Alvin's Jazz Club

Band Info: Address 176 Mahogany Centre SE (in the Journey Club). Easy to get to but, for the first time you may want to google map the directions.   

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To all Alvin's musicians....Because Alvin's is located in the lobby of a seniors residence please note the following.....  In light of the epidemic, they need to confirm that all the members of the band haven’t been out of the country or live  with family members that were out of the country recently.  And that no one is showing symptoms.  It is encouraged that you bring your own microphones.  Seenheiser 935's or Beta 58's preferred

Parking:  Parking is on the street or underground parking.  Register at the concierge desk for 5 hours of free parking.  If you need more time the concierge can arrange more for you.

SPECIAL COVID RESTRICTION TIMES - 10PM last call 11PM Closing Times:

Sundays: 10:30-2pm Post Modern Jazz brunch with: Justine Tyrell Trio

Tuesdays: 7-10pm with Oliver Miguel (weekly invitational players)

Wednesdays: 7-10pm with Whiskey, Rhythm and Blues fest. various artists

Thursday, Friday Saturdays 5-7pm with Sheldon Zandboer, Kate Melvina 

Thursdays 7:30 -10:30pm featured entertainment. Set 1: 7:30-815pm, Set 2: 8:45-9:30pm, Set 3: 10:00-10:30PM.

Friday and Saturdays 7:15-10:45pm featured entertainment: Set 1: 7:15- 8pm, Set 2: 8:30-9:15pm,  Set 3: 9:45-10:30pm.


Normal Times:

Sundays: 10:30-2pm Post Modern Jazz brunch with: Justine Tyrell Trio

Tuesdays: 7-10pm with Oliver Miguel (weekly invitational players)

Wednesdays: 7-10pm with Whiskey, Rhythm and Blues fest. various artists

Thursday, Friday Saturdays 5-7pm with Sheldon Zandboer, Kate Melvina

Thursdays 8-11pm featured entertainment. Set 1: 8-845pm, Set 2: 9:15-10pm, Set 3: 10:30-11PM.

Friday and Saturdays 8-11:30pm featured entertainment: Set 1: 8-845pm, Set 2: 9:15-10pm,  Set 3: 10:30-11:30pm.

Riders: 50%off food and beverages.  Free pop, water juice, coffee, tea.  There is no formal green room however, there are lots of breakout spaces and in particular a nice one to the right of the bar with self serve cappuccino, latte machine.

Sound: There is a baby grande piano, drum kit and bass tig in house on stage. (see below) sound consists of: Mackie digital dl806 series mixer. 3 qsc cp12 mid hi cabs, 1 or 2 EV powered 15" subs, 3 qsc cp8 monitors.  Mid hi's and monitors are flown.  Microphone package consists of: 1 schure super 55 vintage microphone and straight stand.  Frankly, it does not sound that great.  Lots of whistle and breath noise.  It is mainly there for looks on stage.  Other mics include: 1 x schure kik mic and stand, 2 x akg c1000 with adjustable boom stands.  These condenser mics are for overhead on drums and the piano. 2 sennheiser 935 vocal mics and adjustable boom stands, there is a sennheiser mic bag on the wall unit/bookshelf with 2 regular mic clips if required.  There are 6 x 25' microphone cables placed on the bottom shelf of the wall unit/bookshelf at the rear of the stage.  Please leave the stage as follows:  One sennheiser microphone on its boom stand at stage centre and the vintage mic nearby and the piano left miked up.  Leave the other vocal microphone, condenser and drum microphone on their stands but collapsed and placed at the rear of the stage behind the piano. If you do want to bring your own microphone and stands feel free to do so as long as they are presentable.  Please do not lose any of the microphone clips.

Backline:  Baby Grand Piano, Drum Kit - There is a Ludwig Quest Love jazz kit with, stool, one rack tom, floor tom, 14" snare, hi hat stand, dw5000 kik pedal, one kik mounted ride cymbal stand and one floor standing cymbal stand.  There are no cymbals provided.  If you need a third cymbal stand you will need to bring it along.  Bass Rig - There is a compact Gallen Kruger combo.  MB150S-112 150W 1x12"  Sounds great for such a small package

Mixer: There will be templates for basic set up and the ipad is easily accessible.  If you are not familiar with the mixer I would go to the following site for a quick tutorial at:  This mixer is limited in channels and may be swapped out for a 16 channel version if required but, frankly they just wanted to make it as simple as possible and 8 channels seem to be more than enough.  Only if there are drums in the program would we be using more than 4 channels and even then we are only using an overhead and kik microphone.  It is important to note that the band will need to be mic-ed up for background sound and side rooms even if it is not required for the main rooms mix.  For example, the piano is loud enough out front but not present at all in the side rooms if you don't.  Also, please note that each channel does have an analogue adjustable input knob at the top of the mixer.  These have to be at the same position as when you sound checked or your mix will not recall accurately to your last session.  For that reason we suggest all input knobs be left at 12 o'clock

Load In and Sound Check:  We are trying to get everyone to load in and sound check in the afternoon after lunch.  It is way less disruptive for the dinners and Darcy can spend more time introducing you to the digital mixer.  Otherwise one hour prior to your show is ok.  Keep in mind you only have to do this once.  Once the check is completed your mix is saved so on any subsequent gigs sound check wont be necessary  Please let Darcy know what works for you.  

For now,  Darcy is helping get the bands sound checked and established on the mixer.  Once established, the bands will be able to recall their last known settings (refer to video)  Again the mixer is super easy to use and there will be basic templates set up.  Eventually bands will be expected to manage their own sound.

Pay:  Your pay will be emailed on Saturdays or the day of your engagement.  Password is: "alvins"  all lower case.

Bookers Crab Shack & BBQ

Booker Band Info. If you have seen the stage you will know it is kind of narrow and there is a pole on the right hand side that makes things a little tight.  Set times: 2 x 75 min sets,9-10:15 and 10:45 to 12am.  Special events times may alter to 930-130am so check with Darcy to confirm. 

SOCIAL MEDIA:  It is expected that social media of your event is enthusiastically promoted in advance of your show.  At a bare minimum, postings etc. no later than the Monday before your engagement is mandatory

Load in must be in the afternoon.  If sound is being taken care of for you Sound man will set up the pa at approx. 230pm, band to arrive 3pm, the drummer can come a tad sooner if he likes.  If you are providing sound please adhere to the above load in times too. 

Volume is an issue so typically, we/you are mic'ing the kik and vocals only and tone match the bass and guitar amps.  We/you can di keyboards, accoustinc and other instruments if required. 

Please keep in mind that Booker's is firstly a Restaurant.  Again, please be respectful with the volume.  If any of your fans or relatives want to book tables for the night, please have them use Booker's reservation systems vs walking in and saying they are with the band. If they know they are coming, they will go out of their way to make sure they are looked after, which helps create a great experience above and beyond for them.

Please make arrangements with Darcy to receive your pay by entransfer.  Cash is no longer an option.   Have a great show.....

Brickwell Taphouse


All band members must wear masks/face coverings.  Also they must maintain 6 feet distancing while performing

Some people find bandanas easier to sing through.  Bandanas at Dollarama work great...Cheap too...$1.50...If you can find the neck warmer type they are cool too. 

Volume:  While difficult, AHS is stipulating that the band keep the sound level to a point where you do not have to lean in to talk.  At a minimal stage volume is the key here so please keep it down.  If you have to put your amp on a stand pointed at your head or better yet, in front of you.  Yes bigger rigs cant do this.  Like wise with the bass.  On a stand or tilted to hit you better works too.

As to times...Rules are 30mins then 10 mins with no vocals it does not have to be a is a break from singing....We like to see 2 x 70min sets and a 30min tag   the 2 long sets would have a 10 min spot after 30mins that have no vocals...for example a long outro on a song with no vocals, then some witty banter (stall for time) then a long intro.  This will satisfy the requirements....

Sets should be 

1) Set 1: 70mins 9-10:10  remember at 30mins the 10 minutes of dialogue and instrumental only

2) Break 1: 35 minute break 10:10 to 10:45

3) Set 2: 70mins 10:45 to 11:55  remember at 30mins the 10 minutes of dialogue and instrumental only

4) Break 2: 35 minute break 11:55 - 12:30am

5) Set 3 tag: 30 mins 12:30 -1am

For more non covid related details see more below.



Friday and Saturday 9:30pm-1:30am

LOAD OUT: It is ok if you come back on Sunday to load out. In fact it is preferred however it has to be before 2pm as there is a jam at 3. if not, please load out as soon as possible. Management and staff are eager to close up.

TO TURN SOUND AND LIGHTS OFF:   Please do not mute anything.  In the event of a ipad failure your show will go on as the mixer is not in muted mode.  Blackout the back wash lights on the light controller.  Now turn off the lighted switch on the power bar underneath the Mackie mixer and drawer this turns off the power to the backwash lights and the main speakers.  Then turn the ipad power off completely by holding the little power button on the ipad at the bottom right side of the ipad.  "Swipe to power off" will appear.  Swipe it off.  Now turn off the Mackie mixer button (top right).   Turn off the moving lights (see below for more details on them)  Turn off the hazer (switch on back off) 

TO TURN SOUND AND LIGHTS ON:  Reverse the above really....  Turn on the hazer.  Turn on the Mackie controller (power button top right)  This will automatically turn on the ipad and load up your last settings.  As mentioned your show will be up and unmuted,  To see the control surface you may have to hit the home button on the ipad.  Now turn on the lighted power switch on the power bar under the drawer.  Backlights will power up but will be in the blackout mode.  Leave it that way until show starts.  Pa will be live and unmuted

LIGHTS: (temporary)  Front lights are button number 3 on the key fob wireless transmitter.  The moving lights over the dance floor are button #2.  The backwash lights work on a very simple controller.  Leave it on scenes mode and it will fade in and out to the next scene automatically.  Within music mode dial in the sensitivity to minimum to effect a change.  There is a high end hazer for use that will not set off smoke alarms.  Please turn the hazer off between sets and at the end of the show. It is automatic and the 3 digit pinwheel on the back should be set at 611.  6 is auto, 1 thru 8 in the middle digit is output.  1 being the lowest.  1 thru 8 on the end digit is fan speed.  For best results the hazer needs to be pointed from the front of the stage diagonally towards the kick drum.  This seems to even the haze coverage out the best.  Note: The moving lights on the backwash are temporarily linked to the same power as the backwash and stay on as long as the power switch on the power bar is on. They will be independently controlled shortly (see paragraph below this) 

Moving lights: (not hooked up to the software yet)  They turn on and off by wi-fi.  You will need to either change the wi-fi settings in the mixers ipad to: airstream wi-fi or download ADJ airstream wi-fi app to any apple iphone or ipad.  When you open the app you should engage the icon with the finger and engage HOLD.  Now you have control over the lights.  They are: A) Big Moons in the corners.  B) 7 eyes moving effects.  C) 2 x 4 eyes  F) Lazer.  G & H) Is the 2 moving profiles over the dance floor.  If you get into the control on your own device you can set up programmed sequences that can either cycle on or off on command or, going into the schedule part, actually come on and off at very specific times.  This is pretty complicated but, the easiest way is to build drama in your scenes or keep minimal effects for slower songs.  The most important thing is to black them out by hitting the hold button.  This blacks out all of the lights on this controller.  To start a song, engage the hold button and start building your scene according to the intensity etc.  again hit the hold button at the end to blackout all.  Repeat for every song.  Frankly, I find it fun for your fans or girlfriends to allow one of them to be the light person.  it only takes a few minutes to show them how to use it and they get a big kick out of it...

PAY: Darcy will etransfer you

STAGE VOLUME:  Stage volume over the past several years has become a problem for many venues.  The days of the big rooms with big stages and big pa’s is pretty much over.  Bands and venues have had to adapt.  In ear monitors, smaller boutique amps, electronic drums or drum shields all help.  In regards to The Tipsy Pig, the room has a high ceiling so acoustically has challenges.   The venue has taken steps with ceiling briq a brack that helps with deflections and have installed a mini line array that helps a lot  but, there are some things you need to know….  Guitar volume issues: Side wash if you have to hear each other amps and/or mic and feed to your monitors.  Drummers:  needs to know the room is acoustically not the best….Loud snares really ruin the mix so I prefer a maple or quiter snare and watch the weight.  Cymbal wash can be an issue too so no excessive bashing.  While the room has a high ceiling, the play area is only 100-130 people….Not trying to fill the sides with sound from the stage.  Just the dance floor area really…..  We have side fills that fill the other areas for that…


Drums: There is a drum riser and Yamaha Stage Custom in house kit with, seat, kik pedal, high hat stand.  For now no cymbals so please bring them along.  If you want to use your own snare no problem of course.  

Bass Rig:  There is a Gallen Kruger bi-amp with tc 410 cab and highend tweeter package.There is a new in house sound system 3 QSC HPR monitors, one drum fill and a Mackie Digital 1608 mixer.  There is one Schure kik mic and stand, four boom stands and mic cables for them but, you will need to bring your own microphones and any extra stand.  There should be enough cables to do a show so, to avoid any confussion whos are whos, either use all of ours or use all of yours.  If you do mix in a few of your own cables please do not take any of the in house ones with you.  Please! NO FOG MACHINES - NO DUCT TAPE(unless industry grade-low residue)  - NO CHEWING GUM   

A sound tech  is provided for initial set up and sound check.  For now that sound tech is Darcy.  He can be reached at:  cell: 403-837-9920   If possible, we prefer getting the sound check done on Wednesday evening as it is way more thorough and in general less disruptive so ,let me know if that works for you.  A lot of the bands have found it very convenient.  Also I will have a little more time to dedicate to you and teaching you the ins and outs of the mixer, sound and lights.  If sound is done on Wednesdays, I do return back on Friday at show time to tweek the mix.  However, a lot of bands cant make Wednesdays or prefer Fridays.  That being the case, please make arrangements with Darcy regarding your sound check day preferences. Load in anytime but, typically Darcy wont be there for actual sound check until approx. 8:45 pm.  You should be all loaded on and roughed in at that point.  At show start he will mix you on the fly.  Depending on Darcy's schedule, these times will vary a bit. Alternate arrangements like loading in and sound checking on Thursday evening or earlier in the afternoon on Friday can be arranged.  or email at:

Between Sets:  No need to mute anything, simply hit the lighted switch under the drawer.  This will turn the front of house speakers and backwash  lights off (not the front wash, leave them on)

Background Music:  Bar staff will turn on and off the house background system

BAND BOOKING EXCLUSIONS:  Because of very tight market conditions for live music venues over the last several years the Brickwell is requesting that bands being booked there respect a 5 kilometer exclusivity zone and refrain from booking other venues within that zone for a period of two months before or after Brickwell dates.  They feel they have really stepped up with improvement is support of all the live acts that play there including advertising buys with google and facebook on a regular basis.  This request is not unusual in other markets where a flat fee is paid to the bands.  Calgary is lucky in many respects.  Other markets often require a deposit from the bands to secure sales results or offer a door only payment.  In those instances they are not exclusionary though.

PROMOTING YOUR BAND:  Regarding Facebook promotions. It has been noted by management that some bands will promote some shows on their facebook while neglecting or perhaps forgetting to promote The Tipsy Pig shows. While not on purpose perhaps, that can be perceived as unfair to the venue. the Brickwell has been very proactive these days promoting the live shows. Not just as a basic facebook post but as an “event” page. They have also been buying outreach weekly advertisements to reach as many folks as possible too.

What has proven to work best for them is that the bands create an events page of their own and then include the Brickwell Taphouse on Facebook. This way, not only do the bands promote it but, the venue will include it on their Facebook event page as well.  In addition it is requested that each member promote the event in the same way on their personal pages.  Further, a post from the band page and the members pages just prior to the event helps a lot too.  That and along with the advertising buys they do has been quite effective and reaches a lot more people than both bands and venue doing their independent promotion of the event.

Don’t want to preach to much more on this subject but, I do want to make it clear that it is expected that at a minimum, all bands that play the Brickwell must create an event page on Facebook and "like" and "tag" the Brickwell page.  It would be great if the individual members do the same as well.   It is of course in every ones best interest and we hope to help promote live music a little more effectively.

Have a great show!

Canmore Hotel

BASIC GUIDLINES ONLY.  New details out soon....


LOAD-IN:    anytime after 3:00 pm.  Bands to be set up by 8:30 pm.
P.A., LIGHTS & SOUND TECH:  Supplied by venue.
SOUND CHECK:  Usually only a line check and monitor check is required.  Sound tech arrives at 9:00-ish...he'll tell you more.

Set 1) 10-10:45pm  (45min)
Set 2) 11:15-12:30am  (75min)
Set 3) 1:00-1:30am  (30min)

Set 1) 9:30-10:45pm  (75min)
Set 2) 11:15-12:30am  (75min)
Set 3) 1:00-1:30am  (30min)

ROOMS:  Check-in after 3:00pm   Check-out 12:00pm
PAY:  Bands will be paid each night after their show. Hotel reserve the right to withhold pay until rooms are inspected.
COMPS: Sorry no meals.



1) FOR DJ SETUP: Go to “show” button, top right corner of the software (similar to the bar)  On the bottom should be a template/snapshot of DJ Chad….Click on it and recall, asks if you want to recall go yes.

2) Make sure that the monitor rack that the mixer sits on is turned on.  That is the Furman Power Conditioner, the switch is under a switch cover far right of that unit (very top piece in rack)

3) Lights:  Someone has been unplugging the lights from the ceiling sockets.  (one on each side, rear ceiling, white cords)  That’s OK but, they can be left running 24/7.  Anyways if unplugged, they need to be plugged in. 

     Power to the light controller along with the mixer should be left on 24/7.  If it isn’t, power the light controller on. Switch is at the rear of the unit to the left.  Make sure mode is in SCENE and then either AUTO or MUSIC mode….I like MUSIC mode and adjust the sensitivity to go with the beat of the music.

     That is top right red rotary knob.  If the lights are blacked out, it will indicate that it is with a red light beside the BLACKOUT switch.  Turn it off and the lights should come up.

4) TURN ON THE SOUND:  Make sure speakers are turned on.  The hanging mid-hi speakers and the front lights power switch is on the remote control fob tied to the electrical conduit running up the wall just to the left and up from the mixer. (there is a dimmer switch dangling near the door…That is for the front lighting too.  You can tell if the speakers are on by looking for lights on the back of the speakers.  SUB SPEAKERS.  Subs need to be plugged in.  There is a male plug near the mixer on the floor.  Plug them in to the nearby plug on the stage near the front.  The ones taped down.  Just the one plug powers up both subs.  Check for indicator lights.

5) DJ needs to send his left and right outputs to channel 1 and 2.  Just unplug anything in those slots if they are used…  Go to the input knob, that is under the taped section at the top of the mixer. It is velcroed down to avoid accidental changes to those settings.  Make sure the input know is at 9oclock to start

    If he needs more gain he can turn it up in small increments.  Careful not to overpower things obviously.  If the DJ wants to plug in another input for monitors or cueing, he can do so.  Just note were DJ Chad had it plugged into.  I think channel 4.

6) AUX FED SUBS:  Similar to the speaker control in the bar.  Sub frequencies do not go to the mid hi’s.  They are controlled separately in AUX 6.  Clicking on Aux 6 you will notice Channel 1 and 2 have the sliders up and AUX 6 master on the right Is up.  If it is muted, you can unmute it.  Go back to the Mains

(L&R) that’s the button above all the Aux channels.  Now when you bring up Channels 1 and 2 (‘DJ feed) The sound will come up in the mid-hi’s and subs in proportion


The dj Chad setting should be ok for most any dj really….


I would suggest anyone using the pa, check out these utube instructional.  Some are on the older softwar but, explain the basics well….





Also, if you go to:   There are individual tutorials…One thru 8 that are good too….

Chairman's Steakhouse

188 Mahogany Gardens S.E. Directions: Head south on Deerfoot to Stoney Trail East.  Right on 52nd Street S.E. then left at the next set of lights onto Mahogany Gate.  Through the next set of lights to the traffic circle.  Take your first right off the circle then left at Chairman's which is about 100 yards down on your left after the traffic circle.  Take the first driveway.  Garage door will automatically open on your approach.  Chairman's is immediately on your right.  At present, load in through main elevator.  Please be very careful not to scratch walls or doors please.

Set times are: Fridays 7-11pm and Saturdays 8pm-12am.  Set up is n the lounge side against the wall to the left of the service bar and right beside the VIP room.  Volume is critical.  Conversation must still be comfortable with out having to strain over the sound.  Darcy will etransfer you pay Saturday.  


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