Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I go forward, you go backwards

It's no wonder I feel as though my circle of like-minded souls in this city is very small. Add to the despair of last night's election results the fact that over 70% of the city voted conservative and I feel as though a handful of us are huddled on a small island, surrounded by hungry and very heartless sharks.

I need to insulate myself with music today.

Fortunately the full lineup for the Calgary Folk Festival is now public knowledge, and there is much joy in that list. Lightning Dust, Patrick Watson, the Head and the Heart, BRAIDS, the Felice Brothers, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cadence Weapon, Dark Dark Dark, Nanci Griffith, Imaginary Cities, k.d. lang, Joseph Arthur, Geoff Berner, etc. Prince's Island is going to sound pretty sweet this July.

A month earlier, and trading in the grass for pavement, Sled Island Festival promises to return to the indie awesomeness with which it began a few years ago, and which has been rather lacking the past couple of years. But with a lineup that includes the Raveonettes, Buzzcocks, Of Montreal, Lee Ranaldo, Zola Jesus, Kurt Vile, Blonde Redhead, Dum Dum Girls, Justin Townes Earle, An Horse, Chad VanGaalen, Hunx and his Punx, and with the full lineup to be released later today, there is going to be a lot of love downtown this June.

Of course with the kitten eaters now holding a majority parliament in this country, the Arts are not exactly going to be celebrated on an official level, I don't care how many Beatles songs Stephen Harper can play on the piano, nor how tight he is with the members of Nickelback. So as usual, it will be up to artists and musicians to use increasingly creative ways to scrabble for funding. Like using Kickstarter, the platform for funding creativity, for example.

I love the heights of creativity that I see demonstrated on Kickstarter. I received news from the good folks at Boca Chica that their recent Kickstarter campaign included the chance to commission a song of one's choice. The winner asked them to write a song about him nearly dying of malaria in Mali. For Jacob With Malaria, it's suitably called, and you can listen to the pleasingly fanciful track here.

Tis a rather suiting soundtrack for the day.


Wandering Coyote said...

I hear you. I'll be listening to some of my fave bands today, too, just to soothe myself a bit. GRRRR.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The electoral system may be broken, WC, but at least we still have music.

Allison said...

Ah, I love the smell of summer festival season!!

Actually I'm looking for more concerts to attend this summer today. My concert wave seems to be crashing soon.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I do hope you are having a memorable (in the best possible way) time at Pixies tonight, Al. I want all the details.

John Mutford said...

More than the disappointment over the Conservative majority, more than the pleasant surprise of the NDP as official opposition, I'm uncomfortable and a tad fearful that our country is this polarized.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I agree, John. With a formerly strong centrist party being all but decimated, we seem to be moving increasingly toward a two party system.

umbrellalady said...

That election, other than the Liberals not getting in, was the same old same old. No wonder people don't bother voting.

I wish more Canadians would realize that a democracy is made up of more than two parties and that it is ok to vote for any of them.
At least we did have a bit of a shake-up with the NDP becoming the official opposition for the first time ever!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mutford. Polarization is counterproductive. Bad place to be.