This may look like a slick music video for an up-and-coming artist, but there’s a twist. It’s part of a new branding campaign from Alberta banking institution ATB Financial. And boy, do I ever enjoy this song “Resonate” and it’s accompanying video ever so much. It speaks to me as an Albertan, as a Calgarian, and the common experiences we share in this lovely province. “Resonate” is described as an “Alberta version of Amazing Grace” which I find quite fitting with it’s wistful tones, sweet singing voice and melancholy feelings of home. The video plays off the View this Post
Itâ€™s been many years in the making but the beautiful musical space that is Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre is finally in its last touches and will be opening to the public July 1,2016. I was super fortunate enough to visit the facility twice over the Junos weekend last April to get a sneak peek at whatâ€™s to come. Calgary will soon be home to a truly world-class facility that will appeal to local and international audiences alike.
The inspiration behind the building was, well, obviously the music. The design is reflective of instrument View this Post
- May 10, 2016
Canada is blessed to have such amazing musicians that weave stories about our Canadian heritage and experiences. The Songwriterâ€™s Circle brings together a small group of such artists to share their musical background and is known as the â€śgemâ€ť of the JUNOs weekend. This yearâ€™s edition brought Calgary boy Paul Brandt home to host the event. It was an eclectic group of JUNO nominee ranging from new acts like Autumn Hill and Ria Mae to established voices like Alex Cuba and Matt Good. The diversity worked View this Post
- April 7, 2016
Getting an album made is an impressive feat for any musician. For Emilie-Claire Barlow, releasing her 11th jazz album should have been a piece of cake, right? The Canadian jazz vocalist has grown and refined her musical sound over the years, but the process for her latest album was a long one in the making. Four years in fact! The album was a truly international project with musical arrangements written in Mexico, the orchestra recorded in Amsterdam, Barlowâ€™s band playing in Toronto and some of the final vocals recorded before a small audience in Montreal. The end result View this Post
- March 29, 2016
The upcoming 2016 Junos Awards will be a weekend of many firsts for Patrick Lehman. It will be the first time the soul singer makes it out to Western Canada to visit Calgary. It will be his first chance to perform at a Juno week showcase and attend the awards show. And most importantly, heâ€™s up for his very first Juno nomination for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. I chat with the Montreal native about his new album, Butchyâ€™s Son, and what he hopes to get out of this Junos weekend in Calgary.
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- March 28, 2016
Oh Songza, how I miss thee. Your successor Google Play Music is adequate enough I suppose, but I still miss your stick figure icons and simpler ways. One thing that I am loving is the playlist for this year’s 2016 Juno Awards nominees. The awards will be broadcast right here in Calgary on Sunday, April 3 and yours truly will be on hand to take in all the festivities. Squee!
- March 23, 2016
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is one of my favourite local artists. His latest single, “I wanna make it with you,” is an upbeat pop rock ditty that makes me yearn for summer and the open road. But alas, it is still winter in Calgary so I’ll just have to play this song on repeat. MBF’s newest album drops on March 11 so there will be even more songs to look forward to!
- February 26, 2016
Damn, this girl can sing. Alessia Cara is making her way up the ranks of the Billboard 100 these days and she’s on the cusp of greatness. You may not know her name yet, but you have probably heard her song “Here,” all over top 40 radio the past few months. The Canadian singer just recently sang with Taylor Swift and named one of CBC Music’s 25 under 25 to watch. Her next single “Wild Things” is what has me really excited as this is exactly the kind of jam that makes me enjoy music so much. So come View this Post
- December 8, 2015
Is it folk music? Is it rock? Dance? EDM? To be honest, I don’t really care as Coleman Hell’s “2 Heads” is just damn good. The genre-bending song mixed with Hell’s soulful vocals just makes for a twangy jam that will get your boots tapping and head nodding. Plus banjos! Yes, the banjos totally win me over anytime.
- October 30, 2015
I just want to say thank you to Joel Plaskett. Without the indie rocker’s help, the world would never have been introduced to the wonderful singer/songwriter Mo Kenney. One of my favourite jams these days is the lead single off Mo’s second album In My Dreams. “Telephones” is a melodic, catchy tune with the best song lyric ever: “If I had another lover could I keep you on the side.” Take a listen and enjoy.
- May 22, 2015