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Makiisma with Tara Warburton
Fri, Jul 13


Time: 9 p.m.

A night of music with doom folk band Makiisma and Calgary's Tara Warburton (winner of the 2018 South Country Fair Songwriting Competition). Door by donation.

Tara Warburton Music:

I love many styles of music. I don't dabble in different styles just so I can "please everyone"
Honestly I do it because I love it. I love writing a hard rock song and then writing a folk song and then writing a pop song...well you get the point.

My main influences are artists like U2, Coldplay, Smashing Pumpkins, Mathew Good, The Tea Party, Pearl Jam, and Our Lady Peace. But I've also had influence from country, pop, and electronic artists.
My new EP "Visceral Transitions" is only a small taste of how I like to change things up.  

I know I’m not the first musician to jump from genre to genre, but every time I hear someone say "you just need to find your sound". I think "Wow how boring"

I understand that I may turn some potential fans away by being inconsistent in my choice of genre or style.  I also have an appreciation for many talented artists who do stick to one style. But for me I would rather have people embrace me for being who I need to be. I am a genre jumping artist.

Many of the best of the best of songwriters have been willing to change their sound on several occasions. My guess is that they felt that they would go insane if they stuck to one main genre, even if it might cost them millions in sales.


Born in Lethbridge Alberta and raised in the small town of Coalhurst Alberta, Riley always had plans of using his creativity in the future. He didnt know that in the summer before grade 10 high school he would discover his creativity in music. From the moment I picked up my brothers friends fender electric guitar I started writing.

Between grade twelve in 1998 up until the beginning of 2005, Riley played in two different bands locally in Lethbridge. As a lead guitarist, back up vocalist and co-songwriter in the Delusions of Grandeur and as lead vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist in The Ascetics, Riley has had quite a bit of experience in live performance, writing and recording.

Not until he finally made the decision to quite his job of four and a half years to become a full time solo recording artist in the fall of 2006 was he able to complete his first full length album in April 2007. All on his own he wrote, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered the album.

The result is his self titled full length debut album which was released May 28th 2007 under his own record label Ear to Ear Records Inc. Thanks to a lot of friends and fans from his past music endeavours, the CD release party at The Slice went over very well.

Riley is now temporarily making his home in Toronto, where he plans to make a grass roots start to bigger career for the future.


Riley McKinnon-Vocals guitar piano and drums (I wrote, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered everything on my album) Acoustic guitar and vocals when performing live.


Officially released "A Different Thing" from my debut solo album. (Self Titled)


Megan Brown (vocals/guitar)
T.J. Waltho (keys)
Keenan Pezderic (drums)
Steve Martin (bass)

A doom folk group from Lethbridge, Alberta. Combining heavy, riff driven melodies with unexpected melodic changes, all doused with dazzling keys gives the band its unique sound.



Owl Acoustic Lounge
411 3rd Ave South
T1J 0H2
Country: ca


Lethbridge, AB

Owl is Lethbridge’s newest Lounge in the same building which had Mood, Squeaky’s Pub before and O Riley’s before that. They feature live acoustic music and excellent food. 

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