Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas everybody ! Happy Hanuka and Holidaze , too ! See you at the Casino Nova Scotia ( it's just like Wayne Newton ) New Years Eve ... or for those in the know , maybe tomorrow night , the 26th in that Halifax watering hole ...

Saturday, December 19, 2009


The kids seemed to love it .

Monday, December 14, 2009

More moments from the Joel Plaskett Emergency 10th Anniversary files .
We are currently in the Glenn Gould Studio , CBC Toronto , waiting to rock Joel's new tune , on A Rail , to be broadcast on CBCradio and CBC Bold sometime soon .

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The EMERGENCY's 10th Anniversary has gone nearly unnoticed by one and all ; we'd be remiss not to reminisce a bit for ol' tymes sake , eh ? We'll be posting some photos from throughout the years ( Those hardscrabble years ... when we never knew where our next buy-out was coming from ! When you slept three in a room ! Instead of two ) . That's all in the past now . Now , one can sit back and savour the rewards of hard work and determination from the comforts of home , and look back with satisfaction at a job well done . And forward , to a job tomorrow morning painting Steph's folks condo . Dig the memories .

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The JPE will be playing The Legendary Horseshoe in Toronto the Good , Saturday night , Nov. 14 , to celebrate Tara's birthday !
Dinner and drinks with Miniature Tim --- ' have you been here before ? ' The Delta check -in --- Yes , this is easily my 50th visit --- you are on the 23rd floor the view is exquisite --- sound check at the Horseshoe seven o clock --- Crown Royal are playing ,those cats know how to rock ---cake and a Keiths ---dark and dirty's the gear ---fly home in the fog , hope we do it next year .

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rock over Lunenburg . Rock over Rum Runners . Thanks to Michael and Phillip .

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Taylor Mitchell . Our condolences to her family and friends .

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Kingston ; ye gods , a large night ; 850 + at The Ale House ; many fashionable people , especially whomever walked off with the whisky ; off to dreamland at 6 . And up at 10 for , MONTREAL , Club Soda ,where Joel did a nice solo of the new tune Old Friends , with many old friends in town for Pop Montreal , as well as Mr. and Mrs . Elkas . Out for drinks and smoked meat , up fer a plane ride at 8:30 . It's time for an apple .

Friday, September 25, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Polaris Prize ; Good luck , JOEL ! Ah well , prizes are for the 4H Club . Congrats to ' Fucked Up ' though , it looks good on you .

Saturday, September 19, 2009

MIND YOUR VOLUME's a little hot , this one . The Cause Of Many Troubles by Dave Marsh ( Joel Plaskett Emergency ) and The True Love Rules , live at Donstock IV , (The Joel Plaskett Emergency played both Donstock I and Donstock II ) with Emergency bassist Chris Pennell on percussion , somewhere in there. We'll see everyone at theDeep Roots Festival in bucolic Wolfville , this coming thursday . This gig will feature Anna and Rose .

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY reconvenes for shows this week ; and thanks to everyone at the Harvest Jazz and Blues festival in fabulous Fredericton , great crowd .
at UPEI and Dalhousie Uni , Thursday and Friday , Sept .09 /10 . These may be Student ID only shows so call or check online with them . Great shows at both Uni's this week , glad everyone came out .

Dave Marsh and the True Love Rules( Dawn Negus and Paul Boudreau ) play Lunenburg this Tuesday night ,
Thanks to Michael Best and Eva from Rum Runners for a real cool time . Don't know about Christmas day but every tuesday should be one spent in beautiful Lunenburg having a lobster dinner across the street from the Bluenose on a gorgeous summer evening . Invite us back !

But EVERYONE is invited to the Harvest Jazz and Blues fest Wednesday , Sept .16 in Fredericton as well as the Deep Roots Festival , Acadia Uni , Wolfville , Thursday Sept. 24 .

Also congratulations to Joel and Dave for their Music Nova Scotia nominations . Rave on .

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

JOEL will be playing in Brooklyn , New York , tomorrow night ;
Thu, Aug. 20th
Union Hall Performance, Bell House/Union Hall
Brooklyn, New York

also ; Dave Marsh and The True Love Rules , with special guests , Matt Murphy and Dawn Negus , will be performing at Baba's Lounge , Charlottetown , PEI , Monday , August 24 , to kick off the Close to the Coast Festival , 10 pm .
Thanks to everyone in PEI for a right good laff . And to Matt Murphy for the Ipod road game , " Steal ! " .

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Skank Williams

Mountain Memories

Donstock IV ... deep in the hills of Pictou County ; The Emergency , Skank Williams , beer bellies , hillbillies , Tom Smith , Realiser , bluegrass , and a life well lived . Rave on brothers and sisters , rave on .

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The New Glasgow Jubilee is up next , this Friday night . A familiar show for the Emergency and always a good time .

Then , there were rumours of Donstock ...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Willie Nile played the Carleton in Halifax last night and he was flippin' amazing . Great songwriter . We know because we made it to the show ; straight from the 7 am lobby call in Surrey to the 8 pm arrival at Stanfield International . Wasn't a whole lot left in the gas tank after the weekend and a great show at the Surrey festival but Willie summoned the reserve out of us with two highly entertaining sets . Bit of rockin' guitar , bit of piano , whole lotta talent , it was fab . Nice work from Robbie Crowell too . Big props to Mike Campbell for his inspired booking .

Thanks to everyone at the Surrey show saturday night . Good times , eh ?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Paul McCARTNEY , is playing the Halifax Common ( in case you've been living under a walrus ) THIS Saturday , July 11 , with The Joel Plaskett Emergency supporting at 7:15 . Top of the world , ma !
No soundchecks , so bring your slack .
Also opening will be the fabulous Wintersleep .
So tape that mickey to yr leg and make the scene . It's gonna be some enchanted evening .
Congratulations to our own boy , Joel Plaskett 's THREE has been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize , and deservedly so . Next , Unesco Heritage Designation .

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Joel Plaskett Emergency will be hitting the Calgary Stampede , monday night . Come say howdy .

Thursday, July 02, 2009

CANADA DAY ! was fantastic at the landing . Huge turnout and , what ? - no rain ! Played through some of the fireworks ... But what is the deal with all the kids wanting Joel to sign their shoes ?
Tuesday night , Saint John , you were great . One and a half hours sleep . Epic performance by Mardeen .

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

PAUL McCARTNEY ...............


Monday, June 22, 2009

Too exhausted to wash the dried paint off my hands I unboot and flop in chair . Soon though , Al Tuck's new album comes on and all weariness is transformed , carbonated , and effervesced , with optimism and relaxed reverence . Had to pause after 6 songs to take it in . And write this . Al Tuck's Food For The Moon . Man , do yourself a favour , it's a work of art .

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fantastic Friday night in Halifax at The Lodge /True Love Rules show ; many old schoolies out with a nice mix of new schoolies . Tommy Smith started things off with typical energy , and the very vocal reminder to self to " Keep Things Moving !" , A good selection of classic covers and 2 outstanding originals that Dave Marsh has vowed to produce ; The Lodge , Charles Austin , Mike O'Neil , Gliff Gibb and Andrew Glencross were great . Mike remains a vocalist to reckon with . The terrific banjo Dawn Negus played 3 songs ; In Spite of Ourselves , Oklahoma , I Remember You with Dave and then 2 more , Got No Kids of Our Own , I'll Let Them Know You Were Here with the whole group . Attendees included Sarah McCullloch and Matt Lumley . Sherry Lynn Jollymore . Rich Terfry was in the house . So were Paul ' Sutts ' Sutton , Pete Digesu , T Roy , Kevin Lewis , Stove , Larry , Jason , Jay lar , old friends from Dartmouth High , Kyle Shaw , Alison Beckett , Johanna , Jack Julian , Claire , Marilyn , Jenn Adcock , Kim Stewart ,with Carolyn and Dr. Dan . And many more . Later on , coming down from their own show , Matt Mays , and Jay Smith . Drew Yamada took to the stage for The Little Things , True Love Rules ,and Wide Boy . Steve Rolston also joined the band for a pistolian version of his Raining On Me . Phil Zwicker did a bang up job from the sound board . Another early friday show soon . Magic .

Friday, June 19, 2009

Joel's in LA or some shit , but check out Perez Hilton's kind words here ;

third time he's mentioned Joel .

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Halifax , Tribeca Bar and Grill , Early Show , this Friday , June 19 th , A proper rock and roll dance party with a dash of punk and a lick of country , FEATURING ; ARt RoCkERS , Charles Austin , Gliff Gibb , Mike O'Neil , Andrew Glencross as THE LODGE ( named after a PLASKETT encounter of MEL BROOKS proportions ) ; but first

Opener .....the mesmerizing memory of TOM SMITH , for them that likes their original punk rock ( Stanglers , Joy Division , Doors ) served as cover tunes on a Taylor acoustic and a karmonikazoo ( early start 8:15 , NOT to be missed . Money Back Guarantee ) .

Followed by the Mitch and Mickey- like country stylings of Dawny and Dave , this weeks offers are John Prine and Emmylou Harris/Steve Earle ...... and finally, segueing nicely into a 3 piece DAVE MARSH AND THE TRUE LOVE RULES set of new tunes , including ; The New Laura Stein , The Cause of Many Troubles Is Me , and I Manipulated .
Steve Rolston will make an appearance with ' rainin' On Me ' .
ALL BETWEEN 8;15 AND 11 PM , $8 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Lou Reed is talking to Costello on tv . Making SO much sense ,

Thursday, June 04, 2009

July1 , Joel Plaskett Emergency , family and friends , live at Alderney Landing , Dartmouth . Free show! CANADA DAY !
... AND June 30 , with all our friends in St.John , NB .

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ana Egge performs Talco Girl by Steve James . After the success's of Massey Hall in Toronto , La Sala Rosa in Montreal , Bronson Centre in Ottawa , and The Rebecca Cohn and Fleet Club in the dirty old town of Halifax herself , the tour lands gracefully with a late night singsong and sponge bath ( some lugubrious liquor ) at Tribeca . Ana was the first to get up and get down . Check it out .

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Joel , Massey Hall , soundcheck .

Massey Hall , Toronto ; Magic . Really . First time there for the band . It was quite posh but we can level any playing field pretty quickly . Joel was in fine form , in spite of the familiar road rashes that come to one's neck , back , elbow and knee . "Tis an old dog of a band now " .
The audience was beautiful , ready to listen , and ready to rock . So many friends , as with all TO shows . A grand introduction from Jeff Cohen was only topped by his , and Tara's , invitation to unwind afterwards at their pad . Which we did , along with many others . Back to the Delta at a million o clock and straight to the Campbell y Joliffe show on floor 26 .
Thanks to Paul ( `s Boutique ) Babiak for saving the day when the bass pedal exploded during You Let Me Down . Shame , had to abandon the maraca .
And thanks to everyone for making the shows in Ottawa and Monteal just as note worthy as Massey was . Thank you Barbarella`s . Thanks Lamp . Thanks Cuccina on St. Laurent . Thanks Bronson Centre . Thanks La Sala Rosa . Thanks JPE Nation .

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Joel and band are moving from the prairies to the nations capital for a few days of well desrved rest . The Emergency joins them monday for a couple days of rehearsal before the Eastern shows remaining .
Meanwhile back at the ranch , what a rocking time was had at Tribeca 'tother night . It was the closest CBGB's vibe I've felt since ... cbgb's ? Nah , the Marz bar was better . ... more like the Double Deuce on Hollis with a dash of Flamingo stage 1 ( Grafton ) . Tom Smith got so excited when we joined him on stage for Warsaw that he popped 2 strings on his fancy new Taylor acoustic . I lent him mine and he blew our minds with the original composition , Long Sleeves . The Skank Williams were next . Adorably fantastic . Then Dawn and Dave with I Remember You by Steve Earle , and on to The True Love Rules ; 3 piece , dead simple , new danelectro pedal , step ... 1 , 2 , 3 , and boom ... newbies , ' I Manipulated ' , ' We Don't Belong ', and ' Wide Boy ' . Rolly topped the evening off , joining the band onstage where we blew the lid off with his ' Raining On Me ' , Steve Jones style . Zwick did a great job FOH . Late night come down drink , home to bed . Magic .

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy 95th birthday, Canada's one and ONLY Singing Ranger
Hard Drinker
Loyal Husband
Devoted Father (to a rotten son)
Opry Legend
Never-to-be-Equalled Billboard Chart Record Holder
Incredible Guitar Player
Crusader for Children's Rights
Son of a Bitch
Member of Seven Halls of Fame
Snappy Dresser
Former Bootlegger
Trick Rider
Worst Toupee Ever

Hank Snow

Still Movin On

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Great Scots . Original Nova Scotia garage rock . Tonight ! may 8th , Live at the Seahorse Tavern !

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Carleton last night for the full band warm up show . Excepting a mesa boogie meltdown all went well . It's gonna be good . See you out there .

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The rehearsals have kicked off . Day 5 , we'll call it a week ... Safe In Your Arms ( have good shoes ) , and Sailors Eyes provided plenty of one liners . (p.s. joel will be performing at the Legendary Taz records on Market Street in Halifax tomorrow ( sat .18th ) not sure of the time though 2 ish rings a belle . AND it's Joel's Birthday ! Happy Birthday ol man . )Day 4 , we are joined by the talented Rose Cousins , whom appears all over the album and will be all over the upcoming tour ... lucky you . Day 3 , All The Way Down The Line , Our Place in The Sun , maybe some Ashtray ?
Day 2 ; Precious , Precious , Precious and Lazy Bones are saddled , and Pine , Pine , Pine falls right in line .
Day 1 ; there's much work to be done but now it's begun , coming along nicely ( what else ? ) , Gone , Gone , Gone and Run , Run , Run .

Not long now and Joel hits the road with father Bill , Rose and Ana , and fills any cracks in the country with his hearty musical soup . If you have the opportunity , step out and take it in . It's going to be a genuine whistle stop from Esquimalt through the Canadian Rockies in a Buster Keaton-like rail ride across the prairies to the east where the sun rise back lights the old home . Handkerchiefs will wave and local guys and gals will reluctantly part with meltwater filling up their bootprints . Spring will blossom once again under the feet of all our compatriots and you'll be pressing the ticket stubs between pages in the book of love . Rock on . mmm , good wine .

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

GloryHound and the Skyhawks at The Seahorse Tavern , Halifax , wed. , April 1 . With Dave Marsh's True Love Rules 10 pm .

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Joel Plaskett discusses his new album , 3 . .
SLOAN with Dave Marsh's True Love Rules this friday night , The Grawood , Dalhousie Uni . That turned out to be a grand night all round . Unusual number of handcuffs and arrests but most remained at liberty and had a real cool time . Sloan were on fine form ; some nice hardcore slams and a rocking visit from Patricks pop on keys . Radio MRCH broadcasted all night from the merch pavillion with hype man Kevin ( Skip Lowe ) Hilliard divining the 50/50 draw .
The True Love Rules also laid down a bitchin' 8 song chicken dinner with the hotness supplied by the ladies of Skank Williams on Move You Around . Magic !

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A grand St' Paddy's day at the Carleton in Halifax with Joel Plaskett , Paul Boudreau , Paul Sutton , Steve Poltz ,Thom Smith , Dave Marsh , Stove . Steve Poltz entertained the hell out of a full house with a little help from Joel and the lovely Coco Alcorn .

Friday, March 06, 2009

Look for Joel's shows with his dad Bill in April and May as well as shows with the Emergency late May . Until then Joel is busy recording the new Two Hours Traffic , , album in Halifax .
Dave Marsh's True Love Rules are pleased to be rocking the opening slot for long time pals Sloan , Friday March 27 Dalhousie and Saturday March 28 , Sydney , Smooth Herman's . Check them out in Toronto , Saturday , March 14 , The Rivoli 11pm ,The Horseshoe , 3 AM ! ( Although it seems the Rivoli show is ' industry type showcase thang ' , but you can talk your way into anything ,right ? )
Chris Pennell will be playing with Jeff Gay and Special Blends at Tribeca sunday , March 8.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Live at The Seahorse Tavern ,Halifax ,Wed. March 4 , 9 pm ,$6 , ...and The Carleton ,Thursday ,March 5 .

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The wonder of Pete Elkas and the Elkoholics
Try it with headphones . Magic .

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dave Marsh and True Love Rules Toronto shows ; Canadian Music Weak

Showcase Schedule:
SATURDAY March 14th, 2009

Venue: Horseshoe Tavern 370 Queen St. West 416 598 4753On-stage at: 3:10 AM
SATURDAY March 14th, 2009

Venue: Rivoli 334 Queen St. W. 416 596 1908On-stage at: 11:00 PM
Joel Plaskett solo shows across Canada ;
21 April The Confederation Centre, Charlottetown PEI22 April The Playhouse Theatre, Fredericton NB23 April The Imperial Theatre, Saint John NB24 April The Capitol Theatre, Moncton NB02 May The Cobalt Classic Theatre, Cobalt ON05 May The West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg06 May The Distrikt, Regina, SK07 May Knox United Church, Calgary AB09 May The Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC10 May The Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Victoria BC12 May Habitat, Kelowna BC13 May Pavilion Theatre, Kamloops BC14 May MacDougall United Church, Edmonton AB15 May The Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon SK

Friday, February 20, 2009

Mickey Rourke ; a True Hollwood Story

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Chris !

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Joel Plaskett Emergency at Massey Hall ,Toronto , May 23 , 2009 .

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


A fine performance by the late , great Lux Interior and his band the Cramps , at the State Mental Hospital ,1978 . American Bandstand meets Cuckoos Nest . Mmm ..., juicy fruit .

Monday, February 02, 2009

Dave Marsh's True Love Rules live at the Seahorse Tavern , Wednesday ,Feb .4th . With Realiser and Skank Williams !
Early show ! Starts 9pm . Only 6 Dollars !

It's a Winter Dance Party ! minus the aircraft .

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Super Friendz Mid-Winter Dance Party ....10 lbs , Come Clean ,Karachi Man , Rescue Us From Boredom , The Theme ....Were we on amyl nitrate or were the tunes always that fast ? Christ . Still not dressed .
Heavy time last night , band was on ,fun had by all . Still plenty of space left for tonight's reminder of what rock and roll is all about . How goooood is Up and Running ..?

Advance tickets available at Tribeca
Tues-sat 11:30am - 2 am 492 4036 Friday is looking to be sold out soon , but Saturday still has tickets . Also the downstairs bar is no cover and you can hear it almost as good .

Live at Tribeca , Granville St. , Halifax
Friday Jan .30 , And Saturday , Jan.31 , 9:30 pm sharp .

AL Tuck , Lil Orton Hoggett , and Amelia Curran , Wednesday , 28th , Rebecca Cohn

Monday, January 19, 2009

Joel Plaskett's new TRIPLE album has been making the rounds and they're already talking Oscar . He looks sure to maintain his championship belt , resplendent with JOEL buckle . Early faves include Beyond ,Beyond ,Beyond ; Sailors Eyes ; Rollin ,Rollin' ,Rollin' and Demons . But there's still a lot to digest ; a real King of Donair effort .And just as satisfying .

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Joel Plaskett was there . He braved the minus a million degrees and crossed the harbour on the ferry , in quiet sea smoke , heading for the Seahorse . Stove and Tommy too . Vic , of course . Cambo ,Steph . John Wesley . Claire . Radiant . Striking . Hugh and Chris Laing . On and on .
Trouble about recalling everybody is just that . All sorts .
Downtown on a Wednesday night in January is for the lucky . Stand on Argyle street , cozy and spacious and chatty and quiet . You hear talk about hockey and guitars , old concerts and this coming summer . Donstock 4 . 15 paid and a guest list as big . Man , that's life in Halifax in January . Flick yer butt in the gutter James Cook spat in .
Skank William's have rejuvenated my faith in a stage , and a guitar/banjo .
Al Tuck is downstairs asleep . It was a late one .

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The SEAHORSE TAVERN nav com tav presents

, Wed. Jan. 14 ,
The True Love Rules
with support , GENIUS Songwriter AL TUCK AND SKANK WILLIAMS ...doors 8pm
$6 great depression era prices
...also what's this? The SUPER FRIENDZ LIVE ! TRIBECA , friday Jan.30th , 9:30 sharp , no openers $12