POETRY, POP AND PRAIRIE ROCK: INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON ROLLS OUT IMPRESSIVE LINEUP ADDITIONS WITH 2017 INTERLUDE PERFORMERS.
IRODEOYEG ANNOUNCES EXCITING TECH PARTNERSHIP WITH ATB FINANCIAL.
Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton is thrilled to announce more performers for 2017 with lineup additions that include Toronto-based spoken-word phenom Mustafa The Poet, art-house songwriter Christine Fellows and next-generation newcomer Chloe Doucet. Interstellar’s 2017 Interludes also burst with Alberta talent: Calgary’s road-weathered Leeroy Stagger, harmony-filled roots rockers Northern Beauties and the emotionally charged sounds of Edmonton songwriter Ken Stead will represent the province’s rich musical community. Piano-glam mystery Ensign Broderick rounds out this year’s Interlude lineup.
INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON’S COMPLETE 2017 LINEUP:
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE * ALOE BLACC * SERENA RYDER
SUZANNE VEGA * JOHN K. SAMSON and THE WINTER WHEAT
BASIA BULAT * DAN MANGAN * JD MCPHERSON
THE SUFFERS * COLD SPECKS * AMELIA CURRAN
PARKER MILLSAP * WHITNEY ROSE * BEGONIA * LEONARD SUMNER
MUSTAFA THE POET * CHRISTINE FELLOWS * LEEROY STAGGER * NORTHERN BEAUTIES * KEN STEAD * CHLOE DOUCET * ENSIGN BRODERICK
Interstellar Rodeo is also excited to announce a tech partnership with Alberta’s own ATB Financial. As a company that champions Edmonton’s culture with pride, it’s a match that makes perfect sense. “Interstellar’s heart is rooted in Edmonton. What better partner could there be than a great Alberta company like ATB,” says Chris Wynters, Interstellar Rodeo’s Director of Marketing/Partnerships. President & CEO of ATB Financial, Dave Mowat, adds, “Even in a city of countless festivals, Interstellar Rodeo stands out from the crowd. There’s something so ‘Edmonton’ about the Interstellar community, from the food trucks up to the amazing music. We’ll be working with the Interstellar crew to offer some amazing experiences through their festival app. It’s going to be a great weekend.”
NEXT UP: Interstellar Rodeo Wine Pairings and Food Trucks (coming soon).
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INTERSTELLAR RODEO INTERLUDES:
With her grandfather’s Telecaster in hand, Doucet has become a regular at Toronto’s open mic nights. Growing up with musician parents has meant that music venues have always felt like home turf, but Doucet has taken the job of finding her own voice very seriously. From writing her first songs to recent experiences recording in New York, from her solo performances to her roles in other bands, Doucet’s initial steps into the business have been taken with confidence and curiosity. She will release her first EP in 2017.
Christine Fellows’ songs are “antique yet avant-garde, and quietly theatrical” (NOW Magazine), populated by solitary travelers in wintry northlands, spinster pigeon-fanciers, grumpy flying foxes, and intrepid runaways. Her sixth full-length solo album, Burning Daylight, was released alongside her first collection of poetry in 2014. Based in Winnipeg, Fellows collaborates with artists from all disciplines to create and produce performance works and recordings.
Ensign Broderick’s dramatic, piano-driven sound gushes with the opulence and flamboyance of late 70s New Romanticism, Baroque melodrama and timeless teenage angst. Ensign Broderick has emerged out of nowhere with a fully-formed artistic vision that is completely out of time and wholly compelling, a lavish mixture of personal secrecy and raw, naked emotion bared in song. Ensign Broderick will release a new album in 2017.
Born and raised in Edmonton, folk/roots songwriter Ken Stead has spent the last two years on the stage, learning the craft and exploring ideas of family, love and acceptance in song. Stead truly hit his creative stride with his first emotionally-charged full-length album, Fear Has No Place Here (2015), which received four Edmonton Music Award nominations.
It’s been said before that love is a battlefield, and on his latest album Love Versus, Leeroy Stagger comes well-armed. The eleventh studio release by the British Columbia native is also a milestone, marking the first recording made at Stagger’s home studio in southern Alberta. With the new album, Stagger’s road-weathered and ever-evolving fusion of roots, rock and pop opens a new chapter, and promises to reach many more ears.
MUSTAFA THE POET
Mustafa Ahmed is a 17-year-old spoken word artist, actor and emcee based in Regent Park, Toronto. He utilizes the power of the arts to speak & demonstrate his understanding of the intricacies of communities such as his, touching upon topics such as youth empowerment, mental health, Islam, immigration, violence, politics, philanthropy, the search for peace and unleashing the creativity of youth.
THE NORTHERN BEAUTIES
Wielding an unmistakable brand of Western Folk, Calgary’s harmony-filled roots rockers Northern Beauties have now carved their name into the western Canadian musical landscape. The band was honored with a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Group/Duo of the Year and a pair of Calgary Music Award nominations for Singer/Songwriter of the year and the award for Roots/Folk recording of the year.