Pictured: Karimah performs at Silver Skate Festival in 2019.
Full lineup and schedule to be announced. Here's what we have so far!
Aladean Kheroufi, Canadian by way of Algeria, writes songs that are soulful, idiosyncratic and devastating, with a glass half full stubbornness that turns heartbreak into melancholy party anthems.
Canadian Country and Western Artist Andrea Nixon lays twang, croon & quiver atop simple yet profound stories, delivering it all with unbridled enthusiasm and undeniable authenticity. Her critically acclaimed debut album, “Diary of a Housewife” has taken her across the country, sharing songs torn from the pages of real life.
“Nixon exudes the pure country Loretta Lynn, Emmy Lou Harris, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline mixed with the alt-roots ballads of Corb Lund, punctuated with the ’90s rock/pop edge of Alanis Morissette.” —Coral Andrews, The Record
Edmonton’s Billie Zizi deftly combines the groove of classic soul with a flair for contemporary RnB melody, adding a certain avant-jazz vibe with her guitar forays to create a sound as accessible as it is experimental.
Edmonton-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elliot Thomas emerges with a heart heavy with the blues, ears ringing with the sound of the banjo, and an insatiable yearning for new sonic landscapes that has led him to a poetic and soulful style all of his own. Endowed with a distinctively rich and expressive voice, and a pioneering spirit, Elliot draws inspiration from folk, blues, and world music traditions, as well as from contemporary singer-songwriters, to craft a sound that is fresh and daring, yet hauntingly familiar.
F&M are an award winning, critical & internationally acclaimed Folk-Noir band with a penchant for thoughtful lyrics and mesmerizing melodies. With numerous chart-topping records, extensive touring & film placements Rebecca & Ryan Anderson known as F&M always look forward to performing in their hometown & favourite winter festival, Silver Skate.
Two of Edmonton’s award winning blues musicians, Dylan Farrell and Rooster Davis, have combined musical forces to explore Blues music and its rich history. Drawing material from as far back as the 1930’s with Robert Johnson, organ blues of the 1960’s, and continuing to current masters such as Colin Linden and Jon Cleary, the Ferrell Rooster Blues Review takes you on a rich history of Blues music in its various forms. Both Dylan and Rooster are dedicated musicians exploring the deep waters of Blues music with the utmost respect while playing the music as they each hear it today. The Blues ain’t dead, in fact, it ain’t even sick.
The long dark winters, frantic harvests and endless gravel roads of northern Alberta have played a huge role in shaping the honest, shady and desperate characters that find their way into Jake Ian’s wonderfully authentic folk songs. Ian’s deep respect for the working class and obvious soft spot for the underdog makes its way into countless themes of real life, love, heartbreak and persistence. Ian’s critically acclaimed 2021 album, “Everything Has Holes” sees him taking impressive strides as a writer, arranger and producer, melding time honored folk and country music with a modern reckless energy.
At once elemental and unearthly, Jay Gilday’s voice is a raw and gorgeous siren of the Canadian north, fusing hymnal anguish with driving rhythm and blues.
A versatile musician and educator, Josephine van Lier is equally at ease on historic instruments as on their contemporary counterparts. She, therefore, covers a wide variety of repertoire utilizing the endless possibilities that this range of instruments, string set-ups and bows allow her. Founding member and artistic director of Early Music Alberta, Josephine van Lier is a strong advocate for the historically informed performance practise of early music. Josephine thoroughly enjoys teaching cello, baroque cello, viola da gamba, cello ensemble and viola da gamba consort out of her private studio. She is the recipient of the “Celebration of Women in the Arts Award” from the Edmonton Arts Council.
King of Foxes offers up something of value: a musical divining rod that pulls the listener to an inner river that is at once both familiar and uncanny. Delivered in a voice equal parts fierce and fragile, frontwoman Olivia Street’s lyrics are poetic and evocative, deftly interwoven with seeing-eye guitar hooks and a cogent understanding of songcraft.
Edmonton-based, Winnipeg bred Lindsey Walker’s atmospheric roots-rock sound draws upon the sonic inspiration of Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley and Alabama Shakes. Lindsey Walker was shortlisted for the 2019 Edmonton Music Prize, nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards (2018), and was voted Best of Edmonton Solo Artist by Vue Weekly (2017). On releasing this desolate bliss., she earned distinction as a Canadian Songwriting Competition semi-finalist with the eerie track “St. Petersburg”. The simmering “Window” also drew notice by winning an EMA for Indie Rock Recording of the Year (2018). Find her wandering in the night hunting all that dares to glimmer.
Melafrique – “Melanin from Africa” – is a band consisting of musicians from different parts of Africa and Canada who came together to create beautiful music.
You might hear the tunes of the Misery Mountain Boys drifting from behind a rotating bookcase of a 1930’s speakeasy. Harkening back to a simpler time, the MMB’s create a collaborative soundscape infused with humour, tongue-in-cheek wit, nostalgia, and playfulness. With a mix of catchy originals and contemporary songs reimagined in driving swing, the melodies of the MMB’s deliver themselves as both surprising and inevitable. The band offers a diverse range of sonic experiences, urging audiences to gyration in the tassel-clad, sweaty swing numbers, and swaying in the velvety jazz tunes.
Nadine Kellman is an Edmonton based singer/songwriter, most notable for her work with her band, The Black Wonders, alongside some of Edmonton’s finest musical heroes: Billie Zizi (lead guitar), Ryan Funk (bass), Dana Wylie (keys), and Matt Blackie (Drums).
Nadine enjoys stage banter as much as she enjoys singing songs; believing that laughter and song are soul soothing. Playing solo is a unique way to connect with audiences and experience the intertwining harmonies of a contralto vocalist with her guitar.
“Silver Skate festival is a wondrous festival. It is one of the best ways to enjoy Edmonton’s river Valley and there truly is something for everyone”
Post Script fuses vintage sensibilities with exquisite new-wave subtlety that weaves a unique and authentic portrait of their shared and individual power. The striking poignancy of Blais’ divine higher register in harmonic unity with Cournoyer’s rich baritone creates an undeniable enchantment, allowing the voices of their Franco-Albertan roots to resound with the reflection of modern soundscapes.
Robin Cisek is a singer/ songwriter who creates melodic and moody, alternative pop with introspective and vulnerable lyrics. Robin Cisek emerged into her music career after years of struggles with health problems. Robin’s inspiration comes from her own experiences and her Indigenous heritage. Robin Cisek’s first singles received many praises in addition to being played on radio in Canada and internationally. Robin’s single, “Waiting on You” claimed the #1 spot on the Indigenous Music countdown and remained for 24 weeks.
The Sahil Chugh Trio is a local group from Edmonton, Alberta focusing on performing original
music influenced by artists like Aaron Parks and Tigran Hamasyan. With a strong focus on
collective improvisation, intricate rhythms and catchy melodies and riffs, each song tells a story
in its own unique way. The Sahil Chugh Trio is excited to release their debut album in the fall of
D’orjay The Singing Shaman is a local emerging country music singer/songwriter and recording artist living and creating in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. Her debut album was released Nov 2020. “New Kind of Outlaw” D’orjay has been nominated for 2021 Breakout West Country Artist of the Year, had the title track featured on Hockey Night in Canada, has been a featured artist on Proud Radio Country and Color Me Country on Apple Music Radio and spent multiple weeks on the Alberta’s CKUA Top Ten chart including two weeks in the #1 spot. D’orjay has been featured, interviewed, reviewed and/or mentioned by dozens of publications and outlets worldwide including Rolling Stone/ Rolling Stone Country, Country Queer, NPR, Nashville Scene, Wide Open Country, Bandcamp, 92Y, Canadian Musician Magazine, In Review and ARC Radio in the UK. D’orjay was able to hone her craft as a performer with her highly popular “Soulful Singalongs” (Formerly the YEG Gospel Brunch) which she is very excited to bring back to Silver Skate Festival for a third year performing with Vicky Berg.
The Tsunami Brothers are Edmonton’s only authentic instrumental surf band. We play genuine surf music faithfully performed as recorded by the genre’s preeminent artists.
VelociTractor is Cretatious folk-rock; inspired by the idea that a giant asteroid never actually hit the planet and dinosaurs evolved to be the dominant species on Earth. The creative collaboration of four friends who played the same St. Patty’s gig 3 years in a row, hatched like a dino egg, and the aftermath of lightyears of musical experiences and a united love of Jurassic Park. Influenced by bluegrass, country, folk, and rock, you don’t have to be afraid of these friendly harmonies, outrageous lyrics, and Raptor-driven theme that is, VelociTractor.
VelociTractor is: Tiff Hall, Darryl Matthews, Shane Ducharme, Daniel Bourbonnais
It is undeniable that Edmonton, Alberta artist – VISSIA – is a songwriting and performing force to be reckoned with. With a show-stopper of a voice and a knack for storytelling, VISSIA captures the minuscule moments of monotonous everyday life and turns them to gold on her fearless new album, With Pleasure; an album that pines for connection, reminiscing on missed connections, and blurry nights out that meant everything. On every song it feels like love is just around the corner. It’s a contagious feeling that makes us hopeful for the future and desperately excited to meet it.
The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association exists to encourage, foster and develop an appreciation of Old Tyme Fiddle Music in a spirit of friendship, and to preserve this musical heritage for our generation and for future generations to enjoy. In addition to keeping the dancers happy at the Kingsway Legion bi-weekly, and playing at various local seniors’ facilities throughout the year, we also provide groups of fiddlers and backup musicians for a variety of events.