The End. Fin.

This is the end of the road for The MusicNerd Chronicles. After eight years and more than 2,700 features, I feel the need to move onto other pastures. The good news (or bad news, depending on whether or not you…
The MusicNerd Q&A With James Mullinger

Over the last three years, there has arguably been no bigger cheerleader for the City of Saint John than comedian James Mullinger. While Mullinger gears up to perform at Harbour Station on April 28, his second performance at the venue…
The MusicNerd Q&A With Burgundy Drive

I first met the members of Saint John rock band Burgundy Drive at this past October’s Music New Brunswick Week, before I heard one single note of their music, and was immediately struck by their drive and determination. The young…
The MusicNerd Q&A With Kenny James

Sackville, New Brunswick and Bakersfield, California couldn’t be geographically further apart, being located on opposite sides of North America from one another, but that hasn’t stopped Toronto transplant Kenny James from mining the iconic country sound for his latest effort, Ghost…
Tomato/Tomato Go Big and Go Home

If there was one phrase that could be used to sum up the kind of year that 2017 has been for Saint John folk duo Tomato/Tomato, it would be “Go big or go home.” Perhaps more appropriate, however, would be…
The MusicNerd Q&A With Darren Frost

I first met Toronto’s Darren Frost in November 1997 when we were both (separately) booked on the short-lived The Mike Bullard Show, me with my band The Monoxides, and him as a comedian. At the end of the show taping, as we…
Rural NB Halls Give Music A Home

Just like the music business has weathered unprecedented changes over the last 20 years, so have the venues in which people seek out live music performances. For the longest time, those wishing to experience live music were, depending on the…
Walrus Undeterred By Avis Car Rental Ban

As Halifax indie-rock band Walrus prepares to bring 2017 to a close, one can’t help but marvel at all they have accomplished. In addition to maintaining a seemingly endless tour schedule that they could rightfully claim makes them the hardest-working…
Jesse Cook Is All About Taking Chances

World music guitarist Jesse Cook knows he’s one of the lucky ones. Over the course of his 10 dynamic studio albums – the most recent one being Beyond Borders, which was released earlier this year – Cook has, for the…