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Blue Rodeo to play Enmax tonight

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Blue Rodeo fans worldwide have nothing on the Canadian fans whose undying support honoured their favourite band with a star on the
Canada's Walk of Fame this past fall. These home-grown heroes of Canadian music are truly a national treasure who play the Enmax Centre tonight at 7:30 p.m. with Cuff the Duke.
For well over 20 years and more than a dozen albums and counting, the distinctive music of /Blue Rodeo/ has had quite the music journey. Blue Rodeo. Photo by Dustin Rabin
For /Blue Rodeo/ originals Jim Cuddy, who wanted to be like Roy Rogers, and Greg Keelor who claims a consummated relationship with fire, it all started in Toronto in 1978 as part of the Hi-Fi's. Releasing one single ‘I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)’ in 1980 they were off to a noticable start but by early 1981 the group had fallen flat and Cuddy and Keelor headed to New York.
The pair, still the backbone of Blue Rodeo decades later, spent the next few years putting together a band, Fly To France, playing only a few gigs but cementing their song writing and performing partnership still strong today. Returning to Toronto by 1984 they hired band members, including long time bass player Bazil Donovan and their keyboard wizard Bob Wiseman, and the new group began a vibrant hectic schedule playing almost nightly in Toronto's Queen Street West scene. The early chic of alt rock colliding with the country edge was a perfect time for the birth of Blue Rodeo influenced both in sound and name by Elvis Costello's ‘Almost Blue’ album.
Originally turned down in 1985 by Warner within a year their Toronto live show fame landed them their Warner major deal and their first album, ‘Outskirts’ which included their big break-out song, ‘Try’ with both the song and the album hitting gold by January of 1988. The rest, as they say, is history.‘Diamond Mine’ followed in 1989 leading to a coveted Juno Award for Group of the Year. The 1990's brought a stream of constant classic Blue Rodeo albums but only after a tightening of their melodic tunes known for their keyboard rants and famous guitar solos. Their singles had to be reigned in under the five-minute mark to be considered for American radio play and the efforts were worth it with the success of hits off their third album, ‘Casino.’
By the fourth album, ‘Lost Together’, changes were underway including the addition of pedal steel player Kim Deschamps from the Cowboy

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SonReal’s positive rap

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Up and coming Vancouver rapper SonReal’s positive energy  helps him stand out from the crowd. That and the fact that he not only sings as well as raps, but he also produces and engineers his own music.
“I guess I don’t really fit in. I guess I’m unique,” said SonReal from a busy restaurant in Victoria, where he was getting ready for a Jan. 10 show.
“It’s not deliberSonRealate. It just comes out. I’m not from the hood and I don’t really have anything really negative in my life. My life is going pretty good right now,” he enthused, adding his latest CD ‘The Stroll,’  which dropped Nov. 13, is getting great response from audiences, who are embracing Son Real’s positive  and inspirational message. And he even has a couple sponsors, DV Shoes and Matix  clothing which he is excited about.
“I’d say my music definitely represents me as a person. I rap about everyday things and I rap about things  rappers don’t really  cover like hockey,” he said adding the previous CD, ‘Good Morning‘ set the platform for the current CD.
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Olympic torch to cap off a busy week

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This week is another busy one culminating with Lethbridge welcoming the Olympic torch, Jan. 17 to the main stage at Henderson Lake.

The torch is scheduled to arrive at 5:55 p.m. The Lighting of the celebration cauldron takes place at  6 p.m.. Hippodrome plays the Olympic torch celebration in Hederson park, Jan. 17.There will be  Vancouver 2010 Entertainment at 6;05 and local funk/rock/disco band Hippodrome will play a brief set at 6:20 p.m. and there will be fireworks and closing remarks at 6:50 p.m.

But first, Paul Kype and Texas Flood  host a blues jam at the slice tonight. Ashlee Jonesmith hosts the open mic at Henotic on Wednesday. Greg Gomola and friends host another open mic Thursday at Beaches Pub and Grill.

The Slice has a cool show on Monday, Jan. 18 with Saskatoon’s Kamila Martel and the Ne’Er Dowells. The band includes members of  the Cracker Cats and some of Saskatoon’s best musicians.

Henotic is trying a comedy night, Jan. 15 with Roman Danylo and  Dean Haglund. Danylo is a member of   sketch comedy  show Comedy Inc. and Haglund is best known as “The Lone Gunman” from the X-Files. Tickets cost $15. That same night  Henotic is also featuring  the David Harmon Experience.

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Myelin Sheaths host big seven inch release party

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Henotic had a massive crowd for the Myelin Sheaths’s 7 inch single release party, Jan. 9.

Raymond E. Biesinger of the Famines. Photo by Richard AmeryFist City, a new band featuring members of Amelia Earhart and the New Danger Kids kicked things off with a set of energetic and tightly played punk.

The lead guitarist was lost in the writhing crowd while he played searingly tortured solos.

Edmonton duo The Famines created a chaotic scene  with an intense garage rock. Guitarist Raymond E Biesinger flailed and railed and writhed as he unleashed sheets of white noise which actually sounded like a fuzzed out bass. The hoppiMyelin Sheaths bassist Martine Menard gets lifted up by the crowd. Photo By Richard Ameryng crowd stripped off their shirts and started a mosh pit.

Drummer Garrett Heath Kruger thunderously pounded the skins and sounded like there were several drummers on stage.

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Antoine ‘Baby’ Harry rocks the blues at the Casino

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The Lethbridge Casino had a  superb blues gig with Antoine “Baby” Harry, Jan. 9 who brought his rocking trio to town to Antoine ‘Baby’ Harry playing the blues. Photo by Richard Ameryplay some energetic blues rock, including a sweet Jimi Hendrix medley and some original music. Harry, singing an a crystal clear tenor voice reminiscent of Buddy Guy and Robert Cray, played his Flying V with taste and restraint, but cut loose with some sweet wah wah  drenched solos which were backed by some outstanding bass playing and some in the pocket drumming. The 25 some strong audience was a lot more exuberant then are usually found in the more restrained Casino lounge. Harry grinned ear to ear as he dedicated song after song to the more enthusiastic members of the crowd.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat, editor

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