Hockey makes the man

Chris McCluskey practises his scales.



Toronto-via-Ottawa rock group Clothes Make the Man are proof The White Stripes—soon to play Halifax, tickets on sale May 4!—are not the only band showing love to the far reaches of Canada. The act, which directly conjures an inspiration in sound and live vigour of early Foo Fighters, will "rock the rock" with a trio of dates in Newfoundland including stops in Dildo, Corner Brook and St. John's following its Atlantic Canadian anchor date on May 6 at Gus's Pub.

"We definitely always wanted to go to Newfoundland," says vocalist and guitarist Ryan McLennan. "We love eastern Canadians so we look forward to drinking and rocking out."

Visitors to the band's MySpace page, can view brief videos of band members—McLennan, guitarist Scott Henry, bassist Ross Machon and drummer Adam Thrasher—competing in NHL video game action while driving in their van across the country. Speaking of hockey, McLennan is willing to share the band's current Stanley Cup hope, but doesn't want it to deter you from heading to Gus' this Sunday.

"We're hockey dweebs, and have to balance a cool indie rock lifestyle and catching playoff games. So far we've seen games in Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. It's nice to soak up the local ra-ra-ra if you will," he says. "But we're pretty happy about the Sens."

International incidents

The Jimmy Swift Band is heading to China for a seven-day tour. Craig Mercer and company—whose video for the tune "Turnaround" sits comfortably within the top 10 of Yahoo!'s UP YOURS video contest—will perform 11 concerts during their seven-day stay.

Jimmy Swift's international appearance is one of a handful scheduled outside North America for locals throughout the summer, with the others including the duo of Mike Bigelow and Loel Campbell of Contrived joining their Torontonian bandmates in Holy Fuck for the UK's Glastonbury Festival, as well as Buck 65 set for Iceland and Jill Barber touring Wales and England.

Poppin' off

Speaking of Barber and Buck, those performers have just been announced as guests in the Maritime Pops series of Symphony Nova Scotia's 2007-08 season, following successful adaptations of Matt Mays and Joel Plaskett in previous years. Barber headlines the February 22 show, and Buck closes out the series on April 18. Single tickets aren't available until September, but if you'd like to get a jump on things, you can subscribe now by visiting the Dal box office at 6101 University or by calling 494-3820.

Halifax vs. Dartmouth

This Canada Day weekend will see the return of a Halifax tradition, headlined by the same multi-platinum-selling rock act that played the last one in 2003: Vancouver's Nickelback is slated to close a bill on Citadel Hill rounded out by Hedley, Staind, Daughtry and Finger Eleven on July 1. Across the harbour, the following day, the anti-Kroeger all-stars perform the all-day Flip the Switch stage at Alderney Landing with Lifetime headlining a bill already including the likes of Rise Against. Tickets are $61.50 and $32 respectively. One week later, Air Supply arrives for a performance at the Halifax Forum on July 7.

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