What’s your favourite Calgary song? That’s the question local musician Kenna Burima and Arif Ansari of the Calgary Cassette Preservation Society asked the public as they curated a playlist of 30 songs written by Calgary musicians over the last 30 years. The retrospective playlist is part of the Calgary Songs Project: 30 Songs Celebrating 30 Years — a tribute to the city’s musical history that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the High Performance Rodeo, which runs until January 31.
The playlist, meant to capture the essence of the city, was carved down to 30 from nearly 300 submissions and spans all types of genres. The final list was revealed on the opening night of the rodeo, with a medley of the songs performed by Burima on the Calgary Tower’s carillon bells. The music will be playing from the Calgary Tower and throughout downtown for all the month of January and a variety of Calgary bands, including Napalmpom and Tom Phillips, will perform covers of the songs at a concert at the Royal Canadian Legion #1 on January 15.
The High Performance Rodeo is Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts and the largest event of its kind in Western Canada. Running for four weeks in January, it includes a wide range of artistic disciplines including theatre, music, dance, and comedy, with award-winning performances from local, national, and international performers.
The full playlist from the Calgary Songs Project: