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The Beaches in Halifax

No amount of snow could keep an eager crowd from piling into the Light House Arts Centre to catch The Beaches in Halifax. The Canadian rockers, alongside local talent June Body, delivered a fiery set to a sold-out crowd.

June Body

The alt-rock trio started off their set with a lot of love from the crowd. This was my first time catching a June Body show; I’ve heard their name spoken fondly by many fans in Halifax, and it’s easy to see why they’ve garnered such attention. They’re a band that doesn’t shy away from experimenting with their sound and it works well for them. Songs from their third and most recent release, Never Here For Long, are an excellent expression of embracing their growth while paying tribute to their roots. Their love for what they do is obvious in their energy on stage. I thoroughly enjoyed their set and am looking forward to seeing another one of their shows.  

The Beaches

I was introduced to The Beaches back in 2019 at Rock The Hub in Truro, NS, and they’ve been heavy on my playlist ever since. They’re the kind of band that captivates you from start to finish. The four piece Toronto-based rock band, who were here opening for Avril Lavigne in 2022, returned to Halifax for a sold-out show at Halifax’s Light House Arts Centre. The 1200-person space was pack from wall to wall with fans who braved a nasty snowstorm to come see the band play. The Beaches made it a point to show their love for crowd, having originally thought they were playing for a smaller group of 300 concertgoers.

 

Their setlist was spread across their entire discography; they opened up their night with the title track from their Juno Awards winning release Late Show, then closed out the main set with its single Money and an encore with Gold. We got to hear the band’s take on Nelly Furtado’s Maneater, giving us an edgier version of the 2006 hit. We were even treated to a showcasing of their most recent singles Grow Up Tomorrow and My People. The crowd song along and cheered for every song, embracing the quartet as if they were Haligonian heroes. The band has promised to journey back to the east coast and fans are already eager for their return.

 

It’s always a treat to see The Beaches live in Halifax. Their fanbase is growing rapidly, and soon enough they’ll be selling out big arenas. Thank you Jordan, Eliza, Leandra and Kylie for knocking out our winter blues with an electrifying show!

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