Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Alex Cuba Kicks Off 08/09 GRAND Independent Music Series

GRAND Independent Music Series
& Tooth Blackner Present

Alex Cuba with Guests

Saturday, Oct. 4, 20008

Tickets will be available on Friday, September 5, 2008 $24.00

Singer-songwriter Alex*Cuba hails from Artemsia, Cuba and currently resides in Smithers, B.C. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of Cuban music. Alex is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey.

In 2006, his debut solo CD earned him a Juno award for World Music Album. His second album “Auga Del Pozo” was released in February 2007 and earned Alex his second Juno award in the same category.


About the GRAND Independent Music Series
Theatre Junction GRAND is excited to welcome more emerging and breakthrough Canadian artists. Focusing on independent performers which share our Do-It-Yourself attitude and featuring an eclectic body of music styles, The GRAND Independent Music Series enters its 3rd season to strong anticipation. The series highlights up and coming artists achieving success without compromise. Those who forge a path of independence, allowing them to flourish distinctively, earn recognition on its own musical merits and avoid all attempts at music industry categorization. The 07/08 series featured sold out concerts by Kathleen Edwards, Patrick Watson, and Chad Van Gaalen. On October 4, 2008 award winning world music artist Alex Cuba, will open this season’s series.

Enjoy music that determines its own destiny!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What's Next...

The federal Tories have made a decision to cut funding for the Canadian Heritage PromArt Program that provides travel grants for artists to travel abroad to promote Canadian culture. The reason is that some grant recipients are considered by government to be "radical, left-wing, anti-globalization". They also cite an experimental rock band "Holy F___" as a fringe alternative group that taxpayers should not be funding.

A recent poll at the Globe and Mail asked Canadians to respond to whether they support the federal government's recent decision to slash funding available through Canadian Heritage to artists working abroad.

Final Results -- more than 50% of responders said they do agree with the cut in funding. Wow!

CLICK HERE to see the final results.