Key of A

Albertan talent recognized in multiple 2020 Juno nominations

Nuela Charles, Nehiyawak, Tenille Townes and Al Muirhead are among the Alberta artists nominated for the 2020 Junos.

These are the best Alberta albums of 2019, according to the Key of A

Evan Freeman, Rae Spoon, Nuela Charles and Celeigh Cardinal are among those who made the Key of A's 2019 list of best albums released by artists born, bred or based in Alberta.

Festivals in Calgary and Edmonton brighten dark winter nights with music

Preview Calgary's Femme Wave and Edmonton's first ever Winterruption feature local artists Selci, Wares and Rosina Cove. Hear about Jann Arden's latest star turn, and new songs by Nuela Charles, Matt Patershuk, Jenesia, Wilfred N and the Grown Men and Laura Hickli.

The Prairie States take the Spotlight

Edmonton's The Prairie States mix '60s soul and '70s rock with a modern alt-country vibe.

Key of A's Best Alberta Music of 2018

From Jocelyn Alice's latest Platinum hit, to Jenie Thai, up for a national blues award, to Captain Tractor celebrating 25 years as a band, this was a banner year for Alberta music.

Josh Sahunta talks AE West, covers Jingle Bells

Edmonton's Josh Sahunta shares his new R&B cover of Jingle Bells, and chats with host Katherine Duncan about what he learned at AE West at Studio Bell. Plus, holiday originals and covers by J.J. Shiplett, Colleen Brown, Soft March and more.

Get to know Nuela Charles

Edmonton's Nuela Charles joins Katherine for a frank chat about the challenges of being a woman of colour in today's music industry. Hear songs from her recent release, Distant Danger, and find out which of her songs she could listen to on repeat.

Cadence Weapon, Cam Penner, Rosina Cove and more

Find out which Edmonton songwriter is behind the new band, Rosina Cove. Hear Cadence Weapon perform songs from his recent album. Find out why Cam Penner is getting such rave reviews for his new album, At War with Reason. Plus, a new project by Edmonton fashion designer and music producer Tala Berkes takes its name from a favourite food.

Ann Vriend's powerful new song for social justice

Hear the story behind "It's Happening," Ann Vriend's powerful collaboration with the Sifton Elementary School Choir in Edmonton. Plus, hear Calgary band Crystal Eyes perform at the National Music Centre and sample new tracks by Darren Crone, High Parade, Allison Lynch and more.

Brett Kissel charms Toronto crowd at CBC Music

You'll hear award-winning Alberta country singer Brett Kissel's First Play Live set, recorded at CBC Studio 201 in Toronto; plus new and recent releases by singer songwriters Justine Vandergrift and Joe Nolen; plus original jazz from Calgary's Deanne Matley and Sheldon Zandboer.

Hear Major Love, Kat Danser and the Memphis Blues Challenge this week on Key of A

Hear a live set by Major Love recorded at CBC Music in Toronto; sample the fifth album by Edmonton's Kat Danser, and find out who's in the running to represent Alberta at the Memphis Blues Challenge.

Hear what's new from Jocelyn Alice, Nuela Charles and more

Hear about Alberta artists making gains outside the province, celebrate Maria Dunn's 20th anniversary as a recording artist, and hear songs by Jocelyn Alice, St.Arnaud and Sarah Kemmers (aka Wellington SK.)

New songs and new voices

You'll meet two artists new to the show and hear about new projects by Woodpigeon, Hello Moth and Reuben and the Dark, as well as new releases by well-known Alberta artists including F&M, Astral Swans, Nuela Charles and nehiyawak.

Your Edmonton Folk Music Festival preview

Edmonton Folk Music Festival producer Terry Wickham joins host Katherine Duncan with a preview of what's in store Aug. 9-12 at Gallagher Park.

Preview the 2018 Calgary Folk Music Festival

Every year, the Calgary Folk Music Festival brings artists from around the world to perform at Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary. Artistic Director Kerry Clarke explains her process for choosing artists, and shares songs by some of the Alberta musicians who'll take the stage July 26-29.

Meet teenage mega-talent Kate Stevens

Get to know Kate Stevens as she celebrates her new single. And congrats to the winners of the Edmonton Music Awards. Plus, your preview of artists giving performances this Canada Day.

Your Edmonton Folk Music Festival preview

Edmonton Folk Music Festival producer Terry Wickham joins host Katherine Duncan with a preview of what's in store Aug. 9-12 at Gallagher Park.

Jann Arden co-hosts the 2018 Juno Songwriters Circle

Jann Arden and record producer Bob Rock co-host this special event at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre, which also features Edmonton rising star Ruth B. Plus, new music from Edmonton's The Hearts and Calgary's Souls in Rhythm.

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.

Rae Spoon and F&M play the National Music Centre

Edmonton duo F&M open for Rae Spoon at the King Eddy during the National Music Centre's new Alberta Spotlight series.

Ellen Doty takes you behind the scenes

Get to know Ellen Doty and hear songs from her new album before she heads out on a cross-Canada tour. Plus, hear new tracks by folk, country and electro-pop artists from Alberta.

Mohsin Zaman warms up winter while Reuben and the Dark unleash a Hurricane

This week's Key of A introduces two new local bands: Apollo Rose from Calgary and Wildwood from Edmonton. Hear a live set by Edmonton favourite Mohsin Zaman, a new single by Reuben and the Dark, and find out why Maria Dunn is in Fort Macleod this weekend.

Foonyap reinvents classical violin to make Asian folk electronica

Foonyap joins host Katherine Duncan to trace her path from reluctant classical violinist to independent solo artist, and shares some of the genre-defying original music on her debut solo album, "Palimpsest."

Warm up winter with Music: Block Heater 2018 Preview

Calgary Folk Festival's answer to winter, this year's Block Heater Festival, runs Feb. 15-17. It's warming up music venues in Inglewood, East Village and the National Music Centre.

Ann Vriend, Blue Hawaii and Nature Of

Hear Ann Vriend's 2017 Cobalt Blues Prize-winning song, All that I Can, plus tracks from Blue Hawaii's new album, Tenderness.