YYC Music Program
The YYC Music Program aims to support local Calgarian musicians while elevating the guest experience. Our talented group of local artists have been playing regularly throughout the terminal since November and have serenaded our guests for over 550 hours. Our artists are recruited and scheduled using an online platform called StageHand, where we book over 150 slots per month. This high-traffic environment has given these artists a unique opportunity to further their careers by playing for thousands of passengers, while making memorable moments for our guests. Passenger feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to expanding the music program to reach more guests.
To find out who's playing during your visit, click here.
Ben Gordon Tagseth
About: Session work: Craig Moreau; Every now and Then (produced by Tim Williams), The Daredevil Kid (recorded at the Congress House Studio in Austin, Texas - produced by Mark Hallman), A Different Kind of Train (recorded at the Rebeltone Ranch and Congress House Studios - produced by Leeroy Stagger and Mark Hallman). Ben's discography; Walking a Fine Line (2010 - produced by Kirill Telichev), Burn it Down EP (2016 - produced by Kirill Telichev), Heya Hey EP (upcoming - produced by Kirill Telichev). Visit bgandtheinferno.com to learn more.
About: Carly is a singer/songwriter based out of Calgary, AB. Last year, she took home the YYC Music Award for "Blues Recording of the Year," for her blues single, "Crooner Sing To Me." Visit carlyreirson.com to learn more.
Fun Fact: Besides music, Carly's hobbies include thrifting, baking and movies.
About: Raised in a small prairie town, Christina grew up in a musical family where the sounds of southern rock, country, gospel and blues could often be heard on playing on her Dad’s stereo. These collective influences have been a driving force in shaping her as a singer/songwriter. The sound produced from her has been described as being unexpectedly pronounced, chilling, and soulful.
christinacolyn.ca to learn more.
Fun Fact: In elementary school, I spent my recess and lunch time sparring with the boys on the playground. One of them went on to become a professional UFC fighter. I like to think I am the prime reason for his success.
Encompassing the guitar playing of blues greats such as B.B. King, the singing of legends like Otis Redding and the musicality of bands like the Allman Brothers Band, Marcus Trummer’s award-winning songwriting features a sound led by riff-driven guitar work and honest storytelling, anchored in soulful, southern inspired vocals.Visit marcustrummerband.bandcamp.com to learn more.
Genre: Blues, soul & rock
Fun Fact: Marcus has always been interested in airplanes and may get distracted while performing at YYC watching them take off...
Calgary-born Darcy Stamp has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Josh Groban George Canyon, Tyler Connelly, among many others. An established sideman in the recording studios of Nashville and Calgary, he's played on well over one hundred albums, performing multiple genres and styles. Darcy has performed live at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, as well as appearing for an extended engagement at Disney Epcot. Stamp is currently recording and producing his first album as a classical crossover violinist featuring pop/rock instrumentals of original compositions and re-imagined iconic songs.
darcystamp.com to learn more.
Genre: Classical-crossover violinist
Originally from Innisfail, AB, Devin Cooper's unique sound creatively blends influences from country, blues and rock and roll. His live shows are guaranteed to deliver, with raw storytelling lyrics and killer guitar licks that provide a dynamic performance.
devincoopermusic.com to learn more.
Genre: Country Rock
Fun Fact: I attended SAIT and became a 3rd Class Power Engineer before pursuing music full time.
Jiggity James is a country-folk artist with roots in Guelph, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. His sound is a hearty blend of country western, rag-time and bluegrass, drawing on old influences from favourites such as Neil Young, Elvis, Pokey Lafarge, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Visit jiggityjames.com to learn more.
Josh Williams is a 25 year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Edmonton, Alberta. He is completely self-taught and plays a number of instruments entirely by ear. His love for music has taken him all over the world and he continues to perform and tour. After leaving a football scholarship at Simon Fraser University, he auditioned and was accepted into the Prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He endeavours to create and share positive, meaningful music that will inspire and provoke thought around the world.
joshuaanthonywilliams.com to learn more.
Fun Fact: Josh is currently becoming a Fire Fighter with the Calgary Fire Department.
From Lacombe, Alberta, Justine is a songwriter who loves to improvise vocally and on guitar with new/old songs. I love performing my own material and playing around with old country/folk tunes with the odd soul/pop song in the mix. Her three studio releases reveal a clear, rich and emotive voice and finely-tuned song-craft. Justine deepens her artistry in her new country roots album “Stay.”
justinevandergrift.com to learn more.
Fun Fact: Justine is just under six feet and enjoys athletics almost as much as songs. When she's finished with her music career she looks forward to a career in a senior's volleyball league as well as entering dart throwing competitions.
Ken Stead already has a firm foothold in the Canadian roots community, having graced the grassy stages and sessions of Edmonton Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest, and North Country Fair, as well as rowdier venues like Main Stage Big Valley Jamboree, the Calgary Stampede Coke Stage and Wild Mountain Festival. Whether playing solo, or with his 5 piece band, Ken Stead makes every room feel like home. A generous demeanor, a delicate wit, and an empathetic understanding of audiences of all shapes, his performances are as true and honest as the songs themselves.
kenstead.net to learn more.
Genre: Singer/songwriter, Rock
Megan Dawson is a sweet songstress based out of Calgary, Alberta. Coming off the release of her first single, “My Way Back,” Megan writes the kind of music that creates a connection between the writer, and listener. You can find her singing all throughout Alberta.
megandawsonmusic.com to learn more.
Fun Fact: I am an extreme tea lover!
Sidney May Weich
Sidney May Weich is a singer/songwriter from Calgary Alberta
who has a specialty for writing songs with character and catchy hooks. Her
hybrid sound of folk and pop along with her honesty in writing makes her songs
irresistible. Sidney has played all over western Canada and is currently
working on her debut EP.
sidneymay.bandcamp.com to learn more.
Fun Fact: Along with writing songs, I am also a huge reader and writer of poetry! I would love to publish a book of poems one day. Richard Siken is my favorite poet.
With soul in her bones and a fierce but gentle love in her heart, Sonia gives a passionate and honest performance. Her songs are both lyrically potent and melodically interesting; a slick mix of folk, soul and pop. When you mix all of that with her dynamic vocal range, what you get is a sound you'll want to hear again and again. Visit soniadeleo.com to learn more.
Fun Fact: Sonia is also an actor and voiceover artist. You never know when she might pop up on your screen!
Aaron Pollock is a Calgary-based singer-songwriter with a knack for bringing a seductive groove to a well-written country tune. Released in May 2018, Pollock’s debut single “Nothing Much These Days” has since reached over 150,000 streams on Spotify. 2018 also saw Pollock write 107 new songs and open for Jann Arden and Brett Kissel. He also co-wrote four songs on CCMA-nominated duo Leaving Thomas’s sophomore album and achieved his first iTunes #1 as a co-writer (“All Over It” - Ben Chase). This year, Pollock was one of 12 artists selected to participate in “Project WILD”, an Alberta-based development competition with a grand prize of $100,000. Visit aaronpollock.ca to learn more.
Genre: Blues, soul & rock
Fun Fact: As a child I was a member of the "Bat Conservation Society of Canada". I was really into bats.