Buck 65 meets Symphony Nova Scotia in epic symphonic mash-up this October

Seven years after their first collaboration earned rave reviews and a devoted fan following, Buck 65 and Symphony Nova Scotia once again join forces for another mind-blowing mash-up of symphonic electronic hip-hop on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 pm at Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

“I can say without hesitation that my first show with Symphony Nova Scotia was the high point of my career,” says Buck 65.

“I’ll never forget that night as long as I live. I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to do it again. I’m not sure how that night in 2008 can be topped, but I’m excited to try.”

Buck 65’s first time teaming up with the orchestra resulted in a raucous standing ovation, rave reviews, a fervent online following, and repeated demands for an encore. Reviews included:

  • “Buck 65 and Symphony Nova Scotia have pulled off the collaboration of the century. It put pops music in a whole other category… [What they] did was to create a new art form. It was as high class as it gets.” –Stephen Pedersen, the Chronicle Herald
  • “Buck 65 was at the top of his game.” –Chart Attack
  • “Back in April of this year, Canadian hip hop artist and poet extraordinaire Buck 65 did a special intimate concert engagement with the classical ensemble of Symphony Nova Scotia. What transpired over the next hour and a half was something so mind bending, so awe inspiring, a small concert in tiny Eastern Canada turned into a galactic ‘experience’ in the world of music. Here were two worlds on opposite ends of the spectrum, thrust together in a bizarre collision, producing a phenomenal soundclash for the ages.” –Science & Progress

The concert was recorded by CBC and posted online, where it earned a huge fan following:

  • “Most amazing thing I have heard in a long time! Buck 65 is a master of sound and this just proves it!”
  • “I’m jealous of everyone who got to witness it. It’s mindblowing!”
  • “This is amazing beyond words.”
  • “I love this performance! It is absolutely beautiful, no other way to describe it. I think hip-hop can work very well with classical, and in fact more genres and artists should give it a try. Breathtaking, absolutely.”
  • “The version of ‘Way Back When’ gives me goosebumps. This is by far one of the best concerts I’ve ever heard. Period.”

This October’s new show will also be conducted by Dinuk Wijeratne, and will feature some of the “greatest hits” from the 2008 collaboration, including Roses and Bluejays, Cries a Girl, and Way Back When.

It will also include brand-new orchestrations of some of Buck 65’s most compelling work since then, including Paper Airplane, All There Is to Say About Love, Fairytales, Come Home, Super Pretty Naughty, and Only War. All orchestrations are by Halifax arrangers David Christensen and Asif Illyas.

A native of Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, Buck 65 (a.k.a. Rich Terfry) has won two Juno Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. He’s released more than 20 records, and his latest album, Neverlove, was launched in September 2014. His distinctive sound blends hip-hop, folk, and rock influences, and the New York Times writes, “Buck 65 has touches of Tom Waits and Beck but an intelligence and humour that are all his own.”

Rich Terfry is also widely known as the longtime host of CBC Radio Two’s daily afternoon music show, DRIVE.

Get your tickets now! Tickets for both shows begin at $30 (HST included), and you can save up to 35% by purchasing a ticket package. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie box office, 902.494.3820, or online at symphonynovascotia.ca.

Buck 65About Buck 65
If you travel along the Number 1 highway (two lanes) in Nova Scotia, you’ll pass through a town called Mt. Uniacke. As you enter the town, you’ll see a sign that reads, “Home of Buck 65”. Buck 65 is the code name of one Richard Terfry. He used to wander the dirt roads of Mt. Uniacke wearing an Adidas one-piece wrestling outfit. He thought it gave him hip-hop credibility, but he was wrong. He started DJing and rapping at the same time, when he was approximately 13 years of age. In 1990, he shared his work with the public for the first time.

Since then, he has released more than 20 full-length albums and all kinds of EPs, singles, and whatnot. Considered an innovator in his field, Buck 65 has been recognized by his peers with multiple Juno Award nominations and wins. Richard Terfry is also the host of the popular DRIVE show on CBC Radio 2.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit symphonynovascotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!


For more information, please contact:
Heidi MacPhee
Director of Communications and Marketing, Symphony Nova Scotia
902.421.1300 x. 226
[email protected]