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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Black Keys are coming to Halifax

The rock royalty continues its reign as it hits Halifax May 5.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 11:40 AM

After dropping an album that proved the duo still has lots to say—and still knows how cut a deep groove—in 2019's Let's Rock, the Black Keys are coming to Halifax. Hitting the Scotiabank Centre May 5 at 7:30pm, the six-time-Grammy-winning blues rock duo will share the stage with The Sheepdogs and Early James, kicking off the Canadian leg of its tour. Tickets go on sale Jan 31 and will be available at and but price is TBA as of yet. 
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Halifax Pop Explosion reveals full 2019 lineup

Buzzy names like Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Hua Li join the likes of PUP and The Arkells from October 23 to 26.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Hua Li arrives at HPX with her long-awaited full-length record, Dynasty - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Hua Li arrives at HPX with her long-awaited full-length record, Dynasty
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It was back in April when PUP—the Toronto punk four-piece that's garnering international attention and acclaim for its latest, Morbid Stuff—leaked it'd be playing a show at The Marquee Ballroom, during dates that lined up with Halifax Pop Explosion. And though cool kids around town made sure that set was sold out before it was even announced as an official part of the fest, the rest of us can rest easy: There is plenty more coolness on deck at HPX 2019.

Today, the fest—which has wristbands starting at $80—releases its entire lineup. Among the highlights? The return of the Lil Kim-meets-Lauryn Hill Hua Li, who's dropping a highly anticipated record this fall, as well as the Polaris Prize finalists Snotty Nose Rez Kids—who Jeremy Dutcher has said are part of the wave "leading the Indigenous Renaissance" in Canada today. Big Can-Con fave the Arkells, indie queen Japanese Breakfast and local heavyweights Walrus, Rich Aucoin, Aquakultre and Leanne Hoffman are also on deck, just to start.

Peep the entire lineup here for the fest, which runs October 23 to 26 at venues 'round town.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Autumn concert announcements: Lucinda Williams and Japanese Breakfast

Williams celebrates 20 years of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road at the Cohn; Japanese Breakfast joins the HPX lineup.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 2:21 PM

Williams will make you cry live in September. - DAVID MCCLISTER
  • Williams will make you cry live in September.
  • David McClister

Even as summer's heat remains a distant memory, the crispness of fall can already be felt in a pair of excellent show announces today.

On September 15, the iconic (actually) Lucinda Williams will bring her 20th anniversary celebration of the seminal Car Wheels on a Gravel Road to the Rebecca Cohn. "The influence of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road is immeasurable," Williams' own bio accurately states, "and it is considered, much like Williams’ 1988 self-titled album, one of the cornerstones of what is now called Americana." Tickets are $65 and on sale Friday, June 7 at noon right here.

Zauner will also shake up your feelings this fall. - JOYCE JUDE
  • Zauner will also shake up your feelings this fall.
  • Joyce Jude

The Halifax Pop Explosion, which has announced Toronto punks PUP as its only headliner so far, followed that up today with an exciting addition: Michelle Zauner AKA indie-rock powerhouse Japanese Breakfast. Zauner was last in Halifax opening for Tegan & Sara at the Cohn in 2017. A limited number of HPX wristbands is on sale now; individual tickets for the October 24 show go on sale June 14 (presale June 12 via HPX's Facebook). HPX 2019 runs October 23-26.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

OBEY Convention drops full line-up

Get your eardrums and playlists ready.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 11:37 AM

This year's OBEY—which runs from May 30 to June 2—features a solid undercard of local awesomeness, including melodic hardcore Frail Hands. - MICHAEL MCGRATH
  • This year's OBEY—which runs from May 30 to June 2—features a solid undercard of local awesomeness, including melodic hardcore Frail Hands.

Today, the one-of-a-kind, musical odyssey that is the OBEY convention announced its full lineup of artists who will be making their way to Halifax at the end of the month.

Amongst the names we’re stoked for is Mary Jane Leach, a composer/performer whose mastery of the acoustical sciences can turn playing with tones into a powerful listening experience.

Cucina Povera hits just as hard but with a million soft feathers, using minimalistic vocals, micro-tonalities and mixing in background recordings of the sounds of everyday life.

With a recently released, internationally acclaimed LP Ultraviolet, Kelly Moran is bringing her talent to the stage, translating for her audiences what it would sound like if her piano has dark, twisted and mystical dreams.

On the other end of the spectrum — when dreams turn into rebellious nightmares — is Guttersnipe, “smothering the Rock idiom in hyper-accelerated bioluminescent hysteria.”

Those looking for more trance in their punk will find solace in the hypnotic, gritty guitar and percussion duo, 75 Dollar Bill, travelling through time from its early days (2013) and space (Brooklyn, NYC) and six years of mixing punk, new classical, psych and street band.

Another power duo, less trancy, more dancy, is Just John x Dom Dias. The Toronto art collective organizer and freeflow rapper in collaboration with DJ/producer Dom Dias and his blends of dancehall, disco and Balie funk, are packing up their 2018 hit Soundboi and getting ready to pack the dance floor from May 30-June 2.

Rounding out the list includes local offerings Frail Hands, who we heralded in last year’s annual New Music Issue as one of the freshest takes on melodic hardcore around, and Zamani—which OBEY calls a “rising R&B force.”

Peep the full lineup—and snag yer wristbands—at

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Thrush Hermit returns September 28

The dream of the 90s is alive in Halifax.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 11:04 AM


Halifax faves Thrush Hermit will reunite this fall in honour of the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album Clayton Park, which will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 13. Tickets for the September 28 show at The Marquee are available now for $44 right here. Don't sleep!
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Gucci Mane's Forum show is on sale now

The rapper is set to visit May 15.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 11:42 AM

Rapper and Spring Breakers star Gucci Mane is scheduled to perform at the Halifax Forum on May 15 with guests August Alsina, Merkules and Peter Jackson. Tickets start at $89 and are available now right here.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OBEY Convention announces first wave of 2019 lineup

Keep it strange with the boundary-pushing fest from May 30-June 2.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 10:37 AM

We wanna be punk icon Debby Friday when we grow up (but will settle for seeing her at OBEY instead). - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • We wanna be punk icon Debby Friday when we grow up (but will settle for seeing her at OBEY instead).
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Promising "a four-day narrative of radical sounding, a forward-thinking festival like no other," OBEY rings in year 12 from May 30 to June 2 in a host of venues around town. The date announcement also featured a teaser of its lineup, which includes New York's Eartheater, who has a Robyn aesthetic and—according to the fest— "a three-octave vocal range", Philly’s post-bounce clubshaker DJ Haram who mixes DIY noise with booty-shakers and Middle Eastern influences and Debby Friday, a musician, composer and punk icon OBEY aptly calls a "bitchpunk sound theorist."

Early bird passes can be yours for $85, and you can throw in your credit card deets and peep the full list of names at

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

So many show announcements!

Last-minute Christmas gifts have appeared in the form of Metric, Wintersleep, Royal Wood, Ria Mae and...The Golden Girls? (!)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.
  • Ria Mae looks to the future, which includes a hometown show on March 9.

There's no reason to panic about getting anyone a Christmas gift this year: Halifax (already) has something for every music fan in 2019.

All tickets are handily on sale this Friday, December 14, in time for you to get a nice card to go with them.

Perhaps your in-laws don't enjoy live music, but they really appreciate a good laugh? You can grab tickets starting this Friday for the Thank You For Being a Friend: The Ultimate Golden Girls Experience, a puppet show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Do you remember the stitch you had in your gut from listening to Dorothy crack a sarcastic joke as Rose, adorably, misunderstood? Hop in a time machine back to the 80s on March 3. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre ($21.50-$36.50).

The two-time Juno-winning pop artist Ria Mae is coming home to perform at the Marquee Ballroom on March 9. Tickets ($20 adv/$25 show) will be available on December 14 at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor Street) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen Street) and at Sonic Concerts.

Royal Wood took the emotions from the death of his father and the love for his new wife and turned them into the album Ever After The Farewell. He returns to  Halifax on March 18 at the Rebecca Cohn. The one non Friday sale date, tickets ($26.50 adv/$31.50 show) will be for sale Thursday, December 13 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29. - NORMAN WONG
  • Wintersleep comes out of the forest to play new songs on March 29.
  • Norman Wong
Halifax indie stars Wintersleep  just announced plans for its latest album In The Land Of, to be released the same weekend as their hometown show at the Marquee on March 29.

Collectively Metric and July Talk have seven Juno Awards—the bands will be hitting the road together for a cross-Canada tour during April and May, bringing all their hits across the country. The third-last stop, out of 12, is May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre. Get tix here.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Neko Case is playing in Halifax April 16

Motivated by tragedy, she's coming in hot

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 2:45 PM

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The award winning indie singer-songwriter Neko Case will be coming to Halifax to promote her latest album, Hell-On. Driven by a fire that scorched her Vermont farmhouse, she hit the studio to produce Hell-On’s already-written single, “Bad Luck” for this, her first solo project in five years.

Case will be performing in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn on Tue, April 16 at 8pm.

Tickets for the show are $60.23 in advance and $65.98 on show day. You can grab yours starting this Friday, Dec 7, at the Dalhousie Art Centre Box Office, by phone at (902) 494-3820 or online at

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Halifax Pop Explosion announces festival kick-off party featuring Matt Mays and Partner

Cop your wristband for this October 16 party

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Mays—fresh off a tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem—headlines the October 16 gig.
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October 17 is a date looming large in our calendars for lots of wild, wonderful reasons—it's the first day of the Halifax Pop Explosion AND the first day of legalized cannabis—but now the countdown is about to be even more epic: HPX announced today that it's getting the party started a little earlier with a countdown to legalization party on October 16 at The Marquee Ballroom featuring the sunshine-streaked sonic tonic of Matt Mays and the stadium-inspired riff-rockage of Partner.

Doors open at 8pm and entry is guaranteed to wristband holders (the fest says a few door tickets might be available if space permits) so Mays fans won't wanna leave it to chance. Get your wristband—and peep the festival's full lineup, which includes awesome all-girl rap group The Sorority, a show by Polaris prize winner Jeremy Dutcher and more—at

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Halifax Urban Folk Festival announces partial lineup

The fest caps off your summer with shows from Aug 26-Sep 2.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 4:16 PM

Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker is amongst the fest's headliners. - BRITNEY TOWNSEND
  • Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker is amongst the fest's headliners.
  • Britney Townsend

The ninth annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival, AKA the acoustic-tinged farewell kiss to summer, has announced the first three names on its lineup today. The fest, which is held at a few spots around town but primarily housed at The Carleton, is headlined by Hey Rosetta!'s (RIP) frontperson Tim Baker, Nashville singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt and former Crash Test Dummies frontperson Brad Roberts. Tickets for these three acts will be available Friday, June 22 at and the rest of the fest's lineup will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Halifax Pop Explosion announces first wave of acts

Book vacation time now for the October 17-20 festival.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:45 AM

CupcakKe brings raunchy rhymes and a new album to HPX this fall. - SCREENSHOT VIA CUPCAKKE.COM
  • CupcakKe brings raunchy rhymes and a new album to HPX this fall.
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Every fall, the Halifax Pop Explosion blows the city’s minds with an eclectic mix of artists shredding on stages across town. While 2018’s full lineup is yet to be announced, the first crop of names includes scrappy indie rockers The Born Ruffians (which returned to its original lineup earlier this year), Vancouver EDM up-and-comer Applecat and Nova Scotia’s own Port Cities, performing with Symphony Nova Scotia.

We’re already warming up our credit cards to see Chicago rapper CupcakKe, who carries on the bawdy, ball-busting rhyme tradition of Lil’ Kim with a knack for throwaway lines that Pitchfork calls “some of the funniest, absurdist one-liners to appear on a record since the heyday of Ghostface."

Rounding out the announcement is Zola Jesus, Sean Leon, Reuben and the Dark, Helena Deland, Cadence Weapon and Fat Tony. Earlybird wristbands are on sale now for $65, and you can peep more details about the fest at

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rufus Wainwright plays the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium September 20

Tickets go on sale to see the Gay Messiah June 1.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 4:36 PM

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The forever-king of baroque pop and broken hearts—and the only person who could pull off an album of Shakespearean sonnets—famed vocalist, songwriter and gay icon Rufus Wainwright is about to light up your fall with a September 20 show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at at noon on June 1 for $65 or are $70 the day of the show.
Let's fill the time waiting for the male KD Lang with his iconic cover of "Hallelujah," shall we?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jazz Fest adds Alvvays, Chaka Khan and more to stacked 2018 lineup

Tickets on sale Friday, April 13 at 10am.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Alvvays opens for for The War on Drugs July 11. - ARDEN WRAY
  • Alvvays opens for for The War on Drugs July 11.
  • Arden Wray
The Halifax Jazz Festival, which kicked off this year with a very sweet double-barrelled announcement of The War on Drugs and Daniel Caesar, followed in recent weeks by Charlotte Day Wilson and Land of Talk, unveiled its more headliners yesterday.

Canadian superstars Alvvays (July 11, Tent) and life superstar Chaka Khan (July 12, Tent) have been added to the mix, as well as Matt Andersen and The Mellotones, Whitehorse (July 14, Tent) and Nicholas Payton (July 14, St.Matt's).

Tickets for Caesar and War on Drugs are on sale now. The rest go up this Friday at 10am. The fest will round out its lineup in the coming weeks.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sloan plays the Marquee May 3

Tickets on sale today for ECMA performance.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM


Halifax's favourite boy band Sloan—which Exclaim recently proclaimed better than The Beatles—will make your high-kicking East Coast Music Awards dreams come true with a show May 3 at the Marquee.

Tickets are $25, go on sale today at 10am, and will get you onto both floors of the building, which has a stacked lineup of Adyn Townes, Motherhood, T. Thomason, Kill Chicago, Fuzz Fiction, Walrus, Hello Delaware and The Town Heroes.
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