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East Coast Affair


Weekly music series at Hunter’s Alehouse features East Coast groups

by Sebastian Baglole

Mardeen from ‘06 [Look may have changed] (photo: Tony Dawe)Steve Barber, the Director of Operations of Hunter’s Ale House, will play host to some of the premier acts in Atlantic coast music today in a new weekly music series called the East Coast Affair.

“We partnered with Music PEI and the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) because these are the most sought-after bands in the Maritimes,” Steve enthused, referring to his new weekly showcase—of what he would call under-appreciated talent from Canada’s East Coast—to be held every Friday at Hunter’s. We feel this is going to help everybody out—the bands, the bar, the scene.”

The weekly showcase gives people who don’t listen to local music an idea of what to expect from those groups that Barber likes to call “on the bubble, about to burst.” A variety of music genres will be presented by each of Barber’s weekly performers, so many tastes can be sated. And for these musical groups, gaining notoriety on a larger scale, who would still rather play to an intimate crowd, the East Coast Affair supplies a regular venue for both the players and patrons to spend an evening face-to-face. The show will begin with a brief introduction of the band, its history, and why they’ve been invited.

Of course, the reason for putting on this spectacle is to feature East Coast talent. “Two Hours Traffic are twice the band that Nickelback ever dreamed of being,” Barber states, and why not shine a light? He is adamant about getting some of these bands out there, to be spoken of round the dinner table, on the street, in the household.

The series began with a strong lineup in September: Paper Lions, Slowcoaster, Two Hours Traffic, and Nathan Wiley. The October affairs will feature Grand Theft Bus, Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold, Smothered In Hugs and John Connolly Band, and Mardeen.

Barber’s wish is to extend his Affair up until the East Coast Music Awards this year. Barber also mentioned other upcoming acts this fall, including the Novaks, Wintersleep, Holy F**k and Islands, but was hesitant to reveal any dates. You might prepare yourself to spend a lot of time wrapped up in Hunter’s “Affair” this fall.

Funny Ways to Be

Island Standup Showcase

by Sebastian Baglole

Why be an upright and upstanding citizen if you can avoid it? Every second we wait, another chance for a killing joke may slip by. That’s the stance of the amateur but not amateurish gang of comedians performing their humorous bi-weekly interactions at The Guild in Charlottetown through July and August.

Already familiar with the stage, For Skit’s Sake vet, and recent Concordia University graduate, Fraser McCallum played host to a number of approachable men-about-town expressing their recognitions of the progression through stages of Island life.

Baba’s Lounge comic Richard Schroeter lets us in on what’s funny in his head and what’s funnier outside of it. Patrick Ledwell, who performed at last year’s Halifax Comedy Festival and is gaining wider experience on CBC Radio, serves experience tidbits in a gleefully identifiable “hapless git” persona, showing us that it’s not what you put into it, it’s what you can take away. He comments on the common mode of dress, riffs on Cape Breton and entertains his audiences with theories on an unpleasant adolescence. He knows what you’re thinking, and already he anticipates how to make it funny.

Ontario-born François Weber is seemingly still baffled that most of Charlottetown’s pedestrians manage to cross the street unscathed. An active comic onstage, François’ flailing limbs and expressive face are effective in illustrating anecdotes based upon his experience in teaching, his fear of being beaten for his non-threatening name, and his drug-addled cat.

However, highlighting the first act is Taylor Carver, who is quickly gaining experience after last year’s sold-out Standup Showcase first season, as well as notoriety with what is sometimes a collar-tugging showcase of his extraordinary and well-articulated performance. During the beginning of Taylor’s set several seconds often passed between his fascinating statements and the audience’s baffled laughter, still a bit unsure if it’s okay to laugh or not. Eventually the crowd is eased into Taylor’s unadulterated stage character that is exaggerated but not clichéd, self-abusive, but not pitiful. We relished the freshness of someone who openly admits adhering to pieces of advice from Cosmo and plays off the lighter side of suicide.

Digression is a virtue, familiar to most of us here in the Island setting. Take it straight and you might not enjoy yourself, but the diversity of the performers throws enough into the mix to leave everyone with a buzz of satisfaction.

Check out the Island Standup Showcase at The Guild on August 9 and 23, with Derek Bondt guest hosting on the final night. This is a licensed event.

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