We’re very excited about our entertainment lineup for this year’s Pride BBQ that includes some incredibly talented performers from St. Albert and our surrounding communities.
The members of this band met at Visionary Centre for the Performing in the Band Factory Program and have been playing together since last year. The vocalist Abbie Mota joined the band in April. They have performed at the International Children’s Festival, the L’uni Theatre and at other community events.
3:30-3:45 Matthew Baba
Matthew Baba is a 13- year-old singer from St. Albert, Alberta. His parents say he has been singing since he first learned how to talk. He has been taking music lessons at Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts in St. Albert since he was 18 months old.
Matthew has performed at many different events around Edmonton including K-Days and the St Albert Children’s Festival. He has competed in many singing competitions as well. Last spring he won the kid’s category at St. Albert Idol. This summer, Matthew had the amazing opportunity to compete in the “Homegrown Talent” competition at Big Valley Jamboree.
When Matthew isn’t singing you can find him at the dance studio. He takes lessons in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and contemporary. He loves being able to add dancing into his vocal performances.
3:45-4:05 Robin Cisek
Robin is a 19 year old recording artist who has already been scouted internationally and has worked with Grammy Award winning producers in New York City. She was finalist at Big Valley Jamboree, and was winner of Edmonton Youth Talent Show. She is currently in her second year of Education at the University of Alberta, and has some exciting announcements coming in the next few months.
4:15-4:45 Homemade Psycho
Homemade Psycho was created after Ty Calder and Brodie and Cooper Walsh met at a one week Rock Band Camp at Visionary Centre for Performing Arts in 2015. Once September came they began meeting weekly, under the irreplaceable tutelage of Sean Presiloski, to create original music and learn how to be rock stars! They have been meeting every week since then! Ty, 12 years old, is on drums, Brodie, 14 years old, is on guitar and Cooper, 11 years old, is on bass and vocals.
4:45-5:15 Rebecca Lappa
A highly recognized songwriter, Rebecca recently garnered a lot of media attention after winning the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Spirit of Vimy Ridge Contest with her original song “The Valiant of Vimy Ridge”. Rebecca Lappa and the Revelry are embarking on their prairie express tour to support their WCMA nominated CD “Reckless Heart”.
Rebecca Lappa, Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and Edmonton Music Awards winner is Canada’s brightest new folk-rock voice. Her music is a truly special combination of energetic rock melodies and warm roots tunes bridging the gap between rock and acoustic music with class and appeal while throwing in a dash of blues. Her story based songs, about history, poetry and life events, carry the listener through a sea of emotions. She performs with her 4 piece band, Rebecca and The Revelry, who give Rebecca’s powerful voice and lush lyrics a rocking beat. Rebecca and her bandmates, Nick Samoil on keys, Madi Myhre on bass and Evan Stewart on drums, have all attended MacEwan University’s music program. They have opened for the Pistol Whips, Leeroy Stagger and Jenn Grant. In 2017, the band is touring Alberta, Sask. and BC.
For her latest Factor funded album, “Reckless Heart”, Rebecca teamed up with JUNO- winning producer Russell Broom. While showcasing her compelling songwriting …“The singing is the true knock-out here, the passion of Sheryl Crow with the sensitivity of Sarah McLachlan.” (Gigcity 2016). “Reckless Heart” debuted as # 1 on CJSR’s Top 30 and #10 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album chart on Nov.3rd, 2016. Russell Broom is nominated for Producer of the Year for “Reckless Heart” at the 2017 Western Canada Music Awards. This CD includes the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest winning song “Crawl”.
5:30-5:45 Aryn McConnell
Aryn is a singer, songwriter, actress and musician whose experience rages from Pop music to musical theatre and everything in between. She will be graduating this month from Victoria School for the Performing Arts and will be attending the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan in the fall.
She started singing at an early age and was a youtube sensation at the age of 8. She was winner of K-Days Talent Search in the junior category two years in a row.
5:45-6:00 Jenna Poirier
Jenna is a grade 11 student with a passion for jazz music. She has been finalist at St. Albert Idol, St. Albert’s Got Talent and Futures Fest. She has performed at the St. Albert Children’s Festival, the Bellerose Bikeathon, the Bay Fashion Event and numerous other community events. She is excited to be sharing her talent to support the LGBTQ community in St. Albert.