30 CANADIAN ARTISTS AND BANDS SET TO SHOWCASE
AT FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE IN MEMPHIS FEB. 17-19
Thirty Canadian artists and bands — involving more than 50 musicians — will take part in a major showcase at the annual conference of Folk Alliance International being held February 17-19 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The annual conference is attended by some 2000 music industry delegates.
The showcase, held in what its organizers call the Sweet Beaver Suite (a bilingual salute to the iconic Canadian animal), will feature artists from every part of Canada. — from the Yukon to Newfoundland — and represent a wide range of music. Fourteen singers or bands are from Ontario, seven from Atlantic Canada, five from the Prairie provinces, two from Quebec and one each from the Yukon and British Columbia.
The music ranges from traditional songs from Quebec (a five-woman group called Galant, tu perd ton temps) to contemporary singer-songwriters from the Prairies. Two hot new Toronto bands, New Country rehab and Elvis Bossa Nova, are taking part, as are The Once and the Dardanelles from Newfoundland. Leela Gilday is traveling from the Yukon, while "new folk" bands Deep Dark Woods and Fish & Bird are among the artists coming from the Prairies. Music with a country edge is coming from Toronto with Russell deCarle, Corin Raymond and David Baxter, while "new bluegrass" is represented by the Grass Mountain Hobos from Prince Edward Island.
Most of the artists will be videoed during their performances, and the results will be up-linked to YouTube, the Roots Music Canada website, and new Beaver Suite website — www.sweetbeaver.com — which will be "live" prior to the event.
A total of six more artists — from the UK, Ireland and the United States — are being made "honorary Canadians" and will participate. They include songwriters Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Jonathan Byrd, The Dunwell Brothers from the UK, and Kieran Goss from Ireland (who'll be accompanied by Nashville songwriter Rodney Crowell).
The showcase, organized by Guelph artist manager and event planner Shawna Cooper, is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR) the Department of Heritage's Canada Music Fund and a number of provincial music associations.
A complete list of participating artists is available at: