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The Sadies

The Sadies - Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:07pm

The essence of The Sadies’ story is in many summed up with the powerful image of the aurora borealis adorning the cover of their latest album, Northern Passages. Ever since the quartet comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky first arrived on the North American scene 20 years ago, their music has never been less than awe-inspiring, with no further embellishment necessary.

 

As the light swirled with each album The Sadies have made, the overall picture took on more defined colours. On top of that was the incredible list of collaborations—Neko Case, R&B legend Andre Williams, The Mekons’ Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie, Neil Young for fuck’s sake!—each one pushing The Sadies’ own sound into new, unmapped territory. Eventually, more time was taken in between albums as focus shifted to their original songwriting, and what was once the best live band in Canada became the best band in Canada, period.

 

Is it fair then to call Northern Passages their masterpiece? Yes, at least until the next album comes along. Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’ home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies’ sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as “Riverview Fog” are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it.

 

The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we’ll be better off because of it.

Licensed 18+, No Minors

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1

Captain Tractor 25th Anniversary Tour

Captain Tractor 25th Anniversary Tour - Friday, December 14, 2018 - 9:00pm

CAPTAIN TRACTOR

Captain Tractor has been playing their distinctive brand of Celtic Folk Rock in Alberta and abroad since 1993. If the band were a person, it would be graduating high school this year. Graduating, with honors that is. With seven full-length albums, two retrospective compilations, appearances on several collections (Due South, Higher Ground, Michael Weston King, Songs From the Ave), and a handful of awards, Captain Tractor is forging ahead with a new member and studio album. The full-length Famous Last Words will be released in Spring 2011.

 

Long time friend, collaborator and colleague, Juno-award winning violinist Shannon Johnson (The McDades) has officially joined Captain Tractor. Although Johnson appears on many of the band’s past releases, this is the first time that she has been a part of the band, and involved in the songwriting and recording process from start to finish. Armed with some strong new songs and a fantastic new member, Captain Tractor is a powerhouse unit ready to storm through Canada and beyond. Recorded in Edmonton, mixed in Los Angeles, and mastered in Toronto, Famous Last Words is a collection of new songs, traditional songs, and two songs by their dear friend Joe Bird, whose untimely passing in 2009 left the Edmonton music scene reeling.

 

Over the years, the Tractor has never stopped rolling through western Canada, and last summer headlined several Alberta festivals. With six exceptional players and performers, Captain Tractor has never been stronger or more entertaining than it is today.

All Ages

Ironwood Stage & Grill

Captain Tractor 25th Anniversary Tour

Captain Tractor 25th Anniversary Tour - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:02pm

CAPTAIN TRACTOR

 

Bio

Captain Tractor has been playing their distinctive brand of Celtic Folk Rock in Alberta and abroad since 1993. If the band were a person, it would be graduating high school this year. Graduating, with honors that is. With seven full-length albums, two retrospective compilations, appearances on several collections (Due South, Higher Ground, Michael Weston King, Songs From the Ave), and a handful of awards, Captain Tractor is forging ahead with a new member and studio album. The full-length Famous Last Words will be released in Spring 2011.

 

Long time friend, collaborator and colleague, Juno-award winning violinist Shannon Johnson (The McDades) has officially joined Captain Tractor. Although Johnson appears on many of the band’s past releases, this is the first time that she has been a part of the band, and involved in the songwriting and recording process from start to finish. Armed with some strong new songs and a fantastic new member, Captain Tractor is a powerhouse unit ready to storm through Canada and beyond. Recorded in Edmonton, mixed in Los Angeles, and mastered in Toronto, Famous Last Words is a collection of new songs, traditional songs, and two songs by their dear friend Joe Bird, whose untimely passing in 2009 left the Edmonton music scene reeling.

 

Over the years, the Tractor has never stopped rolling through western Canada, and last summer headlined several Alberta festivals. With six exceptional players and performers, Captain Tractor has never been stronger or more entertaining than it is today.

All Ages

Ironwood Stage & Grill

The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire - Friday, March 15, 2019 - 8:00pm

While seemingly distracted by our own deep love affair with the band, The Cat Empire havesteadily become one of Australia’s most successful musical exports. Garnering frenzied devotion across the globe the band regularly generate more international business than any of their local peers, all without anyone at home really noticing.

Hardly ones to boast (they are Aussies after all), the six bound together by a love of music since their teens have gone humbly, yet deliberately about their business. That business is crafting infectious, genre-embracing anthems, releasing them on chart-topping, multi- platinum selling albums (both on major labels and independently), and playing hundreds of world class, awe-inspiring shows a year, all the while sustaining and growing an army of ardent fans at home, and in even larger numbers, across the globe.

It’s not unusual to find the band mobbed by fans and media at airports in Spain, appearing live on iconic TV shows hosted by the likes of Letterman, Leno, Wogan and Ferguson, riding high at the business end of international album charts, dominating airwaves and main stage bills at all of the iconic international music festivals you wished you could go to, Glastonbury and Bonnaroo included. It seems The Cat Empire brand of feel good, high-energy, smile- inducing, euphoric roots pop that we all know and love, has had a global address when it comes to the winning of hearts.

When asked about the overseas reception offered the band, The Cat Empire co-lead vocalistand songwriter Felix Riebl explains, “at some level I think that The Cat Empire appealed to our Australian audience because the sound was influenced by so many different places. But when we went abroad our international audiences heard something distinctly Australian about us. It meant our music could travel in a really interesting way. What’s amazing for us, is for all of the love we get from our home crowds, and there’s been plenty, support for the bandoverseas has continued to grow. It’s exciting.”

From the very get go, and off the back of a hugely successful, double platinum debut album,The Cat Empire’s sights were set on international climes. An early invitation to play in the U.S. coming out of one of their very first Australian shows whetted the appetite for the sextet and put in motion a plan to devote as much energy to international touring as they did athome on the road. The results elevated The Cat Empire’s statusand demand as an international commodity as reflected in the achievements that the band were rapidly stacking up. Culminating in the opportunity to record their second album Two Shoes in Havana, Cuba.

As Rob Zifarelli from Paradigm Talent Agency, the bands agent for North America observes, “The Cat Empire are one of the best live experiences ever and because of that their fan base only grows, never diminishes. From New York to Montreal to San Francisco to Vancouver and beyond. It is pure JOY on stage and the audience feels a part of that. These guys seem to showcase what it means to be Australian. They are vibrant, talented, self-deprecating, original, and world class.”

Early forays into the European market fruitful with the high rotation airplay secured on theprestigious BBC Radio 1 for the single ‘Two Shoes’. Further exploration by the band into the US, and then into Canada saw the band completely sell out their 2005 tour, in the process setting themselves up for key festival dates the following year. The band featured on Bonnaroo (USA), Toronto & Montreal Jazz Festivals (Canada) Nuke, Quart, Edinburgh Festivals (Europe) and Summersonic (Japan), plus their own headline shows across the world. The following year while at the same time being profiled in Rolling Stone in Australia, the band appeared on the front cover of U.S. music trade publication Pollstar, further cementing their recognition stateside as major international players.

Festival appearances followed including Summer Stage New York Central Park, Quebec City Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park and Wireless festival which lead to an incredible string of late night TV performances including Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson anda coveted Letterman performance. Sold out performances continued to punctuate the band’stouring schedule and included a house full sign affixed to the front doors of The Brixton Academy in London.

The band’s album releases continued to have significant chart impact across the globe, with their 5th, Steal The Light, the first to be released on the band’s own independent global label Two Shoes Records after a decade on a major label, achieving top 20 chart debut in 5 countries including Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and of course in Australia. The album, the first release on their global independent label, triggered more touring including theband’s first shows in Rio, Sao Paulo, and South Africa. Festival credits stacked up in North America with headline spots at Montreal Jazz, Calgary Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival and Vancouver Jazz Festival.

After even more international travel, and another prestigious full houses at every stop, including this time at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the band released their 2016 album Rising With The Sun. The album debuted Top 10 in 7 countries including; Australia, Romania, Hungary, Sweden, Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Top 20 debuts in 16 countries including; Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain. The debuted at #9 on the Worldwide I-tunes charts.

Now as the band regather after a break from the road, and on the eve of a brand new album, the loftier global peaks our musical adventurers have unfurled their feline emblazoned flag upon are sure to continue to accrue. Perhaps now though they might be a little more ready to let you know about them, but then again, we kinda doubt it...

All Ages

MacEwan Hall