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Hollerado wind up a dozen years of irreverent fun with best album yet

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Ottawa area based indie rock/ pop band Hollerado are calling  it a day after about a dozen years on the road. They return to the Slice one last time, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
 They just released one last album “ Retaliation Vacation,” but all people want to talk about is their retirement.Hollerado returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 22. Photo by Ryan Faist

“We think it’s our best one yet, but all everyone wants to ask us about is our retirement,” observed frontman Menno Versteeg.
 To go along with the new album, they released a weird video for “Time on Earth, featuring a break dancing battle between an old man and an alien.

“We’ve always been irreverent so it just suits us. Besides it’s our last tour, so we didn’t really care if anyone likes it,” Versteeg continued, adding people ended up really liking it.
Guitarist Nixon Boyd, drummer Jake Boyd and bassist Dean Baxter complete the quartet.

“We’ve always marched to the beat of our own drum,” quipped drummer Jake Boyd.
“Oh, a drummer joke,” Versteeg chuckled.

“It’s just time to retire. How many of your favourite bands’ sixth album is your favourite,” Boyd added.

“We‘re still best friends, so there’s no juicy gossip,” Versteeg emphasized.

“ We’ll probably miss it during festival season. But now we’ll all just be going to the festivals to watch and without having to lug any gear. And we’ve got enough friends that we can go back stage and hang out with them and drink their beer and eat their food and play their instruments and maybe play a Hollerado set,” Versteeg laughed.

 They are pleased with the new CD.
“We did it all ourselves. We recorded it in Nick’s studio down the street. It was a really fun process,” Versteeg said, adding they didn’t  have to cull any songs from the collection.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 October 2019 09:50 ) Read more...

Craig Stickland multi-tasks in between tours

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L.A./Toronto musician Craig Stickland has a lot on the go from acting, modelling, running a studio furniture business and touring with everybody from Alessia Cara to Matthew Good.
 Stickland will not only be opening for up and coming pop singer Tyler Shaw on his “Warning” tour, but will also be playing guitar in his band at Average Joes, Oct. 18.

“And the funny thing his Tyler’s drummer (Colin Kingsmore) volunteered to play drums with me so we’ll be doing a stripped down, White Stripes kind of set,” said Stickland, just finishing his first rehearsal with Kingsmore.

Craig Stickland joins Tyler Shaw at Average Joes, Oct. 18. Photo submitted
 Stickland has been releasing singles since the beginning of the year including the latest, “Burn It Down,” and the focus single “Break Every Rule.”

“I like to blend blues, soul and R and B,” Stickland said.
 The record label has two more focus singles ‘Golden Child’ and  ‘Starlit Afternoon,’ which will be the title of the album,” Stickland enthused.

 He released his debut  EP “Leave Me To The Wild” in 2016.

“My manager is a visionary,” said Stickland, adding he convinced him to get into modelling and acting, to allow a flexible schedule to work on his music.

“ I just woodshedded on guitar from 2013-2014,” he said, adding the same manager started representing Alessia Cara and suggested Stickland as a guitarist.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 October 2019 12:33 ) Read more...

Tyson Ray Borsboom and Kevin Giron add exotic flair

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I love seeing local talent improve. Tyson Ray Borsboom gets better every time I see him. He had a more exotic flair with the addition of lead guitarist Kevin Giron at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Oct. 5, where they entertained a close to full house.

Tyson Ray Borsboom and Kevin Giron at the owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was sad to have missed  Calgary musician Kate Stevens, but caught the end of Borsboom’s set of up tempo folk and country.
 Giron  added exotic solos on his Stratocaster.

 Borsboom played some new songs which appealed to the enthusiastic audience. He was called back for an encore- an acoustic version of the Glorious Sons’ “Josie.”

 Borsboom will be opening for the Royal Foundry and Roman Clarke, Oct. 16 at the Slice.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 20:55 )

Inclusion Fundraiser features good crowd for local talent

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 Shaela Miller closed off a successful Inclusion Fundraiser in honour of Down Syndrome Awareness month at a packed Slice, Saturday, Oct. 5.

Shaela Miller playing the Inclusion Fundraiser at the Slice, Oct. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
The event was winding down by the time I arrived. I long missed  John Wort Hannam’s opening set and Shaela Miller’s first set.

 But she returned as the audience started to trickle away, but getting the band to vamp their way through Patsy Cline’s “Honky Tonk Merry Go Round, which was playing over the PA system as the band returned to the stage.

They Followed that up  with some Bob Wills’ “Stay a Little longer before Shaela dug deep into her back catalogue for the rest of the set.

 Lead guitarist Jon Martin settled into a more countrified groove for the show as he is usually playing rock and roll. Meanwhile drummer Tyler Bird and bassist Paul Holden locked in.

 Shaela dug deep for older songs including the always crowd pleasing “Vicious Bitches” and  the plaintive “I Don’t Have A Friend in You.”
 She also added a couple newer songs.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 20:50 )

Emily Triggs plays superb show for Windy City Opry

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The Windy City Opry returned to the Slice, Wednesday, Oct. 9.Emily Triggs playing the Windy City Opry, Oct. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived at the end of Quebec born, Calgary based singer -songwriter Emily Triggs’s set.
She played an intimate set with just a lead guitarist. She sang heartfelt, captivating folk and country music while her guitarist Ben played tasteful guitar solos. She ended her set with an original, more traditional folk/roots song, which she sung in French, and which she  translated as “Leave Those Little Girls Alone.”

 She had a who’s who of the Lethbridge roots and folk scene in the audience who sat enraptured by her.

I wanted to hear an encore, but it wasn’t meant to be as she made way for Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset.
 I hadn’t heard them for a while and couldn’t stick around, but  I could tell from the first big blast of electrified blues, that it was going to be a great set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 20:22 )
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