Listen Local: VISSIA

Listen Local: VISSIA

VISSIA is yet another dynamite performer firmly rooted in the Edmonton music scene, and she's today's Listen Local pick.

With all those jangly guitars and slap-echo vintage vocals, it should be no surprise I'm a VISSIA fan. All the guitar tone in the world can't save a bad song though, and thankfully VISSIA is a fantastic songwriter.

Listen Local - Evergreen

Listen Local - Evergreen

Their first full length album, Whole, just released last week. Recorded at Edmonton's Royal Studios, it's a great sounding record. Right now I'm really digging the track The End of the World.

Given their streaming numbers on Spotify, it seems I'm late to the party. Edmonton's music scene just keeps getting better.

Von Bieker Shows Up (November Gigs)

Von Bieker Shows Up (November Gigs)

I have a whole pile of live shows coming up in November here in Edmonton and I would love to see you in person at one of them!

Here are the places you can come see me this month and some insight into which one might be the best pick for you.

The best news? All of these are FREE (tips, of course, are encouraged).

How Notion.so Keeps My Music Career on Track

How Notion.so Keeps My Music Career on Track

Every artist needs a system.

The tools you use are highly personal – we each have our own unique flow. I've tried a lot of tools – digital and paper – and found there is no single solution to power my productivity. Which is why I love the 'many-solutions' approach of Notion.

Listen Local - F&M

Listen Local - F&M

Ryan Anderson was dressed in a black suit I recognized from his stage performances. It's likely not the exact suit, but close enough to be on-brand.

He'd also seen me play, and remembered the bow tie. This weird stuff works, people.

Ryan was kind and full of the wisdom gained from experiences like playing 150 shows in a single year with his wife and musical partner Rebecca.

F&M play "folk noir" - a genre made up like "bowtie rock" to try and capture some unique edge of the music they make. And it captures their sound so well.

Their self-proclaimed "joyful melancholy' is all over their just-released record, "Lessons from Losers."

Full Heart, Full House (My Afternoon at Empress)

Full Heart, Full House (My Afternoon at Empress)

I played Empress Ale House for the first time on October 13 and it went so well that I hope it won't be my last.

This little neighbourhood pub is oozing with charm and short on pretense. It really feels like a "come one, come all - just as you are" kind of place. There were young people and old people. There was an 83 year old country crooner (side note - eccentric old men are turning into my favourite audience members). He would be talking to me between sets and then break off into song mid sentence, watching for my recognition of his country classics. I need to brush up on my country classics.

How I Learned Courage from 91 Year Old Dancing Ted

How I Learned Courage from 91 Year Old Dancing Ted

Once I've lugged my guitar across 12 blocks of early-winter downtown Calgary, I'm going to play.

Probably.

I've never been to Mikey's on 12th (used to be Mikey's Juke Joint) so I don't know what to expect. I don't know that the open jam I've brought my wife to on our weekend getaway is actually a blues jam. I don't play the blues.

I don't know that most of the people in Mikey's are a decade or two older than me. Or five.

We grab a table at the very back and I slide my acoustic guitar under it before I out myself as a naive folk performer.

Listen Local - Major Love

Listen Local - Major Love

This week's Listen Local brings you an indie super-group fronted by Edmonton's hometown hero, Colleen Brown.

Brown's voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell for good reason – her ability to shift gears with a mid-note lilt brings life to her delivery. Her songwriting ain't half bad either.

Major Love is Colleen Brown's newest musical identity. I love the name and the positivity it puts forth. Major Love's debut self-titled album shines.