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By Myself, But Not Alone Matt Merlin Speaks to Performing Solo and the Power of the Music Community There’s something to be said for pushing forward under your own steam and flying solo. Just ask Matt Merlin – a veritable six-string wizard who performs as part of the legendary local rock band Envy and has recently expanded his own repertoire to include solo performances. Read More
An Insight into Inspiration Talking Songwriting and Creativity with Timothy J Inspiration’s a funny thing. Sometimes, it can feel almost unavoidable – as if a thought, idea, or notion chooses you, chases you down, and doesn’t let up until it’s been given shape as a story, a song, or some other tangible form of labour or expression. Other times, though, it can feel like the exact opposite is true: that you’re the one doing the chasing, doggedly pursuing something, anything that... READ MORE
Big Country from Small-town Alberta Finding a Good Place to Start with Drew Gregory Throughout all the years I’ve spent listening to and writing about music, one thing that never fails to impress me is the power a few simple chords can have. Music possesses this unique ability to bring people together in song and dance. It creates communities, stirs passions, and lift spirits. Read More
A Rock Legend Comes to Langdon If you’re not someone who regularly takes deep dives into artists, bands, and musicians, you might not know right away who John Corabi is. We’ll be that you’re pretty familiar with a little band called Mötley Crüe, though – and if you’ve heard of them, you’ve heard of Corabi. In 1994, Mötley Crüe released their mould-breaking self-titled album, fronted by none other than John Corabi himself.... Read More
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Emre Cords live – or even simply the good fortune of viewing a video of him onstage – you’re immediately hit with the sense that this is an artist who sees things differently. Cords’ unique approach to music and performance is the first thing I asked him about when I had the chance to sit down and chat with him, and his answer was illuminating.
High Steppin' Daddy
While High Steppin’ Daddy might be playing for Real People, they themselves are anything but. Having performed together for more than half a decade at huge gigs like the Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree, the Grey Cup Festival, Carnaval de Québec, and more, High Steppin’ Daddy have played in nearly every province in Canada – in addition to performing all the way across the Atlantic, in France!
There are two things that make Gil Tougas so notable. First, it’s his incredible talent and mastery of music. When Tougas takes the stage and starts singing, it’s impossible not to take notice. His voice is undeniably fantastic – and I don’t mean that in the gritty, rock n roll sense.
Sarah Beth Keely
With two full-length albums under her belt, SBK has also opened for and played alongside acts such as Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and more. Following one particularly fantastic set, country music legend Neal McCoy took some time before starting his show to give a shout-out to Keeley, letting everyone know how impressed he was with her performance, and that she was definitely an artist worth paying attention to.
"It wasn’t just the band’s talent (which clearly runs deep), or their set list (which was fantastic). If I had to pin it down, I would tell you that I saw one thing that brought everybody rushing to the stage – fun. Seeing Junk perform live is an undeniably, raucously fun time."
Watching Envy perform is like grabbing a live wire with your bare hands. Their stage presence is thrilling, their chemistry is a tangible element in the air, their talent level is off the charts, and their energy is contagious. Playing a mix of modern hits, some classic/80’s rock, and a few original tunes peppered throughout to keep things fresh, Envy brings a wide range of musical variety to the stage during each and every set.
A ragtag group of musicians with an uncharacteristic look and talent for days. Why Blind Box? “Because you never what you’re going to get” quips Alim when asked, and it’s true, considering they play a huge range of music varying from heavy metal to rock n’ roll to pretty much anything else you could think of.
New Soul Duo
They’re crowd-pleasers. With a focus on playing weddings, events, and corporate gigs like the Bahrain show, New Soul Duo caters to a unique market – one that is hungry for great-sounding live music played by talented artists, but isn’t interested in the egos or pretensions that typical rock bands carry around with them.
If you haven’t yet encountered Lisa Schroeder onstage and in front of a mic, it’s hard to do justice to the unique timbre of her voice. Her take on it? “I sound like I just went and drank a bottle of whiskey…but I feel like I get away with it!” Think Melissa Etheridge or Janis Joplin: raspy, soulful, and enrapturing.
Where does that energy and drive come from? In a moment of introspection, Hangslong takes a moment to break it down for me: “We’re kind of the last of a breed of real rock bands – the hard-working, the still-hungry. We’re not doing it to be mega-rock-stars, we already know that.