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Hannah Rutherford

Happily Hectic: Vincent is Composing His Brains Out!

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 the heart of Calgary’s downtown, MUSICAlive! congratulated him on this achievement.

True North: Strong Breathtaking and Free Livestream

“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 around the world.”

Sled Island pauses Shotgun Jimmy’s bio-graphy

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… Continue Reading →

The Feast of Sound and the Human Spirit

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… Continue Reading →

Where do you keep your Alternate Soul? In a Shaani Cage.

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

Music of the sublime: Fiver’s Country-Folk Psychedelia

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.”… Continue Reading →

F.W. Murnau’s Faust, Starring Robert Bruce

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. …. Continue Reading →

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

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:… Continue Reading →

Why Does the Calgary Arts Centre Do World Music?

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?… Continue Reading →

The MidWinter Midnight Soundscape: Perform it Yourself

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… Continue Reading →

Cockburn the Bruce, Calgary-Bound

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?… Continue Reading →

Rufus in Alberta: Who You Gonna Call?

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… Continue Reading →

The Lilith Wind is Blowing

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

With Wine Comes Singing at Knox Presbyterian

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

Country Music is Alive at Club Paradiso

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… Continue Reading →

Renaissance Music in The Humorous Magistrate: From the 1700s to Today

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… Continue Reading →

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