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ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the gig economy, impacting all aspects and individuals who derive a living from live music experiences.

Professional musicians who rely on performance income are among the most vulnerable cohorts. The Province of Alberta recognizes the urgent need to support artists through these challenging times, and also the importance that home-grown talent has in connecting Albertans through music.

In response to this challenge, the government is working with four of Alberta’s music industry organizations with provincial mandates – The Alberta Music Industry Association (Alberta Music), National Music Centre (NMC), CKUA Radio Network, and Stagehand – to develop an innovative program designed to showcase Alberta’s diverse talent and provide support for artists. The ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT online series is meant to connect Albertans across the province with music during these times of physical distancing.

Please note, some artists have chosen not to accept tips. In these cases, links have been provided to their website.

Applications are now open and weekly concerts will be announced throughout the summer.

Artist Application

via Stagehand

Application FAQ

via Alberta Music


July 9th, 2020

With a confident voice and boundless energy, Edmonton based JUNO winner Celeigh Cardinal connects deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love.

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Respect for tradition with the sophistication to shake it off. Edmonton‘s Altameda have evolved into a band with a bold, and unrelenting sound.

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Hailing from Calgary, the charismatic troubadour Matt Blais plays modern roots-rock with a foundation in candid songwriting.

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Nice Horse is a self-contained, all-female four-piece band from Calgary with two Canadian Country Music Award nominations and a wildly entertaining live show.

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For Calgary‘s rap/hip-hop artist Sinzere, music serves as a vessel used to inspire people through cutting-edge lyrics, and deep cinematic sound.

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July 2nd, 2020

An alternative country singer/songwriter hailing from Lethbridge, Leeroy Stagger pens songs dealing with life’s challenges and questions that are literate but down to earth.

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Wyatt C. Louis is a Cree-Métis folk singer-songwriter, based in Moh’kinstsís (Calgary). His songs are built from soaring melodies, railroad-like finger picking and quiet, haunting vocals.

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Edmonton alt-pop artist VISSIA draws on dance, R&B, rock and soul exploring our emotional heart-spaces with unquenchable curiosity and playful awareness.

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Two decades ago it was a song about a bus route that brought Calgary hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire out of the basement and into the limelight of Alberta’s hip hop scene.

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Edmonton‘s AV (Ann Vriend) is known most for her virtuosic, soaringly powerful vocals, along with her multi award-winning abilities as a songwriter — and she ain’t too bad at the piano, either.

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June 25th, 2020

Corb Lund’s music reflects his Southern Alberta heritage. His blend of Americana-meets-alt-country has attracted accolades from critics in Canada and the U.S.

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Take a sonic journey with Calgary‘s Sargeant X Comrade. Rich, smoky vocals anchor ‘40s swing, hip hop beats, flamenco guitar, reggae, trip hop and so much more.

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Matthew Cardinal is an Indigenous electronic musician and sound artist currently based in amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory.

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Edmonton‘s Marlaena Moore crosses personal bedroom confessionals with grunge influenced guitar tones in a tight pop-song package.

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Calgarian Raghav has sold over 1.4 million copies of his debut album, Storyteller, which led to a MOBO Award, 2 UK Asian Music Awards, 1 Urban Music Award and 4 UK national top 10 singles.

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June 18th, 2020

Lethbridge-based Shaela Miller has affinity for the classic country greats which gives her an unparalleled disposition as an original ambassador of a new wave of country music.

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Two Spirit singer songwriter Shawnee uses music as medicine. The Edmonton-based CBC Searchlight winner focuses on inspiration and empowerment.

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Edmonton’s Billie Zizi deftly combines the groove of classic soul with a flair for contemporary RnB melody, while adding an avant-jazz vibe with her adventurous guitar forays.

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Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 25, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide.

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Tim Tamashiro is recognized as a celebrated vocalist throughout Canada. Based in Calgary, Tim is a jazz singer, speaker, entertainer, and former national radio host.

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June 11th, 2020

Nuela Charles is an alternative soul singer/songwriter based in Edmonton, known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence.

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From Calgary, Reuben and the Dark is the spirited folk-rock outfit led by Reuben Bullock, whose music blends introspective lyrics with irrepressible harmonies.

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Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire is a bilingual award winning singer-songwriter from Edmonton who loves to play with lyrics and musical form in both French and English.

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Based in Calgary, Tim Williams mixes traditional blues, music from the Mexican border, Hawaiian music and more to create one of the most unique blends in folk music.

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