Past Episodes: November 2010 Archives

Donald Ray Johnson live in Studio!

This week on the Key of A, bluesman Donald Ray Johnson drops by the studio for a chat about his brand new album, It's Time and his newly acquired Canadian citizenship. We'll spin the four original tracks on the new record and talk about his upcoming pair of cd release shows, Dec 3 and 4 at the Bluescan in Calgary.

We'll congratulate the Alberta winners at last weekend's Canadian Folk Music Awards -- Edmonton's Asani for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, for their album, Listen;  and Fort Macleod's John Wort Hannam for Contemporary Folk Album for his Queen's Hotel release.
Plus -- new music from an old soul -- Caity Fisher of Edmonton -- we'll hear songs from her new album, In the Wind.



All-Albertan Song Contest Winners!

This week, the All-Albertan Song Contest revealed its top 3 prize winners. And if you've been listening to the Key of A this year, you'll have heard them all. In fact, 3rd prize goes to Colleen Brown, who we featured just last week on the show. She wins $2,000 for her song, Western Fire.

2nd prize of $3,000 goes to Eamon McGrath of Edmonton, and we'll hear him in a live set recorded earlier this year at the 2010 Transcanada Alberta Music Series.

1st prize goes to Danny Vacon of Calgary for his song, Green and Gold. We'll hear that winning song, plus a live set by Danny's "solo project" band, Dojo Workhorse. This has been a great year for Danny (who also fronts the rock band, The Dudes). Not only has he just won the $10,000 first prize in the All-Albertan Song Contest, this summer Dojo Workhorse won the Galaxie Rising Star Award for their performances at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Congratulations to all the winners -- and big thanks to Contest sponsors ATB Financial, Big Rock Brewery, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CKUA Radio, and the Alberta Music Industry Association!


Michael Rault Drops by with Ma-Me-O!

This week on the Key of A, in honor of Remembrance Day, we'll hear the song Vimy Ridge, inspired by the legendary WWI battle, by Edmonton singer and fiddler Lizzy Hoyt
We'll have a feature interview with Michael Rault -- the 21 year-old from Edmonton has just released a new album called Ma-Me-O, and he's about to head out on tour opening for the Toronto-based band, Bedouin Soundclash.
Plus, we'll preview the artists who are about to criss-cross the province later this month with "The Best of Alberta Music Roadshow," put together by Jeff Stuart (of Jeff Stuart and the Hearts) and The Colleen Brown Band, with guest appearances by Trevor Tchir and Shane Ghostkeeper.