Born in Quebec of Italian ancestry, Marco Calliari apparently grew up in a household where opera was king. Then when he was 14, though, he discovered metal. That inspired him and some friends to form a metal band called Anonymus. They enjoyed a 15-year, five album run in Quebec before Calliari decided to go solo.

When he did, he shifted gears musically. On Sunday, April 12 the Regina Folk Festival is presenting him in concert at the Exchange. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door, and you can find out more on the RFF website.

To close, here’s video from 2012 of Calliari and his band performing the song “Che La Vita”: