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...

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...

Gianna Lauren’...

by Carey Rutherford Quick!! Non-Stampede Music’s Comin’! Gianna Lauren is on the phone from Vancouver, just before her first show of the tour that takes her across Canada to her home on the east coast. It goes like this: July 2nd Vancouver, The Railway Club; 5th Victoria, GOAT Festival; 7th...

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...

All-Ages Gigs and a ...

by Carey Rutherford “And what’s their name?” “Random Task Collective.” “Random Task?” “Collective, yes.” “Interesting.” “It’s a group of kids that’ve REALLY taken the initiative in the all-ages scene in this town. They’ve put a lot in: They programmed the whole Sled Island all-ages portion...

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...