TRANSCANADARADIO is proud to celebrate Canada’s Current Cultural artists and their locations! Traveling across Canada’s vast surface and finding the best of the under and above-ground artists, and where to check them out in your favorite Canadian city! Pack your bags! We’re going on a road trip!
Begun three years ago as an antidote to spare time and money, Italian Edition has struggled to maintain a strong presence in their hometown of Victoria BC, as well as across Canada. Bound together by a love for live chaos and honed songwriting, Jay Bhattacharyya, Jack Derricourt, David Sponaugle, David Williams, and Joshua Sparrow have forged a unique strain of twenty-first century music; their sound comprises a collection of tastes, from classic guitar rock, to post-hardcore, to jazz. So far, their career has proven no less ecclectic–being featured on Much Music’s Going Coastal, playing alongside the likes of Tokyo Police Club and Three Days Grace, and receiving regular airplay on CBC Radio 3. With two albums under their belts–2007’s “The Fable of the Mouse and the Frog” and their newest full-length “Luddites”–the five spirited islanders show no signs of slowing down, with nothing but fresh enthusiasm paving their way.
8 Aug 2008 21:30 The Cambie Nanaimo, British Columbia
9 Aug 2008 07:00 The Academy w/ Acres of Lions Port Alberni, British Columbia
22 Aug 2008 20:00 Sugar Victoria, British Columbia
23 Aug 2008 20:00 WEST COAST MUSIC FEST Port Alberni, British Columbia
5 Sep 2008 20:00 Lantzville Hall All Ages Nanaimo, British Columbia
Osheaga music and arts festival kicked off for the first time in 2006 with a mind blowing line up of artists from Amon Tobin to Dinosaur Jr., Wolf Parade to Kid Koala, Final Fantasy to Sonic Youth, a list I shiver to utter. It is safe to say that every year, Osheaga has taken over Montreal with a last expressive outburst before winter’s hibernation. This August marks the festival’s third year and Osheaga is on no road to disappoint, from big names to indie underground the two day festival will be an event one would dread to miss. Check back here on TransCanada Radio for updates and videos on the artists who will be rocking it August 3rd and 4th, and who are putting Montreal and Canada on the map.
Dragon Fli Empire is on the rise. The Calgary based duo, comprised of Cosm (DJ, producer) and Teekay (emcee, producer) have quickly become one of the city’s more popular groups, gaining respect from a wide variety of music lovers for their upbeat, melodic and positive sound.
It all started in May 2002. What was originally supposed to be a side-project for both of the Dragon Fli Empire members grew into something bigger than ever dreamed, largely due to the popularity of the track “Mount Pleasant” (which has become a Calgary anthem). The crew enjoys heavy rotation on campus radio across Canada and have also appeared on CBC (Radio, ZeD and The National), plus MuchMusic’s Going Coastal. The group has performed across Canada and parts of the United States, and have shared the stage with many top acts, including De La Soul, Mos Def, Pete Rock, Del the Funky Homosapien, and The Beatnuts.
N.Q.Arbuckle is the unassuming band nudging its way to the bar of great Canadian music.
The bar room prophet himself, Neville Quinlan is clever and modest. You could become his drinking buddy simply by showing up at one of his haunts and sidling next to him for a few pints, a cigarette and easy conversation. Mark Kesper is easygoing and maintains the wheel of the N.Q. touring vehicle. Pete Kesper on guitar is a Leo, likes surprises and is quick to admit he’s only in it because he likes the music. No illusions of fame and glory. John Dinsmore, on bass, is the definition of calm but he carries a big stick.
The lyrics take you from lamp lit Toronto streets to your local bar where the regulars are waiting. Neville’s voice acts as sandpaper making rough things smooth and smooth things rough. Brief love affairs are epic and a road trip with pals lasts three minutes. The loping rhythms are drenched in tasty cowboy guitar licks and create an urban wild west sound. The songs are lyrical and gritty and are snapshots of sweetness and loss seen through a few bottles of beer.
If you’re in the Ottawa area for the Bluesfest, pencil these guys into your schedule. Absolutely worth seeing, trust us.
Summertime is always a great chance to appreciate Canada’s cultural scene, especially with the many festivals happening all over the country. Thankfully, Exclaim magazine has put together a useful musical festival guide so you know about all the wonderful music taking place around you. You can sort festivals by month or by region, which is quite helpful!
Speaking of music festivals, make sure to check out all our coverage of this summer’s festivals via our festival category.
Confederation Park was the home to legendary Herbie Hancock with his Grammy awarded Album “River: The Joni Letters”. The lyrics from the album “River” were written by Canadian artist Joni Mitchell. Herbie Hancock graced the stage with two fantastic vocalists, Sonya Kitchell and Amy Keys. Sonya Kitchell’s sound is a cross between Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald & Joni Mitchell. While Amy Keys a sound not unlike Tina Turner and Christina Aguilera.
There was definitely no lack of genius musical talent last night! Herbie Hancock was accompanied by Dave Holland on Bass, Chris Potter on Saxophone, Vinnie Colaiuta on Percussion and Lionel Loueke on Guitar.
As we wrap up our NXNE coverage, we wanted to give you one last chance to grasp a taste of what it was like to be in Toronto for one sweaty week of music. Check out the best images we took of NXNE (ignore the poor composition and low resolution; we’re very DIY).
That’s right, folks, we’ll be there! And we hope you will be too! The Ottawa International Jazz Festival is the National Capital Region’s premier music event. Entering its twenty-eighth year of consecutive programming and operation, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival is the second longest continuous- running jazz festival in Canada, and boasts the biggest loyal audience of any event in eastern Ontario! It is known to have presented some of the most dynamic jazz artists on the scene today from the traditional to the avant-garde.
So be there or be square, ya dig? All the hep cats will be there, man. Watch for us and be sure to say hi!