Monday, August 10, 2020

#FridayFive: Halifax Urban Folk Festival

5 artists and their shows to check out at this year's HUFF

The 2019 Halifax Urban Folk Festival celebrates ten years as this year’s festival gets underway on August 25 and continues through the Labour Day long-weekend.

Beyond the headlining acts of Damhnait Doyle, Matthew Sweet, and Alejandro Escovedo here are five more artists and their shows we think you should check out:

1. Ian Janes (Aug 28)

Audiences may recognize the Dartmouth resident’s “Can’t Remember Never Loving You” from the CMT television drama, Nashville. Nominated for multiple Music Nova Scotia awards, Janes was also one of nine national finalists in Sirius XM’s Top Of The Country competition. The country musician is slated to release new music this fall. Janes performs alongside Chris Kirby at The Carleton on August 28.

2. The Novaks (Aug 29)

Hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, The Novaks come “Unplugged” in a concert reminiscent of the MTV series which ran for ten years between 1989-1999. Featuring acoustic renditions of music from their own discography, the band will also perform classic covers from the era. The Novaks perform with Cameron at The Carleton on August 29.

3. Terra Spencer (Aug 29)

Terra Spencer’s rise in the music world has come a long way from spending her summers in Summerville. Touring with folk country musician Ryan Cook in 2014, led her to focusing on her songwriting, which included a collaboration with Cook and then onto her debut album of original songs with “Other People’s Lives”. Spencer performs with Owen Meany’s Batting Stance and Erika Kulnys at Good Robot on August 29.

4. Norma MacDonald (Aug 30)

Born and raised in Cape Breton, and now living in Halifax, Norma MacDonald is currently recording her fifth album, following the success of her charting 2015 “Burn the Tapes” album and a nomination as Americana/Bluegrass album of the year by Music Nova Scotia. Norma performs with Garrett Mason and Tim Moxam at Brightwood Brewery on August 30.

5. Pretty Archie (Aug 31)

From Cape Breton, these long-time friends (and one new one), create a genre-bending mix of folk, bluegrass, country, rock and vintage soul, while managing to stay close to their band’s east coast roots. Pretty Archie performs on the Waterfront Stage on August 31.

For more information on these and other concerts at the 2019 Halifax Urban Folk Festival visit

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