Posts Tagged ‘concerts’

Halifax Pop Explosion’s first two days hit all the right notes

Day One starts with a bang The 25th annual Halifax Pop Explosion kicked off Wednesday night, with some of the loudest bands the festival has to offer. Acts included three local bands, and Toronto-based noise rockers METZ. The Marquee hosted opening ceremonies featuring Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas. After, Halifax Pop Explosion Board Member Trevor…

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Mother Mother review

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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. One girl is practically shrieking. Through the front door and into the open, hangar-like space…

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History of a concert-goer

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It’s a pretty safe bet that if a band is doing a North American tour and aren’t touring across Canada they will still visit Vancouver, Montreal and sometimes Toronto. Growing up in Vancouver, I had the opportunity to see many bands that did not tour the rest of the country, and I took advantage of it.…

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HPX: The Rural Alberta Advantage at St. Matthew’s Church

They left the stage matted in cinnibar; red from spilled hearts, a blinding and heartfult gush. The Rural Alberta Advantage tumbled into St. Matthew’s in a seething rush of sincerity. From the moment they graced the stage, they were mesmerizing. Grinning backwards and forwards, the trio rushed the stage in an exuberant optimism, launching full-force…

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HPX: Shotgun Jimmie throws down, despite unenthused crowd

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We all waited there, thinking hard and bobbing our heads to the swirling, switching time signatures and fantastically funky basslines of the Skeletones Four. Dancing wildly and getting glowering faces forced in the back of our heads, we wondered what had happened to enthusiasm. As the band broke off and left, people swarmed into Gus’,…

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HPX: Rich Aucoin mesmerizes at St. Matthew’s Church

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Flocked by instruments and friends, Rich Aucoin set the HPX standards high on Wednesday night Rich Aucoin was a tempest trapped in a church. One by one they shuffled out under the sultry, sweeping and murky lights to say “hi” and sonically eulogize our lives and his. An enigmatic enlistment of one-off orations by sweet…

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HPX: Ohbijou and BRAIDS at Reflections

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  Reflections is a great venue. However, their seemingly large capacity is so rarely close to the limit. I have seen some empty Saturday’s at that bar and it’s a shame to see such an inviting venue go to waste. This could not have been further from the truth Tuesday night. Thanks to the combined…

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HPX: Tuesday at Reflections

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A review of four bands The only bad thing about HPX is that there’s too much choice. You go to one venue, not sure if the line-up will disappoint or blow you away. Thankfully, I made the right choice Tuesday night by going with Reflections Cabaret. The night began intimately with a few eager music-lovers…

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An open letter to concert-goers

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Clean up your act for HPX An open letter to the people around me at the concert last night: I have been going to shows and concerts for over 10 years, and one thing I have consistently noticed is that no matter the size of the band or the venue, the price of tickets or…

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