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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 )

Chron Goblin and Black Mastiff lay down heavy grooves

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge was sold out for an outstanding, wall shaking night of stoner rock and alternative rock courtesy of Calgary’s Chron Goblin and Edmonton/ Vancouver trio Black Mastiff, Oct. 10.

 It is great to see sold out shows in the middle of the week, especially, when  they are ticketed events. The Owl doesn’t usually do ticketed shows, so it was an especially pleasant surprise. 

Black mastiff returned to rock the Owl, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
 Both band have new albums out and played lots of music from them for an enthusiastic audience clustered in front of the stage.
 I missed opening act FaceCut, but arrived in time to catch about half of Chron Goblin’s set.

 They played a tight set of heavy, punk tinged set of rock that came right out of the mid ’70s. They had plenty of huge guitar riffs and a massive bass groove.

 They sounded like a mix of Teenage Bottle Rocket, Budgie and Mountain.
 They ended their set with a heavier, more psychedelic number, which featured lots of groove and a hot guitar solo.Chron Goblin performing at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 Black mastiff channelled Mountain even more than Chron Goblin, but also referenced more modern influences like Queens of the Stone Age, and ’90s alternative rock  like Finger Eleven.

 They had wah wah pedal drenched riffs and delay soaked solos, plenty of groove and played another phenomenal show.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 18:33 )
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