Remember when Halifax was the New Seattle? There’s a doc about that era.

For a brief moment back in the early 90s, it appeared that Halifax was the New Seattle. Labels from all over the world were suddenly interested in the music coming from the Maritimes.

Back in 2019, a short doc on that period was released. The film was shot over a 20 year period and is definitely worth a look.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Remember when Halifax was the New Seattle? There’s a doc about that era.

  • May 24, 2021 at 11:31 am

    That was a fun watch. I completely forgot about Jale!

    There was a guy in Buffalo who loved all those bands…. Vince Lesh? Maybe. He was always booking them around town and I got to see them all play.

    The thing about Sloan is they were greedy! All those guys should have fronted their own band! Nobody in Halifax was gonna compete with them.

    As an American listening to CFNY at that time I thought Canada as a whole was a hot scene. There were so many bands from that era from across the great white north I thought were gonna be huge. I was just listening to Moist the other day and thought, what happened to these guys? F, even the Hip didn’t catch on here which was a blessing and a curse.


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