• East Coast Music: October 2013
    Music Lover's Venue Starting Soon In Saint John
    Music Lover's Venue Starting Soon In Saint John
    Oct 31, 2:56 PM

    Saint John is getting a new music venue, and this one is for fans of live performances. It's going to be at the Magnolia Cafe, the breakfast and brunch spot in the city's Uptown, on Prince William St. For all... more »

    Jessy Ashfield Launches Debut Disc Wednesday
    Jessy Ashfield Launches Debut Disc Wednesday
    Oct 30, 2:43 PM

    It's always a good moment when we welcome another artist into the recording scene in the province. That's the calling card, after all. Most musicians make their name and the bulk of their income on the performing side these days,... more »

    Kathleen Edwards and More Announced For January's Shivering Songs
    Kathleen Edwards and More Announced For January's Shivering Songs
    Oct 29, 12:35 PM

    The good folks at Fredericton's Shivering Songs Festival have released the names of the initial performers lined up for the next edition, coming in January of 2014. It will be the fourth year for the upstart festival, which has quickly... more »

    Kathleen Edwards and More Announced For January's Shivering Songs
    Kathleen Edwards and More Announced For January's Shivering Songs
    Oct 29, 12:35 PM

    The good folks at Fredericton's Shivering Songs Festival have released the names of the initial performers lined up for the next edition, coming in January of 2014. It will be the fourth year for the upstart festival, which has quickly... more »

    Kathleen Edwards and More Announced For January's Shivering Songs
    Kathleen Edwards and More Announced For January's Shivering Songs
    Oct 29, 12:35 PM

    The good folks at Fredericton's Shivering Songs Festival have released the names of the initial performers lined up for the next edition, coming in January of 2014. It will be the fourth year for the upstart festival, which has quickly... more »

    Two Hours Traffic Saying Goodbye With Farewell Tour
    Two Hours Traffic Saying Goodbye With Farewell Tour
    Oct 28, 1:41 PM

    The award-winning Charlottetown band Two Hours Traffic is calling it quits after a decade-plus and four full albums together. The announcement was made in a press release Monday morning. The band is stressing that there's no big mystery to... more »

    Music Review:  John Gracie - Fly Me To The Moon
    Music Review: John Gracie - Fly Me To The Moon
    Oct 25, 4:04 PM

    Nova Scotia's been getting into the swing of things lately, thanks to native John Gracie. The veteran recording artists switched over to the sound during the past couple of years, for a live show, his Vintage Vegas set, all the... more »

    MUSIC REVIEW:  PUP
    MUSIC REVIEW: PUP
    Oct 24, 3:07 PM

    The newish Toronto punk outfit PUP is currently blasting its way through the Maritimes, on the launch tour for the group's self-titled debut disc. There's lots of buzz for this quartet, with several publications and influential blogs naming them in... more »

    MacLellan Tribute Concert Now On CD
    MacLellan Tribute Concert Now On CD
    Oct 23, 2:57 PM

    Faithfull listeners of CBC radio will probably have heard some or all of a tribute concert recorded back in 2012 for the late songwriter Gene MacLellan. It's been played several times, and a couple on CBC TV as well. The... more »

    New Matt Andersen Album On The Way In January
    New Matt Andersen Album On The Way In January
    Oct 22, 3:00 PM

    There's big news for Matt Andersen fans. New Brunswick's favourite bluesman is wrapping up a new album, his first since the award-winning Coal Mining Blues from 2011. It's going to be called Weightless, and will be release on January 28,... more »

    The Motorleague, Les Hay Babies Big Winners At Music NB Awards
    The Motorleague, Les Hay Babies Big Winners At Music NB Awards
    Oct 21, 1:40 AM

    Music New Brunswick has named its champs for 2013, with two Moncton groups, The Motorleage and Les Hay Babies coming out on top. The awards gala was the capping event of the four-day conference, which featured showcase performances from bands... more »

    Matthew Good Launches New Album With Maritime Shows
    Matthew Good Launches New Album With Maritime Shows
    Oct 18, 4:14 PM

    Matthew Good just released a new album, Arrows Of Desire, and began a Good, old-fashioned national tour to promote it this week. He's doing it the way it's supposed to be done, from the East Coast to the West, and... more »

    Country Star Gord Bamford Land In N.B. With #1 Album
    Country Star Gord Bamford Land In N.B. With #1 Album
    Oct 17, 3:40 PM

    The timing is perfect for Alberta country star Gord Bamford's visit to N.B. His sixth album, Country Junkie, hit the #1 spot on the charts this week, following the success of its first single, When Your Lips Are So Close.... more »

    Jimmy Lingley A Nominee, Showcase Perfomer At Music NB
    Jimmy Lingley A Nominee, Showcase Perfomer At Music NB
    Oct 16, 2:46 PM

    This is Music New Brunswick week, the annual awards show, conference and performance time that sees musicians from all over the province gather to honour the best of the past year. It's the fourth time for the event, which... more »

    MUSIC REVIEW:  DENNIS ELLSWORTH - HAZY SUNSHINE
    MUSIC REVIEW: DENNIS ELLSWORTH - HAZY SUNSHINE
    Oct 15, 3:23 PM

    PEI's Ellsworth is in fine form these days as a songwriter, following up his 2012 Dusk Dreams album with another full release already. It's his fifth solo disc, along with his work with Haunted Hearts, and he's reaching new levels... more »

    Music Review:  Naming The Twins - Drifters & Dreamers
    Music Review: Naming The Twins - Drifters & Dreamers
    Oct 11, 4:19 PM

    Everybody has a banjo these days, and there are lots of groups out there calling themselves folk music, but really, it's pretty much pop music with some acoustic instruments. Not that there's much wrong with that, but the downside is... more »

    MUSIC REVIEW:  THE TOWN HEROES - SUNDAY MOVIES
    MUSIC REVIEW: THE TOWN HEROES - SUNDAY MOVIES
    Oct 10, 2:39 PM

    Sometimes playing in a minimalist configuration, just a couple of musicians, is an exercise in stripping back the sound, getting simple and direct. For Halifax's The Town Heroes, it's the opposite; they are showing just how full two guys can... more »

    Jessica Rhaye Returns With Far Gone Lullabies
    Jessica Rhaye Returns With Far Gone Lullabies
    Oct 9, 5:43 PM

    Saint John's Jessica Rhaye doesn't rush things in her career. She's been recording for a decade now, but takes good breaks between discs, to craft her songs. And to have a couple of kids, too. So there's been lots... more »

    Gentlemen Husbands Debut In N.B. With Matthew Good
    Gentlemen Husbands Debut In N.B. With Matthew Good
    Oct 8, 2:58 PM

    Opening up for the upcoming Matthew Good concerts in the province is a new band, or at least, new to you. Gentlemen Husbands is from Coburg, Ontario, and have just released their first disc, a four-track E.P., House Of Cards.... more »

    Foreigner Voice Lou Gramm Plays Perth-Andover Saturday
    Foreigner Voice Lou Gramm Plays Perth-Andover Saturday
    Oct 4, 1:46 PM

    Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Head Games, Urgent, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Juke Box Hero, I Want To Know What Love Is, all huge hits, world-wide, from a string of classic... more »

    Kim Beggs Launching New Disc At Buffy St. Marie Shows
    Kim Beggs Launching New Disc At Buffy St. Marie Shows
    Oct 3, 5:01 PM

    Folk icon Buffy St. Marie's visit to the Maritimes this weekend brings an added bonus. Yukon singer-songwriter Kim Beggs, one of the most respected voices in the current folk scene in Canada, will also be on the bill, as part... more »

    Jaclyn Reinhart Previewing New Album Saturday In Moncton
    Jaclyn Reinhart Previewing New Album Saturday In Moncton
    Oct 2, 6:14 PM

    If you're looking for a taste of what Music New Brunswick week will be like later this month, three of the groups involved will be in concert this Saturday, Oct. 5, at Moncton's Plan B. The show features The Jaclyn... more »

    Kyle Johnsen In Concert This Saturday In Riverview
    Kyle Johnsen In Concert This Saturday In Riverview
    Oct 1, 4:04 PM

    One of the toughest parts of being a professional musician in the province is moving to the next level. You start off playing for yourself and friends, people say you're good, eventually somebody even pays you for it. Then, you... 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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