November 29, 2013

Musician Expedition

Calgary Sound Rentals presents…

The first annual Musician Expedition — a fundraiser for Deaf & Hear Alberta, in partnership with Alberta Music, the Village Brewery, SAVK, and Calgary Folk Fest.

Together, we raised nearly $600 in donations to Deaf & Hear Alberta.

Also, a special thank you to Kenna BurimaLorrie Matheson, Pat Pallardy and Sarah Kitteringham, who all volunteered their time to speak through either of our Question and Answer periods throughout the evening.

We would also like to thank all of the performing bands, the artists and musicians in attendance, as well as the volunteers and employees that helped make the evening — including Duncan Kenworthy, Mike Engel and Kyle Napier.

Please feel free to take a listen to various recordings from throughout the night from our Behind the Scene Podcast – Episode 58.

First on the stage were Rotary Park, a five-piece bluegrass outfit – with a 3/4 upright bass, a fiddle, a banjo and two guitars. As their fiddle player wasn’t able to make the performance, the members invited two other performers up – one to sing, and one to play the fiddle.

The second artist, Nathan M. Godfrey, captivated audiences with a solo performance. Many of his songs are throwbacks to traditional grassroots blues recorded in the ’30s. Godfrey’s rendition and originals come with his signature Albertan drawl and full guitar sound.

Nathan M. Godfrey brings an almost haunting, ’30s appeal from his music, admitting on his website that he at a time drew influences from friends that may or may not have existed in a cubby hole in an old home.

While both members of Clinton St. John were setting up on stage, Kenna Burima hosted the first Question and Answer panel with Stephen Van Kampen, Kenna Burima and Pat Pallardy.

They discussed Recording and Live Sound, responding to challenges faced in the studio or on stage, the technical and theoretical aspects of sound engineering, and the creative liberties exercised throughout the process.

The third performance was Clinton St. John, performing as a duo with his wife accompanying him on vocals, guitar and drums.

They entranced audiences with tight, collaborative grooves that speak to their mutual intuition and understanding of each other’s musicianship.

After Clinton St. John, we held our second Question and Answer session, held between Duncan Kenworthy, Stephen Van Kampen of SAVK and Sarah Kitteringham – a BeatRoute reporter pursuing her Master’s degree on Women in Metal.

They had discussed D.I.Y. – Making it as a Musician, detailing overcoming the challenges as artists, as well as their experiences with, and as, musicians.

Last to take the stage, but certainly not least, was SAVK, headlining the show with the CD release of their new album Love Letters and Hate Mail.

They had also provided live visuals, so we were able to project the videos alongside their performance.

It was interesting coming from the perspective of the event planners, seeing the event from a managerial side and collaborating directly with the artists, funders and other organizations. After months of planning, organization, scheduling and foresight, it was a great to see the evening come to fruition.

Mike – programming six par 56 lights set individual DMX addresses, is also setting two Intimidator with home and swivel positions, as well as the projector slides and presentation. Mike worked a few different roles throughout the night, balancing his time between the door and filling in around the event.

Again, the biggest of thank you’s to everybody involved in this evening,

- Calgary Sound Rentals

May 3, 2013

Episode 57: Sarah Erickson

Filed under: Behind The Scene Podcast — Tags: — Duncworthy @ 4:23 pm

Behind the Scene Podcast – Episode 57

Sarah Erickson is a busy entrepeneur.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Kelly.

Not only is she the event coordinator with her own Sparrow Tree Productions, she also started the event-and-eco-friendly Green Calgary.

Sparrow Tree Productions works with artists, musicians and does special event production and publicity in town, which Erickson describes as, “an everchanging project that started about a year and a half ago over coffee.”

She’s recently been putting on shows out of her own home – about two concerts a month – which started as a housewarming party. In fact, they’d just celebrated their first birthday with the Cliff House!

She says the main difference is between hosting events at third-party locations and her own house is “the amount of connection and energy you put into the event.”

At an alternate venue, she says you bring yourself and things you do to the venue, whereas when you put on an event from home you have the opportunity to share your space with other people. She says that you also have to work a bit with your neighbourhood – including acknowledging their concerns, and even look to include them.

“The main focus of what I’m doing is making sure everybody has the opportunity to contribute,” says Erickson.

“There’s something in each of us that attaches to the sound. I cannot tell you exactly what it is that allows me to connect with music, because it hasn’t always been that way. Whether it’s from your soul, or your heart or your imagination or somewhere else – I’m not sure where that connection lies.”

Erickson also started the Green Team, inspired by her work with the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

“The fondest memories come from meeting the people that I have [at the Calgary Folk Music Festival] – they’ve become some of my dearest friends and inspirations.”

“It’s a dirty job, it’s a tough job – you’re working with trash all day. The best part of it is that you’re educating people on their (environmental) impact… Talking to people about their garbage is actually quite fascinating, because a lot of people don’t understand.”

With her current project, she plans to “inject as much love into it while we can, and while it’s ours,” and says her most important goal right now is “acquiring a really solid group of people who support what [she's] doing, and are willing to devote time or energy… without really knowing what the payoff is supposed to be.”

May 1, 2013

Digital Lifestyles Party – featuring Phil X

We had the utmost pleasure in working with Digital Lifestyles and the Rainbow Society of Alberta for this year’s Rockin’ the Rainbow fundraiser.

Pairing up with KLM Backline and Urban Audio, we had set up and mixed roughly 25 speakers and more than 30 lights across the stage and suspended light truss – co-operatively sharing equipment and (at times) working on-the-fly to ensure that the show progressed smoothly.

We mixed about 18 channels of the board’s 24 channel capability. In order to direct sound to ensure that the event’s videographers had post-production content/channels to work with, we’d labelled and organized each instrument to their channel from the split snake.

Once everything is labelled and put to the board, there’s no real issue with managing that many channels.

Between silent and live auctions, a pinball tournament, raffles and surprise prizes were bands Some Girls (a Rolling Stones tribute band) then Phil X and the Drills, featuring Phil X – who has performed with Bon Jovi and Tommy Lee.

Urban Audio contributed to the lighting production off of the stage and truss. They’d run gradient themes, moving heads and isolated lights from the mixing board.

Podcast 56: Digital Lifestyles Party includes interviews with Debbie Van Camp, Regional Manager for Southern Division of the Rainbow Society of Alberta – about the Rainbow Society and its community contributions; with Ryan Meyer, a DJ of RPM Studios Ltd. – about genre bending to fine-tune your beats to your audience; and Mike Dummer, President of Digital Lifestyles – to understand the merits of community growth by giving back.

Debbie Van Camp – discussing the Rainbow Society and its achievements alongside the evolution of the fundraiser.
Ryan Meyer, spinning the structure of feeling for his fourth consecutive year with Rockin’ the Rainbow.
Mike Dummer, a personal fan and friend of Phil X, watching the talented guitarist shred.

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