National Music Centre Announces Concert, Recording, and Mentorship Series Sponsored by RBC

September 11, 2020

Folk songwriter Wyatt C. Louis is among the artists that will participate in the new hybrid program. Photo credit: Claire Bourgeois.

The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce a hybrid live music and virtual concert series sponsored by RBC, which will also include recording and mentorship sessions for four artists affected by COVID-19.

The concert series, RBC Live from the King Eddy, will happen at the historic venue at 8:30 pm every Friday night, from September 18 to October 9. Selected artists will perform safely from inside the Rolling Stone Mobile Studio room, and admission will be free. For those who can’t make it to the show in-person, concerts will be live streamed via the National Music Centre’s Facebook page.

RBC Live from the King Eddy schedule:

Selected artists will also receive half-day recording sessions inside Studio Bell’s world-class facility, and mentorship from NMC’s in-house producer Graham Lessard (Basia Bulat, Kevin Drew, Reuben and the Dark, Stars, Timber Timbre), whose recordings have earned multiple JUNO Award-nominations, and a nod on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist.

“We’re so pleased to be able to offer an avenue for Alberta musicians to perform live for their fans, and gain the recognition they need to become successful in their practice,” said Jeff Boyd, RBC Regional President, Alberta & Territories. “We know that our creative and passionate musicians play a strong role in our community, and that they’re in need of our support during this challenging time.”

“Thanks to support from RBC, NMC is able to expand its RBC Mentorship and Master in Residence program to support Alberta musicians affected by COVID-19, and provide much needed performance opportunities and income to artists,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC.

With roots in the soulful simplicity of classic country and lyrics that offer more than surface meaning, Robert Adam will make you nostalgic for a place you may have never known. Among the few queer country artists, he offers an inclusive take on the genre, telling stories of the people left behind in the history of country music, while creating a universally empathetic message to all.

Lucette is the moniker of Edmonton-bred artist Lauren Gillis whose self-described “country infused dream-pop” sound eschews the rootsy clichés of Americana music. Known for her velvet vocals, her writing has evolved over the years from narrative storytelling to an existential exploration and expression of emotions.

Wyatt C. Louis is a Plains Cree folk singer-songwriter based in Moh’kinstsís (Calgary). With songs built from soaring melodies, railroad-like fingerpicking, lyrical phrasing and quiet, haunting vocals, he is making a name for himself in the eclectic city.

A tour-de-force hip hop act, Sinzere started first as a singer, then joined a dance crew, went on to become a DJ and rapper, and then melded all those modes into one multi-faceted music identity. There is no single musical box that the Calgary-based artist can be put into. For her, music serves as a vessel to inspire people through her cutting-edge lyrics, and deep cinematic sound.

RBC Live from the King Eddy runs September 18 to October 9. Admission is free and all shows will also be streamed on NMC’s Facebook page.

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