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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ten poppin' weekend picks

Halifax Pop Explosion turns 25, Diwali's all aglow and the fourth Atlantic Jewish Film Fest passes the popcorn.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM

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Ryan Josey's Goodbye Brunch
Friday
See recently finished works by Josey at this brunch that wraps his time as the Khyber's artist-in-residence. Tea, coffee and light bites are on offer.

9
Mount Saint Vincent University's Haunted House
Saturday
Get spooked at the Mount's annual hair-raising haunted house! Raising funds for Shelter Nova Scotia, the one-night-only scare fest claims to be the most horror-inducing way to get in the Halloween spirit.

The Maritime Bhangra Group teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a sunshine-y show (see 2). - NXN PHOTO
  • The Maritime Bhangra Group teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a sunshine-y show (see 2).
  • NXN photo

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Diwali Carnival
Saturday // Sunday
India's festival of lights shines on at Exhibition Park with henna, food, fashion, live performance, fireworks and, of course, the lighting of traditional oil lamps.

7
Re-Jigged Festival: Four Pipes
Sunday
The three-day fest celebrating Dartmouth’s Celtic music scene ends on a high note with this Christ Church Hall show: Four pipers take on a swath of styles, from Highland bagpipes to Galician pipes, while Ellen MacPhee hosts.

6
MacBeth: The Shadow King
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Shakespeare By The Sea delivers a thrilling new adaptation of the Bard's famous tragedy that blends shadow puppets, projection and live action.

Lee Fields gives you sonic salvation at his stacked Pop Explosion show (see 1). - PHOTO VIA HALIFAXPOPEXPLOSION.COM
  • Lee Fields gives you sonic salvation at his stacked Pop Explosion show (see 1).
  • Photo via halifaxpopexplosion.com

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//RESPONSIVE
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Project light, not feelings, as a slew of artists turn downtown into a giant Lite Brite with //RESPONSIVE, the international light art festival.

4
Halifax Zine Fair
Saturday
The Anchor Archive Zine Library and Halifax Pop Explosion pay tribute to the DIY spirit as the annual celebration of zine-makers, small press publishers, comic artists and print-makers returns to the North Memorial Library.

3
Atlantic Jewish Film Festival Kickoff
Thursday
The annual celebration of Jewish film rings in year four with a Cineplex Park Lane screening of The Women’s Balcony, a tale of community, old traditions and the power of women.

2
Symphony Meets Bhangra
Sunday
The sunshine-bringing internet sensation that is the Maritime Bhangra Group shares its infectious glow with Symphony Nova Scotia for a can't-stay-in-your-seat show at Pier 21. Pre-register for the fun at symphonynovascotia.ca!

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Lee Fields & The Expressions w/Tanika Charles, The Mattson2, Kirsten Olivia
Friday
Lee Fields, a funk and soul legend cut from the same harmony-driven cloth as Smokey Robinson and James Brown, will give you the sonic salvation you need. This Halifax Pop Explosion show features supports worth seeing in their own rights: The soulful Tanika Charles and Kirsten Olivia (our 2017 Jazz Fest Issue cover star)—meaning arriving early to the Forum is mandatory.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ten awesomely artsy weekend picks

Nocturne turns 10, hockey docs share the Black experience and Gypsophilia plays its final show.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 11:27 AM

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Moving Forward, Looking B(l)ack: Visual Art in Nova Scotia
Friday
Archival research shows that despite Nova Scotia's wealth of Black artists and curators, public knowledge of their work remains limited. To change that, this North Memorial Library panel of Black and Afro-Indigenous women discuss their practice and experience in the visual arts in Nova Scotia.

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The Maritimes Natural Hair & Beauty Show
Sunday
This celebration of natural hair features folicle-focused workshops, info sessions and panel discussions at Pier 21.

Gypsophilia hangs up its jazzy party hat on Friday (see 2). - NATHAN BOONE
  • Gypsophilia hangs up its jazzy party hat on Friday (see 2).
  • NATHAN BOONE

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Maureen Batt
Thursday
Soprano Maureen Batt brings the epic with a powerhouse voice and classical style at this Central Library show.

7
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World screening
Friday
Carbon Arc screens the 2017 documentary that dives into an essential, overlooked chapter of rock ‘n’ roll history: The Indigenous influence.

6
Orlando
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
This Dalhousie Arts Centre theatre adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic novel sees Orlando, a beautiful nobleman, wake up in a woman's body, 100 years in the future.

Iva brings a blend of throat singing and Celtic folk to the Seahorse (see 4). - IVALUARJUK.COM
  • Iva brings a blend of throat singing and Celtic folk to the Seahorse (see 4).
  • ivaluarjuk.com

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To The Root: A Radical Look at Food Justice
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Workshops and lectures at Veith House covering topics from winter gardening to food insecurity help the Loaded Ladle make you aware of the politics on your plate.

4
North Meets East: Iva at The Seahorse
Saturday
Iva bridges her Inuit and Celtic heritage, combining throat singing with roots-y folk.

3
Hockey and the Black Experience
Thursday
A short documentary chronicling the historic all-Black line of hockey players at Saint Mary's University in the '60s and '70s kicks off this double feature, followed by Soul on Ice, which shares the history and current state of play for Black hockey players. A panel discussion with members from that line—Bob Dawson, Darrell Maxwell and Percy Paris—and the iconic Willie O'Ree, the first Black player in the NHL, follows the films.

2
Gypsophilia: The Final Show
Friday
Over 10 years, five albums and countless shows, Gypsophilia is finally hanging up its rhinestone-studded party hat at The Marquee. Say goodbye in sweet, jazzy style at this, the final show.

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Nocturne 2017
Saturday
Nocturne, the wildly wonderful night that turns Halifax's streets into art gallery halls, turns 10 this year. There'll be dozens of surprises to be discovered on a wander through town, but a few events that are generating extra buzz? The live harp playing of avant-garde performer M'Michèle at Grand Parade Square and Airhorn, a live video performance and interactive soundscape taking over the Central Library.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Twelve better-than-pie Thanksgiving weekend picks

Fashion Week takes a bow, Alexander Keith blows out 222 candles and Photopolis Photography Festival kicks off.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 11:35 AM

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Rapsey Recommends: Beats from Staying Underground
Saturday
One half of the epic beatmaking duo Staying Underground hosts this DJ night full of soon-to-be-hits at Lion & Bright.

11
Grease sing-along with XARA Choir
Friday
A sing-along screening of the classic good-girl-meets-bad-boy flick will be the one that you want. Held at St. Matthew's United Church.

10
Alexander Keith's 222nd birthday celebration
Thursday
Nova Scotia's biggest birthday bash returns to the Keith's Brewery with pub games, east coast-inspired snacks and live music. At 222, Keith looks pretty good for his age!

9
Photopolis Festival opening gala
Friday
ViewPoint, the gallery dedicated to shutterbugs and celluloid, makes a natural fit for this, the swanky kick-off to the month-long, multi-venue Photopolis Photography Festival.

Spanish dance group Compañía Sharon Fridman kicks off its first North American tour in Halifax (see 1). - LUIS CASTILLA PHOTO
  • Spanish dance group Compañía Sharon Fridman kicks off its first North American tour in Halifax (see 1).
  • Luis Castilla photo

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Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble
Saturday
This improv-heavy band blends heavy grooves, soaring melodies and hard-hitting songs for a self-described "Balkan rock" sound while melting faces at Codapop Studios.

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Rumours: The Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show
Monday
Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice—but any wannabe Stevie Nicks worth their fringed vest won't wait for the second thunderclap to snap up tickets to this Rebecca Cohn show.

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The Drinking Game
Friday // Saturday
Plunked down at the crossroads of real life and constructed theatrical performance, The Drinking Game explores the art of conversation and our need for human connection at The Wardroom. Using improvisation, live projections, music, audience involvement and alcohol, it celebrates the unique beauty of everyone's story.

Rumours, the Fleetwood Mac tribute that replicates its inspiration to the smallest detail, returns to the Cohn (see 7). - SUBMITTED
  • Rumours, the Fleetwood Mac tribute that replicates its inspiration to the smallest detail, returns to the Cohn (see 7).
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Hair of the Dog: beer garden & dog park
Saturday
Bring your pooch to the Garrison Grounds to play fetch, roll around and sniff butts all while you sip on a pint of Good Robot beer.

4
Bone Cage
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Head to The Bus Stop Theatre for this 10th anniversary redux of Catherine Banks’ Governor General’s award-winning play, following the lives of seven rural Nova Scotians looking to escape their bleak realities.

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Strike featuring live score by Mohammad Sahraei
Saturday
This Central Library screening of Sergei Eisenstein's stylized retelling of a labour strike in Czarist-era Russia gets the adoration it deserves as its most sweeping scenes are underscored with live music by Matt Galant, Behrooz Mihankhah, Yousef Mousavi, Lukas Pearse and Mohammad Sahraei.

2
Atlantic Fashion Week: The Medium Is The Message Showcase
Thursday
Atlantic Fashion Week's third runway show sees eco-conscious and culturally-focused labels like Art Pays Me, Blue Ladybug Design, BZLY, Victoria Brumwell, Me Before You, Anti Fashion and Donn Sabean take the catwalk at Casino Nova Scotia.

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Hasta Donde: All Ways
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Spanish contact-dance superstar Compañía Sharon Fridman brings its world-touring hit Hasta Donde: All Ways to the Sir James Dunn Theatre with the help of Live Art Dance, kicking off its first North American tour.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ten rockin' weekend picks

Hopscotch Festival, Mirus' mixtape release party, the Halifax Record fair and Halifax Oyster Festival make for one bangin' weekend. 

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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Halifax Mooseheads vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Saturday
Halifax's hockey season kicks off with a Scotiabank Centre home opener against the formidable (in name and in play) northern New Brunswick team. 

9
The Delinquents movie premiere
Friday
While it's barely felt like fall lately, this screening at Pro Skates will have you dreaming of the white weather ahead as it chronicles the best and baddest in local snowboarding. 

Every Time I Die brings big-name metalcore to the Marquee (see 5). - PHOTO VIA EPITAPH.COM
  • Every Time I Die brings big-name metalcore to the Marquee (see 5). 
  • Photo via epitaph.com

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Amy Goodman in Halifax
Saturday
Longtime Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman brings her brand of activist journalism to the Marion McCain Building's Ondaatje Hall with a talk titled “Stories of Democracy, Resistance and Hope.” 

7
East Meets West
Friday // Saturday
An evening of contemporary dance at the Bus Stop Theatre by choreographers from across the country, East Meets West offers a sampling of pieces to fall for.

6
2017 Confucius Institute Performance Tour
Sunday
Consider this whirlwind hour-and-15-minute Spatz Theatre show an introduction to some of China's most iconic cultural touchstones: Think traditional Chinese folk music and dance, Peking opera, Kungfu, traditional Chinese dress and more. 

East Meets West shows off sharp Canadian choreography (see 7). - PHOTO BY ALANAH CORREIA
  • East Meets West shows off sharp Canadian choreography (see 7).
  • Photo by Alanah Correia

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Every Time I Die w/Knocked Loose, Hollow Earth
Friday
New York metalcore titan Every Time I Die has been shredding guitars and melting faces since the early 2000s, when the genre-revatlising Hot Damn! dropped like fire on our ears. Catch them at The Marquee and #tbt it to your angsty younger self. 

4
Halifax Record Fair
Saturday
Get some hot wax at the Forum's epic treasure hunt that'll have you sifting through thousands of records for your collection's missing piece. 

3
Soulstice: The East Coast Edition
Thursday
Hip hop/reggae slayer—and Quake Matthews' bestie—Kayo Guevarra hosts this chill, unplugged kickoff to the Hopscotch Urban Arts Festival at Seven Bays. 

2
Mirus Mixtape Release w/Geil, Juice Girls, Sarah Denim
Friday
Mirus Records, a new label hyping the hot sounds on offer from women and people of colour in the local music scene, drops its first mixtape at this Modulating Mansion show. The slippergaze Juice Girls, heavy Geil and multi-media dream Sarah Denim give a preview of the tape with live sets. 

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Halifax Oyster Festival
Friday // Saturday
Get shell-shucked at The Coast's Halifax Oyster Festival, Atlantic Canada's premiere shell fish fest (if we say so ourselves!): A to-dive-for waterfront location, oysters from 18 producers and a three-hour, all-you-can-sample tasting session make for an unforgettable foodie experience.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ten perfect weekend picks

Hal-Con hits, Etsy Made in Canada is bigger than ever and a crop of can't-miss art shows await.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:56 AM

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Saving Maud
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Laura Kenney and Steven Rhude explore and reimagine the legacy of Maud Lewis with this Secord Gallery show.

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Quinfest
Saturday
All-ages fun awaits at this celebration of Quinpool Road: Think face painting, carnival games and sidewalk sales!

The Space Age's EP release show gives you a rocket ship of sound (see 2). - HAMIDEH SAEIDI PHOTO
  • The Space Age's EP release show gives you a rocket ship of sound (see 2).
  • Hamideh Saeidi photo

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NSCAD+ceramics
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
The school explores its longstanding love of crafting ceramics with this Anna Leonowens Gallery show that spans 121 years of throwing pots and making plates.

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Etsy Made In Canada 2017
Saturday
The fourth annual makers' fair has become such a smashing success it had to upgrade to a bigger space! Check out the new digs at the Cunard Centre—and stalls selling everything from knitwear to soap to jewellery, all made by independent artisans based right here.

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Halifax Switch Open Street Sunday
Sunday
Explore streets and public spaces by foot, bus or bike from Agricola Street to Spring Garden Road as games, music and activites for all ages abound.

Corner Gas star Eric Peterson stars in the David and Goliath tale Seeds at Neptune (see 5). - MAXIME COTE PHOTO
  • Corner Gas star Eric Peterson stars in the David and Goliath tale Seeds at Neptune (see 5).
  • Maxime Cote photo

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Seeds
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Corner Gas star Eric Peterson delivers Neptune Theatre's latest: A true tale of a small-time farmer accused of planting patented seeds from a major agriculture corporation.

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Under The Moon, a reception for We Met Online
Friday
In celebration of their upcoming Khyber Centre for the Arts video and sculpture show We Met Online: Finding Each Other, Stephanie Wu hosts this potluck and colouring party featuring hand-drawn colouring books for attendees.

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Hal-Con
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Atlantic Canada's biggest geek fest returns to the World Trade and Convention Centre for three glorious days of cosplay, sci-fi and fantasy fun. Featured guests include James Marsters (who played Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Samuel Anderson, best known as Danny Pink on Doctor Who.

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The Space Age EP release show
Friday
The Space Age, celebrating a new EP at Gus' Pub, defines its rock as "street smart with swagger and hooks" and we gotta second that. Matt Mays is a fan—the band supported his summertime shows at the epic Shore Club—will you be?

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Re-Quickening
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Santee Smith's arresting Prismatic Festival show explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance—and snagged Smith the cover of this week's Coast. Prismatic adds this isn't your typical dance show: "Created through a process unique to Smith's culture, Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence, a piecing together of shards of knowledge that tips colonialism on its head."

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Sleepless Nights w/Mardeen at The Seahorse

Saying a sweet goodbye

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Sleepless Nights - GABRIELLE ARCHER
  • Sleepless Nights
  • Gabrielle Archer


If you’re looking for a solid pop/rock band, look no further than Mardeen. The classic two guitar, bass, and drums setup doesn’t disappoint with these folks. Mardeen was a great pre-cursor to the main event: Sleepless Nights. This was my first ever Sleepless Nights show, and potentially my last. The band reunited recently for a three-show tour to coincide with their Keith Hamilton EP release. They speculated on stage that they hadn’t played a show in Halifax since 2009 and you could tell there were some die-hard fans in the crowd. I really, really fell in love with the band (made up of five Nova Scotia-music scene veterans) that night, but it is hard for me to say if it was because 60% of them are friends of mine and their reunion-show joy was contagious, or if I really just loved them, but either way I was thoroughly impressed. They exuded musical talent, both instrumentally and vocally, and even got the King’s College pub crawl folks dancing. The only disappointing thing about the night was knowing I wouldn’t be able to see another Sleepless Nights show any time soon.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ten tasty weekend picks

The Coast's Food Truck Party, FIN, Oktoberfest and Word on The Street means a boundless weekend awaits. 

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Ropeworks
Thursday // Friday
Violet Rosengarten's stunning painted-rope pieces at the Corridor Gallery are a study in texture, symbolically expressing her attachment to the Maritimes. 

9
Paul Greenberg
Thursday 
The best-selling American author, who penned the 2014 effort on seafood sustainability Four Fish, comes to Dal's Marion McCain Building to talk about the future of our oceans and our fish-eating habits. 

Hollerado just wanna love you, damnit, and its dance-y Seahorse show will make the feeling downright mutual (see 3). - RYAN FAIST PHOTO
  • Hollerado just wanna love you, damnit, and its dance-y Seahorse show will make the feeling downright mutual (see 3).
  • Ryan Faist photo

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2017 Garrison Oktoberfest
Saturday
Halifax’s original Oktoberfest returns for a full day of traditional German food, music and—the main event—beer! The Garrison Brewing Company's party is the closest you'll get to the German foodie fest without cashing in your Air Miles. 

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Burnwater: Alchemy
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Mocean Dance invites you to an intimate, 30-seater redux of its 2016 production at Alderney Landing, melding percussion, dance, poetry and the iron sound-sculptures of famed Nova Scotia blacksmith John Little. 

6
Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performance
Saturday
Wouldn't it be nice to see the king of surf-rock say so long to his band's most iconic album with what's sure to be an equally-iconic Scotiabank Centre performance?  

Violet Rosengarten's stunning rope art is a study in textures (see 10). - VIOLET ROSENGARTEN PHOTO
  • Violet Rosengarten's stunning rope art is a study in textures (see 10).
  • Violet Rosengarten photo

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The Coast's September Food Truck Party
Thursday
The Coast knows the best meals come on wheels so we're serving up street eats like tacos and ice cream from over 15 different Halifax food trucks at the Museum of Natural History. Bring a blanket, a chair and some fives for this party that also features tastings with local breweries. 

4
Word On The Street
Saturday 
Get lit(-erary) at this annual celebration of the written word! From writing workshops to author talks, the Central Library promises to be buzzing all day with book and magazine fuelled fun. Stop by the library's RBC Room between 1-2pm to catch the can't-miss Hali Slam's spoken word show. 

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Hollerado
Thursday
Hollerado loves its fans. So much so that the blues-funk-rock getup's 2015 effort, 111 Songs, was a project where they wrote custom songs for specific fans (no, really). Catch some warm-fuzzy vibes at its Seahorse show—and get ready to dance. 

2
FIN
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Movie buffs, start upping your popcorn intake now! Moving into its 37th year, the Atlantic Film Festival (now rebranded as FIN) will once again take over silver screens around the city with dozens of movies veering from local flicks to international indie darlings. Get the full rundown of titles and times at fin festival.ca/by-day.

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Cris Dereksen's Orchestral Powwow 
Sunday
As the Prismatic Arts Festival kicks off this weekend, Cris Derksen marries traditional Indigenous Powwow music and dance with classic symphonic stylings for the ultimate cultural mash-up. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium ticket gets even hotter with the addition of Rebecca Thomas' perfect poetry.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Listen: "Glitter and Gold" by Jody Upshaw

The 14-year-old collaborated with fellow teen singer Shay Pitts.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 11:19 AM

AKRAM
  • Akram

Jody Upshaw
says she’s been singing “since I could talk, basically,” and she has done so on a  professional level for about three years. Now 14, Upshaw has collaborated with the likes of Classified, J-Bru and Neon Dreams. Her latest release is a single titled “Glitter and Gold,” which she performs with Shay Pitts.

Upshaw has been experimenting across genres for her upcoming EP, including country, pop and R&B. Those tunes are expected to be released in October. For now, check out “Glitter and Gold” below.



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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ten weekend picks to feast on

Italian Weekend helps you get your carbs, the Atlantic Flamenco Fest brings tapas and tunes and Halifax Fringe rolls into its second weekend.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 12:45 PM

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Metallifax, a Metallica tribute show
Saturday
OK kids, get ready: Attending this Gus' Pub show means hearing 75 minutes' worth of every Metallica song that ever mattered, being performed by the likes of Hero's Last Rite, Beyond Eternal and Novichok.

9
The Oxford Theatre screens classic films
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
As the Oxford Theatre prepares for its final curtain, the venerable movie house takes a trip down memory lane, screening multiple classic films daily. See Humphrey Bogart almost cry in Casablanca and Dorthy inspire shoe envy in The Wizard of Oz—and catch all titles and showtimes on the Oxford's website.

Italian Weekend returns with drool-worthy eats, like this tiramisu (see 1). - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Italian Weekend returns with drool-worthy eats, like this tiramisu (see 1).
  • Riley Smith photo

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k.d. lang
Saturday
As lang's breakout hit Ingénue turns 25, she's toting its tracks and her powerful voice to the Scotiabank Centre to celebrate.

7
FRESHfest
Sunday
The Central Library goes full-on feast mode with this food fair featuring cooking demos, workshops and food activism groups.

6
United Not Isolated Festival
Saturday
The festival that's all about building community returns with three-on-three basketball, open-air markets (including North By Night) and live music from the likes of JRDN, Universal Soul and AquaKulture. Get in on the fun as all of Gottingen Street gets swept up in the outdoor affair!

Maria Serrano and Maria Osende deliver a powerful dance performance at the Atlantic Flamenco Festival (see 4). - MARIASERRANO.COM SCREENSHOT
  • Maria Serrano and Maria Osende deliver a powerful dance performance at the Atlantic Flamenco Festival (see 4).
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Yes Yes We're Magicians book launch
Saturday
Jonah Samson's Central Library book launch celebrates the compilation of anonymous, vintage photographs he's gleaned from unlikely sources—like eBay. Held in room 301.

4
Maria, Maria
Friday // Saturday
Two internationally acclaimed Spanish flamenco dancers (that's Maria Serrano and Maria Osende) combine forces for this powerful performance that's the banner event of 2017's Atlantic Flamenco Festival. Spanish wine and tapas complete a swish night at the Seahorse Tavern.

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Pop up Yard Market
Saturday
Recent cover stars of The Coast's fashion issue, The Bounty brings its treasure trove of plus-sized fashionable goodies to an outdoor yard sale held across from Victoria Park, Dartmouth. A kid's area and coffee on site round out the fun.

2
Inamorata: The Pilot Episode
Friday
This Halifax Fringe Festival sad-comedy is such a hit it's won the fest's Hot Ticket award for most popular show at the Old Pool Hall Theatre. The play follows two young women and their addictions—which range from alcohol to attention to early jazz.

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Italian Weekend
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Holy cannoli! The three-day carb-fest celebrating Italian music, entertainment and (most importantly) food returns. Homemade offerings just like Nonna made means you better arrive at the Italian Cultural Centre hungry!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Premiere: In 3/4 by The Hypochondriacs

Resist the urge to text your ex while listening to this.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM

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In 2012, Josh Bravener teamed up with his brother Aaron to start a band. The Fredricton-based group is now made up of four people known as The Hypochondriacs, and they’re about to launch their debut album.

“We really wanted to demonstrate what we sound like live. The album’s very similar to our live show,” says Josh, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist.

The Braveners have rockabilly music well ingrained, having grown up with an Elvis impersonator for a father. Josh spent parts of his childhood touring with his dad, playing the role of a much tinier Elvis. While he got tired of playing dress-up after a while, music never bored him: “I stayed in love with it. I still love Elvis.” he says, adding that he’d never impersonate him again.

The In 3/4 album is largely made up of songs about heartbreak that are somehow still dance-worthy. Have a listen for yourself below. In 3/4 is officially released on Friday, and The Hypochondriacs will be hitting up Halifax for a show at Bearly’s on September 23.

“I just kind of want people to be able to listen to it and, you know, be able to reflect on their own past heartbreaks or whatever it may be.”


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Monday, September 4, 2017

Applications for The Plumtree Project are now open

The project gives women and trans folks the chance to learn music for free.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Indie rockers Plumtree, the namesake of The Plumtree Project.
  • Indie rockers Plumtree, the namesake of The Plumtree Project.

The Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) and Mirus Records are collaborating to empower more women, trans folks and/or people of colour to “be in bands and feel confident playing music.” The result is The Plumtree Project, an initiative named after a local all-female band that took the stage at the first HPX and for many years after. 

Erin McDonald, one of the project coordinators, says lack of accessibility and lack of encouragement are barriers to marginalized people trying to break into the music scene.

“There’s not really a reflection of those people on the Halifax stage at this time,” adds McDonald. “I can only really speak for myself as a woman, but I always played music, but I was really afraid of playing with other people.”

Since the scene is dominated by men, playing with other people usually meant playing with men—and McDonald “found that really intimating.” 

Applications for The Plumtree Project are open to women as well as non-binary, genderqueer and trans folks between the ages of 18 and 29. The eight successful applicants will receive free private lessons (drums, guitar, bass or keyboard) every week for two months. The hope is that the musicians will end up playing together, and they will have access to a “jam space” as well as an improvisation workshop.

McDonald says the project aimed towards beginner-intermediate musicians: “It can be from people who don’t have much experience at all to people that have a little bit of experience, but not a ton.”

Apply for The Plumtree Project here. Applications are due September 15.


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Hopscotch Halifax 2017 announces Joyner Lucas as headliner

September 30 at Dartmouth Cove

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Joyner Lucas
  • Joyner Lucas


Hopscotch Halifax's 2017 headline is  Massachusetts' own Joyner Lucas. The unconventional MC will perform September 30 at Dartmouth Cove, 20 Canal Street with City Natives, $5/$10/$20. Tickets are on sale September 5 (presale September 1, Message Hopscotch for a presale code), with the first 200 tickets being given away for free. How nice!

Hopscotch's mission is to bring back the traditional roots of hip hop parties, with DJs, MCs, dancers, open cyphers, a BBoys and BGirls battle, food trucks, a community BBQ, a fully licenced space and artists creating murals during the event.


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Listen to this: Kyd Vicious' "Can't Get Rid Of Me"

"It's sort of a middle finger to the people doing their hardest to throw dirt on my name."

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Kyd Vicious: "I feel like it's a love me or hate me situation. No real in between.” - SUBMITTED
  • Kyd Vicious: "I feel like it's a love me or hate me situation. No real in between.”
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Self-proclaimed “controversial character” Kyd Vicious doubles down on his commitment to make music with “Can’t Get Rid Of Me.”

Produced by Kamikaze Beats, Kyd Vicious says “the inspiration for this song was really my life in general being less than fortunate within the last few months. It references the rap music scene of Nova Scotia too. I'm definitely a controversial character within the scene so it's sort of a middle finger to the people doing their hardest to throw dirt on my name.”

Kyd Vicious began rapping in 2011, saying it came naturally after years of listening. “It was mostly something to impress friends with and fire back at people within my high school who put me down for one reason or another,” he says.

Above all else, Kyd Vicious has a commitment to keeping it real both personally and professionally. “I have a very vocal and sometimes unappreciated opinion. I'm vocal and real about what I like and dislike. If someone sends me something to review or if I see something another artist puts out and I think it sucks, I'll tell them it sucks and I'll tell them exactly why. Some people can take the criticism,” he says. “I also move around the genre a lot in terms of sound. I started doing ‘90s type bar fest rap, then moved into this new pop oriented style and I'm sure other rappers see me differently for it. I feel like it's a love me or hate me situation. No real in between.”


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Municipality launches debut album

City ambience and Beatles vibes.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 9:51 AM

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Guitarist and vocalist Peter Fordham says his band’s new album, Any Word, is “very Halifax,” —with Beatles vibes to boot.

“We did a lot of recording last summer, and we would have the windows open while we were doing it on Agricola,” says Fordham. “We’d get like, street sounds, voices and and skateboards rolling by.”

Municipality broke into the Halifax music scene just last year. Fordham is one of four band members, joined by his twin brother William (also on guitar) and bassist Peter Gillis, along with Daniel Crowther on drums, keys and mastering.

Having a twin in the band has its challenges, but it’s also helped add creative touches to songs, such as the track “Turning Away.”

“There’s an instrumental part to the song, and while we were recording that, [William] and I had an argument,” explains Fordham. “It was kind of a very polite argument, but we picked it up—we recorded it—it was in the background somewhere. We just kept it in the song, so there’s like a twin argument in one of the songs.”

The group recorded in five different spaces around the city, including a boathouse on the Northwest Arm. 

“It’s very satisfying because we’ve been working on it for like a year and a half,” says Fordham. “It’s also the culmination of wanting to do something like this for my whole life.”


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Review: Leif Vollebekk, The Heavy Blinkers and Tyler Hache at HUFF

Comedy and songs

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Leif Vollebekk - GABRIELLE ARCHER
  • Leif Vollebekk
  • Gabrielle Archer


Night four of HUFF was full of firsts for me; first time really enjoying the opener (Tyler Hache has a great mature voice for being so young), first time seeing both The Heavy Blinkers and Leif Vollebekk, and first time trying The Carleton’s delicious new chicken wings. The Heavy Blinkers managed to cram themselves on stage (there were eight of them) and instantly transported the audience into a Broadway musical with their showtune-esque songs. It was wonderful to see Melanie Stone’s voice showcased to its full potential, which was complimented nicely by Stewart Legere’s. Leif Vollebekk closed off the night with his comedy routine interspersed with a couple of songs. Vollebekk put on an incredibly captivating solo performance, playing a good chunk of his Polaris Prize shortlisted album Twin Solitude (although I was pretty sad that he didn’t play "Into the Ether"). He also threw in some covers of songs by Jeff Buckley, Kendrick Lamar, Joni Mitchell, and 30 second tidbits from The Beatles and Aerosmith. His musical prowess on guitar and keys was quite impressive, as was his voice and the expressiveness in his face (rivaled only by Este Haim). I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to see any of these artists, and hope it is sometime in the near future.

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Sure Thing Events

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    • Tue., Oct. 24
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    • Wed., Oct. 25, 9 p.m. $5/PWYC
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    • Thu., Oct. 26, 9 p.m. PWYC

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