By Colin Gallant
BASIA BULAT W/ OH PEP! — KNOX UNITED CHURCH, OCT. 8
A few months on from the release of her fourth studio album (the Polaris-nominated Good Advice), autoharp enthusiast Basia Bulat returns to Calgary for a show at the gorgeous Knox United Church. Her indie-folk songwriting chops and one-of-a-kind voice have won her much favour in Calgary’s hearts in the past, and the addition of Calgary Folk Fest 2016 favourite Oh Pep! as openers only sweetens the deal.
ZIGGY MARLEY — BELLA UNION CONCERT HALL, OCT. 13
Ever heard of those lazy kids, born to talented, wealthy parents? Ziggy Marley isn’t one of ‘em. Between his outfit Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers and solo work under simply his own name, Marley has released more than 10 albums of reggae and related styles in four different decades. Lately, Marley may have benefitted from a pinch more attention from the success of Arthur memes in the last few months – Marley composed the show’s theme. The more you know!
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS — MARQUEE BEER MARKET, OCT. 21
Having been members of punk’s first wave alongside contemporaries The Buzzcocks, The Clash and Sex Pistols, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Stiff Little Fingers are living legends. Using fast, loud guitars and infectious hooks to contrast heavy lyrical subject matter about the violent Troubles of Northern Ireland and depression, Stiff Little Finger’s greatest asset is that they allow the listener to engage in serious topics in a musically inviting setting. This year marks the band’s 40th anniversary, so see them on stage while you still have the chance.
THE 1975 — GREY EAGLE EVENT CENTRE, OCT. 23
Anthemic indie-pop heartthrobs The 1975 are heading to Calgary for the first time – hot on the heels of a string of number one singles and a Mercury Prize nomination. Indeed 2016 was a big one for the band, with a shift in sounds towards electronic influences like synth-pop and house. It also marked a switch-up in aesthetic for the visually-minded group: black and white abstraction replaced with brilliant neons and pastels, a suitable pairing for their musical development. Their show at the Grey Eagle Event Centre is open to all ages, so consider taking your kid sister.AB, Alberta, Calgary rock, touring bands in Calgary