One thing that has always seemed to be lacking in Medicine Hat is good live music. Ok, maybe it's not that it's lacking, it's that no one seems to know when and where people are performing. Trying to keep on top of the local music scene could very possibly be a full-time job. There doesn't seem to be one local clearinghouse for all the upcoming events and/or bands coming through the city. If you don't know where to look, you could miss out on your next favourite artist.
My taste runs to singer/songwriter indie folk music and I was fortunate enough to attend the Zaac Pick & JJ Shiplett concert at Inspire Cafe on Tuesday night. In case you didn't know, Zaac Pick is originally from Medicine Hat. His music was fantastic, as was JJ's. Hopefully they will both be performing again sometime soon in the Hat. I only found out about this event because I get an email newsletter from Maureen Newton who operates Inspire Cafe, which told about the event.
It sometimes feels like Canadian bands drive right through Medicine Hat from Regina to Lethbridge or Calgary without even considering stopping. Case in point, Hey Ocean! is performing in a 100 seat pizza place in Lethbridge on October 31 during their cross Canada tour. I'm sure we could've filled 100 seats with Hey Ocean! fans here in Medicine Hat, couldn't we have?
I would love it if Dan Mangan, Kathleen Edwards, Mother Mother or Hey Ocean! would stop in Medicine Hat on their next Canadian tours before they become so huge that they won't even consider our smaller venues.
Another thing that I've noticed is that some local organizations use Twitter or Facebook to advertise their upcoming events, but if you aren't using that form of social media, you won't know about the event. Some events can be found by using the links on the right side of this blog under the "Medicine Hat Links", but for the sake of keeping everything together in one place, I'll list them here as well.
The Esplanade Theatre
Medicine Hat Folk Music Club
3rd ST effort
Medicine Hat Live Indy Music (Facebook group)
Medicine Hat's Singer Songwriter Night (Facebook page)
Whiskey Creek Pub (Facebook page)
As well as the Medicine Hat Media, Hatlife, Tourism Medicine Hat and Around Town Newsletter sites.
UPDATE - The Medicine Hat News has a calendar midway down on the left hand side of their website that gives information about local events and shows.
Please, please, please, if you know of any other websites that list upcoming concerts/events let me know and I'll add it here.