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  • Music flows from the heart for Jan Lisiecki

    Music flows from the heart for Jan Lisiecki

    Ascending Canadian classical pianist Jan Lisiecki sees a distinct advantage to playing smaller venues, such as Knox-Metropolitan United Church, where his upcoming concert in Regina will take place. Lisiecki, 20, is a Calgary native with four recordings to his name and solid bookings for the next couple of years — around the world and in venues among […]
  • France Bellemare looking forward to the challenge of Sheherazade

    France Bellemare looking forward to the challenge of Sheherazade

    The Regina Symphony Orchestra is set for a crescendo into 2017 with Bolero, its first Masterworks performance of the year. The concert will be a collection of jazz and classical works born in the legendary era of 1920s Paris, with compositions from the likes of Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin and Kurt Weill. And Bolero will […]
  • Sean McCann confronts addiction and a troubled past for Bell Let's Talk Day at the National Music Centre

    Sean McCann confronts addiction and a troubled past for Bell Let's Talk Day at the National Music Centre

    It didn’t take Sean McCann long to bond with a new friend. Within hours of arriving at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, the musician came across the guitar of the late Smilin’ Johnnie. It’s an old Martin D-28, covered with multicoloured art and still sporting an old set list Johnnie had taped […]
  • Vicky Chow and Ben Reimer's Four Thousand Holes

    Vicky Chow and Ben Reimer's Four Thousand Holes

    Two masters of contemporary music present two world premieres of new works from composers Nicole Lizée, Vincent Ho as well as John Adams' Four Thousand Holes.
  • Review: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Cory Bowles deliver daring Juliet and Romeo

    Review: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Cory Bowles deliver daring Juliet and Romeo

    How do you take a timeless classic that has been done and redone dozens of times and make it fresh? Recrafting Romeo and Juliet has been a challenge for many writers and directors these past decades but it seems there is no shortage of original approaches to Shakespeare’s account of star-crossed love. There have been many remarkable […]
  • Syrian refugee scores Bell Centre singing gig

    Syrian refugee scores Bell Centre singing gig

    'One can start from scratch, even at my age, and, with hard work and dedication, one can achieve one’s goals,' says Matt Mardini.
  • Why isn’t Kanye West performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration today?

    Why isn’t Kanye West performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration today?

    While West would have easily locked down the one A-list performer Trump's team tried incredibly hard to secure in recent months, he apparently was not even asked
  • Joel Plaskett teams with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for evening of symphonic rock 'n' roll

    Joel Plaskett teams with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for evening of symphonic rock 'n' roll

    After nearly 25 years spent criss-crossing the country and performing in every shape and size of venue imaginable, you might think there isn’t much that can rattle the nerves of Joel Plaskett.  But he has no problem admitting it. He’s nervous.  The veteran musician is on the phone from his home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to promote next […]
  • Edmonton singer Mallory Chipman has musical talent in her blood

    Edmonton singer Mallory Chipman has musical talent in her blood

    “I believe that art evolves, and if it doesn't evolve then I don't understand why it exists. If you sing in an inspired, passionate way, no matter how complex the song is it can still speak to people.” - Mallory Chipman
  • Obituary: Penny Lang, star of Montreal's folk music scene, dies at 74

    Obituary: Penny Lang, star of Montreal's folk music scene, dies at 74

    Penny Lang, the much-beloved doyenne of Montreal’s folk music scene, died at her home in Madeira Park on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, where she had been living since 2005. Lang had celebrated her 74th birthday with family and friends on July 15. Indications are that she suffered a massive stroke. She had recovered from an earlier […]

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