This year saw great accomplishments from Edmonton bands, and bands who played Edmonton venues. These delightfully inspired folks are troubadours of our prairie highways. Keeping things professional and honest with a neatly picked tune resting alongside fascinating lyrics, soon becomes a well rehearsed and received performance…to then commemorate in audiovisual eternity makes childhood dreams real. Finally, a Youtube-hosted music video worthy of mid-90s MuchMusic! (We can only long for pop-up videos for so long until they make a comeback right?)
Take a look at these videos produced in 2015 by some Edmonton niche favourites. By no means are these the only wonderful videos released this year. Live music videos are becoming the new normal, it seems.
(Northern Sessions focus entirely on recording live performances of emerging #yegmusic highlights.)
- Northey Sessions EP + live videos > live video in YVR
Revenge of the Trees
- Into The Night EP > Into The Night Part 1
- All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson > Beginning of the End
- Mercy EP > Mercy
- Cities Away (2014) > Skeletons
SNAKE LEGS EP > I Quit! (Underground Sessions)
Matt Swann has played a variety of our dirt-city’s true hidden gems in the last year especially. He had this to say about the shift in the wake of Wunderbar being the last collapse of the year’s tumult:
“[Loss of these venues] is a real shame. I consider Wunderbar to have been one of my favourite all time venues. That space played a very defining role in the scene, and I made a lot of amazing friends as a result of that space. Craig Martell, and [Wunderbar] crew deserve a lot of praise for their role in terms of community development. As for the Artery, I sadly only had the opportunity to perform there once, but it was a great experience. I draw a lot of inspiration from the Edmonton scene. There are so many gifted, humble, and underrated players in Edmonton, and they have always been incredibly giving.”
There’s a great amount of welcome hope for Edmonton to find new ways to thrive in 2016, including the Artery team developing a phoenix-like rebirth with the Aviary. Craig Martell has begun booking for Bohemia, as Double Lunch Productions, alongside reemergence of Whyte Avenue options in the gastropub Almanac. Showing there is still a strong community of first-timers who are willing to explore the struggles and delights of hosting sweaty, dedicated musicians.
My prediction is that 2016 will be a resurgence of the house show as a community effort to ensure live music remains ever present. If we as an audience can find a healthy balance of support for the local bands around us, the spiderwebs created will be indestructible.
Our songs of freedom are all we can expect to maintain in this crazy world.