Gabrielle Papillon not just a Troubadour Singer/songwriting while Social distancing

When we originally contacted Gabrielle Papillon through her Pigeon row Records promoters, she was completely thrown by the phone call.

We had arranged to give her a day’s breather after arriving home in Canada from songwriting work in England, as it seemed likely she’d want some time to recover from the jet lag. Then the pandemic caught fire! Given that the tour she was returning home for was subsequently cancelled, and that there had been some question of her even managing to get on a flight with the Covid-19 wildfire sweeping across Europe, the last thing Gabrielle … Continue Reading >Gabrielle Papillon not just a Troubadour Singer/songwriting while Social distancing

A ‘Femme Wave’ brings art & music awareness in Festival form

When MUSICAlive! first hears about the 2019 Femm Wave Festival, it’s only a few days away! But it sounds too cool to miss, and fortunately both our photographer and the Board Member manning the front desk are willing to help us put it together for our fearless readers: we made it to Calgary’s Feminist Music & Arts Festival!
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Wicked Grin Believes the Blues Can Help Good People in Bad Times

When MUSICAlive! first learns about Murray Kinsley’s guitars for the blues-rock mix of Wicked Grin’s latest album, it’s pretty encouraging!
“I use a Fender Telecaster modified Thinline (and) I call it the ‘Frenken-Tele’ that’s the modified part); I have a 61 Strat that I used on it, and a … Continue Reading >Wicked Grin Believes the Blues Can Help Good People in Bad Times

Bebe Buckskin’s Family Feeds her Roots-Rock Creative Fire

When MUSICAlive! and musician Bebe Buckskin begin their interview, they start at the very beginning.

“I basically came out of the womb singing,” Bebe says, leading them both into laughter. “My poor mother!”
The question that prompted this was, “Why are you doing this stuff?” When the laughter dies down, Bebe elaborates. … Continue Reading >Bebe Buckskin’s Family Feeds her Roots-Rock Creative Fire

Steven Taetz Expands His, And Our, Jazz-Pop Horizons

Steven Taetz is wandering through the streets of Toronto while we talk, going from one place to another as songwriters are inclined to do anyway: moving from one inspirational situation to another to meet the needs of their musical craft. In Steven’s case, having done time in the electronic dance and country/roots genres, we ask him what he would call the music he’s bringing to … Continue Reading >Steven Taetz Expands His, And Our, Jazz-Pop Horizons

Mariel Buckley is Driving in the Dark: Her Country Family Helps her Steer

Some accidents are not only happy, they are positively confounding. Witness MUSICAlive! popping down to a Stampede breakfast to Hear a Calgary country favourite of ours, Tim Buckley, play on the mall, and meeting the similarly talented Mariel Buckley (his sister), also singing and playing some sweet alt-country guitar. And then, when visiting the Calgary … Continue Reading >Mariel Buckley is Driving in the Dark: Her Country Family Helps her Steer

500 and Counting: The adventures of Damon and his ProArts Society

Well, now we know why Damon Johnston of the ProArts Society resonates so much with the work MUSICAlive! does: he’s been involved in many of the projects that have helped form the Calgary arts scene in the last 30 years. He’s part of our musical DNA, from Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Dancers’ Studio West, the seminal 10 Foot Henry’s nightclub (from which today’s … Continue Reading >500 and Counting: The adventures of Damon and his ProArts Society

The Once Play With Your Musical Expectations: Is it Folk, or Pop, or Indie or . . .

It occurs to MUSICAlive! afterwards that we never asked Geraldine Hollet, lead singer for The Once, the significance of the band’s name. Sure, “once” is an adverb meaning “on one occasion”, or “for one time only”; but as a noun it becomes capitalized as their bandname and means “a Newfoundland-based folk-pop trio who have been combining 3-part harmonies and acoustic guitar and keyboards to confound … Continue Reading >The Once Play With Your Musical Expectations: Is it Folk, or Pop, or Indie or . . .

Newfoundland has a Sound Symposium: A Place to Play with Sound

“I am the Artistic Co-director of the Sound Symposium. I’m also the host: I will be hosting most, if not all, of the evening concerts, and some of the earlier concerts; I may be introducing some of the workshops; I will be performing with 2 bands that I play with. And I might even be singing with my improv choir: I direct an improv choir, and there’s discussion underway now to have the improv choir involved in Improv Night, which is a night where artists and members of the general public (if they wish) can get up on stage and improvise.” … Continue Reading >Newfoundland has a Sound Symposium: A Place to Play with Sound

Ohama Can: Music, Sounds, Images, The Whole Ambient Kaboodle

Attending an “80’s and 90’s” dance party on Saturday was an interesting experience: while the music was definitely from the correct era, the DJ had clearly NOT been in dance clubs at that time, as the late 20th Century music had been mixed with an early 21st Century sensibility. Beat-mixing 80’s hits like Michael jackson, Amii Stewart or the Pointer Sisters together without the songs’ opening or closing sequences never occurred in 1980’s … Continue Reading >Ohama Can: Music, Sounds, Images, The Whole Ambient Kaboodle

Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen?

Sarah Nematallah is a violinist in the Cecilia String Quartet, and she and her ensemble are also the founders of Xenia Concerts Inc., for which she is the executive and artistic director. Her performance experience is not limited to the expected carpeted venues, that’s for sure:
“Throughout my career as a violinist, I’ve had the opportunity of performing in incredible concert halls all over the world: in Berlin, in A … Continue Reading >Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen?

FOONYAP Talks, We Listen: Alternative Music Doesn’t Have to be Frightening!

“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 what instruments she played on her debut … Continue Reading >FOONYAP Talks, We Listen: Alternative Music Doesn’t Have to be Frightening!

From the Great Lakes to the Amazon River with the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble

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 instruments!
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Flamenco: The Blues of Spain in Calgary

‘Flamenco Calgary Presents: Flamenco Tablao, an intimate Flamenco performance of song, music and dance bringing together Salero Caló’s original members. Back from Seville for the Christmas holidays, Annette Morcos (La Mora), founder of Salero Caló, will be joining them on stage for the first time since 2014. The group will also be joined by Silvia Te on song.’
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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 … Continue Reading >Calgary’s FiresideMusic.ca: Rhythm & Folk, or Indie Jazz?