This past Saturday was Nocturne in Halifax and, yes, it was terrific. I didn’t get to explore too much, but what I did explore and what I have heard from others has all be incredibly positive. That to say, if you missed the event make sure you check it out next year. It’s worth it.
The highlights from my Nocturne evening included a glass blowing demonstration down on the harbour-front and music on the Dartmouth-Halifax ferry. Let me stress that these were only two of many, MANY exhibits and events. The glass blowing demonstration took place at The Glassworks down on George Street near the harbour. There was a guide giving an oral account of what the glassblowers were doing, and you could walk through the building to see the different stages of the crystal-making process. It was pretty impressive and intriguing. There are some fields of work that I always wonder about and this is one of them. They must really love what they do, creating such lovely pieces of unique art. The other quite memorable event of the evening came from boarding the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry. Everyone on board was so enthusiastic and my timing was just-so that I was able to catch a band I had been hoping to hear for the first time – the Smoking Contra Band. They were seriously so great! I’m so glad I saw them, even if it was only two songs. I’ll definitely be doing my best to check them out again at one of their upcoming shows in Halifax, and I recommend, if you’re in the area, that you do the same!
Oh! And I almost forgot! On our way home, crossing over the Citadel, we stopped by another exhibit. We were unaware that there was even something to view in the Citadel, but walking inside we found this representation of the constellation Ursa Major. Standing underneath, it was a representation of the bear experimenting with and being tempted by the boundaries between the sky and the earth. What a better place to test this than the Citadel?
I hope you all had a great Nocturne experience!! I’m very much looking forward to next year.
My Morning Jacket was SO GOOD! SO GOOD!
They played a closing show last night at Ottawa’s Bluesfest, but we started the night much earlier, arriving a few hours before the big event to check out some other bands. While we headed over to see the Dirt Bombs, who were great, with their two drummers, we were early enough to see some of the band before them, Trampled by Turtles. I was impressed by both and both were, as you’ll see when you click on the links and give them a listen (which you’re obliged to do), are very different. The former garage/punk/rock, the latter bluegrass. I dig!
Following these two sets we headed over to the main stage and, like I already said, it was SO GOOD! My Morning Jacket has a pretty extensive repertoire of music, including studio, live and compilation records. They played a great (and mind-blowing) set last night that covered a range of music from multiple albums. I really appreciated this – some new some old, all fantastic. It was a show, a production, that I think everyone in the audience really enjoyed.
Want to know what they played and make your own awesome playlist of My Morning Jacket tunes? Click here!
Fingers crossed that all of the above make their way back to Canada in the near future!
(*Photo courtesy of Kevin James Ochal – thank you!)
This band is Canadian (yes!). They have a rough sound, enticing vocals, and instrumental elements that range from loud to louder to lovely and rockin’. The mixtures between these varying degrees of lovely and loud are quite astounding. Take the song The Gayest of Sunbeams, for instance. You take one listen to that and you’ll know perfectly what I’m describing. This band is unique and may very well take up a void (perhaps you’re not getting enough “space pop” or “psychedelic”??) in your musical diet.
Have you heard of this band before? What do you think?
Try them out. Have a listen. And, as always, enjoy!
I went to a Broken Social Scene show back in 2008 and opening for them was a band I’d never heard of… that band was Land of Talk and I was blown away. The show was a combined, fantastic 4+ hours of musical awesomeness. The lead singer from Land of Talk, Elizabeth Powell, sang for Broken Social Scene – she did an amazing job (and also kicks ass at playing the guitar), just as she does with her own band.
Land of Talk is a three-piece band with a pretty unique sound. The vocals are soft, but bright and the music itself is just rockin’. They’re Canadian and very talented.
Be sure to check ‘em out. Be sure! Or maybe you already have?