Kerry’s Block Heater: Our Folk Fest Meets Our National Music Centre Feb13

Kerry’s Block Heater...

by Carey Rutherford Kerry Clarke has been working the Calgary Folk Festival shop for so long we felt it indiscreet to ask her how many years it HAS been. Instead we asked for her take on a most interesting aspect to the first day of this year’s midwinter folkfest: the Block Heater; “We’re...

Bruce Cockburn: Some Kind of Ecstasy Still Has a Hold on Him Jan22

Bruce Cockburn: Some...

by: Carey Rutherford Bet you’ve never been in a Canadian Standoff before, have you? It’s like a Mexican Standoff, but, more . . . Canadian. It started out innocently enough: Bruce Cockburn was hanging a plaque in Calgary‘s National Music Centre, as part of his Canadian Songwriters Hall of...

ReggaeFest 2017: Something for both sides of you Aug14

ReggaeFest 2017: Som...

by Carey Rutherford Don Dixon is an idealist, and Ms. Paige is a pragmatist. There we go: personalities of the 2017 Reggae Fest captured in two separate adjectives. Oh Wait: whaddya mean, people don’t work that way? “‘Waiting in Vain (For You)’ was the last Reggae recording that I have put...

The Habitat Journey to Living Sound: A nightclub to remember Jul26

The Habitat Journey ...

  By Carey Rutherford “The Journey Begins . . .” Cary Chang starts his musical exploration on the Habitat – Living Sound stage with these words, simply organizing the soundscape he’s creating into a trip with direction, unexpected treasures, curated experiences, and a buffet of...

Cécile’s Travelogue: Doo-Kingue and the Blues Jul14

Cécile’s Travelogue:...

by Carey Rutherford Okay, okay, okay . . . While I was interviewing Cécile Doo-Kingué after what was apparently a very satisfying opening blues set at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of the headliners of that set walked past and wished her well, and they spoke of perhaps connecting in...

2016 JUNOFest: The Katherines and Kieran are koming to Kalgary!! Mar16

2016 JUNOFest: The K...

by Carey Rutherford 604 Records label mates Kieran Mercer and The Katherines are both coming to Calgary on their first tours during the JUNOFest: no pressure!! They are both remarkably listenable in completely different ways, and they’re experienced/inexperienced from opposite directions: The...

The Tempest of Gabri...

by Carey Rutherford Sorry, sorry sorry!! Missed Gabrielle Papillon’s first few shows in her current tour from the West Coast inward, but nobody’s perfect, are they? So she’s been in Victoria; she’s been in Vancouver, and soon, after a detour to Edmonton, she’ll be here (September 16th) in...

The CPO shoots . . . it scores!!! Pt. 1 Jun24

The CPO shoots . . ....

by Carey Rutherford Well, a musician’s life in the classical world must have improved in the last century, because Michael has a Cadillac. Of sorts… “I play the bassoon: a 5000 Series Heckel instrument that was made in Germany in 1920. It’s considered the Cadillac of bassoons.” So,...

Ghostkeeper, Gianna Lauren,. . . & A LOT More NOT at Sled Island. Pt. 4 Jun28

Ghostkeeper, Gianna ...

by Carey Rutherford Well. Hell. There’s Good News and there’s Bad News. The Good News Is: As a little bit of a multi-media freak, your humble writer has begun incorporating audio clips from the +100 interviews that have been recorded since beginning this Live Music column for Examiner in...

Ghostkeeper, Gianna Lauren,. . . & A LOT More at Sled Island. Pt. 3 Jun20

Ghostkeeper, Gianna ...

by Carey Rutherford The Sled trundles along, and while other festivals mentioned by performers (NXNE, Halifax Pop, Canadian Music Week, etc.) may come and go, this one is OURS! So What Are You Doing Sitting There Reading This Article? Go out and support Live MUSIC!!! Well, if you’re going to...

Miesha & the Spanks, Quaker Parents . . . & A LOT More at Sled Island. Pt. 2 Jun18

Miesha & the Sp...

By Carey Rutherford So, enough about festival dynamics. What about their music? Check out the Quaker Parents’ video on the Sled Island info pages, which is a casually live rendition of their song “T-Shirt”. Mark describes: “We did that during Halifax Pop Explosion,… We did it in the...

Miesha & the Spanks, Quaker Parents . . . & A LOT More at Sled Island. Pt. 1 Jun16

Miesha & the Sp...

by Carey Rutherford The Sleds are on the move: witness the intricacies of trying to interview 2 “Sled Island Music and Arts Festival” performers, Miesha Louie and Mark Grundy, less than a week before the start of Calgary’s biggest alt-pop-garage-rock-screaming-shock-layered-schlock...

A Going Concern: Erin Ross and her Guitar May19

A Going Concern: Eri...

by Carey Rutherford The Palamino Smokehouse and Social Club is an interesting place. On a Friday night in April, the evening begins upstairs with the roots-grounded artist Erin Ross, whose folk-rockish set ends around the time the floorboards begin vibrating with the punk music fundraiser...

There are Fast Moving Mountains in Calgary??? And they play acoustic pop! Sort of . . . Dec09

There are Fast Movin...

by Carey Rutherford Where the heck have I been? Who the heck cares? Well, I’ve been personally creating a funding program for the University of Calgary’s Teaching English as a Second Language e-Learning certificate for Persons with Disabilities, apparently. Not by choice, I’ll add. Oh, and...

The Tom Fun Orchestr...

by Carey Rutherford To paraphrase Arnie: Tom Fun Orchestra is NOT a kitchen party. Strange how the pop culture idiom works. Imagine if Stompin’ Tom Connors had been trained in classical music as a child. Or if James Brown was born in Newfoundland. What would the consequences have been? As...