This year we will be presenting a full summer of local music highlighting artists from around the city with a focus on the core, as we stream and share live music from the drop ins, front porches and basements of emerging and professional musicians from all sorts of genres! We will also include four live streams hosted by the Get Away Gigs! 



Saturday June 6 - 12pm

Donna Durand


In celebration of seniors week, we'll be kicking off the festival with a live stream from singer/songwriter Donna Durand singing a song written by poet Adele Fontaine. Donna grew up listening to songs played on country and western radio at her grandparents home in the hamlet Bawlf, Alberta, Canada. Then, choir music and in her late teens, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. The first songwriter Donna was aware of is her mom.  She would sit at the piano and cook up funny little songs such as Gasoline Cowboy.  Donna has formal education in musical theatre and recreation therapy.  Check her website for a full bio. 


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Sunday June 7 - 12pm

Rebecca Lappa


Rebecca Lappa is an Edmonton based singer songwriter, who delivers alternative music with folk undertones through a pop vein.  Her story based compositions filled with catchy melodies, limitless vocal delivery, and image filled lyrics captured Lappa three 2019 Edmonton Music Awards nominations, winning Singer Songwriter Recording of the Year. She is also a Canadian Folk Music Awards winner and has won First Place in the Calgary Folk Festival/ Ship and Anchor Songwriting contest three times and Third Place twice.


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Sunday June 7 - 3pm till whenever we are done

Open Stage


Join us for an open stage, where everyone gets a chance to play a song, tell a story, read a poem, do a dance, share your talent with us! This is a chance for artists of every skill level and every background to showcase their artistry! If you'd like to be involved, just show up and be ready to go live on Zoom.


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Sunday June 7 - 7:00pm

Rellik and Signal from Earth


Join us at 7pm tonight as Rellik and Signal from Earth bring you some live originals with Quentin Michael Mcgiee Jaden Pierce Thompson Smokey Fennell Shimmer Johnson James Anderson Naphtali LeBlanc Ian Rossiter
a huge thanks to some of our favorite festivals, radio stations , DJs and organizations and people for their ongoing support of Independent music





June 20 - 1 pm – 2:15 pm

Benjamin N S Williams


Benjamin Williams is a professional entertainer and musician who's quickly established himself as one to watch on the Alberta music scene. His career began with the classical guitar in 2004, winning numerous scholarships and accolades for his studies in the years that followed. As an entertainer, his most notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to: 1st Place in Parkland's Got Talent (2014), 1st Runner-Up at the Big Valley Jamboree Road To Mainstage Competition (2016), and Rising Star Award nominee at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Benjamin also released his debut EP Handshake To The World in 2016, which is available in both digital and physical form. In 2019, he joined forces with John Hewitt & The New Americans as a harmony vocalist, guitarist and mandolin player; they released their full-length debut album American Hotel in March of 2020, which is also available in both physical and digital form.





June 20 - 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Dempsey Bolton


As a kid, Dempsey grew up listening to the soulful likes Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder while also taking interest in other areas of expression. Art that attracted his attention was often dark and tragic such as the works of painter Mark Rothko or dystopian writer Philip K. Dick. While in school, he started producing demo tracks in his home studio inspired by artists who seamlessly fused R&B with other genres; artists like Jack Garratt, James Vickery and R.LUM.R. While getting his degree in Astrophysics at the University of Alberta Dempsey found himself longing more and more to pursue music. After finishing this degree and despite having a Master's program lined up, he decided to followed his passion and work on his art full-time. While becoming skilled in production, piano and already having played guitar for years, Dempsey put all his knowledge to use in creating his debut album "Monochrome" with the help of his friend and producer Trey Mills. 

Dempsey has found success with his first 4 releases in the form of multiple Spotify editorial playlists and large blog placements such as SoulBounce, The Hype Magazine and Acid Stag. His next single “Savour” is a self-produced labour of love that came to life over the course of 2 months in his bedroom studio. 





July 18 - 1 pm – 2:15 pm

Kahtja and Mo


Kahtja and Mo share harmonious voices, soulful songs, rhythmic ukuleles, and beautiful guitars! Although they have very little online presence at this time, please check out some of their YouTube videos, to get a feel for what they sound like. You won't be disappointed!


Kahtja and Mo on Youtube




July 18 - 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Rott'n Dan and Lightnin' Willy


Rott'n Dan and Lightnin' Willy are an acoustic duo focusing on Pre War, Piedmont and Country Blues. In doing so they are paying homage to the greats such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller and Mississippi John Hurt, to name a few. For all those with a hankering for some old timey roots music that'll take you to the front porch and caress you like a warm southern breeze, this is for you!
















"What are the Get Away Gigs?", you may ask. Let's let them tell you direct from their facebook page at:



"We host artists from a WIDE range of musical genres. Rock and Roll, Punk, Surf Rock, Blues, Folk, Country (only the good stuff), Ska, Reggae, Hip Hop, Electronic Music and MUCH MORE!

Inspired by Scott Putnam’s Get Away Van, love for music and artistic expression. We have decided to turn his van into a mobile stage! Featuring artists in unique locations locally and around Western Canada. Chandon Autumn from The Dream Zine, Jeff Lucas from Cheshire Productions, Emmet VaNetten from the #MadDogs and the king himself Shaun Douglas will also be along for the ride!

The basis is simple. Come Jam, shoot the shit, and further the arts industry!


Backline - Electronic kit with PA, acoustic kit. Cajon, cowbells, tambourines, and a whole lotta pocket!!

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