Christina Hollingworth: Music’s My Calling
Thursday, June 3
Christina Hollingworth is a multi-talented and award-winning fourteen-year-old singer-songwriter. She plays both piano and the ukulele. On top of that, she is an honour student and a member of the Enoch Cree Nation. She holds several records and is a multi provincial champion in the sport of track & field. Christina has sung at many events, including Hometown Hockey in Enoch, the World Indigenous Nation Games 2017, and the Alberta Indigenous Games, to name a few. She has used music and songwriting as a way to express her life stories and the way she views the world.
Sunday, June 6
After spending their younger years filling notebooks with poetry, Sare uncovered a fascination with the energy created through live music and started finding a place for their poems through writing music of their own. Under the moniker Stem Champ, Sare makes punk-influenced anti-folk music about the weirdness of growing up and learning to be ok with who you’ve been and who you are.
D’orjay The Singing Shaman
Emerging country music artist D’orjay The Singing Shaman’s voice is like the crisp, comforting scent of a cool summer evening. Her songs have been in hibernation long enough and are ready to awaken with the changing season.
D’orjay The Singing Shaman was a late bloomer stepping onto the stage. Helping her clients and students heal to their most authentic selves and navigating years of her own personal limiting beliefs and experiences meant that she was 35 years old when she finally grabbed the microphone in a professional capacity. D’orjay’s most authentic self-expression and healing comes from writing songs and sharing those stories with vulnerability and emotion to the audience. Her style of country music continues to evolve, honouring the classic country music she grew up on living in Rural Alberta while also colouring outside the lines of what current mainstream country music has to offer. As a Black Queer woman, D’orjay is passionate, vocal, and committed to bringing diversity and inclusiveness to country music.
D’orjay released her debut album “New Kind of Outlaw” in November 2020.
Sunday, June 13
Electric Religious is the project of Edmonton-based Métis singer-songwriter, Brandon Baker, whose guitar-driven music has been described as “bursting with inspiration, insight, and hope.” Deeply influenced by the psychedelic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Baker took his moniker from a Hendrix quote: “When I get up on stage, that’s my whole life. That’s my religion. My music is electric church music. I am electric religion.”
Electric Religious recently received a nomination for Métis Artist of the Year from the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, to be held in June 2021. His new full-length album, Tragic Lover, releases in September 2021. The previous Electric Religious album, Yeah, Yeah, No (2018) featured “Revolution,” which achieved a spot in CBC Searchlight’s Top 100 (2019), and spent multiple weeks at #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown.
When? Throughout the festival
Experience Points (EXP) is a video game party band combining funk, jazz, and groove-based music with classic video game soundtracks. Based in Edmonton, this dynamic group of musicians performs unique and clever arrangements of video game music. Their repertoire consists of more than 40 tunes from over 30 video games ranging from retro-like classics to modern video game favourites. When Experience Points performs, audience members can expect a high-energy show that will keep you dancing all night long.