Whether for the Pop Explosion, In the Dead of Winter, or some other occasion, we’ve regularly espoused the virtues of Church shows here at the hill. That being the case, why should the 2012 version of the Halifax Jazz Fest be any different?

Tonight, you can catch two of the more beautiful acts on the docket for this year’s fest at St. Mathew’s church, which is fitting, because that has to be one of the most beautiful places to see a show in Halifax. The evening opens with British ex-pat and current Haligonian Tim Crabtree and his Paper Beat Scissors project. Tim’s been a hill favourite since we were first introduced to his songs, and his heartwrenching, atmospheric works seem a perfect match for a church performance.

I can’t pretend to be familiar with Clogs, helmed by multi-instumentalist Padme Newsome, but after spending a bit of time tooling around their Bandcamp site, it’s clear their work will also sound amazing at St. Mathew’s. Their latest album is moody and lush, string-heavy, and features vocal work from Shara Worden (who was in town for the fest, will she be at St. Mathew’s tonight?) and guest work from folks like Sufjan Stevens, Aaron Dessner and Matt Berninger of The National. If you’re looking for a memorable listening experience, I’d strongly suggest making it out to this show.