September 2011

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Tyler Gilbert Musical Voyage By Susan Hagens

Susan Roen

Tyler Gilbert’s new single “Break Free” is about standing up for what you believe in. “This song is from the point of view of a musician,” Gilbert said. “Being pressured to get a real job, but sticking to your guns and doing what you want to do.” Gilbert has recently signed his first big distribution deal with HMV for his CD “Tyler’s World.” When asked who he likens himself to, his reply was Dallas Green from the band City and Colour. If you’d like to help Gilbert on his way to musical success, he returns to Thunder Bay and plays September 8th at Black Pirates Pub.

Stephan Hoglun

The music of Tyler Gilbert could be heard coming from Calico Coffee House on Tuesday August 9th. The clear crisp cords, combined with thoughtful lyrics, created a relaxing folk/ rock mix. The harmonica was pulled out for “To My Roots” and it spoke of a grand voyage, similar to the voyage that Gilbert has taken on this tour, going all the way from Regina to Montreal with fellow musician TB Judd.

Radio Waves Music Festival Sweet Sounds at Sweetheart’s Bluff By Rebekah Skochinski

Mandy Zawacki

Experiencing live music in an outdoor setting is one of those good things of which you can never get too much. On September 10 and 11, you can bid farewell to summer (or celebrate its final days) with a two-day, jam-packed musical festival just south of the border. The Radio Waves Music Festival in Grand Marais features a line-up of North Shore musicians that stretches its musical fingers to cover every genre from rock, folk, jazz, swing, and country. In addition to the non-stop music, there is an open-mic for musicians to take the stage and a dance floor for when the music moves you. Drive down for the day, or take advantage of the on-site camping and make it a full weekend.

Women in Music Summer in the Parks By Susan Hagens

A lone kite flew high overhead the musicians at Marina Park for the Women in Music night, sponsored by OLG. A crowd of 500 quickly grew to a crowd of what seemed near 1000 people. Ti Amo started off the night with a nice blend of upbeat covers, and a small crowd of dancers showed their appreciation for their songs. During intermission, brought by The World Dance Centre, Dahab wowed the crowd with her fast rhythmic dance moves. Her bright costume and belly dancing moves can be seen again on September 27th at the Finlandia Club. Outside the Lines took the stage next and “won an award” for being the first musicians to play with a washboard. They had a nice combination of guitar, vocals and drums, singing mainly originals. The last band to play was the blues band The Chain, providing toetapping rhythms and some great keyboard solos, the powerful voice of singer Chrissy Ewacha Klaas leaving us wanting more. From kids, to teenagers, to parents, to seniors, everyone enjoyed the musical stylings of the three great bands that took the stage for this Wednesday night tradition that so many families call their own.

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Music for the Masses IV 35 Performers + Five Venues By Tracy Sadgrove

Since its inception in 2008, Music for the Masses has been a staple in the local music lover’s diet. The festival was the brainchild of Franz Masini, who still organizes and manages the event. The concept was to have one festival that catered to all genres and would provide something for everyone. In the last four years, MFTM has grown so much in popularity that it can no longer be a one-venue show. This year promises to be the biggest yet, boasting 35 performers at five different venues. Catch diverse acts like Sunday Wilde (blues), Trevor Potts (folk), Norris (metal), Robin Ranger (jazz), The Married Singlemen (funk/rock/ska), DJ Love, Dirtnap (hip hop), and more. Sponsored by LUSU, TBShows, and L.U. Radio, shows are 19+ and take place Friday Sept. 23, 8:45 pm – 2:00 am. $10 admission gets you into all five venues at Black Pirates Pub, Crocks, Kilroys, Sovereign Room and Jacks. The Walleye