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Nova Scotia Music Week Joins Keychange Initiative Festival Pledges to Achieve 50:50 gender balance by 2022

Nova Scotia Music Week is one of the latest festivals to join the Keychange initiative, a pioneering international initiative supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union which empowers women to transform the future of the music industry and encourages festivals to achieve or maintain a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.

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Neon Dreams Heads Music Nova Scotia Showcase

Dreaming Out Loud  and Music Nova Scotia present Tiki Lounge 2018 on Saturday, May 12 at Rivoli. An annual highlight of CMW, the event features many of Nova Scotia’s leading artists, and will be capped off in compelling fashion by the three Dreaming Out Loud acts;  Neon Dreams, Jodi Guthro, and BRDGS.

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Alvvays Are The Anti-Strokes

Some Canadian Band Made an Entire Music Video Making Fun of ‘Chef’s Night Out’

For the unfamiliar, our flagship series Chef’s Night Out documents the boozy, freewheeling social lives of both well-established and up-and-coming chefs around the world, exploring what and where they like to eat and drink during their free time. An episode might feature, say, some tattooed chefs baking experimental pizzas in the hallowed brick ovens of Brooklyn’s Roberta’s, then jumping in a chartered van to drink cocktails and raid famous Lower East Side Chinese joints. We’re dang proud of the series, which serves as a portrait of the fast-paced food culture shared by young people in high-end kitchens from New York to London to San Francisco and beyond.

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Christina Martin – Impossible to Hold

Although Christina Martin and her spouse (and guitarist) Dale Murray from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia – where they also live and produce their music – come, but actually the duo is rather “on the road” at home. For example, every opportunity is used to go on tour in our latitudes. It will then use every one of the 90 days left to a non-EU citizen without a work visa – which not only results in Christina Martin doing pretty much the longest tours of her guild, but also during her long visits has also picked up quite a bit of German – and can therefore easily understand. It’s almost unusual that there is always time to record new CDs with this workload. After all: In this way, new tracks can already be checked once for their live suitability, before they were even recorded. A good example of this can be found on Christina’s new CD “Impossible To Hold”, because the song “Lungs Are Burning” already debuted on Christina’s tour in March last year. This play is about drugs and drug loss – which is an unusual topic for Christina.

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Belongs to: The Stanfields – Limboland

Every record finds its time. Just loses Freiburg just against the VFB and the first tip of the football weekend goes there. Again, nothing with the hope of luck in the game and the associated warm money rain. And that’s when you need a record like this. Limboland is the fifth studio album of the Canadian band The Stanfields . Thanks to a discreet melancholy, it provides the comfort that one needs for absolute trivialities and dispels the negative thoughts with a clearly audible resolution. ‘ I’m not afraid of the world’ – with these words the record is opened by singer Jon Landry and he is right. More Wine Waiter Please! As long as the HSV loses the season is not over.

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Song of the Day: Lungs Are Burning by Christina Martin

“Lungs Are Burning”, today’s Song of the Day at Sounds & Books, is on the new album by Canadian songwriter Christina Martin, which is titled Impossible To Hold and will be released on Tonetoaster label tomorrow, Friday, March 23rd. With the new songs in her luggage, Christina Martin is already touring Germany, stopping in Hamburg today.

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Review: Port Cities – Port Cities

Made up of Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro, the debut album from the trio more commonly known as Port Cities, has finally arrived, and certainly lives up to the rather high expectations that started building several months back.

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New York Times Review: ‘Old Stock,’ an Immigrant Love Story Set to Klezmer

Chaim and Chaya do not meet cute. It’s 1908 Halifax, and these new arrivals — Jews who fled Romania — have been shunted into a line for the sick. He might have contracted typhus; he says it’s just a rash. She might have caught her sister’s tuberculosis; she thinks it’s just a cough. Will these two traumatized kids fall in love? Will immigration let them? Will they live long enough?

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Christina Martin On Her Favourite Female Artists From Nova Scotia

Back with her new single ‘Always Reminding’ is the brilliant Christina Martin, who’s now gearing up for the release of what looks to be an incredible new album, ‘Impossible To Hold’. Out on March 23, we caught up with the singer-songwriter to find out a little bit about some of her favourite other Canadian artists – and especially those from Nova Scotia! Check out an exclusive blog from Christina…

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Acclaimed Canadian Erin Costelo Brings Experimental Soul With ‘Down Below, The Status Quo’ (Album Review)

There are times when an artist is so talented and interested in so many diverse styles of music that it takes some time to focus the disparate elements into one compelling package. That statement applies to Nova Scotia’s Erin Costelo, who writes, sings , arranges, and produces. This album, Down Below, The Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in Canada, winning Producer of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year. It is a genre defying, contemplative piece, ranging in emotion from defiance and  desperation to hope and strength.

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Drowned In Sound Album Review: Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now

Halifax has been in the news a lot recently. While its UK counterpart has found itself favourably described as the northern equivalent of London’s Shoreditch, its Canadian sister continues to thrive as the cultural and economic hub (and capital) of Nova Scotia. It can also boast an impressive musical lineage including the likes of Sloan, April Wine and Wintersleep among an impressive list of acts past and present.

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Take a listen to Devarrow’s Celtic country stomp ‘Little Road’

Just as American history teems with heroic wild west frontiersmen, hundreds of years from now the books will record that Canadian and North American music was built by hardy alt-folk types who got dumped and headed off into the wilderness with just a guitar, a laptop and a fractured falsetto to record their timeless journey. One such hero is Devarrow – aka New Brunswick raconteur Graham Ereaux – whose heartbreak is unconfirmed, but why else would he have upped laptop for five years and travelled the world, pausing only to record and self-release a 2015 album called ‘The Great Escape’ from a leaking Vancouver apartment one winter?

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Why you need to hear this album: David Myles – ‘Real Love’

While on a late December drive up to Aroostook County to see family, I started scanning the radio dial in hopes of finding some good music or a talk show to keep me company.

I was still a few miles south of the Houlton exit when I heard part of a song that nearly made me drive off the road. The music and static were fighting each other as I pulled over in hopes of finding a spot where I could pull in the distant signal.

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Canadian Blues Master Charlie A’Court announces Australian Tour

Award-winning Canadian artist Charlie A’Court is no stranger to Australian audiences, his 2018 tour will be his eighth visit in seven years, and over that time he’s spread his soulful take on the blues, clear-as-a-bell vocals, and searing guitar work far and wide.

He’s played some of Australia’s top festivals, including Woodford Folk Festival, Gympie Music Musterand last year’s Blues on Broadbeach event. He’s supported the likes of UB40 around the country and worked with some outstanding Aussie musos including icon Diesel, who produced his most recent release ‘Come On Over, and Lloyd Spiegel, with whom A’Court co-wrote his latest single ‘Refuse to Fear’.

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Erin Costelo Announces The US Release Of Her Award Winning Album, “Down Below, The Status Quo“ On Compass Records — Embarks On Us Tour With Shannon McNally!

Legendary Nashville label, Compass Records, will release Erin Costelo’s award winning album, Down Below, The Status Quo, in the United States on March 2, 2018. The release will be supported by a US tour in March, through select cities in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, a double bill, with Compass artist Shannon McNally.

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Hello Delaware and Hillsburn to play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK

We are thrilled to announce 100 sizzling hot artists added to the TGE18 line up today.

Come party with us in Brighton this May and catch the likes of Billy Lockett, BØRNS, Freya Ridings, Gus Dapperton, Hockey Dad, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lo Moon, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and many more.

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‘Unbelievable’: director Andy Hines on the reaction to his Grammy-nominated video for 1-800-273-8255

When Andy Hines first started making music videos, it was because he wanted to get experience in directing — to have something of his own under his belt. Little did he know it would lead him to a Grammy nomination in the best video category this year for “1-800-273-8255” by Logic, featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara. The title is a reference to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S., and the story follows a black teenager struggling with his sexuality, and thinking about committing suicide.

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Devarrow, Hello Delaware, Hillsburn and Walrus to play Focus Wales 2018

With 200+ live performances, the festival showcases the very best new talent emerging from the nation alongside established names and a selection of exciting international acts.

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Walrus makes first artist announcement for Tallinn Music Week 2018

The tenth edition of the new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), taking place from 2nd to 8th April in Tallinn, Estonia, has announced the first batch of this year’s line-up. From today single concert tickets are on sale next to the festival passes. TMW 2018 Festival + Conference Pass is available for €175€ until 1st February and Festival Pass for €60 at the TMW online store. TMW 2018 is presented by Telia Estonia.

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