Local Library Launch

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Join CJSW and The Calgary Public Library at the Memorial Park Library to celebrate the launch of the Calgary Local Music Library with performances by local favourites Laura Leif, Art Bergmann, Monty, and other special guests. Come by for some snacks, a chance to browse the collection, and check out some CDs with your free library card!

Depending on the weather, the show will take place:
SHINE: Outside, on the west side of the Memorial Park library
RAIN: The basement of the Memorial Park library

Art Bergmann

“Art Bergmann’s long musical career started in 1977 with the Schmorgs in Vancouver, Canada. The K-Tels followed, and, after changing names to the Young Canadians, the band released two EPs, Hawaii and This Is My Life. In the mid-’80s, he appeared with Los Popularos and Poisoned. Bergmann signed with Duke Street in 1988 for a solo career; the debut album, Crawl with Me, included his backup band the Showdogs: Susann Richter, Taylor Nelson Little and Ray Fulber. Sexual Roulette was released in 1989 and a self-titled third album appeared in 1991.”

L.T. Leif (Laura Leif)

A dog chasing the sun! L.T. Leif stays wise, wild, wide. This is lo-fi freak folk written by mystic creatures and listened to floating on our backs in cool water. Features deep drones, tender strings, synth lines noisy and catching, and a voice that’s pure, transparent warmth.

L.T.Leif is based out of Calgary, Alberta. She has found many admirers, from K Records maestro Calvin Johnson, who hand-picked her for a compilation presented by The Believer Magazine, to Canadian indie veteran Woodpigeon, who recruited her for the international pop collaboration Embassylights. Past bands include The Consonant C, HexRay, and OK JAZZ.


“Monty (as he’s known to friends and admirers the world over) has been gaining notoriety for his new group Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong), a Talking-Heads-by-way-of-This-Heat-and-the-Velvet-Underground post-punk combo whose ripper of a debut album is due out next year on Jagjaguwar Records. Monty presents two live sets, recorded at Weeds Cafe in Calgary, Alberta, performed on his six-string Fender Bass VI quasi-replica, before it was rudely stolen from his studio in Mount Pleasant.

Munro’s solo sets don’t have any clear touchstones for reference, which is fitting, as even though he’s played countless hours of improvised music, occasionally in the company of some true stars of the form, he is by no means a “nerd” for the genre. The guitar/bass is at times heavily processed and bears little resemblance to its six-string essence, a disfigurement that is compounded by preparations and consumer-electronics enhancements. After many years of witnessing and documenting his supple collaborative abilities, Bug Incision is proud to present his debut solo album.”- Bug Incision

CJSW 90.9 FM and Calgary Public Library have been working together to curate a collection of local Calgary music spanning the past 30 years up to the present day. This collection will be part of the Calgary Public Library’s permanent collection. It will tour 8 branches of The Calgary Library in a special display cart, with a concert launch event at each branch.

A tribute to the rich history of music in Calgary, The Calgary Local Music library aims to celebrate the artistry of local musicians in every genre. Seasoned listeners can explore nostalgic releases, and new listeners will be introduced to the rich, interwoven community of musicians in Calgary. Memorial Park will be the first branch to host the collection; we’re going to kick it off with an extra-special party.

A big thanks to Calgary Foundation for providing funding this project.