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Anarcheon put out something positive and heavy

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Vancouver based  death metal band Anarcheon are excited to play Lethbridge, for the first time, Aug. 29,  at the Smokehouse with  fellow Vancouverites 2 Shadows and local death metal band Bring Your own Bodies.

Anarcheon play the Smokehouse, Aug. 29. Photo submitted
“We don’t  really call ourselves anything. But people have called us melodic death metal,” said lead singer Kaija Kinney, who formed the band in September 2016 with  bassist Sylvain Maltais. Drummer Steve Ricardo and new guitarist Clayton Bach complete the band.

“We just come together and let the music come out of us and flow,” she continued.

“Our biggest inspiration is to put out something positive and help someone out with our music,” she said.

 The band mostly plays around their home base of Vancouver, though they have also played Calgary.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:34 ) Read more...

Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell embraces American country music

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Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell grew up with music in his soul and a song on the tip of his tongue.

Daniel O’Donnell plays Lethbridge, Sept. 13. Photo submitted
 O’ Donell performs a selection of songs from over his 30 year career at the Enmax Centre, Sept. 13.

 The Lethbridge will be one of 15 Canadian  tour dates including stops in Calgary, Edmonton and as well as Vancouver.

“I usually play in Canada once a year, but this is the most extensive tour I’ve done there in a while. It will be a very good tour,” he said, calling from his home in Ireland.
“ It’s been a terrific, great career, but it’s been a few years since I’ve been to Lethbridge,” said O’ Donnell.

He has be touring all over the world this year from the United Kingdom to the United States, plus Australia, New Zealand and even Sri Lanka.

He is touring in support of a new live album called “Back Home Again,” which he recorded for a PBS special and covers his extensive career including original songs, traditional Irish songs and old American country music.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:18 ) Read more...

Jess Moskaluke comes a long way in a short time

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Saskatchewan country /pop singer Jess Moskaluke has come  a long way from releasing her music on Youtube to winning a Juno award for her last CD “Kiss me Quiet,” which spawned several hit singles including the title track and “Take Me Home.”

Jess Moskaluke plays Whoop Up Days, Aug. 26. Photo submitted
Her new single, “Kill Your Love” a preview of her upcoming third album, due out in October, is currently shooting up the charts.
Moskaluke, who plays Whoop Up Days on, Saturday, Aug. 26, never expected she’d win a Juno award so quickly.

“The music business is so unpredictable. I started writing songs with a woman Tiffany Vartanyan and we decided to put them up on Youtube. I wanted to work with Tyler Ward and ended up doing so. I set a list of goals and winning a Juno was on the list, but I never expected to achieve it so soon,” Moskaluke said from her Saskatchewan home.
“I actually went to university for two years. I was planning on becoming  a parole officer. Music was just a hobby, but it took over,” she said.

In addition to the Juno award for Country Album of the Year”, she won a variety of awards including  CCMA female artist of the year for three years in a row, several Saskatchewan Country Music Association awards for fan’s choice, female vocal of the year, single of the year, song of the year and video of the year for “Take Me Home” and  that was just this year.

“ There’s a lot more to the business than singing. There’s songwriting and business meetings and marketing plans, recording and a lot of different things,” she said,” adding  she doesn’t know what her next goal is.

“I’m pretty content. I’d like to win another Canadian Country Music award because they are in Saskatoon this year on my mom’s birthday. (The awards are Sept. 7-10 this year.)
 Another exciting thing Moskaluke is involved in is a new hour long CMT documentary. “Jess Moskaluke Home Movies”


Glorious Sons more introspective on new album

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Kingston based rock band The Glorious Sons have come a long way in a short time, so frontman  Brett Emmons, took some time to  reflect on things before getting work on their sophomore CD “ Young Beauties and Fools,” due out in October.

They take a quick break from a mostly sold out U.S tour with up and coming American rockers Greta Van Fleet, to play Whoop Up Days again, Friday, Aug. 25 with local blues band the Steve Keenan Band. They also played Whoop Up Days in 2015. Glorious Sons play Whoop Up Days, Aug. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

“It’s  great, but I don’t know if it‘s because of us or because of them. They’re a great young rock band and we”re a rock band so it will be good to take them on the road with us,” said Emmons, relaxing on his deck, home in Kingston before  hitting the road with band mates, guitarist Jay Emmons and Chris Koster, drummer Adam Paquette and bassist Chris Huot.

 He is excited to return to Whoop Up Days.
““You’re going to be hearing everything. It will be a fun rock and roll show,” Emmons promised.
“ You’ll be hearing the old stuff, the new stuff and stuff you might not hear again. It’s going to be a big party,” he continued.
The new CD is a slight departure for the band, known for hard edged rockers like the title track of their debut full length CD  “ The Union,” “White Noise,” “Mama ,” “the Contender” and “Heavy.”
 They released a single “ Kill the Lights” in February.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 August 2017 07:44 ) Read more...

Get ready to party at Taber Cornfest and Whoop Up Days this week

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This week, not only can you whoop and holler all week long with Whoop Up Days at Exhibition park, but the ladies rock and they don’t stop. And , just down the road, Taber Cornfest features a whole lot of great music as well.
 Whoop Up Days began on Tuesday with a big rock show courtesy of the Trews and Theory of a Deadman.Erin Ross plays Lethbridge and the Taber Cornfest this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 the fun continues on Wednesday, Aug, 23 for classic rockers as Canadian rock legends April Wine will be opening on the Grandstand Stage with legendary southern rockers .38 Special.

 Admission to that show is $59 including gate admission.
 The other concerts are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.

Local band Uncovered open for ’90s rockers Finger Eleven on Aug. 24. The next night, local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band open for Up and coming rockers the Glorious Sons.

 and Saturday night, Aug. 26 is country night with rising star Jess Moskaluke, plus Theo Fleury and the Death Valley Rebels. Local rock/ country combo Dory and the weathermen open the show at 5 p.m.

 There is a lot going on elsewhere in town. The Slice features a variety of music, with a sweltering helping of Winnipeg punk on Wednesday, Aug., 23 including the Uglies and The Stickaround plus local pop punk band The Youngbloods and  Friends over Fame. There is an eight dollar cover for the show.

It is all about the blues the next night at the Slice as Calgary blues musician stops by, Aug, 25 with Don Cassell and Salt Lake City blues musician Columbia Jones. There is a $10 cover for that show.
 But you can also get a taste of Erin Ross’s music at Taber Cornfest , Aug, 26 as she opens up that day’s activities bright and early at 10 a.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 August 2017 07:45 ) Read more...
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