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Monday, August 13, 2018

Concert announcement: Jack White, November 14 at the Scotiabank Centre

Don't bring your phone though.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 10:50 AM

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White Stripe and Cape Breton descendant Jack White returns to Halifax for the first time since the Stripes' 2007 Canadian tour; this round is in support of his latest album Boarding House Reach.

In keeping with White's whole deal, this will be a phone-free show.

Tickets start at $55 and go on sale this Friday, August 17 at 10am.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Make your Natal Day long weekend extra-lit with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Multiple fireworks shows and the Halifax Busker Festival bring high-energy glitz to the holiday weekend, while the Halifax Opera Fest continues a glamour-doused run and a Caribbean culture fest heats up The Common for maximum good times.

The Halifax Busker Festival continues its run on the waterfront, with entertainment of all kinds and a carnival for peak summertime radness. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Halifax Busker Festival continues its run on the waterfront, with entertainment of all kinds and a carnival for peak summertime radness.
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Twelfth Night
Friday, Sunday
As Shakespeare By The Sea continues to celebrate its 25th season, the theatre company remounts one of its very first productions: The bard's comedic tale of mistaken identity and complicated love triangles. This time around, though, SBTS decided to lean into the play's queer subtext for a fresh take on the classic. See it at Point Pleasant Park's Cambridge Battery. more deets

Natal Day Fireworks
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
You've got three (count 'em!) chances to catch some fireworks this long weekend, so here's the need-to-know info to get your fill of sky sparklers: Saturday at 10pm, a fireworks show will follow the Natal Day concert at Alderney Landing. Alderney or nearby Ferry Terminal Park will be the best place to view these. Sunday sees some poppin' off over the Halifax Common at 9:30pm, and Monday the action is at Lake Banook at 9:45pm. more deets

Halifax Busker Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
It's peak tourist time as the buskers descend upon the waterfront with their sword-swallowing, fire-breathing, strong-person ways. Keep your buddies close as you navigate the wall of bodies, and don't forget small bills and coins to tip the buskers. Also on site? The fest's mini-carnival, which helps make a day of it. more deets

Amy Stuart and Sarah Faber in conversation
Thursday
Get lit(erary) as national bestselling author Amy Stuart and Atlantic Book Award winner Sarah Faber discuss their novels, writing processes and more at this lecture. Stuart's latest, Still Water, is billed as "a deep dive of a thriller that will leave you breathless," while Faber's most recent work, All is Beauty Now, is described as "a sensual and beautifully written novel that reveals the soul of a family living in the shadow of tragedy." It all goes down at the Halifax Central Library. more deets

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Grand Theft Terra Firma
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
“Pick your thief and play a part in the crime,” reads the instructions to Grand Theft Terra Firma. A combination of installations and photographic compositions, the exhibition makes reference to the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, and invites visitors to participate in one of the world’s greatest heists: Colonialism. Rather than choosing a mean-mugged car-jacker avatar, your choices range from engineer to miner, and the images explore a biting satire poking holes in colonial histories. See it before it wraps on Sunday at Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. more deets

Men's Room
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Scratchy odes to the male form by Doug Belding land at the Dart Gallery, emotionally charged colour palettes in tow. "The subjects are conveying a wide range of gestures and emotions from playful to stoic… just like real life," Belding's artist's statement offers. more deets

Reflexive
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Craig sums up this multi-artist show best: "Abstract art is not 'about nothing.' At its core, it is about form, colour, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. These are the formal qualities of our abstract art, because they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Our art is an exploration of these formal qualities. The meaning for the viewer is derived from how these formal qualities are used to create a visual experience." Get your own visual experience as the show opens this weekend. more deets

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Instant Gratification
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
ViewPoint Gallery member Charles Bishop explores the playful, spontaneous nature of instant film with a series of one-of-a-kind instant shots that sees abstract, manipulated images develop. "I wanted the viewer to experience the results of image engineering through heat, light, found objects and intimate physical manipulation of the inks in the photo," Bishop's statement adds. more deets

Roots-reggae up-and-comer Jah'Mila is the high point of this weekend's Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Festival (which is saying a lot as the whole fest is lit). - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Roots-reggae up-and-comer Jah'Mila is the high point of this weekend's Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Festival (which is saying a lot as the whole fest is lit).
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Quaker Parents w/Ten Boy Summer, Wetface
Thursday
Can't make it to SappyFest this year? Catch the grunge-pop fun of fest headliner Ten Boy Summer at The Seahorse and revel in its irreverent rock. more deets

Caribbean Diaspora Multicultural Celebration
Monday
Drumming, dancing, a dominos tournament and food from all over the Caribbean flood the Halifax Common for this cultural feast, but the absolute cherry on top is the chance to see Casino Nova Scotia Artist In Residence runner-up Jah'Mila in jaw-dropping action. more deets

L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Friday, Sunday
The Halifax Summer Opera Festival kicks off with a baroque bang, performing Monteverdi's milestone work that was the first opera to be based on real historic figures and not mythology. Performed in Italian with projected English translations, you can see it at Dal's David Mack. Murray Studio Theatre. more deets

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Paragon Cause w/Lethargicon
Saturday
"Dutch Orange and Cape Breton Green combine to bring their love of Hip-hop, jazz piano, '80s synthesizers and '50s guitars to create music that is mysterious yet familiar," promises the SoundCloud bio of this Ottawa duo who counts Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, The Cure and Mama Cass amongst their far-flung influences. See the wildness in action at The Seahorse. more deets
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Have a weekend that's absolutely extra with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Being low key is not always the recipe for maximum summer weekend fun, as this weekend's over-the-top happenings prove: Live it up as early-2000s legend Thrice throws a free show, Pride wraps with its beloved Dykes vs Divas baseball game, RuPaul's Drag Race star Thorgy Thor hosts the first-ever drag queen-led orchestra in Canada from the Rebecca Cohn stage and a retro-y roller disco hits the Mayflower Curling Club.

The Dykes vs Divas softball game sees drag queens and lesbians face off on the final day of the Halifax Pride festival. - HALIFAX PRIDE PHOTO
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Roller Disco party
Friday
Coffin Skate Shop hosts this groovy get-together that sees you sailing around the rink like an extra from That '70s Show. Food trucks, a licensed bar and an afterparty keeps the good times rollin' at the Mayflower Curling Club. more deets

Fortune Düsseldorf vs. Atlantic Selects international soccer friendly
Saturday
The city continues to warm up for the arrival of its very own soccer team as Fortuna Düsseldorf and Atlantic Selects face off for some footie at the new Wanderers Grounds stadium grounds, located between the Public Gardens and the Museum of Natural History. more deets

Next Act Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A three-day hat-tip to improv takes over The Bus Stop Theatre with open-to-the-public sets that'll have you in stitches. Catch the latest edition of Hello City—the recurring improv show all about life in Halifax—on July 26, while July 27 sees established improvisers performing in duos. July 28 wraps it all up with The Canadian Improv Game's Mark Little delivering some on-the-spot silliness. more deets

Dykes vs Divas softball game
Sunday
One of the brightest stars in the Pride Fest schedule, this hilarious softball game sees drag queens and self-professed dykes duke it out on the diamond. Many make an afternoon of it, cracking a can of pop on The Common pre-and-post game—and this year's addition of the OUTfield beverage garden will prove to make the game a hotter ticket than ever. more deets

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Conversations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
See works by a slew of emerging names at this Craig Gallery show, which features pieces by members of the Visual Arts Nova Scotia 2017-18 Mentorship Program. more deets

North Is Freedom
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Artist Yuri Dojc brings a stack of intimate portrait shots capturing "the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War" to the Anna Leonowens Gallery, which calls him "an artful observer of the vestiges of history’s most vulnerable." more deets

Dog Days
Saturday
Argyle Fine Art tips its hat to Greyhounds with this art show capturing the racing dogs in all their skinny glory. Four-legged pals of all breeds are welcomed to stop by, see the pictures and get a treat. more deets

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See like Me...
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Ted Coldwell's texture-rich fine-art photos light up Gallery Nineteen Nineteen with close-ups of plants and rock formations of all kinds. more deets

Your prayers for an epic summer concert have been answered as Thrice throws a free Marquee Ballroom show. - DAN MONIC PHOTO
  • Your prayers for an epic summer concert have been answered as Thrice throws a free Marquee Ballroom show.
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One More Time: A 2000s dance party
Saturday
Sometimes all you want is to hear a little Crazy In Love-era Beyonce or a Nelly Furtado-Timbaland collab while sweating it out on the dance floor. This new 2000s-era dance party at Menz makes it happen. more deets

Braden Lam w/Rudy Pacè, Cal Johnson
Friday
We're calling it now: New-on-the-scene Braden Lam has all the polished pop suave and relatable-lyric-realness to be A Thing in the coming years. Say you saw him when, by hitting up this house show at 6386 South Street. more deets

Thrice w/Old Blood, Sleepshaker
Saturday

What an unexpected gift for our unworthy ears: Early-aughts hard rock gem Thrice is playing a free show at The Marquee to make all your teenage, guitar-shredding dreams come true. Even though there's no cover charge, space is limited, so fans will wanna hop on illuminationseries.ca stat to snag a spot. more deets

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Thorgy and the Thorchestra
Friday, Saturday
RuPaul's Drag Race alum Thorgy Thor makes good on her impossible-seeming career goal to blend orchestra and drag as she leads Symphony Nova Scotia through a set spanning both classical mainstays and gay icons for Canada's first-ever orchestral drag performance. Witness the herstory at the Rebecca Cohn. more deets
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Have the best weekend under the rainbow with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Pride Parade 2018 and the annual Africa Festival of Arts and Culture brighten the weekend, plus FIN Outdoor takes a bow with its final summer screening and Kim Harris says so long to Halifax (for now).

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Halifax Pride Parade 2018
Saturday
Arguably the biggest parade of the year (and certainly the most colourful!) returns this summer for the high point of the 2018 Pride Festival. Catch the fun as it winds along Spring Garden Road and downtown Halifax. more deets

Dartmouth at Dusk
Friday
A pop-up party filled with a slew of local makers and vendors takes root outside of Alderney Landing for one swell summer's eve. more deets

Africa Festival of Arts and Culture
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Experience a slew of diverse cultures as the annual festival on the Halifax Waterfront showcases dance, food, music and art from: Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Togo, Uganda, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Congo, Ivory Coast, the Caribbean and the African Nova Scotian community. more deets

FIN Outdoor screens Labyrinth
Friday

The FIN Outdoor film fest caps off its monthlong hat tip to Jim Henson with what might be the Muppet creator's greatest tour de force, Labyrinth. Let David Bowie be the goblin king of your heart at this screening, which kicks off at dusk at the Public Gardens. more deets

Jamie McCallum's portraits of aging bodies arrive at 14 Bells Gallery. - JAMIE MCCALLUM ARTWORK
  • Jamie McCallum's portraits of aging bodies arrive at 14 Bells Gallery.
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Heart Matter(s)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Hermes's latest artist-in-residence, Angella Parsons, presents a series of drawings and sculptures chronicling her experience being hit by a car as a pedestrian on the corner of North and Agricola Streets, and her subsequent recovery. more deets

Jump
Saturday, Sunday
Jamie McCallum's whimsical ode to the Iris Apfels of the world sees the painter arrive at 14 Bells with a stack of canvases featuring seniors in OTT ensembles living their best lives—often lakeside in rainbow two-pieces. more deets

Abstract and Symmetry: The Hidden Lines of Architecture
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Famed printmaker Jenny Robinson explores how the principles of printmaking (reversal, symmetry and repetition) see structures transformed into architectural images that are abstract yet "rooted in the here and now by the framework of lines that form them." Catch the pieces at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

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Light Abstracted
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Paul Haresign Williams' snaps are photos taken on overnight flights, capturing the night sky while in motion. See the resulting rich, abstract shots at the Viewpoint Gallery. more deets

Kim Harris is saying so long (for now) to Halifax with a sweet house show. - KATE INGLIS PHOTO
  • Kim Harris is saying so long (for now) to Halifax with a sweet house show.
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Filthy Radicals anniversary tour and The Cathartics album release show w/Weekend Dads, Larsen Sunrise, Stand Back, Lee Sturgess
Saturday
A group of the city's best punk bands—including the loved-in-Europe Weekend Dads—gets together for a night of greasy rock 'n' roll with help from Toronto's ska-core The Filthy Radicals. Arrive early at The Bus Stop Theatre for a bangin' undercard, OK? more deets

Kim Harris
Thursday
Local music gem Kim Harris and her powerhouse pipes are leaving Halifax for about a year—but before she takes off, she's singing a sweet goodbye with this intimate house show. Grab tickets and location details at shows.sidedooraccess.com. more deets

Bleep in The Dark feat. Vulva Culture, Hosts, Junk Entity, Machete Lean, DJ Bodil
Saturday
A night of experimental musical magic made in the dark, at the Dalhousie Student Union Building, room 302. more deets

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Rich Aucoin's Summer Dance Party w/Dance Movie, Brothers
Friday
Hot off a coast-to-coast tour of the US (which he completed by bike!), Aucoin brings his positive vibes and oddball party jams to The Shore Club for the summer micro-trip you didn't know you needed. The always-amazing alt-pop Dance Movie makes arriving early a must—as does the chance to take in a signature Shore Club lobster dinner. more deets
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog wrap-up: Impressions from cycling across America

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 2:17 PM

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Two hundred years ago this summer, Parisians had their minds blown witnessing German Baron Karl von Drais’ new invention, Draisienne or Laufmaschine or “Dandy Horse.” The first two-wheeled bicycle invention would be improved upon over the remainder of the 19th century until 1880s when the new standard bicycle, the safety bicycle took hold. Two hundred years later, there are more bicycles than any other form of transportation in the world with the most common model being the Chinese Flying Pigeon.
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Travelling across a country only 40 years older than this invention and on a land with peoples 100 times older than it, I felt a great connection to this rock we live on. I cannot recommend enough travelling by some form of open-air transportation, with the bicycle being the most natural in my opinion.
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From the beautiful west coast of southern California, I started this journey and in the dizziness of Hollywood after a non-stop month of the usual speed of touring ending at Bardot. I then biked through LA’s unending sprawl until I reached the desert and really began the journey.
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I went through the most isolated section of the country seeing only snakes and birds and rolling desert dunes.
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Staying in the futuristic experimental artist-designed town, Soleri’s Arcosanti, I was inspired to start treating the tour like an artistic experiment and/or an artist retreat in motion. 

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Flagstaff was the only overlap my partly Forrest Gump-inspired bike tour had with his fictional running of America.
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After Flagstaff, I started to really notice the decay of these small towns I was cycling through and seeing the reminders everywhere in prominently displayed photographs to an earlier age to when they were prosperous.
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Narrowly avoided several major storms not by some cunning cycling but out of blind luck. 

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Met an amazing vet named Harold who gave me a tour and the history of Lonoke, Arkansas. He talked about his desire for America to be more progressive. I sadly did not take his picture but picture a nice fellow with an opened Hawaiian shirt and vet cap driving around shoeless to the one gas station/store in town.
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Felt a real affinity to the musical history of Memphis. Its National Civil Rights Museum was also a powerful experience.
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In Brownsville, TN I saw the second of the two major sculpting works by artists in Billy Tripp’s Mind Field (the first being Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain in Niland, California).
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Lush riding through Tennessee listening to William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways.
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From caves to Appalachian Mountains down country roads in West Virginia.
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Seeing the capital and feeling the tensions in DC around the ICE immigration detention camps.
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Finishing the ride through urban sprawl and vast industrial lands coming to the iconic Statue of Liberty.

When I had originally conceived on this tour after cycling across Canada in the same manner but for the Childhood Cancer Foundation (now Childhood Cancer Canada), I had hoped to be at least moderately famous enough that I could do this tour differently, with fans and friends in tow in a Forrest Gump-like communal effort. But the chips didn’t fall that way and halfway through the tour, I really felt like it wasn’t making a difference or inspiring anyone and/or doing any good for the world.

It got me thinking a lot about our projections and realities and how dreams and fantasies can be motivating but make the real-life realities seem less magical. I got thinking about luck and how little we can claim, if anything, for our real successes other than just staying the course to our passions and energies regardless of what our outcomes may be. This is an individual mental switch and something that I think is important to keep in mind for our own mental health day to day.


This particular tour is for mental health charities: Mental Health America and the Canadian Mental Health Association. While cycling through various charities in my fundraising efforts with my music, I thought at this moment mental health would be especially good to advocate for as it’s undergoing a sea change and a paradigm shift, with more and more people understanding and overcoming the stigma surrounding it. People are becoming more comfortable with acknowledging mental illnesses and seeking help for their sickness in the way they would any disease without stigma around it. Media is starting to realize that citing mental illness as a cause to shootings and other violence is only further adding to people’s misconceptions and prejudices. All of us are re-evaluating our digital, social media and physical health aspects of our lives to include an awareness and concern for our own mental health spectrum.

In all these instances, it takes a village to help and support one another through the roadblocks and hurdles we all face but there is more and more evidence of people listening and responding to each other as we’re seeing with growing movements like #MeToo.

Good things are happening amongst all the negative we’re bombarded with every day. It’s important to keep yourself inspired and not to succumb to the overwhelming and draining power of the negativity that reaches into our empathetic reservoirs each day and depletes us of feeling before we’ve even started to try to do some good for the world each day. But we can do it only with each other for help.

Speaking as a musician, it can be very overwhelming as an artist in 2018, at a time where there is more content out there than one could ever possibly consume. In music, you’re not only competing with all your musical peers but also with the entire back catalogue of recorded music history at any streamer’s fingertips. I have mixed feelings about streaming because, on the one hand, it’s a great leveller of songs to be accessible to the listener but on the other hand, what we’re seeing in the analytics isn’t a more diverse listening habit of the listener but a case of the big-chip holder artists getting bigger and boxing out the developing artists. Drake currently holds over half of the Billboard Hot Top 40 chart. In the new music playlists, music is becoming more and more homogenous with fewer outliers breaking from the formula. I thought online playlists might be freer from formula than terrestrial/traditional radio but turns out they’re getting more conventional at this moment.

This bike tour has been so important for me artistically for being reminded of the importance to stay inspired with the help from others. The act of just sharing things that inspire us can really make a difference—I’ve asked friends and fans for recommendations constantly which have then in turn changed my life. I’ve been very lucky that as a result of having all these hours on the bike to have the time to consume music the way I did back while I was a teenager. I think it’s so important as an artist to constantly be inputing art into our systems like gas in the tank. Listening to recommendations from friends and people you respect is better than an algorithm.

I listened to some playlists curated from all time periods too and found more evidence of top tracks remaining on top as I had to go 60 tracks deep before I heard something new to me. It seems like the playlist-makers are really scared to try out something we’re not already familiar with (in the same way Hollywood will barely make a new blockbuster without analytic evidence of it already being a successful franchise).

But I heard “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” By Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and it reminded me of the importance of new music especially in classic genres where it seems like we already enough classic songs filling them. Its kick-drum pattern for one thing is unlike anything they were doing back in 60s/70s in the songs The Dap-Kings are emulating and drawing inspiration from. For artists making music similar to artists they're inspired by, there can be a big question like, “Does the world need any more Beatles-sounding songs?” The answer is always yes because it’ll end up different even if your intention is to mimic to the point of facsimile. The world will always need whatever combination of artistic juggling it is that YOU do and it’ll resonate differently as it is made in a different time period with different cultural contextualizations.

You have a unique voice for the world in whatever it is you want to say and even if you think you’re falling into cliche, someone somewhere will find your work in whatever it is you do and benefit from your effort. As Mike Birbiglia reminds us in his comedy special Two-Drink Mike, Lincoln once said “Whatever you are, be a good one” (although it’s uncertain as to whether or not Lincoln ever said that). As Charles Wright elaborates, “express yourself,” in his song of the same name. Stay true to yourself and you’re never a failure in the terms of its binary success/failure mentality and/or in a world that’s so driven by the over-adoration of success we can be equally inspired by admirable failures.

I recently learned that one of the greatest sports films of all time, Rocky, had its defeat ending spurred by logistical budgetary reasons and not narrative ones but its message about the success of an individual despite the outcome of their win is still so important for our mental health and feelings of self-worth.

It was fitting that the music video I made about this idea was filmed before the tour and came out at its end. "The Dream" is a video about the importance of the striving for one's goals over the attaining of them. "Living the dream" doesn't just mean following the path to some outcome, but rather is a daily decision one makes to continue to live authentically to themselves.

In the video, the struggling actor never gets their big break to become a celebrity but is still content knowing that they've done what they can do and followed it through. (I was initially hoping this was what La La Land was to be about but I guess it makes more sense for a Hollywood love-letter film like that to have its own Hollywood ending.) I'm very curious about all these stories we never hear and the pain and effort that goes into each struggling artist's lives to continue on without the Hollywood ending. I think there's great courage and beauty in living with that pursuit.

In the video we see the struggling actor resort to playing a character on Hollywood Boulevard but they fail at it because their heart isn't in it—because they're only doing it with the hope to get something else, a different gig. But once they realize that the means is an end in itself, they can enjoy expressing their passion now matter what the context they find themselves in. We all have to do various jobs in our careers that weren't the intended jobs we initially wanted; I think a big thing we need to ask ourselves at moments like this is do we want to do them and can we adjust to make something good from it? If no, then we have to find something else but if yes, we need to find whatever motivation and heart we can to put ourselves into it. Never half-ass anything. Do whatever you do with love and authenticity. As an example of this, I found the performers on Hollywood Blvd. to be really sweet engaging persons and had this love for the magic they bring to tourists' Hollywood experience.


“The Dream” directed by Mike Bromley.


In all these cases, whether it’s living our dreams or balancing our mental health, we achieve success and following through only with the help of others. Mr. Rogers often appealed to people to take a moment to think of the people who helped them get to where they are at this present moment: "We just don’t get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others."
That being said, here’s a playlist of artists I think deserve to be at least one percent as popular as Drake:


You can succeed in the work you want to do. We will support you. We can get passed this point in history and its polarization and find our common ground to improve and inspire. We can bridge the gap in our conversations and find unity with the other. We can go the distance only with each other’s help. Remember, as Victor Willis once said, "no man does it all by himself, young man, put your pride on the shelf."



Thanks to Mental Health America and CMHA for the work you do. We achieved the fundraising goals for each!

Thank you, reader/fan/friend/donator for following along with this time of my life. Good luck in whatever lies ahead in your time. Hope to see you down the trail.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Have a festive, summery weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 2:51 PM

It's a festival-filled weekend as Lebanese Fest, Cat Fest and the East Coast Kite Fest take off around town, but there's lots more going on, including Dre Ngozi and Nino Brown melting the dance floor at Lion & Bright and sculptor Robert Murray gets his first solo Nova Scotian show.

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Monster Jam
Saturday, Sunday
Jacked-up trucks with names like Grave Digger and Iron Warrior spin their wheels and wear out their breaks at this epic Scotia Speedworld show that satisfies your childhood monster truck obsession at last. more deets

Halifax Lebanese Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A four-day celebration of Lebanese food, music and dancing sees you noshing on A-grade baklava, witnessing the talents of a live band and seeing handcrafted work at Olympic Hall. more deets

Cat Fest
Saturday, Sunday

The Museum of Natural History is promising year four of the annual fest celebrating all things feline will be the biggest yet, with cat charities, vendors, hands-on activities and live cats taking over multiple areas in the museum. If you need us, we'll be at Lily Pad Cat Lounge's on-site cat cafe for the full weekend, k thanks bye. more deets

East Coast Kite Festival
Saturday
A family-focused afternoon by Indian Festivals Club of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Kite Festivals, this event is all about seeing your kite soar above the city as you traipse across Citadel Hill, string in hand. more deets

Robert Murray's first-ever solo show in Nova Scotia sees Studio 21 filled with awesome and abstract works like Lillouette. - ROBERT MURRAY ARTWORK
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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last chance to catch Catherine Allen's Mary E. Black gallery show of fine art jewellery, modelled off young children's self-portraits. more deets

Folk/Funk
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The AGNS's showcase of ceramics by both professional and folk artists closes mid-month, so don't miss the chance to see a host of platters by Quebecois folk art legend Edouard Jasmin. more deets

Robert Murray: Models, painting sculpture
Saturday, Sunday
One of North America's most eminent sculptors, Robert Murray makes his Nova Scotia solo show debut with this exhibit of models, watercolour paintings, metal wall work and one full-scale sculpture—the must-see "Enigma"—at Studio 21. more deets

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Andreea Murgu's Anna Leonowens Gallery exhibit "explores craft and commodity fetishism, paradoxical oddities, and metaphysical niceties" with a mix of metal and textile adornments and "photographs of how these objects are meant to exist outside the gallery space." more deets

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Fungus EP release show w/Stand Back, No, It's Fine., Dimension Boys
Friday
Witty and warm indie rock band No, It's Fine. makes even this show's undercard super-lit. See it at Gus' Pub. more deets

Tragic Kingdom, Smells Like Girl and Freakshow: A No Doubt, Hole and Silverchair Tribute
Friday
A trio of tribute acts tip their hats to three of the '90's best acts at The Seahorse. more deets

Dre Ngozi w/Nino Brown
Thursday
Toronto DJ Nino Brown is used to making dance floors across the country heave as the co-founder of the inclusive Yes Yes Y'all dance party series. Here, she spins wax with Dre Ngozi, famed for working the turntables at Manifesto Festival's regular High Power party, for an evening of soca, dancehall, Afrobeat, hip hop and house at Lion & Bright. more deets

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Thomas Stajcer album release show w/David R. Elliott, Adam Baxter
Thursday

Thomas Stajcer, Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award nominee for Best Country Artist and the in-house engineer at Joel Plaskett's New Scotland Yard, shows he can honky-tonk with the best of 'em at this Carleton show that celebrates his debut, Will I Learn To Love Again? Sharing the stage with the outlaw country gem? Poetic songster David R. Elliott and folk-rocker Adam Baxter. more deets
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rich Aucoin bike blog #10: Washington, DC to Edison, NJ

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 4:07 PM

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This is night before my last cycle to New York City tomorrow. I feel like this constant state of motion has become my new normal and when I become still again, I’ll be still spinning like some flipped bicycle wheel that inertia hasn’t caught up with yet; spinning without moving forward. I’ve gotten quite used to the routine of being alone, using what energy I have left after dinner to write music and then when too tired for that, turning to write these blogs! I’ve gotten used to cheap motel rooms as a place of comfort and washing my bike clothes in the sink and wringing them out to dry or drying them with the hair drier while spacing out. It’s all over after tonight though and onto “whatever the hell comes next” (I’ve been listening to Blue Highways on audio-book and that was one of the quotes from today). Oh I released a video today too!


There was a definite feeling in Washington, an unbalance, and yet things all seemed very normal on the surface as if this period of its history was like any other. So many things are happening on a constant 24-hour news cycle now that it’s quite overwhelming and/or a full-time job to keep up with everything going south.
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I left my bike with friends (really nice friends with a bike rack in their home!) for the 10 days that I had to spend crisscrossing North America four times to play three festivals in a west coast-east coast ping-pong-like schedule.

DC to Baltimore was the most urban cycle day I did of the whole tour where I just stayed on Baltimore Ave all day until I reached my destination. For some reason, I didn’t take any photos that day. I should have taken more photos of ordinary common-place things. Will file that in the photo-regrets section.
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Leaving Baltimore and its amazing American Visionary Art Museum of American Folk Art, I was back into lush country riding.
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I biked into Philly with quicker pace, including going through a really nice park/wetland area, so that I could get to Six Flags with Terror Pigeon for the afternoon to ride the world’s tallest rollercoaster.

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Left Philly this morning after the best turnout for the whole tour last night at the show. I woke up at dawn to recreate the Rocky steps shot and coincidentally CBS Philly was there so they filmed me doing the run up the steps carrying my bike and its gear.
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Will write one more blog next week recapping the whole adventure. Thanks for following along.


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Have a glorious and free Canada Day weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 1:49 PM

This weekend is the celebration of 151 years of the confederation, and the whole city seems ready to party (if not for Canada then at least for summer’s arrival). From Skratch Bastid’s dance parties to cheering on The Great Race to stuffing your face at Ribfest, here are all the spots to be this long weekend.

The Great Race, which every year sees throwback rides like this one racing a multi-day route, arrives in Halifax for 2018's finish line this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Khyber Night Flea Market
Saturday
In some of the world's most bustling cities, night markets are a way for shoppers to score one-of-a-kind trinkets and hunt for vintage treasures. Here, the Khyber borrows the idea for an after-dark shopping sesh full of unique items. more deets

Official Canada Day Fireworks
Sunday
After Mo Kenney and Allan Rayman wrap their Alderney Landing concert, this set of sky sparklers is poppin' off. Alderney Landing or Ferry Terminal Park are the best spots to peep the show, so plan accordingly. You can also read more about all the fireworks happening this weekend here. more deets

Halifax Ribfest 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Meat-eaters, rejoice: The annual celebration of world-class barbecue returns to the Halifax waterfront for four days of feasting and saucy goodness. Wear something with an elastic waist, mmkay? more deets

2018 Great Race grand finish
Sunday
The Great Race—a race that sees cars built before 1972 test their speed and endurance—rolls to the finish line in downtown Halifax after setting off in Buffalo, New York. Cheer for the wild and wacky sets of wheels that survived the journey at this grand finish celebration, held outside Waterfront Warehouse. more deets

Noted Canadian textile artist Jane Kidd gets a must-see retrospective at the Mount Saint Vincent University gallery. - JANE KIDD ARTWORK
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Blue Rocks
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A retrospective show tracing how two years living in the rural community of Blue Rocks shaped the artistic practice of painter Marsden Hartley, this AGNS exhibit highlights how the American modernist was able to make good on the wish of his artistic movement and live a more authentic, simple life—captured in his canvases. more deets

Jane Kidd: Curious
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
One of the biggest names in Canadian textile arts, Jane Kidd gets a mini-retrospective at the Mount gallery, with works from her tapestry series Curiosities, Wonderland, Land Sentence and Phenomena presenting nightmarish visions of genetic modification and environmental devastation based on satellite photographs. more deets

In The Wild Art Show & Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dartmouth Visual Arts Society's annual show features a crop of works capturing the beauty of nature in a million unique ways, on view at the Craig Gallery. more deets

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Suzanne O'Callaghan shares post-impressionist, expressionist-influenced paintings exploring the lives of women—and how no summer will be as long as the one when she was 10 years old. See the works at Lion & Bright. more deets

Dammien Alexander (shown at centre with his band) is back in Nova Scotia after a winter gigging in Guatemala. Catch The Seahorse show Thursday. - DYLAN CHEW PHOTO
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Canada Day: Red White and Ginger
Saturday
DJ OKAY TK and a certain top-secret wax spinner with orange hair known for barbecue skills skratch up some of your favourite bops at this all-night rager, held at Lion & Bright. more deets

The Conqueralls w/Quiet Hill, Dame Alexander
Thursday
Dammien Alexander (aka Dame Alexander) fuses funk, blues and pop for a signature sound—and doesn't gig nearly as much as our hungry ears wish he did. Catch him here as he warms the stage for The Conqueralls and see his soul-tinged magic unfurl IRL. more deets

Canada Day Concert: Allan Rayman w/Mo Kenney, Skratch Bastid, T. Thomason, Alfie
Sunday
Mo Kenney, true Dartmouth royalty, makes us see stars as she shares sharply written indie rock just in time for the July long weekend. Osheaga favourite Allan Rayman snags headline status at this Alderney Landing show while local talent T. Thomason and hip hop/R&B genre-blender Alfie warm the stage. The party goes late with the help of DJ Skratch Bastid, so bring your dancing shoes! more deets

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It's Mackie and X-Plycit
Thursday
The Eminem-influenced lady-rappers It's Mackie and X-Plycit are a best friend rhyme-slinging duo that'll make you drop to the beat as they bring a host of other MCs along for the trip at Menz. more deets
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Have a fire-hot weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 11:34 AM

The Coast's Hot Summer Guide is HERE and that's the official start of Halifax's summer, so watch team Canada and USA face off in a rugby match, go to game night at The Discovery Centre, catch Partner's stadium rock at The Seahorse and hit an outdoor house show with Devarrow. Whew! More weekend fun awaits below.

Saturday's match between Canada and USA's rugby teams is the first event at the new Wanderers Grounds Stadium. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Last Laugh: Erica Sigurdson, Andrew Chapman and Jay Malone
Friday, Saturday
A new comedy club hatched by the great minds behind the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest sees a trio of laugh-getters storming the stage at The Atlantica and bringing the funny. more deets

Game On!
Saturday
Let your inner kid out to play at this adults-only night at the Discovery Centre that features retro and super-sized video games, augmented and virtual reality, giant board games, pop-up escape rooms and more. more deets

Growing Up Gerwig: The House of the Devil
Sunday
The monthlong tribute to everyone's girl crush Greta Gerwig wraps with a Halifax Central Library screening of the 1983-set flick, about a college student's realization her babysitting gig isn't as harmless as it first appeared. more deets

Canada vs. USA rugby match
Saturday
A test match at the new Wanderers Grounds (5819 Sackville Street, sandwiched between Summer Street and Bell Road) sees Canada's senior men's rugby team face off against Team USA for some high-adrenaline action. more deets

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Grand Theft Terra Firma
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
“Pick your thief and play a part in the crime,” reads the instructions to Grand Theft Terra Firma. A combination of installations and photographic compositions at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, the exhibition makes reference to gameplay from the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, and invites visitors to participate in one of the world’s greatest heists: Colonialism. more deets

Folk/Funk
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't seen the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's impressive collection of ceramics by professional and folk artists, get to this show before it closes mid-July and see a number of newly acquired pieces by famed Quebec ceramic artist Edouard Jasmin. more deets

A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shelley Mitchell's latest collection of oil paintings takes endless inspiration from trees of all types, at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Lies of the Beautiful People
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Peep Ginette Melanson's pro palette knife work in these paintings presenting people's daily lives, on view at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. more deets

Partner brings its brand of Led Zepplin-influenced rock to The Seahorse. - COLIN MEDLEY PHOTO
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Madchild w/Nasty RudeDawg and guests
Friday
Swollen Members' Madchild stops in Halifax as part of an epic cross-country tour, showing off tracks from his upcoming album Darkest Hour and a few mildly terrifying face tattoos at Reflections. more deets

Make Music Day Halifax
Thursday
A free, sonic celebration of the summer solstice attempts to fill HRM with as much music as possible. See amateur and professional noise-makers of all stripes in a variety of locations, like Hydrostone Park, Argyle Fine Art, the Public Gardens, Bistro Le Coq, the Grand Parade, Alderney Landing and Quaker House. more deets

Partner w/Century Egg, No, It's Fine.
Thursday
Tegan and Sara back-and-forths paired with stadium rock riffage is what makes Partner the type of act you can't get enough of. See the duo shred alongside art-rock cool-quirky Century Egg and the fun-but-punky No, It's Fine. for an unmissable show at The Seahorse. more deets

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The Barn Presents: Devarrow, Dana Sipos, Abigail Lapell
Thursday

The seasonal house show at 5673 Bilby Street returns just in time for the summer solstice. Celebrate the longest day of the year in sonically sweet company as Devarrow—whose haunting, huge sound evokes Save Your Scissors-era City and Colour mixed with some Ryan Adams vibes—performs with powerhouse singer-songwriters Dana Sipos (pictured) and Abigail Lapell. Bring your own food for the barbecue and BYOB. more deets
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Halifax Urban Folk Festival announces partial lineup

The fest caps off your summer with shows from Aug 26-Sep 2.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 4:16 PM

Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker is amongst the fest's headliners. - BRITNEY TOWNSEND
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The ninth annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival, AKA the acoustic-tinged farewell kiss to summer, has announced the first three names on its lineup today. The fest, which is held at a few spots around town but primarily housed at The Carleton, is headlined by Hey Rosetta!'s (RIP) frontperson Tim Baker, Nashville singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt and former Crash Test Dummies frontperson Brad Roberts. Tickets for these three acts will be available Friday, June 22 at halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com and the rest of the fest's lineup will be shared in the coming weeks.

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​Rich Aucoin bike blog #9: Nashville, TN to Washington, DC

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:12 AM

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“The Wave,” “The Motorcycle Salute,” or as I’ve heard it called, “The Drag” (my personal favourite): Defining the signal of acknowledgement between two two-wheeled travellers on the open road in North America. These waves, mostly between two motorcyclists and presumed to have originated between the most famous two motorcycles, William Harley and Arthur Davidson, occasionally are shared between motorized and non-motorized cyclists to express the understanding of their shared road dangers and commonalities.

While I don’t see many motorcyclists giving the road cyclist the wave—though it happens—a lot more of them are open to letting the long-distance cyclists into their ranks with a dropped hand offering of respect. It does feel very empowering to when a group of bikers cruises by you on a quiet lonely highway and the leader and pack all drop their hands out in recognition to which you drop a hand back as are the ways of the road.
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I’ve gotten into the lush, wet and mountainous part of the trek.
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Felt like Bart Simpson trying to find the excitement of the 1982 World’s Fair years too late in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Country roads take me home to the place where I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama!
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I saw something in the middle of the highway that turned out to be a kitten. I couldn’t figure out where it came from or how it got there but I ran out into the road and scooped it up before it could get run-over and checked the nearby houses for any answers. Finding no help (even from a police officer who stopped to make sure I was physically alright as I had flung by bike to the side of the road hastily), I put the kitten in my front bike basket and was proceeding to cycle him to the nearest animal shelter which I assumed was like our local SPCA back home but luckily got intercepted by some women in the road as well getting donations for their organization, Abandoned Angels Inc., they let me know it was more of a “kill shelter” because of the overpopulation of animals in the south and they said they’d help get the kitten its shots and find it a home so I handed the kitten over to them and continued on my route.
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Biked by an abandoned asylum.
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Stayed at supposedly haunted hotel reminiscent of The Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

Visited the 215-foot high naturally eroded bridge in Natural Bridge, Virginia. It was a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe, years later surveyed by a young George Washington and years later bought by Thomas Jefferson who called it “the most sublime of nature’s works.”
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Visited one of the many caverns of the area. Was able to explore by flashlight because I was the only one visiting at the time so they bent the rules and turned off the lights for me.

Finished crossing the Appalachian mountains and enjoyed the longest downhill ride of the tour.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Score a winning weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:10 PM

This weekend the OUTeast Film Fest returns, the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off and Canada's next big band The Glorious Sons comes to town. See how to spend the best days of the week below.

OUTeast Film Festival 2018 kicks off with a gala screening of the Sundance-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
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Roller Derby: Black Rock Bandits vs Dead Ringers
Thursday
Two teams in the Anchor City Rollers league face off for edge-of-your-seat action. Make sure to arrive early at the Mayflower Curling Club, because pre-match a food truck rally is taking over the parking lot for your snacking pleasure. more deets

OUTeast Film Festival Opening Gala: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Friday
The queer film fest kicks off with a screening of the Sundance Film Festival top-prize-winning flick The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which sees Cameron P(Chloë Grace Moretz) sent to a gay conversion camp the day after prom. Despite the camp's best efforts, Post finds self-acceptance and a chosen family as she sees others like her for the first time. See it at the Halifax Central Library. more deets

Soapbox Science
Saturday
Soapbox Science, the curated lineup of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), brings 12 awesome lady researchers to the Seaport Market to share their discoveries in an interactive, casual presentation. more deets

2018 FIFA World Cup viewing
Saturday
While every sports bar in town will be showing soccer all weekend long (shout out to Niche Lounge for its epic patio big screen that lets you watch the game in the sun!), those looking for an atypical yet awesome viewing experience should head to the Portuguese Social Club to see the Spain vs Portugal match: Families of fans chanting and hollering at each goal makes for a high-intensity spectator sesh. more deets

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Conservation Starter
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society’s inaugural juried members’ exhibition sees Studio 21 bling out in fine art jewellery made by local talent. more deets

Refuge Canada
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you're yet to make it to the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21's exhibit about refugees' stories—and Canada's spotty admittance record—stopping by before World Refugee Day (Wednesday, June 20) is a primo way to mark the occasion. more deets

Put A Bird On It!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dart tips its hat to Portlandia and feathered friends of all sorts with this bird-focused show. more deets

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A Survey of Ordinary Scenes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Megan Kyak-Monteith and Alex Sutcliffe deconstruct the language of internet culture and share immersive paintings of childhood memories in a show the artists hope will "challenge notions surrounding the beliefs, histories, and biases attached to the painting medium." See the works at Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

The Glorious Sons, critical darlings who also get tons of radio play, rock out at the Garrison Backlot Bash this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Upstream Ensemble: New Directions—UP!
Sunday
Upstream, the collection of local composers and noise-makers, returns to the Halifax Music Co-op to give you a dose of the eclectic and experimental as it shares selections from its repertoire along with new compositions by members and, for the first time, newly commissioned works by adventurous local composers outside the Upstream crew. more deets

Garrison's Backlot Bash: The Glorious Sons w/The Motorleague, Hello Delaware
Saturday
The Backlot Bash has always been a banger, bringing some of Canada's coolest acts out east to get summer started (July Talk and The Sheepdogs have been headliners in summers past). This year, Garrison's done it again, bringing the beautifully bluesy and hard-rockin' five-piece that'll be your new favourite band: The Glorious Sons. Supporting acts Hello Delaware and The Motorleague make arriving early vital. more deets

Century Egg w/Napster Vertigo, Stabbing Joy
Thursday
The indie-quirky-cool Mandarin-English rock band Century Egg will make your legs scramble on the dance floor at the Modulating Mansion. more deets

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Artist in Residence Finalists Showcase
Friday
The five finalists gunning for Casino Nova Scotia's Artist in Residence program (past artists include Devarrow, who'll also perform a set, and Reeny Smith) battle it out for the crown at this free show. See Elijah Will, Jah'Mila (pictured), Jodi Guthro, Owen Meany's Batting Stance and T. Thomason deliver their top tunes. more deets
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Halifax Pop Explosion announces first wave of acts

Book vacation time now for the October 17-20 festival.

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Every fall, the Halifax Pop Explosion blows the city’s minds with an eclectic mix of artists shredding on stages across town. While 2018’s full lineup is yet to be announced, the first crop of names includes scrappy indie rockers The Born Ruffians (which returned to its original lineup earlier this year), Vancouver EDM up-and-comer Applecat and Nova Scotia’s own Port Cities, performing with Symphony Nova Scotia.

We’re already warming up our credit cards to see Chicago rapper CupcakKe, who carries on the bawdy, ball-busting rhyme tradition of Lil’ Kim with a knack for throwaway lines that Pitchfork calls “some of the funniest, absurdist one-liners to appear on a record since the heyday of Ghostface."

Rounding out the announcement is Zola Jesus, Sean Leon, Reuben and the Dark, Helena Deland, Cadence Weapon and Fat Tony. Earlybird wristbands are on sale now for $65, and you can peep more details about the fest at halifaxpopexplosion.com.

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Wares’ passion and place

The Edmonton four-piece brings its terrific debut across the nation with fire and heart.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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RadStorm, 6050 Almon Street
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Wares' self-titled 2017 debut makes gargantuan sonic leaps throughout its 38 or so minutes. It opens with the lackadaisical, hazy "City Kids," shows the band raising its fists for sinewy, anthemic punk on "Mission Hill" and goes positively ballistic with the thrashy folk of "Jeremiah."

But the album's heart and cohesion lies in songwriter Cassia Hardy's exploration of what it means to leave a flawed place you love—and decide to return, over and over. "I think one of the most important parts of finding a home is establishing some distance from time to time," Hardy says over the phone from the City of Champions (AKA Edmonton). "So when you come back, you're doing it with a surety of mind—that this is where you choose to be."

A lot of bands, from a lot of places in this country—certainly Halifax—have been burdened by that choice (ahem Joel Plaskett's "Work Out Fine"). Industry centres like Montreal and Toronto become very alluring as you scan local listings in your city's wicked cool alt-weekly during a drought. But Hardy keeps heading back to Edmonton, watching young artists make their way up in the scene.

"Hopefully they don't leave for Toronto and Montreal," Hardy says. "I think it's a common Prairie story. There are a lot of people here who make scrappy, weird, interesting music, and then they get tired of always being on the fringes, of always battling it out."

It is a common Prairie story—remember The Weakerthans? But Wares keeps fighting that good fight at home and on the road. And there's only one thing that keeps them coming back. "You have to be dead sure, and you have to love it, or else it's not going to be good for you," Hardy says. "You can't do it for any other reason than passion." 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Drink in the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 4:42 PM

This weekend, the Drink Atlantic Festival raises a glass to local cocktail culture, Oceans Week wraps with a beach cleanup, HIFF debuts a can’t-miss film shot on Cape Breton and there's so much more going on.

Jacquelyn Mills filmed her Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival pick In The Waves over several years as a one-woman crew. - SUBMITTED FILM STILL
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McNab's Island Beach Cleanup
Sunday
The longest-running beach cleanup in the Maritimes, the annual McNab's cleanup has gathered nearly 13,000 bags of garbage and recyclables from the island's shorelines. Pitch in as part of Oceans Week and register for the event, which departs from Murphy's Cable Wharf, outside of Murphy's Restaurant on the waterfront, on mcnabsisland.ca/events. more deets

Hydrostone Haul
Saturday
Described by organizers as a "dynamic, festive, multi-street yard sale, created in the tradition of other huge neighbourhood sales across the country," this sweet sale is a perfect way to score some finds. more deets

In The Waves screening
Thursday
Day two of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Fest kicks off with a screening of Jacquelyn Mills’ impressionistic documentary depicting the life of her grandmother Joan in a small coastal village on Cape Breton Island. Shot over several years with a one-woman film crew, it's an intimate portrait of grief and solace. See it at Neptune's Scotiabank Theatre. more deets

Croquet & Cocktails
Saturday
Drink Atlantic, The Coast's celebration of cocktail culture on the east coast, takes a bow with this epic evening of croquet and cocktails hosted by Hendrick’s Gin National Brand Ambassador Alvin Ramchurn. Two signature bevvies are included in your ticket price, plus each round of croquet gets you a Hendrick’s-and-tonic creation of your choice. Location details revealed with ticket purchase, croquet dress encouraged. more deets

Emma Allain attempts to re-create her lost French-English dictionary at the Port Loggia Gallery. - EMMA ALLAIN ARTWORK
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Lost Dictionary/Dictionnaire Perdu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
When Emma Allain's irreplaceable Larousse French-English dictionary—and three replicas—were lost or stolen this past February at the NSCAD port campus's Port Loggia gallery, the artist found material instead: Over a 12-day period, Allain will be stationed in the Port Loggia, attempting to replace the original reference by making new versions of her Larousse. more deets

Mad Expectations: An Homage to Monet
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Artist Karl MacKeeman pays respects to the king of impressionism with a host of water lily paintings. See them at Lion & Bright. more deets

Germinations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Dart Gallery describes its latest exhibit, a show by Rhonda Barrett, best: "a new collection of ideas grown from the seeds of hand-cut collage, ink and acrylic, nurtured with an appreciation of Ikebana (Japanese paper arts and flower arrangement)." more deets

RANDY ENGELBERG
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Colour Kerfuffle
Thursday, Friday
A small retrospective of process-oriented abstract painting by Randy Engelberg celebrates the artist's non-objective, hard edged, bursting-with-colour style at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

Matt Steele and The Corvette Sunset drop new wax at The Seahorse. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Matt Steele and The Corvette Sunset drop new wax at The Seahorse.
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PANDA
Friday
A night of Afrobeats, Afrotrap, Afrohouse and Afrofutirism with DJ KVZI and DJ Fadzwa at The Khyber. more deets

Matt Steele and the Corvette Sunset album release show w/The Kents, Lazeez
Thursday
Indie rock darling Matt Steele—described as "one part Elvis Costello, one part Marlon Brando"—celebrates some new tunes with this fire-hot Seahorse Tavern show. more deets

Scotia Festival of Music Gala
Sunday
Johannes Debus conducts the closing show for the Scotia Festival of Music at the Sir James Dunn theatre, as works by Bach, Bartok and Philip Glass are performed. more deets

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Sorry w/Stabbing Joy, Chet Martel, Fungus
Friday
PEI's Sorrey describes itself as "an unapologetic reminder of how the heart pulses strongly during our fading romances," performing dreamy shoegaze pop. more deets
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Sure Thing Events

  • Stiff Little Fingers w/The Mahones @ The Marquee Ballroom

    • Tue., Nov. 13
  • Jeri Brown Band: First Ladies of Jazz @ The Carleton

    • Tue., Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m. free
  • Transparence @ Saint David's Church

    • Tue., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.

In Print This Week

Vol 26, No 24
November 8, 2018

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