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Makiisma to be part of local filming of Roku’s RiseUP series about touring musicians

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Megan Brown and her band Makiisma are excited to “Rise Up” on streaming service Roku.


The local doom folk band are part of a new series called RiseUP exploring the effects of Covid on touring musicians, which will be filming at the Slice, Tuesday, Oct. 26.


Makiisma play a special filming of RiseUP at the Slice on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Photo by Richard Amery

“ The series follows five different bands as they tour across Canada and the U.S.,” Brown said, adding she was excited when Slice owner Derek Hoyle approached her about being part of the Lethbridge shoot, which features Calgary singer songwriter Kyley Styles supporting his album  ‘Creating my Colours,’ Edmonton rap rock band Revolution Engine, Mexican hard rock band the B34st, Vancouver musician Tim Steinruck and Edmonton heavy rock band Sun of the Moon.


 This episode begins with  the Lethbridge date starting the Albertan leg of the tour in Lethbridge, Oct. 26, followed by Red Deer, Canmore, Calgary and ending in Edmonton.


Brown noted Makiisma will only be part of the Lethbridge show and expects the episode to air in the Spring.


 Makiisma includes Megan Brown on vocals, guitar and violin, drummer Keenan Pezderic, keyboardist TJ Waltho and bassist Kieran Swinney. His brother James Swinney will play extra guitar when Brown is playing violin.


“ We’ll be playing  a half hour, the other bands will be playing about 20 minutes. It will be a great night of music, ” she said.


“ I was so excited when Derek asked me to be part of it. I’ve never been on a reality TV show ,” she enthused.

“Thy’ve been  filming these bands  touring across the country and their experiences  doing all of the non-glamourous things  like touring and sleeping on the floor,” she said, adding they will be filming  Makiisma’s performance.


“ They will be interviewing us too,” she said.


Megan Brown is a familiar face on the Lethbridge scene.


 She performed with the  with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra when she was 16, but said she had to quit after six years due to a shoulder injury.


 She is also a member of local Celtic/ jazz/ rock band the Junkman’s Quire, which is on a temporary hiatus.


 In the past couple of weeks she has also joined James Swinney and Richard Inman on stage.


Makiisma released their debut CD Lady Misery” in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.


“We’ll be playing some of it. But I also have been working on some new songs,” Brown said, noting some of the new songs are about her mom passing away last year.


The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Eventbrite for $16.93.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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