Apocalypse Kow’s Kristmas Kabaret in Support of the CMHA Support Network

COME ONE COME ALL to Apocalypse Kow‘s Annual Festive Cabaret! Every year for the last umpteen years, Apocalypse Kow’s held a Christmas cabaret in support of several very important causes and charities. This year’s featured charity is the Support Network, Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton. 100% OF ALL NET PROCEEDS from this event will go towards the Support Network Distress Line, supporting mental health, its awareness, & promoting mental health advocacy.

If that wasn’t enough enticement, we are excited to have the sweet sweet vocal stylings of The Chickadeez as this year’s musical guests, as well as celebrity master story teller Adam Rozenhart. There will comedic sketches, a beautiful gingerbread house silent auction courtesy of Whimsical Cake Studio, a full service bar and kitchen from the Nest Taphouse Grill so you can get your “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry” on, and of course, the WARM GLOWING WARMING GLOW that only Apocalypse Kow a cappella can bring (or maybe it’s the mulled wine taking hold? Maybe it’s both!).

We hope you and your kin can come to our all ages show. If you are inclined, we would love it if you could share this event with your friends. Hopefully we will see you soon. Until then, we wish you a dairy Christmas and a Happy Moo Year! – JR

Wednesday, December 9th
Nest Taphouse Grill @ NAIT (by new LRT station)
6:30pm doors, 7pm show
$15 /$10
Tix available from the NAIT Students’ Association, at the doors, or from the Kows.

Special thanks to Nest Taphouse Grilll, NAIT Students’ Association, and Whimsical Cupcake Studio for sponsoring this year’s show.

Gig announcement: Kaleido Family Arts Festival

So now that we had the chance to rest for a bit, it’s time we told you about our sets at the Kaleido Family Arts Festival. It’s their tenth anniversary as a street festival, and we really enjoyed ourselves performing there last year. So when they asked if we wanted to be involved this year, we jumped at the chance.

When? This weekend, September 12 and 13th.

Where? 118 Ave, on Edmonton’s north side. The festival spans from 90th Ave to 94th Ave, and you’ll find something new every block!

How much? It’s a free festival! Come out for the afternoon, watch us perform on one of the stages, and take a look around! We will try to have merchandise like the Apocalypse Kow CDs there to purchase as well.

Here’s where we’ll be performing:

Saturday, Sept 12

3:45 – 4:00 pm (15 minutes) – Paraiso Balcony (9136 118 Ave)

4:45 – 5:00 pm (15 minutes) – Paraiso Balcony (9136 118 Ave)

5:15 – 5:45 pm (30 minutes) – Salon Stage (Alley between 93 and 94 St, south side of 118 Ave) Note: This one’s changed from the program schedule. 

Sunday, Sept 13

12 noon – 12:45 pm (45 minutes) – Refresh Crosswalk (93 St and 118 Ave)

1:30 – 2:00 pm (30 minutes) – Avenue Central Stage (9210 118 Ave)

3:30 – 4:00 pm (30 minutes) – Salon Stage (Alley between 93 and 94 St, south side of 118 Ave)

It’s going to be a bunch of fun! See you there! – KJ

One week away! The Apocalypse Kow Kristmas Kabaret 2014!

COME ONE COME ALL to Kow’s Annual Festive Cabaret! Every year for the last upteen years, Apocalypse Kow’s held a Christmas cabaret in support of very important causes and charities. This year’s featured charity is the Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region. 100% of all net proceeds from this event will go towards supporting mental health, its awareness, & promoting mental health advocacy.

If that wasn’t enough enticement, there will be surprise celebrity musical guests, dramedic storytelling, comedic sketches, gingerbread house silent auctioning, a full service bar and kitchen, and of course, the WARM GLOWING WARMING GLOW that only Apocalypse Kow a cappella can bring (Or is that the mulled wine taking hold? Maybe it’s both!).

We hope you and your kin can come to our all ages show. If you are inclined, we would love it if you could share this event with your friends. Hopefully we will see you soon. Until then, we wish you a moo-y Christmas!

kabaret 2014 poster screenshot low rez

A season of charity

It’s a quiet time for Kow. The festivals (Fringe and Kaleido) are over, four Kows have gone back to jobs after a summer break. But one thing fell by the wayside right after Fringe.

One of our friends, Trish Horobec, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged the five of us to do our own video/donation.

I know what you’re thinking. “But Jago,” you ponder in your mind, maybe circling the rim of your wine glass with your finger, “the ALS challenge is old news! It was overplayed the week after, let alone two months!”

You’re right. By the time Trish’s challenge went out, Apocalypse Kow was finishing up the run of “Apocalypse Kow Presents A Tribute to Apocalypse Kow.” And then we took a week off. And then we realized that it was more work to make a video challenge where five guys were getting doused with ice and cold water. And the performers we were thinking of challenging had already made their own challenge videos. And then we wrote it in a Second Cup. (Sorry, Fringe show joke.)

So we decided to switch up our challenge. Apocalypse Kow donated to five charities that we consider near and dear to our hearts. Let’s face it, the ALS Challenge was pretty darn successful. We decided to give money to some other charities to which we had some deep connection.

Stan chose The Endomitriosis Network Canada.

Devin chose the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Chapter, a charity we’ve featured at a previous Apocalypse Kow Kristmas Kabaret.

Joel Forth chose the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Joel Rivero chose Sorrentino’s Compassion House, a place for women to stay while undergoing breast cancer treatment in Edmonton.

I chose Myeloma Canada.

Now I can’t  fully speak on why the others chose their charities, but I can give you the reason I took the Kow portion to Myeloma Canada and bolstered it with a donation on my own.

Back in July, my dad was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. For the past ten years, Dad’s been living without kidneys, and has been doing dialysis two to three times a week. For ten years. So I tend to think that my dad’s nearly invincible. No kidneys? Okay, it’s time for dialysis. He got a kidney donated that failed after being transplanted. More dialysis. He was laying on the couch when the phone rang, and he snapped his femur in half. It seems that he had parathyroid glands that were leeching calcium from Dad’s diet and making his bones brittle. He got those removed, got a steel rod installed in his leg and now he’s bionic. He got better. Mom could remove the chair lift that occupied the stairs for two years.

You can see how I thought my dad was made of iron. But cancer? That scared me.

I educated myself and found that as far as cancers go, multiple myeloma is treatable. There’s treatments that are available in Canada and Saskatchewan, some of the treatements are new enough, but are still effective. Since August, Dad’s been doing chemotherapy, and the specialists my parents have been talking to have all said that the treatment Dad is going through has a conservative estimate of years of remission.

Dad has his good days, he has his bad days. He’s going to Moose Jaw’s hospital for both his dialysis and chemo. He’s not able to do all the handy things around the house and the lake cabin that he used to. But that’s what Mom and my brother Braden are for. When I went to visit for the August long weekend, Braden and I ended up moving three refridgerators and stoves to different places. (Old ones from the cabin to the dump. House ones to the cabin. Newly purchased ones from the garage to the kitchen.) And Dad was just itching to help.

So his spirit is still good, and the treatment’s doing it’s job. He’s still playing grandpa to my nieces with all the vigor he’s ever had, as seen below. But of course, donations to the Myeloma Canada organization are always welcomed, for research, for education. I did my part, and Apocalypse Kow helped out.

Gordon Jago

So what’s our ice bucket challenge? It doesn’t involve viral videos. It doesn’t involve potentially hurting yourself. (Have you seen those ALS fail videos out there? There’s a whole load of pratfalls and accidents. Hilarious!)

All it involves is our friends giving to charity. Christmas is coming soon. We’ll have our Kristmas Kabaret announced shortly, and as always, we’ll be choosing an Edmonton charity to raise money. You can come celebrate the holiday season with us and raise a few bucks. Or, if you’d like, I’ve hyperlinked those charities that Kow has donated to for our Ice Bucket Challenge. Go ahead and donate, if you’d like.

Thanks,

Jago

Performance alert! Choralfest Jazz 2014!

Hey friends! Miss us? We miss you, it’s like we hardly SEE each other these days! Well, how would you like to change that?

What are you doing on Monday, March 10th? Because Apocalypse Kow will be doing a set at Choralfest Jazz that night, and it’s a free performance! Come watch us work on some songs with a great clinician! It will be like going behind the scenes and watching us during a rehearsal, except with only half as many nerdy jokes and very little tangents. It’s a free show, and you’ll get to see us, as well as some great local vocal jazz groups, like The J Word and FORM.

When? We take the stage at 8 pm.

Where? Muttart Hall at MacEwan University Alberta College. (That’s at 10050 MacDonald Drive, just west of MacDougall United Church south of Jasper Ave)

Why? Because we thrive with an audience, and it’s set to be a great evening of jazz music! …and us. Choralfest is open to the public, and you’ll be able to watch us learn a few tricks on how to perform better then next time you see us.

We’re excited! It should be a great experience!