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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.

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