Joshua Jones meets The  Esther Honens: The Percussionist and the Pianos Aug26

Joshua Jones meets T...

by Carey Rutherford The Honens International Piano Competition rolls into town as August ends, presenting world-class piano newbies to battle it out in the rodeo that Ms. Honens initiated in 1992. But it’s not all newcomers, and it’s not all pianos! In their efforts to expand the diversity...

Miesha & the Spanks, Quaker Parents . . . & A LOT More at Sled Island. Pt. 2 Jun18

Miesha & the Sp...

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 Halifax Pop Explosion,… We did it in the...

Dreams Of Reason playing at the Blind Beggar: Sex and drugs and rock and roll! Dec16

Dreams Of Reason pla...

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, the force behind their formation, and...

The MidWinter Midnight Soundscape: Perform it Yourself Jan03

The MidWinter Midnig...

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 were not ‘music’ or ‘art’? What experience would merit such...

The Music Festivals Are Coming: Let the Blues Run Away with Your Heart! Aug02

The Music Festivals ...

by Carey Rutherford The blues are here, and that’s a good thing, believe it or not. Isn’t it funny how emotional distress creates such beautiful things? The blues lie at the heart of so much of North American popular music, and its potency shows why it’s GOT to stay a little to the side of...

The Music Festivals are Coming: Kiwanis, Expo Latino & other spicy sounds Mar27

The Music Festivals ...

by Carey Rutherford In an effort to make up for my incomplete summary of Calgary’s music festivals, after having declared the huge number and variety of them, the need has arisen to describe, expostulate, enthuse, and clamor about more of these wonderful events. Right now. The Music Festival...

Country Music is Alive at Club Paradiso Mar12

Country Music is Ali...

by Carey Rutherford For a lady who sings country music, Jacqueline Drew seems unusually cheerful. I mean, isn’t country music all about moms in prison and dogs being hit by trains? Nope. As a North American folk music, it has tended to reflect the emotional highs and lows of people shedding...