I got an email from a publicist the other day giving me a heads up that Calgary electro-pop duo Sidney York is playing at The Slice on January 25th. I always am happy when bands call on little ol' me for exposure because I get to listen to new albums before they're out!
Today, in fact, Sidney York's latest album <3s drops and it's a treat! But that's because I'm a connoseur of the genre. You can listen to a few tracks on CBC Radio 3, or check this out:
And according to them, "It's not often an navy reservist turned opera singer (Brandi) meets up with a classically trained bassoonist (Krista) to create a electro-pop band, after all."
So there was this one time where I was big on Twitter and it just so happened that I won a contest. Courtesy of the National Music Centre in Calgary, I won this weird music contraption called a Korg Monotron.
However my doppelganger, Bonnaventure James, also entered this contest and was insanely jealous. To the point that if I gave it to him, he would write a song in my memory. He actually makes music.
Starting as an experiment in digital composition for a music class at the University of Lethbridge, Bonnaventure James has evolved from “computer lab avant garde” in to a name in Alberta electronic music. Now, Bonnaventure James’ patented sound combines Pop, Electronica and New Wave in unexpected ways. Pushing pop songs to raucous and experimental new levels, crushing bits and dropping beats.
Scenic Route to Alaska is an indy-folk rock band from Edmonton, and they're set to play at The Slice tomorrow evening.
Hello lovers! I'm writing to you today on behalf of Scenic Route to Alaska, Edmonton favourites! They will be touring through Lethbridge on Saturday, April 6th playing one of their last shows on the road. I am hoping to spread the word as they are playing The Slice with Calgary's Bleachers.
You can listen to their music on Bandcamp, while The Bleachers' EP is available for "free" there as well.
Dr. Len Ferguson – optometrist by day, electronica musician by night. You might remember him as the "embarrassing dad" at the Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF) in August 2012. But for those who don't, here's something to jog your memory:
Since the video went viral, Len has been featured on sites like Huffintgton Post, Gawker and Reddit. Many of us in Lethbridge know him either as our optometrist or through church, where he plays guitar for the congregation. But despite Dr. Ferguson's cool dance moves, he hides an even greater talent – his mad keyboard skills (except us patients who've seen him type) and a love for electronic music!
He even shared a few tracks with Lethbian Love:
Len told me that he's arranging a 70 (yes, SEVENTY) track composition. Unbelievable guy, great music. Someone sign him to a label.
Occasionally, I get emails from band publicists to help promote Canadian artists on tour. I'd always pleased to see folks from around our country taking interest in our city and spending the time to reach out to me.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more talented pair than Toronto’s Peter Katz and Emma-Lee. Both are singer/songwriters with many credits to their names- be it JUNO or Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations, multiple film and television placements or sold-out shows, between the two of them, they’ve got it all covered.
Recently, Peter and Emma-Lee got together at the Toronto Zoo to film and record their inspired banjo and guitar cover of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It”. The video is a glimpse into what audiences on Peter Katz and Emma-Lee’s upcoming tour of western Canada and Ontario can expect to see and hear from the pair. Each artist will perform their own material, sometimes accompanied by the other, as well as some unexpected covers and new originals, which they will perform together.
Awhile ago, I featured a track from a DJ named Evangelos. He doesn't go by the name "Sleepy Head" anymore; rather, Sanctums. He's upped on Bandcamp a name-your-price (i.e. free) album up for grabs, and a pal of mine has a remix of his own in there.
If you enjoy "bass classical compilation downtempo electronic experimental free download remixes sanctums soul cinematic electronic hip hop instrumentals shoegaze" music, this is made just for you. Download or have a listen to the album, “Truth Lifting Up Its Head Against Scandals”:
My brudda Leeroy Stagger returns with Dave McCann and John Wort Hannam for their fifth annual Highway 3 tour, December 9th at The Slice:
Three Alberta songwriters come together each winter to tour as Highway 3. They leave their bands at home and tour their songs in the stripped down, bare bones style in which they were written. This is a chance to catch these artists in an intimate setting where they present their music in the spirit in which it was written, guitar, and voice.