What a line-up!
August 17, 2012

Hip hop artist Buck 65 is headlining NSCAD’s fall concert, the Back to School Special on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Back to School Special will also feature rocker Matt Mays, bespectacled rapper Ghettosocks, singer-songwriter Ria Mae, roots duo Acres and Acres, Halifax poet laureate Tanya Davis and special guests.

"I can't wait," tweeted Buck 65.

The outdoor concert takes place on Granville Mall, NSCAD’s historic heart in downtown Halifax. Gates open at 5 p.m.; concert, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, and are available online at Eventbrite, http://125nscad.eventbrite.ca/. All proceeds to benefit NSCAD.

The day’s festivities are organized by the NSCAD Alumni Association to celebrate the founding of the art school by Anna Leonowens 125 years ago. An educator and suffragette, Anna Leonowens is best known as the governess for the King of Siam’s 67 children—the “I” of The King and I.

At noon, there are plans for a mass card stunt to create Anna Leonowens’ likeness on the side of Citadel Hill. Afterwards, participants will head down Duke Street and assemble on Granville Mall for another photo op—this time to create NSCAD’s distinctive 125th anniversary logo.

Throughout “ANNAversary” weekend, the Anna Leonowens Gallery at 1891 Granville St. will host three special exhibitions to mark the anniversary: historic works from the NSCAD vaults; a show by former NSCAD president Garry Neill Kennedy; and The King and I: Reprise, an art show and fully functioning bar. There will also be a 24-hour film fest in the Bell Auditorium featuring films about art and artists including Exit Through the Gift Shop, Frida, Coco Before Chanel and Pollack.