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New Music: Steve Haley Channels Neil Young In ‘Heat Vision’

Steve Haley’s Heat Vision is a group effort and a pure example of the confluence of camaraderie and musicianship. Part musical ode to the confabulations of apocalyptic fantasy, to the portent of dreams and to wild imagination, it reads like a bittersweet map of friendship, loss and the end of the world. Assembled from the parts of a small and vibrant music scene, in many senses the album is also an ode to place and space. It becomes easy to picture how the marshlands and mudflats of Sackville N.B., whose unbroken and foggy symmetries impart both a surreal sense of isolation and togetherness and of centrality and terminus could have helped to inspire the morphing and hypnagogic lyrics that flow through Heat Vision like a waking dream. Continue reading New Music: Steve Haley Channels Neil Young In ‘Heat Vision’

The Artist In The Bear Suit: The Watercolours of Jon Claytor

As an occasional lecturer at Mount Allison University, co-founder of SappyFest and a devoted father and artist, Jon Claytor is a regular feature of Sackville, New Brunswick. His work ranges from watercolours and traditional paintings to filmmaking and all fits into a uniquely Claytor narrative. His most recent project, ‘Take My Breath Away,’ is a collection of watercolours, bringing in characters from Sackville in a unique book; it’s a hybrid of visual ethnography, philosophy, music and humour. At the core of it is a family album exploring the intricate nature of love. So why does the artist appear throughout the book wearing a bear suit? Continue reading The Artist In The Bear Suit: The Watercolours of Jon Claytor

New Music: Partner Releases Long Awaited ‘In Search Of Lost Time’

We’ve been waiting for this. We’ve been waiting much longer than any of us could have ever realized. In Search Of Lost Time, Partner’s first full debut album, isn’t just the most anticipated album of 2017, but perhaps the best album of the ’90s,  just two decades removed. It could be a time capsule, deemed too awesome. Without being tiresome, the album is a glorious revisitation of all the poppy, simple, and wonderfully dumb charm that gilded MTV’s golden age. Continue reading New Music: Partner Releases Long Awaited ‘In Search Of Lost Time’

SappyFest: Sackville Challenges Urban Centres For Culture

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

Updated: SappyFest Make Their 2017 Festival Line-Up Announcement

SappyFest have just announced some exciting highlights for their twelfth annual Sackvillian shindig. As the town floods with festival-goers this August, and increases its artsy factor by… well not that much, it’s Sackville after all, but at least we now know their line-up. Continue reading Updated: SappyFest Make Their 2017 Festival Line-Up Announcement