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Slowcoaster play gala night

The Marquee Club officially re-opens on Friday 28 September

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Legendary Halifax venue opens four-nights-a-week to service mid-sized live music events; kicks off with a weekend of concerts featuring Slowcoaster and Kevin Drew with Broken Social Scene.

The Argyle Cobblers Group today announced the re-opening of the Marquee Club as a regular live music venue. On par with famous live performance spaces such as the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and Richard’s On Richard’s in Vancouver, the oft-winner for Best Venue at the ECMA Awards opens its doors four nights a week starting with a grand re-opening gala set to welcome back the club in style at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

A weekend of exciting concerts follows, with popular Cape Breton funk-soul-reggae-rockers Slowcoaster taking the stage later that night to promote their buzz-worthy, upcoming release Future Radio. The party continues the following night with Juno Award-winning Kevin Drew playing songs from his recently released solo album Spirit If... with members of his revered collective, Broken Social Scene on Saturday, Sept 29.

Following the opening weekend, the Marquee Club will be officially open for business Wednesday through Saturday, every week, for live performances and events booked by Music Nova Scotia-award-winning booking agent Craig Mercer.

Wednesday nights will once again be the place to go for mid-week dancing with Something Wicked, an open-format DJ night that plays everything from indie-dance, new wave, old school hip-hop, soul classics and much more.

Thursday nights are devoted to specialized programming, whether it’s touring DJs, hip-hop acts or up-and-coming rock acts.

Friday and Saturday nights deliver the bread and butter with local and touring bands.

“The space is still excellent, people still love it, and there is no great option for mid-sized shows in Halifax,” club owner Victor Syperek said. “It’s time to give people what they have been asking for: a place they can call their own, where they can see the best performances the east coast has to offer, in one of the best environments in town. The Marquee Club holds a special place in the hearts of Haligonians and it’s great to have it open once again on a regular, and I emphasize, permanent basis.”

Known for its artful décor and high-end sound and light system, the Marquee Club is one of the best places to see a live show in Halifax, first offering entertainment in 1998. Since then, the club has been seen in films such as The Trailer Park Boys, Three Needles, and the live Joel Plaskett DVD Make A Little Noise. The new inception of the club will accommodate up to 350 patrons for smaller events and up to 750 patrons for large-scale events in versatile room sizing options. The space is also available for corporate parties, press releases, receptions, and product launches.

Slowcoaster perform on Opening Night, Friday 28 Sept

Cape Breton's Slowcoaster plays up-beat saltwater funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz, Afro-Cuban, reggae grooves on guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion and voice. The boy's combine above-average musicianship with guitarist/vocalist Steven MacDougall's stellar songwriting to produce a danceable, affecting, noir-ish set of music that's both as tight-as-a-whip and just a bit sketchy. They are set to release the much anticipated Future Radio album and are already on the road to preview it to packed audiences.

Kevin Drew and Broken Social Scene (Toronto) perform on Saturday 29 Sept

Kevin Drew and his award-winning, groundbreaking collective Broken Social Scene return to Halifax for the first time since their critically praised performance during the 2006 (CHECK) Juno weekend. BSS co-founder Drew will play songs from his new Spirit If… album, the first release of the Broken Social Scene Presents: series with cohorts from BSS backing him up.

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