Show review: The East Pointers guide you home

PEI's Celtic-folk kings continue to rule.
The energy was high, the floor was packed and the drinks were good when The East Pointers took to the stage at the Marquee Ballroom on Nov. 29. A contemporary folk trio from Prince Edward Island—consisting of Jake Charron and cousins Tim and Koady Chaisson—The East Pointers are Celtic at heart, but don’t subscribe to one particular sound or style, incorporating elements of jazz and pop into their songs.

Show review: Rebecca Thomas and Symphony Nova Scotia reach farther together

The famed poet/activist pushes classical music into new realms as she debuts We're Not Done Drumming.
Symphony Nova Scotia presented ‘Melody and Poetry With Rebecca Thomas’ in its Masterworks Series on Nov 7. The concert blended melodic classical repertoire (think Mozart Symphony No.34 in C major and Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major) with We’re Not Done Drumming, a new poetic and musical collaboration between poet Rebecca Thomas and composer Laura Sgroi.

Review: Don't sleep on the lullaby folk of Ostrea Lake

The Halifax outfit lays serious groundwork in its debut LP.
Don’t Sway Above Me, the debut full length album from Halifax band Ostrea Lake, is an ethereal collection of indie folk from the forest floor—though a careful listener may notice the bugs crawling underneath the foliage.

Show review: Walrus warms the stage for Diet Cig but steals the show at Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax's own band of Flaming Lips-tinged fuzz rock ruled the Marquee on Oct 26.
The last night of Halifax Pop Explosion did not disappoint at the Marquee.

Show review: Kaia Kater, Jennah Barry and Lydia Persaud baptized our ears at Halifax Pop Explosion

The trio of sets at St. Matthew's church made the most of the high ceilings while lifting beyond lofty expectations.
“I think church is my new favourite place,” said Lydia Persaud between songs.

Show review: Spencer Krug and Charlotte Cornfield enchant their audience

A Halifax Pop showcase that is an unreplicable moment in time.
There is nothing more healing than listening to the beautiful musical stylings of Charlotte Cornfield and Spencer Krug.

Show review: Japanese Breakfast is a feast

The lo-fi indie songster shared an HPX bill that filled hungry ears.
Four bands from three provinces brought four dynamically different shows to the Marquee on Thursday, Oct 24th. As fans started to pour in, stash their coats and crack open a cold Olands, excited chatter about the anticipated bands could be heard around the bar.

Show review: PUP will never live up to its name

Toronto's top punk act delivers on sky-high expectations at its sold-out HPX show.
Walking into a sold out show, you know it’s going to get a little wild but walking into a sold out PUP show?

Show review: Halifax Pop Explosion's Songs of The City is a love letter to all of us

The venerable music festival kicks off with a showcase highlighting the strength in vulnerability.
Halifax Pop Explosion got off to a moving start on Wednesday night with Songs of the City, presented by  United Way Halifax at the Spatz Theatre.

Review: Erwan Keravec and Hamid Drake shatter the silence at suddenlyLISTEN's season debut show

The Urban Pipes showcase should've felt like a peanut butter-tunafish sandwich but instead was much tastier.
[Editor's note: In time for suddenlyLISTEN's second showcase of the season—a concert on Oct 20 at 7:30pm at Art Bar + Projects that aims to combine composition with computer programming—we asked writer Andrew Bethune to share a review of sL's Sep 17 season-opening show, titled Urban Pipes]

The Magic Flute blows on at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival

Mozart’s music might be “the most sublime ever written” but he’s no woke bae.
The Magic Flute Aug 8, 7:30pm; Aug 10, 2pm Sir James Dunn Theatre 6101 University Avenue $20

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Vol 27, No 43
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