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Calgary Designates 2016 Year of Music


Calgary, Alberta, Mayor Naheed Nenshi has declared 2016 the Year of Music in Calgary. The city will host the Juno Awards in April, plus is home to the popular Sled Island festival. On top of that, this January marked the 30th anniversary its international arts festival, High Performance Rodeo, held January 7-30. In honor of the past 30 years of music history, the city has selected 30 tunes that best represent that history. Among those that made the play list are Local 1000 (Nongeographic) member James Keelaghan’s “Hillcrest Mine” (1989) and Local 547 (Calgary, AB) members Kris Demeanor’s “I have Seen the Future” (2007) and Anne Loree/Jann Arden’s “Insensitive” (1994).

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