Bow Valley Cabaret
Canmore Festival of Art & Creativity Kick-Off ~Live-Stream

  September 18, 2020, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm  | Friday

Program Fee: FREE

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The Love and Labour of Parenting

We kick off the Canmore Festival of Art & Creativity celebrations with a local cabaret curated by Canmore singer-songwriter Ellen Braun! Seven artists come together — in the spirit of art and parenting —  to share stories and songs.

Join us for a special evening of music, poetry, and photography, as a group of Alberta artists, including some of Canmore’s local gems, present their original work. In light of the weight of wanting to keep everyone safe and healthy during these uncertain times, combined with the new and unique hardships parents have had to navigate, the theme for this evening is connection and the joys and challenges of parenting. 

This event is part of the Canmore Festival of Art & Creativity, which features 10 days of FREE creative programming - learn more here!

Meet the Artists

John Wort Hannam

In 2001, John Wort Hannam wasn’t thinking about having kids, he was thinking about songwriting.  The Lethbridge, Alberta based roots musician had just quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while he sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs.  Nineteen years later, with a few feathers in that lucky hat that include a JUNO nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Album of the Year, John is also the proud Dad of one son named Charlie. 

Sonia Deleo

Sonia Deleo is a Calgary-based Folk/Soul artist with a dynamic vocal range and a knack for storytelling. A performer in every way, her lyrics, melodies and energetic honesty hit you right in the guts. For Sonia, music informs parenting and parenting informs music, and at the root of it all is connection and truth and story.

Sue Chick Denton

Sue Chick Denton is a long-time performer and Canmore local with a heart for connecting people around music. As the owner of Whistling Duck Music and founder of Guitar Mama Showcase and the Brotherhood of Strings, as well as directing the Valley Winds Choir and Youth Choir, Sue’s belief that there is music in all of us is a key driver in her life.  Sue’s own music and writing often gathers around themes of family and connection – with three kids of her own, there is no shortage of material.

Jill Jamieson

Jill Jamieson is a mother and a prominent member of Canmore’s community —who regularly contributes her expertise and leadership towards making this town an even more wonderful place to live. An open secret is her ability to pen thoughtful original songs and sing them with her hauntingly beautiful voice. 

Doug Saul

Doug Saul is father, a local nature expert, poet, and has recently published the book, “Wild Alley Night”, a story that invites young readers along on an adventure into the beauty of the world that awakens after the sun has set. 

Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe’s experience as a medical mom lies at the heart of her passion for documentary style photography. Based in Canmore with her husband and two sons, Kristy has been telling stories through photography for the past 7 years. She is also an educator and speaker. Kristy teaches a photography class here at artsPlace and she has recently released her first book, Telling Your Story Through Photography*. The first part of the book, and her pechakucha tonight is based on her son’s heart surgery this past year. *Proceeds from the sale of this book go toward Pay it Forward photography sessions for medical, special needs and palliative families.

Ellen Braun

Ellen Braun is an accomplished singer songwriter, songwriting doula, and mother. In the “before times”, she regularly toured and performed solo and with her band, Trundled — and has taken part in prestigious residencies through the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Canada’s Music Incubator, and Alberta Music. In these “after times” she and her bandmate, Joe Shea, are in the midst of releasing their debut, full-length album, High Water, safely from behind their computer screens. Until things open up again, you can find their music in all the usual online places, and regularly featured on Mountain FM, CBC, and CKUA Radio.

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