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. […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Festival upon festival

MUSIC PREVIEW: Festival upon festival

Yellowknife and Edmonton share a kinship of mutual insanity that develops every summer – because we’re all desperate to get as much fun out of it as possible. They even have midnight sun festival called “Raven Madness Days.” We can relate. Doesn’t get dark much around here, either, and this solstice weekend is when festivals […]

Tail Creek cancelled, EDM show goes on

Tail Creek cancelled, EDM show goes on

The writing was really on the wall about this one. News that the Tail Creek Music Festival has been cancelled is unfortunate, but it comes as no surprise. Organizers had made the decision to move the outdoor event to the Shaw Conference Centre June 26-28 to feature Limp Bizkit and Billy Talent, among others, but […]

Neil Young postpones Edmonton appearance

Neil Young postpones Edmonton appearance

The expected political debate to arise from the appearance of Neil Young in Edmonton is going to have to wait. The Canadian folk-rock legend has postponed his July 3 show at Rexall Place, which was part of a special tour to support the “Honour the Treaties” campaign in the fight against Tar Sands development. No […]

Janet Jackson comes to Edmonton

Janet Jackson comes to Edmonton

‘Tis indeed the Year of the Diva. The one and only Janet Jackson is the latest female superstar to be announced for Edmonton’s already busy concert schedule. She performs at Rexall Place on Friday, Sept. 4, part of Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour, in support of her upcoming album. Tickets are $29 to $125 – with […]

Flaming Lips added to Sonic Boom bill

Flaming Lips added to Sonic Boom bill

OK, Sonic Boom, now we’re talking. The addition of the great Flaming Lips to an already packed bill of modern rock goodness has banished any possible doubts remaining about Edmonton’s annual Labour Day music festival – taking place this year Sept. 5-6 in Borden Park, just down the road from the old parking lot location […]

EXCLUSIVE! 19th Century Psychic rips Long Island Medium

EXCLUSIVE! 19th Century Psychic rips Long Island Medium

A séance was held, and the spirit of famed 19th Century psychic Catherine Fox agreed to an exclusive interview to celebrate the appearance of the Long Island Medium in Edmonton – just like magic! GIGCITY: Ms. Fox, thanks for doing this. I know you must be busy. FOX: I always have time for the living. […]

A Blues Hall of Fame in Edmonton is a natural

A Blues Hall of Fame in Edmonton is a natural

Edmonton has as much claim to be the home of the blues as Cleveland has for the heart of Rock and Roll – and yet here we are. The Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame will hold its second annual induction celebration Sunday, June 7 at Blues on Whyte; Maurice John Vaughn, Hans Stamer, Nancy Nash […]

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