Halifax Urban Folk Festival

AUG 26 • SEP 2, 2018

Cool Blue Halo

Founded by singer/songwriters Paul Boudreau and Barry Walsh in 1992, by 1995 – after numerous personnel changes and a brief hiatus – Halifax quartet Cool Blue Halo found its firm footing with the arrival of bassist and vocalist Jason Ives and drummer Glenn MacCulloch. In 1996, with Halifax-based producer and engineer Laurence Currie behind the board, the band took to Idea of East Studios (where Currie was concurrently recording Sloan’s landmark “One Chord to Another” album) to record its first – and, to date, only – full-length album, Kangaroo, for Halifax indie label No Records. Released in June of 1996, the album appeared in the top 20 charts of campus radio stations across Canada and generated glowing reviews, with AllMusicGuide’s Gina Boldman, in her four-star review, calling it “one of the most refreshing power pop albums to surface in the past few years.” Videos for "Sweetie Said," “Too Much Kathleen” and “Take It Back Now” received considerable airplay on Canada’s music television cable network, MuchMusic and, rare for an indie band without major label backing, the singles also received strong airplay on commercial radio across Canada, with “Too Much Kathleen” appearing on the top 15 of Toronto FM station Q107, as well as hometown FM station Q104 in Halifax. Performing across Canada, the band would eventually sell close to 2,500 copies of Kangaroo before breaking up, with each member moving on to new musical projects, and various members moving away from Halifax. Now, just over 20 years after its initial release, Kangaroo has received a new lease on life via Toronto-based DWRecordings. Home to Michelle McAdorey’s Polaris Prize long-listed solo album, Into Her Future, the label has released an anniversary edition of Kangaroo on vinyl, on CD and through digital outlets. The band reunited for a special hometown show during the 20th anniversary edition of the Halifax Pop Explosion in 2012, and will do so again for the 2018 edition of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival - Cool Blue Halo's second gig in approximately 21 years!