Explore the evolution of black people in film and the music behind it; through performance, poetry, comedy and a whole lot of Soul! 5A1L style.
This exclusive engagement delves into"The Reel Film Noir"!
You'll laugh, ponder, sing-along and bounce your head as we track the progression of Cult favourite films and the important catalyst they play within the community.
This party sells out every year, so get your tickets early!
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**Please note VIP pre-show: 5:45pm-6:45pm**
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.
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.
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.”