Explore the evolution of black people in film and the music behind it; through performance, poetry, comedy and a whole lot of Soul!
This exclusive engagement invites you to explore "The Reel Film Noir"! You'll laugh, ponder, sing-along and bounce your head. In the 5 Artists, 1 Love style there will be an exploration over the ages of these Cult favourite films and the important catalyst they played within the community for ...most everything! Come join us for this immersive, unique experience running for its 14th year now.
It's like a party at the U.N. and sells out every year, so get your tickets early!
Jeff Hendrick (Musical Director)
Since first hitting the stage at the age of seven, the accomplished singer/songwriter has emerged as one of his homelands brightest young music prospects. Deeply rooted in the R&B and Soul influences of artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Michael Jackson, Hendricks smooth vocal offerings often conjure up images of Philly soul rather than the Canadian prairies. His mature and dynamic stage presence has captured fans both domestically and internationally, and his other talents as a saxophonist and keyboard player have truly made him a unique musical entity.
Popular with Chicago style step dancers across America, Hendrick is a favourite of syndicated ABC Radio Networks personality Michael Baisden and has been featured on his national broadcast several times since 2006. Hendrick’s three studio recordings have sold over 20,000 independent copies in the US, UK,
Europe, and Japan, and the singles ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Old School Party’ have entered the Billboard and Mediabase Urban Adult Charts regularly over the past four years.
Recent performances included shows at The Time Warner Center SOB’s, Billie’s Black, and The Sugar Bar in New York, The Jazz Cafe and Pizza Express Soho in London, UK, and the Baltic Soul Weekender in Hamburg, Germany. Jeff also performs regularly in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia and has shared the stage with acclaimed artists like Dwele, Eric Roberson, Chrisette Michelle, Boyz II Men, and Glenn Lewis.
Jeff has just released his highly anticipated new album ‘Color Blind’ and the recording is already garnering rave reviews and radio play across the globe!
Emily Randall (Stage Manager)
She is a local artist specializing in Scenic Painting, Festival Stage Management, along with other art ventures. She is happy and proud to be brought back into the 5 Artists 1 Love family for another year. Ecstatic to help manage and orchestrate this beautiful abundant arts show within our city.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Moni Mathew’s career span the ethnic, roots and classical canons. A performer and arranger with the Vinok Worldance ensemble since 1992, he assumed the mantle of Musical Director in 2007, appearing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Moni is also a member of the Cifra Hungarian Ensemble and as such has been heard in national broadcasts with CBC and also with the ESO in 1997. His talents as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger have led to work with Edmonton’s Usha Kala Niketan Studio for the productions Passages and Navarasa and the Brian Webb Dance Company for whom he co-composed the Tania Alvarado piece “1” with Ojas Joshi. Moni’s talents as a bassist can be heard on the 2003 Ann Vriend album Soul Unravelling; he also co-arranges and produces other Alberta singer-songwriters’ original material with One More Mile co-founders Brad Smith and Fred Brenton. Moni’s talents as a keyboardist and electric bassist were integral to the success of the Alberta funk/hip-hop group, the Hi-Phonics and he’s been heard gigging with the likes of FenderCase, Jay Sparrow, Jeff Hendrick and the Mocking Shadows. Venturing into the classical world, he has played Shostakovich and Beethoven as violist with the Strathcona String Quartet, as well as with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.
Since beginning his musical education at the age of four, Moni has been involved in all aspects of music, including performance, composition, and arrangement. Following studies on violin in the Suzuki program, this native Edmontonian has travelled to Japan, Korea, France Spain, Italy, England, Switzerland, U.S.A., Taiwan, Brazil, Hungary, Romania, as well as across Canada with a variety of performing ensembles. Along the way he has learned a variety of styles (classical, jazz, R&B, popular, Indian classical, flamenco, world folk) and instruments (violin, viola, piano, electric and acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin, sitar, santoor) and skills (composing, arranging, orchestrating, teaching). As a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Community College Music Program (Performance/Bass), Moni has enriched the vibrant Edmonton music scene with his commitment to diverse ongoing projects, and by performing live venues, playing on recordings, and by arranging for a variety of Edmonton artists and ensembles
Daniel has been playing music since he was 3, starting with piano, then quickly moving to violin, guitar, bass and saxophone. His heart for music has grown and lead him to perform with various acts throughout Alberta. Currently, Daniel is performing around Edmonton with his own project, The Trio Quartet and writing an album with his wife Kaitlyn.
Keith is born and raised in Edmonton and has been making music for 40 years as a sideman, musical director, soundman and roady. Keith specializes in R&B, funk, gospel, blues, and jazz. He spends most of his time in Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, and Dallas, Texas.
Some may say Nigel Williams was born singing. Singing all through childhood from choir to choir he developed an ear for sound. As a child, he was always fighting with his older brothers. He has played the piano for over 23 yrs and it is from this experience that he has tuned his voice and learned to train his ear for the sounds of soul. Ranging in octaves, he has sung all over the world including Canada, The U.S.A., all over The Caribbean, and Europe. Currently a member of the gospel choir Essence of Praise, he hopes to entertain you further through the airwaves by bringing Edmonton a gospel radio station soon in the works.
Growing up in a very musical church, Timothy began singing and playing instruments at a very early age. He is best known for his rich vocal tones and natural ability to engage his audience. Timothy’s performances have been a fixture in the Gospel scene. Like many well-known vocalists, his roots in the Gospel have made the transition to other genres in music seamless. His foray into Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz maintains that passion, but with an old school, speakeasy vibe.
Biboye Onanuga is a Nigerian-Canadian musician based in Edmonton, Alberta. Biboye’s passion for music and the drums began during his high school years and has only increased since. While currently pursuing a degree in music at MacEwan University, Biboye plays in a number of projects in Edmonton and co-leads Good Information, his groove music collective. In both music and life alike, Biboye chases moments in time that catch your attention and captivate your ears and heart.
Canada and opened and played with several reggae artists such as Kymani Marley, Lucky D, Nadi has always had a love for music and possessed a passion for performing from early on. Some of her first experiences as a stage artist were during her school years where she performed in several drama productions and musicals. As time moved on Nadi realized that her love of music was turning into a passion and she began to pursue a career in music. She has opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, LLyd, KC & Jojo, Akon, J holiday and many more. Nadi is currently the lead singer of powerhouse band who won band of the year for the obsidian awards for two years in a row. They have performed at many shows and events in Turbulance , Warrior King and many more. She continues to sharpen her skills as a songwriter as well as a songstress and has composed a large number of songs. Nadi enjoys emulating her favourite performers such as the late Aaliyah and current R & B legend Faith Evans and is very motivated by their accomplishments.
Riwo T. Egor
Riwo T. Egor is a Nigerian born singer/songwriter. She moved to Edmonton in 2015 and became co-founder and the lead vocalist of the Afro-Fusion band, MelAfrique, the following year. The band made its debut performance at YEG Music's first edition of Compete with The Beat, which they won. She has since performed with the band at several events and venues in the city as well as alongside some of Edmonton's finest artists. Riwo is dedicated to writing and performing soulful songs that tell a story. She is especially fond of the R&B, Neo-Soul and Jazz styles of music. You can check her or her band out on
Facebook | MelAfrique
Instagram | @melafrique_ or @ reps_t
José Aristóteles Jorge Canga often referred to as “Ari”, is a keyboardist, producer and sound engineer from Angola. Originally, Ari came to Canada five years ago with a plan to pursue Mining Engineering. When an opportunity arose for him to pursue one of his true passions - music, he didn’t think twice. After completing his education, Ari has now been involved in much different music and cinematographic projects as a producer, recording and mixer engineer.
He is multi-lingual in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish which has been an asset to working with musicians and artists around the globe.
He is also the keyboardist and one of the founding members for MelAfrique, an Afro-fusion band that debuted in Edmonton, Alberta in 2016.
Stephanie French is a born and raised Edmontonian with a passion for the arts. Her first major performance was at the Jubilee Auditorium at the age of two with her church choir. Since then she has performed on every major stage in Edmonton and refuses to stop there. Her influences include jazz, R&B, gospel and pop. At the age of five, she started playing classical piano and has goals of learning more genres such as gospel and pop music. In addition to singing and playing the piano, Stephanie plays the acoustic and bass guitar, writes poetry and teaches music lessons.
Rose Marie C
Rose Marie C has been a mainstay of the Edmonton music scene for many years, first as a classical and contemporary artist. She is one of 150 foreign saxophonists, world-wide, who had the honour of studying with Jean-Marie Londeix in France. She helped shape the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Programme Vive la Musique, an outreach program for elementary students, for which she was a Teaching Artist. Since then, she has moved on to performing with cover bands, playing and doing back-up vocals, and even arranging. Rose Marie C is also a private teacher at the Alberta College Music
Conservatory and an active clinician. Currently, she works regularly with the Bobby Cameron Band, X-
Band Latin Sensation, Uptown, and is one of the lead vocalists for St. Bliss, in addition to other freelance
projects. She is honoured to have been asked to be part of 5A1L again this year!
MelAfrique is a band formed in 2016. The name is a condensed form of the term "Melanin from Africa".They play a variety of genres: Jazz, R&B, Neo-soul, and they refer to their sound as Afro-fusion. They hope to inspire people with GOOD music, in every sense of the world. Through music, they express their identities as Africans, as musicians and all the other identities that they each come with.
Its members include Leshan Masikonte, Riwo Egor, Adanna Onuekwusi, Enoch Attey and Aristotle Jorge Canga.
Instagram | @melafrique_
Facebook | Melafrique
The Burman Drumline
The Burman Drumline is a group that was formed in 2010 by a few students African American who were former drumline members in their respective areas. The group consists of snares, cymbals, tenors,
quads, and bass drums. They’ve performed at football games, basketball games, and events such as Jubilee. In 2016, the Burman drumline branched off and formed a step team. Both step and drumline continue to grow and want to continue to show their creative skills through their rhythm and passion!
He is not a rapper, nor is he a poet, nor is he a producer or composer, or beatmaker. He is a journeyman welder of artistic expression, trained to apply hot fiyah to seemingly inflexible topics and forge completely new yet sturdy observations. While artistic expression welding pays significantly less than say-- welding metal, it has provided the opportunity for building communities, safe spaces, international bridges, and potentially schools. Expect sparks to fly, supplied materials to bond together, and the exchange itself to become the trade. Hard hats will not be permitted on site, but thinking caps are mandatory!
My name is Saida but I go by Sai. I'm a Somali-Canadian writer, poet and a performer. I've written poems since the age of 12 and have done spoken word performances in the last 10 years. I've done various showcases in Western Canada and have recently completed an EP in Vancouver called "Blue" which was released in the summer of 2017. The EP is a fusion of poetry and jazz on topics of love, pain and healing. Currently, I'm working on creating a performing arts show in spring of 2019 to share my full body of work in poetry.
Instagram | @sai_bar
When you can rap circles around your competition but croon your way to a woman’s heart it can be very hard for the industry to categorize you. But with both talents in his arsenal K-Riz is part of hip-hop’s new generation of melodic based MCs who lyrics can still spark barbershop conversations.
Although born in Toronto, Ontario K-Riz has lived in Edmonton, Alberta for a number of years. Shaped by the polarizing lifestyles found between Canada’s East and West, K-Riz has truly come into a sound of his own that is drenched in these varied experiences.
Peter Filice is a young trombonist in the Edmonton music scene. He began studying piano at age 5 and trombone at age 12. At 14, he joined the Littlebirds All Star Jazz Big Band and Combo, playing in it for 5 years, 3 of them as first chair of his section. During this time, he was fortunate enough to have received instruction from artists and clinicians such as Jenz Lindemann, Christian Scott, Jane Bunnet, John Hollenbeck, Matt Harris, Tommy Banks, Al Muirhead, and Allen Jacobsen. Having graduated from Victoria School of the Performing Arts, he now studies at Macewan University, pursuing a degree in Jazz and Contemporary music. He has played alongside a variety of acts in and around Edmonton, and continues to do so. He is currently playing in Macewanʼs Big Band 1, as well as playing with, recording, and writing for with his own jazz-funk band “The MPC.”