Messtival, probably the worst festival anywhere ever, had its 10th annual event this weekend in Anagance, New Brunswick. It took the form of a wrestling championship and as per the long and righteous traditions of Messtival, it sucked worse than a sweat drenched moustache.
I close my eyes and the thrum of Daniel Romano’s guitar begins to vibrate in my blood, like a primordial engine, revving before it launches into the full extent of its propulsion. We, my fellow festival goers and I, are suspended in the dense, sonic coda that inevitably precedes a concert, communally hanging on a breath, awaiting both the familiar and the unexpected —keen to be transported in the ethereal slipstream of live music. Sackville is the place and Sappyfest is the occasion, the small and brilliant festival that takes place here every summer. Continue reading SappyFest: Sackville Challenges Urban Centres For Culture
Halifax is about to get its annual dose of folk as the Halifax Urban Folk Festival rolls into town later this month. Now in its eight year the festival boasts a healthy number of free shows, a whole series of songwriter circles, the launch of Floodland’s new album and performances from some of our favourite ECMA winners. Continue reading Halifax Urban Folk Festival Brings Major Songwriting Talents To Nova Scotia
Halifax Pop Explosion, an unquestionable staple of the arts in Atlantic Canada, is celebrating 25 years as an annual gathering for fans of independent music. The festival has not only brought talented performers from a plethora of genres, and locations, to the east coast but has also helped to establish a yearly conference in Halifax which benefits both people new to the music industry, as well as those looking to build on their years of experience. Continue reading Halifax Pop Explosion Announce Impressive 2017 Headliners
Evolve just finished their second festival at their new location outside Moncton, New Brunswick. While the weekend-long dance fest didn’t come off without a few hiccups, it didn’t keep us from shaking our booties to some great artists. Here are some of our favourites from this year. Continue reading Evolve: Seven Of Our Favourite Bands And DJs From 2017