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Friday, April 20, 2018

Truro music fest supports #MeToo movement with 100% all-male lineup

Sorry ladies, Lilith Fair is over.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 11:50 AM

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The Truro festival Rock the Hub, which debuted last September, has announced its 2018 lineup, and it's a lead ballon. August 24 sees Sloan, Big Wreck and In-Flight Safety; August 25 finds MuchMusic ’00s mainstays Finger Eleven, I Mother Earth and the Motorleague; and August 25 offers a Sonic Records roster current and past with Matt Mays, Wintersleep and Adam Baldwin. Man oh man, what a great long weekend of rock and roll, man!

In February, 45 music festivals around the world—including Toronto's North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week, but not, notably, major American ones like Coachella and Bonnaroo—pledged gender parity by 2022, which is still way too late, but at least the problem is being addressed.

As in all things, this region is behind. Last month, New Brunswick fests were called out by Canadian Women Working in Music for having a particularly terrible track record—none of the seven festivals hit gender parity, with four of them falling under 25 percent—and Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley festival, which across nine nights has one female act, Ria Mae—billed under Shawn Hook, who only pulled out of the Hedley tour after everyone else did—decided to take on no less than Amelia Curran after she expressed her anger:

Both the Halifax Jazz Festival and In the Dead of Winter have always been mindful of lineup balance. Jazz Fest's 2018 slate, not even fully announced yet, is not just killer but also diverse:
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Rock the Hub follows in the tradition of the rural rock festival—see also Jubilee, New Glasgow Riverfront—that insists women don't play rock music, which is patently untrue. Or that there aren't enough women at the headlining level, also patently untrue. I am a woman who plays rock music and is of rural provenance, and to continue to suggest that women "won't sell" in certain towns is to underestimate the targeted audience, especially considering that the internet is available everywhere and the old stereotype of people just "not knowing better" is dead. (And even if it weren't, how do you expect attitudes and tastes to change if you continue to put the same male bands in front of them?)

In this particular case, Truro is also where Nova Scotia Music Week has parked itself for years, so that audience is getting at least an annual taste of what the province has to offer musically—even if the event does fall into the Truro Trap of making white males the marquee shows—which means that audience, even presupposing it's a bunch of Bud-swilling hicks who only want guitar solos (it's not), should be open or at least getting used to seeing a more diverse lineup.

These things do not fall at the feet of the bands, they fall to the people in charge: The bookers, the boards and the sponsors who don't ask for more, demand for better. It's tired, it's out of touch and it's embarrassing. There's no defense, there's no excuse and there's no reason to support events like these.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Twelve blooming weekend picks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:42 AM

Celebrate Earth Day with up-cycled art, see springy styles at the NSCAD Fashion Gala, catch a flick at the Emerging Lens film fest—and while The Raptors keep wowing the NBA, see how the Halifax Hurricanes dunk in round two of the NBL Atlantic Division playoffs.

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Unarmed Verses screening
Saturday
The Emerging Lens Film Festival caps things off with a screening of Charles Officer's documentary about a community facing imposed relocation, framed by the astute observations of a 12-year-old Black girl. A handful of short documentaries and a performance by Mahlia Smith at the Black Cultural Centre rounds out the experience. more deets

Halifax Hurricanes playoffs round two
Thursday, Saturday
The Hurricanes dribble into round two of the playoffs at the Scotiabank Centre, facing off against the Moncton Magic with two home games in defence of the team's crown as the NBL Canada Atlantic Division Champions. more deets

Earth Day marine garbage talk and workshop
Sunday
Artist Jane Whitten—whose current Mary E. Black gallery show discusses the coastal effects of climate change with pieces crocheted out of plastic bags—talks with marine trash experts Kristal Ambrose and Jennifer MacLatchy at this free lecture. Following the conversation, crochet lovers can learn how to reclaim potentially polluting plastic bags by turning them into crocheted sea stars with Whitten's expertise. Held at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia. more deets

NSCAD Fashion Gala: Fête à la Main
Saturday
NSCAD's latest crop of designers send their creations down the runway at this conceptual show celebrating the handmade and haute couture at Casino Nova Scotia. more deets

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The Light Fantastic
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Questioning identity, sexuality and the seeming futility of existence, this Art Gallery of Nova Scotia group show of works in neon, video, print and paint recalls John Milton’s 1645 poem about the nature of existence. more deets

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Meditating on Beau Taplin's quote "and then she knew that you could become homesick for people too," ceramicist Shauna MacLeod explores themes of home, connectedness and permanence in a series of jars glazed in bits of dirt, soil and rock at The Craig Gallery. more deets

Work
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Eyelevel Gallery settles into its new digs with this member show, a collection of paintings and sculpture by Danika Vandersteen that explores the motivations of the artist's aesthetic leanings while also celebrating beauty in a winking, self-depricating presentation. more deets

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Susan Tooke's Woodlands-style pieces focus on environmental issues throughout Nova Scotia, and sport titles like "Chaos Theory" and "Origins." See them at the Secord Gallery. more deets

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B.A. Johnston w/Outtacontroller, Beach Bait
Thursday
Hamilton's king of weird returns to his favourite town to talk chicken nuggets and deep-fried shrimp from the stage of Gus' Pub. more deets

The Olympic Symphonium
Friday
Fredericton's lush, soft and sweet The Olympic Symphonium (which is probs the town's coolest band, tbh) comes to Halifax to share snippets from its latest, Beauty In The Tension, at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Together Our Voices Are Powerful feat. Emily Stuart, T Thomason, Neon Dreams and more
Saturday
Nashville-trained Makayla Lynn, EDM phenom Neon Dreams and T. Thomason's indie-rock gold dust combine with a stack of other talent at St. Matthew's United Church to raise funds for the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. more deets

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Pallice w/Nomadic Homes, Moonwake, mal/aimé
Thursday
Multi-instrumentalist Morgan O'Leary's project Pallice sees jittery guitars and driving synth-lines meld in American minimalism. It's mellow R&B meets dance pop with a heavy slug of bass on top, so bring your dancing shoes to The Seahorse Tavern for this one. more deets
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog # 2: Arcosanti to Gallup, NM

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:39 PM

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I took a few days off at the unbelievable rarity that is Arcosanti, a futuristic utopian community designed by artist Paolo Soleri. Looking like something out of a ’70s science-fiction, it was a great place to stay and write as I had access to their wonderful grand piano.               

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I departed up into the mountains and into Arizona’s famous Red Rocks. It was hot where the desert meets the climb up into Sedona where some of the most iconic views of Arizona can be found. 
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I had to climb then from around 4,300 feet to 7,200 feet through a series of switch-backs with no shoulder, but the roads were wide enough and the legs were cooperative enough that this was not a gruelling day like my first day up Mount Outram on the Canadian bike tour was. I remember pulling over to the side of the road several times in frustration on that climb and re-looking that climb was I guess was a more gradual climb over the day from 135 to 4,400 feet.         
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In Flagstaff, I found the statue from Easy Rider (though it’s be updated since the 70s), found the street from the running montage in Forrest Gump where profounds the idea that "shit happens," went to the Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered and saw a screening of The Big Lebowski (one of my favourite films and what I wrote my honours thesis on at King’s). I left 30 minutes in, opened for this rad band Peelander-Z, and then made it back for when Walter was smashing the car with a crowbar.   

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After Flagstaff, it got real cold and super-windy with gusts up to 80km/hr. Starting biking first thing it the morning meant it was hovering around freezing too. 

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I went to the “best preserved” meteor site in the world called Meteor Crater and it’s big—20 football fields big—and if converted into an amphitheatre, could hold 2 million people.

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Leaving Arizona and into the traditional lands of the Hopi and Navajo in New Mexico has been a beautiful landscape with striking rock formations.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Make your weekend sparkle with these bright picks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Shine on this weekend as Stars arrives at The Marquee with its best album in years, The Villain's Theatre talks climate change with a feminist play, a lipstick-inspired art show opens at the Corridor Gallery, Cory Bowles curates a screening of Black shorts and more! 

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Black on Both Sides
Thursday
Actor/director Cory Bowles (whose excellent Black Cop wowed at FIN last fall) curates a collection of short films highlighting emerging voices in Black cinema at the Central Library. more deets

The Blazing World
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Colleen MacIssac of The Villain's Theatre writes and stars in The Blazing World, a story about a researcher in the Rocky Mountains who embarks on a desperate journey to help fight the climate change crisis. Based on work by the philosopher-poet Margaret Cavendish, it's a feminist, futuristic play you can catch at the Neptune Scotiabank Stage. more deets

Anastasia
Saturday, Sunday
The 100-year-old mystery of Russia’s 17-year-old Grand Duchess gets the luxe treatment as Symphony Nova Scotia pairs with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen to give the tale a romantic  ballet redux at the Rebecca Cohn. more deets

Geequinox
Saturday, Sunday
Nerds, get your geek on at this two-day celebration of gaming, cosplay, comics and art filled with panels, vendors and costume contests at the Forum. more deets

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New Materialism
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Anna Leonowens Gallery describes this must-see show of reused, discarded plastic by Arianna Richardson best: "Exploring themes of consumer culture, plastic, craftivism, absurdity and spectacle, Richardson’s work creates a maximalist, immersive environment." more deets

Matte, Satin, Gloss
Thursday, Friday
Kate Grey's ceramic renderings of household items at The Corridor Gallery are inspired by the types of finishes in lipsticks, exploring how we view objects and women. "Comedian Iliza Shlesinger describes lipstick as 'war paint' and this comparison made me consider feminine art also as war paint," her artist's statement adds. more deets

Transitions
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A textile art show at The Craig contemplating changes in life, landscape, seasons and more sees transitional episodes rendered in embroidery floss, wool, found items and lace. more deets

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Hiroshige: The 53 Stations of the Tokaido
Friday, Saturday 
Opening this Friday, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's epic, sprawling retrospective show on one of Japan's greatest Ukiyo-e artists celebrates the vision of Utagawa Hiroshige and the middle-class people his work catalogued.  more deets

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Stars w/Jenn Grant
Friday
For almost 20 years, Stars has been building lush sonic castles of sad-core, indie pop that makes you feel all the glorious feels. See the band at The Marquee as it celebrates its latest, a return-to-form record. more deets

Ray Reaves w/Jody Upshaw, Guesswho, NOx
Saturday 
Sadboi rapper Reaves says this is his last all-ages gig in Halifax, so fans better make a move to The Pavilion, stat. more deets

The Stanfields album release show
Friday
The east coast's answer to The Dropkick Murphys (that is, loud, raw rock strained through a sieve of Celtic stylings) return for a headbanging, face-melting Casino Nova Scotia show to celebrate their latest effort, the rough-and-rumble Limbolandmore deets

The Splendour of Venice: Music for San Marco
Sunday
Paul Halley directs the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, a 15-piece baroque band, plus soloists and the boy sopranos of Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir in this sweeping sonic saga of works from Monteverdi's Selva morale e spiritualemore deets

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jazz Fest adds Alvvays, Chaka Khan and more to stacked 2018 lineup

Tickets on sale Friday, April 13 at 10am.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 11:53 AM

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The Halifax Jazz Festival, which kicked off this year with a very sweet double-barrelled announcement of The War on Drugs and Daniel Caesar, followed in recent weeks by Charlotte Day Wilson and Land of Talk, unveiled its more headliners yesterday.

Canadian superstars Alvvays (July 11, Tent) and life superstar Chaka Khan (July 12, Tent) have been added to the mix, as well as Matt Andersen and The Mellotones, Whitehorse (July 14, Tent) and Nicholas Payton (July 14, St.Matt's).

Tickets for Caesar and War on Drugs are on sale now. The rest go up this Friday at 10am. The fest will round out its lineup in the coming weeks.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #1: Los Angeles to Arcosanti

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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Ten years ago, I bicycled across Canada for my first music tour performing my own music under my name, Rich Aucoin. The Coast, which I had been delivering just prior to this trek, was kind enough to give me an outlet to blog about my adventures. Well, now we’re doing it again, if you want to come along. 

That first run was while I was touring my first EP, Personal Publication. I biked on that tour raising money for The Childhood Cancer Foundation. I played solo alongside a projection of Dr. SeussHow The Grinch Stole Christmas on borrowed bedsheets and wore a Grinch costume. I also got a cease-and-desist from Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP, who were kind enough to tell me in rhyme to refrain from posting my music synced to their film on my Myspace.

A decade later, I’m cycling again for charity—this time The Canadian Mental Health Associationand performing a collective sing-a-long dance show, again on borrowed bedsheets to save room in my bags which still weigh over 100 pounds (have the parachute of course!). I had to forgo the projector, hoping to procure one in each city I perform in or having one brought in by a bandmate. In the way that the show has evolved to a collective: I was hoping this second coast to coast bike tour would become somewhat of a group effort, like a three-month version of that running montage scene from Forrest Gump. But it’s still just me and it’s still a long way to the top, if you wanna rock n roll.

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Leaving LA, like Father John Misty, took a few days to escape the urban sprawl. It was a difficult time, perhaps not as difficult as Snake Plissken’s, but it was hot. I had not trained as I hadn’t had to before and was too busy touring the new EP, Hold, back home (that Seahorse show was rly fun btw). Also the traffic really liked to be close to the bike on the non-shoulder roads entering the foothills.

I didn’t have a cell phone the first time I did the bike, since then the invention of the smartphone has been pretty sweet for no longer needing to stop for new maps and directions; not to mention Google Maps bike routes which work most of the time—except for when you have to go down decommissioned post-apocalyptic-looking roads to enter somewhere as fancy as Palm Springs to avoid the freeway.

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Once in the real desert, I passed the Salton Sea, the decrepit remains of the forgotten resort at Bombay Beach, the plaster maximal Salvation Mountain, the pure sand of the Imperial Dunes, the rolling hills along the Colorado River.

Entering into Arizona, I had to embrace the fact that there will be freeway riding on this journey. Most cars give cyclists space and understand your repositioning in the shoulder (or sometimes non-shoulder) when sharing the freeway, but some either do not notice or care and will breeze by you at such a speed that your speedometer increases in miles per hour from the force of their draft wind. You can practically tag the side of a semi sometimes.

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I’ve now climbed up into the mountains and am at this amazing place called Arcosanti: An  “urban laboratory” and/or the only real-world prototype to Paolo Soleri’s architectural reaction to the problem of urban sprawl. An urban compound which incorporates and minimizes the destruction its natural environment and promotes community. The end result is this beautiful isolated artistic community of around 100 people living in what looks like a 1970s brutalist utopian vision of the future.

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I’ll make a new post every Monday for The Coast for the next few months if you want to follow along for this journey. One hundred percent of the tour proceeds are  going to The Canadian Mental Health Association and you can also pledge in addition to that here if you wish.

Here are the remaining shows if you happen to be in the US or know someone who might want to see the show:

04.26 - Amarillo, TX - The 806
05.03 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Root
05.04 - Norman, OK - Opolis
05.16 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
05.24 - Nashville, TN - The East Room
05.31 - Knoxville, TN - The Birdhouse
06.20 - Washington, DC - DC9
06.23 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown
06.26 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMoca
06.29 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory

And you can hear my latest EP, Hold, here


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Friday, April 6, 2018

ADO + Jon Eisener team up for trippy new video

Digital cheese dominates grimy clip for "Grind That Shit Up Already (Smooth It Out With Some Cheese REPRISE)"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 9:22 AM

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ADO AKA Nathan Doucet has created a challenge for himself in 2018: Release a new five-song EP every month. The project kicked off in January with The Groove is fukd, followed by February’s Hacker Music and Matrix, which dropped on March 31.

“Right now the MO—I kinda wanna change it now, but I still like this vision—this goal of it being five off-the-top-of-the-head drum tracks that I am then forced to write to,” says Doucet, who drums in many local projects including Heaven For Real and Eddy. “I usually record those drum tracks in the first week, then I have three weeks to mull over them and write to them. But they have to be out by midnight on the last day of the month.” (Matrix is already an exception to this process; it was made in five days.)

“Last year was a very, very difficult year for myself and a wider community I am a part of,” says Doucet. “It’s been a struggle. I feel like all of us are trying to come up with ways to penetrate whatever negativity we’re feeling in any way. For me, I’m always bustling, my energy at this point just takes over and I can’t do anything about it and I need to plug into things.”

Today ADO releases the video for “Grind That Shit Up Already (Smooth It Out With Some Cheese REPRISE)” from The Groove is fukd. Directed by Jon Eisener, it follows Doucet around a snowstorm and into a warehouse, with a giant slice of digital Swiss appearing at certain intervals.

“It’s supposed to be super-fun. I hope people laugh a lot,” says Doucet. “Jon’s an amazing, hilarious guy who has an amazing ability for animation. I think we’re sort of obsessed with cyber realities as well. For me, I think he saw my plan and what I wanted to do for music and was spurred in some sense to be like 'Let’s make something. If it’s about immediacy and producing, we’re sick of sitting around.’ I know it’s absurd but it’s about obsession, love, capturing and achieving a vision. And being totally mixed up in a cyber reality.”

Eisener, Doucet says, would say “‘There’s a study in reality manipulation, public perception and cyber styles and attitudes.’  There’s metaphorical content in those phrases, but you can also directly link it to Jon is an animator and literally manipulating reality.”

Get all of ADO's output to date here. Watch the video now:


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Twelve winning weekend picks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 11:52 AM

While we’re waiting to see if the Halifax Mooseheads secure hosting duties for the Memorial Cup, see them (hopefully) score in the second round of the President Cup Playoffs—and fill the rest of your weekend with avant-garde art, pop-up plus-size shopping and more.

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Halifax Mooseheads President Cup playoffs round two
Friday, Saturday
Things continue to heat up in the President Cup playoffs as the Mooseheads, who last won the playoffs in 2013, bring a stacked lineup to these second-round matches at the Scotiabank Centre. Following a 4-1 series victory over Baie-Comeau, we're feeling confident in Halifax’s odds as they face off against the Charlottetown Islanders. more deets

HFX Beverage Expo 2018
Sunday
If you've been sticking to your Dryuary resolutions for a few extra months—or if you're just a fan of non-alcoholic sips like coffee and kombucha—get to the Dalhousie Student Union building for this celebration of various east coast bevvie options. more deets

Waiting For Godot
Thursday, Friday
Sky Curtis directs this three-night run of Samuel Beckett's 1953 classic play that sees two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, discussing a variety of topics while they wait for someone named Godot who never arrives. Catch it at The Waiting Room theatre. more deets

The Bounty spring pop-up
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Plus-sized pals, get your hands on chic second-hand offerings at this curated pop-up at Lost & Found that'll get your wardrobe ready for warm weather. more deets

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Juice
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Jimy Sloan's abstract head-trips—assembled elements of topography and drawn forms—combine in pictorial space to create unique visual environments. If the canvases' strong lines don't get you, the bold colours in collision-course with each other will. See them at Studio 21. more deets

The Closer Together Things Are
Saturday, Sunday
Saint Mary's Univeristy Art Gallery describes this show best: "The Closer Together Things Are explores the space between difference and similarity that arises from intense observation and consideration. It focuses on the proximity of time, heredity, frottage, palette, concept and presentation. Under close scrutiny, the most mundane objects and situations can compel us." more deets

In Search of Identity
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Lynn Ellis's search for self-identity sees her creating images about how elusive it can be to know yourself: the photos, snapped underwater, see Ellis's eyes attempting to focus as exhaled bubbles cloud her view. See the beautifully apt metaphor at ViewPoint Gallery. more deets

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In Karin Jones' exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, objects of adornment are used to explore the ways "the historical narrative of slavery has shaped the identities of people of African descent living on North American soil," the artist statement offers. more deets

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Washing Machine album release show w/Booji Boys, Surveillance, Valerie
Thursday
Members of Halifax favourites Long Weekends, Moon, Frail Hands and Science Project combine their sonic tonics for Washing Machine, a post-punk, power-pop band dropping a new EP with '80s indie energy to spare. Wear your dancing shoes to this Seahorse Tavern show. more deets

Brothers album release show w/T. Thomson, Floodland
Friday
The 2016 gold winners of the Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award for Best New Artist/Band, Brothers are finally dropping the full-length that fans of their acoustic-guitar-backed hip hop have been waiting for. Catch snippets of the effort while local gems T. Thomason and Floodland share the bill at The Carleton. more deets

Video Games Live
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

It’s a night at the symphony that’ll unlock your inner Princess Peach: A full orchestra and choir cover your favourite video game tunes while scenes are projected in the background at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. more deets

The Creepy EP party feat. Ghettosocks, Uncle Fester, Aquakultre, Kxng Wooz
Friday
ChanHays celebrates a new EP with an all-star supporting cast including CBC Searchlight winner and neo-soul master Aquakultre, OG MC Ghettosocks and rhyme slayer Kxng Wooz from 8pm-12am at Alteregos Cafe. An afterparty at Lion & Bright (also featuring verses by Ghettosocks) sees DJ R$ Smooth spin joints by Beyoncé and Jay-Z all night long. more deets

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Matt Steele and The Corvette Sunset 's new Costello-inspired kiss-off

Quartet shares new single "Handshake Deal" from upcoming LP

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 10:11 AM

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Halifax rock outfit Matt Steele and The Corvette Sunset will release its debut LP Half Girl Half Ghost on June 7, and today has offered up the lead single, "Handshake Deal," for your streaming enjoyment.

"I was dating somebody who was in a lot of trouble and also a lot of trouble," says Steele of the jaunty stomper. "You realize at some point they don’t really mean what they say, they’re just trying to take advantage of you. I started getting into Elvis Costello at that time, he’s great for break-ups."

"Handshake Deal" is a high-energy rock song, but it didn't start out that way. "When I first wrote this song I was still living on PEI, so it was a little more PEI-sounding, I was feeling like it was gonna sound like 'On the Hood' by Matt Mays, more acoustic," says Steele, who made the new record with Thomas Stacjer at New Scotland Yard. "When we went to record it I said it had to have those Bruce Thomas basslines going on, that’s gonna make it really bouncy and happy instead of whiny or whatever."

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Sloan plays the Marquee May 3

Tickets on sale today for ECMA performance.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Halifax's favourite boy band Sloan—which Exclaim recently proclaimed better than The Beatles—will make your high-kicking East Coast Music Awards dreams come true with a show May 3 at the Marquee.

Tickets are $25, go on sale today at 10am, and will get you onto both floors of the building, which has a stacked lineup of Adyn Townes, Motherhood, T. Thomason, Kill Chicago, Fuzz Fiction, Walrus, Hello Delaware and The Town Heroes.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OBEY Convention XI reveals full roster

Your May 24 weekend just got weird.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Jean-Sebastian Audet, heralded as a pop prodigy by Exclaim!, brings his solo project Un Blonde to OBEY XI. - OBEYCONVENTION.COM SCREENSHOT
  • Jean-Sebastian Audet, heralded as a pop prodigy by Exclaim!, brings his solo project Un Blonde to OBEY XI.
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OBEY Convention is always a head trip. The three-day fest, held the weekend of May 24, calls itself "Atlantic Canada’s most adventurous music festival"—a title it lives up to beautifully as it repeatedly exposes Halifax to sounds newly invented, or that few of us knew existed.

This week, the fest announced the full list of names that'll be leading us on an odyssey of noise this spring, and dudes, it's gonna be hype:

Un Blonde, the solo project of Montreal's musician, producer and composer Jean- Sebastian Audet, sees the walls between avant-funk and low-key soul crumble. Platitudes, meanwhile, sees a collaborative project between two inter-disciplinary artists do radio, performance and A/V presentations.

The dance floor'll be melting as Strange Froots blends musical traditions of Haiti, Ghana, Jamaica and Senegal into a chill soul sampler, and you can get your daily dose of reworked classical music as Melody McKiver delivers a stark, experimental blend of Western Classical and Anishinaabe traditions on the viola.

The sonic equivalent of a shot of green juice, you can get your hot hands on the full lineup's sonic tonic at obeyconvention.com/artists—and fill the time until the fun starts with this jam from Strange Froots:


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hop into the long weekend with these 12 picks

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:40 AM

While the Easter bunny does its thing, you can dance at a Witches Ball, make new feminist friends, hear Toronto DJ Bambii’s latest beats, see Heist Live Art celebrate a year of wild theatre and more.

Heist Live Art company (the gender-fucking phenom behind indie theatre hits The Princess Show and The Princess Returns) celebrates its first birthday at Mother's Pizza—in full drag, natch. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Heist Live Art company (the gender-fucking phenom behind indie theatre hits The Princess Show and The Princess Returns) celebrates its first birthday at Mother's Pizza—in full drag, natch.
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The Water Protector's Journey screening
Saturday
Catch the premiere of Eliza Starchild Knockwood's documentary that follows a personal journey along the Sipekne’katik River to a sacred island known to the Mi’kmaq as the traditional campsite of Glooscap's grandmother. The screening, held at the Halifax Central Library, is followed by a panel discussion with four active water protectors who have spent time defending the Sipekne’katik/Shubenacadie River from the proposed Alton Gas project. more deets

Heist Takeover (II)
Thursday
Heist Live Art company (the group that blessed Halifax's indie theatre scene with two drag-filled plays about the anime-aesthetic Princess Edward) celebrates its first trip around the sun with a glitter-filled, gender-fluid night of magic performances, music, costumes and food. more deets

Women in Theatre Festival: The Witches Ball
Friday
This three-day, by-women-for-women fest kicks off on an epic note with an all-femme dance party that we bet Lisa Simpson would die to attend, held at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Feminist Hang Out Crew
Thursday
South House's low-key hangout session sees you making new friends while talking through feminist ideas and topics, including a discussion on the radical possibilities and magic of friendship. more deets

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Hot Prints
Friday
The NSCAD Print Club's annual student print sale returns to Art Bar + Projects, ready to help make your walls pop.more deets

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Meditating on Beau Taplin's quote "and then she knew that you could become homesick for people too," ceramicist Shauna MacLeod explores themes of home, connectedness and permanence in a series of jars glazed in bits of dirt, soil and rock displayed at The Craig Gallery. more deets

Bunny Love
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group show that sees 30 artists paying tribute to Peter Cottontail and his peers, with spring-y canvases ranging from pop art to portrait, arrives at The Dart Gallery. more deets

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The One Who Keeps On Giving
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Maybe you missed the opening performance of Maria Hupfield's exhibit mid-month, but the blend of felt replicas and film is still worth the trek to the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. Through the study of everyday objects, themes of kin and connection surface as the artist explores the translation of Hupfield’s late mother’s Anishinaabe name. more deets

Toronto noisemaker Bambii brings her blend of R&B, dancehall and more to The Seahorse. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Bruce Guthro's Songwriter's Circle
Thursday, Saturday
The singer-songwriter's famed songwriter's circles see a host of acoustic-guitar-toting troubadours sharing works—including local legends Mo Kenney, Adam Baldwin and David Myles—at Casino Nova Scotia. more deets

Construction & Destruction w/Julie Doiron, Jon McKiel
Friday
If Construction & Destruction's art-rock isn't enough to bring you to Radstorm (it should be!), a rare chance to see grunge veteran Julie Doiron shred should make you mark your calendar. more deets

Bad Thursday: Bambii
Thursday
One of Toronto's biggest up-and-coming DJs brings her signature mix of classic R&B, dancehall, house and more to The Seahorse for a blend so fiery you'll melt into the dance floor. more deets

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Nadah El Shazly w/JOYFULTALK
Saturday
Blending jazz, chamber, classical and electronic composition, Egyptian composer/vocalist Nadah El Shazly has been winning over critics with what music bible The Quietus calls "a perfect amalgamation of traditional Egyptian song with experimental takes on performance and instrumentation.” See the wonderful wildness in action at this off-season OBEY Convention show at Garrison Brewing. more deets
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Patty all weekend long with these better-than-fries picks

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Spring is finally here (according to the calendar at least) and we have some great reasons to end your hibernation this weekend: Burger Week kicks off with a bun, Inuk soprano Deanetha Edmunds plays a free show, Carbon Arc screens a tale of three roommates navigating life in Tel Aviv and more.

Carbon Arc screens In Between, a Palestinian flick following three roommates, which has snagged awards at festivals worldwide. - IMDB.COM SCREENSHOT
  • Carbon Arc screens In Between, a Palestinian flick following three roommates, which has snagged awards at festivals worldwide.
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Art Party
Friday
See the AGNS transform into a bass-heavy dance floor where you can shake a leg while sipping cocktails and exploring art exhibits. more deets

Derek Seguin w/Abdul Butt
Saturday
This Québecois comedy legend brings tales from the trenches of being a single dad and navigating new relationships to the Rebecca Cohn stage. more deets

Halifax Burger Week 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Burger believers, get ready: The Coast's epic celebration of burgs of all kinds returns for a week of glorious gorging. Pick up your passport inside the March 22 issue of The Coast or at one of the 125 participating restaurants and let the feasting begin! more deets

In Between screening
Friday
Carbon Arc's latest flick follows three roommates in Tel Aviv—one a criminal lawyer with a love of clubbing, one a DJ and one a younger, religious student new to the city. As the youngest roommate's husband-to-be sees the secular lives the women are leading, he attempts to whisk her away. Her refusal to leave her new life leaves all three women struggling to balance tradition with modernity. more deets

Jane Whitten visualizes the oceans' climate crisis with works like this one, made of knitted, recycled garbage bags, at the Mary E. Black Gallery. - JANE WHITTEN ARTWORK
  • Jane Whitten visualizes the oceans' climate crisis with works like this one, made of knitted, recycled garbage bags, at the Mary E. Black Gallery.
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Sîpîy (River)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Carrie Allison's large-scale beadings of rivers that have shaped her history take over the Anna Leonowens Gallery with their geographically correct bends and swells. more deets

Other Histories!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
In an age where one-count historic narratives are ripping into the voices of many, Amin Rehman's politcally charged show feels extra timely: the text-based works question the inherit biases of both historic and contemporary texts, challenging power dynamics within situations of political unrest. Catch it at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery before the show shutters this Sunday. more deets

Wreaking Havoc
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Jane Whitten, an award-winning basketmaker and knitter, presents a collection of highly textured works inspired by the effects of climate change on our oceans at the Mary E. Black gallery. more deets

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Spark: NSCAD Student Painting Exhibition
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A slew of contemporary paintings by NSCAD emerging artists helps you put your finger on the pulse of new art at the Teichart Gallery. more deets

Deantha Edmunds, Canada's first classical singer of Inuit descent, gives a solace-inspired show at the Halifax Central Library. - IMAGE VIA CECILACONCERTS.CA
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Liam Corcoran w/Tyler Messick
Friday
Former Two Hours Traffic front person Liam Corcoran celebrates his solo debut with this full-band show that also features the sonic tonic of indie hero Tyler Messick at The Carleton. more deets

Deantha Edmunds w/Tara Scott and friends
Sunday
Inuk Soprano Deantha Edmunds, Canada's first classical singer of Inuit descent, performs a solstice-inspired afternoon concert at the Halifax Central Library featuring works from her award-winning album Pillorikput Inuit: Inuktitut Arias for All Seasons. more deets

Multiplicity feat. Sue Goyette, Norm Adams and more
Friday
suddenlyLISTEN gives an epic booster shot of artistry in a variety of mediums at this musically filled show: See rock star poet Sue Goyette read verses, dance artist Jacinte Armstrong perform, the South Shore's colourful chronicler Cory Lavender share tales and Brandon Auger, Danielle Jakubiak and Andrew MacKelvie come together as a new trio of sonic wizardry at the Art Bar + Projects. more deets

Throne To The Wolves w/Behind The Revolver, OVAV, Bury Me At Sea
Friday
A heavyweight lineup of Pavilion favourites (including post-hardcore shredders OVAV, right) delivers eardrum-busting noise. more deets


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Halifax loses jazz legend

Paul Cram, co-founder of Upstream Music, has died.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 12:16 PM

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Local jazz artist, Upstream Music Association co-founder and venerable arts scene supporter Paul Cram died on the morning of March 20. Cram, who played tenor saxophone and clarinet, stepped down as artistic director of Upstream in 2015 after 19 years. "We're giving it to the next generation," he said then.

Upstream posted a tribute on its Facebook Wednesday morning:
Cram is survived by his wife Mary Vingoe and daughters Laura and Katharine Vingoe-Cram, all artists. The Coast sends its condolences to his family, friends and all the artists he helped and inspired.

There will be a celebration of Paul Cram's life on Tuesday, March 27 at the Halifax Music Co-Op (2164 Barrington Street) from 7-9pm.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Aquakultre wins CBC Searchlight

Halifax fave is named best unsigned artist in Canada by CBC fans.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 1:51 PM

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Halifax hip hop artist Aquakultre has won the 2018 CBC Searchlight competition, an annual online contest with the aim to find the best unsigned talent in Canada. Part of his prize includes a week's recording residency at Studio Bell in Calgary's National Music Centre, and a slot at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto May 26.

A plumber by day, Lance Sampson told The Coast in November, “I just let it come how it comes” in terms of his music career. Well, here it comes. Check out the announcement and a performance of his winning song, "Sure," on Q here.
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Sure Thing Events

  • Big Turnip Weekly Residency w/Thomas Stajcer String Band, Young Men @ Gus' Pub & Grill

    • Wed., April 25
  • She Rebels! A celebration of women in the arts feat. Jah’Mila, Cameron, Second Line Parade and Mariah Pelley-Smith @ The Carleton

    • Wed., April 25, 8-11 p.m. $10
  • Bianca Palmer @ Cempoal de la Calavera Negra

    • Fri., April 27, 8 p.m. free

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