Symphony Nova Scotia is going local for its 30th season, with guests including Joel Plaskett and Mo Kenney on October 24 and 25 at the Rebecca Cohn as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for the Friday, October 25 performance.
Here’s how to purchase your pre-sale tickets:
- To gain early access to Friday’s concert, you must use the password “New Scotland” either online, via phone, or in-person.
- The Dalhousie Arts Centre box office is located at 6101 University Avenue, and their phone number is 902-494-3820 (TF: 1-800-874-1669).
- To access the pre-sale online, visit the following webpage and input the password “New Scotland” (without quotations) into the promotional code box: https://kil-dacweb-3.cohn.dal.ca/online.
Please note: When purchasing pre-sale tickets online, first input the password into the promotional code box, click “Go” and a box will appear to say the promotional code has been accepted. Click “Ok” and then the concert date will appear on the 2nd page of the performance listings.
This is going to be an outstanding concert and we hope to see you there!
A brand-new Joel Plaskett app is now available for free to download at the Apple store. Fans can check out upcoming shows and buy tickets, keep up to date with the latest Plaskett news, view photos and videos, and buy music.
As a special treat for fans who download the Plaskett app, we’re streaming Joel’s entire catalogue for free until September 1, which means you can listen to every song on every album for the rest of the summer!
Download the free Plaskett app at the Apple store today by visiting:
For Android users who want to stream the catalogue, use this link:
When Halifax’s Mo Kenney penned her forlorn acoustic lament Sucker, she was in a bad place.
Merely 19 years old at the time, she was living on her own in Halifax for the first time and working two “crappy” jobs, one at a dollar store and the other whipping together pizzas at Sobeys. Oh, and she was freshly dumped.
“So I was sitting there feeling kind of (bad) about myself and music wasn’t really going anywhere either. I was working toward something but I wasn’t sure what to do,” she recalled in a telephone interview this week. “So I got a little bit drunk in my room and started writing.”
The resultant tune helped Kenney find that direction she was searching for — and on Wednesday heralded some more good fortune.
Kenney and her tune have won the $5,000 English-language SOCAN Songwriting Prize, awarded by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. Quebecois songwriter Keith Kouna won the French award for Batiscan.
It may be an impossible task to accurately quantify the greatest, but the CBC Music have given it their best with: CBC Music presents the 100 greatest Canadian albums. Ever.
CBC Music kicked off its 100 greatest Canadian albums ever on July 1st. They’re counting down from 100, revealing 20 at a time every Monday in July, with writeups from a variety of musicians, actors, artists and public figures. We’re thrilled to know that Joel Plaskett’s Down at the Khyber was #82, and features a great endorsement from Jenn Grant.
Hello. I am writing to you live from my songwriting cave where I have made myself a hermit. Garageband, notepads and instruments — this is how I write songs. I lock myself away and spew out everything in my brain and just try to make it sound nice/make some sense.
I’ve just recently invested in a MacBook and have been playing around on Garageband for the first time. I like being able to get weird with sounds and figure some production ideas out before even hitting the studio. It’s a good way to feel out the vibe of a song and know where I need to go in and change things that don’t flow. I’ve always written songs in my room. It’s where I feel most comfortable being creative.
Joel Plaskett is one of the more honest and hard-working people in the music business today. With a catalogue that spans almost two decades and enough hardware from Canadian music awards to fill a house, his modesty still comes off as a bit of a surprise.
“I’m not particularly good at taking time off,“ Plaskett light-heartedly concedes during what is supposed to be his vacation. “It’s kind of hard to turn it off sometimes.”
These are some of the struggles that come with such a strong work ethic. “I’m on vacation but I’m picking up the guitar and I’m writing a bit,” he admits. Currently on a rare stretch of downtime, Plaskett was kind enough to spare some of it while on the West Coast with his family.
Far from an overnight sensation, Plaskett spent the ‘90s with influential rockers Thrush Hermit before embarking on his own solo career and band, the Emergency. Despite all this success, Plaskett refrains from trying to quantify it all.
“I can look back on it but, if I do, then I end up just intellectualizing what I do, which is something I try and avoid, only so it doesn’t paralyze me or keep me from moving forward.”
“Sucker” written and performed by Mo Kenney is nominated for the 2013 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Fans can now vote once a day for the duration of the contest at www.soncansongwritingprize.ca.
All eligible voters have the opportunity to win a new Apple iPad and Roland headphones just for voting!
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada announced the five finalists for the eighth annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize and the nominees once again reflect the breadth and depth of Canada’s rich songwriting talent.
The winner will be announced the week of July 8.