Canadian Music Week
Friday, March 23, 2012
Music, Special Event
Now in it’s 30th year, we’re thrilled to host Canada’s largest new music festival! Tonight Alberta Music & SASKMusic present Cowpuncher, Jordan Cook, Makeshift Innocence, Zoo Lion, Jeffery Straker & Zachary Lucky.
Zachary Lucky (8:00pm)
Zachary Lucky is a patriot. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – he was never one to wander to far off the beaten track – until he showed up on the Canadian music circuit in August of 2010 with his debut full length recording “Come and Gone.” “Striking and beautifully crafted, the songs on Zachary Lucky’s debut album reveal a talent for melody and a newfound confidence – Come & Gone is an enticingly brief, but highly auspicious debut” said exclaim.ca. ?
Jeffery Straker (9:00pm)
Folk, Pop, Singer-Songwriter
Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm. All of this might explain his ability to share songs with audiences.
Jeffery is a musical descendant of Beethoven through teacher-student lineage (seriously…see his website for the full story). He was a student of the Royal Conservatory of Music and received his licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London when he was 19. That’s kind of like a black belt in piano.
Zoo Lion (10:00pm)
Born and raised prairie boys, the band is comprised of the beating rhythms of Craig Aikman’s guitar, the groovy riffs of Matt Tysowski’s bass, the intense licks of Mark Heit’s guitar and the complex beats of Tyler Reimer’s drums.
Zoo Lion unleashed their second album, entitled Nothing Automatic, in April 2010 to follow up on their successful debut album Telling Your People (2008). While tracks off their second and third disc were laid down at MCC in Calgary, all three were recorded in Vancouver with the help of District Four Studio producers Aaron Nordeen and Shawn Penner. Parts have also been recorded at the legendary Mushroom Studios – which have seen so many iconic musicians in the past.
Zoo Lion has caught the attention of the music industry by winning a handful of contests – including the 2009 Canadian Radio Star title from Calgary radio station CJAY 92 for their song “Pry”, which won them a week at the 2009 Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
Makeshift Innocence (11:00pm)
Pop, Reggae, Rock, Roots, Singer-Songwriter, Soul
In 2007, lead singer Jesse-James Cameron formed Makeshift Innocence. Canadian born, Cameron spent three formative years in Negril, Jamaica, where he fell in love with the tones and feel of Reggae music – music that now infuses the group’s Rock, Reggae, Pop and Roots sounds with authentic Caribbean flavour.
Jordan Cook (12:00am)
Canadian born Jordan Cook has electrified audiences all over the world. Cook has been seen showcased at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he was the first Canadian rock artist to tour China, and was declared the revelation of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He has made guest appearances with such legends as Van Morrison, B.B. King, and the Aretha Franklin band.
The Jordan Cook Show will remind you that rock is not dead with his swaggering blues, honest unrestrained lyrics, towering energy and the multitude of gear aiming to take over the audience with every drop of sweat.
Country, Grunge, Indie, Rock, Roots
With guns drawn and wits sharpened like steel points Cowpuncher comes to plunder the Canadian musical landscape with a sound that borders paranoid country with a stinking wool mitt of rock and roll. Cowpuncher is a collective of the finest musicians that Western Canada has to offer and they are unabashedly passionate in the performance of their high energy brand of music.
Cowpuncher is Canada’s most beloved underground band; resourceful, ruthless, and relentless.
The Ballroom: Our largest venue space is perfect for gala parties, dance parties, formal dinners, conferences, and live performances. www.gladstonehotel.com/venue
Photos by: Laynna Meyler