Tagged Local music

Local musicians rock against Stephen Harper

By Jason Herring, October 13 2015 — As the Canadian federal election draws to a close, a group of Calgary musicians are protesting Stephen Harper and his Conservative party through the Rock Against Harper compilation album. They’ll bring their love of music and disdain for the prime minister together on Oct. 16 with a release…

Local artist Chad VanGaalen talks animation, new album and cybernetic enhancements

By Jarrett Edmund, September 10 — Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen is a man of many titles: musician, animator, producer, father and cybernetic body modification enthusiast — to name a few. Flanked by a new backing band, the Bleach Wipes, VanGaalen will begin a Western Canadian tour, with his first two stops in Calgary on Sept. 10…

HiFi Club celebrates 10 years of EDM

  By Jason Herring, July 14 2015 — After the HiFi Club opened in early 2005, the venue became a staple in Calgary’s music scene, hosting underground and innovative electronic dance music (EDM) artists. The venue is now celebrating its 10th year by hosting a series of parties. HiFi Club general manager Sarmad Rizvi says…

Reggae concert benefits homeless

By Jason Herring, June 18 2015 — Iwango JahFire embodies the ideology behind reggae music. He’s been performing reggae as a member of veteran Calgary band Strugglah for over 20 years and has recently turned his focus to using the band’s music to conduct charity work. “I wanted to do something humanitarian with the band,”…

Mark Mills once again brings sexy R&B to Sled Island music festival

By Jason Herring, June 11 2015 — Mark Mills radiates positivity when he talks about music. And he has a lot to be happy about — the former Calgary electro-pop musician recently welcomed a second child, moved back to his hometown of Vancouver and released his second full-length album, Triple Fire Sign, a record he…

Pint-Sized Collective changes Calgary’s all-age scene

By Jason Herring, May 21 2015 — Being a teenage music fan in Calgary is difficult. Most bands play in bars and clubs where audience members must be at least 18-years-old to attend. Calgary’s Pint-Sized Collective, along with independent underage musicians from the city, are hoping to change the all-age landscape by offering concerts where…

Sled Island unveils initial 2015 artist lineup

By Jason Herring, March 5 2015 Organizers of Calgary’s beloved alternative music and arts festival, Sled Island, revealed the first wave of artists that will perform this summer. By the looks of it, this year’s festival will be a stunner. Bands announced on March 3 include legendary New York proto-punk band Television, iconic post-hardcore group…

Celebrated local musician releases second record

By Jason Herring, March 5 2015 —  When Samantha Savage Smith released her debut album Tough Cookie in early 2011, the Calgary musician received a flurry of praise for her earnest songwriting and bluesy voice. The record was so well received, that the then 23-year-old singer found herself at the top of a number of…

Viet Cong bring celebrated debut album home

By Jason Herring, February 12 2015 — As remembered by Viet Cong’s frontman Matt Flegel, the group’s first tour was low budget without much in the way of comfort. “I totalled the car we toured with on the last one. That car doesn’t exist anymore,” laughs Flegel. After the wide-spread success of the Calgary post-punk…

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