Changed My Name

Most people didn't know when or where Chad VanGaalen would perform during the CJSW 25th anniversary, multiplex concert. So as bands finished upstairs in the ballroom, fans of the University of Calgary campus station were sandwiched in between the stairwell and the beer merchants for this soul-hollowing set. Most people were stuck and most people didn't want to move.

VanGaalen, in every way, is the embodiment of an Alberta artist; in that, he can pedal many of talents for the sake of survival. An avid animator, illustrator, inventor, producer and skateboarder - VanGaalen is told to be an introvert or a homebody only emerging to show us something truly special. Last year, his contributions of the Soft Airplane album and the production of Women's debut (on the Flemish Eye label) became pioneering sound for real Canadian art.

On another Alberta note - he ranks one higher in the Google search engine than Chad Kroeger. Reinforcements have arrived!

myspace.com/chadvangaalen

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