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Exploring music together

I’ve been sharing tunes with friends for most of my life. And them with me. Kurated is the digital equivalent of telling you about a great new artist, lending you a record or the latest issue of MOJO or Rolling Stone. It’s a personal – and non-commercial – project and chronicles my explorations in the expansive world of contemporary music – new and old. I look at it as a self-directed continuing ed class. Doing the research, making the playlists and writing the articles are my assignments. Deciding if they matter is up to you.

You won’t like all the artists or everything you hear in these playlists. I certainly don’t. But they are noteworthy and each post aims at making that case. IMO, if you’re interested in popular music, everything here is deserving of your attention.

Kurated explores an eclectic range of music and aims to expand our audible horizons. Popular music constantly evolves, weaving an ongoing story about our local, national and international cultures. Kurated roams around in that big soundtrack. The goal is to broaden our musical scope and knowledge of genres, styles, musical history, the people involved and more.

An underlying mandate is foregrounding music as a force for social change both through spotlighting the artists and what they create. Another mandate is to share resources with you: the online and print publications, the writers and critics, photographers and illustrators whose work informs us, music fans and afficiandos. I encourage you to seek out the many resources this site provides and, where relevant, subscribe to and support them.

Kurated welcomes your feedback and input. Let me know what you think. And, if you’d like to contribute directly, visit the Contact page to learn about the annual Readers’ Choice series.

Kurated is a music sharing project.
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Kris Klaasen started writing music reviews in Calgary for college and university papers as well as the Calgary Herald. He also wrote occasional record reviews for the Georgia Straight in the 80s. A lifelong communicator and music enthusiast, Kris has been involved with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in various capacities for more than 35 years and has recently been studying African hand drumming. He's also a pretty good whistler. The photo shows Kris and his daughter at VFMF.

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