The world is changing. Rapidly. The year 2017 has been full of fear, shifting attitudes, and outrage. Not necessarily in that order. The way in which people are approaching many topics, like gender, sex and race, and the language with which we describe them has come under scrutiny. It may take a while to identify any sweeping and lasting changes to the music industry, but rap, the genre of lyricism, has been a steadfast holdout.
Levi Rowan’s new video for his single ‘What Happened’ is, comparatively, standing on some relatively safe ground. At it’s core is a tale of post-breakup debauchery as catharsis, but at least it’s largely self-inflicted. The undeniably talented Rowan possesses a self-awareness that sets the song apart as a layered act of self-destruction—a modern day Romeo meets Macbeth. So, we asked him where the genre was headed. Continue reading Music Video: Levi Rowan Talks About The Future Of Rap And His New Video ‘What Happened’
Naturally, we’re big fans of festivals here. We like all kinds of festivals: big festivals, small festivals, music festivals, literary festivals, beer festivals and, of course, film festivals. Mountain festivals, however, have eluded us. Fortunately for us altitudinally challenged folk in Atlantic Canada, The Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to us. Continue reading The Banff Mountain Film Festival Heads East
Earlier this year, ten fibreglass salmon sculptures were created through a public art initiative coordinated by Discover Saint John and the Province of New Brunswick. Standing at six feet tall, the salmon sculptures would be painted by local artists and placed around Saint John’s uptown as an “urban kaleidoscope.” One of the ten salmon pieces went missing this week. Continue reading The Case Of The Missing Salmon: Artwork Stolen From Uptown Saint John
In as little as four months, Saint John will lose its longstanding steward of arts and culture, Bernard Cormier. Cormier, who is in his 31st year as Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) for the City of Saint John, is set to retire at the end of March 2018. With the City’s growing budgetary woes, it has refused to make any promises about keeping Bernard’s position once he retires. In an effort to convince mayor and council of the role’s importance, the Saint John Community Arts Board made a presentation at last Monday night’s common council meeting on November 27, 2017. Continue reading The Uncertain Future Of Arts And Culture In Saint John
From Saint John rock staple Little You, Little Me comes a 13-minute EP jam-packed with high energy and memorable melodies. In fact, the name of the EP says it all: ‘In Under Fourteen Highly Concentrated Minutes.’ Continue reading New Music: LYLM Releases Action Packed EP ‘In Under Fourteen Highly Concentrated Minutes’