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  • Jeffery Straker set to spread a little holiday spirit

    It wouldn’t be too far off to say performer Jeffery Straker has been there and done that. A veteran of countless international concerts, numerous theatres across Canada, and any home with a piano and a good time to be had, the singer/songwriter is joining the likes of esteemed stars Anne Murray and Tommy Hunter with […]
  • Marianas Trench returns to the Coca-Cola Stage

    Marianas Trench returns to the Coca-Cola Stage

    Call it an album of extremes. When Vancouver’s Marianas Trench set out to record its fourth studio record, 2016’s Astoria, the plan was to pay homage to the goofy 1980s film The Goonies, which explains the goofy album art featuring the four-piece band looking like earnest pre-teen treasure hunters. But, according to the detailed press […]
  • A jazz-tastic Peter and the Wolf

    A jazz-tastic Peter and the Wolf

    The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra is swinging into the holidays with a new version of the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf. It’s a musical story about a boy and his farm animals and their encounter with hunters and the titular canus lupus. The SJO’s version, a Saskatchewan exclusive, will definitely have more brass and sizzle […]
  • The Funk Hunters are big and getting bigger

    The Funk Hunters are big and getting bigger

    Thursday, Dec. 15 The Funk Hunters with Dirty Radio, Charly Hustle O’Brians Event Centre Stewart Derdeyn Postmedia  Vancouver DJ duo The Funk Hunters prove it pays to track down the meatiest beats in the deepest, darkest jungle of dance music. Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith’s career trajectory has seen the two go from a local club […]
  • The Funk Hunters keep tracking the ultimate holiday party beat

    The Funk Hunters keep tracking the ultimate holiday party beat

    Vancouver group the Funk Hunters are becoming a global festival export
  • Music Mondays: Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Opeth, The Funk Hunters

    Music Mondays: Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Opeth, The Funk Hunters

    Select album reviews and live shows
  • Pemberton festival: How much fentanyl is in your ecstasy?

    Pemberton festival: How much fentanyl is in your ecstasy?

    Party people are heading in droves to Pemberton Music Festival this weekend, and it’s a truth acknowledged that some will be on a chemically fuelled trip, Hunter S. Thompson style. But given B.C.’s fentanyl crisis, provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall is warning festival enthusiasts that mixing drugs could be fatal. He said health officials […]
  • Jazz fest for . . . the bargain hunter

    Jazz fest for . . . the bargain hunter

    The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival has a musical menu that caters to all sorts of different tastes. Between tickets and Jazzy Lemonades, a trip to the jazz festival can get pricey. But the event isn’t just for those with deep pockets. Free shows abound and not just on the main stage. Here are five picks for […]
  • Minimalist Marvest makes the music happen, even if the beer's a bit pricey

    Minimalist Marvest makes the music happen, even if the beer's a bit pricey

    Opal Hunter approved. The bright-eyed eight-year-old was among a handful of children and a few adults bopping to the early-evening sounds of James Leclaire and the Cable 22’s on Thursday, opening night for Marvest in Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Pavilion. Opal, whose dad is the band’s drummer, said of the event, “I like it!” Marvest (the […]
  • Folly and the Hunter find balance between accessible and interesting with ‘Awake’

    Folly and the Hunter find balance between accessible and interesting with ‘Awake’

    NP Sessions: For their third album the group drafted Feist collaborator Howie Beck to tighten up their sound, forging a leaner, more accessible take on their clock piece epics

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