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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 or Stagehand page.

Thank you to everyone who engaged with the Alberta Spotlight series by tuning in or performing. We are no longer accepting applications for this program. Please revisit past performances here – it is a diverse collection which will continue to highlight the vibrant musical talent of Alberta. 

September 24th, 2020

From Calgary, the honeyed snarl of Metis/Cree artist Bebe Buckskin is a reckoning force. Her sound resides somewhere between acid-laced vintage rock and the contemporary protest of her fearless roots.

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Based in Banff, songwriter Amelie Patterson is a music workhorse with hooks to spare. The result is energetic party songs with a driving pulse that extend into the uncharted waters of electro-pop and indie-electronic.

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Edmonton‘s The Dungarees take the undeniable lyrical styling, soaring telecaster and steel guitar of classic country, and inject it with harmony, modern intensity and pop sensibility to make it all their own.

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Ellen Doty is a soulful Edmonton-based vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music incorporates everything from jazz to soul, folk, pop and indie music: a sound that is uniquely hers.

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Since his earliest home recordings, Calgary‘s Yves Jarvis has taken a Sun Ra inspired attitude, with windows left wide open, so every sound that filters into his songs becomes part of them. He also draws on the meticulous methods and epic compositions of progressive rock groups like King Crimson and Yes.

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September 17th, 2020

Texas-born Donald Ray Johnson is a Grammy Award-winning R&B vocalist and drummer now based in Calgary. Donald Ray’s legendary career spans five decades with numerous tours and performances around the globe.

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Edmonton‘s KARÍMAH delivers an emotionally rich live performance full of fury and hope, in English and French. KARÍMAH embraces the doom, gloom and beauty of life in her catchy yet unique genre-bending songs.

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Having first arrived on the scene in the midst of the alt-country insurgency of the early 1990s, Edmonton’s Mike Plume and his loyal band have logged countless miles around the globe.

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The Mbira Renaissance Band is an Edmonton-based afro-fusion band. Their infectious polyrhythmic sound fuses traditional Zimbabwean mbira music with elements of jazz, reggae and afro-pop.

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3X EMA Award Winner Arlo Maverick is an Edmonton Hip-Hop artist who aims to move his fans physically and emotionally. Arlo’s music is relatable and timely touching on everything from dating with trust issues, coping with suicide, to being undervalued at your 9 to 5.

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September 10th, 2020

RIELL is an internationally touring and Top 40 charting Dance Pop artist, songwriter, and topliner from Edmonton. Her music is an innovative mix of obsession with raw experience, and adventures around the globe.

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In 2001, Lethbridge singer/songwriter John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while he sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs.

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Edmonton Music Awards Nominee & Telus Storyhive Grant recipient Mouraine has established himself as one of Canada’s most promising upcoming artists.

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Edmonton-based Wares provides riff-wielding indie-rock symphonies for anyone striving to stay alive and create a brighter future.

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From Calgary, Lyrique is a Filipino Canadian immigrant who fuses flows and melodies with soulful beats. He has performed at festivals such as The Fusion Music Festival, Sled Island, and The K-days Music Festival.

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September 3, 2020

T. Buckley’s songs blew across the prairies like a Nor’easter, hanging on to their creator as he stormed into the Calgary scene. His family’s Atlantic roots anchors his country sound.

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Miesha & The Spanks are a high octane garage rock duo from Calgary made up of rock n’ roll matriarch Miesha Louie and her partner in crime, Sean Hamilton on drums.

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Lethbridge singer/songwriter Ryland Moranz is coming into his own in these strange times. His new album, “XO, 1945.” steps into the great beyond, taking passionate look at the world we live in and the people whom inhabit it.

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Megan Dawson is a singer/songwriter from Calgary. At the 2018 Alberta Country Music Awards (ACMA), she was nominated for the Fan’s Choice Award, as well as performing at the 2018 ACMA Fan Festival.

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Based in St. Albert, Cristian De La Luna‘s music is heat and light, his words are friendship and love. His rhythms are those of the heart, the pleasure of life. His voice sounds the urgency to live in the present moment.

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