By donation at the door
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 16 | 1:00 – 3:00PM
Lana Gilday is a mother and musician. For 15 years she has worked as a palliative care nurse, and weaves these experiences into her songwriting. Her music is at once haunting and seductive; encompassing the trials of womanhood, and the terrible privilege of living.
Kaeli is a 15 year old singer-songwriter, who started singing and performing at a very young age. As she got older, singing grew as her passion, and she fell in love with performing. In her original songs, she writes about real life experiences and hard times with health complications. She hopes that her music can help someone.
Kaeli will also be performing in The Key of She at Otto on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 – 6:30pm.
Cindy Paul performs all original songs from her 2 International multi-award nominated albums. She plays guitar, drum, harmonica and Native American flute combining her rich vocals and rhythms for a melodic and insightful journey through your imagination and into your heart. Cindy is available to play solo, trio, or with her full band which includes two of Edmonton’s finest musicians, Gord Matthews and Garry Lee.
Cindy will also be performing in our Opening Ceremonies on March 7 from 5:00 – 7:00pm, and in The Key of She at the Nook on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17 | 12:00 – 2:00PM
Lara Yule Singh
Interdimensional folk tales; Singer/songwriter, Lara Yule Singh’s bold, new musical direction is theatrical, folk storytelling, but not everything here is as it seems. Heartful, yet subtly mysterious lyrics invite the listener to discover and explore new, inner landscapes. The Songstress is diving deep into recording a collection of polished gems, that will gently tug your ear and warmly invite you, “like a welcoming committee, saying come in, come in” (Luka Symons – CKUA Radio).
Paula is a local singer/songwriter who uses music as a form of activism. Many of her songs deal with social justice issues such as peace, homelessness, women’s issues, and the environment.
Kristen McArthur, an Edmonton-Alberta-based independent, is an artist, mother, entrepreneur, artisan, writer, songwriter, and all around creative. Kristen has been recording professionally since 2014 and officially released her debut album in November 2018. In 2010, Kristen performed alongside Johnny Reid in a 25-choir ensemble live and televised for the Canadian Country Music Awards. She also auditioned for Canadian Idol in 2006 and considers two of her most notable performances to be 2017 APTN Aboriginal Day Live in Yellowknife NWT and the Douglas Corner Café in Nashville, TN, USA in 2018. Kristen’s music has been well received over radio waves across Canada and the U.S.A since she first began recording and she is looking forward to all the possible opportunities she will access having finally released a debut album.