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TwoShine County: Nah, It’s Not What You Think!

TwoShine County: Nah, It’s Not What You Think!
By Keith Sharp When Calgary country-rock duo TwoShine County announced that their debut six-track Ep is going to be titled, “Whole Lotta Love”, the obvious reaction is; “You’ve got to be joking”. I mean country may be the new rock but they wouldn’t go so far as to cover that Led Zeppelin classic…would they? Just the thought of Jimmy Page’s... 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

The 2016 Juno Awards Stampede Into Calgary

The 2016 Juno Awards Stampede Into Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta (February 27, 2015) — The JUNO Awards “road trip” is saddled up and heading west as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and broadcast partner CTV announced today that Calgary will host The 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations, March 28-April 3. The 45th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from The... 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

Bobby Wills – Crazy Enough? You Betcha!

Bobby Wills – Crazy Enough? You Betcha!
Don’t ever think that Bobby Wills will back off of a dare. He’ll even jump off of a ledge into a creek, as evidenced in the title track and hit single from his latest album Crazy Enough. Wills is up for any challenge and he’s not about to use stunt doubles. “That song is definitely autobiographical,” laughs the affable Albertan... Read More

Monster Truck – The Republik – Calgary, Dec 8, 2013

Monster Truck – The Republik – Calgary, Dec 8, 2013
Hamilton’s Monster Truck have wrought themselves in the great fires of early 1970’s stadium rock. In that grand tradition, they blew the doors off The Republik on a snowy Sunday night in Calgary. Consisting of  members Jon Harvey (vocals bass) Jeremy Widerman (guitar vocals) Brandon Bliss (organ vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums vocals) the band are a hard working and... Read More

Recovery is a Carnival – Alberta Flood Aid

Recovery is a Carnival – Alberta Flood Aid
A carnival represents the upheaval of power, where the fool becomes king and the king becomes slave; a temporary change of social order and societal structure. After the flood, company presidents grabbed their gloves and boots and shoveled the mud out of working class homes, elevating the displaced with their sweat and grit. At McMahon Stadium, the boardroom suits danced... Read More

Stars Support Flood Aid

Stars Support Flood Aid
A virtual who’s who of Canadian music talent will assemble Thursday August 15th at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium to performing an Alberta Flood Aid charity concert to raise funds for flood recovery in Southern Alberta. Artists confirmed to perform at this special event include Nickelback, Loverboy, Tom Cochrane, The Sheepdogs, Randy Bachman, Colin James, Jann Arden, Matthew Good, Corb Lund, Johnny... Read More

The Professor Is In – Kim Mitchell

The Professor Is In – Kim Mitchell
Clad in a long-sleeved blue paisley shirt and wearing variable tint glasses with severe black frames, Kim Mitchell, the professor, strode on stage and proceeded to give a master class in the art of the rock guitar. Without fanfare he and his band mates launched into lesson one: “Roll n Roll Duty.” Accentuating the finer parts of the song with... Read More

The Passion of Music – Chilliwack

The Passion of Music – Chilliwack
Clad in black t-shirts and black jeans, the wily veterans walked gracefully through the audience and took the stage with energy and smiles. Led by original member Bill Henderson on guitar and lead vocals, with younger brother Ed Henderson on guitar and backing vocals, and the solid bottom end duo of Doug Edwards on bass and Jerry Adolphe on drums,... Read More

Dancing with the Jesters – Harlequin

Dancing with the Jesters – Harlequin
Harlequin has been a rock radio mainstay with a string of hits that play in near continual rotation since they arrived on the scene in 1979. And so, tonight’s show brought out those hits, including “Thinking of You”, “I Did it for Love”, and “Superstitious Feeling”. The crowd responded with great gusto to the hits, but were lukewarm to new... Read More