Cool Choir conversation: Don’t just sing in your car!

“I’m Jamie Serafi. I am the Founder and Creative Director of Cool Choir.”

MUSICAlive! notes the growth of “non-audition choirs” in the last couple of decades, and asks Jamie why did he choose this place (Calgary) and this genre (pop and rock music) to start this very successful local endeavour?

“Cool Choir is a British concept, reinventing the format of what a choir looks like in this day and age. When most people hear about a choir, their immediate idea is a load of people stuck in a church in robes, singing classical music. Or hymns, basically. And with all due respect to Canada, and everyone knows how much I love this country, … Continue Reading >Cool Choir conversation: Don’t just sing in your car!

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 . . .

Sun, hail, food, the classic & the new: Your typical Stampede pop concert

It’s a tough job, I know, but somebody’s . . . . got . . . to . . . (eerrrggghhh!!! Uuugggghhh!!!! ) to do . . . . (aaaagggghhhh!!) it. . . . (eerrrrrrrgg).

Got it! Whew! Yep, tough work, all this music listening. I mean, who among you would sacrifice your quietude and evenings of ‘reality’ television to go and take in, well, live music?

Who?!?
Continue Reading >Sun, hail, food, the classic & the new: Your typical Stampede pop concert