Well let’s face it, this was coming! The all-ages scene in Calgary is probably the worst I've seen. At this point, there are three options for underage kids and underage bands in Calgary. Tubby Dog, which is a very hard venue to get in on and I understand why, with all the high demand. The National Music Centre, which shows are very few and far between. Or these kids book their own shows at a community centre. Not good enough! We need an easy access place where kids can get booked easily and where kids can go see a show without question. The New Black Centre For Music & Art was an exception and was perfect for that. However, I understand that having an all-ages venue is almost certain death financially (alcohol sales are zero), so all you’re relying on is the door money, which doesn't always pay well. Our all-ages scene is crap and we have to build it from the ground up again. So, I propose this idea.Read More
Of the 20 to 25 shows I've been to in these last few months, I haven't seen one "mosh pit" and that may have to do with most of these shows being local and the lack of turnout they get. But isn't that more of a reason to do it?
I have played in different local bands for years and, from experience, when kids start going off, it gives the band more energy when they play. When the band and the crowd feed off each other, it makes for an amazing show for all parties.Read More
Wow! Made it to a column for an online magazine, I must be doing something right.
I thought, for the first article, I'd let you know who I am and why I’m writing a punk rock column. I'm Joel, I run Calgary Punk Shows. I have been in the scene since the early ‘90s, so I've seen what the Calgary scene is capable of and where it is at today. I think the scene, as far as talent is concerned, is absolutely amazing! Calgary is not lacking in the talent department. However, the draw of a crowd is where we struggle. It seems these days, no matter what bands are put together, it's hard to bring the crowd.Read More