Press release provided by Pigeon Row
The Halifax Pop Explosion Scene Builder Award recognizes those who work tirelessly to help build, strengthen, and sustain the music scene and industry here in Halifax and throughout Atlantic Canada. Past Scene Builder Award recipients include Allison Outhit, Mike Campbell, Greg Clark, and Condon MacLeod.
Over the last decade, $Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ has cemented itself as a musical institution in Halifax. The full band open mic hosts over a dozen bands every Monday night at Reflections Cabaret, and offers performers a chance to win a variety of prizes each week by spinning a wheel. While the prizes range from pragmatic (free rehearsal time at the local jam space) to silly (old VHS tapes), the most notable - and most sought after - is cash. Beginning at $200, the prize money accumulates by $200 each week if no winner is declared, and is capped at $1000 until an artist or group wins. Over the past ten years, it is estimated that $Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ has given away more than $10,000 to performing acts.
Beyond its financial impact, however, $Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ also creates an important cultural space within the Halifax music scene. $Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ is an event that thrives on diversity - a night where musicians from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to perform regardless of their skill level, genre, fan base, or experience. It is a night where emerging acts hone their chops, where new bands perform on stage for the first time, and where underground music finds not only a home, but also a community.
“Since 2005, $Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ has been a starting point for many bands in Halifax,” says James Boyle, Executive Director of Halifax Pop Explosion. “The night truly is a cultural incubator that plays a vital role in developing, supporting, and encouraging the local music community. We are proud to recognize these accomplishments with this year’s Scene Builder Award.”