Joshua Jones meets The  Esther Honens: The Percussionist and the Pianos Aug26

Joshua Jones meets T...

by Carey Rutherford The Honens International Piano Competition rolls into town as August ends, presenting world-class piano newbies to battle it out in the rodeo that Ms. Honens initiated in 1992. But it’s not all newcomers, and it’s not all pianos! In their efforts to expand the diversity...

Newfoundland has a Sound Symposium: A Place to Play with Sound Jul02

Newfoundland has a S...

by Carey Rutherford “I am the Artistic Co-director of the Sound Symposium. I’m also the host: I will be hosting most, if not all, of the evening concerts, and some of the earlier concerts; I may be introducing some of the workshops; I will be performing with 2 bands that I play with. And I...

Ohama Can: Music, Sounds, Images, The Whole Ambient Kaboodle May14

Ohama Can: Music, So...

by Carey Rutherford Attending an “80’s and 90’s” dance party on Saturday was an interesting experience: while the music was definitely from the correct era, the DJ had clearly NOT been in dance clubs at that time, as the late 20th Century music had been mixed with an early 21st Century...

Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen? Apr12

Xenia Concerts: A Ne...

by Carey Rutherford and Paul Verhaegh Performance seen 09 September 2017, Studio Bell (National Music Centre), 850-4 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta Sarah Nematallah is a violinist in the Cecilia String Quartet, and she and her ensemble are also the founders of Xenia Concerts Inc., for which she...

FOONYAP Talks, We Li...

by Carey Rutherford “A ‘palimpsest’ is a manuscript in which traces of the original can be found, and through performance, I rewrite my emotional scripts.” – FOONYAP In a normal precursor to the interview, MUSICAlive! asks Calgary-born alternative musician FOONYAP to tell us...

From the Great Lakes to the Amazon River with the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble Mar31

From the Great Lakes...

by Carey Rutherford When MUSICAlive! asks David Skidmore of the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble what instruments he’ll be playing when they premiere their “Paddle to the Sea” performance in Calgary (8:00 pm, April 8 at the Rozsa Centre), he goes on, and on, and on . . . listing 16 different...

Flamenco: The Blues of Spain in Calgary Mar05

Flamenco: The Blues ...

by Paul Verhaegh Performance seen 14 February 2018, Junction Stage and Lounge, 628-8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta: ‘Flamenco Calgary Presents: Flamenco Tablao, an intimate Flamenco performance of song, music and dance bringing together Salero Caló’s original members. Back from Seville...

Calgary’s FiresideMusic.ca: Rhythm & Folk, or Indie Jazz? Dec10

Calgary’s FiresideMu...

by Carey Rutherford This story is all about creating and supporting your community, musical or whatever it may be. Jared Clark, founder and enthusiast of the Fireside Music monthly events, held in this city, tells us: “My Dad started folk clubs in the cities where we lived: being a...

Dreams Of Reason playing at the Blind Beggar: Sex and drugs and rock and roll! Dec16

Dreams Of Reason pla...

by Carey Rutherford Jimmy Page would be proud. For those who may have forgotten, he was not simply the heroin-addled Cromwell-obsessed lead guitarist of the ’70’s rock ‘n roll gods, Led Zeppelin; he was also their creative leader, their producer, the force behind their formation, and...

Danielle Duval’s first release is full of her friends: They are ‘Of The Valley’ Sep18

Danielle Duval’...

by Carey Rutherford Danielle Duval is on tour with her second professional release with her friends and her acoustic guitar. You’ve got to hear it. “This is my first album,” she tells us, as her first release was an EP. “I’ve recorded tons of stuff over the years. Basically I feel like all my...

The Honens’ Andrew Raeburn : July 22 1933 – August 24 2010 Sep02

The Honens’ An...

by Carey Rutherford Most of the readers who look at MUSICAlive! on a regular basis are unlikely to know who Andrew Raeburn was, or why he should merit the headline of this space. But anyone who was in contact with him, specifically as I was while doing work for the Esther Honens International...

The Music Festivals Are Coming: Let the Blues Run Away with Your Heart! Aug02

The Music Festivals ...

by Carey Rutherford The blues are here, and that’s a good thing, believe it or not. Isn’t it funny how emotional distress creates such beautiful things? The blues lie at the heart of so much of North American popular music, and its potency shows why it’s GOT to stay a little to the side of...

Do fun names equal g...

by Carey Rutherford How can you resist a performer named ‘Big Dan and the Country Boogie Band’? to be honest, I know nothing more than that about the musicians, but like Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, I’d want to see them just because of their name. Hopefully Big...