The Second Annual Songwriting Camp for professional songwriters in Alberta from July 14-17 2016! Alberta Music will be returning to OCL Studios, just outside of Calgary, to conduct a three-day songwriting camp. These nine artists will be organized into groups of three to collaborate on two to three demo-ready songs. The camp will also provide an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships.
OCL Studios Western Canada's only commercial-grade residential recording studio, and our Studio A features a Neve 88R Console. Artists come to OCL to immerse themselves in a picturesque setting while working with some of the most advanced technologies available. Built from the ground-up and managed by industry leaders, OCL is a living amalgamation of intensive sound technology, commercial design, and creature comforts. We cater to musicians hailing from all walks of life, from independent artists to prominent musicians and engineering teams.
Son of Ray
The Doll Sisters
There is a space floating between pop and punk, between folk and kickass, a sweet spot that Leeroy Stagger inhabits with buoyancy, acerbic wit and ridiculously catchy melodic hooks. Stagger’s music combines tender honesty of the songwriter with a ballsy punk-rock swagger; he isn’t afraid to call bullshit when he sees it, even when it’s on himself. Acoustic strumming is balanced with tasty distortion, lilting balladeering with driving pop-punk sweetness.
Born in BC and hanging his hat – when he has time to look for it – in southern Alberta, Stagger inherited a love of music from his grandparents. When Stagger finally quit his day job as a hairdresser to be a fulltime songwriter he burst out of the gate at full tilt – not just in terms of the music he was making, but in terms of the rock’n’roll lifestyle he was hellbent on living. At the ripe age of 26, Stagger reconsidered the chemical abuse he was heaping on his body and went clean and sober, the better to serve the music he was trying to create. These days Stagger’s focus is paying off; he’s been garnering rave reviews across Europe and the US, and fulfilling the promise of his early dreams. Let him dance you down the garden path. It’ll be worth it.
Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music is rooted in jazz, yet seamlessly incorporates elements of other genres including folk and pop. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Ellen has been a performer since age five. She went on to study vocal jazz at Carleton University in Ottawa, and performed in their prestigious Talent Showcase. She’s had the opportunity to work with many ofher jazz heroes thus far including Al Kay, Pat Labarbera, Bobby Shew, Dave Mancini and PJ Perry. In 2013, Ellen Doty was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Soloist’ award from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho and she completed a Banff Centre Artist Residency for Collaborative Song-Writing at the renowned Banff Centre in Alberta. In May 2013, she received a production grant for her debut album from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Buckley's clear vocals shine with honesty and a touch of darkness, establishing her as an original and confident voice on the alt-country scene."" - Anna Alger, Exclaim! Few performers combine the lyrical heartfelt authenticity of classic country music with a steely eyed intensity that compels an audience’s attention like Calgary, Alberta’s Mariel Buckley. Amidst a sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a crunchy, roots alternative.
Kimberley MacGregor is an Edmonton, Alberta-based singer-songwriter who believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that whisky is a health tonic. She lovingly crafts and passionately performs songs that will move your heart, change your mind, and stomp your feet. With her band, she can rock a festival crowd at any time of day or night; solo, she can deliver an intimate acoustic performance that never fails to captivate an entire room. Reminiscent of Susan Tedeschi and meeting Etta James head-on, her voice and energy will change how you experience modern music.
Daisy Blue is a Canadian Female Songsmith, Voxist and Guitar Slinger. Her albums 'Sparrow In A Cyclone', ‘mellowtonia’(ep) and 'BURIED IN THE SKY' are produced by Grammy and Juno nominated Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Rufus, Cowboy Junkies, The Weakerthans, Mae Moore) and released on Lawless+Uncommon Records. Extensive touring has brought her through Canada, Iceland, Holland, Germany, Belgium and the US.
Son of Ray is the music of Rob Lagace, a Calgary based singer-songwriter and musician. Roots music at its core, the songs are often a blend of folk-funk, country-blues, and rock and roll. The vibe is front porch stomp meets train track shuffle, soaked with a grizzly howl and a whole lotta soul. Rob has been blazing a trail of his own since releasing his ten song debut album, ""Keepin' It Real"" in 2015. Performing both as a solo act, strapped with a guitar, harmonica, and kick drum, and also as the leader of a four piece rootsy rock and roll band. The songwriting and melody are strong enough to work on all fronts, which led to a diverse year of shows in 2015. From sharing bills with folkier artists like The Great Lake Swimmers, Jon & Roy, and Daniel Wesley to rocking stages following ZZ Top, Collective Soul, and Brian Setzer. One thing is for sure, a dedication to serving the song and keepin' it real are the cornerstones that make up the music of Son Of Ray.
Post Script is a relationship, a constant exchange. While most accurately described as an indie-folk trio, a small glimpse into the band shows a depth behind the music-makers.
Founding members Steph Blais and Paul Cournoyer have found a way to navigate the path of personal and artistic identities as a couple, as songwriters seeking to blend bi-lingual influences in their work, and as a group seeking more authentic connections with a growing audience.
The collaboration evolved from a request by Steph’s brother for Paul and her to perform together, which led to songwriting together and the release of a three-song EP in 2013. Its has been constant evolution ever since. Like most groups, the music and songwriting needed to grow, stretch, and settle. This process took a leap forward when the duo expanded to a trio, with the addition of friend Brayden Treble on guitar. The imagination of an expanded palette of sound along with a more dynamic live performance was in reach, and the group went to work on a new album in late 2014.
Awarded with the 2015 Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s 'Emerging Artist of the Year', and two-time nominees for ACMA's Duo/Group of the Year award in 2013 & 2014, The Doll Sisters are a fiery Celtic Americana duo from the foothills of Alberta, Canada. Past Canadian Folk Music Award nominees, they have had the honour of sharing stages with the likes of Clayton Bellamy, The Good Lovelies, Coig, Cindy Church, & Lisa Brokup, to name a few. A growing resume consists of multiple folk festivals, including the acclaimed Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Canmore Folk Music Festival along with many folk clubs, concerts and house shows. The girls have brought their music into BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Halifax and have crossed the border into the US, showcasing in Kansas City, New York and a festival tour in Florida. The duo was recently scouted and cast on the first season of CMT’s new TV Series ‘Ice Racer Showdown’ hosted by Clayton Bellamy, and aired in Feb/March of 2016.
Hailing from the small town of Stony Plain Alberta and playing in bars since he was seventeen, Mark Times is a songsmith at work. Mixing time-tested sounds with lyrics distilled from everyday life, his folk-country blend is garnering attention across the Canadian music scene. Named the Calgary Folk Fest’s “Untapped Newcomer,” winning second place in Country 105’s Rising Star competition, and performing in Halifax as part of the Canadian Country Music Week, this artist is stepping onto the stage with both feet forward. Supporting the recently released EP 'Long To Live' and working on his first full-length album, Times is moving Canadian country forward while keeping his rearview mirror fixed on tradition.< Previous Post Next Post >