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RISING ALBERTA ARTISTS PUT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH CONCERT AND CONVERSATION
(Calgary, AB — February 24, 2023) The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce a concert and conversation with indie-soul darling Uyemi, psych-pop group Kue Varo & The Only Hopes, and alt-roots band Cold Little Crow in celebration of Women’s History Month. Hosted by CKUA's Lisa Wilton, the afternoon event will happen on Saturday, March 11 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.
Soulful Calgary singer-songwriter Uyemi pulls in listeners through the sultry whisper and ease in her vocals, relatable stories, and songs that soothe and uplift like positive affirmations. A budding voice in the industry, she continues to traverse life and music side by side.
Like a magic gramophone found during a stay at a desert compound, the dusk-tinged songs of Kue Varo & the Only Hopes are ethereal yet immediate, shrouded in mist but immediately distinct. The titular Varo leads the group with lyrics, vocals, guitar and more, but her trusty Only Hopes help bring to life the music that carries her grit-marked, dramatic vocals through your ears and into your soul.
Cold Little Crow is a five-piece, angst-folk, alt-roots band, based out of Calgary, Alberta, emphasized by dual female vocals, mandolin, and three supporting compatriots. Like a heavy soul with its head in the clouds, the band’s music carries both the darkness that floats on top of minor chords, and an excited energy that comes with a fast-snare and a rolling low-end.
The weekend matinee will include performances followed by short conversations with each artist that explore their journey coming up and making a mark in the Canadian music scene. In addition to the event, visitors are encouraged to explore the stories and achievements of the many women in music who are woven throughout the museum, from Buffy Sainte-Marie to k.d. lang and Portia White to Avril Lavigne.
“We’ve put together a fantastic lineup in celebration of Women’s History Month and we’re thrilled to put a spotlight on these incredible, emerging artists,” said Paige Foley, Programs Manager, National Music Centre. “We also hope visitors complement the concert by spending some time learning more about the women featured in our exhibitions, all of whom have made significant contributions to music in Canada.”
The International Women’s Day Showcase happens at 1:00 pm on March 11 and is included with paid admission to Studio Bell. Regular admission to Studio Bell is $21.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors (65+), $13.50 for children (3-12 years of age), and free for children under 3 years of age. Admission for NMC Members is free. To become an NMC Member, visit studiobell.ca/become-a-member.
About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique
The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. it is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit studiobell.ca. To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit amplify.nmc.ca.
Julijana Capone, Senior Publicist
National Music Centre
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