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...

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...

A Hendrix Experience, via  the Turtle Island Quartet Apr08

A Hendrix Experience...

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 in the quartet’s repertoire. “Because,” I say with...

Ghostkeeper, Gianna Lauren,. . . & A LOT More at Sled Island. Pt. 3 Jun20

Ghostkeeper, Gianna ...

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 out and support Live MUSIC!!! Well, if you’re going to...

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 Tom Fun Orchestr...

by Carey Rutherford To paraphrase Arnie: Tom Fun Orchestra is NOT a kitchen party. Strange how the pop culture idiom works. Imagine if Stompin’ Tom Connors had been trained in classical music as a child. Or if James Brown was born in Newfoundland. What would the consequences have been? As...

The Music Festivals are Coming, But. . . . Are you? Jun27

The Music Festivals ...

by Carey Rutherford Hey!! Haven’t you been listening to me? Didn’t the less than subtle hints I’ve been dropping about the local (and larger) live music scene register, or stir some moments of musical empathy? I mean, I’ve mentioned the pleasure of Re-Discovering Live Music in Small Places,...

With Wine Comes Singing at Knox Presbyterian May01

With Wine Comes Sing...

by Carey Rutherford I’m on the phone outside of the restaurant at 11:30 on a Saturday night. “Your grill is still running? Great. Look, I’m coming in but I’ve got visual limitations, so I could use some help getting to my seat.” “Oh,” says the staff member who is apparently looking out...

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...

The Music Festivals are Coming: From the CPO and the Kid’s Fest to the Warped Tour Mar05

The Music Festivals ...

by Carey Rutherford Isn’t it too early to be thinking about festivals? Isn’t the ‘festival’ intimately associated with the summertime, or at least the growing warmth of spring? Sure, there’s a winter festival, but that’s just for crazy Canucks who actually WANT to be outside in the winter,...