Want to know more about the musical acts on festival day? Here’s a generous helping of information on the subject. Part of your daily recommended intake of facts!
Paula Eve Kirman is a Western Canada-based singer/songwriter who writes and performs music with a message. Whether singing about life, love, social concerns, or spirituality, she focuses on the passion behind the words. Much of Paula’s work deals with social justice, in no small part due to her active involvement in the peace movement and a variety of other causes such as poverty and the environment. www.myspace.com/paulaevekirman
Jessica Holtby and Jesse Cunningham
Jessica Holtby is a Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter hailing from Clearwater, British Columbia. Her music combines jazz, folk, blues and acoustic styles. With a music teacher for a mother and a jazz fanatic for a father, Holtby and her three siblings were raised on the best of jazz and were always supported in their musical creativity. Fascinated by language, Holtby has pursued language acquisition formally and informally, and loves to challenge herself to write in French and Spanish. Holtby enjoys seeing the ways in which her expanding knowledge of different cultures and their music influences her own songwriting. For more information on Jessica Holtby and for downloads, visit jessicaholtby.com or search “Jessica Holtby Music” on Facebook.
Jesse Cunningham plays as much music as he can on as many instruments as he can. His musical background starts with the métis, celtic and old-time music of the Canadian prairies, includes a prog-punk band, jazz ensembles, and whatever it is he’s doing now. Find him at blindfishindustries.wordpress.com. Jesse has been a volunteer with EBC, and the bikeology festival for about 4 years. He is currently a full-time bicycle mechanic.
Escola de Samba de Edmonton means “Edmonton Samba School” in Portuguese. They are a local band committed to teaching and performing “Samba de Enredo” in the tradition of the samba schools of Brazil. Samba de Enredo is the rhythm that propels the annual Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro. At the heart of the Samba de Enredo is the Bateria, a rhythmic ensemble made up almost exclusively of percussion; often hundreds strong. Formed in 2009, current members of the group originate from North and South
America as well as Europe. New members are welcome during the summer months when we hold weekly beginner lessons, no experience or instruments are required.
The group’s leader is also a year-round bike commuter and volunteer mechanic at BikeWorks.
Owls by Nature
Described as “Whiskey-fueled Folk Rock anthems for people who like to party,” Owls By Nature puts on an amazing live show. Since their inception in April 2010, Owls By Nature have been ruffling feathers, making audiences and well-established local acts sit up and take notice. Consisting of Ian McIntosh (Vocals/ guitar) Sean Hamilton (Bass/ vocals) Cory D. (Banjo/ Vocals) and Kate Paradis (Drums) they have their own unique brand of folk rock, that brings energy and stage presence that invigorates any crowd.
Following the huge success of their sold out debut album release party at one of Edmonton’s premiere live music venues, they have already begun pre-production on their 2nd album. Also, they have solidified multiple dates on a cross Canadian tour and beat out stiff competition for 3 showcase spots at various music industry conferences. These guys have lofty and ambitious goals, but they’re ready to go the distance.
http://www.owlsbynature.net and more links are at http://www.owlsbynature.net/links/
think Elvis Costello if he grew up on the Canadian Prairies listening to Gordon Lightfoot. Paul has released three recordings over the last 12 years, has been chosen as a Top 12 DIY record by Performing Songwriter Magazine, featured on national and regional CBC shows, receives regular CKUA airplay and won a Western Canadian Music Award for his latest record, “Tape Deck Classics”.
Paul is currently working on a 4th record due out in Fall 2011 and moonlights around Edmonton as a session tambourine and trumpet player.
Locution Revolution are a tri-kultural band/group made up of the dreadlock sporting,harmonica playing iD, the charasmatic Khiry Tafari,and the Deejay Budakron.2010 brought about the first full length from the group album called “WALK TALL”.A ten song collection of melody filled,inspiring raps,brain teasing concepts.The album peaked as high as #5 in Canada (earshot.com & chartattack.com)and stayed in the top 10 for six weeks.Further more the album hit #1 in Calgary and at home in Edmonton(CJSR 88.5FM).Locution Revolution hold workshops in the teachings and fundamentals of Hip Hop Kulture.(Elementary Schools,Youth Centers,Festivals) iD,Khiry,and Budakron have become a force and staple throughout Edmonton and are only a hand full of a few in their field putting out quality,creative,community driven music.
See you folks there!