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musicAli Sellin
placeSpirit River, Ab
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ALI SELLIN was raised in a musical family with 5 older brothers near Spirit River, Alberta. At age 12 she taught herself to play guitar and soon thereafter began to write her first songs. Folk, Country and R & B stylings come from early varied influences of Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, and Kris Kristofferson to name a few. After the mid 70's, Ali entertained in several dinner clubs in British Columbia, thereafter moving to Saskatchewan in 1979. Some of her music activities involved composing the 1988 Saskatchewan Summer Games theme song "Come to the Games", along with taking top honors in talent shows, and participating in a CJWW Saskatchewan Country Dozen compilation recording her song, "Simple Old Goodbye" and opening a concert for Moe Bandy. Life changes put her music on hold for 20 years until Ali renewed her passion to write and perform her music again, this time living in Medicine Hat, AB. where she resides today. Besides performing solo, at times she collaborates with fellow musicians . Her current group, "Prairie Ride" consists of Bill Coffey on electric bass and daughter, Farren Assaly on Djembe drum and background vocals. Involved with local Live Music and Folk Music clubs of Medicine Hat, AB has kept her in the local limelight performing her songs to the enjoyment of her fans. Ali released her first complete cd album in 2014 entitled "The River In between". followed most recently by the album "Burnt River" in 2017. Continuing to bring you her craft, watch for upcoming events. Contact: ALI SELLIN via email: alisellin@icloud.com and Facebook.
musicBoy and Gurl
placeCalgary
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Boy and Gurl are a passion pop duo, formed by Canadian singer/songwriters Boy, Jarred Nicklen and Gurl, Crystal McGrath. Previous to this endeavor Jarred and Crystal have both separately released solo albums of their own, promoting their individual work through live performance, touring across North America and the World, radio and television. They both have a passion and have been recognized for using their music as an inspirational tool for charities and non profit organizations such as “The Boy’s and Girl’s Club”, “Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation” and “The Salvation Army”. Their charity work is what initially brought them together which led them to organize a benefit concert entitled “Say Nothing Help No One” in 2008 for the Calgary Scope Society. In February 2009 they recorded their first EP “Loves Parallel” as Boy and Gurl featuring 6 of their collaborative original tracks. The blend of their rich harmonic vocals paired with piano driven melodies provides listeners with a sense of passion, pop and situations to reflect upon. July 2009 they took on Western Canada touring “Loves Parallel” with a special appearance at the Vancouver Pride Parade playing for over half a million people. Boy and Gurl released their second album "Love Crimes", produced by Russell Broom, that had three singles reach the Top 100 in Canada. In the Summer of 2013 Boy and Gurl released their third record, a 5 song EP entitled "Passion Pop" produced by Trey Mills, Russell Broom and Boy and Gurl. There most recent single "Loss influenced by artists such as Sia and Adelle can be heard on all music platforms, and come 2018 new music will be released.
musicBradley J. McDonald
placeGrande Prairie
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Bradley is a Canadian musician that goes out of the universe to write his music. He comes back to earth so he can get people on his wavelength. A mixture of alternative rock, folk, grunge, and a touch of reggae makes his music one of a kind! Inspired to do something with his random songs after visiting Jamaica for a month and seeing the music culture. Realizing life is short and his first album "Eye See" was ready. Every reality has a way of artistic representation. His music shines light to his thoughts, experiences and culture he has experienced at home and abroad. Sometimes the truth is not what you want to hear, but Bradley makes it sound so beautiful. His songs are very lyrical and thought provoking, the first album was just his debut into the music world with only room to improve. Growing up around musicians it has turned into his biggest passion in life and takes it as a serious way to send a message through or just express yourself as a human being! Listen to his truths and you decide if he's out of this world...Or just a beautiful mind!Bradley is a Canadian musician that goes out of the universe to write his music. He comes back to earth so he can get people on his wavelength. A mixture of alternative rock, folk, grunge, and a touch of reggae makes his music one of a kind! Inspired to do something with his random songs after visiting Jamaica for a month and seeing the music culture. Realizing life is short and his first album "Eye See" was ready. Every reality has a way of artistic representation. His music shines light to his thoughts, experiences and culture he has experienced at home and abroad. Sometimes the truth is not what you want to hear, but Bradley makes it sound so beautiful. His songs are very lyrical and thought provoking, the first album was just his debut into the music world with only room to improve. Growing up around musicians it has turned into his biggest passion in life and takes it as a serious way to send a message through or just express yourself as a human being! Listen to his truths and you decide if he's out of this world...Or just a beautiful mind!Bradley is a Canadian musician that goes out of the universe to write his music. He comes back to earth so he can get people on his wavelength. A mixture of alternative rock, folk, grunge, and a touch of reggae makes his music one of a kind! Inspired to do something with his random songs after visiting Jamaica for a month and seeing the music culture. Realizing life is short and his first album "Eye See" was ready. Every reality has a way of artistic representation. His music shines light to his thoughts, experiences and culture he has experienced at home and abroad. Sometimes the truth is not what you want to hear, but Bradley makes it sound so beautiful. His songs are very lyrical and thought provoking, the first album was just his debut into the music world with only room to improve. Growing up around musicians it has turned into his biggest passion in life and takes it as a serious way to send a message through or just express yourself as a human being! Listen to his truths and you decide if he's out of this world...Or just a beautiful mind!
musicBrother Bicker Band
placeCalgary
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Close your eyes... picture where you were the first time that you heard that really, really great song... the first one that comes to mind - the song with the jangling guitars, pounding drums, thumping bass, moaning organ, three part harmonies, and the lyrics that spoke directly to you. The one that changed your life. The song, that every time you hear it, takes you back to a memory, a feeling, a love, a loss, an amazing moment time.. . Open your eyes and fast forward five, ten, fifteen or maybe even thirty years (or more).... the Brother Bicker Band is trying to recapture that memory, that feeling, that love, that loss and that amazing moment in time with every song that they play, original or cover. Featuring Carl "Bash" Raines on drums, Patrick "Duff" Down on bass, Jeremy Hrdlicka on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tom Mogan on guitar and vocals, and Ben Ellard on keys and vocals, these five friends and band mates bring a unique and refreshing take on the "roots" rock genre, best described as "maple whiskey rock n roll" - well-aged and a little bit harsh, it may burn a little at first. It has a touch of sweetness and is uniquely Canadian. And like whiskey, the more you indulge, the more fun you have and the better you feel....and if you have too much you just may forget everything. The band is also exploring its softer side playing acoustically as a band and as a duo and is available to play smaller more intimate venues with new "unplugged" takes on its original songs and and tasty covers.
musicClayton & Joelle
placeCranbrook B.C
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Don’t let the relative youth of Clayton & Joelle (Clayton Parsons and Joelle Winkel) fool you—they are old souls with a sound that transcends time. Their genuine country-roots style is reminiscent of the ‘60’s American folk revival scene that birthed Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul & Mary. Parsons grew up with music as a constant and he counts his parents and seven siblings as his primary musical influences. Along with his dad’s rendition of James Taylor songs, Parsons also listened to plenty of Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, Neil Young and Nickel Creek. He played solo and with numerous bands in his hometown of Cranbrook, B.C., before joining alt-folk band The Good Ol’ Goats, and meeting vocalist Winkel—and falling in love with her voice, and then the singer herself. Winkel was surrounded by song as a child, and began singing with church and school choirs, musical theatre productions and at community events. She was influenced by old gospel songs and traditional hymns as much as she was by classic rock and alternative artists. And when she and Parsons finally met, their chemistry—musical and personal—was undeniable. When their previous band went on hiatus, Clayton & Joelle emerged. While still in the early days of their musical partnership, Clayton & Joelle have won fans wherever they’ve travelled. Parsons’s lyrics are an authentic representation of his often wide-eyed wonder at the world, finding joy in the simple things and profundity in what many of us take for granted. The duo doesn’t rely on heavy instrumentation to underscore the sweetness of their honey-warmed harmonies; Parsons’s skill at finger picking provides the perfect thread for Winkel’s exquisite voice to weave its way around, creating an uncomplicated but gorgeous tapestry of music. The deftness of their singing and songwriting has not gone unsung: the recently engaged duo were recognized by the Kootenay Music Awards with the Album of the Year for their debut release in 2016. Live, their sweet and soulful music is punctuated with stories behind the songs, inside jokes that the whole audience becomes a part of and true generosity of spirit.
musicDave Morris
placeCalgary
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Regarding my music, I've recently entertained on the patio of Red's Diner in Inglewood, and in addition have entertained at a number of restaurants and music engagements in BC, and through many past decades entertained in various restaurants throughout Alberta. Through vocals and guitar, I play a variety of styles and genres, including some jazz, blues, country, classical instrumentals and other types of music (some of which I have authored) which most people seem to find very appealing. At least that's what my "tip jar" seems to suggest! And regarding, Gravity, I believe the music I provide would be well received, and fit-in with its overall "vibe." I have my own sound equipment, and in addition to restaurants have much experience with playing at weddings, parties & other functions. I am certainly willing to audition anyone, and with subsequent approval perhaps occasional music-gigs & other arrangements could be considered for Gravity in the future. In fact as a suggestion, if I could set up some afternoon in the near future on Gravity's patio area, I could play a few sets there and perhaps help lure people to either come into the restaurant, or purchase some food or drink from inside and then sit on one of the several outside patio's chairs and tables. I have a variety of sound equipment including smaller battery-power ones that, after charging, do not require a plug-in to an electrical outlet, and therefore my overall space "footprint" for entertaining can be quite small. And inside Gravity, I observed that not only are its acoustics are well designed for music, but there is also a high quality sound system for musicians already installed within the restaurant. Not necessary in my case, unless that would be preferred by Gravity's management, but the commitment to be able to provide high quality entertainment is really quite impressive. Dave Morris Email: dwmorris5@hotmail.com Cell: 403-969-4795
musicDavid Andrew Wiebe
placeCalgary
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Hailing from Camrose, Alberta, Canada, David Andrew Wiebe is a multi-talented guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan, where he went to public school from kindergarten to grade eight, and became fluent in the Japanese language. At the time, he was immersed in manga (Japanese comics), video games and artwork. Music mostly served as a backdrop to those activities, but he recalls enjoying J-Rock duo B’z as well as J-Pop duo CHAGE&ASKA growing up. When Wiebe was 13, his father crashed his motorcycle into the side of a transport truck. He was in a coma for about 10 days, but ultimately passed away. It was then that the Wiebe family made the decision to move back to Canada. Meanwhile, Mrs. Sasaki – a friend of Wiebe’s father – offered him a nylon-string acoustic guitar. Alas, she couldn’t actually deliver the guitar before Wiebe moved back to Canada. However, in due course, she travelled all the way out to Drumheller, Alberta, to deliver that guitar to his grandparent’s home. The guitar sat in Wiebe’s closet for a couple of years at his home in Calgary, Alberta, but when he saw his friend play a handful of popular songs on his guitar at summer camp, he came away determined to learn to play. At 17, Wiebe began learning guitar at a ferocious rate, and his guitar teacher, Jason Johnson, says he surpassed him within two lessons! Wiebe credits Johnson for giving him the solid foundation he needed on his instrument, and also says he owes a great deal to his other teachers and mentors: guitar repairman Tom Martin, veteran Brian Griffiths, MI graduate Shawn Johnsen, jazz instructor Jim Riley, and virtuoso Daniel Guy Martin for his growth. In 2006, Wiebe released his first solo album, Shipwrecked… My Sentiments. During production, his cousin Mitchell took his own life. It was already a tumultuous time for Wiebe, who was feeling disillusioned with multiple band projects all ending in shambles. Wiebe’s musical journey, however, would continue on, and today he has multiple session playing and engineering credits to his name, including Active Light’s Active Light EP, Jonathan Ferguson’s Sweeter After Difficulties, Andrew Riches’ 12 String Monster, and Long Jon Lev's Telltale Heart. Since 2016, Wiebe has been actively releasing new music, and has added several new singles to his catalog: "Fragments", "City Lights", "Don't Wait Too Long", "Hope", "Waves", and "Your Eyes Give It Away". In 2018, he also re-released the Demos 2010 compilation as Fire Your God, and has plans of sharing more new music with the world.
musicDeanne Matley
placeCalgary
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” Vocalist Deanne Matley has it all: unerring pitch, great time, beautiful phrasing, and most importantly, the ability to get inside a lyric and deliver a compelling story. She’s a world class artist destined for great things. ” – Larry Koonse Deanne Matley is in possession of a clear, pure and extremely appealing voice, her greatest gift. What separates her from the pack is her continual search to learn and discover, to stretch her own boundaries and to grow. It’s a marvel to witness this endlessly curious singer, who is not content to rest on her considerable laurels, preferring instead the excitement of new challenges and intriguing opportunities. Deanne is well-versed in many musical contexts, whether fronting a big band, giving her all at the helm of her jazz quartet, or performing R&B, pop, and musical theatre. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Vocalist Deanne Matley is the featured singer for that city’s acclaimed Prime Time Big Band. Career highlights include representing the National Jazz Summit in a concert at the 100th Calgary Stampede; performing at Mongolia’s Giant Steppes of Jazz festival; the Calgary and Sylvan Lake jazz festivals, the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival with Guido Basso; duetting with Tommy Banks, and Al Kay; and being featured live on CBC Radio’s “The Homestretch”. In 2014, Vocalist Deanne Matley collaborated with acclaimed Los Angeles jazz guitarist and educator Larry Koonse, resulting in their debut album, Can’t Help Falling, released that summer. Her previous recording, Stealin’ Blue, recorded live, enjoyed top ten jazz play nationwide in her native Canada. This was was followed by an EP with her Quartet, Chillin’ and Fillin’, which placed in the top 10 jazz albums on CJSW Radio and brought new fans worldwide. In December 2013, Deanne released Get In The Mood, a Christmas album that quickly charted top 25 on CJSW Radio. Her solid musical education includes studies at the Banff Centre for The Arts, the Berklee College of Music, and private studies in New York. The Richard Cowie Memorial Scholarship enabled Deanne to attend California’s Stanford Jazz Institute in 2013. A strong believer that personal success is coupled with encouraging the success of others, Deanne spearheaded performing opportunities at several Calgary venues, helped create “Calgary Women In Jazz”, and initiated a grant endowed by the Calgary Arts Academy to help students pursue careers in music.
musicGillian Nicola
placeHamilton
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Folk
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The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s (ON) Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. Nicola’s vocal delivery is full of power, while remaining authentic and vulnerable. The singer/songwriter calls on influences of folk, rock and alt-country to create a sound that honours her diverse taste. In Spring 2016, Nicola released her sophomore EP, No Place to Call, recorded at Hamilton's Catherine North Studios with producer Dan Hosh (Wild Rivers, Rose Cousins) and mastered by Elliott Brood's Stephen Pitkin. The five-song EP is a move to a sound that Nicola feels fully defines her as an artist. On a base level, the songs are what many have come to know and love from Canadian folk music, but the vocal delivery and heavy instrumentation set Nicola apart. Throughout the recording, she employs the use of heavy textures and ambience coupled with emotionally-charged lyrics and vocal delivery. "No Place to Call is a work focused on atmosphere: I want the listener to feel as though they are surrounded by colour, while simultaneously allowing them to really feel the emotion that is clear in the songs." Nicola, 2016 The title, No Place to Call refers to a lack of being able to call anyone, or any place, home - a theme that is highly present throughout the recording. While at times it may be 'pretty,' No Place to Call is anything but that: it is charged with emotion, grit and vulnerability. Since the release of No Place to Call in April 2016, Nicola has completed three tours in Canada and has performed in Nashville, TN. A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP Chasing the Wind, was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards (Best New Artist/Group, Alt-Country Recording of the Year) and the Toronto Independent Music Awards (Best Folk). Nicola has made many high-profile appearances, including: the JUNO Concert Series, The Love Song Edition and Hamilton’s Supercrawl. Nicola was a Regional Finalist in the 2015 CBC Searchlight Competition and was selected for the Canadian Independent Recording Artist’s Association’s Mentorship Program, where she received one-on-one mentorship with Livy Jeanne (Black Box Records, Universal Music) over the summer of 2015.
musicJess & Robb
placeCalgary
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We’re Jess & Robb, a girl, a guy, & acoustic guitars. We’ve been “dueting” in music and as a couple for roughly two years. 2016/ 2017 has been wild! We celebrated the release of our self-titled debut EP in July at Café Koi. It was awesome to have the songs we’ve written brought to life and shared with the world. Since our EP release, we’ve had the opportunity to travel to Nashville for the CD Baby DIY musician conference and play on the infamous Bluebird Café stage. We’re excited to continue to play around Calgary and meet audiences and musicians that call this city home. A little about us; Robb started his musical journey playing bass and fronting raucous punk bands in his formative years. He’s mellowed out since then and prefers picking on his acoustic (but still makes time for a good mosh pit). As a competitive swimmer Jess kept stride with some of the best young athletes across Canada. She found her voice as a musician in her late teens and it wasn’t long before she hung up her suit and made the transition to full-fledged songwriter and performer. That doesn’t mean she’s given up fitness though. She still cruises down the lanes in her spare time and can out-plank anyone. Even though we grew up six years apart with different musical inspirations, we both agree our music reflects the pop sensibilities of Taylor Swift, nonchalance of The Ramones, and the wit and heartbreak of Amy Winehouse. We can’t wait to connect and share our music and experiences with you!
musicJim and Lynnda McLennan
placeLongview, AB
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Roots
Best known in the world of fly fishing, where they are both instructors, Jim and Lynda McLennan have been involved in music for all of their adult lives. Lynda McLennan has a Bachelor of Music degree and taught high-school music for many years, working with and directing choirs and bands.  Her first love, though, is singing, and in performance she puts her personal stamp on tunes from Gershwin, Foster, Berlin, and others, in a musical style that can best be described as "folk jazz." Jim McLennan’s reputation as a fingerstyle guitarist, composer and arranger has produced an enduring legacy as one of Alberta’s finest guitarists. He recorded for Stefan Grossman’s iconic Kicking Mule record label in the 1970s, and has been featured in Guitar Player magazine. Jim regularly instructs guitar at the Foothills Acoustic Music Institute’s music camps near Calgary, Alberta. Upon its release, Jim's first solo CD, Six-String Gumbo, was immediately chosen "CD of the Week" by CKUA Radio’s Peter North. The CD was a Western Canadian Music Award finalist for Instrumental Recording of the Year. Veteran music writer Alan Kellogg, writing in Penguin Eggs magazine, said this about Six-String Gumbo: "Six-String Gumbo is a canny collection of diverse work – stretching from Dvorak to Joplin to Billy Joel to Jerry Reed – along with original tunes that showcase the player’s alchemy in transforming solo guitar to a near-orchestral realm. Hackneyed “one man band” clichés just don’t cover this kind of mature artistry." The McLennans’ 2014 CD, Dancing On Air, features Lynda’s voice and Jim’s guitar, and has received significant airplay on Alberta’s CKUA radio. A Jim and Lynda McLennan performance includes instrumental guitar pieces from Jim (many from Six-String Gumbo) and vocal tunes from Lynda. One moment it’s a “folkafied” version of a standard like Ain’t Misbehavin’ or Fly Me to the Moon, next up might be an acoustic nod to the R&B world of Sam Cooke or Curtis Mayfield. The only criteria for a McLennan interpretation of a tune is that it be a great song. Much of their music is recognized and loved by their listeners. Seasoned performers, their genuine and engaging stage demeanor immediately puts audiences at ease. They have performed at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, the mid-Winter Roots and Blues Festival in Edmonton, the On the Edge Concert Series, Carlson’s on Macleod in High River, the Room Full of Sound concert series in Okotoks, Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary, the Blue Chair in Edmonton, the Canmore Folk Festival, and at numerous house concerts and other acoustic music venues. In addition to performances, Jim often leads workshops on a variety of guitar-related topics. These often work well the afternoon of an evening performance.
musicJory Kinjo
placeCalgary
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Jory Kinjo brings a unique history to his music and draws from his experiences playing and performing Soul, Ska, Reggae and Rhythm & Blues all over the world. Kinjo grew up in Calgary, AB. playing old-school soul music with long-standing soul band, Mocking Shadows. In 1999, he joined the band and warmed the stage for Canadian 3 tours with the B.B. King and other artists such as ZZ Top and Buddy Guy. In 2007, Kinjo toured Europe playing bass for Montreal’s third-wave ska kings, the Planet Smashers. The Smashers toured with punk legends Bad Religion and headlined other European festivals. This experience ignited a love for ska & reggae and inspired a new direction in his music. Kinjo formed “JK & the Relays” in 2009 and has toured such acts as Fishbone (LA) and the English Beat (UK). JK & the Relays were breakout performers at the 2012 Montreal Ska Festival and the 2013 Victoria Ska Festival. In 2009, Kinjo also formed Kiai Music Inc. as an umbrella under which to operate. Kiai Music produced 3 tours for artists such as the Slackers (NYC), the Aggrolites (LA) and Chris Murray (LA), bringing some these bands to Alberta for the first time. Kiai Music produced many local shows and showcases for developing Calgary and Edmonton artists. In 2010 Kinjo formed a project with his brothers, Kaley Kinjo, Tashi Kinjo and Shaw Kinjo. The Kinjo Bros. were invited to perform in Okinawa, Japan at the Naha Matsuri Festival which was broadcast live on TV and Radio in southern Japan. The Bros. have since performed in Japan many times, Jory recently returned from Okinawa in the fall 2016 from a Kinjo Bros. performance at the World Uchinanchu Taikai festival. Kinjo has appeared with a wide array of artists from UB40 to South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela. Most recent shows of note would be with Ziggy Marley on his Canadian tours in both 2014 and 2016.
musicKim Szabo
placeCalgary
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Kim is a seasoned performer with a performance and recording resume' that spans the globe. Born and raised in Canada, she has become an accomplished pianist and vocalist by honing her skills through initial classical training, followed by extensive Jazz studies in Edmonton Alberta. Her earlier performances took place in various venues and platforms from the Edmonton Citadel in musical theatre, to Vancouver Expo. In the early 90's Kim took her talents overseas to Japan where she became a staple performer for the Hilton International Hotel in Osaka, while performing at various concerts and events throughout the Kansai region with her own trio, as well as a guest artist with touring acts and for recording sessions, While in Japan, she met and collaborated with Bill Ladick on a few music projects including concert sponsored by Japan Airlines and FM cocolo . The mid 90's saw Kim moving her now established talents to Europe. Frankfurt Germany became her base from 1999 to 2007, where she performed regularly at the Hotel Intercontinental and the Sheraton Airport Hotel while also performing in concert at the Stalburg Theatre and Romanfabric. Kim also gained a position as head vocal instructor at Frankfurt Musikverkstadt (Frankfurt State Academy for Jazz Music) and was an adjudicator for jazz vocalists challenging German national exams for a degree in Jazz Pedagogue. Since returning to Canada, she has reintroduced herself to Jazz audiences through the Calgary music scene in a variety of positions: as a solo performer, as a guest pianist for the Fox Big Band, as the featured vocalist with the Summit Big Band; as well as vocal performances with the Metropolitan Big Band/Foothills Brass. Kim has also recently reestablished her musical relationship with Bill Ladick from Osaka, Japan, pursuing jazz and R&B inspired music. Most recent concerts in Calgary have also included performances with local artists including Dave Edgar (sax), Rod Schmidt (piano), Jeremy Coates (bass), Malcolm Page (drums), Stephano Valdo (bass) to name just a handful.
musicMichela Sheedy
placeOkotoks
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Don’t underestimate this sweet and smoldering powerhouse. Born and raised in Okotoks, Alberta, Michela Sheedy pushes boundaries and brings well needed honesty to country music. Bringing pure Albertan steely edge to a genre where lines are often blurred, Michela is dedicated to writing songs that speak from the heart for her debut album coming in the near future. She is no stranger to the stage, she has participated in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search for 4 years, placing in the top 10 finalists in the Ponoka Stampede Talent Search, played in front of over 2000 people as a top 6 finalist in the 2015 and 2016 Nashville North Star competition and won Second Runner-Up at the 2016 and 2017 Country 105FM's Rising Star Talent Search. This past summer she won the 96.5 CKFM Country Star Search and played the legendary Coca-Cola Stage at the 2017 Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree and Country Thunder. Along with many other performances, Michela Sheedy sings the Canadian and American national anthem in front of over 18,000 people as a representative of the NHL and the Calgary Flames. She has also has made multiple radio appearances on 99.7FM Sun Country’s morning show. Dedicating her time to the writing and development of her debut album, she has worked with many well-known industry professionals in her pursuits. Michela Sheedy is taking the country music scene by storm by captivating audiences and leaving her mark on big stages across Canada.
musicMira Black
placeCalgary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MIRA BLACK REDEFINES JAZZ WITH MESH OF SUBTLE RHYTHMS, COMPELLING COMPOSITIONS, A DASH OF SPOKEN WORD & INTENSELY AFFECTING VOCALS Ask most artists to characterize their musical persona, and you’re often saddled with, “I sound like no one else. I am unique.” Singer/songwriter Mira Black, however, is wholly obliging to offer a take on her sonic signature: “Imagine Massive attack fronted by Barbra Streisand, with Joni Mitchell writing the lyrics,” she says. “Then take those three to Cirque du Soleil.” On second thought, perhaps Black—whose upcoming album, “Mira,” veers to the left of any neatly defined musical genre—is indeed that rare artist that defies convention. Produced by iconic Chicago House Music legend Vince Lawrence, the set’s 14 tracks are founded in ambient electronica, but stripped down into sparse stop-and-start beats that trickle, ooze and percolate, ultimately allowing her potent vocals and intimate lyrics to rise to the surface. “Getting to the core of Mira’s philosophies became our mission,” says Lawrence, whose long string of credits includes co-writing the first House Music hit, 1984’s “On and On,” and the founding of seminal Trax Records. “We started with a rough electronic sketch, but as I heard her sing and saw the poetry in her lyrics—how emotional every word is—I wanted to stay away from too many beats. We ultimately shaped something that is subtle and immersive, where you hear every word she’s saying. It distills past any fluff and is profoundly touching.” “Mira” will be released early next year on Chicago based "Slang Recordings", with first single “I Remember Love” launching in the fall. The moody, contemplative song opens with the telling lyric, “I remember when someone thought I was the one...” Mira explains, “The message is to never let the moment pass, not to get jumbled in the things that don’t matter. Don’t miss any opportunity to find true love.” Like most of her compositions, the message summons Mira’s life experiences. “John Lennon had it right when he sang, ‘Love is all you need.’ Some call me naïve or an innocent, but I believe it’s that simple,” she says. “Writing this record was about purging as a mechanism to perpetuate growth. Those experiences provided tools for authentic analysis and lessons around heartbreak and love.” She adds with a laugh: “My formula for writing: Fall madly in love and get your heart pulled out through your nose.” As her umbrella theme, Black asks what could be more apropos than the universal theme of love? “Come on, I’m not a soldier, a teacher or a politician. I’m not a mother or a religious leader. I have no illusions that I’m powerful enough to change the world and unite religions. So let’s talk about the moment, this moment, the truth of this moment. Let’s skip the small talk about a ‘more than this’ kind of love. Let’s explore authentic connection.” Her life’s journey also adds to Black’s connection with heart-driven lyrics. With an intellectually based father from East India and a free-spirited Scottish mother, she was raised around the globe: in India, Canada, the West Indies and America. “As a nomadic child, I’ve had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the human condition,” she says. “I go back to India every few years and see a very different portrait of humanity. Ironically, now I find myself back in Chicago fulfilling my dream, where I spent many of my formative years. This has all allowed me to maintain an open mind.” Black also brings a diverse past musical life to her current work. In the early 1990s, she toured with popular Canadian folk act Acoustically Inclined. Ironically, the group started as an instrumental ensemble, until members heard Black in the audience spontaneously singing aloud to their melodies. They invited her onstage—eventually to become the group’s vocalist. “I was the one woman traveling with these five cats,” touring folk, pop and jazz festivals, she says. “It was through that experience that I learned to appreciate a more avant garde sound and composition.” Her 2013 self titles album was nominated for a Western Canadian Music award for best album. In addition, in 2008, Black released the solo jazz-infused “Live At The Moment,” whose influence peaks through on “Mira,” thanks to her inclusion of organic instrumentation like cello and piano, tabla, alongside the synthesizers and electronic pulses. “Working together changed both Vince and me as artists. This record is an experience of two creative spirits from diverse backgrounds painting a beautiful tapestry together,” Black notes. “I sang my melodies and lyrics and he added computer-based brush strokes that complement the sound without hijacking it.” Lawrence adds, “The very definition of music is ‘organized sound over time.’ Mira and I discarded the traditional rules of chord progression. This is sound design, with the musical elements building from Mira’s vocals and lyrics. We drilled beyond the BS to a basic core message.” An ideal example is the track “Illusion,” whose essence was born after Black fell in love with a man averse to the risks of commitment because he saw how people could belittle love to a series of physical impulses. She wrote the lyric and melody over Lawrence’s cool swirl of cascading, slowly building blips and beats, singing, “A butterfly consumed by the warmth of his cocoon/The sky awaits, longing to hear your song/But don’t wait too long… or when you get there I’ll be gone/Don’t tell me love is an illusion.” “Don’t Leave Yet,” on the other hand, is a lamenting look back at failing to appreciate the love one has. Black sings, “I miss the call just to say hello, the call to make sure I know”; while “Crazy” celebrates sexual craving, accompanied by an insistent electronic force field, as she bursts into the chorus of “Be my fantasy, holding back nothing, let’s be crazy.” In all, while Black may sing about those feelings and experiences we all endure in life, “Mira” is at once daring and experimental, as the album envelops her mighty talent with an unexpected, surprisingly warm harmonic embrace—one she hopes to share any way she can. “My dream, plain and simple, is to sing,” Black says. “Whether I come to your house and sing while we cook or if I’m performing on television or at a beautiful open-air festival communing with an audience, it’s where I feel the most authentic place inside myself. Music is absolutely where I find my personal sense of divinity.”
musicNatalia Chai
placeEdmonton
favorite
R&B
Singer/Songwriter
Soul
Hip-Hop/Rap
Natalia Chai is a solo, independent R&B/Neosoul/Hip-hop singerer-songwriter based out of Edmonton. An unconventional combination to most but will turn curious ears to the sounds and stories of real life issues. On March 24, 2017 Natalia released a 4 track EP called Connections collaborating with local producer and music engineer Justin McDonough. This was a small album that tackled big society issues from workplace dissatisfaction to refugees displaced by war. Natalia was trained classically in piano since the age of 6, but quickly developed her love for R&B and Neosoul after listening to artists such as Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Brian Mcknight, Jodeci and Lauryn Hill. Natalia sets an intimate stage and loves to have a "one-on-one" conversation with her audience through her music and voice that is like "honey to the ears". Natalia is also a pharmacist, avid fashion and music blogger and hopes to inspire youth to become strong, independent, beautiful and compassionate individuals. Although new to the YEG music scene, Natalia has performed at many live venues and also had the opportunity to share her sound at a couple of festivals in Calgary. Natalia is back in the studio in 2018 with the anticipation of releasing her first full length LP, CONNECTED by spring/summer of this year and has already released 2 singles to keep her listeners' coming back for more. 2018 is off to a big start with the release of her first single, SOS aimed to bring mental awareness where 100% proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Like many singer-songwriters, Natalia hopes that her stories and sound will resonate and bring positive change to others and hopes that her music dreams will become a reality one music note at a time!
musicRobert Burton Hubele
placeCalgary
favorite
Singer/Songwriter
Blues
Country
Jazz
Americana
'I love procreation' says Robert Burton Hubele, with a smile. As a writer and performer of original blues-jazz, and a storyteller, radio commentator, children’s book author, and actor Robert Hubele has a very full life in the creative arts. Robert’s life mission, he says, is to 'create love and happiness in life’, which he does 'every way I can'. Robert Hubele is from Alberta and has a definite prairie way about him with his ability to spin a good yarn, tell an engaging, humorous story and open into a song. As a songwriter Hubele writes about ordinary things that become extraordinary with just a little extra care. He believes that it is important to use his performances and the stage as a way to generate hope and initiate change and so he writes of the little things that can make a difference. Robert’s dad played fiddle at country barn dances and as a young boy Robert often would hold the fiddle like a guitar and try to play. Robert got his start playing music during his first job working for Canadian Pacific Railroad when his redcap friend Butch, who was one of the very few black people around, loaned him his electric guitar and amplifier. He wrote his first song at age 21 and started an avalanche of inspiration that had him writing 5 or 6 songs a week for quite a few years. In retrospect, Robert says ‘they all were pretty bad, but I was learning to understand the mechanics of music'. Robert Hubele's earliest influence was the earthy beat and emotional impact of the blues as he played along with recordings of B.B. King, Howlinʼ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Freddie and Albert King. His introduction to jazz was next in line. This happened through Chuck Tracy, a veteran lounge musician who was Hubeleʼs roommate for a while. Listening to Chuck rehearse, Robert got turned onto music from Tom Waits, Mose Allison and Fats Waller, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan. And there is also an inevitable country influence in Robert's music, which was bound to happen for someone growing up in the prairies where the songs of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and Marty Robbins are a background to life. When Robert first heard Bonnie Raitt in the early 70s, he absolutely had to take up dobro and learn how to make that ʻslidey sound’. Robert confesses dryly, 'I made a lot of racket for a couple of years until eventually I got the hang of it.' Over time his high quantity was replaced by high quality. As a songwriter he's won the 1984 Canadian Song Writing Contest and has been appointed to the Independent Song Writing Hall of Fame. Robert Hubele's unique songs and style caught the attention of the music industry in the 80s and 90s when he was packaged and marketed as a pop artist by Attic/A&M, his record company at the time. Performances on big stages throughout North America, radio airplay and video airplay on MuchMusic were frequent occurrences. # Nowadays Robert Hubele makes his home in Vancouver's vibrant West End and has just launched his tenth album of original music, She Won’t Talk To Me, a collection of 11 songs themed around life,death, travel, and romance. His experience and skill is clear in this masterful album which discreetly involves the listener in stories of regular folks’ traveling in and out of the celebrated state of love. Robert Burton Hubele's social song writing technique is at its best in his New Release: She Won’t Talk To Me where it intersects with marvellous stories for what is a truly great work of art. As a mature and engaging artist for whom music continues to be his full-time gig, Robert’s life experience runs a broad gamut of media and venues: CBC Radio guest, Host and Bandleader for numerous music clubs and song writing events, various television performances, and movie acting. Whether he's a band-leading crooner on a big stage, in a classy night club with a jazz trio, or playing to intimate house concerts as a solo troubadour, Robert Burton Hubele consistently brings his engaging wit and wisdom to every performance he gives and still leaves audiences hungry for more. 8 8 8
musicRyan Hicks
placeRegina
favorite
Singer/Songwriter
Folk
Ryan Hicks makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music. If McCartney, Brian Wilson and Fleet Foxes made music for David Lynch. Josh Haugerund, Director of CJTR Radio in Regina has listened to the entire album and gave his thoughts Ryan Hicks' new album is a great mix of influences by a multi talented musician. A perfect album for airplay as it touches on different genres and the hooks stick in your head for days. Regina community radio is excited to be able to share this album with the community. Michael Dawson of the band Library Voices has stated Pulsing Colours is great. All of the songs on the album are. Singer-songwriter Ryan Hicks has been hard at work for three years on his new album, Pulsing Colours. The album is a concept record of all of the the thoughts, moods and emotions that can come to us at night. Pulsing Colours is a star-studded record featuring Ryan as well as drummer Jeff Romanyk (Rah Rah), Michael Dawson (Library Voices), Amy Nelson (solo country singer, currently with a Top Ten country single in Australia) and more. The record is a hard-hitting album featuring memorable melodies, rich sonic landscape and lyrical depth. The record was inspired and written in tribute to Ryan’s step-mother, who took her own life in December, 2014. Her loss made Ryan dig inward and look for meaning and his place in the world. While the album deals with loss, it also gives a message of community, survival, love and hope. Pulsing Colours is a record about all of us finding our way in the universe. The sound is gritty, honest, emotional and will to appeal to an audience who loves acts such as Harry Nilsson, The Arcade Fire and Neil Young. Ryan attended Pitchfork Music Festival and hearing bands like Chvrches, Sleeter Kinney, The New Pornographers and Run The Jewels live had a big influence on this record. Ryan was also inspired by the work of filmmaker David Lynch, especially the TV show Twin Peaks. Ryan loves the moods, atmosphere, spirituality, humour and wonder of the world of Twin Peaks. Seeing success from albums such as Neil Young’s Harvest, The Fleet Foxes three records and Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear shows that similar approaches can be both artistic rewarding and appeal to a large audience. The songs are heartfelt with inspired performances by all players. A link to the EPK containing hi-res pictures, information about the songs, musicians, stories behind the individual songs and more can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/77or924z04u1uop/AACQyAFsD4qpqsWLurR37Ofta?dl=0 Here is a link to the album via a private Soundcloud channel: https://soundcloud.com/ryanhicks306/sets/pulsing-colours/s-Xh4rU About Ryan Singer-songwriter Ryan Hicks makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music. Think if Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and the Fleet Foxes made music for a David Lynch film and you will discover his style. His debut album, Prairie Ocean was a critically acclaimed love letter to the prairies and California. Ryan has been hard at work for three years on his new album, Pulsing Colours. Ryan was recently nominated for CBC’s Future 40, has regular plays of his music on CBC and college radio (including charting at number #18 in Ottawa), performs regularly (including a tripling of show in the last year), selected to twice be a featured performer for Tom Jackson’s On-Stage Success and has opened up for great acts such as Devin Cuddy Band and Danny Laj and The Looks. Ryan Hicks contact information Ryan Hicks email: ryanhicks306@gmail.com Cell: 306 737 6420 website: http://www.ryanhicksmusic.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanhicks306 Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanhicks306/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryanhicks306
musicSarah Curle
placeHigh River, AB
favorite
Singer/Songwriter
Country
Americana
Sarah Curle is a country singer and songwriter with a country soulful/Americana sound with incredible powerhouse vocals! She started her career at the early age of 5 years old and has continued to flourish in her musical journey today!! She has performed at many various events over the years; including for such places as, the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition, Windows on the West Stage, Spider Hockey, Heroes Hoedown, the Chestermere Water Festival, Hockey Marathon for Kids, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, the Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament, and more! Sarah has had a few amazing opportunities to open for very talented and wonderful artists such as, Jason McCoy, Kira Isabella, and Gordon Belsher. She was also fortunate enough to share the stage with the lovely artist, Tenille. Sarah released her first full-length album, Bucket Full of Stories, in August 2013. From this album, Sarah released four singles to Canadian Commercial Country Radio via Last Tango Productions; Love is a Symphony, Their Story, Goodbye, and in 2016 she released, Leaving Song. As well as, in November 2015, she released her first recorded Christmas rendition, Love is Christmas. Her first single, Love is a Symphony, was #4 on the top 5 DMDS charts for one week. She had a variety of secondary stations pick-up all four of her singles for regular spins, as well as her Christmas single, Love is Christmas. She was previously a preliminary contender for 4 years for various ACMA (Association of Country Music in Alberta) awards; 4x preliminary contender for Female Artist of the Year, a preliminary contender for Song of the Year in 2013, and a Final nominee for Album of the Year in 2013. She was also a preliminary contender for Fan's Choice in 2015 and 2016. Sarah is an artist that brings a different sound to her audience, coupled with stories from her heart. She has a connection with her fans through her strong lyrics and vibrant melodies! She is in the process of writing new material and cannot wait to share it with everyone! Find her music online on iTunes, Reverbnation, CD Baby and more!
musicScott MacKay
placeCalgary, AB
favorite
Singer/Songwriter
Country
Bluegrass
Folk
Soul
Americana
Roots
Oh I’ll forgive her on the day the Devil gets on his knees to pray.. With one dark, chilling line you are introduced to the simple, elegant music of PEI born singer/songwriter, Scott MacKay. MacKay’s country-ish songs are standouts, riddled with one-liners that catch the sun like a freshly polished cleaver. Now living in Calgary, he has become an artist to watch, being nominated for Roots/Folk Recording of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the upcoming Calgary Music Awards. MacKay’s newest offering “Twin” (produced by Leeroy Stagger) features fiddle, banjo and the haunting harmonies of his twin brother, Ben. MacKay has a vibrato, thanks to his affinity for crooner vocalists, which gives him even more of an antique feel, like he just stepped out of a bus straight from the 1940's. - Bob Mersereau - CBC - East Coast Music MacKay is equal parts deep voiced crooner and delicately annunciated soul. There is a certain smokiness and sensual feel to his voice, almost a whisper at points. It warms you up deep in the chest as he sings out his songs. A little bit Roy Orbison and a little bit Keegan Dewitt, Nashville songwriter. - Red Line Roots (redlineroots.ca) If you are looking for a performer to provide an unforgettable evening of song, stories, laughter and impeccable musicianship, Scott MacKay is the artist for you. - Rhea March – Artist Development Specialist – March Music & The School of Song. (schoolofsong.com)
musicSilvia and Notas de 4
placeCalgary
favorite
Jazz
Folk
Other
Dance
Silvia Temis based in Calgary Alberta is the leader singer of a quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythmns. Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start taking flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction from prominent flamenco singers (cantaores) in Spain and Canada. While in Calgary Silvia performs with Notas de 4 as the front woman. Also she has performed with the local flamenco community in the city like Holly Blazina flamenco guitarist. She has also performed at EXPO Latino Festival 2015 with Fiona Malena Ensemble as well as Salero Calo Flamenco group. She has been one of the organizers of the Calgary Flamenco Festival as well as an active member in the community. While in Toronto Silvia has performed with Esmeralda Enrique Dance Company at Hispanic Fiesta in Toronto this September 2017, dancer Carmen Romero and duet with Benjamin Barrile flamenco guitarist. She has performed at the Festival Flamenco du Montreal in 2013 and 2014. Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music. She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.
musicStephen King
placeCalgary
favorite
Singer/Songwriter
Blues
Classical
Country
Jazz
Rock
Bluegrass
Folk
Alternative
Americana
Roots
Yes, my name is Stephen King. The horror! :) Based in Calgary since 1988, originally from the Maritimes. I play in a variety of venues & configurations. As a solo singer/songwriter, I try to play a mixture of original/cover tunes ... depending on gig and how the audience flows ... in a variety of musical genres and styles. I've played guitar and performed on-and-off for over 30 years. Having studied so many different musical styles for so long, it's all kinda of morphed and squished together in my current playing approach. I continue to be humbled by the journey of music! On any given night you'll see me playing acoustic guitar, harmonica, one string diddley bow, ukelele, Fender strat, dobro, Gibson es-175td, and even a guitar synth etc... depending on the feelz. As a multi-instrumentalist, I also play bass, drums, a bit of keyboards/accordian and stretching into stringed instruments like the Charango. I've also have 6 self-produced CD's from about 25 years of recording ... 100% solo efforts in different types of studios I cobbled together over the years. https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/StephenKing. In the duo "SteveSteve," #stevesteve it's all about the "Strings and Skins" ... I team up with beatster Stephen Nykolyn who has been drumming since he was a fetus. First discovered in his teens in Ontario, he toured as an underage blues drummer, and has played in many bands since, as well as guest recorded a number of albums. Slick sick seventies beats. In the "power trio" SARAH'S LAST DAY, #sarahslastday we try to play a sonic, grinding, psychedelic experience. Here's more: "Hailing from Calgary, the band plays a musical cocktail of original music from lead guitarist/singer Stephen King’s 6 CDs, along with varied covers from Wilco, Josh Rouse, Neil Young, Rihanna, Hendrix, Killers, Black Keys, Rancid, Bob Dyan, SRV, Ryan Adams, Nirvana, Beck amongst many others … all of which Sarah’s Last Day molds to their own inimitable style. Closest style could be described as Indie-Alt-Country-Acoustic-Roots-Jazz-Blues-Rock. Never playing sets or songs the same way twice — sonic exploration can be found in the tenderest of songs. Bass player Shaun King, is also a multi-instrumentalist; bass, mandolin, guitar, vocals, cajone, drums -- and an accomplished mixer -- he's has spent the last few years gigging as "DJ Phillip Ontako," serving up massive flutter wows and trap beats across Canada. Where did "SARAH'S LAST DAY" band name come from? It reflects current mood, political and economic uncertainty, where many people are facing the despair and opportunity of change. Searching #sarahlastday on social media, one will find many such Sarah’s at critical junctures of their lives ... getting a new job, moving to a new city, last day of cancer treatment ... hanging in a suspension of change that can reflect all sorts of things all at the same time; loss, hope, nostalgia, promise, happiness, reflection, sadness, sometimes anger. All leading to some type of inevitable resolution and conclusion. This "suspension of change" is more or less the well I draw from as an artist and in my daily life ... from chaos comes creativity ... if you let it. @stephdokin
musicThe Fragments
placeCalgary
favorite
Pop
The Fragments perform an eclectic range of indie pop, including diversions into jazz and folk music, with lyrical tangles that will keep you scratching your head while you tap your feet. Their debut CD, which has been played by college radio stations across Canada, was praised by the Calgary Herald as being “an unabashedly odd and joyously weird, slightly askew pop record.” The Fragments have headlined at a number of bars across Calgary, including The Ironwood, Broken City, Wine-Oh’s, The Ship & Anchor Pub, and The Hub at Mount Royal University. They were also pleased to be a featured performer at a So Far Sounds: Calgary event. The fall of 2014 saw the release of their follow-up CD, which was reviewed by BeatRoute magazine: “most of the tracks on Stone Boat will creep their way into your daily humming routine at some point or another. These melodies beg to be hummed.” The Fragments recorded their third album, Night Gardening, on a vintage reel-to-reel machine, called the Stephens 821B. It was a record packed with delicious pop weirdness, tied together with the rich, warm sound of analog tape. Their latest CD, Erratics (released in April, 2017), finds intriguing and strange inspiration from the field of geology. Songs about mountain formations, early geologists, and glacial erratics give the album a focussed feel. But things are never quite what they seem with The Fragments: mountains complain about the horror of erosion, a geologist disco-dances with a shark, and the erratic might just be waking up from a blackout after a night of hard drinking.