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Sled Island Music Festival – Guest Curator: Julien Baker

Sled Island Music Festival – Guest Curator: Julien Baker

by Sebastian Buzzalino Julien Baker’s delicate folk songwriting feels like a long-forgotten favourite sweater. She is emotive and resilient, leaving…

I am the Mountain: Strength in Numbers  

Friday 05th, October 2018 / 10:36
By Andrew Bardsley  


I Am The Mountain are, yes, firmly grounded.  
Photo by Henry Acteson

CALGARY – Colton O’Reilly, the primary songwriter for I Am The Mountain who have released material since 2014, was ushered along with his band into the spotlight for their impressive six-song EP, We’re Here For Each Other. The EP garnered them four nominations at the YYC Music Awards in September which included Alternative Recording of the Year for “Motorcycles,” along with nods for Group of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“Motorcycles”) and Songwriter of the Year.  

With all of this attention you’d think O’Reilly and company would be ecstatic to rise above the field, but their attitude, until now, was somewhat cynical. “We used to enter Battle of the Bands stuff and so many other competitions, and we just never ever won anything. It was like a weird curse. I used to think these things were always weird, but after a while I came around on it and started to realize that it is pretty sweet to be nominated by your city.”  

I Am The Mountain, a sophisticated, dreamy, breezy, sometimes jazzy pop-rock outfit, includes bassist vocalist Jesse Shire, drummer/vocalist Robin Cillo, guitarist Jason Cillo and trumpet/tuba/flugelhorn/pianist Keath Mueller are led by the impassioned O’Rielly. Grounded in close personal relationships, much of what O’Reilly writes about is heartfelt dealing with struggles and conflict, yet still yearns for optimism. He’s bent on bringing everyone in. 

“These songs have always been from my perspective and my experiences, but I don’t want these songs to just be my songs. I want these to be our songs.”  


I Am The Mountain perform Oct. 12 at Festival Hall with Danny Vacon (Calgary), and Oct. 26 at the Palomino with Thomas (Calgary)

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All Greek To Me: Maplerun Bleed Technical Modern Rock Anthems

All Greek To Me: Maplerun Bleed Technical Modern Rock Anthems

By Sebastian Buzzalino They may sound ultra-Canadian but Greek rockers Maplerun are making a rare cross-Canada tour this month, bringing…