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That’s Rich 

Rich Aucoin brings everyone up on stage for his Pop Explosion extravaganza Wednesday at St. Matthew’s Church

click to enlarge Listen to Rich Aucoin's balloony tunes Wednesday at St. Matthew's Church.
  • Listen to Rich Aucoin's balloony tunes Wednesday at St. Matthew's Church.

The release show of Rich Aucoin's long-awaited We're All Dying To Live is almost upon us, but there's something else he's been waiting nearly as long for.

"I've had this bottle of pop in my fridge for like two years that I've been saving as a champagne sort of thing," says Halifax's effervescent king of dance, who loaded his car with glass-bottled pop after PEI lifted its can ban, resulting in the closure of the Pepsi bottling plant. This celebratory bottle is the last one he's got left. You see, this guy doesn't mess around.

His ambitious second album has been in the works since 2008, when he first started laying down demos. Between then and now he's travelled the country recording a whopping list of over 500 guest contributors.

"It just started simply when I decided that I was going to pick something and do it completely different on each record," says Aucoin, who recorded his first album, Personal Publication alone and looks ahead to a third album, which he'll write but won't play on at all. "It's kind of an exercise to do during the rest of my recording lifetime."

From friends, to fans, to household names, to children's choirs, these special guests helped grow the ambitious and painstaking project from an EP to a full-length---the editing alone took a year to complete.

As a sort of prologue to his November 1 release date, Aucoin's built a Pop Explosion party to remember. If you thought he put on a commanding live show before, prepare yourselves. Wednesday's record release boasts a band of more than 100 members, welcoming back contributors to the album to play strings, brass, keys, percussion, church organ or belt it out in the choir. Just like that ice-cold Pepsi Aucoin's patiently waiting to chug down, this show is a celebration ready to have its cap popped.

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