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Music

Hot Dates

 Leonard Cohen is on the Avenue

Oak Bay’s Avenue Gallery celebrates spring with its second exclusive showing of artwork by legendary Canadian singer, writer and artist Leonard Cohen. The exhibition and sale will feature a select grouping of the many pieces that make up Leonard Cohen: Art Work collection.

This visual record of 40 years is an exhibit of works from Cohen’s archive of drawings and journals. The artist has maintained a visual art practice since his early days in Montreal and Hydra. Until now, his drawings have been private visual records of things, places and people captured in his sure and modest hand. Later, these drawings found their way onto CD covers and most recently into the pages of Book of Longing.

The exhibit runs from March 1 to 9, with an opening reception planned for March 1 from 5 to 7pm.

Fans also have the chance to see Cohen live this spring when he brings his Old Ideas World Tour to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre March 6.  For details, visit www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

 

 Stage Struck

Langham Court Theatre brings two popular productions to its storied stage this spring, beginning with the classic 39 Steps, March 7 to 23. Walking in the footsteps of author John Buchan and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, this is sure to be an audience favourite.

The playhouse continues in the vein of dark comedies in April with its production of George F. Walker’s Better Living, April 25 to May 11. Joining Nora as she jackhammers her way to a safe haven in the basement of her eccentric Toronto home, theatre-goers will wonder “what next?” at every plot turn of this action-packed farce.

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre adds a little star power to Victoria’s spring theatre scene, welcoming Canadian stars Bruce Greenwood and Janet Wright to star in A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama Love Letters.

Greenwood is known for his appearances in Star Trek, Double Jeopardy, The Core, Thirteen Days (in which he played president John F. Kennedy), Capote, and, most recently, alongside Denzel Washington in Flight. He will be joined by Wright, a stage, TV and film star whose resume includes Ontario’s Stratford Festival, her successful wonderful portrayal of Emma Leroy on CTV’s Corner Gas, Robert Altman’s film McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Bordertown Cafe, and A Perfect Storm, starring George Clooney.

Love Letters runs for seven performances only at the McPherson Playhouse from March 26 to 30.

 

Great Big Sea makes a great big sound

East Coast folk-pop favourite Great Big Sea returns to Victoria for a March 9 concert at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

This East Coast powerhouse rocked the arena last time they played the Capital Region and as they return in support of their recent “best of” album, XX, long-time fans and new converts alike are sure to find this musical kitchen party is the place to be.

 

 Making music – Francophone style

From Quebec to BC comes Le Vent du Nord, bringing traditional Francophone folk music mixed with swing, Cajun, Celtic, Irish and jazz to Hermann’s Jazz Club April 6 and 7.

The Juno Award-winning band has become one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits in the world, with songs ranging from traditional folk to original compositions. These four friends light up the stage, sharing their energy and enthusiasm with audiences. Le Vend du Nord know how to deliver music that will move any crowd – to their feet and in their hearts!

 

 Funny  Stuff

Canadian-born Jeremy Hotz, a veteran of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival who sold out across Canada in 2009 and 2010, returns to Victoria this spring with his all-new Magical Misery Tour.

The critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning  comic performs at the McPherson Playhouse  March 20.

 

Dance, Victoria!

Dance Victoria welcomes New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, Black Grace, to the Royal Theatre March 15 and 16. Fusing Samoan ritual dances with modern dance to create an extraordinarily dynamic form, Black Grace occupies a unique position on the world stage, celebrated for its artistry, creative excellence and innovation. Percussive, masculine, powerful…like thunder rolling across the sky.


Hot Dates in Halifax: 5 for Music Lovers

Blue Rodeo returns to Halifax on January 18th at the Halifax Metro Centre. Photo: Warner Music

January 18: P.E.I. singer/songwriter Lennie Gallant joins Symphony Nova Scotia at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

January 18: With solid musical chops, distinctive song-writing and deep roots, it’s little wonder that Blue Rodeo remains one of Canada’s hottest musical acts. See them at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street.

February 2: One of Canada’s biggest rock bands for two decades, the Tragically Hip never stay away from Halifax for long.

February 24: Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon joins Symphony Nova Scotia for a celebration of Baroque music at Saint Andrew’s United Church on Coburg Road.

February 28: Celtic Woman, an ensemble of female performers, perform Celtic tunes at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street.

Editors Choice
February 9: Southern gospel staples since 1939, the Blind Boys of Alabama offer an uplifting celebration of American gospel, roots and blues. Three blind singers, joined by four other musicians, offer timeless hits like “Way Down in the Hole,” “Soldier” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” The concert will be held at Dalhousie’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Hot Dates in Halifax: January

Live Art Dance presents the Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre January 17-19

January 6: Saint Cecilia Concert Series Cellist Denise Djokic and the rest of the musically gifted Djokic family reunite for the annual Family Traditions concert.

January 12: Impersonator Thane Dunn marks the King’s birthday by bringing the Annual Elvis Birthday Tour to the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

January 16:  Canada’s top junior hockey players, including Halifax Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon, showcase their talents for big-league scouts at the CHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre.

January 17 to 19: Live Art Dance Productions presents The Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Featuring a solo by Susanne Chui and original scores by Christine Fellows-Dodson, this is a rich and varied contemporary dance show by Lesandra Dodson.

Continuing: One of Halifax’s top contemporary galleries for 20 years, Studio 21 recently moved to a new home on Hollis Street, about a two-minute walk from the Via Rail station.


Hot Date: 3 Top Holiday Concerts

The Barra MacNeils offer Maritime holiday cheer (photo: Evan MacNeil)

Enjoy the sounds of the season at two of Toronto’s finest concert venues; call 416-872-4255 or visit here to buy.

DECEMBER 15  Cape Breton’s first family of song, The Barra MacNeils, present an East Coast Christmas with special guests including Alan Doyle and Jimmy Rankin. Roy Thomson Hall, 8 p.m., $29.50 to $69.50.

DECEMBER 15 & 16  Angelic tunes are on offer as the St. Michael’s Choir School lends its 270 voices and 75 years of tradition to a charming holiday concert. Massey Hall, Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m., $20 to $40.

DECEMBER 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir join to perform Handel’s Messiah, a seasonal tradition. Roy Thomson Hall, various times, $38 to $105.  —Eva Voinigescu

Come Together: Paul McCartney Events in Edmonton

On November 28 and 29, Paul McCartney will become a part of Edmonton’s history with two sold-out shows at Rexall Place. Whether you were able to snag tickets to the show or not, fans of this legendary Beatle can “come together” and participate in some fun events happening around the city from November 26 – 29.

Paul McCartney will play two sold-out shows at Rexall Place November 28-29.
Photograph taken by Dustin Rabin

Walk Across Abbey Road
Where: 102A Avenue (Downtown)
When: November 26 – 29
About: The iconic London roadway featured on the cover of The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road is being re-created here in Edmonton! In celebration of McCartney’s visit, 102A Avenue is being re-named “Abbey Road” for one week – complete with appropriate signage – and temporary paint has been used to re-create the look of the most famous crosswalk in pop culture history. Silhouette cutouts of the Fab Four in their iconic poses have been placed along the crosswalk – re-created in front of the Art Gallery of Alberta in Winston Churchill Square – for fans to pose next to for an Instagram-worthy moment.

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Halifax Hot Dates in November

Gerry Dee

Gerry Dee returns to Halifax November 23rd.

Editor’s Choice:
November 23: Halifax teacher-cum-comedian Gerry Dee, gaining national fame for his CBC series Mr. D, brings his Life After Teaching tour back to his hometown, performing at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

November 10: Young Parisian guitarist Thibault Cauvin performs French Stylings in the Saint Cecilia Concert Series. His repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to contemporary composers. 

November 10: One of the National Basketball League of Canada’s founding teams, the Halifax Rainmen return for another season of minor-pro hoops. The season begins with a visit from the Saint John Mill Rats. The Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street hosts.

November 15: Popular Halifax rocker Matt Mays returns to his old stomping grounds, performing with The Meds at the Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre.

November 17 to 18: Acclaimed jazz guitarist Jesse Cook brings the Blue Guitar Sessions to the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

November 23 to 24: Television personalities Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) and Andy Whyment (Kirk Sutherland) from the long-running British TV series Coronation Street appear live at Spatz Theatre.

November 30, December 1: Cape Breton singer/songwriter Jimmy Rankin joins Symphony Nova Scotia at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.


A Halifax Holiday

Jeremy Webb's A Christmas Carol

Jeremy Webb returns as Scrooge in a Christmas Carol.

With its rich history and diverse population, Halifax has many beloved traditions and events to mark the Christmas season. The unofficial kickoff to Halifax’s holidays comes on November 17 with the Holiday Parade of Lights. This popular annual parade will draw some 100,000 spectators, so stake out a good vantage point early. The parade begins on Barrington Street, wending its way through the downtown, west on Spring Garden Road. There will be music, entertainment, floats galore and a visit from Santa Claus.

The action returns downtown on November 24, as Grand Parade square in front of City Hall hosts the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting. Once again, there will be family-friendly entertainment and a visit from St. Nick. If you miss that, you get a do-over on December 1. Drop by Sullivan’s Pond for the Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting . The agenda includes a concert by Razzmatazz, fireworks and free rides on the Santa Claus Express Train.

As you’d expect, there are holiday concerts aplenty as well. On November 28, Cape Breton songstress Rita MacNeil performs her annual Christmas show at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue. Joined by pianist Frank Mills, she presents traditional holiday tunes.

And it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the return of two wildly popular annual productions by Symphony Nova Scotia. Running from December 7 to 13 is an elaborate production of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s heartwarming story of a
little girl whisked into a fairytale land features performers from Halifax Dance and elaborate puppetry by Mermaid Theatre. Up next at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue is the Symphony’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Guest soloists and the 80-voice Symphony Chorus give full impact to the Baroque masterpiece.

If you’re not in the holiday spirit by December 23, return to the Dalhousie Arts Centre for the annual Barra MacNeils Christmas concert. Another annual holiday favourite, this one pays homage to the province’s Celtic roots, as the Cape Breton group shares old-time music.

November and December are jammed with holiday plays and stage shows, too. The holiday show at Neptune Theatre on Argyle Street this year is Elf: The Musical. Based on the popular Will Ferrell comedy, it’s the fairytale story of Buddy. Raised as one of Santa’s elves, he discovers he’s human and heads to New York to track down his father.

On December 10, celebrations take a hilarious twist with Tis the Season. Cape Breton comedians Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison team up for a sidesplitting look at the holidays. If it never quite feels like Christmas until you see Scrooge, so drop by the Cunard Centre on December 13 for Jeremy Webb’s one-man performance of A Christmas Carol. After performing the show for several Christmases, Webb is an expert at bringing Scrooge’s uplifting tale to life.

Finally, say good-bye to 2012 and welcome 2013 on December 31 with the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations in Grand Parade square on Barrington Street. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., local TV personalities host a rollicking all-ages celebration, with live music and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

The Wooden Sky Return to Ottawa for Intimate Concert

 

The Wooden Sky play First Baptist Church in Ottawa this Wednesday, Oct. 24

The Wooden Sky have had a busy year. The Toronto-based rock quintet released their third full-length album Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Son in February. The release has taken them across North America, through the summer festival circuit, and into Europe. Instead of taking a break, they’re back on the road again – filling their calendar with a score of dates across Canada and the States. And once again Ottawa is on their schedule.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, The Wooden Sky play First Baptist Church with openers Wildlife. WHERE Ottawa editor Travis Persaud speaks with lead singer and songwriter Gavin Gardiner about their tour-filled year, his favourite Ottawa spots, and what he likes to pack when on the road.

The band just came back from Europe. How did the tour go?
It was really awesome. We’ve been over a few times before, and it always felt like a paid holiday. But this time it definitely felt like there’s some momentum there. We just signed a record deal [in Europe], which is great. We have a team on the ground and they’re excited about the record.

It’s a bit strange, because the record came out here in February, but it came out in Europe in October. Bu it’s kind of neat to do the whole interview process again. I’ve sat with the record a bit, and it was nice to visit that again.

What have you learned after sitting with the record for the past eight months?
That’s a good question! [laughs] It’s anything you make it. There’s a period of questioning it. And definitely with this record, people are looking to be critical, in an analytical way. So it’s interesting to read that and see how that influences how I view the record. What I’ve really learned is to be more open about the process and the subject matter. I used to feel so guarded about that stuff. I’ve had more fun talking to people when I’m open about what the songs are about and what it means to me.

What is the touring experience like in Europe?
Touring the U.K. is pretty comparable to touring in Canada and America. But touring in mainland Europe is pretty different. There’s a different structure for musicians, and the audience is a part of that. People who run the shows are really committed at making the whole experience really positive for everyone. When you get there people are ready for you; the hospitality is fantastic; the audiences just come because something is happening. Not to completely compartmentalize everything, but the whole singer-songwriter thing in North America feels pretty common and it doesn’t always feel like you’re doing something new. But in Europe, especially in Germany, it’s not as prevalent. So it feels pretty new – there aren’t many expectations that we felt.

The band has been on the road a lot this year. Why did you decide to do another North America tour?
Well, what else are we going to do? [laughs] This tour is very different than the last one we’ve done. I love playing rock shows, but it doesn’t allow us to shine in every aspect that the band can shine in. The whole idea behind this tour is to take what we do in our annual Christmas show in Toronto, where we play in a church, and bring that experience on the road.  From a financial standpoint it’s a bit harder to do because the rooms are more expensive, but the experience for us, and hopefully the audience, is worth it. It allows us to have a lot more flexibility. There’s only so much dynamic range you can have at a place like Ritual. I get off the energy of playing at Ritual, but this is a different kind of party and fun.

This will be the band’s fourth show in Ottawa this year [including their concert at The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield]. What keeps you coming back?
I really like Ottawa. I’ve spent a lot of time there. My girlfriend grew up in the area. And the audience has been really fantastic for us.

Are there any places you love to visit or eat at when in town?
I was doing some pre-production in Ottawa and went to Raw Sugar a lot. I’ve been to the Elgin Street Diner a lot of times… There’s a place in the market we like to for sandwiches as well, La Bottega. I want to go to the Whalesbone as well. I follow Rolf from The Acorn on Instagram and he’s constantly posting pictures of food from spots in Ottawa.

What are your travel essentials when on the road?
I bring way to much stuff on the road! I’m actually taking out stuff from my suitcase right now. But I can’t go without my laptop and hard drive. I’m constantly working on demos and mixing on my headphones, which isn’t the most desirable setting, but it makes me feel a little closer to home.

What’s next for the band after this tour?
We took so much time off before we started touring, so we were getting antsy and booked ourselves up. Now, everyone’s excited to get home and work on a new record. We’re talking about making a new record in January or February, and have it done in March.

 The Wooden Sky play First Baptist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 24. For ticket information visit Spectrasonic.

 

 

 

 

The Culture Club: Halifax’s Cultural Institutions Return

Raoul Bhaneja plays all 17 parts in the Neptune Theatre two-hour solo production of Hamlet.

With Shakespeare, Vivaldi and the hottest young musical innovators, October sees a trio of cultural institutions return to Halifax.

With old favourites and new acts you have yet to hear about, Halifax has plenty to offer music and theatre fans this month. Neptune Theatre on Argyle Street, Atlantic Canada’s largest (and one of its oldest) professional theatres, kicked of its season last month with the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A smash hit in London, the Victorian musical—by turns comic and macabre—is the tale of a wronged man, returning to London for an imaginative revenge on the judge who stole his wife and family. It runs until October 7.

Up next in Neptune’s Studio Series is a remarkable production of Hamlet. Canadian Raoul Bhaneja plays all 17 parts in the two-hour solo show, bringing Shakespeare’s tragedy to life in an energetic and technically flawless performance. Hamlet runs from October 9 to 21.
Back on Neptune’s mainstage, the month concludes with the latest work from acclaimed Nova Scotian playwright Daniel MacIvor. In Bingo, a group of adults return to their Cape Breton roots for their 30th high-school reunion. It’s a funny, thought-provoking story of friendship and growing up—and the nice guy finally getting the girl. See it from October 16 to November 4.

Music fans are also in for a great month in Halifax. After teasing audiences with small free shows during Symphony Week last month, Symphony Nova Scotia launches its new season with Haydn’s Creation at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue. For the first time in more than a decade, the Symphony and the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus are tackling Haydn’s soaring, triumphant, ambitious composition. See it on October 6, with an encore on October 7.
The Symphony offers more for classical purists on October 14 with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Guest violinist David Stewart, former concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic, leads the orchestra through the baroque masterpiece. This show is at Saint Andrew’s United Church on Coburg Road.

Don’t think Symphony Nova Scotia is stuck in the past, though. This month it lends its considerable talents to the Halifax Pop Explosion, an annual festival of alt/indie music, showcasing emerging talents from around the world. On October 19, as part of the festival, West Coast folk-rocker Dan Mangan joins the Symphony for a unique
musical collaboration.

And with 150 bands playing at 18 different venues around the city, the Halifax Pop Explosion has much more to offer music lovers. Other highlights include Gianna Lauren and Al Tuck at The Carleton on October 16, Wintersleep at Olympic Hall on Hunter Street on October 18, and Mardeen at the Seahorse Tavern on Argyle Street October 20.

Bloc Party Concert and Exclusive Interview

Bloc Party plays at the Edmonton Event Centre on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 pm.
Photo courtesy EMI Music Canada.

Bloc Party – the British indie-rock band, not to be confused with the political party – are in Edmonton on Tuesday, September 25 to play a show at the Edmonton Event Centre in support of their new album, Four.

WHERE Edmonton interviewed Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes about their Four tour and upcoming show in Edmonton. Moakes was very pleased to learn of the lovely, warm fall weather Edmonton  is currently experiencing, and says the band is looking forward to touring Canada for a series of shows before heading back to the UK.

The band returned to the music scene earlier this year after a brief hiatus; when the band announced their break in 2009 and most of the band members went to work on various side projects, rumours swirled that Bloc Party had permanently disbanded. This, apparently, was never the case. Moakes suggests that there was never a question of whether or not the band would make another album; rather, the question was about when the band would be able to work most effectively together and  have a good energy to make the sort of fourth record they could be proud of:

“We knew there should be another album . . . it was just about timing,” Moakes tells WHERE. “[The break] was definitely necessary at that time. We just weren’t functioning as a group. We could have made the record but we wouldn’t have enjoyed making it. We would have just been thinking about other things; and with the time off we got to do those things . . . we got to make the sort of music that wouldn’t have been possible with the band. Being able to do that and to have time away was really good. The record we would have made [before the break] would have been disastrous. The time away was good for everyone . . . When making the record we came back as equals and it was an enjoyable experience which led to a much better record”.

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HOT DATES

 

Sara-Jeanne Hosie in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

Stage struck

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre sees Red September 11 to October 14, specifically John Logan’s 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Play. Co-produced with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Red ventures back to 1958 when abstract painter Mark Rothko was engaged to paint murals for the Seagram Building in New York, the most lucrative commission ever. Working with a young apprentice and threatened by a new generation of painters, Rothko must create a series of masterpieces. Red dives deeply into this incredible period when the fierce, uncompromising Rothko, at the height of his power, clashes with fame and commercialism.

Langham Court Theatre opens its 2012-13 season October 3 to 20 with the beloved classic 84, Charing Cross Road, adapted from the book by Jelene Hanff, while Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Dean Reagan’s ever popular musical A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline runs from October 30 to November 10 with the talented Sara-Jeanne Hosie, recreating her role she has played to great acclaim for both the Vancouver Arts Club and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Following the country legend’s climb to stardom from her hometown in Virginia to New York’s Carnegie Hall, the show features 20 hits, including Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight, Sweet Dreams and I Fall to Pieces, this musical stars.

 

Toopy and Binoo

 

Fab kid fun

The fabulousness continues! Kid favourites Toopy and Binoo are warming up their funny muscles and stretching their active imaginations in preparation for their live stage show this fall. Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon brings to life the two fun-loving and adorable characters, whose antics are driven by their out-of-this-world imaginations – and whose unpredictable adventures inspire children to push their own limits! Take in the fun September 16 at Victoria’s Royal Theatre.

Budding young gardeners will enjoy the second annual Children’s Harvest Festival & Field of Scarecrows, at the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific October 6 from 11am to  3pm. Kids, bring your families for a free day of interactive stations on growing your own food, nature and healthy lifestyles!

 

Celebrate with a case of the Blues

Celebrate the end of summer by rockin’ and groovin’ to live blues, R&B and more at the 18th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash! Headliners for the ticketed evening performances include Canada’s blues guitar favorite David Gogo (September 1) and Alligator Records’ blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker (September 2).

In addition to the ticketed performances, take in three afternoons of free-admission performances featuring some of Vancouver Island’s best performers, 12 to 5:15pm September 1 to 3.

Historic Events

The Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites throw open their grounds September 11 for  the 18th annual English Car Affair in the Park. At 10am precisely, the skirl of the pipes will herald the start of this popular event featuring more than 100 classic and vintage British automobiles from the Old English Car Club.

Return to the site September 24 for the 10th annual Fort Rodd Hill Lantern Tour, an exclusive, after-dark guided tour of the 19th century site. See the gun batteries by lantern light and eavesdrop on uniformed re-enactors going about the daily activities of garrison life. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of life at the Hill during the period of 1897-1956. There may even be a few surprises along the way! Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 8:45pm. Tickets are $10, in advance only – call 250-478-5849.

Mother Mother

Rifflandia rocks on

Some the rock world’s best and brightest will descend on downtown Victoria for the third annual Rifflandia festival, September 13 to 16. With a who’s who of modern rock taking to local stages, highlights include Mother Mother, Cake, Band of Skulls, Sloan, The Dudes, The Stanfields, and many, many more. What a way to bid farewell to summer!

Cirque comes to the Centre

Everyone loves a circus – especially when the circus in question is the Cirque du Soleil. The renowned troupe brings its critically-acclaimed Quidam to the Save On Foods Memorial Centre September 5 to 9. A favourite since premiering in Montreal in April 1996, the international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters, telling the story of  young Zoé, whose life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world – the world of Quidam – where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

 


September Hot Dates in Halifax

Stars Perform at Summersonic

Stars Perform at Summersonic

September 7 to 9: For three days, the Garrison Grounds at Halifax Citadel will be the must-visit location for serious music fans. Summersonic celebrates indie, alternative and slightly-off-the-mainstream music.This year’slineup includes Stars, Bahamas, Old Man Ludecke, Matt Anderson, K’naan and many others.

September 8: Performing at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street, the Irish super group Celtic Thunder mixes old favourites and modern hits. (more…)