2018 Featured Artists
Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting.
Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine.
In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir.
Expanding on her unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine), Laila is currently set to release a new album of original songs alongside covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and more.
Rated by ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE as the best local band in Banff, this group is well known and highly respected in the Bow Valley’s entertainment industry. With seventeen years to its legend, this four to eight man music group has a proven track record of audience appeal and commitment to successful festivity.
An expertly chosen repertoire delivered with top caliber performance is the TR3 guarantee. The classic hits of R&B and Rock spiced with Caribbean, Latin and African dance music with a pinch of Golden favorites and Country create the perfect mix served to “lift the spirit”! True professionalism and cordial service are the TR3 trademark.
The Polyjesters are Canadian brothers Jason and Sheldon Valleau who hail from Alberta and honed their musical talents in Europe playing for everyone from street folk to the Prince of Monaco. Since then they have been everywhere, including the Epcot Centre and sharing the stage with The Trailer Park Boys. It’s a bumpy, twisting road they travel rife with adventure, great stories and excellent music.
They play everything from Billie Holiday to The Beatles…from old swing/jazz standards to alternative country. A breadth of musical appreciation that produced their special home-grown blend called CHUNK. A unique sound that is highly energetic, completely contagious, unfailingly entertaining and appeals to a wide range of musical taste.
Sebastian has always had a love for music and would be seen finding the beat and dancing along to any song since he was 2. At the age of 8 he discovered Pound It Hip Hop Studio in Red Deer. He attended a summer camp and was hooked. In 2013 he competed with his first crew, bringing home many golds and earning his street dance name Bboy Sabatoge.
In 2014 he competed with the Solid Crew and began doing solo performances. In the summer of 2015, Sabatoge raised his own money by dancing at the local Farmers Market to attend an event called Change the Game. This involved training with pioneers of hip hop from around the world. He competed in his first one on one street dance battle and found his new passion. In 2015 he joined the LaFamilia crew and continues to compete and perform with them.
Sabatoge has travelled to New York to train with OG’s of hip hop and made it to the semi-finals in a street dance battle. He continues to compete in battles, his main style being breaking but also competes in hip hop, house and popping throughout Alberta. With the training and mentorship of Ricardo Martinez, Sebastian at the age of 9 started his own DJ business, working at fundraisers, birthday parties and school dances. His most recent DJ gigs were for Swollen Members lead man Madd Child and rapper Merkules.
|Previous Festival Artists
Alberta Big Rocks Band
Bill Dowey and the Blues Devils
Deanne Matley & Tricia Edwards
Donald Ray Johnson
Edmonton Jazz Orchestra
Glen Charles Halls World Fusion
H.O.T. Dixieland Jazz Band
Jazz Grind Experiment
Jazz Plus Trio
Jimmy and the Sleepers
Prime Time Big Band
RDC Faculty Jazz Band
RDC Jazz Ensemble
Red Deer Jazz Ensemble
Red Deer Symphony Orchestra
Robert Young and the Big Beat Band
Sara Hamilton & David
Six Feet Up
Steve Pineo and the Monday Night Band
Theano & Chuck Lamb
Tuck & Patti
Viviane Martin and ’73
Wonderland Swing Orchestra