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Please book your seat in advance by calling Chianti Cafe at 780.439.9829. Chianti will be following all current guidelines and restrictions set forth by Alberta Health Services.
Head over to the neighbourhood’s favourite spot and enjoy our singer-songwriters as they share their inspiring talents.
Saturday, March 6 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Shannon Brown is a queer, local student & singer-songwriter with a passion for folk music and everything women’s and gender studies. She mixes her interests in both the literary and musical atmospheres to bring forward a sound that celebrates both the soft and raging side of her role as a woman in folk. When she isn’t reading or fiddling with her own music, she can be found worshipping artists like Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, & Tracy Chapman.
Photo by Emma Brown (Emma Brown Productions)
HAIDEE is an up and coming Filipino-Canadian Pop/R&B singer-songwriter. Her most recent release “2u”, features FITZGERVLD, a fresh, carefree sound, and effortlessly agile vocals.
Her debut EP, coyly titled “An EP”, was released June 26th, 2020. She released her debut single “Unsteady” in March with follow-up singles “193” and “Nice Guy” which were lauded as being fresh, straightforward, and sincere.
HAIDEE is currently in the writing stages for next projects, set to release in mid-2021.
Photo by Kesara Kimo. HAIDEE will be accompanied by Mark Maclure.
Of Candor is an Edmonton based singer/songwriter whose music is influenced by the songwriting of artists Sara Bareilles, Liza Anne, and Maggie Rogers. With captivating melodies and dreamy textures, Of Candor’s music is introspective and catchy. The lyrics of her songs accessibly capture an inner dialogue shaped by themes of discovery, doubt, and growth – feelings we all experience.
Photo by Quinton Berger of Shot by Q
Wednesday, March 10 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Ru is a singer-songwriter out of Canada who looks for inspiration from every aspect of life to bring soulful tones to the stories of her own life and the ones of those around her. Ru’s music takes on inspiration from Indie, Neo-soul, Folk-Pop and R&B music to give her the sound that she has today. To keep up to date with her next performances and new music you can find her on all social media platforms @rumanyonga!
Thursday, March 11 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Mallory Chipman & the Mystics
MALLORY CHIPMAN & THE MYSTICS
Mallory Chipman & the Mystics are here to take you on a trip. Described as a “genre-obliterating sonic experience”, these Edmonton-based art-rockers meld their love for prog, jazz, and rock styles as they explore personal and political themes, embedded in layers of lush production and raw emotion. The Mystics are fronted by award-winning jazz vocalist turned rock’n’roller, Mallory Chipman, and together they have carefully crafted a rare electric spirit. Their debut album AQUARIAN is out now!
Left to right: Brian Raine, Talesa Mandin, Mallory Chipman, Sam Malowany, Murray Wood, Brett Hansen
Saturday, March 13 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
MacEwan University’s Singer Songwriter Ensemble is the first of its kind out of the esteemed local music program. This inaugural group was formed in September 2020, and features eight different singers who accompany themselves on an array of instruments including guitar, harp, keyboard, and ukulele. Each one of the artists boasts a unique songwriting style, compelling voice, and a radiant personality that shines through their music.
Paxsi (they/them) is a two-spirit, Aymara-Welsh singer-songwriter, beader, and multidisciplinary artist. Combining elements of folk and rock, Paxsi plays their original music under the stage name WARA WARA. Paxsi’s art, poetry, and music offers moments of tenderness and honesty—they hope to nurture community through a practice that is raw, vulnerable, and politically charged.
Emme is a Canadian electronic/pop singer songwriter and producer known for her unique vocal tone, dramatic electronic production, and emotionally honest song writing. Heavily involved and dedicated to her sound, Emme’s writing and production shares an intimate piece of herself with every song.
Most recently, with the release of her debut single “Dear Anxiety”, Emme takes her listeners through her own journey of reconciliation with anxiety and mental health struggles during times of uncertainties, reaching out to those who have had similar journeys. Through her use of heart-wrenchingly honest lyrics, layered vocals, and smooth production, Emme is bound to reach the hearts of her listeners with her gentle touch of honest passion and openness.
On a mission to uncover life’s subtleties through her music, Emily is fond of songs that are able to reflect on bittersweet circumstances with a light heart. Through her simple, yet intentional lyrics, she is able to craft an emotional picture for her audiences to delve into. Currently studying composition of Jazz and Contemporary Popular music at MacEwan University, Emily’s sound is reflective of these influences. Her songs range from sweet tunes about road trips to groovy works focused on her coming of age experience. Composing her first documented piece at age three titled, “Why Is Your Room A Pig Sty”; it is apparent that music has played a large part in Emily’s life from a young age. Recent works include her soon to be released “Little White Car” and “A Saint”. She is influenced by the likes of Big Thief, The Brook & The Bluff, and Hayley Heynderickx.
Karen Shepherd is an Indigenous singer/songwriting, musician, and composer from Edmonton, Alberta. She is studying at MacEwan University in the Bachelor of Music Composition program.
Karen has travelled to South Africa, The Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, South Korea and Malaysia performing both as a soloist and in various musical groups in the past 2 decades.
With her good friend, Julie Golosky Olmsted, she formed a folk group called, “The Crow Girls” and was awarded a 2008 Native American Music award for Best Folk Album.
Recently, she’s been working with multiple award winning recording artist Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau.
Esther Forseth is an alternative-folk singer-songwriter based in Edmonton, Alberta. The combination of Esther’s soft vocal performance, and her figurative lyrics, is often described as “moody” and “haunting.” Esther twists her life experiences into a journey of metaphors, with melodies that play a balancing act between unpredictability, and familiarity. Taking influence from highly expressive artists such as Feist, Bon Iver, and Phoebe Bridgers, Esther’s recent infatuation with songwriting comes from her simple desire to connect with people.
Lexene is a genre-bending Canadian singer-songwriter who seamlessly blends folk, country, soul, and pop. Her journey began over 20 years ago when she chose her stage name, so sure even at 4 years old, that performing would be her only calling. Lexene’s warm and ebullient personality transcends the stage and resonates with fans and friends alike.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Lexene then spent several years working and performing in Vancouver. She returned to Edmonton to complete her Bachelor of Music Degree.
Her debut album is set to drop in Fall 2021, working alongside some of the best musicians in Western Canada.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Lily Monaghan is a blues/folk singer-songwriter with a warm, unique tone. Often using a biographical approach to songwriting, she creates a raw and relatable atmosphere for anybody who listens. Studying in 3rd year of her Bachelor of Jazz and performance, she dedicates her time to improving her skills as well as adopting new ones. Lily seizes any opportunity to create music, drawing inspiration from many songwriters including Gord Downie, Hozier, and Stevie Nicks.
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