Tomorrow night is Mixtape‘s 2nd-issue launch party—a night full of good times and, of course, great music. On the party bill are East Coast faves Dana Beeler, AA Wallace and Heather Green. All three are great, but for this week’s MixPick, we thought we’d give a special hat-tip to California ex-pat Heather Green.
Green made the journey from the sunny Pacific shores of Los Angeles to Halifax’s breezy ones in 2009, following her heart (and one special person). But she didn’t expect to fall in love with the entire city. For Green, Halifax is home—a sentiment often reflected in her music.
As a singer/songwriter, Green blends simple chord structures with thick rhythmic patterns, placing a nearly even split between the sounds she makes and the words she sings. Her debut, One Happy Year, was released in 2008, but her second album, 2012’s Your Last War, got her the most attention from music fans across the country. The disc,?a love letter to the city’s music scene, was produced by Halifax producer Daniel Ledwell, and features Halifax stalwarts Jenn Grant and Rose Cousins. It also got two nominations at the East Coast Music Awards, Pop Recording of the Year, and?Rising Star Recording of the Year.
Recently, Green performed at the Gottingen Street for Scott Jones Fundraiser, an event she told Mixtape was really important to her.
“Anytime anyone is viciously attacked because of an immutable human trait, I think it’s incredibly important to mobilize as a community, and Gottingen Street really does it best,” Green told Mixtape.
“I don’t want to live in a place where I, or my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, have to worry about our safety walking down the street, but the reality is about 65% of hate crimes based on sexuality in Canada are violent—and Canada is supposed to be a safe haven. We still need reminders that there are safe places and that violent attacks on our community aren’t acceptable, and I’m really grateful to be a part of an event that sends that message, and sends it so loudly,” said Green.
Currently, Green’s promoting her submission to the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada song contest. She is also looking forward to playing at the Mixtape issue launch party, tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Carleton in Halifax.