Jun 30

The D-Spot Comes Alive With Music

by Connor Turner · 0 comments

The week of June 22nd–28th saw the downtown core bursting at the seams with music. In what many will consider a musical anomaly, both the Calgary Jazz Festival and the upstart independent music festival Sled Island invaded the streets of our city with a full line-up of shows, culminating in one of the most diverse music-filled weekends in the city’s history.

On one side of the spectrum, you had the 30th annual Jazz Festival engaging Calgarians in some of the world’s best jazz music. On any given night throughout its six-day run, you could see pianist Allen Toussaint enthralling the crowd at the Jack Singer or guitar legend Gary Wolf gracing the quiet basement confines of the Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club. From the Auburn Saloon to The Grand Theatre down to Olympic Plaza the enticing sounds of the Jazz Festival could be heard throughout the each corner of the downtown core.

Then at the opposite end of the spectrum, the 3rd rendition of the up and coming Sled Island Festival roared into town from the 24th–28th. With shows at Dicken’s Pub, the reopened Distillery, Central United Church and The Palomino Smokehouse, Calgary’s downtown core was alive with some of North America’s finest independent music. Friday night’s main stage show at Olympic Plaza saw The Breeders, Biz Markie and the Liars playing to a riveted and energetic crowd.

With so many unique venues and such a diverse spectrum of live music, the downtown core was truly alive with music. Make sure you circle the end of June 2010, because next year looks to be an even better year for music.

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