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2015: An Awesome Year
Written by Rebecca   
Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:21

2015 was an awesome year. 


I travelled to Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International Conference where I had the chance to play music and meet some amazing people. Thanks to the Bow Valley Music Club for their support with showcase rooms and other logistics and to Factor for a travel grant to help me attend. 


Next I attended the Songrise Songwriting South Conference in Red Deer. I had an the opportunity to present songs for feedback and to write with people I had never met before. My demo “Piece of Me” was picked to be recorded and “shined” at the beautiful OCL studios as part of the conference. 


Every year I look forward to The Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. In 2015 I made it to the finals in the Sonic Youth and the Beaver Tales categories. Therefore, I had the opportunity to perform the songs live at The Ship and Anchor (Sonic Youth) and the National Music Centre (Beaver Tales) for the event finals. I am proud to say “Crawl” won the Sonic Youth Category. Which came with the impressive prize of being able to perform "Crawl" at the Calgary Folk Festival along with the other song contest winners.


The 2015 Edmonton Music Awards were back and I entered the new Adult Alternative Category. “Queen of the May” from my CD “Ode to Tennyson” won best Alternative Recording of the Year. I missed the awards show because I was at the Ed Sheeran concert. But Ed Sheeran and a music award in the same night made for happiness overload.


With the help of a Factor Demo grant I went back to Homesteader Recorders to record my CD “Tattered Rose” with the amazing team of Barry Allen and Gord Matthews. We combined these recordings with the OCL recording of “Piece of Me” to make the final 7 song CD. “Tattered Rose” was nominated for a CFMA and it actually won in the Young Performer of the Year Category. It took 5 nominations but it finally happened. I was so surprised that I didn’t even have my shoes on when they called my name at the awards ceremony. Making things even sweeter the CFMA’s were in Edmonton this year so my family could be there. I also was privileged to play at a nominee showcase and New Folk   Workshop.


The highlight of my summer touring was opening for the Travelling Mabels at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, BC. They were a dynamic group to watch and the Evergreen Cultural Centre was a great place to play.


I started my first year of the music program at MacEwan Universtity this fall. Thanks to the Victoria School Arts Foundation and MacEwan University for scholarships. I am spending time learning music theory, history and singing as part of group ensembles; when I am not gigging or writing music or cheerleading.


“Tattered Rose” has been played on radio stations around the country but its has spent the most time on the charts in Kamloops, BC. Thanks to all the DJ’s there for playing the CD and all of the people for listening. Nothing feels better than knowing my music is being heard. “Tattered Rose” even made it on the Earshots National Top 10 Folk, Roots, and Blues Chart in December. How’s that for a Christmas present.



And now it is on to 2016, I have started working on recording new music with support from a Factor Juried Sound Recording Grant. Russell Broom, who I met at the Songrise Conference, is my producer. Its looking like a good year already

 
CFMA 2015 Young Performer of the Year
Written by Rebecca   
Saturday, 14 November 2015 19:13

It finally happened, after my 5th nomination, I was chosen as Young Performer of the Year at the  Canadian Folk Music Awards. It was especially sweet because the awards were in Edmonton this year so my family could attend. It was an honour to have been nominated along with so many other talented people. I brought Myra Meikle’s CD home with me and I had a great time jamming with Benjamin Dakota Rogers at the New Folk Workshop. 


There was not nearly enough time to thank everyone in a couple of minutes at the awards show so here is a better list:


Barry and Gord: You were a great production team and Homesteader Recorders a great place to record


Josh: Recording “Piece of Me” a OCL Studios was like recording at a palace


Factor: Your demo grant got things started and then things kind of ballooned from there


My Parents: Years of music lessons, financial support and DYI managers, publicists, and roadies


Visionary College: Lilia for a voice to sing, Nolan for trying to teach me piano, Martha for overall support


Rhea: For advice, support, giving me places to play. Music is a performance art and you can’t get better without places to play

The Canadian Folk Music Awards for offering such an amazing opportunity to showcase the wide landscape of folk music and bringing it out for Canada to see. Folk music is Canada’s music. How we take music from the past, present and around the world and express it in our own unique Canadian way. I am proud to be part of the Canadian musical experiment.



 
Tattered Rose Concert
Written by Rebecca   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 17:44

"Tattered Rose" Concert 

 Rebecca Lappa will play music from her latest Canadian Folk Music Award nominated CD. Like a tattered rose the music will reflect Rebecca’s attempt to remain hopeful and uncynical journey through a world that is not all sweetness and light. Rebecca will be accompanied by guitarist and producer Gord Matthews. Come out and enjoy a night of folk pop music in an intimate gallery setting.


Show on:

November 10th, 2015

Daffodil Gallery 

10412-124 Street Edmonton

Show starts 7:00

tickets $15 advance $20 at door. includes free CD

Tickets Phone 780-760-1278 or link below

http://yeglive.ca/events/rebecca-lappa/nov-10-2015/the-daffodil-gallery






 

 
Fall Harvest of Music
Written by Rebecca   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 17:38

Fall is here and I have started the MacEwan University Music program...busy, busy. Summer was great, I got to play some amazing shows including opening for the Travelling Mabels at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, BC. 


My new CD, "Tattered Rose" is out and it has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award keeping my streak of nominations for Young Performer of the Year alive. Five nominations in five years. Even better the CFMA's are in Edmonton this year which means I don't have to travel anywhere. Even more amazing I will be playing at two different CFMA events. One is during the Nominee showcase concert at the Northern Lights Folk Club on November 6th. The second is as part of the New Folk Song Circle at the Uptown Folk Club on November 7th. If you in town come check out some of the CFMA events.


On November 10th I am putting on “The Tattered Rose Concert” at the Daffodil Gallery at 7:00. Tickets are at yeglive.ca. It will be a chance for me to celebrate my nomination with everyone and to share some new and old music. 


I have been busy writing and I have a couple projects in the works. Depending on things like grants and finding time to do both University and the business of music I hope to be moving forward on them in the new year. If so you will be the first to know.


 
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