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Fridays @ the Legislature Highlights Alberta Talent

Fridays@ the Leg 2015What is better than a summer concert? How about five free concerts that showcase some of Alberta’s best musical talent over your lunch break?

Fridays @ the Legislature is an outdoor concert series featuring live performances by Alberta-based musicians set against the stunning backdrop of the Alberta Legislature Building. Now in its second year, the free event will highlight five bands from across the province. The concerts will be held just north of the Legislature at the Capital Plaza and run from noon to 1 p.m. every second Friday between July 10 and September 4.

“The Legislative Assembly celebrates Alberta talent and culture,” said Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Enjoy your lunch with Alberta-grown entertainment at Capital Plaza and discover hand-crafted products in the Alberta Branded retail store. We are proud to share some of the best that our province has to offer with Albertans.”

Following each noon-hour performance, visitors are invited to take a free guided tour of the Alberta Legislature Building and to explore the brand new Visitor Centre on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building. The Visitor Centre features the Pehonan Theatre, the Agora Interpretive Centre and the Alberta Branded retail store. The centre’s interactive spaces and dynamic activities will entertain Albertans of all ages, immersing them in our province’s vibrant parliamentary history and culture.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own lunch to the event, or to check out the variety of food trucks stationed along 108th Street throughout most of the summer.

Fridays @ the Legislature is a partnership between the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the Alberta Music Industry Association, a nonprofit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry succeed in their careers.

Fridays @ the Legislature Performer lineup:

Tasman Jude – July 10
Hailing from Grande Prairie, Tasman Jude is a high-energy reggae band with world-wide recognition. Their first full-length album, Green, debuted at number one on the iTunes reggae charts.

Joal Kamps – July 24
Based out of Calgary, Joal Kamps is a singing, songwriting, storytelling sensation with a passion for sharing his award-winning Rocky Mountain folk pop with others.

Olivia Wik – August 7
Born and raised in Edmonton, Olivia Wik is a four-time Alberta country music award nominee and a singer/songwriter with a sincere lyric and a pure sound.

Post Script – August 21
A bilingual indie-folk trio from Edmonton, Post Script has received international attention for its distinct harmonies, which feature notes of old-time country with a French-Canadian twist.

Brother Octopus – September 4
Brother Octopus is an Edmonton-based band with an original sound that is often described as a little bit electronic indie rock and a whole lot of fun. The band was nominated for an Edmonton music award in 2013.

Full artist biographies at assembly.ab.ca.

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