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September 25, 2008
  Keytars are a band's best friendPDF files may take a moment to load

Frontman Nik Kozub and Shout Out Out Out Out should start up a synthesizer fan club. The T-shirts they sell at their shows feature a picture of their practice space, nine different kinds of keyboards kicking around in a mess of pedals and drum kits interspersed between the numerous pianos.

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September 18, 2008
  MBF is totally your super awesome best friendPDF files may take a moment to load

If your life has been hectic, you ought to try Michael Bernard Fitzgerald's time-management secret. It's a combination of BlackBerry, iCal and mom, but don't tell anyone about the last part.

"Yesterday when I was stressed, my mom took me for tea at Starbucks," Fitzgerald recalls. "At first she was like, 'I don't know about this whole quitting school and pursuing guitar thing,' but now she's really supportive. The only two CDs in her car are mine."

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September 18, 2008
  Sloan's music is action packedPDF files may take a moment to load

Canadian rock staples Sloan have been on the verge of success for the better part of their career. The shaggy-haired quartet have a cult following north of the border, but have consistently come up short in their attempts to break into the American mainstream. With their ninth release, Parallel Play, Sloan is proving that even though they may not be topping the international charts, they are still having their share of fun.

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September 18, 2008
  Some joke about tumoursPDF files may take a moment to load

A lot of music is the result of the tragic death of originality, fame-moochers, Myspace hype bands and those who have sold their souls to shock tactics and pop music-- exactly why bands like the Cancer Bats ought to be appreciated due to their rarity.

"It's not like we felt that in any way we were given anything," says vocalist Liam Cormier. "We've worked really hard for this band and we've paid our dues and took the time to have this success."

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September 18, 2008
  Bringing the broodinessPDF files may take a moment to load

Elliott Brood gets around. The influence of a cabin at the foot of Mount Robson, a town hall in Wayne, Alberta, and front and back rooms in Toronto are all apparent in the eclectic recording process for Elliott Brood's recent album, Mountain Meadows. The group covers a lot of distance, both in their music and in their touring van. Opening for acts like Wilco, Corb Lund and the Sadies, as well as garnering a Juno nomination for their record Ambassador, they have been busy making their mark in the world.

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September 11, 2008
  Getting to know youPDF files may take a moment to load

Getting a job isn't so much what you know, but what you know about getting to know people. It's all about networking, printing up some business cards and putting your face out there. Curtis Santiago knows all that, especially after spending a few years in Vancouver paying his dues. When asked how Van-city's been treating him since his emigration from Alberta, he's effusive about the small burgh on the shore.

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September 11, 2008
  Soul-devouring rock and roll bearsPDF files may take a moment to load

Don't get between a mother bear and her cub-- she might eat your soul. Put this scenario to music and you have the new project from a quartet of Calgary music scene veterans.

Cody Coates and Andrew Woods-- from Lions and Tigers and Bears-- and Ian and Paul Baker-- of the Silent Auction-- channeled the Who's Tommy, creating their own rock opera under the moniker Story Time: Bear Attack. Coates admits that he initially tricked his band mates into working with him on this project.

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September 11, 2008
  Some prefer Winter Gloves to mittensPDF files may take a moment to load

Montreal outfit Winter Gloves works a lot like their moniker. While all connected by their overarching fibres, each member is given a lot of room to move around. Though the band started as Charles F.'s side project, it has morphed into a fully-inclusive group, something that the once-lone musician thought was a necessity.

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September 04, 2008
  Trumpets, dogs and cries of the deadPDF files may take a moment to load

Being weird. It will get you beaten up in high school, laughed at in university and ostracized in the workplace. You can only be strange when you're old because then you get to be labelled an eccentric. One of the few places counted as an exception to this is the music industry, which is a good thing for people like Chad VanGaalen.

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August 07, 2008
  Family ties flourish at this year's Blues FestPDF files may take a moment to load

This year, the Calgary International Blues Festival is adding a family connection to its musical one. One featured artist on the lineup is a familiar name to local blues lovers--Calgary-based Donald Ray Johnson. Internationally renowned for his deep blues vocals and power-driven drumming, Johnson will be musically reunited with his singer-songwriter daughter Panzie Johnson.

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