Thank you to Karl Heinz-Kreis and Caroline Connolly for the use of their photos of Kris & the band on this site!
The Crack BandChantal Vitalis is one of those rare guitar players that has created her own style and sound, and she never stops trying new instruments and technologies (she's learning pedal steel and theremin as we speak). She's also one of my favourite songwriters, and you can hear her music on her solo release 'Today's Special', and with her wickedly fun retro pop band, The Lovebullies.
Diane Kooch is the bass player in Calgary all other bass players worship. Her playing is fluid and thoughtful and also has big balls. She's been with the Crack Band for ten years and has also played with Same Difference and Maud (along with Chantal), Tariq and Seanachie, and spoken word artist Shawna Dempsey.
Peter Moller is a ferocious rock and roll drummer, a great songwriter and improviser, and the most sought after sound designer for theatre in the country. Check out his CD The Shrine of Impossible Love, and the improv collective he often performs with, Bug Incision.
Sublime, spooky, beautiful songs from Winnipeg band.
Queen of the hootenany! A bundle of fun, and also very smart and insightful
One of the few truly adventurous writers and musicians around. Makes you feel like a third grader banging out Three Blind Mice on a xylophone.
Klezmer/punk accordianist and singer from Vancouver. Pretty much my favourite songwriter.
She is a master tunesmith with an unbelievable canon of songs.
He writes, he plays, her records, he mixes, he masters, he cooks. See Brock for all your arts needs.
Hypnotic songs delivered by an angel voiced, pink haired chanteuse.
Iain Campbell Smith
Bold and brilliant songs by a very good tennis player. From Australia, now living in Washington.
Alternately cheeky and emotionally raw songs from Melbourne/London/Toronto- Em gets around.
Kim Barlow is a Whitehorse artist who writes perfect songs about loss and longing, joy and wonder. They are heartfelt but never trite, and musically too complex for me to figure out most the time. Check out Lucky Burden, stories from Keno City, Yukon.
Calgary Folk Festival
One Yellow Rabbit
LiteratureKersten Flenter, Thorsten Nesch
Kersten Flenter and Thorsten Nesch are two fine poet/writer/filmakers from Germany. I have run through forests with them.
Kersten Flenter (or here)
Other Wonderful ThingsTom Flemons