National Music Centre announces monthly showcase, Alberta Spotlight, with launch date on January 18

December 11, 2017

The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce a new concert series that aims to highlight the distinctive sound of original, Alberta-made music and put Alberta artists into the spotlight.

The live music showcase, fittingly titled Alberta Spotlight, will take place monthly at the King Eddy or Studio Bell and feature performances from an array of sought-after Alberta music-makers.

“Whether you were born and raised in Alberta or call it a second home, those who have lived and created in the province have undeniably been influenced by it,” said Adam Fox, NMC’s Director of Programs. “Alberta needs a showcase that promotes and supports Alberta artists and creates opportunities for audiences and music industry professionals to discover our outstanding local talent.”

Alberta Spotlight winter program schedule:

Tickets go on sale to all three upcoming events on Monday, December 11 at 10:00 am here.

Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. Since 2004, they have released eight solo albums spanning folk, indie-rock and electronic genres. While their 2013 Polaris Music Prize–nominated album, My Prairie Home, explored Spoon’s fraught childhood in Alberta and upbringing as a queer youth in a Pentecostal household, their latest 2016 record, Armour, is about their view of the future.

Rae Spoon’s video for “I Hear Them Calling” off 2016’s Armour

“I grew up in Calgary. I don’t live in Alberta anymore, but I still come back to perform there more than anywhere else,” said Rae Spoon. “I always feel like a welcome part of the vibrant arts community there and it’s clear that I still have a home there as a musician.”

Since forming in 1982, Northern Cree—consisting of members from the Treaty 6 area—have released 37 albums via their Canyon Records label, and amassed many prestigious awards and honours, including eight Grammy nominations. They are only traditional Canadian Aboriginal group to have ever been nominated for a Grammy.

Sharing band members with Alberta staples, such as The Dudes, Reuben and the Dark and Woodpigeon, Raleigh is entrenched in the Alberta music scene with tunes that draw from their own impressive rock ‘n’ roll lineage.

Crystal Eyes meld ‘90s shoegaze and ‘60s garage-rock influences with warm, reverb-drenched tones, and have been described by Sled Island as “a distinctly Calgarian soundtrack to sweltering summer days.”

Hailing from Edmonton, F&M (a.k.a the singer-songwriter duo of Rebecca and Ryan Anderson) have released five albums since 2007. Their signature blend of baroque pop has garnered them critical acclaim, including Edmonton Music Prize and Edmonton Music Award nominations.

“Alberta is a culturally diverse province that cherishes its independence, shaping its distinct attitude,” said F&M’s Rebecca Anderson. “This attitude meshed with Alberta’s stunning, yet often harsh terrain and weather inspire F&M’s joyfully melancholic songwriting and performances.”

Tickets for Alberta Spotlight events are on sale now. Please go here to purchase your tickets in advance.

NMC Members receive discounted admission to Alberta Spotlight, so purchase your membership online today! Details here.

Stay tuned for lineup details on Alberta Spotlight’s upcoming 2018 spring/summer program.

Special thanks to the Viewpoint Foundation for their support.

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