Festival Closing Concert

An awesome evening celebrating our local talent! Physical distancing, mandatory masking, proof of vaccination and reduced capacity guidelines will be in place.

RSVP

Sat. Sept. 25

Free

artsPlace Theatre

7 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 25

In Person Concert

Doors 7 p.m. // Concert 7:30 p.m.

Free

Live Stream Option

7:30 p.m.

Free

Join us for an awesome indoor concert in lieu of the Festival’s Kick Off Concert. It will be an evening of great of music with an amazing roster of local talent. Let’s celebrate the best of what the Bow Valley’s creative community has to offer!

Doors 7 p.m. // Concert 7:30 p.m.

  • Phillip Alexander Nugent
  • Seth Anderson
  • Amelie Patterson
  • Northern Quarter
  • Zebra

Physical distancing, mandatory masking, proof of vaccination and reduced capacity guidelines will be in place.

Starting Sept. 20 all staff, volunteers, artists, instructors and patrons entering artsPlace to participate in programming or attend events will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result. Information on proof of vaccination or negative test can be found here

Phillip Alexander Nugent

The seeds of Phill Nugent’s folk-rock sound – sometimes whimsical and sometimes gritty – took root in the northern Canadian wilderness where he was raised. Phill has been singing and performing for as long as he can remember. The Yukon-born artist’s background in musical theatre (he first took to the stage at age 5) later evolved into writing poetry, and eventually, songs.

As a college student in Edmonton fresh off a heartbreak and drowning his sorrows in song, Phill taught himself how to play guitar and started performing at open mics. Three months later, he met the woman who would become his wife, and the sad songs turned into love songs.

The juxtapositions that inspire Phill’s songs, like the comfort of family and the freedom of travel, weave rich storylines into his lyrics. Solitude and connection is another. As a kid (and even now near his home in Canmore, Alberta), it wasn’t uncommon for Phill to wind up in a forest largely untouched by humans; yet he’s no stranger to a crowd. Whether belting out The Lion King soundtrack from the children’s stage of a music festival to busking on busy street corners, connection has always driven Phill as an artist.

Seth Anderson

Seth Anderson has spent his time on a journey; in search of his truth, purpose, and an understanding of the world around him and his place in it. His songwriting offers an honest view of life from a unique perspective that has stemmed from years of travelling, moving from town to town, city to city, highway to highway; the high peaks, the low valleys, and all the spaces in between. Through all of this, there maintains one common thread- a bellow for love and hope. With an intensely emotional connection to his craft, Seth’s delivery is genuine, yet at times ferocious with both conviction and vulnerability, comparative to artists such as Steve Earle, AA Bondy, the Weakerthans, and Frank Turner.

Amelie Patterson

Bow Valley folk-pop songwriter Amelie Patterson is a pop music workhorse with hooks to spare.

Her new single, the sparkly and harmonic alt-pop ‘Everything, Nothing’ is about the contrasting ideal that love is both “uniquely your own experience, and yet so ubiquitous”. Amelie penned the song while reflecting on new life and while falling in love in her personal life. Produced by Graham Lessard (Reuben and The Dark, The Barr brothers, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timbre). Lessard and Patterson (along with session players Barry Mason, Kyle Tenove, and Carson Gant) recorded all organic instruments but produced them with electronic sensibilities. The result is harmonic vocals soaring over pulsing rhythms and glitchy guitars. The song builds into a hopeful and heartbreaking bridge ‘and though it is ours, it is through the ages the same’. Moments of levity interrupt the cerebral track with vocal modulation and soaring chorus worthy of Imogen Heap.

Amelie has performed alongside Sarah Harmer, Matt Anderson, and Serena Ryder, and has performed at festivals including the Calgary Folk Festival, BlockHeater 2020, and Stampede City Sessions. Amelie is a songwriting tour de force drawing heavy comparisons to indie-folk contemporaries including Arcade Fire, Kathleen Edwards, Begonia, and Feist. Patterson served as the inaugural poet laureate of Banff, Alberta.

Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter hail from the charming Albertan mountain town of Canmore. The indie pop group formed in 2017, and their varied influences have created a genre-spanning band with songs ranging from Indie Folk to Jazzy lounge style vibes.

Centrepiece to this line up is vocalist Kerry Hunter. The Fort Mcmurray born singer and lyricist weaves beautiful imagery with fascinating, sometimes stark tales about her own life experiences. Starting as a solo artist and playing these songs acoustically, the evolution to band songs has been an exciting journey for her.

Carlos Nadeau's guitar skills are all over every single Northern Quarter song. Carlos' unique style and highly expressive solo abilities leave their mark on everything he touches.

Backing all this up are Wendy Crewe on bass, and Dave Crewe on drums and samples. The use of samples played via a drum pad adds an extra dimension to the band. This is best demonstrated on 'Searching For Freedom', an almost orchestral, angelic opening combined with Carlos' wonderful guitar riff and arpeggiated synthesizers make this a band favourite.

2020 has been a challenging year for all, but the band has gone from strength to strength, the pinnacle of which was winning the YYC Music 'Group Of The Year' award, which was a humbling and unexpected achievement. They were also selected to be part of the soundtrack for virtual reality video game 'Groove Gunner'.

Zebra

Zebra is an independent funk-rock band from Canmore, AB Canada. The band uses a smooth dose of tenor saxophone as they bounce around from funky rhythms to improvised grooves and some good ol’ rock n’ soul.

The band’s diversity is its strength. With four permanent members each born an even decade apart, Zebra has a unique fusion of influences. Joe Ernewein (saxophone) was raised on classic vinyl, Mike Kragt (bass) get some extra low end from those cassette tapes in the 80’s, Wade Hunter (drums) was rocking the discman on his way to school and Jake Posacki (guitar) was spoiled with the onset of free digital music floating forever in the clouds. Despite these generational differences, the band settled on their common passion for strong groove and music that moves.

The band shares this passion with their audience through their live show. With a mix of originals/covers and genres to please a variety of audiences, the band works with the crowd to spark joy in the room.

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