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The Carleton – Shaun Leblanc

All I have to say is Shaun Leblanc is dedicated to his craft.  He rolled into The Carleton about 30 mins from showtime and had to take off back to Moncton right after the show.  You only do that if you love what you do and you can tell the passion is there.  Don’t let his boyish good looks fool you, he is more than that.  His voice dances between clean and raspy to keep you on your toes.  Throw in some pop melodies and you have a nice blend of entertaining music.  He played songs from his current album “Kaleidoscope”, but took the opportunity to try some new material for an upcoming album.  Thanks for teasing us!






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The Carleton – Apryll Aileen

Apryll Aileen has this very distinct voice, it is very difficult to describe.  When I heard her cover of  “Say Something” by Great Big World, I just wanted to hear more from her.  It just happened that prior to her show at The Carleton she had released her cover of CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising” which made me really listen to the lyrics.  Enough about covers because she has her own songs such as “Butterflies” and “Hey Sugar” which are awesome!!  She has this sultry sound that demands you to listen.



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The Carleton – Don Amero

Don Amero doesn’t hide that he comes from a hard past, but there is nothing hard about him or his music.  His voice is very tender and his lyrics reveal he is a bit of a romantic.  Despite being from out west, he had a strong local contingent at The Carleton.  He has played in Halifax in the past, just not at The Carleton, and developed a local following.  His new CD “Refined” is now released and is solid, check it out yourself.  Below is some of what you missed.

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The First Day… Sort Of

So Molly went off to her first day of school, well it was orientation to her school.  It was only an hour, but still, it was hard.  It was mostly a blur to be honest, good thing there were handouts.  It wasn’t until after things began to sink in.

After dropping her off at daycare, the radio had people debating on how sex ed should be taught in elementary school.  Then it really hit me, for almost five years, her primary influence has been us.  Now as we begin to release her to the world, we hope that we have done enough of whatever we had to do, to protect her from the evils outside the bubble of our home.  What happens if… What if she this… When will she that…  The reality is, SHE WILL BE FINE  We can’t protect her from everything, we can only give her the skills to watch out for herself.  I am not too worried about her, SHE WILL BE FINE.

It’s not the unknown I am afraid of because SHE WILL BE FINE.  I am sad that she is growing up so fast.  I have been pretty good at not getting sappy with most of Molly’s transitions and milestones, but this one I am having a hard time dealing with.  Before we went to the orientation, I spent the morning watching her do things that I used to help her with.  This morning I watched all of the effort Jill and I have dedicated to her.  I watched her become a big girl.


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The Carleton – Tom Curry

I arrived at The Carleton and proceeded to the private room to prep my gear.  As I slid the door open, I was immediately hit with this warm voice.  I walked in and I saw this long haired bearded guy really deep into what he was doing, it was Tom Curry getting ready for the show. I was a little nervous about disturbing him to introduce myself, but as soon as I said hello he stood up and greeted me with large smile, shook my hand, and then we got chatting.   This story really sums up Tom’s performance,  his voice is very sincere and genuine.  The way he was interacting with the audience really made you feel part the of the show.  Here are a few images from the evening.




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