Sled Island 2023: Music from Siksika to Montreal, and everywhere else

Double Rider’s drummer, Lennon the Loomer (because he’s 6 foot something) finds me at the Palomino Smokehouse bar during Sled Island’s annual closing day Pig Roast.

I’m not at the bar because I’m weeping into my beer, but in fact I’m celebrating the cornucopia that is Sled Island’s week-long sensory romp (“Music & Arts Festival”), by tripping up and downstairs to catch the different bands playing simultaneously, because there’s just so much music! … Continue Reading >Sled Island 2023: Music from Siksika to Montreal, and everywhere else

Keep the fire burning Part 1: The Blues Can Survives!

I’ve got a briefcase over my shoulder, a white cane in my hand, and three layers over my head and covering my ears and shoulders in something that isn’t quite enough. My legs already hurt from the cold, and I’m not even at the bus stop yet!

Fortunately, the driver knows where the Blues Can is, probably because he drives past it daily in Inglewood along 9th Avenue at 14th St. He looks longingly at the curved roof with its promise of fresh as live music, and fresh as local beer.
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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