• East Coast Music: August 2014
    Octoberman Hits Capitol's Capitol Friday
    Octoberman Hits Capitol's Capitol Friday
    Aug 29, 3:58 PM

    Octoberman hits Fredericton Friday night, Aug. 29, playing The Capitol. Formed first as a solo project for Vancouver songwriter Marc Morrissette of Kids These Days, Octoberman has now stretched into a band with five albums, including the brand-new What More... more »

    Ridiculous!  David Myles thinks it's Christmas already
    Ridiculous! David Myles thinks it's Christmas already
    Aug 28, 2:56 PM

    Here is an open message to David Myles: It is NOT Christmas. It's not even Labour Day. I know you get all excited about Christmas, it's your favourite time of the year, you're like a big kid, and you have... more »

    Music Review:  Brent Mason - All The Pretty Horses
    Music Review: Brent Mason - All The Pretty Horses
    Aug 27, 1:18 PM

    I really liked Brent Mason's last CD, Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, from a couple of years back. It won the 2012 Folk/Roots Album of the Year at the Music New Brunswick Awards, and I recall at the time thinking that... more »

    Halifax's Chess Club one of the headliners at KV Jazz/Blues Fest
    Halifax's Chess Club one of the headliners at KV Jazz/Blues Fest
    Aug 25, 3:22 PM

    Festival season may be winding down with the summer weather, but not before a couple of big blasts, and a last chance to dance. Jazz and blues is on the agenda, and of course Harvest is still to come in... more »

    Music review:  Gary Sappier Blues Band - Who Ya Foolin'?
    Music review: Gary Sappier Blues Band - Who Ya Foolin'?
    Aug 22, 2:25 PM

    The Tobique First Nation's Gary Sappier has hit a nice stretch in his career. For the past couple of years, there have been new CD's, followed up by local and North American award nominations and some high-profile gigs. There have... more »

    Music review:  Brianna Gosse - Aera
    Music review: Brianna Gosse - Aera
    Aug 21, 1:35 PM

    A confident, polished debut from St. John's singer Gosse, a ridiculously talented 20-year old who has been building her skills for the past couple of years, since surfacing at the ECMA's in Halifax in March of 2013. Her only issue... more »

    Catherine MacLellan's latest is acoustic and positive
    Catherine MacLellan's latest is acoustic and positive
    Aug 20, 3:18 PM

    Sometimes you just have to strip everything back to basics. That's what Catherine MacLellan has done on her new album, The Raven's Sun. For MacLellan, that's the words, the tune, the guitar and the voice. When it becomes as simple... more »

    Trews to debut new show at FredRock Friday
    Trews to debut new show at FredRock Friday
    Aug 19, 1:45 PM

    The Trews are going to do something in Fredericton on Friday, Aug. 22, that the group has never done before. It will during the kick-off show to this year's FredRock festival, happening over the weekend. The first band up at... more »

    Alert The Medic ready for FredRock stage
    Alert The Medic ready for FredRock stage
    Aug 18, 3:01 PM

    Halifax band Alert The Medic is in the building phase. The group has already become a strong favourite on the East Coast, and built a sizeable club following in key Ontario spots as well. The group's latest, The Phantom Moves,... more »

    You too can Hullabaloo this weekend in Perth-Andover
    You too can Hullabaloo this weekend in Perth-Andover
    Aug 13, 2:50 PM

    The Larlee Creek Hullabaloo in Perth-Andover is this weekend, and you know it's going to be fun. I'll be there, the third straight year I've had the pleasure of being an MC for the event, something that barely qualifies as... more »

    Hamilton's Arkells bringing new album to Harvest Fest
    Hamilton's Arkells bringing new album to Harvest Fest
    Aug 12, 1:18 PM

    The Arkells are headed to this year's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in September, ready to present tunes from their just-released third album, High Noon. It will be one of the first performances in Canada since last week's album release,... more »

    Harvest Festival Lives Up To Its Name
    Harvest Festival Lives Up To Its Name
    Aug 11, 6:12 PM

    The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival has added another headliner to the line-up, but this time, it's not about the notes. Instead, it's a tasty little combo that's sure to have folks talking. It's a three-piece act, with a... more »

    Northern Pikes' Potvin Heads East...For Good
    Northern Pikes' Potvin Heads East...For Good
    Aug 8, 1:35 PM

    Here's a heartening story for those who are tired of seeing friends and kids and such move out west for work. How about a Prairie guy moving east? And not just any old Joe, this is one of our favourite... more »

    Music Review:  Tomato Tomato - So It Goes
    Music Review: Tomato Tomato - So It Goes
    Aug 6, 3:27 PM

    Ya, I know, music contests, there's a lot of them. They've always been around of course, talent nights wherever there has been a theatre, youth club or a church choir. Half of Motown got signed up by winning local talent... more »

    Music Review:  The Modern Grass - City Ghosts
    Music Review: The Modern Grass - City Ghosts
    Aug 5, 2:53 PM

    Halifax group The Modern Grass is one of the hardest-working East Coast ensembles out there, and then the members aren't together, they join up with others in need. Take dobro player Andrew Sneddon for example. In just a few weeks... more »

    Music Review:  Bend The River - So Long Joan Fontaine
    Music Review: Bend The River - So Long Joan Fontaine
    Aug 4, 3:10 AM

    Joan Fontaine died last December at the age of 96, survived by her sister, Olivia de Havilland. She's 98. They are the only siblings to have ever won lead role Academy Awards. They also hated each other. Ronok Sarkar is... 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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