Despite the frigid winds and the lingering blankets of snow, our hearts are in a spring fever. Today we offer a guide to help you dream along with us. Take a look at the full schedule for our 2015 installment.
Firstly, we want to make mention of two late additions to the roster. Hailing from Montreal, ex-Haligonians Romy and Sari Lightman bring us nuanced art-pop as Tasseomancy. They’ll be summoning a set of fresh tracks from their new record, Palm Wine Revisited (due May 5th on Healing Power Records), at our Sunday afternoon show with local of-the-moment gurus Gift from God. And for the late night fare, we add rural Nova Scotia’s gnarliest techno fiend, Parliament, to a bill with Crousetown’s kaleidoscopic wunder-junkers, JOYFULTALK.
We’re psyched to be taking over some of our favourite venues again: the venerable Fort Massey Church, the mighty Bus Stop Theatre, the delectable Menz Bar and the esteemed Maritime Conservatory. And to have the support and hospitality of the Halifax Public Libraries again is a great honour. We’ll be running workshops, artist talks and pop-up shows throughout the festival at both the North Memorial Branch and the brand new Halifax Central Library.
For the first day of the festival, we’re dipping into new territory by presenting an early-evening artist talk at the Halifax Central Library with free-jazz legend Peter Brotzmann and drum-heller Jerry Granelli. Then, we offer an evening engagement at the Halifax Music Co-op with Brooklyn’s Bing & Ruth and genius improv duo Not The Wind Not The Flag. Following that, we’ve got a glorious party planned at the Marquee Club with Syrian legend Omar Souleyman, prog-poppers Absolutely Free, neo-souls Love Thy Will Be Done (aka THOMAS) and one of Halifax’s finest dance floor firestarters, DJ Fadzwa. Also joining the heat force throughout the weekend are NSCAD’s reigning champ DJ Doris, dark matter master DJ A.J. Pearson, and from Montreal, Psychic Handshake’s DJ Malville and Homeshake’s very own DJ Baby Blue.
There’s a late night sludgefest with Buck Gooter and Gashrat, a brunch with Moss Lime, Bonnie Doon and Vulva Culture, an evening mass with Noveller, You’ll Never Get To Heaven and Hey Mother Death, and a Sunday meditation with Lubomyr Melnyk and Dreamspoitation, among other mind-bending bills.
The vague woods have broken, the ocean is a mix. Keep your mind’s eye sharp. See the colour of spring.