Posts Tagged ‘Music’

From prose to pop songs

Headshot of Mark Pineo.

Every November, Mark Pineo sits down at his computer and starts making an album of music. By the end of the month, it’s finished.  In his own way, Pineo, an audio instructor in the University of King’s College’s journalism program, participates in a contest called National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo).   Regularly, participants…

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Why can’t we do math?

Unless you’re a math or physics major, it’s likely that at some point in your life you’ve said to someone, “I’m not good at math.”  It’s such a common and accepted sentence that no one thinks to question it. Math is one of those subjects that everybody distances themselves from. We tend to think “oh,…

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Buffalo town mourns Canadian singer Gord Downie

When news broke on Oct. 18 of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie’s death, a public vigil had formed beside a liquor store. There was a newly-unveiled mural of the singer, appearing as he did in one of the band’s final shows – focused, confident, and brilliant as he wore a technicolour suit and white stetson.…

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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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Goodbye, Gord

On August 18, 2016 I cried my eyes out with 20,000 other fans of the Tragically Hip in Ottawa. We thought it would be Gord’s and the boys last kick at the can. He had told us his time was limited, but somehow, we all denied it to ourselves. Signing along was a cathartic release…

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Perry vs. Swift: the tumultuous rivalry

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s rivalry makes headlines – tucked comfortably between stories on the impending nuclear war and that weird wavy brow trend. Their rivalry in itself nothing new, but their music is. We’ve watched them go head to head both on the charts and in the tabloids for years now. It all started…

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What’s hip about “Mogul” the podcast

Mogul podcast is a six-part podcast about a guy you’ve never heard of who’s responsible for a lot of the names in hip hop that you’ve heard of. In Mogul, Reggie Ossé, also known as “Combat Jack,” explores the life and times of Chris Lighty who died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2012. Lighty…

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Foreplaylist

Wash your sheets, light some candles, and hit play on this sensual and sexy R&B playlist curated by contributor, Grant Ruffinengo. It’s the perfect, almost unnoticeable sultry set to put you or you and your partner(s) in the mood for a lil’ romantic V-day evening alone.  

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Mining for treasure at Taz Records

Taz Records is packed with mountains of undiscovered vinyl that threaten to spill onto Grafton Street. Seamus Ryan, a vinyl enthusiast and patron of Halifax’s Taz Records, considers some of his past discoveries. “There’s a great Elmore James album that I discovered there – a real blues artist. Honestly, there’s lots of treasures, even with…

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