• East Coast Music: September 2012
    Music Review: Steve Heckbert - Top Down
    Music Review: Steve Heckbert - Top Down
    Sep 30, 11:47 AM

    How many albums can you find that reference Tanker Malley, Susan Butler, the Lo-Tide, Dave Cadogan, and a 100,000 Alpine bottles? And that's just the first song. If you're familiar with those names (and Alpine), you'll know this is about... more »

    Newfoundland's Sherry Ryan Launches New Disc At Plan B In Moncton
    Newfoundland's Sherry Ryan Launches New Disc At Plan B In Moncton
    Sep 28, 9:07 AM

    Okay, there's a good show coming up on Sunday at Plan B in Moncton, you gotta go to this one. "But Bob," I hear you moan. "I can't go out Sunday night, it's a school night, I have to get... more »

    Kendra Gale Up For Two Music NB Awards With New Rock Style
    Sep 26, 9:10 PM

    Leading up to Music New Brunswick week, happening October 11th to the 14th in Moncton, I'm featuring some of the folks who are nominated for awards. This is the third year for the awards, and I'll tell ya, what a... more »

    Music Review:  Gabrielle Papillon - Little Bug
    Music Review: Gabrielle Papillon - Little Bug
    Sep 26, 1:38 AM

    Nova Scotia's Papillon gets her first big-time production, courtesy of Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, In-Flight Safety), and wow, what a big leap. Fans of her previous album will recognize a couple of songs, and there's a huge difference with the... more »

    Music Review:  Ruth Minnikin - The Minnikins' Photo Album
    Music Review: Ruth Minnikin - The Minnikins' Photo Album
    Sep 25, 1:48 AM

    When I think of Nova Scotia's Ruth Minnikin, the word artist comes to mind. It's more than the usual usage of the word, in the general sense that all musicians are artists. Minnikin puts everything into her art, a creative... more »

    Rich Aucoin's Smash Video Tribute To Brian Wilson
    Rich Aucoin's Smash Video Tribute To Brian Wilson
    Sep 21, 2:35 PM

    Halifax one-man army Rich Aucoin is currently thrilling fans of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys with the new, and quite frankly fabulous video for his song Brian Wilson Is A.L.I.V.E. The video is a filmmaking wonder, in which Aucoin... more »

    Music Review:  Dave Gunning - No More Pennies
    Music Review: Dave Gunning - No More Pennies
    Sep 20, 1:51 PM

    Dave Gunning's at it again. Defining our lives, baring our souls, telling what it's like on the East Coast these days, or for people from the East Coast. From retired railway men to hard-core hockey fans to those who've had... more »

    Music Review:  Jason Haywood - A Thousand Miles Since Yesterday
    Music Review: Jason Haywood - A Thousand Miles Since Yesterday
    Sep 19, 2:53 PM

    Okay, Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival done and over, that was... amazing. Best one yet, I think. But..can't dwell on the past, onward we go, what's next? There's so much music happening, I'm spinning from week to week. Lots of... more »

    Music Review:  The Stanfields - Death & Taxes
    Music Review: The Stanfields - Death & Taxes
    Sep 18, 1:23 PM

    More high energy punk-Irish from these favourite Haligonians. Working-class themes abound, whether old tales of the 18th century (The Boston States, Mrs. McGrath) or updated for today. There's war, lives and limbs lost, and plenty of drinking. But they also... more »

    MUSIC REVIEW:  GALAXIE RISING STAR WINNER SHAUN LeBLANC
    MUSIC REVIEW: GALAXIE RISING STAR WINNER SHAUN LeBLANC
    Sep 17, 3:37 PM

    Congratulations to Moncton's Shaun Leblanc, the winner of this year's Galaxie Rising Star award at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. He won a great prize package, including an opening slot at the Wintersleep show on Saturday night. It's the... more »

    Soul and Funk Highlight Harvest Saturday Night
    Soul and Funk Highlight Harvest Saturday Night
    Sep 16, 11:18 AM

    I had a great time Friday night, but I have to admit it was topped on Saturday. My favourite music is soul, and it was an explosion at the Blues Tent Hip City. I'm a wanderer at Harvest, making liberal... more »

    Avetts, Bradley Highlight Friday At Harvest
    Avetts, Bradley Highlight Friday At Harvest
    Sep 15, 11:35 AM

    I've enjoyed lots of great shows and moments over the course of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival's 22 years, right from year one, but certainly last night's shows rank among the very best. For me, it was perhaps the... more »

    AVETT BROTHERS HEADLINE HARVEST FRIDAY WITH NEW DISC
    AVETT BROTHERS HEADLINE HARVEST FRIDAY WITH NEW DISC
    Sep 14, 1:24 PM

    Boy, did the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival ever luck out when they booked the Avett Brothers for Friday, Sept. 14. That deal would have been made months ago, way before it became known that the group's new disc, The... more »

    Grand Theft Bus Launching New One At Harvest
    Grand Theft Bus Launching New One At Harvest
    Sep 13, 3:40 PM

    Another day, another great lineup of Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival shows. Thursday sees some local excitement, as long-time Fredericton favourites Grand Theft Bus are launching their new album with a show at the Barracks Stage. It's called Say It... more »

    NEILSEN DEBUTING NEW DISC AT HARVEST SHOW SATURDAY
    NEILSEN DEBUTING NEW DISC AT HARVEST SHOW SATURDAY
    Sep 12, 1:24 PM

    It's Harvest time. Usually that means bringing in the crops, but for people in Fredericton, and plenty of visitors from around the province and beyond, it means something very different. It means music, friends, the best of times. The... more »

    Music Review:  Matt Mays - Coyote
    Music Review: Matt Mays - Coyote
    Sep 10, 10:36 PM

    Mays fans have waited somewhat patiently for the man to return, it being four years since the Terminal Romance album. He's been on some sort of spiritual-musical quest that has taken him from Dartmouth to New York to Mexico, searching... more »

    Saint John String Quartet, Divorcees Among Music NB Nomination Leaders
    Saint John String Quartet, Divorcees Among Music NB Nomination Leaders
    Sep 6, 12:44 PM

    A diverse group of musicians lead the pack with multiple nominations for this year's Music NB Awards. Country act The Divorcees, classical combo the Saint John String Quartet, and francophone rocker Kevin McIntyre are among the leaders in nominations announced... more »

    Feist, Lanois, Emmylou Score at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
    Feist, Lanois, Emmylou Score at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
    Sep 3, 12:38 AM

    For the second year, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, a one-day event held in the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario, has left a lasting impression on its audience, above and beyond the normal music festival. "The best show of... more »


About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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