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Thursday, September 17, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from September 17-23

Sure Things to stream and seek out IRL this week.

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

One of the films we're most excited to see at this year's FIN Festival? The Forbidden Reel, a documentary sharing the secret film history of Afghanistan that should be seen as that nation's answer to French New Wave. Watch it Monday night. - FINFESTIVAL.CA SCREENSHOT
  • One of the films we're most excited to see at this year's FIN Festival? The Forbidden Reel, a documentary sharing the secret film history of Afghanistan that should be seen as that nation's answer to French New Wave. Watch it Monday night.
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Thursday September 17

Dispatch

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

Jah'Mila w/Owen O'Sound Lee

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

Friday September 18

Drag After Dark

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

Salt Yard Sessions

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

Saturday September 19

Mosaic Festival 2020

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

Unearth album release show

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

The Butterfly Effect

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

Sunday September 20

Watch a movie from FINpedia

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

Reeny Smith is poised to steal the show at Mosaic Festival, streaming live Saturday night. - SUBMITTED
  • Reeny Smith is poised to steal the show at Mosaic Festival, streaming live Saturday night.
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Monday September 21

The Forbidden Reel gala presentation

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

Tuesday September 22

Gottijam gathering

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

Wednesday September 23

Listen to a Fringe show on Bandcamp

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

What's happening in Halifax from September 10-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to a Fringe show on Bandcamp

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

Friday September 11

Definition of Man

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

Dispatch

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

Salt Yard Sessions

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

Classified

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

Saturday September 12

A Tale on Two Wheels

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

East Coast Kite Festival

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

Savour The Sea From A Distance

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

Hello City & 30 Years of Fringe Shows

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

Factory Girls

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

Dave Gunning

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

DJ Dandi

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


Sunday September 13

East Coast Kite Festival

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

A Tale on Two Wheels

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

Savour The Sea From A Distance

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

Surfing Association of Nova Scotia's annual longboard contest

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

Tuesday September 15

Gottijam gathering

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


Wednesday September 16

Listen to a Fringe show on Bandcamp

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

What's happening in Halifax this Labour Day Weekend

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

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

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

Friday September 4

Because I Have A Voice: Hip Hop for Mental Health

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

Creed

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

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

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


Saturday September 5

Savour The Sea From A Distance

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

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

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

Caddyshack

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

The Mellotones

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


Sunday September 6

Savour The Sea From A Distance

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

Adam Baldwin & The Lake City Motor Band

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

Ever After

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

HUFF: Carleton Stone w/Reeny Smith, Quake Matthews

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


Monday September 7

Labour Day 2020: A Mayworks Celebration

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

James Mullinger

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

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

June Body's language

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

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 1:14 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from August 17-23

All the things to see and stream this week.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 11:54 AM


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

Oasis Comedy Tuesday

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

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

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

Wednesday August 19

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

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

Thursday August 20

Jessie Patrick w/Jester J. Brown

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

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal presents: Market Dances

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

Friday August 21

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

Fungus single release show w/Holy Crow

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

Paul Brushett

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

from: Florine

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

Drag After Dark

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

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

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

Saturday August 22

Anarchist Book Fair

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

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal presents: Strike Tone Livestream

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

Tyler Key

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

Tevon Tynes Trio

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


Sunday August 23

Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy

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

Matt Mays announces surprise set of Shore Club shows

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

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 5:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

What's happening in Halifax from August 11-16

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

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

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

'80s online music bingo

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

Backstage with Club Inclusion Theatre

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

Thursday August 13

Roadside Scarecrow w/Casual Cries For Help

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

Rally to fire the NSCAD board

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

Off The Leash with Jeremy Webb

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

Friday August 14

Tevon Tynes Trio

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

Acadian Flag Raising

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

Saltyard Sessions

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

Beats & Brews

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

Crypthand, Beyond the Code

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

Saturday August 15

Stand Back w/The Legendary Goldblooms

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

Bookstore Romance Day

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

Stamp Out Racism Rally

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

Festival Quinzou 2020

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

Pop Up Cinema screens Raiders of the Lost Ark

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

Sunday August 16

Wigs & Waffles: A Drag Brunch

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

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

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

East Coast Block Party

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

What's happening in Halifax from August 4-9

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

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

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

Tuesday August 4

Carbon Arc virtually screens Wonders In The Suburbs

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

Maritime Conservatory Outdoor Concert

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

Wednesday August 5

Christina Martin

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

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

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

Thursday August 6

Dusty Keleher

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

Electro Jacques Therapy w/Krasnogorsk

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

Friday August 7

Kristen Martell

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

Andre Fenton & Samantha Wilson

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

Shipwright Sessions: Mind The Light by Gabrielle Papillon

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

Saturday August 8

Hello City By The Sea

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

Celtic Rant

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

Jah'Mila

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

Jerry Granelli

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

Gus' 98th Hatch Day

The best Haligonian of all celebrates 98 turns 'round the sun with a sweet celebration at the Museum of Natural History.
Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street
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Monday, July 27, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from July 27-Aug 2

There's no Natal Day celebrations this year, but there are lots of Sure Things to seek out offline and stream at home.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM

Halifax's Kwento brings her brand of neo-soul-laced R&B to an online edition of Sappyfest this weekend. - KRISTA COMEAU PHOTO
  • Halifax's Kwento brings her brand of neo-soul-laced R&B to an online edition of Sappyfest this weekend.
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Monday July 27

Eyelevel's Solidarity Bookclub

The artist-run centre's biweekly book club—held via Zoom—has three steps: Email the centre to take part (director@eyelevel.art), get a copy of the current book (the group aims to elevate works by 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC writers) and read up! July 27, 6-9pm, Zoom meeting ID 897 3435 8003, email director@eyelevel.art for more

Tuesday July 28

Halifax Jazz Festival Interview w/Heather Bambrick

 A chat with the vocalist via Facebook Live. July 28, 11am, Facebook Live, Halifax Jazz Festival

Wednesday July 29

Makayla Lynn

The Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award-winning country star-on-the-rise returns for her annual summer show at White Point Beach. 8pm, White Point Beach Resort, 75 White Point Beach Resort Rd, Hunts Point

Halifax Busker Festival

The fire-eaters, Elvis impersonators, strong people and acrobats would never let COVID-19 get in the way of a good time, so this year's Busker fest is high-tailing it to the internet, where you can stream live shows to your heart's content. July 29-Aug 3, buskers.ca

Old Words/New Stakes

Members of the creative team for A Timed Speed Read of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial Transcript with Additional Notes will talk about the challenges of approaching a 100-year-old verbatim text, of trying to make each night's show faster than the one before and the organizational feat of preparing for the performance. Part of the socially distant STAGES Theatre Festival.  7:30pm, details at easternfronttheatre.com

Sappyfest Near and Far

Sackville's biggest weekend of the year has, of course, had to hit pause because of COVID-19—but that doesn't mean you can't get your annual, indie-music-fuelled homecoming: Instead, you'll be able to partake in some swamp magic of your own as you tune into radio broadcasts and online live streams from the likes of Lido Pimienta, Jennah Barry and Kwento. Keep up with details as they emerge either on the Sappy site or Facebook.
Jul 29-Aug 1, sappyfest.com

Thursday July 30

Jazz Labs: Live and Fixed Electronics w/Amy Brandon

11am, Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival

Tea and Conversation: A Fishbowl Discussion

 A livestream roundtable about racism and theatre in Halifax, where BIPOC voices are at the centre. Part of the socially distant STAGES Theatre Festival. 7:30pm, details at easternfronttheatre.com

Shipwright Sessions: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell by Trina Davies

Since Ship's Company Theatre has had to shelve its 2020 season, it's decided to launch a series of live-streams instead, celebrating plays at all points in the creation process. Here, award-winning playwright Trina Davies shares from her story about Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell. 8pm, Facebook Live ShipsCompanyTheatre

Aquakultre's Lance Sampson

A special solo showcase from Halifax's neo-soul king (who, ICYMI, dropped one of 2020's best records, as shown here) as part of the virtual Dawson City music festival. 7pm, $8, yukontickets.com

Adam Baldwin's birthday show

The Americana balladeer teams up with Tyler Key to deliver an acoustic set that's free and all-ages from the Halifax Waterfront. Stop by for some fresh-air-fuelled tunes. Stubborn Goat Beergarden, 1549 Lower Water Street, Summit Plaza, 7pm, free

Campfire Songwriter's Circle feat. Rudy Pacé, Connor Booth, C’lette Devo, Dylan Devoe, Alexander B. MacNeil

The Carleton keeps you in singer-songwriter vibes as this cool crew of hot talent share tunes.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8pm, $6

Friday July 31

Roxy Mercier and Jacob Strang

Two top-notch performers (of Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound and The High Class Hussies, respectively) combine forces to deliver this sonic tonic.
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, free

Saturday August 1

Sam Roberts Band w/Shad, Haviah Mighty, LeFLOFRANCO, Nambi, Bboyizm at Ottawa Bluesfest

A livestream stuffed to the rafters with big-name Canadian talent lets you feel like you're at the Ontario live music celebration. 7pm, nac-cna.ca

Tevon Tynes Trio

Hot tunes at The Carleton. 
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8-11pm, free
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Thanks for the memoriez, Menz & Mollyz

Paying tribute to the city's quintessential gay bar as Halifax navigates Pride without it.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 2:24 PM

Haus of Jeckyll is a trio of drag queens that regularly performed at Menz. "This was a second home and safe haven for not only us, but a lot of people in our community. Sending so much love and light to our amazing queer community in Halifax," wrote the performers in a Facebook post commemorating the bar. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • Haus of Jeckyll is a trio of drag queens that regularly performed at Menz. "This was a second home and safe haven for not only us, but a lot of people in our community. Sending so much love and light to our amazing queer community in Halifax," wrote the performers in a Facebook post commemorating the bar.
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We've lost a million things since mid-March, not the least of which is our collective sense of what normal life looks like. It's been a hard road, with sacrifices big and small, personal and communal. And while summer's here now—and while Pride's given us over 35 ways to celebrate the infinite shades of sex and gender— we want to take a moment to remember an early casualty of COVID-19: Menz & Mollyz bar.

The nucleus of Halifax's drag scene; one of the few remaining small venues where bands could get their feet wet with live performance; a key player in the house music scene; an anchor for the 2SLGBTQ+ community: The hole-in-the-wall entry at 2182 Gottingen Street belied the fact that what awaited inside was all this and more. In April, when Menz announced it would close for good, we realized COVID isn't the great equalizer—it hit the marginalized harder, like everything else does.

"Where will the king and queen of Pride get their crowns from now on?" we asked, before setting forth a space for you to share what made Menz such a special place for so many. Here, we share your anonymously submitted responses—all while dreaming of nights spent on a crowded dance floor:

Andrew Morrissey as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performed at Menz in July 2019. - SUBMITTED
  • Andrew Morrissey as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performed at Menz in July 2019.
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"Last summer I went to see a show of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Menz and have such a vivid memory of watching Hedwig (Andrew Morrissey) perform "Wig in a Box" and surprising myself by absolutely sobbing. It was so tender and vulnerable, and I felt so exposed, but so warm sitting watching. I had just had a very painful breakup a few weeks before and I felt like I 'turned back to myself' watching."

"I have only been there once: To see Hedwig and the Angry Inch last summer. What an honour to have the opportunity to see a groundbreaking performance in a legendary place."

"Gathering to watch RuPaul's Drag Race together. That always felt so intimate and special. We'd head into the karaoke room afterward for songs and dance."

Watching RuPaul's Drag Race on the big screen together was the sort of familial vibe on offer at Menz. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • Watching RuPaul's Drag Race on the big screen together was the sort of familial vibe on offer at Menz.
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"[I] started going here when I was 20, and it closed the year I turned 30. I am so happy to have had the memories (and lack of memories) there that I did and it helped shaped my twenties into what your twenties should be: Chaotic, regrettable, fun, emotional, miserable, and (looking back) enormously enjoyable. As someone who didn’t fully come to grips with their sexuality until I was 20-21, this place helped me explore both in ways that bars/clubs allow you to explore the wild adult nightlife, but also into the world of queerdom aside from typical cis white gay men (which I am).
I’ve lost IDs, cash, jackets, and short-term memory here more times than I’d care to admit, but it’s all a part of the learning curve of growing up. One brazen and uncharacteristic memory I have there is from my early twenties, in which I was dancing up a storm one night with a crew of my straight guy and girl friends, and catching eyes with another guy on the dance floor. One thing led to another and I guess I sort of...ended up...ripping his shirt in half while we aggressively made out on the dance floor. I was definitely in shock of myself. We tried to make a go of a normal sober date in days following the incident, but things didn’t pan out. If he’s out there reading this right now, my sincerest apologies about the shirt and I hope you are well! We will miss you Menz, and I’m sorry my last memory there will forever be an unpleasant one."

A live shot of Toronto three-piece Absolutely Free, which played Menz as part of Obey Convention (now called EVERYSEEKER Festival). - INSTAGRAM SCREENSHOT
  • A live shot of Toronto three-piece Absolutely Free, which played Menz as part of Obey Convention (now called EVERYSEEKER Festival).
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"Seeing Absolutely Free play at Obey Convention."

"So many Halloweens and New Years Eves spent here. Always a blast. Thank you for everything you did to help my friend find herself and the new community she was meant to be a part of. You will be missed!"

"I'll never forget holding hands with my then-secret girlfriend and kissing in a room alone. I still had a boyfriend then but I never felt judged and only safe with my queers. I dumped him the next day."

"My band Good Dear Good had the pleasure of playing there for Pride in 2019.  Three of the four members of our band are part of the queer community so it was such a fun experience to be a part of the celebrations. After spending the day at the parade and surviving some pretty intense heat, we were able to go and have probably the funnest and care-free show we’ve played together as a band. The energy was great and stress-free. Definitely disappointed we aren’t able to play there again."

Good Dear Good played at Menz as part of Pride 2019. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
"I will never forget the energy that I felt in that room when I went to see my first drag show. A few dozen people created such an accepting and welcoming atmosphere that made me want to embrace my community even more."

"I started my bands Primenine and Spirit of the Wildfire playing shows at Menz: we started with Gottijams [the weekly free-jam incubator for new talent] and then moved on to playing weekend shows. I've played on every stage of that bar multiple times and had some of the best nights of my life there. We've played to packed rooms, we've played just to the sound guy (Gary, who is a goddamn saint and a Halifax treasure). If it wasn't for this place, we wouldn't have had the stepping stone that is crucial to move forward as a band. It's a huge loss for the LGBTQ+ community and the Halifax music community as a whole." 
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

What's happening in Halifax from July 20-26

Sure Things to seek out offline and stream at home.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 2:16 PM

The folk duo Mama's Broke have a fan in string-picking pioneer Kaia Kater. See 'em perform on a beach in Canning this Saturday. - MAMASBROKE.COM
  • The folk duo Mama's Broke have a fan in string-picking pioneer Kaia Kater. See 'em perform on a beach in Canning this Saturday.
  • mamasbroke.com

Tuesday July 21

Health & Wellness Panel Series: Safer Sex for AFAB folx (Assigned Female At Birth)

Are you curious about incorporating safer sex into your sex life with other AFAB folx? Do you have questions about the risks, the perks, the gear? Join Halifax Pride online as the fest talks safer sex. Moderated by Kaitrin Doll with panelists include Rachele Mannett, Francesca Ekwuysai, and Abbey Ferguson.
10-11am, halifaxpride.com

Jazz Fest Interview w/Lina Allemano

A chat with the trumpeter via Facebook Live.
11am, Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival

Noon-Hour Panel Series: Making a Case for LGBT Senior History

"We are pleased to offer a panel on 'Making a Case for LGBT Seniors History', based on the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors-funded two-year project," says Halifax Pride. "We will review the purpose of the archive, the origins of the project and offer an overview on some of the content in the archive to date, as well as information on our formal launch of the searchable materials in recognition of LGBT History Month in October 2020."
noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com

EXTRA-murals: Beginner Hip Hop Dance Class

Join Carolin Mateus from House of Eights Dance Studio for a high-energy, outdoor beginner hip hop dance class as part of Halifax Pride.
Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel, 7-8pm


Wednesday July 22

Morning Meditation

9-9:30am, halifaxpride.com

Health & Wellness Panel Series: Undetectable = Untransmittable: Celebrating POZitive Societal Attitudes

Explore the range and depth surrounding HIV, the Blood Ban and keeping POZitive attitudes. Moderated by Garry Dart with panelists Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, Steven MacLeod and Kirk Furlotte. Part of Halifax Pride.
10-11am, halifaxpride.com

Trans & Non-binary Hangout: Turf Destroyers

This is a closed space for the Trans and Non-Binary community on the Garrison Grounds. Come to hang out, play some lawn games, and be with like-minded folk.
7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

Thursday July 23

Health & Wellness Panel Series: Trans & Gender Diverse Health Issues in Healthcare

Coming out and aligning your life with your gender identity can be challenging. At this Halifax Pride panel, you'll learn ways and means to better navigate the healthcare system to ensure you are getting the support you need. Moderated by Kaitrin Doll with panelists Rae O’Neil, Adrian Edgar, and Tye Silver. 10-11am, halifaxpride.com

Jazz Labs: African Drumming w/Dr. Henry Bishop

 An iconic part of the Halifax Jazz Festival moves online due to COVID-19.
11am, Facebook Live Halifax Jazz Festival

Noon-Hour Panel Series: Global Queer and Trans Rights in a COVID-19 World

People from 2SLGBTQ+ communities around the world are facing increased challenges today, including attacks on human rights and freedoms. This Halifax Pride panel brings together four leading activists from different parts of the world to discuss their common cause. noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com

QTBIPOC Hangout

This Halifax Pride event is a closed space hangout on the Garrison Grounds for individuals who self-identify as QTBIPOC.
7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

Paul St-Amand

The trumpeter brings his soul-strained quartet to The Carleton.
8-11pm, The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $10

Night Time Meditation

 Led by Lynn Fraser. 10-10:30pm, halifaxpride.com

Friday, July 24

Health & Wellness Panel Series: Sex and Intimacy in a Virtual World

Technology is pushing human sexuality into uncharted territory. How do apps, porn, and zoom affect our sex and intimacy? Moderator by Frank Heimpel with panelists Aaliyah Paris, Teo Ferguson and Bryde MacLean.
10-11am, halifaxpride.com

Noon-Hour Panel Series: Rural Pride in Nova Scotia

Pride organizing comes with numerous struggles; reflecting the diverse needs of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, being both celebratory and political, having limited financial support and an operational model that relies on volunteer labour, the task of organizing Prides is full of challenges. Hear from a number of Nova Scotian Pride organizers as they discuss their struggles and successes managing rural Prides. noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com

Elder Hangout

Lawn games, nibbles, DJs and dancing await at this elder focused event that's open to all ages. 7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

Stay the Blazes Homo Online Variety Show

"No need to go out for entertainment when you can Stay the Blazes Homo," show organizers say. Tune in to this virtual show of drag, singing, comedy and more from some of the best local 2SLGBTQ+ artists.  8pm, halifaxpride.com

Dali Van Gogh w/Magnetic North

The rock-so-hard-it's-concrete sound of Dali Van Gogh is so beloved that the band's fans have already sold out this gig at The Carleton.
9pm-midnight, The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street

Saturday, July 25

The Canning Kitchen Party

A summery festival held at Kingsport Beach, featuring the banjo-fuelled badassery of Mama's Broke and the jazzy guitar of Sam Wilson.
Kingsport Beach, Canning, 1pm, $10/PWYC

Powwow Fusion Aerobics

 A mix of high intensity powwow dance steps and bodyweight strengths moves all done at Halifax Pride’s Social Site. Led by Mi'kmaq fitness leader Jesse Benjamin. 11am-noon, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

Halifax Pride Social Site - Games Day

Pride will have a variety of lawn games and over-sized board games on hand for folks to enjoy during our afternoon hangout. And of course they will be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Wear your mask!
noon-4pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

Youth Hangout

A chill, socially distant evening with Halifax Pride and The Youth Project aimed at those 19 and under.
7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

The Grind DJ House Party

The Garrison Grounds won’t be coming alive with a massive dance party this year, but your house can! Join in on this live virtual dance party featuring local DJs and performers.
8-11pm, halifaxpride.com

Hantsport Music Festival

The town of Hantsport wants to help you shake a leg with a one-day, outdoor music fest featuring the band Blue Jester as a headliner.
Details at hhmf.ca

A Night at The Carleton: A Drag Cabaret

From Whitney to Britney, the Haus of Rivers drag queens know how to bring the hits. Here, they play a sold-out show at The Carleton.
10pm, The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $10
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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Here's everyone who won a 2020 East Coast Music Award

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 5:31 PM

Natalie MacMaster might be the queen of Canadian celtic music, but let's not forget she lives in Ontario. - NATALIEANDDONNELL.COM
  • Natalie MacMaster might be the queen of Canadian celtic music, but let's not forget she lives in Ontario.
  • natalieanddonnell.com
This past weekend, the East Coast Music Association handed out its annual nods to some of the best and brightest local talent. (And, um, a few accolades to openly living-away artists, like Laura Roy, who's been making her mark on the UK's R&B scene, and longtime Ontario-based fiddle queen Natalie MacMaster.)

While the statuettes were doled out, one question took over Twitter: Why, in 2020, are these awards still so overwhelmingly male and white? Former Coast writer Tara Thorne even did the math for the association:

A Phoebe Waller-Bridge side-eye is the perfect gif for this tweet.
  • A Phoebe Waller-Bridge side-eye is the perfect gif for this tweet.

With individual yearly membership at $60 (bands cost $160) and a per-award application fee of $30, the question of who gets shut out before this whole thing even starts is one that begs to be asked.

Hopefully the association is also asking itself how it can draw more diverse applicants to become members, because let's be real: There's no shortage of BIPOC and women artists making incredible art in Atlantic Canada.

But, in the meantime, here's who took home an award at the 2020 ECMA celebrations:

-Album of the Year: Wintersleep, In The Land Of
-Blues Recording of the Year: Myles Goodwyn, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2
-Bucky Adams Memorial Award (formerly known as the African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year award): Jon Samuel
-Classical Recording of the Year:

 Marc Djokic, Solo Seven
-Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year: The East Pointers, Yours to Break
-Country Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson, All Types of Ways
-Dance Recording of the Year: Famba, “Swear to God”
-Electronic Recording of the Year: Rich Aucoin, Release
-Folk Recording of the Year: Tim Baker, Forever Overhead
-Francophone Recording of the Year: Jacobus, Caviar
-Group Recording of the Year: Wintersleep, In The Land Of
-Indigenous Artist of the Year: Eastern Owl
-Inspirational Recording of the Year: Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes, A Week in December
-Instrumental Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner, First Spring
-Jazz Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner, First Spring
-Loud Recording of the Year: Spirit of the Wildfire, Bittersweet Nothings
-Pop Recording of the Year: Neon Dreams, Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
-R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Laura Roy, Forte
-Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Jacobus, Caviar
-Rising Star Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson, All Types of Ways
Rock Recording of the Year: Wintersleep, In The Land Of
-Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year: Natalie MacMaster, Sketches
-Solo Recording of the Year: Tim Baker, Forever Overhead
-Song of the Year: Wintersleep, “Beneficiary”
-Songwriter of the Year: The East Pointers
-Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year: Jimmy Rankin
-Fans' Choice Video of the Year: Jason Benoit, “Slow Hand” feat. Leah Daniels 
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Here's everything that's happening at this year's Pride festival

There's no parade but there is a mix of socially distant outdoor events and stuff to stream from July 16-26.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 3:33 PM

The city's most colorful festival returns (at a safe distance) from July 16 to 26. - SUBMITTED
  • The city's most colorful festival returns (at a safe distance) from July 16 to 26.
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Thursday July 16

Noon-Hour Panel Series: Flattening the Curve of Racism for Two-Spirits: Creating Racial, Gender and Sexuality Diverse Allies in and out of the LGTBQ+ community

Panellists include Geordy Marshall (Kepmitelsi), John R. Sylliboy (Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance) and El Bergeron Paul (Wolastoqyiyk of St. Mary's First Nation). noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com


Halifax Pride Flag Raising

The official start of the 2020 Halifax Pride Festival is the annual flag raising at Grand Parade Square. This year the flag raising will be streamed live, but if you attend IRL, wear a mask and maintain social distance.
5-5:30pm, Grand Parade Square


Friday July 17

Noon-Hour Panel Series: Love in All the World: Why same-sex acts can lead to death or imprisonment

Pride was a demonstration before it was a party. In many places, 2SLGBTQ+ are still fighting for equal rights and opportunities. This panel explores the issues behind that. Presented in partnership with the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia.  noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com


Our Artists Matter: QTBIPOC Showcase

Legendary drag queen Elle Noir—the only out, trans, Black drag queen east of Montréal—hosts this online celebration of queer artists of colour. Search the event on Facebook to follow along. 8-9:30pm, Facebook Live

Saturday, July 18

Gentle Yoga

A gentle, heart-centred practice led by Tim Damon.

11am-noon, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Halifax Pride Social Site: Bring Your Bubbles

"Although Pride has come to be known for spectacle, dance parties, and huge crowds, we believe the moments shared with friends and chosen family, old and new, are what make the festival special. We also know it's important to go outside, get some fresh air, and be mindful of our mental and social health. We want to encourage folks to join us at the Garrison Grounds for the Halifax Pride Social Site, a space where masks will be worn, hand washing stations and sanitizer will be available, social distancing will be maintained, and sun, grass, music, and friends will be plentiful," Halifax Pride says. "During this first Social Site, we are asking folks to Bring Your Bubbles. Come with your bubble of friends for an afternoon hangout, and bring a bottle of bubbles to help fill the air with beautiful bubbles."

noon-4pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Untoxicated Queers

Lawn games, snacks, music, and fun with folks who want to be more mindful about their substance use in a sober and safe space.

6:30-8:30pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


DRAG & DROP Online Drag Show

"Drag performers have dropped us their files and we're eager to share their videos with you live online," Halifax Pride promises. July 18, 8pm, halifaxpride.com

Sunday, July 19

Proudprana Yoga
11am-noon, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Halifax Pride Social Site: Pack a Picnic

Pack your picnic and bring a blanket to lounge on the grass and enjoy lunch at the Social Site with friends all about and music in the air.

noon-4pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Night Time Meditation
10-10:30pm, halifaxpride.com



Monday, July 20


Morning Meditation

Led by Sara Mader.

9-9:30am, halifaxpride.com


Noon-Hour Panel Series: Black Lives Matter and Pride

The modern Pride parade has its roots in protest led by trans women of colour to end police brutality against the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Pride continues to be a form of activism and protest today. This panel discusses Pride's responsibility to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Black communities—and the specific obligations that Canadian Prides must fulfill to uplift trans, queer, and other Black people. July 20, noon, halifaxpride.com

March and Candlelight Vigil

Gather to march in support of calls to end systemic racism and police brutality. The march will leave at 8:00 pm from Victoria Park heading towards Cornwallis Park, with a walk past Raymond Taavel Park. A candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of QTBIPOC lives lost. Wear masks, carry signs and bring a jar for a tealight (provided by Halifax Pride).
Departing from Victoria Park, corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, 8pm-9:30pm


Tuesday July 21

Health & Wellness Panel Series: Safer Sex for AFAB folx (Assigned Female At Birth)

Are you curious about incorporating safer sex into your sex life with other AFAB folx? Do you have questions about the risks, the perks, the gear? Join us online as talk safer sex. Moderated by Kaitrin Doll with panelists include Rachele Mannett, Francesca Ekwuysai, and Abbey Ferguson.
10-11am, halifaxpride.com


Noon-Hour Panel Series: Making a Case for LGBT Senior History

"We are pleased to offer a panel on 'Making a Case for LGBT Seniors History', based on the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors-funded two-year project," says Halifax Pride. "We will review the purpose of the archive, the origins of the project and offer an overview on some of the content in the archive to date, as well as information on our formal launch of the searchable materials in recognition of LGBT History Month in October 2020."
noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com


EXTRA-murals: Beginner Hip Hop Dance Class

Join Carolin Mateus from House of Eights Dance Studio for a high-energy, outdoor beginner hip hop dance class.
Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel, 7-8pm


Night Time Meditation

10-10:30pm, halifaxpride.com


Wednesday, July 22

Morning Meditation

Led by Kirk Furlotte.
9-9:30am, halifaxpride.com


Health & Wellness Panel Series: Undetectable = Untransmittable: Celebrating POZitive Societal Attitudes

Explore the range and depth surrounding HIV, the Blood Ban and keeping POZitive attitudes. Moderated by Garry Dart with panelists Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, Steven MacLeod and Kirk Furlotte. 10-11am, halifaxpride.com


Trans & Non-binary Hangout: Turf Destroyers

This is a closed space for the Trans and Non-Binary community on the Garrison Grounds. Come to hang out, play some lawn games, and be with like-minded folk.
7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel



Thursday, July 23


Health & Wellness Panel Series: Trans & Gender Diverse Health Issues in Healthcare

Coming out and aligning your life with your gender identity can be challenging. Here, you'll learn ways and means to better navigate the healthcare system to ensure you are getting the support you need. Moderated by Kaitrin Doll with panelists Rae O’Neil, Adrian Edgar, and Tye Silver. 10-11am, halifaxpride.com


Noon-Hour Panel Series: Global Queer and Trans Rights in a COVID-19 World

People from 2SLGBTQ+ communities around the world are facing increased challenges today, including attacks on human rights and freedoms. This panel brings together four leading activists from different parts of the world to discuss their common cause.
noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com


QTBIPOC Hangout

This is a closed space hangout on the Garrison Grounds for individuals who self-identify as QTBIPOC.
7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel



Night Time Meditation

Led by Lynn Fraser. 10-10:30pm, halifaxpride.com


Friday, July 24

Morning Meditation

9-9:30am, halifaxpride.com


Health & Wellness Panel Series: Sex and Intimacy in a Virtual World

Technology is pushing human sexuality into uncharted territory. How do apps, porn, and zoom affect our sex and intimacy? Moderator by Frank Heimpel with panelists Aaliyah Paris, Teo Ferguson and Bryde MacLean.

10-11am, halifaxpride.com


Noon-Hour Panel Series: Rural Pride in Nova Scotia

Pride organizing comes with numerous struggles; reflecting the diverse needs of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, being both celebratory and political, having limited financial support and an operational model that relies on volunteer labour, the task of organizing Prides is full of challenges. Hear from a number of Nova Scotian Pride organizers as they discuss their struggles and successes managing rural Prides. noon-1pm, halifaxpride.com



Elder Hangout

Lawn games, nibbles, DJs and dancing await at this elder focused event that's open to all ages.
7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Stay the Blazes Homo Online Variety Show "No need to go out for entertainment when you can Stay the Blazes Homo," show organizers say. Tune in to this virtual show of drag, singing, comedy and more from some of the best local 2SLGBTQ+ artists.  8pm, halifaxpride.com

Saturday, July 25

Powwow Fusion Aerobics

A mix of high intensity powwow dance steps and bodyweight strengths moves all done at Halifax Pride’s Social Site. Led by Mi'kmaq fitness leader Jesse Benjamin.

11am-noon, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Halifax Pride Social Site - Games Day

Pride will have a variety of lawn games and over-sized board games on hand for folks to enjoy during our afternoon hangout. And of course they will be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Wear your mask!

noon-4pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Youth Hangout

A chill, socially distant evening with Halifax Pride and The Youth Project aimed at those 19 and under. 

7-9pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


The Grind DJ House Party

The Garrison Grounds won’t be coming alive with a massive dance party this year, but your house can! Join in on this live virtual dance party featuring local DJs and performers. 8-11pm, halifaxpride.com


Sunday, July 26

Morning Meditation

Led by Kirk Furlotte. 9-9:30am, halifaxpride.com


Gender BendING Yoga

11am-noon, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel


Halifax Pride Social Site - Let’s Go Fly a Kite


"Although Pride has come to be known for spectacle, dance parties, and huge crowds, we believe the moments shared with friends and chosen family are what make the festival special. We also know it's important to get some fresh air, and be mindful of our mental and social health. We want to encourage folks to join us at the Garrison Grounds for the Halifax Pride Social Site, a space where masks will be worn, hand washing stations and sanitizer will be available, social distancing will be maintained, and sun, grass, music, and friends will be plentiful," Halifax Pride says. Show up with a mask and maybe even a kite to take part in the good times. July 26, noon-4pm, Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel



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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

What is happening with the Halifax Pop Explosion?

The director resigns as the storied music festival gets called out for systemic racism.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 7:56 PM

The black square post that sparked discussion of Halifax Pop Explosion being performative in its public stand against racism. - HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION INSTAGRAM SCREENSHOT
  • The black square post that sparked discussion of Halifax Pop Explosion being performative in its public stand against racism.
  • Halifax Pop Explosion Instagram screenshot
It started with the posting of a black square. Halifax Pop Explosion—like many other festivals and organizations within the music industry—took to Instagram a month ago to share a message about solidarity with #theshowmustbepaused, an initiative asking the music world to address its own systemic racism.

Then last week, the post started getting renewed attention. Comments underneath the black square expressed concern about HPX being performative in its public stand against racism, or worse: One comment in particular said people of colour in the Halifax music scene had experienced "white supremacist violence organized under [its] festival."

This comment attracted its own attention, in the form of further comments standing in solidarity. And then, comments from the black square post started getting deleted, as if someone with control of the HPX Instagram account was trying to make a growing public relations storm disappear. The fest would later say it was looking into the deletions, posting a follow-up apology that stated, in part, "Our team did not remove the comment and we are actively trying to understand how it was deleted." (For those who aren't giving their thumbs a repetitive strain injury with all the Instagram posting they do, deleting a comment is straightforward if you've got the password to log into an account: You have to swipe right on the comment, then select the trash can icon. In other words it's easy to do, but hard to do accidentally.)

The comments kept pouring in, both from early posters angry their replies were disappearing—and then from members of the Canadian music scene at large. Past fest performers Hua Li and Backxwash both replied to the original post, with the former saying "Accountability needs to be active and ongoing and yet poc members of the Halifax music community consistently report their needs being unheard by this organization." (The latter added on Twitter that artists might be "better off just doing a livestream" if artists of colour can't depend on being treated well or paid enough by HPX.) Haviah Mighty, winner of the 2019 Polaris Prize, chimed in: "Y’all can’t be deleting comments and shit, and pretending the square equates to action..."
Toronto rapper Lex Leosis has been the first artist on the fest's 2020 lineup to drop the fest in solidarity. - LEX LEOSIS TWITTER SCREENSHOT
  • Toronto rapper Lex Leosis has been the first artist on the fest's 2020 lineup to drop the fest in solidarity.
  • Lex Leosis twitter screenshot
Things kicked into a higher gear last Thursday, June 25, with rapper Lex Leosis (former bandmate to Haviah Mighty) releasing a statement that she'd be stepping down from performing at Halifax Pop this year, "after hearing from the community about the blatant racism." Sunday, in the comments of the festival's swipe-through Instagram apology, a comment from HPX's official account said James Boyle, the fest's executive director, has resigned. But the Pop Explosion has not otherwise announced Boyle's departure, and hasn't responded to our interview request.  (On the festival's "contact us" page, Boyle's name isn't listed but there's no announcement of his removal or any mention of the role of executive director. This differs from an internet archive copy of the page from May, where Boyle's name was listed as executive director under a now-missing "staff" section.)

This isn’t the first time the venerable music fest has apologized for how artists of colour have been treated: In 2017, headliner Lido Pimienta’s show was interrupted when a white person refused to cede space to POC in the front row. That person was an HPX volunteer. Pimienta paused her set until the volunteer moved to the back; she had to ask the volunteer to move more than 10 times. Afterwards, Pimienta's Twitter feed filled with hate. Her simple request made her a target for alt-right trolls.
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Friday, June 26, 2020

Joel Plaskett Emergency to play virtual Canada Day concert

The city's big July 1 party moves online, broadcasting live from inside the Halifax Citadel.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 12:26 PM

Hot off the release of his quadruple album 44 this spring, Joel Plaskett reunites with his former Emergency bandmates. - JOELPLASKETT.COM
  • Hot off the release of his quadruple album 44 this spring, Joel Plaskett reunites with his former Emergency bandmates.
  • joelplaskett.com
Joel Plaskett certainly does love this town—and if you were ever looking for proof that the feeling's mutual, how about this: Today, HRM Civic Events announced that the city's annual July 1 show will star none other than the King of Dartmouth, playing alongside his bandmates from The Emergency, streamed live from inside the Halifax Citadel. The coolness factor here is so off the charts, we need a new thermometer,  stat.

Also on deck? Performances by Mo Kenney, Ben Caplan, Reeny Smith, Jah'Mila and Owen O'Sound.

The show will be live streamed on the city's official Youtube channel, starting at 7pm. Let's tide ourselves over till then by watching this promo video:

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