Dean Jarvis, back home

Dean Jarvis, back home

The music director for Alessia Cara and The Weeknd returns to Nova Scotia for the ANSMA awards.
African Nova Scotian Music Association awards show Saturday, February 24, 7pm Rebecca Cohn Auditorium 6101 University Avenue $15-$59 902-494-3820 People across the country celebrated as Toronto-born artist Alessia Cara won a Grammy last month.

Lea Bertucci, sonic phenomenon

New York artist showcases her innovative practice and treats listeners to her latest compositions this week.
Lea Bertucci w/Taral Naik, Daniel MacNeil Friday, February 16, 7:30pm The Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1880 Hollis Street $20/pwyc/free under 19 It would be a fallacy to call composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lea Bertucci merely a musician, because she's so much more.

Hillsburn’s wilder heart

The Halifax band’s gradual expansion, ascension and new album.
The town of Hillsburn is a tiny dot on the Bay of Fundy, outside Annapolis Royal, between two coves, Parkers and Delaps.

Becoming Elijah Will

Classified’s R&B protege celebrates his new EP 3am Friday at the Seahorse.
Elijah Will 3am release party w/Universal Soul, DJ IV and OKAY TK Friday, February 2, 10pm The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street

Winter's tone

All of our In The Dead of Winter Festival coverage, right here.
  The IDOW Festival is a bright, warm light in the darkness of the season (if only it were warm enough to melt the snow).

All along, Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield, maker of one of last year’s best records, is taking that buzz and going home.
Waxahatchee w/The Weather Station, Owen Meany's Batting Stance, Corey Gulkin Friday, January 19, 7pm The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street $25 adv/$30 door

Matt Mays moves up

After more than 20 years of playing music, the Dartmouth native headlines his local arena.
Matt Mays w/July Talk, The Beaches Saturday, January 20, 8pm Scotiabank Centre, 1800 Argyle Street $37.50-$57.50 Matt Mays camped out overnight to get tickets for a Neil Young & Crazy Horse show at the arena formerly known as the Metro Centre on November 5, 1996.

Everybody loves Palehound

Endorsed by The New York Times and Chipotle, the Boston indie-pop quartet visits Halifax with its excellent second record in tow.
Palehound w/Dance Movie, Emily Rockarts, Valerie Thursday, January 18, 8pm The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street $15 adv/$20 door The highlight of 2018 may have already happened for Palehound.

Fiver’s audible history

Simone Schmidt dove deep into the background of an insane asylum and emerged with the stunning Audible Songs from Rockwood.
Fiver w/Stewart Legere, Lydia Persaud, Brooklyn Doran Thursday, January 18, 7:30pm The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street $20 adv/$25 door Simone Schmidt's fascination with history began, like so many do, with a newspaper.

Witch Prophet’s real magic

Architect of heartbreak Ayo Leilani makes her Halifax debut with ethereal beats and shimmering R&B.
Witch Prophet w/Reeny Smith, The State of Alaska, Nick Ferrio Friday, January 19, 9:30pm The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street $15 adv/$20 door

The growth of Kaia Kater

The Toronto-based clawhammer banjo star, making her local debut, has big plans for the future.
Kaia Kater w/Meaghan Blanchard, Camille Delean, Leanne Hoffman Friday, January 19 The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, ​7:30pm $15 adv/$25 door w/Rose Cousins Good Robot Brewing Co., 2736 Robie Street Saturday, January 20, 7-8pm Sold Out

Down to Earthtones

It’s been years, but Bahamas is finally bringing a new record to Halifax.
Bahamas w/Old Man Luedecke Friday, January 12, 8pm Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue $41.50

The resonating wit of No, It’s Fine.

Cailen Pygott’s honest and funny indie rock makes this a band to follow.
No, It's Fine.

Hatchet Lake’s vibes

The high-energy rock band made its debut EP in a day.
Hatchet Lake w/The Royal Volts, Bear Le Friends Saturday, January 13, 10pm Gus' Pub, 2605 Agricola Street $7

The shape of Open Waters

The Open Waters Festival returns for another slate of singular performances that take risks from all sides.
Open Waters Festival Friday, January 5-Wednesday, January 10 various venues $15-$25 (festival pass $60) The tagline for this year's Open Waters, the annual music improvisation festival, is "never the same river twice."

Two decades of funk

The Mellotones turn 20 with a Marquee blowout on Saturday.
On December 23 The Mellotones will celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Feast on this

Drag queens and DJs hit the Cunard Centre to serve up dance, cheer and lewks for New Year’s Eve.
Dreams 2018 Sunday, December 31, 9pm Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road $35-$80 Drag entertainment has a rich history in Halifax.

Voices carry

Mo Kenney, Gabrielle Papillon and Jessie Brown make the personal the priority on the year’s best records.
MO KENNEY Mo Kenney is reserved and unassuming, a quietly quick wit. She saves it for the stage, as the saying goes—her demeanour is not one of meekness or deference to any of the men in her band, but of a measured confidence that borders on laconic until she leans into her guitar, a 1965 Mustang she had painted powder-blue.

Meaghan Smith wants to write your song

The Halifax artist turned her career down a different path in 2017.
For singer-songwriter Meaghan Smith, the glamour of being signed to a major label and life on the road faded.

The year in music

2017’s most memorable shows, records and videos.
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at Halifax Jazz Festival Watching Anderson .Paak, one of the hottest current R&B artists, alternate between jumping around the stage to hyping the crowd from behind a drum kit seemed too good to actually be happening in Halifax. The crowd ate it up, singing along with every word and going bonkers the whole show.

Zaum town

The experimental Moncton duo brings a cross-section of music and visual artists along to create its unique show.
Zaum Saturday December 9, 8pm The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street $12 The experimental doom duo Zaum is turning up the lights and bringing some friends on stage to wrap up a year of globe-trotting.

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Postdata's family ties


Postdata's family ties

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