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.