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Making her way from the bush of Northern Alberta, Bebe BuckSkin, a Nêhiyaw singer song-writer and matriarch, cultivates a delightful fusion of rhythm & blues, classic rock, and soulful roots that warm the hearts of all who hear her perform. She is the power through song we’ve all been waiting for...

Born and raised in the swampy woodlands of Northern Alberta, Bebe BuckSkin is the embodiment of Northern grit and soul.  Her velvety robust vocals and powerfully vivid song writing captivates the listener; taking them on a journey through soundscapes of vintage inspirations.

Bebe has cultivated strong roots within her local music community in Calgary, AB, and continues to play a vital role in the flourishing Indigenous music scene. Bebe is an affiliate and past participant of Manitoba Music's AMP Camp (Aboriginal Music Program), ImagiNative's Bullseye Artist Development Contest (Top 5 in Canada), and APTN's Aboriginal Day Live 2017 television event.

Her single "Flight" (off of her Debut 2015 EP by the same title),  has been a long lasting contender on the Indigenous Music Countdown's top 40 chart - peaking to the #1 position this past Spring.  She is currently working on her LP "Muddy Tracks" - a Bluesy-Retro Rock album, with her band.

She recently recorded her single, "Trapline" (Which will be her first single off her LP, "Muddy Tracks" - release date TBA), at the legendary FAME studio's in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Bebe and her band will return to FAME to record the remainder of the album in the Fall of 2018.

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Carter and the Capitals are a high energy five-piece funk group from Edmonton, Alberta. Known for their signature, hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, and catchy instrumental riffs, the Capitals fuse the most danceable elements of the pop and funk genres. Since forming in 2015, the Capitals have been consistently building their audience throughout Western Canada with wild live performances and infectious singles. They have been support acts for Busty & The Bass, Har Mar Superstar as well as multiple support dates with Five Alarm Funk. The Capitals are in the process of recording their debut full-length album, eagerly expected in 2018. The first single off of the new record, “One Step from Magic” is available everywhere.

The Capitals’ original material brings to mind artists such as Prince, James Brown, and Bruno Mars and never fails to pack the dancefloor.

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Having begun his path in 2001, Freddy J has been focused on a mission of constant development, molding his unique style to deliver dancefloor mayhem wherever he performs. He unfailingly brings you some of the best bassline driven party funk every time he plays. His mixes are guaranteed to bring anyone to their feet and you can count on a good time, every time.

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iamhill, fresh out of releasing her long-awaited album titled Give it a Rest (on outlets such as Earmilk and Sidewalk Hustle), definitely isn’t giving it a rest, with a new EP in the wings and releases lined up throughout the year. 2018 found hill climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50, not to mention being featured on Spotify Canada’s New Music Friday playlist three weeks in a row) and traveling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists.

Having just returned from Asia, where she shot two new music videos in late February with Travis Nesbit (creator of DethLab) and Jay Sparrow, she had the opportunity to play three showcases at Austin Texas’ local Red Gorilla Music festival on March 15th, 16th, and 17th, coinciding with the city’s week of South by SouthWest madness. She then spent two weeks on the road in April, one in “Music City, USA” (Nashville), with co-writer and producer Gavin Slate, working on new material for iamhill’s solo project. Immediately following her time in Nashville, she was invited to Santorini, Greece, where she attended the Blackrock Songwriting camp at Blackrock studios (Justin Bieber, One Direction). iamhill’s recent viral single and title track off her album, “Give it a Rest”, is now being featured on SONiC 102.9, alt radio and major taste-maker in Canada as their Local Spotlight artist, and looks forward to playing in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta this summer at Taste of Edmonton and SONiC’s local spotlight showcase in August.

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Jesse and the Dandelions are a 5 piece psyche-pop band based in Edmonton Alberta, led by Jesse Northey (Producer, Engineer).

With Jesse and the Dandelions’ production values maturing alongside the content, their upcoming album Give Up The Gold (2018) is enriched with classic synth and guitar textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own path forward. String sections, a cacophonous blend of noise, and heavily layered vocal harmonies push accessible pop hooks into more psychedelically complex and intriguing harmonic territory that rewards repeat listeners by continuing to engage them.

“True Blue is a thoughtful, evocative album that grows in appreciation on successive spins. In the simplest terms, it’s a dreamy pop record that ventures into the realm of the psychedelic.

Highlighted by compelling, layered instrumentation, coded ethereal lyrics and the occasional jangly guitar—True Blue leaves a lingering effect that is challenging and satisfying.  Elegant harmonies drift throughout the record, summoning memories of late Beatles records crossed with early ’90s college-radio lyrics” – Vue Weekly

The band has been very active in Western Canada with success on CBC and campus community radio, as well as great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado,Said the Whale and July Talk. Highlights have included showcases at Breakout West,Canadian Music Week, JUNOfest, Sled Island, over 100k Spotify spins for True Blue, and the inclusion on Spotify’s Modern Psychedelia Playlist.

Jesse and the Dandelions consists of Jesse Northey(Guitar,Vox) Conner Ellinger (Drums) Daniel Sedmak (Bass), Travis Sargeant(Guitar) and Dean Kheroufi (Keys).

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Since his self-produced debut "No Loitering" (2010), Lucas Chaisson has become one of the brightest young stars in the Canadian roots music scene. His sophomore effort "Growing Pains" (2012) earned him the title "Young Performer of the Year" at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The strong songwriting showcased on his recordings, and his ability to make an emotional connection with his audience has garnered him the opportunity to play high profile venues such as the Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore, Vancouver Island and Winnipeg Folk Festivals.

Recorded in Nashville, TN with Grammy award winning producer Colin Linden, "Telling Time" (2015) was released to much acclaim. Lucas was short-listed for the Edmonton Music Prize, received a nomination for "Solo Roots Recording of The Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards and seven Edmonton Music Award nominations; where he was awarded "Singer-Songwriter of The Year" and "Country Recording of The Year. "Telling Time" received considerable airplay on Canadian college radio, CBC, CKUA, SIRIUS/XM and several independently programmed stations in the United States. A seamless blend of folk, roots, blues and country flavours, this recording illustrates the unique sound Lucas has been working towards for years.

Currently taking time to work on his fourth full length recording, Lucas has kept busy workshopping new material at venues around Alberta and performing often as a regular member of alt-country band Lucette. An honest and confident songwriter, Lucas isn’t afraid to tread familiar ground with new eyes.

 

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Based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Lyra has been writing, recording and performing as a solo artist for over a decade. While she writes all the music and lyrics on piano, she often performs with a band at her live shows. Her music is an eclectic blend of piano driven indie-dream pop with a prominent focus on compelling, surreal lyrics.

She released her debut album, The Language of Eyes, in 2015, followed by a music video for her single “Cheek & Bruise”. She has performed at several festivals: The Edmonton, Calgary and Canmore Folk Festivals, The Edmonton Fringe Festival and UP+DT Festival. The Language of Eyes finished at #7 on CJSR’s Top 300 albums of 2015 and she was nominated for 4 awards at the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards.

In June 2017, she released her newest single, A Little Vulture Told Me, followed by a music video. In April 2018, she was nominated for 6 Edmonton Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Adult Alternative Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year and People’s Choice. She is currently working on completing her next album.

 

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"MelAfrique-Melanin from Africa-is an "afro-fusion" band formed in 2016. The band has three African countries represented, namely, Angola, Kenya and Nigeria. Apart from their main genre, they play all kinds of music from hip-pop to Jazz, R&B, neo-soul, Afro-beats among others. A major goal of theirs is to share great messages through the gift of music. The band comprises Riwo Egor and Adanna Onuekwusi on vocals, Leshan Masikonte on bass guitar and Jorge Aristoteles Canga on keys.

You can reach them on Facebook: MelAfrique & Instagram: @melafrique_"

 

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Blending rural roots with an urban polish, Olivia Rose’s melodies tend to have a “stuck in your head” characteristic. Having hit a chord with audiences of all ages. Her firecracker stage presence has had her grace some of Alberta’s finest stages and opening for Brett Kissel¨ Cold Creek County¨ Chad Brownlee and Aaron Pritchett along with many other notable artists.

 Not only being a multi nominated Alberta Country Music Association artist¨ 2016 recipient of the CN Youth award for the Mayorßs Celebration of the Arts¨ this young performer is also a two time winner of the Edmonton Music Awards Rising Star award. Olivia Rose is currently nominated for 3 Edmonton Music Awards Female Artist of the Year¨ Country Recording of the Year¨ and People’s choice.

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Lovingly embodying and winking at the ‘80s, Physical Copies make seriously infectious nü romantic tunes that pack the dancefloor and tug at the heart strings. Made up of members of Shout Out Out Out Out, the band comes with a certain electropop pedigree and really strut their synthy stuff on Sweety Pie Records release 

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