Don’t You Listen?: A profile of Calgary electronic artist Tona Walt Ohama

As he approaches 60, Tona Walt Ohama is contemplating his legacy and opening up about his unconventional life and remarkable canon of electronic music. He has fans worldwide and yet concedes: “Nobody really knows me.”

So begins a remarkable and remarkably important profile of influential Calgary artist Walt Ohama by former music journalist David Veitch — one-time writer and arts editor at the Calgary Sun, who chronicled the city’s scene for much of the ’80s and ’90s.

We are proud to host this long read on theYYSCENE, AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE IN PDF FILE, and hope that it is the first of many in-depth stories we can help tell.

Hopefully it will help you gain some insight into the man and musician, perhaps even introduce you to and help you gain an appreciation of his life’s work.

We’re also pleased to announce that a limited edition of hard copies of the story — design and layout credited solely to the talented Mr. Veitch — have been printed up and are available for free from the following area businesses:

ATB Main – The Branch for Arts and Culture

Alforno Bakery and Cafe

The Calgary Tower



Eighth Avenue Tratorria

Falafel King

Quickdraw Animation Society

RedBloom Salon, East Village

Rosso Coffee Roasters on Stephen Ave.

Studio Bell

Swish Salon

Teatro Ristorante

Turn It Up! Records & HiFi (both locations)

Vendome Cafe

Please enjoy and share Don’t You Listen?: A Profile by David Veitch.