Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Benefits of meal prep

Disclaimer: This piece reads like sponsored content. It’s not, I just really love this program.  Good food, saving money, and learning how to cook, there’s a lot to get excited about in meal planning. For those that don’t know, meal planning is figuring out what to make for a week and then buying all those…

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Strawberries in January

All the stars: Sophie, Francois and the berries. (Emma Romano photo)

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 on by the Lions Den Theater company, I’m reminded of the old adage: Timing is…

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7 movies to feel lucky about in 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 bushes like the Halifax night watcher. The trailer does look promising, although director Zack Snyder…

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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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Jon Mckiel explodes slowly

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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 Medina purchased in Riverport, N.S. “We were sort of constructing the studio and recording at…

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Love is All You Need is all you need

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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 is All You Need (2012), which screened as part of the Atlantic Film Festival on Sept.…

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Tunes Review: Coyote

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 four years and nearly as many continents, the album is diverse, touching on genres from…

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Stars find true North

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 into sincerity and soliloquy. Domineering the album is well-washed nostalgia and cynicism, something that was…

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TemperTemper’s big break

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 says. “(Lead vocalist) David Longstreth’s musical ideas are very interesting and difficult, and there they…

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The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions

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 to create the best songs, the best sound and the greatest album. That album was…

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