MUSIC PREVIEW: Hoyer homecoming

MUSIC PREVIEW: Hoyer homecoming

Unless you’re Blue Rodeo, big acts seem reluctant to schedule tours at this time of year, especially through our part of the country in what is supposed to be the depths of winter. So while it’s a pretty light weekend star-wise, there’s a little bit of everything going on somewhere: Reggae, some metal, some hip […]

NYE PREVIEW: The Secretaries play to type

NYE PREVIEW: The Secretaries play to type

As the year concludes, this weekend’s live music opportunities center around – no surprise – New Year’s Eve. There’s a bevy of options for everyone, from folk to rock to folk-rock, from electronic to pop, and lots in between. One of the best shows, and the best values, may be at Ritchie Community Hall, where […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Holy Hannah

MUSIC PREVIEW: Holy Hannah

As talented with her voice as she is on guitar and bass, Ontario-born Hannah Georgas has earned a solid and devoted fan base from coast to coast, an seen her share of critical acclaim, with nominations from both the Junos and Polaris panels. She plays the Myer Horowitz Theatre Saturday night. The indie songstress is […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Top 7 UP+DT acts

MUSIC PREVIEW: Top 7 UP+DT acts

This weekend’s primary offering is a bevy of insanely good gigs courtesy of the fourth annual offering of the Up + Downtown Music Festival. With acts ranging from folk to punk to garage to psychedelic, there’s a little something for almost everyone. But little something is probably not giving the festival programmers enough credit, because […]

Theo Fleury scores – with country music

Theo Fleury scores – with country music

Theoren “Theo” Fleury has found a new outlet to express his feelings about a life so filled with distress that he nearly ended it – country music. It’s a natural fit. On his first-ever tour (with a band), the 47-year-old hockey legend sings at the Century Casino in Edmonton on Friday, March 4. He’s got […]

Casinos a Classic Rockland Wonderland

Casinos a Classic Rockland Wonderland

Kim Mitchell was recently asked what he thought about the love affair between casinos and classic rock, and what it’s done for his career. He evades the question, “Did you know that the sound of all the slots singing and ringing away on most casino floors makes for a beautiful happy major chord? Root, third, […]

DARKROOM: The eight lives of Jim Gray

DARKROOM: The eight lives of Jim Gray

In the pantheon of rock musicians who by normal logic of consequences shouldn’t even be alive is Jim Gray. Call him the Keith Richards of Edmonton. Still alive. Still playing music. Didn’t see that coming, did ya? Gray himself is the source of most of the dark jokes about the unlikelihood of his continued existence, […]

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 […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Hot Plains, hot damn!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Hot Plains, hot damn!

The Hot Plains Music Festival takes over a couple of local venues this weekend, with gigs Friday through Sunday all around Whyte Avenue, but primarily focused on two of the city’s most popular live venues, Wunderbar and Pawn Shop. Friday at Wunderbar features the “Heart meets Sabbath”-sound of the Secretaries with a new 7” release; […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: All that glitters is Goulding

MUSIC PREVIEW: All that glitters is Goulding

There are few female artists in the dance-pop world as hot as Ellie Goulding is right now – and even this early in her career her catalog is vast enough that some fans will undoubtedly leave disappointed she didn’t perform their favourite song during her show Sunday night at the Shaw Conference Centre. Unlikely, but […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Got a new girl now

MUSIC PREVIEW: Got a new girl now

It’ll be a tough weekend for gigs and gigging, what with Valentine’s Day on Friday night – and the Olympics on TV all weekend, especially now that hockey’s started. But there is nothing more romantic than going to see a rock show with your partner in love, is there? Do yourself a favor and check […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Paper Lions bring East Coast to town

MUSIC PREVIEW: Paper Lions bring East Coast to town

Darlings of the East Coast music scene, PEI’s Paper Lions headline a show on Friday at The Artery that’s sure to be the center of this weekend’s gigs. Actually from the small village of Belfast on the island’s South shores – where Lord Selkirk first landed in 1803 – the plucky band of castaways typifies […]

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