The 2017 Bent River Records Competition Update
In November, 2017, MacEwan University’s Bent River Records held a competition open to Alberta artists looking for opportunities to record a full-length album. Part of the enticing prize package for the successful entry included working with renowned producer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Stars, Colin Stetson), Juno Award-winning engineer Paul Johnston (Mike Rud, Christine Jensen), and the rest of the Label team. The winner of the 2017 competition, Nature Of, applied along with 108 other Alberta artists and groups.
The jury process began in December with the selection of a short-list of the top 25 entries, chosen by the Bent River Team, and from which the top three were later chosen. The final jury panel consisted of Marcus Paquin and six other, well-known local music and arts professionals including, Nuela Charles (musician), Chloe Albert (musician), Maud Salvi (Sled Island Festival), Lionel Rault (CKUA Radio), and Bent River’s Paul Johnston and Rose Ginther. On January 3rd, 2018, Bent River officially announced the winner of the competition, Nature Of.
Recording commences at the end of February 2018, and Nature Of will be in the spotlight during Bent River’s annual showcase event in April, 2019 once the album is ready for release. Bent River Records will fund the entire project including studio fees, recording, mixing, mastering, album artwork and manufacturing. Upon release, sales of the recording will follow the standard Bent River artist-share model of 50/50 sales between the artist and the label.
Read about Nature Of below:
In 2011, a collaboration of friends and musicians within the Edmonton skateboard community became Nature Of. Since their assembly, the five-piece band has been writing music together while constantly evolving and developing a unique and organic sound. Since their first live performance, Steven Schneider, Cole Switzer, Kyla Rankine and Sydney Leard have been seen at venues all around their hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. For seven years, the musicians in Nature Of have given thoughtful effort to crafting their songs and performances. In June of 2013, the band released their debut full length self-titled album. It was recorded over a month-long period at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton with Juno Nominated Producer Scott Franchuk. The 10-song album was listed as one of the top 10 Edmonton records of 2014 by Gigcity.ca, and served as a benchmark contribution to the band receiving a $10,000 grant through Alberta Foundation for the Arts to be used for the recording of their second full length record. The album Cherish is completed and is now available worldwide. With three cross-Canada tours under their belt, the group is steadily asserting itself as a contender in music communities both in Alberta and across the country. With their honest music and modest attitude, Nature Of is sure to continue progressing and inspiring for years to come.