Homegrown Country Talent Gets Festive

Four must-see acts at the Blue Jay Sessions.

D'Orjay portrait

D'Orjay the Singing Shaman

A self-proclaimed “new kind of outlaw,” the Edmonton-based dynamo is one-part soulful country singer and one-part shaman. As a Black queer woman, she challenges traditional ideas of the country genre to a good old-fashioned showdown.

7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18.

Katie Rox portrait

Katie Rox

As if playing banjo and singing in the chart-topping, all-female country band Nice Horse wasn’t enough, Alberta girl Rox has also seen success as frontwoman of the Canadian indie-pop group Jakalope.

7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11.

Cory Marks portrait

Cory Marks

If Ozzy Osbourne went honky tonk, you’d get Cory Marks. Racing down the highway that runs between country music and hard rock, he’s whipped up an extra-special treat with his new carol Jingle My Bells.

7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18.

Amy Hef portrait

Amy Hef

As a pop-rocking performer, Hef wrote energizing tracks that ended up in TV shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Vanderpump Rules. Now she’s tapping into her western roots to deliver a country-tinged singer-songwriter set.

7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18.

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