7:30 PM: Doors
8:00 PM: Best of FAVA featuring short films by Trevor Anderson, Eva Colmers, aAron Munson and Gary James Jones, Lindsay McIntyre, Dylan Rhys Howard & Christina Ienna
9:15 PM: 100 mile house
10:15 PM: The Hearts
Tickets: $15 Advance (Acoustic Music Shop, Blackbyrd Myoozik and YEG Live) /$20 at the door. ADMISSION INCLUDES (CD) COPY OF THE HEARTS’S NEW ALBUM, EQUAL LOVE
Licensed event (18+, no minors), proceeds from bar donated to UP + DT Music Festival
(formerly Jeff Stuart & The Hearts) pump out a sonic flow rife with hooky melodies and harmonies; they present a glamorous, sparkly live show; and they construct songs that are firmly nestled among modernity’s musical vanguards. But The Hearts are brimming with another flavor sometimes lost in the overdubs of modern music…they exude soul. Their sound combines retro-pop, folk rock and electronica, but in all its flash it is honest and straightforward, with the ‘heart’ standing out in the mix.
None of these statements ever rang more true than on the The Edmonton-based band’s new release Equal Love. The lead single “Cold Connection”, is a high energy, dance club-motivated number paired with a video release, that sets up the rest of the album. A nine song collection, Equal Love leads out with the sexy groove of “Easy Love”, numbing the listener into a state of aural splendor, while “So Little Lonely” mixes glitter with grit in it’s crashing beat, driving rhythm, and sweet harmonies. “Hope Drug” is the anthem of the album; a ballad with a deep echoing heartbeat and a mantra-like chorus, while “Magpie” conjures up glam rock ghosts with guitar tones and synth effects. The whole album is an intricate and dense soundscape, and an affecting production by Gavin Dunn and rest of The Hearts, mixed by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, The David Wax Museum, Joy Kills Sorrow).
Equal Love follows up the band’s critically acclaimed 2011 release Equal Parts Reason and Moonlight, which debuted on !earshot and CKUA charts, received national airplay on CBC and independent radio across the country, and was featured in HBO and MTV productions. CKUA’s Grant Stovel named the record #1 album of the year, and the band spent the next few years touring extensively throughout Canada, playing SXSW, and performing alongside top acts at international festivals and events. The Hearts are regarded for bringing strong musicianship and a healthy dose of sonic experimentation to the stage, where they trade, layer, interpret and cohere beautifully. Their latest work transmits a heightened sense of verve and collusion among the band as their light grows brighter and brighter in the firmament of Canadian music.
“elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative, but more than anything, from the heart.”
100 Mile House
Winners of the Emerging Artist Award at the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Edmonton-based husband and wife duo Peter Stone and Denise MacKay have shared their unique brand of original transatlantic folk at shows and festivals near and far. Their beautiful harmonies, rich arrangements and captivating lyrics make their sound truly distinctive.
The latest 100 mile house release, Wait With Me, is their third full-length album, packed with the lyrically driven roots tunes that gained this band a devoted following in the Canadian music scene and beyond. Debuting at No.1 on CKUA across Alberta, the album is nominated for four Edmonton Music Awards, a WCMA for ‘Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year’, shortlisted for the Edmonton Music Prize and the song ‘London’ won the coveted Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, the second time the band has walked away with the prize. This haunting and highly personal song collection is the follow-up to hollow ponds, their award-winning 2011 release.
hollow ponds won the Edmonton Music Award for Folk/Roots Album of the Year in 2012 and was nominated for a 2012 WCMA for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year. It was featured in CBC’s Key of A – Best of 2011 and the track “Better, Still” won the Calgary Folk Festival songwriting contest Grand Prize in 2011.
Regularly joined by multi-instrumentalist Scott Zubot, career highlights include performances at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Calgary Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Musicfest and Calgary Folk Club as well as showcasing at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Folk Alliance International conferences. A live recording of their 2013 Calgary CD release at The Ironwood is available on CBC Radio 2’s Concerts On Demand.
“Wait With Me … features the smart lyrics, harmonies, and storytelling that are making 100 Mile House well-known on the Canadian folk music scene.” CBC Music
“…lyrical and haunting, with a depth of feeling – sometimes raw and palpably authentic – you don’t find so often.” Penguin Eggs
Best of FAVA Short Films
A brief series of short film by some of Edmonton’s most creative and dynamic independent filmmakers, featuring films by Trevor Anderson, Eva Colmers, aAron Munson and Gary James Jones, Lindsay McIntyre, Dylan Rhys Howard & Christina Ienna