Rae Spoon performs at Calgary's King Eddy

Rae Spoon shares songs, insights and stories with a hometown crowd in Calgary. Preview Edmonton songwriter Michael Rault's upcoming new album, A New Day Tonight; hear Reuben and the Dark's long-awaited Arts and Crafts label release, Arms of A Dream. Plus, a look ahead to the next instalment of the National Music Centre's Alberta Spotlight series.

Multi-faceted local artist and LGBTQ activist headlines the National Music Centre's Alberta Spotlight series

Musician, storyteller, record producer, film maker and author Rae Spoon. (Tom Joy/Foxx Foto/

Rae Spoon is an internationally recognized musician, storyteller, author and filmmaker — as well as an activist in the LGBTQ community.

Hear Rae Spoon do a solo show at the King Eddy in Calgary, recorded for Key of A as part of the National Music Centre's Alberta Spotlight Series.

You come for the music, of course, but what makes Rae Spoon's shows so special are the stories and insights you hear between — and sometimes during — the songs.

Multi-faceted artist, hero to the many LGBTQ youth who came to the show, Rae is an entertaining, self-deprecating performer. A very special show. 

Canadian songwriter Reuben Bullock, lead singer of Reuben and the Dark, records on the Arts and Crafts record label. (Reuben and the Dark)

Hear the long-awaited new album from Reuben and the DarkArms of a Dream, and a preview of the National Music Centre's next Alberta Spotlight show, with Edmonton jazz-pop-classical instrumental outfit Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet.

Plus, Michael Rault's new album It's A New Day Tonight is set to drop May 18. For a preview of the shimmery, sixties vibe he channels on the new release, check out the video below.

Listen to the Key of A Saturday 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1.


Katherine Duncan

Key of A Host

A classically trained musician, Katherine hosts CBC Music (formerly Radio 2) programs Choral Concert and Centre Stage, and highlights original music by Alberta artists on CBC Radio 1's Key of A. From 2016 to 2019, she served as Jury Foreperson of the Polaris Music Prize.