The Bookshop Band LIVE in Halifax
Wednesday November 20 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
One of our signature anniversary events celebrating 30 years of book love with Halifax, we are very pleased to present an evening with the UK based musical duo, The Bookshop Band. Bookmark commissioned the group to compose a song inspired by Margaret Atwood’s, The Testaments, and a video performance of the song was part of the Margaret Atwood event on PEI in early October. We are very pleased to give Halifax booklovers an opportunity to see this group perform live.
The event will take place on Wednesday, November 20th at 7 PM at the Olde Triangle Irish ALehouse, 5136 Prince Street, Halifax. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
“Not just good but achingly good”
The New York Times
“Really fabulous new music... just delightful.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“A Guardian Books’ favourite... astonishingly prolific” The Guardian
"The Bookshop Band are wonderful. If I had a bookshop I'd stock all of their albums." Margaret Atwood
The Bookshop Band are the musical offspring of an artistic love-affair between a group of award winning folk songwriters and an independent bookshop in the UK, Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. The songs are the musical outpouring of the band’s own response to books they have read.
The Bookshop Band formed in September 2010, releasing their first album in December that year. They have since released 13 albums each exploring a different theme in their responses to over 100 author’s books. They have toured extensively around the UK and abroad, from bookshops to festival main-stages, and have been commissioned by BBC Radio 3, The V&A Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, most recently writing two songs for the launch of Philip Pullman’s The Book Of Dust and working with The V&A Museum on a musical series of previously banned books. The Bookshop Band began working with Pete Townshend in April 2019 to record the band's next studio album, due out later in 2020. He is producing the band and will be a guest musician on it.
The Bookshop Band represent a fascinating and contemporary take on the English folk tradition. Beth Porter and Ben Please bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right in to a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart wrenching and funny.
Author Reading: Gare Joyce on Sidney Crosby
Saturday November 23 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Welcome noted author and Sportsnet writer, Gare Joyce, for his visit to Sidney Crosby's home ice in Cole Harbour.
Reading from his latest book, 'Most Valuable : How Sidney Crosby Became the Best Player in Hockey's Greatest Era and Changed the Game Forever', Gare Joyce will explore how Sidney Crosby's faster style of play changed the game and created Sidney's success, and may herald a faster end to his career.
Gare Joyce has been described by Sports Illustrated as "one of this continent's master craftsmen of sporting prose."
Author's Stage: Scotty - A Hockey Life Like No Other by Ken Dryden
Monday November 25 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Join us as bestselling author and Hall of Fame player Ken Dryden shares the unparalleled life story of the greatest coach in hockey history, Scotty Bowman, as he discusses his latest book 'Scotty - A Hockey Life Like No Other'
Ken will be in conversation with bestselling author and Chronicle Herald columnist John DeMont.
Books will be available for purchase.