Welcome To The West returns following a one year hiatus from Calgary showcases for one night only: Monday, November 7 live at Blank Page Studio with this intimate triple-header featuring Emily Millard, Aerialists from Montreal and The Heirlooms – this night will be co-produced by Suffragette City CJSW host, Jasmine Retzer and visual artist Rebecca Reid.
Welcome To The West & Sparrow Tree Productions reunite after a 3 year hiatus, bringing together the very best of the West and East for an evening of bluegrass, Appalachian oldtime, and western swing, as we present to you this phenomenal co-bill, Rotary Park & Sarah Hamilton. To commemorate our first Toronto production, enjoy this Rotary Park session for ‘Fallen Again’ inside the 1890s built Schoolhouse Athletic Club in Calgary’s Historic Inglewood. See you this Sunday at Burdock.
For the fifth edition of the ‘Electric Barn’ Series at Whyte Avenue’s URB PRK, we have programmed a lineup featuring three esteemed songwriters beating down new pathways in their music careers. Edmonton’s Eva Foote has returned to her home city to release her latest album, ‘Funeral Walking’ on August 29th at the The Needle Vinyl Tavern alongside Lyra Brown and Bramwell Park. Calgary-born turned Edmo resident, Kurt Loewen is the frontman of the multidimensional traditional folk dance outfit, the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will be performing a solo set at Cafe Mosaics ahead of RR Pegasus, a new musical direction by Steven Young of Laser Cake and Body Waves.
Saturday, August 20 >>> Eva Foote >>> 6pm
Eva Foote is lilacs personified – summery vocals, soft harmonies. lyrics laced with hope and nostalgia. Edmonton is home, but now lives in Montreal, Quebec where she studies theatre.
Saturday, August 20 >>> Kurt Loewen >>> 7pm
Kurt Loewen formed the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra a decade ago – they are are a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. It doesn’t matter much how they got here, but rather that they are traveling with each other. Now they are here in the room with you, the way music in the folk tradition always is, to bring people together; to share real flesh, blood and feeling. They’ll weave their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings. Here are the troubadours to remind you that this music (no matter what kind of device it ends up on) could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.
What happens when you gather at a house beside the lake, for the music and the meals and the daily walk with the dog to the sea? When you lose a lover or become one, when you get married, and when you have to leave? Here is the song that will tell so much more than the words: sing of the things that burn brighter and work hearts harder, with melodies that linger salient as memories, too haunting to forget.
LOVE is an album about that much-storied sentiment that is certainly no stranger to a song. What makes The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra’s love songs unique is that it collects differing experiences into one harmonized narrative, teasing apart the layers and revealing how hard good people work to be good to each other. It’s an album that speaks to the consequences of love in its many forms, seeing it as both sugar and lemons, suggesting that to have one without the other would make the recipe incomplete.
Saturday, August 20 >>> RR Pegasus >>> 8pm
RR Pegasus is the new music persona of Steven Young, front man of Calgary pop group Laser Cake. Although on hiatus, LC has a tight regional following, performing select shows in support of they’re 2016 single, Superstitious.
Saturday, August 20 >>> DJ LeeBoyes >>> 4-6pm
We are now mid way through this six weekend, street side concert series on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue with plentiful show nuggets remaining in our boots. For those whom haven’t yet experienced the URB PRK ‘Electric Barn’, the venue spans an area usually dedicated to parked vehicles on a bustling commercial thoroughfare. Up-and-coming architects designed this bandstand/relaxation zone to face the open patio face of Cafe Mosaics, so the audience is a collection of dinner guests, curious foot traffic, and cyclists/motorists in transit. The Cafe serves artistic, eye-popping vegan and vegetarian cuisine, high quality pressed juice, and brightly coloured cocktails among other delights – there are also reoccurring canine friends being friendly and supervising the storefront in an entertaining fashion. Three more Saturdays: what will we think of next?
Saturday, August 13 >>> Ryan Bourne >>> 8pm
Ryan Bourne is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work connects the dots between unabashed songcraft and the outer limits of psychedelic rock. He usually performs with Eric Hamelin (Chad Van Gaalen, nomoreshapes) Steve Fletcher (Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Woodpigeon), and Ian Jarvis (Ghostkeeper, Chairs), and plays in Calgary bands Deadhorse and Extra Happy Ghost!!!. He has performed at Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion and Sled Island. Ryan’s debut album, ‘Supermodern World Of Beauty’ is a psychedelic pop piece produced by Jay Crocker (Ghostkeeper, nomoreshapes) at Calgary-based Artunit Studios, released in Canada in May 2010 on Saved By Radio.
Saturday, August 13 >>> Chin Up, White Leaf >>> 7pm
With it’s first signs of inception in 2010, ‘Chin Up, White Leaf’ began as a previously unnamed collection of work kept from the world beneath basement floorboards. Though under the navigation, haunt and charm for conscientious lines and seamless melodics, it became apparent that a basement dwelling may not be a place for the health of such things. However personal, telling or inviting of nervous footing.
One day earlier this century, a decision was made to overthrow the weight of hesitant energies to free the contents of the beloved floorboard and also those of the originator. And in doing this came a new era for the old and the new pieces of the collection to run free under a new name. New like the leaves but always changing like the blood and its courses within them. A resurrection in part of a former title held by the best ones.
Saturday, August 13 >>> Ella Coyes & Jasper Smith >>> 6pm
After meeting at a local open mic in Edmonton Alberta, Jasper’s hometown, this pair quickly connected. Finding kinship in similar influence, including Ryan Adams and Blake Mills, the two began co-writing and rearranging Coyes’ acoustic folk songs. Although young, Coyes displays a wise voice and presence, while Smith provides a unique and youthful guitar sound.
Summer of 2016 had them performing at festivals around Alberta, including Kaleido festival, Edmonton Folk Festival and Canmore Folk Festival, and releasing their debut EP Soon the Wind Came, Coyes and Smith are hungry for more. Ella & Jasper will be releasing a single in the winter of 2016.
Saturday, August 6 >>> DJ Lana >>> 4-6pm