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September 26, 2002
  Everything you wanted to know about Sexsmith, but were afraid to askPDF files may take a moment to load

One day after returning from a press tour of Europe and two days before beginning a concert tour of Canada, Ron Sexsmith is trying to enjoy his brief time at home. Unfortunately, he's also doing a full day of interviews with media from across his home country.

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September 26, 2002
  Sticking with their rootsPDF files may take a moment to load

Great Big Sea has had an amazing year. Their fifth studio release, Sea of No Cares, debuted at number one on the Canadian music charts. Foot-stomping singles like the title track and "Stumbling In" have been mainstays on local radio stations all across the country. The band also enjoyed national television exposure at this year's Juno Awards and just finished the "Uprooted Tour" around the United States this summer with two other Celtic bands, Seven Nations and The Young Dubliners.

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September 19, 2002
  SlayerPDF files may take a moment to load

It has only been eight months since Slayer last dropped a tonne of unprincipled decibels on the faithful minions of Calgary; eight months since the world's most grisly band pledged to return to the thrashing masses that bought-out the February show in less than a day. Araya, Hanneman, King and Bostaph-- names that will live in infamy on the Devil's shortlist of gnarly superstars--were here once more, doing a ruthless show on September 11.

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September 19, 2002
  Browning brings folk to KarmaPDF files may take a moment to load

Let me briefly describe the process of reviewing a cd for the uninitiated. I excitedly pop in the disc like I've been waiting for it to be released forever. In a scene reminiscent of a kid in a candy store, I want everything about this disc to encompass me.

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September 19, 2002
  Early English VoicescapesPDF files may take a moment to load

Early English anthems, madrigals and part-songs may be rare in Calgary but it is that infrequency that drives the artists of VoiceScapes to sing the music again today.

"This concert is based on music from old England, music which would have been sung in courts of the sixteenth and seventeenth century," says Julie Harris. "After dinner, some people would take out musical instruments and play. It was expected that well-educated people could sing and read music."

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September 19, 2002
  Riding the wave to stardomPDF files may take a moment to load

Was it fate that brought together the members of Not By Choice, as their website bio suggests, or merely their love for music? Either way, Liam Killeen is very passionate about his craft.

"I've been playing drums since I was 11 years old," says Killeen. "Every day I try to take the music one step further."

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July 25, 2002
  Scaling the depths of Persian musicPDF files may take a moment to load

Music lovers are in for a rare treat. The Aava Group is set to perform a traditional Persian music concert this Saturday at the Rosza Centre. This show is an opportunity for listeners to expand their musical horizons and gain respect for an art form that dates back centuries.

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July 25, 2002
  Smokin EmberPDF files may take a moment to load

The crowd was brought to theirknees by a show that had all the energy of a runaway freight train. Ember Swift took the stage at the Village Cantina on the evening of July 17 and the intensity of her performance was incredible. Song after song the audience witnessed Ember and her guitar become a single, harmonious entity that captivated and enthralled all who listened.

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January 15, 1999
  Laza experimentsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Calgary music scene has earned a reputation as a sort of musical
barnyard. Unrefined and stagnant attitudes stemming from a collective redneck
bravado have long kept Calgary oV the musical map. At least one local band
has their finger on the problem.

"Everybody is hanging out in the suburbs; the [Calgary] sound is so suburban. We have only three little
venues downtown and they don't even fill up anymore. There are only stinky
bands playing there, but I don't want to slag the bullshit bands. They'll

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