Musical instrument retail and a particularly cold winter trail-blazed the early path taken by Calgary duo, AM Static, who are set to release hard copies of their sophomore record, A Life Well Lived. Original centred around the musical convergence of singer/songwriter, Chris Austman and multi-instrumentalist, Nils Mikkelsen, the duo has added robust audio flavours to their slow-cooked, electronic folk stew. On album standouts, Monolith and Sum you hear string arrangements from classical violinist, Laura Reid and bassist, Matt Heller; while the title track and Sirens serve as the album’s beat back bone with intricate percussion by Matthew Doherty and lawnmower samplings.
You can celebrate A Life Well Lived in concert on Friday, January 23 at the Grand Theatre. Welcome to the West presents a three-tier audio/visual experience with AM Static featuring special guests Fever Feel and DJ sets courtesy Corinthian (one half of Sanctums). Advance tickets go on sale next Friday online through Theatre Junction.
Lab Coast began in late 2008. The Calgary-based band revolves around the tunes recorded by founders David Laing and Chris Dadge in various basements around the city. These songs are compact, tightly-wound strings of melody and bustling rhythms, the seeds of which are conjured up by Laing as he wanders around various city parks and neighbourhoods, at night and in the daylight. Their latest album, Walking on Ayr, which was was voted album of the year by FFWD Weekly, was released in early 2014 on Mammoth Cave Recording Company.
The Mountaineer sustains dreamy explorations of everyday life through washes of glimmering guitar, raw melodic lyrics, and soulful vocals. Jourdan Cunningham’s versatile voice has incredible charm, showcasing a sensitivity full of thought and strength. Paired with soulful compositions, the tone is set for the indie/folk/soul sound. Always going for feeling, but never feeling over the top, the result is both sensual and refined.
Sealegs is a local Calgary folk rock band. They play original content that is fast, fun and really gets the party going. For this, their debut set at Market Collective, they will perform a special, stripped down list of tracks. The band has six members: Drew (rhythm guitar/Lead vocals), Simon (drums), Adam (mandolin/backing vocals), Brandon (lead guitar/backing vocals), Ephraim (banjo), Zach (bass).
As the modern era of dance music dawned in the mid 90s, a teenaged Isis Graham glued herself to MuchMusic’s Electric Circus and absorbed every beat of the house music boom. Every instant moved her to the core of her being: the rainbow of lights, the writhing bodies, the headphoned maestros on the decks. And most of all, that beat. That relentless roll and cycle of kick and snare, hat and keys, bass and vocal, elevating her soul and moving her body in her bedroom all alone.
Dominic Pierce is the man behind some of the most soulful and beat-driven music coming out of Canada today. Building on a deep house catalogue that has become highly sought after by fans in Canada, the United States and France, he continues to explore the wide spectrum of tempo with sounds that fit no convention but his own. His energy-fused deep house, jazz and slow jam sets have recently opened for acts such as Fred Falke and Jaqcues Greene, and he’s garnered support both internationally and at home. Recently Dominic performed live versions of his beats at Sled Island, also collaborating with Scion Sessions on an upcoming 7″ out in August. Dominic Pierce is also the founder of Close To Modern, a outre-soul label promoting Canadian beat makers, DJs and musicians.
Amy Nelson grew up in a northern prairie town before moving to Calgary six years ago with her family. It wasn’t until she was eighteen that she began to sing in front of others. All it took was the beauty and guts of an old-time banjo song that made Amy realize this could very well be the meaning of her life; to listen, to play, and to sing with the banjo. A believer in ragtime, old blues and mountain music, and being yourself, Amy wants nothing more than to share the music that makes her heart beat and her hope is that other will be inspired to sing along too. Nelson appeared on the second season of the Calgary Collection filmed series.
Krystle Love B is one third of Calgary’s ‘Frontier’ DJ Collective alongside fellow Techno DJ’s Powershark and Four Eyes. Frontier is a new night full of hand selected Deep House and Techno tunes held once every few months at Habitat Living Sound. She is also a music producer, DJ and blogger for the longest running female DJ collective, Girls On Decks.
With support from Girls On Decks, Frontier DJ Collective, labels Moonlight/Third City Records and Substation Recordings, Krystle Love B is quickly becoming an up and coming force to be reckoned with in the electronic dance community.
Brick walls ‘n’ disco balls. Deep techy booty bass house sorta tings: Audica is a man of mystery.
Shaani Cage is Aleem and Kaleem Khan. Future Soul/R&B from the immigrant suburbs of YYC. Their debut Danyaal EP was recently released on Close to Modern Records which includes the single ‘Dance Community’.
Cody Freele, A.K.A Sonny Chiba is one third of MannMade Rhodes. a music making trio from Calgary, AB. They were introduced to music early in life by their friends and family and share an infinite love for all its various styles and genres. Their constant involvement in different music scenes throughout their lives has brought a very distinct diversity and original dynamic to the groups’ sound. Each member is an integral part in shaping their original song productions.
Josephine Cruz is a Calgary-based journalist who currently writes for Vice’s music channels and Complex Magazine. She is passionate about sharing stories from Calgary’s arts and culture scene on larger platforms in an effort to showcase the incredible creative community we are blessed with here. Her lifelong love of music recently inspired her to pursue DJing as a new creative outlet and a way to share the sounds she loves with others.
Amelie Patterson >>> Sunday, December 21 <<< Noon
Amelie Patterson is a Canadian singer/songwriter who plays blues, rock, and folk music. She grew up in the Rockies playing guitar around the campfire, and thats where she learned to write songs. She is heavily influenced by the music of Van Morrison, The Band, Janis Joplin, Serena Ryder, and Shakey Graves. When she’s not playing music you’ll find her outdoors on a climbing rope or working in the garden. She loves old records, good scotch, and trains. Her music is the product of everything she knows and loves in life, and she plays it whenever she can.
DJ Tom Mannix has been DJing and collecting records for the past 16 years. Starting out in Calgary, his passion and love of music took him to London, England where he worked as a full time DJ for 7 years in many of London’s high end hotels such as The Dorchster, St Martins Lane, The Zetter and The Trafalgar Hilton. Tom also held residencies in top restaurants such as Hakkasan (Hanway Place), Nobu Berkley Square, W’Sens, Mint Leaf. Tom also played a number of small clubs and bars such at Paradise on Kensal Green, The Westbury, Barrio North, Bedroom Bar, and Doon.
La Rougette is a Calgary based trio focused on compelling harmonies and soulful songs. A collaboration between sisters Miriam Behman, Cat Gusztak and Sylvana Sproule, La Rougette sings french folk songs and a range of modern and classic standard from Rhye and Fleetwood Mac.
‘Haakonsen,’ a name synonymous with forward thinking, groove-oriented party music. Always taking a sideways approach to dance-floor deliverance, Haak’s production, performance and enthusiasm is nothing short but infectious. Since Haak’s first appearance on the scene in 2004, he’s been on a focused mission to share and inspire people with his love for underground electronic music. His genuine passion for making people dance, coupled with his intrinsic creative nature has allowed Haakonsen to thrive as a DJ in his home town and on international stages. Alongside his frequent club appearances throughout Western Canada, Haak’s now a regular act at major music festivals such as FozzyFest, Motion Notion, Connect, and Burning Man.
Divepool >>> Friday, December 12 <<< 8pm
Divepool writes music that has a captivating quality akin to doing summersaults through an ocean full of warm milk, the band’s waves of distortion, steady backbeat and siren song vocals have washed over gazers.
This young duo have carved a sound of ambient dreamy beats, intertwined with refreshingly authentic vocals, that will take you on a irresistible sonic daydream.
Tune in each week for the best dusty old soul, country and rockabilly. Expect songs about chicken, cornbread, chain gangs, the ones who got away, barbecue, rice, and everything nice. Dixie Fried is soul food for your ears. Hayley M. hosts Dixie Fried on Friday mornings from 10am-Noon.
Driven by this ethos, Overland’s foray into dance music became a foray across international lines. Not content with spending hours hunkering in the annals of blogs and charts, Overland decided to take to the streets, spending every free moment on the club floor where dance music culture is actively being forged. By turning her numerous encounters with touring DJs into opportunities to research new sounds, Overland began filling her crate with an eclectic blend of cutting edge selections.
Frontman Mark Loewen assembled drummer, Evan Petkau, guitarist Alex McInnes, and bassist Jadon Peters with the intention of writing arena rock. Lofty ambitions to be sure, but the band has taken off running. While large-scale room filling rock, sing-along choruses, and catchy hooks describe Walden’s origins, the bands folk background has educated them on the finer points of intimate moments and they make use of the range of dynamics in each song.
Right now, Your inside my mind. The mind of a scatterbrain. A true modern day vagabond. I love all, and pursue everything. My dog peanut, my beautiful friends, sunny weather, crafting and building, embracing music, immersing in other cultures and being in the woods are the most important to me. I also like Teepees, comfortable shoes, good coffee, craft beer, and pushing buttons. You have been drawn into the mind of a Raven.
The Moonshakes are a Western Swing band playing some hot new originals as well as paying homage to the greats such as Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Milton Brown and his Brownies, Cliff Brunner’s Texas Wanderers, Jimmie Revard and his Oklahoma Playboys, and the High Flyers to name a few.
Jamal gets you through the early evening, drive time grind with grooves and melodies. Satisfy your craving for future funk from 4-6pm every Tuesday. Tune in to Freshly Squeezed.
A morning radio program airing from 7am-10am every other Thursday on CJSW 90.9 FM. Inspired by our curiosity for the people, places and music of Calgary.
Though she began as a poet and singer-songwriter from age 17, Fuhr began playing bass when she and her Brief Husband wanted to start a band and they both played guitar. He was frustrated with his bass attempts, and Fuhr noticed she was hearing bass runs in her head; soon she was addicted. She has played electric or upright slap bass and sung backup in several gigging Calgary bands of differing genres including indie, rockabilly, bluesy rock n roll, roots rock n roll, folk, and Celtic.
Get ready for the weekend by starting your Fridays off with Big Friday. Each week host Myke Atkinson wakes up with you while playing beats and exposing you to his latest geeky loves. He hits the CJSW 90.9 airwaves from 7-10am on everyone’s favourite day.
Television may well be the opiate of the masses, CJSW is the drug of choice of the modern cognoscenti. My Two Cents Flat is an organic morning ear-expander encouraging you to enjoy yourself more than necessary. C’mon, tune in. What the hell, turn up and turn loose while you’re at it. Sing in the shower. Drum solo at the bus stop. Wink at small children and kiss the pretty ladies. Do it. (You’ll like it.)
Kacy and Clayton’s entire lives have been steeped in the rich catalogs of folk music masters. They are second cousins who grew up a short distance from each other in a ranching community in southern Saskatchewan. As children they were surrounded by rural musicality, absorbing the knowledge and skills of Kacy’s Grandfather (Clayton’s Great-Uncle) Carl Anderson.
The production values of their recordings are consistent and simple. Kacy and Clayton shun studio trickery and gimmicks, pursuing mixes that recall the natural warmth of 1970s british folk LPs. In fact, much of their repertoire could easily be mistaken for hidden gems of decades past. Their return to form is no mere retro affectation; it is a respectful bearing of the torch passed on from their deep and studied musical heritage.
Calgary’s Fox Who Slept the Day Away are an ambient post-rock group made up of guitarist, Connor Mead, Austin Franks on keys and guitar, Austin Caron on bass and keyboards, and Maxwell Haupapa on drums. Everyone sings. The band played a number of outstanding shows this year, including the Jubilee benefit for Zachariah & the Non Profits pictured above.
Landfork is an experimental-pop artist from Southern Alberta. His new album, Trust, fuses introspective songwriting and synth-pop production, adding elements of ’90s dance music. Under various pseudonyms he has been releasing records over the past 15 years while touring across North America and Europe. After stints living in New York, Victoria and Dublin, Landfork is currently based out of Calgary.
A founding member of Tiny Plots, one of Calgary’s hottest tech start-ups, will be a web-based and mobile application that makes it easier to grow food locally. A recent winner of Pitch Rodeo – a business pitch competition for Calgary start-ups – the Tiny Plots team is full of smart ideas for helping gardeners and for transforming urban agriculture. Jordan Brown has impeccable musical taste, and will be the first DJ opening the doors of the Chinese Cultural Centre this Friday.
In a world where the gift of simply appreciating music seems to have been lost, it takes something extraordinary to capture the heart and the attention of listeners. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk do just that. From captivating alternative folk-pop melodies to an authentic and energetic performance, you’ll get drawn in to the music and won’t be letting go anytime soon.
New on the scene from Canada, Jarrod Sterling comes out with a fresh and energetic sound. His debut album “Distance is Relative” is scheduled to be released on Inner Ocean on November 21. This performance will be his first solo in three years.
Looking to dive into the Calgary music community by offering a tight, minimalist sound laced with bright tones and driven rhythms, they formed in November, 2013. In February of 2014 they celebrated their first show.
With high-energy blend of rock n roll and indie-pop with a dash of soul, Run Deer Run‘s sound is boldly infectious. Their approach to songwriting and performing is grounded in making the music they love, connecting with their audience and exploring new sounds.
Cory Zaradur is one half of the ambient/idm/laptopfolk duo Talik and has played as one half of the now disbanded ambient duo Language of Landscape. Layers upon layers of melodic guitar is Cory’s main sound, from swelling drones to dreamy arpeggiated progressions.
Bruno Aka DJ Illcognito is consistently putting out some of the most refreshing sounds around while transitioning over multiple styles/bpms in any given set. Having played with some of the most talented Dj’s in the city, he’s also opened for a wide range of international dj’s, from N-type, Matt the alien, Bass Nectar, Bonobo, Scratch bastard, Mr Scruff, & Stanton Warriors.
The Sweets >>> Sunday, December 7 <<< Noon
The Sweets are a four piece hailing from Calgary, Alberta. With their beginnings as a duo, Claudia Maria and Mitch Wolfe soon added Kevin Sullivan on bass and Katelyn Steinwand on drums. The result is a blend of blues and folksy psychedelic rock, that doesn’t shy away from loud fuzzy riffs, but with some sweet prarie storytelling in the lyrics. The Sweets touch a few genres, but don’t live in one.
DJ’s Ivan Rankic and Heebz are, together, the power-party duo known as Hej Zeus. Their high-energy live performances are responsible for literal ‘around-the-block’ line-ups every Saturday night at one of Calgary’s biggest (in both size and popularity) clubs. Known for their signature party-rocking sets where you can expect House, Rap, Hip-Hop, Trap, R&B, Indie-Rock, Disco and Twerk to all make an appearance, Hej Zeus has secured themselves a spot at the top of the Rocky Mountain DJ’s list.
The artsy, vegetarian offspring of a conservative Alberta farming family who was championed by a free-spirited older sister who died of cancer impossibly young, Amy Thiessen has devoted her life to both the creative and the healing arts. Those worlds fuse subtly on her sophomore album, In Between Goodbyes, in the form of captivating folk-pop songs that showcase a seemingly-effortless authenticity and an ease with exploring the depths of one’s spiritual and emotional life.
Eddie Dalrymple is a multi-instrumentalist residing in Calgary, with several notable projects under is cap over the last decade including is current group, John Lesbian Seagull. Dalrymple has appeared as a session performer with Deadhorse, Holgans, and Samantha Savage Smith. On Sunday afternoon, he’ll introduce you to a selection from his collection of vinyl compiled from his years at running the music side of Melodiya Records.
A galactic wilderness on the second floor, perched above the Kensington Village night bustle for a get-together at our creative incubator, Blank Page Studio.
Welcome To The West proudly presents, the world premiere of Serious Clouds ‘Forms’ EP with special guests 36? and DJ Hank Zappa instigates the evening with a selection of vinyl treasure.
Serious Clouds is the creation of a longtime artistic brotherhood between singer/guitarist Joel Michael Learoyd, bass/keys Edward Joseph McCormick, and drummer Mclean Eubank. In their early 20s, the trio made up the bulk of a local dark indie band called the Grim Beat, which romped around some of Calgary’s formative art scene events. Their sound has matured aplenty – and is well worth the wait. The band’s debut EP was produced by Nils Lightning Mikkelsen.