Daily Update

As you’re likely aware, I started helping out with The Question community back in September 2015. We’ve been on hiatus during the summer, but community gatherings will be resuming in September. In addition to being an opportunity for me to put many of my talents to use, it has also connected me with some really great people.

You may have also heard me talking about Deanne Matley’s Listening Room series. I had her write a post for The Music Entrepreneur.

In the last two to three months, I’ve been connecting with both Deanne and The Question founder Frederick Tamagi to discuss the future of Listening Room YYC.

We’ve done a bit of re-tooling, but we’re moving forward with the project, and have scheduled eight monthly events at Café Blanca and Red Bush Tea & Coffee Co. starting in September. You can check out the website and our Facebook page if you’d like to learn more.

We’re really looking forward to presenting the new The Circle and The Classics formats. The Circle will feature emerging songwriters in a unique songwriter circle, and The Classics will feature jazz vocalists performing tunes inspired by the likes of Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, and others.

With your help, we believe we can get the word out about the new community. If you would be willing to share our events on your Facebook profile, we’d be very grateful. You can find the events on our Facebook page. I am scheduled to perform at the September and October The Circle events, which I’m looking forward to.

In addition, Long Jon Lev is scheduled to perform at John Dutton Theatre (in Calgary Public Library) on September 9. We’re celebrating all kinds of birthdays and reunions and who knows what else. We’d love to see you there as well.

September is shaping up to be an exciting time. I look forward to seeing you, and on behalf of everyone involved, know that we really appreciate your support and help in sharing these upcoming events.

Hey, gang! I wanted to let you know about a special performance I have coming up with Jonathan Ferguson aka Long Jon Lev.

Deanne Matley is hosting “The Listening Room” series over at Café Blanca, and Jonathan and I will be performing on February 17, 2016.

Now you may be wondering, “what’s so special about that”?

Well, The Listening Room is a performance in which the audience is there to listen, much the same way a house concert works.

This is a one-of-a-kind series here in Calgary, Alberta, and it’s sure to be an experience unlike any you’ve had in a while.

So, if you’d like to be a part of this intimate concert experience, you’ll want to get your tickets early. Seating is limited to 50.

Doors are at 6 PM, and the show goes from 7 PM to 9 PM.

You can also click on the image below to learn about more upcoming shows.

We’ll see you there!

Deanne Matley Music Presents The Listening Room Series

You may have noticed an upcoming show on my calendar with the band, Long Jon Lev, on November 27.

Well, this is no ordinary “show”. First of all, it is being held at a beautiful church (see below):

The Lantern Community Church

Second of all, there will be 10 Calgary music luminaries performing together. Yes, Long Jon Lev, at least on this occasion, will be a 10-piece band (seven members pictured below)!

Long Jon Lev - 10 Piece Band

The band is comprised of:

  • Jonathan Ferguson – Reluctant Showboat
  • David Andrew Wiebe (yeah, yeah, that’s me) – Master of Zen
  • Eugene Kirton – Straight-Shooting Sage
  • Emma Rouleau – Confident Storyteller
  • Joanna Drummond – Carefully Precise Mountain Peaker
  • Harry Faunt – Time (Signature Traveler)
  • Mercy Lemola – Quietly Intense Peace Provoker
  • Nikki Romeril – Witty Truth Teller
  • Ben Comeau – Humble Wizard
  • Mike Jones – Patiently Energetic, Casually Cool Cat

Yes, those are the instruments we’ll be playing.

Third of all, this is the official release of Long Jon Lev’s Telltale Heart, an album I had the pleasure of playing way too many guitars on (Strats, Teles, Gibsons, hollow bodies, lap slides, etc.).

Jonathan Ferguson - Telltale Heart

I’ve listened to the album a lot (does that make me weird?), and yes, I am very biased, but I happen to think it’s the best project I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of so far.

And did I mention that the tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 at the door? It’s a steal of a deal either way.

And you thought this was going to be “no big deal” right? No way, dude!

So what are you waiting for? If you live in and around Calgary, go get your tickets right away.