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Joey Cape bears the cold for BIG Winter Classic

Monday 16th, January 2017 / 12:27
By Sarah Mac

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape’s only Canadian shows on the calendar are in Calgary and Edmonton.

CALGARY — Beloved punk veteran Joey Cape is heading to Calgary for the BIG Winter Classic. And yes, he knows how cold it is in January.

Famed for fronting the legendary punk band Lagwagon, Joey Cape has broadened his three-chord horizon and journeyed into solo success. His first solo album, Bridge, was released back in 2008 and since then he’s steadily released three full-length records; including his last, Stitch Puppy, which was released in late 2015. It’s Cape’s solo efforts that bring him to Calgary this frosty January for the BIG Winter Classic (BIG).

BIG is a festival in Calgary held during the dead of winter, celebrating music, art and local breweries; encouraging us to get out and enjoy all that Calgary has to offer, even when it’s minus 30. In addition to a huge crop of local talent, it also includes artists from all over Canada and international acts as well; over 60 bands performing at three venues, on stages both indoor and out.

In anticipation of this upcoming gig, we chatted with Cape about the bitterly cold temperatures and the festival that brought him here.

“I’m always into playing in Calgary, anytime I can. I have some mutual friends with the guy who runs the venue I’m playing at for this festival. So, when I received an email asking me if I wanted to play a show in Calgary this January, I thought it’d be great,” Cape explains and continues.

“But it’s going to be cold. That’s the only thing I can think about. The only negative for a show like this is the cold, for a guy from California at least. But it will be a lot of fun.”

According to Cape’s tour schedule, Calgary and Edmonton are his only two Canadian stops during this run; something we Albertans should be proud of.

“That might be a first actually. I judge the places I go by the people I meet and I’ve met a lot of great people in Alberta, period. So, it’s nice that I’m going to Canada, just to go to Alberta, I really like it there,” he boasts.

“We’re going to play Calgary and then drive to Edmonton and then fly home, but we’ll be in Calgary most of the day. I’m hoping the day I play, I can check out a lot of bands. I generally try to see as many bands as I can at these festivals.” He pauses and laughs, “So, I guess it would have been better if I could have stayed in Calgary for a few days.”

Joey Cape performs at Broken City on Friday, January 20th as part of the BIG Winter Classic. In Edmonton, catch him Saturday, January 21st at the Buckingham.

BeatRoute Magazine January 2017 Alberta print edition cover.
Illustration: Tom Bagley

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