Edmonton trans singer to perform at anti Jordan Peterson rally

Edmonton trans singer to perform at anti Jordan Peterson rally

It started with a quibble about pronouns that escalated into a hill to die on – a bitter partisan war over free speech and gender politics that shows no signs of a ceasefire. University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson started it with his outspoken criticism of Bill C-16, which is meant to protect a […]

HMS Pinafore: A jazz cruise with pizzazz

HMS Pinafore: A jazz cruise with pizzazz

Shortly after it was written in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore (or The Lass That Loved a Sailor), became the most popular musical in the world. Propelled by silliness and mirth, it was a huge hit in London and, crossing the ocean, became an immediate sensation in America. At one time pirated versions were […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Fearing loathing Trump

MUSIC PREVIEW: Fearing loathing Trump

Stephen Fearing was born in Vancouver, raised in Ireland, lived in Minnesota and wound up back in Vancouver in 1984 – where only then he became the Canadian folk hero he is today. He could live anywhere – and America is bottom of the list. In the area for a trio show at Festival Place […]

RIP Tommy Banks: Godfather of Edmonton music

RIP Tommy Banks: Godfather of Edmonton music

“I can’t wait to read it” is the last thing Tommy Banks said to me a few months ago – in anticipation of the book I’m struggling to finish about the history of the Edmonton music scene. He’s a key chapter. What a sad deadline to miss. Tommy never got to read it. He died […]

K.Flay rocks hip hop and headbangers in Edmonton

K.Flay rocks hip hop and headbangers in Edmonton

The music of K.Flay can make you dance – but her lyrics can break your heart. Her music is almost enough to make you forget that the Union Hall is one of Edmonton’s least favourite concert spots – where she performed a sold-out show on Tuesday night. The pit is fun enough, but if you’re […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: No cheese in this Romano

MUSIC PREVIEW: No cheese in this Romano

Daniel Romano is back again this weekend, after a solo show just a couple of weeks ago. This time it’s with his side project Ancient Shapes, which has grown into a life of its own with an experimental mixture of power pop and punk exploring vast crevices of the sounds inside and between those genres, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: K.Flay cuts deep

MUSIC PREVIEW: K.Flay cuts deep

Kristine Flaherty isn’t the only artist to reference self-harming in a song. From Alessia Cara’s Scars to Your Beautiful to Linkin Park’s Breaking the Habit, to Johnny Cash singing about hurting himself with Nine Inch Nails, it’s a thing. Blood in the Cut is just the latest self-harming hit to strike a nerve. Playing the […]

Corb Lund and Ian Tyson: The Last cowboys

Corb Lund and Ian Tyson: The Last cowboys

There was an edge of sadness to Saturday night’s Corb Lund-Ian Tyson collaboration at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton – a sense of that the cowboy lifestyle they sing so passionately about is going away forever. “Our good times are all gone” goes the line in Four Strong Winds – which ended the concert (as […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Corb Lund meets Ian Tyson

MUSIC PREVIEW: Corb Lund meets Ian Tyson

Saturday night two Alberta heroes take over the Jubilee Auditorium for a show of epic proportions. Corb Lund is of course an Albertan legend, with more nominations and awards than most other artists have hits. One Juno, an insane ELEVEN CCMAs, and a whole lot of others that are too numerous to mention. And all […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Big Boi kicks off concert season

MUSIC PREVIEW: Big Boi kicks off concert season

Does this count as a blast from the past? Coming to town this weekend is one of the members of a group that made such a joyous splash in 2003 with a song called Hey Ya – the happiest, go-ahead-and-say “funnest” song of the year. From OutKast, the rapper Big Boi performs the Union Hall […]

7 Top Edmonton Bands of 2017

7 Top Edmonton Bands of 2017

The biggest news in the city’s music scene this year may well have been the fall of the Needle Vinyl Tavern. Whether it returns or not is still unclear, but one thing is clear: the reasons for its demise are shocking, and will likely have an impact on the scene for many years to come […]

New Year’s Eve Music Preview

New Year’s Eve Music Preview

From cover bands to original bands – and is there anything else? – the city’s favourite local venues have a little something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. Of greatest interest to Edmonton music fans might just be a couple of bands that have started gigging again after a bit of a hiatus. Calgary’s Chixdiggit […]