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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Give thanks for the long weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 5:41 PM

From Trixie Mattel's Halifax arrival to Carbon Arc's latest flick, here's the can't-miss turkey weekend fun to add to your calendar.
Trixie Mattel—a drag queen possibly even bigger than RuPaul—arrives in Halifax this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Trixie Mattel—a drag queen possibly even bigger than RuPaul—arrives in Halifax this weekend.
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Nonna's very own: A comedy showcase with Marc-Anthony Sinagoga
Thursday

Up-and-coming comic Marc-Anthony Sinagoga makes you LOL hard enough to fuggetabout your worries at the Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend
Friday

The grand dame of drag—and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' third season—arrives at the Spatz to take it from Thanksgiving to ThanksLIVING. In a year that included a documentary about the kween (spring’s Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts), it’s become clear this is one Barbie who cannot be stopped on her spike-heeled-climb to the top. As Mattel, who has two studio albums, a web series and a makeup line, told Fast Company in a May 4 article: “I just saw RuPual recently and he was like, ‘You’re doing things no one has ever done–not even me’.” more deets

Book launch: Crocuses Hatch from Snow
Thursday

In our 2019 Fall Arts Preview (Sep 19-25 issue), Coast writer/certified bookworm Jade Nauss summed up Jaime Burnet’s debut novel: “Burnet introduces readers to a cast of characters that rivals an Atom Egoyan film: There’s a body-piercer, a grieving widower, a young woman in love, a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s and a Mi’kmaw survivor of the residential school system. These characters’ lives intersect in a story about history, obsession, and gentrification set in the north end of Halifax. If that’s not enough of a reason to go grab this book as soon as it’s released, how about this: One of the characters has an affair with a ghost.” Meet the writer at this reading-and-signing sesh at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

The Art of Self Defence screening
Friday

Carbon Arc’s latest flick sees Jesse Eisenberg take a star turn as a jiu jitsu practitioner exploring toxic masculinity. In an August review of the flick, The Coast described the film as “a deeply weird black comedy that doesn’t follow many traditional story lines—in addition to its vague era, there’s little reflection amongst the characters, there’s no fallout for committing violent crimes, and the resolution is far from feel-good"—but sometimes that's just what you need. more deets

Retro-futuristic fun arrives at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. - TOM HAMMICK ARTWORK
  • Retro-futuristic fun arrives at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery.
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Age of Aquarius
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Craft Nova Scotia Annual Member's Exhibition highlights works in a swath of mediums at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

Tom Hammick: Lunar Voyage
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

In a series of woodcut prints, Tom Hammick explores an “existential road journey taken through space,” while playfully examining the “outsiderness of being an artist” and a sort of nostalgia for the mid-20th century’s space speculations. See them at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. more deets

Dartmouth Visual Arts Semi-Annual Show & Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The perennially popular showcase returns to the Craig Gallery. more deets

Bits
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Emily Ross' starburst paper art will be familiar to anyone who remembers the days of Big Pony (which Ross co-ran with Lindsay Stewart) and the prints she displayed there—but Lost & Found hosts Ross' first-ever exhibition. In Bits, Ross has cut colourful, patterned, metallic paper into triangular shapes that create dynamic fireworks across the shop's walls. more deets

Jessica Rhaye delivers a live rendition of her deep dives into Dylan's catalogue. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Jessica Rhaye delivers a live rendition of her deep dives into Dylan's catalogue.
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Don Brownrigg w/Dance Movie
Saturday

Nominated for a whopping six Nova Scotia Music Awards, Brownrigg is bringing a bushel of earworms to The Seahorse for you to hear. more deets

Jessica Rhaye: Just Like A Woman, The Songs of Bob Dylan album release show
Saturday

In a Stan-worthy move only the biggest Dylan diehard could pull, New Brunswick folk queen Rhaye has spliced, examined and re-assembled ol’ Bob’s songbook. The result? A collection of covers that attempts to emulate the legend’s Basement Tapes-era energy while seeing some of the best songs about women ever written showcased through a woman’s gaze. It all goes down at The Carleton. more deets

Rudy Pacé w/Ryan Rideout, Rachel Raditz, Matt Steele
Thursday

With a new, nostalgic single about the small town he grew up in, Pacé brings a fresh, Americana vibe to The Carleton. more deets

Jom Comyn w/Nomadic Homes, Gianna Lauren
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Thursday
Jom Comyn brings his self-described “baritone prairie swamp rock” to The Seahorse to celebrate a new album, with can’t miss opening sets by the indie-soul of Nomadic Homes and, from Gianna Lauren (pictured), atmospheric lullabies with a twist. Chill vibes await. more deets
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Behind the setlist with Adam Baldwin

Dartmouth's king of Americana says it's a matter of making sure your concert has a beginning, middle and end—and lots of three-chord bar rock.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 7:08 PM

Adam Baldwin's setlist for his Oct 5 Marquee show went heavy on offerings from his latest EP—and, as we see in guitarist Ryan Stanley's copy, didn't shy away from Stratocaster-soaked songs, either. - THE COAST PHOTO
  • Adam Baldwin's setlist for his Oct 5 Marquee show went heavy on offerings from his latest EP—and, as we see in guitarist Ryan Stanley's copy, didn't shy away from Stratocaster-soaked songs, either.
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Adam Baldwin was nervous about his headlining slot at The Marquee Ballroom on October 5: “I had been asking about ticket sales up to a couple days before,” he confesses, speaking by phone. “I made a decision to not look up at the crowd until I got right to the mic.”

He needn’t have worried—the 800-person venue was, if not at capacity, at least close. By the time he was two tracks deep, Baldwin sheepishly told the crowd “Well I really just gotta thank you all for being here, you have no idea what it means,”—clearly grasping for a word to convey the emotion in the room. He reached for the perfect adjective, but the crowd roared over him in applause.

He could’ve said almost anything and they’d have clapped their hands off.

What followed was a tight set that left room for all members of his band—including guest spots from Mo Kenney and Victoria Cameron—to shine. (Baldwin probably refuses to allow anyone to be relegated to the sidelines in equal parts because of his reverence for the E Street Band and having backed Matt Mays on guitar since day one.)

Here, Baldwin breaks down the winning setlist that steered them along: “There has to be a flow, like a movie: Act one, then act two to bring things down a bit and then act three, to bring as much excitement back into the crowd as possible. It’s the sort of thing I learned from burning CDs and playing with Matt [Mays].”

1. Intro song: “No Tellin’ When” from 2016’s No Tellin’ When
“Every show since we put that record out, we’ve started with that song. It opens the record and it always feels like the best way in. Ya know, old habits die hard.”

2. Songs four through seven: “Delirious,” “Half A Mind,” “No Rest for the Wicked” and “Dark Beside the Dawn” (which, according to the guitarist’s setlist, were all to be played on a Stratocaster)
“All those songs are from [the 2019 EP] No Rest For The Wicked. I just sort of felt like, there’s very much a theme and I didn’t wanna scatter them: It’d be like reading chapter two, chapter three and then chapter 14. That EP has its own story. A lot of my songs are a bit of a drag—I say that in jest. But I bring folks outta the sadness. People like different kinds of rock shows and mine’s different from Matt Mays’,” Baldwin explains.

At Saturday’s show, he even warned the crowd: “We’re gonna go somewhere dark here in a minute, but I’m gonna pull you out of it,” he said, leaning on the mic stand as "Delirious" opened in the background.

3. Song nine: A yet-to-be-released track
“I don’t know the name of that song yet—I’ve been calling it “The Ballad of Ezekiel and The Mountie” but that’s a hell of a mouthful. I wrote it about my father and my sister’s husband. I wanted to try it out and I wanted one more song in the lull of the set—it felt like I worked it out with [my band].”
4. Set closing song: “Bonnie Raitt,” from 2013’s Adam Baldwin
“I’m a bar band guy: That’s the stuff I like to do, play some ol’ three-chord bar song that’s fun to play, that people can shake their asses to a little bit. [This song] is supposed to be about as good as anyone can feel in my sets.”

5. The third song in his encore, Bob Dylan’s “License to Kill” from 1983’s Infidels
Baldwin kicked off this cover by saying he’d been “feeling awfully inspired lately by a 14-year-old girl from Sweden, and this one goes out to her, out to Greta.”

When asked about the choice, he says: "I so admire anybody that dedicates themselves to saving this big ball of rock we’re on. I chose that song because the lyrics spell it out to me: It goes ‘Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please…Oh, man has invented his doom/First step was touching the moon/Now, there’s a woman on my block/She just sit there as the night grows still/She say who gonna take away his license to kill?’—that just reminds me of her, of Greta...Maybe it’s time for the bonehead white guys to step the fuck aside. I love the sentiment of it.”
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Ten questions with Shotgun Jimmie

The indie songwriter on opening for his heroes Thrush Hermit and curing all ails with barbecued eats.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 12:09 PM

Shotgun Jimmie's latest record—Transistor Sister 2, released this August—fulfills your RDI of wistfulness. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Shotgun Jimmie's latest record—Transistor Sister 2, released this August—fulfills your RDI of wistfulness.
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Grinding it out in the indie landscape since the mid-2000s, Shotgun Jimmie (real name Jim Kilpatrick) has carved a niche in the pop-tinged, singer-songwriter landscape. With nine albums under his belt and his heart forever on his sleeve, his is the jangly sort of sound that tickles your eardrums—as sugary and energetic as Pop Rocks and Coke.

Tonight (Sep 27), he's hitting the stage at The Marquee to open for legendary '90s Halifax act Thrush Hermit as the band reunites to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its landmark album Clayton Park (get yer tix here). "There was about a year of my life when I listened to Thrush Hermit every single day. Clayton Park is a special one because it has it all: endless jams, anthemic stanzas, powerful pop hooks and soft sincerity," Kilpatrick says in an email. To show how deep his love of  the Herm runs, he also gave us a rough estimate of how many times he's spun the classic LP:

"I know that record inside and out. It's fully a part of my life's soundtrack. Here are some conservative estimates:
Deep headphones listen (seated): 200+
Deep headphone listen (on a bike): 250+
Deep headphone listen (walking): 300+
Deep headphone listen (running): 3
At a party or with friends: 25ish
In a car: 300+
Shower (not the entire record): 150
Cooking or cleaning or whatever: 200"

To prove you've got even more in common than a heart that beats for Joel Plaskett's old band, Kilpatrick also obliged to fill out our questionnaire.

1. What was the first album you bought with your own money?
The soundtrack from [the 1988 movie] Cocktail.

2. If you were to name your influences, which name on the list would be most surprising?
The Beautiful South.

3.What’s the best concert or live performance you’ve ever gone to?
Everything Under the Moon: by Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows.

4. What one thing/person outside of music has shaped the way you make music?
Cheese.

5. Share the last GIF you used below:
I don't use them.

6. Share the last shot on your camera roll below:
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7. When you’re not making music, what are you most likely to be found doing?
The tedious admin work of a self-employed musician and cooking and cleaning.

8. What’s your perfect cure for a bad day?
I like to barbecue on the back deck if the weather will allow it.

9. What’s the best part about being a professional musician?
International cheeses.

10. What do you do when you wanna treat yourself?
For my 40th birthday I bought myself the Fuzz War fuzz pedal made by Death By Audio.
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Twirl on into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 4:17 PM

From the Brazilian dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança kick-starting Live Art Dance’s new season to Sugar Sammy bringing down the house at Spatz Theatre, it’s a red-hot weekend.

Brazil dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança delivers a boundary-pushing show, Ímpar. Paula Kossatz photo - PAULA KOSSATZ PHOTO
  • Brazil dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança delivers a boundary-pushing show, Ímpar. Paula Kossatz photo
  • Paula Kossatz photo

Sugar Sammy
Friday

The funny guy The New York Times calls "a fearless comic with a talent for provoking both laughter and outrage”, Sugar Sammy brings his particular brand of stand-up to Spatz Theatre. more deets

Focus Cia de Dança
Friday, Saturday

The Brazilian dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança arrives in Halifax thanks to Live Art Dance and Prismatic Arts Festival, ready to wow with the piece Ímpar at Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

The Last Wife
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Merritt Award-winning, Dora Award-nominated Stephanie MacDonald takes pride in playing tough women—“like your cousin who isn’t gonna let that shit slide at family dinner,” she tells The Coast. Here, she brings her considerable talent and same ain’t-no-pushover attitude to the role of Catherine Parr in Neptune’s season opener, The Last Wife. A play about the careful dance of power and progress, see MacDonald and Jodee Richardson (who plays leading man as King Henry VII) as the ultimate power couple. more deets

Maddie Alexander's latest Khyber exhibit highlights the lasting pain of  microagressions. - MADDIE ALEXANDER PHOTO
  • Maddie Alexander's latest Khyber exhibit highlights the lasting pain of microagressions.
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Celebrating Mary Pratt
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
At this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, the flick It was All so Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt will debut. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia joins in on celebrating one of Canada’s most beloved artists by displaying her piece"Artifacts on Astroturf" in the gallery’s main lobby. more deets

21 days to make or break a habit
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
For the first 21 days of November 2018, artist Maddie Alexander embarked on a performance piece that concluded the day after Trans Day of Remembrance. Each day during the performance, Alexander would document whether or not they were misgendered, marking this with self-tattooing on their hands. A year later, the resulting photographs—as well as 21 needles, written notes, and an empty container of ink—will be displayed in the Khyber’s window gallery. more deets

Atmospheric Events
Tursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The university gallery's contribution to this year's RESPONSIVE Light Art Festival sees the brutalist building in a whole new light. more deets

Renée Fleming brings big pipes and LA glamour to Symphony Nova Scotia. - TIMOTHY WHITE PHOTO
  • Renée Fleming brings big pipes and LA glamour to Symphony Nova Scotia.
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Vortex w/Enemy Designed, Ignightor
Friday

Face-melting metal awaits at Gus' Pub. more deets

Opera gala: Renée Fleming
Saturday

Called “the people’s diva” by Symphony Nova Scotia, Fleming brings her powerful pipes all the way from the LA classical music scene to your hungry ears (and the Cohn), pairing with the symphony and conductor Alexander Shelley for what it bills as “a blockbuster showcase.” more deets

Since U Been Gone
Friday

The early 2000s dance party you crave at The Seahorse. more deets

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ten questions with Mobina Galore

The dairy-and-Timberlake-obsessed Winnipeg punk duo is pleased to meet you—and rip your ears off.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 4:00 AM

When Mobina Galore aren't melting faces, the hardcore-tinged duo is travelling the globe to eat cheese and shred guitar. - DWAYNE LARSON PHOTO
  • When Mobina Galore aren't melting faces, the hardcore-tinged duo is travelling the globe to eat cheese and shred guitar.
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From the out-to-please-nobody energy of staying-in anthem "I Need To Go Home" to the brute squall that is "You're Not 23 Anymore", Mobina Galore doesn't give a fuck what you think.

What do drummer Marcia Hanson and guitarist Jenna Priestner care about? Crafting punched-up rock songs they describe as "vocally aggressive power chord punk."  The result lands somewhere between Courtney Love's smeared mascara and Avril Lavigne's biggest rock ambitions—all with vocals ready to teeter into hardcore at any second.

Landing at Gus' Pub tonight (Sunday, Sep 15) hot off the September 6 release of Don't Worry, the duo is ready to melt your face as way of saying hello. And, to help move the introduction along, both Hanson and Priestner have filled out the inaugural edition of this questionnaire.

1. What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Priestner: "I’ve always had this vague memory that it was a Whigfield cassette; I just looked it up and it would have been in 1995. Another similar memory is No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, but that may have been a gift."
Hanson: "I honestly can’t remember, but I do remember buying Chantel Kreviazuk’s Under These Rocks and Stones in 1996."

2. If you were to name your influences, which name on the list would be most surprising?
Priestner: "Justin Timberlake."
Hanson: "Cher—which wouldn’t be surprising to anyone that knows me."

3.What’s the best concert or live performance you’ve ever gone to?
Priestner: "It’s a three-way tie between Dixie Chicks (any of the three times I’ve seen them), The Tragically Hip’s final tour or Justin Timberlake’s latest tour. (I almost got to touch his hand!)."
Hanson: "The Tragically Hip’s final tour, tickets were so hard to get but we managed to get four amazing floor seats."

4. What one thing/person outside of music has shaped the way you make music?
Preistman: "My dad, he is so passionate about music and is our biggest fan/critic which both frightens and inspires me."
Hanson: "Cheese, because I wish I could write every song about cheese. I did write a rap about cheese once actually."

5. Share the last GIF you used below:
Priestman: "I’m more of a Bitmoji kind of gal, and this last one is one I sent to Marcia:"

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6. Share the last shot on your camera roll below:
Priestman: "The van pack picture!"

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Hanson: "This sweet photo with [famous drummers] Tucker Rule [of Thursday] and Atom Willard [of Against Me!]."
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7. When you’re not making music, what are you most likely to be found doing?
Preistman: "Puttering around the house, cleaning and tidying, listening to music."
Hanson: "Cooking or playing with my niece and nephews."

8. What’s your perfect cure for a bad day?
Priestman: "Drinks; if it’s summer being in the sun, or if it’s winter probably snuggling on the couch with said drink."
Hanson: "Homemade macaroni and cheese."

9. What’s the best part about being in a band?
Preistman: "Making 15 year old Jenna’s dreams come true."
Hanson: "Getting to travel and eat foreign cheese snacks."

10. What do you do when you wanna treat yourself?
Preistman: "Spa life. And going to the grocery store and buying groceries like we have money or going for dinner."
Hanson: "Going out for fancy dinner and drinks."

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Have a poppin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 4:54 PM

Get into feast mode at the return of Italian Weekend, rock out with the hardcore punk of Mobina Galore and pass the popcorn at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival's opening weekend.

Hitting up Italian Weekend means feasting on homemade eats like cannoli and endlessly layered lasagna. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Hitting up Italian Weekend means feasting on homemade eats like cannoli and endlessly layered lasagna.
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Who Let The Dogs Out screening
Friday
Over 120 movies will be shown at this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival—and while they are all awesome in their own way, who could resist this wild, wacky, deep-dive into the Baha Men's biggest hit? Catch it at Cineplex Cinemas Parklane. more deets

Italian Weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Knocked down but not out by Hurricane Dorian, this festival of all things Italy was postponed to this weekend. Sample language lessons, bocce, and lots and lots of tasty food at the Italian Cultural Centre. Ciao! more deets

The Word on the Street Festival
Saturday
Have you heard the word? The Word on the Street Book & Magazine Festival returns to Halifax Central Library for three floors of author Q&As, poetry readings, panel discussions and more. more deets

North By Night Market
Saturday
The final night market of the summer sees DJs, food trucks and local artisans descend on Gottingen Street for an end-of-season hurrah. more deets

A record of the walks Japanese artist On Kawara took in Halifax builds an emotional map of the city at Hermes. - ON KAWARA ARTWORK
  • A record of the walks Japanese artist On Kawara took in Halifax builds an emotional map of the city at Hermes.
  • On Kawara artwork

The Birds and the Bees
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Nova Scotia Potters Guild's latest group effort sees this pastoral-steeped showcase, buzzing and flapping with works inspired by—and bedecked with—birds and bees, descend upon the Craig Gallery. more deets

Being-in-the Breathable: 44.649589,-63.574150
Saturday, Sunday
A map of the city and its heart, this collection of paintings stamped with co-ordinates act as a record of the walks artist On Kawara took while visiting Halifax in 1973. more deets

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

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11 Layers
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group showcase by 11 emerging artists who participated in the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia's Summer Professional Development Residency. more deets

The power-punk of Mobina Galore will rock you. - DWAYNE LARSON PHOTO
  • The power-punk of Mobina Galore will rock you.
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Heart Attack Kids w/Diner Drugs
Friday

High-voltage rock that'll shred your eardrums is the big promise the Heart Attack Kids always delivers on. Witness for yourself at Gus'. more deets

Mobina Galore
Sunday
The Winnipeg power-chord punk duo Mobina Galore has shared the stage with the likes of Against Me! and Propagandhi, but steal the show in their own right. See 'em in action at Gus'. more deets

Jah'Mila
Saturday
The roots-y reggae of Jah'Mila will make a fan out of you. Catch the beat at Bearly's! more deets

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Jinjoo Cho w/Hyun Soo Kim
Saturday

Prize-winning violinist Jinjoo Cho returns to the Maritime Conservatory for a highly-charged performance with celebrated pianist Hyun Soo Kim. more deets
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Halifax Pop Explosion reveals full 2019 lineup

Buzzy names like Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Hua Li join the likes of PUP and The Arkells from October 23 to 26.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Hua Li arrives at HPX with her long-awaited full-length record, Dynasty - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Hua Li arrives at HPX with her long-awaited full-length record, Dynasty
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It was back in April when PUP—the Toronto punk four-piece that's garnering international attention and acclaim for its latest, Morbid Stuff—leaked it'd be playing a show at The Marquee Ballroom, during dates that lined up with Halifax Pop Explosion. And though cool kids around town made sure that set was sold out before it was even announced as an official part of the fest, the rest of us can rest easy: There is plenty more coolness on deck at HPX 2019.

Today, the fest—which has wristbands starting at $80—releases its entire lineup. Among the highlights? The return of the Lil Kim-meets-Lauryn Hill Hua Li, who's dropping a highly anticipated record this fall, as well as the Polaris Prize finalists Snotty Nose Rez Kids—who Jeremy Dutcher has said are part of the wave "leading the Indigenous Renaissance" in Canada today. Big Can-Con fave the Arkells, indie queen Japanese Breakfast and local heavyweights Walrus, Rich Aucoin, Aquakultre and Leanne Hoffman are also on deck, just to start.

Peep the entire lineup here for the fest, which runs October 23 to 26 at venues 'round town.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Have a confetti-filled Labour Day weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 4:46 PM

It's Fringe's opening weekend and the Halifax Urban Folk Fest lineup is stacked, as Labour Day and summer's swan song draws nigh.

Arriving at the Halifax Fringe Fest this weekend, The Other Mozart highlights the true story of Wolfgang's equally talented sister. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Arriving at the Halifax Fringe Fest this weekend, The Other Mozart highlights the true story of Wolfgang's equally talented sister.
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Halifax Wanderers FC vs. FC Edmonton
Monday
The perfect cure for Labour Day's end-of-summer blues? Watching an outdoor sport—like soccer at the Wanderers Grounds. more deets

The Other Mozart
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
With a script using lines lifted directly from the Mozart family's letters, this humorous and heartbreaking play traces the life of the prodigy, virtuoso and composer Nannerl Mozart. See it at Neptune as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival. more deets

Awujoh: Creole Heritage Festival
Monday

A family-friendly celebration of Creole food, people, culture and especially music envelops the south Common with gumbay and zydeco sounds. more deets

The Unrehearsed Dream
Sunday
Shakespeare By The Sea gives its seasonal swan song with this one-night-only event: 13 actors are given their parts and lines to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, but the first time they meet their co-stars is onstage, in front of the audience. The magic happens at Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park. more deets

It's your last weekend to peep Sarah Burwash's gentle watercolours, which subvert gender in soft hues at Studio 21. - SARAH BURWASH ARTWORK
  • It's your last weekend to peep Sarah Burwash's gentle watercolours, which subvert gender in soft hues at Studio 21.
  • Sarah Burwash artwork

Now
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Anne Launcelott's snaps of rural Russia act as the perfect portrait of the place—and this weekend marks your last chance to see the photos. Better get to Teichert Gallery, stat. more deets

FRESH
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
From Sarah Burwash's dreamlike watercolours to Jenny Yujia Shi's stark works on immigration, the art at this Studio 21 showcase is all subtly political. more deets

An Interior Life
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Karen Phinney delivers real Hollis Sigler vibes with her brightly hued canvases capturing intimate living spaces. more deets

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Flat Form
Thursday, Friday
Ada Denil's large-scale prints remind the viewer of origami or angular puzzle pieces. See them at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

Damhnait Doyle says the record she's bringing to the Halifax Urban Folk Festival is the one she always wanted to make. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Damhnait Doyle says the record she's bringing to the Halifax Urban Folk Festival is the one she always wanted to make.
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Phoebe Bridgers Tribute w/The Maes
Thursday
Warming the undercard of this HUFF show at Good Robot, Aussie sister-duo The Maes brings harmonies as vast and sun-dappled as the Outback sky to the stage, tracing the line of '70s folk. more deets

Damhnait Doyle & The Halifax All-Stars w/Opening Song Circle
Friday
Damhnait Doyle brings the best album of her career—the one she says has "no audience out there waiting for" but that she's wanted to make for over 20 years—to The Carleton for what's sure to be an epic Halifax Urban Folk Fest set, tinged with Sheryl Crow vibes. more deets

Keonté Beals
Saturday
From Toni Braxton to Boyz II Men, Beals is versed in golden-era R&B—explaining why he shines so brightly while singing it. Catch the continual glow-up at Stayner's Wharf. more deets

Cassie Josephine & the Cry If I Want To's w/Pretty Archie, Jah'Mila, Eamon
McGrath
Saturday
If you don't already know the sharp roots-y reggae of Jah'Mila (pictured) consider this an overdue introduction. Part of the Haifax Urban Folk Fest, this show happens on the Halifax waterfront. more deets

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Friday, August 23, 2019

LISTEN TO THIS: Spirit of the Wildfire helps you turn up with "Funnel Vision"

The four best buds from Bedford share a party anthem for the ages, complete with a music video of tour antics.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Spirit of the Wildfire still love the rush of touring, even though they've been at it since 2016: "We pinch ourselves every now and then," guitarist Jayson LeMoine says. - ROYCE MACRAE PHOTO
  • Spirit of the Wildfire still love the rush of touring, even though they've been at it since 2016: "We pinch ourselves every now and then," guitarist Jayson LeMoine says.
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A song drenched in supersize riffs and Sunny D, the latest track from Spirit of the Wildfire is like letting your ears chew on a pack of Gushers: Tart, bright and addictive.

The four best buds from Bedford met in the ninth grade and retain that friends-first feel—despite being an incredibly tight, oiled machine onstage and in your earbuds. When asked to describe the band's sound, guitarist Jayson LeMoine says "We just kept getting told we're like punk but kinda funky. We kept getting compared to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime."

The dudes' songwriting progress is simple: "We just write tunes and after go 'what was that?'" LeMoine says, the phone line crackling with his laughter. "A lot of the time Jeremy [Caillié the punk band's other guitarist] will come up with a riff and then it takes on a life of its own."

For "Funnel Vision", LeMoine says "the lyrics were all written on the road and it's one of our least meaningful songs. We were drinking too much and this guy in Ottawa was trying to fight with our bass player and we kept telling him 'hey man, just shred it'," he laughs, explaining the song's chorus.

With a video comprised of live tour footage shared on Snapchat, he adds the single's biggest influence hails from those grade nine days: "Sum 41 used to put out videos screwin' around like this when we were kids."

Prepare for the ear worm:

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Make your weekend a slam dunk with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 4:00 AM

From the annual Peace Basketball Tournament to the first weekend of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival to a musical by Xara Choral Theatre, it's gonna be a slam-dunk weekend!

It's your last weekend to have a time with the Argyle Street Kitchen Party. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • It's your last weekend to have a time with the Argyle Street Kitchen Party.
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Lindell Wigginton
Friday

Meet Dartmouth basketball star and Toronto Raptors player Lindell Wigginton at this meet-and-greet that's also a fundraiser for kid's school supplies. Held at The Staples location at 114 Woodlawn Road. more deets

The Argyle Street Kitchen Party
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Neptune Theatre is havin' a time this summer with its annual warm-weather showcase that stages the east coast kitchen party experience with award-winning musician Ian Sherwood and a rotating collection of local talent delivering song-and-dance-fuelled fun. The show wraps Sunday, so this is your last chance to catch the ceilidh! more deets

Third annual Peace Tournament
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A city-wide tournament promoting unity and celebrating basketball, Peace Basketball Tournament sees courts all over town booked up. Peep the extensive schedule by following @peacetournament on Instagram. more deets

Rings Through Water
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Xara Choral Theatre, Sarain Fox and Deantha Edwards explore our relationship to water with a show packed with choral and solo singing, contemporary and traditional Indigenous dance, and text and theatrical presentation. As three short stories unfold, water becomes spoken for as the voices of its protectors are amplified. See it at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. more deets

Tyshan Wright's showcase examining the cultural objects of Jamaican Maroons wraps this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Tyshan Wright's showcase examining the cultural objects of Jamaican Maroons wraps this weekend.
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Hopelessly Devoted To You
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you're yet to see The Khyber's latest group show—which examines the apocalypse, Olivia Newton-John and iced coffee—do it now, now, now: The exhibit packs an incredible range and closes Saturday. more deets

Craft LAIR: Tyshan Wright
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design's latest Local Artist In Residence, Tyshan Wright, is a "traditional maker of Jamaican Maroon instruments and cultural objects," the gallery says. Here, Wright aims to "explore the intersections between traditional and contemporary craft," as he creates mixed-media representations of sacred Maroon objects. more deets

Now
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Anne Launcelott's fine-art photos are a pulse-check of modern life in rural Russia. See them at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Patterns of Growth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Toni Losey's earthenware pieces rest, nubbly-textured and smooth-silhouetted, in waves of ombre gradient. This weekend marks your last to see the statuettes at the Mary E. Black gallery. more deets

The 10th annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival kicks off with a bang—and lots of bops—as The Burning Hell arrives at The Carleton. - ANGUS ROWE PHOTO
  • The 10th annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival kicks off with a bang—and lots of bops—as The Burning Hell arrives at The Carleton.
  • Angus Rowe photo

Spirit Of The Wildfire w/June Body, Mattel's, Nothing Serious
Saturday

The funk-infused punk of Spirit Of The Wildfire is like letting your ears suck on a sour candy: A wild rush! See what we mean at this Oasis Pub showcase. more deets

The Burning Hell w/Museum Pieces, Gianna Lauren
Sunday

The Burning Hell is exuberant indie-rock, bringing songs about love, loss and Kiefer Sutherland to this, the banner opening night of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival at The Carleton. more deets

Natalie Lynn w/Izra Fitch, Sore Loser
Friday

Ride a sugar high as a triple dose of gritty-yet-glittery pop-rock bands storm The Seahorse Tavern's stage. more deets

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norc w/The Brood, No, It's Fine., Sleeping Machines
Thursday

Genre-blending three-piece norc aims to "liquify your senses" with its new EP release show at The Seahorse. more deets
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Friday, August 16, 2019

LISTEN TO THIS: DK and Ghettosocks deliver golden-age hip hop vibes with "Reflections"

A reworked jazz drum sample—paired with Ghettosocks' legendary wordplay—will make you feel like you traded your arms for wings.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 5:06 PM

Ghettosocks (left) says "I’m focused on trying to harness or re-create that essence, perpetuate that vibe, capture people’s imagination with that sound that caught mine in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.”
  • Ghettosocks (left) says "I’m focused on trying to harness or re-create that essence, perpetuate that vibe, capture people’s imagination with that sound that caught mine in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.”

A blue sky, dotted with cumulus clouds, spins lazily by overhead, as if you’re out for a summer drive with your best friends—or you suddenly found your arms were replaced by wings and you needed to test ‘em out. Ghettosocks (real name Darren Pyper), the venerable Halifax MC, comes into view, towering over the frame. You’re sitting at his feet, ready to receive his imminent lesson in the form. 

The drums hit, backed by the skeleton of a reworked jazz sample, and the rhythm slides across your ears, sweet as Nutella.

“I fly, we fly they fly/I looked up and saw my reflection in the sky,” Ghettosocks spits.

This is “Reflections,” the new track by producer-beatmaker Darrell Kelloway (who goes by DK) and ‘socks himself.

“I started doing shows where Ghettosocks was performing and I started sending him some stuff,” DK begins, explaining how the collaboration came to fruition. “I always loved his wordplay and had been making beats for awhile, and decided to reach out when I felt that my production was good enough.” 

“I’m pretty particular when it comes to beats,” Ghettosocks continues. “When you’re on a wavelength, that’s when things come together. DK’s style just spoke to me.” 

DK—who is immediately set apart from the producer pack by his love of sampling drums from vintage vinyl—has a debut EP slated to drop later this month. When he creates a track, he’s trying to build something “real soulful, the way something sounded in ’94, ’95—with live percussion.”

When it came to writing “Reflections,” “We sat with it and wrote to it, a collaboration on the spot at DJ Uncle Fester’s studios,” Ghettosocks says. 

DK cites golden-age rapper-producer duos like No I.D. and Common or Buckwild and O.C. as influences, while Ghettosocks quickly adds “we’re both fans of Gangstarr—that east coast, New York aesthetic with a matching vocal element.” Which, tbh, explains why “Reflections” sounds somewhere between a lost Tribe Called Quest joint and the B-side to Blackstar’s “Respiration.”

See how it slaps for yourself:

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pour yourself a hot cup of weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 4:55 PM

From the overflowing talent at DCAF to a new Africville retrospective to the torn-up punk tunes of Like A Motorcycle, here's what you should be texting the squad about this weekend.

The Big Jump returns to the city's waterfront, helping you splish-splash it up in Halifax Harbour this Thursday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Big Jump returns to the city's waterfront, helping you splish-splash it up in Halifax Harbour this Thursday.
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Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival
Saturday, Sunday

Grab a hot cup of DCAF as the two-day celebration of comics, cartoonists and crafts returns to Alderney Landing. Saturday is all about panels and programming (and sees Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg, two artists who’ve won the Eisner Award—the comic equivalent of an Oscar—onsite) while Sunday is more exhibit and vendor-based—so bring yer wallet and look out for scads of local talent. more deets

The Big Jump
Thursday

The free, one-day urban swimming adventure returns to the Halifax waterfront, helping you cool off by splash-splashin' around in the harbour. Onsite freshwater showers and water fountains—along with ladders and docks for easy access—round out the scene. more deets

Discovery Days: Dark Skies
Saturday

A celebration of astronomy and space exploration, this day at the Discovery Centre sees guest experts discuss the patterns in our night sky and show how to make a constellation viewer. more deets

The Centre For Art Tapes' 40th Birthday
Thursday

An-all ages celebration of Nova Scotia's only media arts-focused centre! Tunes by DJ Douvet, a performance by The Broadway Maybees, karaoke, cake, drinks and more make it a heckin' good time at the Art Bar. more deets

The Khyber's latest showcase tackles late capitalism, the apocalypse and Olivia Newton-John (natch). - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Khyber's latest showcase tackles late capitalism, the apocalypse and Olivia Newton-John (natch).
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Bokehlicious
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Angela Creaser presents her collection of super-cropped shots, celebrating minute details and blurring colours. at ViewPoint Gallery. more deets

Hopelessly Devoted To You
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Khyber's latest group show—which the gallery says is "in response to the end of the world"—sees artists sharing works about everything from the apocalypse to late capitalism to iced coffee to Olivia Newton-John. Peep this issue's Coast for a review of the showcase, too. more deets

Patterns of Growth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Toni Losey's earthenware pieces sport finishing flourishes that look like a cross between the most beautiful barnacle your imagination could render and an alien's eye. See 'em for yourself at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

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Africville: A Spirit that Lives On reflection project
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery mounts a 30th anniversary retrospective of its groundbreaking, collaborative exhibit that saw the gallery, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia and the Africville Genealogical Society combine forces to remember Africville. more deets

Wordburglar returns to get the DCAF party started with a kick-off show Friday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Wordburglar returns to get the DCAF party started with a kick-off show Friday.
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Like A Motorcycle w/Dearly Beloved, Little You, Little Me, Worst Part
Friday

Torn-up punk tunes to make you move at The Seahorse. more deets

DK and Ghettosocks' album release party
Thursday
Up-and-coming producer DK—whose love of sampling drums from vintage vinyl makes him a standout—celebrates his recent collaboration with OG MC Ghettosocks at this party where you can cop their sure-to-be-stellar seven-inch vinyl. Black Buffalo records will also be on site spinning soul, funk and hip hop 45s to keep your feet shuffling. It all goes down at HopYard Beer Bar. more deets

The DCAF kick-off party
Friday
The DCAF kick-off soiree is a venerable tradition at this point, with Halifax-born, now-Toronto-based MC Wordburglar coming home to prove he's still got the crown when it comes to nerdcore rap. Get amped for the two-day comic book celebration as Wordburglar spits and DJ Black Buffalo holds it down on the ones and twos. Spots from Bullet Bill Club and Hello City round out the fun at Menz. more deets

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Makayla Lynn
Sunday
Lynn's taken her early-Taylor Swift vibe to Nashville, shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, gained major props from Rolling Stone and has even won awards like Music Nova Scotia's Entertainer of the Year and Best Country Artist and Best Artist Most Likely To Make It Big in the Best Of Halifax Readers' Choice Awards. Here, she shows us this summer is all hers with an all-ages shows at White Point Beach where she hypes her latest single, "I'm Over You." more deets
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Take Pride in your weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 12:39 AM

From the return of Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute to the Pride parade to the kitchen party vibes of Jesus Murphy, this weekend will be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

FIN Outdoor returns with another alfresco offering that's perfect for Pride's opening weekend: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • FIN Outdoor returns with another alfresco offering that's perfect for Pride's opening weekend: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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Family Over Fame day
Saturday
An outdoor community celebration that sees R&B royalty JRDN taking the stage—along with free haircuts, face painting and other fun on deck. Held in Uniacke Square. more deets

2019 Afrifest
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The annual celebration of African arts and culture returns to the Halifax waterfront with master drummers from Burkina Faso, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Senegal bringing the noise while traditional dances round out the scene. Food, art and craft vendors add to the good times. more deets

FIN Outdoor screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday
An at-dusk screening of the 1975 cult hit that'll get your pulse racing as you see Dr. Frank-N-Furter woo a vanilla couple who show up on his doorstep. Themed dress up is encouraged to this Public Gardens screening, so start sourcing some fishnet tights now. more deets

2019 Halifax Pride parade
Saturday
This year's parade ambassador is the dripping-in-finesse, Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award-winning drag queen Elle Noir—meaning we're even more stoked than usual for the rainbow-filled march from Sackville Street to the Garrison Grounds. The parade goes from 1-3pm and lining up along Spring Garden Road is your best bet for primo views. Bonus? You can get more Elle in your life by picking up our annual Pride issue—on newsstands today—which has Ms. Noir as our cover star. more deets

This weekend is your last chance to peep a mini-retrospective of a Canadian art legend at 14 Bells. - PETER GOUGH ARTWORK
  • This weekend is your last chance to peep a mini-retrospective of a Canadian art legend at 14 Bells.
  • Peter Gough artwork

Moving
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Denise Soper unpacks the inertia of life itself with this showcase that focuses on the constant motion of our day-to-day, from driving and walking to emotional shifts. See it at Art 1274 Hollis. more deets

Collection of the artist: Peter Gough
Thursday, Friday
The internationally lauded realist painter gets a mini retrospective that acts as a masterclass in capturing—and playing with—light at 14 Bells. more deets

Ocean Treasures: Anthropocene Artifacts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Artist/researcher Jennifer MacLatchy documents (and mourns) our changing oceans with this Anna Leonowens Gallery showcase filled with marine debris she's gathered. more deets

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group effort
Thursday, Friday
It's your last chance to peep this Craig Gallery showcase, which sees the results of the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program on display. more deets

Wannabe will make you zig-a-zig-ah at Neptune this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Wannabe will make you zig-a-zig-ah at Neptune this weekend.
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For All Mankind: A Music & Video Tribute to Apollo 11
Friday

The Bedford Brass Quintet invites you to relive humankind's giant leap with this sonic tribute to the moon landing that features pop hits from the 1960s and historical footage. This 50th anniversary tribute is held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. more deets

Wannabe
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Toronto's Spice Girls tribute act has travelled the world, making sold-out audiences from Halifax to Dubai go zig-a-zig-ah. Now, the dedicated four-piece—who plots original choreography and sings instead of lip synching—returns to our city by the sea to light up Neptune Theatre with some serious girl power. more deets

Jesus Murphy summer bash
Saturday

"Fill your cup, lace up the toe tappers and get your ass down to our only summer kitchen party this year," commands the down-home-feeling, dance-floor-heating Jesus Murphy. Who are we to argue? Held at Clay West Bar & Grill. more deets

Broadway Our Way
Saturday

Participants from the 15th annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival take a break from their usual repertoire to sing their favourite Broadway hits at Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. more deets

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Have a jazzy weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 2:10 PM

From the opening weekend for Spryfield's new outdoor movie theatre to the Halifax Jazz Fest's return, there's so much fun under the sun (and stars) this weekend! Read on for deets.

Moonrise Movies helps you catch a chill in this summer heat, screening old-school horror flicks under the stars Friday and Saturday. - IAN SELIG PHOTO
  • Moonrise Movies helps you catch a chill in this summer heat, screening old-school horror flicks under the stars Friday and Saturday.
  • Ian Selig photo

Dartmouth at Dusk
Friday

A food, art and craft fair held outside Alderney Landing that sees you getting a taste of the local maker scene and taking in a sweet summer sunset. more deets

Strawberry Social
Saturday

Wholesome vibes abound as the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum celebrates the bounty of early summer with homemade, super-sized strawberry shortcakes. Live music, lemonade and a chance to see the farm animals all equal the perfect afternoon outing. more deets

Moonrise Movies
Friday, Saturday

A totally twee and also free outdoor movie watching mecca in the heart of Spryfield arrives just in time for summer! Things kick off with a weekend of horror flicks—Night Of The Living Dead and Let The Right One In July 12 and 13 at the Spryfield Urban Farm, across the street from 75 Rockingstone Road. more deets

Lebanese Festival 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Leb Fest returns for year 18, offering unmissable, authentic eats, traditional dance performances and live Lebanese music at Olympic Hall. more deets

ViewPoint Gallery's latest showcase is an homage to a Nova Scotian poet that made the everyday sound extraordinary. - ROXANNE SMITH PHOTO
  • ViewPoint Gallery's latest showcase is an homage to a Nova Scotian poet that made the everyday sound extraordinary.
  • Roxanne Smith photo

Collection of the artist: Peter Gough
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The internationally lauded realist painter gets a mini retrospective that acts as a masterclass in capturing—and playing with—light at 14 Bells. more deets

From the Vault: Human/Nature
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to peep this assortment of photography-based works from the gallery's permanent collection, which explores the place that human nature and the natural world intersect. more deets

Glimpses of Forgotten Memories
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Elizabeth Bishop—the 1911-born poet from Great Village, Nova Scotia—wrote the sort of heart-reviving verse that made the everyday seem anything but, just like Hemingway or Woolf. Here, Kathleen Flanagan and Roxanne Smith meditate upon her verses, unpacking themes of presence, absence, memory and loss (the themes of Bishop's work) while capturing the essence of Bishop's childhood home. See 'em at ViewPoint Gallery. more deets

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Eight of Clay: Sea Worthy
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The annual ceramic and pottery showcase by Eight of Clay returns to the historic Scott Manor House to treat your eyeballs before wrapping on Sunday eve. more deets

chik white brings some pals from Toronto to take your ears on a mind-expanding trip. - ALEX PEARSON PHOTO
  • chik white brings some pals from Toronto to take your ears on a mind-expanding trip.
  • Alex Pearson photo

Mdou Moctar w/Superfluid
Thursday

Hailing from a teensy village on the hems of the Sahara, Mdou Moctar is a singer-songwriter who strums in the style of Tuareg, becoming an underground success on the pirate mp3 networks of West Africa with his first release in the early 2000s. Since then, he's released hit record after hit record, with no two sounding alike. He arrives at The Seahorse for Halifax Jazz Festival on the wings of soft, lush-layered songs from the desert picnics of youth—where he and his pals learned to play and pen music. What could be a better soundtrack for summer? more deets

chik white w/Ilyse Krivel, Colin Fisher
Sunday
Lauded music outlets like The Quietus and Tiny Mix Tapes love the wild sound experiments of chik white (née Darcy Spidle), who uses a jaw harp to build music at once familiarly ancient and completely fresh. Inspired by dadaism, sound poetry, noise and nature (to name a few), his aim is "to conjure visceral experiences." Here, the musician shares the stage with equally avant-garde offerings—Toronto's Ilyse Krivel and Colin Fisher—to rock you hard at 1313 Hollis. more deets

Joe Murphy's Broomdusters w/Zamani, Tuesday Night Big Band, Hubtown Big Band
Sunday
The last afternoon of free Jazz Fest programming—held at the fest's waterfront stage—sees local blues mainstay Joe Murphy take a break from his Water Street Blues Band and regular stand at Your Father's Moustache for a bigger stage—and bigger party. The main event, though (well, to us at least) is the 2:30pm set by verified triple-threat producer, songwriter and singer Zamani (star of our recent OBEY Convention issue), who's sure to summon sonic magic of all sorts. more deets

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Makayla Lynn
Saturday, Sunday

Lynn's taken her early-Taylor Swift vibe to Nashville, shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, gained major props from Rolling Stone and has even won awards like Music Nova Scotia's Entertainer of the Year and Best Country Artist and Best Artist Most Likely To Make It Big in the Best Of Halifax Readers' Choice Awards. Here, she shows us this summer is all hers with a stint of all-ages shows at White Point Beach where she hypes her latest single, "I'm Over You." more deets

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Friday, June 28, 2019

In the Dead of Winter takes 2020 off

The fest is "taking a step back" on its 15th year.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 2:23 PM

Toronto's Witch Prophet played the 2018 festival. - SAMUEL ENGELKING
  • Toronto's Witch Prophet played the 2018 festival.
  • SAMUEL ENGELKING

Following last month's announcement that a cease-and-desist from artist Shepard Fairey will force the OBEY Convention to change its name for 2020, comes the announcement from another small-and-tough festival, the 14-year-old In the Dead of Winter: It's taking next year off.

“It’s expensive and it’s hard to do this right now, so we’re taking a step back,” says executive director Dana Beeler matter-of-factly. Beeler took the reigns three years ago from Heather Gibson, who started it with Jenn Grant, Jill Barber and Rose Cousins as a singer-songwriter festival in 2006. Under Beeler it leaned more indie-rock and experimental.

“I don’t want to shut things down totally—I think IDOW is an important part of the Halifax music scene," says Beeler, who also leads the rock band Hello Delaware. “But with a little bit of space, for myself mostly, I can re-evaluate what IDOW can be or could be going forward. The only for-sure thing is it’s not happening this year.”

IDOW has brought the likes of Waxahatchee, Palehound, Owen Pallett, Shawn Colvin and Ani DiFranco to town across 14 Januaries.

“We kind of broke Witch Prophet here on the east coast,” says Beeler. “After she played IDOW she played every other east coast festival and is now a pretty big indie name. That’s my most prideful moment. We brought in some pretty great bands and I am really happy I got the opportunity.”

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