The Halifax Urban Folk Festival kicks off headliners’ weekend at The Carleton with Toronto-based Skye Wallace and her band and a killer opening songwriters’ circle with Nashville’s Aaron Lee Tasjan, our own Kim Harris and Austin’s Bob Schneider! Show time is 8 PM and tickets for this incredible bill are $65 + HST.
***Please note: we will be selling all seats in the room for this show. We will try our best to seat everyone with friends but this is not a table bubble event***
With her skill in carving melodies and shreddable moments from rock foundations, songwriter Skye Wallace is an expert at proving herself in every room, at every turn. Wallace knows the way is paved with second-guessers, and encounters with unsolicited advisors are plentiful in this world. In truth, the harshest critic is usually within.
Shaped by an upbringing of constant motion, with collapse and rebuilding at the core, Wallace is at home with the idea that change, especially in oneself, is a constant. This truism has shaped her new songs, finished during lockdown but dealing with a time when staying in one place was wishful thinking. For Wallace, there’s both comfort and conflict in remembering and reconciling the versions of herself formed at the many stops along the way.
Wallace’s breakout single, about the frustrations of fighting against the glass ceiling, made a statement by cracking the Canadian alternative radio chart. Early credentials, including a Globe and Mail “Best 4 Canadian Albums in the World” nod in 2019, a steady stream of shows with powerhouse rockers like Crown Lands and Matt Mays and a deal with Six Shooter Records, have Wallace ready for what’s next.
In new song “Truth Be Told,” a searching, slashing acid-tongued rocker, Wallace decodes the signals sent from previous selves to make sense of the whole. A hard look gut-check with squalling guitars, Wallace’s brand of introspection is more disruptive than meditative. From tumult, comes acceptance, and with that, the confidence to answer the question: “Am I enough?”
With his wrecked cool, off-center charm, and restless creative dazzle, Aaron Lee Tasjan makes music with conviction and arch mystique that has its roots in rock’s murky past, armed with an arsenal of songs that spill over with humour, intelligence, irony, personal vision and at times prophecy; pushing boundaries of taste and imagination to new heights, unrestrained by genre or subject matter. Songs that speak to the tribe.
Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Ugly Americans and The Scabs, Bob Schneider has become one of the most celebrated musicians in the live music capital. Drawing from a range of diverse musical styles, Schneider’s talent has defied genres. Schneider has won more than 59 Austin Music Awards including Best Album, Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals making him the most decorated artist in Austin music history.
Kim Harris‘ lush, emotionally driven alternative pop is rich, deep and moving. Her sophomore album, Heirloom, was named by CBC Music as one of the top 25 Canadian albums to look for in 2020, and received an 8/10 review from monthly Canadian music magazine, Exclaim! Harris has been hailed by CBC Music as “the mightiest voice coming out of the East Coast” and has shared the stage with artists like Jenn Grant and Amelia Curran.