Past Episodes: February 2012 Archives

RIP Christopher Reimer

This week we lost a wildly talented and deeply loved young musician, when 26-year old Christopher Reimer -- who played with the band Women, and previously with Azeda Booth -- died in his sleep. We'll remember Chris with one of his closest friends (and fellow Azeda Booth member) Marc Rimmer.

Plus, we'll preview the 200-musician extravaganza, "YES," that the ever-ambitious Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is producing at Calgary's Jack Singer Concert Hall next Tuesday, February 28, which will be recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio and online at CBC Music.

And, new cd's by jazz guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer, Edmonton songwriter Alice Kos, and Steve Coffey & the Lokels, in advance of their release shows across Alberta!


Colin Lay tribute, Colleen Brown at the Arden

This week on the Key of A, we say goodbye to someone who was right at the heart of Edmonton's music community. Colin Lay was a recording engineer; he did live sound at concerts and at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival; he taught at Grant MacEwan University and  he worked with many musicians in town over the years.
But what a lot  of people didn't know about Colin Lay, is that he was also a musician in his own right -- a composer, a guitarist, a flutist -- even a singer.
Colin Lay died last month. He'd been suffering from ALS.
This week, we'll hear from people who knew Colin. Freelance recording engineer Jeff Kynoch knew him first as a teacher; he also helped Colin record two CD's of his own music in the last few months of his life.  Maria Dunn worked with Colin as a musical partner for nearly 15 years. 
We'll hear from each of them, and we'll hear some of Colin's own original music.
Then in part 2 of the Key of A, we'll go to the stage of the Arden Theatre for a live set from Colleen Brown and her band -- the cd release concert for Colleen's newest album, Colleen Brown's DIRT.


Juno and Edmonton Music Award Nominees

This week on the show, we'll hear from Albertans past and present, who are in the running for Canada's biggest music awards, The Junos. Not too surprisingly, you'll recognize most of the names: Tegan & Sara, k.d. Lang, Braids, Feist.

But we'll also hear from an Alberta Juno hopeful we haven't had on the Key of A before: High Valley, a country trio made up of 3 brothers from the rural community of La Crete.

Then, we'll take a look through this year's Edmonton Music Awards, and listen to some of the multiple nominees, including Tupelo Honey, White Lightning, Ten Second Epic, and Boogie Patrol. Plus, we'll compare the voices of two of the top contenders for "best female artist," Colleen Brown and Ann Vriend.
And if all that isn't enough, we'll hear the sound of Makeshift Innocence, a Calgary reggae band that just won the 210 thousand dollar top prize in the 2012 AMP Radio Rockstar contest.