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Announcing The 7th Annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival

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Announcing The 7th Annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival

The 7th Annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival

August 18 & 19
Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park


Tickets also available in person at The Acoustic Music Shop (9934 – 82 Ave) & Myhre’s Music (8735 – 118 Ave)

The Edmonton Rock Music Festival is produced by The Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton. The Society operates the Centre for Arts and Music…..

With a focus on youth at risk in our community, the CAM Program reaches out to children who would otherwise have few opportunities to participate in the arts.  The goal is to reach them during critical after school hours through music.  

At CAM, children learn how to write songs, play instruments and perform together on stage. In the process, they earn self- esteem, respect for themselves and others, and much needed self-confidence. Like in years’ past, a number of the program participants will be taking to the Festival stage on Saturday, Aug. 19 to play some kick-ass classic rock for the Fest faithful

Studies show that children who are exposed to the arts do better in school and other areas of life.  We see this first hand every day, and all agencies confirm the positive impact the program is having in the lives of these children. In fact, one agency advised that serious incidents at their centre dropped from several per month to zero as a result of student engagement in CAM.

Friday Line Up

Persons of Interest

Persons of Interest is an Edmonton band consisting of distinguished members of the Edmonton Music community. Al McGee on keyboards, sax and vocals, Clay White on drums, Christina McKay on lead vocals, Dell Chadwick on bass and vocals and Percy Marshall on guitar and vocals. All members have a pedigree that goes back to such bands as the Privilege, Mel Degan and The Lords, Cold Feet, Anywonder, and too many more to mention. They are the perfect choice to open up the 2017 Festival!
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5 Man Electrical Band

From Canada to California to Fame…
It wasn’t long before American music industry heavyweights began to take notice of five Canadians who had come to California to strike gold. They could see this was a band to be reckoned with.

Exhaustive American tours with groups like The Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, Sly And The Family Stone and Rare Earth so sharpened their skills that they were ready to take on the world when “Signs” exploded on American radio, soaring to the top of the U.S. Billboard Charts.

“Signs” went to #1 in Australia for 2 months and was huge in Canada and Europe. A string of hits followed: “Absolutely Right”, “Money Back Guarantee”, “Moonshine (Friend Of Mine)”, “Werewolf”, “I’m A Stranger Here” and a slew of others but the hit that truly places the band on hallowed ground in music history is “Signs”. Tesla scored a huge hit with a cover of the song on their album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” in the ’90’s and more recently Fat Boy Slim had a hit called “Don’t Let The Man Get You Down” based mostly off the now unforgettable line…… “And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply”.
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Tom Cochrane with Red Rider

Tom Cochrane has an iconic career that has spanned over 4 decades and is characterized by creative, adventurousness and musical and personal integrity.

Commenting on some of the jobs he had early on in his life, which include cab driving, working at CIL Paints, on the loading dock at Sears and Canada Packers, crewing out on a sail boat (not a cruise ship). “Those gigs are character builders, you pay some bills along the way with them but it’s real life also that you learn from and draw songs from.”

A few years into his tenure with Red Rider, they graduated to larger venues, halls, arenas and festivals stages. “The early days never leave you though, they get etched on your soul like a tattoo.” Within and without Red Rider, Tom has released 17 albums.  Having helped shape the musical landscape for future generations of Canadian artists, Tom remains one of only 3 male Canadian singer songwriters to have a diamond certified album in Canada (over a million copies sold). Mad Mad World is now around 1.7 million in Canada, and at over 3 million worldwide. Songs such as Life Is A Highway and Lunatic Fringe have been international hits and continue to garner much airplay around the world.

Tom Cochrane is a recipient of 8 Juno Awards, and is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, a prestigious Officer of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, former Honorary Air Force Colonel in the 409 squadron, an honorary doctorate, a recent Diamond Jubilee award, many songwriter awards from SOCAN, CAPAC and ASCAP, a Grammy nomination as well as numerous other citations and awards.

“The highway has been a good teacher I’ve learnt a lot from her, it stretches out before us like a canvas.”
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Saturday, August 19 Line Up


The name VERA came about while trying to find a name for a dog. Frontman Douglas Mitchell was reading through a book on German names trying to find a name for his family's new dachshund puppy. 

It occurred to him that VERA (which means Truth/Hope in German) would make an interesting band name.  The name also brought to mind one Doug's of favorite albums:  Pink Floyd's The Wall, inwhich the singer VERA Lynn is used as a symbol for the promise of hope.  Those two words 'truth" and "hope" have become an underlying theme in much of VERA's music to date.  Oh, and the dog?  The kids eventually named her Molly.

VERA consists of guitar player and lead singer Douglas Mitchell, as well as guitarist Kyle Mosiuk, Keyboardist Brennan Cameron, bassist Paul Bergeron and drummer Brendan Lyons.  The band released their self titled debut album in January 2013 and have since been performing original music across Alberta.

VERA's music is modern in tone, but with vintage throwbacks to classicrock, pop. blues and soul music.  Their music is energetic and their shows mirror this while theyare performing live.Both on stage and on record, VERA commands attention and always delivers a reason to keep moving, keep grooving, and keep listening.
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Chronic Rock

Established in 2010, Chronic Rock is a high-energy rock & roll band that delivers back-to-back modern and classic rock music, consistently filling dance floors and leaving the audience cheering for more.

Chronic Rock’s philosophy of delivering high energy cover tunes, with the songs sounding identical to the original recordings, has cultivated a substantial fan base in the Edmonton area and throughout northern Alberta.

Chronic Rock has landed opening gigs for iconic recording artists such as Prism, and has headlined shows in front of hundreds of cheering rock & roll fans. This quintet incorporates electric and acoustic guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, and multi-harmony vocals, with a female lead vocal that will knock your socks off!
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Lee Aaron

To sum up Lee Aaron’s career in one paragraph is near impossible. This legendary rock diva started out singing jazz and Broadway standards in musical theatre in the Toronto suburbs, hanging out in music class after school, practicing and picking the brains of her instructors. By 15 she had formed a rock band, singing, playing keyboards and sax, and began playing all-ages shows.

While still in her teens, she wrote and recorded her debut, 1982’s The Lee Aaron Project. In 1984, she released Metal Queen. The album’s title track, a hard driving anthem about female empowerment, catapulted Aaron to iconic status in the rock world.

When famed producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) heard Aaron sing (he was recording in the adjacent studio) he was impressed enough to step in to produce her next release. Call of The Wild garnered solid chart success in Canada and sold over 100,000 copies in Europe in just 6 weeks. The single “Barely Holdin’ On” resonated strongly with audiences and before long Aaron was topping European music polls and appearing on dozens of magazine covers including SoundsMelody Maker and even TV Guide.

Relentless touring and chart-toppers like “Only Human”, “Whatcha Do To My Body”, “Hands On” and “Some Girls Do” resulted in multi-platinum sales in her home country and continued international success through the ’80s and ’90s.

Chart Magazine proclaimed Bodyrock (1989) one of the 20 most influential Canadian albums of the ’80s, with Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morrisette and Shania Twain all “under Aaron’s influence.” MuchMusic’s Listed has consistently rated her in the Top Female Rockers Of All Time category.

In addition to the solid catalogue of rock releases, Aaron has ventured into other genres throughout her career, performing jazz, blues and even opera, solidifying her credibility as one of the most respected and versatile vocalists and songwriters around.
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NASA chose Prism’s “Spaceship Superstar” as the official song aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during its historic final flight, which speaks to Prism’s ongoing popularity, even in outer space! Meanwhile, back on Earth:

They’ve sold millions of albums, with songs that have become radio standards – Spaceship Superstar,
Flying, Armageddon, Take Me Away, Young & Restless, Night to Remember, Don’t Let Him Know…. Prism itself is classic rock.

With two Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy) for Album & Group of the Year, multi-platinum albums and a continuing legacy of sold-out shows, Prism is a must-see live attraction. The band rocks out the hits more energetically than ever, thrilling audiences nationwide.

Founding member Al Harlow’s showmanship drives Prism forward with award-winning alumni Gary Grace, Tad Goddard and Marc Gladstone’s brilliant performances of the trademark Prism sound.

Every day across the country, radio is playing the many Prism classics. Combine unstoppable world-class concerts, and the best may be yet to come.
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Sass Jordan

Juno Award-winning artist Sass Jordan has made a living singing, performing, writing and recording music internationally for the past thirty years. She is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter who has sold over one million CDs worldwide.

Winner of Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award, the bilingual Montrealer has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker.

In 1992, Jordan performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, which sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows, including Melrose Place, Party Of Five, Baywatch and Knightrider.

Also an accomplished actress, she starred in the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit, “Love Janis.” Jordan has guest starred on NBC’s Sisters and was featured in the Toronto and Winnipeg productions of “The Vagina Monologues.”

In 2003, she took on judging duties on the TV ratings blockbuster, Canadian Idol – the same year she shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and others as part of the history-making SARS relief concert in Toronto.

Her most recent CD, “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn”, features songs and sounds that reflect the atmosphere of the late 70’s Southern California scene. ‘I started out singing in Westmount Park, with my friends and a couple of acoustic guitars … passersby would stop and listen for a while, as we honed our skills in public’, says Sass. “Naturally, this type of vocal harmony and melodic sensibility is now a staple in my repertoire, and one I had a blast revisiting on this current recording”.
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Chilliwack is one of Canada’s top recording acts. As lead singer, guitarist, producer and songwriter, Bill Henderson played a major role in the success of the twelve Chilliwack albums released from 1969 to 1985.

Songs such as RainoLonesome MaryCalifornia GirlFly At NightMy Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone), I Believe, and Whatcha Gonna Do, garnered the band a host of awards and international acclaim.

Born in Vancouver, Bill grew up in Western Canada and began earning a living as a musician while still in high school. He studied music at the University of British Columbia and in 1966 helped found The Collectors, one of Canada’s most innovative musical groups. After two albums, the group evolved into Chilliwack.

Bill’s talents as a record producer have been much sought after over the years. He has produced recordings for numerous high profile artists and in 1982 won the “Producer Of The Year” Juno Award for Chilliwack’s “Opus X“. He has also been commissioned to music-direct and compose scores & songs for a number of theatre, film, and television productions. In 1990 he won a Genie Award for best original song in a movie; When I Sing, in Bye Bye Blues, and was the musical director for Sesame Street Canada (Vancouver) from 1989 to 1995.

Bill was a Director of the Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences for six years and as a champion and defender of musical creator’s rights is past President of SOCAN, a founding member of the Artist Rights Coalition, and served as President of the Songwriters Association of Canada for 5 years.
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It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, a Juno Award for Band of the Year and ongoing sold-out shows across Canada. Universal Music acknowledges them as "one of Canada's top five selling bands of all time" and the Vancouver Sun has called them "Canadian rock heroes of the first order ... the best performing band in Canada".

Then, as now, what makes Trooper what they are is great performances and great pop songwriting.

Trooper's ten studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their 6 X Platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of Universal Music Canada's best selling catalog CDs and one of the country's most enduring party soundtracks. In 2012 Trooper songwriters Ra McGuire and Brian Smith were awarded SOCAN's prestigious 'National Achievement Award' to acknowledge their significant and lasting contribution to Canada's songwriting legacy.

"We're Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)", "Raise a Little Hell", "The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar", "Two For the Show", "Pretty Lady" "Good Ol' General Hand Grenade", "Round, Round We Go", "Santa Maria", "Janine" - just a few of the Trooper hits that, according to writer Ryan Sparks, "have woven their way into the fabric of this country like no other bands have been able to do.”
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