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One More Off Of My Bucket List – Smokey Robinson!



The man can still sing the songs like he’s just recorded them. Smooth, silky, and with just the right pomp and circumstance to drive a crowd crazy.

Enjoy a few more pictures from the cheap seats, and read my Calgary Herald blog review!











Sold Out House For CD Release Party

It was an impressive turnout at the Ironwood Stage & Grill last night for Calgary singer/songwriter Jenn Beaupré’s CD release party – a sold-out house filled front to back, side to side…


Backed up for her first set with a full band, Beaupré was able to recreate the studio sound of her latest CD “Reach Out” for the audience, complete with a 3-piece horn section, backup singers, and a solid rhythm section that allowed her to focus on singing those songs.

The Ironwood is a great venue on its own, but when a powerhouse vocalist takes to the microphone, there really wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Well, I may be a bit biased, I was right up front. However her flawless vocal range was proof that listeners to the CD weren’t being fooled by studio coverups – Beaupré hits her notes with confidence and experience.



From Motown-flavoured original songs like “Sunburn“, “Reach Out” and “Eyes All Over“, to her heartbreaking ballad “Angel Who’s Lost“, where she had a violinist accompany her pianist, this third album is likely to get serious attention, if the audience reactions and standing ovations last night are any indication.

She writes relatable songs that often have some great, fun lyrics, like the aforementioned “Eyes All Over“.


Her second set (after performing every song on her new album in the first one) was solo acoustic, aside from some accompaniment from a guitarist on a few songs.


In this set, Beaupré had fun covering songs (and a few originals), but gave no short change to quality control in performing hits from Ed Sheeran (Thinking Out Loud), Amos Lee (Colors), Joni Mitchell ( A Case Of You), and even a bit of inspired Whitney Houston, along with the crowd-pleaser them from Frozen, “Let It Go“, although to be fair, she did warn anyone that had kids in advance, in case of a possible overdose of the uber-popular Disney song.


JB Photo Series Nov06


Reach Out is available now in iTunes, or if you are able to catch her performing live, I would highly recommend you do so. If you can catch her in a smaller, more intimate venue, you should take certainly advantage of that opportunity.

I caught up with Jenn earlier, before this show. You can read the feature interview in my Calgary Herald blog by scrolling down a post or two in this site,or by clicking here. You can also view the companion video podcast here.







Ten Strings And A Goat Skin @ Calgary Folk Club Tonight


The folk/traditional fusion trio out of Prince Edward Island hit the stage tonight here in Calgary, and I chatted with fiddle player Rowen Gallant.

Read the feature that appeared in my Calgary Herald blog, and listen to the podcast, or download it from iTunes (ThatDanGuy’s Podcast)

Review tomorrow!

Calgary’s Jenn Beaupré Releases “Reach Out”

JB Photo Series Nov06

I caught up with singer/songwriter Jenn Beaupré ahead of her CD release party for her soulful new release “Reach Out” – imbued with a modern Motown sound.

She has a release party set for January 17th at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Calgary.

Read the online feature in my Calgary Herald Blog Watch the entire interview on my YouTube channel, the link is towards the bottom of the page!

In The Latest Penguin Eggs Magazine

Out right now – check out my feature on Nova Scotia musicians Cassie & Maggie MacDonald: (this will just show you the cover – you need to go buy the magazine 🙂 )Penguin Eggs 64

Barney Bentall’s Grand Cariboo Opry Bids Farewell

Well, if you are going to borrow a well-known name, you may eventually find yourself having to change it 🙂

Read all about that, plus my review of last night’s exceptional show in Bragg Creek. Next year, you’ll be looking to see The Cariboo Express instead! Check it out here.

And here’s more than a handful of pictures from the evening!

Grand Cariboo Opry
Grand Cariboo Opry
Matt Masters
Matt Masters
Barney Bentall
Barney Bentall
Ridley Bent, Leeroy Stagger
Ridley Bent, Leeroy Stagger
Wendy Bird, Angela Harris
Wendy Bird, Angela Harris
Dustin Bentall
Dustin Bentall
Kendel Carson
Kendel Carson
Good Time Had By All
Good Time Had By All
Grand Cariboo Opry
Grand Cariboo Opry
Dustin & Barney Bentall
Dustin & Barney Bentall

Stage West Brings Back The ’80’s

If you enjoyed the great musical acts of the ’80’s, you’re probably going to walk away a fan of Stage West’s latest production, 80’s Solid Gold. Featuring a talented cast of actors and singers, backed by the top-notch band led my Musical Director Konrad Pluta, this 2-hour show relives the best of that era.

Check out my Calgary Herald review for more info!

And watch my interview with co-creator, director and choreographer Timothy French here.

Bentall Brings Grand Cariboo Opry To Bragg Creek

My interview with iconic Canadian rocker and folk roots artist Barney Bentall is online in the Calgary Herald.

Check it out here.

I’m going to be rebuilding links that were lost during the re-vamp of the Herald site, so keep checking back. And anything new in music, theatre, writing – all things creative. All The Worlds Of Stages!


StubHub’s “Next Stage” Concert Series: Matthew Good @ Cowboy’s


Canadian rocker Matthew Good hit the stage at Cowboy’s Dance Hall here in Calgary last night with a vulnerable, introspective solo acoustic set of his music, filling the joint to capacity for this rare opportunity.

The last chance I had to see Matt perform live was back at the Alberta Flood Aid concert back in 2013, where he had his band and a very short time-slot between a host of other great Canuck acts.

This StubHub offering was a far different duck, and the sellout audience responded by singing along to every song, and filling in the blanks when he allowed them to.

Good’s music by its very nature has so many textures and personal elements that lend itself to a treatment like this, so it was near church-like as he mixed up his thick catalogue and added rare live performances to his set list. That said, there was plenty of favourites, based on the cheers that erupted when familiar chords or lyrics cascaded out.


Add that extremely gentle element into the hilarious stories he shared about the process of how some songs or albums got “adjusted” along the way, and it was a night of magic for anyone that has followed his lengthy career on his own or with his band.

To hear Strange Days, A Boy And His Machine Gun, Metal Airplanes, Tripoli, and more more more stripped down to the basics, and with his earnest voice alone – wow… It doesn’t get much better than that…


Catch up on Mr Good on his website

Opener Amy Hef earned some new fans as well, I think. Bringing her style of indie rock singer/songwriter that frequently collides with pop sensibilities, her set crackled along to get better and better before she left the stage



With songs that reminded me a bit of Scottish rocker KT Tunstall, she also took a turn on Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues just for fun, but it worked well for me.

From her own catalogue, we got to hear Creepin’ Me Out and Being Awesome, to name just a couple of tracks. I think we may be hearing more from her…I look forward to that.

She’s got a great website you can find here.

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