The Grubbies’ jam-space is a basement deep in Halifax’s residential north end. The stuffy room is decorated with mattresses propped up against windows, pillows and egg cartons strapped to vents, old coffee cups, tall cans of beer, and coke bottles. Wires hang from the ceiling and cover the floor. It’s not messy, but it’s lived in. And it’s the jam-spot of more than a few local bands; artists like the Saffrons, Walrus, Shadow Folk, Robert Loveless and Scott Nicks practice in the space.
Aside from the music, it’s as much about the people and the place. I live in Sackville and the build-up to Sappy is the best kind of unbearable. The town is abuzz weeks leading up with the promise of good times ahead. SappyFest is by far my favourite music festival and I’ll keep attending as long as they keep happening.
Though Thursday at Bar None was already a weekend’s worth of partying, dancing and musical intake – our bodies are capable of second and third winds for a reason.
The reason this weekend is Shed Island.
A few months ago some close friends and I became preoccupied with an idea. It emerged from a dissatisfaction with the scope of localized media outlets, a desire to create a medium which might encourage constructive discussion, and showcase creativity. This concept took
Shed Island is an independent music festival taking place August 14-17th in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I sat down with promoters Glen May and Micah Brown to find out a little bit about the origin of the festival, and the community from which it stems.
When I was asked if I would be interested in contributing a piece about a band from New Brunswick, my past and future home province, the first band I thought of was Wooden Wives. I decided to think on the matter for a while, consider some of the other great bands that began or are based out of N.B. (what up, Mouthbreathers?) but, even with this extra thought and consideration, I always came back to Wooden Wives.
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