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Monday, June 17, 2019

Barack Obama to speak in Halifax this November

You can see Michelle's husband at the Scotiabank Centre.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 12:35 PM

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The 44th president of the United States—best remembered for working hard to save the oceans, being restrictive towards the press, being America's first Black president (obvs) and, well, being way better at his job than Trump (double obvs)—Barack Obama is setting out on a coast-to-coast tour to talk about leadership, civic engagement and, ever on-brand, hope. It'll be happening at the Scotiabank Centre on November 13, with tix going on sale June 29. While price is TBA as of yet, we're getting our credit cards warmed up so we can bask in his presence and feel better about the world for a hot minute.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Drink in the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 1:01 PM

From the Drink Atlantic festival's celebration of local cocktail culture to big shows by R&B powerhouse Keonté Beals and art-rockers The Drug Rugs, this weekend has all sorts of fun to slurp up.

Bring your appetite for culture, music and feta-laced plates to the Halifax Greek Festival this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Bring your appetite for culture, music and feta-laced plates to the Halifax Greek Festival this weekend.
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Hook, Line & Drinker: A Blender Bender
Saturday 
The crown jewel of this year's Drink Atlantic Cocktail Festival, the party to end all parties, the sipping sesh you'll wanna stick a compostable straw in, stat: This night on the town features 12 blended cocktails, 36 bartenders and the chance to dance the night away at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. Which bevvie will be your favourite? more deets

The Ocean and You
Friday
A sort of one-stop-shop expo about all things ocean, this is the marquee event of Oceans Week 2019. Field experts, all-ages activities and informative displays at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are bound to satiate your thirst for salt water stories and facts. more deets

Halifax Greek Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This year's celebration of all things Greek (the culture, the music and especially the food) will be held at 1146 Purcells Cove Road. Peep religious artifacts, take your little ones to the kid's olympics area and wear your stretchy pants to feast on souvlaki and spanakopita. more deets

Bike-In Movie
Saturday
Bike Week 2019 rolls on with this sweet celebration that sees you pedalling to The Oval to catch a flick. The movie in question? Break Away, the 1979 classic that traces the tale of a young American man who is obsessed with Italy's cycling team. more deets

CO/ADORN Art Jewellery Society delivers fine-art statement bling with its latest Craig Gallery show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • CO/ADORN Art Jewellery Society delivers fine-art statement bling with its latest Craig Gallery show. 
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Jaime Angelopoulos: Oblique Choreography
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A collection of animated, colourful sculptures by critically adored artist Jaime Angelopoulos has recently opened at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. Bask in the bright colours and fun vibe. more deets

BROACH/BROOCH
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
CO/ADORN Art Jewellery Society returns to the Craig Gallery, showcasing sculptural-feeling fine-art jewellery by a host of local artists. more deets

Brandscapes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If the mark of a true artist is making you re-examine the everyday and seeing it suddenly rendered extraordinary, Jack Bishop delivers with his set of acrylic and oil paint canvases that capture the "artificial business park landscapes" that clutter Canada—and are at once interchangeable, familiar, a sign of home and a marker of rampant consumerism. See the works at Studio 21. more deets

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Repeat
Saturday, Sunday
Jessica Wiebe, a former artillery soldier, unpacks themes swirling around gender politics, the economy and the architecture of war with figurative, repeating patterns that mimic camo. See the results at Hermes. more deets

Beloved North Preston R&B powerhouse Keonté Beals snags his first headline show this Saturday. - HASSAN E.ALMUSAWII PHOTO
  • Beloved North Preston R&B powerhouse Keonté Beals snags his first headline show this Saturday.
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Bilal Khan
Friday
The Pakistani pop star comes to Spatz Theatre to help the city celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with a steady stream of bops. more deets

Keonté Beals w/aRENYE
Saturday
The early 2000s-influenced R&B powerhouse from North Preston just dropped a new single and is finally gracing the stage (and our ears) with his first headlining show. Here, he'll serve up a sound nodding to the likes of Whitney Houston, Destiney's Child and Usher while making you dance in your seat at The Music Room. more deets

Leanne Hoffman
Saturday
 
If you missed Hoffman's recent album release show at The Carleton, don't sleep on this Bedford house concert that sees the Lou Reed and Metric-influenced artist set fire to your ears. Get show details at patchworkhouseconcerts.camore deets

The Drug Rugs w/Calm Baretta, Superfluid
Friday
The indie rock sonic blender that is The Drug Rugs celebrates a new single with this be-boppin' Seahorse Tavern show. more deets

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Autumn concert announcements: Lucinda Williams and Japanese Breakfast

Williams celebrates 20 years of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road at the Cohn; Japanese Breakfast joins the HPX lineup.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 2:21 PM

Williams will make you cry live in September. - DAVID MCCLISTER
  • Williams will make you cry live in September.
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Even as summer's heat remains a distant memory, the crispness of fall can already be felt in a pair of excellent show announces today.

On September 15, the iconic (actually) Lucinda Williams will bring her 20th anniversary celebration of the seminal Car Wheels on a Gravel Road to the Rebecca Cohn. "The influence of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road is immeasurable," Williams' own bio accurately states, "and it is considered, much like Williams’ 1988 self-titled album, one of the cornerstones of what is now called Americana." Tickets are $65 and on sale Friday, June 7 at noon right here.

Zauner will also shake up your feelings this fall. - JOYCE JUDE
  • Zauner will also shake up your feelings this fall.
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The Halifax Pop Explosion, which has announced Toronto punks PUP as its only headliner so far, followed that up today with an exciting addition: Michelle Zauner AKA indie-rock powerhouse Japanese Breakfast. Zauner was last in Halifax opening for Tegan & Sara at the Cohn in 2017. A limited number of HPX wristbands is on sale now; individual tickets for the October 24 show go on sale June 14 (presale June 12 via HPX's Facebook). HPX 2019 runs October 23-26.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dribble and dunk into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2019 at 4:09 PM

From an outdoor Raptors watching party to Aquakultre's epic album release show to OBEY Convention's return, this weekend is gonna be gooooooood.

Tired: Watching reality TV has-beens on Dancing With The Stars. Wired: Spinning (and pole dancing and hula-hoop-aerial-things-ing) with local stars instead. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • Tired: Watching reality TV has-beens on Dancing With The Stars. Wired: Spinning (and pole dancing and hula-hoop-aerial-things-ing) with local stars instead.
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Tidal League Block Party: NBA Finals Viewing at Rogers Square
Thursday

An epic outdoor viewing party held in Rogers Square (the outdoor space in the centre of the Convention Centre) sees Halifax creating its own take on Jurassic Park as the Raptors (hopefully) make history. Beats by Neon Dreams' DJ JO makes it even more of a party. more deets

Spinning With The Stars
Friday

The Dancing With The Stars-inspired performance returns, seeing pole and circus performers pair with Halifamous locals for jaw-dropping performances at Spatz Theatre. more deets

Cycle Through A Cathedral
Sunday

Peep the stunning gothic architecture and stained glass of the Cathedral Church of All Saints as you pedal along the guided indoor pathway at this Bike Week celebration. more deets

Zero-Waste Night Market
Sunday

As part of Oceans Week 2019, this nighttime market goes waste-free to remind us of all our trash that's winding up in bodies of salt water the world over. Held at Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery. more deets

Argyle Fine Art's latest showcase is a visual hit of Vitamin C. - NATASHA GRENKE ARTWORK
  • Argyle Fine Art's latest showcase is a visual hit of Vitamin C.
  • Natasha Grenke artwork

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art
Saturday, Sunday

A stereotype-challenging, narrative-reshaping exploration of Blackness in Canada at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, with works by artists Sandra Brewster, Chantal Gibson, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Bushra Junaid, Charmaine Lurch, Esmaa Mohamoud, Michèle Pearson Clarke and Gordon Shadrach. more deets

No Artificial Flavours or Colours
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Natasha Grenke provides detail-rich depictions of your favourite vitamin-added thirst quenchers at this sweet Argyle Fine Art showcase. more deets

And 5, 6, 7, 8
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Erin Chapman's print-and-installation-based showcase explores Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through her memories of competitive dance. "OCD causes Chapman to count continuously," the gallery adds, so here she gives the endless march of numbers a visual representation with bright patterns and kinetic screen prints. See it at The Anna. more deets

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Still Under
Saturday, Sunday
Fionnuala Reynolds' set of deep-sea-inspired canvases are leaving the walls of Hermes soon—so peep the blue-filled beauts while you can. more deets

Halifax music scene vet Leanne Hoffman finallllly releases her long-awaited solo album with a can't-miss show this weekend. - CAROLINA ANDRADE PHOTO
  • Halifax music scene vet Leanne Hoffman finallllly releases her long-awaited solo album with a can't-miss show this weekend.
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Music For a Great Space: Celebrating the Feast of the Ascension w/The Choir of All Saints Cathedral
Sunday

"The Choir of All Saints Cathedral will present a concert of masterworks composed for the great cathedrals of England and Europe to commemorate the Feast of the Ascension," show organizers offer of this sweeping set of songs directed by the Grammy-winning Paul Halley. Marking the end of the choir's current season, attendees can expect "celebratory music from Renaissance composers such as Schütz, Pachelbel, Byrd and Gibbons" and more in the history-steeped church. more deets

Leanne Hoffman album release show w/Kellie Older
Thursday
Hoffman's website bio describes her sound as a mix of Lou Reed and Metric, mentioning her long-awaited solo debut was produced by the award-winning soul and rock powerhouse Erin Costelo. Celebrate the new stack of songs at this show at The Carleton. more deets

Strange Froots w/Zamani
Friday

A chill afternoon of deep grooves awaits as Montreal's Strange Froots, the trio of female MCs exploring the Black diaspora through sound, dishes up tunes. Opening act Zamani, this week's Coast cover star and a singer-songwriter-composer who counts Solange and India.Arie as influences, rounds out the fun. Part of the Mayworks Festival and OBEY Convention, this show is held on the George Dixon Centre's Greenspace, with a rain location at the Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

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Aquakultre + Ghettosocks album release party
Friday

The D'Angelo-y Aquakultre and golden-era hip hop-influenced MC Ghettosocks are a match made in playlist heaven. Here, the semi-frequent collaborators celebrate brand new bops with an album release show that sees Black Buffalo Records on site at the Mayflower Curling Club selling wax. more deets
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Video premiere: Leanne Hoffman, "If I Leave Town"

A cold night with some cold thoughts in the the new single from What Remains.

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 8:55 AM

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Leanne Hoffman has been out on the road in support of her solo debut What Remains, which dropped May 10—produced by Erin Costelo, it's the first release on Costelo's new label Venue Records. Today we've got the premiere of the brand-new Mirror Image Media-produced clip for "If I Leave Town," a string-laden mournful ballad, that finds her pensively walking around on a cold Halifax night.

"This song was a post-breakup collection of all the things you wonder about after a relationship ends. Specifically, will that person remember all the things we shared, will they miss me and would they notice if I left?" says Hoffman. "It felt fitting to shoot the video in the streets of the city the relationship took place in, which has also been my home for the past eight years. It’s about being afraid to be left behind, and to leave that person behind."

Hoffman gives What Remains the hometown release on May 30 at The Carleton. Tide yourself over for the next week with the new video right here.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

First Aid Kit cancels all summer dates, including Halifax

Noooooooo

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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The past weekend was made long in the bad way with an announcement that First Aid Kit, AKA sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, have cancelled all their summer dates, included a highly anticipated Halifax Jazz Festival appearance in July.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Have a memorable Memorial Cup kickoff weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:07 PM

A roller disco party, Mayworks Festival's climate change cry, Motorhead-y metal from Pale Mare and, of course, the first weekend of the Memorial Cup makes for an extra-memorable weekend.

After a year of waiting, the Memorial Cup kicks off Thursday week in Halifax, making downtown the spot to be as the Mooseheads battle for the Cup and a host of local favourites play free concerts. - DAVID CHAN PHOTO
  • After a year of waiting, the Memorial Cup kicks off Thursday week in Halifax, making downtown the spot to be as the Mooseheads battle for the Cup and a host of local favourites play free concerts.
  • David Chan photo

the effects were cumulative and i almost didn't notice
Saturday

Mayworks Festival—the fest blending arts and activism as it explores life for the working class—continues with this 250-minute piece by performer and artist Colleen MacIsaac. A meditation on climate change and human habits, you can catch snippets (or sit for the whole thing, you champ) at Glitter Bean Cafe. more deets

Memorial Cup: Prince Albert Raiders vs Halifax Mooseheads
Friday

As the Memorial Cup gets underway, this game provides a rare chance to see a west coast team while also letting you check in on the hometown effort, too. It all goes down at the Scoitabank Centre. more deets

Brundibár: A Children's Opera
Saturday, Sunday

The Halifax Theatre for Young People presents this written-for-children opera, which was penned in Prague in 1938 and performed at Jewish orphanages and concentration camps across the German occupation. The tale of children who are chased from the marketplace by a cruel organ player is billed as "light-hearted and a great opportunity to introduce children and youth of all ages to the topic of the Holocaust and racial discrimination." See it at Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Coffin Skate's roller disco
Friday

An old-school roller disco par-taaay—complete with lights and a DJ—to get your spring started with peak That '70s Show vibes. An after party in the upstairs lounge of the Mayflower Curling Club keeps the good vibes rollin'. more deets

If you've yet to catch the MSVU gallery's sprawling retrospective of boundary-pushing photography by James R. Shirley, this weekend is your last chance. - JAMES R. SHIRLEY ARTWORK
  • If you've yet to catch the MSVU gallery's sprawling retrospective of boundary-pushing photography by James R. Shirley, this weekend is your last chance.
  • James R. Shirley artwork

BIGsmall
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A smattering of works from the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery's permanent collection, this show acts as a study in contrasts, with opposing subject matters, compositions and, yup, sizes facing off on the gallery walls. more deets

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

It's your last weekend to catch the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's retrospective to James R. Shirley, an artist of the ilk of photography giants like Robert Frank, who used pinhole cameras and negative tampering to create his one-of-a-kind snaps. more deets

Illuminations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The National Metal Collective presents this group show celebrating the contributions of Canadian women in the arts at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

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Still Under
Saturday, Sunday
Fionnuala Reynolds' explorations of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef fuel colourful canvases capturing the altered sensory experience of diving, and the otherworldly organisms living below the waves. See the show at Hermes. more deets

Imagine Motorhead slowed down and you can imagine Pale Mare, the next big thing in Canadian metal. - SAMANTHA CARCASCOLE PHOTO
  • Imagine Motorhead slowed down and you can imagine Pale Mare, the next big thing in Canadian metal.
  • Samantha Carcascole photo

Silverwigs w/Cuddlefish 3000
Thursday
Hooky pop-punk all the way from Japan, Silverwigs is doling out sonic tonic you don't wanna miss. Sharing the bill (and an upcoming split LP) is Cuddlefish, the heavy, Jawbreaker-influenced pop punk act from Georgia and Montreal. Catch the show at Radstorm. more deets

Pale Mare w/Enemy Designed, Doom Machine, Halva
Saturday
Stoner-sludge outfit Pale Mare could be called Motorhead slowed down or Sleep sped up. See it at Gus' and know you're catching a glimpse of Canadian metal's next big name. more deets

Onyx w/L'Nu Joker, CHELL, X-Plycit, It's Mackie and more
Sunday

The two remaining members of the iconic early '90s hardcore hip hop group come to eastern Canada for the first time, ready to burn your ears with fiery hot bars at The Marquee. more deets

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Sloan
Saturday

Day two of the free, open-air fest on Argyle Street that boasts a host of the city's biggest names—and, oh yeah, day two of the Memorial Cup—continues with this set by the the landmark Halifax-born band. more deets
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Have the mother of all weekends with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2019 at 4:58 PM

Take a break from trying to comprehend camp and live it instead, with fun like an ABBA tribute band, a James Bond-themed art show and the mother of all vintage sales.

A Halifax Vintage Show helps make your Instagram-inspired interior ideas become reality with a two-day pop-up sale. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • A Halifax Vintage Show helps make your Instagram-inspired interior ideas become reality with a two-day pop-up sale.
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12 Tides
Friday
A swish sipping sesh celebrating Nova Scotia's signature wine (Tidal Bay, duh) marks the release of the 2018 vintage. A blind tasting bar, oysters and appetizers from six of the city's top restaurants round out the chic vibes at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. more deets

Open City 2019
Saturday
The best excuse to get out and wander around your neighbourhood, Open City returns with a host of local businesses offering free samples, special sales and more. Time to start exploring! more deets

A Halifax Vintage Show
Saturday, Sunday
A highly curated treasure trove of vintage goodies from a handful of local, independent sellers (Including Lady Luck Vintage, What, These Old Things?, Fireworks Gallery, Two Hearts Vintage and more) means all the wicker furniture, kitschy storage tins, retro comics, costume jewellery and glass milk dishes of your dreams may finally be in reach. Held at 1566 Barrington Street. more deets

Art and fashion show
Saturday
Met Gala who? This high-end collision of fashion-focused artwork—and art-worthy fashion—delivers a concentrated shot of couture-feeling glamour to make your pulse race. Held at 14 Bells Gallery, show organizers note it's a collaboration of women-owned businesses, with vintage fashion from Penelope's Boutique filling the runway. more deets

Emmanuel Nwogbo's love of James Bond continues as the artist showcases his digitally manipulated photos and collages at The Corridor Gallery. - EMMANUEL NWOGBO ARTWORK
  • Emmanuel Nwogbo's love of James Bond continues as the artist showcases his digitally manipulated photos and collages at The Corridor Gallery.
  • Emmanuel Nwogbo artwork

A Sense of Site
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to catch this Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show that explores site-specific works by 12 Canadian artists, including Sobey award winner Ursula Johnson. more deets

365 James Bond Characters
Thursday, Friday

After pushing himself to make more art by creating a digital collage (or illustration or photo manipulation) a day throughout 2018, the James Bond super fan Emmanuel Nwogbo celebrates the film series with his collection of campy, pop-culture-saturated works at The Corridor Gallery. more deets

James R. Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Iconic New York artist James Shirley gets his due at this showing of his pinhole photographs and monotypes that are full of ragged, Robert Frank energy and raw emotion. See 'em at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. more deets

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Admit One
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Khyber Window—the Khyber Centre for the Arts' street-facing installation space that's viewable 24/7 from Hollis Street—sees Halifax-based artist Jenny Yujia Shi continue to explore themes of settlement, permanence and belonging with a site-specific exhibit that "aims to visualize the precarious existence of individuals living without permanent status." more deets

Bethany Fulde's shape-shifting band shadow celebrates not one but two EPs with a show this weekend. - DAVID FULDE PHOTO
  • Bethany Fulde's shape-shifting band shadow celebrates not one but two EPs with a show this weekend.
  • David Fulde photo

Andre Fenton & Sam Wilson w/Electro Jaque Therapy
Friday

Local poetry wunderkind Andre Fenton—who has to keep reprinting his books of verse because they sell out so dang fast—partners with jazz guitarist Sam Wilson for a night of spontaneous music and words at The Khyber. more deets

shadow double EP release party w/Teleri
Saturday
Bethany Fulde and her band celebrate the long-awaited release of two EPs at this sweet showcase that highlights shadow's ever-shifting sound. It all goes down at The Seahorse. more deets

Dancing Queen
Friday

The fabulous, four-piece ABBA tribute returns to The Seahorse so you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. more deets

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Linda Brooks
Saturday

A Mother's Day-themed concert sees Halifax singer-songwriter Linda Brooks celebrate the nurturers in our lives—and her new album and book, ORCHESTRA IN MY GARDEN: Lessons Learned From Digging Deep. As lush as the unfurling petals of a peony, the songs are perfumed with grand piano, and Brooks will be accompanied by a full band—including a cellist—at St. Matthew's United Church. more deets
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Monday, May 6, 2019

A whole bunch of men won ECMAs

Reeny Smith, Mallory Johnson, Kilmore, Makayla Lynn, Ouroboros and Vishtèn also won

Posted By on Mon, May 6, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Smith's LP won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
  • Smith's LP won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

The remaining 2019 East Coast Music Awards were handed out last night in Charlottetown, after an initial round on Thursday. There were only three repeat winners amongst the multiple nominees—North Preston's Reeny Smith, Enfield native Classified and Toronto resident Jeremy Dutcher—which is always nice (sweeps are boring).

Album of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Blues Recording of the Year
Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Reeny Smith

Classical Composition of the Year
Charke-Cormier Duo, "Ex Tempore"

Classical Recording of the Year
Duo Concertante, Perfect Light

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Country Recording of the Year
Mallory Johnson, Mallory Johnson

Dance Recording of the Year
PINEO & LOEB, Bump In The Road

Electronic Recording of the Year
Denique, Shape 1

Enregistrement francophone de l’année
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Viens avec moi

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
The Barra MacNeils

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year
Makayla Lynn, "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)

Folk Recording of the Year
Gunning & Cormier, Two

Gaelic Artist of the Year
Kyle MacDonald

Group Recording of the Year
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Viens avec moi

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher

Inspirational Recording of the Year
Paul Brace, Liars & Actors

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Richard Wood, Unbroken

Jazz Recording of the Year
Ouroboros, Kitchuses

Loud Recording of the Year
Kilmore, Call Of The Void

Pop Recording of the Year
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Reeny Smith, WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Rising Star Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Rock Recording of the Year
Postdata, Let’s Be Wilderness

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Vishtèn, Horizons

Solo Recording of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Song of the Year
The East Pointers, "Two Weeks" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)

Songwriter of the Year
Ben Caplan
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Walk into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2019 at 4:44 PM

Good times like the annual Jane's Walk celebration, a Metric/July Talk Big Ticket show and the Halifax Crafters spring market await.

Lauded artist Raven Davis sparked national conversations with their July 2017 Khyber exhibit The De-Celebration of Canada 150. This Thursday, they discuss their practice and unveil a new work at a bound-to-be-packed artist's talk. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Lauded artist Raven Davis sparked national conversations with their July 2017 Khyber exhibit The De-Celebration of Canada 150. This Thursday, they discuss their practice and unveil a new work at a bound-to-be-packed artist's talk.
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Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market
Saturday, Sunday

The seasonal sale celebrating local makers returns to get you geared up with artisanal snacks, self-care supplies, homewares and more. Held at Olympic Community Hall. more deets

Jane's Walk: Where the water was
Sunday

Departing from the water fountain in the north Common, this Jane's Walk (a citizen-led neighbourhood tour in honour of walkable cities advocate Jane Jacobs) traces lost waterways in Halifax, with walk organizers asking: "Did you know that the Halifax Commons used to be a swamp? Or that a babbling brook used to run through the middle of the South End? Most of the peninsula's wetlands and waterways of are lost or buried, but their legacy remains in the city's spongy soils and flooded basements." more deets

Artist Talk w/Raven Davis
Thursday

Head to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre for this talk, part of a series celebrating the Centre For Art Tapes' 40th anniversary. Here, multidisciplinary artist Raven Davis (best known for their defibrillator to our national conscious, the Khyber gallery show The De-Celebration of Canada 150) discusses narratives of race, gender, colonization and more while presenting a work that responds to a decade of CFAT's history. more deets

Game over, Cancer
Sunday

Atlantic Canada's largest console gaming fundraiser sees video game virtuosos put their controllers to use for a good cause. Register at gameovercancer.ca—or swing by the Dalhousie Student Union Building to check out the free play area, packed with over 1,000 games. more deets

Are they photographs or incredibly detailed paper sculptures? These works by Amy Ordoveza at Argyle Fine Art will fool you—they're really paintings. - AMY ORDOVEZA ARTWORK
  • Are they photographs or incredibly detailed paper sculptures? These works by Amy Ordoveza at Argyle Fine Art will fool you—they're really paintings.
  • Amy Ordoveza artwork

The Captive Rain Forest
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Ford Doolittle recently visited the Biosphere 2, an enclosure in Arizona which set out in the early '90s to prove it's possible for plants to completely self-sustain in a three-acre enclosure. Here, at ViewPoint Gallery, the results are shared—but believe they aren't just any collection of vacation snaps: "Now the site of research and a tourist destination, [the] 20,000 square foot rain forest biome looks very much like it is trying to escape from the enclosing glass, unaware that it would soon perish in the surrounding Sonoran Desert," Doolittle's artist's statement says. "I took many pictures of leaves desperately plastered against the windows and will show some of them." more deets

Recollected in Tranquility
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Amy Ordoveza's gouache paintings are so lifelike, they could almost be mistaken for paper sculptures or photographs. Get up close to the juicy details and 3D qualities at this Argyle Fine Art showcase. more deets

Rag & Bone
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Genny Killin unveils a collection of sculptural works at the Craig Gallery that, according to the gallery, were borne from "being on the land, the Victorian display of curiosities, and the idea of artifact." The result? Large, abstract pieces that mimic fragments found in nature (think bone, rock and trash), displayed as relics would be. more deets

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Salvador Dali, a suite of prints
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The dandy of dadaism and sultan of surrealism, there is no comparison to Dali. Here, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, his later work—widely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the Catholic Church—provides a rare glimpse into the post-melting-clock years. more deets

This Thursday night is the lineup of your Can-rock dreams as Metric (pictured) and July Talk share a show at the Scotiabank Centre. - JUSTIN BROADBENT PHOTO
  • This Thursday night is the lineup of your Can-rock dreams as Metric (pictured) and July Talk share a show at the Scotiabank Centre.
  • Justin Broadbent photo

Colette w/DJ Heather
Friday
The two matriarchs of house music reunite on this, the 10-year anniversary of their first tour, to remind you why Chicago still does it better. See for yourself at The Seahorse. more deets

Metric w/July Talk, Murray A. Lightburn
Thursday
In a match made in playlist heaven, two of Can-rock's best acts du jour are teaming up for a show that'll have you pounding your fists, stamping your feet and screaming your lungs out: Yep, it's art-rocker Metric and salty-sweet July Talk sharing a bill at the Scotiabank Centre. more deets

Evergreen Concert Series Vol. 2: Mama's Broke
Friday

The bluesy-folk duo delivers a blend of Celtic, Balkan and doom metal influences for your toe-tapping pleasure at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. more deets

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Jennifer Holub & The Erratics w/Helen & Lucy
Sunday

Jennifer Holub and her backing band, The Erratics, scream into town to celebrate her second album, which show organizers describe as "a hawkish condemnation of society’s place for women, and an urgent call to rouse from it." Sonically, it blends Feist-style softly sung choruses with brash guitar riffs that act like hot sauce on your eardrums. The result? Addictive, crunchy songs that stay stuck in your head. Catch it at Menz. more deets
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Where to stream ECMA action this week

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

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2019 at 11:56 AM

Hey Rosetta's Tim Baker will appear on the ECMA awards show before his St. Matt's shows this weekend. - BRITNEY TOWNSEND
  • Hey Rosetta's Tim Baker will appear on the ECMA awards show before his St. Matt's shows this weekend.
  • Britney Townsend

Reup on the 2019 East Coast Music Award nominations ahead of tonight's big Jonathan Torrens-hosted awards show in Charlottetown, where the event is parked until Sunday. Classified's big 2018 has rolled into 2019, with the rapper racking up seven nods. Other multiple nominees include Fortunate Ones, Hillsburn, Neon Dreams and Ben Caplan.

If you can't make it across the bridge for the festivities you can catch the awards—along with live feeds of select showcases and events—via ECMA TV right here.

2019 MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Ben Caplan, "Minimum Intervals" (Director: Filet Production Services, Catherine Brown)
BRDGS, "All My Friends" (Director: Loggo Lionel)
Christina Martin, "Always Reminding" (Director: Ryan Thompson)
Classified, "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Hillsburn, "Strange Clouds" (Director: Paul Aarntzen)
Jimmy Rankin, "Been Away" (Director: Jeth Weinrich)
KINLEY, "Golden Days" (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
LeRiche, "River Runs" (Director: Charlotte Rabate)
Makayla Lynn, "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Neon Dreams, "Shape Of My Mind" (Director: Zack Facts)
 
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sashay into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 1:24 PM

From NSCAD's annual fashion show to the indoor block party JERK to a celebration of Britney Spears, the best days of the week will be golden, indeed.

Montreal's RUBBERBANDance close out Live Art Dance's season with a firecracker of a show this weekend. - MILK IMAGES
  • Montreal's RUBBERBANDance close out Live Art Dance's season with a firecracker of a show this weekend.
  • Milk Images

Tooth and Nail
Saturday
Just in time for our annual fashion issue, The 2019 NSCAD fashion show sees the school's exhibition space at the Port Campus turn into a 100-foot runway as couture creations of all kinds are showcased. Peep the show previewing this week's paper. more deets

RUBBERBANDance
Friday, Saturday

Montreal's RUBBERBANDance closes out Live Art Dance's current season with a bang, performing a mix of movement that blends hip hop with contemporary dance and more stepping styles in the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Ha!ifax Comedy Fest Gala of Laughs
Friday, Saturday

The marquee event of the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, this evening of giggles features 10 comics and is hosted by Mark Critch from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. While April 26 is sold out, the show on the 27th still has seats—and a chance to see iconic Irish comic Dylan Moran. more deets

Toxic: A Britney Spears Burlesque Tribute
Friday

Burlesque, go-go, Britney-themed trivia and more awaits at this, the ultimate tribute to the queen of the early 2000s. more deets

Rebecca Hannon's pop-art-y jewellery exhibit, inspired by World War One dazzle camouflage, wraps this weekend. - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • Rebecca Hannon's pop-art-y jewellery exhibit, inspired by World War One dazzle camouflage, wraps this weekend.
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DEER
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to peep these paintings caught in the space where natural and digital realms meet. Alex Livingston’s deer-focused canvases at Studio 21 were fuelled by research of natural history dioramas. more deets

Contemporary Camouflage
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Fine art jeweller Rebecca Hannon decked out the Mary E. Black gallery in the wild colours and prints of dazzle camouflage—a World War One-era method of blurring the shapes of ships—to act as a punchy backdrop for her bold, power-clashing pieces. Get an eyeful before the show closes Sunday. 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. more deets

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Dinosaurs Unearthed
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Billed as "an immersive exhibition that features dynamic scenes of life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, full-scale skeletons and fossils from around the world," this show makes all your Jurassic dreams come true, before it goes extinct April 28. more deets

Toronto's best unsigned DJ/queen of the underground, Bambii, brings the party to The Red Stag this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Toronto's best unsigned DJ/queen of the underground, Bambii, brings the party to The Red Stag this weekend.
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Cancer Bats w/Dead Quiet, Diner Drugs
Saturday

One of Toronto's best hardcore punk offerings, the Cancer Bats, come to The Marquee to wail on your eardrums. more deets

Kuato
Friday
The post-rock outfit, known for its bare-bones instrumental style, returns from hibernation to celebrate an EP of back catalogue faves that haven't been available on the internet—until now. Get in on the fun at The Seahorse. more deets

JERK Block Party feat. Bambii, DJ Jafar, DJ Snax, DJ Tranzishen, DJ 5RIVERS, DJ Fadzwa
Saturday

JERK, the Toronto block party, brings the good times out east with a host of the 6ix's best DJs spinning wax alongside a slew of Hali's finest dance floor starters. The sugar on top of the Red Stag Tavern soiree? A set by headliner Bambii, Toronto's biggest underground DJ who's known for her signature mix of classic R&B, dancehall, house and more. A party so fiery you'll melt into the ground, there's also limited amounts of free jerk chicken for early party-goers. more deets

[image-5] T. Thomason w/Moonwake, Burry
Thursday

Pop-rock wunderkind T. Thomason (right) returns to his hometown after a successful stint on CTV's new star-making show The Launch, complete with a new single in tow. Thomason notes that 20 pay-what-you-can tickets will be held for members of the trans community, which can be claimed through a Google doc on the Facebook event page where you add your name. "This is a system based on trust. No one's identity will be questioned at the door," the show description adds. more deets

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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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