Happily Hectic: Vincent is Composing His Brains Out! Jan06

Happily Hectic: Vinc...

by Carey Rutherford Vincent Ho is an Ottawa-born classical composer who currently teaches at the University of Calgary and, incidentally, has works being performed and premiered ALL OVER the place, in a happy demonstration of how it’s Good to be Busy. While having lunch at The Palomino, at...

True North: Strong Breathtaking and Free Livestream Dec03

True North: Strong B...

by Carey Rutherford “True North Canada 150th Celebration World Premiere” is a title evocative enough to slow most interested Canadian listeners for at least a moment or two, and the additionally interesting bit is “The CPO offers a fully immersive, digital concert experience for audiences...

Sled Island pauses S...

by Carey Rutherford “I’m Shotgun Jimmie, and I play all the instruments at once . . . I play drums with my feet, and I’ll play guitar and bass at the same time . . . which is not the way I’m going to be presenting myself in Calgary.” After this statement of simple fact, Shotgun and I discuss...

The Feast of Sound and the Human Spirit May18

The Feast of Sound a...

by Carey Rutherford Erin Thrall, strangely, is a vocalist with a non-singing organization. This is not so unusual, though, as she explains that “My role is the Director of Education & Outreach for the Instrumental Society of Calgary. When I first moved here (about 15 years ago) people...

Where do you keep yo...

by Carey Rutherford Kaleem & Aleem Khan are: Shaani Cage. And, I tell ya, you want to know who they are, if you have a single adventurous musical bone in your body. Developments in alternative soul. Music, that is. “Last year at Sled, that was just our 2nd set ever as Shaani Cage, and...

Nickelback to Calgary: “F***, you rock!!” Mar15

Nickelback to Calgar...

By Carey Rutherford Yeah, there was a fair bit of profanity in the Saddledome when The Pretty Reckless opened up for Nickelback on their recent visit to Calgary. I was originally going to investigate the incredibly polar love/hate relationship music fans have with Nickelback, as there appears...

Music of the sublime...

by Carey Rutherford “Formed in 2012 as a medium for Simone Schmidt (One Hundred Dollars, The Highest Order) to write, record and produce original material unencumbered by outside aesthetic or group ideology, Fiver is dynamic, sometimes personal, and undoubtedly political.” That’s the official...

F.W. Murnau’s ...

by Carey Rutherford Robert Bruce really likes this movie. In fact, he says he’d be willing to tour with it alone, dropping all other projects, if it would pay the bills. “Old films are often classics just by default. . . and of course the silent era has it’s own particular...

Reggae Lunch’n’Learn in the Cowtown:How’s your Riddim? Apr30

Reggae Lunch’n...

by Carey Rutherford Well, I’m going to totally schlep out here and show you an email I received recently, which is a BRILLIANT opportunity to learn about one of the greatest musical genres that has come from the southern hemisphere: reggae!! It’s not just a Marley and Tosh old-school neophyte...

Why Does the Calgary Arts Centre Do World Music? Jan27

Why Does the Calgary...

by Carey Rutherford Jennifer Johnson, Director of Programming for the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, and the main organizer of their World Music Series, is a philosopher. Her exact words are: “Why does the Arts Centre do world music? Is she a poet? Is she a musician? Is she a woman...

The MidWinter Midnight Soundscape: Perform it Yourself Jan03

The MidWinter Midnig...

by Carey Rutherford This is a sound event of a different kind. Not specifically music, not specifically art, but a soundscape of a specifically local nature nonetheless. What could it be? What would we want to listen to, if it were not ‘music’ or ‘art’? What experience would merit such...

Cockburn the Bruce, Calgary-Bound Dec10

Cockburn the Bruce, ...

by Carey Rutherford There’s something weird about this. Is it the global state of economic collapse, or our Canadian indirect neglect that we traditionally show for our artistic craftsmen, or is it just an unnoticed glitch in the space/time continuum? Bruce Cockburn is playing in Calgary on...

Rufus in Alberta: Who You Gonna Call? Sep29

Rufus in Alberta: Wh...

by Carey Rutherford Never say I don’t go the extra mile for you! Okay, so it’s an email I got spammed with, but STILL, I’m taking the time to pass this valid information on to you! Extra Mile!! Do you like Rufus Wainwright? Perhaps the question is more like “What’s not to like?” Hmm. No,...

The Lilith Wind is Blowing Jul05

The Lilith Wind is B...

by Carey Rutherford It’s a great day for a sunburn. There’s many musics: there’s lots of enthusiastic listeners, and there’s a mix of influences which makes us very happy. However, up until the day of the Lilith Fair 2010, we had learned only that there was music from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and...

The Music Festivals are Coming, But. . . . Are you? Jun27

The Music Festivals ...

by Carey Rutherford Hey!! Haven’t you been listening to me? Didn’t the less than subtle hints I’ve been dropping about the local (and larger) live music scene register, or stir some moments of musical empathy? I mean, I’ve mentioned the pleasure of Re-Discovering Live Music in Small Places,...

Calgary’s coming up music: Sled Island Music & Arts Festival May07

Calgary’s coming up ...

by Carey Rutherford Ah, these festival thingys just don’t stop! Calgary Is Humming! Where did all of this music come from? When did Calgarians put down their AC-DC albums and pick up — the SAVK, or Faux Fur? Okay, so I’m jaded by years of listening to music no-one else seems to know...

With Wine Comes Singing at Knox Presbyterian May01

With Wine Comes Sing...

by Carey Rutherford I’m on the phone outside of the restaurant at 11:30 on a Saturday night. “Your grill is still running? Great. Look, I’m coming in but I’ve got visual limitations, so I could use some help getting to my seat.” “Oh,” says the staff member who is apparently looking out...

Country Music With Attitude: Tim.buck.two is Three Apr17

Country Music With A...

by Carey Rutherford My childhood friend, Tracey, saw Tim Buckley’s picture as his CD lay on my dining room table, and she asked if he was single. Sorry, Trace, there’s a girlfriend who’s waiting for him to finish the interview and join her for dinner. Besides, he’s got a beard now, and I...

Country Music is Alive at Club Paradiso Mar12

Country Music is Ali...

by Carey Rutherford For a lady who sings country music, Jacqueline Drew seems unusually cheerful. I mean, isn’t country music all about moms in prison and dogs being hit by trains? Nope. As a North American folk music, it has tended to reflect the emotional highs and lows of people shedding...

Renaissance Music in...

by Carey Rutherford Live music is everywhere: that’s the best part about it. And I don’t just mean on streets when the weather is fine, or in the train or bus stations when it’s not. Do you listen to the music in the media you consume? Do you hear the stuff that’s happening when you go in and...