For Placentia musician Steve Haley, Sackville, N.B., is the 'perfect junction'

Musician and Placentia native Steve Haley says Sackville, N.B., is an ideal location for musicians and artists.

Have a First Listen to Steve Haley's album, Heat Vision

Musician Steve Haley is from Placentia, but now calls Sackville, N.B., home. (courtesy Steve Haley)

Musician Steve Haley, originally from Placentia, had been working in the St. John's music scene in the early 2000s for a few years, and he was feeling a bit restless.

"I wanted to play a few more places besides St. John's or the 10-hour trek to Corner Brook," said Haley.

"I initially thought that moving to Halifax would be the thing, and then Sackville [New Brunswick] turned out to be this perfect junction."

Originally from Placentia 

Haley grew up in Placentia, and while living in St. John's he played in a band called the Human Soundtrack. In 2005 he moved to Amherst, N.S.

While living in Amherst, he and his partner kept going to Sackville, to take in music and art. Six years ago, they decided that's where the action was, and they moved there.  

Stay for a while, stay for life 

Haley said Sackville, with its large student population at Mount Allison University, and its geographical location in the Maritimes, is a popular spot for touring and local musicians.

"Artists come and go, and stay for little residencies, or stay for life," said Haley.

"Two hours in any direction, you hit Fredericton, Saint John, Charlottetown, Halifax, and anywhere in between."

Have a listen to Steve Haley's conversation with Weekend AM host Heather Barrett. 

Steve Haley is from Placentia, but calls Sackville, New Brunswick home. He joins Weekend AM's Heather Barrett for a First Listen to his new album, Heat Vision. 15:04

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Heather Barrett


Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.