Interviews

Practice Makes Practice: An Interview With Old & Weird

Practice Makes Practice: An Interview With Old & Weird

Interview by Andrew Patterson with illustration by Kristian Bauthus At the onset of the 2014 holiday season, I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon in my living room with Old & Weird, a curious, three-piece band from Halifax, Nova Scotia featuring Allison Higgins, Danika Vandersteen and Hannah Guinan. The past year saw the release of Old & Weird’s first proper full-length,… Continue reading

Nap Eyes: Part Of A Balanced Life

Nap Eyes: Part Of A Balanced Life

Interview by Andrew Patterson with illustration by Kristian Bauthus There was a period of time, roughly six or seven years ago, wherein I found myself deeply immersed in Halifax’s music scene. I was playing in bands, going to shows quite regularly and, as is often the case in modestly sized Canadian towns, I began to befriend some of the musicians… Continue reading

Voicing Concerns with Chad VanGaalen

Voicing Concerns with Chad VanGaalen

Interview by Andrew Patterson with illustration by Kristian Bauthus This year’s Halifax Pop Explosion brought Chad VanGaalen to town for two performances: an evening set under his noise moniker, Black Mold, and an afternoon slot under his own name at the recently re-opened Marquee Club. The latter led to a packed barroom at 3pm, with VanGaalen on stage delivering a… Continue reading


In the woods: An interview with Klarka Weinwurm

In the woods: An interview with Klarka Weinwurm

Interview by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus The former Czechoslovakia had many nights like this. A young family pressed under the lack of opportunity and scrutiny of a paranoid communist government making the decision to leave. Fleeing in the night and leaving all of their belongings behind for a new life, they stepped carefully through the dark streets,… Continue reading

The Heavy Blinkers- Health

The Heavy Blinkers- Health

Article by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus Jason MacIsaac is jogging beside me with the atlantic coast’s autumn chill all around us; this has become our morning ritual before we head to our respective jobs. We talk as much as we run. “Who has a better song catalogue: solo John Lennon or solo Paul McCartney?”, he asks as… Continue reading

Mac On Top: An Interview With Mac DeMarco

Mac On Top: An Interview With Mac DeMarco

Interview by Andrew Patterson with illustration by Kristian Bauthus During a visit to Halifax for the OBEY Convention, Mac DeMarco sat down with me not once but twice, to share some thoughts on his life and music (past, present and future). The first time we chatted was after a house show on a muggy Friday afternoon. He invited me to… Continue reading


Why is Rock afraid of Paper? Because Paper Beat Scissors

Why is Rock afraid of Paper? Because Paper Beat Scissors

Interview by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus It was his environment growing up, a swell of songs emerging from his dad’s hi-fi stereo, that lead to Tim Crabtree being summoned into the continuum of music. The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Joy Division, and the Smiths were his context of what music was meant to be and the edgy darkness… Continue reading

The Bicycles: A Reconnection Through Complete Collaboration

The Bicycles: A Reconnection Through Complete Collaboration

Interview by Shannon Reid with illustration by Kristian Bauthus The Bicycles officially formed, as we know them today in 2001. Ok fine, they changed bass players a couple of times in the beginning but today they are the same people that decided to go on an indefinite hiatus in 2009. Although their songs of the past decade have the ability… Continue reading

Sackville In A Killer Haze

Sackville In A Killer Haze

Interview by Andrew Patterson with illustration by Kristian Bauthus Just before exiting off the TransCanada when driving into Sackville, New Brunswick, an inconspicuous black and white billboard depicting a row of hay bales lets you know that Sackville is ‘The Cultural Crossroads of The Maritimes’. It’s a notion with which I wholeheartedly agree. Though, like the understated imagery of the… Continue reading


The Folklorist and Henry Adam Svec

The Folklorist and Henry Adam Svec

Article by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus  London’s very own folklorist, Henry Adam Svec, has stepped off stage at the Home County Music and Art Festival. He’s just finished hosting a workshop on the Edith Fowke collections, the famous Canadian folklorist responsible for inspiring Henry’s work. She believed in the purity of folk music, in its power and… Continue reading

Mike O'Neill- Wild Time Lines

Mike O’Neill- Wild Time Lines

Article by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus I am sitting beside Mike O’Neill on stage at a songwriter’s circle in Fredericton, New Brunswick and he is singing. Some of the most awkward times to be on stage are when you have nothing to do while sitting in front of a crowd like an unlikely royal family member and… Continue reading

Steve Lambke - Veteran Talk

Steve Lambke – Veteran Talk

Interview by Tamara Lindeman with illustration by Kristian Bauthus You are about to make a new record, or already have. I hear tell it’s called Bone Soldiers. Say more. At length. Dog Weather was an incredibly cohesive work, lyrically and musically, with many recurring themes and metaphors. How does this come about in your songwriting process? How does this record… Continue reading


Dog Day on Dogs, Duos, and Deformer

Dog Day on Dogs, Duos, and Deformer

Interview by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus Nancy Urich responds from Dog Day’s Halifax Homebase about their new album, new label, and new pace. You are currently promoting your new record, Deformer. Do you guys tour with your dog, Woofy? If so, how much does that affect touring life? Poor old Woofy doesn’t get to come on tour.… Continue reading

Shotgun Pause: An Interview with Shotgun Jimmie

Shotgun Pause: An Interview with Shotgun Jimmie

Interview by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus Shotgun Jimmie has been putting the hammer down on Canadian tour routes for his critically acclaimed album, Transistor Sister, all year.  I caught up with him amidst some time at home in Sackville, NB. Transistor Sister, you’ve gotten a lot of acknowledgement for it already, has this album felt like a… Continue reading

Dan On A Plane : An Interview With Dan Mangan

Dan On A Plane : An Interview With Dan Mangan

Interview by Brooke Manning with illustration by Kristian Bauthus I was recently given the pleasure of speaking with the heartwarming musician, Dan Mangan. Totally laid-back and full of vulnerable humour (even at an exceptionally higher altitude), I was able to quiz him on the likes of subconsciously letting go, making it as a Canadian musician, and the importance of whipped… Continue reading


Letters to Snailhouse- An Interview

Letters to Snailhouse- An Interview

Interview by Andrew Sisk with illustration by Kristian Bauthus Mike Feuerstack’s project Snailhouse released its first album in 1994 and is now celebrating it’s 8th release, Sentimental Gentleman. Feuerstack has been a part of such notable bands as the Wooden Stars and Belle Orchestre while collaborating with numerous other artists like Julie Doiron, Land of Talk, and many more over… Continue reading

Tim Kinsella on the New Joan of Arc, Orchard Vale and the Craft of Writing

Tim Kinsella on the New Joan of Arc, Orchard Vale and the Craft of Writing

Interview by Chris Hampton with illustration by Kristian Bauthus Chicago has a number of favourite sons, and, to be certain, Tim Kinsella counts among them.  He’s something of a landmark in the city – a prolific musician,  now film director, author and college teacher who you can still find keeping bar at the Rainbo. He’s well loved here at Southern Souls, and… Continue reading

A Fireside Chat With Neil Haverty

A Fireside Chat With Neil Haverty

Interview by Dave Crosbie with illustration by Kristian Bauthus SS: Bruce Peninsula seems to be back with a vengeance. It looks like you guys have been busy as hell, what with the Bruce Trail Fire Song videos on Southern Souls, the Fire Sale songs up on your site, a new album coming out in October, and a tour out to… Continue reading


Doug Tielli on his Forthcoming Album and Growing Up Tielli

Doug Tielli on his Forthcoming Album and Growing Up Tielli

Interview by Chris Hampton with illustration by Kristian Bauthus “There was no reason for me to make a record at the time. No one was waiting for it anywhere. So I spent most of the time in quiet, listening to and watching the animals – mostly different waterfowl and small birds, lying on the beach, looking wordlessly out to the… Continue reading