Past Episodes: December 2010 Archives

Best of Key of A for 2010!

Happy New Year!
Key of A rings in the new year with a look back at the fantastic Alberta music released in 2010.

With such a great year for Alberta musicians, we couldn't stop at the "Top 10 of 2010," so here's an even dozen artists who released great, original work over the year. Our Key of A 2010 playlist includes an exceptional range of music: fom electro-pop to jazz, indie rock to gospel, blues and soul, orchestral folk, and even a song that iTunes describes as "Unclassifiable!"

We'll post links to all the artists on the show, once the broadcast has revealed our choices! Tune in Saturday, January 1st at 5pm to see who's on the list!


Our Jazz Noel

It's the weekend before Christmas, and the Key of A has a definite holiday feel. We'll head to the stage of the Arden Theatre in St. Albert, for Our Jazz Noel -- a very special live performance put together by Edmonton jazz great PJ Perry. He's put together a stellar quartet, featuring Bill Mays on piano, Neil Swainson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums, to play jazz versions of some seasonal favorites. You're in for a treat!

Plus, new versions of traditional carols, and some new originals about winter, from Alberta artists, including The Beagle Ranch, Johanna Sillanpaa, The Fedora Club, and Woodpigeon -- this last from a compilation called Ho Ho Ho Canada! put out by the UK-based music website The Line of Best Fit.


Wil... Live at the Ironwood!

This week, we're headed to the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary for a live set by Wil -- a.k.a. William Mimnaugh. He started his career in Calgary, playing covers in local bars. Now he writes, records and performs his own music, touring from his new home base on Vancouver Island.

He played this show as part of a 3-week Western Canadian tour, on a cold Monday night in November, to a sold out hometown crowd -- some of whom have been following his music from the start!

Plus... a new EP of seasonal songs for winter by Clea Roddick; and a new album of Gypsy Jazz for Christmas, courtesy of the Fedora Club.