Julie Doiron is a household name in New Brunswick. A veritable powerhouse of Canadian music, she dug her roots in Eric’s Trip — the first Canadian band to be signed to the SubPop Records, the same label that made Nirvana famous during the grunge heydays of the 90’s. She was also instrumental in establishing Sappyfest, the small, yet influential festival that counts itself as one of Canada’s best kept musical secrets and has been host to countless local and international acts outside of the mainstream. Her resume also boasts a Juno Award, for Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars, as well as collaborations with The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie himself, Daniel Romano and more. Continue reading Single: Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys Release ‘Love And Leaving’
Alright, we get it, every last song on Partner’s upcoming album is so damn catchy it’s going to be a single. Fine. While we’re waiting for the complete release of In Search Of Last Time next month, we’re not about to pass up this trickle of tunes coming from the band. This week the band go public with their release of ‘Gross Secret’. Continue reading Single: Partner Get Too Real With ‘Gross Secret’
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.
Let’s be real – a lot of us should seriously consider going to confession, some more than others. If the thought of walking into a church is enough to give you a heart attack, then KV Players performance of ‘Sister Act’ has you covered. Regardless of what you believe in, you will be out of your seat yelling, “Take Me to Heaven!” Continue reading In Review: KV Players Presents ‘Sister Act’
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