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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hop into the long weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 1:43 PM

Hop to it this long weekend: 4/20-themed rock shows, fat fashion fetes with The Bounty, nerdy times at The Spring Geekquinox and more good times await below.

If you've ever wished that there was a testosterone equivalent to the friendship meditations Judy Blume is known for, New Magic Valley Fun Town might be it. - LEIF NORMAN PHOTO
  • If you've ever wished that there was a testosterone equivalent to the friendship meditations Judy Blume is known for, New Magic Valley Fun Town might be it.
  • Leif Norman photo

Fat Babes Clothing Swap
Thursday
Calling all plus-sizes QTs looking to get their wardrobes fresh for spring: The Bounty, AKA the curated thrift pop-up catering to those size large and above, is hosting a clothing swap at South House. Drop off duds you're done with, mine for new-to-you treasures or just roll in the body-positive vibes of it all. more deets

New Magic Valley Fun Town
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to catch this Neptune Scotiabank Studio offering, which picks up where an abandoned friendship left off over two decades ago, exploring what we remember and what we try to forget. If you've ever wished that there was a testosterone equivalent to the friendship meditations Judy Blume is known for, this play might be it. more deets

Spring Geequinox
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The surest sign that spring has sprung? The descent of cosplay, comics, video games and all things nerdy at the Spring Geequinox. Online pre-sale tickets have sold out, so Big Bang Theory wannabes better show up at the Halifax Forum early to snap up the few door tix that remain. more deets

Someone: A queer storytelling event
Friday
A group of local artists—including Stewart Legere, Meghan Hubley, Michael Lake and more—share tales of their favourite queer role models at this Bus Stop Theatre event. An open mic portion and a dance party cap off the good times. more deets

Sydney Blum gets her Halifax debut with a collection of sculptures inspired by the legend of Icarus. - SYDNEY BLUM ARTWORK
  • Sydney Blum gets her Halifax debut with a collection of sculptures inspired by the legend of Icarus.
  • Sydney Blum artwork

Halifax Harbour 1918
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's latest memorial of the Halifax Explosion sees the city's waterfront shown "through the eyes of artists Arthur Lismer and Harold Gilman, following one of the most searing events in Canadian history," the gallery explains. more deets

A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Hallie Watson celebrates the arrival of warmer temperatures with a collection of large paintings and oil pastels focusing on forest scenes at the Chase Gallery. more deets

Icarus-Colour-Space
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Inspired by the legend of Icarus and his ill-fated attempt to fly close to the sun, sculptor Sydney Blum debuts this collection of wing-shaped pieces that suggest a "continuum of time and space." more deets

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Geometric Perfection as Universal Matrix
Saturday, Sunday

Reni Gower wants you to be here, now, in this place—and is giving your eyeballs the sharp-edged, geometric work to make it happen at Hermes. more deets

Dartmouth Brit-metal machine Black Moor makes the most of the first post-legalization 4/20 with a killer show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Dartmouth Brit-metal machine Black Moor makes the most of the first post-legalization 4/20 with a killer show.
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The Reset feat. Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, Natalie Lynn, Kids Losing Sleep, Sarah Ellen Morrison, Willow St. Station, Wolf Parade
Thursday

NSCC celebrates the end of classes with the rock-steeped sound of Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound. Pro tip? Don't miss the pop-punk awesomeness of Kids Losing Sleep, one of the stage-warming acts (oh, and you need not be a student to reap the end-of-term fun). more deets

4/20 Reefer Madness feat. Black Moor w/Lionsault, Burgerfriespop, Dreadfort, 5 Day Suspension, Hitman, Electric Spoonful, Voodoo Sometimes
Saturday
Celebrate the first post-legalization 4/20 with this killer set featuring ECMA-winning metal act Lionsault and the Black Sabbath-loving Black Moor. more deets

Hip Hop Karaoke w/DJ IV, DJ RS Smooth
Thursday
If you know you can flow like Busta, drop verse like Missy or rhyme like Big Boi, this is the karaoke you've been dreaming of: DJs IV and RS Smooth spin your track of choice while you spit bars overtop, doing your best to keep it accurate and on-time. Email hfxhiphopkaraoke@gmail.com to snag your song (how many will try and call dibs on "Get Ur Freak On"?) or just come thru The Seahorse to witness the fire. Remember, using the space to perform an original tune—or using a racial slur, even if it's in the original lyrics—means you can kiss your chance at the cash prize goodbye. more deets

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Julie Dorion w/Prism Shores
Sunday

From artsy-oddball fun at Sappy Fest to grunge-y goodness in the '90s band Eric's Trip, Julie Dorion is Can-rock royalty who's been gracing us unworthy peasants with gifts for decades. Here, a small present—her presence—gets us through the long weekend with the tunes we need. more deets
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Common will open the Jazz Fest

July 9 tickets are on sale Monday.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM

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The Halifax Jazz Festival continues to brighten your summer: On the heels of its First Aid Kit/Bahamas back-to-back comes the news that the rapper Common will open the event on the waterfront stage Tuesday, July 9. Tickets to see Common, who won the Oscar for Best Song for "Glory'' from 2015's Selma (he's actually a Tony from EGOTing), are $59 and are on sale Monday, April 15 at 10am here.

Additional lineup announces made by the Jazz Fest today include the new contemporary jazz series at St. Paul's Church: Elise Legrow (Thu Jul 11), the Heather Bambrick Quintet (Fri Jul 12) and iskwē (Sat Jul 13). There will also be "music for desert picnics" in the form of Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar. Festival passes are on sale now.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

OBEY Convention drops full line-up

Get your eardrums and playlists ready.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 11:37 AM

This year's OBEY—which runs from May 30 to June 2—features a solid undercard of local awesomeness, including melodic hardcore Frail Hands. - MICHAEL MCGRATH
  • This year's OBEY—which runs from May 30 to June 2—features a solid undercard of local awesomeness, including melodic hardcore Frail Hands.
  • MICHAEL MCGRATH

Today, the one-of-a-kind, musical odyssey that is the OBEY convention announced its full lineup of artists who will be making their way to Halifax at the end of the month.

Amongst the names we’re stoked for is Mary Jane Leach, a composer/performer whose mastery of the acoustical sciences can turn playing with tones into a powerful listening experience.

Cucina Povera hits just as hard but with a million soft feathers, using minimalistic vocals, micro-tonalities and mixing in background recordings of the sounds of everyday life.

With a recently released, internationally acclaimed LP Ultraviolet, Kelly Moran is bringing her talent to the stage, translating for her audiences what it would sound like if her piano has dark, twisted and mystical dreams.

On the other end of the spectrum — when dreams turn into rebellious nightmares — is Guttersnipe, “smothering the Rock idiom in hyper-accelerated bioluminescent hysteria.”

Those looking for more trance in their punk will find solace in the hypnotic, gritty guitar and percussion duo, 75 Dollar Bill, travelling through time from its early days (2013) and space (Brooklyn, NYC) and six years of mixing punk, new classical, psych and street band.

Another power duo, less trancy, more dancy, is Just John x Dom Dias. The Toronto art collective organizer and freeflow rapper in collaboration with DJ/producer Dom Dias and his blends of dancehall, disco and Balie funk, are packing up their 2018 hit Soundboi and getting ready to pack the dance floor from May 30-June 2.

Rounding out the list includes local offerings Frail Hands, who we heralded in last year’s annual New Music Issue as one of the freshest takes on melodic hardcore around, and Zamani—which OBEY calls a “rising R&B force.”

Peep the full lineup—and snag yer wristbands—at obeyconvention.com.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Picture the perfect weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Treat your eyeballs to some awesome art this weekend with a host of new shows, listen to stories from Africa at a dessert-included fundraiser, drop in to the Cannabis Sessions and don't miss Juice Girls' epic shoegaze pop.

Carrie Allison continues her art-activism for the Sheubenacadie River by auctioning off her geographically correct beading of the waterway this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Carrie Allison continues her art-activism for the Sheubenacadie River by auctioning off her geographically correct beading of the waterway this weekend.
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The Cannabis Sessions
Saturday

The Coast presents this one-day series of discussions that'll help you demystify recreational cannabis. Both new and avid consumers can catch talks on things like growing craft plants, the science behind the plant, addressing stigma and more. "A first for this region, attendees will have exclusive access to speaker sessions and get the chance to interact with feature brands, influencers, industry trailblazers and other consumers," the event promises, and coffee, food and a totally dope swag bag are all included in your ticket cost. Held at 1566 Barrington Street. more deets

Auction to support Stop Alton Gas
Saturday

Indigenous artist Carrie Allison and her Kin River Collective host this live auction raising funds for water protectors and Stop Alton Gas (an organization aiming to protect the Shubenacadie River and surrounding land from becoming a natural gas storage site). Amongst the items on offer? Sections of her Shubenacadie River Beading Project, a geographically correct, traditional beading of the waterway the artist crafted as a community collaboration. It all goes down at Art Bar. more deets

Cosmic drag queen bingo
Friday

RuPaul's Drag Race star Manila Luzon hosts this bingo game while serving lewks to die for at the Cunard Centre. more deets

Storytelling: An Odyssey of African Tales
Saturday

The Malaika Grandmothers of Halifax host this extra-special edition of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax at First Baptist Church, serving up tales of Africa. Intermission is marked with dessert and beverages, and all proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of African grandmothers raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. more deets

Gary Castle returns to the Corridor Gallery with more wild, wonderful, eccentric art—this time, all about dreams. - GARY CASTLE ARTWORK
  • Gary Castle returns to the Corridor Gallery with more wild, wonderful, eccentric art—this time, all about dreams.
  • Gary Castle artwork

Taste Test
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Aralia Maxwell explores the purpose taste serves with this Anna Leonowens Gallery show, noting that cravings often ignore nutritional concerns. With a mix of acrylic paint and plastic foam, the lines between fine art and haute cuisine become blurred. more deets

You are innocent when you dream
Thursday, Friday

Gary Castle returns to the Corridor Gallery, exploring the nature of dreams with manipulated photographs that the gallery says "bring the fragments of dreams into focus." The result feels like the visual equivalent of a sour candy or a Kurt Vonnegut novel. more deets

Transforming Body, Mind and Stone
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Each of the five carved works at this mini-retrospective shines a light on a segment of Luigi Costanzo's decades-long career—from his early days of talent development to the realization that arthritis in his hands might take his creative outlet away. In his artist's statement, he says the collection is presented "with no up or down, front or back—loosened fixed ideas about making work and living life." See it at the Craig Gallery. more deets

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Park
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Rhonda Barrett explores issues surrounding land use and urban planning as she displays a collection of up-cyled collage works that compare public parks and public parking lots. See them at Art 1274 Hollis. more deets

Dream-pop outfit Juice Girls is back on the scene after wowing at the 2018 Halifax Pop Explosion. See them in action for yourself at this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Dream-pop outfit Juice Girls is back on the scene after wowing at the 2018 Halifax Pop Explosion. See them in action for yourself at this weekend.
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That's SO '90s Dance Party
Saturday

Shake yo' groove thang to TLC, Destiny's Child and more #tbt faves at Clay West Bar & Grill. more deets

Juice Girls w/Prism Shores
Thursday

Get swept up in the riot grrl-inspired, shoegaze-y sound of Juice Girls at this rockin', free T-Room show. more deets

Jean-Michel Blais
Saturday

The composer-pianist who blends post-classical and electronic with ease arrives at St. Matthew's United Church with his 2018 Polaris Prize shortlisted effort, Dans ma main, in tow. more deets

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Brooklyn Blackmore single release show w/Samantha Power, Brandon Davis, Foggy Road, Casey May
Friday
Poppy, slick country is Blackmore's calling card and here at The Carleton, she delivers it with the perfect bubblegum, mid-career-Taylor-Swift sheen. more deets
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Watch the trailer for Jason Eisener's new wrestling series

The six-part doc series Dark Side of the Ring premieres April 10.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 1:58 PM

Viceland has dropped the trailer for its new wrestling doc series Dark Side of the Ring. Conceived by Dartmouth's own Jason Eisener with Evan Husney, each episode follows, 30 For 30-style, a veteran wrestler including Bret Hart, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and The Fabulous Moolah. Dark Side of the Ring premieres Wednesday, April 10 for fancy cable-havers.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Feast upon the (Burger) weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Burger Week has finally arrived, so this weekend is the time to patty on and chow down. What to do in between meals? Try catching a soon-to-be-classic road flick, peeping Jordan Bennett’s much-lauded art show before it wraps, watch some vintage cartoons with a live soundtrack and more.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog is your new favourite road movie—you just don't know it yet.
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog is your new favourite road movie—you just don't know it yet.

Halifax Burger Week 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Halifax Burger Week is the city-wide burger-eating sensation and fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia, put on by The Coast. Creative burger offerings either have a set price of $6, or cost more and the restaurant donates a share of each burger's price to Feed NS. Get ready to chow down with your Burger Passport, available in this week's Coast. more deets

Neither Wolf Nor Dog screening
Saturday

A screening of the bound-to-be-classic road movie that's adapted from the '90s novel, this flick sees a white author called on to pen the life story of a Lakota Elder. After a false start, the author is essentially forced on a road trip across "the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape." See it at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Poems For Impending Doom launch
Friday
Head to Art Bar + Projects to celebrate this digital launch of poems by local verse-builders exploring how they'd re-do civilization if given the chance. more deets

Saturday morning cartoons
Saturday

Catch this quirky screening of some vintage cartoons, accompanied with a live soundtrack courtesy of local five-piece Fifth Wind. Held at Mobia Technology, 340 Wright Ave # 13, Dartmouth. more deets

Jordan Bennett's ground-breaking installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia wraps this weekend, so don't sleep on it! - RAW PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO IMAGE
  • Jordan Bennett's ground-breaking installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia wraps this weekend, so don't sleep on it!
  • Raw Photography Studio image

BIGsmall
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Get a glance at the impressive permanent collection of the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery with this show that contrasts, yup, big and small pieces. more deets

Ketu'elmita'jik
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jordan Bennett's first Nova Scotia show saw the artist make an immersive space in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, taking historical artifacts from Mi’kmaq and Beothuk cultures and continuing their shapes and narratives onto the very walls of the gallery. See the iconic, lauded show before it wraps on March 31. more deets

The Memorialist
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
D’Arcy Wilson delivers this mix of photography, video projection and historical artifacts while studying the colonialist way settlers view and understand nature at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. more deets

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Icarus-Colour-Space
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Inspired by the legend of Icarus and his ill-fated attempt to fly closer to the sun, sculptor Sydney Blum debuts this collection of wing-shaped pieces that suggest a "continuum of time and space." The Studio 21 show also acts as Blum's firs showing in Halifax. more deets

Ashley MacIsaac teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia once again for a rip-roaring show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Ashley MacIsaac teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia once again for a rip-roaring show.
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BurgerFriesPop unofficial Burger Week celebration w/Kilmore, StoneHouse, The B+ Players, Privacy Bag
Saturday
The band with burger in the name gets in on the Burger Week fun with this beefy set at Gus' Pub. more deets

Ashley MacIsaac w/Symphony Nova Scotia
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

"He’s brash, brilliant and one of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time. Cape Breton’s own platinum-selling, multiple-award-winning Ashley MacIsaac returns to Symphony Nova Scotia for a fiery, foot-stomping concert of savage energy, furious fiddling and rollicking down-home fun," show organizers promise of the bound-to-be-epic showcase. Catch it at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. more deets

Maura Whitman
Thursday
The R&B-tinged songs of Maura Whitman—combined with her Alicia Keys-influenced vocals—will make you an instant fan. Catch her set at the Halifax Grammar School. more deets

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A Choir of Desire and Demands on Repeat performance and reception
Friday
The Khyber's latest artist-in-residence, Annie Wong, debuts her performance art piece the gallery calls " a nomadic choral performance...that recalls, reminds and repeats demands made by feminist movements across geography and history." A reception follows at the Khyber. more deets
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jazz Fest announces First Aid Kit and Bahamas in first round of headliners

Tickets on sale Friday.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 11:07 AM

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We were a little worried when the Halifax Jazz Festival was still conspicuously silent this week, having announced its big gets in January of previous years. But it was all for naught—today HJF made its initial lineup announcement, and it was worth the wait.

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit will headline the waterfront stage (formerly and forever The Tent) on Wednesday, July 10, with Tim Baker opening—good news for anyone who got shut out of his St. Matt's shows in May. The next night's show sees Bahamas and The Barr Brothers chill-rockin the area.

A new venue this year is St. Paul's Anglican Church in Grand Parade, in which the Liebman/Murley Quartet will play on Thursday, July 11.

Festival passes are on sale now, with individual tickets for these shows dropping Friday, March 29 at 10am. Stay tuned for more announcements and enjoy the best song from Ruins now:
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Thrush Hermit returns September 28

The dream of the 90s is alive in Halifax.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 11:04 AM

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Halifax faves Thrush Hermit will reunite this fall in honour of the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album Clayton Park, which will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 13. Tickets for the September 28 show at The Marquee are available now for $44 right here. Don't sleep!
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Spring is officially here so let's bounce off the couch and head out to all sorts of fun events like the Pakistan Food Festival, Neptune's creative re-telling of King Lear and a hot lineup of local bands-to-watch at Gus' Pub.

The Pakistan Food Festival 2019 celebrates a food-focused culture with amazing eats you've never seen before. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Pakistan Food Festival 2019 celebrates a food-focused culture with amazing eats you've never seen before.
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Fresh Looks Fashion Show
Saturday
The creative minds behind the White Rabbit Arts Festival brings this, a night of "dark, dreamy, out-of-this-world looks and a few little surprises," to Menz. more deets

How to read tea leaves
Sunday
Forecast your future with what workshop organizers call "the reviving of a formerly commonplace skill" at The Neighbourhood Witch General Store. more deets

The Lear Project
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A rapturous blend of Neptune's history and Shakespeare's tale of the aged king, this three-night show sees some of the theatre's most iconic cast members reunited. more deets

Pakistan Food Festival 2019
Saturday
Traditional Pakistani eats, chai, handcrafts and more await at this celebration that also features cultural and musical performances. It all goes down at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church. more deets

This weekend is your last chance to peep Bev Pike's massive paintings that imagine a new, underground society. - BEV PIKE ARTWORK
  • This weekend is your last chance to peep Bev Pike's massive paintings that imagine a new, underground society.
  • Bev Pike artwork

Colour Your Winter
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This show featuring three must-see things—new paintings by gestural abstract genius Jimy Sloan, a 30-panel work by Yang Hong and the first showing of Toni Losey's sculptures in Halifax—wraps on Wednesday, so get to Studio 21, stat. more deets

Bev Pike: Grottesque
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Known for her monumentally scaled paintings, Pike takes it way underground as this exhibit sees 18-feet-tall gouache-on-paper renderings of caves and subterranean grottos engulf Saint Mary's gallery with dark palettes and baroque detailing. This weekend is the show's last, so get going so you can witness the underground utopian future of Pike's imagination. more deets

Surrender
Thursday, Friday
Michael Greer's collection of charcoal-and-oil figurative works explore the ways our bodies show footprints of change, trauma and life's curveballs. See 'em at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

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One Woman's Retrospective
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Acadian-Metis artist Caroline Nuna Murray depicts snippets of her life from 1979 to today with acrylic canvases that boast wooden and beaded accents, and a magical-realist aesthetic, at the Keshen Goodman Public Library. more deets

Grungy country-rocker Fungus headlines a show of some of the city's best on-the-up talent at Gus'. - HELENA DARLING PHOTO
  • Grungy country-rocker Fungus headlines a show of some of the city's best on-the-up talent at Gus'.
  • Helena Darling photo

Villages album release show
Friday

Imagine the sound of the Fleet Foxes, soaked in Atlantic sea spray and mixed with a War on Drugs influence, and you've got Villages. Here the band celebrates its long-awaited debut LP, recorded in rural Nova Scotia, at Good Robot. more deets

Emo Night
Thursday

Dig out your black nail polish now for this early 2000s tribute night that'll make you dance-cry and sing your heart out at The Seahorse. more deets

Fungus w/Juice Girls, Holy Crow
Friday

The infectious rock of Fungus—who marries '90s grunge with country and blues—headlines this show full of on-the-up local gems at Gus' Pub. Pro tip? Don't sleep on Juice Girls, the riot grrl-influenced dream-pop group that slayed at Halifax Pop Explosion 2018. more deets

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Braden Lam w/Awolk, The Bombadills, Carrie MacInnis
Saturday

The salt-water, folk-tinged incarnation of an early-aughts Justin Beiber, Braden Lam is the #mcm you haven't met yet. Here, he helps a host of local acts raise funds for new warming centres in Lower Sackville at Apartment 3 Espresso Bar. more deets
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Gucci Mane's Forum show is on sale now

The rapper is set to visit May 15.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 11:42 AM

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Rapper and Spring Breakers star Gucci Mane is scheduled to perform at the Halifax Forum on May 15 with guests August Alsina, Merkules and Peter Jackson. Tickets start at $89 and are available now right here.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Green guide: All the Sure Things you need this St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM

From an Irish tea party to Gus' legendary St. Patty's Puketacular party to drag reviews and a Missy Elliot-themed play, here's a four-leaf clover of fun.

Eureka Love, Rouge Fatale and Farrah Moan are the Queens of the Glamazon—and the trio crowning the best in local drag this Saturday night. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • Eureka Love, Rouge Fatale and Farrah Moan are the Queens of the Glamazon—and the trio crowning the best in local drag this Saturday night.
  • Stoo Metz photo

Miss N Me
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's the opening weekend for Eastern Front Theatre's latest at Neptune's Scotiabank Stage. The play sees hairdresser Dawna go on "a theatrical road trip through the human psyche" as she embarks on the quest to meet her icon, Missy Elliott. more deets

The Clever Hand screening
Friday
A showing of the new, four-part short that's a collaboration between At Land Films and maggie jayne—and sees maggie jayne follow the lead of designers like Marc Jacobs by releasing a fashion film—will have you dreaming of a new wardrobe. The immersive environment at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative also acts as the launch for the Halifax label's latest colourful and soft collection, so you might wanna bring your credit card along. more deets

Queens of the Glamazon High Heel Awards
Saturday

Eureka Love, Rouge Fatale and Farrah Moan return to the stage to celebrate the year’s best in local drag, acting as a perfect primer to the scene or the chance to relive your fave performances at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

An Afternoon of Celtic Tales & Tea
Saturday

Over the boozing side of St. Patrick's, or simply looking for a family friendly take on the big day? Head to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum's historic Evergreen House for an afternoon tea complete with cookies, fresh scones and fine china to sip your brew out of. Completing the good times? Celtic tales from storytellers Elinor Benjamin, Liz Newkirk and Linda Winham. more deets

A new installation at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery delivers an all-ages lesson on Mohawk culture. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • A new installation at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery delivers an all-ages lesson on Mohawk culture.
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this is where i live now
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sara MacCulloch delivers simple vignettes of daily life in these oil paintings of the apartment where she lives with her daughter. "Subjects such as an unmade bed, things left on a table, the recently occupied living room," as her artist's statement says, are captured portrait-style in this show at The Anna. more deets

Teiakwanahstahsontéhrhá | We Extend The Rafters
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Known for her digital art that uses video game-style graphics, Skawennati brings an installation to the MSVU gallery that educates viewers on Mohawk culture. A skeleton of a traditional longhouse, re-imagined in steel, is anchored at one end by a screening of "a futuristic saga set in 3025, yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee confederation story." more deets

Family Bonds & Belonging
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

An exploration and meditation on what family means, this exhibition promises to "celebrate Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation." Catch it at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. more deets

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Hiroshige: The 53 Stations of the Tokaido
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This Sunday marks your last chance to see this sprawling retrospective of woodcuts by Japanese Ukiyo-e legend Utagawa Hiroshige. Get to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia before the complete, original 1834 series is gone! more deets

Craig Cardiff is one of The Carleton's favourite musicians—high praise for a spot that sees so many troubadours trailing through. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Craig Cardiff is one of The Carleton's favourite musicians—high praise for a spot that sees so many troubadours trailing through.
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St. Patrick's Day Puketacular
Sunday

If there are two camps for St. Patrick's Day—team green beer and team Irish culture, say—this show has both feet firmly planted in the former, with a roster of bands (Smoke N Rhythm, Labour Camp, West Ave, Hatchet Lake, Electric Spoonful, Designosaur, Klackers, B + Players, Privacy Bag, Which Witch is Which and Outtacontroller) playing heavy tunes for you to knock back brews to at Gus'. more deets

Craig Cardiff
Thursday, Friday

"Craig Cardiff builds landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart and the next one puts it back together," The Carleton promises of Cardiff's two shows at the downtown spot, meaning if you're not a fan yet, you will be. more deets

Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset w/Cameron, The Backstays
Friday
The sunshine-y, vintage-tinged rock of Matt Steele will put a smile on your face and spring in your step—exactly what we need during winter's dregs, so get to The Seahorse! more deets

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A Party Boots St. Patrick's Day feat. Party Boots, Willie Stratton & The Freestars, The Barrowdowns, Aisling Highland Dancers and more
Sunday

It's a full afternoon of fun at The Carleton as the good-time-givin' Party Boots headlines a show that includes ceilidhs, highland dancers and a host of local talent. more deets
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Have a funky-fresh weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 2:59 PM

From The Sorority's epic International Women's Day show to Ria Mae at The Marquee to a screening of the powerful The Girls of Meru doc, this weekend is full of must-see shows, screenings and more.

Basketball fans, get your fill of net-swishing intensity at the U Sport Men's Final 8 this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Basketball fans, get your fill of net-swishing intensity at the U Sport Men's Final 8 this weekend.
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Earthline Tattoo Demonstration and Discussion
Saturday

A celebration of Indigenous tattooing traditions, this afternoon at the Museum of Natural History features hand-poked tat demos by artist Jordan Bennett and "a conversation with the cultural tattoo practitioners of Earthline Tattoo Collective: Jordan Bennett, Amy Malbeuf, Dion Kaszas and Amberley John," organizer IOTA Institute says. more deets

U Sport Men's Final 8
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dalhousie Tigers host this basketball face-off that sees university teams from across Canada compete for the national university championship at The Scotiabank Centre. more deets

Halifax Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday
Get yer green on and gather at Lower Water Street to witness the annual St. Patrick's Parade. more deets

The Girls of Meru screening
Friday
In Kenya, one in three girls will experience sexual violence before she turns 18—but police investigations are rare. On International Women's Day, at the Halifax Central Library, Andrea Dorfman presents her documentary, filmed over five years, that sees "a multinational team led by Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Tumaini Shelter head Mercy Chidi Baidoo build the case of 160 girls to pursue an unheard of legal tactic"—and make legal history in the process. more deets

A collection of portraits celebrating the diversity that is womanhood opens at 14 Bells. - SUZANNE O'CALLAGHAN ARTWORK
  • A collection of portraits celebrating the diversity that is womanhood opens at 14 Bells.
  • Suzanne O'Callaghan artwork

Indeterminate
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The "fuzzy boundaries between science, science-fiction and pseudoscience" are on display at Jason Everitt's sculpture and projection-mapping exhibit at The Anna. more deets

Female Gaze
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
North end painter Suzanne O'Callaghan celebrates her first solo show at 14 Bells with an International Women's Day-themed set of canvases that capture women of all ages, backgrounds and body types in strong brush strokes. more deets

The Repurposers: Helping the Planet one Artwork at a Time
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Twelve artists challenge you to make better choices as a consumer with this Argyle Fine Art showcase of pieces made from up-cycled and recycled materials. more deets

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Surrender
Thursday, Friday
Michael Greer's collection of charcoal and oil figurative works explore the ways our bodies show the footprints of change, trauma and life's curveballs. See it at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

Ria Mae returns to The Marquee to prove 2019 is her year—and your eardrums will benefit from the assertion. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Ria Mae returns to The Marquee to prove 2019 is her year—and your eardrums will benefit from the assertion.
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Wax Mannequin w/Kim Barlow
Thursday

"Wax Mannequin is known—and cultishly followed—for his weird, folk-punk anthems and his live performances full of fraught beauty," Art Bar + Projects begins, before adding that accomplished guitarist and banjoist Kim Barlow is back from taking break from the music scene, and the electric energy between these two acts couldn't offer a better trumpet of her return: "Expect two sets and hope for overlap, atonal solos and two wildly different voices singing in unison," the venue promises. more deets

The Sorority w/DJ Nausikaa, DJ Tranzishen
Friday

The all-killer, no-filler hip hop trio that founded itself on International Women's Day a couple years back (and is also the cover star of this week's Coast) captures lightening in a bottle again as it celebrates women and femmes with the types of bops we haven't seen since TLC taught us how to turn down a scrub. Get thee to Reflections for this set! more deets

Ria Mae
Friday, Saturday

With a new EP on the way, 2019 is already lookin' good for the JUNO-nominated, poppy singer-songwriter Ria Mae. Catch her dishing out Tegan & Sara vibes at this bound-to-be-epic set of shows at The Marquee. more deets

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Zamani Miller w/Mia Cathleen, Maura Whitman, Jody Upshaw
Friday

An all-ages, all-women showcase that makes the most of International Women's Day, this concert gives your ears the golden ticket to hear two of the city's most up-and-coming, honey-doused singing voices: Maura Whitman (pictured) and Jody Upshaw. more deets
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The best International Women's Day events in Halifax

Text these plans to your #wcw

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 1:35 PM

Emerging + Developing Artist Training Day
A safe space workshop helping women, femme, trans and gender non-conforming artists learn how to get started or get to the next level—from social media to soundcheck to networking. Register at musicnovascotia.ca.
Music Nova Scotia, 2169 Gottingen Street, Fri Mar 8, 11am-6:30pm


Encore: The Women of Neptune
The women of Neptune gather to share songs from past productions in honour of International Women's Day. Chocolate and wine rounds out the fun.
Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Fri Mar 8, 7-9 pm


Female Gaze
Painter Suzanne O'Callaghan offers an IWD-themed set of canvases that capture women of all ages, backgrounds and body types in strong brush strokes.
14 Bells Fine Art Gallery, 5523 Young Street, Mar 8-22


Holding Space + Taking Care
Not Your Boys Club hosts this open-to-all workshop "that empowers attendees to build an understanding of—and tool-kit for—facilitating safer spaces." RSVP at musicnovascotia.ca.
Radstorm, 2177 Gottingen Street, Fri Mar 8, 10am-1pm


Home Bass w/Kittybass, Lyra, Nausikaa
A mix of hip hop, house and bass awaits after Toronto's best export, The Sorority, wraps its killer IWD set.
Reflections Cabaret, 5187 Salter Street, Fri Mar 8, 11:30pm-3:30am


International Women's Day Show w/Hillsburn, Kim Harris, SAMM
A serious dose of girl power awaits as a slew of local gems shred for International Women's Day.
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, Fri Mar 8, 10:30pm


Women in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math
This panel discussion sees four local women in STEM (that's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discuss their contributions to their respective fields. Presented in French.
Cafe Lara, 2347 Agricola Street, Fri Mar 8, 6-8:30 pm


The Sorority w/DJ Nausikaa, DJ Tranzishen
The all-killer, no-filler hip hop trio that founded itself on International Women's Day a couple years back captures lightening in a bottle again as it celebrates women and femmes with the types of bangerz and bops we haven't seen since TLC taught us how to turn down a scrub.
Reflections Cabaret, 5187 Salter Street, Fri, March 8, 9pm, $20


The Girls of Meru screening
Andrea Dorfman presents her documentary, that sees "a multinational team led by Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Tumaini Shelter head Mercy Chidi Baidoo build the case of 160 girls to pursue an unheard of legal tactic"—and make legal history in Kenya.
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Fri Mar 8, 7-9 pm, free


Women and the Power of Words: A Literary Celebration of International Women's Day
Readings, refreshments and door prizes await at this IWD celebration that features writers Dian Day, Jacqueline Dumas and Genevieve Lehr.
1113 Marginal Road, Sun Mar 10, 2 pm, free


Zamani Miller, Mia Cathleen, Maura Whitman, Jody Upshaw
An all-ages, all-women IWD showcase.
Radstorm, 2177 Gottingen Street, Fri Mar 8, 6:30pm, $7/pwyc

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lights, camera, weekend!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 1:37 PM

Sure Things like a Bollywood movie night, the 2019 Halifax Black Film Festival, and an art exhibit full of forgeries and fakes make this weekend a win.

Black Girl in Suburbia is a tableau of everyday isolation. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
  • Black Girl in Suburbia is a tableau of everyday isolation.
  • Submitted film still

Festival of Whisky grand tastings
Saturday
The marquee event for the Festival of Whisky sees you sampling and sipping on varieties from all over the globe at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. more deets

Black Girl in Suburbia and 63 Boycott screening
Sunday
While both Saturday and Sunday see a host of important Black stories being shared through the Halifax Black Film Fest, this double bill at Cineplex Parklane looks especially excellent, with the doc 63 Boycott sharing snippets of a Chicago boycott of segregated schools in previously unseen 16mm footage. Black Girl in Suburbia, meanwhile, depicts the "uniquely alienating" experiences that litter a day in the life of Black women in suburban America. Get the full list of films on view at halifaxblackfilm.com. more deets

Vaudville fashion show
Saturday
The annual Brigadoon Village Camp fundraiser returns to see student-designed clothing and emerging artists (and models) storm the catwalk while serving serious historical vibes at Dalhousie's McInnes Room. more deets

Bollywood Night: A Celebration of Indian Film and Food
Saturday
Head to 2535 Robie Street for this screening of a Bollywood flick, complete with samosas, masala chai and other treats, that's a fundraiser for Care for Children. more deets

The Chase Gallery's latest show sees an extensive collection of whimsical, fake artifacts displayed. - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • The Chase Gallery's latest show sees an extensive collection of whimsical, fake artifacts displayed.
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Love Languages
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Olivia Rose Mansveld "seeks a material representation of love, in fabric" with "a collection of hand-embellished, handwoven garments and textile sculpture" on view at The Anna. more deets

Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud'homme—A rare collection of Fakes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A collections of fakes, frauds and dupes from across cultures and decades, this library of oddities celebrates the legacy of M. Prud'homme, a collector of curiosities, by highlighting his most intriguing treasures. See the quirky offerings at the Chase Gallery. more deets

Cellular Expressions
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you're yet to see Maria Doering's latest pen-and-ink conjurings that imagine "what personality traits and emotions look like in cellular form," get thee to the Craig Gallery ASAP—with your imagination in tow—for the show's closing weekend. more deets

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James R. Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A collection of monotypes and pinhole photographs by Jim Shirley—the iconic New York artist who relocated to Cape Breton in the 1970s and shares the same ragged energy as Robert Frank—adorns the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery walls. more deets

For his 28th year, George Woodhouse issued himself a challenge: To write a song a week. Saturday night, he debuts the results of the endeavour with his band. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • For his 28th year, George Woodhouse issued himself a challenge: To write a song a week. Saturday night, he debuts the results of the endeavour with his band.
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Pretty Archie
Thursday
The dapper-dressed Cape Breton five-piece returns to woo you with its Atlantic-tinged take on Canadiana at The Carleton. more deets

George Woodhouse & The Public Service present: The Diamond Sushi Grand Finale
Saturday

Local troubadour George Woodhouse and his band, The Public Service, celebrate the finish line of Woodhouse's quest to write a song a week for his entire 28th year with this jubilant performance of new works. "What started as a wintery solo-endeavour quickly morphed into a collaboration with friends and total strangers across Canada," show organizers say, before adding that the show also acts as a fundraiser for the North End Opportunities Fund. It all goes down at St. Andrew's United Church. more deets

Peter Panthers w/Hemineglect, Mattel's and more
Friday

The Peter Panther's lead singer—Coco Marie—has the stage presence and style of a riot grrl legend, so don't sleep on this Menz show! more deets

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The Tar Sands Songbook by Tanya Kalmanovitch
Saturday
suddenlyLISTEN brings virtuoso violist and environmental activist Tanya Kalmanovitch to The Bus Stop Theatre to deliver an in-progress reading of her new documentary theatre piece, The Tar Sands Songbook, accompanied with music by both Kalmanovitch and Norm Adams. A facilitated conversation, titled "Oil: Where we go from here and how do we heal," follows the performance. more deets
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Scott Long leaves Music Nova Scotia

The executive director departs after 10 years for the Tattoo.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 12:11 PM

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Music Nova Scotia has announced that its executive director Scott Long has stepped down after a decade's tenure.

"When I took the job a lot of those issues that the industry is now facing, they weren’t at the forefront at the time," says Long of the inclusion and diversity pushes in the cultural (and all) industries in recent years. "Probably close to 50  percent of my time there, those issues just weren’t talked about a lot or enough, though they were bubbling under, obviously.

"A big part of my job over the past few years has been working on those issues. It’s hard work and it’s ongoing and it’s never-ending, obviously, because there’s so much to be done. We’re just scratching the surface. The issues we’re facing as a business overall on a worldwide level—lack of venues, the impact of streaming services, how the business models are changing—a lot of those things haven’t been on the radar. It’s been very interesting, very enlightening. Those challenges are difficult and they require a lot of work. It’s helped me personally in developing myself professionally."

MNS's operations manager Lisa Stitt is interim executive director while the board of directors searches for Long's replacement.

"You have to really truly love music," Long advises any potential applicants. "It’s the biggest thing. Sure you need to have chops as an administrator, making sure you have investment and funding and sponsorship. But you have to be passionate about the music here. That’s what this organization is really about at the end of the day—to champion our artists the best way we can with the resources we have."

Long, who played bagpipes in Ashley MacIsaac's band during the "Sleepy Maggie" heyday, is now managing director and executive producer of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
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Sure Thing Events

  • Morgan Davis @ Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs

    • Mon., April 22, 8 p.m. PWYC
  • T. Thomason w/Moonwake, Burry @ The Marquee Ballroom

    • Thu., April 25, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $8/$10
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  • The Cancer Bats w/Dead Quiet, Diner Drugs and guests @ The Seahorse Tavern

    • Sat., April 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

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