Friday, April 30, 2010

Heavy Meadows

The dictionary says that a groove is an enjoyable time or experience. Heavy Meadows is a "five piece folk/jazz/rock/blues/retro/worldly project" with a Phd in grooving. They've been studying for nine years at the Halifax institute for entertaining fine folk. Come see them defend the thesis they wrote on enjoying oneself.

Check out a video from Heavy Meadows, a testament to "enjoying oneself." This beloved Halifax band plays the Long Live The Queen Festival on May 22nd at Gus' Pub. If this doesn't make you want to see them live, you're just crazy. Enjoy yourself.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Peering out from a pair of heart shaped shades Jenocide views all our smiling faces framed with hearts and therefore – if our logic is correct – she must love everyone. Whether this is true or not her electro-thrash-grrrl power-pop offerings will make you feel loved and you will dance accordingly.

Jenocide performs at LLTQ's Opening Party! North Street Church May 21st at 6pm along side, Diamond Rings, Ruby Jean, Windom Earle, Tupperware Remix Party and It Felt Like A Kiss. Oh what a night!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Volunteers! Volunteers!

The Queen commands your hands and minds!

We are in need of some volunteer help if you're up for it. If you can drive, we need you. If you can stage manage, we need you. If you like selling things for bands, we need you. If you want to be a part of this, we probably need you! Your hours will be traded for passes to our shows. Sound alright? Good.

Please contact Andrew Neville at andrewgneville@gmail.com or thequeenhalifax@gmail.com.

Be knighted!

Best regards and the warmest of wishes,

- The Queen

Monday, April 26, 2010

Julie Fader

Do you know the difference between lonely and alone? Fader is here to comfort you via audio journal. Honest, elegant, dynamic. Words that describe both Julie Fader, and her debut record "Outside In." Plucking through songs from the heart, Julie brings you and the rest of the crowd to a halting hush, drawing you into her world of words and pictures. Having sung with many mentionable names in Canada, Julie is an extremely talented singer and songwriter in her own right, paints perfectly drawn colored circles, and is able to write backwards.

Julie Fader woos you into submission at The North Street Church on Sunday May 23rd.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Festival Passes are for sale as of NOW on Ticketpro.ca

are for Sale for $45 (This gets you into all NORTH STREET CHURCH and GUS' PUB Events!)

ALL AGES PASSES are for Sale for $25 (This gets you into all NORTH STREET CHURCH SHOWS!!)


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Festival Schedule!!!

Thanks to the beautiful Laura Dawe the festival schedule is now available!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

the Luyas

Views of Montreal : THE LUYAS from vincent moon / temporary areas on Vimeo.

It's kind of hard to write three lines to define magic.
But we will say this: The Luyas are every great memory you've got. They do things that are overwhelming with beauty. Their music feels profound and full of glory and one time we sent a Luyas video to someone who was sad, just to remind them there are still things that matter. These former members of SS Cardiacs, Miracle Fortress, and Arcade Fire make torrid arrangements of french horn, organ, violin, xylophone. I know you are far too young to worry so much, but you WILL regret it if you miss these musicians from Montreal. So don't, ok?

Monday, April 19, 2010


Recently Halifax lost another of its finest. As she was packing to leave, this friend, Molly we'll call her, realized Cousins' music was missing. She couldn't find it in her computer, in her purse, her suitcases, it wasn't in her head where she usually kept it. Another friend, Katie, let's say, got a phone call from Molly. "I can't leave without my North end anthems!" came screaming out of the ear piece.

Each summer, the population of Halifax decreases by 20 per cent. About six universities inspire the consistent ebb and flow of people coming and going in this city. I know this transience has stolen a bunch of your friends. In fact, you can talk about it with Cousins' Aaron Mangle, he wrote a perfect song about it.
Please don't make me draw a circle round my friends
Don't make me build a fence around them
I'll tie a rope around their waists and pull them in close
I'll tie a rope around them

...My dear Halifax why you'd let them go
every few months the cool ship sets sail
the finest, the finest,
they all leave in turn
the finest the finest the finest...

Aaron's delicate falsetto sits atop "jangly, echoing and chunky guitar complimented by loud and syncopated drums."Cousins have been helped along by an impressive roster of Canada's finest, including members of Museum Pieces, Room Doom and Crowd Power. The recent release of a split cassette tape with Duzheknew has been much anticipated, and really awesome. "Inspiration is drawn from scraps of paper written by children, news stories about teens smashing cars, and narratives inferred from old 35mm slides."

Is it something in the water? Often I'm convinced the friends who move away don't even really want to that much, they just think they should. But when you live in one place for so long, you need a change. And yes, The Queen understands, but no, she don't like it.

-The Queen

This post is dedicated to some of The Queen's finest who have set sail on the cool ship: Chloe, Brett, Katie, Rach, Tate, Andy, Lilith, Emily, Dallin, Jordan, Anna, Joseph, Stacy, Greg, Jef, Ben, Steph

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Saturday, April 17, 2010


Julie Doiron, the magnate behind Sappy Records and Sappy Fest, started her first "real band" in 1990.

When Eric's Trip broke up in '96, Doiron started playing solo. A prolific and supernaturally-talented singer/songwriter, this lovely lady with the braids in her hair hails from Sackville, New Brunswick, and has had a long career of making heart strings tighten, and listeners swoon.

Doiron also plays with Mount Eerie (formerly Microphones) and Calm Down It's Monday.

The Queen simply cannot express how excited we are to have Julie Doiron playing on the May long weekend. She is our diplomat from another world of wonder, Julie, we crown you our honorary guest.

-The Queen

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cursed Arrows

Listening to Cursed Arrows is similar to receiving a hard punch to the face followed up by a passionate kiss. Sure it hurts but it’s like the good kind of hurt, you know?

Put another way it is a visceral post-punk experience put on by an Ontario duo clearly dedicated to making honest, intense music.

Cursed Arrows give you cute kitties and shadow puppets then the middle finger in this video for "Chop You Up".

Chop You Up from Cursed Arrows on Vimeo.

This married twosome, Cursed Arrows perform May 21st, at your favorite North End watering hole, Gus' Pub.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jon Mckiel

Jon McKiel has three things (that we know of) in common with Johnny Cash: both Jons rode the train from city to city on Tour, both got married to sing duets with their lovely brides, and they both recorded a song or two at Sun Studios.

Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis all walked into Sun Studios on a sunny Memphis day, and they all walked out with a rooster on their records.

Here is your favorite local songwriter, in the magical Sun Studios Singing "123".

Jon performs at LLTQ with his band May 22nd at the North Street Church

Monday, April 12, 2010

Innez Da Artwork

Stewart Innez AKA: Innez Da Future, not only gets your blood flowing and your hips moving on "la piste de danse", but draws radical artwork (which will be for purchase in the festival's artist market).

Visit the festival's artist market located in the North Street Church from 10am to 10pm All Victoria Long Weekend!

Innez da Future performs for LLTQ's Indie Pop Brunch at Local Source Market, along side DJ Bones and David Stiles May 22nd from 12pm-3pm. Yummy Yummy!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Things that need to happen at all the best parties: Toronto Blue Jays pinata, choreographed dance, Michael Jordan card board cut-out CROWDSURFING. Things that happen at a Diamond Rings party: ALL OF THOSE AWESOME THINGS.

Formerly of the D'Urbervilles, formerly of Habitat, Diamond Rings is a Toronto based melodramatic popular song-slinger. Complete with stage make up and stage spandex: these reverberating sexed-up vocals and electro pop-hop beats might just go ahead and make you wet (from dancing and stuff).

Oh my good god it's going to be a party.