The Carrot Community Coffeehouse (9351 118 Avenue)
Head over to the neighbourhood’s coziest cafe and enjoy our six singer-songwriters as they share their inspiring talents over two days in our festival song circle.
Saturday, March 10, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
“You found my weakness written in my song.” Melody Stang is a singer/songwriter based in Red Deer, AB who is captivating audiences with a shyness and strength to her voice and ease with articulate
acoustic-guitar finger-picking. Musical idols and inspirations like Joni Mitchell, Serena Ryder and The Carpenters are sprinkled into her songwriting with a mix of finger-style ballads and heavy-hitting strums that will either be pulling at your heartstrings or have you stomping your feet. Honest and well-crafted lyrics tell you stories as if you’re catching up with an old friend. An upcoming EP will be her first solo release (Spring 2018) that features the single “Carousel Ride” produced and recorded at Melodious Design/The Space. As one-half of the racy music/comedy duo “The Dirrty Show”, she’s made many miles and gained a lot of stage presence touring internationally the past four years but she likes to *try* and keep things a bit sensitive sometimes too.
Accompanied by pianist, Barrington Simpson Connie LeGrande is a Nehiyaw soul singer and songwriter. Her musical background is rooted in Woodland Cree traditions, with creative influences ranging from throat singing, Cree Flow, Soul and Reggae. LeGrande is a fluent Cree speaker and sings in her mother tongue and in English. To preserve and transfer the Cree language she has created Cree Primal Flow, a music composition of Cree syllables carried by primal rhythm. LeGrande’s music raises awareness regarding indigenous issues and the importance of love. She will be singing a 45 min set from her upcoming album titled, ‘We are Still here.’ The album is an expression of her experience as an Indigenous woman. The songs speak of overcoming adversity through love. The album is written and sung in both Cree and English and features primal flow, a composition of experimental throat singing. Every song is a different style including Jazz, Soul, Nehiyaw Soul, RnB and Reggae. The album will be released spring 2018.
At the young age of fifteen years old, Amanda Penner is a local singer/songwriter who’s been described by many as an old soul. Her melancholy melodies and thought-provoking lyrics tell powerful stories leaving a lasting impression, as her unique voice travels through sound waves in small coffeeshops, all the way to larger festival stages. Her sound is influenced by a variety of genres including alternative folk, alternative, and singer/songwriter. For her, music is not just a hobby, it’s a passion. She hopes to make other people’s lives better through her music, so that they can escape from their hardships for a little while, even if it is just for a four minute song.
Sunday, March 11, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
A prairie girl with original western folk songs. It starts here… listening to songs played on country and western radio at her grandparents’ home in the hamlet Bawlf, Alberta, Canada. Then, choir music and in her late teens, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. The first songwriter Donna was aware of was her mom. She would sit at the piano and cook up funny little songs such as Gasoline Cowboy. Donna has formal education in musical theatre and recreation therapy. Song birds, the dog singing along with the harmonica, the light in a wise old person’s eyes, leaves of fall turning a near neon golden yellow, current affairs, affairs of the heart and herstory are all muses- the ever moving target. Donna plays out… house concert to concert hall. Noted as an engaging performer, Donna is a regional writer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.
ROYA is an Edmonton-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for whom musicianship is a powerful gateway for the expression of personal truths and reflections on spirituality and love. The power of Roya’s music emanates from the enduring sincerity and tenderness of her lyricism, which testifies to her spirited, sometimes genre-defying sense of creative possibility. She was recently awarded the Edmonton Arts Council Cultural Diversity in the Arts grant to record her debut album Breath & Being, set to release in Fall 2018. Her performance will be a set of original music, exploring themes of love, spirituality, and belonging. She will be accompanied by her dear friend and fellow musician, Justin Khuong, on guitar.
After living abroad for twenty-two years, Marie Fontaine returned to her hometown of Edmonton to reinvent herself and pursue her passion for the arts. She developed her love of singing from an early age but began seriously exploring her own style of music after purchasing a Yamaha keyboard and setting up a home recording studio in the town of Osnabrueck, Germany where she was the lead singer in a band called Loose Connections. Her desire to sing, write and produce her own material really took off in 2011 when she joined Soundcloud. In 2014, she collaborated with UK artist Barry Snaith of the Inconsistent Jukebox on a spoken word piece entitled Likey Nike. In Canada she continues to develop her talent for songwriting and currently plays ukulele and sings in a band called Ukebox. She has written over 200 original songs.