In the Dead of Winter Festival

The annual In The Dead of Winter Festival returns to Halifax January 18, 19, and 20, 2018, for the festival’s 13th year, featuring some of the most exciting established and emerging artists from the East Coast and across North America. For three action packed days in January, Halifax will host 25 acts, with performances at some of the city’s most popular music venues, The Carleton, Seahorse Tavern, The Marquee, and Good Robot Brewing Company. This year’s lineup showcases an impressive array of outstanding bands, singer-songwriters, and acoustic performers including Waxahatchee, Terra Lightfoot, Kaia Kater, and Fiver, along with emerging, Canadian artists including Lydia Persaud, Meagan Blanchard, and DanceMovie, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. New this year, the perennially popular Bluegrass Brunch will feature two seatings in order to accommodate demand, and as always, kids 5 and under are free! Seatings are at 10:30am and 12:30 on Saturday, January 20. Executive Director Dana Beeler, of this year’s festival, gives some insight as to programming and shared some of the reasons why she believes this year’s festival will be the best yet: “Terra Lightfoot play in Halifax a couple months ago, and she's a powerhouse. I think our audience will love her and her band, and it will be the perfect closing show for the 2018 event.” As for Waxahatchee, Dana says, “I've really fallen in love with Waxahatchee, I think someone from the board mention her and I've been listening to her latest album on repeat for a couple months now. This show will be sweet and kind and badass all at the same time.” When asked about Kaia Kater, Beeler says, “Kaia Kater is just so talented, her songwriting is dark and heart wrenching. This will be her first headlining spot inNova Scotia, but she's ready and I know our audience will love her.” This year’s roster of headliners contains something for everyone, full schedule and links to purchase tickets are below.  Acclaimed Alabama-based folk/pop band Waxahatchee, tops this year’s line up, showcasing singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield’s Southern roots and unparallelled songwriting. The name the band comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama representing both where she came from and where she’s going. Waxahatchee has been recognized for Katie’s sharp, gorgeous songwriting, immersive band sound and "songs that play like fiery exorcisms.” Don’t miss Waxahatchee at the Seahorse Tavern, Friday, January 19, 2018. An electric guitar player since grade school, singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot is inspired by female performers such as the late singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe who played a mean guitar as well as contemporary musicians like singer/slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt. Hailing from “steeltown” Hamilton, Ontario, she performs an exciting folk and roots rock style known for her bold vocals and electric guitar riffs. “She could be your new Rock and Roll hero” says PopMatters,  describing her as “a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a bad-ass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.” Also headlining this year’s stage, Simone Schmidt leader of the band, Fiver, has been writing new life into and around folk, country, and rock songs for almost a decade. Critically outspoken and largely evading the branding of themusic industry proper by working under several aliases, Schmidt might be recognized for her tenure as the front person and songwriter for country act, One Hundred Dollars, or psych rock unit The Highest Order, or from her solo work as Fiver, Schmidt has six LP's to her writing credit, her latest, Audible Songs from Rockwood, currently getting significant buzz and accolades throughout the music world. Her collaborations with artists as wide ranging as hardcore punk phenomenon F**ked Up, to the inimitable USGirls, and Old Time and Bluegrass veteran Chris Coole. Schmidt has produced original works for film (World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, Land of Destiny) and appears as a guest vocalist on a number of records,  including Doug Paisley, Tasseomancy, and The Wooden Sky. Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and theCanadian musical landscape than singer-songwriter Kaia Kater, a headlining act at this year’s IDOW. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived in Winnipeg, Wakefield, and West Virginia, now residing in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her inthe spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report.  Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music the space where tradition and innovation intersect. THURSDAY, January 18 The Carleton:Fiver, Brooklyn Doran, Lydia Persaud , Stewart Legere 7:30pm Brooklyn Doran 8:30pm Lydia Persaud 9:30pm  Stewart Legere 10:30pm Fiver Tickets $20 adv (+ fees and taxes), $25 at door. Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm, 19+ Buy Tickets: Good Robot: Song Circle #1 Owen Meany and Nick Ferrio, Dana Sipos and Leanne Hoffman 7:00pm - 8:00pm Owen Meany and Nick Ferrio 8:30pm - 9:30pm Dana Sipos and Leanne Hoffman Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm Song circle tickets are good for both song circles, seating is limited tickets are $10 + fees adv, $15 at the door, 19+. Buy Tickets: Seahorse  Tavern:Palehound, Dance Movie, Skye Wallace, Emily Rockarts 8:00pm Skye Wallace 9:00pm Emily Rockarts 10:00pm Dance Movie 11:00pm Palehound Tickets $15 + fees adv $20 at the door, Door 7:30pm, Show 8pm | 19+ Buy Tickets: FRIDAY January 19 Good Robot: Song Circle #2Skye Wallace and Stewart Legere, Tara Thorne and Emily Rockarts 7:00pm - 8:00pm Skye Wallace, Stewart Legere 8:30pm - 9:30pm Tara Thorne, Emily Rockarts Song circle tickets are good for both song circles, seating is limited tickets are $10 + fees adv, $15 at the door, 19+. Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm Buy Tickets: The Carleton:Kaia Kater, Camille Delean, Meaghan Blanchard and Leanne Hoffman 7:30pm Leanne Hoffman 8:30pm Camille Delean 9:30pm Meaghan Blanchard 10:30pm Kaia Kater Tickets are $15 + fees adv, $20 at the door | 19+ Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm Buy Tickets: The Marquee:Waxahatachee, TBA, Corey Gulkin and Owen Meany's Batting Stance 8:00pm Corey Gulkin 9:00pm Owen Meany's Batting Stance 10:00pm TBA 11:00pm Waxahatachee Tickets are $25 + fees adv, $30 at the door | 19+. Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm Buy Tickets: The Seahorse: Show TBA, follow @idowfestival for updates or sign up to our newsletter HERE to be the first to know the lineup. SATURDAY, January 20 Good Robot - Annual Festival Bluegrass Brunch - Two SeatingsFirst Seating 10:30am - 12pm, Second Seating 12:30pm - 2pm $15 adv, $20 at the door. Doors open 15 minutes before show time.First Seating 10:30am - 12pm Buy Tickets: Second Seating 12:30pm - 2pm Buy Tickets: note we have VERY LIMITED Seating, and have broken up the brunch into 2 sessions. Tickets are available for both session. Good Robot is all ages before 8pm, people under 19 must be with a legal guardian. Kids under 5 free. Good Robot - Songcircle #3Kaia Kater and Terra Lightfoot, Meaghan Blanchard and Brooklyn Doran 7:00pm - 8:00pm Kaia Kater and Terra Lightfoot 8:30pm - 9:30pm Maegan Blanchard and Brooklyn Doran Tickets are $10 + fees adv, $15 at the door. Doors 6:30pm, show 7pm | 19+ Buy Tickets: The CarletonTerra Lightfoot, Campbell Woods, Cassie Josephine and Gabrielle Minikin and Dana Sipos 7:30pm Campbell Woods 8:30pm Cassie Josephine and Gabrielle Minikin 9:30pm Dana Sipos 10:30pm Terra Lightfoot Tickets are $20 + fees adv, $25 at the door | 19+. Doors 7pm, show 7:30pm Buy Tickets: TICKETS AND PASSES: Enjoy the festival with two IDOW2018 Festival Pass options plus individual ticket purchase options to match your budget and schedule. This year the two festival pass options are, VIP - Friends of the Festival passes for $150 or Early Bird Festival Passes.  Festival passes (including early bird festival passes) are for the full weekend activities and include admission to theBluegrass Brunch.  All tickets and passes are available for purchase NOW, online at VIP Friends of the Festival Passes - $150The Friend of the Festival pass allows access To All IDOW2018 Shows, Front Of The Line Access At Any Time. Access To IDOW2018 Brunch + 1 Guest (Meal Not Included In Ticket).  Access To Opening and Closing Parties At Good Robot Brewery.  Friend Of The Festival Swag Bag (Thanks To Our Lovely Partners!) and Access To "Off Season": Idow Presents Shows (We Will Contact You In Advance Of These Shows To Let You Know When They're Happening) Purchase HERE: Early Bird Festival Passes ARE ON SALE NOW for $85 (plus fees and taxes) if purchased before December 1. Early Bird Festival Passes include guaranteed entry into all festival events prior to 8:00pm after which time pass holders gain entry on a first come, first serve basis (Subject to Capacity). Access to the annual festival brunch. Access to opening party at goodrobot. Purchase HERE: All announced show and ticket purchase details are available at About In The Dead Of WinterIn The Dead of Winter is an songwriter-based music festival held annually inHalifax on the last weekend of January, and in Wakefield, Quebec on thesecond weekend in February. Founded in 2006, In the Dead of Winter Music festival Association is a non-profit organization, based in Halifax, “Like” IDOW on facebook or follow on twitter and/or  instagram @IDOWfestival.

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19+ // Enjoy the festival with ticket purchase options to match your budget and schedule. Festival passes for the entire weekend and tickets to the individual shows are available for purchase online at Festival Passes are $90 and are for the full weekend activities and include admission to the Bluegrass Brunch. More information is available at

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