If the planet, all the plants, animals, earth, rocks, birds, machines, clouds, insects, oceans – made a sound… it would be this. The sheer power that Tanya releases is astounding.Read more "Beyond Words: Severn Cullis-Suzuki & Tanya Tagaq with Jesse Zubot"
For those who know, I’ve been writing music and album reviews for Bucketlist lately. My review for The Matadors, though, was removed and re-edited. They felt it was too political (after two editors passed the review to go online), and Hooch, the frontsman for The Matadors, felt it was a personal attack. Due to this review, I was asked to “step down” from Bucketlist for a while.Read more "The Matadors – September 4, 2014 – Funky’s, Vancouver, British Columbia"
DakhaBrakha had the most unique approach I’ve seen to Vancouver theatre audience punctuality. They were set up and ready to go while folks were still milling about in the aisles chatting… so, they dove straight in with the pounding drums of their first song. Afterwards, Marko introduced them – “Hello, everybody. We are DakhaBrakha, from free Ukraine,” and the crowd erupted in applause and cheers.Read more "DakhaBrakha – August 31st, 2014 – Rio Theatre, Vancouver, BC"
“This is a blast from the past, featuring all your favourite hits of the 18th century.” The crowd clearly loved all of it, clapping and stomping along. The band would take turns on some of the songs to come to the front of the stage to jig. They got a standing ovation twice, and came back out for a triumphant encore.Read more "Còig – August 14th, 2014 – St. James Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia"
Candles were burning on the table with a beer and a shot glass sitting in front of them like offerings. I saw Jex move her way to the back of the crowd, and a woman helped her light up a bit of wood. The sharp, resiny smell of palo santo drifted across the crowd and the music began as she moved slowly forwards.Read more "Jex Thoth – May 24th, 2014 – Media Club, Vancouver, BC"
Evan Hardy, organizer and bassist for Dead Again was disappointed in the misogyny, and wanted to “turn it around, and turn the evening into an exclusive, and positive event.” Dead Again’s drummer Shaun added, “I support any organization that reaches out to people, especially women, in the DTES.” He said that with funding cuts, many programs are having to compete for money. “Events such as the one held last night are becoming the only way to secure revenue.”Read more "Forest & the Femme Fundraiser – May 10th, 2014 – Astoria, Vancouver, BC"
Korpiklaani has become one of my favourite bands, and they closed out the night. I love the Kalevala-styled lyrics, the use of fiddle and accordion, and the emphasis on themes of nature and Finnish history. This was the first time I had seen new accordionist Sami Perttula, and he was exceptional. He and Tuomas are mixing in well with the rest of the band – always a concern when replacing long-standing members.Read more "Paganfest V – May 8th 2014 – Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC"