Neon Dreams live new dream

The band talks about mov­ing on af­ter leav­ing Hed­ley’s na­tional tour this win­ter

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are back with a vengeance in my left hip and fe­mur bone.” Ali says her on­col­o­gist told her she has a year to live, “with or with­out the new chemo­ther­apy reg­i­men.”

She writes she used to dream of own­ing her own restau­rant. Now she has a grow­ing list of restau­rants to visit and is “sketch­ing a plan” to eat her way through New York.

Ali says “ev­ery day is an op­por­tu­nity for me to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new.” HAL­I­FAX—It’s been an emo­tional year, but for Neon Dreams ev­ery­thing falls into place when you “use love as a com­pass.”

The Hal­i­fax pop group per­forms at the Mar­quee Ball­room this Fri­day, their first big home­town show since they pulled out of Hed­ley’s na­tional tour this win­ter. Al­le­ga­tions were first emerg­ing at that time that front­man Ja­cob Hog­gard had com­mit­ted sex­ual mis­con­duct with young fans.

For Neon Dreams — con­sist­ing of front­man and singer Frank Kadil­lac, drum­mer Adrian Morris and Matt Gats on gui­tar — get­ting a slot on that tour and play­ing big sta­di­ums was a huge break, but the de­ci­sion to walk away was a sim­ple one.

“That tour was like a dream tour for us, but at the time we re­al­ized it wasn’t about us any­more. The sit­u­a­tion was about the vic­tims’ voices com­ing out and hav­ing a plat­form to speak on,” Morris said Wed­nes­day in Warner Mu­sic Canada’s Hal­i­fax of­fice above the Brew­ery Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

The same day and a cou­ple prov­inces over in Toronto, Hog­gard’s case in­volv­ing three sex-re­lated charges was set over un­til Novem­ber.

Gats said they packed up and drove thou­sands of kilo­me­tres home to Hal­i­fax from NEW YORK—A U.S. fed­eral judge has given the cre­ator of the highly pub­li­cized, failed Fyre Fes­ti­val in the Ba­hamas a sixyear prison term. Billy McFar­land was sen­tenced Thurs­day in Man­hat­tan fed­eral court. Judge Naomi Re­ice Buch­wald called him a “se­rial fraud­ster.”

He ad­mit­ted de­fraud­ing in­vestors of $26 mil­lion (all fig- Hal­i­fax group Neon Dreams’ Frank Kadil­lac, left, Adrian Morris and Matt Gats. The trio walked away from their big break of tour­ing with Hed­ley af­ter front­man Ja­cob Hog­gard was ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

their stop in Moose Jaw, Sask.

While Kadil­lac joked that one of the trick­i­est parts of leav­ing was get­ting their gear back, Morris ex­plained that in a sit­u­a­tion like that you have to set aside any busi­ness con­cerns and go with what you feel is right.

The group said that while they didn’t know Hog­gard well and weren’t per­son­ally shaken by the al­le­ga­tions and even­tual charges, it was an emo­tional roller-coaster to see news cov­er­age in Nova Sco­tia and across Canada cov­er­ing their de­ci­sion to leave the tour.

They have since joined dif­fer­ent

ures U.S.) in the 2017 mu­sic fes­ti­val and over $100,000 in a fraud­u­lent ticket-sell­ing scheme af­ter his ar­rest in the fes­ti­val scam.

The fes­ti­val, with en­try fees be­tween $4,000 to $12,000, lured rev­ellers with a glitzy so­cial-me­dia cam­paign fea­tur­ing mod­els, in­clud­ing Ken­dall Jen­ner and Bella Ha­did. The re­al­ity of the fes­ti­val was any­thing but glam­orous, as guests ar­rived to a chaotic scene in­clud­ing an un­fin­ished camp­site, and nu­mer­ous high-pro­file per­form­ers dropped out.

fundrais­ers and were the force be­hind Toronto’s re­cent Raise Your Voice con­cert in Septem­ber that ben­e­fited pro­grams such as Youth Ris­ing Above (YRA) and the Toronto Rape Cri­sis Cen­tre/Mul­ti­cul­tural Women Against Rape.

Morris said it’s im­por­tant for them to be in­volved in such events be­cause the con­ver­sa­tion is ev­ery­where right now, with the #MeToo move­ment and Brett Ka­vanaugh hear­ings.

“We all agree with all those stances of fem­i­nism; ob­vi­ously sex­ual as­sault is not OK,” Morris said.

Their new EP, slated to come out in Jan­uary, is an evo­lu­tion of their sound (from Pikachu to Raichu, to use Morris’s Poké­mon ref­er­ence), which be­gan in rock and veered into elec­tronic and pop be­fore adding in R&B and other sounds to land in a unique space.

Kadil­lac and Morris said the tracks — they’re look­ing to edit about 100 down to six or eight — are all emo­tional with more of a sto­ry­telling as­pect and tap into ex­pe­ri­ences in their lives they hope ev­ery­one can re­late to.

Pro­moter of failed Fyre Fes­ti­val gets six years in prison

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