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We're so  excited to introduce the list of artists for the 2024 Heart of the City Festival. 


Aliza is a singer-songwriter from Edmonton, influenced by r&b, jazz, and pop to create sounds that tell stories. She released her debut LP early this year “Eyes Wide Shut” taking the listener through an 8-track adventure experimenting with different sounds and styles. Aliza is also social worker who uses music as tool to empower others on their healing journey. She has sang backup for many notable local artist such as K-Riz, Oozeela, Selassie Drah and Aivilo Taylor.

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Billie Zizi

Edmonton’s Billie Zizi deftly combines the groove of classic soul with a flair for contemporary RnB melody, while adding an avant-jazz vibe with her adventurous guitar forays to create a sound as accessible as it is experimental.

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Cedar T

Cedar T represents the IndigiQueens of Beaver Hills Haus. This Treaty 6 Legend is simply good medicine. Flourishing abroad at 2Spirit gatherings, Cedar aligned with her ancestral grandmothers.

You may know Cedar T formerly as a Wildcat like her Mother. With over a year on the local scene and a newfound independence, Cedar now has daughters of her own.

Relational empowerment and lateral liberation is this Queen’s endgame. The flames of passion ignite a bright light when she comes to slay. You can definitely bet that she’s here to stay.

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Chantelle Marie Sings

Originally from Yellowknife, Edmonton-based Chantelle Marie sings from her soul, taking the audience on a seductive journey.

The up-and-coming singer and songwriter works solo or in a band format and caters performances to the audience; inviting them to join her on her musical flight.

Her original composition, “Next Level Confidential”, was featured in “Grotesque”, directed by Brandon Rhiness. The film premiered at Edmonton’s Garneau Theatre in July 2022 and is available for streaming.

“Butterfly Heard” Chantelle Marie’s debut recording, produced by Stew Kirkwood at Dept. 9 Studios, was recorded in fall 2022 and released in April 2023 with the help of some of Edmonton’s finest musicians. It received an enthusiastic reception that led to airplay on CKUA Radio. “Butterfly Heard” is available on all streaming services and a video of her original song “Shadows”, was released under Chantelle Marie Sings (her Social Media handle).

2023 was a busy year for Chantelle Marie with performances on stages ranging from coffee houses to major festivals including The River Cree Event Centre, Taste of Edmonton, Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and a special guest appearance at The Edmonton Blues Festival.

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Confusionaires are a world-class traditional rock & roll band that are steeped in both big-city rock & roll and small-town country music. Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, the trio of musicians has built a sound that’s synonymous with the best country and rockabilly acts around, with a strong penchant for original songwriting. Since they began to record their third full-length album, a pandemic project “Westernization,” Confusionaires have broadened both their sound, and their reach beyond the barstool dwellers to include not only independent radio listeners, but also the festival and theatre-going audiences of Alberta and beyond. Their push to reach live music fans in these settings has proven fruitful, growing their fan base and their status beyond what seemed possible when they performing in the spring of 2016. To date, Confusionaires have played over 100 shows in Western Canada, having played gritty punk rock shows and pristine theatre concerts alike, earning new fans in both settings. Now the trio is embarking on their first-ever international tour, which takes them to Nayarit, Mexico to play 8 shows between February 16th and 26th, 2024 before returning to Canada to start pre-production on what will be their fourth studio album.

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Curt Young Music

Curt uses traditional and modern styles of music and dance to share his life experiences and culture with various audiences. His music is family-friendly clap along fun with storytelling, hand drum, and flute songs. His music touches on Indigenous events that will captive all listeners every song is its show. Bringing people together with music dance storytelling has always been a part of our Truth and Reconciliation as Indigenous people.

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Edmonton Latin Orchestra

Active since 2011 this band has always been characterized by having a unique and fresh
style, which combines Afro-Cuban, Dominican, and Venezuelan rhythms. The participation of
the audience is fundamental in creating a special moment where everyone feels the need to
stand up and dance even if they do not know how to do it. For dancing shows, we combine our
performance with a dance lesson, so everyone can learn and enjoy themselves.

This band has been recognized at the provincial level as the best Latin Orchestra in 2023, thus
demonstrating its participation in non-profit events in the city as well large festivals and concert
halls in Alberta, Canada.

Rumba Caliente is made up of professional musicians of different nationalities which include
Venezuela, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador, and Canada. Their mission is to
elevate Latin music to the biggest stages to showcase their artistic roots.

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Kaeley Jade

Kaeley Jade is an award-winning Métis singer/songwriter, actor, and multidisciplinary artist based in Edmonton, Alberta (amiskwaciwâskahikan).
Blending lush imagery and hooky melodic lines to create her own brand of pop-forward indie folk music, Kaeley Jade has performed at venues and festivals across Canada. Past performances include the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, JUNOfest, BreakOut West, Coldsnap, NXNE, The Canmore Folk Music Festival, and the Tkaronto Music Festival, and she has shared the stage with Feist, Digging Roots, Preston Pablo, Billy Joe Green, Anders, Delhi 2 Dublin, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Grammy-winner Bill “Birdsong” Miller. Kaeley moves between ballads and bops with ease, and she brings an electricity to the stage whether she is playing an intimate acoustic set or playing alongside her full five-piece band (Gabriel Gagnon on guitar/vocals, Katie Demuynck on piano/vocals, Kelsey Wood on electric bass/vocals, and Jordan Poirier on drums/vocals).

Since dropping her debut EP, Years Ago, in 2020, Kaeley has been making waves in the Canadian music scene—her music has received radio play across the globe, has been reviewed by publications worldwide, and has been featured in several film and television productions, including Hockey Night in Canada (Sportsnet) and Warrior Up! (APTN). Kaeley’s artistry has also been recognized on a national level as a Canadian Folk Music Award Winner and 3x Nominee, Western Canadian Music Award Nominee, Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Award Winner and 3x Nominee, SOCAN Indigenous Songwriter Awards Finalist, and the 2023 Henry Armstrong Award Recipient.

Alongside her career as a singer/songwriter, Kaeley also works as a professional actor for theatre and film; she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the University of Alberta was the Festival Director of the Ukrainian Village Music Fest from 2020-2023. An artist keen on expanding her knowledge across disciplines, Kaeley is enrolled in the N’we Jinan ArtWorks Young Professional Artists Program, and she is an alumnus of the RBCxMusic First Up Program, the Citadel Theatre RBC Horizon Emerging Artist Program - Sound Design and Composition, and Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Residency.

Kaeley’s involvement in the music, theatre and film ecosystems have sparked a desire to seek opportunities to weave her disciplines together, allowing her to compose original music for several theatre and film projects, design the concepts behind her albums and music videos, and design her merchandise. Kaeley recently joined forces with award-winning playwright Trevor Schmidt to create the critically-acclaimed musical Two-Headed/Half-Hearted, a country-folk musical described as a “prairie-gothic song cycle about mythology and mermaids for conjoined twins.” Her innate talent for working in multiple disciplines demonstrates a depth and fullness in her debut full-length album, Turpentine.

Produced by the JUNO-nominated team at Velveteen Music, Turpentine explores the multifaceted experience of falling in love. Taking inspiration from a roster of artists that include The Lumineers, Fleetwood Mac, and Maggie Rogers, the album travels through raucous, danceable tracks like “Painless” (which hit #1 on the international charts of the Indigenous Music Countdown), intimate and conversational ballads like “The Letter” and “Turpentine,” and raw and emotional albums like “Just Like You” (which features a performance from award-winning folk artist Julian Taylor). Turpentine invites us to love fiercely, to strip away the armour we wear, and to find strength in our vulnerability.

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Marco Claveria

Marco Claveria, born in Santiago, Chile, began guitar lessons at ten, learning Chilean folk music and later expanding to styles like Cuecas, Tonadas, and the Argentinian Samba. After immigrating to Canada in 1982, he became active in Edmonton's music scene. His solo releases "Essencias" and "Origins" feature collaborations with renowned artists such as Alex Cuba and members of Irakere. Marco has toured extensively across Canada, South America, and Europe, performing at events like the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. As a founding member of Bomba!, he opened for acts like Al Green and Angelique Kidjo. Inspired by his experiences at AFROCUBANISMO! in Banff, he studied music in Cuba with masters like Carlitos Gonzales. His latest release, “Algo en Comun,” fuses Latin and Celtic elements, collaborating with The McDades to create a fresh musical approach.

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Marissa K

Marissa K is a vibrant, imaginative singer-songwriter based in Edmonton, Alberta. As a fan of escapism, Marissa strives to transport her listeners through her songs into a unique, colourful world. She focuses her songwriting on storytelling, as her inspiration comes from her background in performing in dance and theatre. Her music evokes the vitality and nostalgia of songwriters such as Vanessa Carlton and Sara Bareilles, but has a distinctive, theatrical writing style that is all her own.

After six years of actively working in the Edmonton music scene, Marissa has performed at many local venues and most recently, has become a regular solo act at Branches Fresh Food Experience. Most notably, on October 30, 2016, Marissa’s debut single and music video, “Hush,” were released at On The Rocks Kitchen + drink. This event was well-received and showcased Marissa’s songwriting skills, both through sound and visual art. The video features a stunning contrast of black-and-white visuals and an originally choreographed lyrical number, inspired by the song’s melancholy harmony and lyrics. Together they manifest the raw inner-workings of the mind of a young girl and her struggle to keep up appearances in the face of adversity. This is Marissa’s first single and is available now on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

Marissa K’s debut EP, Postcards, was recorded, engineered, and produced by Erin Yamabe at The Audio Department, featuring local Edmonton musicians. Postcards includes six entirely original songs written by Marissa K. This EP is a culmination of Marissa’s evolution as a songwriter over the last six years of her career, each piece representing a different milestone in Marissa’s musical growth. It is available now on her website, CDbaby, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

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Meadow Park

Meadow Park is a new ensemble shining a spotlight on the compositions of drummer Zane Baker, guitarist Gareth Gilliland, and bassist Kessler Douglas.

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Pals crafting altfolk tunes, feat: queer heartbreak vibes and vocal harmonies 🎶

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