Local musicians explore west Edmonton music scene

By Craig Fraser

EDMONTON — The west end of Edmonton can provide some decent tunes for anyone who is willing to check out some live music.

This “Day in the Life” project was all about going around to different venues in west Edmonton on March 12, checking out different places to see live music within our end of the city, with some special guests that are familiar to the area.

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Mark Spaling (left) and Trevor Melling (right) play a small gig during the music venue tour of the west end. Photograph by Craig Fraser.

Mark Spaling and Trevor Melling, who are local musicians currently signed onto a branch of Roadrunner Records and working on their debut album, were more than willing to fly into Edmonton and help check out the music scene of their hometown. Adding some versatile and sometimes very colourful commentary to the music scene, Spaling and Melling revelled in being home and discovering new aspects to places they’ve only walked by before.

“I’m just flabbergasted at some of these places,” Spaling said. “We go in and I’m like, ‘Dear God, this place rocks. Why have I never been here? This steak-bite appetizer business they have going on, is just sinful.’ I’m not leaving, you can’t make me.”

The tour went to the Edmonton Event Centre in West Edmonton Mall and to the Nest on the main NAIT campus. As well, we visited the River Cree Resort and Casino before taking a break and going to the Red Piano and Sherlock Holmes on Bourbon Street in the evening.

Throughout a day of taking photos and recording audio of Spaling and Melling performing and hearing a musician’s input into the west-end music scene, the unique features each venue had to offer were evident.

This is one moment in the Day in the Life of West Edmonton, a West Edmonton Local project conducted on March 12, 2012.