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Horizon Stage Presents: Quartetto Gelato

Eclectic Classical, Tango, Gypsy, and Folk Music
Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery, and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato. For 25 years, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical talent, artistic passion, and humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato not only thrills its audiences with its skill on multiple instruments, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide. Regularly heard on CBC and radio stations in over 20 countries, their Concert in Wine Country DVD is seen regularly on PBS, their eight CDs have sold over 150,000 units to date, and they have been featured on the Hollywood soundtrack for Only You.

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Photos: Alberta Showcase 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Alberta Showcase Kickoff Party

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

Friday, October 20, 2017 – Alberta Showcase

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Alberta Showcase

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Alberta Showcase

Photography supplied by Chris “Skip” Sturwold

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Horizon Stage Presents: Derina Harvey Band

East Coast/Celtic Rock Music
Derina Harvey Band are an Alberta-based five-piece Celtic-rock group who offer an authentic east-coast kitchen-party experience. With a fresh take on traditional tunes and their own original jigs and reels, their infectious rhythmic undertow is layered with rock guitar, dizzying fiddle playing, and topped by Derina’s powerhouse voice. These transplanted east-coasters have now released two CDs, performed over 150 shows in Western Canada in the last 3 years, and toured annually to Newfoundland. Nominated for a 2016 Edmonton Music Award, their album Rove and Go reached number 65 on CKUA’s top played albums that same year. Derina Harvey Band’s high-energy live show is guaranteed to leave you out-of-breath and hollering for more!

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2017 OnStage: Grande Prairie

Arts Touring Alliance in partnership with the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival presents OnStage: Grande Prairie, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta.

OnStage: Grande Prairie will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre.

OnStage: Professional Development for Touring Artists gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. If you are applying for Alberta Showcase it is advisable to do the spot you are proposing. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

Bear Creek Folk Music Festival features 4 stages with over 30 provincial, national, and international touring artists performing from a wide range of genres, including country, Celtic, blues, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, world music, contemporary and traditional folk, rock , and many things in between. With its diverse and high-calibre lineup, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Space at OnStage is limited. Email for details.

More information and Artist Applications are available online at:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Alberta Showcase 2017: Artist Applications

Now in its 40th year, Alberta Showcase connects touring artists with community presenters searching for artists for special events, concert and performance series, and community celebrations. It is three days of showcasing the top performance artists interested in touring Alberta, that will inspire you!

Every October the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta brings together presenters from across Alberta who are searching for performing artists who will tour in their communities. Many of the soft-seat presenters offer subscription series. Some are simply cafes with one off concerts and events. They are looking for a diverse, challenging line-up of artists with broad audience appeal. Alberta Showcase 2017 will take place October 19-22 at the Shell Theatre in the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (just 30 minutes north of Edmonton). All applications are reviewed by a jury of presenters, performers, and promoters, and the top applicants are selected to showcase over the weekend.

Artist Applications are processed through the I Want to Showcase website.

Applications open February 1 and the deadline to apply is April 1.

I Want to Showcase is a collaboration between partner performing arts conferences whose goal is simple: to offer performing artists a showcase application site that’s easy to navigate, understand and use.

>> Click here for more info about Albert Showcase & Artist Applications