This year’s 2017 SLAM on AIR songwriting competition finale on Sept. 16 saw Calgary’s indie rock band Stricken One take top spot. From the first power chord it was obvious they were different.
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Anthony Burbidge is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has been teaching in Airdrie since 2010.
There are some things in life worth waiting for, and The Beautiful Scars is definitely one of those. This three-piece band of “seasoned rockers” may have only formed last October, but between them they have been “on the road long enough to build a country.” So says guitarist and lead vocalist Kevin Knopf.
What do you get when three high school students from Airdrie’s St. Martin de Porres form a band? Why, The Martin Project, of course.
Airdrie’s annual original songwriting contest, SLAM on AIR, is attracting talent from outside the community, says organizer and SLAM (Supporting Local Area Musicians) marketing director, Steve Gilliss.
Steve Jevne has become a Monday night fixture on the stage at Airdrie’s Bambino’s Neighbourhood Pub; he’s also becoming a regular at the SLAM on AIR contest. Jevne’s entered the original songwriting event three times, making the finalists list each year, but aspiring to win isn’t the reason he participates.
There is no shortage of aspiring young Albertan rock bands frenetically vying for space on digital playlists, but what sets Clockwork Crows apart from this mêlée of wannabe rock stars is their head-nodding, satisfying blend of original, catchy tunes.
Karen Yackel, artistic director and founder of the Airdrie Children’s Choir and the Airdrie Women’s Choir, moved to Airdrie seven years ago to teach music at Good Shepherd and Our Lady Queen of Peace schools.
There are two words Art Bergmann often sees applied to him that he wishes writers would stop using.
Gizelle de Guzman has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember, and it wasn’t long after she started that she began putting her words to music.
Generating a combination of boyish, Hollywood good looks, a humility beyond his years and a penchant for smooth, melodic delivery, Christian Hudson has taken the central Alberta music scene by storm in 2015.
Jesse Robbins’ first attempt at performing at an open mike a few years ago back home in Ontario did not go as he planned. He attempted to play three songs and was unable to finish any of them.
Sugar and spice and everything nice. Using a sweet blend of well-known favourites tossed with a couple of originals tunes, All Day Sugar could easily be cause for a few musical cavities. Led by the vigorous, bleach-blond vocalist Sammi Tully, the local musicians have been looking to push the limits of confectionary resonance, hitting notes for their own ears as well as their audiences. “We call that putting some sugar on it. We’ll just ‘sugar…
To Alicia Woynarski, mezzo-soprano and voice teacher, music means everything. “It means joy, love – I can reach out to people and help them escape the roughness of the world,” Woynarski says. “It’s an outlet for people who can’t express their emotions to come and listen because they can experience those emotions. That’s what opera singing really is – emotions intensified through music.” After Woynarski’s first singing lesson at age seven, she told her mother…