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McKernan Outdoor Music Festival

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

1 PM – 5:30 PM Gowan Park, McKernan (near the rink/hall)

A neighborhood musical extravaganza for the whole family!

A mix of country, classical, contemporary and folk/roots music by the community artists:

Greg and Kyle 1:05 - 1:45

Julia Vos 2:00 - 2:45

Valentina Benvenuti 3:00 - 3:20

David Unsworth 3:30 - 4:15

Karac Hendriks 4:30 -5:15

Event is FREE, but we will be taking DONATIONS

All proceeds will go to the musicians.

No alcohol permitted.

Everyone must follow COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the Province of Alberta.

About the performers

Kyle and Greg

Kyle Jones has been playing the fiddle, mandolin and guitar for most of his life. His bluegrass style of playing gives regular songs a new sound that audiences always enjoy. Greg Jones (of no relation) plays acoustic guitar and provide the vocals for this duo. Influenced by the music of Gordon Lightfoot and Megadeath he lands somewhere in the middle. Together they combine their musical styles to create a fun and entertaining twists to some old tunes.

Julia Vos

Julia is a local talent to Alberta who has been on the rise to making a name for herself in Canadian country music. Working independently over the last four years, Julia has been able to grasp many opportunities performing on stages such as Nashville North at the Calgary Stampede, Boots & Hearts Music Festival and many others, as well as execute radio worthy song writing skills. Julia makes a triple threat of an artist with her multi talent instrumental skills, truthful song writing, and firecracker stage presence.

Valentina Benvenuti

Valentina began playing classical guitar at the age of 8 years old. She pursued her studies under the direction of Maestro Ferrante Faedi and Maestro Pietro Antinori at the renowned Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, Italy. Since the age of 16, Valentina has been performing as soloist, as well as in various ensembles like guitar and violin duos, guitar quartet and orchestra. Valentina is an extremely motivated and passionate guitar instructor with 10 years teaching experience. She teaches classical guitar, acoustic guitar, and ukulele to students of all ages. Her students have successfully completed the RCM examinations at any levels.

David Unsworth

David Unsworth combines intricate lyricism with rhythmic guitar, soaring vocals and a loop station to create personal, thought provoking songs, while still giving listeners a reason to dance. His first single Someone Else's Eyes was released on July 21, 2020. Having performed at events like the Canmore Folk Music Festival and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, David captivates audiences with his effervescent stage presence and introspective lyricism. His debut EP Wait was aired on Edmonton radio stations CKUA and CJSR, and his unique ‘one-man-band’ sound was recognized by CBC Music producer Del Cowie during the 2017 CBC Searchlight Competition. More recently he won the adult division of the 2018 K-Days Talent Search, and in 2019, completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from MacEwan University.

Karac Hendriks

Eight-time Alberta Country Music Award nominee Karac Hendriks has a number of shows booked (including those delayed due to COVID-19) and is currently working on new music. Based on his single of the same name, Karac Hendriks: This Road Is Mine is a concert experience about his life growing up in east-central Alberta. Karac and his band showcased at the Manitoba Arts Network and the Alberta Arts Touring Alliance conferences, with a number of concerts being booked in communities throughout Canada. As well, Karac will soon be releasing a series of singles.

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