For Calgary singer-songwriter/local treasure Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, there is no such thing as a small show. His gigs are events, and the bigger the better. They can involve strings, horns and more musicians than should be squeezed on a stage, along with dancers, artists and the occasional spin class, all unified by his pop-drenched music. As he said in a recent love letter to Calgary penned for the Huffington Post, “our show is all about singing and playing fun songs loudly,” a mantra his fiercely loyal and growing legions of fans wholeheartedly get behind. MBF’s songs burst at the seams with honest, longing-filled lyrics, rich melodies, a relentless percussive drive and accessible hooks, all delivered with his infectiously sunny disposition and smooth vocals. As a touring troubadour, he drops the monster productions for a more manageable quartet that enhances his heartwarming brand of acoustic/funk/soul.
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About Charlotte Cornfield · Toronto, ON
Charlotte Cornfield’s unpretentiously delivered, well-crafted songs lovingly, equally embrace both heartache and happiness. Unlike some songwriters who are happy to set music to pages taken out of their “songs in the key of me” journals, Cornfield is a meticulous wordsmith and multi-instrumental composer who unearths the universal in the deeply personal, all without being maudlin or cliché. Love and loneliness live side-by-side in Cornfield’s world where she navigates Jenga inukshuks and time bombs in search of a warm bed to cradle a bad back. Weak in the knees when a silver Civic goes by, breaking up, waking up crying and rolling out of bed never sounded so comforting. And it’s true: Crosby, Stills and Nash were nothing without Young.