It was about 7 years ago that I first discovered the amazing music of singer/song writer Craig Cardiff. He has pretty much been my favorite musician ever since the first time I saw him perform live, and in the last 7 years I’ve probably been to at least 15 of his shows. I even flew from Fort McMurray to Edmonton in my Aircoupe once just to catch his show at the UofA. But no matter how many times I hear him play the same songs they never get old. Each show has a completely new ambiance and life of its own, and each performance has a different sound with different stories and jokes between the songs.
Two years ago Craig did a tour across Canada and played a few shows in Alberta, including some smaller communities and ski towns, and when he ended up with an open night between shows I offered to help organize a show in Ponoka. It was a huge success. Since it wasn’t easy to find an opening band in Ponoka I ended up performing with my friends Laura and Lauren. What an amazing experience getting to open for your favorite artist! We also combined the musical entertainment with an environmental discussion following Craig’s set. We passed around a mic and had people of all ages talk about sustainability, community, eating and shopping locally. And a guy I barely knew at the time, who is now my brother-in-law, Logan Wray, gave a presentation about a really cool sounding company called FarmOn.com! Go figure. Only 1 year later I was engaged to Logan’s wife’s sister, one of the other partners of FarmOn.com and I was also quitting my aerospace engineering job to work for FarmOn myself and move back to Alberta with Kelly. What a crazy year 2009 was.
It turns out that helping Craig organize a show in small town Alberta wasn’t just a once in a lifetime opportunity though, because he’s coming back! When I saw he was planning some dates for shows in Edmonton and Calgary I immediately messaged him on Facebook to say that we’d love to have him back in either Ponoka or Bashaw, the town where Kelly and I live now. Craig agreed to the idea and will be playing at the Bashaw United Church on Wed, March 3rd. This time the opening act will be Kelly’s cousin, the amazingly talented singer/song writer Ty Wilson. Both artists are well worth the drive and the $15 for a ticket, so put it on your calendar, and tell your friends.
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