Mike Edel @ Stroudtoberfest - Seattle, WA
It's Decorative Gourd Season: Stroudtoberfest
Address: 8017 Stroud, Seattle, WA
Tickets: $6 Adv / $8 at Stroud
w/ Caitlin Patterson
In Alberta, on the plains North of Calgary there is still a collection of simple and hardworking people. The short wheat-lined hilltops cast shadows in round silhouettes - just tall enough to obstruct the jagged lines of the Rocky Mountains, one hundred miles East over a landscape worn deep by human hands and long winters. Although Mike Edel has since moved to the quiet seaside community of Victoria, British Columbia these people and places are deeply imbedded in his personality and work. Themes of family and virtue, relationship and tradition and the quiet contemplation of times past saturate his work. They are themes that represent the very nature of human introspection universally human, and, as Edel has proven time and again, something his burgeoning audience can't get enough of.
Quickly becoming one of Victoria's most sought after performers, Edel has performed alongside the likes of Serena Ryder, Chad Van Gaalen and the Cave Singers. Accompanying Edel's freshman release "The Last of Our Mountains" was a fifth place, $5000 seed in the 2013 Peak Performance Project. The Times Colonist named his song "The Country Where I Came From" as their Single of the Year. CBC recorded and released one of his live shows, not long after winning the Rawlco Radio's 10K20 grant. He appeared at the Rifflandia Festival, Victoria International Jazz Festival and Tall Tree Festival, interspersed between nearly nonstop touring across Canada and the United States. The Zone 91.3 named Mike Edel their Victoria's Band Of The Month. His songs were heard on 102.7 The Peak, CBC Radio 1, CBC Radio 3, CKUA (Alberta).
On the eve of 2014 Edel went into hiding, delivering a new catalogue of songs to Grammy winning producer Joby Baker, constructing his Sophomore release in Baker's Victoria studio. It's a follow-up, Edel promises, to be his best to date.
Press: "The Last of Our Mountains"
"A delicately catchy record that rolls through its eight tracks as freshly and easily as wind across the harvest." Calgary Herald
"In the last two years that Mike Edel has been in Victoria he has established himself as one of the region's go-to musicians" Times Colonist
"If the Polaris Prize wasn't enough proof that this country is teeming with talent, then meet Mike Edel." - Much Music Blog
8017 Stroud Ave
Seattle, WA 98103