Feature A & E Stories

Indie rockers Fast Romantics humbled by fans’ support for top English song ‘Julia’

Thumb3Fast Romantics, an indie group based in Toronto but formed in Calgary’s music community, won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on July 11, securing their place in the history of Canadian songwriters.

From June 9 to 23, Canadian music fans voted for their favourite from 10 songs nominated for the prize.

The votes were tallied and Fast Romantics’ "Julia" was declared the best English song. Laurence Nerbonne’s "Rêves d'été” (“Summer Dreams”) claimed the Prix de la Chanson SOCAN prize.

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Celebrities join in unveiling Studio Bell, a long-awaited musical landmark in Calgary

LobbyA lot of buzz has been circulating throughout Calgary’s music community in the months leading up to July 1, Canada Day, when Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, opens to the public.

Construction began on the mammoth $191-million project in early 2013, and now the National Music Centre (NMC) is heralded as a new landmark on the map of Canadian music. It is a museum, concert space, recording facility, workshop and gathering place all in one five-floor, 160,000 square foot building.

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Homeless musicians partner with professional performers for a concert series

ThumbThe Shelter From the Storm songwriting project began in 2015 as a way to bring Calgary’s homeless citizens together and inspire a sense of community and creativity.

Now in its second season, the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre has once again brought together a collection of musicians and buskers from Calgary’s homeless community to put on a series of three concerts on June 22, 24 and 25.

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Enjoy some of Calgary's finest arts and culture events this summer 

Chasing-Summer-MikeHopkins-ThumbThe summer is an exciting time for Calgary’s artistic communities, as the city plays host to several festivals celebrating the best of arts and culture from Calgary and beyond. Whether you’re interested in music, theatre, visual arts or all of the above, Calgary’s summer festival lineup will likely have something that piques your interest.

From the smooth guitar licks of BluesFest to the unconventional theatre of Fringe, the DIY traditions of Folk Fest and the vibrant, colorful celebration of Afrikadey! there is something for everyone in Calgary's festival lineup. Here is a sampling of the summer festivities happening across Calgary this summer.

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