Calgary is beautiful in the fall. We have so many wonderful colours with people enjoying the last of the sunshine before winter sets in.
Our amazing Video journalist, Sam, went to Princes Island to capture the beautiful Bow River and see what he could find in Fall at the park.
In the park Sam met Perry Wilson, a familiar face in Calgary for his regular busking and performances, who set the mood in his song for Calgary called ‘Shelter from the Storm’.
Perry Wilson is a seasoned veteran of the Calgary music scene. He performs regularly with his band, Blue Plate Special, is a dedicated and loved regular on the local busking circuit, and continues to play throughout the local bar/pub circuit. Perry recently received notoriety after being featured on a segment of CBC’s ‘This is My City.’
Perry first picked up a guitar at age twelve. He has been using it to entertain crowds and hone his old-school country sound ever since. Mentored by a beloved high school band teacher and inspired by the likes of the SunnDance Saddle Co. – their leader Don Yuzwak in particular – Perry’s name has become synonymous with grassroots, classic tunes made popular by the likes of Roy Orbison, Roger Miller and Tim Williams.
But perhaps his most inspiring work comes from his journey through 15 years of homelessness. His resilience won’t allow that to spoil his spirit. Though he spends his nights at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Perry’s days are filled and fulfilled by spreading joy down city streets, belting out old favorites through the filters of his own lens, and entertaining the nostalgic requests of passersby.
A faithful Artist-in-Residence on the Calgary Drop-In Centre’s “ArtBeat Stage”, his enthusiastic, heartfelt performances never disappoint. Perry is a favorite among clients, and his magnetic stage presence always manages to secure new fans each and every time he strums a tune.
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