Archive for the ‘Shows’ Category

Japan Matsuri 2016

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I love Japan. The food, the sights, the history, the arts—everything about this beautiful country amazes me. Especially after spending over a month living there this summer, I couldn’t get enough of it and desperately wish I could go back. Regardless, with each passing year, Japanese culture is becoming more renowned throughout the world, thanks […]

The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem – Day 3 in Toronto

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Armed with will and determination…and grace, too. Gord Downie, lead of The Tragically Hip, embodies that line from the song Grace, Too. Those words have never been felt deeper than they were these last few weeks as the band takes the stage in multiple cities across Canada for what has been deemed their farewell tour.

City and Colour Live

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I used to refer to Dallas Green as kind of whiny. His music always seemed so full of angst and kind of sad – as if he constantly had a broken heart. After seeing him and his all-star band, City and Colour, on the Halifax Waterfront during Jazz Fest though, my opinion has changed…slightly.

Warped Tour 2016: Why Warped?

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Summer festivals are shitshows. The food is expensive, people are under the influence of possibly multiple substances, and it’s hotter than the seventh circle of hell. Or maybe I’m getting too old to appreciate them. Regardless, I’ll never pass on seeing the Warped Tour. Warped 2008 popped my cherry and it was a religious experience. […]

Metric Live

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Metric was never on my list of must-see bands. Mostly because I couldn’t understand how they’d compare to their records because there are so many electronic/techno sounding songs. When I heard the band would be headlining a festival in my city, though, I couldn’t refrain from hitting up the waterfront to see just what Emily […]

Warped Tour 2016 – Teenage Bottlerocket’s Ray Carlisle

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At Warped Tour, there’s a different show every day. The turn out for certain bands in Nashville is going to be different than the show in San Francisco. Still, there’s a surprising feature about Nashville that outsiders don’t seem to get – we love music. Of course, images of the Grand Ole Opry come to […]

Warped Tour 2016 – Less Than Jake’s Chris DeMakes

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What makes Warped Tour so magical is that you can see bands of just about any genre. Sure, there was a definite pop-punk calling, but these days anything goes. From pop, rock, punk, hip-hop and whatever “alternative” means now, you can hear it all. You can see Sum 41 play a packed field or The […]

The Regal Beagle Band Live

The Regal Beagle Band

I know I say this often, but Nova Scotia, Canada has some serious musical talent. A lot of that talent comes from a tiny island – Cape Breton. Like The Town Heroes, Dave Sampson and Port Cities (all who I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing before), Regal Beagle hails from Cape Breton Island but with […]

Port Cities, Dave Sampson & Jordan Musycsyn Live at the Marquee

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There’s a venue in Halifax, Nova Scotia where bikes, mannequins and stained glass adorn the ceilings and you only have about a handful of options when it comes to beverages. Also, the bathrooms and the ATM are both in the basement (which is another bar completely). These characteristics don’t sound like they’d belong to one […]

The Strumbellas Live

The Strumbellas

The Strumbellas are a five piece indie/folk band from Ontario, Canada. They create catchy tunes very similar to The Lumineers and Cold War Kids, but with a bit more of a folk vibe. I’m ashamed to say that The Strumbellas are a band that I often forget that I love. I neglect them until I […]