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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 →

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

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

Aerosol Constellations: Dark and Cheerful Drone Noise? Sure!

by Carey Rutherford The really interesting thing about Jeremy Van Wycks’ partnership with Bill Batt (in Aerosol Constellations) is that, though they’ve been working together musically for years, they have just released their first “double-sided, full-lengthish LP” (yep, vinyl) and… Continue Reading →

The calm in Stephen’s storm: A roots reconciliation

by Carey Rutherford So Stephen Fearing, experienced Canadiana roots folkish-style musician that he is, gets in the first question like a good observer of the human condition should: “When you mentioned the bigger picture, what do you mean?” he asks…. Continue Reading →

Lunch with a Pipe Organ

by Carey Rutherford I’m learning from Tim Pyper, Concert Co-Director of the Organ a la Carte Series: If you’ve been in the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in downtown Calgary (perhaps for one of the many excellent concerts it’s been… Continue Reading →

What’s a ‘Mushy Callahan’? A Hard-Rocking Pack of Albertans

by Carey Rutherford I never asked Joel: “What’s a Mushy Callahan?” On the other hand, I also never asked “Are you like/Do you like/inspired by/nauseated by/etc. the Jonas Brothers?” Oh, sorry Joel. I wasn’t supposed to mention that other family… Continue Reading →

Soundwalking With Hildegard Pt. 1

by Carey Rutherford What would you do if you were sitting in a formal concert hall, dressed for a night of highly educated performances by acclaimed composers, and you began hearing a cricket, very clearly, and no-one seemed particularly perturbed,… Continue Reading →

Dreams Of Reason playing at the Blind Beggar: Sex and drugs and rock and roll!

by Carey Rutherford Jimmy Page would be proud. For those who may have forgotten, he was not simply the heroin-addled Cromwell-obsessed lead guitarist of the ’70’s rock ‘n roll gods, Led Zeppelin; he was also their creative leader, their producer,… Continue Reading →

F.W. Murnau’s Faust, Starring Robert Bruce

by Carey Rutherford Robert Bruce really likes this movie. In fact, he says he’d be willing to tour with it alone, dropping all other projects, if it would pay the bills. “Old films are often classics just by default. …. Continue Reading →

Danielle Duval’s first release is full of her friends: They are ‘Of The Valley’

by Carey Rutherford Danielle Duval is on tour with her second professional release with her friends and her acoustic guitar. You’ve got to hear it. “This is my first album,” she tells us, as her first release was an EP…. Continue Reading →

U2 Night in Canada

by Carey Rutherford What is there to say? How much has been written about the music of this Irish politicizer? How many words have lingered over the poeticism and sweeping imagery of the Irish history they inhabit, or the musical… Continue Reading →

A Going Concern: Erin Ross and her Guitar

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… Continue Reading →

Reggae Lunch’n’Learn in the Cowtown:How’s your Riddim?

by Carey Rutherford Well, I’m going to totally schlep out here and show you an email I received recently, which is a BRILLIANT opportunity to learn about one of the greatest musical genres that has come from the southern hemisphere:… Continue Reading →

All-Ages Gigs and a Random Task Collective

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… Continue Reading →

Why Does the Calgary Arts Centre Do World Music?

by Carey Rutherford Jennifer Johnson, Director of Programming for the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, and the main organizer of their World Music Series, is a philosopher. Her exact words are: “Why does the Arts Centre do world music?… Continue Reading →

The MidWinter Midnight Soundscape: Perform it Yourself

by Carey Rutherford This is a sound event of a different kind. Not specifically music, not specifically art, but a soundscape of a specifically local nature nonetheless. What could it be? What would we want to listen to, if it… Continue Reading →

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