Proof positive that culture is alive and well in Calgary and being driven by cool people
The other day the hip folks at Flemish Eye Records sent me this link to photos from Chad VanGaalen's cd release party at the Uptown theatre last week. Now how sweet is that?
This first photo gives you a glimpse of some of the animation loop that was playing in the background, along with an introduction to the frog who was wearing a hoodie (not to be confused with the frog huddled over the buman brain, of course).
And of course we finally all get to view the splendid bright fuchsia shirt which we all so greatly admired.
There are more photos from the concert over at Flemish Eye's flickr link so please check them out if you are so inclined.
Flemish Eye is a tiny Canadian record label who represent musicians like Chad VanGaalen and the Cape May. I love the fact that they are a local Calgary company who seem to be doing some pretty amazing things. And you know me, I'm all about supporting the indie labels. So buy some stuff from the musicians they represent, in order that they can keep bringing us great music.
The other cultural landmark that has me excited is the opening of Sage Theatre's new production of The Dazzle this week.
You might remember Sage Theatre as the Calgary theatre company who produced the absolutely jaw-dropping production of Trainspotting recently.
After I reviewed Trainspotting, I was asked by the Artistic Director if I would be interested in reviewing this production. Well of course I am interested!
I realise that this will be a completely different theatrical experience from Trainspotting, but Sage Theatre has a mandate to produce evocative theatre and reputation for delivering edgy and thought-provoking productions. I love the tiny intimate theatre and can't wait to see what this troupe does with The Dazzle.
Here's how they describe the play:
Hoarding. Brothers. Life.
Homer and Langley Collyer. One a lawyer, one a concert pianist - both living the upper middle class lifestyle in New York City. They have it all or do they? There is an emptiness, a void in their lives that they cannot fill. Of course they try. They fill and fill with lots of junk - until their junk has filled their house and blocked them from the outside world. But still it is not enough.
The Hermits of Harlem. An unbelievable story. Easy to pass off as imaginative whimsy, except for one thing: the Collyer brothers were real.
We'll be going on Friday if anybody wants to join us.
The Dazzle is running November 23 - December 2