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Indie Music Monday - New single from Head of the Herd

Categories: Indie Music Monday | Posted by: Jenavive
‘By this time tomorrow’ – New Single from Head of the Herd

This is the debut single of Head of the Herd’s sophomore album “By This Time Tomorrow.” It was produced by the man behind Rage Against the Machine’s first record Gggarth Richardson, and features Jasmin Parkin from Mother Mother. Recorded at the Farm Studios, engineered by Ben Kaplan “Krunch.”

The full LP will be out June 2013, and includes songs produced by Rick Jackett & James Black of Finger Eleven, as well as more by Gggarth.

Jasmin Parkin appears courtesy of Last Gang Records.

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Indie Music Monday - Cashbox Magazine Canada

Categories: Indie Music Monday, Reviews | Posted by: Jenavive

I had the pleasure of meeting Cashbox Magazine Canada’s Sandy Graham and Micheal Williams at Canada Music Week a few years ago. Cashbox Magazine is know for being generous and supportive of up-and-coming artist and I was lucky enough to leave an impression on them.

Check the article out here:

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Indie Music Monday - Amelia Curran & Scott Cook

Categories: Indie Music Monday, Reviews, Shows | Posted by: Jenavive

Amelia Curran

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Amelia Curran‘s sold-out performance at the Nickelodeon Music Club in Calgary.  If you haven’t heard of Amelia before, she is a Juno Award winning Canadian Singer-songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Amelia’s music can be described as indie-folk, or alternative-country.  She incorporates story telling over finger-picked acoustic guitar.  Accompanying her on the accordion and providing vocal harmonies was Catherine Allen, another St. John’s native.

The Nickelodeon Music Club is based out of the Crescent Heights Community hall.  It seats 193 people, most of which are season ticket holders.  It is run by volunteers and has a true community feel to it.  The audience was a welcoming and polite group of true music fans.  The stage, albeit small, and room made for an intimate experience.  The venue was well organized and the acoustics and sound were excellent.

Scott Cook

Edmonton based Scott Cook opened the night with a 40 minute acoustic set.  His pleasing baritone voice is well suited to his country-folk crooning.  He told stories of camping with his buddies in the prairies, and sang of playing in bars to much less receptive crowds than the Nickelodeon.   He will be having his CD release in Calgary at the Ironwood on May 9th.

After a brief intermission, Amelia Curran took to the stage with her acoustic guitar.  Her awkward, yet endearing stage presence quickly became charming as the night went on.  Between each song, Amelia would tell personal stories to the audience.  Her stories were about how her songs were written, her roots as a Newfoundlander, why she doesn’t have an accent, her family, and the battle for a Guinness World Record.  Her banter with Catherine Allen, who sang back up vocals, was reminiscent of David Letterman and Paul Shaffer.  A couple geeky references to Dr. Who and Monty Python fell short on the audience, but I definitely appreciated them.

The night wrapped up quickly at the end of the set.  Amelia had to catch a midnight flight back east so she could present an award.

As a newcomer to the Calgary Music scene,  I feel that Calgary folk clubs are a bit of a hidden treasure.  If you are a fan of Folk Music, check out to see if there are any shows in your area.  You won’t regret it!

For a taste of Amelia Currans live performace, you can watch her perform the song “The Mistress” on CBC’s QTV.



Listen to her track “Years” from her album Spectators.


You can also check out this live acoustic video of Scott Cook’s “High and Lonesome again“.




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10 Reasons why Live Local Music is Better Than Going to a Movie.

Categories: Fun, Indie Music Monday | Posted by: Jenavive
 10 Reasons why Live Local Music is Better Than Going to a Movie.

10. It’s cheaper. Most local shows are $5 to $10 bucks for 4 hours of entertainment. Movies are around $15 but with 3D and IMAX tickets get expensive quickly.

9. You can talk to your friends and not get yelled at for being a dick.

This would never happen at one of our shows

This would never happen at one of our shows

8. A chance to show off your sweet dance moves.

Tina! Come get some ham!

Tina! Come get some ham!

7. Girls will talk to you because of your excellent taste in music and superior social skills. Number 5 greatly helps your cause.

6. No children. Most shows are +18 plus.  This means you get to enjoy some guilt free adult entertainment.

5. Alcohol. For the same price of a theatre pop you can enjoy a delicious draft beer. *Note* better with friends.  

The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

4. You can take a pee break whenever you want.   No more waiting for the slow part of the movie wondering if your bladder will explode.

3. Your facebook profile will look way more exciting.

This lady is having the best day OF HER LIFE!

This lady is having the best day OF HER LIFE!

2. You will get to hangout with cool bands.

1. That popcorn was making you fat anyway.

Turns out "Baby, Baby, Baby" was about Justin's love addiction for popcorn.

Turns out “Baby, Baby, Baby” was about Justin’s love addiction for popcorn.

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Indie Music Monday - King Dylan

Categories: Indie Music Monday | Posted by: Jenavive

On Friday, Vicki Volt and I made our way to Mount Royal University’s bar The Hub to catch King Dylan’s CD release show in support of “Looking For the Sun”. This is King Dylan’s fourth solo album and takes us to subjects a little deeper than his previous releases. His first single and video off the album is “Blind Man”.

On stage his delivery of Alternative Hip Hop/Pop is full of boundless energy. Lead singer of Broken Ride, Graham Furber, joined him onstage to keep the entire room bouncing along to the fun filled set. We wish him well as he sets off for Canada Music Week and hope his album is a huge success!

Openers Septembryo played a new song they dubbed “great for working out to” which I super loved. I can’t wait to harass the guys for a copy of the track.

And a new discovery for me was the band Penny Fortune. The Hip Hop Rock duo blew me away.

Check out the video for “Blind Man!”  (and yes that’s him painting)

Get in touch with King Dylan!








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Indie Music Monday - The Implicate Order

Categories: Indie Music Monday | Posted by: Jenavive
Calgary Rockers – The Implicate Order

We recently discovered a new female fronted indie rock band from Calgary named The Implicate Order.  After a quick listen to their 7 track album ‘Hollow Process’ on bandcamp, we were all hooked.  Their music is reminiscent of early No Doubt alt rock feel, mixed with Paramore style vocals.

They sound great on the record, and even better live. The guys and I were able to make it out to their recent gig at Lord Nelson’s Pub on 8th ave. The show was high energy, and filled with intricate playing and headbanging breakdowns. It’s impossible not to groove on the dance floor while they rock out.

The band consists of mega hot vocalist and rhythm guitarist Christina Lacowicz, guitarist Gene Lachica, bass player Tyler Allard and drummer Josh Nadeau.

I cannot wait to share the stage with them at our EP release party, at Dickens Pub on February 28th. Dancing pants required.


My personal favorites are Boardwalk and Wrong Hole.


If you like what you hear, you can buy the album ‘Hollow Process’ for $5 on Bandcamp, or stream it for free!

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Official music video released for 'Human Nature'

Categories: Jenavive News | Posted by: Jenavive
New Music from Jenavive


A quick note to announce the release of  the official “Human Nature”  music video.  It is now available for your viewing pleasure.

You can watch it here now –

We’ll have more amazing videos for you in the coming weeks.  Subscribe to our youtube channel so you can be the first of your friends to see them.

We have already reached over 1,000 views in the last few days!  Thank you to everyone who has shared this video through facebook and twitter.


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Indie Music Monday - Cobra Ramone

Categories: Indie Music Monday | Posted by: Jenavive
[WARNING: This article contains loud guitar and racy subject matter that may cause readers to start car chases or develop severe Kinemortophobia.]

Cobra Ramone is full of rock and roll badassery. She proves that girls can rock as hard as boys and look sexy doing it. On stage she is joined by Big Daddy Deachman (drums) and Trevor Snakedust (hammond B3) for dirty guitar driven blues-rock and vocals that any singer would be envious of.

Currently based out of Vancouver, Canada, Cobra is recording new music and touring all over North America. Make sure you go see her and the boys when they visit your city! For updates on shows and other band debauchery follow them on twitter.

Her latest record is a self-titled face-melting 10-track chronicle about the apocalypse, zombies and ‘boys-are-dicks’ type songs that can be previewed and purchased at

My personal picks are: Cobras ( and fan fave Wrath Like a City ( that will have you blasting your car speakers and singing along by the first chorus.

You can find her music on bandcamp or listen to her song: “I’m the one” on youtube, if you prefer.


My personal picks are Cobras and fan fave Wrath Like a City that will have you blasting your car speakers and singing along by the first chorus.


Videos of Choice
Cover of Jessie J’s – Do It Like a Dude

Cobra Ramone – I’m the One


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Indie Music Monday –

Categories: Indie Music Monday | Posted by: Jenavive

Calgary is home to many great musicians.  A great way to keep track of other local acts, venues, and stores in the Calgary area is  Run by Colleen Krueger, MusicYYC acts as a directory, showcasing many different artists, their bios, artwork, and where you can find and buy their music.

Check out their site and send some traffic their way.  If you are a local band looking to be listed on their directory, check out their submit page.



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Camilla D’errico - For Art Lovers

Categories: Art | Posted by: Jenavive

I have been a huge fan of Vancouver based artist Camilla D’errico for years. In fact an entire wall of my bedroom is covered in her prints. There are a few in the bathroom too!

Over the years she has created a dynamic brand of pop surrealism that has expanded into paintings, the infamous Helmet Girls, her graphic novels Tanpopo, BURN, Nightmares and Fairytales, Sky Pirates to name a few and many other collectibles.

My personal favourites are her oil paintings [NSFW] titled “Bad Madeline”, “Bone Bride” and “Milk Thistle Ninja Girl”.

Explore the work of this fantastical Canadian artist at or follow her on twitter @Helmetgirl



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