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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Twelve hip hoppin' weekend picks

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Two top Cancuk DJs spin new beats, a graffiti-infused art show lands at The Dart and the F.A.M.E. Fashion Show brings some swagger to Spryfield for a weekend full of hip hop-esque energy that'll have your brain firing faster than Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther soundtrack.

The comedy duo behind Adam and Lindsay Present... brings a heaping serving of the best medicine to The Seahorse. - SAMSON LEARN PHOTO
  • The comedy duo behind Adam and Lindsay Present... brings a heaping serving of the best medicine to The Seahorse.
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F.A.M.E: Fashion, Art, Music, Eat
The annual celebration featuring haute couture designs, multicultural drummers, spoken word and more returns to the Captain William Spry Public Library. more deets

Adam and Lindsay Present: Seasonally Affected
The comedy duo is back at The Seahorse with a slew of local talent, from comedy first-timers Stephanie Muise and Dan Der Son to Ha!fax Comedy Fest fave and show headliner Catherine Robertson. It’s a dose of the best medicine to get you through these grey winter days.  more deets

Modified screening
Head to room 301 at the Central Library for a screening of Aube Giroux's debut feature, tracing Canada's lack of GMO labels. more deets

Peter and the Starcatcher
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Whale Song Theatre returns to The Bus Stop stage with a redux of the Tony-winning tale of a young orphan named Peter who helps a Starcatcher’s apprentice retrieve a trunk of precious "starstuff." The Peter Pan prequel sees 13 actors play more than 100 characters in a dose of fun-for-all-ages epicness. more deets

Justin Ian Lee's gorgeous, graffiti-tinged style lands at the Dart Gallery. - JUSTIN IAN LEE ART
  • Justin Ian Lee's gorgeous, graffiti-tinged style lands at the Dart Gallery.
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Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection Exhibit
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A recent, major addition to Saint Mary's University's  archives, this display—housed in the Patrick Power library—chronicles over 50 years of African, African Diasporic and African-Nova Scotian heritage and history through everything from an obituary collection to news clippings, programs, reports and political campaign literature. more deets

Contraries & Counterpoints
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Combining hard edge and gestural abstraction and inspired by the likes of Marion Wagschal, Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner, Melanie Authier's works explore tension between flatness and the illusion of depth. more deets

Pencil Mileage
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Justin Ian Lee's gorgeous, graffiti-tinged style sees its snaking lines and sharp use of colour celebrated with a Dart Gallery showing. more deets

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Marlene Creates: Places, Paths and Pauses
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A nationally-touring retrospective exhibition highlighting the works of environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates arrives at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. more deets

Tyler Messick's band Museum Pieces plays a literal museum for some meta rock. - TYLERMESSICK.COM SCREENSHOT
  • Tyler Messick's band Museum Pieces plays a literal museum for some meta rock. 
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Northern Nights: Dezza & Lee Fraser
Get lost in the groove at Reflections as these two epic Canuck DJs bump their latest effort: Burning Sun, a collab with the African Children's Choir. more deets

The Royal Volts w/Dazor, Electric Spoonful
A straight shot of indie rock magic at The Seahorse. more deets

Museum Pieces
Tyler Messick's self-described British traditional style band Museum Pieces takes a turn for the meta, sending the Museum of Natural History into rock 'n' roll mode for an unmissable evening. more deets

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T. Thomason w/Alexander and the Great Ones, Natalie Lynn
T. Thomason's synthy, textured tunes will make Gus' Pub rock all night. more deets
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Neon Dreams exits Hedley arena tour

"In light of the allegations surfacing against Hedley, we can no longer in good conscience continue on the Cageless tour."

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Adrian Morris, Frank Kadillac and Matt Gats take a stand.
  • Adrian Morris, Frank Kadillac and Matt Gats take a stand.

Halifax EDM outfit Neon Dreams has announced it has pulled out of a cross-Canada tour as allegations of sexual misconduct against the members of Hedley pile up this week. The trio has been on the Cageless tour since it kicked off February 5 in Abbottsford, BC, and was scheduled to open all 32 shows to the end of the run March 23.

The #outHedley movement was started on Twitter this week—asking for stories of band members' misconduct over the past decade, since singer Jacob Hoggard became a star via Canadian Idol—and Exclaim reported yesterday that the band was investigated by police in London, ON for drugging an underage girl in 2005. In the wake of these reports, Hedley has been booted from next month's Juno Awards show and dropped by its management company and agents.

"In light of the allegations surfacing against Hedley, we can no longer in good conscience continue on the Cageless tour," writes Neon Dreams in an official Facebook statement. "We understand this choice could negatively impact our band professionally but in the end we have to do what we feel is morally right."

To step down from dozens of arena dates—for any band, let alone a young independent one like Neon Dreams—is a very risky and incredibly admirable stance.

The Cageless tour is set to visit the Scotiabank Centre on Friday, February 23.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Twelve awesomely artsy weekend picks

From Jeri Brown's opera about a lover scorned to George Elliot Clarke's righteous poetry to a highbrow look at furniture, it's an artsy weekend ahead.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Just in time for our annual celebration of the city's new art, peep these creative ways to fill the best days of the week.

The classic Canadian play Salt Water Moon wraps this weekend at Neptune. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • The classic Canadian play Salt Water Moon wraps this weekend at Neptune.
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Righteously Political Poetry: Canticles vs. Slavery and Imperialism with George Elliot Clarke
Celebrated poet George Elliott Clarke tackles five centuries of slavery and imperialism with recent poetry, including his ongoing epic Canticles, at this unapologetically visceral verse session at the Central Library. more deets

Salt Water Moon
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
When Jacob Mercer returns to his tiny hometown in Newfoundland after abruptly leaving for Toronto only a year before, he finds the love of his life is engaged to another man. Will this Neptune Theatre tale see him win her back before it's too late? more deets

Deep Stories Halifax: Live storytelling presented by The Deep magazine
The Deep, Atlantic Canada's magazine for longform journalism, offers the perfect cure-what-ails-you to beat the mid-winter blahs: A night of true, live storytelling by Haligonians like Adam Fine, Stephanie MacDonald, Hana Nelson, Nasha Nijwana, Martha Paynter, Quentrel Provo and more at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

V-Day Halifax: The Vagina Monologues
Friday, Saturday
The award-winning play that the New York Times has called “probably the most important piece of political theater of the '90s" is turning 20—and to celebrate, The Bella Rose Arts Centre is doing a special three-show run benefiting the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. more deets

Su Rogers' vintage medicine cabinets act as micro-museums in her show Historia Atlantica. - SU ROGERS ARTWORK
  • Su Rogers' vintage medicine cabinets act as micro-museums in her show Historia Atlantica.
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Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A group exhibit at Studio 21 exploring one of life's biggest gifts, this show is bound to remind you that love (and art) is all you need. more deets

Historia Atlantica
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Su Rogers' collection of medicine cabinets turned mini museums shows even the smallest collection of artifacts can communicate time and place when perfectly layered and tightly edited. See them at the Craig Gallery. more deets

Selected Works: Paintings and Drawings
Saturday, Sunday

Brent Garbett's pieces are unplanned, based in memory and intuitive response. Here, his mentor Dan O'Neill gathers a compilation of Garbett's work for an Hermes Gallery show that's as much about the duo as it is about the art. more deets

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Living Furniture
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Billed as "tenacious Nova Scotian designers offering us a new perspective on the furniture we live with," this Mary E. Black Gallery exhibit features work by Jeff Amos, Carole Burnett, Shelly and Keith Haill, Alexa Jaffurs, Christopher Joyce, Lloyd Klassen, Peter MacLean, Randy Mugford, Veronica Post and Gary Staple. more deets

Jazz legend Jeri Brown writes an anti-Valentine's opera. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Jazz legend Jeri Brown writes an anti-Valentine's opera.
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No Sleep

Host DJ Okay TK describes this dance party best: "Saturday in the Rainbow Room at Menz Bar is the best '90s warehouse rave that you've never been to because you aren't 50 years old and this isn't the UK. New house, old house, vocal house, acid house—we will house you. Come and be the Cuddy to our House (MD). " more deets

Lea Bertucci w/Taral Naik, Daniel MacNeil

Composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lea Bertucci brings her latest, Metal Aether, to the Khyber for an off-season OBEY show the festival describes as "balancing brilliantly the rigour of minimalism with the intensity of conceptual sound fields" as Bertucci uses her breath, her alto sax and a series of tape machines to build a sonic universe you'll get lost in. more deets

Vera's Lament
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jazz legend Jeri Brown delivers this sweeping drama following the demise of Vera and Joe's relationship and their thoughts of the woman who came between them at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. more deets

Quiet Parade album release show
The sonic equivalent of Nova Scotian costal fog settles down over The Carleton's newly-renovated stage for a mesmerizing show. more deets
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feist announces one, two shows in Halifax

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 at noon.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:43 AM


Feist fanatics will get two chances to feel it all with the indie singer-songwriter in Halifax this May. Born in Amherst, Leslie Feist released her debut album in 1999 and rose to international popularity several years later after her song “1234” was featured on an iPod commercial. Feist’s latest work, Pleasure, was released last spring.

Feist will be playing the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on May 25 and 26. Tickets are $66.50 in advance and $71.50 day of show will be available starting Friday, February 16 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online at

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Twelve weekend picks you'll love

Pier 21 rings in the year of the dog, Cyndi Cain and Reeny Smith share their soulful sonic tonic and The East Pointers rock The Marquee.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 3:49 PM

It's almost the Lunar New Year and almost Valentine's Day, meaning there's no shortage of reasons to give Netflix a rest.

Tea Time Creation Co takes the familiar tale of Romeo & Juliet through Good Robot's taprooms, pint in hand. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Tea Time Creation Co takes the familiar tale of Romeo & Juliet through Good Robot's taprooms, pint in hand.
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Sing-e-brate: Phoenix partners with The Big Sing
Phoenix celebrates another trip around the sun with The Big Sing—the proudly amateur sing-along that asks you to bring the voice you have—for a sing-a-bration of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake at St. Andrew's United Church. more deets

Lunar New Year celebration
The Lunar New Year looms near, with 2018 being the year of the dog. While the calendar resets officially on Feb 16, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is so excited they’re starting the party a week early. Join the fun with family friendly workshops, performances and info sessions about New Year practices from various Asian cultures. more deets

Babes on Blades 2018
Don't just watch your favourite drag queens werk from the stage, see them twirl on ice at this glam group skate session at The Oval. more deets

Romeo & Juliet: A Drink-Along
Saturday, Sunday
Grab a pint and a seat as a quartet of performers work their way through the Shakespearean tragedy while also imbibing. more deets

kimmerT's People of Parrsboro is realist-abstraction. - KIMMERT ARTWORK
  • kimmerT's People of Parrsboro is realist-abstraction.
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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Get a serious spoonful of whimsy at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's ceramic show featuring politically charged, satirical works by both professional and folk artists. A highlight? The gallery's recently acquired collection of ceramic platters by folk artist Edouard Jasmin, which depict scenes of recent Quebec history. more deets

I was the light
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Mark Hines "aims to create an interactive environment that explores relationships between media devices, media texts and narrative. In this exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, the viewer will be 'captured and rebroadcast' in the space, utilizing pockets of light activated by the presence of the viewer," the gallery says. more deets

People of Parrsboro
Thursday, Friday
A series of portraits of the people kimmerT met while on residency in Parrsboro in 2017, this Corridor Gallery show is a study in abstract realism. more deets

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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 at Saint Mary's University Art Gallery feels extra timely: the neon signs and text-based works question inherit biases within both historic and contemporary texts. more deets

The East Pointers are huge in Australia. Catch them at The Marquee for some "oh have you heard of?" cred. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The East Pointers are huge in Australia. Catch them at The Marquee for some "oh have you heard of?" cred.
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Black Is Beautiful
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser joins Symphony Nova Scotia to explore a sea of sound from African hymns to western Black music, covering the likes of Beyonce and Jimi Hendrix along the way, at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. more deets

Ian Sherwood
Sackville's community radio station CIOE FM hosts Sherwood's big, guitar soaked sound that's backed by powerful, folky lyrics at its concert hall so that you can get your daily dose of singer-songwriter stylings. more deets

The East Pointers w/Dave Sampson
The down-to-earth three-piece that's part banjo, part fiddle and part guitar brings a dose of folky feels, real-life songs and toe-tapping times to The Marquee as part of a tour supporting its new album What We Leave Behind, which the PEI trio recently cut in Nashville. more deets

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Jazz Ain't Nuttin' But Soul feat. Kim Bernard, Cyndi Cain, Reeny Smith
Three local R&B queens bestow golden goodness on our unworthy ears at Stayner's Wharf as part of African Heritage Month. more deets
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Jeff Tweedy to break Wolfville's heart April 15

Tickets on sale Friday at noon.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 12:13 PM


Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy will stop by this spring with a show at Acadia's Convocation Hall in Wolfville on Sunday, April 15. Tix are $56.50 and go on sale at noon via Sonic Concerts or by calling the box office at 1-800-452-8425.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Get off the couch for these 12 epic weekend picks

From the biggest Super Bowl show in town to a free show with a Jamaican reggae legend, here's what's hot this weekend in Halifax.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 12:40 PM

We've redesigned our weekly roundup of Sure Things and are pretty excited about it—and we hope you'll be, too.

2btheatre's latest play re-envisions a Yann Martel-inspired epic. - DANIEL BOOS PHOTO
  • 2btheatre's latest play re-envisions a Yann Martel-inspired epic.
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Imbibe: A Cocktail Event

Top Nova Scotia mixologists shake it off with over 30 delicious sample-sized cocktails for your swilling pleasure at the Lord Nelson Hotel. more deets

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Carbon Arc returns for its winter season with a collection of commercials from around the world that have been recognized by the Cannes Lions Festival as the best in marketing and advertising. more deets

One Discordant Violin
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

2btheatre's Anthony Black and Ann-Marie Kerr (the duo behind the award-winning play Invisible Atom) return with the world premiere of a Yann Martel (Life of Pi)-inspired story that asks what happens when we reach for what's beyond our grasp. Catch it at The Bus Stop theatre. more deets

A Super Bowl Experience of a Lifetime

Boasting what's probably the biggest screen in town (220 inches), The Dome's proving itself as the place to be as you cheer on Justin Timberlake—er, we mean The Patriots (though tbh it'd be way better if Janet was up there instead). An afterparty at Cheers keeps the good times rollin' until the wee hours. more deets

Argyle Fine Art's annual Pre-Shrunk show returns. - DEB BROMLEY ART
  • Argyle Fine Art's annual Pre-Shrunk show returns.
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Seasons (Waiting On You)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Vida Beyer's Khyber residency show sees her crafting a narrative installation that explores the fraught nature of intimate relationships, while also bowing to the beauty of femmes who "are too much, give too much, get used up and wait too long." more deets

Fishful Thinking
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Nancy Roberts' playful ceramic sculptures at The Craig Gallery capture fish splaying from the tops of palm trees, blooming as flowers and swimming in towering schools as though caught in a swelling wave. more deets

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you need proof that good things come in small packages, Argyle Fine Art's collection of teeny, four-by-five inch canvases will convince you: Each original work packs a major punch despite its size. more deets

  • W. Evan Drakes art
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
W. Evan Drakes' collection of photography and printmaking at the Anna Leonowens Gallery reflects on "the fabrication of memories through touch." more deets

North Preston drummer JR Smith keeps the beat at a African Heritage Month performance Thursday. - MNEO DESIGNS PHOTO
  • North Preston drummer JR Smith keeps the beat at a African Heritage Month performance Thursday.
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Inventions Redux feat. Ostrea Lake, Shadow
The HMC Chamber Orchestra combines forces with folk outfit Ostrea Lake and indie band Shadow for a sprawling sonic wave that'll pull you under. Held at the Halifax Music Co-op. more deets

Erin Costelo sings Carol King's Tapestry and other songs
Saturday, Sunday
After selling out The Marquee Ballroom (one of the city's bigger music venues) with a smoky rendition of Carole King's epic Tapestry last December, Costelo brings her soul-tinged folk show to an intimate house concert that's sure to give goosebumps. Location details are revealed at time of ticket purchase and you can snap up seats by emailing more deets

JR Smith Quartet
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Legendary North Preston drummer JR Smith (who's opened for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Anderson .Paak) keeps the beat at this epic African Heritage Month tribute with musicians Luke Arsenault, Silvio Pupo and Matt Maclennan at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

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Tomi Allen's Tree of Dreams: A solar concert for a sustainable future
The cosmic-minded, Beatles-influenced Tomi Allen returns with a Halifax Central Library concert showcasing tunes, energy technology and dreams for a sustainable future. Local musicians, leading researchers and special guests Alan Syliboy and Jamaican reggae royalty Jah'Mila (pictured) round out the bill. more deets
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Monday, January 29, 2018

ECMA nominees announced

Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, KINLEY and Ria Mae lead the 2018 pack.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Charlottetown's KINLEY picked up four noms for her debut album, Letters Never Sent. - DANIEL LEDWELL
  • Charlottetown's KINLEY picked up four noms for her debut album, Letters Never Sent.
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The 2018 East Coast Music Award nominations were announced this morning at Paul O'Regan Hall, featuring performances by Daniel Walker aka Owen Meany's Batting Stance and country teen phenom Makayla Lynn, who had to reschedule a math exam to make it. (Also announced: The Trailer Park Boys' new bar, in the old Seahorse space, will be called Sniggly Wiggly's. Yup.)

The ECMAs will invade Halifax for a five-day, 30th anniversary celebration beginning May 2, with the awards show happening on May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre.

The music nominees are:

Blues Recording of the Year
Earle & Coffin - Wood Wire Blood & Bone
Matt Minglewood - Fly Like Desperados
Mike Biggar - Go All In
Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys - Things Keep Lookin’ Up
Wayne Nicholson and The Eastenders - Diggin’ the Dirt

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Measha Brueggergosman
Nova Scotia Mass Choir
Reeny Smith
Universal Soul

Classical Composition of the Year
Andrew Staniland - “The River Within Us”
Derek Charke - “In Sonorous Falling Tones”
Fiona Ryan - “Lady of the Lake”
Jeff Reilly - “To Dream of Silence (In Four Movements)”
Martin Kutnowski - “Tonadas y Mateadas”

Classical Recording of the Year
Derek Charke and WIRED! Ensemble - In Sonorous Falling Tones
Duo Concertante - Incarnation
Jeff Reilly - To Dream of Silence
Maureen Batt - Lady of the Lake
Symphony Nova Scotia - Schubert
Ventus Machina - In The Weeds

Country Recording of the Year
The Hypochondriacs - The Hypochondriacs in ¾
Jason Benoit - WAVES
Makayla Lynn - On A Dare and a Prayer
Pretty Archie - Sing Alongs and Love Songs
Whitney Rose - South Texas Suite

Dance Recording of the Year
Bardic Beatz - “Beautiful Minds”
CRaymak - “Play With Fire” ft. Neon Dreams
FWLR & Twistex - “Without Borders”
Joel Freckelton - “Violet Rose” ft. Frank Kadillac
Spoutnique - “My Blue Sky Turns Teal, Vol 1”

Electronic Recording of the Year
Elephant Skeletons - The Traveller
Nicole Ariana - STRAND
Rozalind MacPhail - SUNSET SUNRISE
Veev - Golden EP

Folk Recording of the Year
Amelia Curran - Watershed
Catherine MacLellan - If It’s Alright With You
The East Pointers - What We Leave Behind
Joel & Bill Plaskett - Solidarity
Rose Cousins - Natural Conclusion

Francophone Recording of the Year
Jacques Jacobus - Le retour de Jacobus
Les Jeunes d’Asteure - paradis, probablement
Joey Robin Haché - Stigmates
Mary Beth Carty - Les biens-nommés
Menoncle Jason - Dans son prime

Gospel Recording of the Year
Informants - Uprising
Matt Linton - I’ve Got To Praise Him
Measha Brueggergosman - Songs of Freedom
Nova Scotia Mass Choir - Immanuel
Rekoncyle - Desire

Group Recording of the Year
Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection
City Natives - Dream Catchers
The East Pointers - What We Leave Behind
Ouroboros - Kitchuses
Les Païens - Carte noire
Tomato Tomato - I Go Where You Go
Walrus - Family Hangover

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Carolina East
City Natives
Don Ross
Maxim Cormier

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Amy Brandon - Scavenger
Chronos - What It Is
Michael Maillet - Entropy
Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5
Rosie MacKenzie - Atlantic

Jazz Recording of the Year
Florian Hoefner - Coldwater Stories
Heather Bambrick - You’ll Never Know
Les Païens - Carte noire
Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5
Willem Paynter - Wise Guy

Loud Recording of the Year
Hard Charger - Bad Omens
Sleepshaker - Things Are Different Now
Spirit of the Wildfire - Paradisolation
Tactus - Bending Light
ZAUM - Eidolon

Pop Recording of the Year
Ian Janes - Yes Man
Jenn Grant - Paradise
KINLEY - Letters Never Sent
Neon Dreams - To You
Port Cities - Port Cities

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
City Natives - Dream Catchers
Fortunato x DJ IV - 2 Bad Dudes
Ghettosocks - Diamants en cendres
Mitchell Bailey - Last Time Introducing Myself
Quake Matthews - Celebrate the Struggle

Rising Star Recording of the Year
The Barrowdowns - Come What May Come
KINLEY - Letters Never Sent
Mama’s Broke - Count the Wicked
Owen Meany’s Batting Stance - Owen Meany’s Batting Stance
Shreem - Celtic Remixing

Rock Recording of the Year
Alert the Medic - Let Them Have Their Fun
Jessie Brown - Keeping Appearances
Like A Motorcycle - High Hopes
Mo Kenney - The Details
Partner - In Search of Lost Time

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection
Còig - Rove
MacIsaac and MacKenzie - The Bay Street Sessions
Matthew Byrne - Horizon Lines
Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant - GOOD2GO

Solo Recording of the Year
Amelia Curran - Watershed
David Myles - Real Love
Jenn Grant - Paradise
Mo Kenney - The Details
Rose Cousins - Natural Conclusion

Songwriter of the Year
David Myles
Jenn Grant
Joel Plaskett
Rose Cousins
Tim Chaisson, Jake Charron, Koady Chaisson (The East Pointers)

Song of the Year
Gabrielle Papillon - “Keep the Fire” (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Jenn Grant - “Galaxies” (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
KINLEY - “Microphone” (Producer: Kinley Dowling & Colin Buchanan)
Port Cities - “Back to the Bottom” (Producer: Gordie Sampson)
Rose Cousins - “Grace” (Producer: Joe Henry)

Album of the Year
Amelia Curran - Watershed (Producers: Amelia Curran & Chris Stringer)
Jenn Grant - Paradise (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Joel & Bill Plaskett - Solidarity (Producer: Joel Plaskett)
Ria Mae - Ria Mae (Producer: Luke Boyd)
Rose Cousins - Natural Conclusion (Producer: Joe Henry)

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year
David Myles
Joel Plaskett
Matt Minglewood
Measha Brueggergosman
Neon Dreams
Port Cities
Ria Mae
Rose Cousins

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
George Belliveau - “Grand verre de tchekafaire ft. Arthur Comeau” (Director: Mathieu Laprise)
Jenn Grant - “Galaxies” (Director: Adam Goldhammer)
KINLEY - “Microphone” (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
Neon Dreams - “Marching Bands ft. Kardinal Offishall” (Director: Cazhmere)
Ria Mae - “Bend” (Director: Stephen Dunn)
Rose Cousins - “Chains” (Director: Nathan Boone)
The Town Heroes - “Thought Police” (Director: Cody Westman)

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Stars announce Halifax concert

Montreal's ethereal pop six-piece hits the Marquee Ballroom April 13.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 4:23 PM

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Known for its dreamy, decedent soundscapes and haunting vocals, Stars have been building sonic castles in sad-core style for over almost 20 years. Here, the band celebrates its impressive back catalogue (we hope "Take Me To The Riot" and "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" make the encore set list) and its latest effort, 2017's There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, with a Marquee Ballroom show April 13.

Tickets go on sale this Sunday at and are $38.49 in advance and $42.99 day of show.

Fill your time waiting with the soft, lush "Ageless Beauty" (and be prepared to happily hum the melody for days):

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ten unmissable weekend picks

NSCAD hosts a TEDx talk, African Heritage Month kicks off with a swank opening night and Don Connolly hosts his last Information Morning from the Cunard Centre. 

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Tell It To The Mic presents Jessica Leblanc
Poet Jessica Leblanc shares some verses at this Alteregos Cafe open-mic session, where audience members are encouraged to share their stories, songs or even read blog posts at the mic. 

The 2nd annual Garrett Mason Extravaganza
The local blues legend shares a swath of original songs at this Resolutes Club show. 

Dartmouth fashion designer Tabitha Osler talks about the way forward for sustainable fashion as NSCAD's TEDx talk Sunday (see 4). - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Dartmouth fashion designer Tabitha Osler talks about the way forward for sustainable fashion as NSCAD's TEDx talk Sunday (see 4).
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UCW Management Night
Head to the Spryfield Lions Rink (25 Drysdale Road) for this night of mat-slamming madness as wrestlers Chuck Martin and Dave Boyce each pick an opponent to face off against in the ring. 

Celluloid Stream Film Series: Marianne and Juliane
The Modulating Mansion screens a celluloid copy of New German Cinema titan Margarethe Von Trotta's 1981 flick that follows two sisters—one a journalist, one a radical terrorist and both devoted to the same cause. 

Don Connolly's last Information Morning
The legendary host who's been helping Nova Scotians wake up for over four decades is retiring from the airwaves. This, his last broadcast, is a roast filled with special surprise guests and familiar voices that you can watch at The Cunard Centre. Read more about Don's goodbye in this week's issue of The Coast. 

MAJE and a slew of local hip hop heavyweights light up the T-Room Thursday (see 5). - MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON PHOTO
  • MAJE and a slew of local hip hop heavyweights light up the T-Room Thursday (see 5).
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T-Party Episode 1 feat. MAJE, King Wooz and more
One of the brightest rising stars in the local hip hop scene, MAJE brings killer rhymes to the T-Room for a show that'll make you wanna move. 

NSCAD gives you some serious brain food with a slew of speakers on various topics at its Bell Auditorium, including Adrian Fish tracing Germany's history through its abandoned buildings; Tabitha Osler speaking about sustainable fashion and the next steps for the industry; and Ken Schwartz on creating a rural culture. 

Being Evil feat. DJ Queen
One part dance party and one part drag performance, this all-out riot at Menz & Mollyz asks what's the use in being good, anyway, when being evil is so much more fun. Rocadella Deluca and Jennifer Dafuque perform while DJ Queen spins hot wax to make you melt into the dance floor. 

African Heritage Month opening night
The kickoff to 2018's African Heritage Month sees a traditional opening night ceremony stuffed with musical entertainment and special guests at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. 

Stop Kiss
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
The Dartmouth Players give a redux of Diana Son's off-broadway '90s hit, a shuffled-deck story bouncing between the early days of Sara and Callie's relationship and the days following a homophobic attack.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

GroundSwell Music launches Into The Night Music Festival

The rebranded fest hits Olympic Hall March 16-17 with The Flatliners and Said The Whale headlining.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Formerly billed as the GroundSwell Music Festival, Into The Night Music Fest started as a way to highlight all the musical magic happening at GroundSwell Music's synonymous label. Since 2015, it was like walking through a live, label completion CD introducing Haligonians to local gems like the alt-rock The Town Heroes and punky Like A Motorcycle.

This year, though, Into The Night's shaking it up a bit, including Ontario punks The Flatliners and indie groove machine Said the Whale to the festival lineup.

The Flatliners and Like A Motorcycle kick things off Friday, March 16 while Said the Whale and The Town Heroes keep it chill on Saturday, March 17. While more acts are TBA, Black Buffalo Records will be on site March 17 for a record fair from 11am-4pm.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 so fans better get on this great way to spend St. Patrick's Day.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ten deadly weekend picks

In the Dead of Winter fest returns, The Villain's Theatre hosts a potato chip party and Matt Mays headlines the Scotiabank Centre for a weekend you wouldn't be caught dead missing out on.

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Winter Games Fun Day
Pier 21 is hyped about the upcoming winter Olympics in PyeongChang and to get you in on the good vibes, too, it'll be hosting a bilingual, interactive afternoon for families and newcomers to learn about winter sports in Canada.

Silver + Gold
Eyelevel has been treating Halifax's eyeballs to art of all kinds for over 40 years, and now the gallery's patrons get a chance to give back to the space with this epic fundraising party slash drag show. Check out the silent auction before tearing it up on the dance floor as local drag royalty Jennifer Dafuque, Rhett Sluter and more bring it on stage. Held at Eyelevel's new space, 100-5663 Cornwallis Street.

Matt Mays rocks the Scotiabank Centre this Saturday while opening act The Beaches (pictured) delivers an unmissable mix of Garbage and Hole (see 1). - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
  • Matt Mays rocks the Scotiabank Centre this Saturday while opening act The Beaches (pictured) delivers an unmissable mix of Garbage and Hole (see 1).
  • Submitted photo.

The Music of David Bowie
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Symphony Nova Scotia sells the world as it pays tribute to the star man in the sky, giving all of Bowie's biggest hits the full orchestral treatment at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
A night of films chronicling epic adventures, remote journeys and ground-breaking expeditions at Spatz Theatre is sure to stoke your wanderlust.

Intersections: SNARCON Faculty Panel
Friday // Saturday
Aiming to provide a space for under-represented voices in academia, this University of King's College conference sees presentations and discussions by the likes of El Jones, Rebecca Thomas, Asha Jeffers and more. Held in the New Academic Building's Red Room, topics include the Renaissance, colonialism and queerness in art and history.

Soprano Maureen Batt debuts a new work written especially for her golden vocal chords this Saturday (see 5). - TOM BELDING
  • Soprano Maureen Batt debuts a new work written especially for her golden vocal chords this Saturday (see 5).
  • Tom Belding

Crossing Borders—Mission: Compassion
One part music and one part musing, this evening of contemporary compositions at The Music Room sees soprano Maureen Batt and pianist Cheryl Duvall explore the meaning of compassion while playing a slew of works—including the premiere of Halifax-based composer Robert Bauer's Ice Kaleidoscope.

Black Tie Chip Night
The Villain’s Theatre’s self-taught chip connoisseurs Dan Bray and Colleen MacIsaac host this black tie affair, guiding guests through flights of the finest fried potatoes. Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased at

Cathy Jones: Stranger To Hard Work
The This Hour Has 22 Minutes star helps you beat the January blahs with this one-woman show stuffed with side-splitting laughs at Spatz Theatre.

Palehound w/Dance Movie, Skye Wallace, Emily Rockarts
The Boston fuzz-rock band Palehound comes to Halifax for the first time for the In the Dead of Winter Festival, with its latest LP, the emotionally charged A Place I’ll Always Go, in tow for a Seahorse Tavern show that'll have you feeling all the glorious feels.

Matt Mays w/July Talk, The Beaches
A ticket so hot we need about a thousand flame emojis, this show sees Dartmouth's rock 'n' roll prince share the Scotiabank Centre stage with the gruff-soft energy of Can-rock it duo July Talk. Pro tip? Don't sleep on The Beaches, the east-side Toronto offspring of Garbage and Hole that'll bowl you over with its punk goddess vibes.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sloan, Measha Brueggergosman and Rose Cousins among new names added to ECMA awards show

The ceremony and concert happens May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Rose Cousins brings her brand of beautifully-restrained folk to the ECMA awards show. - VIA ROSECOUSINS.COM
  • Rose Cousins brings her brand of beautifully-restrained folk to the ECMA awards show.
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The Maritime Grammys are returning to Halifax this spring after what feels like too many years away, and with them are coming one hell of a big ticket. While the entire ECMA madness lasts from May 2 to 6, the awards ceremony itself (which takes place May 3) boasts a week's worth of talent, with old-stock rock royalty Sloan, the golden vocal chords of Measha Brueggergosman and folk queen Rose Cousins adding to a mix that already includes Joel Plaskett, Universal Soul, The Barra MacNeils, Les Hay Babies and The Once.

The East Pointers, Port Cities, Quake Matthews, Kinley, Makayla Lynn and City Natives round out the second wave of award ceremony performers for the Scotiabank Centre show, and tickets are available now for $40.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ten totally-rockin' weekend picks

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Iconic R&B singer Jully Black performs with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, hardcore titan OVAV returns to The Pavilion and indie outfit No, It's Fine. drop a new LP, meaning this music-packed weekend has all your sonic cravings satisfied. 

Dungeons and Flagons
It's an epic afternoon of suds swilling and Dungeons and Dragons that's open to all levels and held at Good Robot Brewing Company.

Jawbreaker: Opulence
DJ DJE celebrates one year of spinning sizzling-hot wax at this epic Reflections dance party that also features drag performances by Bridget Von Snaps and Cynthia Stilts. 

Jully Black, Canada's queen of R&B, lends her voice to the Nova Scotia Mass Choir's MLK tribute Saturday (see 1). - IMAGE VIA JULLYBLACK.CA
  • Jully Black, Canada's queen of R&B, lends her voice to the Nova Scotia Mass Choir's MLK tribute Saturday (see 1).
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Body Worlds Rx official opening
Two days before it opens to the public, get a sneak peek of the Museum of Natural History's hotly-anticipated exhibit that's an ode to the human body at this reception. 

No, It's Fine. LP release show w/June Body, Goldbloom, Fungus
Hali-rock gold No, It's Fine. describes its sound best: "Exactly the kind of music you would expect a Nova Scotian who visited Philadelphia once and then never stopped talking about it to make." Showing up early at Gus' for stellar spoonfuls of pop rock from Fungus, Goldbloom and June Body is a must. 

SickWish Gala
Jeremie Saunders of the Sickboy Podcast (the Best of Halifax 2016 Readers' Choice award-winning podcast exploring illness in frank and funny interviews) was granted a wish as an ill child in 2002—and still isn't over how he blew it on a shopping spree at a local mall. Now, for his big 3-0, he's getting a do-over, sorta: This fundraising gala sees one adult living with an illness get the carte blanche wish Saunders had over a decade ago. A bucket list theme means the party will be a treasure trove of experiences for all attendees, with straight-shave barbers and on-site tattooing amongst the promised madness at the Museum of Natural History. 

Vulva Culture shares the stage with a slew of other up-and-coming shining stars Friday (see 2). - PHOTO BY LENNY MULLINS
  • Vulva Culture shares the stage with a slew of other up-and-coming shining stars Friday (see 2).
  • Photo by Lenny Mullins

OVAV w/Weed Thief, Frail Hands, Dirt Stache
The hardcore titan OVAV returns to The Pavilion for a night of face-melting sound. 

Snapshots: Presentations of Works in Progress
Get a dose of culture as the Maritime Conservatory School of Dance and the Cobequid Young Company show off their latest steps at this works-in-progress show at the Conservatory.

Hello City feat. Stewart Legere
Hello City is a monthly improv show sharing jokes and stories about the city we all love (and sometimes hate). This time around, folk-pop prince Stewart Legere gets in on the fun, sharing tall tales of his own from the Bus Stop stage.

Class of 2018: Keonte Beals w/Chudi Harris, Vulva Culture, Spirit of the Wildfire, Jody Upshaw
A roundup of some of Halifax's best up-and-comers will slay you with their sonic tonic at The Seahorse. 

Nova Scotia Mass Choir: The Dream Continues w/Jully Black
A musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. from the golden vocal chords of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir gets even more epic with the addition of Canadian R&B queen Jully Black at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

The War on Drugs play Jazz Fest 2018

Daniel Caesar also on tap; tix on sale Friday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 11:11 AM

The War on Drugs will be stopping by in seven months. - SHAWN BRACKBILL
  • The War on Drugs will be stopping by in seven months.
  • Shawn Brackbill
The Halifax Jazz Festival continues to raise the bar after an astonishing run of St. Vincent, Lauryn Hill and Anderson .Paak with a hot headliner double-punch, announcing The War on Drugs (July 11, $52.50) and Daniel Caesar (July 15, $37.50) as part of this year's lineup. Both shows are co-pros with Sonic Concerts, and tix go on sale Friday at 10am online or at the Music Nova Scotia office (2169 Gottingen Street).
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