Jenn Grant shares her top Halifax cultural spots

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Singer-songwriter Jenn Grant shares her favourite cultural spots in her hometown of Halifax. Supplied photo

Halifax’s Jenn Grant has had an incredible 2017. Her sixth full-length studio album, Paradise, released earlier this spring, saw the folk-pop artist experiment with lush, ethereal production to great critical acclaim.

“I took some risks with my songwriting and the sonic landscapes on this album, and I’m really in love with the way it turned out,” she tells . “It’s been a really special project to co create with my partner and producer, Daniel Ledwell, and to perform live. It feels rich and unique.”

Grant is once again heading out on the road to promote Paradise, starting in Halifax on Dec. 7 and picking up in the new year in Alberta and B.C., ending in Vancouver on Feb. 11.

Before heading out on tour, we caught up with Grant to ask her about the best parts of Halifax — which includes some tasty vegetarian restaurants. She also shares that the best complement to live music is a side of “wine and skinny fries.”

Why do you think creative people like yourself work and live in Halifax?

Jenn Grant I think it’s a place where young people gather. It’s a bit of a hub, so you’ve got people from small, often musical family backgrounds heading to a city with the hopes of finding like-minded people to create with. The friends I made when I started playing music in this city are like a family I grew up with who will be friends for a lifetime. It’s a really rare and special experience to have some part of you be from this town.

Is there an emerging talent that you’re following from Halifax?

I’ve had my dear friend Kim Harris opening a lot of my shows the past year and a half because she is so talented I just want the world to know what I know, one little show at a time. She’s made a record here in Lake Echo which is yet to be released, but I promise it will blow your socks off.

What are some of the current highlights of the cultural scene in Halifax?

My friend Laura Simpson is running these really great house concerts called Syrup Factory. She lives in the heart of the north end of Halifax in a big beautiful old house and her filmmaker partner, Scott Simpson, have sold out concerts with some of the best talent around Canada. Mike Campbell is also helping to put on great shows at The Carleton, which is good place to see a show especially if you like nice wine and skinny fries — which I do very much.

What are some of your favourite local restaurants?

I really like En Vie, The Heartwood, Edna, Hamachi Kita, and The Wooden Monkey.

Editor’s Note

Jenn Grant’s upcoming tour dates

Dec. 6, 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Spatz Theatre

Jan. 31, 2018

Calgary, Alberta at the Theatre Junction Grand

Feb. 1, 2018

Canmore, Alberta at the Communitea Cafe

Feb. 2, 2018

Nelson, B.C. at the Hume Hotel

Feb. 3-4, 2018

Vernon, B.C. at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

Feb. 6, 2018

Kamloops, B.C. at the Blue Grotto

Feb. 8, 2018

Nanaimo, B.C. at the Queen’s

Feb. 9, 2018

Courtenay, B.C. at the Avalanche Bar and Grill

Feb. 10, 2018

Victoria, B.C. at the Capital Ballroom

Feb. 11, 2018

Vancouver, B.C. at the Venue Nightclub

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