A windigo, by definition, is a spine-chilling monster of the flesh-eating cannibal variety. Whereas the scariest thing about the Calgary version of Windigo is how seamlessly they shapeshift between indie-rock, psychedelia, jazz, funk and grunge. Their live shows have been called “ruthlessly entertaining.”
Transit22 is an Independent Music Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper, a Calgary poet laureate finalist and a winner of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.
Dragon Fli Empire
It was a song in 2002 about a bus route that brought Calgary hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire out of the basement and into the limelight. Now a decade post-"Mount Pleasant", they have become a leading force in the city's hip hop scene, from opening for names like De La Soul, The Roots, Public Enemy and Mos Def to performing at festivals like the Calgary Folk Fest, Sled Island, Warped Tour, Shambhala and Rock the Bells.
They were nominated for Best Hip Hop Album at the 2009 Western Canadian Music
Walkalone started in 2015 when members of now defunct Calgary folk punk band Workhorse joined forces with Dusty Hopfauf. After recording their debut album, "Lucky Lullaby", Ryan Kusz of Birdman Studios (who recorded the album) joined on guitar. What results is a fun and unique punk cocktail.
The Corey Hotline
The Corey Hotline is going to teach you how to love again. Whether it be yourself, someone else, or no one at all; these guys are experts.
A band that's based in authenticity, frivolity and cardio, The Corey Hotline pranced onto the Calgary music scene with the intention of making friends and not winning anything, ever. Their music is influenced by inanimate objects such as temporary glitter tattoos and stolen bowling shoes.
Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They have released eight solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres over the past twelve years and have toured across Canada and internationally.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids
One of the most anticipated acts for the East Town Get Down comes in the form of the Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Based in Vancouver, BC, but hailing from “the Rez in Kitamaat Village” in Haisla Nation, the hip hop duo brings forth their Indigenous heritage in their music, promoting and facilitating themes of identity, resistance, and politics in a brand new wave of rap that has been taking Canada by storm.
Imagine “Jaws” was not a movie for a second, and instead a hardcore punk rock band hailing from High River. In every sense, that is the recipe for Shark Weak, whose main aim is to take a bite out of your ear drums while mixing their own special blend of humour (any band that is able to make lots of noise and throw in an Austin Powers reference into their music is a-okay in my books).
Marcus Trummer is a Calgary-born 16 year old singer, guitarist and songwriter. His brand of riff-driven guitar combined with soulful vocals is rooted in a southern, blues-rock sound. He is backed by his band made up of his brother Silas Trummer on drums, Linden Conroy on guitar, and Ben Renert on bass.
Scratch Buffalo walk the razor-thin edge between spontaneous and rehearsed, desperate and confident, heartbroken and invincible. Garage, punk, and surf collide with bizarre imagery and confessional songwriting - imagine Elliott Smith writing with Beck.The result is perfect for fans of the graveyard vibe of Dead Moon, and the midnight cool of the Rolling Stones when they were at their scrappiest.
Ride The Sky
Ride The Sky are artists/musicians that create artistic projects together; albums, performances, and visual arts. Often these projects are narrative or story based with complex themes. Musically a mix of genres like; progressive, psychedelic, funk, reggae, ska, folk, blues, bluegrass, punk, metal, soundscape, and classic rock.
Meet IRON TUSK, a band whose Dark Spirit roams the Northern Wastelands like the proverbial wendigo. Crashers of couches and cultural barriers, drummer/vocalist Carlin Black Rabbit, guitarist/vocalist Ty Maguire and lead howler/bassist Buddy Wolfleg aren’t just children of the Siksika Nation, AB, they are authors of their own destinies and purveyors of hard rocking rhythms with a restless prairie-punk soul that burns like sweetgrass.
Lyrique & The Honour Roll
Lyrique (pronounced Ly•ric) is an immigrant to Canada from the Philippines who uses music mainly hip hop to express himself and connect with others. With a strong focus on lyricism with out forgetting the value of flow, Lyrique has become a staple in the Calgary hip-hop scene. Whether performing with a DJ, his band The Honor Roll. Or whether in acoustic duets and trios he is consistently challenging himself as a musician and person to grow.
Sweaty palms and beat red bliss, broken strings with an electric kiss. Fronted by brothers Dylan and Steven Evanik, Crooked Spies spans the entire spectrum of rock n' roll. Influenced heavily by the garage rock revival they adhere to a passion vs. fashion approach to the art form.
When you think of a large punk band, do you think of four members? Maybe five? Well, Klusterfunk has 11, and they are going to bring the good times right to your face. Mixing ska, punk rock, hip hop, and a whole lot of energy, Klusterfunk is making a name for themselves as one of the most electrifying acts, not only in their hometown of Edmonton, but in Alberta as a whole. Klusterfunk tore up the stage at Punk Rock Bowling and is ready to light it up again at the East Town Get Down.
The Nirvana comparison is appropriate throughout the writing. In the noisier moments there are hints of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, and the melodies are reminiscent of Lou Barlow's best moments with Sebadoh.
They call it "Dadcore", though they are slightly older family men, these Calgary guys haven't lost their sneer, swagger, and aggression as they blaze through their mix of classic 70s English punk and early 80s American hardcore. The Foul English's strong songwriting tells the tales of four Dads who refuse to let age or fatherhood slow them down, in a way that all "Rippers", young and old, can relate.
Kate is an 18 year-old merging artist who has been immersed in music her entire life. While scavenging through a garage sale, she found a used ukulele - a tool that shaped her musical journey over the past 6 years. She thrives as a live entertainer and has the ability to captivate audiences of all ages and demographics and draw them into her introspective lyrics. Kate’s moving vocals bring clout to her eclectic mix of emotive folk and soulful pop.
Punk Rock Party Machines from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
It’s no understatement to say that Holly Clark is one of the hardest working musicians in Calgary. Bringing her own special brand of grunge-era alt rock flair to her singing and songwriting, she has been able to not only keep up with her own solo material but also front bands Raspberry Jam and Lashes. Her energy and talent has led her to some of the most popular venues in the city, including regular appearances at Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ at Broken City in all three of her acts.
Heart’s Content, based out of Medicine Hat, blends captivating melodic guitar work with traditional post-hardcore overtones, all of which is topped by passionate hardcore punk vocals. Currently configured as a three-piece, Heart’s Content’s heavy yet dynamic sound hits close to home while sustaining the energy necessary to keep you moving.
Forbidden Dimension has been performing their weird brand of garage rock in a gruesome and terrifying vein since 1988. They are currently at work on their 9th album to be released this fall.
Cartel Madras is a radical hiphop duo out to disrupt an industry. Contra and Eboshi are female rappers hailing from South India who are making an impact in hiphop by taking familiar and comfortable narratives and destroying them. Their sound fuses the stylings of Dirty South rap, house and trap to bring a depth, lyricism, and an uncompromising turnt up energy to the party. Their mixtape will be dropping in April 2018.
Class of '93
Class of ‘93 is a loud and proud, in your face no bullshit hardcore punk band. BEER, BABES, BUDS LET’S GO!
What’s a music festival without some riff-heavy good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll? With the help of their groovy beats and impressive vocal harmonization, Bazaraba has made a name for themselves in the Alberta rock scene by playing some of the most popular festivals of the past few years, including Siksika’s Moments Fest, Distortion Live Music Venue’s 420 Music and Arts Festival, and Vantopia.
Making her way from the bush of Northern Alberta, Bebe Buckskin, a Nêhiyaw singer song writer and matriarch, cultivates a delightful fusion of rhythm & blues, classic rock, and soulful roots that warm the hearts of all who blessed to hear her perform. She is the power through song we’ve all been waiting for.
Bella White is a Calgary based folk singer and songwriter. Having grown up around bluegrass and old-time music it was very clear to her at a young age that she wanted to play music. She now has cultivated a folk sound with influences from country, bluegrass, old time, and alternative music.
Calgary, Canada's anti-racist street punk-rock'n'roll-oi-a-billy-bluescore heroes. The Borderguards make hard hitting and fast working class music with heavy country, rockabilly and blues influence. They sing songs about the world we live in, love, the streets, loss, war, friendship-comradery and the good old glory days to name just a few. The band got their name from the song of the same title by Sunderland, UK’s infamous street rock outfit Red Alert.