Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Billie Zizi
Aug
19
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Billie Zizi

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Billie Zizi


All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Billie Zizi

https://billiezizi.com/home

If you’ve ever spiraled through the heaviness and lightness of love, then you can get behind Billie Zizi’s new album Moon of Honey (2016). This tour-de-force carries all the agonies and ecstasies of all those late night spent alone in your room waiting for your lover to call. Her sound is heady mix of dirty-soul-indie-jazz-pop—and these tracks give off serious bedroom vibes. 

Billie Zizi was born on April 4th 1989 in dusty Edmonton, Alberta to a fiddle player (Cam Neufeld) and an abstract painter (Marianne Watchel). Taught to live and breathe art from a young age, Zizi took notes from her father on music-making and learnt how to paint from her mother. After high school, Zizi went to Grant MacEwan University for music, graduating in 2009. Zizi has traveled the world—living, working, and traveling through West Africa, Asia, Europe. In 2010, she did a busking tour with her father that began in Turkey, moved through Eastern Europe, and ended in France where they attended Samois, a festival in celebration of Django Reinhardt. 

In 2015, Zizi received a 10k20 Ralwco Recording Grant and, that same year, successfully released her first studio album Gun Metal Dress. In Penguin Eggs, Tom Murray enthusiastically describes it as “a fine first album, laying down ground work for what will no doubt be one of the country’s most inventive voices for years to come.” Her side projects include work on The Gadjo Collective, The Black Wonders, Gypsy Jive, and Jive is Dead. Zizi lists her musical influences as her dad, insomnia, and love. She still likes to paint and she creates her own album art. Notable festival appearances include Ness Creek Music Festival (Big River), Alianate Arts Festival (Iqaluit Nunavut), North Country Fair (Driftpile), Sasquatch Gathering (Rangeton Park), The WorksFestival (Edmonton), Heart of the City Music Festival (Edmonton), Road to Django (Grand Prairie), Artists on the Rail (VIA Rail), Wild Mountain Music Festival (Hinton), South Country Fair (Fort Macloud). 

Zizi’s work has low-key obsessive quality. Her layered, cyclical sounds give the impression of someone whose thoughts are on repeat. Speaking about her process, Zizi remarks, “Looping is unwieldy…It can really go south on you. I’ve been lost in a terrifying loopland before.” Listening to Moon of Honey, there is nothing terrifying about this loopland—Zizi has brawled with her demons and created a lush country of sound out of them. Listen in and hear the sun filter in through the blinds.


We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

 

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Amy van Keeken
Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Amy van Keeken

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Amy van Keeken


All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

https://amyvankeeken.bandcamp.com/

Vocal artistry paired with songwriting that seems as timeless as it is inventive.

"....all stand on their own... as pop classics, as far as I am concerned. Because van Keeken has this way of plucking sounds from the thirties, forties, fifties and sixties and weaving them into modern gems." - No Depression 

Amy van Keeken draws you in with a liquid voice and stunning songs. A founding member of folk/roots/ indie Americana band The AwesomeHots and experimental rock band Mysticeti, her new solo album "In Dreams" releases this summer on Scorpio 76 Records.

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Jesse Northey
Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Jesse Northey

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Jesse Northey


All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Jesse Northey
http://www.jesseandthedandelions.com/

With Jesse and the Dandelions’ production values maturing alongside the content, their upcoming album Give Up The Gold (2018) is enriched with classic synth and guitar textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own path forward. String sections, a cacophonous blend of noise, and heavily layered vocal harmonies push accessible pop hooks into more psychedelically complex and intriguing harmonic territory that rewards repeat listeners by continuing to engage them.

“True Blue is a thoughtful, evocative album that grows in appreciation on successive spins. In the simplest terms, it’s a dreamy pop record that ventures into the realm of the psychedelic.Highlighted by compelling, layered instrumentation, coded ethereal lyrics and the occasional jangly guitar—True Blue leaves a lingering effect that is challenging and satisfying.  Elegant harmonies drift throughout the record, summoning memories of late Beatles records crossed with early ’90s college-radio lyrics” – Vue Weekly

The band has been very active in Western Canada with success on CBC and campus community radio, as well as great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado,Said the Whale and July Talk. Highlights have included showcases at Breakout West,Canadian Music Week, JUNOfest, Sled Island, over 100k Spotify spins for True Blue, and the inclusion on Spotify’s Modern Psychedelia Playlist.

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Sean Brewer
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Sean Brewer

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Sean Brewer


All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Sean Brewer
www.theuncas.com 
www.reverbnation.com/seanbrewer

Sean Brewer breaks livers and hearts with his sentimental prairie songs.


We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Caleb Hunt
May
27
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Caleb Hunt

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Caleb Hunt


Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Caleb Hunt

With musical tastes ranging from Bluegrass to Bach, add a dash of old time Canadiana, country swing, Celtic, Gypsy jazz, Eastern European and Middle Eastern, 13yr old rising star violinist Caleb Hunt is sure to appeal to every audience. A gifted young musician, he has been developing his talent for six years with musical mentors Cam Neufeld and Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champion Daniel Gervais. Caleb performs regularly with Balkan Dance band The Gadjo Collective, Gypsy jazz quartet Swing de Prairie and can be seen entertaining the Saturday crowds at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market. He is joined on guitar by Kevin Jacobson, a member of Back Porch Swing and Swing de Prairie   His expressive performances show a musical taste and maturity well beyond his age.

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Jesse Northey
May
22
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Jesse Northey

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Jesse Northey


All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Jesse Northey
http://www.jesseandthedandelions.com/

With Jesse and the Dandelions’ production values maturing alongside the content, their upcoming album Give Up The Gold (2018) is enriched with classic synth and guitar textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own path forward. String sections, a cacophonous blend of noise, and heavily layered vocal harmonies push accessible pop hooks into more psychedelically complex and intriguing harmonic territory that rewards repeat listeners by continuing to engage them.

“True Blue is a thoughtful, evocative album that grows in appreciation on successive spins. In the simplest terms, it’s a dreamy pop record that ventures into the realm of the psychedelic.Highlighted by compelling, layered instrumentation, coded ethereal lyrics and the occasional jangly guitar—True Blue leaves a lingering effect that is challenging and satisfying.  Elegant harmonies drift throughout the record, summoning memories of late Beatles records crossed with early ’90s college-radio lyrics” – Vue Weekly

The band has been very active in Western Canada with success on CBC and campus community radio, as well as great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado,Said the Whale and July Talk. Highlights have included showcases at Breakout West,Canadian Music Week, JUNOfest, Sled Island, over 100k Spotify spins for True Blue, and the inclusion on Spotify’s Modern Psychedelia Playlist.

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Erin Kay
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Erin Kay

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Erin Kay


May 20th 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Erin Kay
https://www.erinkaymusic.com/


For her first full length record, Edmonton singer-songwriter Erin Kay wanted to keep her songs simple and raw. But working with producer Miles Wilkinson (Guy Clark), the arrangements grew and flourished into the wild and rich debut full length album, Silver and Gold. Slowly put together over two years, the record is an expansive release, with big melodies and big heart.

The record began after Erin Kay left B.C. and an abusive relationship behind, with her then 1-year-old daughter, ending up in Alberta a single mother, the hurt still coalescing into memory. It took time, but Kay taught herself that she was enough, and that it was alright to love herself and her new life. Kay began to write herself a new story, and in reconstituting her experience into a backstory, those narrative foundations became songs. Silver and Gold, which would become the title track on the album, found Erin scribing her pain and optimism into narrative by being as honest as she could about what she had been through.

Silver and Gold represent what is promised – a ring, a medal – but can be found for yourself if you truly look for it. Sifting through the dirt of our lives, we can find and cultivate what’s precious, we do not have to wait until it is given to us.

The album features empowering narratives of breaking free from one’s life, and finding love through trying circumstances. The album also includes a powerful pop lullaby, sung for Kay’s daughter: the heartfelt ‘You are the Moon’ which even features a children’s choir and a recording of the daughter herself.

There is a contour to Kay’s voice that speaks volumes. Soft melodies unfold with a delicate breath akin to Joni Mitchell, and then escalate with a learned boldness. At once piercing and fragile, empathetic and independent, Kay carves new paths with unparalleled courage.

Kay hopes that her music will inspire others to see what’s precious in their own lives, and reclaim their own stories, specifically women struggling with abuse. Kay is taking this even further by spearheading an initiative entitled ‘I am Enough,’ which puts female identified artists on stage to share their music and stories while raising funds to support Women’s United.


We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents Dylan Ella
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Cartago Brunch Series Presents Dylan Ella

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Dylan Ella
 


May 13th 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 


Dylan Ella
https://thedylanella.bandcamp.com/
 

Dylan Ella is singer-songwriter from Edmonton. The talented 16-year-old "darling of Champ City" is no newcomer to the stage. Whether busking at farmers’ markets, performing at local festivals and pubs, or opening up for touring artists including The Royal Foundry, Craig Cardiff and Daniel Romano, Dylan’s soulful lyrics, mesmerizing vocals and charismatic stage presence have captivated audiences of all ages. In 2017, she released her first EP, Dream Girl, a raw capture of her compelling and mature songwriting skills, with a variety of folk, punk and old-timey influences shining through. This year, Dylan Ella is working on recording her first full-length album. 


We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.
Organizer: Cartago
 

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Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Sean Brewer
May
8
11:30 AM11:30

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Sean Brewer

Cartago Brunch Series Presents: Sean Brewer


June 3rd 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Sean Brewer
www.theuncas.com
www.reverbnation.com/seanbrewer


Sean Brewer breaks livers and hearts with his sentimental prairie songs.


We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.
 

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Dylan Farrell
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Dylan Farrell


CartagoYeg Brunch Series Presents: Dylan Farrell
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CartagoYeg
May 6th 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Dylan Farrell
https://www.dylanfarrell.ca/



Dylan Farrell is a born guitarist whose playing displays a level emotional maturity and a technical depth and dexterity that is truly remarkable for someone only in his mid-twenties. Originally from Minto, New Brunswick, and began his professional career playing in his father’s band in Saint John at the age of 15. Upon moving to Edmonton in 2012, he almost instantly became a fixture in the city’s thriving roots and blues scene, lending his consummate skill as a sideman to several acts, and hosting a weekly blues jam at the Have Mercy Southern Table and Bar.

Having solidified a sterling reputation through these side projects, Dylan is now placing his focus on his own musical voice. With his band, the Dylan Farrell Band, he is a two-time winner of the Memphis Bound Blues Challenge, and semi finalist at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. While in Memphis, Dylan recorded his debut LP with producer Brian Moncarz at Ardent Studios, which has been graced by the likes of James Taylor, ZZ Top, and BB King and is set to be released Fall 2018. 

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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El Niven
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

El Niven

CartagoYeg Brunch Series Presents: El Niven
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CartagoYeg
April 29th 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

El Niven
http://www.elniven.com/


When Elliot Niven was 15, he crashed his parents’ car through a fence and into a neighbour’s tree. 

These days, he’s more likely to drive his acoustic folk-rock through your speakers and into your soul. As part of Edmonton duo El Niven & The Alibi, the singer/guitarist delivers rugged and restless tunes about liquor, love and lone wolves — fuelled by intoxicating blasts of twang, melody and honesty.  

“It’s kind of like therapy for us,” says Niven. “If I’m not happy about something, I’ll put it in a song.” 

Drummer Jeff Burwash is the other half of El Niven & The Alibi. The two started writing tunes and playing stripped-down yet raucous sets after putting the brakes on their previous project, Stone Iris, a reggae-turned-rock outfit, in 2016...

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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Lorna Lampman
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Lorna Lampman

CartagoYeg Brunch Series Presents:  Lorna Lampman
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CartagoYeg
April 22nd 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

Lorna Lampman
https://www.facebook.com/LornaLampmansinger/



Lorna Lampman is a singer/songwriter based out of Edmonton, Alberta. With smouldering vocals that echo heartbreak and longing, Lorna Lampman proudly wears her heart on her sleeve. 

With haunting lyrics and infectious keys Lorna belts out songs of love, loss and redemption. Inspired by a wide range of solo artists including but not limited to Kate Bush, Jonatha Brooke and Joni Mitchell, Lorna Lampman puts her own personal stamp on everything she touches. 
Lorna has proudly played at numerous performance venues throughout the city including the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. In the new year Lorna plans to bring her songs to the masses and leave them spellbound.

We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

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David Unsworth 
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

David Unsworth 

CartagoYeg Brunch Series Presents:  David Unsworth
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CartagoYeg
April 15th 2018
All Ages
Two sets between 12pm and 2pm 

David Unsworth
https://davidunsworthmusic.com/


David Unsworth is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter based out of Edmonton, Alberta. He combines intricate lyricism with rhythmic guitar, soaring vocals and a loop station to create personal, thought provoking songs, while still giving listeners a reason to dance. 

David's musical journey began in choral music. From a young age David sang in a number of children's and youth choirs, slowly gaining an appreciation for choral music, while simultaneously marvelling in more contemporary artists of the late 20th century like Queen and Midnight Oil.  After several years of guitar lessons David turned his attention to composition, and began writing songs in 2013. Soon David started playing at open mics and busking at local farmers markets, learning to use a loop pedal in live situations to create a full band sound with just vocals and a guitar. As his performances began to develop their own style, so did David's songwriting, taking and blending Alternative Rock with Folk and Pop music. 

David's debut EP: Wait was recorded and released in early 2015 and has been played on local radio stations CKUA and CJSR. Currently David is busking, gigging and going to open mics around Edmonton, as well as working on his Bachelor's in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Macewan University.

Some of David's recent shows include playing Arcadia Bar, providing music for the Dance Moves Fundraiser at City Hall, and featuring on the improv comedy show "Hey, Ladies" at The Roxy. 

David is constantly growing as a musician and is excited to have released some of his original material in April 2015. Stay posted for updates on performances.


We recognize we are situated on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional meeting land and home of many Indigenous Peoples including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis and Nakota Sioux Peoples.
 

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