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1. Mac DeMarco & Cantoo live at CKUA

Mac DeMarco & Cantoo live at CKUA

This week on TransCanada Alberta Backstage: Edmonton ex-pat Mac Demarco returns home for the holidays with a New Year’s Eve performance in CKUA’s Studio A. He gave us a preview of his new album, Salad Days, including an exclusive performance of the album’s title track. Mac talks with host Grant Stovel about life on the road, processing his career success, and how his songwriting has evolved since his early days on Edmonton’s music scene. Plus, Edmonton alt-pop band Cantoo drops by to perform songs from their new, debut self-titled album. Front-man Aaron Parker has performed in several Edmonton bands over the years, including The Whitsundays, and Toy Singers. Host Grant Stovel named their album among his Top 5 favourite releases of 2013, and you’ll get a live preview for the record on tonight’s show. UPDATE: Mac DeMarco's new album, Salad Days, is out April 1, 2014. Pre-order it here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/salad-days/id799685692

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2. Concerts | Daniel Romano live at CKUA

Concerts | Daniel Romano live at CKUA

Daniel Romano and The Trilliums bring their AM Country sound to our performance space at CKUA in Edmonton as part of the first annual Up+Downtown Festival, on October 12, 2013.

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3. Andy Shauf live at the Mercury Room

Andy Shauf live at the Mercury Room

This week on TransCanada Music West, CKUA presents Andy Shauf and his band recorded live at The Mercury Room in Edmonton. The Regina singer-songwriter’s latest record 'The Bearer of Bad News' recently received its US debut on Tender Loving Empire/Party Damage Records. Andy’s songs prompt comparisons to records by influential greats like Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, yet they still manage to stand as something altogether unique. Tune in this Friday, February 6 at 8pm MT, or subscribe to the free TransCanada Music West podcast to receive this show, and other great weekly concerts.

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4. Blind Boy Paxton live from Calgary Folk Festival

Blind Boy Paxton live from Calgary Folk Festival

Multi-instrumentalist Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton joins Holger Peterson on Natch'l Blues to discuss his tastes, and perform a few tunes. Originally broadcast: Saturday, July 27. 2013

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5. Mark Berube live on CKUA

Mark Berube live on CKUA

Mark Berube and his band join Monica Miller in studio. Mark is on tour in celebration of his 5th full length recording, Russian Dolls. He brings the ambitious tracks to life alongside a conversation about his recent Banff residency, developing the new collection of songs, and his childhood in Swaziland. Songs Performed: "Confessions to a Streetlight" "Carnival" "Ethiopia" "Oak Tree" Mark Berube – keyboard, guitar, vocals. Stephane Petrocca - bass Pete Pételle – drums Kristina Koropecki– cello, autoharp, vocals Originally broadcast: February 26, 2014.

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6. Rococode live from Victoria's Metro Theatre

Rococode live from Victoria's Metro Theatre

This week on TransCanada Music West (Friday at 8pm MT), we bring you the live synth-pop sounds of Rococode, recorded live at Rifflandia! The duo is made up of Laura Smith and Andrew Braun, a pair of Vancouver-based musicians who met while attending jazz college. Laura made her start in music backing up some of the biggest indie acts in the Vancouver scene, including Said the Whale, Prairie Cat, Language Arts and Hannah Georgas. Andrew, who hails from Manitoba, was a backing player on Laura’s solo debut ‘Sea of Stars’ in 2008. It wasn’t long before the creative relationship evolved, and the duo collaborate on their 2012 debut Guns, Sex, and Glory, produced by Mother Mother front-man Ryan Guildemond. On this episode of TransCanada Music West, you’ll get a live preview of songs set for release next week on the band’s sophomore LP, Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon. The live concert recording features Jason Cook on drums, Robbie Driscoll on bass, Laura Smith on keys and vocals, and Andrew Braun on guitar, keys and vocals. (Photo: Lynol Lui)

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7. Dan Bern live at Calgary Folk Festival

Dan Bern live at Calgary Folk Festival

The American songwriter discusses his songwriting stint on Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, writing songs for children, and keeping his creativity alive. Plus, Bern performs talking blues song addressing the loss of the Canadian penny. Originally Broadcast: Sunday, July 28. 2013 Songs performed: "Talkin' Canada Blues"

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8. Tim Hus live in Airdrie

Tim Hus live in Airdrie

This week on TransCanada's Alberta Backstage: It's the final episode of the season! Tim Hus performs a special concert for TransCanada’s Alberta Backstage Series, live from the Bert Church Theatre in Airdrie. Tim’s latest album, Western Star offers alt-country storytelling at its finest; chock-full of songs about mining, fishing, truck driving, and pheasant hunting. The Calgary singer-songwriter’s fourth album landed at number 1 on the Roots Music Report when it was released this past September. Listen to a solid set of country tunes, and some of the best stage banter of the season.

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9. Chad Van Gaalen live on CKUA

Chad Van Gaalen live on CKUA

Grant Stovel welcomes Calgary's Chad VanGaalen to CKUA's Studio A to perform songs and discuss his latest album, 'Shrink Dust'. Chad has a lot on the go these days: parenthood, producing creepy animated music videos for bands like Timber Timbre, creating an animated sci-fi film, and best of all - releasing a batch of new songs! Chad, band mate Scott Monroe, and Grant discuss Chad's new animated film, his creative process, and Scott Monroe's double duty on their current tour. Songs performed: "Hangman's Son" "Never Cut My Hair"

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10. Stephen Fearing live at the CFMA Songwriter Circle

Stephen Fearing live at the CFMA Songwriter Circle

In advance of the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Folk Routes host Tom Coxworth welcomes Contemporary Singer of the Year nominee Stephen Fearing to the stage at Calgary's Ironwood, for a morning of song and conversation about his craft. Originally broadcast: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Engineer: Steve Loree Host: Tom Coxworth

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11. Dar Williams live on CKUA

Dar Williams live on CKUA

American songstress Dar Williams joined Monica Miller in studio to talk Greek mythology, bee gardens, and much more. Originally broadcast: October 11, 2013 Songs Performed: I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything I've Been Around the World

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12. NQ Arbuckle - "Hospitals" (Live at CKUA)

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Toronto roots rock band NQ Arbuckle drop by CKUA for a live perform from Studio A. This past April, Neville Quinlan and company released their fourth studio album, entitled 'The Future Happens Anyway.' The band are touring the album through Alberta, and kindly agreed to drop by to share some of those new songs live.

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13. Maria Dunn live at the CFMA Songwriter Circle

Maria Dunn live at the CFMA Songwriter Circle

Folk Routes host Tom Coxworth welcomes Edmonton folk-singer/songwriter Maria Dunn to the stage at Calgary's Ironwood, for a morning of song and conversation about her craft. Originally broadcast: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Engineer: Steve Loree Host: Tom Coxworth

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14. Hello Moth & The Utilities in session

Hello Moth & The Utilities in session

This week on TransCanada's Alberta Backstage:His debut album, Infinitely Repeated, is less than a year old. But electronic singer-songwriter Hello Moth has already captured the attention of Calgary’s indie music scene with a sound he describes as “Souless Soul”. It’s a description that underlines the juxtaposition between his synth-laiden tracks and his soulful voice. While he uses a synthesizer with looping technology to create his soundscapes, his sound is difficult to compare to other artists known for using that process. The Calgary musician sights a wide swath of influences, from Bach to the Swedish electronic duo, The Knife. This week, you'll hear his recent live session recorded at the National Music Centre. Plus, we have new music from Lethbridge band The Utilities. The indie rockers are set to release their third full length album, Sulky Jr., on Friday, March 28. You may remember we profiled the band on our Most Anticipated Alberta Releases of  2014 show. This week, we offer you a live preview of songs from the forthcoming album, recorded at the National Music Centre in Calgary. Hello Moth set list:"One Worthless Wish""Old Pain""Ghost Now Too""Tired Old Heart" "Slave in a Stone"The Utilities set list:"Habitude""June 30th" "Storyville""Still""Gasoline Trigger""Into the Ether"Originally broadcast: March 21, 2014

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15. ArtBeat | Bruce McCulloch was a Young Drunk Punk before joining Kids in the Hall

ArtBeat | Bruce McCulloch was a Young Drunk Punk before joining Kids in the Hall

Before Canadian comedian Bruce McCulloch was part of the troupe The Kids in the Hall, he spent his youth in the hallways of Alberta schools. We hear about how his early days shaped him and his show, Young Drunk Punk and upcoming memoir, Let’s Start a Riot – How a Young Drunk Punk became a Hollywood Dad. He’s performing Young Drunk Punk at St. Albert’s Arden Theatre on Sunday (November 2) at 7:30 pm. Produced by Sarah Hoyles SHOW WEBSITE: ckua.com/artbeat

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16. Matt Patershuk live in Grande Prairie

Matt Patershuk live in Grande Prairie

This week on the podcast, we bring you LaGlace, Alberta singer-songwriter Matt Patershuk in concert at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre! Matt’s most recent album Outside the Lights of Town, earned him a 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Country Recording of the Year. In the set, he's joined by Calgary fiddle sensation Scott Duncan.

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17. ATB relaunches All-Albertan Song Contest

ATB relaunches All-Albertan Song Contest

ATB launches the 4th annual All-Albertan Song Contest. CKUA's Grant Stovel get the scoop on this year's competition, and the $10,000 prize from ATB's Barry Strader and last year's winning artist, Calgary hip-hop act Transit. Full details on the contest are available at wearealberta.ca/ Originally broadcast: July 11, 2014

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18. Justin Rutledge live at the CFMA Songwriter Circle

Justin Rutledge live at the CFMA Songwriter Circle

In advance of the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Folk Routes host Tom Coxworth welcomes folk-singer/songwriter Justin Rutledge to the stage at Calgary's Ironwood, for a morning of song and conversation about his craft. Originally broadcast: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Engineer: Steve Loree Host: Tom Coxworth

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19. Dr. Ali Asani - Fighting Islamophobia with Art

Dr. Ali Asani - Fighting Islamophobia with Art

World Spinning's Lark Clark has an indepth chat with Dr. Ali Asani. Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard, Ali was in Calgary to give a talk entitled Combating Islamophobia Through The Arts. He tells Lark that, contrary to beliefs that Islam forbids music, "the sound arts" lie at the heart of the religion and is an essential part of life to most Muslims.

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20. Minor Empire live from the Calgary Folk Festival

Minor Empire live from the Calgary Folk Festival

World Fusion group Minor Empire joins Folk Routes host Tom Coxworth for an interview and performance live from the Calgary Folk Festival. Originally Broadcast on CKUA: July 28, 2013

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