Thursday, March 17, 2011

Episode 51!

Welcome to Episode 51 of the Prairie Belles Podcast! To listen to the podcast, either click on the mp3 player below OR click on "LISTEN TO EPISODE 51" to open a media player on your desktop. You can also check us out on iTunes!

What we mentioned this week:

  • Attention all local artistsSOSFest (aka Sounds of Old Strathcona) submissions are up and online this year! SUBMIT NOW for your chance to be a part of the 2nd Annual SOSFest!
  • Special Sneak Preview of Jesse Peter’s new album FACE TIME – Digital release was March 16th, 2011! Get yours at iTunes, cdbaby & amazon
    *We featured Jesse's title track Face Time.
  • Alberta Craft Council presents an Art Exhibit called Culinary Collection: an exhibition of work by Edmonton silversmith, Karen Cantine, in collaboration with Culinary Team Alberta is ongoing until April 2nd, 2011
~*~Daneel's Theatre Spotlight~*~
Curtains the Musical! @ Victoria School for the Performing Arts. Playing through til Saturday, tickets are $15 with the exception of Friday, March 18th.
That is gala night and tickets are $85.
Company at Grant MacEwan University runs until March 19 and is the Final Musical put on by the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Graduating Class of 2011.
Twelfth Night @ Grant MacEwan University runs until March 20, 2011. Grant MacEwan University CFAC Theatre Lab (First Floor) March 15th - 7:30 PM (Free Student Preview) March 16th - 20th - 7:30 PM (Nightly) March 20th - 2:00 PM (Matinee $7.00 (Students/Seniors) $9.00 (General Admission).

  1. Rhodes, Tree Lines & Warning to Avoid @ the Haven Social Club $10 8pm
  2. Heather Blush @ Blue Chair Café 8pm
  3. Jeff Hendrick with Peter Belec @ the Yardbird Suite $12 8pm
  1. Rob Heath, Chloe Albert & Carrie Day @ Festival Place 7:30pm $18
  2. Daniel Moir with Scenic Route to Alaska @ the ARTery 8pm $10 Follow Daniel on twitter -
  3. Sister Gray @ Expressionz Café 8pm $10 E-TICKETS 
    *We featured Sister Gray's song Close the Night.

Deon Blyan is an Albertan in the truest sense of the label: he’s got small town roots and ambition that slightly exceeds his geography, flavoured by a newly found and still slightly green urban sophistication. This leads to songs laced equally with frustration and hope built on a solid melodic foundation adopted from John Cougar, Neil Finn and maybe now and again a bit of Squeeze.
The first thing you will notice at a Deon Blyan show is that he’s got a command of vocal range and emotion that instantly draws a crowd. Then you’ll start to notice the hooks. Deon is a pop songwriter and mixes story-based lyrics with well-barbed tunes that you’ll find bouncing around in the back of your head days and weeks after you thought they’d been forgotten.
Deon came to Edmonton in 1994 and started playing drums and guitar with local bands, but rapidly developed a reputation in the community as a pop songwriter and solo performer. Deon's first record, "Simple" was a live acoustic record, but the strong songwriting caught the ear of Edmonton producer Stew Kirkwood (Welcome, Sound Extractor) who brought Deon into his studio to produce "Try To Be Kind”, Deon’s first full length studio recording. Try to Be Kind was picked up by Edmonton indie-star label Shameless Records and crossed North America via the airwaves. On the new record, Lessons(and other things learned), Deon continues to show growth as both a writer and a player, milking more and more out of his vocals and guitar playing. For this second recording Deon teamed up with the pop producing duo James Murdoch and Chris Wynters, allies in the struggle to produce smart and original Canadian pop songs. You’re going to recognize the Blue Rodeo in his rural roots and the Crowded House in his late ‘80s musical education. But you’re also going to get mariachi trumpet, banjo, hammond and a patchwork quilt of audio delights.
Now based in Calgary Alberta, he has been sharing the stage with such talented and notable artist's as Luke Doucet, Danny Michel, Serena Ryder, Mathew Barber, Jill Barber, Dan Mangan, The Wheat Pool, and The Deep Dark Woods winning a loyal fan base and the respect of his peers.
Go check out Deon at Haven Social Club – March 17th, 2011 > MORE INFO
*We featured Deon's song Winnipeg Italy.

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