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  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    Joining us in-person at the King's University, your day will feature:

    1. A seminar instructed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Foreman.

    Beginning and emerging filmmakers will learn storytelling and technical techniques for shooting a two minute movie on a smartphone or tablet in under 48 hours.

    2. A free hot lunch! (Vegetarian options will be available)

    3. A second seminar will break down taking your project files from your mobile device to live on YouTube. With simple and easy-to-understand steps, you'll learn how to enhance your footage with sound effects, music, colour grading and credits. The course will be taught by Chance Brook: an experienced digital content creator, video editor, and videographer.

    This educational day will prepare all novice and intermediate filmmakers for the 48 Hour Mobile Device Film Challenge on July 22 -24th!

    The classes will be available one time only for in person attendance or live stream attendance.

    Event Name: Mobile Device Filmmaking Workshop
    Date and Time: May 7, 2022 from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Location: The King's University [9125-50 Street, Edmonton] OR online (live-streaming)
    Cost: FREE
    Short-Form Description: A free workshop for novice and intermediate film enthusiasts to learn technical skills for shooting and editing short films on your mobile device.

    Link to Register: https://esff.ca/2022-mobile-device-filmmaking-class/

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 11:55 PM | Anonymous

    On Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 2022, six pianists from across Canada will take to the stage of Muttart Hall at the Alberta College Campus of MacEwan University (10050 MacDonald Drive, Edmonton) as they vie for the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Piano Competition and the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a later date.

    The competition will see the competitors perform their Solo Piano Programs on Friday, May 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:30 – 9:30 PM, and perform their Piano Concertos on Saturday, May 21 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:30 – 9:00 PM. The adjudications and awards will follow the concertos on Saturday at approximately 9:00 PM, and a reception will follow the awards.*

    This year’s competitors (with hometowns in parentheses) are:
    Jaeden IzikDzurko (Salmon Arm, BC)
    Hamilton Lau (Coquitlam, BC)
    Simiao (Helen) Pei (Richmond, BC)
    Paul Williamson (Mission, BC)
    Michelle Jia Yun Xu (Vancouver, BC)
    Jessica Yuma (Edmonton, AB).

    The adjudicators for this year’s competition are:
    David Hoyt, Chair
    Jane Coop
    Janet Scott-Hoyt.

    Admission to The Shean Piano Competition is $10 per day.

    For more information, please visit www.sheancompetition.com.



  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 11:26 PM | Anonymous

    While his previous single asked if you’ll “Dance With Death,” Canadian alt-electronic artist Rick Christian now gets up close and personal with more macabre-meets-music themes in this, his new single, “Contagious” — available now.

    No stranger to the thrill of horror-savvy songs that invite listeners into a dark realm of fantasy-meets-nightmare, “Contagious” is plucked from the twisted inner workings of Christian’s mind to both taunt and tease with danger.

    He has, in his words, “escaped from the depths below to spread his Dark Jams into your mind in an attempt to regain a soul” and admitted to tapping into the dark recesses of his mind while penning the track.

    “I decided to write a song that was very honest for the listener,” Christian says. “In that process, I’ve exposed my emotions in a vulnerable way…

    “Relationships can be very volatile at moments, the energy you put out is contagious and malicious at times.”

    The result is a contorting, synth-heavy exchange of Eurobeat and industrial. Christian succeeds in masterfully homing in on minor chords, with beats you can dance and lose yourself inside.

    The pièce de résistance is the static scattered throughout the track. Don’t turn down your speakers. Don’t check your headphone wire. It’s Christian and his ability to inhabit each of your senses.

    “The undertaking of producing and recording the song was the most involved of any song I have ever done,” Christian reveals. “The post-production was the most time-consuming aspect, using old vintage Roland drum machine emulators while layering and blending more synth tracks than I have previously attempted.”

    “Contagious” also captures — quite literally — with a visual component that gives audiences an intimate peek behind the curtain to gaze inside his visceral commitment to the track.

    “The majority of the filming was done in ‘The Foundry on Whyte’ — a beautiful room with modern industrial styling,” he shares. “The wallpaper alone offered us a creepy Victorian vibe that channeled the movie ‘The Shining’.”

    Christian once again collaborated with Dan Gadowski of DBG Visuals, All Over Your Face YEG for makeup effects, and Amanda Brown returned to play the protagonist, portraying the “contagious and malicious relationship that takes place in reality and a dark mental realm.”

    The benevolent journey down Rick Christian’s devious and delicious music is a rock and roll of the dice with the devil. Whether you turn up snake eyes or doubles, allow it to invoke you with a Cheshire smile.

    Rick Christian is, as we know, “Contagious.”



  • Tuesday, April 05, 2022 10:21 PM | Anonymous

     The Secret Places of the Earth is an Instrumental, Ambient Soundscape Project from composer and guitarist Barrett Klesko (All Else Fails, The Misfires, The Order of Chaos).

    "Stormwalker is a unique album for me in that I kind of didn't write it. Each song on this album was improvised over layers of itself while, like something alive and evolving. It felt like an experiment going right.", says Klesko.

    The full album releases on April 7, 2022 and you can find it (and a teaser) up HERE! And in the meantime, while you are patiently waiting for this sick drop, check out the video!

  • Tuesday, April 05, 2022 9:05 PM | Anonymous

    This year marks the 114th Annual Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival (formerly known as the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival) – North America’s first competitive music festival. Over 970 single and group entrants (aged 5 to over 70) entered in over 550 classes will perform and compete from April 19 to May 1, 2022, at MacEwan University’s Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive). Sessions generally start at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 6:00 PM.

    Choirs, bands, orchestras, singers, pianists, guitarists, harpists, speech/acting students, musical theatre performers, string players, composition students, woodwind players, and brass players will be showcasing, in a variety of classes, what they have learned this year. Some will be recommended to represent Edmonton at the Provincial Music Festival, and some will win Scholarships, but all will share their passion in their chosen discipline.
    Due to COVID-19, choirs, bands, and orchestras are participating virtually through audio and video recordings which will not be available to the general public. We look forward to having these disciplines back live in 2023.

    All events during the Festival are FREE to the public. Programmes and a Festival-at-a-Glance will be available online at www.emsaf.ca

    A little history:

    In 1908, Lieutenant Governor George H.V. Bulyea announced a music competition should be held in Edmonton. He, Vernon Barford, and Howard Stutchbury struck a committee and the first music festival in Canada was born. It took place May 5, 1908 in All Saints’ School Room — later to be All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral. It drew talent from Cardston to Edmonton and was cited by journalists as “the greatest musical event that western Canada has ever known”. It had 100 entries, 11 classes, and three trophies. The final concert was held in the Thistle Curling Rink and, among its performers, was a 200- voice choir conducted by Vernon Barford.

    Edmonton’s festival was the only one of its kind in Canada to operate during the war. In the early 1940s, folk dance and speech were added. It was during that time that Sir Ernest MacMillan, Canadian composer and member of the faculty of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, announced that monies should be spent on music festivals to combat crime and keep boys out of reformatories.

    The Edmonton Music Festival hit its stride in the 1950s. It was then that many Edmonton musicians, still living and playing in the city, competed. As well, the likes of Robert Goulet sang in our Festival. He received a mark of 84!

    In 1963, the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton took over the Festival. By now, it ran five days. All classes were held at the Jubilee Auditorium, and, each year, a concert called “Festival of the Stars” was open to the public. The Kiwanis Club of Edmonton ended its 56-year relationship with the Festival in 2019.

    We have come a long way since 1908 mostly due to the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton and Executive Directors Cora Molstad, Paul J. Bourret, and Heather Bedford-Clooney — all of whom are in the City of Edmonton’s Arts & Culture Hall of Fame. We now normally have over 1,700 entries, and over 20,000 participants. The event runs an average of 21 days in several venues. We have classes in voice, musical theatre, speech arts, piano, strings, guitar, woodwinds, brass, harp, choirs, school music, and bands. May we be healthy and continue serving musicians and speech students for years to come! 


  • Tuesday, April 05, 2022 8:51 PM | Anonymous

    Dramatically different from its predecessor, award-winning electronic artist and producer Jay Slay’s new rendition of Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping hit single, “Shape of You,” hits all the right notes with a sweet after-taste left behind.

    Slay’s version of “Shape Of You” features gritty guitar and Latin-flavored percussion elements that lend an air of sensuality to this dancehall-inspired cover song. Featuring Scarlett Darling’s sultry vocals that pay homage to the original version of the song, long, sensual syllables tie into swift and seductive lyrics — captivating the listener and forcing them into a solid groove.

    “I wanted to move away from strictly making original music,” Slay shares. “I wanted to expand into making the occasional cover song, having fun creating entirely new instrumentations and harmonization to well-known tunes.

    “I wanted to bring life to these hits in different ways.”

    High-octane sonic exploration is par for the course for the DJ, producer, and one of the leaders at the Edmonton, AB-based Vibe Raiders label. A classically trained pianist with 20 years of formal studies, Slay is endowed with a profound and deep understanding of the inner workings of music. This knowledge is the foundation that Slay’s productions live and breathe — where the outcome of the build is entirely limited by the imagination thanks to the vast array of modern production tools in his armor.

    With 18 releases up to date — including the 200,000+ streamed “All Night Long” — Jay Slay’s success has led him to Digital Empire Records hosting five remix competitions for his original music.

    Part of Slay’s job working at the Vibe Raiders label is event management, which ties flawlessly into his background as a DJ, party organizer, and innovator — like his ability to bridge between analog and digital music, including his signature DJ-ready bottle opener USBs.

    While Slay is a formidable producer in the live music and studio music scene, he is also a respected asset of the music community; Jay finds himself with an altruistic mission tied into his music career as a music educator, a musician mental health speaker, and contributing author.

    All this grinding and selfless contribution have led to Slay’s accolades — most notably his FM Radio Play across 120+ Canadian and the United States stations.

    On top of that, he has reached 1+ million streams across direct streaming platforms, and received a #1 Most Added spot on the North American Indie FM Radio Stations in May 2020 for his single “All Night Long.”

    “Shape Of You” featuring Scarlett Darling is available now.



  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 1:07 PM | Anonymous

    Robb Nash is declaring war on mental illness.

    Named an ‘Extraordinary Canadian,’ the award-winning Canadian rocker and Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal recipient’s story is one for the ages. But one peek up the sleeve at the hundreds of names tattooed on his arm — plus his newly released single, “This Is War” — reveals so much more.

    “The names are from over 900 suicide notes I’ve received from kids,” Nash explains. “Some of them have my lyrics as tattoos, too; it’s a mutual relationship of ‘go forth and conquer.’”

    Alongside The Robb Nash Project’s new song, “This Is War,” and the forthcoming album of the same name, the skin-inked gesture is part of Nash’s long-held commitment to combat mental illness — a high-stakes conflict he personally endured.

    Found with no pulse following a head-on collision, Robb Nash was resuscitated on the side of the icy road near his home in Winnipeg, MB. His skull was rebuilt with Titanium, and his lengthy recovery sparked a severe depression. “Frankly, I did not want to be alive,” he shares. “I was an athlete; my identity was lost, and that brought me to a very dark place for two-and-a-half years.

    “Men in this society can feel like talking about our feelings or struggles is weak, so I kept it inside. One day, I picked up the guitar and started my entire journey into music to tell my story.”

    While that journey included, at one point, a record deal on the table, it ultimately morphed into a motivational-meets-music tour telling his story, confronting stigmas, demonstrating purpose, and welcoming those most vulnerable to feel okay asking for help.

    Now in its 11th year and counting, The Robb Nash Project has appeared before more than 500,000 people — mostly students across the country, as well as at maximum security prisons, and keynote speeches for the Psychiatric Association of Canada. He also works closely with Kids Help Phone, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and school counsellors to ensure students get the follow-up they need.

    While the new album’s inspiration might have come from students coast to coast, the sound on This Is War is all Nash’s. Co-produced by Anthony Anderson and Steve Smith, the 13-track heavy rock release reveals the familiar full-throated rallying cry of anger, hope, and concern previously displayed across EPs Tell Me Why (2019), Live on Arrival (2020), and more. This is War marks the first release under Nash's new partnership with Warner Music Canada.

    “It all has the same goal: save lives,” Nash says of both his public health leadership and music — including This Is War. “I’ve realized you can have all the resources available, but if people aren’t ready to reach out for help, it’s no use.

    “In that, I was trying to figure out what my role was,” he shares of both the album, and his ongoing ethos that’s earned him a rightful spot in Peter Mansbridge’s book, Extraordinary Canadians, as well the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada.

    “I’m not a counsellor. I’m not a psychologist. I’m here to get the conversation started, and to let people know it’s okay to reach out for help.”

    “This Is War” is available now. This Is War album is available June 10th, 2022.


  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:59 PM | Maggie Tate (Administrator)

    March 3, 2022, Edmonton, AB:  The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and Alberta Music, in collaboration with the Edmonton Arts Council, are pleased to announce the 2021 Edmonton Film Prize Short List and Edmonton Music Prize Long List.

    This is the tenth year that the Edmonton Music Prize has been offered, and it awards $12,000 in prize money to Edmonton-based musicians or musical collectives who have released a full-length recording in the past 18 months. The award is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council and administered by Alberta Music.

    Alberta Music assembled a jury of industry professionals, who reviewed the 40 nominations that were submitted and selected from among them a long list of 10 artists. From this list, the jury will be selecting the 3 finalists who will receive prize money and be recognized by the Edmonton music community. In addition to the primary assessment of the musical component, the jury also takes into consideration how the artists have made a unique contribution to the city. The top 3 finalists and the winner will be announced virtually on March 22nd from Production World in Edmonton and broadcast on Alberta Music’s Facebook page.

    This year’s Edmonton Music Prize Long List (in alphabetical order) is:

    Arlo Maverick

    Aurah Ariko

    D’orjay the Singing Shaman

    Emmet Michael

    Laur Elle 

    RIELL

    Saint Idiot

    Scenic Route to Alaska

    Shawnee Kish

    Tzadeka

    “It was so incredibly inspiring to see the depth and breadth of creative output from Edmonton artists during the course of this pandemic. Alberta artists have once again shown their incredible talent and dedication to their crafts despite tremendous challenges and obstacles. As we celebrate these artists and listen to their music, we are reminded of the important role that music plays in each of our lives and we welcome all Edmontonians to join us in this moment,” said Alberta Music Interim Executive Director, Christine Rogerson.

    The first place winner will take home $10,000, and two runner-up prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded. The three finalists will be announced virtually on March 22nd. Also for the tenth time, the shortlist for the 2021 Edmonton Film Prize finalists have been announced. The Edmonton Film Prize is intended to recognize Edmonton-based filmmakers who demonstrate artistic and technical excellence, is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council and administered by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). Entries are judged by an independent jury of filmmakers and members of the film community. Besides the primary assessment of the work’s quality, the nominees’ unique contributions and outstanding accomplishments in the film community were also given consideration.

    This year’s Edmonton Film Prize shortlist (in alphabetical order) are:

    Bisping (Adam Scorgie)

    Family Ever After (Guy Lavallee)

    Hands That Bind (Kyle Armstrong & Blake McWilliam)

    Our Game: Road to the 2021 World Juniors (Shane Fennessy)

    Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace (Heather Hatch)

    “Once again we had a very diverse group of entries this year,” says AMPIA Executive Director Bill Evans. “ Even during the pandemic, the filmmaking community in Edmonton continues to create great work.”

    As with the Edmonton Music Prize, a total of $12,000 in prize money will be awarded to the three finalists among this list of five, with $10,000 for the first-place film and $1,000 each for two runners-up. The finalists will be announced virtually on March 22nd from Production World. The live stream will be carried on AMPIA’s Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

     

    About the Edmonton Arts Council:

    The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. On behalf of the City of Edmonton, the EAC, through it’s 10-year strategic plan, Connections & Exchanges, works toward transforming Edmonton’s cultural ecosystem.

    About AMPIA:

    AMPIA is a non-profit professional association serving the media production community in Alberta. Incorporated in 1973, AMPIA is the first such association in Canada. AMPIA is also host of the longest running film & television awards in Canada, the Rosie Awards.

    About Alberta Music:

    Alberta Music is a non-profit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry succeed in their careers. It exists to build, connect and inspire a dynamic music industry in the province of Alberta.

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    For more information contact:

    Christine Rogerson
    Interim Executive Director
    Alberta Music
    christine@albertamusic.org
    Tel: 780-428-3372                                                                     

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:51 PM | Maggie Tate (Administrator)

    Manitoba Music is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout the month of March with the launch of a new three-part speaker series: GEAR UP (Gender Equity in Audio Recording and Music Production). 

    Women have been massively underrepresented in the audio production world, making up only 2% of all producing positions across the 2020 Billboard Hot 100 songs, according to The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 2021 report. Women and non-binary people working in music production – and particularly BIPOC producers and engineers  – face substantial barriers to participation and a lack of opportunities for mentorship, experience, and career growth. 

    Featuring prominent women engineers and producers, the virtual speaker series aims to create connections with aspiring women and non-binary audio engineers and producers and established professionals alike, and build awareness of the issues in the music community through discussion of career journeys, creative and business mentorship, and lived experiences. The GEAR UP Speaker Series is made possible by the support of FACTOR and Manitoba Film & Music.

    The series kicks off March 9 at 7PM with Simone Torres, a multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated engineer, vocal producer, and vocalist from New York. 

    Producer, songwriter, composer, artist, musician, and director Hill Kourkoutis will join on March 16 at 7PM. Kourkoutis just earned a 2022 JUNO Award nomination for Recording Engineer of the Year, the first woman to ever do so at the JUNOS.

    On March 23 at 5PM, Cree interdisciplinary artist and sound designer Chloe Alexandra Thompson will be featured. 

    The speaker series builds on the important work established through the Equalizer series of audio production workshops, a partnership with artist and producer Joanne Pollock. 

    The GEAR UP Speaker Series will be streamed live via Manitoba Music’s Facebook and YouTube.

    https://www.saskmusic.org/events/workshops/display,workshop/18927/manitoba-music-gear-up-speaker-series-gender-equity-in-audio-recording-and-music-production

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:42 PM | Maggie Tate (Administrator)

    Calling all BC artists and performers who move to the beat of a different drum! Applications will soon be open on April 1st for British Columbia visual artists and performers for the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival - the VOAF.

    This Festival is a welcoming environment for artists who feel that they are outsiders and facing social exclusion, or who have visible or non-visible barriers that prevent them from making a career in the mainstream arts industry in Vancouver and across BC. Offering a chance to connect, to learn, to display and perform, the VOAF is presented by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

    VOAF is Canada’s first and only festival for Outsider Art, which is represented by significant fairs and museums globally. The artists may be self-taught or trained: they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

    The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2022 dates not been announced yet, but we are anticipating it to be this Fall. In the meantime, the VOAF have a short series of workshop videos on YouTube that are great for helping get Outsider Artists Online and to prepare for the Festival itself! You can visit https://youtu.be/vlL0IIqVrGchttps://youtu.be/KZoXRlvL5FMhttps://youtu.be/mo6FlG6t_gg

    The VOAF website: https://voaf.ca/

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