Sat, Oct 13, 2012.
Another full day for Music NB delegates, and some free treats for fans in Moncton. While the delegates were getting serious about tips and techniques at workshops on everything from road stories to web design, people heading to the City Market were able to catch a couple of sets from N.B. acts in town for the weekend.
Not just any bands either, but two of the top no First up was Albert County's Lovestorm, the duo with the cool beats, keyboards, wild cello, effects and loops. They do pop songs with a positive message, lots of fun and love shared. Lovestorm is nominated for Recording of the Year and Spiritual Album of the year for the disc Overripe, as well as Video/DVD of the yer Saint John's Penny Blacks came on after, a big band with a big sound, seven members bringing rock with brains. They have a nomination for Group Recording of the Year for their disc Harbour, another for Emerging Artist, and a third for SOCAN Song of the Year, for the number Only Good Enough. And both those bands are nominating for Pop Recording of the Year, but I didn't see any on-stage fighting, so I think everything's cool with the two groups.
Friday night saw a headline set by one of the best-known musicians to come out of the province in recent years, and now happily living here again. Moncton's Julie Doiron started in the group Eric's Trip, which in the early 90's became the first Canadian band to sign with the influential Seattle label Sub Pop (Nirvana, etc.). When the Trip ended, Doiron went solo, won a Juno Award, and continues to be an all-star recording artist and live performer, regularly performing in the U.S., Far East, and Europe. She has a new album coming out in two weeks. In addition to her set last night, Doiron sat on a panel discussion Saturday, along with another Monctonian by birth, Jon Mullane, the lead singer and writer for In Flight Safety. The two traded stories and passed on some valuable advice about the music biz and life on the road, and I got to ask the questions. Fun!
Saturday night sees more fine shows: 7:30 is the start at the Empress Theatre, with Babette Hayward, The Joe Grass Band, and Dominique Dupuis. Later, 10 PM showcases include The Motorleague, Danger Cat, The Cauldron Project and December Fallout at Plan B, and at the Tide and Boar, it's Samantha Robichaud, The Terry Whalen Band, The Divorcees and The Backyard Devils.
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Bob 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).