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

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 musician himself, he just wanted to create community around music . . . the most recent one (being) The Inglewood Music Club. So, growing up I was around music a

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.”

ReggaeFest 2017: Something for both sides of you

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 out,” Ms. Paige recounts, “

The Habitat Journey to Living Sound: A nightclub to remember

[box type=”shadow”]   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,… Continue Reading →

Cécile’s Travelogue: Doo-Kingue and the Blues

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… Continue Reading →

Drummers and Cellists and Beethoven, Oh My: Asian Heritage and the CPO

by Carey Rutherford May was Asian Heritage Month in Canada, did you know that? Well, you missed it! Unless you actually took in one of the events they organized around the city through the Asian Heritage Foundation, who describe themselves… Continue Reading →

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 →

A Hendrix Experience, via the Turtle Island Quartet

by Carey Rutherford Your faithful Writer can’t help but ask, right off the start, if orchestras, or other musicians the Turtle Island Quartet encounter, harbour a strong dislike for the freedom which the TIQ exhibit in their choices of music… Continue Reading →

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

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

The Tempest of Gabrielle Papillon is a gothic-folk wonderland

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… Continue Reading →

Gianna Lauren’s comin’ fer pancakes!! Yee-haw!!

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… 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 →

Tamara Lindeman IS The Weather Station

by Carey Rutherford Tamara Lindeman IS The Weather Station. But it’s a different Station than it used to be. “I originally started with (the band name) The Weather Station because I was making experimental music that wasn’t at all singer-songwriter, and… Continue Reading →

The Music Festivals are Coming:Adventures of a Calgary Wanderer

by Carey Rutherford What an amazing day of festivular expansion. There’s no way to really describe the occurrences without just chronicling them: not that amazing, really, unless you’re paying attention. The AfrikaDey! World Music Festival is just down there, just… Continue Reading →

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

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… 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 →

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

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

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