If your in the market for something a little different, make sure you don't miss out on Casse Tête, a festival of experimental music right happening here in PG! This radically creative music is taking place at Theatre North-West and admission is completely free. It will feature improvisation, free jazz, avant-garde compositions, minimalism, post-rock, noise, and much more. Check out the 5th annual festival from June 15th till the 18th, and if you would like any more information you can head over to their website at http://www.cassetetefestival.com/. [audio mp3="http://www.cfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/20170605-Casse-Tete-PSA-copy.mp3"][/audio]
This week I am mildly sad about the fact that I won't be at ArtsWells this August, so here are a few of my favourite bands and musicians from the festival. FOMO IS REAL.
Thanks for tuning in :^)
Hey sweet darlin' CFUR fans, It's no secret that this particular Riot Grrrl is in love with her scene here in Northern BC. This past summer I was lucky enough to attend several festivals in BC and like the years before they made me an even bigger fan than I was before.
I figured I would start off 2016 with a bunch of songs about love - love for music, and for people. New love, lust, old loves, true love, and the end of love, which always has something good in it if you look for it. My one true love is music, and my local scene, which has never failed to fill me up.
So enjoy my friends, and love freely.
Riot Grrrl #1
After an action-packed four days of letting my ears soak in as much sound as possible on Prince's Island for the Calgary Folk Music Festival, here is a quick list of what I thought were the highlights:
1) Kid Koala's Vinyl Vaudeville: Disguised as a koala mascot (or maybe as a furry?), Kid Koala scratched his entire set on vinyl. That alone is impressive. But it gets better because the sound was old-school R&B, a dose of blues mixed with bass, and scratched saxophone. Edgy, brave, and a really fun, groovy set. His entourage was a little more confusing, with puppets and dancers and then a very random appearance by Terry from Fubar who took part in an 8 Mile-esque kazoo competition. I was a little lost but happy to see Terry nonetheless.
2) "Old-Fashioned New-Fangled" Workshop:
First-thing Saturday morning, somehow I made it on time for this set and I'm grateful I did. Although I could argue about the logic of the title, this workshop consisted of two parts "old" (Petunia and the Vipers and Leftover Cuties) and two parts "new" (Kid Koala and Calgary's own Dragon Fli Empire). The artists felt a little trepidation about this random mix but they had a lot of fun experimenting on stage. Dragon Fli Empire broke out in a rap alongside Petunia's "Mercy" while Kid Koala scratched blues and Leftover Cuties plucked away on strings. Pretty cool.
With over 1,000 volunteers, they deserve a shout out for all their hard work during the festival. The Media Tent was completely on it and scheduled all the interviews for me, which was amazing. Security volunteers showed up bright and early to chant "No running! Only skipping!" to the tarpies as they dashed to stake their spots in front of the mainstage. And when weekend rafters tried to "accidentally" sneak onto the island to catch Father John Misty ("What's going on here? Is this a festival or something? Who knew?"), security volunteers were on it. Finally, an extra-big thank you to the volunteers in the beer gardens who poured me beer all weekend with such smiles and grace. Boo to the $8 price per can at the volunteer afterparties.
4) Colin Stetson: I don't think words can sufficiently describe the experience of hearing Colin Stetson, other than maybe mesmerized. My core felt his bass notes beckoning from across the island so I rushed over to his stage. The sound reminded me a little of Tanya Tagaq. I can't really describe it but my limbs could just feel that it was something special.
5) Bike Racks: Three cheers for Nenshi for doing such a good job of promoting biking! I've never seen so many bikes at Folk Fest before. The organizers even built a second bike lot on the west side of the island and that lot was also full. For a second, I thought maybe I was back in Amsterdam. See? Calgary's not so bad :)
Article by Alycia Mutual
Toronto-based The Wooden Sky fit right into Calgary's alt-country/bluegrass/Canadiana skyline Thursday night as they took the evening stage in front of a packed crowd. It took me a little while to adjust because more than 2,000 fans showed up to see them. Folk Fest has around 12,000 attendees pass through the gates each day, while a "larger" festival in northern B.C. like Artswells has more like 1,500-2,000. Arts on the Fly was even smaller, at a few hundred.
Such bigness quickly felt like a small-town hoedown, though, because frontman Gavin continuously took note of fans he recognized in the crowd who attended previous shows. He said hello to two girls near the front and told a story about their show in Banff where the girls brought the band a huge bottle of wine in hopes they could get on the guest list. They did. He even wished a couple happy anniversary. This fan recognition nicely bridged the gap between audience and artist and the large crowd felt like we were somehow neighbours.
Such a sense of neighbourliness suits their music too. The Wooden Sky is a band that ranks high in terms of danceability, and the crowd danced their hardest to songs on their newest album like "When the Day is Fresh and the Light is New." I was especially happy when they took out a harmonica to play one of their new songs.
Wondering when (or if) they'll pass through Prince George? You don't have to wait long because they're playing next weekend at Artswells. Bring your boots and smiles and I'll see you on the dance-floor.
Written by Alycia Mutual