MTT@NMC: Sled, Stampede and Folk Fest!

Hey folks,
How are things? Hope you've been having a great summer so far….things have been busier than ever ever since Sled Island started up about a month ago. I caught a couple great sets at NMC during Sled from PLEIADES & No You Hang UP! We also got to play around on some of the instruments with Brandon Smith, tour guide extraordinaire.

(Photo: J. Taylor Wheeler)

We were all busy during Stampede, but were able to shoot a special session that we'll be bringing to you on this blog very soon. Keep your eyes peeled! Here's my MTT co-founder Benson Simbirski trying out the Sonica battery-operated synth during that session.

Photo courtesy J. Taylor Wheeler
(Photo: J. Taylor Wheeler)

This week the Calgary Folk Fest kicked off with shows & workshops at the NMC. The 7th Annual Bootcamp is a program that the Folk Fest offers each year, allowing aspiring musicians to participate in musical workshops with festival artists. I took part in a 2007 songwriting workshop with PF Sloan that was an invaluable experience for me as a musician, and can't recommend these workshops enough – something to consider for next year!

This year Sam Baker, Mark Berube & Jon Langford offered songwriting classes; Luke Doucet & Donna Grantis offered guitar workshops and Shakura S'Aida headed up Presenting Your Voice 101 at the NMC. All these wrapped up with a mini-showcase concert yesterday afternoon, and with this, kicked off this years Calgary Folk Fest! See you on the island!!
-Barnaby Bennett

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