This Monday we decided to get festive and let Calgary band The Jingles tickle your Christmas Spirit. I really love how much fun they have! Really makes it hard to bah humbug.
This Saturday they have a FREE ALL AGES SHOW at The House Coffee Sanctuary in Kensington. They are definitely worth checking out. Maybe you’ll even catch the Christmas bug. For a preview of what to expect check out this video. They also have tons of live video on their YouTube page.
I’ve been to Toronto many times over the years for festivals and other shows but this one felt special. Famed venue the Horseshoe Tavern opened it’s doors to us and we had a blast. It’s awesome. New plan: Play The Horseshoe ALL THE TIME.
Home away from home. Lola’s could be the set of a small town sitcom. Full of character and oddball individuals. We met the most interesting people. Had THE BEST pulled pork sandwich ever!!! And put on a great show to a pumped and receptive audience. By the end of our three sets I’m pretty sure people were singing the words to Deceiver and Greedy. Cornwall and the people at Lola’s (Thinking of you Robin!) were so welcoming we will definitely add it as a place to stop every time we’re in the neighbourhood. We’re part of the family now!
Winnipeg has a bad reputation. Most people cringe a little when you mention it. Our experience was mixed. June is definitely a great time to visit. It’s as green as it’s going to get and the locals are out and about in a summer state of mind. We were warmly received by the folk at the Garrick Hotel (https://www.facebook.com/GarrickHotelWinnipeg). Owner Gary took care of us and made us feel right at home. A highlight was definitely the rooftop photoshoot after the show.
Friends of Foes – great alternative band from Saskatoon. They’re heading into the studio soon to record their first album. We can’t wait to hear it! Follow them on twitter and facebook for show dates and news on the album
We had a fantastic sendoff at The New Black Centre in our hometown of Calgary. Our wonderful family, friends and fans came out in full force to help us launch the Spidersaurusrex Tour. Hitting the stage with us was the lovely Kieran Strange and Calgary band Ten Cent Pistols.
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.
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 MusicYYC.ca. 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.
Tony and I were lucky enough to grab last minute tickets to Transit’s fist pumping CD release show this past Saturday at UofC’s Mac Hall Ballroom. Transit’s latest album, Stale, was officially released January 3rd, 2013. You can sample and buy the album here: http://transit1.bandcamp.com/album/stale-4
If you love hip hop you will not be disappointed.
The show was packed with awesome performances and special guests like Jesse-James Cameron from Makeshift Innocence (www.iriemi.com), Joe Nolan (www.joenolansongs.com) and Sykamore. Newcomer The Blue rocked the stage performing a powerful duet with Transit and beat-savvy DJ Crosswalk (www.facebook.com/dothecrosswalk) kept the tracks and filanthrofists going all night.
Overall we were completely blown away by this high-energy jam-packed show.