TEDxCanmore 2017 – On the Edge of the Wild
On the Edge of the Wild speaks to human beings and our wild nature, instincts, and search for human connection. It’s about artful living being on the edge of new ideas, science and technology.
It’s about how we have enhanced our environment while still being so close to our origins, how we have tamed our wild through adventure and ingenuity, yet still we wonder what is next… are we the last of the analogue species but still wild at heart?
Our third TEDx event will be held January 20, 2017 at Canmore Miners’ Union Hall 738 – 7th Street Canmore, Alberta T1W 2C7
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TedxCanmore will take place from 9:00am – 5:30pm with a break for lunch and a cocktail hour.
*schedule subject to change
2017 Performer and Artist Line-up!
Mike Petroff , performer
“An untold story is an injustice” With this mantra, Canmore , Ab. Singer/ songwriter Mike Petroff dances through life . He offers up simple, yet profound observations . Haunted by a curious, writers pen, he leaves the listener feeling they know his characters personally! Raised in a music home in Southern, Ont. , he travelled the world before thankfully finding Canmore in the late ’70s.After a “brief” hiatus, he is back sharing these stories. Late to the Dance…. We eagerly await his album in 2017. He loves nothing better than to exchange stories, but be careful what you tell a songwriter! This old soul has graced the stages of folk festivals, house concerts, fund raisers and many a campfire.
The Raven & The Fox
Alberta duo, The Raven & The Fox, is best described as love-inspired folk pop. Julie Chang’s smooth, sultry vocals over Sean Isaac’s moody acoustic riffs offer eargasmic melodies paired with passion-soaked lyrics. Based out of Canmore, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the soothing energy of the alpine environment and mountain lifestyle can be felt in the organic quality of their songs. Musical influences include Damien Rice, Neil Young, James Vincent McMorrow and Chantal Kreviazuk to name a few. Their self-titled EP was released July 2015, and they will be releasing a new full-length album in 2017.
hummingBird is an acoustic singer songwriter duo joining the voices and instrumental talents of Sue Chick Denton and Jaime Birch. The duo blends gripping vocals, beautiful and intense harmonies and a number of instruments including guitar, ukulele, banjo, bass and harmonica.
Their original material ranges from soulful and heartfelt to fun and light. Through authenticity and shared experiences the duo forms a connection with their audiences and their shows have been described as follows:
“Jaime and Sue are both brimming over with talent. They have a great rapport on stage and they invite the audience to share in the good time they’re having.”
Although known primarily as a folk outfit, hummingBird has a diverse musical background that flavours their sound.
“Bradley Bischoff is a veteran of the acoustic music scene in Canmore. He’s played in pubs, coffee houses, folk festivals and theatres up and down the Bow Valley since he moved to Canmore in 1993. Bradley is enjoying success with his band The Wardens; doing about 50 shows a year. Conquering the west one Legion/church basement at a time.”
Through his work writing, singing and playing piano Jake Parris has been a constantly changing emerging artist here in the Bow Valley. Originally born in Banff, Alberta he takes his inspiration from the people in the towns and then wildness of the city. Playing folk primarily but also blues, indie and songwriter styled music. Honing his craft as an artist he lives in Canmore, he says” writing honest music about honest people in these tiny mountain what more could you ask for”. Usually your able to find him hosting at local Canmore favourite hot spots Good Earth and the Tavern 1883. Jake is a volunteer, and loves to give back to his local community through the arts. Grabbing inspiration from his favourite influences Bon Iver , he’s played with the likes of Deep Cedar, Kyle Pullan and Sam Bailey. Every year as Jake Parris grows, he will be one to watch.
The name Banff, Alberta conjures up images of beavers, elk, and majestic peaks; also, busloads of windburned skiers and awestruck tourists. It was that town, sandwiched between the stunning alpine silence and the buzz of the hospitality industry, which harboured the growth of a gritty, honest and committed troubadour called Amelie Patterson. She grew up listening to classics like Janis Joplin, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, and their influence is clear in her bluesy vocals, her folk-rock guitar and her candid, pared-down lyrics.
When the call of her guitar sounded louder than that of vet school after graduating UVic with a biology degree, she returned to her home province and immersed herself in Calgary’s vibrant music scene, where her soulful voice and dynamic stage presence have kept her in demand. For the past few years the 27-year-old songwriter has thrown herself completely into her musical career, touring Western Canada and across the country in VIA Rail’s Artists on Board programme. Clearly this local girl’s music is, ahem, striking a chord, as a line of artisanal jewelry has been named after one of her songs (“Roll Honey Roll” by Canmore’s BRIWOK Jewelry). She continues to climb her native mountains, keep herself a “suitable host for inspiration,” celebrate her victories with a scotch or two, and most of all, work like a beaver.
Photography by Brandon T. Brown
I aim to create images that capture peoples imagination, in a non-invasive & ethical manner. All my images have been photographed in the wild, without the use of baiting. I enjoy capturing the moments I experience with wild animals and sharing them with others in hopes of inspiring them to enjoy our wild places and protect our environment and its many inhabitants.