

Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show
Thursday
Local comedy faves Adam and Lindsay return with their brand of buddy comedy to deliver "jokes surrounded by tacky Dollarama decorations" at The Seahorse. Megan McDowell headlines. more deets

Holiday Ya-Ya artists' yak-yak
Sunday
Hermes gallery celebrates the holidays with a group show and this lighthearted artists' talk that sees the exhibit discussed over seasonal treats and egg nog. more deets

La Bolduc screening
Saturday
A screening of François Bouvier's flick set in 1900s Montreal caps off a trio of films celebrating Quebec cinema this weekend. The film—showing at the Museum of Natural History—traces the life of successful folk singer Mary Travers Bolduc, contrasting her roaring career with her difficult marriage and the rise of women's rights. After the credits roll, the movie's costume designer, Mariane Carter, hosts a Q&A. more deets

Bev Hubley makes a case for floral-focused paintings with her Art 1274 Hollis show, Flowers are Gems Too. - BEV HUBLEY ARTWORK
  • Bev Hubley makes a case for floral-focused paintings with her Art 1274 Hollis show, Flowers are Gems Too.
  • Bev Hubley artwork

Kangiqsujuaq
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
One of Canada's biggest names in oil painting, Raymond Martin shares a series documenting his experiences visiting northern Quebec's Kangiqsujuaq region at Studio 21. Expect colourful canvases and lots of Woodland School vibes.  more deets

Flowers are Gems Too
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Bev Hubley showcases floral-focused paintings that "strive to create not only a sense of light and motion, but a sense of mystery" at this Art 1274 Hollis show that also includes fine jewellery by Bonnie Baillie. more deets

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't already seen Kent Monkman's sprawling series of historical paintings telling the tale of Canada through an Indigenous lens, get thee to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia ASAP for this jaw-dropping show full of baroque-feeling canvases turning the confederation on its head. more deets

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Searching For a Place to Land
Thursday, Friday
It's your last chance to catch this collection of figures by Jenny Yujia Shi, which the Corridor Gallery says are "compelled by the artist's ongoing effort in pursuing permanent resident status in Canada," and explore themes of border-crossing and displacement. more deets

Reeny Smith plays two holly-jolly shows at The Carleton this weekend. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Reeny Smith plays two holly-jolly shows at The Carleton this weekend.
  • Riley Smith photo

Postdata w/Jon Samuel
Saturday 
Wintersleep front person Paul Murphy brings his side project Postdata to The Seahorse for songs "characterized by those two old bickering friends: love and death." more deets

The Mellotones
Friday 
The roving eight-piece, party-bringing funk machine returns to Bearly's—where the band had a standing weekly gig for years—for one night and what feels like a homecoming dance. more deets

Reeny's Family Christmas
Saturday 

Reeny Smith brings her powerhouse pipes to The Carleton stage for two shows: a sweet matinee and an evening set, both spiked with holiday favourites. more deets

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A King's Christmas 2018
Sunday

"This annual feast of seasonal song and story is back for an 11th year," event organizers say, adding retired CBC legend Don Connolly will be guest-narrating The University of King’s College Chapel Choir at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, directed by Grammy-winning Paul Halley. "The music features a fresh selection of carols each year, from the mediaeval to the modern," making for the perfect soundscape to get lost in. more deets
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

So many show announcements!

Last-minute Christmas gifts have appeared in the form of Metric, Wintersleep, Royal Wood, Ria Mae and...The Golden Girls? (!)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.
  • Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.

There's no reason to panic about getting anyone a Christmas gift this year: Halifax (already) has something for every music fan in 2019.

All tickets are handily on sale this Friday, December 14, in time for you to get a nice card to go with them.

Perhaps your in-laws don't enjoy live music, but they really appreciate a good laugh? You can grab tickets starting this Friday for the Thank You For Being a Friend: The Ultimate Golden Girls Experience, a puppet show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Do you remember the stitch you had in your gut from listening to Dorothy crack a sarcastic joke as Rose, adorably, misunderstood? Hop in a time machine back to the 80s on March 3. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre ($21.50-$36.50).

The two-time Juno-winning pop artist Ria Mae is coming home to perform at the Marquee Ballroom on March 9. Tickets ($20 adv/$25 show) will be available on December 14 at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor Street) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen Street) and at Sonic Concerts.

Royal Wood took the emotions from the death of his father and the love for his new wife and turned them into the album Ever After The Farewell. He returns to  Halifax on March 18 at the Rebecca Cohn. The one non Friday sale date, tickets ($26.50 adv/$31.50 show) will be for sale Thursday, December 13 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29. - NORMAN WONG
  • Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29.
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Halifax indie stars Wintersleep  just announced plans for its latest album In The Land Of, to be released the same weekend as their hometown show at the Marquee on March 29.

Collectively Metric and July Talk have seven Juno Awards—the bands will be hitting the road together for a cross-Canada tour during April and May, bringing all their hits across the country. The third-last stop, out of 12, is May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre. Get tix here.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Have a holly jolly weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:50 AM

As the oh-so-extra holiday season begins, drag shows, hip hop dance troupes and high-end pop-up markets make for merry days.

Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly combine forces for a double bill of hip hop-y dance. - IMAGE VIA LIVEARTDANCE.CA
  • Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly combine forces for a double bill of hip hop-y dance.
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OBJECTS + ATTIRE Design Market and Holiday Pop-Up
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A high-end design market that'll cross names off your list and get you party-ready with all-star local makers, including Anne-Sophie Vallée Jewellery (don't miss the geometric-y cocktail rings), Thief & Bandit (hand-printed jewellery and apparel that delivers luxe-boho vibes), Calica Studio (two words: cashmere scarves) and iconic local label maggie jayne. It all goes down at 6437 Cork Street. more deets

Hoes for the Holidays
Saturday
The Haus of Jeckyll—aka drag queens Miranda Wrights, Eden Disorder and Heckella Jeckyll—invite you to ring in the holidays the risqué way with this rollicking drag performance at Menz. more deets

Klorofyl and ____Interrupted
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Two top-tier hip hop troupes—Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly—combine forces for what Live Art Dance promises will be a "multi-sensorial roller coaster" that "interlaces urban spontaneity, contemporary dance nuances, modern Japanese culture and original music by world-renowned violinist Dr. Draw." See it at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Cinderella: A Holiday Pantomime
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Neptune gives the British pantomime treatment to the classic tale of a girl on her way to a party with nothing to wear, filling it with all-ages humour and of-the-moment hit songs as Cinderella and Prince Charming try to outrun the clock. more deets

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom with a group show. - RJ MARCHAND ARTWORK
  • 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom with a group show.
  • RJ Marchand artwork

Ketu'elmita'jik
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Jordan Bennett's first solo show in Nova Scotia sees the artist build an immersive environment that's filled with pop art colours and the historic shapes and patterns of Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture. Peep it at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. more deets

Wild Ones: A Group Wildlife Exhibition and Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group showcase highlighting furry, feathered and finned creatures of all kinds from across our fair land lights up 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery. more deets

Winter Solstice
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Several ViewPoint Gallery members celebrate the return of longer days and more sunlight (thank god!) with this show marking the longest night of the year. more deets

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Castles, Cars and Clowns: A Celebration of Children's Art
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Petite Picassos get their due at this Craig Gallery showcase featuring over 200 pieces made during an eight-week class by artists aged five to 14. more deets

Coco Love Alcorn and The Big Sing combine forces for a show that'll make the whole room tap their toes. - LISA MACINTOSH PHOTO
  • Coco Love Alcorn and The Big Sing combine forces for a show that'll make the whole room tap their toes.
  • Lisa MacIntosh photo

Coco Love Alcorn w/The Big Sing
Friday
The legendary soul-folk singer-songwriter returns to Halifax to combine forces with the amateur sing-along The Big Sing. "Coco Love Alcorn is the queen of the collaboration, the gel of the jam. Her shows are an invitation to connect, an invitation to sing, and an invitation to be swept away by great melody, catchy lyrics and winning performances," event organizers offer, making the pairing event sweeter. Get in on the fun at the Spatz Theatre. more deets

A Serena Ryder Christmas
Thursday
The Toronto singer-songwriter's latest incarnation—2017's Utopia—sees her Bowie-esque, electro leanings come to life, but this holiday-themed Casino Nova Scotia show will no doubt cover older Ryder staples and some wintertime classics, too. more deets

Support Acts: Rock in Unison feat. Jessie Brown, Worst Part, No, It's Fine, Designosaur
Friday
Jessie Brown hosts this fundraiser for The Unison Benevolent Fund, a charity helping artists in times of financial hardship, and calls a diverse rainbow of rockers onstage to round out the party. See it at The Seahorse. more deets

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Dreamcrusher w/Junk Entity, Grief
Thursday

OBEY Convention keeps it weird during the fest's off-season with a slew of special shows—the latest of which sees "NYC’s industrial provocateur Dreamcrusher...create a fringe, stylized kind of noise music informed by their experience as a black, queer, gender non-binary person hailing from America’s Bible Belt," event organizers promise. Local ear-punishing punks Grief and "elusive earslime purveyor"Junk Entity round out the impressive undercard at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Neko Case is playing in Halifax April 16

Motivated by tragedy, she's coming in hot

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 2:45 PM

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The award winning indie singer-songwriter Neko Case will be coming to Halifax to promote her latest album, Hell-On. Driven by a fire that scorched her Vermont farmhouse, she hit the studio to produce Hell-On’s already-written single, “Bad Luck” for this, her first solo project in five years.

Case will be performing in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn on Tue, April 16 at 8pm.


Tickets for the show are $60.23 in advance and $65.98 on show day. You can grab yours starting this Friday, Dec 7, at the Dalhousie Art Centre Box Office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 or online at sonicconcerts.com.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Have a rockin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM

It's a rockin' weekend as T. Thomason celebrates a new single with a party-ready release show, The Barr Brothers bring a Big Ticket to The Marquee and Elle Noir steps back from the drag world (for now) with a farewell performance.

Elle Noir gives her devoted fans a farewell performance this weekend before taking a hiatus. - ALEXA CUDE PHOTO
  • Elle Noir gives her devoted fans a farewell performance this weekend before taking a hiatus.
  • Alexa Cude photo

Singing To Myself screening
Saturday
The Bluenose-Ability Film Fest's marquee screening tells the story "of a young deaf woman living in Prince Edward Island and the precocious musician who comes into her life," as it serves up themes surrounding debt, underemployment and awkward relationships. Catch it at the Museum of Natural History. more deets

The Black Panthers, the Black United Front and the African Nova Scotian Struggle for Self-Determination
Friday

"During the evening of November 30, 1968, more than 400 Black Nova Scotians gathered in a mass Black political—Black Family—meeting at the North Branch Memorial Library to discuss and debate Black liberation," event organizers begin. Here, a 50th anniversary commemoration sees a discussion on the impact and legacy of this event, held at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

She's A Woman
Saturday
Elle Noir—winner in the 2018 Best of Halifax's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Drag Performer—gives a sweeping performance as she prepares to take a hiatus following "her final surgery to complete her journey on to womanhood." Known for her ability to capture old and new acts alike, Noir gives a dose of glamour from the Menz stage before bowing out. more deets

Winter pop-up market
Friday
"We've got makers and bakers, hot drinks and sweet treats and major holiday vibes," promises Quinpool Road coffee shop Lucky Penny of this seasonal sale stuffed with local vendors. more deets

Gallery Nineteen Nineteen's latest showcase sees an artist study womanhood from all angles. - RHONDA BARRETT ARTWORK
  • Gallery Nineteen Nineteen's latest showcase sees an artist study womanhood from all angles.
  • Rhonda Barrett artwork

Calgary Days
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This weekend is your last shot to catch Hélène Blanchet's detail-rich depictions of daily life, that see quilted works topped with delicate beads and stitching, before The Craig Gallery show wraps. more deets

Maiden, Mother, Crone
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Rhonda Barrett's collection of works is billed as "a self-directed exploration of what it means to the artist, Rhonda Barrett, to be a female in today's world. It is informed by her readings, observations and personal experiences of being a woman recently turned mother, who is starting to experience early transition into crone." See the works—which use portraits, symbols and both modern and historical ideas of womanhood—at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. more deets

Inuit art and the market: 1950s to present
Thursday, Friday

Into Inuit art? Swing by Zwicker's Gallery before Dec 1 to see the spot's impressive, historical collection of prints and carvings. more deets

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Vision&VoiceX2
Thursday
Sarah Archibald and Barb Scott light up the Chase Exhibition Room with a collection of sun-soaked canvases that highlight female voices and creativity. more deets

T. Thomason celebrates his new single, "Loser," with an epic party at The Seahorse. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • T. Thomason celebrates his new single, "Loser," with an epic party at The Seahorse.
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Walrus w/Carinae, Moonwake
Friday
Fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll in the grand tradition of Love and Black Sabbath, Walrus routinely reminds audiences that Halifax has still got it. See for yourself as the band shreds at The Seahorse, alongside Massachusetts' Carinae and local fave Moonwake. more deets

T. Thomason single release show w/The Drug Rugs, Aquakultre
Thursday
T. describes his music as "dirty, lonely, spacey sounds"—and celebrates a new single, "Loser," with an epic party full of feels. Making arriving early a must? The D'Angelo-y Aquakultre performs a rare acoustic set at The Seahorse. more deets

Adyn Townes
Saturday
Adyn Townes' website bio has us ready to dig this sweet house show, held at 30 First Avenue: "At the place where endings become beginnings, you’ll find Adyn Townes. He turned a fall into the ocean and months of recovery into his jumping off point. His music is challenging. Alternative indie-folk with raw and honest lyrics. Like finding your feet just before you fall, his songwriting is the gravity that pulls you back to earth." more deets

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The Barr Brothers w/Michael Feuerstack
Friday

The Barr Brothers, Brad and Andrew, stand out from the pack of sun-bleached Americana artists by recruiting celebrated experimental harpist Sarah Pagé into their band. Together the three craft sprawling sounds so big, they even filled the Grand Canyon (not a hyperbole—the band performed at the canyon's edge in 2012). Rounding out the bill? Sappyfest fave Michael Feuerstack (pictured, right), whose soft songs will 100 percent melt your heart of stone. more deets
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Pause your life and listen to three new local songs!

Jams from the long-lost Jennah Barry and Don Brownrigg, plus a new version of a Hillsburn fave.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 11:18 AM

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Two comebacks and an alt version to tell you about on this sweet frosty Friday:

In 2012, a ginger-haired dream named Jennah Barry dropped an instant classic called Young Men, entrancing full cities with her deft songwriting, incredible voice and aspirational stage banter. She played and played, and then she stopped.

There was vocal surgery, there was a baby; in between she ran a bakery and lived in a house on the south shore she built with her own hands. But now there is new music. If you've managed to catch a Barry show in the past few years—it's not been easy—you may have heard her sing "Roller Disco," a gentle, lost AM radio hit that's given a gauzy, dreamy horn intro on this recording (produced by Colin Nealis). The refrain is, like the artist herself, a a stone-cold classic: "Round and around to the sound of the radio/caught in a turn till I learn how to let you go."

Barry's new album will be out next year on Forward Music Group. Get a preview at In the Dead of Winter in January.


Also returning after a five-year hiatus is Don Brownrigg, who's been sitting on a full-length recorded with Daniel Ledwell in Lake Echo.

Never one to do things by the book, Brownrigg's return is soft and slow; in "Room for Me" he reaches for his upper register, accompanied by strings from Kinley Dowling, for a gentle but deeply sad ballad with no resolution.

Brownrigg's Fireworks is due out in the new year. Check out the video for "Room for Me," directed by Melanie Stone:


Annnd 2018 contender for local record of the year Hillsburn have also revealed their softer side, this week release an acoustic version of "Everywhere," originally produced by Classified. This re-working is more emotional and orchestral than the former's propulsive fist-pump vibe—swelling to a dramatic finish is probably what this band does best.

A deluxe version of The Wilder Beyond will be released in February.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Have a sparkling weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 12:02 PM

An exiting weekend awaits as Mexican girl-punk band Introtyl tears it up at Gus' Pub, a whole celebration of Viola Desmond takes over the north end and the Dartmouth Makers help start your holiday shopping.

The Villain's Theatre's fall performance sees the troupe tackle what it calls "one of the most darkly funny and shocking plays of the Renaissance." - COLLEEN MACISAAC PHOTO
  • The Villain's Theatre's fall performance sees the troupe tackle what it calls "one of the most darkly funny and shocking plays of the Renaissance."
  • Colleen MacIsaac photo

The Dartmouth Makers 2018 Winter Market
Friday, Saturday

The famed market stocked with all-handmade-everything returns to Christ Church Hall just in time for your holiday shopping session! more deets

Celebrate Viola: Spoken word night
Friday
As part of the weeklong celebration of Viola Desmond's 10 dollar bill entering circulation, the north end is hosting a slew of sweet events. Here, a collection of local poets—including Andre Fenton and Afua Cooper—share pieces on civil rights and Viola's life at The Local. more deets

Ha!ifax ComedyFest Presents: Best of the Fest
Saturday
Funny person Orny Adams tickled crowds at the 2015 Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, so it only makes sense the festival's IRL highlight reel would bring him back to town as a headliner. Head to Spatz Theatre for a set that's high-energy and satirical—and see why the comic has over three comedy specials to his name. more deets

The Changeling: Chimes of Bedlam
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Villain's Theatre's fall performance sees the troupe tackle what it calls "one of the most darkly funny and shocking plays of the Renaissance" with a new adaptation of the tale of an affair and murder at London's infamous asylum, the Bedlam Hospital. See the story of violence and sexual obsession dive into gender politics and mental health as it storms The Bus Stop Theatre's stage. more deets

Influential contemporary artist Gerald Ferguson gets a retrospective show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. - GERALD FERGUSON ARTWORK
  • Influential contemporary artist Gerald Ferguson gets a retrospective show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
  • Gerald Ferguson artwork

The Inherited Reign
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
John Player has been exploring power structures in our increasingly militarized world for almost a decade. Here, the artist uses watercolour and oil paints as an act of resistance, a challenge to the current ideal of masculinity and as "a search for an alternative" in our imperialist, settler culture. See it at The Anna. more deets

Close to the edge... The Work of Gerald Ferguson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Billed as a "comprehensive overview of Gerald Ferguson’s practice," this AGNS show sees some of the artist's signature works displayed from the gallery's vaults, underscoring why he's routinely included in iconic showcases of conceptual art. Hot tip? While you're at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, make sure to see Kent Monkman's Shame and Prejudice reframe Canadian history through historical paintings crafted with an Indigenous lens—and read more about the show in The Coast this week. more deets

car(ry)ing
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

An interdisciplinary group showcase exploring "the personal and communal acts of carrying and caring that are necessary to reconnect with both physical and cultural landscapes," car(ry)ing sees The Anna's Room 2 filled with work by 19 artists as they "navigate the blurry lines between the natural and constructed historical sites of Kejimkujik National Park & National Historical Site, Port Royal, Fort Anne, Fortress of Louisbourg and Halifax Citadel," the artists' statement explains. more deets

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Ex Libris
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This weekend's your last chance to see James MacSwain's latest, an exhibition of paper-based works that mourns our pre-internet brains as it explores the era of books. Catch it at Hermes. more deets

Mexico City death metal outfit Introtyl arrives at Gus' Pub Thursday. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • Mexico City death metal outfit Introtyl arrives at Gus' Pub Thursday.
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Russell Louder's Glam Cave feat. Petra Glynt, Marthas
Thursday

PEI's trans musican, artist and party-thrower Russell Louder returns to the Mod Mansion with their brand of experimental electronic dance pop and rollicking Glam Cave party—a safe space celebration of marginalized and the under-represented performers—for a good time worth busting out the glitter for. more deets

Viola Desmond Tribute Concert
Saturday
An all-star night at The Marquee sees MAJE, Keonté Beals, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound and Cyndi Cain—among others—pay homage to Viola Desmond's legacy with this free showcase. more deets

Introtyl w/Exotoxic, Root Cellar, Chaotic Christ
Thursday
Introtyl brings face-melting guitar and moody, edgy feels all the way from Mexico City for your head-banging pleasure, offering a so-rare-we-can't-believe-it chance to catch a snippet of Mexico's girl-rock revolution without a ticket to the land of milk, honey and Mayan history. It all goes down at Gus' Pub. more deets

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Kaia Kater
Sunday

Montreal's Kaia Kater—whose sonic stylings are, according to The Guardian, "where bluegrass meets Nina Simone"—brings a new album to The Carleton, along with a backing band and ever-expanding sound. more deets
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Have a super-sweet weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Ride the sugar high of the best days of the week with an international dance party blending socca, reggae and Afro-house; the triumphant return of soul singer Erin Costelo at her long-awaited album release show; a movie capturing the beauty of the night sky; the launch of a queer romance novel and more.

Carbon Arc's latest flick is a time-lapse doc following the happenings of the night sky. - FILM STILL VIA CARBONARA.CA
  • Carbon Arc's latest flick is a time-lapse doc following the happenings of the night sky.
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Game Changer book launch
Thursday
Local romance writer Rachel Reid (AKA Rachelle Goguen) celebrates the launch of her latest, Game Changer, which traces the tale of a hockey player and a guy who works at a smoothie bar falling in love. Printed by Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Romance), the reading-and-signing sesh also features a Q&A with the author, hosted at Art Bar by Coastie Stephanie Johns. more deets

Political history tour of Halifax
Saturday
NSPIRG and Our Rising have combined forces to deliver this bus tour of the city, stopping by familiar spaces like Cornwallis Park, Citadel Hill, Africville and more—all while sharing the current and historical social and political struggles each place has faced. The tour departs from the corners of Seymour Street and University Avenue, near the Dalhousie Student Union Building, and you can ensure your seat by emailing info@ourrising.ca. more deets

Cielo screening
Friday
Carbon Arc helps you wish upon a star as it screens this 2017 time-lapse documentary that's set in Chile's Atacama Desert (one of the best dark-sky sites in the world) and is billed as "a love poem to the night sky." more deets

Tom at the Farm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stewart Legere stars as the namesake Tom in this 2014 Lambda Literary Award-winning queer drama that follows a man's trip to a remote farm to attend the sudden funeral of his partner. Upon his arrival, he meets a mother and son he didn't know existed—and becomes trapped in a web of lies in the bleak, country setting. See it daily at 4pm and 8pm at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Enduring Ephemera takes the paper detritus of daily life and makes it into magic. - ANDREA POTTYONDY ARTWORK
  • Enduring Ephemera takes the paper detritus of daily life and makes it into magic.
  • Andrea Pottyondy artwork

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you’re yet to see famed Indigenous artist Kent Monkman’s epic, Baroque-feeling clap-back to the Canada 150 celebrations, this week is a good time to peep Shame and Prejudice at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Aside from the stack of canvases re-framing the confederation’s history with the help of Monkman’s gender-fluid, time-travelling alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the gallery is currently showing Monkman’s staggering 7.5 x 3.5 metre painting Miss Chief’s Wet Dream—the artist’s largest-ever work and his first to be centred around a Maritime theme—before vaulting it on November 11. more deets

Mentor & Metalsmith: The Silver Art of Arthur Brecken and Wesley Harris
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
"Mentor & Metalsmith takes us on a journey through the intertwined careers of two master jewellers," begins the Mary E. Black Gallery. "Wesley Harris has curated the late Arthur Brecken’s work into this exhibit," showcasing Brecken's space as an icon and mentor in the metalsmith community while also highlighting the repeating themes and lines apparent in both men's work. more deets

Enduring Ephemera
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Andrea Pottyondy showcases a collection of new, multi-media works that take the scraps of paper that accumulate around us in daily life and makes them into beautiful vignettes. See the exhibit at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Possible Worlds
Saturday, Sunday

The Centre For Art Tapes debuts a collection of virtual reality-based art at NSCAD's Port Campus that "asks questions about the political and personal potential of virtual reality as a unique and distinct medium. This selection of both international and local works shows how artists are using virtual reality to explore issues of cultural experience, trauma, history, memory and identity." more deets

Soul singer Erin Costelo has been part of the Halifax scene for years—but her album release show this Thursday shows she's finally arrived. - KRISTA COMEAU PHOTO
  • Soul singer Erin Costelo has been part of the Halifax scene for years—but her album release show this Thursday shows she's finally arrived.
  • Krista Comeau photo

FLAVA feat. DJ 5Rivers, DJ Fadzwa, DJ Tran'ziSH(e)n
Thursday
FLAVA sees a globe-trotting set take shape: DJ 5Rivers spins a mix of "old-school hip hop, rap and funk with Punjabi folk and Bhangra music" while DJ TranˈziSH(ə)n mixes hip hop and R&B with reggae and dancehall influences. DJ Fadzwa rounds out the madness with "high energy music with a special focus on Afro-house, dancehall, and moohmbaton." Be prepared to sweat it out on The Seahorse dance floor. more deets

Annelies: A choral work based on The Diary of Anne Frank
Sunday
The Halifax Camerata Singers and soprano Jane Archibald come together to create this timely Remembrance Day tribute to Anne Frank at Shaar Shalom Synagogue. more deets

Erin Costelo album release show
Thursday

Local soul gem and this week's Coast cover star Erin Costelo returns with album number five—titled Sweet Marie—at Fort Massey United Church, showing that her sound has entered a new era of sophistication. more deets

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The Trews w/Rain Over St. Ambrose
Friday

Antigonish's best dose of rock'n'roll returns to The Marquee Ballroom to prove local fans will never get tired of waiting. more deets

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Here are your 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award winners

A mix of vets and newbies round out this year's slate.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 11:33 AM


On year million of two million parked in Truro, the 2018 Nova Scotia Music Week came to an end last night with a whack of awards voted on by the membership of Music Nova Scotia and handed out at a Holiday Inn.

There was no landslide victory, which is actually exciting, meaning some old faves—David Myles, Mo Kenney—and some exciting newcomers—Hillsburn, No, It's Fine—picked up newly designed trophies this year.

Here are the music winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Makayla Lynn
Solo Recording of the Year: Mo Kenney, The Details
Group Recording of the Year: Hillsburn, The Wilder Beyond
Music Video of the Year: Jessie Brown, “Undertow” (Director: Gavin MacLean)
New Artist Recording of the Year: No, it’s fine., No, it’s fine.
Recording of the Year: David Myles, Real Love
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Gabrielle Papillon, "When The Heart Attacks"
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year: Reeny Smith
Alternative Recording of the Year: POSTDATA, Let’s Be Wilderness
Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year: David Myles, Real Love
Blues Recording of the Year: Dan Doiron, Livin’ Centre Stage
Children’s Artist of the Year: Razzmatazz for Kids
Classical Recording of the Year: Jeff Reilly, To Dream of Silence
Country Recording of the Year: Ryan Cook, Having A Great Time
Digital Artist of the Year: The Town Heroes
DJ of the Year: DJ IV
Electronic Artist of the Year: PINEO & LOEB
Folk Recording of the Year: Ben Caplan, Old Stock
Hip Hop Recording of the Year: Quake Matthews, Celebrate The Struggle
Indigenous Artist of the Year: Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers
Jazz Recording of the Year: Jerry Granelli, Dance Hall
Loud Recording of the Year: Kilmore, Call of the Void
Musician of the Year: Leith Fleming-Smith
Pop Recording of the Year: Christina Martin, Impossible to Hold
Rock Recording of the Year: Mo Kenney, The Details
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year: Maxim and Gervais Cormier, Cape Breton Guitar

And the industry winners:

Booking Agent of the Year: Jason MacIsaac
Community Presenter of the Year: Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society
Company of the Year: The Syrup Factory
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Casino Nova Scotia
Educator of the Year: Craig Mercer
Event of the Year: Halifax Jazz Festival
Industry Professional of the Year: Dana Beeler
Live Technician of the Year: Trevor DeSouza
Manager of the Year: Melanie Stone
Producer of the Year: Daniel Ledwell
Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND
Promoter of the Year: Mike Campbell
Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy
Radio Program of the Year: East Coast Music Hour (CBC)
Radio Station of the Year: CKDU-FM, 88.1 FM, CKDU
Recording Studio of the Year: New Scotland Yard
Studio Engineer of the Year: Thomas Stajcer
Venue of the Year: The Carleton
Visual Artist of the Year: kt Lamond
Volunteer of the Year: Christine Latter-Stratton and Eirinn Fraser
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Have simply the best weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 4:04 PM

From the annual Best of Halifax Ball to Kamp’s continued run at Neptune to Julie Nesrallah's dramatic spin on classical music, there's lots to gold-worthy weekend ideas below!

Kamp tells an oft-overlooked part of World War Two history. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Kamp tells an oft-overlooked part of World War Two history.
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Best of Halifax Ball
Thursday

It's the creme de la creme of celebrations as the winners from our annual Best of Halifax Reader's Choice Awards (which you'll read about in this week's issue!) descend upon the Lord Nelson Hotel to inspire us all with their greatness. Dress to impress and get ready to get down as the party of the year gets underway. more deets

Trevor Noah
Friday

Your #mcm comes to the Scotiabank Centre to deliver his signature mix of political commentary and hilarious real-talk. more deets

Kamp
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Neptune and Eastern Front Theatre see the 2017 indie production Kamp get the stage size it deserves (at Neptune's Scotiabank Hall). The play follows a group of homosexual prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp and the secret cabaret they wrote as a way to survive. more deets

An evening with Maxwell Smart, author and Holocaust survivor
Thursday
As part of Holocaust Education Week, Smart returns to Pier 21, where he arrived 70 years ago as an orphaned Holocaust survivor, to host this reading and discussion of his book Chaos to Canvas—which traces his story from being a teen in 1930s Poland to immigrating to Montreal. more deets

James MacSwain mourns your pre-internet brain at his latest Hermes show, Ex Libris. - JAMES MACSWAIN ARTWORK
  • James MacSwain mourns your pre-internet brain at his latest Hermes show, Ex Libris.
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floating rocks and young rope
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Noticing a rhythmic repetition in the materials found along Nova Scotian shorelines, Rachel Anzalone and Alicia Hunt present a collection of natural objects—think seaweed and rocks—mixed with replicas made from plaster, clay and cloth at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

Blue Rocks
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to catch the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's exhibit on how living for two years in Blue Rocks, NS, shaped the artistic practice of American modernist painter Marsden Hartley. more deets

Ex Libris
Saturday, Sunday
James MacSwain's latest—an exhibition of accordion-style books and paper-based works—takes us back to our pre-internet brains as it explores the "era of books." "The book will survive like newspapers, magazines and the theatre only if the upcoming generations are moved to examine what will be lost," MacSwain's artist statement warns. See it at Hermes. more deets

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Searching for a Place to Land
Thursday, Friday
Jenny Yujia Shi's exhibit, "compelled by the artist's ongoing effort in pursuing permanent resident status in Canada," explores themes of border-crossing and displacement in a group of anonymous walking figures. See it at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

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Let's Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker
Thursday
"The Carleton pays tribute to the Prince of Cool with a special dinner-time performance by some of Halifax's best jazz musicians. Lose yourself in timeless tunes performed in the legendary Baker style. The band is Paul St-Amand (trumpet & voice), Silvio Pupo (piano), Ron Hynes (bass) and Brendan Melchin (drums)," event organizers say. more deets

For All The Saints: Duruflé's "Requiem"
Sunday

This year's edition of the annual tribute to those who have gone on before—and the kickoff for the latest King's at the Cathedral concert series—sees Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem" performed at the Cathedral Church of All Saints. The choir says the piece is ripe with "masterful choral and orchestral arrangements that call to the mind of the listener images of heavenly bliss deftly interwoven with a sense of human pathos and our longing for eternal peace"—so prepare to be moved. Oh, topping it all off? As always, the show is directed by the Grammy-winning Paul Halley. more deets

Chris Snelgrove w/Tragical History Tour, Matty Grace, Brad Religion
Saturday
Ex-Prevenge's Chris Snelgrove headlines this acoustic punk show at Radstorm for a wicked trip of alt-country tinged rockin'. more deets

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Julie Nesrallah
Sunday

Cecilia Concerts describes this set by Lebanese-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Nesralla—backed by concert pianist Robert Kortgaar—as a showcase of "opera, big hair and grande passione in a deliciously entertaining afternoon of Italian art songs, torchy ballads and musical theatre curiosities." Catch it at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. more deets
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Have a hair-raising Halloweekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Haunted houses, scary screenings and the biggest shin digs in the city mark the year's eeriest eve with all kinds of fun. Peep the can't miss events below and then get back to finishing your agave costume.

KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill lights up The Seahorse Friday. - STEPHEN RUXTON PHOTO
  • KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill lights up The Seahorse Friday.
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Double feature: Hocus Pocus and The Craft
Sunday
Good Robot pays homage to Bette Midler, patron saint of Scary Season, with a screening of Hocus Pocus, the cult Disney flick that follows a trio of witches brought back from the dead, followed by a showing of The Craft. more deets

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun w/DJ Skeeter-B
Saturday
May we suggest a Cyndi Lauper costume for this all-night bop session at The Dome? more deets

Halloween Hellraiser
Friday
KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill and Alice Cooper Stan My Other Brother Alice join forces for this groovy all-night rager that's best experienced in a hair-raising costume. It all goes down at The Seahorse. more deets

Phantom of the Pipes
Saturday
Event organizers promise "an evening of frightening and fantastic music featuring the monster organ" at Fort Massey United Church with this creepy concert. more deets

Bedford Brass Quintet: Brassquerade
Friday

The Bedford Brass Quintet delivers a skin-crawling serving of Halloween fun with this "kaleidoscopic concert full of music that's bizarre, fantastical and just plain weird!" What's on the bill? Creepy classics like "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod and modern goose-bump-givers like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Danny Elfman. Costumes are encouraged and students and children who arrive at Saint Ignatius Church dressed up get in for free. more deets

Thrill the World
Saturday
The Oval gets into the macabre spirit of the season, taking part in this world-wide Halloween celebration slash Michael Jackson tribute that sees fans of all ages doing their best “Thriller” dance. more deets

Ghostly Gala
Friday

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax takes a trip to Cole Harbour Heritage Farm for this bone-chilling night that sees the tellers recite ghostly tales from around the very city we live. more deets

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Another Spooky Night at the Movies
Friday
Looking for a classic way to spend the night when ghosts roam free? Head to Bethany United Church's screening of Hitchcock’s 1927 flick The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog—and watch a serial killer roaming the streets of London as organist Shawn Whynot provides a live soundtrack to the silent film. more deets

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Carnival of Terror
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Head to Atlantic Splash Adventure (1200 Lucasville Road) for this skin-crawling scare sesh that sees you and your pals screaming your heads off inside an infamous haunted house. more deets

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Fangs for the Memories: A Halloween Drag Show
Saturday

The Halifax Drag Kings are paging all creatures of the night to join them for a night of drag performances, door prizes and dancing that's bound to be a ghoulish good time at Menz! more deets

Fear The Darkness Haunted House
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The epic house full of horrors returns to Alderney Landing with all-new attractions and a theme that's a nightmarish twist on fairy tales, for you to get scared. A haunted photo booth, captured escape room and a casket ride round out the frightful fun. more deets

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Have a poppin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 12:22 PM

It's an explosive weekend as the Halifax Pop Explosion continues its city-wide takeover, Atlantic Fashion Week delivers designer duds for its 12th season and Boston singer-songwriter Bryan McPherson plays two Halifax shows! If cannabis' first legal weekend has you looking for a good time, scroll on.

Local streetwear label BZLY showcases pieces inspired by a utopic vision of inter-generational collaboration at Atlantic Fashion Week. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Local streetwear label BZLY showcases pieces inspired by a utopic vision of inter-generational collaboration at Atlantic Fashion Week.
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Unpacking The Living Room performance: "WORK OUT I WORK OUT"
Saturday
The Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's show all about examining and re-imagining our everyday living spaces wraps with a performance piece by Julie Hollenbach and Gambletron exploring the effort required to perform one's gender. more deets

Sharkwater Extinction screening
Friday
Rob Stewart's 2018 doc about the illegal shark fin industry is the follow-up to his 2006 flick that helped ban the practice of catching sharks, cutting their fins off for soup and discarding the bodies in 90 countries. Stewart died during the making of Sharkwater Extinction and this Ecology Action Centre-hosted screening seems the perfect tribute. Held at Scotiabank Theatre Halifax. more deets

Atlantic Fashion Week opening night showcase
Thursday
Atlantic Fashion Week opens with a bang as Nova Scotia's answer to Carolina Herrera—the tartan-infused Veronica MacIsaac—kicks things off with a new collection. A handful of streetwear-inspired brands (including BZLY, pictured above) make the undercard extra-colourful, too. Held at 350 Horseshoe Lake Drive. more deets

Fix-it Fair
Sunday

The third annual ode to up-cycling returns the the Alexander Keith's Brewery Courtyard "to help even the un-handiest people feel like they can tackle simple home repairs" with a repair cafe and on-site experts who'll do their best to fix broken everyday items. more deets

Studio 21 showcases new works by famed artist David Urban. - DAVID URBAN ARTWORK
  • Studio 21 showcases new works by famed artist David Urban.
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A thousand cuts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you've yet to see artist B.G-Osborne's Khyber exhibit (it's only there for 10 more days), get on it: The found footage compilation sees over 80 clips of cisgender actors portraying trans characters, highlighting how mainstream media erases trans identities. more deets

New Works by David Urban
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The famed Canadian painter debuts a new series of paintings at Studio 21. As the gallery puts it, these works lay "in a borderland between abstraction and representation." more deets

Pushing It
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Becky Welter-Nolan's latest Hermes show sees the artist exploring " the narrative of success, navigating between endurance and futility" with a soft, supersized boulder titled RockyIII. more deets

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The Shubenacadie River Beading Project
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carrie Allison—the Indigenous artist who last year exhibited her geographically accurate beadings of the Shubenacadie River at the Port Campus—returns to the space with Kin River Collective to see "participants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, come together and collectively honour the space of the Shubenacadie River" with a beading of the waterway. more deets

Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson plays two shows in town this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Art d'Ecco w/Sportfan, Future Peers, Sorrey
Friday

Crossing musical and gender divides in the grand tradition of David Bowie, Art d'Ecco (this week's Coast cover star!) delivers sharp looks and sharper sounds as part of his mission to bring weirdness and inclusivity back to rock 'n' roll. See his only Halifax Pop Explosion showcase at The Local. more deets

Bryan McPherson
Saturday, Sunday

Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson delivers Americana-tinged tunes taking the side of the underdog that'll make your feet stomp, your heart heave and your head nod along. Catch him Saturday at New Scotland Brewing Co. in Dartmouth or Sunday at Gus' Pub. more deets

Diva Station Trio
Saturday

Because Beyonce was right and a diva is, in fact, the female version of a hustler, three local divas—with the vocal chords to match—have combined forces to deliver a set of pop, rock, opera, top 40 and more at Halifax Distilling Co. Don't miss Maureen Batt, Laura Caswell and Sarah Richardson as they deliver the big diva energy you didn't know you needed. more deets

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Cadence Weapon w/DJ Shut, Jayd Ink, Fat Tony, BLAKDENIM, Hua Li
Saturday

One of the brightest stars of the early-aughts Canadian hip hop scene, Cadence Weapon proves he's still burning bright as he delivers a more raw brand of rap at this HPX showcase. Pro tip? Don't sleep on opening act Hua Li (pictured), singing/rapping/slaying triple-threat who delivers golden-era hip hop vibes with delicious hooks. more deets
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Have an artfully awesome Nocturne weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:01 AM

This weekend, Nocturne lights up the night with art all across the city, The Town Heroes tear it up at The Seahorse, Laurie Brown brings her Pondercast to Halifax and famed artist Kent Monkman debuts a collection of paintings responding to Canada 150 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Little Years shares the story of a gifted mathematician stifled by sexism in the 1950s. - SAMM FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • The Little Years shares the story of a gifted mathematician stifled by sexism in the 1950s.
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Nocturne 2018
Saturday

Art's big night out returns for another evening of epic, outdoor displays in a swath of mediums. This year's edition of the fest is curated by groundbreaking Indigenous artist Raven Davis, and you can grab both the official Nocturne guide and lots of fun art-at-night content in this week's Coast. more deets

The Little Years
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Set in the 1950s, John Mighton's play follows a young, enthusiastic and gifted mathematician as she realizes her dream may not be possible as her brother becomes the star of the family and she is forced to settle for a series of unfulfilling jobs. "The Little Years confronts the impact of chauvinism and explores the nature of fame, the value of art and the passing of time," the show's playwrights add. Catch it at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Art Talks gallery tour
Friday
If Nocturne's about to ramp up your visual appetite, get another look at the good stuff with this tour: Departing from the Halifax Central Library, this free bus trek sees a host of Indigenous artists and curators (that'd be Carrie Allison, Aiden Gillis, Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfeld and Wanda Nanibush) discuss the current showcases at the Treaty Space Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s Art Gallery—and a very special secret stop. Register for the fun at eventbrite.ca. more deets

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Pondercast live taping
Thursday

Former CBC host Laurie Brown brings her popular podcast to Halifax for a live taping. "Pondercast is for explorers—it guides you to the clouds for a mind-bending view," offer event organizers, saying this edition of the pod will touch on "how to stay human as the world tilts in new and strange ways" while musician Joshua Van Tassel creates live backing soundscapes at the Museum of Natural History. more deets

Nanabozho's Sisters explores the legacy of Indigenous women artists using "masquerade, mimicry, parody, ironic reversals, comedic scenarios, anachronistic combinations and satirical creations." - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • Nanabozho's Sisters explores the legacy of Indigenous women artists using "masquerade, mimicry, parody, ironic reversals, comedic scenarios, anachronistic combinations and satirical creations."
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Emotive Landscapes
Thursday, Friday
The Corridor Gallery gives you some serious wanderlust as it showcases watercolour landscapes of Iceland by Kate Ward. more deets

Nanabozho's Sisters
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Nanabozho’s Sisters sees works by several Indigenous women artists play with the legacy of Nanabozho, a trickster figure in Anishinaabe stories, with elements like mimicry, parody and ironic reversals. See it at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. more deets

Carrie Allison: Beaded Earth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carrie Allison, an Indigenous artist who specializes in traditional bead work, exhibits the results of her Museum of Natural History residency—where she worked with the museum's archives to explore and "critically examine colonial methodologies of botanical categorization, display, and displacement"—at this showcase. more deets

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Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Acclaimed Indigenous artist Kent Monkman's made a name for himself with his ability to infuse baroque-feeling canvases with subversive stories. Here, the painter shares a stack of theatrical canvases responding to Canada's 150 celebrations with Monkman's gender-fluid, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, taking the viewer flying backwards through the confederation's history. See it at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as it opens this week. more deets

OBEY Convention's off-season programming sees Irish performer Áine O'Dwyer wail on the keys of Fort Massey's antique organ. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • OBEY Convention's off-season programming sees Irish performer Áine O'Dwyer wail on the keys of Fort Massey's antique organ.
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The Town Heroes w/David in the Dark, Kids Losing Sleep
Friday

The alt-rock four-piece celebrates its fourth full-length album with an all-night party that sees the pop-punk fun of Kids Losing Sleep (a band featured in The Coast's recent New Music Issue) warming The Seahorse stage. more deets

Lion Bear Fox
Thursday

Folky three-piece Lion Bear Fox returns to The Carleton to share a stack of story-driven songs. more deets

Áine O'Dwyer w/chik white
Friday

OBEY Convention kicks off its series of off-season shows with a doozie, bringing "performer, listener and sonic stalker Áine O'Dwyer" from Ireland to Halifax to explore Fort Massey United Church's "recently-restored organ, which dates back to 1913 and contains over 2,000 pipes and three distinct keyboards." Hear her wail on these antique keys as experimental jaw harpist chik white opens the show. more deets

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Alexander and the Great Ones w/Shadow, Brianna Gosse
Thursday

The Nick Lowe-influenced Alexander MacNeil (leader of Alexander and the Great Ones) brings his rollicking rock packed with funny lyrics to Gus' Pub. more deets
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Have a megawatt Thanksgiving weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM

A megawatt, more-stuffed-than-a-turkey Thanksgiving weekend awaits as shiny Sure Things like a local celebration of India's Festival of Lights, a brilliant show by acclaimed singer-songwriter Rae Spoon and a screening of award-winning flick Let The Sunshine In descend upon your calendar.

Carbon Arc Cinema returns for another season with the award-winning French romance Let The Sunshine In. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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International Fashion Week Nova Scotia
Saturday

A full day of high-fashion energy arrives at Casino Nova Scotia: From 12-2pm, a youth runway collection gives #ootdinspo, while a 7:30pm adults-only fashion gala brings red carpet vibes. A 25-and-up after party at 10pm keeps the good times goin'. more deets

India's Festival of Lights
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Diwali is "a celebration that spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance," event organizers explain of the light-filled festival. Here, the brilliant brains behind India Fest deliver a slice of the cultural celebration, taking over the Halifax Forum with food and cultural vendors, performances, fireworks and more. more deets

Let The Sunshine In screening
Friday
Carbon Arc kicks off its latest season with a screening of this 2018 flick, which sees Juliette Binoche playing a divorced Parisian painter who refuses to settle as she looks for love. more deets

Handworks Halifax
Saturday, Sunday

Calling all crafters and the DIY-inclined! This makers' market at the Halifax Forum sees you picking up pieces by local artisans as well as taking part in free workshops on felting, henna, pottery and more. more deets

Emily Lawrence's show of scent-infused photos at the Craig Gallery wraps this weekend. - EMILY LAWRENCE ARTWORK
  • Emily Lawrence's show of scent-infused photos at the Craig Gallery wraps this weekend.
  • Emily Lawrence artwork

Pushing It
Saturday, Sunday
Becky Welter-Nolan's latest Hermes Gallery show "critiques labour and the narrative of success" with a 200-pound quilted soft-sculpture boulder "navigating between endurance and futility." more deets

Scratch & Sniff Menu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't seen Emily Lawrence's Craig Gallery show yet, this weekend is your last chance—and the food-heavy them is perfect for Turkey Day, too. The exhibit explores scent's complex and tightly woven connection to memory: Based on interviews with people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Lawrence re-constructed the interviewee's memorable foods (which included many a Thanksgiving dinner), photographed them, and infused the prints with scratch and sniff technology "to explore the power of olfactory promoting as a means of memory retrieval." more deets

Erotic Landscapes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Colombian-born and now Nova Scotia-based artist Carlos Gomez shares oil paintings, watercolours, and works using "traditional printmaking techniques" at this Lion & Bright showcase. more deets

B.G-OSBORNE
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A Thousand Cuts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

B.G-Osborne's Khyber exhibit "is a found-footage video compilation of cisgender actors portraying transgender roles in film and television. The work arranges clips from over 80 sources to confront the perpetual violence of these inauthentic representations and the systemic erasure of trans people in mainstream media." The show also features printed matter, including a list of the names of trans people who've been murdered in the past two years. "This print serves as a reminder to the viewership of the common consequence of transgender expression, especially for trans women of colour," the gallery adds. more deets

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Braden Lam & The Driftwood People w/Eric Stephen Martin, Emily Stuart
Thursday
The salt-water, folk-tinged incarnation of an early-aughts Justin Briber, Braden Lam is the #mcm you haven't met yet. Get your (sonic) introduction to the Ben Howard-sounding songster as he celebrates a new EP with his band, The Driftwood People, at The Carleton. more deets

Cassie Josephine w/The Cry If I Want To's, Terra Spencer
Saturday

To celebrate 40 cycles through the zodiac, indie-folkster Cassie Josephine sings a stack of "songs about aging and the stories that get you there"—and marks the release of a new album, Only Half Blue. Good rockin' awaits with The Cry If I Want To's, making arriving early at Art Bar + Projects a must. more deets

Dear Rouge w/Natalie Lynn, Modern Space
Friday

Vancouver-based electro-rock gold Dear Rouge comes to the best coast for a night of classic bops at The Seahorse. more deets

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Rae Spoon w/Holy Crow, RespectfulChild
Saturday

Award-winning, genre-jumping non-binary artist Rae Spoon—who's penned nine albums spanning the spectrum from folk to electronic—arrives at Radstorm with a new stack of songs, titled bodies of water. more deets
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halifax Pop Explosion announces festival kick-off party featuring Matt Mays and Partner

Cop your wristband for this October 16 party

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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October 17 is a date looming large in our calendars for lots of wild, wonderful reasons—it's the first day of the Halifax Pop Explosion AND the first day of legalized cannabis—but now the countdown is about to be even more epic: HPX announced today that it's getting the party started a little earlier with a countdown to legalization party on October 16 at The Marquee Ballroom featuring the sunshine-streaked sonic tonic of Matt Mays and the stadium-inspired riff-rockage of Partner.

Doors open at 8pm and entry is guaranteed to wristband holders (the fest says a few door tickets might be available if space permits) so Mays fans won't wanna leave it to chance. Get your wristband—and peep the festival's full lineup, which includes awesome all-girl rap group The Sorority, a show by Polaris prize winner Jeremy Dutcher and more—at halifaxpopexplosion.com.

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Sure Thing Events

  • The Burning Hell w/Owen Meany's Batting Stance, Dance Movie @ The Seahorse Tavern

    • Thu., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • A Tribute to the Great Ladies of Classic Country Music w/Norma MacDonald @ The Carleton

    • Thu., Dec. 20, 8-11 p.m. $22.50
  • The Vinyl Flytrap @ Alteregos Cafe

    • Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.

In Print This Week

Vol 26, No 29
December 13, 2018

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