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The producers of CBC’s new series, Four Rooms are hitting the road to find Canada’s most unique and valuable objects. The cross-country audition tour, which kicked off earlier this month, is stopping in Calgary (no, sadly, not Medicine Hat) on Saturday, June 29th. If you have an item that you think may be worth big money, then come audition for the Four Rooms production team! This new series is from the same producers as CBC’s other hit series, Dragon’s Den.

They are looking for people who want to sell an interesting piece and share their story with Canada.  This item can be anything from antiques, art, collectibles, fashion etc., as long as it’s a unique piece. The seller shows their item and negotiates with the Nation’s top buyers and then has the chance to make the deal of their life and walk away with some serious cash.

When: Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB.

What: Bring your completed application form, which you can download online, along with the item you’re selling, or photos and other documents such as authentication certificates and appraisals.

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Flogging Molly is heading back to Calgary this year for what would promise to be an amazing show.

Flogging Molly - Float

Flogging Molly - Float

The band is a seven piece Celtic Punk Rock band in nature, utilizing a myriad of instruments, including: Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, spoons, fiddles, tin whistles, uillean pipes, accordions, mandolins, drums, and a few other unique instruments that are rare to see in rock bands. Their lyrical content varies greatly, going between songs about pirates, death family, love, history, the government, and other punk rock-related subjects. Lead singer/songwriter Dave King uses his Irish background to bring out interesting ways (dialect and accent) of saying what he wants to say.

A few of us went to the show last year and it was probably the funnest show I had ever been to, I do not think I ever stopped doing the awkward shuffle arm-swinging type dance that I do, much to Vaughn’s ridicule. Every now and then during their show, Dave King took off his blazer and proceeded to do spin entertaining Irish jig. Most people physically slow down, but not him. It is clear that the band has as much fun as the crowd while they perform.

If you want to go to a show that is devoid of any specific thematic of lyrical content and has people in the crowd from every genre in attendance, go check them out.

To see the Flogging Molly story from last year, check out:

Warped Tour is geared up again for the year and hitting Calgary on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at The Race City Speedway.

Alexisonfire Moshpit, Warped Tour, Calgary 2006 - Photo by dristis-mudra

Alexisonfire Moshpit, Warped Tour, Calgary 2006 - Photo by dristis-mudra

For those who are unaware, Warped Tour or Vans Warped Tour began in 1994 as a showcase for Punk Rock  and Third Wave Ska music. More recently; however, it has begun incorporating different types of genres, including electronica, post-hardcore, metalcore and Christian rock, though punk rock bands still regularly play on the tour.

Along with featuring over 100 bands, the tour will host many more popular bands on the main stage, including Bad Religion, NoFX, Anti-Flag, Flogging Molly, The Bouncing Souls, Underoath, and much more. The tour will also offer half pipes for skaters and bikers (a tribute to the connection between punk and skate),  merchandise booths for most of the bands that perform, independent magazines and non-profit organizations/sponsors offering their wares. It is not unusual to see band members at their merchandise booths before and after their performances to meet fans.

Beginning in 2006, Warped Tour has been committed to the Warped Eco Initiative. The cross-country tour buses now use Bio-diesel fuel, which reduces petroleum usage by 30%. One stage is entirely run on solar power. Catering now uses washable dishes as opposed to disposable dishes. And the packaging used is made from compostable corn and potato-starch.

Tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster. Check it out!

Warped Tour
Warped Tour in Calgary page
SoundProof Magazine’s 2008 Warped Tour Calgary coverage
dristis-mudra’s 2006 Warped Tour Calgary photostreak on Flickr

*UPDATE: It worked! There is now a Medicine Hat network, update your profile!*

It’s been several years since I’ve lived in Medicine Hat and several years since I’ve been on Facebook, yet there is still no Medicine Hat network on Facebook – forcing people to use Calgary as their main network. Funnily enough though, there is a Medicine Hat College network where students can register to if they are a student or former student.

Through what I have been able to find out so many people have to hit “suggest a network” (anywhere from 10 to 25 people from what I’ve seen) and submit it for Facebook to create the network. But that seems like it would have already happened by now? There is even a group called “Hey Facebook. Make Medicine Hat a Network“.

Let’s try to get the ball rolling here, everybody go here and fill out the form: Suggest a New Network.

EverythingEco Logo

EverythingEco Logo

EverythingEco is no longer Medicine Hat based – they now are based out of Calgary; however, that shouldn’t stop locals from ordering from the site.

EverythingEco is a Medicine Hat based shopping website dedicated to selling environmentally friendly items. They have a large variety of manufacturers and items. You can shop for anything from sweet recycle-made handbags to natural cleaning and body products. I’m a big fan of the Haversack bags made from recycled inner bike tubes and seat-belts.

Stephen & Kim Platt are two dedicated eco-friendly people that manage and stock the site personally. They even write some articles and eco-friendly tips on the site from time to time. The best part about EverythingEco is they deliver within the Medicine Hat area for free!

I think the site and service is a really good idea, especially here in Medicine Hat since there isn’t many stores like this in Medicine Hat. I think a lot of people in Medicine Hat are too traditional and behind in the times in terms of internet and internet-based purchases. Hopefully more online stores like this start popping up in Medicine Hat so people will begin to come to embrace the internet and home/community/personal/local businesses like EverythingEco.

My Favourite - The Haversack Bag (Photo by Stephen Platt)

My Favourite - The Haversack Bag (Photo by Stephen Platt)

More on this subject can be found at:

Everyone in Medicine Hat and across the Canadian Prairies has heard of Jeremy Steinke and the Richardson Family. Indeed, news of their actions reached far across the nation as the daughter of the Richardson family became the youngest person ever charged with a multiple murder in Canadian history.

In a brief synopsis, the two allegedly met at a punk rock show in 2006 and for the next while they began communicating on social networking sites such as Nexopia. During their courtship, Richardson’s parents grounded her from seeing Jeremy due to the massive age difference. The eventual outcome was a triple murder of the family by Steinke and in part by Richardson. Shortly after, the two fled to Leader, Saskatchewan, where they were at length arrested.

On July 9, 2007, Richardson was found guilty of three counts of first degree murder and on November 8, 2007, she was sentence to ten years in prison, which was the maximum penalty a person under 14 years of age could receive, as well as four years in a psychiatric institution and four and a half years under conditional supervision in the community.

Steinke’s trial date was pushed back until November 14, 2008 and is taking place in Calgary. The jury was chosen in three hours of 6 men and 6 women, who were not allowed to research Steinke, Richardson, or their past history, although it seems unlikely that the jury, who are but a few hours down the road from Medicine Hat, would not already be well informed of the case.

More information about the history of the Richardson Family Murders can be found at:

Imagery from Front Row Flags.

Flogging Molly arrived, Dave King’s unmistakable Irish voice filled the venue and the crowd was on its toes.

Paddy’s Lament came from the stage, a song from Flogging Molly’s new album – ‘Float’ and the crowd dived in and immersed themselves in the Irish punk rock. The 7-piece band busted out about 25 songs from their just over a decade long repertoire including older favourites: Salty Dog, Drunken Lullabies, Seven Deadly Sins, and many songs from their new album including Requiem For A Dying Song, Float, Lightning Storm, and others. Flogging Molly proved there is no rival, accompanied by Dave King putting down his guitar and dancing around on stage and his newly wedded bride and fellow band member, Bridget Regan, sawing on her violin. The rest of the band performed a myriad of banjo solos, accordion solos, mandolin solos and many other seemingly obscure instruments that ten years ago, would have been unfamiliar to the punk going community, but now are beloved by them.

The crowd managed to pull Flogging Molly back out for an encore which they were more than thrilled to perform and after an hour and a half, the show had came to an end, leaving the crowd well pleased and cheering.

Tim Armstrong stepped onto the stage and the crowd nearest to the stage raved. Like lightning, more people looked to the stage and realized the band was coming out, ran as one from the back of the complex to get as close as they could. The first hi-hat hit was struck and the accompanying guitar strummed as Tim Armstrong spoke the familiar words “Never fell in love, till I fell in love with you…” and a circle pit erupted instantly, some 400-500 punks strong.

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The band surprisingly and unsurprisingly rocked out for over an hour. Surprising on one hand that to the contrary of what many older non-punks say such things like the old school bands being passed their time and should quit, but unsurprising (and almost expected) at the size of the crowds these older and legendary bands draw, and the energy and love for the music they play. It was not a surprise at all to see 40-50 year olds in the crowd, on the edge of the pit with foggy glasses as they danced to one of the bands they grew up with.

Rancid rocked out such familiar songs as Radio, Fall Back Down, The Wars End, Nihilism, Gunshot, Time Bomb, Bloodclot, Antennas, and a myriad of others.

Image from AxYoung at

Image from AxYoung at

D.O.A. is back! Well, they never really ‘left’ in the first place. Since 1978 they have hardcore punk rocked their way all around the world, and now, 30 years later, they were back in Calgary for their 30th year anniversary tour and opening for fellow legends, Rancid.

Image by Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense.

Image by Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense

D.O.A. kicked their set off with both energy and ferocity, circle pits of recklessness quickly ensued in front of the stage as the band performed such songs as Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Enemy, and much to the dismay of the half dozen police officers walking around searching vainly and unsuccessfully for possession of drugs, Police Brutality and Marijuana Motherfucker.

With Joey Shithead bobbing his head and kicking as he skillfully played his guitar, Dan Yaremko jamming out on his bass, and new band arrival, James Hayden, keeping the hardcore rock beat going, D.O.A. was welcomed back to Calgary by the estimated 2500 punks with open arms.



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