Halifax Pop Explosion has a lot going for it. This year’s lineup includes Japandoids, Cloud Nothings, Devarrow, Julie (Doiron) & The Wrong Guys, Elliott Brood, Partner, and a bunch of other bands we’re excited to see. But no headliner was more exciting than Charles Bradley. At least until today, when Bradley announced he will be cancelling his appearance and all upcoming tour dates.
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After a lengthy recovery period, I can say with confidence that I successfully made it through the four-day marathon of music and madness that was version 1.2 of Saint John’s Quality Block Party. Continue reading Quality Block Party v1.2: Independently Saint John
We still haven’t gotten over the headliners that Halifax Pop Explosion have announced for their 2017 music extravaganza. The 25th anniversary seems to mean the festival is pulling out all the stop. They’ve already announced the likes of Charlotte Day Wilson, Clairmont The Second, Ria Mae, Tasha The Amazon, Weaves, Charles Bradley & His Extraodinarires, Cloud Nothings, Patrick Watson, and Japandoids along with comedian Wyatt Cenac. Now they’ve fleshed more of their lineup and it looks like it will be a seriously impressive four-day musical extravaganza. Continue reading Halifax Pop Explosion Announce Full Line-Up For 2017 Extravaganza
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.
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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