Golden West Festival experiment a success

Golden West Festival experiment a success

Just when the Golden West Music Festival has become a viable “thing,” yet another music festival, but one to get away from all the other music festivals, organizers are pulling the plug. The third and last annual event happens July 31-Aug. 2 near the hamlet of Ardmore, Alberta, on a farm owned by Kevin Bowman, […]

Slipknot to impact Edmonton in October

Slipknot to impact Edmonton in October

Slipknot, the metal band so heavy they have to wear masks to protect themselves – that’s why they do it, right? – will be returning to rock the Big Building in Edmonton. The Des Moines band pulls into Rexall Place on Sunday, Oct. 18, with guests Suicidal Tendencies, and the new hardcore kids on the […]

Sinead O’Connor cancels folk fest gig

Sinead O’Connor cancels folk fest gig

There’s some bad news for fans of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival – Sinead O’Connor has cancelled her scheduled appearance on Friday, Aug. 7. Citing health concerns, the controversial Irish singer has in fact cancelled all her summer tour dates. She is said to be suffering from exhaustion from an unresolved medical condition. No other […]

Is Landmark Events another pay to play scam?

Is Landmark Events another pay to play scam?

It turns out that Landmark Events is not the Spawn of Satan and Stephen Harper rolled into one. This is a LEGITIMATE business making money off the sweat of young musicians. It happens all the time. They’ll be holding another battle of the bands … sorry, “showcase festival” in late August at the Starlite Room. […]

SNFU: And everyone wanted to play

SNFU: And everyone wanted to play

We now have to call SNFU “The Band That Would Not Die.” So put your devil horns up, or extend your middle fingers in the universal punk rock language of “live long and prosper,” and let us salute these aging heroes of hardcore. Their stamina and persistence is inspiring – especially lead singer Chi Pig, […]

Slash to stick to guns in Edmonton

Slash to stick to guns in Edmonton

The man as famous for the hair in his eyes and the outrageous hat atop as his furious guitar shredding is making a triumphant return to Edmonton. Slash – no last name needed – and his new band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will play the Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 10 as part of […]

BEHIND THE SONG: Royal Tusk fears Shadow of Love

BEHIND THE SONG: Royal Tusk fears Shadow of Love

One of the reasons there are so many heartbreak songs is that heartbreak songs are usually written by musicians, and musicians are often on the road, which is a difficult place from which to maintain a committed relationship. So: heartbreak songs. The public may get a skewed outlook on love from this sort of material, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Canada Days all weekend!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Canada Days all weekend!

Did you enjoy your organic whole grain gluten-free Canada Day pancake breakfast? Of course you did. Get used to the new regime! Stick around at the “Ledge” July 1 for family activities and live entertainment until 7 pm, or head downtown, where the Works visual art festival celebrates its last day with the finest in […]

The Tea Party to scratch 20 year itch in Edmonton

The Tea Party to scratch 20 year itch in Edmonton

It’s good to have the Tea Party back in regular Canadian touring rotation again. Everyone’s favourite Zeppelin-meets-Doors power trio was on the disabled list for a while, but they’re back in action, now celebrating 20 years since scoring huge with their third album, The Edges of Twilight. As part of a North American tour, the […]

Bad Religion to play Edmonton after all

Bad Religion to play Edmonton after all

It’s good to see at least one headliner from the cancelled Tail Creek Music Festival has salvaged an Edmonton gig out of it. Bad Religion will now play the Union Hall on Saturday, June 27 – same date the California band was to appear at the Shaw Conference Centre with Limp Bizkit for Tail Creek. […]

5 Edmonton cats to dig at the jazz fest

5 Edmonton cats to dig at the jazz fest

Beyond the avant-garde atonal adventures of The Bad Plus, or the emotionally powerful pianowork of Fred Hersch or The Rolling Stones’ favourite background singer Lisa Fischer, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival is loaded with local ringers. Accomplished musicians to a fault, Edmonton’s jazz cats largely lurk in the shadows of the festival schedule, but they […]

INTERVIEW: It’s all beautiful to Lisa Fischer

INTERVIEW: It’s all beautiful to Lisa Fischer

When they call Lisa Fischer the “best back-up vocalist in the world,” they’re not joking. She can sing, sure, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Sting, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Nine Inch Nails are just a few of the people she’s worked with. […]

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