Judging by the boldness of their choices, you’d never guess the Trews are 10 years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs into their highly celebrated career. Clearly, someone forgot to tell them that bands are supposed to become more predictable as the years go by, not less so. And yet, evidence of a stubborn refusal to play it safe and abounds, most notably in the East Coast–‐bred, Toronto–‐ based rock squad’s eponymous, electrifying new disc, The Trews.
Add in the fact that of late the Trews have been piling up the accolades touring acoustically despite being certified rock brawlers and the net result is something you just don’t see every day: proverbial old dogs issuing some seriously new tricks.
What does the most acclaimed hip-hop artist in Canada do after reaching a new pinnacle of commercial success? In the case of the platinum-selling Enfield, Nova Scotia- based rapper Classified, the answer is return to his roots. Classified’s artistry is about balance. Through boom-bap beats, catchy choruses and dirty drums, Classified uses his unparalleled wit, lyrics and diction to examine the fine line between mainstream success and the underground.
Classified found his greatest success in 2013 with the release of his Gold-certified self-titled album,
which featured the 5x Platinum single “Inner Ninja” – the highest selling hip hop single in Canadian history.The album also went on to produce the hit singles “Three Foot Tall”, “Higher” (w/B.o.B) and “Pay
Day”. The album landed Classified a record deal with Atlantic Records in the US, and further entrenched
his own Half Life Records brand in Canada, distributed by Universal Music and administeredby the team at Black Box.
One of Canada’s most sought-after festival acts, Classified has put in his time on the road as well.
Whether it’s headlining tours, or expanding his audience by supporting artists such as Hedley, he wins
over crowds wherever he goes. New album is slated for Fall 2015 via Half Life Records.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.
1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”
The Jubilee has been host to East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia and Juno Award winners and nominees. The distinctive setting and outdoor amphitheatre provides music lovers one of the most engaging and in your face music experiences of its kind.
It is an event with a flavour all its own, featuring Rock and the best East Coast music. The event was built on a proud tradition of opening its stage for the region's rising stars to perform alongside seasoned national and international acts, and turning music lovers onto the rich talent that flourishes here.
The Jubilee is a signature Nova Scotia music event and mainstay of the local tourism industry. This 3-time Music Nova Scotia (MNS) Event of the Year recipient, 2-time ECMA Event of the Year nominee, and winner of the TIANS Golden Hospitality Award (2013) continues to be one of the best entertainment values in Atlantic Canada.
300 volunteers + 1 staff person
The Jubilee is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization. At the helm is a volunteer Board of Directors, and crewed by more than 300 volunteers and one staff person - the ever-so talented and well-loved Executive Director Carlton Munroe.