VISSIA, DOLLIMONT and KEEKEN, three divas together on the stage. These Edmonton songstresses will grace our stage for a night of original material orchestrated and arranged to highlight their songwriting skill and their skill as singers, especially focusing on harmonies.
With a penchant for belting it out and telling it like it is, VISSIA (VISS-ee-yuh) lets her prairie upbringing and no-nonsense attitude come through in honest songwriting and a powerful voice. Fresh and crisp as Alberta mountain dew and tastefully gritty as the rocks it falls on, VISSIA's sound will grab you by the ears and punch you in the heart.
Jesse Dollimont was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Happy to be back in her home province, Jesse has recently returned to Edmonton after completing a Music Therapy degree in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
"But most endemic to her (Amy van Keeken's) artistry is her ability to capture a moment in time and bring you inside – her songs are simultaneously visceral and ethereal and as comfortable with chaos as they are silence."
VISSIA has had the pleasure of sharing stages with artists like Gretchen Peters, Del Barber, Lindi Ortega, Whitehorse, Russel de Carle, Matt Anderson, The Skydiggers, and Harry Stinson. Her performances have included stages at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (2013), Canmore Folk Music Festival (2013), Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival (2014), as well as hundreds of tour dates across Canada from coast to coast. This year VISSIA releases her second full-length record, Placeholder. In addition to pursuing her solo project, VISSIA is a member of Edmonton bands The Hearts and Bad Buddy.
DOLLIMONT's songwriting style is a mixture of vivid imagery and nostalgia coupled with beautiful, relatable and at times heartbreaking, deeply personal revelations. Jesse and her band, The Ospreys, have two previous releases ('Better Man' 2010, 'I'll Fly Away' 2012) and are gearing up for a third in 2017. With a sound steeped in folk, country, classical and bluegrass traditions, Jesse & The Ospreys deliver a performance that is raw, joyful, and unforgettable.
KEEKEN "Few artists bring a smile to my face more than Amy van Keeken. There is something about her voice which captivates me— holds me for ransom, really. And her look to the past is uncanny in that the music sounds as if it should be coming from an early fifties Philco radio set."