It is not often that you come across a modern shoemaker. And yet, as luck would have it, we have exactly that for you this weekend. Greg Morgan from Ryaton is an Edmonton based shoemaker extraordinaire.
He a charming and humble chap, and his shoes are beautiful and made to last a lifetime. His aesthetic and attention to detail with these creations will be a numberone stop at this upcoming event. We are honoured to have such a talent in the collective, and enjoyed our interview with Greg. We hope you do too.
Tell us a bit about your practice and how you got started with working with leather?
I am a one person operation, based out of a small workshop in my home. I began working with leather about 10 years ago while pursuing bookbinding and paper making as a possible career path. Shoemaking had also long been an interest of mine, as it shared a lot of the history and tradition of bookbinding, but with an added dimension – lots of old machinery!
Your practice and small business is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. What is it about this city that is beneficial for a creative maker, and what other cities would you like to explore.
There is a huge community of creative people here, such that you never have to go far to find help with what you’re doing. And people are keen to help you! It’s possible that Edmonton’s long-standing inferiority complex has resulted in a natural immunity to the “tall poppy syndrome” you can find elsewhere. (Or maybe I’m just too short to know any different?!?) That said, I’d love to take things all across the country, Tofino to St. John’s and everywhere in between. All in good time!
Making shoes is a very unique medium that has long history. As a craftsperson, how do you relate your present work to that of the past?
The shoes that I make and the process that I use would be instantly recognizable to a shoemaker from 150 years ago. The evolution of inexpensive, disposable footwear over the past 50 years has profoundly changed what a “shoe” is, but I think there’s still a place for things that wear in rather than wear out, things that can be repaired rather than tossed aside.
But it’s not solely about function. If you go even further back, say 200 years or more, shoemaking was as much about the art as it was about the practical aspects. You made your money as a shoemaker in those days not by turning out hundreds of pairs, but by creating something truly beautiful. This is the approach that I take as well – small quantities that really focus on theproportions, stitching detail, finish, etc.
Who are some designers and artists that inspire you in your practice?
I find the both the history and the commitment to excellence of companies like John Lobb and Edward Green particularly inspiring. Closer to home, I try to follow in the steps of brands like Andronyk Jewelry, Dion Guitars, Blue Collar Textiles, Last Shoes, and, a bit further away, the Cobra Rock Boot Company.
You have been chosen as the Market Collective Debut artist for our May 27-29 event. What are you most excited about joining the MC?
I regularly ship my products around the world, but I’ve never actually travelled anywhere with them, until now! Finger crossed, I’ll survive the trip and be able to come back again.
Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that sets you apart from others…also, how can people see more of your life and work online?
Weellllllll… I make shoes for a living, that’s pretty weird :D. My website, www.ryaton.com is under redevelopment at the moment, but it does link to all the social media that I do, my contact information, and my mailing list.
Friday, May 27 >>> Ryan Bourne <<< 8pm
Ryan Bourne is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work connects the dots between unabashed songcraft and the outer limits of psychedelic rock.
He usually performs with Eric Hamelin (Chad Van Gaalen, nomoreshapes) Steve Fletcher (Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Woodpigeon), and Ian Jarvis (Ghostkeeper, Chairs), and plays in Calgary bands Deadhorse and Extra Happy Ghost!!!. He has performed at Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion and Sled Island.
Ryan’s debut album, ‘Supermodern World Of Beauty’ is a psychedelic pop piece produced by Jay Crocker (Ghostkeeper, nomoreshapes) at Calgary-based Artunit Studios, released in Canada in May 2010 on Saved By Radio.
Friday, May 27 >>> Benjamin Longman <<< 7pm
Benjamin Longman is an English singer, songwriter and musician, now based in Calgary, AB. He began performing around London under various guises from the age of 16, and has shared stages with artists ranging from folk legend Martin Carthy and up-and-coming folk/pop duo Hudson Taylor, to contemporary pop songstresses Zara Kershaw and Kimberly Anne, as well as appearing on recordings by countless more.
In mid 2014 he began creating his debut EP, ‘The Ghost Months Vol. 1’. A completely solo production, recorded and mixed entirely on a Tascam 246 4-track cassette portastudio, the record was released on February 25th of 2015 to great local acclaim, after which he promptly fled the country for Canada, though not before heading back in the studio with producer/drummer/keyboardist Mike Malyan to work on the EP’s successor, featuring guest appearances by Martha Paton and Integra Strings.
Friday, May 27 >>> DJ Rusty Meeks (Frogfest) <<< 4-7pm
Rusty Meeks has been a familiar name in the Western Canadian DJ community for the better part of the last decade. As founder and co-owner of Substation Recordings (alongside Isis Graham/Esette) he has played a major part in exposing a talented class of Western Canadian house and techno producers to a global audience. The success of the label has opened the doors to several exciting opportunities recently including a weekly DJ residency in Calgary.
As a producer Rusty Meeks is well known for his quarkiness and use of unconventional sampling. From doorbells to airport announcements, his style is dark, weird, and dancefloor primed. His most recent album “Airplane Mode EP” (released on Substation Recordings in 2015) sailed up the Beatport top 100 techno charts and has been found in mixes and radio show playlists around the world.
Despite success as a label owner and producer, Rusty Meeks is best known and sought after for his energetic DJ sets, occasionally spanning multiple genres and even incorporating live instruments into his mixes. For his monthly residency “NOIR” at Habitat Living Sound in Calgary he is regularly accompanied by live saxophone and congas (Jared Andres & Juicy Jamey). Connecting with the crowd on the dancefloor is something Rusty does effortlessly making him an act not to miss.
Saturday, May 28 >>> DJ Kool Dreamz (Frogfest) <<< 10am-Noon
Saturday, May 28 >>> Tom Terrell <<< Noon
Tom Terrell navigates his way through folk & roots music freely, setting the mood for real life rambling, gambling and heartbreaking story tales. Terrell was born and bred on the west coast of Canada and migrated to Nova Scotia in 2009. Drawing from a deep well of timeless vintage and modern musical and lyrical styles and Influenced by songwriters like Tom Waits, John Prine, Greg Brown and composers such as Oscar Peterson and Beethoven, Terrell`s eclectic background produces a flavour all his own; Modern and nostalgic, refined yet organic, chaotic but soothing. When Terrell is not performing as a solo artist, you can catch him with acclaimed roots group, The Modern Grass. Since 2009 Terrell has recorded, produced, and written the bulk of songs for three award winning albums with The MG.
Saturday, May 28 >>> Shawn Petsche (Sled Island) <<< 1-3pm
With Shawn Petsche’s split life as Sled Island’s Festival Manager and clumsy guitar player for rock ‘n’ roll band Napalmpom, you might be expecting to hear nothing but Sled Island artists guitar soloing for hours. However, if his recent listening habits are any indication, there’s a very real chance Shawn will put Junglepussy on a continuous loop instead.
Saturday, May 28 >>> Twin Bandit <<< 3pm
“Jamie and Hannah, your two original duets were simply some of the sweetest, most lovely things I’ve ever heard, and I regret that my most prosaic of souls could not express that in any more meaningful way that evening. Brad…a man of far more poetic nature, described your songs as having left him tingling and aglow. I can’t remember the lyrics or the melodies of the music you offered, but I will never forget how it made me feel.” . -Jonathan Andrew Govias, Conductor
Saturday, May 28 >>> Kayla Morin (Sled Island) <<< 4-6pm
Kayla Morin coordinates Sled Island’s team of more than 400 volunteers. No big deal, right? Catch Kayla on Saturday afternoon spinning post-punk, rock ‘n’ roll and electro tunes from festival years past and present.
Sunday, May 29 >>> Jarrod Sterling <<< 10am-Noon
Sunday, May 29 >>> The Ashley Hundred (Frogfest) <<< Noon
The Ashley Hundred creates a rich and colourful palette of textures while surrounded on stage with a collection of instruments and effects. Reverb soaked guitars and layers of harmonies melt together in a thick cloud of atmosphere, while the banjo is given new life as it dances through an array of effects pedals and joins in the dense and lush soundscapes created by the band. Melodic bass lines often take the lead in the song, accompanied by crisp and thoughtful drumming. Failing to find inspiration by any single genre of music, The Ashley Hundred blends their favourite parts of folk, psych rock, hip hop and pop to create a unique explosion of sound, while not being afraid to let their roots show.
Since their formation in 2012, The Ashley Hundred has been constantly writing, stripping apart, and rewriting the songs of each of the band members. Continually growing as a band and as individual musicians. The bands first 2013 release, Postcards From The Moon, marked their firm arrival into the Calgary music scene, and brought them across the country on campus radio charts and on the stages from BC to Quebec. Soon after the release of their debut EP, Calgary veterans 36? approached the band to collaborate on a Split LP, which lead The Ashley Hundred to their first vinyl release, and first professionally produced music video made with funding from the Telus Storyhive grant. They are now working closely with Juno Award winning producer Josh Gwilliam, and engineer Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother, The New Pornographers) to create their first full-length album, which will be released in early 2017.
The Ashley Hundred is as comfortable playing songs mourning death, as they are playing songs that celebrate life and friendship. They are not interested in creating a single state of mind. Instead they wish to explore the entire range of human emotion. Playing back and fourth between a laid back sense of fun, and moments of inner reflection.
Sunday, May 29 >>> The Dearhearts <<< 3pm
The Dearhearts are 3 girls playing tiny instruments from a tiny hamlet called Rosebud. Alix Cowman, Lauren de Graaf, and Lauren Hamm met while attending Rosebud School of the Arts, where they discovered their shared love for all things bluegrass and jazz. That love finds it’s way into their music through their smooth 3-part harmonies and toe-tapping beats. They find their inspiration through such legends as The Carter Family, Rosemary Clooney, and The Andrew Sisters, and have been called “the next generation of The Wailin’ Jennys”.
Since forming in May 2014, the girls have been enjoying milestone after milestone, each one coming as quickly as another passes. After a successful summer tour, they released their self-titled debut album in October 2014. March 2015 saw them entered in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition. 4 weeks later, they found themselves at the head of the pack, becoming Calgary’s Regional Champion and beating out over 3000 bands to become a part of the Top 23 new bands in Canada. During their time in Searchlight, their song “July” was played countless times on multiple radio stations, including CBC Radio One. And the opportunities for these rising stars keep pouring in.
These three women will tug at your heartstrings with their soaring harmonies and tickle your funny bone with their quick wit. The Dearhearts are sweet, sassy, and simply delightful.
Sunday, May 29 >>> Colin Gallant (Sled Island) <<< 4-6pm
Colin Gallant is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Sled Island. He spends most of his time informing people on what Sled Island is all about and spreading the word on the awesome talent we’ve lined up for our festival attendees. He’ll be playing tunes by the hidden gems at the festival, focusing on new and exciting Canadian bands from coast to coast as DJ Snapzilla. Follow @SledIsland on Snapchat for snippets of his set at Market Collective!
Sunday, May 29 >>> Lindsay Bowman (Sled Island) <<< 1-3pm
As Sled Island’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Lindsay Bowman wants to tell you about all the cool music and art happening at Sled Island each year. She’ll be giving you a taste in her Sunday afternoon set at Market Collective, with an upbeat selection of personal favourites from the past 10 years of the festival.
We are excited to announce our first ever food truck rally. Forks in the Road will be held on June 11th and 12th, and will be located outside of Eau Claire. This FREE all-ages event will run from 11am – 8pm each day. We will have a delicious line-up of food trucks, amazing DJs, a beer garden, a photobooth and activities for kids.
We are now accepting applications from all food trucks, food trailers and food carts. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on an ongoing basis, and the last day to apply is June 1st.
We are excited to announce that we are back for the 5th annual Sled Island Block Party! This year the Block Party is moving to Inglewood, and we are looking forward to the new location.
Please note, there are a limited amount of spaces for this event. This is an outdoor event, and all artists are provided with a table, two chairs and a tent.
Click on the above image to Apply / Deadline to apply: May 20
The MC Volunteer Dream Team is looking for some outstanding individuals to volunteer for our May event! Interests in music, food, art, people and friendly experiences are an asset. Volunteers get full admission for the weekend, a volunteer t-shirt, a limited MC tote bag, a $10 gift certificate, a food voucher worth $10 and a photo booth print voucher. Persons of all ages are welcome to volunteer! Contact MC Volunteer Coordinator Josh at volunteer@marketcollective.
To register for a shift, please click Here.
We had the chance to interview the lovely and talented Irene Rasetti to learn more about her work and the process she took to grow her practice. Irene graduated from L’Istituto Marangoni in Milan, is a textile artist, and was chosen by the MC to showcase her work this weekend. Read more about this amazing artist below.
Tell us a bit about your practice and how your life has led you to this point.
You speak of your work in terms of decay and growth, aging and birth. How do you feel that these themes have guided you in your personal life?
What are some obstacles that you feel you’ve overcome to get to this point?
You have been selected as the March Market Collective Debut Artist. What interested you about being a part of the MC and what are you most excited about for this weekend?
It makes sense to want to be a part of Market Collective. There are other wonderful artisans, the sense of community, the opportunity to support local, and the chance to show my work. I look forward to meeting other artists and makers and the chance to be a part of something new.
How can people get in touch with you to see more of your work?
Friday, March 18 >>> Infilm <<< 8pm
Infilm is an experimental electronic duo from Calgary.
To record their debut record, Emporium, Infilm traveled on the road to Brooklyn, New York. While being engulfed in the heaving of the breathing city, Infilm took to the studio to capture the various tracks on Emporium. Their music, both melodically and lyrically, makes a committed attempt to encompass the varying aspects of being profoundly human.
Emporium has been described as delicate, fragile, and dauntingly vast. Often weighing on feelings of desolation and depersonalization, the delivery of Emporium exposes a great deal of vulnerability; however, it is also quick to expose feelings of personal growth and rebellion against societal misconceptions. Infilm’s genre-bridging sound is driven by the synthesis of both electronic and rock elements and captures the listener’s attention with both energetic and compelling layers of expression.
Friday, March 18 >>> Fox Who Slept the Day Away <<< 7pm
Fox Who Slept the Day Away is an ambient indie band that delivers layers of groovy interwoven melodies and harmonies that have people dancing and sleeping all at once. Their wide array of influences drives a dynamic post-rock sound, which creates a spacey atmosphere.
Friday, March 18 >>> Deepone <<< 4-7pm
Saturday, March 19 >>> Chris Dadge <<< 10am-Noon
Chris Dadge lives in Calgary, Alberta, where he works as a percussionist, producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record label operator, and concert organizer.
As an improvising musician, Dadge has spent the bulk of his years playing percussion, developing a voice based on an increasingly open-ended variety of sound-generating objects, integrating found items and re-purposed strings. Massimo Ricci writes, “the almost perfect balance between skin, wood and metal-derived timbres is definitely cherished,” and a review from Volcanic Tongue noted, “Dadge has a fleet, needling style that would transpose Milford Grave’s multi-pulse work to a looser, more thought-paced setting, working in bursts of propulsion and single emphatic sound events.” This underlying quest for a personalized vocabulary led to the broadening of the instrumental palette, adding violin, broken electronics, crude sampling, and various other small instruments to the list. The current realization of this approach can be heard in Dadge’s solo work (on albums such as A Bird Is A Light Thing and What Comes After Dust) as well as with Scott Munro in the Bent Spoon Duo. The duo, which has been active for over a decade, “approach[es] improvisation from an anti-classicist stance, instead opting for a scrape and drape sound that finds the two moving between instruments and mood in rapid fire succession,” (Ear-Conditioned Nightmare) and The Wire’s Byron Coley calls it “splendid, low-bore Improv racket in the classic pots-and-pans style.” Dadge has worked with, among others, Peter Evans, Eugene Chadbourne, Jack Wright, Chris Riggs, Eric Chenaux, Mats Gustafsson, Christian Munthe, Ellwood Epps, Chad van Gaalen, Bill Horist, Fossils/David Payne, John Oswald, and Colin Fisher.
Saturday, March 19 >>> MMMARISHHH <<< Noon
Soul speak not far from yesterdays and tomorrow, MMMARISHHH is a futurepsych/ambientgnome recording artist from Alberta. She sings and plays 12 string guitar and is a member of the bands, Devonian Gardens and Sleepkit.
Saturday, March 19 >>> Chad Saunders <<< 1-3pm
Chad Saunders is the Director of Operations and Special Projects at the NMC, former station manager for University of Calgary-based radio station CJSW 90.9 FM and retired host of ‘My Allergy to the Fans’ on CJSW.
Saturday, March 19 >>> Hornell & Sneddon <<< 3pm
Matthew Hornell is a gifted singer/songwriter, aware that the muse often directs the master. Ideas and emotions both personal and universal are channeled throughout “Have It All” his sophomore, soulful folk album.Accompanied by an amazing group of musicians and gorgeous, soothing female backing vocals, Have It All is a record of spiritual awakening.
Matthew Hornell deservedly won a plethora of MIANL. Awards for his CD debut. Clearly upon a few listens you realize Hornell has the key ‘chops’ as a singer/songwriter. The lyrical content is diverse, arrangements succinct and vocal delivery unquestionably honest.You can usually tell when a songwriter is being clever or cute, going for a pretty shot. But Matthew Hornell wears his authenticity like a badge of honour.
Andrew Sneddon is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Halifax, NS, Canada. He is primarily noted for his work on the Resophonic Guitar as well as other steel guitars. Sneddon performs primarily with the award winning group The Modern Grass as a contributing songwriter, vocalist, and resophonic guitarist. When not touring and working in MG, Sneddon can be found performing in other bluegrass groups and as a sideman to singer-songwriters.
Saturday, March 19 >>> Mr. Robinson < 4-6pm
Sunday, March 20 >>> Overland <<< 10am-Noon
Sunday, March 20 >>> Pancake <<< Noon
Sunday, March 20 >>> DJ Wolfadel <<< 1-3pm
Antonio’s first love was the guitar at the age of three. Because he was so young, it needed to have three nylon strings so his toddler fingers wouldn’t be cut while he played it. Within a few
years he added percussion, then piano to his repertoire. From a young age, Antonio was mentored by Calgary’s favourite Kaley Kinjo. The relationship was a great match from day one when at the age of six, Antonio shared that his favourite band was the Ramones. After years of busking with his guitar on Stephen Ave. and jamming on the drums in the basements of local musicians, Antonio gained an interest in DJ’ing. He has been studying at Beat Drop and continues to expand his skills into mastering production and turntabling. His musical knowledge and interests range from classical music to contemporary hip-hop. Now, at the age of fourteen, Antonio has performed his DJ’ing skills at Art openings and private functions as DJ Wolfadel.
Sunday, March 20 >>> Jason Famous & Le Fame <<< 3pm
Sunday, March 20 >>> Corinthian <<< 4-6pm
Amanda Spicer (Pranic Forest) / Perfume Workshop
The Workshop Includes:
+ The knowledge on how to select the correct essential oils
+ All materials for perfumes
+ MC Limited Edition Tote Bag
+ MC Weekend Admission
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: Noon – 1:30pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: $65 plus tax