Publishing quality Canadian music writing.
Calgary is a city best known for its big skies, cowboy culture, and the annual outdoor spectacle known as the Stampede. It’s also a city of boom and bust, its economy built on the ever-shifting sands of world oil prices. Oil has not only brought people from all over the world to Calgary, diversifying its population over the last few decades, it’s also created one of the most vibrant independent music scenes in Canada. Musicians drawing on the traditions of country and folk music make their living in small venues, house concerts, and festivals, where Calgarians offer their unwavering support for the music that tells their stories.
Despite the economy’s uncertainty—demonstrated by one of the most debilitating recessions in recent history that began in 2014—this music still thrives, operating as both tonic and mouthpiece for the disenfranchised. Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town explores Calgary’s roots music scene, showing how oil, of all things, fueled the rise of one of North America’s most dynamic and resilient subcultures.
Started in early 2013 by two childhood friends, Joshua Kloke and Adam Kesek, Eternal Cavalier Press is an independent publishing house dedicated to quality Canadian music writing.
With an emphasis on aesthetics and stories from both sides of the stage, Eternal Cavalier Press gives a voice to musicians and fans that have long needed one. Based in Toronto, ECP publishes books exclusively by Canadian authors. Taking cues from artist-focused record labels that began as a means to distribute unknown bands including Arts & Crafts, You’ve Changed, Mammoth Cave and Castleface, Eternal Cavalier Press was created with music-loving readers in mind.