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Publisher's year in review

So this is it: the end of my three years working at the Watch. Of those years, I don’t hesitate to say this has been the best of them all. Here’s just a quick recap of what we’ve accomplished as a team over the past eight months. We (finally) have insurance, which means we’re protected […]

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GroundSwell Festival: Night Three

The crowd at Olympic Hall had mellowed out significantly since Friday night. I mean, there’s no better way to cure a St. Paddy’s day hangover than with loud music, right? Arsoniste: The minute I heard Rachel Sunter, I could tell last night would be… slightly different… than Friday. Arsoniste’s bright, almost ethereal brand of pop-rock […]

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GroundSwell Festival: Night Two

A necessary change in venue shifted things to Olympic Hall last night. Now, as you may be aware, I tend to stay sober when covering music festivals. However, as yesterday was no ordinary day, and I knew The Stanfields were performing, I indulged in a few pints of either Nova Scotia or Ireland’s finest over […]

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GroundSwell Music Festival: Night One

So… I’m back at it again! Compared to festivals I’ve covered in the past, this one started out a bit differently. The Spatz Theatre at Citadel High School was the venue for night one of this festival whose organizers, GroundSwell Music, are focused on highlighting Nova Scotian talent and helping young, emerging musicians from the […]

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In the Dead of Winter: Night three

IDOW Night three or: the night Irish Mythen asked about my relationship status There’s a story to go along with that headline, and I’ll get to it eventually – I promise. Bluegrass matinee with Big Country Ramblers This was a neat one. Seven Bays hosted these guys (six of them today, but they’re usually a […]

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In the Dead of Winter: Night two

I got a bit sidetracked tonight and ended up seeing fewer shows than I had planned. I didn’t even get out to the Seahorse at all, so my apologies to the acts I missed. I’m still figuring out how to be in two places at once. I’ll let you all know once I do. Megan […]

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In the Dead of Winter: Night one

IDOW: Night one I always get excited when covering music festivals. This is my first time covering IDOW; I was drawn to it because of its intimate nature, the fact that it aims to shine a spotlight on new and emerging songwriters, and because I’m fairly sure it’ll cure my winter blues for a few […]

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HPX: Night four

From Oct. 19-22, Halifax Pop Explosion took over venues around the city. Here’s what we thought about the performances we attended Oct. 22; the final night of the festival. Click here to read our night one recap, here for night two and here for night three.  Hannah Georgas John: The Marquee was packed for night four. It was shoulder-to-shoulder all the […]

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HPX: Night three

From Oct. 19-22, Halifax Pop Explosion is taking over venues around the city. Here’s what we thought about the performances we attended Oct. 21. Click here to read our night one recap, and here for night two. John: My roommate complained to me last night about the fact that I started yesterday’s review with a […]

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HPX: Night two

From Oct. 19-22, Halifax Pop Explosion is taking over venues around the city. Here’s what we thought about the performances we attended Oct. 20. Click here to read our night one recap.  John: Fresh off my embarrassing wardrobe choice last night, I decided to toss on a Black Keys t-shirt under a denim button-up. I […]