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Concert Reviews Pt 1. – LOVERBOY – FOR THE MUSIC, FOR THE MEMORIES

Concert Reviews Pt 1. – LOVERBOY – FOR THE MUSIC, FOR THE MEMORIES
  Grey Eagle Casino, Calgary – Sept. 17, 2016 In honour of The Canadian Legacy Project (http://www.canadianlegacy.org), a charitable organization which offers assistance and support to Canadian military veterans in times of need, Doug Johnson (keyboards) opened Loverboy’s show with a respectful version of “Oh Canada.”  Many in the crowd sang, but mostly they just stood quietly swaying. Immediately afterwards,... Read More

LIVE: LAST OF THE HIPSTERS – THE TRAGICALLY HIP

LIVE: LAST OF THE HIPSTERS – THE TRAGICALLY HIP
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary – August 1, 2016 Enter a band weighted down by expectations from their fans, from the media, from themselves. Here to perform; an act they’ve done a thousand times before, but now so different where every nuance holds a so many layers. Enter a man, facing his finality, working through complex emotions beyond our comprehension to understand.... Read More

ARE WE NOT POP? – HEDLEY

ARE WE NOT POP? – HEDLEY
  Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary – May 13, 2016 The evening began with a pastiche of images and scenes displayed on the seven screens surrounding the stage accompanied by a scattering of television network sounds. These images blended into the sitcom spoof “The Hedleys” complete with credits and a ‘filmed live in Calgary’ text shown over an idyllic suburban neighbourhood scene.... Read More

JUNOs 2016 – AWARDS A BUZZ

JUNOs 2016 – AWARDS A BUZZ
The Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB | April 3, 2016 The show opened, pre-broadcast, with a barrage of lights and spotlights and a voice pushing the near capacity crowd to cheer, clap, yell, scream, and do whatever was necessary to make noise so the transition to near-live television would be a thrill for those on the other side of their LED... Read More

NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL – THE MONSANTO YEARS

NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL – THE MONSANTO YEARS
(Reprise Records) As the album title implies, this is a work about dust, hard work, and being taken for a ride by the Man. In this 21st century version of outrage, the symbol of the Man has been replaced by the Corporation, that vast descriptor for the power behind all things going wrong in the world, especially in North America.... Read More

THE HIGHWAYS KEEP ROLLING – BACHMAN

THE HIGHWAYS KEEP ROLLING – BACHMAN
Deerfoot Casino, Calgary – April 10, 2015 How many shows has Randy Bachman performed through his numerous guises with groups The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bravebelt, Bachman Cummings, Bachman & Turner, and his latest enterprise Bachman? Thousands, and he probably has a story for every show. The band Bachman is a return to his beginnings, to the sound of guitars,... Read More

ROCK & ROLL LIFE – THE MOHRS

ROCK & ROLL LIFE – THE MOHRS
The Gateway, Calgary – April 2, 2015 The rock and roll life: hauling gear from the farthest depths of a strange building to the concrete bunker of a campus bar; getting little assistance from anyone save the one techie who may or may not be all that interested in life that day; assessing a stage that may fit aforementioned gear... Read More

ECHOES IN THE NIGHT – TOM COCHRANE

ECHOES IN THE NIGHT – TOM COCHRANE
Grey Eagle Casino, Calgary – February 20, 2015 During the night’s performance, Cochrane made a number of references to his campfire songs. Initially, the statement sounded odd and out of place, but by the end of the evening it made sense. To expand on the statement with an analogy: Cochrane is the campfire and the songs that surround him are... Read More

TESTING THE WATERS – SAGA

TESTING THE WATERS – SAGA
Deerfoot Casino, Calgary – February 15, 2015 It’s been over 30 years since Messrs.’ Sadler, Gilmour, Crichton, and Crichton have stood on a Calgary stage. More’s the pity since it was quickly evident that the band has not lost its direction and perform with the same intellectual intensity that defined them early in their musical journey. With relative newcomer, Mike... Read More

PLAYING WITH STORY – Northern Pikes, Calgary AB

PLAYING WITH STORY – Northern Pikes, Calgary AB
Deerfoot Casino, Calgary | November 29, 2014 With no pretense of fanfare, The Northern Pikes, in trio format hit the stage running and never looked back. Blasting into one of their biggest hits, “Teenland” and taking the room by storm, they shook and shimmied, casting the story into the crowd and never releasing it. The song, complete with Zeppelin’s “Whole... Read More

WARMING TO THE HEAT – MOIST

WARMING TO THE HEAT – MOIST
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary – November 28, 2014 A keyboard sequence swishing through the PA from side to side and enough smoke to suggest a raging fire backstage signaled the opening of the show as each member of Moist moved separately to the stage. The sequence surrendered to grinding guitar chords as “Mechanical” churned into life. The song,... Read More

SO TRUE – THE TREWS

SO TRUE – THE TREWS
Flames Central, Calgary – November 21, 2014 Honesty in any form of musical expression is challenging. One wants to stay true to an artistic vision while maintaining a hold on reality and, slim though it may be, make a living from one’s art; the balance between making yourself happy as an artist and your audience happy to support you. Opening... Read More

BLACK IS THE COLOUR — Headstones

BLACK IS THE COLOUR — Headstones
Flames Central, Calgary | October 30, 2014 A secret memo went out to all participants to wear black; black shirts, black pants, and shoes. And to accessorize with black: black toques, black bandanas, and leather. The occasional suit, dropped from a nearby office tower cruised the edges of the scene with a brightly coloured shirt, but was soon lost in... Read More