Mrs. Murphy & Mrs. Stewart
Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Murphy are two bingo bags all the way from Glace Bay Cape Breton. They are two old broads you do not want to cross. They are crass and full of sass, with their quick wit and their one liners you never know what these two will come up with.
Monsters of Schlock
Burnaby Q. Orbax:
A scientific and comedic genius, the great Prof. Burnaby Q. Orbax performed his first freak show in 1998 as part of ‘The Lamest Sideshow on Earth’.
With a Bachelors degree in Physics, a minor in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Physics, the great Orbax was well on his way to his doctorate when he was ejected from the university due to ‘inhumane experimentation’. Although, in his defense,
After leaving academia, Orbax worked briefly as a hardcore wrestler carving out a swath of humor and devastation across southern Ontario. It was during this time that he developed his love of being thrown through tables, a passion he shares with his brother Sweet Pepper Klopek.
On Halloween of 2003, Orbax suffered third degree burns to 11% of his body during an on stage accident. This resulted in a ten day stay in the Hamilton Hospital Burn ward, and a 5 month retirement from public performance. It was at that point that Orbax felt he had to decide whether to retire, or to fully commit himself to being a professional entertainer.
He chose the latter.
Since then the great Orbax has toured as a solo act, with the monstrous menagerie known as the Great Orbax Sideshow, and now as one half of the Monsters of Schlock. In that time he has carved a niche for himself as one of the top sideshow performers in the world today, and has continued to lecture in Physics. The Monsters of Schlock continue to tour extensively, bringing to life the world’s most ridiculous circus sideshow comedy magic extravaganza.
The great Orbax has pulled a monster truck from hooks in his back, fallen 14 feet through a table, and worn a twenty pound beard of bees all for the entertainment of his audiences. Seriously.
Sweet Pepper Klopek:
He’s been called many things: the tall man, the world’s handsomest man, the crimson mongoose, two armed bob, the human Wikipedia entry, but one thing’s sure, don’t call him late for dinner!
Comedian, master magician and consummate performer, Sweet Pepper Klopek is best known as the front man for the Niagara Falls based band The Legendary Klopeks. Founded in 1994, the Undisputed Kings of Punk Rock have performed across Canada, America and the UK, with such notable bands as Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Municipal Waste, Sigh (Japan), Blink 182 . As the lead singer, Pepper is regularly subjected to an all out assault of mousetraps, thumbtacks and barbed wire baseball bats. And as if that’s not enough he also fronts Skullkrusher, Canada’s thrash metal kings.
Sweet Pepper and the great Orbax, twin brothers separated at birth, were reunited in 2003 in the sprawling metropolis of Tweed, Ontario when the $2000 worth of fireworks they were exploding ran amok and almost detonated the propane tanks of a nearby French Fry truck. Later that night, Orbax power-bombed Pepper through a table. It was a classic moment of unbridled comedy.
In 2006 Pepper joined the Great Orbax Sideshow, using his 18 plus years of extensive theatre and performance background to enhance and propel the freakshow to new heights. It was this influence that allowed for the evolution of the Monsters of Schlock.
Pepper continues to wow audiences across the country alongside the great Orbax with his own brand of comedy magic, mixed with cartoon-like levels of violence.
Sweet Pepper was once suplexed so hard through a table that the impact on his back bruised his ribs…. IN THE FRONT!
Erin Ball (Kingston Ontario) and Vanessa Furlong (Halifax Nova Scotia) are LEGacy Circus. LEGacy circus began in 2016 during Circus Sessions in Toronto under the direction of Adèll Nodé-Langlois, a visiting mentor in Clown and Physical Theatre from France. After a successful run of performances in Toronto, Erin and Vanessa were encouraged by several circus professionals in Canada to continue a permanent collective based on the incredible chemistry and unique characteristics of their work together. Supporters include Marisol de Santis (Tohu), Holly Treddenick (Femmes Du Feu, Circus Sessions), Lynanne Sparrow (Harbourfront Centre) etc..
With the use of leg attachments, Erin and Vanessa explore the endless possibilities of developing new and profound works that redesign the current circus technique vocabulary. Erin, with and without prosthetic leg attachments has pioneered through new floor and aerial technique usingadaptable acrobatics.
Vanessa, a stilt dancer and aerialist has developed research that complements Erin’s movements using similar leg attachments, as well as proper duo aerial development with and without the leg attachments.Together, Erin and Vanessa have developed duo stilt acrobatics, duo trapeze, duo silks, and various clown acts. They can only grow from here.
LEGacy circus is about celebrating adaptable acrobatics. It is about celebrating life after tragedy. It is raw, its funny, and sometimes grotesque…
Andre Pettipas & The Giants
Sing along anthem songs with ear worm hooks that will reel you in and release you into a musical wave of vintage grease coast rock n’ roll attitude combined with 90’s rock/pop sound. Summer 2016 was a busy summer. The band toured the east coast of Canada in support of their debut album, “Stay Gold.” with multiple festival stops including Granville Green (Port Hawkesbury), Jubilee (New Glasgow), Music Mountain (Thorburn), Parlee Beach Music Festival (Shediac, New Brunswick), and an opening slot at the Meghan Trainor show in Port Hawkesbury to name a few. During this time they grabbed a number 1 single on the East Coast Countdown with their hit, “Long Way From Home” ft Ashley MacIsaac. The band were also finalists in the Casino Nova Scotia Artist In Residence competition. The remainder of 2016 consisted of gigging throughout the Maritimes and writing new material. The boys kicked off summer 2017 in overdrive placing first in a contest that had over 100 bands who applied, 18 semi-finalists, 3 finalists and 1 winner for the q104 Homegrown challenge. Prizes include $5000 in artist development (Groundswell Music), $5000 in recording (Coda Pop) and $5000 in musical equipment. They are currently in the mixing process of their follow up release, “No Fools No Fun” with plans to release the single in early summer. “There is only one word that comes to mind when you see Andre on stage… showman. Musical talent aside this young man has presence that is reminiscent of a young Brian Setzer, working the stage and the room with an irresistible charisma. It’s not all theatrics with these boys though, they do have the musical chops to go with it.” – B Lynn Hartling//Canadian Beats.
The Black Rats
Formed in 2009, The Blackrats rocked their way up the ranks of Halifax’s thriving music scene with the independently produced and recorded release of their debut album, Horrorbilly for Hire, in 2011. In early 2013 they independently released their EP, “King of Monsters”, including a special edition 7” glow-in-the-dark vinyl.
On the heels of their independent success, in 2013, they were signed by Splatterhouse Wreckords out of Seattle, recording “Shake Your Brain” in 2014, as well as re-releasing the first two albums under the label. They are urrent in the studio recording thier 4th album due out in late june The Blackrats have evolved their sound throughout various lineup changes. Not quite rockabilly or psychobilly, the band mixes their multiple
influences of punk, metal, rock, and blues to form a unique sound that has made the current incarnation a constant crowd pleaser. Currently, the Blackrats are fronted by Sarah Richardson on vocals, Dylan Mombourquette on drums, Jason Cantfell on guitar, and Pete Green on upright bass. The Blackrats have been performing regularly in Nova Scotia, as well as hitting the stage with various high-profile bands, such as Nashville Pussy, the Supersuckers, The Brains, The Creepshow, The Mahones, and The Gutter Demons.
Andrea Somers & The Heavy Lifters
NEW THIS YEAR!
It is right before the 1920’s in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The city reels in the aftermath of the largest man made explosion ever, and the people mourn and rebuild. Many families moved to Halifax during this trying time. Some to help rebuild, others to offer their skills and services. The Fontayne family was one of these. A recent widower, Drummond Fontayne moved his family from Chicago to Halifax to aid in the rebuilding of this city, and to further his medical research.
Today, we have uncovered the sitting room of Miss Astrid Pennysworth, a Halifax native who served as the maid and tutor for the Fontayne children. Unseen for years, indeed almost a century, this sitting room will hopefully give us a glimpse into the inner workings of the Fontayne family, and perhaps find out if the troubling secrets that surround the family have any truth to them…
Can you make it out?! Show us what you got!
CASINO NIGHT @ THE ATLANTICA HOTEL
We are pleased to bring you Casino night @ The Atlantica Hotel! New to the Maritime Tattoo Festival this year! Saturday May 19th, take your chances at Black Jack, Roulette or Poker Tables, or try your luck at the wheel of chance! 10:30pm Atlantica Hotel Guild West Ball Room. Entry with VIP pass or $20 Its going to be a blast! Bonus! There is a DJ and cash bar! You wont wanna miss this!
Sunday Night @ Gus Pub with The Drug Rugs, The Royal Volts & James Bradley Band
On May 20th, the Maritime Tattoo Festival after party will take place at Gus’ Pub & Grill! This year we decided to mix it up a bit and showcase some amazing bands & open it to you guys, the public! We can’t wait to see you all there and support some awesome local talent!
VIP pass or $15 Cover
VIP passes will grant you access, but entry is subject to capacity!
The Royal Volts
The Royal Volts are a proper rock and roll band hailing from the eastern shore of Nova Scotia.
Powered by the monstrous back beat of Quenny Steven’s drums, the guttural thud of bassist Brady Leights and textured by the howling interplay of lead guitarist Wesley Thomas and singer/guitarist Jordan Pirri. The Royal Volts sound could be described as classic rock grandstanding with a healthy dose of modern histrionics. Formed in 2011 in a whirlwind of post-secondary piss-fests – and bonded by a work hard/play hard mentality the band ceaselessly crafted and expanded their sound in the pubs and
dancehalls of the merciless Maritime circuit, finding themselves entering Codapop Studio in late 2016 with producer Jon Landry (The Stanfields, The Town Heroes) to record their debut EP “Enough is Never Enough”.
True to form, the guys knocked off their 4-song offering with the efficiency and focus of Patton’s 3rd Army, bringing to life an ably-displayed collection of rippers including the nodding lead single “All Night”, the wanton-sex fuelled “Whisky Lovin’”, the fuzz guitar mania of “Sixty-Five” and the neo-psych rock closer “’’Til it Breaks”.
James Bradley Band
Riff-rock you can sing in the shower. No bells or whistles, no indie shenanigans, just straight up rock’n’roll.
With the success of their EP release last year, JBB hit the studio once again in anticipation for their first LP “Adrenalize”, to be released in.
The Drug Rugs
The Drug Rugs in one word are bubbly. In one sentence they are a jangly, indie-rock band from Halifax with lyrics worthy of being on a t-shirt. Recalling and reinventing sounds from bands like the Smiths, Prince, The Strokes, St. Vincent, and Iggy Pop, the Drug Rugs own a sound that is modern and unmistakably their own.
“Will you be my PET? Can I be your PET?” With a consistently tight and freaky live sound, blue-haired singer Laura Kempton will mesmerize you, while guitar-players Marcus Tracey and Emma LeBlanc weave in and out of your subconcious. Synth-y riffs and guitar pedals to the max – yet remaining intimate and accessible. The sounds in treble-land float assertively over the grooves of drums and bass.
Named after the hippie Baja hoodie; this band formed in 2015 with the goal of creating pop-y and psychedelia-infused rock. Current and former music students, they draw from an arsenal of influences, with experience in genres like gospel, funk, and world music. They want you to feel what they feel. In the Drug Rug sound, you hear the focused and cohesive energy of a band that knows what they want to be.
The Drug Rugs are:
ENTERTAINER: The Black Rats
DATE: May 19th
TIME: 8 pm
ENTERTAINER: Andre Pettipas & The Giants
DATE: May 20th
ENTERTAINER: Andrea Somers and The Heavy Lifters
DATE: May 21
EVENT: Casino Night @The Atlantica Hotel
DATE: May 19th
TIME: 10:30 pm
EVENT: After party & Rock show @ Gus Pub
Date: May 20th
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