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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Make your weekend into a total touchdown with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 2:10 PM

Buckle up for fun-filled days ahead as Oasis hosts an epic Super Bowl watching party, Pier 21 rings in The Year of the Pig, punk survivalist Eugene Ripper celebrates a new record and poetry book at Gus' and more!

If you haven't been paying attention to the Mooseheads all along, now's the time to tune in—and catch one of two games this weekend—as excitement for the Memorial Cup heats up. - DAVID CHAN PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • If you haven't been paying attention to the Mooseheads all along, now's the time to tune in—and catch one of two games this weekend—as excitement for the Memorial Cup heats up.
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Lunar new year celebration
Saturday

Ring in The Year of the Pig with this family friendly party at the Canadian Museum of Immigration that shares Japanese, Philipino and Chinese lunar new year traditions, like dumpling making and Chinese paper cuts. more deets

The Interfaith and Multicultural Day
Friday

A kickoff to the city-wide celebrations of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Ummah Mosque hosts this service that also includes a free hot lunch, Q&A session, henna, Arabic calligraphy and more. more deets

Super Bowl party
Sunday
A free watching party of the Maroon 5 concert—er, we mean, 2019 Super Bowl—is goin' down at Oasis, with lots of door prizes and a half-time buffet. more deets

Halifax Mooseheads
Thursday, Friday

As a promising season for the Moose begins to wind down—and the pre-Memorial Cup fever heats up—now is the time to hop the hockey bandwagon. more deets

Get absorbed in soft textures at The Mount's latest exhibit, Slipstream. - JENN E NORTON ARTWORK
  • Get absorbed in soft textures at The Mount's latest exhibit, Slipstream.
  • Jenn E Norton artwork

Under and Over You
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Juliana Benoit meditates on the power of first loves with porcelain ceramics that explore "the poetic vulnerability, heartache and lust inherent" in these formative relationships. See the results at The Anna. more deets

Slipstream
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jenn E Norton's world-within-a-world takes over Mount Saint Vincent Univerty's gallery space, with "six reflective panels positioned in an inward-facing ring [to] create channels of infinite regress. A dancing figure in the form of a spiraling flurry of silk moves from one panel to another. As the dancer traverses the ring, it appears that the viewer and the figure share the same physical space," the gallery says. more deets

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

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Knickknacks & Psychopomps
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Billed as "a crossroads of the trivial and profound," Frank Forrestall's Dart Gallery show "explores the uneasy relationship between humanity and nature." more deets

Punk survivalist and fast-folk pioneer Eugene Ripper brings a double dose of Beat-feeling poetry to Gus' this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Punk survivalist and fast-folk pioneer Eugene Ripper brings a double dose of Beat-feeling poetry to Gus' this weekend.
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Big Country North End Jamboree
Sunday
Honky tonkin' tunes to end the weekend await at this party thrown by Big Country Ramblers. Also featured: pie raffles. It all goes down at Gus' Pub. more deets

Handel's Water Music
Saturday, Sunday
"Handel’s Water Music is one of the Baroque era’s smash hits," Symphony Nova Scotia explains of its upcoming St. Andrew's United Church show, promising that its cover of the 1700s equivalent to a club bop will make your head nod and toes tap with "bright, open-air sounds." Sign us up. more deets

Eugene Ripper album release show and book launch
Thursday
The self-described "Canadian punk rock survivor and fast folk pioneer" (and total genre legend) Eugene Ripper returns to Gus' Pub with a double dose of Beat-feeling original poetry—both in song and book form—to make you feel all the glorious feels. Rounding out the fun? Ripper spins an after-show DJ set of "classic UK/Canadian/US new wave and all the cool stuff that got us there" (think garage, soul, ska, outlaw country, motown, bubblegum, funk, rock and more). Wear some dancing shoes. more deets

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Jon Samuel w/Museum Pieces, Shadow Folk
Friday

The Wintersleep keyboardist celebrates a solo venture, Dead Melodies, with this Seahorse show, delivering a stubborn strand of indie-rock that argues art is still worth it.more deets
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Have a roaring good time this weekend with these 12 Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 1:09 PM

A dinosaur-themed show opens at the Museum of Natural History, Matchstick Theatre brings a play with big Kerouac vibes to Neptune, Afua Cooper talks poetry as the city’s new poet laureate and more!

Matchstick Theatre's remount of Joyride, Michael Melski's classic post-industrial Cape Breton play, opens Thursday night. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • Matchstick Theatre's remount of Joyride, Michael Melski's classic post-industrial Cape Breton play, opens Thursday night.
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Sip 'n' Shuck
Friday

Satiate your bivalve cravings until 2019's Oyster Festival with this seafood-filled feast at the Delta Halifax Hotel. more deets

Joyride
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Matchstick Theatre remounts Michael Melski’s classic play that's set in post-industrial Cape Breton—and is full of On The Road vibes—on Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Stage, saying: "In the play we meet Rachel, earning minimum wage as a convenience store clerk, Jess, working for his father’s seasonal landscaping business and Craig, home on probation and unemployed. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, the three friends get caught up in a whirlwind." more deets

Meet Halifax's poet laureate, Afua Cooper
Thursday

The city's new poet laureate shares her vision for her time in the writer's seat, as well as discussing poetic interests with fellow verse-crafter Sue Goyette, at this talk, held at the Halifax Central Library. After Cooper's time on the mic wraps, she invites local up-and-coming poets Andre Fenton and Kanaar Bell to speak. more deets

Dinosaurs Unearthed opening celebration
Saturday
Party like it's 65 million years ago as the Museum of Natural History debuts its latest dinosaur-centred showcase. A palaeontologist meet 'n' greet, dino-themed crafting and more await. more deets

A show merging art and craft—and inspired by a flower press from childhood—blooms at the Mary E. Black gallery. - K. CLAIRE MACDONALD ARTWORK
  • A show merging art and craft—and inspired by a flower press from childhood—blooms at the Mary E. Black gallery.
  • K. Claire MacDonald artwork

nine one one
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This weekend is your last chance to catch Arianne Pollet-Brannen's Hermes Gallery show, which sees stories that unfolded in the QE2 hospital's emergency communications hub retold through "gloves and isolation gowns, tourniquets and sutures...complimented by pencil portraits of department personnel, reproduced and toner-transferred to hospital bed sheets." more deets

Fading Vestiges
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

K. Claire MacDonald's show merges art and craft, with the maker "applying a painted surface to metal then cutting and shaping it into delicate flowers." Rediscovering a childhood flower press drew inspiration for the bloom-filled project, on at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

A hag, a healer, a disobedient wife
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Morgan Possberg delivers this collection of printed textiles delving into traditional female tropes found in folklore, at The Anna. more deets

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Merle Harley, craft LAIR
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Nova Scotia Centre For Craft and Design's latest LAIR (that's Local Artist In Residence), Merle Harley, is "an interdisciplinary queer artist who creates knitting, weaving, book projects, videos pieces and built structures." Here, Harley will be making textile-based sculptures inspired by their recent research into LGBTQ+ life and culture in rural parts of the province. more deets

Shay Pitts (left) and Jody Upshaw (right), BFFs and frequent music collaborators, share the stage at an In the Dead of Winter talent showcase. - ALEXA CUDE PHOTO
  • Shay Pitts (left) and Jody Upshaw (right), BFFs and frequent music collaborators, share the stage at an In the Dead of Winter talent showcase.
  • Alexa Cude photo

Dan Mangan w/Matt Holubowski
Thursday

Canadian indie rock's friendly uncle returns to The Marquee to beam some sunshine on your eardrums as he shares new tunes about growing up and growing older. more deets

The Gnarltones
Saturday
Adam Baldwin's band of buddies brings a night of good rockin' to Bearly's. more deets

Zamani w/Shay Pitts, Jodi Upshaw, Jayden Austin, Mia Cathleen, Engramn
Thursday

A set highlighting young talent from around town that features the can't-miss energy of BFFs and frequent collaborators Shay Pitts and Jody Upshaw (Upshaw performs a poppy twist on R&B while Pitts raps and sings in a mix of Rhianna and Nicki Minaj) will have you dancing out of your chair. This In The Dead of Winter Festival show goes down at Alteregos Cafe. more deets

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Mauno w/Pansy Boys, T. Thomason, Sorrey
Friday

One of the most exciting and varied lineups on this year's In the Dead of Winter's schedule, weirdo-rocker Mauno shares the stage with PEI shoegaze-y dreampop princess Sorrey at the Mayflower Curling Club. more deets
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Beat your Sunday Scaries with these fun Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:01 PM

The best cure for weekend panic? F-U-N in the form of poetry workshops, basketball games, Shakespearian theatre and good ol' rock 'n' roll. Read on and get ready to make some plans.

With the incredible Jackie Torrens playing the Prince of Denmark, Neptune's timely take on Hamlet is a must-see. - COREY ISENOR PHOTO
  • With the incredible Jackie Torrens playing the Prince of Denmark, Neptune's timely take on Hamlet is a must-see.
  • Corey Isenor photo

Blackout poetry w/Israel Ekanem
Saturday
CFAT's current artist-in-residence, Israel Ekanem, discusses his latest project, a collection of blackout poetry, before leading a workshop at the Centre For Art Tapes on how to create your own blackout poems. Materials are provided. more deets

Halifax Hurricanes vs Sudbury Five
Sunday
Given they've made the national finals the last two years in a row, it's never a bad time to see Hali's basketball team dribble it out—but seeing a rare match against an Ontario team is something fans won't wanna miss. It all goes down at the Scotiabank Centre. more deets

Hamlet
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
An almost-all-female redux of Shakespeare's famous tale about power and revenge, set in an Edwardian dining room, reveals the relevance of Hamlet by, as Neptune puts it, "challenging us to answer a question we currently wrestle with: how do we act in the face of the rise of a demagogue?" See it on the theatre's Scoitabank stage. more deets

Hiking Pot Lake Loop via the Bluff Wilderness Trail
Saturday

Trips By Transit, the local group that's all about using your bus pass to get back to nature, is meeting fellow explorers at Mumford Terminal at 10am sharp to take a seven-kilometer-ish trek around Pot Lake Loop (part of the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Train). Bring water, warm clothing and snacks. more deets

Soft sculptures examine our consumerist ways at the Mary E. Black gallery. - SUSAN AVISHAI ARTWORK
  • Soft sculptures examine our consumerist ways at the Mary E. Black gallery.
  • Susan Avishai artwork

Beyond negative space
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Zalman Amit displays a series of sculptural objects at the Craig Gallery that, according to his artist's statement, "focus on provocative play between negative space and solid components"—meaning sometimes, it's as much about what's missing as what's there. more deets

What does it mean to be good
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Heather Savard explores "what it means to be 'good'" through the attempt to forge a perfectly square nail, with "the resulting works [acting] as an examination of 'goodness' and its impact on identity." Get ready to reflect at The Anna Leonowens gallery. more deets

Among the Garbage & the Flowers
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Susan Avishai unveils a series of textile-based sculptures at the Mary E. Black gallery with this showcase that began with her deconstructing and preserving scraps of her mother's wardrobe. more deets

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Effluence
Thursday, Friday
Curtis Botham delivers an exploration of "the aesthetic of industry in Nova Scotia" with charcoal drawings of factories and mills at The Corridor Gallery. more deets

The annual mini music fest Cold Smoke sees Jah'Mila deliver roots-y reggae straight to your soul. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The annual mini music fest Cold Smoke sees Jah'Mila deliver roots-y reggae straight to your soul.
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Dancing Queen w/The Flakes, Goatstories
Saturday

Dust off your tallest platform shoes for this, Halifax's all-ABBA cover band, playing a mix of hits and deep cuts at Menz. more deets

No, It's Fine. w/NEW RUINS, Altered By Mom
Friday
"We had intended on throwing a one year anniversary show for our EP release but we waited too long to book it and couldn't get the right date," members of the witty and fun alt-rock group No, It's Fine. confess on Facebook. Help the band celebrate, no reason needed, at this Gus' Pub show. more deets

Cold Smoke: Dub Kartel, Hello Delaware, Sipset, Jah'Mila, Villages, Barrowdowns, Superfluid and more
Saturday
Reggae-rocker Dub Kartel returns with its annual mini-fest that takes over both floors of The Seahorse complex and warms up a winter's night with sounds as diverse as the Taylor Swift-y Hello Delaware and roots-reggae Jah'mila. more deets

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Joe McPhee w/Andre Fenton, Hosta
Friday

New York free-jazz legend Joe McPhee arrives in Halifax, courtesy of OBEY Convention's off-season programming, to rain down wild sound on our unworthy ears. Opening the Bus Stop Theatre set is local spoken-word poet Andre Fenton and drone-bringing Hosta. more deets
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Heat up your weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Banish January blahs with an epic, one-person dance show all the way from Norway; BA Johnston's weirdo rock at Gus’ Pub; the return of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir's annual MLK tribute; and more. Thrill to 12 Sure Things below.

The dancer in the one-person performance Man is so talented, the piece was created with his fancy footwork in mind. - TRINE OG KIM DESIGNSTUDIO PHOTO
  • The dancer in the one-person performance Man is so talented, the piece was created with his fancy footwork in mind.
  • Trine og Kim designstudio photo

This Changes Everything screening
Thursday
A screening of the documentary inspired by Naomi Klein's book of the same name, This Changes Everything traces the links between capitalism and climate change, while delivering portraits of vulnerable communities on the front lines of the environmental fight. See it at the Ondaatje Hall in Dal's Marion McCain Building. more deets

Concord Floral
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A suburban gothic thriller that sees high schoolers acting alongside university students, this award-winning play has King's alum and decorated playwright Pamela Halstead return to the school's theatre space (The Pit) for the story of two teens who discover a body in their warehouse hangout. more deets

Intro to screen printing workshop
Saturday
At this beginner-level screen printing workshop, attendees create a print of their own with provided materials at Radstorm. Email inkstormscreen@gmail.com to save a spot. more deets

Man
Friday, Saturday
A one-person study in how an individual body can convey themes larger than society, this dance show is performed by critically adored artist Sudesh Adana and choreographed specifically for Adana's rhythmic feet by Sølvi Edvardsen. See it at Dal's Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Hermes Gallery's nine one one ties together scraps of emergency room stories with medical materials and ephemera. - ARIANNE POLLET-BRANNEN ARTWORK
  • Hermes Gallery's nine one one ties together scraps of emergency room stories with medical materials and ephemera.
  • Arianne Pollet-Brannen artwork

Vietnam scenes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Film photog extraordinaire (and Coast contributor) Ashley Corbett showcases a series of snaps from her time living in Vietnam at this sweet exhibit and sale, held at Seven Bays. more deets

nine one one
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Arianne Pollet-Brannen makes a case for why we need art, especially in times of crisis, as she displays works made from "gloves and isolation gowns, tourniquets and sutures...complimented by pencil portraits of hospital department personnel" at this Hermes Gallery showcase. more deets

Close to the edge...The Work of Gerald Ferguson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to peep the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's self-described "comprehensive overview" of the conceptual artist's work. more deets

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Bev Pike: Grottesque
Saturday, Sunday

Known for her monumentally scaled paintings, Pike takes it way underground as this exhibit sees 18-feet-tall gouache-on-paper renderings of caves and subterranean grottos engulf Saint Mary's University Art Gallery with dark palettes and baroque detailing. more deets

The Nova Scotia Mass Choir's annual hat-tip to Martin Luther King Jr. takes place this weekend. - ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO
  • The Nova Scotia Mass Choir's annual hat-tip to Martin Luther King Jr. takes place this weekend.
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Joel Plaskett w/Dave Sampson
Friday

The cannabis company FIGR is giving the chance to see Dartmouth's own troubadour play a hometown(ish) gig for free. The catch? You gotta register on its website before heading down to The Marquee. more deets

The Dream Continues: A musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Saturday
A musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. from the golden vocal chords of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir gets even more epic with the addition of local R&B powerhouse Reeny Smith. more deets

BA Johnston w/Outtacontroller, Which Witch is Which, Cathartics
Friday

Loveable, greasy weirdo BA Johnston returns to roll around on the floor of Gus' Pub while singing relatable jams about being broke and hating your job. more deets

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CAMERON w/Cyrus R. O. Group, Cal Johnson & The Former Curse, Braden Lam
Thursday

CAMERON, the sister act that's too cool for you, opens this rock-heavy set at The Carleton that also features the sweet sounds of the apple-cheeked, Justin-Bieber-gone-folk up-and-comer Braden Lam. more deets
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Def Leppard announces summer show in Halifax

Get ready to pour some sugar on July 12.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 2:23 PM

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The 1980s glam metal mainstay Def Leppard arrives straight from your #tbt playlist onto the Scotiabank Centre stage this summer, playing Halifax on July 12 as part of a string of Maritime gigs. Tickets go on sale Jan 11 at 10am and range from $89.50 - $129.50 and can be yours by calling (902) 451-1221 or going to ticketatlantic.com. Start saving—and teasing your hair—now.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Erin Costelo doc airs Saturday on CBC

The making of Sweet Marie was directed by Amelia Curran.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 2:10 PM

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Sink into winter Saturday afternoon with a look behind the scenes of one of 2018's best local albums, Erin Costelo's Sweet Marie. Directed by Newfoundland songwriter/legend Amelia Curran, it covers the 10 days Costelo and her band spent in a very nice rural Nova Scotia house.

"I imagine it’s what the Desperate Houseiwives of Atlanta must feel—you just ignore it after awhile," Costelo said of the filming process back in November. "And that’s what I did. I think you can see the dissent of my attempt to look in any way decent. I stopped caring and did what I would normally do in the studio. ‘I’m not puttin’ on fake eyelashes to make a record.’ When I looked back there was part of me as a woman, realizing there’s part of this industry that puts a huge value on that, that made me go ‘Can I use this as promotional material?’ Because I don’t look very glamourous. I had to wrestle with that. Not because of content but because I wasn’t sure if I liked the way I presented myself in it."

Having Curran, a friend and fellow musician, run the filming side was calming and reassuring. "I feel really good about the doc," said Costelo. "It was meant to be a way to hold myself accountable to these 10 days. I know myself and I know my perfectionism would take over, and I would want to do overdubs or build things into a huge thing. But it allowed me to realize that taking longer or being more meticulous doesn’t make a better record. It just takes longer."

Sweet Marie: In Studio With Erin Costelo
Airs Saturday, January 5, 1pm on CBC

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Start 2019 right with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 10:28 AM

If your 2019 resolutions include having more fun and leaving the couch behind, seek out events like this weekend's improv-music-rich Open Waters festival or Cinderella at Neptune and watch your glow-up begin.

If you're yet to see Neptune's pantomime spin on Cinderella, the show's just been extended. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • If you're yet to see Neptune's pantomime spin on Cinderella, the show's just been extended.
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Halifax Mooseheads vs Rimouski Océanic
Friday
With its top player, Alexis Lafrenière, away representing Team Canada at the World Juniors, Rimouski just might get trampled by the Moose! more deets

Code Carnival: Scratch 3.0 Release Party
Saturday, Sunday
The Discovery Centre helps you release your inner geek at this two-day, all-levels coding session. more deets

Cinderella: A Holiday Pantomime
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The classic tale of a girl on her way to a party with nothing to wear gets the British pantomime treatment, filled with all-ages humour and of-the-moment hit songs as Cinderella and Prince Charming try to outrun the clock. This just-extended show is a crowd fave, so get it while it's good. more deets

Swing Factory
Saturday
Meet your daily steps goal by doing the foxtrot at this wholesome, retro-y class that sees you learning the art of swing. Beginners are shown the ropes in a 45-minute crash course before all-level boogieing gets goin' at First Baptist Church. more deets

Photographer Curtis Steele delivers an optimistic palette of colours with his solo ViewPoint Gallery show. - CURTIS STEELE PHOTO
  • Photographer Curtis Steele delivers an optimistic palette of colours with his solo ViewPoint Gallery show.
  • Curtis Steele photo

Nova Scotia Society of Polish Artists show and sale
Saturday, Sunday
A fundraiser for the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking sees NSSPA artists share a stack of canvases in a variety of styles at this show and sale. The grand reception—January 5 from 1-4pm—sees one lucky attendee walking home with a free painting. Held at the Chase Exhibition Room. more deets

The Cheerful Eye
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A solo show by ViewPoint gallery member Curtis Steele sees the shutterbug showcasing what his artist's statement calls "a selection of clear seeing and spontaneous discovery." more deets

Vacant Faces
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Artists Arielle Twist and Brandon Hoax debut a collaborative work from The Khyber's new Khyber Window, a street-facing exhibit space that's viewable 24/7 from Hollis Street. more deets

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Castles, Cars and Clowns: A Celebration of Children's Art
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Petite Picassos get their due at this showcase featuring over 200 pieces made by artists aged five to 14. more deets

Like A Motorcycle tears up your heart at The Seahorse Tavern's first rock show of the year. - KT LAMOND PHOTO
  • Like A Motorcycle tears up your heart at The Seahorse Tavern's first rock show of the year.
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Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Friday
A tribute show that'll have you dying to break into the "Thriller" dance in your Rebecca Cohn Auditorium seat, this concert sees an eight-piece band deliver horn-laced takes on tunes from all eras of MJ's repertoire. more deets

Lala and Mimisu Lee
Sunday
A sister duo that's been wowing crowds since the tender age of 10—and recently won Nova Scotia Talent Trust grants—Lala and Mimisu Lee deliver a blend of piano and French horn that's heavy on classical-romantic mainstays like Beethoven, Schumann and Strauss. It all goes down at the Lilan Percey Concert Hall. more deets

Like A Motorcycle w/Helen & Lucy, Pretty Normal, Shelley, Bradley James Hartman
Friday
The Seahorse's first rock show of the year pulls no punches as it pummels your eardrums. more deets

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"Noise Knitting" with Sarah Albu
Saturday

The Open Waters Festival continues its flow into the sonically adventurous as Sarah Albu delivers a solo version of a collaborative project in the Dalhousie Arts Centre's MacAloney Room. "Part concert, part historical re-enactment and part knitting lesson, this intimate afternoon presentation is for you if you've ever wondered about the rich and noisy interior sonic worlds of seemingly quiet activities," event organizers say, explaining Albu knits vocal loops, live electronic processing, storytelling and "varied sonic textures" together into a tightly-stitched final piece. more deets
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Make your New Year's Eve the GOAT with these Sure Things

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 5:26 PM

We know it’s early, but this is the time of year that party animals and early birds are equally on-the-ball, so we’re here to help you plan the most epic New Year’s Eve ever. From country star Brett Kissel at the casino to Neon Dreams' Dome party to fam-focused time at The Oval, here are the hottest tickets to help you say thank u, next year.

Said The Whale headline this year's outdoor Grand Parade Square show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Said The Whale headline this year's outdoor Grand Parade Square show.
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New Year's Eve w/Neon Dreams, Trapment
Neon Dreams—the EDM three-piece that's probably one of the city's biggest deals right now, thanks very much—hosts this OTT NYE celebration at The Dome featuring casino games, champagne and lots of booty shakin'. more deets

Brett Kissel
Kissel—the kind of country crooner whose Wikipedia page begins with bragging about how he's a fifth-generation Albertan, born and raised on an honest-to-god cattle ranch—lives and breathes honky-tonk music, so he's a fitting choice for country fans to do-si-do the year to a close with. See the rising star play at Casino Nova Scotia. more deets

Codapop NYE 2019 feat. The Legendary Goldblooms
If your ideal New Year's Eve includes some house party vibes, head to Codapop's casual good-time-generator that sees the party-bringing band The Legendary Goldblooms help you cut a rug (and don't forget to BYOB). more deets

New Year's Eve Prohibition Party
It's a fabulously flapper-feeling fete at the Exchange on Hollis, with a 1920s-themed dress code, speakeasy-style bars and a steady stream of swing and jazz music on the dance floor. Bonus perks? A tented patio with DJ Freeze spinning tunes, champagne at midnight, an all-night poutine bar and the option to add dinner to your dancing, too. more deets

New Year's Eve party w/Garrett Mason
The Bearly's favourite—and local blues royalty AND longtime Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award winner for Best Blues Musician—plays a rare gig with a full band for your dancing pleasure at the house of blues and ribs. more deets

Brett Kissel helps country fans keep it twangy as 2018 draws to a close. - VIA BRETTKISSEL.COM
  • Brett Kissel helps country fans keep it twangy as 2018 draws to a close.
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NYE 2019: Said The Whale w/Zaki Ibrahim
This year's edition of the open-air year-ender sees Vancouver indie-rocker Said The Whale lighting up the Grand Parade after a soulful set by Pitchfork fave Zaki Ibrahim. As always, fireworks at midnight cap the whole thing off. more deets

New Year's Eve 2019 w/Pineo & Loeb
Pacifico helps you maximize every last minute of party-fuelled madness in 2018 with an audio/visual countdown of the year's biggest hits, a countdown to the new year, party favours and the sweet ear candy of Saturday night resident DJs Pineo & Loeb. more deets

New Year's Eve at Yuk Yuk's
Laugh your way into the new year as Yuk Yuk's delivers a lineup of comics including local gems Dan Hendricken and Travis Lindsay—and sees charismatic joke-teller Kyle Hickey headlining. A champagne toast and countdown ends the show.  more deets

NYE 2019 Video Dance Party
DJ Bear777 hosts the most stimuli-stuffed dance party you've been to since the Much Video Dances of your high school years—but makes it more luxe (and more grown-up) with a champagne toast and a Halifax Drag Kings performance. It all goes down at Menz. more deets

NYE at The Oval
An option for the early birds—or  those celebrating with little ones—sees New Year's marked with free skating and hot chocolate at the Emera Oval. Fireworks at 7pm and midnight round out the fun. more deets

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New Year's Eve with The Mellotones
The dose of funk, soul and rare grooves you need to moonwalk into 2019 to, the legendary party-bringing Mellotones helm an epic NYE bash at the Cunard Centre. more deets

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New Year's Eve Celebracion
Antojo knows the best part of the holidays is the eating, so the tacos-and-tequila focused spot delivers a high-end buffet featuring Mexican specialties like tacos al pastor, chicken mole and more for New Year's Eve. A welcome drink, midnight toast and "fiesta with DJ" rounds out the fun. more deets
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Make your weekend merry and bright with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:09 AM

A holiday cookie swap shakes up The Khyber, Reeny Smith's Christmas concert makes you hum along, Kent Monkman's revolutionary Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show wraps and more weekend fun awaits!

Comedy duo Adam and Lindsay return for their Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show. - SAMSON LEARN PHOTO
  • Comedy duo Adam and Lindsay return for their Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show.
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Khyber cookie party
Saturday
An all-ages fundraising spectacular sees The Khyber hosting the city's (arguably) best and (definitely) biggest cookie swap. How it works: Upon entry, The Khyber gifts you a full bag of cookies. If you bring some of your own, they'll be added to the exchange table (and your entry fee will be waived). Bring a bag of Oreos or your family’s secret recipe, all cookies are welcome—and be sure not to miss R&B/hip hop gem Aquakultre’s performance, too. more deets

Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show
Thursday
Local comedy faves Adam and Lindsay return with their brand of buddy comedy to deliver "jokes surrounded by tacky Dollarama decorations" at The Seahorse. Megan McDowell headlines. more deets

Holiday Ya-Ya artists' yak-yak
Sunday
Hermes gallery celebrates the holidays with a group show and this lighthearted artists' talk that sees the exhibit discussed over seasonal treats and egg nog. more deets

La Bolduc screening
Saturday
A screening of François Bouvier's flick set in 1900s Montreal caps off a trio of films celebrating Quebec cinema this weekend. The film—showing at the Museum of Natural History—traces the life of successful folk singer Mary Travers Bolduc, contrasting her roaring career with her difficult marriage and the rise of women's rights. After the credits roll, the movie's costume designer, Mariane Carter, hosts a Q&A. more deets

Bev Hubley makes a case for floral-focused paintings with her Art 1274 Hollis show, Flowers are Gems Too. - BEV HUBLEY ARTWORK
  • Bev Hubley makes a case for floral-focused paintings with her Art 1274 Hollis show, Flowers are Gems Too.
  • Bev Hubley artwork

Kangiqsujuaq
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
One of Canada's biggest names in oil painting, Raymond Martin shares a series documenting his experiences visiting northern Quebec's Kangiqsujuaq region at Studio 21. Expect colourful canvases and lots of Woodland School vibes.  more deets

Flowers are Gems Too
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Bev Hubley showcases floral-focused paintings that "strive to create not only a sense of light and motion, but a sense of mystery" at this Art 1274 Hollis show that also includes fine jewellery by Bonnie Baillie. more deets

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If you haven't already seen Kent Monkman's sprawling series of historical paintings telling the tale of Canada through an Indigenous lens, get thee to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia ASAP for this jaw-dropping show full of baroque-feeling canvases turning the confederation on its head. more deets

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Searching For a Place to Land
Thursday, Friday
It's your last chance to catch this collection of figures by Jenny Yujia Shi, which the Corridor Gallery says are "compelled by the artist's ongoing effort in pursuing permanent resident status in Canada," and explore themes of border-crossing and displacement. more deets

Reeny Smith plays two holly-jolly shows at The Carleton this weekend. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Reeny Smith plays two holly-jolly shows at The Carleton this weekend.
  • Riley Smith photo

Postdata w/Jon Samuel
Saturday 
Wintersleep front person Paul Murphy brings his side project Postdata to The Seahorse for songs "characterized by those two old bickering friends: love and death." more deets

The Mellotones
Friday 
The roving eight-piece, party-bringing funk machine returns to Bearly's—where the band had a standing weekly gig for years—for one night and what feels like a homecoming dance. more deets

Reeny's Family Christmas
Saturday 

Reeny Smith brings her powerhouse pipes to The Carleton stage for two shows: a sweet matinee and an evening set, both spiked with holiday favourites. more deets

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A King's Christmas 2018
Sunday

"This annual feast of seasonal song and story is back for an 11th year," event organizers say, adding retired CBC legend Don Connolly will be guest-narrating The University of King’s College Chapel Choir at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, directed by Grammy-winning Paul Halley. "The music features a fresh selection of carols each year, from the mediaeval to the modern," making for the perfect soundscape to get lost in. more deets
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

So many show announcements!

Last-minute Christmas gifts have appeared in the form of Metric, Wintersleep, Royal Wood, Ria Mae and...The Golden Girls? (!)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.
  • Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.

There's no reason to panic about getting anyone a Christmas gift this year: Halifax (already) has something for every music fan in 2019.

All tickets are handily on sale this Friday, December 14, in time for you to get a nice card to go with them.

Perhaps your in-laws don't enjoy live music, but they really appreciate a good laugh? You can grab tickets starting this Friday for the Thank You For Being a Friend: The Ultimate Golden Girls Experience, a puppet show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Do you remember the stitch you had in your gut from listening to Dorothy crack a sarcastic joke as Rose, adorably, misunderstood? Hop in a time machine back to the 80s on March 3. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre ($21.50-$36.50).

The two-time Juno-winning pop artist Ria Mae is coming home to perform at the Marquee Ballroom on March 9. Tickets ($20 adv/$25 show) will be available on December 14 at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor Street) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen Street) and at Sonic Concerts.

Royal Wood took the emotions from the death of his father and the love for his new wife and turned them into the album Ever After The Farewell. He returns to  Halifax on March 18 at the Rebecca Cohn. The one non Friday sale date, tickets ($26.50 adv/$31.50 show) will be for sale Thursday, December 13 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29. - NORMAN WONG
  • Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29.
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Halifax indie stars Wintersleep  just announced plans for its latest album In The Land Of, to be released the same weekend as their hometown show at the Marquee on March 29.

Collectively Metric and July Talk have seven Juno Awards—the bands will be hitting the road together for a cross-Canada tour during April and May, bringing all their hits across the country. The third-last stop, out of 12, is May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre. Get tix here.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Have a holly jolly weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:50 AM

As the oh-so-extra holiday season begins, drag shows, hip hop dance troupes and high-end pop-up markets make for merry days.

Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly combine forces for a double bill of hip hop-y dance. - IMAGE VIA LIVEARTDANCE.CA
  • Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly combine forces for a double bill of hip hop-y dance.
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OBJECTS + ATTIRE Design Market and Holiday Pop-Up
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A high-end design market that'll cross names off your list and get you party-ready with all-star local makers, including Anne-Sophie Vallée Jewellery (don't miss the geometric-y cocktail rings), Thief & Bandit (hand-printed jewellery and apparel that delivers luxe-boho vibes), Calica Studio (two words: cashmere scarves) and iconic local label maggie jayne. It all goes down at 6437 Cork Street. more deets

Hoes for the Holidays
Saturday
The Haus of Jeckyll—aka drag queens Miranda Wrights, Eden Disorder and Heckella Jeckyll—invite you to ring in the holidays the risqué way with this rollicking drag performance at Menz. more deets

Klorofyl and ____Interrupted
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Two top-tier hip hop troupes—Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly—combine forces for what Live Art Dance promises will be a "multi-sensorial roller coaster" that "interlaces urban spontaneity, contemporary dance nuances, modern Japanese culture and original music by world-renowned violinist Dr. Draw." See it at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Cinderella: A Holiday Pantomime
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Neptune gives the British pantomime treatment to the classic tale of a girl on her way to a party with nothing to wear, filling it with all-ages humour and of-the-moment hit songs as Cinderella and Prince Charming try to outrun the clock. more deets

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom with a group show. - RJ MARCHAND ARTWORK
  • 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom with a group show.
  • RJ Marchand artwork

Ketu'elmita'jik
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Jordan Bennett's first solo show in Nova Scotia sees the artist build an immersive environment that's filled with pop art colours and the historic shapes and patterns of Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture. Peep it at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. more deets

Wild Ones: A Group Wildlife Exhibition and Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group showcase highlighting furry, feathered and finned creatures of all kinds from across our fair land lights up 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery. more deets

Winter Solstice
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Several ViewPoint Gallery members celebrate the return of longer days and more sunlight (thank god!) with this show marking the longest night of the year. more deets

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Castles, Cars and Clowns: A Celebration of Children's Art
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Petite Picassos get their due at this Craig Gallery showcase featuring over 200 pieces made during an eight-week class by artists aged five to 14. more deets

Coco Love Alcorn and The Big Sing combine forces for a show that'll make the whole room tap their toes. - LISA MACINTOSH PHOTO
  • Coco Love Alcorn and The Big Sing combine forces for a show that'll make the whole room tap their toes.
  • Lisa MacIntosh photo

Coco Love Alcorn w/The Big Sing
Friday
The legendary soul-folk singer-songwriter returns to Halifax to combine forces with the amateur sing-along The Big Sing. "Coco Love Alcorn is the queen of the collaboration, the gel of the jam. Her shows are an invitation to connect, an invitation to sing, and an invitation to be swept away by great melody, catchy lyrics and winning performances," event organizers offer, making the pairing event sweeter. Get in on the fun at the Spatz Theatre. more deets

A Serena Ryder Christmas
Thursday
The Toronto singer-songwriter's latest incarnation—2017's Utopia—sees her Bowie-esque, electro leanings come to life, but this holiday-themed Casino Nova Scotia show will no doubt cover older Ryder staples and some wintertime classics, too. more deets

Support Acts: Rock in Unison feat. Jessie Brown, Worst Part, No, It's Fine, Designosaur
Friday
Jessie Brown hosts this fundraiser for The Unison Benevolent Fund, a charity helping artists in times of financial hardship, and calls a diverse rainbow of rockers onstage to round out the party. See it at The Seahorse. more deets

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Dreamcrusher w/Junk Entity, Grief
Thursday

OBEY Convention keeps it weird during the fest's off-season with a slew of special shows—the latest of which sees "NYC’s industrial provocateur Dreamcrusher...create a fringe, stylized kind of noise music informed by their experience as a black, queer, gender non-binary person hailing from America’s Bible Belt," event organizers promise. Local ear-punishing punks Grief and "elusive earslime purveyor"Junk Entity round out the impressive undercard at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Neko Case is playing in Halifax April 16

Motivated by tragedy, she's coming in hot

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 2:45 PM

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The award winning indie singer-songwriter Neko Case will be coming to Halifax to promote her latest album, Hell-On. Driven by a fire that scorched her Vermont farmhouse, she hit the studio to produce Hell-On’s already-written single, “Bad Luck” for this, her first solo project in five years.

Case will be performing in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn on Tue, April 16 at 8pm.


Tickets for the show are $60.23 in advance and $65.98 on show day. You can grab yours starting this Friday, Dec 7, at the Dalhousie Art Centre Box Office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 or online at sonicconcerts.com.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Have a rockin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM

It's a rockin' weekend as T. Thomason celebrates a new single with a party-ready release show, The Barr Brothers bring a Big Ticket to The Marquee and Elle Noir steps back from the drag world (for now) with a farewell performance.

Elle Noir gives her devoted fans a farewell performance this weekend before taking a hiatus. - ALEXA CUDE PHOTO
  • Elle Noir gives her devoted fans a farewell performance this weekend before taking a hiatus.
  • Alexa Cude photo

Singing To Myself screening
Saturday
The Bluenose-Ability Film Fest's marquee screening tells the story "of a young deaf woman living in Prince Edward Island and the precocious musician who comes into her life," as it serves up themes surrounding debt, underemployment and awkward relationships. Catch it at the Museum of Natural History. more deets

The Black Panthers, the Black United Front and the African Nova Scotian Struggle for Self-Determination
Friday

"During the evening of November 30, 1968, more than 400 Black Nova Scotians gathered in a mass Black political—Black Family—meeting at the North Branch Memorial Library to discuss and debate Black liberation," event organizers begin. Here, a 50th anniversary commemoration sees a discussion on the impact and legacy of this event, held at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

She's A Woman
Saturday
Elle Noir—winner in the 2018 Best of Halifax's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Drag Performer—gives a sweeping performance as she prepares to take a hiatus following "her final surgery to complete her journey on to womanhood." Known for her ability to capture old and new acts alike, Noir gives a dose of glamour from the Menz stage before bowing out. more deets

Winter pop-up market
Friday
"We've got makers and bakers, hot drinks and sweet treats and major holiday vibes," promises Quinpool Road coffee shop Lucky Penny of this seasonal sale stuffed with local vendors. more deets

Gallery Nineteen Nineteen's latest showcase sees an artist study womanhood from all angles. - RHONDA BARRETT ARTWORK
  • Gallery Nineteen Nineteen's latest showcase sees an artist study womanhood from all angles.
  • Rhonda Barrett artwork

Calgary Days
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
This weekend is your last shot to catch Hélène Blanchet's detail-rich depictions of daily life, that see quilted works topped with delicate beads and stitching, before The Craig Gallery show wraps. more deets

Maiden, Mother, Crone
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Rhonda Barrett's collection of works is billed as "a self-directed exploration of what it means to the artist, Rhonda Barrett, to be a female in today's world. It is informed by her readings, observations and personal experiences of being a woman recently turned mother, who is starting to experience early transition into crone." See the works—which use portraits, symbols and both modern and historical ideas of womanhood—at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. more deets

Inuit art and the market: 1950s to present
Thursday, Friday

Into Inuit art? Swing by Zwicker's Gallery before Dec 1 to see the spot's impressive, historical collection of prints and carvings. more deets

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Vision&VoiceX2
Thursday
Sarah Archibald and Barb Scott light up the Chase Exhibition Room with a collection of sun-soaked canvases that highlight female voices and creativity. more deets

T. Thomason celebrates his new single, "Loser," with an epic party at The Seahorse. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • T. Thomason celebrates his new single, "Loser," with an epic party at The Seahorse.
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Walrus w/Carinae, Moonwake
Friday
Fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll in the grand tradition of Love and Black Sabbath, Walrus routinely reminds audiences that Halifax has still got it. See for yourself as the band shreds at The Seahorse, alongside Massachusetts' Carinae and local fave Moonwake. more deets

T. Thomason single release show w/The Drug Rugs, Aquakultre
Thursday
T. describes his music as "dirty, lonely, spacey sounds"—and celebrates a new single, "Loser," with an epic party full of feels. Making arriving early a must? The D'Angelo-y Aquakultre performs a rare acoustic set at The Seahorse. more deets

Adyn Townes
Saturday
Adyn Townes' website bio has us ready to dig this sweet house show, held at 30 First Avenue: "At the place where endings become beginnings, you’ll find Adyn Townes. He turned a fall into the ocean and months of recovery into his jumping off point. His music is challenging. Alternative indie-folk with raw and honest lyrics. Like finding your feet just before you fall, his songwriting is the gravity that pulls you back to earth." more deets

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The Barr Brothers w/Michael Feuerstack
Friday

The Barr Brothers, Brad and Andrew, stand out from the pack of sun-bleached Americana artists by recruiting celebrated experimental harpist Sarah Pagé into their band. Together the three craft sprawling sounds so big, they even filled the Grand Canyon (not a hyperbole—the band performed at the canyon's edge in 2012). Rounding out the bill? Sappyfest fave Michael Feuerstack (pictured, right), whose soft songs will 100 percent melt your heart of stone. more deets
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Pause your life and listen to three new local songs!

Jams from the long-lost Jennah Barry and Don Brownrigg, plus a new version of a Hillsburn fave.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 11:18 AM

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Two comebacks and an alt version to tell you about on this sweet frosty Friday:

In 2012, a ginger-haired dream named Jennah Barry dropped an instant classic called Young Men, entrancing full cities with her deft songwriting, incredible voice and aspirational stage banter. She played and played, and then she stopped.

There was vocal surgery, there was a baby; in between she ran a bakery and lived in a house on the south shore she built with her own hands. But now there is new music. If you've managed to catch a Barry show in the past few years—it's not been easy—you may have heard her sing "Roller Disco," a gentle, lost AM radio hit that's given a gauzy, dreamy horn intro on this recording (produced by Colin Nealis). The refrain is, like the artist herself, a a stone-cold classic: "Round and around to the sound of the radio/caught in a turn till I learn how to let you go."

Barry's new album will be out next year on Forward Music Group. Get a preview at In the Dead of Winter in January.


Also returning after a five-year hiatus is Don Brownrigg, who's been sitting on a full-length recorded with Daniel Ledwell in Lake Echo.

Never one to do things by the book, Brownrigg's return is soft and slow; in "Room for Me" he reaches for his upper register, accompanied by strings from Kinley Dowling, for a gentle but deeply sad ballad with no resolution.

Brownrigg's Fireworks is due out in the new year. Check out the video for "Room for Me," directed by Melanie Stone:


Annnd 2018 contender for local record of the year Hillsburn have also revealed their softer side, this week release an acoustic version of "Everywhere," originally produced by Classified. This re-working is more emotional and orchestral than the former's propulsive fist-pump vibe—swelling to a dramatic finish is probably what this band does best.

A deluxe version of The Wilder Beyond will be released in February.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Have a sparkling weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 12:02 PM

An exiting weekend awaits as Mexican girl-punk band Introtyl tears it up at Gus' Pub, a whole celebration of Viola Desmond takes over the north end and the Dartmouth Makers help start your holiday shopping.

The Villain's Theatre's fall performance sees the troupe tackle what it calls "one of the most darkly funny and shocking plays of the Renaissance." - COLLEEN MACISAAC PHOTO
  • The Villain's Theatre's fall performance sees the troupe tackle what it calls "one of the most darkly funny and shocking plays of the Renaissance."
  • Colleen MacIsaac photo

The Dartmouth Makers 2018 Winter Market
Friday, Saturday

The famed market stocked with all-handmade-everything returns to Christ Church Hall just in time for your holiday shopping session! more deets

Celebrate Viola: Spoken word night
Friday
As part of the weeklong celebration of Viola Desmond's 10 dollar bill entering circulation, the north end is hosting a slew of sweet events. Here, a collection of local poets—including Andre Fenton and Afua Cooper—share pieces on civil rights and Viola's life at The Local. more deets

Ha!ifax ComedyFest Presents: Best of the Fest
Saturday
Funny person Orny Adams tickled crowds at the 2015 Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, so it only makes sense the festival's IRL highlight reel would bring him back to town as a headliner. Head to Spatz Theatre for a set that's high-energy and satirical—and see why the comic has over three comedy specials to his name. more deets

The Changeling: Chimes of Bedlam
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Villain's Theatre's fall performance sees the troupe tackle what it calls "one of the most darkly funny and shocking plays of the Renaissance" with a new adaptation of the tale of an affair and murder at London's infamous asylum, the Bedlam Hospital. See the story of violence and sexual obsession dive into gender politics and mental health as it storms The Bus Stop Theatre's stage. more deets

Influential contemporary artist Gerald Ferguson gets a retrospective show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. - GERALD FERGUSON ARTWORK
  • Influential contemporary artist Gerald Ferguson gets a retrospective show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
  • Gerald Ferguson artwork

The Inherited Reign
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
John Player has been exploring power structures in our increasingly militarized world for almost a decade. Here, the artist uses watercolour and oil paints as an act of resistance, a challenge to the current ideal of masculinity and as "a search for an alternative" in our imperialist, settler culture. See it at The Anna. more deets

Close to the edge... The Work of Gerald Ferguson
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Billed as a "comprehensive overview of Gerald Ferguson’s practice," this AGNS show sees some of the artist's signature works displayed from the gallery's vaults, underscoring why he's routinely included in iconic showcases of conceptual art. Hot tip? While you're at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, make sure to see Kent Monkman's Shame and Prejudice reframe Canadian history through historical paintings crafted with an Indigenous lens—and read more about the show in The Coast this week. more deets

car(ry)ing
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

An interdisciplinary group showcase exploring "the personal and communal acts of carrying and caring that are necessary to reconnect with both physical and cultural landscapes," car(ry)ing sees The Anna's Room 2 filled with work by 19 artists as they "navigate the blurry lines between the natural and constructed historical sites of Kejimkujik National Park & National Historical Site, Port Royal, Fort Anne, Fortress of Louisbourg and Halifax Citadel," the artists' statement explains. more deets

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Ex Libris
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This weekend's your last chance to see James MacSwain's latest, an exhibition of paper-based works that mourns our pre-internet brains as it explores the era of books. Catch it at Hermes. more deets

Mexico City death metal outfit Introtyl arrives at Gus' Pub Thursday. - FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT
  • Mexico City death metal outfit Introtyl arrives at Gus' Pub Thursday.
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Russell Louder's Glam Cave feat. Petra Glynt, Marthas
Thursday

PEI's trans musican, artist and party-thrower Russell Louder returns to the Mod Mansion with their brand of experimental electronic dance pop and rollicking Glam Cave party—a safe space celebration of marginalized and the under-represented performers—for a good time worth busting out the glitter for. more deets

Viola Desmond Tribute Concert
Saturday
An all-star night at The Marquee sees MAJE, Keonté Beals, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound and Cyndi Cain—among others—pay homage to Viola Desmond's legacy with this free showcase. more deets

Introtyl w/Exotoxic, Root Cellar, Chaotic Christ
Thursday
Introtyl brings face-melting guitar and moody, edgy feels all the way from Mexico City for your head-banging pleasure, offering a so-rare-we-can't-believe-it chance to catch a snippet of Mexico's girl-rock revolution without a ticket to the land of milk, honey and Mayan history. It all goes down at Gus' Pub. more deets

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Kaia Kater
Sunday

Montreal's Kaia Kater—whose sonic stylings are, according to The Guardian, "where bluegrass meets Nina Simone"—brings a new album to The Carleton, along with a backing band and ever-expanding sound. more deets
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Sure Thing Events

  • Christina Martin (Big Ticket Shows)

    • Thu., May 30, 8 p.m. $30
  • Leanne Hoffman album release show w/Kellie Loder @ The Carleton

    • Thu., May 30, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. $12/$15
  • Son Latino plays Buena Vista Social Club @ The Carleton

    • Fri., May 31, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $17.50

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