On the weekend of June 1-3, the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova Scotia, held an event called Gus-Con. It was 3 day event filled with lectures, presentations and panels that pays tribute to the Comic Book Convention that has become such a popular and important part of the Sci-Fi world (schedule at bottom). The name honoured the museum’s Gopher Tortoise, Gus. The exhibit featured a variety of costumes, which you can see in my gallery below, but Gus-Con added to that by having talks, displays, special exhibits, contests, a costume ball, etc.
Tunes at Noon takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from Noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Halifax, till August 28, 2009. The schedule of performers include:
July 15 – Christina Martin (folk/rock)
July 16 – Rebekah Higgs (folk-electric)
July 17 – Pink Thunder (pop/rock)
July 22 – Ian Sherwood (rock/jazz/folk) / Steven Bowers (folk rock)
July 23 – The SideCats (roots/world/jazz/blues)
July 24 – Marimba Stew (percussive groove)
July 29 – Shannon Quinn (celtic)
July 30 – Shan Arsenault (jazz)
July 31 – Around Town Band (rock) / The Repercussionists (rock) [great name!]
August 5 – Fullhouse (Latin)
August 6 – Dave Carroll (folk/pop), of Sons of Maxwell and United Breaks Guitar viral video fame!
August 7 – The Strangeboys (bluegrass)
August 12 – Ryan Cook (country)
August 13 – Grassmarket (folk/bluegrass) [nice name]
August 14 – Telfer (pop/funk)
August 19 – Mary Stewart (pop/folk) / Crissi Cochrane, aka Save September (folk)
August 20 – David Myles (folk)
August 21 – Ruth Minnikin and her Bandwagon (Americana/folk)
August 26 – Kim Wempe (folk/jazz) / Norma MacDonald (pop/folk)
August 27 – Mike Trask (rock)
August 28 – Kev Corbett (folk)
Summer 2009 unofficially arrived in Halifax today with the first Tunes at Noon 2009 concert, featuring Halifax’s own little dynamo, Christina Martin. Well, I shouldn’t call anybody little being at 5’2.625″ and 108 lbs. But Christina comes with an energetic and vibrant repertoire from some solid award winning recordings. Even with just one acoustic guitar amped up slightly and playing solo, the set was great!
I’ve been meaning to go see Christina play for a while now, more than just a few songs here and there where I’ve only managed to see her thus far. My stars just hadn’t aligned. They weren’t today, either, but I fixed that. On my way home to visiting Mom’s Vietnamese cooking during her last days here, I delayed it when I saw Christina playing at Grand Parade.
“That’s right, I held off Mom’s Vietnamese cuisine for Christina Martin’s music!”
I stayed to watch Christina’s set till the end, with intent of then going home and packing the lunch to take back to eat at my desk after the concert. I even called Mom to join me, but she was out so she didn’t know I was playing hooky with her cooking. So please, don’t anybody tell my Mom! 🙂
Instead of me trying to describe Christina’s music, though, nothing speaks for it like the music itself so I have included three videos below. They are songs from Christina’s sophomore album, Two Hearts, which won her 2009 East Coast Music Award (ECMA) Pop Recording of the Year and two 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Female Artist Recording of the Year & Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording of the Year. The Tunes at Noon series schedule follows the videos, with links to all the bands for you to preview their music. I hope to attend as many as possible and review some of my favourite ones on the blog. We’ve got a lot of great musical talent in Nova Scotia who deserve a lot more profile than they get. There’s also a lot of diversity in flavour. So if you can come down to watch, or click through on the links above to hear their music and spread the word, I’m sure they’d appreciate it!
The first of Christina’s featured song is the title track from Christina’s sophomore album, Two Hearts. It is my favourite song of hers, and this is the official video.
The second is a live performance of Cut It Out from Christina’s Two Hearts CD release party at the FRED Whet Salon in Halifax.
Finally, Christina acoustically performs You Come Home at the 2008 Nova Scotia Music Week Gala Show.
Tunes at Noon is presented by Councillor Dawn Sloane, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the Halifax Regional Municipality. Music Nova Scotia, C100 radio, The Coast and The Centre for Arts and Technology are also supporters.
You know, as I write this, I want to be out there someday performing. Being a singer/songwriter myself (my MySpace page), I don’t devote a lot of time to it due to the many other things I do. These people here have worked hard to get where they are today. Maybe seeing enough of them will motivate me to put on a much bigger effort and make that dream happen. Should do it soon while Dawn Sloane is still my city councillor, though, to increase my chances. 😉
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.2