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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love your weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 12:58 PM

Looking for the perfect Valentine's, Galentine's or Palentine's plans? We gotchu with a whimsical ballet take on Alice in Wonderland, a trio of BFFs (that’d be Chudi Harris, Aquakultre and MAJE) performing for African Heritage Month, and more below.

Alice: The Ballet sees a host of professional dancers and lush costumes take you through the looking glass this weekend. - RACHEL DYER PHOTO
  • Alice: The Ballet sees a host of professional dancers and lush costumes take you through the looking glass this weekend.
  • Rachel Dyer photo

Rafiki screening
Friday
Carbon Arc Cinema marks the day after Love Day with this electric story full of vivid colour and vibrant streetscapes that traces the budding relationship of two young women in Kenya, where homosexuality is still criminalized. more deets

Dance party fundraiser for the Halifax Anarchist Book Fair
Friday
Organizers of the annual anti-oppressive, anti-capitalist book fair want you to let your inner Rosa Luxemburg out for a night on the town, setting it off with DJs, performances and special surprises at 1313 Hollis. more deets

Alice: The Ballet
Saturday, Sunday
A blend of Lewis Carroll's two beloved tales of adventure—Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass—rendered in elaborate costumes and rich performance, this ballet dares you to fall down the rabbit hole. See it at Spatz Theatre. more deets

I Heart Beer: A Celebration of Beer and Chocolate
Thursday
The Ladies Beer League and Garrison Brewing Co. celebrate V-day with everyone's true loves—beer and chocolate—at this guided tasting, held at the brewery. more deets

Studio 21 celebrates a new crop of work—including some can't-miss gestural abstracts by Jimy Sloan. - JIMY SLOAN ARTWORK
  • Studio 21 celebrates a new crop of work—including some can't-miss gestural abstracts by Jimy Sloan.
  • Jimy Sloan artwork

Egg Life Café
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shane Song showcases a collection of new works that act as "a visual memoir and self-analysis" through depictions of egg-based dishes in The Khyber's new Khyber Window, a street-facing exhibit space that's viewable 24/7 from Hollis Street. more deets

Pre-Shrunk 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you haven't checked it out already, this weekend marks your last chance to catch Argyle Fine Art's biggest little sale of original four-by-five inch canvases. See all 390 of 'em at the gallery. more deets

Colour Your Winter
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A show highlighting new gestural abstract paintings by Jimy Sloan, the 30-panel painting by Yang Hong that "pokes fun at keeping track of numbers and accomplishments," and the first showing of Toni Losey's abstract sculptures in Halifax, lands at Studio 21. more deets

MARIA DOERING ARTWORK
  • Maria Doering artwork
Cellular Expression
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Maria Doering continues proving that it's what's on the inside that counts as she debuts a new collection of works "inspired by imagery of cells and the body’s interior" at the Craig Gallery. more deets

Chudi Harris, the purveyor of unpredictable R&B, throws an African Heritage Month party with his BFFs on Thursday. - NATHANIEL COLE PHOTO
  • Chudi Harris, the purveyor of unpredictable R&B, throws an African Heritage Month party with his BFFs on Thursday.
  • Nathaniel Cole photo

Love Hangover: Russoul feat. Nick Nonsense
Friday
Chicago house producer Russoul comes to Stayner's Wharf to give you the jams you need. more deets

Third Annual African Heritage Month Concert feat. Chudi Harris, Aquakultre, MAJE
Thursday
Thoughtful, well-produced R&B that weaves in synths, rock elements and other surprises is the calling card of local act Chudi Harris. Here, he shares the stage with Aquakultre, who gives us early D’Angelo vibes, and MAJE, who spits verses so fire the stage at the Halifax North Memorial Library might just ignite. more deets

The Jam's 5th Birthday
Saturday
The all-genre dance party celebrates five years of booty-shakin' at The Seahorse. more deets

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quiet hill w/Jessie Brown, Arsoniste
Friday

Indie-rock and soul blend quiet hill headlines this night of toe-tappin' at The Carleton, but don't sleep on opener Jessie Brown (right), whose powerful, arena-tinged rock is equal parts Queens of The Stone Age and Heart. more deets
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Have a super-sweet weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 4:06 PM

See the Oscar-nominated Netflix film Roma on the big screen at Carbon Arc, peep Letitia Fraser’s portraits that explore her family’s North Prestron roots at The Anna, learn some African recipes with Mary Nkrumah and more!

Mary Nkrumah helms both a popular Seaport Market stall and Barrington Street restaurant. This Thursday, she steps out of the kitchen to give you a glimpse of African cooking. - MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON PHOTO
  • Mary Nkrumah helms both a popular Seaport Market stall and Barrington Street restaurant. This Thursday, she steps out of the kitchen to give you a glimpse of African cooking.
  • Meghan Tansey Whitton photo

James Mullinger
Saturday
New Brunswick's biggest hype boy, AKA the British comedian taking Atlantic Canada by storm, returns to The Carleton—despite having recently graduated to larger rooms—to deliver a dose of English-style comedy off his new album. more deets

Food demonstration and tasting of African cuisine w/Mary Nkrumah
Thursday
Mary Nkrumah, the chef behind beloved Seaport Market stall Mary's African Cuisine (and, recently, a restaurant on Barrington Street of the same name) leads this African Heritage Month workshop at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. more deets

Roma screening
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carbon Arc delivers big-screen showings of this Netflix Oscar-nominated film that's written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron and traces the life of a live-in maid in 1970s Mexico City. more deets

Dark Chocolate Hike: Fall in Love with Nature
Saturday
If you want the great outdoors to be your bae, consider this sweet after-dark hike that sees you stomping under the stars before enjoying a glass of wine and a triple-chocolate mousse dessert. The guided trek departs from The Links At Brunello, 120 Brunello Boulevard, Timberlea, and tix can be yours at hikenovascotia.ca. more deets

Letitia Fraser—cover star of this week's Coast, our 2019 New Art Issue—explores her family's North Preston roots with a show at The Anna. - LETITIA FRASER ARTWORK
  • Letitia Fraser—cover star of this week's Coast, our 2019 New Art Issue—explores her family's North Preston roots with a show at The Anna.
  • Letitia Fraser artwork

Daydreams and Dart Nights
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Gina Rogers displays a set of paintings completed at Picnic, the Dart Gallery's restaurant, which features live painting every Friday night. Bunnies with David Bowie style makeup, flying through space, are just some of the zany fun on deck. more deets

Mommay's Patches: Traditions and Superstitions
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Letitia Fraser interviewed family members and mimicked the prints from her grandma's handmade quilts to create a set of stunning oil portraits on view at The Anna. more deets

Water Works
Saturday, Sunday
14 Bells' first show of the year sees W. Scott Sinclair display a set of boundary-pushing watercolours, with the gallery adding his work is so adventurous he's even been known to forgo using a brush. more deets

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A Different Place: The 2018/19 Media Art Scholarship Exhibition
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Centre for Art Tapes' latest crop of media scholars (aka the graduates of "a mentorship program that provides local artists with the chance to explore an aspect of media art with which they have little to no experience") take over the former movie mausoleum Video Difference with shows ranging on topics from the male gaze to material deterioration. We're extra excited to see what traditional Indigenous bead artist Carrie Allison and mixed-media/video artist Regine Tiu (left) unveil. more deets

Roots-reggae queen Jah'Mila co-headlines the mini-fest Reggae Splash at The Seahorse this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Roots-reggae queen Jah'Mila co-headlines the mini-fest Reggae Splash at The Seahorse this weekend.
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Rolston String Quartet
Sunday

The Rolston String Quartet stormed onto the international classical music scene this past year with sold-out concerts in Europe and North America, performing at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music and the Esterhazy Palace. Here, it performs a program including works by Haydn, Schafer and Beethoven at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. more deets

Reggae Splash 2019 feat. Andru Branch & Halfway Tree, Jah'Mila, Smoke 'n' Rhythm
Friday

A night of hot reggae and cool vibes await as Andru Branch and pals take the stage at The Seahorse. Pro tip? Don't sleep on co-headliner Jah'Mila, the Kingston, Jamaica transplant whose voice will melt your eardrums. more deets

Morgan Davis
Saturday

The king of the cigar box guitar, local blues legend and walking encyclopedia of the genre takes a trip to Dartmouth to school you in everything from Chicago to Mississippi Delta stylings with a mix of classics and originals. It all goes down at New Scotland Brewing Co. more deets

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Pineo & Loeb
Saturday
While any Saturday night at Pacifico means seeing these BFFs deliver sweet EDM from the DJ decks, this weekend also marks the launch of the duo's latest album—meaning the party will be extra rockin'. more deets
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The Rolston String Quartet’s but a dream

Toronto’s prize-winning super-group of an ensemble wants to move you.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 4:45 AM

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Cecilia Concerts presents: The Rolston String Quartet
Sunday, February 10, 2pm
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts,
6199 Chebucto Road
$10-$35,
ceciliaconcerts.ca

It's all strings attached when the highly acclaimed Rolston String Quartet visits Halifax this weekend. The only ensemble to be featured on CBC's 2016 list of Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30, the group's here to take audiences on a sonic journey.

Touring internationally since forming in 2013, the quartet is comprised of Luri Lee, Hezekiah Leung, Jonathan Lo and Emily Kruspe. Initially meeting through various music festivals, the young players "decided to give playing together a shot," says cellist Lo. And it's a shot that paid off. The ensemble has gone on to take up many residencies, win various awards—like first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition—and garner praise from the likes of Ludwig van Toronto, which heralded The RSQ as having "maturity and cohesion rivalling the best string quartets in the world."

"It's really helped open a lot of doors for us in terms of exposure and performing in places like North America and Europe," says Lo. "We've been able to travel to incredible places, meet new audiences and have incredible collaborations with musicians—some of whom have been our mentors, and some who we've formed incredible friendships with. It's a dream come true."

Bringing that dream to Halifax, the quartet is stringing audiences along on a musical adventure which includes works by Beethoven, Haydn, Schafer and more. "We try not to be pigeonholed," says Lo of the group's repertoire, which includes modern composers as well. "Our guiding ethos is that we will always gravitate towards music we feel strongly and passionate about."

Currently on tour and finishing up a Tchaikovsky-themed album dropping later this year, the foursome hopes concert attendees come prepared for the vibrant new energy they're weaving into the classical world.

"Audiences who are open to exploring their imaginations will take something really unique from it," says Lo. "I hope they're moved in a way that they may not have expected to have been from our music."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pineo & Loeb take it higher

Halifax’s electronic party-starting duo are back in action with Elevation, an album full of classic covers.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 4:58 PM

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Pineo & Loeb
Saturday, February 9
Pacifico, 1505 Barrington Street
10pm

"A lot of these songs we didn't think initially would be even possible, like 'Stairway to Heaven,'" says Mitchell Pineo, one half of EDM outfit Pineo & Loeb, recounting a green room conversation where someone said no one had ever done a good cover of the classic. "I was like, that's a challenge."

Now it's one of the 12 tracks from Elevation, a full-length collection of covers the Halifax pair releases Friday. The album—which has been a year in the making—features energetic takes on favourites from Led Zeppelin, Prince, TLC and Arcade Fire.

Pineo and JR Loeb, who have been creative partners for nine years, started working on Elevation during the tour for their debut album, Lifeblood. While on the west coast, crashing with supporting act Incline, they recorded demos in the bathroom at night while Incline was asleep.

"We were just feeling super-inspired to get these ideas out, so we would put towels under the door and just try not to sing too loud," says Loeb, laughing.

The duo focused on making the album feel like a cohesive experience, says Pineo. The songs are rooted in varied genres and decades from the '70s to now. They wanted to fuse what they love about the originals with the modern, "more dance-y" vibe that defines their style, and brought in guest vocalists like Rich Aucoin, Ghettosocks and Jah'Mila.

Pineo says the inspiration to do a cover album was sparked by the passing of a close friend just before the Lifeblood tour.

"When you think about musicians who have passed away, or friends, you can still feel their presence in a way," he says. "You can still feel their energy and what they stood for."

The duo kicked off the Elevation tour last week in Mexico.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OBEY Convention announces first wave of 2019 lineup

Keep it strange with the boundary-pushing fest from May 30-June 2.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 10:37 AM

We wanna be punk icon Debby Friday when we grow up (but will settle for seeing her at OBEY instead). - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • We wanna be punk icon Debby Friday when we grow up (but will settle for seeing her at OBEY instead).
  • Submitted photo

Promising "a four-day narrative of radical sounding, a forward-thinking festival like no other," OBEY rings in year 12 from May 30 to June 2 in a host of venues around town. The date announcement also featured a teaser of its lineup, which includes New York's Eartheater, who has a Robyn aesthetic and—according to the fest— "a three-octave vocal range", Philly’s post-bounce clubshaker DJ Haram who mixes DIY noise with booty-shakers and Middle Eastern influences and Debby Friday, a musician, composer and punk icon OBEY aptly calls a "bitchpunk sound theorist."

Early bird passes can be yours for $85, and you can throw in your credit card deets and peep the full list of names at obeyconvention.com.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Make your weekend into a total touchdown with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 2:10 PM

Buckle up for fun-filled days ahead as Oasis hosts an epic Super Bowl watching party, Pier 21 rings in The Year of the Pig, punk survivalist Eugene Ripper celebrates a new record and poetry book at Gus' and more!

If you haven't been paying attention to the Mooseheads all along, now's the time to tune in—and catch one of two games this weekend—as excitement for the Memorial Cup heats up. - DAVID CHAN PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • If you haven't been paying attention to the Mooseheads all along, now's the time to tune in—and catch one of two games this weekend—as excitement for the Memorial Cup heats up.
  • David Chan Photography photo

Lunar new year celebration
Saturday

Ring in The Year of the Pig with this family friendly party at the Canadian Museum of Immigration that shares Japanese, Philipino and Chinese lunar new year traditions, like dumpling making and Chinese paper cuts. more deets

The Interfaith and Multicultural Day
Friday

A kickoff to the city-wide celebrations of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Ummah Mosque hosts this service that also includes a free hot lunch, Q&A session, henna, Arabic calligraphy and more. more deets

Super Bowl party
Sunday
A free watching party of the Maroon 5 concert—er, we mean, 2019 Super Bowl—is goin' down at Oasis, with lots of door prizes and a half-time buffet. more deets

Halifax Mooseheads
Thursday, Friday

As a promising season for the Moose begins to wind down—and the pre-Memorial Cup fever heats up—now is the time to hop the hockey bandwagon. more deets

Get absorbed in soft textures at The Mount's latest exhibit, Slipstream. - JENN E NORTON ARTWORK
  • Get absorbed in soft textures at The Mount's latest exhibit, Slipstream.
  • Jenn E Norton artwork

Under and Over You
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Juliana Benoit meditates on the power of first loves with porcelain ceramics that explore "the poetic vulnerability, heartache and lust inherent" in these formative relationships. See the results at The Anna. more deets

Slipstream
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jenn E Norton's world-within-a-world takes over Mount Saint Vincent Univerty's gallery space, with "six reflective panels positioned in an inward-facing ring [to] create channels of infinite regress. A dancing figure in the form of a spiraling flurry of silk moves from one panel to another. As the dancer traverses the ring, it appears that the viewer and the figure share the same physical space," the gallery says. more deets

Dinosaurs Unearthed
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Billed as "an immersive exhibition that features dynamic scenes of life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, full-scale skeletons and fossils from around the world," this newly opened Museum of Natural History show makes all your Jurassic dreams come true. more deets

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  • Frank Forrestall
Knickknacks & Psychopomps
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Billed as "a crossroads of the trivial and profound," Frank Forrestall's Dart Gallery show "explores the uneasy relationship between humanity and nature." more deets

Punk survivalist and fast-folk pioneer Eugene Ripper brings a double dose of Beat-feeling poetry to Gus' this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Punk survivalist and fast-folk pioneer Eugene Ripper brings a double dose of Beat-feeling poetry to Gus' this weekend.
  • Submitted photo

Big Country North End Jamboree
Sunday
Honky tonkin' tunes to end the weekend await at this party thrown by Big Country Ramblers. Also featured: pie raffles. It all goes down at Gus' Pub. more deets

Handel's Water Music
Saturday, Sunday
"Handel’s Water Music is one of the Baroque era’s smash hits," Symphony Nova Scotia explains of its upcoming St. Andrew's United Church show, promising that its cover of the 1700s equivalent to a club bop will make your head nod and toes tap with "bright, open-air sounds." Sign us up. more deets

Eugene Ripper album release show and book launch
Thursday
The self-described "Canadian punk rock survivor and fast folk pioneer" (and total genre legend) Eugene Ripper returns to Gus' Pub with a double dose of Beat-feeling original poetry—both in song and book form—to make you feel all the glorious feels. Rounding out the fun? Ripper spins an after-show DJ set of "classic UK/Canadian/US new wave and all the cool stuff that got us there" (think garage, soul, ska, outlaw country, motown, bubblegum, funk, rock and more). Wear some dancing shoes. more deets

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Jon Samuel w/Museum Pieces, Shadow Folk
Friday

The Wintersleep keyboardist celebrates a solo venture, Dead Melodies, with this Seahorse show, delivering a stubborn strand of indie-rock that argues art is still worth it.more deets
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Here are your 2019 East Coast Music Award nominees

Classified, Hillsburn and Jeremy Dutcher among multiple nominees for this year's PEI-based fest kicking off May 1.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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The 2019 East Coast Music Award nominations were just announced in Charlottetown, where the event is parked this year from May 1-5. Classified's big 2018 has rolled into 2019, with the rapper racking up seven nods. Other multiple nominees include Fortunate Ones, Hillsburn, Neon Dreams and Ben Caplan.

2019 MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES

Album of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change (Producer: Luke Boyd)
Dylan Menzie, As The Clock Rewinds (Producer: Adam Gallant)
Fortunate Ones, Hold Fast (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II (Producer: Colin Buchanan)
Postdata, Let's Be Wilderness (Producer: Tony Doogan)

Blues Recording of the Year
Dan Doiron, Livin' Centre Stage
Earle & Coffin, A Day In July
Elise Besler, Truth
Logan Richard, The Split 2.0
Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues, Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of The Blues

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Jody Upshaw
Keonté Beals
Owen Lee
Reeny Smith
Tachichi

Classical Composition of the Year
Andrew Staniland, "Earthquakes and Islands"
Charke, "Cormier Duo: Ex Tempore"
Jeremy Dutcher, "Mehcinut"
Paul Halley, "God’s Grandeur"

Classical Recording of the Year
Charke, Cormier Duo: Ex Tempore
Duo Concertante, Perfect Light
Jennifer King, O Mistress Moon
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Sea to Sea
Paul Halley, In The Wide Awe And Wisdom

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Jimmy Rankin, Moving East
Lennie Gallant, Time Travel
Museum Pieces, Plain Sight
Meaghan Blanchard, The Great Escape

Country Recording of the Year
Cameron Nickerson, Detours
Carolina East, Crossroads
Mallory Johnson, Mallory Johnson
Ryan Cook, Having a Great Time
Thomas Stajcer, Will I Learn To Love Again?

Dance Recording of the Year
Balco (feat. Malia Rogers), "Real You"
Dion Todd, "Rocketship State of Mind"
Lonely Kid & Dylan Menzie, "You Could Be My Queen"
PINEO & LOEB, "Bump In The Road"

Electronic Recording of the Year
Alex Byrne, Come Back
Denique, Shape 1
grej, Chasing the Path
Rozalind MacPhail, LOVE AND LET BE
Sparkee, Technically Impossible EP

Folk Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan, Old Stock
Gunning & Cormier, Two
Heather Rankin, Imagine
Ian Sherwood, Bring The Light
The Ennis Sisters, Keeping Time
The Once, Time Enough

Francophone Recording of the Year
Chloé Breault, Love
Joannie Benoît, Feux de bengale
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Viens avec moi
Raphaël Butler, Raphaël Butler
Simon Daniel, Nightcrawler

Gaelic Artist of the Year
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Dara Smith-MacDonald & Adam Young
Kyle MacDonald
NicNeil

Group Recording of the Year
ChessClub, These Flowers Are For You
Fortunate Ones, Hold Fast
Hillsburn, The Wilder Beyond
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Viens avec moi
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II
The Town Heroes, Everything (Will Be Fine When We Get To Where We Think We're Going)
Vishtèn, Horizons

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers
Brandon Arnold
Jeremy Dutcher
Old Self & Kam Speech
SHiFT FROM THA 902

Inspirational Recording of the Year
Infinitely More, The Beauty Of The One
Matt Linton, Call His Name Jesus
Paul Brace, Liars & Actors
Rootsdeepdown, Live At Selah
We The Rescued, Heartstrings

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Beaton-Plasse, Beaton-Plasse
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald, South Haven
Gillian Head, Tidal
Joyful Noise, Cocoloco
Richard Wood, Unbroken

Jazz Recording of the Year
Bill Elliott, Canadian Certified Guitar Player
Grahame Rhodes, Giant Steps
Ouroboros, Kitchuses
Tin Pan Darlings, Inside a Melody
Tom Easley, The Starting Point vs The Steep Decline

Loud Recording of the Year
Death Valley Driver, Wolf Crown
Hitman, The Offering: Side 1
Kilmore, Call of the Void
Orchid’s Curse, Graveyard of the Gulf
The Combine, Void and Vessel

Pop Recording of the Year
Adyn Townes, After The Fall
Neon Dreams, Shape Of My Mind
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II
Rachel Beck, Rachel Beck
Simon Daniel, Nightcrawler

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Amanda Jackson Band, Fire in the Blue
Cyndi Cain, Stand Up
Elijah Wohlmuth (Will), 3am
Jody Upshaw, Straight Shooter
Reeny Smith, WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Brandon Arnold, A Leo's Dream
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
Kayo, Winter in St. Lucia
Mitchell Bailey, Season One
Quake Matthews, Drinking Games

Rising Star Recording of the Year
FM Berlin, At Least You're Having Fun
Jenni & The Hummingbird, Your Masterpiece
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
LeRiche, X-Dreamers
Rachel Beck, Rachel Beck

Rock Recording of the Year
FM Berlin, At Least You're Having Fun
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Viens avec moi
Postdata, Let's Be Wilderness
Tampa, Belated Love
The Stanfields, Limboland

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Barra MacNeils, On the Bright Side
Beaton-Plasse, Beaton-Plasse
Rosemary Lawton, Painted Glass
Rum Ragged, The Hard Times
Vishtèn, Horizons

Solo Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan, Old Stock
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
Gabrielle Papillon, Keep the Fire
Heather Rankin, Imagine
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Song of the Year
 Ben Caplan, "Lullaby" (Producer: Graham Scott)
Gabrielle Papillon, "When The Heart Attacks"  (Producers: Corey LeRue, Daniel Ledwell)
Postdata, "Black Cloud" (Producer: Tony Doogan)
Quake Matthews (feat. Neon Dreams), "Confessions"  (Producer: Street Runner)
The East Pointers, "Two Weeks" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)

Songwriter of the Year
 Ben Caplan
Classified
Fortunate Ones
Gabrielle Papillon
Port Cities
The Town Heroes

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year
Barra MacNeils
Ben Caplan
David Myles
Fortunate Ones
Heather Rankin
Hillsburn
Lennie Gallant
Mo Kenney
Neon Dreams
Paper Lions
Port Cities
The East Pointers

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Ben Caplan, "Minimum Intervals" (Director: Filet Production Services, Catherine Brown)
BRDGS, "All My Friends" (Director: Loggo Lionel)
Christina Martin, "Always Reminding" (Director: Ryan Thompson)
Classified, "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Hillsburn, "Strange Clouds" (Director: Paul Aarntzen)
Jimmy Rankin, "Been Away" (Director: Jeth Weinrich)
KINLEY, "Golden Days" (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
LeRiche, "River Runs" (Director: Charlotte Rabate)
Makayla Lynn, "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Neon Dreams, "Shape Of My Mind" (Director: Zack Facts)
 
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Have a roaring good time this weekend with these 12 Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 1:09 PM

A dinosaur-themed show opens at the Museum of Natural History, Matchstick Theatre brings a play with big Kerouac vibes to Neptune, Afua Cooper talks poetry as the city’s new poet laureate and more!

Matchstick Theatre's remount of Joyride, Michael Melski's classic post-industrial Cape Breton play, opens Thursday night. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • Matchstick Theatre's remount of Joyride, Michael Melski's classic post-industrial Cape Breton play, opens Thursday night.
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Sip 'n' Shuck
Friday

Satiate your bivalve cravings until 2019's Oyster Festival with this seafood-filled feast at the Delta Halifax Hotel. more deets

Joyride
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Matchstick Theatre remounts Michael Melski’s classic play that's set in post-industrial Cape Breton—and is full of On The Road vibes—on Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Stage, saying: "In the play we meet Rachel, earning minimum wage as a convenience store clerk, Jess, working for his father’s seasonal landscaping business and Craig, home on probation and unemployed. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, the three friends get caught up in a whirlwind." more deets

Meet Halifax's poet laureate, Afua Cooper
Thursday

The city's new poet laureate shares her vision for her time in the writer's seat, as well as discussing poetic interests with fellow verse-crafter Sue Goyette, at this talk, held at the Halifax Central Library. After Cooper's time on the mic wraps, she invites local up-and-coming poets Andre Fenton and Kanaar Bell to speak. more deets

Dinosaurs Unearthed opening celebration
Saturday
Party like it's 65 million years ago as the Museum of Natural History debuts its latest dinosaur-centred showcase. A palaeontologist meet 'n' greet, dino-themed crafting and more await. more deets

A show merging art and craft—and inspired by a flower press from childhood—blooms at the Mary E. Black gallery. - K. CLAIRE MACDONALD ARTWORK
  • A show merging art and craft—and inspired by a flower press from childhood—blooms at the Mary E. Black gallery.
  • K. Claire MacDonald artwork

nine one one
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This weekend is your last chance to catch Arianne Pollet-Brannen's Hermes Gallery show, which sees stories that unfolded in the QE2 hospital's emergency communications hub retold through "gloves and isolation gowns, tourniquets and sutures...complimented by pencil portraits of department personnel, reproduced and toner-transferred to hospital bed sheets." more deets

Fading Vestiges
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

K. Claire MacDonald's show merges art and craft, with the maker "applying a painted surface to metal then cutting and shaping it into delicate flowers." Rediscovering a childhood flower press drew inspiration for the bloom-filled project, on at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

A hag, a healer, a disobedient wife
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Morgan Possberg delivers this collection of printed textiles delving into traditional female tropes found in folklore, at The Anna. more deets

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Merle Harley, craft LAIR
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Nova Scotia Centre For Craft and Design's latest LAIR (that's Local Artist In Residence), Merle Harley, is "an interdisciplinary queer artist who creates knitting, weaving, book projects, videos pieces and built structures." Here, Harley will be making textile-based sculptures inspired by their recent research into LGBTQ+ life and culture in rural parts of the province. more deets

Shay Pitts (left) and Jody Upshaw (right), BFFs and frequent music collaborators, share the stage at an In the Dead of Winter talent showcase. - ALEXA CUDE PHOTO
  • Shay Pitts (left) and Jody Upshaw (right), BFFs and frequent music collaborators, share the stage at an In the Dead of Winter talent showcase.
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Dan Mangan w/Matt Holubowski
Thursday

Canadian indie rock's friendly uncle returns to The Marquee to beam some sunshine on your eardrums as he shares new tunes about growing up and growing older. more deets

The Gnarltones
Saturday
Adam Baldwin's band of buddies brings a night of good rockin' to Bearly's. more deets

Zamani w/Shay Pitts, Jodi Upshaw, Jayden Austin, Mia Cathleen, Engramn
Thursday

A set highlighting young talent from around town that features the can't-miss energy of BFFs and frequent collaborators Shay Pitts and Jody Upshaw (Upshaw performs a poppy twist on R&B while Pitts raps and sings in a mix of Rhianna and Nicki Minaj) will have you dancing out of your chair. This In The Dead of Winter Festival show goes down at Alteregos Cafe. more deets

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Mauno w/Pansy Boys, T. Thomason, Sorrey
Friday

One of the most exciting and varied lineups on this year's In the Dead of Winter's schedule, weirdo-rocker Mauno shares the stage with PEI shoegaze-y dreampop princess Sorrey at the Mayflower Curling Club. more deets
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Beat your Sunday Scaries with these fun Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:01 PM

The best cure for weekend panic? F-U-N in the form of poetry workshops, basketball games, Shakespearian theatre and good ol' rock 'n' roll. Read on and get ready to make some plans.

With the incredible Jackie Torrens playing the Prince of Denmark, Neptune's timely take on Hamlet is a must-see. - COREY ISENOR PHOTO
  • With the incredible Jackie Torrens playing the Prince of Denmark, Neptune's timely take on Hamlet is a must-see.
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Blackout poetry w/Israel Ekanem
Saturday
CFAT's current artist-in-residence, Israel Ekanem, discusses his latest project, a collection of blackout poetry, before leading a workshop at the Centre For Art Tapes on how to create your own blackout poems. Materials are provided. more deets

Halifax Hurricanes vs Sudbury Five
Sunday
Given they've made the national finals the last two years in a row, it's never a bad time to see Hali's basketball team dribble it out—but seeing a rare match against an Ontario team is something fans won't wanna miss. It all goes down at the Scotiabank Centre. more deets

Hamlet
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
An almost-all-female redux of Shakespeare's famous tale about power and revenge, set in an Edwardian dining room, reveals the relevance of Hamlet by, as Neptune puts it, "challenging us to answer a question we currently wrestle with: how do we act in the face of the rise of a demagogue?" See it on the theatre's Scoitabank stage. more deets

Hiking Pot Lake Loop via the Bluff Wilderness Trail
Saturday

Trips By Transit, the local group that's all about using your bus pass to get back to nature, is meeting fellow explorers at Mumford Terminal at 10am sharp to take a seven-kilometer-ish trek around Pot Lake Loop (part of the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Train). Bring water, warm clothing and snacks. more deets

Soft sculptures examine our consumerist ways at the Mary E. Black gallery. - SUSAN AVISHAI ARTWORK
  • Soft sculptures examine our consumerist ways at the Mary E. Black gallery.
  • Susan Avishai artwork

Beyond negative space
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Zalman Amit displays a series of sculptural objects at the Craig Gallery that, according to his artist's statement, "focus on provocative play between negative space and solid components"—meaning sometimes, it's as much about what's missing as what's there. more deets

What does it mean to be good
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Heather Savard explores "what it means to be 'good'" through the attempt to forge a perfectly square nail, with "the resulting works [acting] as an examination of 'goodness' and its impact on identity." Get ready to reflect at The Anna Leonowens gallery. more deets

Among the Garbage & the Flowers
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Susan Avishai unveils a series of textile-based sculptures at the Mary E. Black gallery with this showcase that began with her deconstructing and preserving scraps of her mother's wardrobe. more deets

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Effluence
Thursday, Friday
Curtis Botham delivers an exploration of "the aesthetic of industry in Nova Scotia" with charcoal drawings of factories and mills at The Corridor Gallery. more deets

The annual mini music fest Cold Smoke sees Jah'Mila deliver roots-y reggae straight to your soul. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The annual mini music fest Cold Smoke sees Jah'Mila deliver roots-y reggae straight to your soul.
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Dancing Queen w/The Flakes, Goatstories
Saturday

Dust off your tallest platform shoes for this, Halifax's all-ABBA cover band, playing a mix of hits and deep cuts at Menz. more deets

No, It's Fine. w/NEW RUINS, Altered By Mom
Friday
"We had intended on throwing a one year anniversary show for our EP release but we waited too long to book it and couldn't get the right date," members of the witty and fun alt-rock group No, It's Fine. confess on Facebook. Help the band celebrate, no reason needed, at this Gus' Pub show. more deets

Cold Smoke: Dub Kartel, Hello Delaware, Sipset, Jah'Mila, Villages, Barrowdowns, Superfluid and more
Saturday
Reggae-rocker Dub Kartel returns with its annual mini-fest that takes over both floors of The Seahorse complex and warms up a winter's night with sounds as diverse as the Taylor Swift-y Hello Delaware and roots-reggae Jah'mila. more deets

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Joe McPhee w/Andre Fenton, Hosta
Friday

New York free-jazz legend Joe McPhee arrives in Halifax, courtesy of OBEY Convention's off-season programming, to rain down wild sound on our unworthy ears. Opening the Bus Stop Theatre set is local spoken-word poet Andre Fenton and drone-bringing Hosta. more deets
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Heat up your weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Banish January blahs with an epic, one-person dance show all the way from Norway; BA Johnston's weirdo rock at Gus’ Pub; the return of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir's annual MLK tribute; and more. Thrill to 12 Sure Things below.

The dancer in the one-person performance Man is so talented, the piece was created with his fancy footwork in mind. - TRINE OG KIM DESIGNSTUDIO PHOTO
  • The dancer in the one-person performance Man is so talented, the piece was created with his fancy footwork in mind.
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This Changes Everything screening
Thursday
A screening of the documentary inspired by Naomi Klein's book of the same name, This Changes Everything traces the links between capitalism and climate change, while delivering portraits of vulnerable communities on the front lines of the environmental fight. See it at the Ondaatje Hall in Dal's Marion McCain Building. more deets

Concord Floral
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A suburban gothic thriller that sees high schoolers acting alongside university students, this award-winning play has King's alum and decorated playwright Pamela Halstead return to the school's theatre space (The Pit) for the story of two teens who discover a body in their warehouse hangout. more deets

Intro to screen printing workshop
Saturday
At this beginner-level screen printing workshop, attendees create a print of their own with provided materials at Radstorm. Email inkstormscreen@gmail.com to save a spot. more deets

Man
Friday, Saturday
A one-person study in how an individual body can convey themes larger than society, this dance show is performed by critically adored artist Sudesh Adana and choreographed specifically for Adana's rhythmic feet by Sølvi Edvardsen. See it at Dal's Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Hermes Gallery's nine one one ties together scraps of emergency room stories with medical materials and ephemera. - ARIANNE POLLET-BRANNEN ARTWORK
  • Hermes Gallery's nine one one ties together scraps of emergency room stories with medical materials and ephemera.
  • Arianne Pollet-Brannen artwork

Vietnam scenes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Film photog extraordinaire (and Coast contributor) Ashley Corbett showcases a series of snaps from her time living in Vietnam at this sweet exhibit and sale, held at Seven Bays. more deets

nine one one
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Arianne Pollet-Brannen makes a case for why we need art, especially in times of crisis, as she displays works made from "gloves and isolation gowns, tourniquets and sutures...complimented by pencil portraits of hospital department personnel" at this Hermes Gallery showcase. more deets

Close to the edge...The Work of Gerald Ferguson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to peep the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's self-described "comprehensive overview" of the conceptual artist's work. more deets

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Bev Pike: Grottesque
Saturday, Sunday

Known for her monumentally scaled paintings, Pike takes it way underground as this exhibit sees 18-feet-tall gouache-on-paper renderings of caves and subterranean grottos engulf Saint Mary's University Art Gallery with dark palettes and baroque detailing. more deets

The Nova Scotia Mass Choir's annual hat-tip to Martin Luther King Jr. takes place this weekend. - ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • The Nova Scotia Mass Choir's annual hat-tip to Martin Luther King Jr. takes place this weekend.
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Joel Plaskett w/Dave Sampson
Friday

The cannabis company FIGR is giving the chance to see Dartmouth's own troubadour play a hometown(ish) gig for free. The catch? You gotta register on its website before heading down to The Marquee. more deets

The Dream Continues: A musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Saturday
A musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. from the golden vocal chords of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir gets even more epic with the addition of local R&B powerhouse Reeny Smith. more deets

BA Johnston w/Outtacontroller, Which Witch is Which, Cathartics
Friday

Loveable, greasy weirdo BA Johnston returns to roll around on the floor of Gus' Pub while singing relatable jams about being broke and hating your job. more deets

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CAMERON w/Cyrus R. O. Group, Cal Johnson & The Former Curse, Braden Lam
Thursday

CAMERON, the sister act that's too cool for you, opens this rock-heavy set at The Carleton that also features the sweet sounds of the apple-cheeked, Justin-Bieber-gone-folk up-and-comer Braden Lam. more deets
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Def Leppard announces summer show in Halifax

Get ready to pour some sugar on July 12.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 2:23 PM

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The 1980s glam metal mainstay Def Leppard arrives straight from your #tbt playlist onto the Scotiabank Centre stage this summer, playing Halifax on July 12 as part of a string of Maritime gigs. Tickets go on sale Jan 11 at 10am and range from $89.50 - $129.50 and can be yours by calling (902) 451-1221 or going to ticketatlantic.com. Start saving—and teasing your hair—now.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Erin Costelo doc airs Saturday on CBC

The making of Sweet Marie was directed by Amelia Curran.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 2:10 PM

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Sink into winter Saturday afternoon with a look behind the scenes of one of 2018's best local albums, Erin Costelo's Sweet Marie. Directed by Newfoundland songwriter/legend Amelia Curran, it covers the 10 days Costelo and her band spent in a very nice rural Nova Scotia house.

"I imagine it’s what the Desperate Houseiwives of Atlanta must feel—you just ignore it after awhile," Costelo said of the filming process back in November. "And that’s what I did. I think you can see the dissent of my attempt to look in any way decent. I stopped caring and did what I would normally do in the studio. ‘I’m not puttin’ on fake eyelashes to make a record.’ When I looked back there was part of me as a woman, realizing there’s part of this industry that puts a huge value on that, that made me go ‘Can I use this as promotional material?’ Because I don’t look very glamourous. I had to wrestle with that. Not because of content but because I wasn’t sure if I liked the way I presented myself in it."

Having Curran, a friend and fellow musician, run the filming side was calming and reassuring. "I feel really good about the doc," said Costelo. "It was meant to be a way to hold myself accountable to these 10 days. I know myself and I know my perfectionism would take over, and I would want to do overdubs or build things into a huge thing. But it allowed me to realize that taking longer or being more meticulous doesn’t make a better record. It just takes longer."

Sweet Marie: In Studio With Erin Costelo
Airs Saturday, January 5, 1pm on CBC

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Start 2019 right with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 10:28 AM

If your 2019 resolutions include having more fun and leaving the couch behind, seek out events like this weekend's improv-music-rich Open Waters festival or Cinderella at Neptune and watch your glow-up begin.

If you're yet to see Neptune's pantomime spin on Cinderella, the show's just been extended. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • If you're yet to see Neptune's pantomime spin on Cinderella, the show's just been extended.
  • Stoo Metz photo

Halifax Mooseheads vs Rimouski Océanic
Friday
With its top player, Alexis Lafrenière, away representing Team Canada at the World Juniors, Rimouski just might get trampled by the Moose! more deets

Code Carnival: Scratch 3.0 Release Party
Saturday, Sunday
The Discovery Centre helps you release your inner geek at this two-day, all-levels coding session. more deets

Cinderella: A Holiday Pantomime
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The classic tale of a girl on her way to a party with nothing to wear gets the British pantomime treatment, filled with all-ages humour and of-the-moment hit songs as Cinderella and Prince Charming try to outrun the clock. This just-extended show is a crowd fave, so get it while it's good. more deets

Swing Factory
Saturday
Meet your daily steps goal by doing the foxtrot at this wholesome, retro-y class that sees you learning the art of swing. Beginners are shown the ropes in a 45-minute crash course before all-level boogieing gets goin' at First Baptist Church. more deets

Photographer Curtis Steele delivers an optimistic palette of colours with his solo ViewPoint Gallery show. - CURTIS STEELE PHOTO
  • Photographer Curtis Steele delivers an optimistic palette of colours with his solo ViewPoint Gallery show.
  • Curtis Steele photo

Nova Scotia Society of Polish Artists show and sale
Saturday, Sunday
A fundraiser for the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking sees NSSPA artists share a stack of canvases in a variety of styles at this show and sale. The grand reception—January 5 from 1-4pm—sees one lucky attendee walking home with a free painting. Held at the Chase Exhibition Room. more deets

The Cheerful Eye
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A solo show by ViewPoint gallery member Curtis Steele sees the shutterbug showcasing what his artist's statement calls "a selection of clear seeing and spontaneous discovery." more deets

Vacant Faces
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Artists Arielle Twist and Brandon Hoax debut a collaborative work from The Khyber's new Khyber Window, a street-facing exhibit space that's viewable 24/7 from Hollis Street. 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 showcase featuring over 200 pieces made by artists aged five to 14. more deets

Like A Motorcycle tears up your heart at The Seahorse Tavern's first rock show of the year. - KT LAMOND PHOTO
  • Like A Motorcycle tears up your heart at The Seahorse Tavern's first rock show of the year.
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Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Friday
A tribute show that'll have you dying to break into the "Thriller" dance in your Rebecca Cohn Auditorium seat, this concert sees an eight-piece band deliver horn-laced takes on tunes from all eras of MJ's repertoire. more deets

Lala and Mimisu Lee
Sunday
A sister duo that's been wowing crowds since the tender age of 10—and recently won Nova Scotia Talent Trust grants—Lala and Mimisu Lee deliver a blend of piano and French horn that's heavy on classical-romantic mainstays like Beethoven, Schumann and Strauss. It all goes down at the Lilan Percey Concert Hall. more deets

Like A Motorcycle w/Helen & Lucy, Pretty Normal, Shelley, Bradley James Hartman
Friday
The Seahorse's first rock show of the year pulls no punches as it pummels your eardrums. more deets

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"Noise Knitting" with Sarah Albu
Saturday

The Open Waters Festival continues its flow into the sonically adventurous as Sarah Albu delivers a solo version of a collaborative project in the Dalhousie Arts Centre's MacAloney Room. "Part concert, part historical re-enactment and part knitting lesson, this intimate afternoon presentation is for you if you've ever wondered about the rich and noisy interior sonic worlds of seemingly quiet activities," event organizers say, explaining Albu knits vocal loops, live electronic processing, storytelling and "varied sonic textures" together into a tightly-stitched final piece. more deets
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Make your New Year's Eve the GOAT with these Sure Things

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 5:26 PM

We know it’s early, but this is the time of year that party animals and early birds are equally on-the-ball, so we’re here to help you plan the most epic New Year’s Eve ever. From country star Brett Kissel at the casino to Neon Dreams' Dome party to fam-focused time at The Oval, here are the hottest tickets to help you say thank u, next year.

Said The Whale headline this year's outdoor Grand Parade Square show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Said The Whale headline this year's outdoor Grand Parade Square show.
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New Year's Eve w/Neon Dreams, Trapment
Neon Dreams—the EDM three-piece that's probably one of the city's biggest deals right now, thanks very much—hosts this OTT NYE celebration at The Dome featuring casino games, champagne and lots of booty shakin'. more deets

Brett Kissel
Kissel—the kind of country crooner whose Wikipedia page begins with bragging about how he's a fifth-generation Albertan, born and raised on an honest-to-god cattle ranch—lives and breathes honky-tonk music, so he's a fitting choice for country fans to do-si-do the year to a close with. See the rising star play at Casino Nova Scotia. more deets

Codapop NYE 2019 feat. The Legendary Goldblooms
If your ideal New Year's Eve includes some house party vibes, head to Codapop's casual good-time-generator that sees the party-bringing band The Legendary Goldblooms help you cut a rug (and don't forget to BYOB). more deets

New Year's Eve Prohibition Party
It's a fabulously flapper-feeling fete at the Exchange on Hollis, with a 1920s-themed dress code, speakeasy-style bars and a steady stream of swing and jazz music on the dance floor. Bonus perks? A tented patio with DJ Freeze spinning tunes, champagne at midnight, an all-night poutine bar and the option to add dinner to your dancing, too. more deets

New Year's Eve party w/Garrett Mason
The Bearly's favourite—and local blues royalty AND longtime Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award winner for Best Blues Musician—plays a rare gig with a full band for your dancing pleasure at the house of blues and ribs. more deets

Brett Kissel helps country fans keep it twangy as 2018 draws to a close. - VIA BRETTKISSEL.COM
  • Brett Kissel helps country fans keep it twangy as 2018 draws to a close.
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NYE 2019: Said The Whale w/Zaki Ibrahim
This year's edition of the open-air year-ender sees Vancouver indie-rocker Said The Whale lighting up the Grand Parade after a soulful set by Pitchfork fave Zaki Ibrahim. As always, fireworks at midnight cap the whole thing off. more deets

New Year's Eve 2019 w/Pineo & Loeb
Pacifico helps you maximize every last minute of party-fuelled madness in 2018 with an audio/visual countdown of the year's biggest hits, a countdown to the new year, party favours and the sweet ear candy of Saturday night resident DJs Pineo & Loeb. more deets

New Year's Eve at Yuk Yuk's
Laugh your way into the new year as Yuk Yuk's delivers a lineup of comics including local gems Dan Hendricken and Travis Lindsay—and sees charismatic joke-teller Kyle Hickey headlining. A champagne toast and countdown ends the show.  more deets

NYE 2019 Video Dance Party
DJ Bear777 hosts the most stimuli-stuffed dance party you've been to since the Much Video Dances of your high school years—but makes it more luxe (and more grown-up) with a champagne toast and a Halifax Drag Kings performance. It all goes down at Menz. more deets

NYE at The Oval
An option for the early birds—or  those celebrating with little ones—sees New Year's marked with free skating and hot chocolate at the Emera Oval. Fireworks at 7pm and midnight round out the fun. more deets

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New Year's Eve with The Mellotones
The dose of funk, soul and rare grooves you need to moonwalk into 2019 to, the legendary party-bringing Mellotones helm an epic NYE bash at the Cunard Centre. more deets

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New Year's Eve Celebracion
Antojo knows the best part of the holidays is the eating, so the tacos-and-tequila focused spot delivers a high-end buffet featuring Mexican specialties like tacos al pastor, chicken mole and more for New Year's Eve. A welcome drink, midnight toast and "fiesta with DJ" rounds out the fun. more deets
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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.
  • Samson Learn photo

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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Sure Thing Events

  • Bethany Fulde's 'shadow' w/Brett Waye Band @ Gus' Pub & Grill

    • Wed., Feb. 20, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. PWYC
  • Washing Machine w/Klarka Weinwurm, Prism Shores, Power Party @ Radstorm

    • Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. $5/PWYC
  • Ciel w/Shevy Price, DJ Fadzwa, DJ 5RIVERS, DJ TranˈziSH(ə)n @ The Seahorse Tavern

    • Fri., Feb. 22, 10 p.m. $15/PWYC

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