On the move
Slowburn is one of those bands that never slows down, onstage or off. And they are just ramping up the energy.
The foursome, with Kyler Schogen (vocals/lead guitar), Todd Colbourne (vocals/keyboard/harmonica), Jordan Dempster (drums) and Phil Wilson-Birks (bass) are letting loose with their special brand of blues this coming Friday and Saturday at O’Maille’s Pub.
Band spokesperson Phil Wilson-Birks says they’re mixing covers with originals, and they’ll be pulling out all the stops with tunes such as the Latin flavoured Sometimes You Gotta Try Harder or 909 Railway Avenue. “It has a roots, bluesy feel like riding a train,” says Wilson-Birks, describing the drum shuffle.
The St. Albert resident also mentioned that from July 17 to 26, the band is going on a six-city tour of B.C. and Alberta. The four-piece is stopping in at two premier blues venues — the Blue Grotto in Kamloops and Blue Gator in Kelowna.
“It’s going to be a busy 10 days. Kind of like a working holiday.”
The O’Maille’s gig starts at 9 p.m. O’Maille’s is at 398 St. Albert Trail. No cover.
St. Albert resident Ed Polanski lives a low-key life. But back in 1964, the cable TV pioneer founded Athabasca Clay Products, a company that produced about 150,000 wheel-turned and moulded items.
Both functional and decorative, the pottery commemorated Western Canadian designs such as the Rockies, whooping cranes, geese, bulrushes, Alberta’s wild rose and Haida totem poles. Although only in business for four years, it created a legacy that would have a significant cultural impact.
Conrad Biernacki of the Royal Ontario Museum and Marilyn Mol at the Alice Donahue Library and Archives have organized Athabasca Pottery “Discovery Day” on Sunday, June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Athabasca Seniors’ Centre, 4810 - 48 Street.
Due to illness, Polanski is unable to be present. However the public is encouraged to attend. For more information visit www.AthabascaClayProducts.ca