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National Music Centre Announces Participants of NMC Rough Cuts Presented by Bell



(October 29, 2021—Calgary, AB)
The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce the next four acts that will participate in NMC Rough Cuts presented by Bell, R&B vocalist Joanna Borromeo, hip-hop songwriter-producer Pat Clifton, Franco-Albertan singer-songwriter Pierre Sabourin, and folk-pop-jazz vocalist Kate Stevens

NMC Rough Cuts presented by Bell is a new artist development opportunity that provides free access to the National Music Centre’s famed recording environment to produce a new single of original music and reach new online audiences through a podcast series by NMC. Each episode will be available through NMC Amplify at, NMC’s social media channels, and several podcast and video streaming platforms.

NMC Rough Cuts schedule:

  • November 25 – Pat Clifton
  • December 17 – Kate Stevens
  • December 21 – Pierre Sabourin
  • December 23 – Joanna Borromeo

Pat Clifton’s songwriting began with poetry before he started writing rhymes, and he quickly found his rhythm in the world of hip-hop. A conscious rapper, producer, songwriter and pianist, Clifton makes sense of the world through intimate, sometimes unapologetic, storytelling.

Since releasing her first self-produced EP in 2010, Joanna Borromeo’s music has landed on numerous R&B/soul and jazz radio charts across Canada and earned her multiple award nominations, including WCMA and JUNO Award nods. Borromeo sings, plays keys, composes, produces, records and intelligently crosses genres with her sound. A talent both live and in the studio, she embodies all that it means to be a true soul artist.

Franco-Albertan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Sabourin got his start as a participant in the Gala albertain de la chanson. An Alberta laureate, he was also the winner of Chant'Ouest in the singer-songwriter category, and was a semi-finalist at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. Releasing music since 1996, his next album, Visages et Fantômes, is slated for release in 2022.

Singer-songwriter Kate Stevens melds emotive folk and soulful jazz-infused pop. Her buoyant stage persona mirrors her heart-on-sleeve, lyrical sensibilities. Since first gracing Calgary stages at a young age, Stevens has won numerous accolades, awards and nominations, including several YYC Music Awards.

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Media Contact:
Julijana Capone, Senior Publicist
National Music Centre | @nmc_canada