2018 Performer Matrix
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"Bardic Form is an instrumental Progressive World Folk group from Edmonton, Alberta, who blend folk, Latin, dance and classical music into a high-energy and unparalleled performance. From outdoor festivals to living rooms, concert halls to coffee houses, they are a rare gem performing something truly different and unforgettable!"
Hailing from the Canadian prairies, Defunk has made a distinct name for himself in the electronic music scene. Defunk’s unique brew of funk, blues, soul and bass music has proven him to be a true connoisseur of genre blending. His innovative style has created a path for fans of all genres to venture into the bass music scene…and a niche that has left him virtually untouched. He melts the experimental with the familiar, pushing the envelope with each new release. The versatility Defunk delivers in both his DJ sets and live performances has caught the attention of Pretty Lights, GRiZ and Gramatik. With a constantly changing set and rapidly expanding discography, Defunk consistently constructs a show brimming with allure and absolute magic.
Karimah is an award winning French and English language Pop/R&B/Soul artist who was nicknamed “The Queen of Soul” by Radio-Canada when she reached the top 24 of “The Voice Canada” in 2017. Her dynamic “stadium diva-meets-bedroom singer” vocals will give you goosebumps, and her stories of love, loss, and social dysfunction will leave a tear in your eye as you sway to the rhythm of her cathartic tunes.
MAJOR LOVE is the moniker of Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown - and a new album featuring members of Scenic Route To Alaska, Jesse and the Dandelions, Elijah Abrams, and Aaron Goldstein. From Edmonton, Alberta by way of Kingston, Ontario, they make soulful pop-rock music for their hoser friends.
With versatile songs and a voice akin to Joni Mitchell, Colleen Brown is relentlessly unafraid. In 2015 she released her 4th solo studio album ‘Direction’ - co-produced by Joel Plaskett - topping college radio charts, and touring Canada, Germany and the UK. Kerry Doole of exclaim.ca says 'she is the rare vocalist that impresses equally on vibrant soul and quiet folk...travelling in Brown's Direction is one very pleasing trek.'
The new album 'Major Love' is the first under this new moniker, and was conceived in the lamplight of London’s Bedroom Bar during that first tour overseas. Edmonton rock trio Scenic Route To Alaska were also wrapping their first tour in Germany and the UK, promoting their newest album. The two acts found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their home-town, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
An album was tracked live off the floor a month later, during a summer heatwave in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Jesse Northey (Jesse and the Dandelions) on keys and faders. Contributions from multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams followed, with mixes and co-production by Toronto- based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein, along with Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano) and the singalong single ‘So Good’ mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F. The album will be released on Latent Recordings (Warner) on Aug 17, 2018. The first two singles 'Tear It Down’ and ’So Good’ have both charted on CBC Radio 2 and ’So Good’ is beginning to reach commercial radio audiences.
Two other songs from this album have also been lauded for their song-craft. ‘Motherland’ - written essentially as a love-letter to Alberta - won a province wide songwriting contest in 2015 through the ATB competition, to the tune of $10,000; and the powerful ballad ‘I Love All Of You’ was a finalist in the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition for 2017.
These songs thrive at the intersection between Brown’s resonant vocal expression and SRTA’s spirited swagger. It is music to move body and soul.
Mariel Buckley’s spectacular sophomore full-length album, Driving In The Dark, delivers on the promise of her previous album, Motorhome (and then some), as she plants her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul.
Driving In The Dark’s ten songs—led by the singles “Rose Coloured Frames” and “One Time Asking”—paint poetically plainspoken highs and lows, long nights and hard days, all filtered through Mariel’s wry, no-bullshit perspective, and enhanced by the impressive team she assembled for the recording sessions, led by producer Leeroy Stagger at his Rebeltone Ranch studio in Lethbridge, Alberta.
From the moment the Calgary native arrived on the scene with her self-titled EP in 2012 Mariel quickly earned the respect of the Alberta roots music community, leading to performances in support of her idol k.d. lang, and entertaining audiences at the province’s major festivals.
Having now made a powerful statement with Driving In The Dark, Mariel proves she is an artist truly coming into her own and ready to take on the world. She could have chosen to chase a slicker, more polished sound built for radio and arenas, but instead, she doubled down on the grit and the truth in her music. It’s honesty that brought her to this point, and honesty that will continue to carry her into the future.
Nuela Charles is an alternative soul singer/songwriter based in Edmonton, Canada, known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence. Noted as “one to watch” by the legendary SoulTrain.com, Nuela has become an indie synch darling, landing 11 TV placements off of her debut album “Aware” alone!
Cited by the U.K.’s Metro publication as “cocked, locked and ready to be shot onto the world stage with a soulful voice that may one day fill the Amy Winehouse-shaped holes in everyone’s hearts,” Nuela has brought her distinct voice to various stages across North America. Over the last several years she has showcased at Canadian Music Week multiple times, headlined an evening at the Edmonton Jazz Festival, and even landed an opening support slot for Ziggy Marley. Nuela’s debut American performance was at the uber-coveted “It’s A School Night” showcase in Los Angeles, on the personal invite of Chris Douridas, popular DJ and musical tastemaker at Santa Monica, California's radio station KCRW, after he added Charles’ saxy “Unfortunate Love” into rotation.
The lead single “Crumbling Down” from her sophomore 2018 Juno Award nominated album “The Grand Hustle,” landed Nuela a nod from pop culture staple FADER.com and spread nationwide as it landed on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 charts for seven weeks straight. Adding another four (4) TV synchs to her name, notably on ESPN and the CW’s hit show “Jane The Virgin,” Charles is ready to release more of her fiery brand of cinematic soul.
Nuela’s newest single “Do It Right” (March 2, 2018) is a snappy, Bob Fosse inspired, head bopper, co-written and produced by Grammy-nominated Rob Kleiner (Andra Day, Sia, Ceelo Green) in Los Angeles, CA. Already with two (2) ESPN TV placements in the bag “Do It Right” is sure to turn some heads and with an album’s worth of new songs set for release, Nuela is geared up and ready to go.
Comprised of bassist/vocalist James Murdoch, guitarist/vocalist Robb Angus, guitarist/vocalist Kiron Jhass, steel player Darrek Anderson and drummer Ben Shillabeer, The Dungarees have a definitive musical mandate; Take the undeniable lyrical styling, twangy telecaster and steel guitar that they love from classic country, and inject it with harmony, modern intensity and pop sensibility.
Among Canada’s fastest rising stars, The Dungarees have performed at marquee festivals including Boots and Hearts Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree, Country Thunder, Dauphin CountryFest and SunFest. Gracing arena stages, the band has proudly opened as direct support for Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert, and will be supporting the legendary Dwight Yoakam in October 2016.
The band’s lead single, “Ain’t Through Being Happy Yet”, received rotation and feature plays on commercial country radio across Canada. Produced by The Road Hammers’ Clayton Bellamy, the sophomore single "I'm Down" is set for an August 2016 release.
The Dungarees took home “Country Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards, and both Darrek Anderson and Ben Shillabeer received All-Star Band nominations at the Canadian Country Music Awards. The band was most recently nominated for "Group of The Year" at the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards, and was honored to be shortlisted for numerous 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards.
The Royal Foundry make the kind of up tempo folk pop that comes from harmonious alignment. It makes sense, then, that band members Bethany and Jared Salte are married. As the duo write music inspired by their marital life along with life lessons and challenges, they embark hand-in-hand, creating thought provoking lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a charming, unforgettable chemistry.
Wares is the name for the noisy, driving, power pop sounds made by Edmonton songwriter Cassia Hardy. Emerging in 2013 with a series of bedroom recorded EPs, Cassia quickly established a reputation for her captivating live sets. Early Wares performances would often see Cassia and her too-loud guitar wading into the crowd, lyrics screamed over squalls of feedback suddenly cutting to whisper quiet refrains. Nonstop west coast touring, a profile in Noisey, and opening spots for groups like U.S. Girls, Metz, and Cloud Nothings, soon brought Wares to the national spotlight.
More recently, Wares’ eponymous debut on Double Lunch Records has enjoyed widespread acclaim from critics and long time listeners. Recorded by Calgary’s Lorrie Matheson, Wares takes years of roadworn songcraft and distills it to a dynamic forty minutes of music, full of sudden turns. From lovelorn campfire strumming (‘Out All Night’), to grimy punk riffing (‘What You Want’, Keeping Me Awake’), to rumbling waves of synth drone (Dirt), Wares could easily have been a confounding listen. Yet throughout each track, Cassia’s deft lyricism and knack for arranging keep the music focused and engaging. Currently taking the form of a four piece band for live shows, expect new sights and sounds from Wares as they tour the country this summer.
Whale and the Wolf's music spans deep and treacherous ground, making it difficult for them to hide the genuine thrill and enjoyment felt with each live performance. Refusing to let a single show pass without spilling their guts across the stage, the band continues to leave their audience thirsting for more. Share in the lust and love that is Whale and the Wolf.
In 2015 the band released their debut EP charting 3 singles in the Top 40 for Canadian Active Rock. Two years later, after working with Danny Craig (Default), Whale and the Wolf released their latest single "Touch" slotting as high as #25 in Canadian Active Rock. The song was featured on one of Alan Cross' Top 11 playlists, and has received radio play on over a dozen radio stations across Canada.
With over 20 cities under their belt in 2017 alone, the band then accompanied One Bad Son on their Western Canadian swing of their "Made in the Name of Rock n Roll" tour.
In 2018, the band released the single "So It Goes." Which has yet again caught the eyes and ears of Canadian Radio Programmers, while also landing on several Spotify playlists, boosting their fan-base across Canada and beyond too.
A just completed Showcase gig at CMW 2018 in Toronto at the Famed“Rivoli” Whale and the Wolf, are now ready the release of the next single via “Knight Vision” records, on May 25th. Plus several key summer festival appearances. While also planning several Canadian dates including Vancouver, and shows at home in Edmonton.