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...

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...

Happily Hectic: Vincent is Composing His Brains Out! Jan06

Happily Hectic: Vinc...

by Carey Rutherford Vincent Ho is an Ottawa-born classical composer who currently teaches at the University of Calgary and, incidentally, has works being performed and premiered ALL OVER the place, in a happy demonstration of how it’s Good to be Busy. While having lunch at The Palomino, at...

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...

True North: Strong Breathtaking and Free Livestream Dec03

True North: Strong B...

by Carey Rutherford “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...

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...