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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Enter The Coast's Smartphone Film Festival today!

The only festival of its kind will accept entries until March 9th for SPFF's second year

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM

click image Halifax SmartPhone Film Festival
  • Halifax SmartPhone Film Festival

Handy with a camera? Wicked on your smartphone? You can now submit your smartphone film until March 9th for the Halifax Smartphone Film Festival (SPFF) via The Coast's SPFF site, where videos (5 mins max) will have a chance to win cash and prizes including a new Eastlink phone! Entries will be shown at the SPFF Screening & Awards Party on April 22.

Get all SPFF'd up for the SPFF Awards
  • Get all SPFF'd up for the SPFF Awards

Presented by Eastlink, with production from 902PostInc., the second SPFF welcomes entries from folks of all ages and technical abilities. Just make your film, upload it to Vimeo and attend the screening (tickets available now). Phones have sure come a distance when it comes to filming and editing (I love those Vines, baby!) and now's your chance to show off your skillz. 

You can check out SPFF's rules and regulations, FAQs, buy your tickets to the Awards, and submit your film with the SPFF entry form, and watch last year's top three winners below!

First Place: "Glimpse" by Jake Ivany

"Glimpse" Short Film from Jake Ivany Multimedia on Vimeo.

Second Place: "The Cinema of Sweat" by David Clarke

The Cinema of Sweat from David Clark on Vimeo.

Third Place: "The Cottage" by Jack Leahy

The Cottage from Jack Leahy on Vimeo.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Share this Dub Kartel post to win an Evolve bracelet + prize pack

Watch this live video and win big, courtesy of Halifax's reggae jammers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 1:33 PM

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"Where my ganja smokers at?" says Dub Kartel's Kyle McCracken. We're right here, man!! If we share this live video of the dance hall/reggae band's set at Evolve 2015, we have a chance to win a bracelet for this year's Evolve, the amazing three-day summer festival just outside of Antigonish. ON TOP OF THIS AMAZING PRIZE, you will also win a Dub Kartel prize pack!! 

SMASH THAT SHARE BUTTON. And check out Cold Smoke 2016 on Saturday! 

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Check out all this cool shit at Pro Skates this weekend

A skate vid screening, mini-ramp jam, holiday sale and haircuts for all

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM

2nd Annual Oddfellows Mini-Ramp Comp on Saturday - RILEY SMITH
  • 2nd Annual Oddfellows Mini-Ramp Comp on Saturday
  • Riley Smith

Haayy, you hear the new Lil Wayne mixtape yet? Man, Wayne has gone off. That Hotline Bling remix? lol. Anyway, it's Friday and our dogs down at Pro Skates have some sweet shit lined up this weekend, if you feel like chilling out and buying nice stuff, which you probably should. 


At 8:30pm, catch the screening of Bath Salts, the new skate vid from Baker fam Heroin Skateboards, "filmed in London, Paris, Manchester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, Agoura, Whitsable and some other places that aren't as good." This trailer features a track by my boys Tonstartssbandht. This vid looks really, really sick with some very tight tricks. 

BATH SALTS Trailer from Heroin Skateboards on Vimeo.


A very special Holiday Homemade Sale! Get some holiday gifts for the people you love the most because this selection is real. Local, handmade, very sweet work from Drifter Goods, the beautiful vessels of Melody Hillman Ceramics and tough accessories/rings from swinej

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At noon, Best Barber Joel Martell at Oddfellows Barbershop hosts the 2nd Annual Invitational Mini-Ramp Contest, while people are getting their hair done all day. So watch some rips, watch some cuts, drink a latte. There are prizes from Uppercut Deluxe, Tired Skateboards, Brixton, Bronson Speed Co., Independent Truks, OJ Wheels and DC Shoes. 

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Plus, Pro just got a stock of the Nixon X Star Wars line, which looks so sweet. And, if you forgot, Forged in Vinyl sells records and tapes and crazy black metal gear and demonic stuff so basically everything you'll ever need is all in one place. Looks like an all-around dope weekend. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Text to win tickets to see The Kiefer Sutherland Band!

Turns out Jack Bauer likes to rock and roll

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 3:46 PM

"We don't have much time!"
  • "We don't have much time!"

How often do you get a chance to see the jerk-punk from Stand By Me? The time is now!

Kiefer Sutherland, one of the original Lost Boys and notorious Hollywood party-dude, brings his alt-rock country-jams to Halifax this weekend. The Kiefer Sutherland Band will appear at The Carleton Bar & Grill on Saturday for a private fundraiser. And thanks to The Carleton, you can win tickets to see the man with a gun, Jack Bauer himself, at this exclusive event!

Just like in Sutherland's TV series 24, use your phone to enter the contest for tickets to this night of music that also features Cape Breton's Bobby Cameron, The Common Linnets (Netherlands), and Halifax's own The Carletones. The fundraiser kicks off at 9:30pm in support of local non-profit, child-focused organization, Family SOS. Follow the instructions to enter.

Text CARLETON to 770077 to learn how to join. Standard message rates may apply.”

The clock is ticking. 

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ben Caplan Wants Your Art

enter a contest, design his record art, win money

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM


It’s a hazy Saturday afternoon at Ben Caplan’s place. The raspy-voiced, bearded musician — who, along with his band, the Casual Smokers, is opening for Hey Rosetta! on April 15 — lives at an Agricola Street haunt known for its Monday open mic nights and weekend house concerts. It’s the type of space where music and art seem to constantly be happening. There are at least three pianos in the main room, while homemade stars hang suspended from the ceiling and weird knick-knacks line the shelves. And just as he opens up his living room on a weekly basis to anyone who wants to play music, Caplan has also opened up the opportunity to design the artwork for his upcoming album, tentatively titled Nine Kinds of Trouble.

The Portrait of a Band contest invites local artists to send five pieces to Caplan for evaluation. The winning artist will then collaborate with Caplan to design the art for the vinyl-only release (as well as their website and merchandise). As an added bonus, the winning artist will be paid $1,000 out of Caplan’s own pocket. “At the end of the day, I think art is worth money,” says Caplan. “I think every type of artist creates work that has value. And it’s our duty to support each other as much as we can.” The contest runs until May 10. Go to to apply.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

CKDU Are Going All Night Long

all night

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Good morning jerks! As most of you know, the CKDU funding drive is still in full swing (continuing to October 7th) and tonight the hardworking programmers will be broadcasting ALL NIGHT LONG. Yes, this is correct. After the regular programming day ends at midnight, staff and volunteers will be going all Jerry Lewis on your ass (minus the crotcheyness and old-man racism) in order to solicit your donations and amuse you with increasingly crazed and sleep-deprived antics. Funding drive coordinator Catherine Chapman tells us that the station is aiming to raise $26,000 by the end of the "night." "People really need to listen to our whackyness as it gets later and later and we continue to ask people to donate and why they should," she writes. Insomniacs, tonight is your night to step up. Help the good people of CKDU raise money so they can eventually go to sleep.

Additionally, anyone who pledges to one of the following shows TODAY will be entered in a draw to win a Halifax Pop Explosion Priority Pass:

Operation Wake Up
Inner Connections
Youth Now!
The Swing Arrangement
From the Margins
Dark End of the Street
The Lost Cosmonauts

We would like to remind you that the priority passes are fucking sweet. From the HPX website:

The 5 day HPX Priority Pass gives holders*:

* Skip the lineup priority access (subject to capacity)
* Guaranteed NO COVER at all HPX shows (St. Matthew’s Church & Paragon concerts included
* Music Matters Conference
* Citadel Hotel Label Showcases
* Just Friends Brunch
* Insider festival communications and special offers

Um, yeah. That's pretty good. Donate by calling 49-HAPPY or online at The lucky winner will be announced on Operation Wake-up Tuesday morning. Make a donation, folks. DOOOOO IT.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Battle to Canadian Music Week 2010


Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 11:38 AM


The Battle to Canadian Music Week 2010 for the Music Nova Scotia Stage: Enter the Tiki begins at The Seahorse Tavern January 19, 26, February 2 and 9

Here's a jolly holiday read about crushing your peers in an all-out, no holds barred battle:

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Tune into CKDU 88.1FM to win tickets to see Henry Rollins

Now that's a nice Christmas gift

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 6:42 PM

You and a friend could be in that audience (or a reasonable facsimile) for $0!
  • You and a friend could be in that audience (or a reasonable facsimile) for $0!

Henry Rollins wouldn’t want you to spend your hard-earned money on a ticket to his show March 19 at the Rebecca Cohn, especially not if you could win tickets instead.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Vote for Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year

If you're looking for something to do

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Will you vote for Christina Martin? Only time will tell
  • Will you vote for Christina Martin? Only time will tell

Music Nova Scotia has announced that the polls are open for members and the public to vote for the Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year. The award will be handed out at the Music Nova Scotia Gala Awards Show during Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth. The nominees, as released on September 4, 2009, are Joel Plaskett, Classified, In-Flight Safety, Christina Martin and Charlie A’Court.

To vote visit and make your selection.

The voting begins ends October 30. And you'd better have your Halloween costume by then, also.

For your files: The Music Nova Scotia Gala Awards Show will be held at the Yarmouth Mariners Centre on Sunday, November 8 beginning at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now through, via phone at 1-888-311-9090 or in person at any Ticketpro outlet.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fucked Up Polaris Prize winners, Metric sore losers, Globe and Mail is cool

Links for the memories

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM


My favourite for the Polaris Prize, Toronto's Fucked Up won the big bucks at the Polaris Prize gala on Monday night and here are some internet tidbits to keep you puttering around on the computer:

Metric's classy reaction
Globe and Mail writes a nice piece and doesn't blank out the name like a fool
What Fucked Up plan to do with the money

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yes, you can be Ms. or Mr. Maynard!

Provided you have the upper body strength and chugging skills

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:16 AM


The “ultimate north end pageant” takes place this weekend on Maynard and Cornwallis Streets (outside of 5653 Cornwallis at 2:30pm), and promises to be a rager. The Ms. And Mr. Maynard pageant is hosted by the Radiator Collective and organized by Jenna Empey and Heather Rappard, and will crown two lucky folks who are brave and bold enough to strut their stuff and their weird talents in front of four impartial judges. The categories are as follows: evening wear, talent, a swimsuit portion, arm wrestling, beer chugging, trivia and a lightning dice round. The winners will be crowned later that night at Gus’ Pub with a celebratory show by Fantods, ECT, Mackenzie Kings, Stop Motion Massacre and Floodland. “Months ago there was a weird streak of friends breaking out their bizarro circus tricks. Things like juggling or freakish contortion that I never knew they could do before,” says Jenna Empey. “So weird talent combined with the absurdity of beauty pageants is where Ms. and Mr. Maynard came from. It's not a straight up beauty contest; a lot of folks immediately shy away from things like that. It's open to interpretation I know that some gals are competing as fellers and some guys competing as ladies too. The points are awarded for inventiveness, creativity and hilarity with a big portion going towards odd talent.” You know you’ve been dying to show off your wicked lasso skills, right?

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Nova Scotia Music Week full list of nominees

For your perusal

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Classified, I put my tooth through my lip that way.
  • Classified, I put my tooth through my lip that way.

Nova Scotia Music Week has more big names for you to digest, so start chewing:

Joel Plaskett, Classified, In-Flight Safety, Brian Borcherdt, Grand Dérangement, The Tom Fun Orchestra and Charlie A’Court will perform, in addition to the winners of the underage Yarmouth Exhibition Battle of the Bands The Holdup and Cape Breton fiddlers Dawn and Margie Beaton, Anna Ludlow, Colin Grant, Chrissy Crowley and Gillian Boucher.

The complete listing of Music Nova Scotia music award nominees and categories are:

Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year — Public Vote
Joel Plaskett
In-Flight Safety
Christina Martin
Charlie A’Court

Album of the Year
Gypsophilia — Sa-ba-da-OW!
Dog Day — Concentration
Jenn Grant — Echoes
Joel Plaskett — Three
In-Flight Safety — We Are An Empire, My Dear

Alternative Artist/Group Recording
Dog Day — Concentration
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees — Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
Dave Marsh — The True Love Rules
Ryan MacGrath — In My Own Company
In-Flight Safety — We Are An Empire, My Dear

Blues Artist/Group Recording
The Blue Monday Band — Wicked World
The Hupman Brothers — Countin’ Quarters
Charlie A’Court — Live at the Marigold
Garrett Mason — Love & Sound
John Tetrault Group — Keepsies

Classical Recording
Peter Allen and Patricia Creighton — Wind Song
Peter Gillis — A Cape Breton Tenor Christmas
Rhapsody Quintet — Rhapsody by Request

Country/Bluegrass Artist/Group Recording
JD Clarke — Satisfied
Michael Brennan — Anywhere But Here
Troy Young — Perfect Dream
The Strangeboys — Shoot First
The Spinney Brothers — When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall

DJ of the Year
DJ Dollar
DJ Y-Rush

Female Artist Recording
Jenn Grant — Echoes
Norma MacDonald — The Forest for the Trees
Erin Costelo — Fire and Fuss
Coco Love Alcorn - Joyful
Mary Stewart — Mary Stewart

Folk Recording
Blou — Noël Blou
Kim Wempe — Kim Wempe
Brian Vardigans - Springhill
David Bradshaw — No Place
James Hill & Anne Davison — True Love Don’t Weep

Group Recording
Gypsophilia — Sa-ba-da-OW!
The Stanfields — The Stanfields
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees — Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
Shelter With Thieves — Confessions of a Toxic Generation
In-Flight Safety — We Are An Empire, My Dear

Hip-Hop Recording
Hermitofthewoods — Love’s Dark Season
Joe Buck — Up
Ghettosocks — Get Some Friends
Expedyte — Life
Classified — Self Explanatory

Inspirational Artist/Group Recording
The Burkes — The Reason We Sing
Peter Gillis — A Cape Breton Tenor Christmas
Latter Rain — Life is More Than Fears

Jazz/Electro/Acoustic Artist/Group Recording
Gypsophilia — Sa-ba-da-OW!
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees — Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
Coco Love Alcorn — Joyful

Loud Artist Recording
Broken Ohms - Nocturnal Emissions
Diminished Fifth Records — The Music of Artisanship & War Vol. 2
Shelter With Thieves — Confessions of a Toxic Generation
Stygian Sky — Stygian Sky

Male Artist Recording
Ryan MacGrath — In My Own Company
Joel Plaskett — Three
Ryan Cook — Hot Times
Charlie A’Court — Live at the Marigold
Dave Carroll — Perfect Blue

Musician of the Year
Jordi Comstock
Dave Marsh
Andrew White
Dale Murray
Rob Crowell

New Artist/Group Recording of the Year
The Stanfields — The Stanfields
Molly Thomason — Through the Static
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers — Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees — Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel — Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel
Telfer — Born This Morning

Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording
Caledonia — We Are America
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers — Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers
Joel Plaskett — Three
Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel — Carleton Stone Drives the Big Wheel
Mike Trask & Mudhill — Boot for Flying

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Andrew Hunter
Joel Plaskett
Dave Carroll
Erin Costelo
In-Flight Safety

Traditional/Roots Recording
Blou — Noël Blou
Dawn and Margie Beaton — Taste of Gaelic
Gillian Boucher — Elemental
Anna Ludlow — Reel to Reel
James Hill & Anne Davison — True Love Don’t Weep

Video of the Year
The Tom Fun Orchestra — Throw Me To The Rats
Joel Plaskett — Through & Through & Through
Shelter With Thieves — Nursery Crimes
Dave Carroll — United Breaks Guitars
In-Flight Safety — Model Homes

DVD of the Year
Jimmy Swift Band — Live at the Marquee
Drum! — Drum! Live DVD
First Voices — Connecting Aboriginal Youth in the North and South

Digital Artist of the Year
Dave Carroll
Ryan Cook
The Tom Fun Orchestra
The Superfantastics

Voting will begin on Thursday, September 17 and electronic notices will be sent to all eligible members of Music Nova Scotia, who will vote on the award winners. Industry award nominations, information about the educational conference and delegate passes will be announced in the coming weeks.

The awards will be handed out at the Music Nova Scotia Music and Industry Awards Brunch, which will be held on Sunday, November 8 at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth beginning at 11:00am. Awards will also be handed out at the Music Nova Scotia Gala Awards Show, which will take place at the Yarmouth Mariners Centre on Saturday, November 7 beginning at 8:00pm.

Tickets are on sale online at, via phone 1-888-311-9090 or in person at any Ticketpro outlet including:

Yarmouth Mariners Centre Box Office — 31 Cottage St., Yarmouth, NS (902) 742-2155
City Drug Store — 369 Main St., Yarmouth, NS (902) 742-3579
Saulnierville Pharmacy — 9999 Highway #1, Saulnierville, NS (902) 769-0893

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Herohill's Bryan Acker enjoys all the luxuries of being a Polaris Prize jury member

And, oh, they are numerous

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 11:59 AM


Congrats are in order for Herohill’s Bryan Acker. Acker was asked to be on the Polaris Prize grand jury, so you should start sending him cookies and elaborate love poems now to get in his good graces. Just kidding, I’m sure he won’t take a bribe. “Bribes? Of course. I'll even take brides from bands that weren't nominated,” says Acker. “I prefer large sacks of money with a huge $ written on the outside, large jugs on moonshine with XXX written on the outside, but would settle for t-shirts and large thick slabs of vinyl.” The self-deprecating Acker blogs like crazy and is currently writing a series of Polaris nominee reviews on Herohill, giving you an inside look at the thought processes of a Polaris Prize jury member. “Obviously, I'm super stoked as it kind of validates music blogs as critical source for the Canadian scene,” says Acker. “Or more accurately, it validates us wasting hours writing reviews that people don't read.” Not true, I read one just today.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Vote for the winner of the Echo songwriting prize online

That's just a suggestion, not a command

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

The SOCAN Echo songwriting prize has assembled a mini playlist of five songs they they have determined to be “some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the past year by independent songwriters in Canada.” Halifax hero Joel Plaskett made the list with “Through and Through and Through.” Have a listen at, vote and know that a single mouse click can help a Canadian artist win a $5,000 cash prize. Productive!

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Have fun on Warped Tour, baby

It's possible!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM


Music Nova Scotia kicks off the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 13 with a call for submissions, inviting artists to apply to compete for 4 dates, and perform on the Vans Warped Tour 2010. Judges and regional bands decide who will perform on one of the preliminary stages at The Seahorse Tavern September 8, 15, 22 and 29, and at The Pit in Sydney, Cape Breton September 17. Only 5 regional winners will be chosen and will advance to the final battle that takes place during Nova Scotia Music Week 2009 in Yarmouth. Visit to get more info. Music Nova Scotia is accepting applications until August 21. For more info, contact Jonny Stevens, Education and Events Coordinator at Music Nova Scotia, 423-6271 ext. 4 or mobile 489-2413

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