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An Evening of Gypsy Punk - JVPS storms Jazz Fest

Halifax Jazz Festival tent, Halifax Waterfront. Halifax, NS, Canada

Every year the Jules Verne Phantastical Society attends a night of the Halifax Jazz Festival. Tuesday July 8th is a free concert with the theme of Gypsy Punk. We will meet up at the gates at 7:00, the show starts at 8:00. There is usually a line up for the free evening shows so be prepared for lines and if we meet at 7 we should all be able to get seating together. Bring your dancing shoes!

Here is info direct from the Jazz Fest page:

A rollicking party rich with swing rhythms and ecstatic celebration. Local stalwarts Gypsophilia will dazzle you with their scintillating energy and Toronto's Lemon Bucket Orkestra will blow you away with their punk-infused Balkan madness!

Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto, ON

Genre: world

What began in 2010 as a humble quartet of buskers on the streets of Toronto has since swelled into an internationally recognized, fifteen-piece orchestra full of gypsy-punk power. Taking influence from the traditions of Balkan and Klezmer music, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra pumps things up with an adventurous attitude and entirely infectious presence.The group's ringleader, Mark Marczyk, spent several years living in Ukraine, touring on a national level with a folk music ensemble and learning a lifetime's worth of lessons from an eclectic mix of Ukrainian performers along the way. Upon returning to Toronto, he and accordionist Tangi Ropars conceived what would eventually become the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, arguably one of Toronto's finest live bands. They've now been featured prominently at many major festivals and celebrations, and toured North America and Europe. In 2012, the group earned international attention after performing on a delayed Air Canada flight headed for Romania at the start of their tour. While the world seemed in awe at the energetic aisle performance, it was just business as usual for the Orkestra, who've brought their unrivaled energy to anything from sold-out theater shows to intimate club nights to invigorating parades. Though known for their spectacular live performances, the group has also proved its chops in the studio, releasing an EP, Cheeky, in 2011 and a proper full-length album, Lume, Lume, in 2012. The latter was nominated in the 'Best World Music Album' at the 2014 Juno Awards, and revered music critic Alan Cross described it as "a travelling musical caravan burning wildly across the night sky". Whether it's from within a set of speakers from across the pond or underneath the hot lights on a festival stage, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra is without a doubt one of the most energizing Canadian acts on the international music scene.

Personnel: Stephania Woloshyn (dance/tambourine), Mike Romaniak (sopilka), John Williams (clarinet), Christopher Weatherstone (alto saxophone), Rob Teehan (sousaphone), Michael Louis Johnson (flugelhorn), Nicolas Buligan (trumpet), Emily Ferrell (trombone), Nathan Dell-Vandenberg (trombone), Eli Richards (trombone), Mark Marczyk (violin/vocals), Emilyn Stam (violin), James McKie (violin), Jaash Singh (darbouka), Oskar Lambarri (savage drum), Alex Nahirny (guitar), Tangi Ropars (accordian)


Genre: swing/klezmer/world

It seems like only yesterday, doesn't it? The hot nightclubs packed to the brim, the shaking floorboards, the sweat running down the necks of the bottles and the backs of the dancers. With the inherent vitality of gypsy jazz music, it hardly matters whether one is picturing the swinging clubs of Paris in the 1930s or Gypsophilia's early shows in Halifax: both scenes skip and groove with an eternal energy. Beginning in 2004 as a Django Reinhardt tribute act, Gypsophilia soon found itself performing an original blend of jazz, klezmer, funk, indie rock and bebop to adoring fans city-wide. Then quickly came the Maritime festival dates and the odd show in Quebec and Ontario. Suddenly, Gypsophilia found itself in-demand and crisscrossing the continent, playing to eager fans on both sides of the border. Whether seducing folks at a sit-down show or enlivening a club full of fervent partygoers, their timeless blend of skillful musicianship, joyous performance and classic melodies remains entirely irresistible. The seven-piece band have spent the last ten years beautifully: dressing to the nines, hosting romantic balls in private halls, crafting thoughtful studio albums adorned with gorgeous cover art, collecting East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia Awards, creating internet sensations with immersive music videos, performing with Symphony Nova Scotia and being orbited by a seemingly endless flow of wild and wonderful sold-out crowds. We're thrilled to be hosting one of the Maritimes' finest live acts as they head into the double digits. A little bit older and ever wise beyond their era, a decade later Gypsophilia have moved gracefully from tribute band to legacy holders.

Personnel: Adam Fine (bass), Ross Burns (guitar/percussion), Gina Burgess (violin), Matt Myer (trumpet/keys), Sageev Oore (piano/keys), Nick Wilkinson (guitar), Alec Frith (guitar)

Presented in loving memory of Ken MacCulloch (1980-2011). Ken was a great musician and supporter of live music in Halifax, and he will always be in our hearts.


Address: Lower Water Street & Salter Street

The heart of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival, the Festival Tent, is located on the Halifax waterfront. The big top is situated on the waterfront's timberwalk between the Waterfront Warehouse and Bishop's Landing or, if coming from the streetside, at the corner of Lower Water Street at the Salter Street extension, across from the Historic Farmers' Market located in downtown Halifax's Brewery Square.

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