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.