REVIEW: Heavenly Blue Rodeo

REVIEW: Heavenly Blue Rodeo

Having Blue Rodeo in Edmonton for a pair of January shows is a tradition. After playing a two-nighter at the Jubilee Auditorium in January 2016, the six-piece country rock band is back for another two nighter at the Jubilee Auditorium in January 2017 – and Thursday was another packed house. This is unsurprising in a […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Must be January, Blue Rodeo is here

MUSIC PREVIEW: Must be January, Blue Rodeo is here

Today on Hinterland Who’s Who: Like the swallows to Capistrano, Blue Rodeo returns to Canadian concert halls once again for their annual migration. Behold the wonders of nature! Wait, are there any swallows left or are they all extinct? Where the heck is Capistrano, anyway? No fair Googling. Anyway, Blue Rodeo is a perennial Canadian […]

INTERVIEW: Blue Rodeo careful with politics

INTERVIEW: Blue Rodeo careful with politics

Blue Rodeo might be too close to themselves to understand how interesting it is that they didn’t include their one-off protest song Stealin’ All Our Dreams on their new album, 1000 Arms. Maybe it’s a hidden secret bonus track? “It is?!” exclaims singer Jim Cuddy in a recent interview. No … what? It is? “No.” […]

Fire Aid so Alberta it hurts

Fire Aid so Alberta it hurts

There’s something about Commonwealth Stadium that makes Edmontonians nostalgic for all of the big events held there throughout their lives. There’s the long list of Edmonton Eskimos’ games (are we ever going to change that name?), Grey Cups, the 1983 Summer Universiade, Oilers Stanley Cup Parades, and the visit of Prince Charles & Lady Di, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jazz fest a MacEwan affair

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jazz fest a MacEwan affair

Did you know that Edmonton is crawling with monster jazz musicians on par with any in the world? It’s true. Why this is so is no mystery. Most of the heaviest local jazz cats in town make their living by teaching others to follow in their path, most at the famed MacEwan University music program […]

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 […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Taking it to The Royal Streets

MUSIC PREVIEW: Taking it to The Royal Streets

Sprung from the ashes of the Full Moon Folk Club, the New Moon Folk Club is well in gear for its first season – and they were lucky enough to score The Royal Streets as this weekend’s headliner. This Waterloo, Ontario group’s sound is hitting all the right chords with the nation’s music crowd, with […]

Blue Rodeo extra-ordinary super-natural

Blue Rodeo extra-ordinary super-natural

Calling music “timeless” is a high compliment, but when it comes to the timeless Blue Rodeo, it’s like we’re lost together in a time warp. Hear just a few notes and – BAM – back to college you go. They never change! It’s like that moment in the vampire film where they realize the main […]

Blue Rodeo returns to Edmonton in January

Blue Rodeo returns to Edmonton in January

We can always count on Blue Rodeo to do two shows at the Jubilee Auditorium in January – almost like we can count on January itself. The legendary Canadian urban alt-country band is set to warm up the Jube on Jan. 20-21. Tickets from $30 to $80 go on sale Oct. 16. This latest series […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: All hail the folk fest!

MUSIC PREVIEW: All hail the folk fest!

This weekend’s live music lineup is of course dominated by the biggest and baddest of all of the city’s music festivals. Well, OK, the biggest at any rate. It’s Folk Fest Weekend in Edmonton, and while some may lament the “old-school” direction the lineup’s gone the last few years, there is certainly no debate that […]

FOLK FEST 2014: Blue Rodeo headlines Four Days in August

FOLK FEST 2014: Blue Rodeo headlines Four Days in August

With the announcement of Blue Rodeo as the closing main stage act at the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, we expect something a little extra special from a band that’s been here more times than winter. And so it is: The venerable Canadian country-rock band will be playing what is considered its folkiest and most […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Country is as country does

MUSIC PREVIEW: Country is as country does

It would be an excellent weekend to dust off that cowboy hat in the back of your closet. You do have a cowboy hat in the back of your closet, don’t you? If not, check your head. Big names in the gig calendar make this a real country weekend. Blue Rodeo is in town for […]

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