J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

It is getting to that time of the year when I must finalize my Polaris Music Prize Top 5 albums of the year. For those who are unfamiliar with the Polaris Music Prize, its mission statement reads thusly: “A not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes… Continue reading J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

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Ralph Boyd Johnson- 1723 9 St SW review

Ralph Boyd Johnson 1723 9 St SW http://www.RalphBoydJohnson.com For those unaware of its significance, 1723 9 St SW may be the worst album title since 461 Ocean Boulevard. Ralph Boyd Johnson most obviously believed that this Calgary address had to be the title of his sophomore album. You see, and as most anyone with a… Continue reading Ralph Boyd Johnson- 1723 9 St SW review

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David Jacobs-Strain & Ralph Boyd Johnson

Ironwood Stage & Grill, February 24, 2011 A most impressive evening of music in Calgary tonight, unexpectedly enjoyable as I was taking a bit of a flyer on this one. Whenever I come to Calgary for a conference, as I did this morning, no one who I want to hear is ever playing. The night… Continue reading David Jacobs-Strain & Ralph Boyd Johnson

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My Favourite Albums of the Aughts- Part One of Four

Like every other writer and blogger, I’ve been checking my lists twice and thrice as we close out the decade. The thing with these lists, at least when I make them, is they might look very different on a different day. And the positionings- once you get past the first dozen or two- can be fairly… Continue reading My Favourite Albums of the Aughts- Part One of Four

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