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The Halifax music scene explodes

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The international focus on Halifax as the latest and greatest destination for indie rock reaches an apex in 1993. After Seattle became a hub for discovering new bands, Sub Pop records founder Jonathan Poneman and the label's East Coast music rep, Joyce Linehan, turned their attention to Halifax, home to Sloan and many other bands. In this July 1993 profile from the CBC pop culture program Brand X, Wilf Dinnick visits Halifax's Double Deuce club to talk with Poneman, Linehan and local music impresario Colin MacKenzie about the popularity of the Halifax music scene.

Medium: Radio
Broadcast Date: July 10, 1993
Program: Brand X
Reporter: Wilf Dinnick
Guests: Jonathan Poneman, Colin MacKenzie, Joyce Linehan
Duration: 5:12

Did You know?


• In 2013, the Halifax Pop Explosion marks the 20th anniversary of the music festival; the first took place two months after this broadcast, in September 1993, as a regional spotlight event for Canadian east coast bands. It was known as Halifax on Music for several years in the 1990s and did not happen in 2000.

• After their first release, The Peppermint EP, was released on their own label murderecords in 1992, Sloan signed on with major label Geffen Records.


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