Curated Spotify playlist by Colton O’Reilly of I Am The Mountain. To define music to a single list of 25 bands was near impossible, so here, I present my list of 28 bands! An old friend once told me that their favourite genre of music was local music. I thought that was brilliant and have now changed my favourite genre of music to singer-songwriter-jazz-soul music to the music that we are creating right here in our beautiful city.
Story by Kendall Bistretzan. On Monday, March 2, Café Koi will be hosting their third monthly Female Singer Songwriters Circle. The event will feature Rachel Geek, Jess Werner, Lisa Anderson, and Bebe Buckskin. Local Drop reporter Kendall Bistretzan caught up with these ladies to talk about their style as musicians, experiences in Calgary, adversity in the industry, and plans for the future.
Story and photos by Sara Kuefler. Todd Stewart’s six-song solo album, Everything You Want, is an intimate, moonlit ramble through the heart of the artist. With heavy use of steel guitar, acoustic meanderings, and, of course, Stewart’s whispery, smooth-as-butter vocals, the listener is guided through musings on personal relationships, the pain of tragic loss, and the melancholy and anxiety that can be so much a part of life for many these days.
Story by Kendall Bistretzan. Photo by Will Geier. When local rock band Bad Animal had their first gig in the basement of Commonwealth, they weren’t expecting much. After all, it was their first live performance; would there even be more than eight people in the room? According to the band, that first show had an astounding turnout, and as the group began to gain momentum and play larger venues, they’ve realized what makes a good show and the sacrifices that come along with it.
Story by Jessica Melnychuk. Photo by Mark Webber. “This coffee is weak as shit.” Sunglaciers’ lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, Evan Resnik, forces down a sip of his French press coffee, chastising fellow band member Pat Seager for not letting it steep long enough. “Aren’t you a barista?” he scolds, jokingly.
Story by David Babcock. Photo by Will Geier. Ann Taylor held an intimate listening party at her home in December 2017. She treated the jam-packed room filled with friendly faces, comfortable pillows and speakers to her second EP, Murphy’s Law. Taylor’s love of music began when she was just a baby, but her technical start was when she joined the school band as a flutist. And that was just the beginning.