Dave Alcock Obituary, Death – David ‘Dave’ Mark Alcock, of Calgary, Alberta, Des Arcs,Chixdiggit former drummer and Sundae Sound owner sadly died at the age of 47. According to Dave Alcock obituary online, he passed away on Sunday, January 1 2023. In 2001, Dave bought Sundae Sound and moved it to “Q Sound” in NE Calgary. He reduced musicians’ studio anxiety. He preferred the console board or drum kit to the spotlight. He recorded, produced, and played drums on many late 1990s and early 2000s projects.
He worked with: Mr. Tanya Huevos Rancheros and Tom Jackson Tagaq Jann Arden Plume, Mike Cowsill, Bill Cape May Dust Festival (with Steve Albini producing) Chixdiggit Amos Garrett Des Arcs’ Knucklehead Dimension Falconhawk Prohibited Agnostic Mountain Grand Groovie Goulies Gospel Choir returns! Commoners Puritans Jigsaw Field Day Fates’ Path Belvedere Hot Little Rocket cops. Cochrane High School gave Dave lifelong friends.
After concert band trombone, he started drumming. He spent hours playing in the Bearspaw house’s workroom. His sister drove him crazy with piano scales and bass thuds. After graduating from Cochrane High School in 1993, he moved to London, Ontario to start an audio engineering diploma program at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART). After graduating, Dave interned at Sundae Sound. In 1991, Rob Bartlett and “Old Dave” Horrocks bought Sundae Sound, which was founded in 1980.
Dave recorded bands overnight at the studio. “Young Dave” was created when recording costs were low for new indie bands. Dave closed Sundae Sound in 2011 to study. Dave returned to SAIT in 2011 to earn a Diploma (honours) in Broadcasting Systems Technology. He worked for Global News Calgary for ten years after becoming a CBT® in 2012. Dave loved talking about his time with Calgary band Chixdiggit.
He engineered their 1996 Sub Pop Records debut, Chixdiggit. He used old-fashioned tape. He keeps tapes in his archives (his basement). He sold T-shirts and drummed with the band in the late 1990s. Dave and Chixdiggit performed at world-famous rock clubs to large crowds. K.J. Jansen called Dave “The Steady Beat” on tour.
Dave played drums in The Gimmicks (Mark Rudd and Jeff Stebniki), Parkades (Arif Ansari, Ian Doig, and Andrew Henry), Chixdiggit, and Falconhawk (Kara Keith and Steve Elaschuk). Since 2015, he has played drums for Des Arcs (Travis Davies, Dave Anderson, and Mark Rudd), who performed at the Ship and Anchor on September 21, 2022. Lorrie Matheson engineered their 2023 album, which was completed. Kimberly was David’s 2003 wife.
Kimberly worked and David’s bands performed at Edmonton’s Sidetrack Cafe, where they met. The first night they met, they talked and laughed near the venue until almost 7:00 a.m. After several more nights like this, they both clearly expressed their feelings for each other, but life took them in different directions. They continued to meet at concerts and events and wish each other a happy birthday.
They later confessed to having crushes on each other since meeting. Kimberly claims love at first sight. They met on a music thread in 2017 and exchanged phone numbers, talking for hours every day. David finally asked Kimberly on their dream “first” date. They chose a camping trip over a dinner date. They bonded quickly.
They were good at finding hidden camping spots. Kimberly and David enjoyed quiet nights at home as much as attending concerts or local festivals with friends, cooking homey meals together, and watching nature documentaries with Aggie, their spirited and slightly eccentric rescue dog. Kimberly’s family loved David like a son.
The Getz and Phillips families will miss him, especially Kimberly’s nephew Luke, who shared a special bond with David due to their shared love of waterparks, board games, swimming in cold lakes, hiking random trails, going to museums, camping, and challenging Kim and her brother Aaron to a game of badminton.
David has supported Kimberly for two years through her life-threatening cancer diagnosis and post-treatment complications. David supported Kimberly and loved her at every appointment. David’s doctors loved him for his calmness and dedication to Kimberly’s health. David supported Kimberly through seemingly endless treatments and side effects, spending long days and nights caring for her.
Dave is survived by his loving partner Kimberly Getz, father Fred Alcock (Sylvia), siblings, Jon Alcock (Jodi) and Lindsay Alcock (Heather); and nieces and nephew, Gabrielle, Grace, Amiah and Lochlan Gregory-Alcock. He was predeceased by his mother Audrey Alcock in 2013, grandparents, Benno and Gertrude Gautier and Harold and Ethel Alcock.
His famous hugs, kisses, and gentle advice were always there for her. David gave Kimberly nearly six years of intense love. David was kind, intelligent, funny, and compassionate. To help Kimberly, please visit GoFundMe. Dave, our love and grief are immense. Your morality and genuine empathy will be missed. Your kindness has improved the world, but we still have many questions.
You did your best. Everyone you’ve touched remembers you. Your impact on music will endure. Dave’s life will be celebrated at Canadian Legion Branch 275 on January 22, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. (755 – 40th Street SE, Calgary, AB).