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.   

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.

Sundays: 10:30-2pm Post Modern Jazz brunch with: Nadi Downs, Sammy Jean, Rondel Roberts and other featured guests

Tuesdays: 7-10pm Roots Tuesdays with: Camie Leard

Wednesdays: 7-10pm with Whiskey, Rhythm and Blues fest. Camie Leard

Thursday, Friday Saturdays 5-7pm with Kate Melvina 

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

Friday and Saturdays 8 - 11:30pm featured entertainment: Fri & Sat set 1/8-845 Set 2/9:15-10pm Set 3/10:30-11:30pm


PROMOTING YOUR SHOW:   Alvin's does want to make it clear that it is expected that at a minimum, all bands that play Alvin's must create an event page on Facebook and "like" and "tag" the Brickwell page.  It would be great if the individual members of the band 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.

Further it is expected that your show is reported and listed to: 

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 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  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 or Frank 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.  

Brickwell Taphouse

Friday and Saturday 9:00pm-1:00am

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….

The East Coast Pub & Eatery

The East Coast Pub & Eatery.  210, 960 Yankee Valley Boulevard Southeast  Fri-Sat night sets are 9:00-1:00am.  Great PA and tech provided in house.  There is a full Yamaha 5 piece Stage Custom with cymbals, pedal, snare, stool.  Feel free to bring your own cymbals, stool, pedal, snare.

Load in prior one hour to show time. Darcy will transfer you pay on Saturday.  20% staff discount.  However, there are no tabs heldover to the next day.  Please pay your Friday's tab on Friday.

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

NO BAND TAB HOLDOVERS:  Please note all band bar tabs are not transferable  and must be paid on the evening they are incured

Further details pending

The Elbow River Casino

The Elbow River Casino, 218 18 Ave SE, Ph:403-266-4355:  Sets are: 9:30-1am. 3 x 50 min sets with 2 x 30 min breaks.  

Promotions: Please forward promotional pictures and/or logo and poster files to Scott Roberts at:  He will be adding them to their Facebook Page and website.  Further, if you are not promoting shows there on your own facebook and social media sites you should be.  An event page that you can like and tag to the Elbow's at a minimum....However, taking it a step further and having all the members in the band doing so with in their social networks is very effective.  

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

NEW LOAD IN TIMES!  We are now doing load in and sound checks on Thursday Evenings.  Time of load in and sound check is a little bit flexable but, we are trying for 9pm load in sound check 930pm.  Some players are working music stores or teaching so we can accommodate a later set up and/or a Tuesday or Wednesday evening.  

If load in and sound check must be on Fridays it must be cleared and agreed upon well in advance and is not guaranteed.  Friday load in and set ups must be done by 8pm.  To be clear, that means done by 8.  Do not start your load in then.  If you bring amps make sure they are not ripping loud or turn them away from the audience. Sound man (Lyle Coombes) expects the band to load in at your discretion. Obviously larger more complicated bands will take more time. You need to be plugged in and microphones placed no later than 8pm. Lyle will give you a good sound check at 8pm but, he is gone at exactly 8:30 pm and you are on your own for the weekend. (set and forget). 

The sound man service offered is a courtesy to the bands and is not mandatory in any way.  If you do not wish to use the sound man and are interested in supplying your own sound man please advise Darcy you are going to do so.  Of course this is at the bands expense.

It is incumbent upon the band that upon your first engagement at the Elbow or, if any technical details change for your band, to email the bands stage plot and input list at least 10 days prior to Lyle Coombes at:  As well, indicate the dates of your performance.  This is necessary to ensure all necessary microphone, di's and other associated equipment essential to your performance are provided.    If you need to contact Lyle Coombes his number is 587-664-5794

NOTE: There is absolutely no drinking of alcoholic beverages on stage.  Also, there is no drinking before or during breaks unless there is express approval from Derreck the food and beverage manager.  There are no drink riders or free meals. Pop, Coffee, Juice, Water etc. is comped and you can get that in the lounge behind the stage.

UFC fights etc....Unless directed specifically by management (not customers or general staff) Do not stop playing or alter your sets for UFC fights, Hockey games or other events.  Play as per normal.  The lounge will close the doors if neccesary.  

The venue has 4 vocal mics, 4 boom stands, 1 straight, 3 instrument mic, drum mic package with kik stand and mini booms, 3 di boxes/They have 3 mackie monitors and 1 powered drum monitor/xlr cable are loombed and run/ Allen and Heath 24 channel board with effects and compression.

After your Friday show, please make sure you mute the channels on the mixer.  After your last show, please make sure the power to the Mackie monitors, powered bass speakers, drum monitor and the 1 QSC power amplifier that run the speakers at the top of the rack on stage are turned off.  It is important that under no circumstances you turn off the cross-over above the speaker amplifier, the mixer and gear under the mixer. Serious damage to speakers can occur if you do. To state it another way, only turn power amplifers or powered speakers off. Everything else stays turned on.

If you find that the mixer or other electronics have been turned off. Turn off the speaker amplifier, all of the powered speakers then, turn on all the other gear. When absolutely everything has been turned back on including the crossover above the speaker amplifiers, you can turn on the powered speakers and speaker amplifier.

We have had an ongoing issue with the front lights needing to be re-set from time to time. This is a problem if the bands do not know where to reset them. This is achieved by powering off and on the power bar marked front lighting at the front of the amplifier rack on stage. 

Please leave cables, mics and stands in neat order and left were you initialy found them.  Take your cues from the duty manager, he/she can advise you regarding pushing start times for hockey games or anything that comes up...Having said that though, generally, they do not want you to change the start times for hockey or UFC

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

Grey Eagle Casino