• East Coast Music: June 2014
    Fred Penner, rock star?  Kids performer headlines Bore Music Festival
    Fred Penner, rock star? Kids performer headlines Bore Music Festival
    Jun 30, 4:02 PM

    Summer music festivals like to have big-name artists as headliners, someone that will draw the largest crowd, build up the excitement, and then rush on at the end of the event, with the biggest sound, lights and cheers. This year,... more »

    Kick off the summer with Jenn Russell swing concert in St. Andrews
    Kick off the summer with Jenn Russell swing concert in St. Andrews
    Jun 27, 1:23 PM

    It looks like a glorious weekend coming up in the province, and a long one for some. Organized folks would have taken Monday off, to match up with the Tuesday Canada Day celebration. I'm not organized, of course. But, I... more »

    Gloryhound saving rock music with Loaded Gun
    Gloryhound saving rock music with Loaded Gun
    Jun 25, 3:05 PM

    Have you noticed that hardly anybody is making rock and roll music any more? At least it seems that way. It's getting harder and harder to hear new rock music, and the radio stations are all about classic rock from... more »

    Special concerts and music memories in PEI
    Special concerts and music memories in PEI
    Jun 24, 1:20 PM

    Busy times in PEI, if you're on the Island or headed that way soon. First off, there's a special show tonight (Tuesday, June 24), featuring some of the best PEI musicians, for an important person in the music scene there.... more »

    Friends & Family theme for this year's Celtic Colours fest
    Friends & Family theme for this year's Celtic Colours fest
    Jun 23, 2:25 PM

    The country's, and one of the world's most prestigious Celtic festivals, Cape Breton's Celtic Colours, has announced its lineup. It's the 18th edition of the festival, held over nine days in October. The festival features 46 concerts and a whopping... more »

    Lots of (Billy) Talent headed to Fredericton this summer
    Lots of (Billy) Talent headed to Fredericton this summer
    Jun 20, 4:03 PM

    Lots of concert news for music fans in Fredericton the past couple of days. Both the FredRock festival and River Jam have started announcing their lineups, with more acts coming in the next few days as well. FredRock 2014 is... more »

    Six String Nation Celebrates Re-born Algonquin Hotel
    Six String Nation Celebrates Re-born Algonquin Hotel
    Jun 19, 2:47 PM

    The iconic Algonquin Resort hotel in St. Andrews is already a piece of Canadian history. Now it's part of a protect that's a living, travelling celebration of what it means to be Canadian. A hundred-year old piece of the hotel... more »

    Musical Friends Hebert, Proude Launch Latest
    Musical Friends Hebert, Proude Launch Latest
    Jun 18, 1:19 PM

    You can't overestimate the importance of the old CBC TV show Singalong Jubilee had on today's East Coast music scene, and the entire country's musical development. Broadcast out of Halifax from 1961 to 1973, the show started as a summer... more »

    Special concert announced for RCMP families in Moncton
    Special concert announced for RCMP families in Moncton
    Jun 17, 12:28 PM

    Musicians from all over the province (and a notable guest from Nova Scotia) have answered the call, and are coming together for a special show in Moncton. People in the city are still looking for ways to show their support... more »

    Newfoundland's The Once Land Major Record Deal, Tour
    Newfoundland's The Once Land Major Record Deal, Tour
    Jun 16, 1:46 PM

    Newfoundland folk favourites The Once continue their climb up the rung, announcing a major recording deal today with industry leaders Nettwerk Music Group. The trio burst into the folk scene with their first, self-titled album in 2009, mixing traditional and... more »

    Music Review:  Alex Thorne - The View From Here
    Music Review: Alex Thorne - The View From Here
    Jun 13, 2:25 PM

    Ah, the time-honoured tradition: A young Maritimer goes West for summer work, holes up in Whistler, BC, and to pass the time, strums some guitar with friends. You know, a variation on that theme led Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor... more »

    Lee Fields to bring classic soul to Harvest with new album
    Lee Fields to bring classic soul to Harvest with new album
    Jun 12, 1:06 PM

    For those Harvest Jazz and Blues fans who witnessed the remarkable show put on by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley two years ago, another classic soul singer is part of the event this year in September. Lee... more »

    Sleepy Driver Back With Two New Albums
    Sleepy Driver Back With Two New Albums
    Jun 11, 3:07 PM

    Fredericton's Sleepy Driver isn't skimping on the songs on its new album, or should I say, new albums. The band has put out not one, but two new discs this week. The first, main set is called Ignatius, and includes... more »

    Music Review:  Ian Foster - The Great Wave
    Music Review: Ian Foster - The Great Wave
    Jun 10, 3:03 PM

    Newfoundland and Labrador are full of stories of course, and a songwriter could easily spend their whole career basing their work on the tales and people. Ian Foster has done some of that over the course of his six albums,... more »

    Music Review:  Dave Sampson - No Pressure, No Diamonds
    Music Review: Dave Sampson - No Pressure, No Diamonds
    Jun 9, 1:52 PM

    Where do they keep coming from? Strong East Coast songwriters, I mean. Wave after wave of them keep hitting the shores, and the latest batch is filled with talent: Breagh MacKinnon, Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney, Brianna Gosse,... more »

    The Marrieds Back For More N.B. Shows
    The Marrieds Back For More N.B. Shows
    Jun 5, 12:38 PM

    The Marrieds are back in the province. The London, On. duo have played here before, have some big fans, and also have a strong personal connection to the area. They've released two albums to date, 2011's debut, and last year's... more »

    Music Review:  Jim Dorie - Drop Forge
    Music Review: Jim Dorie - Drop Forge
    Jun 4, 2:44 PM

    Folk music is a tough style to pin down these days, as you have lots of artists being called that, yet they use layers of sound effects from the studio, and have thoroughly modern attitudes. Some still prefer the classic... more »

    Dearly Beloved here for Enduro shows
    Dearly Beloved here for Enduro shows
    Jun 3, 2:24 PM

    The hard-working Toronto band heads east this week sporting the follow-up to its breakthrough debut album, Hawk Vs. Pigeon from 2012, with shows in Fredericton and Sackville. The group sports the latest thing in band dynamics, two vocalists, one male,... more »

    Music review:  Jon McKiel  (E.P.)
    Music review: Jon McKiel (E.P.)
    Jun 2, 2:02 PM

    Halifax's loss in N.B.'s gain, as beloved and bemused folk/noise wiseguy Jon McKiel is the latest musician to fall for the lure of the swan pond and cold Ducky's beer. The mini artist enclave that is Sackville is getting to... 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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