“I'd just like to say before I start, that it's one of the pleasures of my life to be able to be on the stage with these people tonight.” — Neil Young (The Last Waltz)
It probably comes as no surprise that we’re fans ofThe Band. I remember seeingThe Last Waltz and being inspired byThe Band’s closeness. Playing for and alongside their friends. As a touring band in Canada, it’s hard not to see a bit of Robbie, Rick, Levon, Garth, or Richard in ourselves. You remain kindred spirits — especially when you find yourself on a 20-hour haul through the Canadian shield. This is pretty much the sentiment that we carry when it comes to life in a band on the road. Humbled to be able to play with each other and the peers we’ve met along the way.
We’re surrounded by so many talented and encouraging people. Some are close to home, while others seem to pop in and out of our lives but it’s an amazing feeling knowing there’s a small community wherever you are. Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some incredible artists, photographers, musicians, producers, and videographers from all over Canada, some of which are right in our backyard.
These faces keep us inspired to stay on the road as a touring band and continually challenge us to create better art. This is what makes the community of our peers so special. To each other succeeding at their craft. Now more than ever it’s important to remain open-minded, respectful and conscious of those around you, especially in the arts community — be it big or small. Challenge and encourage each other to take chances. Collaborate and diversify your community.
“Good times don’t last long sometimes” — Levon Helm
Catch Altameda at the Calgary Folk Fest