We wanted to extend a gracious thank-you for all the feedback and communication we’ve been engaged with while testing the waters over the last month. In return, we wanted to extend a promise and commitment to continue to do our damnedest to hunt down Atlantic Canada’s best kept secrets.
Trust us folks: it’s all good stress, and we’re having a blast doing it.
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.
At 10:00PM on Thursday, August 14th, 2014, Bar None [164 Water Street, St. John’s, NL] plays host to the opening night of the Shed Island festival, and the first of three jam-packed days of music. For those without a festival pass, a measly ten dollars for the night guarantees a musical bang for your buck.
These three pop punk tropes are examples of why pop punk can be the greatest genre or the absolute worse. Tropes #1 and #3 aren’t so much troublesome as they are tired; it’s #2 that is the problem child. This is where pop punk straddles the line of being charming & romantic and creepy & sexist. You show me Jawbreaker’s “Want” and I’ll flash Screeching Weasel’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Friends.”
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.