Sing happy birthday with Thursdays


The best way to start the day is with a full breakfast. Canada Day is no exception.

If you drive down to Ă©cole La Mission this coming Wednesday you will not only be treated to a pancake breakfast, but you can further whet your appetite with a performance from Thursdays.

The St. Albert ska band, a lively mix of rock and jazz, is a high-energy street-style band formed by five guys who borrow from the N.Y. street scene.

Kevin Yue (lead singer/trumpet), Daniel Fioretti (sax/backup vocals) Jacob Kryger (drummer), Matt Adams (guitar), Logan Lindstrom (bass) are five Paul Kane High students who simply said, “Let’s make a band.”

Fioretti, Kryger and Lindstrom first slapped together a trio to play at last semester’s PK Unplugged. It was a success. What they lacked in polish was carried off with gusto.

At the same time, Yue was interested in starting a band with a different vibe and by adding Adams’ pulsing guitar riffs, the sound incorporated all sorts of diverse musical elements.

“Kevin is a really good jazz trumpet player and I’m a good sax player and we wanted to use these instruments in a band. Jazz is not super popular and we wanted to express ourselves, but didn’t want to bore audiences. So we made it a ska band. Logan is good improviser and Jacob has been playing drums for a long time and Matt is pretty solid,” Fioretti said.

Together since late January, Thursdays performed at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and for the Free to Walk program, a fundraiser to raise awareness about the lack of clean water in Ecuador.

They even entered a float in the 2015 Rainmaker Rodeo Parade and won first place.

Fioretti described the experience as “really surprising. It felt fantastic. It was a feeling like no other. It wasn’t just winning first place. It was also being on the float. It’s an indescribable feeling.”

The fivesome plan to sing several sets of cover songs such as Homecoming Queen’s uptempo, danceable 13.4 Miles. The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble’s intricate Haitian Fight Song is another cool fave.

Also on the menu is a rendition of ska punk band Reel Big Fish’s interpretation of Duran Duran’s Hungry Like a Wolf.

“It has a jazzy flavour. It has the same lyrics but it has horns inside the chorus and overlapping lines. It is cool.”

Fioretti reiterates that Thursdays is not just a bunch of kids that play jazz.

“Ska promotes happiness with soul. We’re here to make you dance and have fun. We are here to show the world there is more to life than sitting around doing nothing. We play a happy genre.”


Canada Day Celebrations
Wednesday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Ă©cole La Mission
46 Heritage Dr.


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Anna Borowiecki

Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.