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Friday, May 24, 2019

Video premiere: Leanne Hoffman, "If I Leave Town"

A cold night with some cold thoughts in the the new single from What Remains.

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 8:55 AM

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Leanne Hoffman has been out on the road in support of her solo debut What Remains, which dropped May 10—produced by Erin Costelo, it's the first release on Costelo's new label Venue Records. Today we've got the premiere of the brand-new Mirror Image Media-produced clip for "If I Leave Town," a string-laden mournful ballad, that finds her pensively walking around on a cold Halifax night.

"This song was a post-breakup collection of all the things you wonder about after a relationship ends. Specifically, will that person remember all the things we shared, will they miss me and would they notice if I left?" says Hoffman. "It felt fitting to shoot the video in the streets of the city the relationship took place in, which has also been my home for the past eight years. It’s about being afraid to be left behind, and to leave that person behind."

Hoffman gives What Remains the hometown release on May 30 at The Carleton. Tide yourself over for the next week with the new video right here.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

First Aid Kit cancels all summer dates, including Halifax

Noooooooo

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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The past weekend was made long in the bad way with an announcement that First Aid Kit, AKA sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, have cancelled all their summer dates, included a highly anticipated Halifax Jazz Festival appearance in July.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Have a memorable Memorial Cup kickoff weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:07 PM

A roller disco party, Mayworks Festival's climate change cry, Motorhead-y metal from Pale Mare and, of course, the first weekend of the Memorial Cup makes for an extra-memorable weekend.

After a year of waiting, the Memorial Cup kicks off Thursday week in Halifax, making downtown the spot to be as the Mooseheads battle for the Cup and a host of local favourites play free concerts. - DAVID CHAN PHOTO
  • After a year of waiting, the Memorial Cup kicks off Thursday week in Halifax, making downtown the spot to be as the Mooseheads battle for the Cup and a host of local favourites play free concerts.
  • David Chan photo

the effects were cumulative and i almost didn't notice
Saturday

Mayworks Festival—the fest blending arts and activism as it explores life for the working class—continues with this 250-minute piece by performer and artist Colleen MacIsaac. A meditation on climate change and human habits, you can catch snippets (or sit for the whole thing, you champ) at Glitter Bean Cafe. more deets

Memorial Cup: Prince Albert Raiders vs Halifax Mooseheads
Friday

As the Memorial Cup gets underway, this game provides a rare chance to see a west coast team while also letting you check in on the hometown effort, too. It all goes down at the Scoitabank Centre. more deets

Brundibár: A Children's Opera
Saturday, Sunday

The Halifax Theatre for Young People presents this written-for-children opera, which was penned in Prague in 1938 and performed at Jewish orphanages and concentration camps across the German occupation. The tale of children who are chased from the marketplace by a cruel organ player is billed as "light-hearted and a great opportunity to introduce children and youth of all ages to the topic of the Holocaust and racial discrimination." See it at Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Coffin Skate's roller disco
Friday

An old-school roller disco par-taaay—complete with lights and a DJ—to get your spring started with peak That '70s Show vibes. An after party in the upstairs lounge of the Mayflower Curling Club keeps the good vibes rollin'. more deets

If you've yet to catch the MSVU gallery's sprawling retrospective of boundary-pushing photography by James R. Shirley, this weekend is your last chance. - JAMES R. SHIRLEY ARTWORK
  • If you've yet to catch the MSVU gallery's sprawling retrospective of boundary-pushing photography by James R. Shirley, this weekend is your last chance.
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BIGsmall
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A smattering of works from the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery's permanent collection, this show acts as a study in contrasts, with opposing subject matters, compositions and, yup, sizes facing off on the gallery walls. more deets

James R. Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

It's your last weekend to catch the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's retrospective to James R. Shirley, an artist of the ilk of photography giants like Robert Frank, who used pinhole cameras and negative tampering to create his one-of-a-kind snaps. more deets

Illuminations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The National Metal Collective presents this group show celebrating the contributions of Canadian women in the arts at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

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Still Under
Saturday, Sunday
Fionnuala Reynolds' explorations of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef fuel colourful canvases capturing the altered sensory experience of diving, and the otherworldly organisms living below the waves. See the show at Hermes. more deets

Imagine Motorhead slowed down and you can imagine Pale Mare, the next big thing in Canadian metal. - SAMANTHA CARCASCOLE PHOTO
  • Imagine Motorhead slowed down and you can imagine Pale Mare, the next big thing in Canadian metal.
  • Samantha Carcascole photo

Silverwigs w/Cuddlefish 3000
Thursday
Hooky pop-punk all the way from Japan, Silverwigs is doling out sonic tonic you don't wanna miss. Sharing the bill (and an upcoming split LP) is Cuddlefish, the heavy, Jawbreaker-influenced pop punk act from Georgia and Montreal. Catch the show at Radstorm. more deets

Pale Mare w/Enemy Designed, Doom Machine, Halva
Saturday
Stoner-sludge outfit Pale Mare could be called Motorhead slowed down or Sleep sped up. See it at Gus' and know you're catching a glimpse of Canadian metal's next big name. more deets

Onyx w/L'Nu Joker, CHELL, X-Plycit, It's Mackie and more
Sunday

The two remaining members of the iconic early '90s hardcore hip hop group come to eastern Canada for the first time, ready to burn your ears with fiery hot bars at The Marquee. more deets

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Sloan
Saturday

Day two of the free, open-air fest on Argyle Street that boasts a host of the city's biggest names—and, oh yeah, day two of the Memorial Cup—continues with this set by the the landmark Halifax-born band. more deets
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Have the mother of all weekends with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2019 at 4:58 PM

Take a break from trying to comprehend camp and live it instead, with fun like an ABBA tribute band, a James Bond-themed art show and the mother of all vintage sales.

A Halifax Vintage Show helps make your Instagram-inspired interior ideas become reality with a two-day pop-up sale. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • A Halifax Vintage Show helps make your Instagram-inspired interior ideas become reality with a two-day pop-up sale.
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12 Tides
Friday
A swish sipping sesh celebrating Nova Scotia's signature wine (Tidal Bay, duh) marks the release of the 2018 vintage. A blind tasting bar, oysters and appetizers from six of the city's top restaurants round out the chic vibes at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. more deets

Open City 2019
Saturday
The best excuse to get out and wander around your neighbourhood, Open City returns with a host of local businesses offering free samples, special sales and more. Time to start exploring! more deets

A Halifax Vintage Show
Saturday, Sunday
A highly curated treasure trove of vintage goodies from a handful of local, independent sellers (Including Lady Luck Vintage, What, These Old Things?, Fireworks Gallery, Two Hearts Vintage and more) means all the wicker furniture, kitschy storage tins, retro comics, costume jewellery and glass milk dishes of your dreams may finally be in reach. Held at 1566 Barrington Street. more deets

Art and fashion show
Saturday
Met Gala who? This high-end collision of fashion-focused artwork—and art-worthy fashion—delivers a concentrated shot of couture-feeling glamour to make your pulse race. Held at 14 Bells Gallery, show organizers note it's a collaboration of women-owned businesses, with vintage fashion from Penelope's Boutique filling the runway. more deets

Emmanuel Nwogbo's love of James Bond continues as the artist showcases his digitally manipulated photos and collages at The Corridor Gallery. - EMMANUEL NWOGBO ARTWORK
  • Emmanuel Nwogbo's love of James Bond continues as the artist showcases his digitally manipulated photos and collages at The Corridor Gallery.
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A Sense of Site
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to catch this Art Gallery of Nova Scotia show that explores site-specific works by 12 Canadian artists, including Sobey award winner Ursula Johnson. more deets

365 James Bond Characters
Thursday, Friday

After pushing himself to make more art by creating a digital collage (or illustration or photo manipulation) a day throughout 2018, the James Bond super fan Emmanuel Nwogbo celebrates the film series with his collection of campy, pop-culture-saturated works at The Corridor Gallery. more deets

James R. Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Iconic New York artist James Shirley gets his due at this showing of his pinhole photographs and monotypes that are full of ragged, Robert Frank energy and raw emotion. See 'em at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. more deets

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Admit One
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Khyber Window—the Khyber Centre for the Arts' street-facing installation space that's viewable 24/7 from Hollis Street—sees Halifax-based artist Jenny Yujia Shi continue to explore themes of settlement, permanence and belonging with a site-specific exhibit that "aims to visualize the precarious existence of individuals living without permanent status." more deets

Bethany Fulde's shape-shifting band shadow celebrates not one but two EPs with a show this weekend. - DAVID FULDE PHOTO
  • Bethany Fulde's shape-shifting band shadow celebrates not one but two EPs with a show this weekend.
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Andre Fenton & Sam Wilson w/Electro Jaque Therapy
Friday

Local poetry wunderkind Andre Fenton—who has to keep reprinting his books of verse because they sell out so dang fast—partners with jazz guitarist Sam Wilson for a night of spontaneous music and words at The Khyber. more deets

shadow double EP release party w/Teleri
Saturday
Bethany Fulde and her band celebrate the long-awaited release of two EPs at this sweet showcase that highlights shadow's ever-shifting sound. It all goes down at The Seahorse. more deets

Dancing Queen
Friday

The fabulous, four-piece ABBA tribute returns to The Seahorse so you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. more deets

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Linda Brooks
Saturday

A Mother's Day-themed concert sees Halifax singer-songwriter Linda Brooks celebrate the nurturers in our lives—and her new album and book, ORCHESTRA IN MY GARDEN: Lessons Learned From Digging Deep. As lush as the unfurling petals of a peony, the songs are perfumed with grand piano, and Brooks will be accompanied by a full band—including a cellist—at St. Matthew's United Church. more deets
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Monday, May 6, 2019

A whole bunch of men won ECMAs

Reeny Smith, Mallory Johnson, Kilmore, Makayla Lynn, Ouroboros and Vishtèn also won

Posted By on Mon, May 6, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Smith's LP won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
  • Smith's LP won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

The remaining 2019 East Coast Music Awards were handed out last night in Charlottetown, after an initial round on Thursday. There were only three repeat winners amongst the multiple nominees—North Preston's Reeny Smith, Enfield native Classified and Toronto resident Jeremy Dutcher—which is always nice (sweeps are boring).

Album of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Blues Recording of the Year
Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Reeny Smith

Classical Composition of the Year
Charke-Cormier Duo, "Ex Tempore"

Classical Recording of the Year
Duo Concertante, Perfect Light

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Country Recording of the Year
Mallory Johnson, Mallory Johnson

Dance Recording of the Year
PINEO & LOEB, Bump In The Road

Electronic Recording of the Year
Denique, Shape 1

Enregistrement francophone de l’année
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Viens avec moi

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
The Barra MacNeils

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year
Makayla Lynn, "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)

Folk Recording of the Year
Gunning & Cormier, Two

Gaelic Artist of the Year
Kyle MacDonald

Group Recording of the Year
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Viens avec moi

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher

Inspirational Recording of the Year
Paul Brace, Liars & Actors

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Richard Wood, Unbroken

Jazz Recording of the Year
Ouroboros, Kitchuses

Loud Recording of the Year
Kilmore, Call Of The Void

Pop Recording of the Year
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Reeny Smith, WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Rising Star Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Rock Recording of the Year
Postdata, Let’s Be Wilderness

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Vishtèn, Horizons

Solo Recording of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Song of the Year
The East Pointers, "Two Weeks" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)

Songwriter of the Year
Ben Caplan
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Walk into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2019 at 4:44 PM

Good times like the annual Jane's Walk celebration, a Metric/July Talk Big Ticket show and the Halifax Crafters spring market await.

Lauded artist Raven Davis sparked national conversations with their July 2017 Khyber exhibit The De-Celebration of Canada 150. This Thursday, they discuss their practice and unveil a new work at a bound-to-be-packed artist's talk. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Lauded artist Raven Davis sparked national conversations with their July 2017 Khyber exhibit The De-Celebration of Canada 150. This Thursday, they discuss their practice and unveil a new work at a bound-to-be-packed artist's talk.
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Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market
Saturday, Sunday

The seasonal sale celebrating local makers returns to get you geared up with artisanal snacks, self-care supplies, homewares and more. Held at Olympic Community Hall. more deets

Jane's Walk: Where the water was
Sunday

Departing from the water fountain in the north Common, this Jane's Walk (a citizen-led neighbourhood tour in honour of walkable cities advocate Jane Jacobs) traces lost waterways in Halifax, with walk organizers asking: "Did you know that the Halifax Commons used to be a swamp? Or that a babbling brook used to run through the middle of the South End? Most of the peninsula's wetlands and waterways of are lost or buried, but their legacy remains in the city's spongy soils and flooded basements." more deets

Artist Talk w/Raven Davis
Thursday

Head to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre for this talk, part of a series celebrating the Centre For Art Tapes' 40th anniversary. Here, multidisciplinary artist Raven Davis (best known for their defibrillator to our national conscious, the Khyber gallery show The De-Celebration of Canada 150) discusses narratives of race, gender, colonization and more while presenting a work that responds to a decade of CFAT's history. more deets

Game over, Cancer
Sunday

Atlantic Canada's largest console gaming fundraiser sees video game virtuosos put their controllers to use for a good cause. Register at gameovercancer.ca—or swing by the Dalhousie Student Union Building to check out the free play area, packed with over 1,000 games. more deets

Are they photographs or incredibly detailed paper sculptures? These works by Amy Ordoveza at Argyle Fine Art will fool you—they're really paintings. - AMY ORDOVEZA ARTWORK
  • Are they photographs or incredibly detailed paper sculptures? These works by Amy Ordoveza at Argyle Fine Art will fool you—they're really paintings.
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The Captive Rain Forest
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Ford Doolittle recently visited the Biosphere 2, an enclosure in Arizona which set out in the early '90s to prove it's possible for plants to completely self-sustain in a three-acre enclosure. Here, at ViewPoint Gallery, the results are shared—but believe they aren't just any collection of vacation snaps: "Now the site of research and a tourist destination, [the] 20,000 square foot rain forest biome looks very much like it is trying to escape from the enclosing glass, unaware that it would soon perish in the surrounding Sonoran Desert," Doolittle's artist's statement says. "I took many pictures of leaves desperately plastered against the windows and will show some of them." more deets

Recollected in Tranquility
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Amy Ordoveza's gouache paintings are so lifelike, they could almost be mistaken for paper sculptures or photographs. Get up close to the juicy details and 3D qualities at this Argyle Fine Art showcase. more deets

Rag & Bone
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Genny Killin unveils a collection of sculptural works at the Craig Gallery that, according to the gallery, were borne from "being on the land, the Victorian display of curiosities, and the idea of artifact." The result? Large, abstract pieces that mimic fragments found in nature (think bone, rock and trash), displayed as relics would be. more deets

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Salvador Dali, a suite of prints
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The dandy of dadaism and sultan of surrealism, there is no comparison to Dali. Here, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, his later work—widely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the Catholic Church—provides a rare glimpse into the post-melting-clock years. more deets

This Thursday night is the lineup of your Can-rock dreams as Metric (pictured) and July Talk share a show at the Scotiabank Centre. - JUSTIN BROADBENT PHOTO
  • This Thursday night is the lineup of your Can-rock dreams as Metric (pictured) and July Talk share a show at the Scotiabank Centre.
  • Justin Broadbent photo

Colette w/DJ Heather
Friday
The two matriarchs of house music reunite on this, the 10-year anniversary of their first tour, to remind you why Chicago still does it better. See for yourself at The Seahorse. more deets

Metric w/July Talk, Murray A. Lightburn
Thursday
In a match made in playlist heaven, two of Can-rock's best acts du jour are teaming up for a show that'll have you pounding your fists, stamping your feet and screaming your lungs out: Yep, it's art-rocker Metric and salty-sweet July Talk sharing a bill at the Scotiabank Centre. more deets

Evergreen Concert Series Vol. 2: Mama's Broke
Friday

The bluesy-folk duo delivers a blend of Celtic, Balkan and doom metal influences for your toe-tapping pleasure at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. more deets

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Jennifer Holub & The Erratics w/Helen & Lucy
Sunday

Jennifer Holub and her backing band, The Erratics, scream into town to celebrate her second album, which show organizers describe as "a hawkish condemnation of society’s place for women, and an urgent call to rouse from it." Sonically, it blends Feist-style softly sung choruses with brash guitar riffs that act like hot sauce on your eardrums. The result? Addictive, crunchy songs that stay stuck in your head. Catch it at Menz. more deets
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Where to stream ECMA action this week

Classified, Hillsburn and Jeremy Dutcher among multiple nominees for this year's PEI-based fest.

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2019 at 11:56 AM

Hey Rosetta's Tim Baker will appear on the ECMA awards show before his St. Matt's shows this weekend. - BRITNEY TOWNSEND
  • Hey Rosetta's Tim Baker will appear on the ECMA awards show before his St. Matt's shows this weekend.
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Reup on the 2019 East Coast Music Award nominations ahead of tonight's big Jonathan Torrens-hosted awards show in Charlottetown, where the event is parked until Sunday. Classified's big 2018 has rolled into 2019, with the rapper racking up seven nods. Other multiple nominees include Fortunate Ones, Hillsburn, Neon Dreams and Ben Caplan.

If you can't make it across the bridge for the festivities you can catch the awards—along with live feeds of select showcases and events—via ECMA TV right here.

2019 MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES

Album of the Year
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change (Producer: Luke Boyd)
Dylan Menzie, As The Clock Rewinds (Producer: Adam Gallant)
Fortunate Ones, Hold Fast (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II (Producer: Colin Buchanan)
Postdata, Let's Be Wilderness (Producer: Tony Doogan)

Blues Recording of the Year
Dan Doiron, Livin' Centre Stage
Earle & Coffin, A Day In July
Elise Besler, Truth
Logan Richard, The Split 2.0
Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues, Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of The Blues

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Jody Upshaw
Keonté Beals
Owen Lee
Reeny Smith
Tachichi

Classical Composition of the Year
Andrew Staniland, "Earthquakes and Islands"
Charke, "Cormier Duo: Ex Tempore"
Jeremy Dutcher, "Mehcinut"
Paul Halley, "God’s Grandeur"

Classical Recording of the Year
Charke, Cormier Duo: Ex Tempore
Duo Concertante, Perfect Light
Jennifer King, O Mistress Moon
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Sea to Sea
Paul Halley, In The Wide Awe And Wisdom

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Jimmy Rankin, Moving East
Lennie Gallant, Time Travel
Museum Pieces, Plain Sight
Meaghan Blanchard, The Great Escape

Country Recording of the Year
Cameron Nickerson, Detours
Carolina East, Crossroads
Mallory Johnson, Mallory Johnson
Ryan Cook, Having a Great Time
Thomas Stajcer, Will I Learn To Love Again?

Dance Recording of the Year
Balco (feat. Malia Rogers), "Real You"
Dion Todd, "Rocketship State of Mind"
Lonely Kid & Dylan Menzie, "You Could Be My Queen"
PINEO & LOEB, "Bump In The Road"

Electronic Recording of the Year
Alex Byrne, Come Back
Denique, Shape 1
grej, Chasing the Path
Rozalind MacPhail, LOVE AND LET BE
Sparkee, Technically Impossible EP

Folk Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan, Old Stock
Gunning & Cormier, Two
Heather Rankin, Imagine
Ian Sherwood, Bring The Light
The Ennis Sisters, Keeping Time
The Once, Time Enough

Francophone Recording of the Year
Chloé Breault, Love
Joannie Benoît, Feux de bengale
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Viens avec moi
Raphaël Butler, Raphaël Butler
Simon Daniel, Nightcrawler

Gaelic Artist of the Year
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Dara Smith-MacDonald & Adam Young
Kyle MacDonald
NicNeil

Group Recording of the Year
ChessClub, These Flowers Are For You
Fortunate Ones, Hold Fast
Hillsburn, The Wilder Beyond
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Viens avec moi
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II
The Town Heroes, Everything (Will Be Fine When We Get To Where We Think We're Going)
Vishtèn, Horizons

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers
Brandon Arnold
Jeremy Dutcher
Old Self & Kam Speech
SHiFT FROM THA 902

Inspirational Recording of the Year
Infinitely More, The Beauty Of The One
Matt Linton, Call His Name Jesus
Paul Brace, Liars & Actors
Rootsdeepdown, Live At Selah
We The Rescued, Heartstrings

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Beaton-Plasse, Beaton-Plasse
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald, South Haven
Gillian Head, Tidal
Joyful Noise, Cocoloco
Richard Wood, Unbroken

Jazz Recording of the Year
Bill Elliott, Canadian Certified Guitar Player
Grahame Rhodes, Giant Steps
Ouroboros, Kitchuses
Tin Pan Darlings, Inside a Melody
Tom Easley, The Starting Point vs The Steep Decline

Loud Recording of the Year
Death Valley Driver, Wolf Crown
Hitman, The Offering: Side 1
Kilmore, Call of the Void
Orchid’s Curse, Graveyard of the Gulf
The Combine, Void and Vessel

Pop Recording of the Year
Adyn Townes, After The Fall
Neon Dreams, Shape Of My Mind
Paper Lions, At Long Creek II
Rachel Beck, Rachel Beck
Simon Daniel, Nightcrawler

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Amanda Jackson Band, Fire in the Blue
Cyndi Cain, Stand Up
Elijah Wohlmuth (Will), 3am
Jody Upshaw, Straight Shooter
Reeny Smith, WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Brandon Arnold, A Leo's Dream
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
Kayo, Winter in St. Lucia
Mitchell Bailey, Season One
Quake Matthews, Drinking Games

Rising Star Recording of the Year
FM Berlin, At Least You're Having Fun
Jenni & The Hummingbird, Your Masterpiece
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
LeRiche, X-Dreamers
Rachel Beck, Rachel Beck

Rock Recording of the Year
FM Berlin, At Least You're Having Fun
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Viens avec moi
Postdata, Let's Be Wilderness
Tampa, Belated Love
The Stanfields, Limboland

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Barra MacNeils, On the Bright Side
Beaton-Plasse, Beaton-Plasse
Rosemary Lawton, Painted Glass
Rum Ragged, The Hard Times
Vishtèn, Horizons

Solo Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan, Old Stock
Classified, Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
Gabrielle Papillon, Keep the Fire
Heather Rankin, Imagine
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Song of the Year
 Ben Caplan, "Lullaby" (Producer: Graham Scott)
Gabrielle Papillon, "When The Heart Attacks"  (Producers: Corey LeRue, Daniel Ledwell)
Postdata, "Black Cloud" (Producer: Tony Doogan)
Quake Matthews (feat. Neon Dreams), "Confessions"  (Producer: Street Runner)
The East Pointers, "Two Weeks" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)

Songwriter of the Year
 Ben Caplan
Classified
Fortunate Ones
Gabrielle Papillon
Port Cities
The Town Heroes

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year
Barra MacNeils
Ben Caplan
David Myles
Fortunate Ones
Heather Rankin
Hillsburn
Lennie Gallant
Mo Kenney
Neon Dreams
Paper Lions
Port Cities
The East Pointers

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Ben Caplan, "Minimum Intervals" (Director: Filet Production Services, Catherine Brown)
BRDGS, "All My Friends" (Director: Loggo Lionel)
Christina Martin, "Always Reminding" (Director: Ryan Thompson)
Classified, "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Hillsburn, "Strange Clouds" (Director: Paul Aarntzen)
Jimmy Rankin, "Been Away" (Director: Jeth Weinrich)
KINLEY, "Golden Days" (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
LeRiche, "River Runs" (Director: Charlotte Rabate)
Makayla Lynn, "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Neon Dreams, "Shape Of My Mind" (Director: Zack Facts)
 
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sashay into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 1:24 PM

From NSCAD's annual fashion show to the indoor block party JERK to a celebration of Britney Spears, the best days of the week will be golden, indeed.

Montreal's RUBBERBANDance close out Live Art Dance's season with a firecracker of a show this weekend. - MILK IMAGES
  • Montreal's RUBBERBANDance close out Live Art Dance's season with a firecracker of a show this weekend.
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Tooth and Nail
Saturday
Just in time for our annual fashion issue, The 2019 NSCAD fashion show sees the school's exhibition space at the Port Campus turn into a 100-foot runway as couture creations of all kinds are showcased. Peep the show previewing this week's paper. more deets

RUBBERBANDance
Friday, Saturday

Montreal's RUBBERBANDance closes out Live Art Dance's current season with a bang, performing a mix of movement that blends hip hop with contemporary dance and more stepping styles in the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Ha!ifax Comedy Fest Gala of Laughs
Friday, Saturday

The marquee event of the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, this evening of giggles features 10 comics and is hosted by Mark Critch from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. While April 26 is sold out, the show on the 27th still has seats—and a chance to see iconic Irish comic Dylan Moran. more deets

Toxic: A Britney Spears Burlesque Tribute
Friday

Burlesque, go-go, Britney-themed trivia and more awaits at this, the ultimate tribute to the queen of the early 2000s. more deets

Rebecca Hannon's pop-art-y jewellery exhibit, inspired by World War One dazzle camouflage, wraps this weekend. - SUBMITTED ARTWORK
  • Rebecca Hannon's pop-art-y jewellery exhibit, inspired by World War One dazzle camouflage, wraps this weekend.
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DEER
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to peep these paintings caught in the space where natural and digital realms meet. Alex Livingston’s deer-focused canvases at Studio 21 were fuelled by research of natural history dioramas. more deets

Contemporary Camouflage
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Fine art jeweller Rebecca Hannon decked out the Mary E. Black gallery in the wild colours and prints of dazzle camouflage—a World War One-era method of blurring the shapes of ships—to act as a punchy backdrop for her bold, power-clashing pieces. Get an eyeful before the show closes Sunday. more deets

A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Hallie Watson celebrates the arrival of warmer temperatures with a collection of large paintings and oil pastels focusing on forest scenes. more deets

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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 show makes all your Jurassic dreams come true, before it goes extinct April 28. more deets

Toronto's best unsigned DJ/queen of the underground, Bambii, brings the party to The Red Stag this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Toronto's best unsigned DJ/queen of the underground, Bambii, brings the party to The Red Stag this weekend.
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Cancer Bats w/Dead Quiet, Diner Drugs
Saturday

One of Toronto's best hardcore punk offerings, the Cancer Bats, come to The Marquee to wail on your eardrums. more deets

Kuato
Friday
The post-rock outfit, known for its bare-bones instrumental style, returns from hibernation to celebrate an EP of back catalogue faves that haven't been available on the internet—until now. Get in on the fun at The Seahorse. more deets

JERK Block Party feat. Bambii, DJ Jafar, DJ Snax, DJ Tranzishen, DJ 5RIVERS, DJ Fadzwa
Saturday

JERK, the Toronto block party, brings the good times out east with a host of the 6ix's best DJs spinning wax alongside a slew of Hali's finest dance floor starters. The sugar on top of the Red Stag Tavern soiree? A set by headliner Bambii, Toronto's biggest underground DJ who's known for her signature mix of classic R&B, dancehall, house and more. A party so fiery you'll melt into the ground, there's also limited amounts of free jerk chicken for early party-goers. more deets

[image-5] T. Thomason w/Moonwake, Burry
Thursday

Pop-rock wunderkind T. Thomason (right) returns to his hometown after a successful stint on CTV's new star-making show The Launch, complete with a new single in tow. Thomason notes that 20 pay-what-you-can tickets will be held for members of the trans community, which can be claimed through a Google doc on the Facebook event page where you add your name. "This is a system based on trust. No one's identity will be questioned at the door," the show description adds. more deets

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hop into the long weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 1:43 PM

Hop to it this long weekend: 4/20-themed rock shows, fat fashion fetes with The Bounty, nerdy times at The Spring Geekquinox and more good times await below.

If you've ever wished that there was a testosterone equivalent to the friendship meditations Judy Blume is known for, New Magic Valley Fun Town might be it. - LEIF NORMAN PHOTO
  • If you've ever wished that there was a testosterone equivalent to the friendship meditations Judy Blume is known for, New Magic Valley Fun Town might be it.
  • Leif Norman photo

Fat Babes Clothing Swap
Thursday
Calling all plus-sizes QTs looking to get their wardrobes fresh for spring: The Bounty, AKA the curated thrift pop-up catering to those size large and above, is hosting a clothing swap at South House. Drop off duds you're done with, mine for new-to-you treasures or just roll in the body-positive vibes of it all. more deets

New Magic Valley Fun Town
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to catch this Neptune Scotiabank Studio offering, which picks up where an abandoned friendship left off over two decades ago, exploring what we remember and what we try to forget. If you've ever wished that there was a testosterone equivalent to the friendship meditations Judy Blume is known for, this play might be it. more deets

Spring Geequinox
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The surest sign that spring has sprung? The descent of cosplay, comics, video games and all things nerdy at the Spring Geequinox. Online pre-sale tickets have sold out, so Big Bang Theory wannabes better show up at the Halifax Forum early to snap up the few door tix that remain. more deets

Someone: A queer storytelling event
Friday
A group of local artists—including Stewart Legere, Meghan Hubley, Michael Lake and more—share tales of their favourite queer role models at this Bus Stop Theatre event. An open mic portion and a dance party cap off the good times. more deets

Sydney Blum gets her Halifax debut with a collection of sculptures inspired by the legend of Icarus. - SYDNEY BLUM ARTWORK
  • Sydney Blum gets her Halifax debut with a collection of sculptures inspired by the legend of Icarus.
  • Sydney Blum artwork

Halifax Harbour 1918
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's latest memorial of the Halifax Explosion sees the city's waterfront shown "through the eyes of artists Arthur Lismer and Harold Gilman, following one of the most searing events in Canadian history," the gallery explains. more deets

A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Hallie Watson celebrates the arrival of warmer temperatures with a collection of large paintings and oil pastels focusing on forest scenes at the Chase Gallery. more deets

Icarus-Colour-Space
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Inspired by the legend of Icarus and his ill-fated attempt to fly close to the sun, sculptor Sydney Blum debuts this collection of wing-shaped pieces that suggest a "continuum of time and space." more deets

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Geometric Perfection as Universal Matrix
Saturday, Sunday

Reni Gower wants you to be here, now, in this place—and is giving your eyeballs the sharp-edged, geometric work to make it happen at Hermes. more deets

Dartmouth Brit-metal machine Black Moor makes the most of the first post-legalization 4/20 with a killer show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Dartmouth Brit-metal machine Black Moor makes the most of the first post-legalization 4/20 with a killer show.
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The Reset feat. Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, Natalie Lynn, Kids Losing Sleep, Sarah Ellen Morrison, Willow St. Station, Wolf Parade
Thursday

NSCC celebrates the end of classes with the rock-steeped sound of Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound. Pro tip? Don't miss the pop-punk awesomeness of Kids Losing Sleep, one of the stage-warming acts (oh, and you need not be a student to reap the end-of-term fun). more deets

4/20 Reefer Madness feat. Black Moor w/Lionsault, Burgerfriespop, Dreadfort, 5 Day Suspension, Hitman, Electric Spoonful, Voodoo Sometimes
Saturday
Celebrate the first post-legalization 4/20 with this killer set featuring ECMA-winning metal act Lionsault and the Black Sabbath-loving Black Moor. more deets

Hip Hop Karaoke w/DJ IV, DJ RS Smooth
Thursday
If you know you can flow like Busta, drop verse like Missy or rhyme like Big Boi, this is the karaoke you've been dreaming of: DJs IV and RS Smooth spin your track of choice while you spit bars overtop, doing your best to keep it accurate and on-time. Email hfxhiphopkaraoke@gmail.com to snag your song (how many will try and call dibs on "Get Ur Freak On"?) or just come thru The Seahorse to witness the fire. Remember, using the space to perform an original tune—or using a racial slur, even if it's in the original lyrics—means you can kiss your chance at the cash prize goodbye. more deets

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Julie Dorion w/Prism Shores
Sunday

From artsy-oddball fun at Sappy Fest to grunge-y goodness in the '90s band Eric's Trip, Julie Dorion is Can-rock royalty who's been gracing us unworthy peasants with gifts for decades. Here, a small present—her presence—gets us through the long weekend with the tunes we need. more deets
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Common will open the Jazz Fest

July 9 tickets are on sale Monday.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM

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The Halifax Jazz Festival continues to brighten your summer: On the heels of its First Aid Kit/Bahamas back-to-back comes the news that the rapper Common will open the event on the waterfront stage Tuesday, July 9. Tickets to see Common, who won the Oscar for Best Song for "Glory'' from 2015's Selma (he's actually a Tony from EGOTing), are $59 and are on sale Monday, April 15 at 10am here.

Additional lineup announces made by the Jazz Fest today include the new contemporary jazz series at St. Paul's Church: Elise Legrow (Thu Jul 11), the Heather Bambrick Quintet (Fri Jul 12) and iskwē (Sat Jul 13). There will also be "music for desert picnics" in the form of Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar. Festival passes are on sale now.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

OBEY Convention drops full line-up

Get your eardrums and playlists ready.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 11:37 AM

This year's OBEY—which runs from May 30 to June 2—features a solid undercard of local awesomeness, including melodic hardcore Frail Hands. - MICHAEL MCGRATH
  • This year's OBEY—which runs from May 30 to June 2—features a solid undercard of local awesomeness, including melodic hardcore Frail Hands.
  • MICHAEL MCGRATH

Today, the one-of-a-kind, musical odyssey that is the OBEY convention announced its full lineup of artists who will be making their way to Halifax at the end of the month.

Amongst the names we’re stoked for is Mary Jane Leach, a composer/performer whose mastery of the acoustical sciences can turn playing with tones into a powerful listening experience.

Cucina Povera hits just as hard but with a million soft feathers, using minimalistic vocals, micro-tonalities and mixing in background recordings of the sounds of everyday life.

With a recently released, internationally acclaimed LP Ultraviolet, Kelly Moran is bringing her talent to the stage, translating for her audiences what it would sound like if her piano has dark, twisted and mystical dreams.

On the other end of the spectrum — when dreams turn into rebellious nightmares — is Guttersnipe, “smothering the Rock idiom in hyper-accelerated bioluminescent hysteria.”

Those looking for more trance in their punk will find solace in the hypnotic, gritty guitar and percussion duo, 75 Dollar Bill, travelling through time from its early days (2013) and space (Brooklyn, NYC) and six years of mixing punk, new classical, psych and street band.

Another power duo, less trancy, more dancy, is Just John x Dom Dias. The Toronto art collective organizer and freeflow rapper in collaboration with DJ/producer Dom Dias and his blends of dancehall, disco and Balie funk, are packing up their 2018 hit Soundboi and getting ready to pack the dance floor from May 30-June 2.

Rounding out the list includes local offerings Frail Hands, who we heralded in last year’s annual New Music Issue as one of the freshest takes on melodic hardcore around, and Zamani—which OBEY calls a “rising R&B force.”

Peep the full lineup—and snag yer wristbands—at obeyconvention.com.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Picture the perfect weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Treat your eyeballs to some awesome art this weekend with a host of new shows, listen to stories from Africa at a dessert-included fundraiser, drop in to the Cannabis Sessions and don't miss Juice Girls' epic shoegaze pop.

Carrie Allison continues her art-activism for the Sheubenacadie River by auctioning off her geographically correct beading of the waterway this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Carrie Allison continues her art-activism for the Sheubenacadie River by auctioning off her geographically correct beading of the waterway this weekend.
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The Cannabis Sessions
Saturday

The Coast presents this one-day series of discussions that'll help you demystify recreational cannabis. Both new and avid consumers can catch talks on things like growing craft plants, the science behind the plant, addressing stigma and more. "A first for this region, attendees will have exclusive access to speaker sessions and get the chance to interact with feature brands, influencers, industry trailblazers and other consumers," the event promises, and coffee, food and a totally dope swag bag are all included in your ticket cost. Held at 1566 Barrington Street. more deets

Auction to support Stop Alton Gas
Saturday

Indigenous artist Carrie Allison and her Kin River Collective host this live auction raising funds for water protectors and Stop Alton Gas (an organization aiming to protect the Shubenacadie River and surrounding land from becoming a natural gas storage site). Amongst the items on offer? Sections of her Shubenacadie River Beading Project, a geographically correct, traditional beading of the waterway the artist crafted as a community collaboration. It all goes down at Art Bar. more deets

Cosmic drag queen bingo
Friday

RuPaul's Drag Race star Manila Luzon hosts this bingo game while serving lewks to die for at the Cunard Centre. more deets

Storytelling: An Odyssey of African Tales
Saturday

The Malaika Grandmothers of Halifax host this extra-special edition of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax at First Baptist Church, serving up tales of Africa. Intermission is marked with dessert and beverages, and all proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of African grandmothers raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. more deets

Gary Castle returns to the Corridor Gallery with more wild, wonderful, eccentric art—this time, all about dreams. - GARY CASTLE ARTWORK
  • Gary Castle returns to the Corridor Gallery with more wild, wonderful, eccentric art—this time, all about dreams.
  • Gary Castle artwork

Taste Test
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Aralia Maxwell explores the purpose taste serves with this Anna Leonowens Gallery show, noting that cravings often ignore nutritional concerns. With a mix of acrylic paint and plastic foam, the lines between fine art and haute cuisine become blurred. more deets

You are innocent when you dream
Thursday, Friday

Gary Castle returns to the Corridor Gallery, exploring the nature of dreams with manipulated photographs that the gallery says "bring the fragments of dreams into focus." The result feels like the visual equivalent of a sour candy or a Kurt Vonnegut novel. more deets

Transforming Body, Mind and Stone
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Each of the five carved works at this mini-retrospective shines a light on a segment of Luigi Costanzo's decades-long career—from his early days of talent development to the realization that arthritis in his hands might take his creative outlet away. In his artist's statement, he says the collection is presented "with no up or down, front or back—loosened fixed ideas about making work and living life." See it at the Craig Gallery. more deets

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Park
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Rhonda Barrett explores issues surrounding land use and urban planning as she displays a collection of up-cyled collage works that compare public parks and public parking lots. See them at Art 1274 Hollis. more deets

Dream-pop outfit Juice Girls is back on the scene after wowing at the 2018 Halifax Pop Explosion. See them in action for yourself at this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Dream-pop outfit Juice Girls is back on the scene after wowing at the 2018 Halifax Pop Explosion. See them in action for yourself at this weekend.
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That's SO '90s Dance Party
Saturday

Shake yo' groove thang to TLC, Destiny's Child and more #tbt faves at Clay West Bar & Grill. more deets

Juice Girls w/Prism Shores
Thursday

Get swept up in the riot grrl-inspired, shoegaze-y sound of Juice Girls at this rockin', free T-Room show. more deets

Jean-Michel Blais
Saturday

The composer-pianist who blends post-classical and electronic with ease arrives at St. Matthew's United Church with his 2018 Polaris Prize shortlisted effort, Dans ma main, in tow. more deets

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Brooklyn Blackmore single release show w/Samantha Power, Brandon Davis, Foggy Road, Casey May
Friday
Poppy, slick country is Blackmore's calling card and here at The Carleton, she delivers it with the perfect bubblegum, mid-career-Taylor-Swift sheen. more deets
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Watch the trailer for Jason Eisener's new wrestling series

The six-part doc series Dark Side of the Ring premieres April 10.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 1:58 PM

Viceland has dropped the trailer for its new wrestling doc series Dark Side of the Ring. Conceived by Dartmouth's own Jason Eisener with Evan Husney, each episode follows, 30 For 30-style, a veteran wrestler including Bret Hart, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and The Fabulous Moolah. Dark Side of the Ring premieres Wednesday, April 10 for fancy cable-havers.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Feast upon the (Burger) weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Burger Week has finally arrived, so this weekend is the time to patty on and chow down. What to do in between meals? Try catching a soon-to-be-classic road flick, peeping Jordan Bennett’s much-lauded art show before it wraps, watch some vintage cartoons with a live soundtrack and more.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog is your new favourite road movie—you just don't know it yet.
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog is your new favourite road movie—you just don't know it yet.

Halifax Burger Week 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Halifax Burger Week is the city-wide burger-eating sensation and fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia, put on by The Coast. Creative burger offerings either have a set price of $6, or cost more and the restaurant donates a share of each burger's price to Feed NS. Get ready to chow down with your Burger Passport, available in this week's Coast. more deets

Neither Wolf Nor Dog screening
Saturday

A screening of the bound-to-be-classic road movie that's adapted from the '90s novel, this flick sees a white author called on to pen the life story of a Lakota Elder. After a false start, the author is essentially forced on a road trip across "the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape." See it at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Poems For Impending Doom launch
Friday
Head to Art Bar + Projects to celebrate this digital launch of poems by local verse-builders exploring how they'd re-do civilization if given the chance. more deets

Saturday morning cartoons
Saturday

Catch this quirky screening of some vintage cartoons, accompanied with a live soundtrack courtesy of local five-piece Fifth Wind. Held at Mobia Technology, 340 Wright Ave # 13, Dartmouth. more deets

Jordan Bennett's ground-breaking installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia wraps this weekend, so don't sleep on it! - RAW PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO IMAGE
  • Jordan Bennett's ground-breaking installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia wraps this weekend, so don't sleep on it!
  • Raw Photography Studio image

BIGsmall
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Get a glance at the impressive permanent collection of the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery with this show that contrasts, yup, big and small pieces. more deets

Ketu'elmita'jik
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jordan Bennett's first Nova Scotia show saw the artist make an immersive space in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, taking historical artifacts from Mi’kmaq and Beothuk cultures and continuing their shapes and narratives onto the very walls of the gallery. See the iconic, lauded show before it wraps on March 31. more deets

The Memorialist
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
D’Arcy Wilson delivers this mix of photography, video projection and historical artifacts while studying the colonialist way settlers view and understand nature at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. more deets

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Icarus-Colour-Space
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Inspired by the legend of Icarus and his ill-fated attempt to fly closer to the sun, sculptor Sydney Blum debuts this collection of wing-shaped pieces that suggest a "continuum of time and space." The Studio 21 show also acts as Blum's firs showing in Halifax. more deets

Ashley MacIsaac teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia once again for a rip-roaring show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Ashley MacIsaac teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia once again for a rip-roaring show.
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BurgerFriesPop unofficial Burger Week celebration w/Kilmore, StoneHouse, The B+ Players, Privacy Bag
Saturday
The band with burger in the name gets in on the Burger Week fun with this beefy set at Gus' Pub. more deets

Ashley MacIsaac w/Symphony Nova Scotia
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

"He’s brash, brilliant and one of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time. Cape Breton’s own platinum-selling, multiple-award-winning Ashley MacIsaac returns to Symphony Nova Scotia for a fiery, foot-stomping concert of savage energy, furious fiddling and rollicking down-home fun," show organizers promise of the bound-to-be-epic showcase. Catch it at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. more deets

Maura Whitman
Thursday
The R&B-tinged songs of Maura Whitman—combined with her Alicia Keys-influenced vocals—will make you an instant fan. Catch her set at the Halifax Grammar School. more deets

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A Choir of Desire and Demands on Repeat performance and reception
Friday
The Khyber's latest artist-in-residence, Annie Wong, debuts her performance art piece the gallery calls " a nomadic choral performance...that recalls, reminds and repeats demands made by feminist movements across geography and history." A reception follows at the Khyber. more deets
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jazz Fest announces First Aid Kit and Bahamas in first round of headliners

Tickets on sale Friday.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 11:07 AM

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We were a little worried when the Halifax Jazz Festival was still conspicuously silent this week, having announced its big gets in January of previous years. But it was all for naught—today HJF made its initial lineup announcement, and it was worth the wait.

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit will headline the waterfront stage (formerly and forever The Tent) on Wednesday, July 10, with Tim Baker opening—good news for anyone who got shut out of his St. Matt's shows in May. The next night's show sees Bahamas and The Barr Brothers chill-rockin the area.

A new venue this year is St. Paul's Anglican Church in Grand Parade, in which the Liebman/Murley Quartet will play on Thursday, July 11.

Festival passes are on sale now, with individual tickets for these shows dropping Friday, March 29 at 10am. Stay tuned for more announcements and enjoy the best song from Ruins now:
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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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