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Are you looking to have signs made for your gigs at Brompton’s Cocktail? Then look no further because Signs Calgary is here for you! I am Sid from Speed Pro Calgary and we are partnering with Brompton’s Cocktail to give you a discount when you order a gig sign from us for use in the bar!

But what do you need to have a sign made? Before you request for a sign, you need to understand how you want your gig sign will look like first. If you’re at lost, it’s best to consult with a designer first, but here are some pointers to help you with this:

  • Choose the color that best represents your band, what genre you perform and the typical song you write and sing.
  • Use a unique font or perhaps a custom type – a font that is made just for your band name. It should be a custom font type that will help convey your band’s message such as your band name, genre, songs, etc.
  • Your design and logo should perfectly blend together – you should make sure that your design aligns with your band’s genre and the songs you make.

The pointers above are not the most comprehensive but they should be enough to help you snowball your way to your ultimate gig sign design idea.

A VIntage-style Gig Sign

Now that you have an idea of how you want your gig sign to look like, you can now submit it to speed pro Calgary.

Here is a general overview of the step by step processing of getting a sign made for gigs:

  1. Submit your ideas, including your band logo and tell the signage company what kind of band you are – this will help their designers to create a concept.
  2. Concept presentation – they will present the concept that they come up with you and together, you will discuss it with them. Your feedback will be highly regarded and you’ll be the one who will decide which goes where and how something is displayed as well as other things like the colors.
  3. Discussion – the team will discuss your suggestions and present a new concept, incorporating their ideas and your ideas together, in this stage, you will be discussing how the final product will look like – together you and the signage company will finalize the design.
  4. Drafting the design – this is where the signage company’s work begins, they will show you a rough draft so you can suggest changes and improvements.
  5. Creating and presenting the final design – this will be almost always be presented in a digital format. This will enable the company can edit, add, or alter small details if necessary. Of course, you will be discussing the design such as if there are things that still need to be adjusted. Once everything is approved, the company will create the design and have it displayed on the day of your gig!

Of course, if you can always contact your chosen signage company if you have any other questions. If you chose Speed Pro Calgary, you can always contact us via our website.

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The music industry had gone through some pretty significant changes in the last two decades. Back in a time not so long ago, the music you listened to was very much tied to a particular place. Think of Grunge music forming under the rainy skies of Seattle in the early nineties before taking over the world. Local bands would get together and play in the same venues until popularity caught on. Record labels would take notice and launch the new bands worldwide creating a very special feel for those cities where it all started.

Nowadays though things have changed, which has begun to worry some people that the live music scene may be disappearing. DJ’s are taking a lot of flak for this turn whose popularity and numbers have skyrocketed in the last twenty years thanks to changes in the way music is made. To blame DJ’s entirely though for this change is to miss the point. The internet has been the main reason for this along with the affordability of computers and home recording equipment.

Back in those earlier days, if you wanted to find new music, you were very much dependent on the local live scene. People traded bootleg copies of early demos and went to see new bands perform live if they wanted anything new. Fast forward to today and now the internet had changed a lot of the ways we listen to music and find new artists. This has been great news for a lot of new artists; they no longer have to rely on record labels to get their work to a larger audience. It also means musicians are no longer tied to a physical place, they exist in cyberspace to a global audience.

DJ’s have benefited the most from this change. A DJ has full control over how their music sounds, can easily get it out through social media and blogs along with the added benefit that they don’t need to split their profits with other band members or a record label.

All this taken into account though there may not be too much cause for alarm. Every art evolves over time and the internet has certainly brought a greater deal of good than bad for music as an art. DJ’s may be benefitting the most from the changes but it’s a bit much to blame them for the loss of live band performances.

Either way, nothing still beats the vibe of a live performance. Musicians may be able to record and distribute their own music but playing live gigs is still an important part of gaining popularity and connecting with their fans. Great live music can still be found across the world even if our reasons for seeing it may have changed. People still want to see live music, we still look to people for new ideas and music suggestions. Many DJ’s still operate in their own home areas, DJ Krista is one who loves being a part of the local scene in Vancouver. Perhaps it will take another 20 years to see the full effects of these changes but recognising them may allow us to guide the process a bit.

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Your band is probably ready to step up. In order to make it through the music scene successfully, you must draw more audience. How? Not only by playing live, but also by going on a tour. It is a marketing strategy most bands do. You can start on a small scale, then work from there. I assure you, it will be worth it.
A road trip with all the members of the band, including the four legged one, will be such a lifetime experience. It is a clever thing to do bring your band dog with you, he will definitely draw more crowd, especially the ladies. Dogs has a charm, people find very irresistible. But, be aware of the essentials of touring with a furry member. You must take care of them properly. To assist you with that, read on.

 
Check Up
Before going on tour, you must bring your best friend for a doggy visit to the vet for a full check up. Besides making sure that he is healthy for the road trip, you should also be certain that he has the necessary vaccines, like anti rabies. This will not only protect your dog, but it will safeguard the whole band members and the crowd who will be mingling with your mascot.

 
Important Documents
Some state you will be touring in will ask for documents pertaining to your dog. It is a protocol some places do to ascertain the community’s safety. So for a hassle free tour, do not forget this essential files.

 
ID Tag
An ID tag attached to your dog collar is very salient in case he wanders off and get lost. The tag should contain his name, the band info like address and phone number. This will allow a good hearted person to know the essential information how to reconcile the dog to his owners.

 
Dog Carrier and Harness or Leash
Although you want your dog to be sitting beside the band during the tour, it will be safe for him to be in a dog carrier. Get one that is sturdy and comfortable enough for him. The size should be big enough to keep him secure and comfy. Same with the harness, actually, a harness is much preferred than a collar. It is much easier for it to be attached and removed. As for the leash, it should be not too short too long. It should be good enough to keep your dog close to you, especially during dog walking.

 
Dog Essentials
Dog essentials include his water and food container, bed or blanket and chew toys. Dogs can sometimes be stressed when they are in a different environment. The familiar scent on his bed or blanket will make him feel more homy and the chew toys will be a way for them to release tension and stress.

 
First Aid Kit
Accidents do happen and like the human members of the band will be needing first aid during this untoward incidence, dogs too need immediate attention. So make sure you have a complete first aid kit on hand during the whole tour.

 
A band tour will be such a wonderful experience on the road to stardom. And if your furry friend has always been part of the band, then they should be on tour with you, even though it entails quite a few things to consider when travelling with him. Break a leg!

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