Bo’s Bar and Grill is featuring some excellent artists over the next few weeks starting May 25th with Calgary’s The Ashley Hundred. Check out this video for the song Falling Up, A real blend of musical styles, featuring Brett Cassidy’s banjo. Also on the same bill, Calgary’s Fox Who Slept The Day Away and Nature.
From Ashley Hundred’s website:
Since their formation in 2012, The Ashley Hundred has been constantly writing, stripping apart, and rewriting the songs of each of the band members. Continually growing as a band and as individual musicians. The bands first 2013 release, Postcards From The Moon, marked their firm arrival into the Calgary music scene, and brought them across the country on campus radio charts and on the stages from BC to Quebec. Soon after the release of their debut EP, Calgary veterans 36? approached the band to collaborate on a Split LP, which lead The Ashley Hundred to their first vinyl release, and first professionally produced music video made with funding from the Telus Storyhive grant. They are now working closely with Juno Award winning producer Josh Gwilliam, and engineer Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother, The New Pornographers) to create their first full-length album, which will be released in early 2017.
Calgary’s Fox Who Slept the Day Away is another treat from the city south of us.
Fox Who Slept The Day Away does not spend their days idly, despite what their name suggests. From their first demo, “Sometimes”, it was easy to see that the quartet were on to something special. The EP spoke to a maturity far beyond what is expected of the young group, and since then this dynamic has been ever evolving and delighting fans. Blending jazz and math-rock technicality with the ambience of post rock, they have created a unique and diverse sonic range. With ambitious influences such as The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, and Local Natives, the band is constantly working to develop and encompass new branches of music.
FWSTDA released their second EP, the live-off-the-floor “Asleep” in 2014, and their first full length, “Orbit”, in late 2015. Their sound has come to showcase an underlying progressive urgency largely driven by the powerfully adept rhythm section. As a perfect counterpart, overlying is a silken, sweet reprieve of ethereal vocals and intricately woven guitar, adding to the already expansive atmosphere. The juxtaposition of dualities will serve to grab the listener by the heart and make them feel and simultaneously transport them to a spacey dreamscape that will allow them to explore and discover on their own.
Through chemistry-rich jam sessions the foursome has developed an overwhelming connectedness which is easy to see and easy to be drawn into with their live shows. This magnetism has been showcased on a larger scale at the High Hopes Tribute Concert in Calgary at the Jubilee, where the band played alongside Jesse and the Dandelions, Windigo, The Ashley Hundred, and A Tribute to Zackariah and the Prophets to raise funds for a collection of scholarships and trusts set up in memory of Zack Rathwell, Josh Hunter, Jordan Segura, and Kaiti Perras. Additionally, the group has played Calgary’s BIG Winter Classic alongside Guantanamo Baywatch, The Wet Secrets, Freak Heat Waves, 36? and many more.
New Fairview Pump Track is the First of its Kind in Calgary
The Calgary community of Fairview, located in the southeast, is now home to the city’s very first asphalt pump track.
Pump tracks, designed for everything from mountain bikes to skateboards, are popular all over the world. “They provide a playground for kids and adults alike, from beginners to professionals, a pump track provides a community with sustainable and fun packed activity for all.” (1)
The project began in 2018 as a way to take advantage of a prime piece of vacant park space in the center of the established Fairview community. Located at 7800 Flint Rd SE, next to an off-leash park and a children’s playground, the pump track is now a unique component of this well-trafficked area overlooking the city. “Fairview has a few wonderful playgrounds,” says Sam Koots, Fairview Community Association Board Director, “so this is a great amenity for older kids, something they can do once they age out of those parks.”
A number of charitable partners and local businesses contributed significant funds to the development of the park, and Koots says the community fundraising aspect was quite monumental as well. “There were a lot of recognizable names on the donor list,” he says, “the Fairview community really came together to get this built.”
Construction officially began on the track in September 2019. After being derailed slightly by the harsh winter, construction resumed in May 2020 and the pump track had its official soft opening on July 17, 2020. Since the fence has come down, the track has quickly evolved into a popular activity destination and social hub, becoming a huge hit with residents of the community and beyond. “It has been crazy busy,” says Koots, “people have come from as far as Acme to check it out.” A typical day at the park sees everything from young children with their parents to grown adults riding bikes and skateboards, all taking turns barreling around the track for hours on end.
Photo Credit – Calgary Association of Skateboard Enthusiasts (CASE)
Koots says plans for a grand opening to officially announce and celebrate the launch of the track are in motion, but with COVID-19 still a dominant concern, it’s difficult to determine precisely when that will take place.
Until then, The Fairview Community Association encourages participants to take advantage of this exciting new community asset and keep riding. To ensure all members of the community and beyond can continue enjoying and accessing the track, the Community Association also encourages riders to take their bikes and boards to the track as much as possible, as opposed to driving, to avoid congestion in the back alleys.
To learn more about the Fairview Pump Track, visit http://fairviewcommunity.ca/pumptrack.
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We Look Into The One Annual Event Covid-19 Cannot Cancel – Go Skateboarding Day
From an original symbol of menace and mischief subject to criminal bans in certain cities, to a mainstream sport with international competitions and heavy influence in the fashion and music industries, the evolution of skateboarding has been controversial. As a standalone sport, the skateboarding community has built a global network founded on its own unique culture, members and attitude.
“Skateboarding is a sport like no other … There are no teams and no rules. When someone skates well, we all win.” – Skateboard Here
Sunday, June 21, 2020 is the 16thannual Go Skateboarding Day (GSD), an international holiday encouraging skateboarders around the world to drop everything and go ride. Created in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), GSD launched in southern California, the “unofficial skateboarding capital, and spread across the globe with the goal of becoming the “grind heard around the world”.
Since its inception in ‘04, Go Skateboarding Day has gained increasing traction in skate communities all across the world, but the focus always remains the same. The IASC encourages people everywhere to “put away your phone, your computer and video games, and go skateboarding”.
Although some members of the community don’t necessarily believe in the spirit of the holiday – skateboarding should be every day! – the sentiment surrounding the holiday largely reflects a positive, community-building event. In 2019, GSD rallies in major Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto saw thousands of enthusiastic boarders take to the streets to celebrate, “The idea is that anyone who owns a board comes out and participates.”
Although GSD will look different around the world this year due to COVID-19, the show will certainly go on! With all other major summer events and community gatherings cancelled, Go Skateboarding Day 2020 represents a great opportunity to get out, connect with others and have fun while still maintaining distance.
According to Daniel Craig, Chair for the Calgary Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts (CASE), the organization has not planned any official events due to COVID-19 concerns and regulations, but still encourages Calgary to get out and ride. “Skateboarding is social, it’s exercise, and it’s a great creative outlet for so many people,” says Craig, a skateboarder of 27 years, “I love Go Skateboarding Day. Get out, find a place to push around and do some tricks, enjoy it!”
For more stories, visit Todayville Calgary.
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