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John Guliak

John Guliak is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been performing roots music in Canada for over 20 years.  John's music contrasts the isolation of his prairie upbringing with his later experiences in the urban landscapes of Glasgow, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto.

The songs that result from this perspective have been compared to those of other uniquely Canadian voices such as Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen.  His whiskey and cigarettes baritone, described in Nerve Magazine as, "one of those character voices that should almost be trademarked," places him in the company of such singers as Merle Haggard, The Handsome Family's Brent Sparks, and Rufus Wainwright.

In 2004, he released 7 Stories and 13 Songs, the second CD for Mint Records that followed his 2002 début, The Black Monk. Both CDs have been critically noted and feature performances by some of Western Canada's most talented musicians.

John's live shows have been applauded for their honesty and intensity whether he is performing solo, as half of the duo, Kodiak, or with support from the 5 piece band, Prairie Flounder.

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Mariel Buckley

Few performers combine the lyrical heartfelt authenticity of classic country music with a steely eyed intensity that compels an audience’s attention like Calgary, Alberta’s Mariel Buckley. Amidst a sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a crunchy, roots alternative.

Buckley's recent performances have led her to supporting idol k.d. lang for two dates at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium, entertaining audiences in the grassy fields at the Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Fort MacLeod Folk Music Festivals. Mariel deftly matches her stark and haunting narratives of real-life struggle with a brassy wit that sets her apart from her contemporaries in its fearlessness. Her strengths as a songwriter are exemplified by her self-titled EP, and full-length debut Motorhome. She's been hailed by No Depression as, “a new Loretta Lynn, speaking her mind... Throw in a little Townes Van Zandt mixed with Joan Jett and you've got a listener who's going to grab a lot of people's attention.”

Currently set to release her sophomore album "Driving In The Dark" with producer Leeroy Stagger in the spring of 2018, Mariel Buckley’s skills as a singer-songwriter and performer continue to impress new listeners while her long-time supporters look on with an assured understanding that they knew the depth of her talents from the beginning.

“...the next Loretta Lynn. Throw in a little Joan Jett and you’ve got a songwriter who’s going to grab a lot of listeners who are disillusioned with country’s offerings as of late.” - Gillian Turnbull, No Depression Magazine (Read the full review here)

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Konzy Vida

Konzy Vida writes bold and honest songs that resonate deep within her audience and has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Konzy Vida strives to connect with and capture her listeners with her personal sound and alternative style.

Nominated twice for the St. Albert Mayor's Arts award for emerging artist, Konzy Vida has graced several Edmonton stages and has, made appearances performing at various events and fundraisers. Some of them being; The CTV Morning Show, The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, Global News, and Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta. In addition, you might also find Konzy Vida singing the national anthem at an Oil Kings game!

Not only has Konzy Vida used her music to entertain audiences in the past but she also uses her music to bring awareness and support to her community in regards to important causes. In 2015, Konzy Vida founded the first and annual Music and Verse, a spectacular charity event in support WIN (also known as the Edmonton Women's Shelter). Konzy Vida's event was a hit for her first effort, bringing in people from all over Edmonton and creating quite the buzz.

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Denim Daddies

Born out of a drink at a dive bar in Edmonton, Alberta, The Denim Daddies are five long, lost ‘brothers’ trying to navigate the weird & wild world that is modern country music. The Denim Daddies are a shot of the ol’ outlaws attitude mixed with the modernism of alt-country and a splash of the Nashville sound, all glassed in the high-powered sound of a dynamic live band. The Denim Daddies attribute their recognizable sound to their influences which only begin with Sturgill Simpson, Flying Burrito Brothers, and John Prine to name a few. Their songwriting blends politically and socially charged themes with simple, down to earth lyrics, which are layered atop intense and intricate parts with tight vocal harmonies and a rippin' rhythm section.

Blurring the lines between country and rock these dance floor troubadours are embracing the resurgence and new sounds of modern country music. From dirty cowboy bars, to hipster juke joints, to sweaty basements, The Denim Daddies appeal to every country music stereotype.

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