Acoustic Music Exploration
This evening will be an intimate exploration of the art and craft of songwriting. Hosted by Alberta songwriter Ryan Langlois, it will also feature four guest artists - Hannah Gazso, Martin Kerr, Maddison Krebs, and Mark Times - who are passionate about telling stories through music. In the tradition of the world-famous songwriter rounds of Nashville, and many festival side-stages, the format will include each songwriter sharing backstories of their songs, and insight into their writing process. Each artist will play a few of their favourite songs, and will also be challenged to perform a cover of someone else’s work in their own stripped-down style. Expect the evening to involve laughter, behind-the-scenes turmoil, and vulnerability – any of which can be the basis of a good song.
The former lead singer of The Boom Chucka Boys, Ryan Langlois’ solo
career has earned him three Alberta Country Music Award nominations, and
second place in the Project Wild Country Artist Development Program in
2018. He is a barstool balladeer who can turn ordinary moments into
lessons in wisdom and grace. Every time he takes the stage, he gives all
he has to offer, and something special happens. You can see the energy
crackle through his veins like electricity.
Hannah Gazso is a 16 year old singer-songwriter from Ardrossan. Her passion lies in storytelling, and she loves to share her music with anyone who will listen. She has a homegrown coffeehouse country style that is sure to catch your attention. Back from her third trip to Nashville, she is looking forward to what this year will bring!
Edmonton-based singer-songwriter Martin Kerr built his career as a busker. He has been an independent musician for 10 years and has achieved some incredible tings during that time, including selling out the Winspear Center twice and landing and album in the Canadian Top 10. Often compared to James Taylor, Kerr's powerful voice and intricate songwriting has earned him praise from the likes of Sarah McLauchlan and Bruce Cockburn. His song "You're Amazing"' has been the soundtrack to summer festivals where the audience joins in for the line "I'm not bad myself but you're amazing".
Maddison Krebs, a singer-songwriter from Southern Alberta, got her first guitar when she was six so she could put her poetry to music. The won ole Media Management's "One The Spot" competition and signed a publishing and record deal in 2016. She has performed at Big Valley Jamboree, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International, Calgary Stampede, and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Her single "Real Real Thing" charted in the Top 40 on Radio Disney Country and her EP. Bulls-Eye, reached top 6 on iTunes Country music chart.
Mark Times is a novelist with a Gibson, plucking stories from the windswept prairies and humming to the slow clack of typewriter keys. His work is the product of raw emotion filtered through a thoughtful process, distilling songs that are just the right amount of head and heart. His self-titled 2017 EP earned him nominations for the Singer/Songwriter and Roots/Folk Recording of the year at the Edmonton Music Awards, while the track "Saskatchewine" received and honourable mention in the Canadian Songwriting Competition.
$25 All Ages.
Not eligible for discount, does not count toward discount package total.
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