Ariana WhitlowBorn and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Ariana has entertained audiences around the world as a singer, dancer and actor. She began her career performing with the renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and is an alumnist of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and of Edmonton’s MacEwan University. Ariana has toured with Royal Caribbean International as a featured entertainer in their acclaimed productions, including “Saturday Night Fever: The Musical” and aerial spectacular “In The Air”. She was honoured to perform alongside Brett Kissel in the 2014 Singing Christmas Tree and opened for Blue Rodeo earlier this year. Currently, Ariana is a member of local cover band UPTOWN and sings with the John Cameron Ensemble at many local events. When she isn’t singing and dancing on stage, Ariana is usually doing the same thing at home with her best buddy Joshua and husband Joe.
Asim ChinAsim [ah•seam] is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and pop singer/songwriter, who is preparing to launch his latest project ‘In Colour’. Following the release of his debut album in 2012, Asim teamed up with Dan Davidson (Tupelo Honey) and Ari Rhodes of HandsUp! Music and shifted his sound in a new direction. As a classically trained instrumentalist influenced by the sounds of Maroon 5, the 1975, Pharell and Michael Jackson… Asim’s music brings together a unique blend of both live and rhythmic elements to Top 40 music of the past three decades. “The past two years has been about creating something that makes you feels good. The first time around I was writing to allow others to experience what I was going through. I’ve had enough of my stubborn need for reliability and now I just want people to have some fun when they listen to my music.”
Bernard QuilalaBernard Quilala has been active on the national music scene since 2003 as a Top 32 Finalist on the 2nd season of Canadian Idol. Since then, he has gone on to open for Michael Bolton, and sing back-up for Johnny Reid and Ben Folds. In 2015, he was the opening act for Blue Rodeo at The Chamber of Commerce Ball in Edmonton. He is a member of the Tri-City Rat Pack who will open for Jay Leno later this month! Bernard’s powerful and versatile voice contains influences from Elvis Presley to Stevie Wonder. He is thrilled to continue to sing for audiences big and small.
Erika NootErika Noot is a passionate performer. With an unequaled blend of adrenaline and diverse voice training, she is sure to belt out any song. Her extensive vocal training has enabled her to sing a variety of genres from classical & musical theatre to pop & rock ‘n roll. Erika is currently a member of local cover band, Uptown, and co-founder and voice instructor at Spotlight Studios. Her passion for performing began at a young age and led her straight to the MacEwan Theatre Arts program where she graduated in 2006 and since has appeared in many musicals throughout Edmonton. Some of Erika’s performing credits include, but are not limited to; Roxy, “Chicago,” Vocalist, “Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree,” Mary Lane, “Reefer Madness,” Carla Albanese, “Nine,” and Lead Vocalist for Royal Caribbean Productions, “Flashback,” and “Dancing thru the Movies.”
Hailey BenedictAt the tender age of 13, award-winning, multi-talented Hailey Benedict has emerged onto the Canadian Country music scene as a young singer/songwriter to watch. Described as an old soul with a young country heart, Hailey continues to touch people with her pure angelic voice and heartfelt lyrics. Hailey has also had the pleasure of performing at several high profile venues including, The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, The Citadel’s “A Christmas Carol” and was an anthem singer for the Edmonton Eskimos and over 40,000 fans. Winner of this year’s Alberta Country Music Association’s (ACMA) Fan Choice award and the Big Valley Jamboree Junior Talent Search, Hailey continues to make her mark as a young, rising talent in the music industry.
Kyle CarterKyle Carter’s passion for music started at a very young age. By the time he was 10 he had already written his first piano score and was fortunate enough to make his professional debut as a singer alongside the very talented Donny Osmond. He later went on to study music at the University of Alberta and is now a sought after bass singer, writer, arranger, and clinician. Kyle has performed with many different groups and artists, including 6 Minute Warning, Glass Tiger, and Ben Folds. Back in 2014 he founded the ETown Vocal Music Society and began directing ETown Minors, an inner-city youth choir. Currently, Kyle can be heard as a resident performer with Pro Coro Canada and as a member of the John Cameron Ensemble.
Mackenzie DayleMackenzie Dayle is a 20 year old Pop singer, songwriter, and dancer. She has been performing for audiences since the age of 5, and has been performing and competing on a large scale ever since. Known for her powerful and rich vocals, as well as her background in dance Mackenzie is a very captivating stage performer. Mackenzie's experience and accomplishments are extensive. She has been featured on many TV and Radio Stations and has shared the stage with "The David Fosters Band" at the Winspear Centre. She has performed the National Anthem for several NHL and CFL teams. Mackenzie released her first album entitled "Give Me Some Action" in 2012. Singles from the album have been featured on radio stations in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal. She has also completed 2 tours in Eastern and Western Canada, which combined over 15 major Cities. Mackenzie has recently been working and writing with Wendy Starland, who was solely responsible for discovering Lady Gaga. Mackenzie was first runner up in "The Bounce Showdown" radio competition, and most recently won the Hot 107 HOT Factor 2015 Competition. As a result, she had the opportunity to open for International artists Mia Martina and Kardinal Offishal at the Taste of Edmonton Festival. Mackenzie recently embarked on an "Anti Bullying School Tour". Entitled "E-Power Concert Tours", Mackenzie travelled across Western Canada along with an interactive anti bullying program "InsideOut!" empower and encourage youth to chase their dreams, love themselves, and treat others with kindness. With the first tour being such a success, she plans on taking it fully across Canada in the fall.
Michelle RushfeldtFrom the time she used a turkey baster as her microphone at age 3, singing has always been Michelle’s first love! Her vocal training encompasses many genres from classical to pop. Michelle has competed and won several vocal scholarships and trophies within a variety of music festivals and competitions. She performed alongside David Foster’s band in 2009 and opened for Michael Bolton in 2010. Michelle has been a soloist in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree for the last five years and has been blessed to perform alongside many talented musicians. As a registered nurse working with sick kids, Michelle knows the importance of giving back to her community. She has been involved in performing for several charitable organizations throughout the city of Edmonton. To give back to others in the form of song is one of Michelle’s greatest rewards in life.
Terrell EdwardsIt was at age 13 that Terrell decided he wanted to be a singer. While growing up in the gospel church, mentored by his father, the church was the perfect platform to help people find a moment of happiness through song. Terrell later expanded his musical passion to songwriting, and has worked on various pop projects. Songs written by Terrell can be heard frequently on the radio, but his first love is the stage and bringing happiness to the hearts of people. His single, “Not Ashamed” was also recognized on Billboard’s Top 200 Singles on the inspirational charts in June and July of 2013. As the founder of the Reach Mission Foundation, Terrell is passionate about bringing aid and awareness to poverty relief. He is currently a member of the Tri-City Rat Pack and frequently performs with the John Cameron Ensemble.