Strawberries in January

January 19, 2013

Strawberries in January, written by Évelyne de la Chenelière in French and translated by Morwyn Brebner, is a story about saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and having things work out nonetheless. After seeing Strawberries in January put… Continue Reading

7 movies to feel lucky about in 2013

January 18, 2013

  1. Man of Steel – This needs to be good in order to make up for the blasphemous Super Man Returns that unfortunately flew to the world in 2006. It was just a movie where Superman pranced around and hid in… Continue Reading

Mother Mother review

December 01, 2012

Nov. 17: take a bus to the Halifax Forum, where Mother Mother is marking the launch of their Canadian tour. The bus is packed. Groups of fans huddle together and fill the bus with variations on the same excited conversation…. Continue Reading

Jon Mckiel explodes slowly

September 27, 2012

It took two years to record. Track by track, Jon Mckiel began rendering the marvelous album Tonka War Cloud in his Halifax apartment with his friend Diego Medina. Soon after, the recording was moved to an old Odd Fellows Hall that… Continue Reading

Love is All You Need is all you need

September 27, 2012

Rarely does a romantic comedy simultaneously satisfy, compel and reveal. However, this is precisely what Susanne Bier, director of In a Better World, (winner of the 2011 Oscar for best foreign film) manages to do in her latest film Love… Continue Reading

Tunes Review: Coyote

September 07, 2012

Matt Mays’ new album Coyote is well worth the wait. With Mays taking on sole production duties for the first time, listeners are treated to his most introspective and experimental record since 2006’s When the Angels Make Contact. Crafted over… Continue Reading

Stars find true North

September 06, 2012

It’s been two years since the last full-length album from Canadian electro-pop powerhouse Stars, but it feels like it’s been a sprawling, star-scrawled eternity. After 2010’s melodramatic The Five Ghosts, Stars’ latest LP The North is a refreshing step back… Continue Reading

TemperTemper’s big break

March 30, 2012

His jaw dropped in awe. The first time Thomas Hoy, the lead singer of Halifax’s TemperTemper, saw the Dirty Projectors in concert he was instantly overtaken with amazement by the group’s intricate harmonies. “They are an extraordinarily virtuosic band,” he… Continue Reading

The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions

March 16, 2012

The sticker on the front of the record says “The most anticipated album in Rock n’ Roll history.” It’s not kidding. As the leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson had always been a very competitive songwriter and producer, trying… Continue Reading

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden

March 16, 2012

Leaving Eden finds the Carolina Chocolate Drops in the unenviable position of having to follow up their marvellous, Grammy-winning, 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are currently spearheading a revival of old-time American music, trying to highlight the… Continue Reading

Tunes review: Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

March 16, 2012

It’s been four years since Yukon Blonde released their first EP, Everything in Everyway, to critical attention. But in that time, Kelowna, B.C. shaggy rockers have travelled the globe, playing shows in Australia and Japan, as well as criss-crossing Canada… Continue Reading

Tunes Review: The Internet – Purple Naked Ladies

February 17, 2012

Whether or not you like the music of rap collective Odd Future (or enjoy their unrestrained vulgarity), you have to admit they sure can market themselves. But maybe next time Odd Future should spend less time on ironically shitty album… Continue Reading

Tunes Review: Aja interpreted by The Darcys

February 17, 2012

It’s pretty common to hear of a band recording a cover of someone else’s work. But when a band decides to cover an entire album, that’s completely different. But that is exactly what Toronto band The Darcys did with their… Continue Reading