Songwriter’s Circle brings musical stories to life

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Canada is blessed to have such amazing musicians that weave stories about our Canadian heritage and experiences. The Songwriter’s Circle brings together a small group of such artists to share their musical background and is known as the “gem” of the JUNOs weekend. This year’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

Emilie-Claire Barlow reimagines jazz at its finest

Emilie-Claire Barlow

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, Barlow’s band playing in Toronto and some of the final vocals recorded before a small audience in Montreal. The end result View this Post

Patrick Lehman brings his eclectic soul sound to Calgary

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, he’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, Butchy’s Son, and what he hopes to get out of this Junos weekend in Calgary.

Congratulations on your first View this Post

2016 Juno Awards Nominees playlist

2016 Juno Awards

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!

In the meantime, I am brushing up on all my Canadiana jams by listening to this playlist non-stop. It has tunes from everyone from Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, View this Post

Fun for the family at Y Stage Theatre Series

It’s never too early to give your kids a love for the arts. Vertigo Theatre is known for its classic murder-mystery plays but it also is home to great children’s programming with plays geared towards youth through its Y Stage Theatre Series. The series features five productions for children and youth either produced by Vertigo Theatre or on tour from companies across the country and beyond. With both school performances on weekdays and family shows on the weekend, over 10,000 kids across Calgary get to take part in the Y Stage fun every season.

Theatre is a great way View this Post

Adult Colouring Books by Calgary artists

This ain't no kid's play! via Etsy

This ain’t no kid’s play! via Etsy

Adult colouring books are all the rage these days. I’ve been super intrigued by the trend of colouring in the lines again as they bring back nostalgia of my childhood days. I loved to color as a kid with my rainbow array of pencil crayons on hand. My niece still uses them to this day! But what does it mean to follow in the same activities as a 5-year-old?

Much in the way that comic books and other vestiges of youth have made it to mainstream culture, colouring books also fit into that View this Post