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, FEBRUARY 29 | 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Paula is an acoustic singer/songwriter who writes and performs original songs about social issues, life, and love (mostly gone wrong).
Photo by Alliance Française d’Edmonton
Jemma Hicken is a folk-pop singer-songwriter hailing from Cortes Island, BC. Jemma’s songs are introspective and personal; she writes emotional + funny stories about her island upbringing, her travels, and the people that inspire her along the way. Jemma is known for her powerful + unique voice, compelling lyrics, and heartfelt performances. She is currently studying music in big-city Edmonton and leads a band called Jemma & the Good Thing.
Photo by Inanna Sokil
*You can also catch Jemma with her band, Jemma and the Good Thing, opening up for Derina Harvey Band at Station on Jasper on March 7!
Liz is a young Albertan singer-songwriter influenced by artists such as Florence + the Machine, First Aid Kit, Fleetwood Mac, and Kacey Musgraves. Growing up on a farm near Olds, Alberta, she cultivated a deep-rooted passion for agriculture and music at a very early age. Winner of the 2018 CKFM Star Search and a 2019 FACTOR Artist Development grant recipient, Liz is fresh off the 2018 release of her latest single, “Fences”. She’s poised for even more exciting things happening this year, including the release of more new music and performances throughout the province.
Photo by Suzanne Sagmeister
SUNDAY, MARCH 7 | 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Holly Gilroy is a Saskatchewan artist who released her debut single ‘Plea For Clarity’ in 2019. Holly’s music showcases exceptional vocal performances, which are surrounded by playful chords on the piano. With a richly melodic, lively, and natural feel, her music is charming and memorable. As an up and coming artist, Holly loves sharing her sound with others in the form of collaborations and performances in many styles.
Photo by Holly Gilroy
*You can also catch Holly performing in The Key of She at Otto on Thursday, March 5!
Dylan Ella is a singer-songwriter from Edmonton. The talented 17-year-old is no newcomer to the stage. Whether performing on her own at local festivals and pubs or opening up for touring artists, including Daniel Romano, Danny Michel, The Royal Foundry and Joshua Hyslop, Dylan’s soulful lyrics, mesmerizing vocals and charismatic stage presence have captivated audiences of all ages. She was recently nominated in the ‘Rising Star’ category at the 2019 Edmonton Music Awards.
Photo by Chas Anderson
Rebecca Lappa’s fearless fusion of pop, rock, and folk, has her cresting the wave of Canada’s best contemporary singer songwriters and captured her three 2019 Edmonton Music Awards nominations, winning Singer Songwriter Recording of the Year. She’s toured Canada, opening for Jenn Grant, Crash Test Dummies, Digging Roots, Maria Dunn and performed at the Edmonton, Calgary and Canmore Folk Festivals, and the Ottawa Blues Fest. In July 2019, she released her female empowerment EP, “Unfilitered.”
Photo by Lorraine Mortensen