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Winterfest 2018 Friday Featuring Valdy with Gary Fjellgaard and Skip Ewing, and more! See description for more details.
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· Feb · 16 Fri 6:00 pm at Uptown Folk Club
11150 82 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5B 2V1
Phone: 780-436-1554

Tickets: $20.00 Friday, $30.00 Saturday, or $40.00 for both days, in advance
($2.49 e-ticket fee)


Winterfest 2018 Friday feat. Valdy & others at Uptown Folk Club (Edmonton)  on February 16, 2018


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All Ages Welcome // General Admission // Friday Doors at 6:00 pm, Saturday Doors at 1:00 pm // No Refunds or Exchanges



Skip Ewing (Nashville)

Ewing first began to garner national attention during the mid-1980s, both as a songwriter and recording artist for MCA and Capitol Records. His 1988 debut, The Coast of Colorado, produced the number 3 hit "Burnin' a Hole in My Heart" and four other top 20 country hits. The Will to Love included the top 5 hit "It's You Again". Although none of Ewing's subsequent chart entries made Top 40, he released eight more albums from 1990 to 2009.

Ewing is a notable attendee of Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, and Redlands High School in Redlands, California.

In 1990, Ewing wrote two songs for Kenny Rogers's album Love Is Strange: "Listen to the Rain" and "If I Were a Painting".

In 2008, he served as the duet partner of the radio version of Reba McEntire's single, "Every Other Weekend". He also co-wrote the single; the song reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Country Chart. Although the song was credited for one week to Ewing and Kenny Chesney as ""Every Other Weekend" by Reba McEntire and Skip Ewing or Kenny Chesney", the song was thereafter credited to McEntire alone on the chart.

Valdy (BC)

He is the son of portrait photographer Paul Horsdal and Lillian Horsdal (née West) a nurse and writer.

He was a member of the London Town Criers during the 1960s and subsequently joined Montreal band The Prodigal Sons. Prior to beginning his solo career, he was based in Victoria working with various artists, including Blake Emmons.

Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, and has received seven additional Juno nominations. His fourteen albums have achieved sales of nearly half a million copies, four of which are certified gold. Of Canadian folk artists in the mid-1970s, only Gordon Lightfoot was more popular.

His music was featured in the Steve McQueen film The Getaway. Valdy also appeared on the CBC TV show The Beachcombersas the environmental activist "Halibut" Stu. He also managed to secure a part in the reunion production of The New Beachcombers performing a song he wrote, "It's The Water," as part of a jug band.

His live albums include Family Gathering (A&M) recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto for 1974 release, and 2003's Viva Valdy: Live at Last (Rack-On-Tour). In 1986, Valdy made a special guest appearance as himself in the popular 1980's Canadian children's television show, Today's Special (episode entitled: "trash"). Valdy continues to regularly tour across Canada.

On November 21, 2005, Valdy was awarded the National Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2005 SOCAN Awards in Toronto. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in June 2011.

Gary Fjellgaard (BC)

Gary Lynn Fjellgaard (born August 14, 1937 in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan)  is a Canadian country music singer-songwriter.

He has released fifteen albums and charted thirty-five songs on the RPM Country Tracks chart between 1977 and 1996, including the Top 10 singles "Walk in the Rain Tonight" (#10, 1987), "The Moon Is Out to Get Me"(with Linda Kidder, No. 10, 1989), "Cowboy in Your Heart" (#7, 1989), "Somewhere on the Island" (#7, 1990), "In My Heart" (with Kidder, No. 10, 1990) and "Train of Dreams" (#10, 1994).

Fjellgaard's song "Riding on the Wind" was named Single of the Year in 1985 by the Canadian Country Music Association. He also won the 1987 Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Song of the Year award for writing the Mercey Brothers' hit "Heroes".

Fjellgaard won the 1989 Canadian Country Music Association Award for Male Artist of the Year. He also won three awards for his collaborations with Linda Kidder in 1989, 1990 and 1992. After several years of nominations, Fjellgaard won the 1993 Juno Award for Best Country Male Vocalist.

He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Wendell Ferguson (ON)

Wendell is familiarly known as the "patron saint" of the Uptown Folk Club.  He has graced (or disgraced) our stage on numerous occasions since 2004.  Sometimes solo, and sometimes with Katherine Wheatley.  He has also served with other accomplished musicians as our "house band" at several Winterfests.  And he was our lead studio musician in 2008 when we produced our Uptown compilation CD.

To honour our long-time association with this extraordinary artist, we asked him to be the MC at this 20th Anniversary Concert.

Wendell Ferguson, who has accompanied dozens of Who's Whos in Country, Folk and Bluegrass music, has long been heralded as an incredible guitarist with an impeccable music sense, but he is less well known, though no-less talented, as a singer-songwriter and humorist.  The Streetsville, Ontario resident is quite likely one of the busiest musicians in Canada.  Sought after for tours and studio sessions, he has played with everyone from Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks to Gordon Lightfoot, Quartette, Tommy Hunter, Duane Steele, Lisa Brokop, Patty Loveless and Sylvia Tyson.

Ferguson has released three CDs: "I Pick, Therefore I Am", "Happy Songs Sell Records, Sad Songs Sell Beer" and "Wendell Ferguson Live – The $#!T Hits the Fans".  He has also backed up other artists on more than 60 other CDs.  Wendell Ferguson's humor is infectious, and first timers are blown away by this great big man who makes you laugh so hard you could cry and plays the guitar in ways that no one has heard before.

Wendell Ferguson performances brilliantly demonstrate his humor, his craft as a songwriter and his amazing command as a virtuoso on the guitar.  The seven-time Canadian Country Music Association Guitarist of the Year winner has also been nominated for numerous other awards including Juno Awards in 1995 and 1996 with "Coda The West", the contemporary Country band he founded.  "Coda The West" had five top 40 hits and Wendell wrote or co-wrote most of the act's material and served as their Musical Director.  He is also a founding member of the humor-laden band, The Three-Headed Trio.

Roger James (ON)

Roger James spontaneously creates a show with his vast repertoire of songs and improvisational humour for all ages. A terrific banjo, guitar, and Irish drum (Bodhran) player.

"Roger James is a scream ... comedians have not always made the best musicians, James defies this history, His banjo style, for one is unique, fast-fingered and fluid and he is accomplished on several other instruments" -  The Ottawa Citizen

Combine this with musical styles as diverse as 50s & 60s, Blues, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic and Folk and you have a entertaining collision of humour and musical skill.

Roger performs regularly on riverboats on the St. Lawrence river, and at festivals, events, and in concert.

Says Nancy White, comic singer-songwriter of CBC "Sunday Morning" fame: "He is possibly
the most hilarious man on earth."

Caitlin Hanford (ON)

After graduation, Hanford began teaching elementary school music. She began performing country music as well. In 1981, Hanford and Chris Whiteley released an album , Lovin' in Advance, and a single through Troubadour Music. After a second album, the pair were nominated for a Juno Award in 1984. In 1989 Hanford and Whiteley founded and performed with the Adobe Brothers.

In 1993, Hanford was a founding member of Quartette,along with Sylvia Tyson, Colleen Peterson and Cindy Church. The group released its first album in 1994, and later produced six more albums. They toured Canada extensively, and have been nominated for several Juno Awards.

Hanford continued to perform in the Toronto area. She joined with Suzie Vinnick and Gwen Zwick to create The Marigolds; she tours in Ontario with this group.

When not performing or recording, Hanford teaches music in an elementary school in Toronto.

In 2016, Hanford participated in a month-long Quartette tour in December.

Alee (AB)

With a year that began with a CCMA Rising Star Nomination, Alee celebrated the release of her debut full length album "Bad Habit" with over 3.5 million streams on Spotify, a #1 female single "Moonshine" on Canadian country radio, Top 20 video on CMT, all leading up to her coveted nomination for CCMA Female Artist of the Year in September 2017.

A creative with a notion. A lover with a passion. A visionary with a fire lit under her.
Everyone has a story to tell. Hers is just from a different point of view.

Standing at an elegant 5'10", country recording artist Alee has been blessed with a different perspective her whole life. Her journey began as a classical pianist and dancer before finding herself in the spotlight as a vocalist, and finding her home in country music.

"Since her humble beginnings in 2013 when she saw three independently released tracks rise to land in the Top 20 at Canadian country radio, Alee continues her whirlwind climb in the country music ranks.
Her 2017 full-length release is a heartfelt debut from an artist whose music has been called "absolutely stunning".
"Bad Habit" runs the emotional gamut from bold and energetic crowd pleasers to Alee's signature blend of sweet but heartbreaking melodies. An ambitious and impressive debut from one of Canada's brightest rising stars - a mix of tireless hard work (fueled by the work ethic of an Alberta farm girl), endless touring, and at heart, the desire to tell a story.

Alee is sure to make an even bigger splash, quickly rising from her once unassuming Alberta roots to commanding the spotlight at centre stage.

Alfie and Byron Myhre (AB)

The youngest son of Alfie and Lydia Myhre, Byron has grown up in the family business. His appearance at the store started at age seven where he could often be seen helping customers. Byron has since competed on a national level in fiddle competitions and was ranked 3rd in the Grand Masters National Fiddle contest in Ottawa. Aside from running the store, Byron is an active musician both on stage and in the studio. He was a member of the well-known bluegrass band "Jerusalem Ridge". All this while raising a beautiful family of four kids (Haley, Tanner, Ethan and Brooke) with his wife Kim.

Co-founder of Myhre's Music (1967), Alfie's knowledge and expertise has earned him a widespread reputation for his restoration and repair of bowed instruments. For over 50 years Alfie has been an active member of the music community, playing locally and abroad as far away as Japan and Germany. These days you can catch Alfie performing with the Alberta Legends of Country Music. He has also been featured as guest artist at numerous music competitions and workshops throughout the country. Along with wife Lydia, Alfie nurtured the store through its early years into the well-established business today that continues to support an ever-growing community of devout musicians.

Rebecca Lappa (AB)

Rebecca Lappa may have been Canada's best kept folk-rock secret - until now. The Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and Edmonton Music Awards winner is Canada's brightest new voice.

The Edmonton based singer-songwriter recently earned top prize for her song, "Valiant of Vimy Ridge" in the Spirit of Vimy contest hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Rebecca recently took her prize trip to Vimy Ridge (2017) to mark the centennial of the First World War battle. No stranger to winning awards or being sought after for stages often reserved for those of tenure, anyone that knows Rebecca has experienced and witnessed greatness in the making. While her music is a combination of folk, roots and rock, there's "that" voice - compelling in range, certain with every note - and her lyrics - strong, thought provoking, storytelling in nature and sometimes peppered with wit.

Having received a Factor Juried Sound Recording grant for her current album, Rebecca teamed up with JUNO-winning producer Russell Broom and created "Reckless Heart." Debuting at # 1 on CJSR's Top 30 and #10 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album chart (November 2016), "Reckless Heart" continued to chart on many other stations including 5 weeks on CILU Thunder Bay';s Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues Chart. Mike Ross of Gigcity stated, "The singing is the true knock-out here, the passion of Sheryl Crow with the sensitivity of Sarah McLachlan." Russell Broom captured a nomination for Producer of the Year for "Reckless Heart" at the 2017 Western Canada Music Awards.

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