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ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT

A WEEKLY ONLINE CONCERT SHOWCASE THAT SHINES A LIGHT ON ALBERTA-MADE MUSIC.

August 27th, 2020

With Calgary-based Northern Beauties you feel the story before you know the words to the song. Each song is an intimate ramble, an authentic connection, and a journey from heart to heart.

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Gisela Romero is a Latin jazz singer, performing in Spanish and English. Residing in Airdrie, Gisela is Mexican by birth but Canadian by destiny’s choice. Her performances are an expression of her life experience and love for music.

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From Calgary, Kate Stevens’ blended-genre sound is an eclectic mix of emotive folk & soulful jazzy pop. Her major influences include timeless voices such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joni Mitchell.

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Devin Cooper’s unique sound blends country, blues and rock and roll. Based in Calgary, his live show delivers raw storytelling lyrics, killer guitar licks, and a dynamic performance.

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The Spanish Flies are an Edmonton-based collective of musicians with a colourful range of influences, including indie-rock, latin pop, and psychedelia. Their stylistic grooves are a perfect addition to any party.

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August 20th, 2020

A bred-in-the-bones roots musician from Calgary, Emily Triggs’ sophomore album Middletown takes you on a journey through inspirations and experiences that have shaped her sound.

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Jory Kinjo, is a Calgary-based artist who’s career spans two decades. Kinjo has played Soul, Ska, Reggae and Blues music all over North America, Asia and Europe with artists from BB King to Ziggy Marley.

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From Medicine Hat, Kyle Church’s music is really easy listening, and his personality is also quite laid back. His storytelling at live shows is usually equally as light and humorous as it is deep and thought-provoking.

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Lush with layered guitars, infectious vocal melodies, and instant indie-rock cred, Edmonton’s King of Foxes’ signature sound is quirky and textural, incorporating elements of Brit-pop and melodic indie rock.

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Transit22 writes relatable, thought provoking lyrics over non-traditional, energetic beats. He is a Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper, a Calgary poet laureate finalist, and a winner of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.

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August 13th, 2020

Described as “a marriage of jazz, blues and indie rock,” Calgary‘s Samantha Savage Smith has toured extensively across Canada, Iceland, the UK/EU, and made her U.S debut at the 2015 SXSW.

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Whether they’re packing dance floors in honky tonks or in rock clubs soaked in wine and whiskey, Edmonton‘s Ayla Brook & The Sound Men deliver a tapestry of hurtin’ and feelin’ tunes about life on and off Canada’s barstools.

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From Edmonton, Anders Muskens is an ensemble director and a historical keyboard specialist. He began piano studies at the age of 4, and by 17 completed an Associate Diploma in modern piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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If you are looking for soulful, sultry, country music; look no further. Okotoks born and raised, Michela Sheedy, represents a steely edge to the Canadian country music scene.

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Based in Airdrie, born in Mexico City, the music of Esteban Herrera is an active conversation with his Latin Jazz Trio inside a sea of improvisation. They explore odd meters, complex rhythms and latin traditions.

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August 6th, 2020

A mesmerizing performer and studious songwriter, Calgary‘s Mariel Buckley proves that with each new endeavour, she is bound to vulnerability and truth. This signature candour is what captivates listeners.

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Based in Edmonton, Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact.

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Calgary‘s Justine Vandergrift is like the old hymns she grew up with – even if you can’t put your finger on what makes them authentic, they are undeniably so. Her four studio albums reveal a clear, rich and emotive voice and finely-tuned song-crafting.

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Edmonton‘s Scott Cook has been touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

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As a solo artist Edmonton-based, Jay Gilday is a captivating and jovial storyteller and songwriter suitable for any listening audience. As a rock quartet Gilday puts on a danceable rock show with funky blues guitar and organ-driven 60s sounding songs.

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