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Top Calgary venues new bands should know about

The Journal's take on top start-up destinations for musical acts

Thumbnail copyIt can sometimes be difficult as a new band to know which music venues to call to get a gig. As well, it is important for new bands to have an understanding on what venues expect of them prior to booking.

After exploring Calgary's live music scene, these popular venues offer new bands a chance to get their name out there and gain a fan base.


Down with Webster looks to establish itself in the United States

Canadian band vocalists rap with the Journal at the Calgary Stampede

rsz  mg 7531editThe Canadian rap rock band Down With Webster was one of the 12 musical acts that headlined on Coca-Cola Stage at this year's Calgary Stampede. This group first came together for a middle school talent show in 1998 and has since gone on to produce four studio albums, release 12 singles, earn five Juno Award nominations and win two MuchMusic Video Awards

The Calgary Journal's Zarif Alibhai sat down with two of the band's vocalists, Cameron "Camm" Hunter and Martin "Bucky" Seja, at the Stampede to discuss the band's formation, some of their hit songs and their future plans.


Mini-series shot in Calgary area scores big in Emmy nominations

Calgary producer ecstatic about show's success

BillyBobThe Calgary-filmed mini-series Fargo — based on Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 Academy Award winning film of the same name — has been a critically acclaimed television program in 2014. It was announced July 10 the show, seen on FX, was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, the most ever for a cable television show. Only HBO's Game of Thrones earned more nominations at 19.


Is the Great War really that Great?

This August is the 100-year anniversary of the First World War but its barely being acknowledged in popular culture

Wings-poster"Below us in the valley hung low clouds of gas. They settled right there, and those of us on higher ground were safe. But we wore our masks for three hours. A large percentage of officers and men of the sanitary detachment died or suffered severely from the gas... Little help could be given to the gas victims. We placed them on stretchers, kept them quiet as possible and hurried them to the hospital."