By Richard White, April 3, 2013
NOTE: MEMPHIS BLUES FUNDRAISER: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, The Blues Can, noon till 5pm
TICKETS: $10 in advance at www.calgarybluesfest.com/store or $15 at the door
Double Header with TIM WILLIAMS and the MIKE CLARK BAND
CBMA congratulates Tim Williams and the Mike Clark Band, the top acts selected in the Solo/Duo and Band categories respectively, who will represent Southern Alberta at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, Jan. 21 - 25, 2014.
YYC: Music City?
Quietly Calgary has been fostering the development of a diverse music scene from Saturday afternoon blues jams to international piano competitions. It may not be the biggest or the best, but it is evolving into a very vibrant community. So if you are looking for a music city to visit - Calgary is singing and playing!
Perhaps it started way back in 1917 with the what is now the Kiwanis Music Festival, one of the largest amateur competitive classical music festivals in North America - 9.500 musicians ages 5 to 25 compete in 16 categories. This festival is held in March each year.
Maybe the genesis was the 102 year old Mount Royal Conservatory which has evolved into one of the most respected music schools in Canada and internationally. It will soon be home to the new Bella Concert Hall on the campus of Mt. Royal University.
The Honen's International Piano Competition has placed Calgary on the map for young emerging concert pianists from around the world wanting to launch their career.
But for me, it is the indie music venues and festivals that make living in Calgary a fun place to live and visit. Best bets this summer are Sled Island, June 19 to 22, 2013 and Calgary Folk Festival July 25 to 28, 2013.
However, you can visit Calgary anytime as there is indie music happening in various venues everyday of the week. Read on to learn more.
Perhaps Calgary should brand itself as the "Little Blues Joint on the Prairies."
venue, Calgary's leading lifestyle magazine recently identified Calgary's top 8 music venues as - Wine-Ohs, Broken City, Dicken's Pub, HiFi Club, Ironwood Stage & Grill, Mikey's Juke Joint & Eatery, The Palomino and The RePublik.
Perhaps, I should let Tim have the last word on why Calgary is emerging as a new urban playground for musicians in North America. Recently in an interview by Mike Bell, Calgary Herald music writer about his new CD launch and the Calgary music scene Tim said:
"despite the ebbs and flows over the years, the city is one that now has a pretty great infrastructure - including studios, venues and even labels....it's a pretty great place for even the blues to make a home."
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