We arrived in the land of 5% GST the night before the show. Our host, Jeremiah McDade of The McDades was a wealth of information, explaining a bit about the history of the area (south-east-ish) and pointed us to a breakfast spot nearby that turned out to be a diner/deli counter in a grocery store. It was one of those small grocery stores with expensive imported pasta in brown paper packages, and 50 different kinds of mustard, but the breakfast was cheap and plentiful. It was the classic eggs & bacon breakfast with roasted baby potatoes and thick slices of toast. Everyone ate too much, but thankfully we had time for a mini nap before heading to our 2 pm live-to-air performance on CKUA. That night we played for the first time at a gem of a venue – The ARTery. Philippe welcomed us with hot tea and smiling hospitality. He recommended a nice Thai/Laotian restaurant mere steps from the venue. Mark got a big bowl of Tom Kha and split some large summer rolls with Pete. Stéphane and I each ordered spicy noodle dishes. (Stéphane has demonstrated an addiction to “the spicy stuff” and at every meal asks for the hottest condiment available in the restaurant). His dish was so spicy that he had to stop talking for a while, and mine made my lips feel like they were burning. It was heavenly!
The Edmonton crowd we played for that night was the best we’ve ever had. Thanks for coming out everyone, and we hope to be back soon!
This is a place where you’ll spend more money than you ever should on breakfast, but it’ll be worth it, and you’ll come back for more. They have a selection of bagels with a large variety of accompaniments – from chantrelles to caviar. They have eggs benedict galore. Some omelettes, and some yoghurt and fruit combinations, and every table is complete with a variety of jams and savoury sauces. However, we all went for the “classic breakfast” and then didn’t have to eat again until supper time in Calgary.
The new Festival Hall in Calgary is truly a treat to play in. It’s exposed wood beams and concrete floors have a simple beauty and elegance, and the facilities and staff are simply top-notch.
Some simple vietnamese fare near the hall that, if not memorable, was satisfactory and satiating. We are getting fonder and fonder of the Bros. Their warm hearts and stellar sounds are going to be missed when we part ways….
Don’t miss our last show together in Vancouver at the Biltmore Cabaret!