Where To Play: The Pavilion

re-opening on Friday

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Death From Above 1979, Pavilion, 2005
  • Death From Above 1979, Pavilion, 2005

After a summer closure, the Pavilion (5816 Cogswell) will re-open this Friday at 7pm with a show featuring Black Moor, We’re Doomed, Severance and BC’s Ninjaspy.

A couple of years ago, the team of volunteers who run the legendary all-ages venue decided to start closing it down in summertime because fewer touring bands were coming through the city, and more importantly, fewer kids were coming out.

“When school lets out, it’s harder to reach the all-ages community,” says proprietor Chris Smith. “We figured that being closed during the summer months would help build an appetite for people wanting to come out to see shows in the fall.” This fall’s lineup seems geared to coax people out: There’s a rumored Michou show on the horizon and a tour featuring Structures/Counterparts/A Sight For Sewn Eyes, while the Halifax Pop Explosion brings a doozy of a bill on October 22 with Fucked Up/Chixdiggit.

Local acts of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged, although Smith says the Pavilion’s security and tech costs necessitate that bands can spread the word in order to draw a decent crowd. Turnouts, funding and volunteers; these are the major issues that will determine whether the Pavilion can remain open for the entire year. The venue’s mandate is to hold 2 — 4 shows per month on Fridays and Saturdays. If you book it, they will come.

To book the Pavilion, inquire about volunteering or offer suggestions, please email Chris Smith at info@halifaxpavilion.com.

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