This past February, Iceland paired four inspiring musicians from Alberta (Braden Gates, Post Script, Cayley Thomas and Kris Ellestad) with talented local musicians in Reykjavík (Sóley, Snorri Helgason, Pétur Ben) to perform collaboratively in an “Edmonton Calling Concert”, as part of the Winter Lights Festival. They played on each other's songs, wrote some new ones, and took part in an incredible cultural exchange between these beautiful cities.
A documentary film was made in Iceland by Heavy Grain, which captures the entire project in both Reykjavik and Edmonton and will be shown for the first time at these shows
Thursday, October 8
Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:30pm
$15 advance (via Ticketfly) / $20 door
Saturday, October 10
All Saints' Anglican Cathedral
Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm. All ages
$12 advance / $15 door, available at Blackbyrd Myoozik (10442 – 82 Ave, Edmonton)
sóley | https://www.facebook.com/soleysoleysoley
A beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering, taking off; soon sepia-toned clouds of piano gather overhead, shimmering, turning darker and richer, and then Sóley raises her voice – a voice that, until five years ago, she didn’t even consider a proper “singing voice”. It’s true: the bespectacled multi-instrumentalist from Iceland, now in her mid-twenties, had been around the world and back with her band, Seabear, when she finally discovered her own vocal skills. Even though Sóley Stefánsdóttir sings non-stop in private, creating a musical backdrop to pretty much everything she does, it just took her a while to get used to the sound of her own voice. We all know this, don’t we?
Snorri Helgason | https://www.youtube.com/user/snorrihelgason
Snorri Helgason has a penchant for jumping, for letting go and moving on and embracing what’s next, for Kierkegaardian, gravity-defying leaps-of-faith. A look at Snorri’s remarkable career reveals that the 29-year old singer-songwriter not only possesses a talent for precisely timed jumps, leaps and bounds; he has also thoroughly mastered the art of landing on his feet. His ongoing ventures continually bring him a few steps further along his quest—forever seeking that perfect harmony, an unbridled expression of humanity through a combination of words and music that would resonate through untold hearts and, ultimately, through the ages.
Pétur Ben | https://www.facebook.com/peturbenmusic
Born in Reykjavik in1976, Pétur has been playing and writing music since his teens. Although active in the Icelandic underground scene for years, Pétur first became known for playing with Mugison, as well as arranging and writing Mugison’s 2004 album, “Mugimama is this Monkeymusic.” Pétur graduated from the composition department at the Reykjavik Academy of Music in 2004, where he studied with Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson and Hródmar Ingi Sigurbjörnsson. The composition degree has come to good use for this indie rock artist. The music to Ragnar Bragason’s “Children” and “Parents” are his first film scores and he has been involved in several theatre productions. Most notable are his score for Strindberg’s “Dreamplay” directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and his arrangement for “Woyzeck” a Vesturport production with original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Pétur has also made a name for himself for arranging music for others, for example Mugison, Slowblow, Telepathetics and many more.
Braden Gates | http://www.bradengates.com/
From Edmonton, Alberta, Braden Gates is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing singer/songwriters in the province. A born raconteur in both his songwriting and song introductions, he is often compared to a young Loudon Wainwright: for his similar grimacing as he hits the notes and the sharpness of his observation and sly humor. Drawn to those with a story to tell, Gates aims to communicate these stories in a way that brings people together – which is often the case in one of his intimate live shows. Gates’ second album, Ferris Wheel, is a combination of intricate guitar work, driving fiddle playing and honest story telling. Engineered by celebrated recording engineer and producer, Miles Wilkinson -- a man who's worked on records by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Guy Clark to Rosanne Cash, Gates’ latest work focuses on personal experiences as well as the stories of those that he has crossed paths with throughout his travels.
Post Script | http://postscriptmusic.com/
Post Script is a bilingual indie-folk trio from Edmonton, Alberta. The band is comprised of Steph Blais on vocals and guitar, Paul Cournoyer on vocals and upright bass and Brayden Treble on lead guitar and vocals. Post Script delivers songs that come straight from the heart.
What makes Post Script unique? Paul and Steph are both franco-albertans keen to share their musical expression in both languages. “What makes their music so good is the incredible, indescribable vocal blending juxtaposed with the crystal clear vocals of Steph’s voice” - Ear To The Ground Music.
Since the release of their debut EP in August 2013 they’ve had the pleasure of opening for Lisa Leblanc, Paperlions, Close Talker and Baka and Beyond (Canmore Folk Music Festival 2014). In fall 2014 the dynamic trio was featured on the national french language program, Ballade a Toronto (TFO). In February 2015 they travelled to Iceland for the Winter Lights Festival as musical ambassadors between Alberta and Iceland where they collaborated with folk/ americana singer Snorri Helgason. “Iceland taught us to trust the art first and foremost” -PS
With a cross-Canada tour in the works they are keen to continue traveling to promote their new album. What can you expect from Post Script’s debut? Harmonies inspired by old time country and touches of french canadian root patterns. Upright bass under delicate layers of guitar occasionally accompagnied by cello, synth or drums. These are the sounds that filled an old cabin in November 2014 when they recorded their new album.
Cayley Thomas | http://www.cayleythomas.com/
Kris Ellestad | https://krisellestad.bandcamp.com/
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