Music West Spotlight
Festival Seekers is highlighting the best new music to come out of Alberta and British Columbia. This month features artists who are nominees at the Western Canadian Music Awards and who have also been releasing new music and providing creative opportunities for their fans and communities to connect over the past year.
Not playing a traditional show for almost a year and a half has been a crazy experience for musicians, especially those of us that are constantly on the road. On average over the last 10 years, I play between 80 -150 shows per year with my band Shred Kelly. It was a real shock to not be constantly meeting new people and seeing familiar faces on tour. Hitting the road for half the year (or more), is something that our band and many others routinely do year after year. So although I welcomed a temporary pause from road life, our band still craved that connection.
I’m sure that many other musicians felt the same way, and that is the focus of our June Spotlight. Meisha and the Spanks, Jill Barber, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids are three of the many inspirational Western Canadian artists who took their art online and continued to provide an escape, a connection, hope, and community.
Luckily a return to normalcy is on the horizon. I’ve spent the better half of the past month with our team organizing concerts throughout BC & Alberta in July. Grab tour dates and more details here. Part of the tour will be sponsored by FestivalSeekers who will be giving away six concert tickets to each of the nine shows based in the Columbia Basin to those locals who are showing off why they #BuyBasin.
Our June Spotlight Artists have some shows popping up as well, and we are counting down the days until we can see them all live again!
Check Out Our June Spotlight Artists