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This week on the TransCanada Music West podcast, we wrap the second season of the series with a hometown performance by Dave McCann and the Firehearts at The Geomatic Attic in Lethbridge. Dave McCann is originally from Ontario, but has made his home in Lethbridge for more than 10 years. His latest album, Circle of Light, is a gritty roots-rock gem produced by fellow Lethbian Leeroy Stagger.

For this show, Dave was backed by Alberta music veterans Tim Leacock on bass, Tim Williams on drums, and Dave Bauer on guitar.

Wooden Wings
Beautiful Road
Shine My Light
Fireheart
Lend Myself to Love
Broken Bugs
Unfamiliar Ground
Circle of Light
Standing in the River
Road to Cain
Headlights and Halos
Can’t Have it All

Direct download: 20160610-TCMWPodcast-DaveMcCannFirehearts.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we feature some of our favourite live performances from the second season of the series. We've taken you to the Calgary Folk Festival with Jr. Gone Wild, Breakout West in Victoria with the likes of Rococode and Fish & Bird, and delivered unforgettable sets from JUNO Award winners Alex Cuba and Jay Malinowski. We'll sample great songs from those performances, along with live tracks from Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, The Hearts, Rosie and the Riveters and more.

Setlist:
Jr. Gone Wild - I Don't Know About All That        
Ben Rogers - Live at Block Heater    
The Hearts - Magpie        
Alex Cuba - Half a Chance        
Rosie and the Riveters - A Million Little Things        
Rococode    - Panic Attack    
A.M Static    - Delilah    
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra    - Wolfe et Montcalme
Fish and Bird - Rivers        
Faith Healer - Fools Rush In    
Sarah McDougall - Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose
Jay Malinowski and the Deadcoast - Donzoko Blues        
Weird Party - Tahiti   

Direct download: 20160603_TCMWPodcast_BestofSeason2.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we bring you R&B funk, soul and blues styling of pan-Alberta outfit, Boogie Patrol, live in CKUA's performance space.

Boogie Patrol have performed hundreds of gigs since forming nearly a decade ago back in Edmonton.  They’ve headlined festivals including the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, North Country Fair, Pembina River Nights, and the Beaumont Blues Fest to name just a few. These are some very, very intense musicians that love to perform live, and this week you'll get a taste of the chemistry they've been bringing to live shows in this province since 2007.

This set features Yuji Ihara on guitar, Nigel Gale on bass, Chad Holtzman on guitar and vocals, Emment VanEtten on drums and vocals, and Rott’n Dan Shinnan on harmonica and vocals.

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Direct download: 20160527_TCMWPodcast_BoogiePatrol.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we feature some brand-new music from emcee, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Mitch Holtby, AKA  Mitchmatic. Mitch has made a name in the Edmonton scene for his distinct blend of jazz and hip hop. The former influence he credits to his dad, who would play jazz records at breakfast on mornings before Mitch would head off to elementary school. With that daily dose of Chet Baker, came a little De La Soul on the side. Mitch names The Jungle Brothers, Jurassic 5, and Slick Rick among some of his early hip hop influences.

Mitch’s mom was an elementary school music teacher, so the pianos, guitars, and drums were always at the ready.After picking up the saxophone in grade 6 band class, Mitch would eventually teach himself to become a one-man band, learning several instruments including drums, bass, and guitar.

It’s been nearly two years since the release of Mitch’s last full length release, A Night Lost. He plans to release a new record later this year, but on this week’s episode of TransCanada Music West, we’ll have a live preview of a few of those songs captured during a set at CKUA’s performance space. During that performance, Mitch was backed by Ross Nichol on synth, Cameron O’Neill on bass, and Connor Ellinger on drums.

Direct download: 20160520_TCMWPodcast_Mitchmatic.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

This week, we heat up the CKUA performance space with the Latin sounds of the Marco Claveria Project! This Edmonton-based outfit delivers a fusion of afro-peruvian, Brazilians, Cuban, and Chilean music. The resulting blend will have you swaying to the sound of your radio.

Marco has built a career on bringing the sounds of Cuba to his new home of Canada. He first set his hands to the guitar at age 10 learning the basics of Chilean folk. When his family immigrated to Canada in 1982, Marco started performing in a few Edmonton ensembles.

In the mid-90s, he made his way back to Cuba, drawn by his passion for the Latin sounds he grew up with in his childhood home. While there, he took the opportunity to work with heavy hitting Cuban musicians like Carlitos Gonzales, Angel Rivero, and Alejandro Maximo Duany.

On this episode, Marco brings those beautiful sounds to life in an intimate performance recorded right here at CKUA. Featuring Ryan Timoffee on keys, Dean Faulkner on bass, Audrey Ochoa on trombone, Israel "Toto' Berriel on bongos, maracas, and vocals, Jose Sanchez on drums, and timbales, Mario Allende on congas, and Marco Claveria on guitar and vocals.

(Image: courtesy Tracey Kolencuk)

Direct download: 05162016-TCMWPodcast-MarcoClaveriaProject.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

With a collection of brand new songs in tow, this week on TransCanada Music West, we welcome Jesse and the Dandelions to CKUA’s Performance Space.

Jesse began his musical career in Lethbridge. It wasn't long before he was at the nexus of that city’s music scene, serving as a producer and engineer in addition to recording his own material.

Drawn to Alberta’s capital by the creative force that was Edmonton’s Old / Ugly recording company, Jesse now calls Edmonton home. If you’re a regular listener to CKUA, you’ve likely heard many of the alt-pop gems on Jesse’s 2013 album, A Mutual Understanding. Jesse and the Dandelions new LP, True Blue, is due out this September. But on this episode, Jesse and his crew debut a few of those brand new tracks live in our performance space.

Set list:

Looking at the Sun
Break Me    
No Fun    
True Blue    
Give Up The Gold    
Brother    
Ammonite    
Til The End    

Direct download: 20160506_TCMWPodcast_JesseDandelions.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

North Vancouver folk-rocker Shuyler Jansen is our featuredgueston this week's program. You may know Shuyler as a foundingmemberof Old Reliable, one of the Alberta acts that pioneeredthecow-punk genre in the ’90s. After a decade of making musicwiththat band, Shuyler has gone on to forge a successful solocareer.His fourth solo album The Long Shadow, was releasedlastmonth. It includes collaborations with members of The DeepDarkWoods, Kacy & Clayton, Neko Case, and more.

Track list:
Blue Rolls the River
We Were So Young
Old Machine
Rivals
Fisherman's Daughter
Unknowing Heart
Totally Anonymous
Things Just Don't Add Up
Mercury

 

Direct download: 20160429_TCMW_Shuyler_Jansen_Apr_29.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:55pm EST

The Hearts have been a staple of Edmonton's music scene for more than a decade. Jeff Stuart, with his captivating vocals and evocative songwriting, is the centerpiece of this alt-rock outfit. On this week's episode, we hear new songs from the band's 2015 release Equal Love performed live at The Arden Theatre in St. Albert.

The Hearts are: Gavin Dunn on guitar and vocals, Dwayne Martineau on keys, guitar and vocals, Christopher Quesnel on bass, Michelle Rempel on violin, percussion and vocals, Brad Tebble on drums, and Jeff Stuart on guitar and vocals.

Tracklist:
Easy Love    
Magpie    
Gold    
Hope Drug     
So Little Lonely    
Morninglight
The Weight    
Hold Out    
Equal Love    
Cold Connection    
Apple Tree    

Direct download: 20160408-TCMWPodcast-The_Hearts.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

This week, we take you Heritage Posters and Music for a session by Calgary’s The Northwest Passage. The songs you’ll hear will appear on the band’s debut album, A_Wake set for release in summer 2016.

The chamber pop band is lead by Paul Van Kampen, known for his work in Calgary bands The Magnetic North, SAvK, and Beija Flor.

Direct download: 20160330_TCMWPodcast_NorthwestPassage.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

This week on the TransCanada Music West podcast, we bring you the songs and southern drawl of outlaw country tunesmith, Ben Rogers.

Recently, the Vancouver singer-songwriter performed a show at Calgary’s Block Heater festival in support of his record The Bloodred Yonder. The sophomore album was released this past summer, and features a collection of story songs about murder, love, and tragedy.

Rogers admits a certain fascination with the darker side of existence. He describes the record as focusing on “the transition from life to death, good to evil, paradise to perdition, and all the lost souls you meet in between”.
  
The album was produced by Ben’s brother, Matt Rogers (The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer). In fact, you’ll hear the brothers performing together in this concert)/

Captured at Festival Hall in Calgary during Block Heater, featuring Erik Neilsen on bass, John Sponarski on pedal steel, Matt Rogers on guitar, and Leon Powers on Drums, this is Ben Rogers, leading the band on guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Direct download: 20160324_TCMWPodcast_BenRogers.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

This week’s featured act on TransCanada Music West (8pm MT Friday) is Jom Comyn, in concert in CKUA’s Performance Space. If there were a soundtrack to those cold, dark Canadian winters, it would sound something like Jom Comyn’s latest full length record In The Dark on 99, All The Time, All Time Time. That record made our list of the Top 40 most played releases in 2014 on these airwaves. Last year, Jom followed that critically-acclaimed record up with a new EP The Black Pits.

Both under his given name of Jim Cuming, and as Jom Comyn. Jim has released a slough of albums ranging from traditional folk to experimental psychedelia. He always has an incredible touch with melody, and a penchant for affecting lyrics.

This week’s set features Tom Murray on bass, Andy Mulcair on drums, Jessica Jalbert on guitar, and Jim Cuming, aka Jom Comyn himself on vocals and guitar.

Direct download: 20160318_TCMWPodcast_JomComyn.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

This week on the podcast, we showcase the golden voice of Vancouver’s own Colleen Rennison. Colleen is a performer in many regards. You might know her as the front-woman of blues-rock band No Sinner. You may have heard her debut solo album See The Sky About to Rain. Or maybe you've seen the Gemini award-winning actress on screen.

For the young singer-songwriter, music and film have always gone hand in hand. It was actually the movie My Girl (and the titular song) that affirmed her desire to pursue music.

Captured live at Festival Hall in Calgary during Block Heater, backed by Tyson McElroy on guitar, enjoy this mini-podcast of some brand-new songs from Colleen Rennison.

Set list:

Castle of Memories
Break-up Drink
(Interview)
Everybody's Got the Blues

Direct download: 20160311_TCMW_Colleen_Rennison.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

This week, take up shop at Calgary’s Heritage Posters and Music for a live session by 2016 JUNO Award-nominated outfit, AM Static. The group, fronted by Chris Austman and Nils Mikkelsen recently scored a nod for Electronic Album of the Year for their latest release, A Life Well Lived. That record landed at #12 on our list of the Top 100 Most Played Albums of 2015 on CKUA.

In this feature session, you’ll get a taste of why our DJs loved that record so much. Plus, you’ll hear four brand-new, unreleased tracks from AM Static, and one really great story about Chris Austman’s work blocking scenes for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

Set list:
Electrovision Intro
Break Out
Culture Suite/Oh Delilah
Broken Toys
Telegraph
Rolling Clouds
Glaciers
Already Gone
Start, Select

Direct download: 03042016_TCMW_AMStatic.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West we feature Faith Healer, the musical project of Edmonton singer-songwriter Jessica Jalbert. The debut record by Faith Healer, 'Cosmic Troubles' became the most-played record on CKUA in 2015. Beyond the hallowed halls of CKUA, the release received praise from taste-makers like Rolling Stone, Stereogum, and Pitchfork.

This week on the show, Jessica and her band perform tracks from the explosive and introspective new album before a live studio audience in CKUA's performance space.

Track list:

Infinite Return
No Car
Again
Acid
Canonized
Fools Rush In
Angel Eyes
Until the World
Cosmic Troubles
Universe
Paris Green

Direct download: 02262016_FaithHealer_TCMWPodcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West (Friday at 8pm MT), we bring you the live synth-pop sounds of Rococode, recorded live at Rifflandia! The duo is made up of Laura Smith and Andrew Braun, a pair of Vancouver-based musicians who met while attending jazz college. Laura made her start in music backing up some of the biggest indie acts in the Vancouver scene, including Said the Whale, Prairie Cat, Language Arts and Hannah Georgas. Andrew, who hails from Manitoba, was a backing player on Laura’s solo debut ‘Sea of Stars’ in 2008. It wasn’t long before the creative relationship evolved, and the duo collaborate on their 2012 debut Guns, Sex, and Glory, produced by Mother Mother front-man Ryan Guildemond.

On this episode of TransCanada Music West, you’ll get a live preview of songs set for release next week on the band’s sophomore LP,  Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon. The live concert recording features Jason Cook on drums, Robbie Driscoll on bass, Laura Smith on keys and vocals, and Andrew Braun on guitar, keys and vocals.

Set List:
Follow You Around
Pain
Hunter Gather
Crystalline
Until You're Mine
Panic Attack
Banks
Empire
Cut Time

Direct download: 02192016_TCMWPodcast_Rococode.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Hey Milkshakes! This week, we're proud to present a hotsy-totsy 4-piece folk outfit, Rosie and the Riveters, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These self-described “sassy dames” are a ‘40s inspired outfit that specialize in 4-part harmonies and secular gospel songs. Their name is an ode to the feminist war-time icon Rosie the Riveter. Rosie is emblematic of the true to the spirit of the band’s mantra of empowering women to be change makers.

Aside from writing and performing musical gems inspired by the likes of Mahalia Jackson and The Andrew Sisters, Rosie and the Riveters have set themselves apart from the pack with their ‘40s flair, mid-show dance moves, and their lighthearted stage presence.


Recently, the band passed through Alberta on a tour supporting their latest release, Good Clean Fun! The tour included several sold-out stops, including the show you’ll hear this week, recorded live at Horizon Stage in Spruce Groove.
Featuring Allyson Reigh, Alexis Normand, Melissa Nygren, and Farideh Olsen, get ready to discover Rosie and the Riveters!

Direct download: 02112016_TCMWRosieandtheRiveters_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we welcome the first two-time Grammy nominated artist to ever appear on the program; the immensely talented Smithers, BC-based artist Alex Cuba.

Alex Cuba was born to the musical Puentes family in Artemisa, Cuba in 1974. His father, Valentin Puentes is a celebrated Cuban musician and music teacher. His twin brother Adonis is also a JUNO nominated Cuban-Canadian musician.

In 1995, Alex fell in love with Canada while touring the country with his father and brother. Soon after, he met his bride-to-be in Vancouver before making his new home in Smithers, BC, where he’s lived for over a decade.

Since becoming a Canadian, Alex has been embraced and celebrated in the Canuck music community. He’s collaborated with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Ron Sexsmith, and Alejandra Ribera, and David Myles, and scored 2 JUNO Awards. Alex will head to the Grammy Awards in LA next week, where his fifth record, Healer, is up for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year.

This week on the program, you’ll hear Alex perform songs from that record live at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert, supported by Jake Jenne on drums and backing vocals, Ian Olmstead on Bass and backing vocals, and Jose Sanches on percussion and backing vocals.

Direct download: 02052016_TCMWPodcast_Alex_Cuba.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we’re taking a sonic exploration north of 60 with two emerging acts from Whitehorse: rock n’ roll trio The Midnight Sons Band and the roots outfit The Bennett Sun, recorded at Wood Hall in Victoria during Breakout West 2015.

On the heels of their 2015 debut, Traction, The Midnight Sons band are already drawing comparisons to Canadian hit-makers The Sheepdogs. You’ll also hear shades of pop rock influences like Kings of Leon and The Black Keys.

The Bennett Sun lead by songwriter Dana Jennejohn, formed a little over 5 years ago. The group has been meeting weekly to share dinners over jam sessions for some time now. The band describes their sounds as “tumbleweed pop and city folk”, and their live set includes original songs and traditional folk numbers.

Direct download: 20160129_TCMWPodcast_Midnight_Sons__The_Bennett_Sun.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

This week on the podcast, we bring you live music from Calgary’s own Boreal Sons. You don’t often hear bands boast about people falling asleep at their shows, but Boreal Sons are masters as orchestrating dreamy sonic landscapes. We’ll hear songs from their most recent album Threadbare, and some brand new songs from a forthcoming record that is set for release in the fall of 2016. Recorded live at Metro Theatre at the Victoria Conservatory of Music during Breakout West, featuring Regan Mclean on bass and vocals, Zachary Schultz on percussion, and Evan Acheson on lead vocals and keys, enjoy this set of great live songs by a Calgary favourite.

Direct download: 2016-1-14-TCMWPodcast_Luca_Fogale.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

This week's featured live act is Burnaby folk singer-songwriter Luca Fogale. Luca takes a confessional approach to songwriting, spinning stories from his own rumination on life and identity. Between rapturous applause that punctuate the songs you’ll hear in this week’s set, you could almost hear a pin drop in the Alix Goolden Hall as Luca plays – with just his guitar and his voice.

Since beginning his journey into the business, Luca has shared stages with the likes of Frazey Ford, Jay Malinowski, and Dan Mangan. This past summer, he flew to Eau Clair, Wisconsin to begin work on his debut album. The Burnaby native found himself at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios. S. Carey and and Bon Iver recording engineer Brian Joseph were behind the board for those recordings. It was an experience Luca described as “life-changing”.

Direct download: tb_LucaFogale.jpg
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

If this week’s show were a party, it’d be one that would keep you dancing til dawn.
With a musical resume that includes show busking across Europe, and a stint performing alongside circus acts in Granada, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra makes folk music with a worldly sound.

In this set, you’ll hear Spanish, Celtic, Roma, and African influences on display as the band shares their unique brand of roots music. The performance you’ll hear tonight was recorded on the weekend of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. And, as you’ll hear, the crowd was in a mood to celebrate.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is Ian Griffiths on vocals, keys and accordion, Kurt Loewen on vocals and guitar, Paul Wolda on percussion, Mack Shields on fiddle, and Keith Rodger on bass and mandolin.

Direct download: 01082016-Tequila_Mockingbird_Orchestra-TCMWPodcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we look back on a year’s worth of great live music from Western Canada’s best emerging and established acts. We’ll help you relive the glory days of summer with live songs from Jr. Gone Wild and Reuben and the Dark, recorded at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Then we’ll take you to the west coast with Jay Malinowski and Close Talker captured during Breakout West in Victoria. Then, we’ll bring it all home with Colleen Brown and Michael Rault in full force in CKUA’s performance space.

"What A Great Day" Jr. Gone Wild (Live at Calgary Folk Fest)
"Ready to Go" Petunia (Live at the Mercury Room)
"Burning the Candle at Both Ends" Matt Patershuk (Live from Grande Prairie)
"Devil's Time" Reuben and the Dark (Live at Calgary Folk Fest)
"Heads" Close Talker (Live at Metro Theatre)
"Donzoko Blues" Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast (Live from Alix Goolden Hall)   
"Moncton Flight 179" Colleen Brown (Live at CKUA)
"Lost Something"  Michael Rault (Live at CKUA)
"Prairie Girl" Rah Rah (Live at CKUA)
"Rambleaway" Ryan Boldt (Live at the Mercury Room)
"Institution" Slow Leaves (Live from Bailey Theatre)
"Damn Tattoo" John Wort Hannam (Live at The Club)
"Lick Your Wounds" Andy Shauf (Live from the Mercury Room)

Direct download: 12312015_tcmw_podcast_bestof2015.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we feature the instrumental styling of Victoria's Weird Party! The five piece group describes their sound as a “weird ambient melange” drawing on elements of funk, jazz, and soul to create a somewhat psychedelic sound. The band is made up of staples of the Victoria music scene, including Andrew Poirier, Chris Mackenzie, Piers Henwood, and William Farrant. In 2012, the band entered the studio with Ted Gowan of Tegan and Sara behind the board. The group would record their improvisational debut album live off-the-floor in just one weekend. They followed up that record in 2014 with their sophomore album Mellow Funk Vol. 1. This week's feature set includes live renditions of songs featured on that album, and a brand new, yet to be released track.

Direct download: 2015-12-18_Weird_Party_TCMWPodcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

This week, we feature the live sounds of Swedish Canadian songstress Sarah MacDougall, in concert at Victoria’s Wood Hall during Breakout West. Four albums into her career, Sarah has found success both in Sweden, and right here in Canada. Just days after performing her Music West featured set, the Whitehorse-based musician took home the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Solo Album of the Year.

The songs on that award-winning record, Grand Canyon, take inspiration from Sarah’s time working at a home for at risk youth. The record features collaborations with Rose Cousins, Jesse Zubot, and Leah Abramson of The Abramson Singers. This intimate set was recorded at midnight on the first night of Breakout West 2015, and includes songs from Grand Canyon, and Sarah’s 2011 album The Greatest Ones Alive.

Direct download: 20151211_SarahMacDougall_TCMWPodcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

This week on the podcast, Victoria folk outfit Fish & Bird are our featured act. The band recently performed a hometown show during Breakout West 2015 at Wood Hall.  Taylor Ashton and fiddler Adam Iredale-Gray formed the band in 2007 when they bonded over their shared love for traditional folk music. The band’s fusion of traditional and contemporary influences has earned them a reputation as trailblazers in the folk music world. In this episode, you’ll hear songs from their latest album, Something in the Ether.

Direct download: 20151203_tcmw_fishbird_podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

This week on the show: indie-rock melodies delivered live by Saskatoon’s own Close Talker. The band has only been a going concern for three years, but they’ve already captured national attention. Close Talker formed when lead singer Will Quiring met guitarist Matthew Kopperud at a B.C. bible college. In the spring of 2013, Close Talker became finalists in a cross-Canada music competition on the merits of their single, “By the Lake" from their debut 2013 debut Timbers.

The album was release was written and recorded in just two weeks. But it so well received, it put Close Talker on radar of notable Canadian indie label, Nevado Music. In the summer of 2014, the band entered Montreal’s Breakglass Studios to record the follow-up record. It was produced by Besnard Lakes co-founder Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, Stars, Mark Berube,Young Galaxy.) Unlike the quick outing that was their last recording, the group describes the approach to their sophomore effort, Flux, as a more “intentional” one. The band spent more than a year and a half on getting the songs on this record just right.

This week on TransCanada Music West, you’ll hear more than a few of those songs. Recorded live at Breakout West 2015 in Victoria BC.

Setlist:
Burnstick
Heads
Slow Weather
Strange Feelings
Blurring Days
The Coast
Great Unknown


Direct download: 20151127_TCMW_CloseTalker.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:00am EST

This week on TransCanada Music West (Fridays at 8pm MT on CKUA), we take you back to Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria for a hometown performance by Towers and Trees. The Folk outfit was founded in 2012 by Adrian Chalifour. The singer-songwriter had been working away on songs as a solo artist for the better part of a decade. After trying to make a go in music as a solo artist in Vancouver and Kamloops, Adrian returned to Victoria, and formed an eight-piece band featuring some of city’s most talented supporting players.

The group released the first Towers and Trees EP, Broken Record in 2012. Building on the success of that record, Towers and Trees celebrated the release of their debut full length album, The West Coast this past October.

Featuring Adrian Chalifour on vocals, Jesse Boland on bass, David Zellinsky on lead guitar, James Liira on keys and vocals, and Dave Arter bass –CKUA presents Towers and Trees live from Alix Goodlen Hall in Victoria during Breakout West.

Tracklist:
Tide I
We're Not Islands
West Coast - Tide II
Bad Heart
Montreal
Last Breath
FREE

Direct download: 20151120_TCMWPodcast_TowersTrees.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

This week on the TransCanada Music West podcast, it's Jay Malinowski and the Deadcoast live from Victoria's Alix Goolden Hall during Breakout West 2015. Jay Malinowski has earned a reputation as a young, commercially successful creative force. In his late teens, he fronted the JUNO Award winning reggae-rock outfit Bedouin Soundclash. The band recorded a plethora of pop gems, including “When The Night Feels My Song.”But in the decade since that breakthrough hit, Jay has continued to hone his craft.

In 2010 he released his first solo album, Bright Lights and Bruises. That was followed by an EP collaboration with Coeur de Pirate, released under the moniker Armistice.  Jay returned to his family’s home base of Vancouver in 2012, formed The Deadcoast (Elliott Vaugh on the Viola, John Kastelic on violin, and
Martin Reisle on cello) and set to work on their first EP, Indian Summer.

That record was followed up by the full length album, Martel. The concept album draws inspiration from the life of Malinowski’s ancestor Charles Martel – A mid-eighteenth century sailor who fled France for the New World…only to find himself fighting the French in the Siege of Louisbourg. Many of the songs you’ll hear on this week's show were featured on that record.

Tracklist:
Donzoko Blues
Patience Phipps
Singapore Sling
untitled
Life Is A Gun
How It Comes Is How It Goes
Up The Cross
The Reckoning
I Was Walking Through A Dream
We've All Got To Be Going Somewhere

Direct download: 20151113_JayMalinowskiandtheDeadcoast_TCMW_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:23pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, it’s Reuben and the Dark recorded live at the 2015 Calgary Folk Music Festival. A little over a year ago, Reuben and the Dark were here in our studios to debut their album Funeral Sky. That record has been a bit of a breakthrough for the alt-rock outfit since its release in May 2014. Reuben and the Dark have underwent a couple of line-up changes since, but they haven’t let that stopped them from working on new material. In fact, on this week’s TransCanada Music West, you’ll hear some brand new – unreleased tunes.

Direct download: 20151105_TCMWPodcast_ReubenandtheDark.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

This week on the TransCanada Music West podcast, we kick off a new season of the series with a live performance from Jr. Gone Wild captured on stage at the 2015 Calgary Folk Music Festival. The Edmonton band became synonymous with the cow-punk genre they helped to create during their 15 year career, which spans six releases from 1982-1995. In 2013, they re-formed for a reunion gig after disbanding nearly twenty years earlier. The overwhelming reaction to those reunion shows lead the group to continue to perform live and record music together.

The new lineup features founding member Mike McDonald, along with former Jr. Gone Wild alumni Dove Brown, Steve Loree and Larry Shelast.

Tracklist:
Just the Other Day
Raisins
I Don’t About All That
Downtime
The Bachelor’s Suite
What a Great Day
Why I Hate the ‘60s
Barricades (The Hockey Riot Song)
Slept All Afternoon
Annie Get Your Gun
Rhythm of the Rain

Direct download: 20151030_TCMW_JRGONEWILD_PODCAST.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This week on the podcast, we bring you LaGlace, Alberta singer-songwriter Matt Patershuk in concert at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre! Matt’s most recent album Outside the Lights of Town, earned him a 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Country Recording of the Year. In the set, he's joined by Calgary fiddle sensation Scott Duncan.

Direct download: 20150612-TCMW-Matt_Patershuk_June_12_15.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:54pm EST

It's the penultimate episode of the season, and we're taking you back to the First United Church in Fort Saskatchewan for a set by Edmonton's Ayla Brook. Ayla has been a stalward player in the Edmonton music scene for over 10 years. Ayla began his career as a singer-songwriter in 2003 fronting alt-pop trio AA Sound System. In 2008, he released his first solo album, After The Morning After. At long last, Ayla is set to release a collection of brand new songs this October. The album is self-depricatingly titled: Ayla Brook: I Don't Want To Hear Your Breakup Songs. This week's podcast includes five new songs from that album, along with live renditions of tunes from After The Morning After, and the AA Sound System catalogue performed live at the First Untied Church in Fort Saskatchewan.

Set list:
Wake Up Early
Leave Anymore
Blue So Blue
People in the City
No Difference
Breakup Song
Hold On
Wasting Time
Upside Down
After The Morning After
One Two Three

Direct download: 20150605_AylaBrook_TCMWPodcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

This week on the TransCanada Music West podcast, we feature Victoria-based singer-songwriter Mike Edel live from the First United Church in Fort Saskatchewan. Mike’s brand new album India Seattle is an indie folk gem that’s received regular airplay on CKUA. The record was produced by Colin Stewart, who has previously produced albums for The New Pornographers, A.C. Newman, Kathryn Calder, Dan Mangan, and Ladyhawk.

Direct download: 20150529-TCMW-MikeEdel-Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

A self-described “rock-a-hillbilly yodeling Country Blues Boy” Petunia (of Petunia and the Vipers) performs his unique brand of country live from The Mercury Room. Petunia’s forthcoming solo album, 'Free as the Wind', will be released this fall. But tonight, you’ll have your chance to hear these brand-new songs performed live for an Edmonton audience. Petunia draws on a wide range of musical influences – Jimmie Rodgers to David Bowie; Hank Williams to Dead Kennedys – and seamlessly weaves them together to create a country-punk blend that will hook you.

Setlist:
Ready to Go
Cricket Song
Yes Baby Yes
Primative Love
California Blues
Loved in Vain
Forgotten Melody
Inside of You
I Hate A Man Like You (Jelly Roll Morton cover by Nathan Godfrey)
Bicycle Song
Death Himself

Direct download: 20150522_TCMW_Petunia_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

Leaving home to find yourself. Finding the resolve to end a marriage to find happiness. These are just a few of the stories Alex Vissia explores in her songs. The Edmonton singer-songwriter began her career in music at age 11. That’s when Vissia and her sisters joined a choir in their hometown of Stony Plain, Alberta. From their modest start playing to seniors homes, The Vissia Sisters when on to play bluesgrass, country and folk songs to audiences at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

The sisters called in quits in 2011, and Alex went solo. Tonight you’ll hear songs for her latest album, Modern Love, along with a few tunes she’s been working on for her next album.

Set list:
Goodnight, Moonlight
Macondo
Mountaineer
Make Her Stay
You Should Be Sleeping
Don't Tell Me Riddles
Young Love
I Wanted
Wild Fig Tree

 

Direct download: 20150508-TCMW-AlexVissia-Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we feature Edmonton ex-pat Michael Rault. Michael has been a fixture on the Alberta music scene for the better part of a decade.  His latest album, Living Daylight, receives its US debut on Burger Records this month. The record is earning him comparisions to the likes of Tame Impala, and T-Rex, with Exclaim.ca calling it "one of the best rock records of 2015".

This week, you'll hear live renditions of the songs performed in session in CKUA's performance space.

Tracklist:

All Alone             
Real Love            
Fall in Love with Every Girl I See
Hiding from Heartbreak               
Lost Something
Too Bad So Sad
Nothing Means Nothing              
Too All My Friends          
Still Not Sad       

Direct download: 20150501-TCMW-MichaelRault.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we feature Colleen Brown in concert, live from our Edmonton performance space. The singer-songwriter is touring in support of her latest album Direction, co-produced by Joel Plaskett, and Raymond Richards. In this week's episode, you hear stunning live renditions of songs from that record.

Direct download: 20150416_TCMW_Colleen_Brown_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, we feature Ryan Boldt in concert at The Mercury Room in Edmonton. Ryan has been touring the country in support of his latest record, Broadside Ballads. The record is a collection of interpretations of traditional folk songs. The album’s title refers to songs printed on inexpensive paper sold for no more than a penny during the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries in towns and villages around Britain. In this week’s set, Ryan is joined by guitarist Clayton Linthicum (Kacy & Clayton) who shares Ryan’s affinity for traditional folk music. When Ryan isn’t recording solo, he’s performing as the front man of Saskatoon folk rock outfit The Deep Dark Woods.

Direct download: 2015-04-02-TCMW-Podcast-RyanBoldt.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week on the show, we take you to the historic Bailey Theatre in Camrose for a performance by Winnipeg act Slow Leaves. That’s the moniker for singer-songwriter Grant Davidson, who draws inspiration from '70s era songwriters like Gene Clark of The Byrds, and Mickey Newbury. You’ll hear songs from Slow Leaves’ latest release, Beauty is So Common, produced by Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities. It’s a collection catchy songs that calls to mind the era of Davidson’s influences.

Setlist:
Careless and Serene
Life of a Better Man
Nostalgia
Institution
Enough About Me
Pretty Good Songwriters
Moths
Perpetual Sleep
Dreamer
Second Chances
A Piece of Advice
Everybody Wants to be In Love
Country of Ideas
Rearview

Direct download: 3-27-2015-TCMW-Slow_Leaves-podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

Calgary folk rocker Matt Swann (Hot Little Rocket, Extra Happy Ghost) has had a recurring presence on the CKUA charts since the release of his debut recording under the moniker Astral Swans. The album All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson was chosen as the debut release on Dan Mangan’s newly minted label, Madic Records. The record has charmed more than a few announcers at CKUA. This week, while on national tour with Hayden and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Astral Swans joins us for an in-studio session including live renditions of songs from the album, and a gem of a cover originally performed by the album’s namesake.

Tracklist:
My Consience Don't Work in the New World
Park Street
You Carry A Sickness
The Beginning of the End
Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain
Holly
Attention
September
What Calms You Down Freaks Me Out

Direct download: 2015_03_13_TCMW_AstralSwans_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, Regina indie-rockers Rah Rah deliver a live preview of songs from their forthcoming album, Vessels. You’ll also hear live renditions of tracks from the band's latest record The Poet’s Dead, which was longlisted for a Polaris Music Prize, named “Independent Album of the Year” at the 2013 WCMAs, and earned the group a JUNO nomination for Alternative Album of the Year in 2014.

Set List:
A Love That Sticks
Art and a Wife
Fake Our Love
Saint
Good Winter
Twenties
I'm a Killer
First Kiss
Prairie Girl
Duet for Emmylou & the Grievous Angel
Winter Sun

Direct download: 20150306_TCMW_RahRah_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:17pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, host Grant Stovel welcomes Alberta jazz outfit Hutchinson Andrew Trio to CKUA’s performance space. The acoustic piano trio features bassist Kodi Hutchinson, pianist Chris Andrew, and drummer Karl Schwonik. They’ve been a staple of the Alberta jazz scene for over a decade, and as of late, have been touring on the strength of their 2013 album Prairie Modern.
This week on the show, they give us a live preview of music from their forthcoming fall 2015 release.

Direct download: 02272015_TCMW_HAT.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

Blues pianist David Vest performs a live session in CKUA’s Studio A.  The Toronto Blues Society recently honoured David with his second Maple Blues Award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year. The Victoria-based musician recently entered Alberta on his Western Canadian tour. Grant talks with David about his latest album, his recent award, and his decades-long career in music.

Direct download: 20150220_TCMW_DavidVest_Feb20.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, Calgary's T. Buckley Trio perform a lively set at Mikey's Juke Joint in Calgary. The outfit perform live renditions of songs from their album Northern Country Soul.

Direct download: 02132015_TCMW_TBUCKLEYTRIO.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

This week on TransCanada Music West, CKUA presents Andy Shauf and his band recorded live at The Mercury Room in Edmonton. The Regina-based singer-songwriter's latest record The Bearer of Bad News recently received its US debut on Tender Loving Empire/Party Damage Records. Andy’s songs prompt comparisons to records by influential greats like Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, and have fans and critics calling him one of Canada's best new folk songwriters.

Direct download: 20150205_TCMW_AndyShauf.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:00am EST

High River, Alberta singer-songwriter Karla Adolphe joins TransCanada Music West host Grant Stovel in CKUA's Studio A. Karla performs songs from her latest album, Honeycomb Tombs, and shares stories about what inspires her songs.

Direct download: 20150116_TCMW_KarlaAdolphe.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

This week, we present Saskatchewan folk duo Kacy & Clayton performing live at the Artery in Edmonton, Alberta. The band performs songs from their latest album, The Day is Past and Gone, which features adaptations of traditional folk songs made popular by the likes of Shirley Collins, Lead Belly, and Sandy Denny.

Kacy & Clayton are second cousins who grew up in Wood Mountain Hills, Saskatchewan, and they credit their knowledge of, and affinity for folk music to Kacy’s grandfather and Clayton’s Great-Uncle, Carl Anderson. The duo released their self-titled debut in 2011, recorded when Kacy was just 16. Their sophomore effort, The Day is Past and Gone, was produced by Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods – a band which also features Clayton Linthicum on guitar.

Direct download: 20150109_TCMW_KacyClayton_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Vancouver duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer hits CKUA's airwaves with a live performance recorded during the UP+DT Music and Arts Festival in Edmonton. The buzz-worthy blues rock duo performed tracks from their albums 'A Real Fine Mess' and 'Checkered Past'

Direct download: 2014_12_05_TC_Music_West_Dec_5_Podcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

The Black Hen Traveling Roadshow hits CKUA's performance space on this week's episode of TransCanada Music West. Black Hen recording artists and blues heavyweights Big Dave McLean, Steve Dawson, and Jim Byrnes perform an intimate songwriters' circle before a small live audience.

Direct download: CKUATransCanadaMusicWest_2014-11-28.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:00am EST

This week’s feature concert is Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five. This past October, CKUA captured the band’s live music performance during Breakout West in Winnipeg. It includes music from their albums 'Junction City', and their latest 'The Bison Ranch Recording Sessions'.

Direct download: CKUATransCanadaMusicWest_2014-11-21.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

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