Nickelback to headline Alberta Fire Aid Benefit

Nickelback to headline Alberta Fire Aid Benefit

A who’s who of the cream of Canadian country and rock artists are banding together to raise money for Fort McMurray fire victims. Many of them have deep connections to Alberta. Announced yesterday, Nickelback (from Hanna, Alberta) will top a bill that also features Alberta legend Ian Tyson, along with Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, Corb […]

Brother Octopus a weird band in a weird town

Brother Octopus a weird band in a weird town

Brother Octopus may claim to be an actual octopus, but his – its – music is completely and utterly human. Scan their lyrics for cephalopodic references. There aren’t any. They write songs that deal with childhood: “Do you remember when the floor was lava, only the sofa was safe to travel?” With the future: “If […]

Courage! There is hope for Gord Downie

Courage! There is hope for Gord Downie

It’s been an emotional day for Canadian music fans, with the sad and sudden news that Tragically Hip frontman Gordon Downie has terminal brain cancer – and that after receiving treatment, his doctor has given him the OK to proceed with a tour of selected Canada towns this summer. UPDATE: The dates announced Wednesday include […]

Middle Eastern musician finds muse in Edmonton

Middle Eastern musician finds muse in Edmonton

Mohsin Zaman lived most of his life in Dubai, United Arab Emirates – and only when he came to Edmonton did he start seriously making music. Now he sounds “Albertan.” Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter says he had a “strict upbringing” from his hard-working Pakistani parents, who moved to Dubai in 1978. The […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Is Edmonton a Beyonce kinda town?

MUSIC PREVIEW: Is Edmonton a Beyonce kinda town?

Is Beyonce any bigger a draw than she was in 2007 or 2009? Because she played Edmonton those years, and neither show sold out. That was in Rexall Place – and now she’s at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday. Tickets are still available. Granted, this is only one of two dates in Canada on her Formation […]

Selena Gomez a star above her music

Selena Gomez a star above her music

In a world of love songs about love and dance songs about dancing, Selena Gomez is a pop star about being a pop star. They spent a lot of money and energy making her look great at Rexall Place Monday night – more effort than was spent on the songs themselves, so great was the […]

NDP MLA puts music to public service

NDP MLA puts music to public service

The list of professional musicians elected to government office is very short indeed. In fact, David Shepherd – MLA for Edmonton-Centre – seems to be the only example in Alberta history. He performs Thursday at the Needle Vinyl Tavern: “Shepapalooza” – also featuring White Lightning and Ben Spencer – which turns out to be a […]

Harpdog Brown gets real

Harpdog Brown gets real

If Harpdog Brown has been faking it all these years, he deserves an Oscar – in addition to his two consecutive Maple Blues Awards for the best blues harmonica player in Canada, plus the Juno nomination. He’s too convincing for it to be an affectation. By now, more than 35 years after he started with […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Band together for Fort McMurray

MUSIC PREVIEW: Band together for Fort McMurray

Given the swift and overwhelming support from all Albertans in the wake of the terrible fire ravaging Fort McMurray, it’s likely a lot of musicians at this weekend’s gigs will be helping, too. Not by picking up shovels, but by doing what they do: To spread the word to their fans about the No. 1 […]

Metal culture exploded at Shredmonton

Metal culture exploded at Shredmonton

There are a lot of funny things about heavy metal culture – and it’s not clear if metalheads are in on the joke. For instance: BAND NAMES: Dying Fetus is one of the shockingly named bands playing the inaugural Shredmonton, a heavy metal conference and showcase happening May 6-8. Also on the list are bands […]

Eagles of Death Metal: The Rock Must Go On

Eagles of Death Metal: The Rock Must Go On

At the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Edmonton Thursday night, frontman Jesse Hughes didn’t say much about the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 90 of the band’s fans in November of 2015. Their merchandise man Nick Alexander was among the victims. “It’s been a weird couple of months – and we needed you tonight!” […]

Rihanna shines bright like a diamond

Rihanna shines bright like a diamond

Funny how Rihanna didn’t talk about playing Edmonton on 4/20 – seeing how it’s no secret she’s into weed. Maybe because in such a tightly-scripted Cirque du Diva spectacular there’s no room for empty patter about ridiculous redundant weed holidays. Maybe for some people, every day is 4/20. Who cares? Can’t we be mature about […]

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