4 acts to see on the Calgary Folks Music Pageant’s Block Heater

4 acts to see on the Calgary Folks Music Pageant’s Block Heater

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Indigenous Ontario shoegaze rock duo Ombiigizi, short-listed for this year’s Polaris Prize, performs as part of M for Montreal.
Indigenous Ontario shoegaze rock duo Ombiigizi, short-listed for this 12 months’s Polaris Prize, performs as a part of M for Montreal. Picture by M for Montreal

Feb. 9

Who: OMBIIGIZI

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When/The place: 8 p.m./Ironwood Stage and Grill

This Ontario-based duo, a collaboration between Anishinaabeg artists Adam Sturgeon (standing/non-status) and Daniel Monkman (Zoon), launched their stellar full-length album, Sewn Again Collectively, in 2022. It’s a mixture of noisy pop and post-punk sounds with lyrics that discover the fact of contemporary Indigenous life and inter-generational trauma. Songs such because the relentless Residential Army, melodic instrumental Niyo Biboonagizi and hovering guitar-pop gem Spirit in Me sound custom-built for the stage.

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Cold Specks will play Block Heater 2023.
Chilly Specks will play Block Heater 2023. Picture by Ted Belton

Feb. 10

Who: Chilly Specks

When/The place: 8 p.m./Central United Church

Chilly Specks, born Ladan Hussein, has been an intriguing if enigmatic determine within the pop world ever since she burst onto the scene together with her astonishing 2012 debut, I Predict A Sleek Expulsion. She adopted her debut with two equally mesmerizing and poignant albums (a fourth due later this 12 months), performing what she described as “doom soul” that combined icy synths and heat, soulful vocals. The Calgary present, a part of her return to performing after a five-year absence, is historic as it’ll reportedly be her closing live performance underneath the Chilly Specks moniker. Prior to now few years, Hussein has been stripping again the layers of thriller which have surrounded her persona and has been open about her psychological well being struggles, however her music stays stunning and splendidly mystifying.

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Calgary hip-hop artist Sinzere.
Calgary hip-hop artist Sinzere. Picture by Esther Cho Pictures

Feb. 11

Who: Sinzere and the Tribe

When/The place: 8:10 p.m/Olympic Plaza Outside Tent

This Calgary hip-hop artist launched one in all 2022’s greatest albums with Tabula Rasa, an explosive and fascinating idea album that combined fury with perception and historic references. As with many idea albums, the music is playful, theatrical and dramatic and positive to translate into an electrifying stage present.

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American folk duo the Milk Carton Kids will play Block Heater.
American people duo the Milk Carton Youngsters will play Block Heater.  Picture by Jeff Roffman /jpg

Feb. 12

Who: The Milk Carton Youngsters

When/The place: 2:55 p.m./Jack Singer Live performance Corridor

Let’s not overlook, Block Heater is definitely a part of the Calgary Folks Music Pageant and due to this fact obligated to current some people music. The Milk Carton Youngsters aren’t the one people act in fact (take a look at Damien Jurado, Mick Flannery, Elliott Brood, amongst others), however California acoustic-guitar-wielding duo The Milk Carton Youngsters – made up of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan – have all the time appeared poised to hold the torch post-Simon & Garfunkel for the style. Pattengale and Ryan have in all probability had their fill of that comparability because it appears to return up in each article concerning the band, however their command of melody and luxurious harmonies appear to make them pure descendants. Anybody who witnessed the duo carry out on the 2015 Folks Music Pageant is aware of additionally they lace their reveals with an excellent dose of humour.

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