• East Coast Music: January 2013
    Stephen Fearing Headlines Winter Warmer Fest With Brand-New Album
    Stephen Fearing Headlines Winter Warmer Fest With Brand-New Album
    Jan 30, 2:33 AM

    Ontario's loss was a big gain for the Maritime music scene when celebrated singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing moved to Halifax in 2008. Whether solo, or in a duet with Andy White, or in the beloved Canadian supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo... more »

    Sadies Rock Shivering Songs, Have 3 New Albums Due 2013
    Sadies Rock Shivering Songs, Have 3 New Albums Due 2013
    Jan 28, 2:46 PM

    The Sadies rocked the Fredericton Boyce Market Saturday night, delivering their usual high-energy show, at the succesful Shivering Songs Festival. Long considered Canada's best live act by hard-core fans and critics alike, the group delivered a set as varied as... more »

    Les Hay Babies Head To Europe, Plan Fall Album Release
    Les Hay Babies Head To Europe, Plan Fall Album Release
    Jan 24, 1:54 PM

    Acadian trio Les Hay Babies were certainly one of the breakout acts of last year's East Coast Music Week in Moncton. The young trio impressed everyone with their harmonies, original songs and energy, combining old-time instruments with modern attitude. It's... more »

    Shivering Songs Will Mark Debut Of Alan Jeffries Album
    Shivering Songs Will Mark Debut Of Alan Jeffries Album
    Jan 23, 3:34 PM

    Shivering yet? I thought so. One thing you can count on in January, it's frigid temperatures. Another thing is a great music festival. Now in it's third year, Fredericton's Shivering Songs has become a musical highlight in January. Launched back... more »

    Matt Andersen Wins Again At Maple Blues Awards
    Matt Andersen Wins Again At Maple Blues Awards
    Jan 22, 12:32 PM

    For the third year in a row, New Brunswick blues powerhouse Matt Andersen is a big winner at the national Maple Blues Awards. The winners were announced Monday night at a gala in Toronto. Andersen took home the trophy for... more »

    Doiron Plays Fredericton Tuesday
    Doiron Plays Fredericton Tuesday
    Jan 21, 12:37 PM

    A surprise East Coast date has been added to Julie Doiron's tour schedule, which is grand news for Fredericton-area fans. Doiron's about to embark on a Upper Canadian tour, taking in several spots in Ontario and Quebec. But since she... more »

    The Strain Hits The Maritimes
    The Strain Hits The Maritimes
    Jan 18, 3:10 PM

    The Strain, from Wakefield, Quebec, is making its way through the Maritimes. No, it's not the flu strain, but a quirky indie-pop band out of that pretty little town 20 minutes outside Ottawa. It also happens to be a hub... more »

    Tritt, Rankin, Canyon To Play Revamped CountryFest
    Tritt, Rankin, Canyon To Play Revamped CountryFest
    Jan 17, 12:40 PM

    Fredericton's annual Maritime CountryFest is stepping up its game this year. The festival has drafted several big names for it's one-day concert, which happens June 8th this year. Headlining the event is the major U.S. star Travis Tritt, one of... more »

    Myles, Sappier Lead The N.B. Names For E.C.M.A. Nominations
    Myles, Sappier Lead The N.B. Names For E.C.M.A. Nominations
    Jan 15, 7:24 PM

    New Brunswick had a lower-than-usual number of nominations for this year's East Coast Music Awards. The 2013 nominees were made public Tuesday in Halifax, as the city prepares to host the event on March 10th. In total, the province racked... more »

    Blue Rodeo Includes N.B. On Special Anniversary Tour
    Blue Rodeo Includes N.B. On Special Anniversary Tour
    Jan 14, 3:17 PM

    If you rank Canada's cities by population, Moncton doesn't come close to being in the top 25. It sits way down the list, at #79. But there was no way Blue Rodeo could pass up a New Brunswick date on... more »

    NBYO, The Divorcees Team Up For Classical Country
    NBYO, The Divorcees Team Up For Classical Country
    Jan 10, 12:51 PM

    The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra unveiled an exciting new collaboration today, a teaser for a pair of concerts coming up in February. The orchestra took the stage at the Brunswick Square Atrium for a noon hour performance with Moncton's outlaw... more »

    COHEN RETURNING FOR NEW BRUNSWICK SHOWS IN APRIL
    COHEN RETURNING FOR NEW BRUNSWICK SHOWS IN APRIL
    Jan 9, 5:43 PM

    Well. Once again, I'm in shock. I tell ya, this whole experience with Leonard Cohen the last few years has been, quite frankly, pretty unbelievable. It was around this time five years ago that word came out that not only... 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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