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Farhad is an Edmonton-based award-winning composer and santur player. He has been described by the Calgary Herald as “A fine instrumentalist who is musical in every way, … combining fine improvisational qualities with his command of the instrumentally attractive, melodically alluring sounds of his santur.” In 2017, Farhad received the Edmonton Arts Council grant to record his debut album Sleeping in Sorrow. Rooted in Iranian classical music, Farhad expands the genre merging new textures of percussion with Western cello, violin, and vocals to create a modern mélange of east and west. Sleeping in Sorrow was received with critical acclaim. The album was shortlisted for the Edmonton Music Prize in 2017, along with nominations for World Artist of the Year at the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards and World Music Recording of the Year at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards.

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Edmonton indie-pop songster St.Arnaud is a little bit of everywhere to everyone. Working alongside his brother and fellow creative, the YouTube animator GingerPale, St.Arnaud found a loving home on YouTube and Spotify with legions of eager listeners and was swept up in dozens of tour dates across Canada and the USA. His debut album was a DIY tour-de-force of fun-loving melodies overlaying themes of death, loss, and anxiety. His new album, 2022’s Love and the Front Lawn continues the sad lyrics/happy melodies framework but with a new instrumental palette.

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