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We're a husband/wife team of actively performing musicians and music teachers now proud to call the Crowsnest Pass our home. We've been playing for most of our lives, met in music school, and offer a combination of genuine love for music, extensive musical training, and the ability to teach others. Tynan holds his Music Performance Diploma in jazz guitar from Humber College. Shelly holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Glenn Gould School. Each also has a Diploma in Music Performance from Mount Royal College.
shelly & tynan
Nashville based multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Linda McRae has 37 years’ experience touring and teaching both nationally and internationally. From her days with the iconic Platinum recording Canadian Celtic band, Spirit of the West, to everything she has done since, Linda remains an artist full of integrity. Playing banjo, guitar and accordion in an unflaggingly authentic, deeply satisfying, and refreshingly acoustic style with a big dose of soul and skilled musicality, McRae’s unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics make her a captivating artist. She has performed in venues as diverse as the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony to New Folsom Prison with the “in house blues band” where she facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. These experiences lead to the creation of her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented in North American correctional institutions and at-risk youth facilities. She is a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductee and a Boston Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition winner.
Dana Wylie is a singer of rare gift and a dedicated crafter of deeply felt and sharply observed songs. Praised for being as dexterous with words as she is with her guitar, piano and remarkably powerful voice, she writes with equal parts craft and passion; Penguin Eggs magazine once called her the only artist about whom they have “felt comfortable comparing favourably to Joni Mitchell in the scope of her talent EVER.”
My message is simple... in the end.....it's all about love. We are designed with love in mind and it seeps into every aspect of our existence! It permeates from our souls to our soles....And we reveal our hearts, in the way that we love each other, our families, our God, our work, our friends, our world, and yes, even ourselves.
I am: a mother of three, a sister of many, a friend to anyone, a servant, a builder, and artist, a songstress, an entertainer, I was a victim for years, I am dependent, I am fragile, I am unbreakable, I am joyful, I am stubborn and strong, I am expectant, I am excited. I'm Natalie and this is my mission. To inspire, to love, to help you to find rest, to remind you that 'You Can', to give you a place to go to get away from the everyday and remember what we already have all around us....And never forget, You are Beloved. I offer MUSIC; blues, jazz, funk, folk, whatever comes to mind; to entertain and stimulate. I offer WORKSHOPS, that empower and create hope, I offer CLASSES to grow knowledge and create skills. I offer PRODUCT created out of the old to cherish and recycle. I offer STORIES to take you to new places and ideas.
Tim Bennett is currently an obsessive stop motion animator. I know??? There was a time.. actually it was all of the time before now, that Tim would rarely be spotted in the same place for longer than his bass playing adventures permitted. Tim is also known for his ability to share his wealth of musical knowledge and fun approach to finding your creativity. If you get a chance to go to one of his workshops, you are guaranteed to leave with more than a smile in your pocket Brian MacMillan "With a heart as big as the desert and a voice to soothe the Rockies, Tim’s playful yet powerful presence on and off stage is bound to get you playing sweet sweet melodies on your own heart strings .” Some guy. This could be Tim writing his own bio right now, pretending to be one of his goofy friends. He has goofy friends though, so you'll never know. Apparently there is more music on the boiler.. likely getting over cooked due to his current distractions. Stay tuned !
Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Dan comes from a long line of musicians and performers. Cutting his teeth on country bar floors and early indie projects. Schooling took him to Red Deer College for study in Theatre, lighting and sound design before transferring over to music, majoring in performance and business. Since then, it’s been a long line of performances and studio sessions, working with artists such as Steve Arsenault, Samson’s Delilah, Roy Warhurst, C.R. Avery, Rachelle Van Zanten, the Dirrty Show, Mocking Shadows, Joanna Borromeo, and many more. Dan is also an educator and clinician in percussion and ukulele around the central Alberta region. In his spare time you can find him riding rollercoasters, adventuring through thrift stores, or hanging with his hound dog Roadie.
Allison was born in Brandon, MB into a very musical family. She began classical training at the age of 4, won her first competition at age 8 and at the age of 12, she was teaching at the Brandon University. At age 16, Allison moved to Calgary to join the group Barrage with whom she travelled the world. She excelled as a soloist in theatrical production, live performance, studio recordings and commercial/radio broadcasts with multiple tours on 3 continents, sharing the stage with such notables as Lady Antebellum, Alanis Morrisette, Blake Shelton, Natalie MacMaster, Leahy, Three Days Grace, Great Big Sea, Blue Rodeo, Jann Arden, Reba McEntire and Keith Urban to name a few. Performing live for millions of people regularly, she has toured the globe for 26 years to date.
a veteran of the canadian music scene, matt blackie has toured extensively as a drummer in canada, the us, europe and india, amassing well over 2000 shows with an assortment of acclaimed acts over the past 20 years. matt worked at soul drums in toronto for 3 years where he learned about world percussion and is also an alumnus of fanshawe college's music industry arts program. matt has worked as a studio musician and producer on more than 25 albums with several juno and grammy-winning producers and artist. matt performed in the ring of fire production at the citadel theater in 2019 and currently plays with the edmonton oilers drum & brass crew and many other local artist. everyone has a heartbeat, matt believes everyone has a rhythm, sometimes we just need to rediscover it from deep within
Kevin D. Bekevich is a professional upright and electric bass player born and raised in Peace River, Alberta. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from MacEwan University in 2021 and is now working toward a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Lethbridge, specializing in High School Music. He aspires to educate young minds in high schools in Canada and all over the world. Kevin cut his teeth playing electric bass in an original punk band called Moral Majority in Peace River, Alberta. Throughout his 25-year career, he has played in over 50 bands ranging in styles from Country, Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, Funk, Punk, Cajun, R'n'B, Metal, and Jazz.
Kevin D. Bekevich
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