500 and Counting: Th...

by Carey Rutherford Well, now we know why Damon Johnston of the ProArts Society resonates so much with the work MUSICAlive! does: he’s been involved in many of the projects that have helped form the Calgary arts scene in the last 30 years. He’s part of our musical DNA, from Decidedly Jazz...

What’re You Do...

by Carey Rutherford Like the song says, I’m wondering . . . . Sorry for the lack of poetic extrapolation, but I’m wanting to give you as much notice of as many options as I can find in as little time as I’ve got available with as much at stake as I have. Got. There are so many entries under...

Holy Cow: You Can He...

by Carey Rutherford We know it’s coming. Anyone who’s been in this city for a decade has it carved into their forehead by now, and if you’ve lived in Calgary for your whole life you’ve moved from love to ecstasy to disenchantment to avoidance and back to acceptance. It’s like a 12 step...

An Email About Music...

by Carey Rutherford Carey, I would like to take someone somewhere different. Where can we go to see a play/opera, or hear some classic music, on a budget? –Kevin Hey Kevin: Just getting back from finally seeing “Avatar” with T & H. Interesting metaphors about...

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...