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Friday, September 20, 2019

Twirl on into the weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 4:17 PM

From the Brazilian dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança kick-starting Live Art Dance’s new season to Sugar Sammy bringing down the house at Spatz Theatre, it’s a red-hot weekend.

Brazil dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança delivers a boundary-pushing show, Ímpar. Paula Kossatz photo - PAULA KOSSATZ PHOTO
  • Brazil dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança delivers a boundary-pushing show, Ímpar. Paula Kossatz photo
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Sugar Sammy
Friday

The funny guy The New York Times calls "a fearless comic with a talent for provoking both laughter and outrage”, Sugar Sammy brings his particular brand of stand-up to Spatz Theatre. more deets

Focus Cia de Dança
Friday, Saturday

The Brazilian dance troupe Focus Cia de Dança arrives in Halifax thanks to Live Art Dance and Prismatic Arts Festival, ready to wow with the piece Ímpar at Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

The Last Wife
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Merritt Award-winning, Dora Award-nominated Stephanie MacDonald takes pride in playing tough women—“like your cousin who isn’t gonna let that shit slide at family dinner,” she tells The Coast. Here, she brings her considerable talent and same ain’t-no-pushover attitude to the role of Catherine Parr in Neptune’s season opener, The Last Wife. A play about the careful dance of power and progress, see MacDonald and Jodee Richardson (who plays leading man as King Henry VII) as the ultimate power couple. more deets

Maddie Alexander's latest Khyber exhibit highlights the lasting pain of  microagressions. - MADDIE ALEXANDER PHOTO
  • Maddie Alexander's latest Khyber exhibit highlights the lasting pain of microagressions.
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Celebrating Mary Pratt
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
At this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, the flick It was All so Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt will debut. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia joins in on celebrating one of Canada’s most beloved artists by displaying her piece"Artifacts on Astroturf" in the gallery’s main lobby. more deets

21 days to make or break a habit
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
For the first 21 days of November 2018, artist Maddie Alexander embarked on a performance piece that concluded the day after Trans Day of Remembrance. Each day during the performance, Alexander would document whether or not they were misgendered, marking this with self-tattooing on their hands. A year later, the resulting photographs—as well as 21 needles, written notes, and an empty container of ink—will be displayed in the Khyber’s window gallery. more deets

Atmospheric Events
Tursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The university gallery's contribution to this year's RESPONSIVE Light Art Festival sees the brutalist building in a whole new light. more deets

Renée Fleming brings big pipes and LA glamour to Symphony Nova Scotia. - TIMOTHY WHITE PHOTO
  • Renée Fleming brings big pipes and LA glamour to Symphony Nova Scotia.
  • Timothy White photo

Vortex w/Enemy Designed, Ignightor
Friday

Face-melting metal awaits at Gus' Pub. more deets

Opera gala: Renée Fleming
Saturday

Called “the people’s diva” by Symphony Nova Scotia, Fleming brings her powerful pipes all the way from the LA classical music scene to your hungry ears (and the Cohn), pairing with the symphony and conductor Alexander Shelley for what it bills as “a blockbuster showcase.” more deets

Since U Been Gone
Friday

The early 2000s dance party you crave at The Seahorse. more deets

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ten questions with Mobina Galore

The dairy-and-Timberlake-obsessed Winnipeg punk duo is pleased to meet you—and rip your ears off.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 4:00 AM

When Mobina Galore aren't melting faces, the hardcore-tinged duo is travelling the globe to eat cheese and shred guitar. - DWAYNE LARSON PHOTO
  • When Mobina Galore aren't melting faces, the hardcore-tinged duo is travelling the globe to eat cheese and shred guitar.
  • Dwayne Larson photo

From the out-to-please-nobody energy of staying-in anthem "I Need To Go Home" to the brute squall that is "You're Not 23 Anymore", Mobina Galore doesn't give a fuck what you think.

What do drummer Marcia Hanson and guitarist Jenna Priestner care about? Crafting punched-up rock songs they describe as "vocally aggressive power chord punk."  The result lands somewhere between Courtney Love's smeared mascara and Avril Lavigne's biggest rock ambitions—all with vocals ready to teeter into hardcore at any second.

Landing at Gus' Pub tonight (Sunday, Sep 15) hot off the September 6 release of Don't Worry, the duo is ready to melt your face as way of saying hello. And, to help move the introduction along, both Hanson and Priestner have filled out the inaugural edition of this questionnaire.

1. What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Priestner: "I’ve always had this vague memory that it was a Whigfield cassette; I just looked it up and it would have been in 1995. Another similar memory is No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, but that may have been a gift."
Hanson: "I honestly can’t remember, but I do remember buying Chantel Kreviazuk’s Under These Rocks and Stones in 1996."

2. If you were to name your influences, which name on the list would be most surprising?
Priestner: "Justin Timberlake."
Hanson: "Cher—which wouldn’t be surprising to anyone that knows me."

3.What’s the best concert or live performance you’ve ever gone to?
Priestner: "It’s a three-way tie between Dixie Chicks (any of the three times I’ve seen them), The Tragically Hip’s final tour or Justin Timberlake’s latest tour. (I almost got to touch his hand!)."
Hanson: "The Tragically Hip’s final tour, tickets were so hard to get but we managed to get four amazing floor seats."

4. What one thing/person outside of music has shaped the way you make music?
Preistman: "My dad, he is so passionate about music and is our biggest fan/critic which both frightens and inspires me."
Hanson: "Cheese, because I wish I could write every song about cheese. I did write a rap about cheese once actually."

5. Share the last GIF you used below:
Priestman: "I’m more of a Bitmoji kind of gal, and this last one is one I sent to Marcia:"

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6. Share the last shot on your camera roll below:
Priestman: "The van pack picture!"

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Hanson: "This sweet photo with [famous drummers] Tucker Rule [of Thursday] and Atom Willard [of Against Me!]."
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7. When you’re not making music, what are you most likely to be found doing?
Preistman: "Puttering around the house, cleaning and tidying, listening to music."
Hanson: "Cooking or playing with my niece and nephews."

8. What’s your perfect cure for a bad day?
Priestman: "Drinks; if it’s summer being in the sun, or if it’s winter probably snuggling on the couch with said drink."
Hanson: "Homemade macaroni and cheese."

9. What’s the best part about being in a band?
Preistman: "Making 15 year old Jenna’s dreams come true."
Hanson: "Getting to travel and eat foreign cheese snacks."

10. What do you do when you wanna treat yourself?
Preistman: "Spa life. And going to the grocery store and buying groceries like we have money or going for dinner."
Hanson: "Going out for fancy dinner and drinks."

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Have a poppin' weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 4:54 PM

Get into feast mode at the return of Italian Weekend, rock out with the hardcore punk of Mobina Galore and pass the popcorn at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival's opening weekend.

Hitting up Italian Weekend means feasting on homemade eats like cannoli and endlessly layered lasagna. - RILEY SMITH PHOTO
  • Hitting up Italian Weekend means feasting on homemade eats like cannoli and endlessly layered lasagna.
  • Riley Smith photo

Who Let The Dogs Out screening
Friday
Over 120 movies will be shown at this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival—and while they are all awesome in their own way, who could resist this wild, wacky, deep-dive into the Baha Men's biggest hit? Catch it at Cineplex Cinemas Parklane. more deets

Italian Weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Knocked down but not out by Hurricane Dorian, this festival of all things Italy was postponed to this weekend. Sample language lessons, bocce, and lots and lots of tasty food at the Italian Cultural Centre. Ciao! more deets

The Word on the Street Festival
Saturday
Have you heard the word? The Word on the Street Book & Magazine Festival returns to Halifax Central Library for three floors of author Q&As, poetry readings, panel discussions and more. more deets

North By Night Market
Saturday
The final night market of the summer sees DJs, food trucks and local artisans descend on Gottingen Street for an end-of-season hurrah. more deets

A record of the walks Japanese artist On Kawara took in Halifax builds an emotional map of the city at Hermes. - ON KAWARA ARTWORK
  • A record of the walks Japanese artist On Kawara took in Halifax builds an emotional map of the city at Hermes.
  • On Kawara artwork

The Birds and the Bees
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Nova Scotia Potters Guild's latest group effort sees this pastoral-steeped showcase, buzzing and flapping with works inspired by—and bedecked with—birds and bees, descend upon the Craig Gallery. more deets

Being-in-the Breathable: 44.649589,-63.574150
Saturday, Sunday
A map of the city and its heart, this collection of paintings stamped with co-ordinates act as a record of the walks artist On Kawara took while visiting Halifax in 1973. more deets

Salvador Dali, a suite of prints
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The dandy of dadaism and sultan of surrealism, there is no comparison to Dali. Here at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, his later work—widely influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the Catholic Church—provides a rare glimpse into the post-melting-clock years. more deets

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11 Layers
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group showcase by 11 emerging artists who participated in the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia's Summer Professional Development Residency. more deets

The power-punk of Mobina Galore will rock you. - DWAYNE LARSON PHOTO
  • The power-punk of Mobina Galore will rock you.
  • Dwayne Larson photo

Heart Attack Kids w/Diner Drugs
Friday

High-voltage rock that'll shred your eardrums is the big promise the Heart Attack Kids always delivers on. Witness for yourself at Gus'. more deets

Mobina Galore
Sunday
The Winnipeg power-chord punk duo Mobina Galore has shared the stage with the likes of Against Me! and Propagandhi, but steal the show in their own right. See 'em in action at Gus'. more deets

Jah'Mila
Saturday
The roots-y reggae of Jah'Mila will make a fan out of you. Catch the beat at Bearly's! more deets

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Jinjoo Cho w/Hyun Soo Kim
Saturday

Prize-winning violinist Jinjoo Cho returns to the Maritime Conservatory for a highly-charged performance with celebrated pianist Hyun Soo Kim. more deets
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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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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Have a confetti-filled Labour Day weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 4:46 PM

It's Fringe's opening weekend and the Halifax Urban Folk Fest lineup is stacked, as Labour Day and summer's swan song draws nigh.

Arriving at the Halifax Fringe Fest this weekend, The Other Mozart highlights the true story of Wolfgang's equally talented sister. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Arriving at the Halifax Fringe Fest this weekend, The Other Mozart highlights the true story of Wolfgang's equally talented sister.
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Halifax Wanderers FC vs. FC Edmonton
Monday
The perfect cure for Labour Day's end-of-summer blues? Watching an outdoor sport—like soccer at the Wanderers Grounds. more deets

The Other Mozart
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
With a script using lines lifted directly from the Mozart family's letters, this humorous and heartbreaking play traces the life of the prodigy, virtuoso and composer Nannerl Mozart. See it at Neptune as part of the Halifax Fringe Festival. more deets

Awujoh: Creole Heritage Festival
Monday

A family-friendly celebration of Creole food, people, culture and especially music envelops the south Common with gumbay and zydeco sounds. more deets

The Unrehearsed Dream
Sunday
Shakespeare By The Sea gives its seasonal swan song with this one-night-only event: 13 actors are given their parts and lines to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, but the first time they meet their co-stars is onstage, in front of the audience. The magic happens at Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park. more deets

It's your last weekend to peep Sarah Burwash's gentle watercolours, which subvert gender in soft hues at Studio 21. - SARAH BURWASH ARTWORK
  • It's your last weekend to peep Sarah Burwash's gentle watercolours, which subvert gender in soft hues at Studio 21.
  • Sarah Burwash artwork

Now
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Anne Launcelott's snaps of rural Russia act as the perfect portrait of the place—and this weekend marks your last chance to see the photos. Better get to Teichert Gallery, stat. more deets

FRESH
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
From Sarah Burwash's dreamlike watercolours to Jenny Yujia Shi's stark works on immigration, the art at this Studio 21 showcase is all subtly political. more deets

An Interior Life
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Karen Phinney delivers real Hollis Sigler vibes with her brightly hued canvases capturing intimate living spaces. more deets

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Flat Form
Thursday, Friday
Ada Denil's large-scale prints remind the viewer of origami or angular puzzle pieces. See them at the Corridor Gallery. more deets

Damhnait Doyle says the record she's bringing to the Halifax Urban Folk Festival is the one she always wanted to make. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Damhnait Doyle says the record she's bringing to the Halifax Urban Folk Festival is the one she always wanted to make.
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Phoebe Bridgers Tribute w/The Maes
Thursday
Warming the undercard of this HUFF show at Good Robot, Aussie sister-duo The Maes brings harmonies as vast and sun-dappled as the Outback sky to the stage, tracing the line of '70s folk. more deets

Damhnait Doyle & The Halifax All-Stars w/Opening Song Circle
Friday
Damhnait Doyle brings the best album of her career—the one she says has "no audience out there waiting for" but that she's wanted to make for over 20 years—to The Carleton for what's sure to be an epic Halifax Urban Folk Fest set, tinged with Sheryl Crow vibes. more deets

Keonté Beals
Saturday
From Toni Braxton to Boyz II Men, Beals is versed in golden-era R&B—explaining why he shines so brightly while singing it. Catch the continual glow-up at Stayner's Wharf. more deets

Cassie Josephine & the Cry If I Want To's w/Pretty Archie, Jah'Mila, Eamon
McGrath
Saturday
If you don't already know the sharp roots-y reggae of Jah'Mila (pictured) consider this an overdue introduction. Part of the Haifax Urban Folk Fest, this show happens on the Halifax waterfront. more deets

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Friday, August 23, 2019

LISTEN TO THIS: Spirit of the Wildfire helps you turn up with "Funnel Vision"

The four best buds from Bedford share a party anthem for the ages, complete with a music video of tour antics.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Spirit of the Wildfire still love the rush of touring, even though they've been at it since 2016: "We pinch ourselves every now and then," guitarist Jayson LeMoine says. - ROYCE MACRAE PHOTO
  • Spirit of the Wildfire still love the rush of touring, even though they've been at it since 2016: "We pinch ourselves every now and then," guitarist Jayson LeMoine says.
  • Royce Macrae photo

A song drenched in supersize riffs and Sunny D, the latest track from Spirit of the Wildfire is like letting your ears chew on a pack of Gushers: Tart, bright and addictive.

The four best buds from Bedford met in the ninth grade and retain that friends-first feel—despite being an incredibly tight, oiled machine onstage and in your earbuds. When asked to describe the band's sound, guitarist Jayson LeMoine says "We just kept getting told we're like punk but kinda funky. We kept getting compared to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime."

The dudes' songwriting progress is simple: "We just write tunes and after go 'what was that?'" LeMoine says, the phone line crackling with his laughter. "A lot of the time Jeremy [Caillié the punk band's other guitarist] will come up with a riff and then it takes on a life of its own."

For "Funnel Vision", LeMoine says "the lyrics were all written on the road and it's one of our least meaningful songs. We were drinking too much and this guy in Ottawa was trying to fight with our bass player and we kept telling him 'hey man, just shred it'," he laughs, explaining the song's chorus.

With a video comprised of live tour footage shared on Snapchat, he adds the single's biggest influence hails from those grade nine days: "Sum 41 used to put out videos screwin' around like this when we were kids."

Prepare for the ear worm:

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Make your weekend a slam dunk with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 4:00 AM

From the annual Peace Basketball Tournament to the first weekend of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival to a musical by Xara Choral Theatre, it's gonna be a slam-dunk weekend!

It's your last weekend to have a time with the Argyle Street Kitchen Party. - STOO METZ PHOTO
  • It's your last weekend to have a time with the Argyle Street Kitchen Party.
  • Stoo Metz photo

Lindell Wigginton
Friday

Meet Dartmouth basketball star and Toronto Raptors player Lindell Wigginton at this meet-and-greet that's also a fundraiser for kid's school supplies. Held at The Staples location at 114 Woodlawn Road. more deets

The Argyle Street Kitchen Party
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Neptune Theatre is havin' a time this summer with its annual warm-weather showcase that stages the east coast kitchen party experience with award-winning musician Ian Sherwood and a rotating collection of local talent delivering song-and-dance-fuelled fun. The show wraps Sunday, so this is your last chance to catch the ceilidh! more deets

Third annual Peace Tournament
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A city-wide tournament promoting unity and celebrating basketball, Peace Basketball Tournament sees courts all over town booked up. Peep the extensive schedule by following @peacetournament on Instagram. more deets

Rings Through Water
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Xara Choral Theatre, Sarain Fox and Deantha Edwards explore our relationship to water with a show packed with choral and solo singing, contemporary and traditional Indigenous dance, and text and theatrical presentation. As three short stories unfold, water becomes spoken for as the voices of its protectors are amplified. See it at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. more deets

Tyshan Wright's showcase examining the cultural objects of Jamaican Maroons wraps this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Tyshan Wright's showcase examining the cultural objects of Jamaican Maroons wraps this weekend.
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Hopelessly Devoted To You
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
If you're yet to see The Khyber's latest group show—which examines the apocalypse, Olivia Newton-John and iced coffee—do it now, now, now: The exhibit packs an incredible range and closes Saturday. more deets

Craft LAIR: Tyshan Wright
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design's latest Local Artist In Residence, Tyshan Wright, is a "traditional maker of Jamaican Maroon instruments and cultural objects," the gallery says. Here, Wright aims to "explore the intersections between traditional and contemporary craft," as he creates mixed-media representations of sacred Maroon objects. more deets

Now
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Anne Launcelott's fine-art photos are a pulse-check of modern life in rural Russia. See them at the Teichert Gallery. more deets

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Patterns of Growth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Toni Losey's earthenware pieces rest, nubbly-textured and smooth-silhouetted, in waves of ombre gradient. This weekend marks your last to see the statuettes at the Mary E. Black gallery. more deets

The 10th annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival kicks off with a bang—and lots of bops—as The Burning Hell arrives at The Carleton. - ANGUS ROWE PHOTO
  • The 10th annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival kicks off with a bang—and lots of bops—as The Burning Hell arrives at The Carleton.
  • Angus Rowe photo

Spirit Of The Wildfire w/June Body, Mattel's, Nothing Serious
Saturday

The funk-infused punk of Spirit Of The Wildfire is like letting your ears suck on a sour candy: A wild rush! See what we mean at this Oasis Pub showcase. more deets

The Burning Hell w/Museum Pieces, Gianna Lauren
Sunday

The Burning Hell is exuberant indie-rock, bringing songs about love, loss and Kiefer Sutherland to this, the banner opening night of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival at The Carleton. more deets

Natalie Lynn w/Izra Fitch, Sore Loser
Friday

Ride a sugar high as a triple dose of gritty-yet-glittery pop-rock bands storm The Seahorse Tavern's stage. more deets

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norc w/The Brood, No, It's Fine., Sleeping Machines
Thursday

Genre-blending three-piece norc aims to "liquify your senses" with its new EP release show at The Seahorse. more deets
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Friday, August 16, 2019

LISTEN TO THIS: DK and Ghettosocks deliver golden-age hip hop vibes with "Reflections"

A reworked jazz drum sample—paired with Ghettosocks' legendary wordplay—will make you feel like you traded your arms for wings.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 5:06 PM

Ghettosocks (left) says "I’m focused on trying to harness or re-create that essence, perpetuate that vibe, capture people’s imagination with that sound that caught mine in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.”
  • Ghettosocks (left) says "I’m focused on trying to harness or re-create that essence, perpetuate that vibe, capture people’s imagination with that sound that caught mine in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.”

A blue sky, dotted with cumulus clouds, spins lazily by overhead, as if you’re out for a summer drive with your best friends—or you suddenly found your arms were replaced by wings and you needed to test ‘em out. Ghettosocks (real name Darren Pyper), the venerable Halifax MC, comes into view, towering over the frame. You’re sitting at his feet, ready to receive his imminent lesson in the form. 

The drums hit, backed by the skeleton of a reworked jazz sample, and the rhythm slides across your ears, sweet as Nutella.

“I fly, we fly they fly/I looked up and saw my reflection in the sky,” Ghettosocks spits.

This is “Reflections,” the new track by producer-beatmaker Darrell Kelloway (who goes by DK) and ‘socks himself.

“I started doing shows where Ghettosocks was performing and I started sending him some stuff,” DK begins, explaining how the collaboration came to fruition. “I always loved his wordplay and had been making beats for awhile, and decided to reach out when I felt that my production was good enough.” 

“I’m pretty particular when it comes to beats,” Ghettosocks continues. “When you’re on a wavelength, that’s when things come together. DK’s style just spoke to me.” 

DK—who is immediately set apart from the producer pack by his love of sampling drums from vintage vinyl—has a debut EP slated to drop later this month. When he creates a track, he’s trying to build something “real soulful, the way something sounded in ’94, ’95—with live percussion.”

When it came to writing “Reflections,” “We sat with it and wrote to it, a collaboration on the spot at DJ Uncle Fester’s studios,” Ghettosocks says. 

DK cites golden-age rapper-producer duos like No I.D. and Common or Buckwild and O.C. as influences, while Ghettosocks quickly adds “we’re both fans of Gangstarr—that east coast, New York aesthetic with a matching vocal element.” Which, tbh, explains why “Reflections” sounds somewhere between a lost Tribe Called Quest joint and the B-side to Blackstar’s “Respiration.”

See how it slaps for yourself:

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pour yourself a hot cup of weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 4:55 PM

From the overflowing talent at DCAF to a new Africville retrospective to the torn-up punk tunes of Like A Motorcycle, here's what you should be texting the squad about this weekend.

The Big Jump returns to the city's waterfront, helping you splish-splash it up in Halifax Harbour this Thursday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Big Jump returns to the city's waterfront, helping you splish-splash it up in Halifax Harbour this Thursday.
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Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival
Saturday, Sunday

Grab a hot cup of DCAF as the two-day celebration of comics, cartoonists and crafts returns to Alderney Landing. Saturday is all about panels and programming (and sees Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg, two artists who’ve won the Eisner Award—the comic equivalent of an Oscar—onsite) while Sunday is more exhibit and vendor-based—so bring yer wallet and look out for scads of local talent. more deets

The Big Jump
Thursday

The free, one-day urban swimming adventure returns to the Halifax waterfront, helping you cool off by splash-splashin' around in the harbour. Onsite freshwater showers and water fountains—along with ladders and docks for easy access—round out the scene. more deets

Discovery Days: Dark Skies
Saturday

A celebration of astronomy and space exploration, this day at the Discovery Centre sees guest experts discuss the patterns in our night sky and show how to make a constellation viewer. more deets

The Centre For Art Tapes' 40th Birthday
Thursday

An-all ages celebration of Nova Scotia's only media arts-focused centre! Tunes by DJ Douvet, a performance by The Broadway Maybees, karaoke, cake, drinks and more make it a heckin' good time at the Art Bar. more deets

The Khyber's latest showcase tackles late capitalism, the apocalypse and Olivia Newton-John (natch). - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The Khyber's latest showcase tackles late capitalism, the apocalypse and Olivia Newton-John (natch).
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Bokehlicious
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Angela Creaser presents her collection of super-cropped shots, celebrating minute details and blurring colours. at ViewPoint Gallery. more deets

Hopelessly Devoted To You
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Khyber's latest group show—which the gallery says is "in response to the end of the world"—sees artists sharing works about everything from the apocalypse to late capitalism to iced coffee to Olivia Newton-John. Peep this issue's Coast for a review of the showcase, too. more deets

Patterns of Growth
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Toni Losey's earthenware pieces sport finishing flourishes that look like a cross between the most beautiful barnacle your imagination could render and an alien's eye. See 'em for yourself at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

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Africville: A Spirit that Lives On reflection project
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery mounts a 30th anniversary retrospective of its groundbreaking, collaborative exhibit that saw the gallery, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia and the Africville Genealogical Society combine forces to remember Africville. more deets

Wordburglar returns to get the DCAF party started with a kick-off show Friday. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Wordburglar returns to get the DCAF party started with a kick-off show Friday.
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Like A Motorcycle w/Dearly Beloved, Little You, Little Me, Worst Part
Friday

Torn-up punk tunes to make you move at The Seahorse. more deets

DK and Ghettosocks' album release party
Thursday
Up-and-coming producer DK—whose love of sampling drums from vintage vinyl makes him a standout—celebrates his recent collaboration with OG MC Ghettosocks at this party where you can cop their sure-to-be-stellar seven-inch vinyl. Black Buffalo records will also be on site spinning soul, funk and hip hop 45s to keep your feet shuffling. It all goes down at HopYard Beer Bar. more deets

The DCAF kick-off party
Friday
The DCAF kick-off soiree is a venerable tradition at this point, with Halifax-born, now-Toronto-based MC Wordburglar coming home to prove he's still got the crown when it comes to nerdcore rap. Get amped for the two-day comic book celebration as Wordburglar spits and DJ Black Buffalo holds it down on the ones and twos. Spots from Bullet Bill Club and Hello City round out the fun at Menz. more deets

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Makayla Lynn
Sunday
Lynn's taken her early-Taylor Swift vibe to Nashville, shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, gained major props from Rolling Stone and has even won awards like Music Nova Scotia's Entertainer of the Year and Best Country Artist and Best Artist Most Likely To Make It Big in the Best Of Halifax Readers' Choice Awards. Here, she shows us this summer is all hers with an all-ages shows at White Point Beach where she hypes her latest single, "I'm Over You." more deets
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Take Pride in your weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 12:39 AM

From the return of Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute to the Pride parade to the kitchen party vibes of Jesus Murphy, this weekend will be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

FIN Outdoor returns with another alfresco offering that's perfect for Pride's opening weekend: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • FIN Outdoor returns with another alfresco offering that's perfect for Pride's opening weekend: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Submitted photo

Family Over Fame day
Saturday
An outdoor community celebration that sees R&B royalty JRDN taking the stage—along with free haircuts, face painting and other fun on deck. Held in Uniacke Square. more deets

2019 Afrifest
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The annual celebration of African arts and culture returns to the Halifax waterfront with master drummers from Burkina Faso, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Senegal bringing the noise while traditional dances round out the scene. Food, art and craft vendors add to the good times. more deets

FIN Outdoor screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday
An at-dusk screening of the 1975 cult hit that'll get your pulse racing as you see Dr. Frank-N-Furter woo a vanilla couple who show up on his doorstep. Themed dress up is encouraged to this Public Gardens screening, so start sourcing some fishnet tights now. more deets

2019 Halifax Pride parade
Saturday
This year's parade ambassador is the dripping-in-finesse, Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award-winning drag queen Elle Noir—meaning we're even more stoked than usual for the rainbow-filled march from Sackville Street to the Garrison Grounds. The parade goes from 1-3pm and lining up along Spring Garden Road is your best bet for primo views. Bonus? You can get more Elle in your life by picking up our annual Pride issue—on newsstands today—which has Ms. Noir as our cover star. more deets

This weekend is your last chance to peep a mini-retrospective of a Canadian art legend at 14 Bells. - PETER GOUGH ARTWORK
  • This weekend is your last chance to peep a mini-retrospective of a Canadian art legend at 14 Bells.
  • Peter Gough artwork

Moving
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Denise Soper unpacks the inertia of life itself with this showcase that focuses on the constant motion of our day-to-day, from driving and walking to emotional shifts. See it at Art 1274 Hollis. more deets

Collection of the artist: Peter Gough
Thursday, Friday
The internationally lauded realist painter gets a mini retrospective that acts as a masterclass in capturing—and playing with—light at 14 Bells. more deets

Ocean Treasures: Anthropocene Artifacts
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Artist/researcher Jennifer MacLatchy documents (and mourns) our changing oceans with this Anna Leonowens Gallery showcase filled with marine debris she's gathered. more deets

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group effort
Thursday, Friday
It's your last chance to peep this Craig Gallery showcase, which sees the results of the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program on display. more deets

Wannabe will make you zig-a-zig-ah at Neptune this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Wannabe will make you zig-a-zig-ah at Neptune this weekend.
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For All Mankind: A Music & Video Tribute to Apollo 11
Friday

The Bedford Brass Quintet invites you to relive humankind's giant leap with this sonic tribute to the moon landing that features pop hits from the 1960s and historical footage. This 50th anniversary tribute is held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. more deets

Wannabe
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Toronto's Spice Girls tribute act has travelled the world, making sold-out audiences from Halifax to Dubai go zig-a-zig-ah. Now, the dedicated four-piece—who plots original choreography and sings instead of lip synching—returns to our city by the sea to light up Neptune Theatre with some serious girl power. more deets

Jesus Murphy summer bash
Saturday

"Fill your cup, lace up the toe tappers and get your ass down to our only summer kitchen party this year," commands the down-home-feeling, dance-floor-heating Jesus Murphy. Who are we to argue? Held at Clay West Bar & Grill. more deets

Broadway Our Way
Saturday

Participants from the 15th annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival take a break from their usual repertoire to sing their favourite Broadway hits at Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. more deets

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Have a jazzy weekend with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 2:10 PM

From the opening weekend for Spryfield's new outdoor movie theatre to the Halifax Jazz Fest's return, there's so much fun under the sun (and stars) this weekend! Read on for deets.

Moonrise Movies helps you catch a chill in this summer heat, screening old-school horror flicks under the stars Friday and Saturday. - IAN SELIG PHOTO
  • Moonrise Movies helps you catch a chill in this summer heat, screening old-school horror flicks under the stars Friday and Saturday.
  • Ian Selig photo

Dartmouth at Dusk
Friday

A food, art and craft fair held outside Alderney Landing that sees you getting a taste of the local maker scene and taking in a sweet summer sunset. more deets

Strawberry Social
Saturday

Wholesome vibes abound as the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum celebrates the bounty of early summer with homemade, super-sized strawberry shortcakes. Live music, lemonade and a chance to see the farm animals all equal the perfect afternoon outing. more deets

Moonrise Movies
Friday, Saturday

A totally twee and also free outdoor movie watching mecca in the heart of Spryfield arrives just in time for summer! Things kick off with a weekend of horror flicks—Night Of The Living Dead and Let The Right One In July 12 and 13 at the Spryfield Urban Farm, across the street from 75 Rockingstone Road. more deets

Lebanese Festival 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Leb Fest returns for year 18, offering unmissable, authentic eats, traditional dance performances and live Lebanese music at Olympic Hall. more deets

ViewPoint Gallery's latest showcase is an homage to a Nova Scotian poet that made the everyday sound extraordinary. - ROXANNE SMITH PHOTO
  • ViewPoint Gallery's latest showcase is an homage to a Nova Scotian poet that made the everyday sound extraordinary.
  • Roxanne Smith photo

Collection of the artist: Peter Gough
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The internationally lauded realist painter gets a mini retrospective that acts as a masterclass in capturing—and playing with—light at 14 Bells. more deets

From the Vault: Human/Nature
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's your last weekend to peep this assortment of photography-based works from the gallery's permanent collection, which explores the place that human nature and the natural world intersect. more deets

Glimpses of Forgotten Memories
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Elizabeth Bishop—the 1911-born poet from Great Village, Nova Scotia—wrote the sort of heart-reviving verse that made the everyday seem anything but, just like Hemingway or Woolf. Here, Kathleen Flanagan and Roxanne Smith meditate upon her verses, unpacking themes of presence, absence, memory and loss (the themes of Bishop's work) while capturing the essence of Bishop's childhood home. See 'em at ViewPoint Gallery. more deets

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Eight of Clay: Sea Worthy
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The annual ceramic and pottery showcase by Eight of Clay returns to the historic Scott Manor House to treat your eyeballs before wrapping on Sunday eve. more deets

chik white brings some pals from Toronto to take your ears on a mind-expanding trip. - ALEX PEARSON PHOTO
  • chik white brings some pals from Toronto to take your ears on a mind-expanding trip.
  • Alex Pearson photo

Mdou Moctar w/Superfluid
Thursday

Hailing from a teensy village on the hems of the Sahara, Mdou Moctar is a singer-songwriter who strums in the style of Tuareg, becoming an underground success on the pirate mp3 networks of West Africa with his first release in the early 2000s. Since then, he's released hit record after hit record, with no two sounding alike. He arrives at The Seahorse for Halifax Jazz Festival on the wings of soft, lush-layered songs from the desert picnics of youth—where he and his pals learned to play and pen music. What could be a better soundtrack for summer? more deets

chik white w/Ilyse Krivel, Colin Fisher
Sunday
Lauded music outlets like The Quietus and Tiny Mix Tapes love the wild sound experiments of chik white (née Darcy Spidle), who uses a jaw harp to build music at once familiarly ancient and completely fresh. Inspired by dadaism, sound poetry, noise and nature (to name a few), his aim is "to conjure visceral experiences." Here, the musician shares the stage with equally avant-garde offerings—Toronto's Ilyse Krivel and Colin Fisher—to rock you hard at 1313 Hollis. more deets

Joe Murphy's Broomdusters w/Zamani, Tuesday Night Big Band, Hubtown Big Band
Sunday
The last afternoon of free Jazz Fest programming—held at the fest's waterfront stage—sees local blues mainstay Joe Murphy take a break from his Water Street Blues Band and regular stand at Your Father's Moustache for a bigger stage—and bigger party. The main event, though (well, to us at least) is the 2:30pm set by verified triple-threat producer, songwriter and singer Zamani (star of our recent OBEY Convention issue), who's sure to summon sonic magic of all sorts. more deets

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Makayla Lynn
Saturday, Sunday

Lynn's taken her early-Taylor Swift vibe to Nashville, shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, gained major props from Rolling Stone and has even won awards like Music Nova Scotia's Entertainer of the Year and Best Country Artist and Best Artist Most Likely To Make It Big in the Best Of Halifax Readers' Choice Awards. Here, she shows us this summer is all hers with a stint of all-ages shows at White Point Beach where she hypes her latest single, "I'm Over You." more deets

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Friday, June 28, 2019

In the Dead of Winter takes 2020 off

The fest is "taking a step back" on its 15th year.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 2:23 PM

Toronto's Witch Prophet played the 2018 festival. - SAMUEL ENGELKING
  • Toronto's Witch Prophet played the 2018 festival.
  • SAMUEL ENGELKING

Following last month's announcement that a cease-and-desist from artist Shepard Fairey will force the OBEY Convention to change its name for 2020, comes the announcement from another small-and-tough festival, the 14-year-old In the Dead of Winter: It's taking next year off.

“It’s expensive and it’s hard to do this right now, so we’re taking a step back,” says executive director Dana Beeler matter-of-factly. Beeler took the reigns three years ago from Heather Gibson, who started it with Jenn Grant, Jill Barber and Rose Cousins as a singer-songwriter festival in 2006. Under Beeler it leaned more indie-rock and experimental.

“I don’t want to shut things down totally—I think IDOW is an important part of the Halifax music scene," says Beeler, who also leads the rock band Hello Delaware. “But with a little bit of space, for myself mostly, I can re-evaluate what IDOW can be or could be going forward. The only for-sure thing is it’s not happening this year.”

IDOW has brought the likes of Waxahatchee, Palehound, Owen Pallett, Shawn Colvin and Ani DiFranco to town across 14 Januaries.

“We kind of broke Witch Prophet here on the east coast,” says Beeler. “After she played IDOW she played every other east coast festival and is now a pretty big indie name. That’s my most prideful moment. We brought in some pretty great bands and I am really happy I got the opportunity.”

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Make your Canada Day weekend strong and free with these Sure Things

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 6:20 PM

From fireworks, to the massive free concert featuring The Sorority, to seeing an honest-to-god live sloth, we've got the goods for a great long weekend.

The FUSE Festival keeps you dancing all day long as it takes over The Oval on Canada Day. - GOVERNMENT OF NOVA SCOTIA PHOTO
  • The FUSE Festival keeps you dancing all day long as it takes over The Oval on Canada Day.
  • Government of Nova Scotia photo

Canada Day 2019 official fireworks
Monday
After A-Trak wraps what's sure to be a red-hot set this July 1, Alderney Landing keeps it lit with the annual Canada Day fireworks. The city adds that if you're not partaking in the concert but still wanna see the light show, Ferry Terminal Park is the spot for you. Get more fireworks info here. more deets

Halifax Ribfest
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Carnivores, get ready! The celebration of ribs returns to the Halifax waterfront for your feasting pleasure, with barbecue legends from across the continent dishing up their best.more deets

FUSE Festival
Monday

Part of the all-day celebration of the nation happening on The Oval, this dance festival features a showcase of performers stepping in a swath of styles—and a flash mob you can move along to at 2pm. more deets

Pour/Taste
Saturday

Halifax Pride's legendary pop-up wine tasting slash all-night-rager is returning—but location details are still being kept hush-hush. What awaits you at the secret space? A drag performance by Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award winner (and 2019 Pride ambassador) Elle Noir, tastings of wine, beer and kombucha, and the chance to dance the night away. Hop to tickethalifax.com for tix and to keep an eye on location details. more deets

If you've yet to see the National Metal Collective's celebration of female-identifying metalsmiths, this weekend is the time—as the show wraps June 30. - ANNE-SOPHIE VALLÉE ARTWORK
  • If you've yet to see the National Metal Collective's celebration of female-identifying metalsmiths, this weekend is the time—as the show wraps June 30.
  • Anne-Sophie Vallée artwork

Re-Living the Line
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Heather Crout debuts a collection of paintings that, according to the Art 1274 Hollis gallery, "captures the essence of time and place, thus evoking a sense of connectedness" in sharp lines and soft watercolours. more deets

Illuminations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A 15-piece travelling exhibit highlighting the contributions of Canadian women in the arts—and featuring pieces welded from heritage silver—this weekend marks your last chance to peep this metalsmith show at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

Brandscapes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
If the mark of a true artist is making you re-examine the everyday and seeing it suddenly rendered extraordinary, Jack Bishop delivers with his set of acrylic and oil paint canvases that capture industrial parks and malls. This weekend is your last to see 'em at Studio 21. more deets

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Survival of the Slowest
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
While we tend to focus on fast animals when we think of evolution, considering the speed of a cheetah more advanced than the slog of a sloth, this Discovery Centre exhibit—filled with live animals like a green iguana, two-toed sloth and a spur thigh tortoise—explores the evolutionary benefits of slowness. more deets

Partner arrives at The Seahorse to remind you how fun rock 'n' roll can be. - KATE KILLET PHOTO
  • Partner arrives at The Seahorse to remind you how fun rock 'n' roll can be.
  • Kate Killet photo

4Korners w/Karate Kactus
Saturday

4Korners—AKA the official DJ of the Toronto Raptors—helps your heart swell with true patriot love as your booty wiggles and feet shuffle on The Dome's dance floor. more deets

Canada Day 2019 concert feat A-Trak, The Sorority, Elevator, Kallitechnis, Carmen Townsend
Monday
OK, alright, A-Trak (who used to go by the name Duck Sauce) may have headliner status at this year's all-ages birthday party for the settler state, but to us, the stars of this show will always be opening act The Sorority—AKA the four-piece hip hop group from Toronto that's currently delivering the 6ix's hottest bars. In other words? Don't even dream of arriving late to Alderney Landing's outdoor stage. more deets

Partner w/Designosaur
Saturday

An early show that lets you bask in the Sackville duo's signature blend of stadium rock riffage and Tegan and Sara-style back-and-forths is the perfect way to kick off your summer. It all goes down at The Seahorse. more deets

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Lungbutter w/Glazey, Meat Substitute
Saturday

An all-ages, pay-what-you-can set at Lost & Found sees Montreal's post-punk trio Lungbutter deliver scuzzy-sweet art-rock that'll make your toes tap, head nod and heart heave. more deets
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Here's all the best ways to spend summer's first weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 12:11 PM

It's the first weekend of summer (as designated by the release of our annual Hot Summer Guide—you're welcome) so you gotta make it count! We gotchu with fun like an adults-only night at the Discovery Centre, the epic Indigenous Day celebration at Zatzman Sportsplex and a screening to the unofficial follow-up of Paris Is Burning, the 2016 doc KIKI.

A two-day celebration of various Indigenous cultures arrives in Dartmouth to mark National Indigenous Day. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • A two-day celebration of various Indigenous cultures arrives in Dartmouth to mark National Indigenous Day.
  • Submitted photo

Discovery After Dark: Wild Things
Saturday
An adults-only night at the Discovery Centre means you don't have to feel bad for playing with the exhibits or worry you're taking away from a kid's trip to the science-focused spot. This time around, the evening focuses on the centre's latest exhibit, Survival of the Slowest, which sees a live green iguana, a two-toed sloth, a veiled chameleon and more critters chillin' in enclosures and providing a case for a more leisurely pace. An on-site cash bar adds to the fun. more deets

Mawita'jik
Friday, Saturday

"'Mawita’jik' in Mi’kmaq means 'Let us gather',” begins the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre as it explains this two-day celebration of culture and connection at Zatzman Sportsplex. Traditional song, dance and drumming await—including jingle dress dancing and Inuit throat singing—in what's basically the ultimate way to mark National Indigenous Day. Vendors and cultural displays round out the awesomeness. more deets

KIKI screening
Thursday
A screening of the 2016 documentary, which follows the New York drag and voguing scenes during the era of Black Lives Matter, is held at Glitter Bean Cafe. "The film was directed by Sara Jordenö and is considered an unofficial sequel to the influential 1990 film Paris Is Burning," event organizers add. more deets

African dance workshop
Saturday
Build your repertoire with some new moves from north, east, south and central parts of the continent with this free class held at 3200 Kempt Road, Suite 202. more deets

Shelagh Duffett's gouache-looking pieces are big on whimsy. See 'em at the Chase Gallery. - SHELAGH DUFFETT ARTWORK
  • Shelagh Duffett's gouache-looking pieces are big on whimsy. See 'em at the Chase Gallery.
  • Shelagh Duffett artwork

Clifton Street group show
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A collaborative exhibit by four artists who are also roommates, complete with furniture from their apartment, creates a shared living space vibe within The Anna. more deets

Joy and Possibility
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Timothy Andrew McGuire and Shelagh Duffett present a collection of oil and acrylic paintings at the Chase Gallery that, as show organizers put it, "celebrates the joy of being alive and the beauty that surrounds." more deets

Develop Decay
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Nathan Wilkinson-Zan explores how community continues to exist despite money and power in a collection of drawings of public landscapes on view at The Anna. more deets

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Atlantic: Shades of Emotions
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Teichert Gallery describes this collection by Asha Roznowski as "a beautiful new body of work exploring the multilayered experience of emotional perception." more deets

Abigail Lapell brings her critically adored brand of folk to Elle's Bistro. - GAELLE LEGRAND PHOTO
  • Abigail Lapell brings her critically adored brand of folk to Elle's Bistro.
  • Gaelle Legrand photo

Valerie EP release show w/Juice Girls
Thursday
The reverb-drenched dream noise of Valerie is celebrated as the band releases its EP Thin Veil alongside the shoe-gaze-y goodness of Juice Girls at The Seahorse. more deets

2019 Make Music Day
Friday
To mark the summer solstice, Alliance Française and friends are helping bring as much music as humanly possible to the streets and public places of Halifax. From the Grand Parade to the Public Gardens to Hydrostone Park, musicians of all levels and genres will wail, rip, shred and sing to mark the longest day of the year, taking part in a tradition now celebrated in over 340 cities worldwide. So take a stroll and see what there is to sing along to, in the name of summer. more deets

Abigail Lapell w/Raine Hamilton
Thursday
Canadian Folk Music Awards darling Abigail Lapell celebrates a new album full of her genre-pushing, prairie noir sound with a criss-crossing, coast-to-coast tour that lets the singer-songwriter live her collection of road-worn ballads before delivering them, shimmering, to your hungry ears at Elle's Bistro. more deets

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Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers in concert with the Upstream Ensemble
Sunday

Renowned artist, author, activist and musician Alan Syliboy and his rain-bringing, eardrum-slapping Thundermakers partner with the improv-adoring Upstream Ensemble to deliver music that'll crack your skull open and scramble up what's inside—with Silyboy's visual art acting as the inspiration. It all goes down at The Marquee. more deets
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Barack Obama to speak in Halifax this November

You can see Michelle's husband at the Scotiabank Centre.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 12:35 PM

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The 44th president of the United States—best remembered for working hard to save the oceans, being restrictive towards the press, being America's first Black president (obvs) and, well, being way better at his job than Trump (double obvs)—Barack Obama is setting out on a coast-to-coast tour to talk about leadership, civic engagement and, ever on-brand, hope. It'll be happening at the Scotiabank Centre on November 13, with tix going on sale June 29. While price is TBA as of yet, we're getting our credit cards warmed up so we can bask in his presence and feel better about the world for a hot minute.

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