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17/02/2008 12:36 AM
GET YOUR GROOVE ON IN THESE FIVE ROCK ’N’ ROLL TOWNS
Don’t be a slave to your iPod–pack up your leather pants and hit the road
to explore these rock ’n’ roll towns.
It may be easy to knock the ’Peg for its sub-zero climes, but without the
frigid temps Neil Young may have taken up surfing instead of the guitar.
There’s not much else to do in the winter besides bundling up and
heading out to watching top-notch indie talent, such as local
up-and-comers The Details, who have graced the stage at The Pyramid
Cabaret (176 Fort St.) or roots-rock duo Twilight Hotel, set to play at
the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Ave.) later this month. If you’d
rather hear the blues, stop by the 78-year-old Windsor Hotel (187 Garry
St.), but not before chowing down at the nearby Keg Steakhouse (115 Garry St.). For big acts, splurge on a
show at the MTS Centre (260 Hargrave St.), where the likes of Aerosmith, Justin Timberlake and homegrown
heroes Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings have rocked the house.
In the days of ’90s grunge, Halifax was known as the Seattle of the North. Flannel-clad bands such
as Sloan and Thrush Hermit emerged from the town’s club scene to give Halifax its reputation as a true rock
’n’ roll town. These days, cool kids flock to The Marquee Club (2037 Gottingen St.) to see up-and-coming
Haligonian acts. Stop by the ship-like Seahorse Tavern (1665 Argyle St.) for Wednesday wing-night and catch
new acts like current East Coast buzz band Two Hours Traffic. If you’re flying in to catch your favourite top 40
stars, check into the posh Halliburton Hotel (5184 Morris St.), before heading over to the Halifax Metro
Centre (1800 Argyle St.). The 10,000-seat stadium has hosted everyone from heavy-metal legends Metallica to
country sweetheart Dolly Parton.
Though it’s often overshadowed by Toronto and Montreal, the Vancouver music scene is a