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 […]

Why Blue Rodeo never wears out its welcome

Why Blue Rodeo never wears out its welcome

How many times have we seen Blue Rodeo in Edmonton? Given at least one visit for each album plus eight folk fest appearances over almost 26 years, the conservative estimate is that they’ve played here 23 times. Does that sound right? Could be more if you count solo appearances from the two frontmen Jim Cuddy […]

Blue Rodeo to hit Edmonton in January for 25th anniversary tour

Here’s another band hitting a milestone that reminds us how old we’re getting – Blue Rodeo has been at it for 25 years, and will celebrate with what is expected to be a night of pure, sweet nostalgia on an extensive cross-Canada tour. Two nights in Edmonton, actually. The band plays the Jubilee Auditorium January […]

EDMONTON COMEDY FESTIVAL: How funny is Jim Cuddy?

Jim Cuddy says he honestly has no idea why he was asked to be the host of the opening night at the Edmonton Comedy Festival, “Jim Cuddy’s Comedy Rodeo,” Wednesday at the Citadel Theatre (with Louis Ramey, Kevin McGrath, Trent McClelland, Atomic Improv, Lars Callieou and Sean Lecomber). Damn it, Jim, he’s a musician, not […]

Sinead O’Connor to headline new Edmonton summer music festival

Sinead O’Connor, Randy Newman and Blue Rodeo are playing in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre this summer – some of the biggest names ever to have performed there. So say goodbye to the low level jealously that occurs among Edmontonians around the end of July when the Calgary Folk Music Festival happens the same weekend. The […]

AVANT-GARDE ALERT: Bob Wiseman walks line between art and entertainment

In world where artists and entertainers have been ordered to stay at least 50 metres from each other lest one corrupt the other in a co-dependent spiral of mutual destruction, Bob Wiseman has been happily breaking the restraining order for years. To say this former Blue Rodeo keyboardist’s solo career has been “out there” is […]

Jim Cuddy strikes the perfect balance between solo and Blue Rodeo

Jim Cuddy sure has a nice career going here. It figures, since he has such a reputation as “a nice guy,” never mind that time he got into an alleged hockey fight with Dave Bidini. That sort of thing just makes him more adorably Canadian. Cuddy can play theatres as a solo artist – as […]

CONCERTS AT THE JUBE: Jim Cuddy Jan. 13, Theory of a Deadman Jan. 27

Theory of a Deadman may have been lumped into the category of Bands That Sound Like Nickelback – which is so large it requires its own stack at the record store, or would if there were any record stores left – but at the rate these guys are going it won’t be long until Nickelback […]