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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Have simply the best weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 4:04 PM

From the annual Best of Halifax Ball to Kamp’s continued run at Neptune to Julie Nesrallah's dramatic spin on classical music, there's lots to gold-worthy weekend ideas below!

Kamp tells an oft-overlooked part of World War Two history. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Kamp tells an oft-overlooked part of World War Two history.
  • Riley Smith photo

Best of Halifax Ball
Thursday

It's the creme de la creme of celebrations as the winners from our annual Best of Halifax Reader's Choice Awards (which you'll read about in this week's issue!) descend upon the Lord Nelson Hotel to inspire us all with their greatness. Dress to impress and get ready to get down as the party of the year gets underway. more deets

Trevor Noah
Friday

Your #mcm comes to the Scotiabank Centre to deliver his signature mix of political commentary and hilarious real-talk. more deets

Kamp
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Neptune and Eastern Front Theatre see the 2017 indie production Kamp get the stage size it deserves (at Neptune's Scotiabank Hall). The play follows a group of homosexual prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp and the secret cabaret they wrote as a way to survive. more deets

An evening with Maxwell Smart, author and Holocaust survivor
Thursday
As part of Holocaust Education Week, Smart returns to Pier 21, where he arrived 70 years ago as an orphaned Holocaust survivor, to host this reading and discussion of his book Chaos to Canvas—which traces his story from being a teen in 1930s Poland to immigrating to Montreal. more deets

James MacSwain mourns your pre-internet brain at his latest Hermes show, Ex Libris. - JAMES MACSWAIN ARTWORK
  • James MacSwain mourns your pre-internet brain at his latest Hermes show, Ex Libris.
  • James MacSwain artwork

floating rocks and young rope
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Noticing a rhythmic repetition in the materials found along Nova Scotian shorelines, Rachel Anzalone and Alicia Hunt present a collection of natural objects—think seaweed and rocks—mixed with replicas made from plaster, clay and cloth at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. more deets

Blue Rocks
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to catch the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's exhibit on how living for two years in Blue Rocks, NS, shaped the artistic practice of American modernist painter Marsden Hartley. more deets

Ex Libris
Saturday, Sunday
James MacSwain's latest—an exhibition of accordion-style books and paper-based works—takes us back to our pre-internet brains as it explores the "era of books." "The book will survive like newspapers, magazines and the theatre only if the upcoming generations are moved to examine what will be lost," MacSwain's artist statement warns. See it at Hermes. more deets

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Searching for a Place to Land
Thursday, Friday
Jenny Yujia Shi's exhibit, "compelled by the artist's ongoing effort in pursuing permanent resident status in Canada," explores themes of border-crossing and displacement in a group of anonymous walking figures. See it at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

This year's King's at the Cathedral concert series kicks off Sunday with Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem." - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • This year's King's at the Cathedral concert series kicks off Sunday with Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem."
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Let's Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker
Thursday
"The Carleton pays tribute to the Prince of Cool with a special dinner-time performance by some of Halifax's best jazz musicians. Lose yourself in timeless tunes performed in the legendary Baker style. The band is Paul St-Amand (trumpet & voice), Silvio Pupo (piano), Ron Hynes (bass) and Brendan Melchin (drums)," event organizers say. more deets

For All The Saints: Duruflé's "Requiem"
Sunday

This year's edition of the annual tribute to those who have gone on before—and the kickoff for the latest King's at the Cathedral concert series—sees Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem" performed at the Cathedral Church of All Saints. The choir says the piece is ripe with "masterful choral and orchestral arrangements that call to the mind of the listener images of heavenly bliss deftly interwoven with a sense of human pathos and our longing for eternal peace"—so prepare to be moved. Oh, topping it all off? As always, the show is directed by the Grammy-winning Paul Halley. more deets

Chris Snelgrove w/Tragical History Tour, Matty Grace, Brad Religion
Saturday
Ex-Prevenge's Chris Snelgrove headlines this acoustic punk show at Radstorm for a wicked trip of alt-country tinged rockin'. more deets

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Julie Nesrallah
Sunday

Cecilia Concerts describes this set by Lebanese-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Nesralla—backed by concert pianist Robert Kortgaar—as a showcase of "opera, big hair and grande passione in a deliciously entertaining afternoon of Italian art songs, torchy ballads and musical theatre curiosities." Catch it at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. more deets
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Have a hair-raising Halloweekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Haunted houses, scary screenings and the biggest shin digs in the city mark the year's eeriest eve with all kinds of fun. Peep the can't miss events below and then get back to finishing your agave costume.

KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill lights up The Seahorse Friday. - STEPHEN RUXTON PHOTO
  • KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill lights up The Seahorse Friday.
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Double feature: Hocus Pocus and The Craft
Sunday
Good Robot pays homage to Bette Midler, patron saint of Scary Season, with a screening of Hocus Pocus, the cult Disney flick that follows a trio of witches brought back from the dead, followed by a showing of The Craft. more deets

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun w/DJ Skeeter-B
Saturday
May we suggest a Cyndi Lauper costume for this all-night bop session at The Dome? more deets

Halloween Hellraiser
Friday
KISS tribute act Dressed 2 Kill and Alice Cooper Stan My Other Brother Alice join forces for this groovy all-night rager that's best experienced in a hair-raising costume. It all goes down at The Seahorse. more deets

Phantom of the Pipes
Saturday
Event organizers promise "an evening of frightening and fantastic music featuring the monster organ" at Fort Massey United Church with this creepy concert. more deets

Bedford Brass Quintet: Brassquerade
Friday

The Bedford Brass Quintet delivers a skin-crawling serving of Halloween fun with this "kaleidoscopic concert full of music that's bizarre, fantastical and just plain weird!" What's on the bill? Creepy classics like "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod and modern goose-bump-givers like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Danny Elfman. Costumes are encouraged and students and children who arrive at Saint Ignatius Church dressed up get in for free. more deets

Thrill the World
Saturday
The Oval gets into the macabre spirit of the season, taking part in this world-wide Halloween celebration slash Michael Jackson tribute that sees fans of all ages doing their best “Thriller” dance. more deets

Ghostly Gala
Friday

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax takes a trip to Cole Harbour Heritage Farm for this bone-chilling night that sees the tellers recite ghostly tales from around the very city we live. more deets

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Another Spooky Night at the Movies
Friday
Looking for a classic way to spend the night when ghosts roam free? Head to Bethany United Church's screening of Hitchcock’s 1927 flick The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog—and watch a serial killer roaming the streets of London as organist Shawn Whynot provides a live soundtrack to the silent film. more deets

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Carnival of Terror
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Head to Atlantic Splash Adventure (1200 Lucasville Road) for this skin-crawling scare sesh that sees you and your pals screaming your heads off inside an infamous haunted house. more deets

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Fangs for the Memories: A Halloween Drag Show
Saturday

The Halifax Drag Kings are paging all creatures of the night to join them for a night of drag performances, door prizes and dancing that's bound to be a ghoulish good time at Menz! more deets

Fear The Darkness Haunted House
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The epic house full of horrors returns to Alderney Landing with all-new attractions and a theme that's a nightmarish twist on fairy tales, for you to get scared. A haunted photo booth, captured escape room and a casket ride round out the frightful fun. more deets

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Have a poppin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 12:22 PM

It's an explosive weekend as the Halifax Pop Explosion continues its city-wide takeover, Atlantic Fashion Week delivers designer duds for its 12th season and Boston singer-songwriter Bryan McPherson plays two Halifax shows! If cannabis' first legal weekend has you looking for a good time, scroll on.

Local streetwear label BZLY showcases pieces inspired by a utopic vision of inter-generational collaboration at Atlantic Fashion Week. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Local streetwear label BZLY showcases pieces inspired by a utopic vision of inter-generational collaboration at Atlantic Fashion Week.
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Unpacking The Living Room performance: "WORK OUT I WORK OUT"
Saturday
The Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's show all about examining and re-imagining our everyday living spaces wraps with a performance piece by Julie Hollenbach and Gambletron exploring the effort required to perform one's gender. more deets

Sharkwater Extinction screening
Friday
Rob Stewart's 2018 doc about the illegal shark fin industry is the follow-up to his 2006 flick that helped ban the practice of catching sharks, cutting their fins off for soup and discarding the bodies in 90 countries. Stewart died during the making of Sharkwater Extinction and this Ecology Action Centre-hosted screening seems the perfect tribute. Held at Scotiabank Theatre Halifax. more deets

Atlantic Fashion Week opening night showcase
Thursday
Atlantic Fashion Week opens with a bang as Nova Scotia's answer to Carolina Herrera—the tartan-infused Veronica MacIsaac—kicks things off with a new collection. A handful of streetwear-inspired brands (including BZLY, pictured above) make the undercard extra-colourful, too. Held at 350 Horseshoe Lake Drive. more deets

Fix-it Fair
Sunday

The third annual ode to up-cycling returns the the Alexander Keith's Brewery Courtyard "to help even the un-handiest people feel like they can tackle simple home repairs" with a repair cafe and on-site experts who'll do their best to fix broken everyday items. more deets

Studio 21 showcases new works by famed artist David Urban. - DAVID URBAN ARTWORK
  • Studio 21 showcases new works by famed artist David Urban.
  • David Urban artwork

A thousand cuts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you've yet to see artist B.G-Osborne's Khyber exhibit (it's only there for 10 more days), get on it: The found footage compilation sees over 80 clips of cisgender actors portraying trans characters, highlighting how mainstream media erases trans identities. more deets

New Works by David Urban
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The famed Canadian painter debuts a new series of paintings at Studio 21. As the gallery puts it, these works lay "in a borderland between abstraction and representation." more deets

Pushing It
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Becky Welter-Nolan's latest Hermes show sees the artist exploring " the narrative of success, navigating between endurance and futility" with a soft, supersized boulder titled RockyIII. more deets

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The Shubenacadie River Beading Project
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carrie Allison—the Indigenous artist who last year exhibited her geographically accurate beadings of the Shubenacadie River at the Port Campus—returns to the space with Kin River Collective to see "participants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, come together and collectively honour the space of the Shubenacadie River" with a beading of the waterway. more deets

Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson plays two shows in town this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson plays two shows in town this weekend.
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Art d'Ecco w/Sportfan, Future Peers, Sorrey
Friday

Crossing musical and gender divides in the grand tradition of David Bowie, Art d'Ecco (this week's Coast cover star!) delivers sharp looks and sharper sounds as part of his mission to bring weirdness and inclusivity back to rock 'n' roll. See his only Halifax Pop Explosion showcase at The Local. more deets

Bryan McPherson
Saturday, Sunday

Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson delivers Americana-tinged tunes taking the side of the underdog that'll make your feet stomp, your heart heave and your head nod along. Catch him Saturday at New Scotland Brewing Co. in Dartmouth or Sunday at Gus' Pub. more deets

Diva Station Trio
Saturday

Because Beyonce was right and a diva is, in fact, the female version of a hustler, three local divas—with the vocal chords to match—have combined forces to deliver a set of pop, rock, opera, top 40 and more at Halifax Distilling Co. Don't miss Maureen Batt, Laura Caswell and Sarah Richardson as they deliver the big diva energy you didn't know you needed. more deets

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Cadence Weapon w/DJ Shut, Jayd Ink, Fat Tony, BLAKDENIM, Hua Li
Saturday

One of the brightest stars of the early-aughts Canadian hip hop scene, Cadence Weapon proves he's still burning bright as he delivers a more raw brand of rap at this HPX showcase. Pro tip? Don't sleep on opening act Hua Li (pictured), singing/rapping/slaying triple-threat who delivers golden-era hip hop vibes with delicious hooks. more deets
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Have an artfully awesome Nocturne weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:01 AM

This weekend, Nocturne lights up the night with art all across the city, The Town Heroes tear it up at The Seahorse, Laurie Brown brings her Pondercast to Halifax and famed artist Kent Monkman debuts a collection of paintings responding to Canada 150 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Little Years shares the story of a gifted mathematician stifled by sexism in the 1950s. - SAMM FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • The Little Years shares the story of a gifted mathematician stifled by sexism in the 1950s.
  • Samm Fisher Photography photo

Nocturne 2018
Saturday

Art's big night out returns for another evening of epic, outdoor displays in a swath of mediums. This year's edition of the fest is curated by groundbreaking Indigenous artist Raven Davis, and you can grab both the official Nocturne guide and lots of fun art-at-night content in this week's Coast. more deets

The Little Years
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Set in the 1950s, John Mighton's play follows a young, enthusiastic and gifted mathematician as she realizes her dream may not be possible as her brother becomes the star of the family and she is forced to settle for a series of unfulfilling jobs. "The Little Years confronts the impact of chauvinism and explores the nature of fame, the value of art and the passing of time," the show's playwrights add. Catch it at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Art Talks gallery tour
Friday
If Nocturne's about to ramp up your visual appetite, get another look at the good stuff with this tour: Departing from the Halifax Central Library, this free bus trek sees a host of Indigenous artists and curators (that'd be Carrie Allison, Aiden Gillis, Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfeld and Wanda Nanibush) discuss the current showcases at the Treaty Space Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s Art Gallery—and a very special secret stop. Register for the fun at eventbrite.ca. more deets

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Pondercast live taping
Thursday

Former CBC host Laurie Brown brings her popular podcast to Halifax for a live taping. "Pondercast is for explorers—it guides you to the clouds for a mind-bending view," offer event organizers, saying this edition of the pod will touch on "how to stay human as the world tilts in new and strange ways" while musician Joshua Van Tassel creates live backing soundscapes at the Museum of Natural History. more deets

Nanabozho's Sisters explores the legacy of Indigenous women artists using "masquerade, mimicry, parody, ironic reversals, comedic scenarios, anachronistic combinations and satirical creations." - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • Nanabozho's Sisters explores the legacy of Indigenous women artists using "masquerade, mimicry, parody, ironic reversals, comedic scenarios, anachronistic combinations and satirical creations."
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Emotive Landscapes
Thursday, Friday
The Corridor Gallery gives you some serious wanderlust as it showcases watercolour landscapes of Iceland by Kate Ward. more deets

Nanabozho's Sisters
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Nanabozho’s Sisters sees works by several Indigenous women artists play with the legacy of Nanabozho, a trickster figure in Anishinaabe stories, with elements like mimicry, parody and ironic reversals. See it at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. more deets

Carrie Allison: Beaded Earth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Carrie Allison, an Indigenous artist who specializes in traditional bead work, exhibits the results of her Museum of Natural History residency—where she worked with the museum's archives to explore and "critically examine colonial methodologies of botanical categorization, display, and displacement"—at this showcase. more deets

KENT MONKMAN
  • Kent Monkman
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Acclaimed Indigenous artist Kent Monkman's made a name for himself with his ability to infuse baroque-feeling canvases with subversive stories. Here, the painter shares a stack of theatrical canvases responding to Canada's 150 celebrations with Monkman's gender-fluid, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, taking the viewer flying backwards through the confederation's history. See it at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as it opens this week. more deets

OBEY Convention's off-season programming sees Irish performer Áine O'Dwyer wail on the keys of Fort Massey's antique organ. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • OBEY Convention's off-season programming sees Irish performer Áine O'Dwyer wail on the keys of Fort Massey's antique organ.
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The Town Heroes w/David in the Dark, Kids Losing Sleep
Friday

The alt-rock four-piece celebrates its fourth full-length album with an all-night party that sees the pop-punk fun of Kids Losing Sleep (a band featured in The Coast's recent New Music Issue) warming The Seahorse stage. more deets

Lion Bear Fox
Thursday

Folky three-piece Lion Bear Fox returns to The Carleton to share a stack of story-driven songs. more deets

Áine O'Dwyer w/chik white
Friday

OBEY Convention kicks off its series of off-season shows with a doozie, bringing "performer, listener and sonic stalker Áine O'Dwyer" from Ireland to Halifax to explore Fort Massey United Church's "recently-restored organ, which dates back to 1913 and contains over 2,000 pipes and three distinct keyboards." Hear her wail on these antique keys as experimental jaw harpist chik white opens the show. more deets

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Alexander and the Great Ones w/Shadow, Brianna Gosse
Thursday

The Nick Lowe-influenced Alexander MacNeil (leader of Alexander and the Great Ones) brings his rollicking rock packed with funny lyrics to Gus' Pub. more deets
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Have a megawatt Thanksgiving weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM

A megawatt, more-stuffed-than-a-turkey Thanksgiving weekend awaits as shiny Sure Things like a local celebration of India's Festival of Lights, a brilliant show by acclaimed singer-songwriter Rae Spoon and a screening of award-winning flick Let The Sunshine In descend upon your calendar.

Carbon Arc Cinema returns for another season with the award-winning French romance Let The Sunshine In. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Carbon Arc Cinema returns for another season with the award-winning French romance Let The Sunshine In.
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International Fashion Week Nova Scotia
Saturday

A full day of high-fashion energy arrives at Casino Nova Scotia: From 12-2pm, a youth runway collection gives #ootdinspo, while a 7:30pm adults-only fashion gala brings red carpet vibes. A 25-and-up after party at 10pm keeps the good times goin'. more deets

India's Festival of Lights
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Diwali is "a celebration that spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance," event organizers explain of the light-filled festival. Here, the brilliant brains behind India Fest deliver a slice of the cultural celebration, taking over the Halifax Forum with food and cultural vendors, performances, fireworks and more. more deets

Let The Sunshine In screening
Friday
Carbon Arc kicks off its latest season with a screening of this 2018 flick, which sees Juliette Binoche playing a divorced Parisian painter who refuses to settle as she looks for love. more deets

Handworks Halifax
Saturday, Sunday

Calling all crafters and the DIY-inclined! This makers' market at the Halifax Forum sees you picking up pieces by local artisans as well as taking part in free workshops on felting, henna, pottery and more. more deets

Emily Lawrence's show of scent-infused photos at the Craig Gallery wraps this weekend. - EMILY LAWRENCE ARTWORK
  • Emily Lawrence's show of scent-infused photos at the Craig Gallery wraps this weekend.
  • Emily Lawrence artwork

Pushing It
Saturday, Sunday
Becky Welter-Nolan's latest Hermes Gallery show "critiques labour and the narrative of success" with a 200-pound quilted soft-sculpture boulder "navigating between endurance and futility." more deets

Scratch & Sniff Menu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't seen Emily Lawrence's Craig Gallery show yet, this weekend is your last chance—and the food-heavy them is perfect for Turkey Day, too. The exhibit explores scent's complex and tightly woven connection to memory: Based on interviews with people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Lawrence re-constructed the interviewee's memorable foods (which included many a Thanksgiving dinner), photographed them, and infused the prints with scratch and sniff technology "to explore the power of olfactory promoting as a means of memory retrieval." more deets

Erotic Landscapes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Colombian-born and now Nova Scotia-based artist Carlos Gomez shares oil paintings, watercolours, and works using "traditional printmaking techniques" at this Lion & Bright showcase. more deets

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A Thousand Cuts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

B.G-Osborne's Khyber exhibit "is a found-footage video compilation of cisgender actors portraying transgender roles in film and television. The work arranges clips from over 80 sources to confront the perpetual violence of these inauthentic representations and the systemic erasure of trans people in mainstream media." The show also features printed matter, including a list of the names of trans people who've been murdered in the past two years. "This print serves as a reminder to the viewership of the common consequence of transgender expression, especially for trans women of colour," the gallery adds. more deets

Indie pop duo Dear Rouge comes to the best coast this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Indie pop duo Dear Rouge comes to the best coast this weekend.
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Braden Lam & The Driftwood People w/Eric Stephen Martin, Emily Stuart
Thursday
The salt-water, folk-tinged incarnation of an early-aughts Justin Briber, Braden Lam is the #mcm you haven't met yet. Get your (sonic) introduction to the Ben Howard-sounding songster as he celebrates a new EP with his band, The Driftwood People, at The Carleton. more deets

Cassie Josephine w/The Cry If I Want To's, Terra Spencer
Saturday

To celebrate 40 cycles through the zodiac, indie-folkster Cassie Josephine sings a stack of "songs about aging and the stories that get you there"—and marks the release of a new album, Only Half Blue. Good rockin' awaits with The Cry If I Want To's, making arriving early at Art Bar + Projects a must. more deets

Dear Rouge w/Natalie Lynn, Modern Space
Friday

Vancouver-based electro-rock gold Dear Rouge comes to the best coast for a night of classic bops at The Seahorse. more deets

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Rae Spoon w/Holy Crow, RespectfulChild
Saturday

Award-winning, genre-jumping non-binary artist Rae Spoon—who's penned nine albums spanning the spectrum from folk to electronic—arrives at Radstorm with a new stack of songs, titled bodies of water. more deets
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halifax Pop Explosion announces festival kick-off party featuring Matt Mays and Partner

Cop your wristband for this October 16 party

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig.
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October 17 is a date looming large in our calendars for lots of wild, wonderful reasons—it's the first day of the Halifax Pop Explosion AND the first day of legalized cannabis—but now the countdown is about to be even more epic: HPX announced today that it's getting the party started a little earlier with a countdown to legalization party on October 16 at The Marquee Ballroom featuring the sunshine-streaked sonic tonic of Matt Mays and the stadium-inspired riff-rockage of Partner.

Doors open at 8pm and entry is guaranteed to wristband holders (the fest says a few door tickets might be available if space permits) so Mays fans won't wanna leave it to chance. Get your wristband—and peep the festival's full lineup, which includes awesome all-girl rap group The Sorority, a show by Polaris prize winner Jeremy Dutcher and more—at halifaxpopexplosion.com.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Get shucky this Oyster Fest weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Get shucked this weekend as the Halifax Oyster Festival brings Canada's biggest raw bar back to the waterfront, the 48 Hour Film Project screens flicks made in a scant two days, Hopscotch Festival delivers hip hop heavyweights to Dartmouth and indie darling The Burning Hell keeps it weird at Gus' Pub.

The Atlantic Flamenco Festival goes out with a bang as Spanish dancer Virginia Castro Duràn takes The Seahorse stage Thursday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Atlantic Flamenco Festival goes out with a bang as Spanish dancer Virginia Castro Duràn takes The Seahorse stage Thursday.
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Halifax Oyster Festival 2018
Friday, Saturday

Oh baby! The best in bivalves awaits at this two-day raw bar event held on the Halifax Waterfront. Tasting sessions featuring over 20 different oyster producers from Atlantic Canada and abroad will make you a connoisseur in no time, while shucking competitions dial up the energy (and the fun!), no matter if you're watching or partaking. more deets

Flamenco night with Virginia Castro Duràn
Thursday

While The Atlantic Flamenco Festival gives you a host of chances to fall for the Spanish stepping style, this marquee event is sure to bowl over fans as it sees Virginia Castro Durán, famed Spanish flamenco dancer, bringing her signature mix of stomping feet and coiling wrists to The Seahorse stage. Live backing music, tapas and wine round out the good times. more deets

Festival of Wines grand tastings
Friday, Saturday

The marquee event of the Festival of Wines sees you exploring great grapes from across North America (the region of this year's fest theme) with a whopping 350-plus wines to swill and sip. Held at the Cunard Centre. more deets

Halifax 48 Hour Film Project screening
Thursday

Members in the 48 Hour Film Project (which sees filmmakers create a short from scratch in two days) see their finalized flicks shown at this Halifax Central Library screening. Audience members vote for their favourites, which could win $1,000 and the chance to be shown at Cannes (!!!). more deets

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery sees the forest for the trees with Sarah Irwin's collection of leaf-filled canvases. - SARAH IRWIN ARTWORK
  • 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery sees the forest for the trees with Sarah Irwin's collection of leaf-filled canvases.
  • Sarah Irwin artwork

Close to the edge... The work of Gerald Ferguson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Billed as a "comprehensive overview of Gerald Ferguson's practice," this Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show sees some of the artist's signature works displayed from the gallery's vaults—underscoring why he was included in such seminal showcases as the Museum of Modern Art's 1970 conceptual art showcase Information. more deets

James G. Davis: Selections from Five Decades
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Studio 21, a longtime staple in the local arts scene, celebrates its new digs at 5431 Doyle Street with an exhibit worthy of the occasion: A selection of highly-narrative, mythically-inspired works by famed artist James G. Davis, spanning his career. more deets

Poet Trees
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Sarah Irwin takes you into an enchanted forest as she debuts a collection of canvases celebrating trees both real and imagined at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery. more deets

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Travelling Textiles
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Visting Japanese artist Nobuko Hiroi arrives at the Anna Leonowens Gallery with this, an exhibit "celebrating the intimate and sensorial nature of textiles in our everyday life." more deets

Indie-rock weirdo The Burning Hell brings songs about love, loss and Kiefer Sutherland to Gus' Pub Saturday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Indie-rock weirdo The Burning Hell brings songs about love, loss and Kiefer Sutherland to Gus' Pub Saturday.
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Hopscotch 2018: Brother Ali w/MURS
Saturday

Atlantic Canada's largest hip hop festival returns for a full day of rhyme-slinging ruckus, capped off with this show starring the indie MC with a social justice bent, Brother Ali. It all goes down at Dartmouth's Ferry Terminal Park. more deets

Birdie Whyte & Caribou Run w/Nik Field, Ken Viota
Friday
For her latest jaunt out east, Ottawa's banjo queen Birdie Whyte collaborates with a new backing band in each city, adding endless influences to her songbook's mix of garage, bluegrass, jazz and folk-tinged tunes. In Halifax, it's the neo-folk Caribou Run rounding things out, while Nik Field and Ken Viota hold the undercard. See it at The Carleton. more deets

BA Johnston w/The Burning Hell, Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew
Saturday

It's a lit night of oddball rock at Gus' Pub: Hamilton dirtbag BA Johnston plays songs about food while quirky, world-travelling indie-rock outfit The Burning Hell doles out lyrics about hope, heartbreak and the ideal situations to launch your own cult. more deets

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Sarah Jane Scouten
Sunday
The Vancouver-based singer-songwriter counts Hank Williams and Stan Rogers as her greatest influences and regularly draws comparisons to the likes of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement. Here, she shares her rootsy-Canadiana sound for all your boot-stompin' needs from The Carleton stage. more deets
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall forward into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 11:33 AM

It's the most wonderful time of the year—for arts and culture happenings, that is. Look ahead and plan an awesome autumn with this week’s Fall Arts Guide, and know that the fun starts now with events like the Atlantic Flamenco Fest’s opening weekend, the debut of Indian dance company Attakkalari Dance in Halifax, and AQUA live in concert!

Live Art Dance kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a visit from India's Attakkalari Dance. - JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA PHOTO
  • Live Art Dance kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a visit from India's Attakkalari Dance.
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An Afternoon of Flamenco
Sunday
Local flamenco dancers serve up a taste of the Spanish stepping style at this performance, part of the Atlantic Flamenco Festival. Held in the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall. more deets

No Place To Go book launch
Thursday
"Why are public toilets so crappy?" writes award-winning journalist (and Coast contributing editor) Lezlie Lowe. Here, Lowe celebrates the release of her latest, a book that "plunges into the world of public toilets considering city planning, society, design, equity, and hand soap," with a reading-and-signing sesh at Art Bar + Projects. more deets

Chinese Festival Day
Saturday
It's a jam-packed day of cultural richness as the Chinese Festival shares presentations, performances and activities from the Halifax waterfront. Authentic, regional eats (think dim sum!) and handcrafts are also on deck. more deets

Attakkalari Dance Company performs Bhinna Vinyasa
Thursday, Friday
To kick off its 2018-2019 season, Live Art Dance welcomes India's Attakkalari Dance Company to the Halifax stage as part of its first international tour. The company is set to perform a piece Live Art calls "a fresh contribution to the contemporary Indian dance scene, exploring the lives of individuals and communities faced with rapid changes." more deets

The group show Revolution sees artists considering upheavals of all kinds—including the French Revolution—at the Mary E. Black Gallery. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The group show Revolution sees artists considering upheavals of all kinds—including the French Revolution—at the Mary E. Black Gallery.
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James G. Davis: Selections from Five Decades
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Studio 21, a longtime staple in the local arts scene, celebrates its new digs at 5431 Doyle Street with an exhibit worthy of the occasion: A selection of highly narrative, mythically inspired works by famed artist James G. Davis, spanning his career. more deets

Revolution
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
For this juried exhibition, 22 Craft Nova Scotia artists share works defining their meaning of the word "revolution"—from #metoo to the French Revolution to personal discoveries. See it at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

Observations from the Aries Factory
Thursday, Friday
Gary Castle presents the highlights of his yearlong, collage-a-day project at this Corridor Gallery show with 17 mixed-media canvases on a variety of themes. more deets

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Quaff: To Drink Deeply
Thursday, Saturday
A juried showcase of works by the Nova Scotia Potters Guild sees a swath of original, drink-themed ceramics on display at Government House. more deets

Folk-rock firestorm Devarrow returns to town with a full band in tow. - PHOTO VIA DEVARROW.COM
  • Folk-rock firestorm Devarrow returns to town with a full band in tow.
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Pigeon Hole
Saturday

A Victoria-based rap duo that got its start as part of the early-aughts group Sweatshop Union, Pigeon Hole delivers indie hip hop vibes backed by bold bass lines. Catch the show at The Marquee. more deets

AQUA w/Prozzäk, Whigfield
Friday
Live your Barbie girl dreams as the Danish pop throwback turns the Forum into a funhouse. more deets

Devarrow w/Russell Louder, Bella Larsen
Saturday

Devarrow—the local troubadour who melds Save Your Scissors-era City and Colour lyricism with Bon Iver-on-espresso vibes—returns to The Carleton with a full band in tow to rain down on our ears. more deets

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Rufus Wainwright
Thursday

One of the greatest vocalists, composers and songwriters of our time graces our unworthy presences as he takes the Rebecca Cohn stage as part of his latest tour. more deets
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall for these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Get ready to pumpkin spice up your life as Christina Martin and Ben Caplan both play Big Ticket hometown gigs, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival goes into binge mode, Word on the Street takes over the Halifax Central Library, and Prismatic Arts Festival shines on with a slew of shows—including the must-see Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover.

Shakespeare In Love sparkles at Neptune Theatre, no Gwyneth Paltrow required. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • Shakespeare In Love sparkles at Neptune Theatre, no Gwyneth Paltrow required.
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Shauntay Grant at Word on the Street
Saturday 
The Word on the Street, Halifax's annual hat-tip to books and magazines, returns to the Central Library for a full day of lectures and readings worth checking out. A highlight? Former poet laureate Shauntay Grant's presentation of her latest book, Africville, which depicts a child imagining the former neighbourhood. She speaks at 11am in the second floor Lindsay Room. more deets

Shakespeare In Love
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Though Neptune Theatre doesn't have Gwyneth Paltrow in the wings for its stage remake of the '90s flick slash period drama, we're sure it'll still be epic—after all, how could the (fictional) tale that inspired Shakespeare to write Romeo & Juliet not be? more deets

Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover
Thursday, Friday
Shahin Sayadi’s musical theatre piece—workshopped at last year's Prismatic Arts Festival and returning now for Prismatic 2018 for its full debut—will make your lovesick heart skip as it shares the tale of two lovers in southern Iran. A disapproving family attempts to cure a would-be Romeo of his case of caught feels with a Zar exorcism, a tradition brought to the region by escaped African slaves, before a shocking revelation comes to light. See it at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Neptune Theatre prop and costume sale
Saturday 
Take home a piece of theatre history at this cash-only sale that sees Neptune cleaning out its prop closet. Held at 2245 Creighton Street. more deets

FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 

Oh, baby: With this many film screenings, the massive ode to movies can feel overwhelming. Sift through the plentiful picture shows to see what's unmissable by picking up this week's Coast, which has a whole feature on FIN—or check out some coverage heremore deets

It's your last weekend to see the AGNS's illuminating, ruminating exhibit The Light Fantastic. - DUANE LINKLATER ARTWORK
  • It's your last weekend to see the AGNS's illuminating, ruminating exhibit The Light Fantastic.
  • Duane Linklater artwork

Homepage
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Peter Dykhuis makes the mundane into art as scraps of visual information (think maps, grocery lists and the like) and the digital screens they call home are turned into mixed-media works at Hermes Gallery. more deets

The Light Fantastic
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The group show that focuses on light as a medium—rather than clay or paint—wraps next week, so this is your chance to see neon-y pieces on themes swirling around life, sexuality and the seeming futility of existence at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. more deets

Scratch & Sniff Menu
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Emily Lawrence's Craig Gallery show explores scent's complex and tightly woven connection to memory. Based on interviews with people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Lawrence re-constructed memorable foods, photographed them, and infused the prints with scratch and sniff technology "as a means to explore the power of olfactory promoting as a means of memory retrieval." more deets

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Let me talk to you man to man
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 
NSCAD faculty member Erica Mendritzki shows a collection of canvases at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, saying: "Like a lot of girls, I would like to have the chance to talk to somebody man to man. To engage with the history of art or the history of ideas, as a woman, is to interrupt a century-spanning conversation in which the rules of engagement and the topics of discussion have been set by men." more deets

After wowing crowds around the world with her latest record, Christina Martin returns to Nova Scotia for a release party at The Marquee. - SARAH JAMER PHOTO
  • After wowing crowds around the world with her latest record, Christina Martin returns to Nova Scotia for a release party at The Marquee. 
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WEARY w/Kim Harris, Chris Meyers
Friday
Billed as "soft songs from St. John's," WEARY brings beautiful melodies to The Nook with pal Kim Harris—another Newfoundlander known for lace-like, lyrical tunes—in tow. more deets

Pretty Archie
Thursday
The Cape Breton four-piece delivers its signature saltwater spin on Canadiana with this sweet Carleton set. more deets

Christina Martin & Band album release show w/Villages
Friday 

Martin celebrates album number six, Impossible To Hold, with a home-province release show with her backing band after wowing fans worldwide. Event organizers call it a blend of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Eurythmics—we call it the perfect mix of a vulnerable vibrato and rock star energy. Catch it at The Marquee. more deets

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Ben Caplan
Friday
It's been a hot minute since Halifax's folk-pop prince has graced a hometown stage, but now the bearded balladeer is back—with a new album and his signature theatrical stage presence in tow—for what's sure to be one of the best shows of the season. Catch it at the Rebecca Cohn. more deets
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have a globetrotting weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Can't catch a flight this weekend? Get the next best thing as global offerings like the eats at Italian Weekend, the A-grade performers at the Experience China Gala and the English football vibes at the HFX Derby fill the coming days.

Homemade mains and the desserts dreams are made of await at Italian Weekend. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Homemade mains and the desserts dreams are made of await at Italian Weekend.
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Experience China Gala
Sunday
The Halifax Chinese Festival kicks off with a luxe bang at this showcase. Watch a half dozen internationally acclaimed Chinese performing troupes, including the Chinese National Opera and the country's national acrobatic troupe, take the Rebecca Cohn stage. more deets

Halifax Anarchist Bookfair
Saturday

In a bid to push back against late capitalism and its horrors, this book and craft fair sees anyone interested in anarchism, or anyone who just hates the government, descending upon 5450 Russell Street. more deets

Italian Weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Get a taste of the dolce vita as the Italian Cultural Centre serves up eats like nonna makes (think tiramisu, cannoli and all the pasta you could dream of) alongside live entertainment and bocce games at the Agricola Street spot. more deets

The HFX Derby: A SMU vs Dal double header
Friday

A derby—known to hardcore soccer fans as a match between two rival footie teams of close geographical proximity—sees both the men's and women's Tigers and Huskies teams face off at the Wanderers Grounds Stadium. more deets

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Farewell to 1272
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
After 10 years of sharing snapshots from 1272 Barrington Street, ViewPoint Gallery prepares to move house with this sweet exhibition full of members' favourite photos. more deets

On & Off The Wall: The Peer Gallery of Lunenburg Shows in Halifax
Saturday, Sunday
A smattering of artists from the famed Lunenburg gallery showcase works ranging from watercolours to abstract at the Chase Exhibition Room. more deets

Teensyland
Saturday

Artist Damien Webb invites you to his pint-sized world of wonder as he shares a collection of original, miniature sculptures (often made from found materials) that are a bite-sized spin on a fictional theme park. See 'em at Argyle Fine Art. more deets

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#callresponse
Saturday, Sunday
The SMU art gallery unveils its eyeball-energizing, heart-thumping, brain-flooding show #callresponse—featuring work from five Indigenous women artists "living within the Canadian nation state" and includes a piece by the Sobey Art Award-winning Ursula Johnson—“to ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building.” more deets

Hello Delaware brings Red-era Taylor Swift realness to the UNI Festival Saturday. - PHOTO KYLEE NUNN
  • Hello Delaware brings Red-era Taylor Swift realness to the UNI Festival Saturday.
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Dancing Down The Walls
Friday
DJ Fadzwa, DJ Dentata and DJ Nausikaa make you raise a fist (and shake yo' butt) at this fundraiser in solidarity with the inmates at Burnside Prison, raising money for the strike they're undertaking until September 9. Held at Glitter Bean Cafe. more deets

UNI Festival 2018
Saturday
The outdoor festival celebrating community returns to Gottingen Street, bringing an open-air vendors' market and a three-on-three basketball tournament with it. Live performances by the likes of UK artist Shauna and Toronto's Nilla—and local gems Hello Delaware, Aquakultre, Ced, Marty & Dave and more—round out the fun. It all goes down near the YMCA, at 2183 Gottingen Street. more deets

The Midnight Ramblers cover The Rolling Stones
Friday

No one can ever be Mick Jagger, but this Moncton five-piece gives it its best go, delivering enough vintage Stones covers that you might finally be able to get some satisfaction. Catch it at The Carleton. more deets

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Botfly w/Motherhood, Washing Machine
Saturday

A night of hardcore—with '80s-rock tones thanks to Washing Machine, pictured—takes over The Seahorse. more deets
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Make it all play, no work this Labour Day weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 12:18 PM

It’s all play and no work this Labour Day weekend as we roll into week two of the Halifax Urban Folk Fest, the Fringe Fest delivers droves of theatre and end-of-season parties abound everywhere from the library to The Dome.

Shakespeare By The Sea wraps season 25 with a one-off, experimental take on A Midsummer Night's Dream. - PHOTO BY NICK HARRISON
  • Shakespeare By The Sea wraps season 25 with a one-off, experimental take on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Photo by Nick Harrison

Outdoor movie and barbecue: Avengers Infinity War
Friday
Say "see ya!" to summer with this under-the-stars showing of the Marvel universe flick, which rolls after a barbecue and live music show at the Dartmouth North Public Library. more deets

The Unrehearsed Dream
Sunday
Shakespeare By The Sea caps off its 25th season with an epic theatre experiment in Point Pleasant Park: An unrehearsed performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, last performed at SBTS in 2005, where actors will know their lines, but it will be their first time interacting with their fellow players. more deets

Feminist hang out crew
Thursday
A chill discussion circle that sees you making new friends and chatting about feminist topics, the hang out crew returns to South House to tackle themes like body positivity and self love. more deets

Agatha Apple
Thursday
The Halifax Fringe Festival opens the curtains at a host of venues around town, with non-mainstream theatre options filling the weekend. One to consider? This play at The Waiting Room by Three Gallows Theatre (the company behind last year's Best of the Fest play A Feebleminded Dictator) which imagines if Mother Earth was a person—and she wasn't very nice. more deets

The Teichert Gallery's latest exhibit is a timely collection of expressionist-y beach scenes. - MATTHEW COLLINS ARTWORK
  • The Teichert Gallery's latest exhibit is a timely collection of expressionist-y beach scenes.
  • Matthew Collins artwork

Artrageous!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Over 100 young artists aged five-18 show off the results of their time in the NSCAD Extended Studies' summer art camps at this sweet show, held at the Port Campus. more deets

Echoes Summer Residency Exhibit
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Mary E. Black Gallery showcases works by "eight emerging, pre-professional and self-directed artists who have used the time and studio space of the Summer Professional Development Residency to craft a body of work while exploring individual style and technique." more deets

...and Turquoise Beach
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matthew Collins' works routinely focus on bodies of water, are organically constructed and have colour and mark-making playing key roles. Here, his texture-rich takes on beaches make perfect viewing for summer's dog days. See them at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Transatlantique: The Art of Fashion and Costume Design in Paris and Halifax
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibit traces the history and trends of costume design in Halifax and their Parisian Art Deco influences. more deets

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Labour Day Love w/Jules Bangsworth
Sunday
DJ Jules Bangsworth delivers a rare hometown set that'll make your body thump harder than the bass as summer's swan song plays. It all goes down at The Dome. more deets

Fade Awaays w/The Flakes, The New Millenials, Dazor
Saturday
Toronto up-and-coming garage rock band Fade Awaays serves early Arctic Monkeys vibes as it shreds at The Pavilion, while a strong local undercard is a draw in its own right. more deets

BurgerFriesPop EP Release Show w/FM Berlin, Fungus, Bad Partys
Saturday
BurgerFriesPop's second EP, Food Fight, deserves a party, and the hot, fast, greasy rocker brings you one with help Police-inspired FM Berlin, bog rockin' Fungus and Bad Partys at Gus' Pub. more deets

[image-5] Lilly Hiatt & The HFX All Stars w/Brad Roberts, Tim Baker, Dustin Bentall
Sunday

Nashville singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt leads this edition of HUFF's nightly song circles, playing her mix of Seattle guitar riffs with Southern lyrics and pieces from her latest LP, Trinity Lane, at The Carleton. more deets

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Have a weekend that’s outside the ordinary with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 2:49 PM

It's a great weekend to get out there as the Saint Mary's Huskies play their home opener, Hope for Wildlife's annual open house returns, Eyelevel Gallery and The Magic Project throw a magical mini-fest and Dog Day plays a sweet summer sendoff show at The Seahorse.

Wildlife in distress get a second chance at the Hope for Wildlife rehabilitation centre, and Sunday sees you getting an up-close look at the process with the centre's open house. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Wildlife in distress get a second chance at the Hope for Wildlife rehabilitation centre, and Sunday sees you getting an up-close look at the process with the centre's open house.
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Huskies home opener
Friday
In a sure sign that summer's slipping on out, this weekend sees the Saint Mary's football team begin a new season with a match against Saint Francis Xavier's X-Men. more deets

The eighth First Annual Time Traveller's Picnic
Sunday
The annual Time Traveller's Picnic sees steampunks and Victorian-era enthusiasts travel back in time and through the Public Gardens' main gates to a set of parlour games, picnicking and photo snapping. Bring your own eats! more deets

Adventure in the future Halifax Wilderness Park
Saturday
Trips By Transit—the group aiming to get you exploring the city with your bus pass—and the Nature Conservancy of Canada have teamed up for this exhibition to Colpitt Lake, aka the soon-to-be Halifax Wilderness Park. A five-kilometre hike and optional swim in the lake awaits all adventurers, and you can meet your fellow explorers at the Mumford bus terminal. more deets

Hope for Wildlife's annual open house
Sunday

The wildlife sanctuary opens its doors one day a year to give a behind-the-scenes peek at its rehabilitation efforts. Meet Wishbone the skunk, listen to live music, see places on the property not included in public tours and stick around for kid's activities, too. more deets

Layers of graffiti and pop art influence fly off the canvas at The Dart Gallery's newest show. - KARLA FREW ARTWORK
  • Layers of graffiti and pop art influence fly off the canvas at The Dart Gallery's newest show.
  • Karla Frew artwork

On The Edge of Modernism: The Group of Seven and Lismer's Legacy
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The AGNS continues to explore the iconic NSCAD president's legacy with a new retrospective on the rise of modernism in Canada—and how Lismer was the first artist outside of Ontario to get in on the movement. more deets

Under The Influence
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A juried show that sees Argyle Fine Art artists create new works in the style of their influences—think a dog swimming in a Monet-like lily pond—makes swinging by the downtown spot a must. more deets

Pop Goes The Easel
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Karla Frew turns up the volume at The Dart Gallery with this pop culture inspired/graffiti-style show awash in bold hues. more deets

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Land Patterns
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Stunning, abstract-feeling textile works by Pat Loucks arrive at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. more deets

Up-and-coming folk duo Moscow Apartment opens for Paper Beat Scissors at an epic Halifax Urban Folk Fest show Sunday. - MELANIE GORDON PHOTO
  • Up-and-coming folk duo Moscow Apartment opens for Paper Beat Scissors at an epic Halifax Urban Folk Fest show Sunday.
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Magic Fest: Art and Activism
Saturday, Sunday
A new music and arts festival hatched by the great minds behind Eyelevel Gallery and The Magic Project, Magic Fest promises to bless up your eardrums with sonic tonic from the likes of Yohan Black, Aquakulture, MAJE and Kxng Wooz on Saturday. Sunday sees OG MC Ghettosocks drop the beat and poet Andre Fenton sharing verses. Catch it all outside the gallery's new location on Cornwallis Street. more deets

Paper Beat Scissors w/six-piece chamber ensemble, Moscow Apartment, Tanya Davis
Sunday
The Halifax Urban Folk Fest might describe this lineup best: "Critically-lauded Halifax old-boy Tim Crabtree returns with his project Paper Beat Scissors to perform a one-off show supported by a six-piece orchestral ensemble of Halifax's finest musicians." Swoon! The folky, melodic Moscow Apartment and deftly lyrical poet-musician Tanya Davis round out the bill at The Carleton. more deets

Alfie w/Matty Galaxy
Friday
Dartmouth's king of bops arrives at Lion & Bright to help you melt onto the dance floor. more deets

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Dog Day w/Jon Samuel
Saturday
The self-described "indie fog rock" four-piece reunited for a show at Sappyfest a couple weeks back, and now helps you skip the FOMO by bringing its trove of tunes to The Seahorse. more deets
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Have a whimsical weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 10:57 AM

This weekend promises to be a goodie as The Discovery Centre hosts an adults-only game night, the new, multicultural Mosaic festival takes over the waterfront and the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival returns for year seven. If that wasn’t enough, R&B queen supreme Reeny Smith is throwing a house show, Sweet Crude brings Cajun rock to The Seahorse all the way from Louisiana and more!

This weekend is your last chance to see Shakespeare By The Sea's Othello, which The Coast's theatre critic Lara Lewis noted "the individual performances are outstanding." - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • This weekend is your last chance to see Shakespeare By The Sea's Othello, which The Coast's theatre critic Lara Lewis noted "the individual performances are outstanding."
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Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival
Sunday
Get a hot cup of DCAF as local comic-creators and illustrators show off their wondrous works at this, the seventh edition of the annual festival celebrating all things cartoon and craft-related. Held at Alderney Landing. more deets

Game On 2.0: Fan Edition
Saturday
A 19-plus night at the museum sees you exploring the Discovery Centre's Game Changers exhibit—and playing retro video games, checking out virtual reality experiences, learning Dungeons and Dragons and more. more deets

Othello
Saturday, Sunday
Summer's not over yet—and neither is Shakespeare By The Sea's seasonal run—but this weekend does mark the last two showings of Othello in Point Pleasant Park. A biting tale of white male privilege, the timeless piece feels extra-needed these days. more deets

Mosaic Festival 2018
Saturday

This brand-new festival fills the void left by the Multicultural Fest's 2016 departure and then some: Live music, dance, vendors and a parade keeps a wild party winding along the Halifax waterfront all day long. more deets

ViewPoint Galley's latest show explores instant film. - CHARLES BISHOP ARTWORK
  • ViewPoint Galley's latest show explores instant film.
  • Charles Bishop artwork

Tiny Takeover: Kid Critics
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Centre For Art Tapes asked its neighbours, the attendees of a nearby daycare, to curate and critique a collection of works for this show. more deets

Reflexive
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Craig explores the purpose of abstract art at this group show. more deets

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 see 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

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Reflections on Memorial Tattoos
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Held in the main floor of the MSVU library, this collection of snaps explores the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos. more deets

Reeny Smith shows off her long-awaited debut album at a sweet house show. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Reeny Smith shows off her long-awaited debut album at a sweet house show.
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DCAF kickoff show feat. Wordburglar
Friday
Wordburglar drops hot verses at Jacob's Lounge as part of his annual hat-tip to the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival. more deets

Reeny Smith w/Museum Pieces
Saturday
The beloved R&B-belting Reeny Smith brings her golden vocal chords—and long-await recent debut, WWII: Strength. Courage. Love.—to this north end house show. Tyler Messick's jangle-rock Museum Pieces warms the stage, making an early arrival a must. Get location details and tickets through shows.sidedooraccess.com. more deets

The Gnarltones
Saturday
Adam Baldwin and pals jam on at this show of rock 'n' roll faves at Bearly's. more deets

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Sweet Crude w/The Lionyls
Thursday
Louisiana's Sweet Crude keeps Cajun musical traditions—and the party—alive and kickin' at this Seahorse Tavern show. more deets
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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.

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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

Doug Belding's ode to the male form arrives at The Dart. - DOUG BELDING ARTWORK
  • Doug Belding's ode to the male form arrives at The Dart.
  • Doug Belding artwork

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

CHARLES BISHOP
  • Charles Bishop
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).
  • Submitted photo

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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Sure Thing Events

  • The Vinyl Flytrap @ Alteregos Cafe

    • Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.
  • Rolston String Quartet @ Lilian Piercey Concert Hall

    • Sun., Feb. 10
  • Trio Tangere w/Marc Djokic @ Lilian Piercey Concert Hall

    • Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m. $10-$35

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Vol 26, No 34
January 17, 2019

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