Sarah MacDougall (YT)

“Empire”

Multiple Award winning singer/songwriter Sarah MacDougall is known for her poetic songs and passionate performances. Sarah mixes folk, pop, and rock elements into her infectious, often epic songs. Born in Sweden, now based in Canada,  Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her: “one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters’ and Rootstime Belgium described her as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”.

Her most recent release, ‘All The Hours I Have Left To Tell You Anything’ is a record about strength, identity, death, the breakdown of relationships, birth, and the ghosts we honor and carry throughout. It is Sarah’s fourth record.

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Carmanah (BC)

“Roots”

Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Laura Mina Mitic will always be the last one to tell you about herself. Instead you’ll hear about music, band mates, politics, touring and a deep reverence for humanity and the earth. You’ll hear the same on Carmanah’s first national release ‘Speak In Rhythms’, a modern eleven-song album that overflows with emotion, afterhours cool, groove and tantalizing hints of gritty vintage flavours that influence it’s modern sound.

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The Provincial Archive (AB)

“Behind the Pine”

The Provincial Archive has honed their craft through dark winters. They make music, release records, tour the country and travel the world. At the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards, The Provincial Archive won Indie Rock Recording of the Year in 2016 for their song “Bad Connections” and Album of the Year for their self-titled album.

Carmen Braden (NWT)

“Small Town Song”

Carmen Braden is a versatile, genre-jumping musician from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Multiple WCMA-nominee/winner, Carmen writes songs and music that explore beautiful and seemingly-simple parts of life and her environment – and then finds the intrigue and the odd angle. Carmen’s second studio album Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars was released in September 2019, and her debut studio album Ravens was released in 2017. “Small Town Song” celebrates the small towns that are dotted across this country, with a perfect sound of being off-the-beaten-track.

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Belle Plaine (SK)

“Squared Up”

Belle Plaine is the stage name of Melanie Berglund, a singer/songwriter who was raised on her great-grandparents’ homestead near the hamlet of Fosston, SK. Belle embodies traditions from country, blues, swing and folk music, while never quite fitting squarely into one category. Through lyrics that contemplate the ephemeral nature of life Belle manages to address themes that are persistently unfolding in our lives: forgiveness, redemption and hope.

Her 2018 album Malice, Mercy, Grief + Wrath drew accolades from Rolling Stone and was nominated for a JUNO in 2020. She was awarded Album of the Year at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards and was also nominated for Roots Solo Artist of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards. The video for her release of “Laila Sady Johnson Wasn’t Beaten By No Train” (inspired by the true story of her grandmother) was an official selection at the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival – the largest of its kind in North America.

Sweet Alibi (MB)

“Confetti”

Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, Western Canadian Music Award Winners Sweet Alibi, have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre (guitar and harmonica), Amber Nielsen (acoustic guitar) and Michelle Anderson (guitar and banjo), joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Sandy Fernandez on drums. Their music has garnered national accolades and awards, has been featured on MTV USA and CMT and received major radio play on commercial, college/community and satellite radio across the globe.

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Cat Clyde (ON)

“I Don’t Belong Here”

Cat Clyde is a Canadian singer-songwriter out of Stratford, Ontario. She is a fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear; breathing new life into the velvety vocal, tack-piano, slide-guitar-style that can instantly walk you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon.

Josh Q and the Trade-Offs (NU)

“Dancing with the Wind”

Arctic Soul, Josh Q. & The Trade-Offs’ iconic brand, is distinguished by the deep brooding voice of Josh Qaumariaq and soulful background of Jeff Maurice set against blues and rock and roll sounds echoing from the depth of the Northern tundra. In a blend of Inuktitut and English lyrics, The Trade-Offs sing the Arctic blues about universal themes of light and darkness and closeness and isolation. While the band is a staple of the Iqaluit music scene, they have played across Canada on big and small stages alike, including mainstage performances at major festivals and at the iconic Cameron House in Toronto. Press play and be prepared to fall in love with Nunavut’s Arctic Soul.

Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth (NB)

“Tall Pine”

Jamie Comeau & The Crooked Teeth are from Saint John, New Brunswick. With an alternative blues/indie folk sound, the band combines style and originality with personality and stage presence to bring forth an unfamiliar sound that attracts attention from their audience. The Crooked Teeth rose quickly from basement jam sessions to popular maritime stages in just a few months. After participating in the Harvest Jazz & Blues Stingray Music Rising Star Competition in 2017, the band was awarded first place and since then have gained serious momentum in the Canadian East Coast music scene. They have shared the stage with other acclaimed acts such as Interpol, Matthew Good, Wintersleep, Paper Lions and Sloan to name a few.”

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Russell Louder (PEI)

“Hello Stranger”

Russell Louder is a trans musician, producer, performance artist, curator, party-thrower and ring-leader based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Their experimental electronic dance pop explores the ever-evolving internal landscape of identity, grief and romance. Their performance and curatorial work explores joy and celebration as sites of queer community, resistance and survival.

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Rum Ragged (NL)

“The Thing About Fish”

Hailing from one of the world’s richest hubs of folk and traditional music, Rum Ragged have quickly become known as one of the finest performers from their Eastern Canadian island home of Newfoundland. Their acclaimed multi-award winning albums: Rum Ragged (2016), Rum Ragged at Christmas (2017) and The Hard Times (2018), as well as their new release The Thing About Fish (2019), speak for themselves. Even with this prolific recording output, it is Rum Ragged’s live show that is a must for any true music lover. Keep your eyes on Rum Ragged’s tour schedule for a list of performances near you.

Foreign Diplomats (QC)

“Charger”

Foreign Diplomats embody the idea of a carefree and slightly disobedient youth, the ones to blow up firecrackers in dark alleys at night, but not to throw punches. Put another way, Foreign Diplomats is also the journey of five guys (not the burger chain) who accidentally found their stage name at the airport while waiting at customs.

With a self-titled debut EP (2013) and two records — PRINCESS FLASH (2015) and MONAMI (2019) —, Foreign Diplomats were soon recognized for their ability to kick off the party, supporting several prominent bands like Violent Femmes, Phantogram, Vance Joy and Half Moon Run as part of renowned festivals such as Reeperbahn (Germany), Paléo (Switzerland), Les Primeurs (France), Cervantino (Mexico), Osheaga, Festival international de jazz de Montréal and Festival d’été de Québec (Canada). According to the boys, the more the merrier and it sounds just right: if someone cracks a match, they will turn it into a bonfire.

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Adam Baldwin (NS)

“No Rest for the Wicked”

Adam Baldwin doesn’t bend reality to create a happy ending. Instead, he tells his story honestly, hunting down the beast in himself in order to hopefully figure out how to live with it. While he turns his song-writing lens further inward on No Rest for the Wicked, he shoots for the rafters with bold, brash guitars, earth-shaking drums, and synths that by turns build doomy atmospheres or provide the rocket-fuel that propels a chorus to its interstellar heights.

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