Edmonton hosted the CFL Grey Cup and the 'Bring the Heat' Grey Cup Festival – a family-friendly street party from Nov. 21 to 24.
As part of the festival, the Alberta Government hosted an Alberta House, in which festival-goers could win prizes, warm up by the fire and experience Alberta's arts, culture and sports stories. Admission was free.
We thought we would highlight some of the artists that were featured in Alberta House:
Adrian LaChance is a Plains Cree from James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan who now makes his home in Edmonton. Adrian is a traditional dancer and drummer and also travels internationally to host workshops and lead cultural teachings. Adrian shares hope, humour and cultural awareness as a way to bring people together in a good way.
Alee is a Canadian country music singer-songwriter. With a year that began with a CCMA Rising Star Nomination, Alee celebrated the release of her debut full length album “Bad Habit” with over 3.5 million streams on Spotify, a #1 female single “Moonshine” on Canadian country radio, Top 20 video on CMT, all leading up to her coveted nomination for CCMA Female Artist of the Year in September 2017.
Andrea is an St. Albert born, up and coming songwriter who brings together the worlds of roots, folk and pop to create her own unique sound. Some of her notable performances include performing at Big Valley Jamboree, Edmonton Expo and multiple events around the city. Her unique voice and lyrical stylings continues to draw people in with her messages of transition, loss and rising through adversity.
Braden Gates is a singer-songwriter. He was nominated for the 2017 ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ and ‘Contemporary Album of the Year’ at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and has played at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Vancouver Island Music Festival, among other regional festivals and venues. His fourth album is scheduled for release on Canada's prestigious folk/roots label Borealis Records.
Brenda Dirk is a singer-songwriter who combines a modern pop-country sound with a clever lyric and melodic twist. She is a two time Edmonton Music Award nominee for "Country Recording of the Year" and " People's Choice Award," and 2018 ACMA Nominee for Female Artist of the year as well as a Canadian Association of Songwriters Semi-Finalist award. Past performances include Big Valley Jamboree, The Needle Vinyl Tavern, CCMA’s ACMA showcase (Saskatoon) and Cook County Saloon.
A Celeigh Cardinal performance is a heartfelt, soulful triumph of songs that are a concoction of folkstyle blues, soul and pop. This Métis singer/songwriter is easily one of the finest vocalists to hail from the Peace Country. She has received many accolades in her musical journey. Celeigh was named the Cultural Ambassador for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, has received a Youth Role Model Award, an ATB Listens grant, and was part of the Banff Centre for the Arts “(Re)Claim” Program. She is a passionate performer who can evoke a plethora of emotions with her deliberate words and her rich contralto voice.
Evan Crawford is an alternative pop-rock artist from Edmonton, known for his deep, introspective songwriting and powerful voice. Evan's debut EP was released on July 15th, 2016 and by the next day the EP, "Clockwork Heart" was already at #124 on iTunes' Top Selling Alternative Albums Chart.
Grindstone Theatre is a non-profit Edmonton based company, and owner/operator of the The Grindstone Comedy Theatre & Bistro in Old Strathcona. Grindstone may be most well known for their improvised musical The 11 O’clock Number! but also produces mainstage plays and musicals, runs classes and workshops, and a variety of events. The company believes that theatre can change lives for the better; for those who participate in the performing arts, for audiences and for our community.
Jay Sparrow is not your typical country singer-songwriter. He was was lead singer for the Edmonton punk rock band Murder City Sparrows, but dissolved the band and pursued a different direction. He is a former winner of the CBC Great Canadian Song Quest in 2009, and just released his latest album Bluebeard.
Karimah writes and sings progressive R&B/ Soul - exploring the dark side of love and life with music. Exploring sounds from many ages and many styles, in both English and French, she has performed in Edmonton, Montreal and New York. Most recently, she received a 4 chair turn on Canada’s version of “The Voice”, going on to the top 25.
Known in the local Edmonton music scene as a young upcoming artist, Kat Zel captivates audiences with spellbound lyrics and alternative melodies. "Kat Zel is delivering music for the masses with hooky songs, groovy beats, relatable lyrics and great musicianship."
Leo Martinez fuses Indie-Folk with soul to create something totally unique. Heartfelt music with incredible soul. Through the Leo Martinez project, he has assembled a band of crack players to flesh out his songs. "They have become one of the best live shows in Edmonton."
Born and raised in Britain, and now settled in Edmonton, Martin Kerr is a fixture of the summer music scene, drawing huge crowds to his street performances and selling thousands of CDs from his guitar case. In 2017, his career path accellerated when he sold out two nights at the 1,700-seat Winspear Centre, after he was announced as a performer at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and added as the opening act for Sarah McLachlan’s Canada Day show at Rogers Place.
Naeem Gabriel is a singer-songwriter, who grew up in Slave Lake but now resides in Edmonton, and can be seen at a variety of live music venues. He recently performed at the St. Albert Amplify Festival.
Paul Woida is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Master Looper currently based in Edmonton. He is a past winner of the Hot 107 $10,000 Hot Factor Competition, he placed first in the Edmonton Landmark Showcase Competition, was chosen to open for Casting Crowns at the 2016 Break Forth conference and won the 2016 Airmiles ‘Detour Big Break’ Competition which brought him to Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, to open for Meghan Trainor.
Rebecca Lappa is folk/pop/rock artist from Edmonton. This Canadian Folk Music Awards and Edmonton Music Awards winner writes original music that showcases her powerful vocals, storytelling, and thought provoking lyrics. With her red hair and red guitar, she brings fire to every performance. Her songs crackle with originality, blaze with passion and glow with honest emotions.
Three time Edmonton Music Award winners, The Royal Foundry is an upbeat Alt-POP band that makes catchy-singable music driven by raw guitar and tasty synths. Their breakthrough album, Wherever We Go was released in 2014, followed up by Lost In Your Head in 2017. Their new single “Don’t Know” is from their next album release, which is due out in Spring 2019.
Travis Matthews started playing music at 7 years old under the guidance of a very accomplished musical family. Now, at the age of 22, he is making his mark in the flourishing Edmonton music scene. You can catch him hosting open stages at the Dirtbag Cafe, or watch for his new album currently in recording.