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Monday, June 17, 2024

20 questions with Kevin Jollimore

Meet Halifax-based musician and songwriter Kevin Jollimore, the frontman of the newly formed band The Relics.

Meet Halifax-based musician and songwriter Kevin Jollimore, frontman of the newly formed band The Relics, who will release their debut album in 2024. The Relics will next play at Bearlys in Halifax on January 20.

20 Questions with Kevin Jollimore

1. Your first job.

My first paying job was working as a child actor at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre. Got paid $1 per show. My rates have since increased.

2. The job you always wanted as a child?

I wanted to be the driver of the garbage truck, as he never seemed to have to get out of the truck and get his hands dirty.

3. Your pet peeve.

Speling and gramatical errors?

4. Your hero.


5. Your biggest indulgence.

Buying more musical instruments. I currently have a selection of guitars, basses, mandolins, recorders, melodicas, harmonicas, drums, washboards and many amplifiers.

6. One thing no one knows about you.

I appeared on The National on CBC debating former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker on the value of certain celebrity autographs.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My wife, a guitar, and a book entitled How To Survive On A Deserted Island.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9. If they made a movie about your life, who would it star?

Harrison Ford.

10. Hero or villain?


11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

We’re all gonna die one day.

12. The last book you read.

The Book Of The Law by Aleister Crowley

13. The song getting the most play on your Spotify playlist right now.

One of mine called Been So Long.

14. If you were a cartoon character, what cartoon character would you be?

Batman (see question #4).

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

He Lived, He Loved, He Left.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Marlon Brando.

17. Your idea of happiness.

Writing a new song.

18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty-year-old self?

There can only be light if there has been dark.

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

My excursions and successes in the entertainment industry.

20. To be or not to be?

Is that really a thing, or is it always just ‘to be’?

Meet Kevin Jollimore

To hear Kevin Jollimore tell it, he actually ‘made it’ in the cutthroat world of the music industry, a successful life pursuing the thing that he loves to do. A veteran of the Toronto music scene, Kevin was and still is the lead singer and writer for the popular Canadian alt-country band The Sin City Boys.

Seven albums and over one thousand shows later, he has returned to his home province of Nova Scotia.

Back in Halifax, Jollimore has put together a new band, The Relics, which he calls an excellent representation of the kind of twangy country and rock music that he loves.

The Relics consist of Don Donohue (The Razorbacks, The Defects), a well-known veteran of the Halifax music scene on guitar and vocals, Gary Potts, everybody’s favourite drummer in Halifax, and bass player and singer Greg Coldwell (Luau Or Die) from the Annapolis Valley by way of Toronto.

The Relics will be releasing their debut album in 2024, and in the meantime, they will be playing a list of high-energy, country-rock gigs in and around the HRM. Be sure to catch them at a venue near you.

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