TRIUMPH TO RECEIVE “LEGENDS OF LIVE” AWARD on Friday May 10th, during Canadian Music Week. This award is to recognize an artist who has made great contributions to the Canadian music industry through live music touring and concerts.
All 3 members of Triumph – Rik Emmett, Mike Levine, and Gil Moore will be in attendance to accept this prestigious award.
Now in its 37th year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival which spans 7 nights of performances (May 6 – 12), over 600 showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto.
Tickets & info: https://cmw.net/awards/live/
Here’s the second and final portion of my time spent with the great Rik Emmett, going over the Christmas songs most special to him. Our first episode from last week was a massive success, earning the most downloads of any NSTS show in 2018. Hope you enjoy this one just as much.
Time to get into the Christmas spirit, friends. And who better to help us do that than Triumph guitar wiz and Christmas music guru Rik Emmett?
Rik has once again graciously invited me into his home, this time to record two special NSTS episodes featuring his favourite Christmas songs (Rik insisted it be two episodes – there was simply too much ground to cover). In addition to sharing an immense amount of fascinating musical knowledge and enthusiasm, Rik also takes down one of his electric guitars from the wall to play some of the Xmas songs that make his skin vibrate. If you have ANY interest in music whatsoever, you cannot miss this. For me, it just doesn’t get any better. What a way to close out a fantastic year, folks. Enjoy!
From the very start of the show, it was apparent that the evening was going to be a two-way conversation bonding the two with the crowd through the music. Emmett loved carrying on conversations with the audience, getting everybody involved in the dialogue, which included a lot of laughter. Each song had a history, each song had a story, each song was written and performed with composition and purpose. This was the type of band that Triumph was, and this is the legacy that Emmett is carrying on by continuing to share the music with his partner.
“Libre Animado” was an instrumental that featured Dunlop doing some serious shredding. Emmett mentioned that just seeing and listening to Dunlop’s chops on this song was worth the price of admission itself, and he was spot on. The song was filled with influence from both players, including some classical, jazz, and rock licks and chord progressions that melted the minds of the listeners. Emmett has always been known within the musician’s world of guitarists for having a very well-trained style of playing spanning many different styles.
Would I go see Emmett and Dunlop again? The answer is a resounding yes, and I already have tickets secured for a performance in November. Would I recommend others to go experience the Emmett and Dunlop acoustic show? The answer is again a resounding yes. Hands down, this performance is one of my favorite performances to date and certainly one of the most intimate and memorable.