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Japandroids

HPX Day 5: Nevado Records Pizza Party, METZ, Japandroids & More

Saturday, October 26, 2013 After devouring Lobster Eggs Benedict at Your Father’s Moustache (highly recommended!) and restraining ourselves from purchasing all of the vinyl at the Record and Zine fair, we headed out to spend the rest of the afternoon at the Nevado Records showcase at The Company House that came complete with free pizza! […]

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Royal Canoe

HPX Night 4: The Seahorse Tavern with Royal Canoe & More

Friday, October 25, 2013 KASHKA (11:00PM) Catherine and I met up at Burrito Jax to thaw our fingers and gain sustenance in the form of a burrito before heading over to The Seahorse Tavern for the remainder of the night. The new project of Toronto’s Kat Burns, KASHKA represents a departure from the folkcentric Forest […]

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Joel Plaskett with Symphony Nova Scotia

HPX Night 4: Joel Plaskett with Mo Kenney and Symphony Nova Scotia

Friday, October 25, 2013 As part of Halifax Pop Explosion, Joel Plaskett performed with Symphony Nova Scotia (conducted by Martin MacDonald) at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on two nights. These special sold out performances featured Mo Kenney and some special guests and friends (David Christensen, Erin Costelo and Bill Plaskett). As you could probably imagine, […]

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HPX Day 4: Grand Parade Square with Shad & More

Friday, October 25, 2013 The Zolas (5:00PM) We started our Friday outdoors at the Grand Parade Square for some free festivities. In the heart of downtown, just a short walk from the waterfront, there was a nip in the air as The Zolas took the stage. The Zolas may not be the most outwardly dynamic […]

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Fucked Up

HPX Night 3: Fucked Up at The Marquee Ballroom & More

Thursday, October 24, 2013 After filling up on burgers at Ace Burger and ice cream at Dee Dee’s, we spent Thursday night at The Marquee Ballroom for some Toronto and East Coast favourites. Earlier in the evening we also had the chance to see some of Louise Burns’ stripped down solo set in the CKDU […]

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Wavves

HPX Night 2: Wavves at Olympic Community Hall, BADBADNOTGOOD & More

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Outtacontroller (Olympic Community Hall, 8:00PM) We arrived to the Olympic Community Centre in time to catch the last little bit of Halifax band Outtacontroller. The frantic edge to their blazing power pop-punk tunes proved to be a fun start to our night. If your ears haven’t yet come across these East […]

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Zeus

HPX Night 1: Arts and Crafts Showcase at Reflections Cabaret

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 With Catherine wanting to return to Halifax after a great experience at Halifax Pop Explosion in 2011 and me having never been to the East Coast, we decided to make the festival happen this year. While we weren’t stuffing our faces with seafood and taking in the beautiful sights of the […]

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Whitehorse

Hillside Day 3: Richard Reed Parry’s “Quiet River of Dust”, Colin Stetson, Fucked Up & More

Sunday, July 28, 2013 Sunday Gospel Session (Island Stage, 10:30AM) Whoever is concerned that church attendance is dwindling, should have seen the sight on Sunday morning. Despite the early hour and grey skies, the Island Stage tent was packed with festival goers in need of a little Sunday gospel – Hillside-style. A non-traditional “bring your […]

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Yukon Blonde

Hillside Day 2: Akron/Family, July Talk, Yukon Blonde & More

Saturday, July 27, 2013 “Nashville Skylines” Workshop (Lake Stage, 11:00AM) We started Day 2 at the Lake Stage for the “Nashville Skylines” workshop, featuring Escondido and Lindi Ortega. Bringing their Nashville-flavoured alt-country to Guelph, both acts actually have Canadian roots – Escondido front woman Jessica Maros is originally from Vancouver, while Ortega hails from Toronto […]

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METZ

Hillside Night 1: Kopecky Family Band, METZ, Said The Whale & More

Friday, July 26, 2013 After attending Hillside last year as spectators, we jumped at the chance to go back this year to celebrate their 30th anniversary. From the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, to the amazing – and healthy! – food options, and green initiatives, it has quickly become one of our favourite out-of-town festivals. It’s true […]

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