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Article by Damir Khamzin
What’s art? How do we motivate ourselves to pursue this? It’s a question that I can’t answer, and most likely never will be able to answer fully. In a city brimming with talent and hardworking individuals, a few tend to stand out because they have even more courage and dedication than the rest, and they don’t let other people’s opinions or social constraints hold them back in the slightest.
One of these artist is singer/songwriter Brittney Grabill. She is a young up and coming musician hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. Her work is the result of what seems to me like an ingrained happiness and courage to fight past all odds. Her sound: An eclectic mix of pop, folk and soul with a bit of a country flair.
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Socially conscious, lyrically poetic, rife with apocalyptic symbolism
All Else Fails is poised to take our world by storm. Playing an aggressively dark blend of Punk, Metal, and Rock, this well established Edmonton based band breaks the traditional ideals of their genre by producing music infused with experimental elements, incorporating Classical music, Electronica influenced synth lines, and spoken word sampling. This is metal for a new audience, one that’s ready for what’s beyond the ordinary.
Photo Credit: Tyler Branston
Their inspired high-energy live show sets them apart from their peers, often drawing comparisons …
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The Phantom Creeps are three guys hell-bent on wreaking havoc on the Psychobilly/Rockabilly world.
Blending Rockabilly, Punk, Country, Psychobilly and good ole’ fashioned Rock into their own brand of Hellbilly Rock and Roll, they have established themselves as a band to be reckoned with! Only a few years into existence, The Creeps have been very busy – releasing their debut, self-titled album in the summer of 2009, and their second release, ‘Hellbilly Rebel Fire’ in 2011. They have been playing non-stop and promoting themselves tirelessly.
The Creeps have garnered much attention …
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For the blues, rock and reggae inspired sounds of Edmonton based STONE IRIS, there’s just no replacing that feeling of commiseration and unity that comes from a group of friends gathered around at the stage, soaking up the night together and raising a glass to good times.
It’s exactly that kind of feeling that STONE IRIS taps into on their newly recorded EP, “Illuminations”. Like a lost night in a smoky bar, its songs feel easy to slip into and even easier to get lost in, using laid-back but propulsive grooves to create a mood that feels at once nostalgic and promising, familiar enough to get your guard down but restless enough to let you know that the best times are on their way. It builds off their previous releases, 2011 twin-EPs The Boo Box and Serene Machine, the 2010 Silhouettes EP and 2008 debut Ezperanza, by revealing a band that is at once more assured and more expansive than it’s ever been.
Current Swell plays the Performance Works, part of Winteruption!
Current Swell was created 5 years ago in Alberta‚ Canada with three friends Scott Stanton‚ Davers Lang and Louis Sadava. The band relocated to Victoria BC in summer 2006 recognizing that their roots rock reggae sound echoed the spirit of the West Coast surf rock roots community. Three critically acclaimed albums “So I Say”‚ “Trust Us Now” and “Protect Your Own” supported Current Swell’s inclusion as opening act for artists such as Xavier Rudd‚ The Beautiful Girls‚ Ash Grunwald‚ Bedouin Soundclash‚ The Beach Boys and Daniel Wesley. Festival presenters and promoters took notice with Current Swell appearing at diverse national festivals such as Mt.Tremblant Blues Festival‚ Rifflandia‚ Ottawa Bluesfest‚ Open Sky festival‚ 2010 Olympics and Whistler WS2.
“Stories From Home” is a compilation of songs from the Lauren Mann EP and the Lost and Found EP, as well as three unreleased tracks, all of which were written and recorded between 2006 and 2009. These are the stories of Lauren’s beginning, from her first years writing and recording in her parents’ basement. It tells the tales of years past, and is a prelude of things to come, including a cross-Canada tour commencing in early 2011, and recording at the Vanguard Room in Lakeland, Florida in April and May.
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Much band whoring led to a Canadian tour in 2009 where chief songwriter/guitarist Carman Lethbridge stepped in as bassist and met ace drummer Tim Huston; laying the foundation for Joseph Blood’s touring band.
Insanity, hilarity and incomprehensible demoralization ensued. Upon returning to Vancouver the band enlisted the help of Damion Gray on keys and Ben Price on sax. Thorsten Abel came on to handle bass duties as Carman switched to his first love, the guitar.
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A small farming hamlet of 48 people located 100 km north east of Edmonton; often referred to as the arm pit of Alberta. All geography aside, Jake began his music career in High School starting the legendary Edmonton punk rock act, PiND, in which he was the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and chief songwriter.