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Alberta Culture Days | cSpace | 2017


Welcome to the West and cSpace Projects presents Alberta Culture Days – a celebration of musicians in Southern Alberta. These concerts will be the first held within the ‘Studio Theatre’ at Marda Loop’s historic King Edward School. Friday night’s doors will be at 7pm with a DJ set by Future Phil of Kinfolk Deejays followed by performances by I Am the Mountain and The Torchettes. On Saturday, the show will feature Liam Clarke & Hector Gomez of Kinfolk Deejays spinning records (Noon-3pm and 5pm-8pm) alongside performances by 21 Strings, Godfrey & Tod, Amy Nelson, Fox Who Slept the Day Away and finishing with The Rondel Roberts Band. This event is free to the public.

Friday, September 29 >>> The Torchettes <<< 10pm>

When sassy front women Deicha Carter and Abbie Thurgood open their mouths and sing, images of some of the finest, funkiest soul singers and most compelling ‘60s garage rock waft through your psyche and bones. The straight goods are delivered with grit, groove and perfect backing from Anders Czarnecki and Steven Halvorson. Guitar riffs, driving horns and a solid back beat build around bang-on harmonies as this gutsy beast with a doctorate in black magic melts your bits into the hot and sweaty underworld. There are many good reasons they’ve become the go-to support vocalists for Calgary’s soulful rock outfit Copperhead and others, and that one of them fronts another hot band, Deicha & the Voodoos. And it’s no surprise that a Nathaniel Rateliff video plays on YouTube after one of theirs, shot at their Women’s Centre benefit series. – Kerry Clarke (Calgary Folk Festival).

Friday, September 29 >>> I Am the Mountain <<< 9pm

I Am The Mountain plays campfire soul music, and is currently based in Calgary, AB. Carefully woven throughout our songs is emotion and atmosphere. We feel the music, and want people to experience our songs in the way that they feel is fitting. Chat with a friend, dance uncontrollably, have an Old Fashioned (neat), or lay quietly, motionless, focusing on each and every syllable and note. We bring in a variety of our past and present experiences, music tastes, and personalities. We’re a blend of classically trained instrumentalists, leaning on our jazz, soul, & folk inspirations like Typhoon, Dan Mangan, Hiatus Kaiyote & Christian Scott. We’re all a bunch of goofy eggheads who would love to talk music with you, share a memory, or jam out in a sweaty basement or street corner. Currently, we are working closely with Juno Award nominee, Nils Mikkelsen (AM Static), to create a six song EP that will showcase the bands groovy and soulful new sound. The Ep, We’re Here For Each Other, is set to be released in late 2017.

Saturday, September 29 >>> The Rondel Roberts Band <<< 10pm

The Rondel Roberts Band is a neo-soul band from Calgary, Alberta. “Neo-soul” is a broad facet of music that borrows from a variety of classic and modern genres such as Motown, Post Bop Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk. “The Rondel Roberts Band” is a groove/backbeat oriented project with contemporary original content and a variety of timeless influences. The band offers audiences authentic interpretations of these influences with performances that adorn Reggae, Dancehall, Pop and even some 60’s Rock music.

Saturday, September 29 >>> Fox Who Slept the Day Away <<< 9pm

Fox Who Slept The Day Away does not spend their days idly, despite what their name suggests. From their first demo, “Sometimes”, it was easy to see that the quartet were on to something special. The EP spoke to a maturity far beyond what is expected of the young group, and since then this dynamic has been ever evolving and delighting fans. Blending jazz and math-rock technicality with the ambience of post rock, they have created a unique and diverse sonic range. With ambitious influences such as The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, and Local Natives, the band is constantly working to develop and encompass new branches of music.

Saturday, September 29 >>> Amy Nelson <<< 8pm

Amy Nelson is an old time banjoist and singer/songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She harkens back to a time when music was not only a form of entertainment, but a way of connecting to the hearts of everyday people.

Saturday, September 29 >>> Godfrey & Tod <<< 4pm

Godfrey & Tod is an old time duo from Calgary, AB. Composed of Nathan M. Godfrey on resonator guitar and banjo, and Mike Tod on acoustic guitar, the duo plays old-time musics of the Americas, from cowboy songs of Alberta’s coulees, to traditional ballads of the Appalachian Mountains. Joining them for this performance will be Jeremy Gignoux on the fiddle.

Saturday, September 29 >>> 21 Strings <<< 3pm

Xinna plays the guzheng, a 21-stringed traditional Chinese acoustic instrument. Ezra plays guitar, piano and drums. Together, they combine classic Chinese songs with modern Western tunes and original compositions. They have been playing together since 2009, and are currently working toward completing our first full album.

Saturday, September 29 >>> Kinfolk Deejays <<< Friday/Saturday

Kinfolk was born from the vision of a unified community of artistic expressionists. A community that believes in the shedding of the pretence & fragmentation that is so often associated with art, music, partying, and life. As a community, we promote the weaving of subcultures while rejecting their segregation. We believe everyone is an artist & deserves a canvas on which to express themselves—whether the medium is fashion, costume, music, sexuality, poetry, visual art, or simply smiling, all are welcome & encouraged at Kinfolk; with but one caveat: positive expression. We believe that people belong with one another. We believe they should strive to enjoy life & all it has to offer together, under a unified umbrella. This is Kinfolk. Get under the umbrella!

URB PRK | ‘APERTURE’ CONCERT SERIES | 6/6


Welcome to the second annual URB PRK Concert Series at Cafe Mosaics in Edmonton. URB PRK is an organization that works with local businesses and emerging young talent in Architecture and Planning to create innovative and sustainable parks within an urbanscape. Each Sunday, for six consecutive weeks, Welcome to the West is producing a unique concert experience upon our Whyte Avenue bandstand. This year, we are proud to be presenting 24 Edmonton artists on the ‘APERTURE’ stage – the winning architectural design by Team GASCH: Kian Hosseinnia, Pearl Cao, Dimah Ghazal, Ous Abou Ras, and Tina Siassi from University of Toronto. Each week, the bandstand will be adorned with an original backdrop created by visual artist, Haylee Fortin. The next and final concert of URB PRK 2017 will be held on Sunday, August 27 featuring performances by Kurt Loewen, Bardic Form, Billie Zizi, and a DJ set to start of the night from 4-6pm by Booster & the Goat.

Sunday, August 27 >>> Kurt Loewen >>> 8pm

Prairie wisdom, poetic lyricism and love songs taller than mountains, Kurt Loewen of the band, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra has been writing and recording a new solo project at Bitter North with Emily Bachynski. The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. It doesn’t matter much how they got here, but rather that they are traveling with each other. Now they are here in the room with you, the way music in the folk tradition always is, to bring people together; to share real flesh, blood and feeling.

Sunday, August 27 >>> Bardic Form >>> 7pm

Bardic Form is an Edmonton based acoustic guitar duo who blend folk, Latin, metal 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 that have left audiences speechless and on their feet.

Sunday, August 27 >>> Billie Zizi >>> 6pm

If you’ve ever spiraled through the heaviness and lightness of love, then you can get behind Billi Zizi’s new album Moon of Honey (2016). This tour-de-force carries all the agonies and ecstasies of all those late night spent alone in your room waiting for your lover to call. Her sound is heady mix of dirty-soul-indie-jazz-pop—and these tracks give off serious bedroom vibes.

Sunday, August 27 >>> Booster & the Goat >>> 4-6pm

Booster & the Goat is the DJ tandem of singer/songwriter Luke Thomson and actor/writer, Joleen Ballendine. Thomson (aka The Milkman) spent his early days in Calgary cutting his teeth. Literally. You ever see the guy’s teeth? A self-proclaimed songwriter and geetar picker, Luke’s game is twang and his drink is Tang. Sugar and love songs pour out onto the floor while he dances in them.

Joleen has been improvising since 2007. As a high school student, she won several awards and competed in Ottawa at the National Improv Games. That year Joleen won Most Valuable Improvisor. Shortly after she was asked to join world renown improv company Rapid Fire Theatre. Joleen is the associate director of Education with Rapid Fire and is a senior player performing weekly in Theatre Sports, Maestro and Chimprov (a long form show).

URB PRK | ‘APERTURE’ CONCERT SERIES | 5/6


Welcome to the second annual URB PRK Concert Series at Cafe Mosaics in Edmonton. URB PRK is an organization that works with local businesses and emerging young talent in Architecture and Planning to create innovative and sustainable parks within an urbanscape. Each Sunday, for six consecutive weeks, Welcome to the West is producing a unique concert experience upon our Whyte Avenue bandstand. This year, we are proud to be presenting 24 Edmonton artists on the ‘APERTURE’ stage – the winning architectural design by Team GASCH: Kian Hosseinnia, Pearl Cao, Dimah Ghazal, Ous Abou Ras, and Tina Siassi from University of Toronto. Each week, the bandstand will be adorned with an original backdrop created by visual artist, Haylee Fortin. The next concert will be held on Sunday, August 20 featuring performances by Cayley Thomas, Amy van Keeken, Katie & the Wildfire, and a DJ set to start of the night from 4-6pm by Hairy Popularity & Wayne Jetski.

Sunday, August 20 >>> Cayley Thomas >>> 8pm

Cayley Thomas is a singer and guitarist from Edmonton, Alberta. She just got back the inaugural Singer/Songwriter Residency at The Banff Centre and is excited to share new songs with you. Invitations to the 2013 Edmonton and Canmore Folk Music Festivals continued to pave the way for this ambitious artist. In 2015 she was selected to play at the Winter Lights Festival in Iceland as a part of a cultural exchange between Alberta Music and the Reykjavik Tourism Board. In 2016 she released her second album entitled ‘Weird Love.’


Sunday, August 20 >>> Amy van Keeken >>> 7pm

But most endemic to her artistry is her (Amy van Keeken‘s) ability to capture a moment in time and bring you inside – her songs are simultaneously visceral and ethereal and as comfortable with chaos as they are silence.

Sunday, August 20 >>> Katie & the Wildfire >>> 6pm

Described by The Vue Weekly as “chill waves of indie, folk, soul and reggae that intersect with flowing, organic vocals.” Katie & The Wildfire is a vibrant, unique group that creates a modern hybrid of the folk and neo soul sounds of today. Their versatile sound and intricate arrangements weave catchy melodies with complex rhythms. It features four individuals of varying musical backgrounds: Katie Laine (vocals & guitar), JD Speelman (electric and acoustic bass), Sam Malowany (drums), and Clara Woodward (keyboard).

Sunday, August 20 >>> Hairy Popularity & Wayne Jetski >>> 4-6pm

Calgary/Edmonton DJ collaboration: Wayne Jetski aka Aladean Kheroufi (The Velveteins) Canadian by way of Algeria writes songs that are Idiosyncratic, goofy and devastating. With a glass half full stubbornness that turns heartbreak into melancholy party anthems and sterile heartbreak spun into musical hugs. Hairy Popularity aka Brendan Kane (Welcome to the West) is a music and visual art producer based in Canada. He works to create and document experiences which connect modern incarnations of bohemianism to authentic natural environments. Interests include swimming in rivers, developing personas, and busting tunes.

URB PRK | ‘APERTURE’ CONCERT SERIES | 4/6

Welcome to the second annual URB PRK Concert Series at Cafe Mosaics in Edmonton. URB PRK is an organization that works with local businesses and emerging young talent in Architecture and Planning to create innovative and sustainable parks within an urbanscape. Each Sunday, for six consecutive weeks, Welcome to the West is producing a unique concert experience upon our Whyte Avenue bandstand. This year, we are proud to be presenting 24 Edmonton artists on the ‘APERTURE’ stage – the winning architectural design by Team GASCH: Kian Hosseinnia, Pearl Cao, Dimah Ghazal, Ous Abou Ras, and Tina Siassi from University of Toronto. Each week, the bandstand will be adorned with an original backdrop created by visual artist, Haylee Fortin. The next concert will be held on Sunday, August 13 featuring performances by Ariana Brophy, Sister Ray, Brunch Club, and a DJ set to start of the night from 4-6pm by Hood Joplin.

Sunday, August 13 >>> Sister Ray >>> 8pm

She is heading from here to anywhere. The car smells like gas station coffee left to burn, and runs fast enough down the highway it’s like she was never there. From Edmonton Alberta, Sister Ray was born on the road; a brain child. With roots planted in the realm of traditional folk and bluegrass, ears began to wander into the worlds of post rock and dream pop, including Slowdive, This Will Destroy You and Life Without Buildings.

In January of 2017 Sister Ray recorded her debut album, Untitled to a small live audience. The songs are composed as immediate redemption, a voice of longing; a conversation. Music improvised to the air of a space created by all in the room, space made with dark reverb and lingering, failing delay. No show is the same show, she will never hear the same song again, or remember the words from times passed. With a year under her belt, she has shared the stage with Canadian favourites Mauno, Blessed, and Jenny Berkel.

Sunday, August 13 >>> Ariana Brophy >>> 7pm

Ariana Brophy is the songwriting equivalent of mulled wine; sweet, nostalgic, perfectly paired with a rainy evening and a fireplace. With vocal clarity that would suggest she has been singing a lifetime, she writes songs that weave heartbreak, love, hope and loss onto a canvas of stylized fingerpicking and expert harmony. Having studied theatre in Edmonton before pursuing music, she crafts her songs with a tuned eye for storyline and a remarkable ear for the moments a heart witnesses before the mind. She is adept at playing to the imagery around her and exploring what it means to genuinely feel. Her first EP ‘Ink And Water’ was nominated for an Edmonton Music Award in 2016, and her second EP ‘Sweet Things’ was released Sept 2016. The summer of 2016 saw Ariana playing Canmore Folk Music Festival, as well as singing harmonies for multiple artists at Edmonton Folk Festival. She continues to sing harmonies on almost any night, for over a dozen other musicians.

Sunday, August 13 >>> Brunch Club >>> 6pm

Brunch Club is a dog with its head out of a car window. It’s a first date bike ride at dusk, a midnight swim in a dirty lake, a cold Slurpee on a hot Christmas morning. It’s a favourite sweater, a letter never sent, a nap in the afternoon sun, twenty bucks in your jacket pocket. But most of all, it’s three friends chasing dreams — and as you watch them gently float to the fuzzed-out pop bliss of their perfectly crafted tunes, you’ll want to chase yours too.

Sunday, August 13 >>> Hood Joplin >>> 4-6pm

Hood Joplin might be the best dj-producer in Edmonton right now. Not only can she play Kanye, footwork and global tunes in her sets, she shuts down rooms with them. As a producer, performer and organizer, she’s one of the hardest-working Albertans while also being one with the least to prove. Wanna have a party that’s familiar, alien and full of intensity? Go see HJ. (via Sled Island)

URB PRK | ‘APERTURE’ CONCERT SERIES | 3/6

Welcome to the second annual URB PRK Concert Series at Cafe Mosaics in Edmonton. URB PRK is an organization that works with local businesses and emerging young talent in Architecture and Planning to create innovative and sustainable parks within an urbanscape. Each Sunday, for six consecutive weeks, Welcome to the West is producing a unique concert experience upon our Whyte Avenue bandstand. This year, we are proud to be presenting 24 Edmonton artists on the ‘APERTURE’ stage – the winning architectural design by Team GASCH: Kian Hosseinnia, Pearl Cao, Dimah Ghazal, Ous Abou Ras, and Tina Siassi from University of Toronto. Each week, the bandstand will be adorned with an original backdrop created by visual artist, Haylee Fortin. The next concert will be held on Sunday, August featuring performances by Our Good Wolf, Luke Thomson, Pyramid//Indigo, and a DJ set to start of the night from 4-6pm by Lee Boyes.

Sunday, August 6 >>> Pyramid//Indigo >>> 8pm

Pyramid//Indigo is an Experimental/Soundscape duo from Edmonton, Alberta. Along with 16mm/dubbed VHS/Oul projection accompaniment, the group emphasizes on experimental as a full experience showcasing ambient music with traditional eastern roots. Meditative psychedelia.

Sunday, August 6 >>> Luke Thomson >>> 7pm

The Milkman spent his early days in Calgary cutting his teeth. Literally. You ever see the guy’s teeth? A self-proclaimed songwriter and geetar picker, Luke’s game is twang and his drink is Tang. Sugar and love songs pour out onto the floor while he dances in them.

Sunday, August 6 >>> Our Good Wolf >>> 6pm

Our Good Wolf was formed by friends René Schumacher and Kevin Holowack in 2012, and stemmed from the wish to write and create original music that reflected their eclectic interests. Our band soon expanded with the induction of the ever-joyful Josh Lehman and the delightful vocalist Jordana Hon. Soon, too, the band incorporated a little bit of heaven with the recruitment of keyboard virtuoso Andrew Romero. They have drawn inspiration from all over the place, from modern alternative rock, to classic folk and country, to their favourite funk and jazz records, to Romantic poetry. A constant theme in the band has been collective thought, and it is incorporation of many themes that has often pushed them into new and exciting terrain. Having played together, recorded, and performed for over four years, Our Good Wolf released their first studio album, “The Last We Heard of Him,” in September 2016.

Sunday, August 6 >>> Lee Boyes >>> 4-6pm

Leeboyes has been playing records since the turn of the century; when fate dropped two Technics 1200’s in his lap. Blending those cuts you forgot existed, he serves up a veritable charcuterie board of pop, funk, soul, country and the delicious flavours that bring them all together.

URB PRK | ‘APERTURE’ CONCERT SERIES | 2/6

Welcome to the second annual URB PRK Concert Series at Cafe Mosaics in Edmonton. URB PRK is an organization that works with local businesses and emerging young talent in Architecture and Planning to create innovative and sustainable parks within an urbanscape. Each Sunday, for six consecutive weeks, Welcome to the West is producing a unique concert experience upon our Whyte Avenue bandstand. This year, we are proud to be presenting 24 Edmonton artists on the ‘APERTURE’ stage – the winning architectural design by Team GASCH: Kian Hosseinnia, Pearl Cao, Dimah Ghazal, Ous Abou Ras, and Tina Siassi from University of Toronto. Each week, the bandstand will be adorned with an original backdrop created by visual artist, Haylee Fortin. The next concert will be held on Sunday, July 30 featuring performances by Vissia, Eva Foote, The Denim Daddies, and a DJ set to start of the night from 4-6pm by Cafe Mosaics own, Alana Wood.

Sunday, July 30 >>> Eva Foote >>> 8pm
Now local to Montreal Quebec, Edmonton raised Eva Foote has a voice for the morning, evening and the middle of the night. Drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, and Gillian Welch, Eva packs her sets full of confessional, candid lyrics, stacked harmonies, and smoky smooth vocals. Following performances at the Edmonton and Canmore Folk Festivals this summer, Eva released her album Funeral Walking which came out at number 1 on the Earshot charts and was nominated for 3 Edmonton Music Awards.

Sunday, July 30 >>> Vissia >>> 7pm
Vissia likes her whiskey straight and her guitar crunchy. With a penchant for belting it out and telling it like it is, Vissia lets her prairie upbringing and no-nonsense attitude come through in her skillful, honest songwriting and powerful voice. As fresh and crisp as Alberta mountain dew yet as tastefully gritty as the rocks it falls on, Vissia’s sound will grab you by the ears and punch you in the heart. Vissia has been featured on CBC Radio 2 Canada Live! (2012), and on CKUA Radio Network’s TransCanada West live music series (2015) opening for Colleen Brown with a full set of songs, broadcast twice province-wide. In 2016 Vissia became the voice and face of ATB Financial’s “ATB Listens” campaign, and kicks off 2017 with a five-week residency at the renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Sunday, July 30 >>> The Denim Daddies >>> 6pm
Born out of a drink at a dive bar in Edmonton, Alberta, The Denim Daddies are a shot of the ol’ outlaws attitude mixed with the modernism of alt-country and a splash of the Nashville sound, all glassed in the classic sound of a traditional 3 piece band. Their songwriting blends politically and socially charged themes with simple, down to earth lyrics, which are layered atop intense and intricate parts with tight vocal harmonies and a rippin’ rhythm section. Blurring the lines between country and rock these dance floor troubadours are embracing the resurgence and new sound of modern country music. From dirty cowboy bars, to hipster juke joints, to sweaty basements, The Denim Daddies appeal to every country music stereotype.