ERIN COSTELO

Although Erin has had previous experience writing for Symphony Nova Scotia and the Blue Engine String Quartet, one of her primary interests is actually electronic music, which was a big part of her formal education. Serious songwriting didn’t come until later, after she’d lived in a few different North American cities before landing in Toronto about a decade ago. It became a way for her to try to connect with people who were unprepared to grasp her modern classical compositions, although she eventually felt the pull to return to the Maritimes. Upon arriving back home, she took to the woods of Cape Breton and began writing songs that formed the basis of her first album, released in 2007.

It didn’t take long after that for Costelo to make her presence felt within the Halifax scene, and her status was solidified when We Can Get Over was named R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. She went on to share bills with Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Bettye LaVette, as well as appearing on Joel Plaskett’s latest release, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, and joining him for his performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Up until this album, it has sort of felt like I’ve had a fragmented musical life, Costelo says. I would be using the tools I’d learned through studying classical and electronic music, while having an entirely separate career as a singer/songwriter. But on Down Below, The Status Quo, it feels as if all of these elements are synthesized for the first time. It’s like I’m presenting myself as a whole person.

Down Below, The Status Quo indeed captures that glorious moment when an artist puts together all the pieces of the puzzle they have been trying to fit together in order to discover who they really are. Or, to put it another way, to discover their true soul. Listening to what Erin Costelo has accomplished with Down Below, The Status Quo may help us discover our own as well.

Wednesday, August 31st

Show Time ARTS & CULTURE PARK QUISPAMSISROTHESAY COMMONVITOS KVSHANNEX PARKLANDSUPERSTORE ROTHESAY
7:00PM - 8:00PM ERIN COSTELO

Thursday, September 1st

Show Time ARTS & CULTURE PARK QUISPAMSISROTHESAY COMMONVITOS KVSHANNEX PARKLANDSUPERSTORE ROTHESAY
7:00PM - 8:00PM BILL STEVENSON QUARTET
9:00PM - 11:00PM DANIEL MATTO

Friday, September 2nd

Show Time ARTS & CULTURE PARK QUISPAMSISROTHESAY COMMONVITOS KVSHANNEX PARKLANDSUPERSTORE ROTHESAY
1:00PM - 3:00PM BILL STEVENSON QUARTET
9:00PM - 11:00PM STEPHEN TOBIAS

BLUES BLAST - Saturday, September 3rd

Show Time ARTS & CULTURE PARK QUISPAMSISROTHESAY COMMONVITOS KVSHANNEX PARKLANDSUPERSTORE ROTHESAY
12:00PM - 1:30PM THE HONEYBOYS
6:00PM - 7:30PM ANNIE & THE BLUE SKIES
7:30PM - 9:00PM BRIAN BAKER & THE MEMPHIS KNIGHTS
9:00PM - 10:30PM THERESA MALENFANT w/ KATEY DAY & THE INSTIGATORS
10:30PM - 12:00AM SOUTHERN COMFORT