Friday, July 8 >>> Tomi Fujiyama <<< 8pm
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“Made in Japan” is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first Japanese country music superstar. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 5 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night.

At the age of 73, with a spark in her heart and a guitar in her hand, Tomi and her husband set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulfill a dream of performing at The Grand Ole Opry one more time. Tomi weaves an inspirational and often hilarious story of hope and heartbreak.

“Made in Japan” is a funny yet poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.

Made in Japan Official Trailer HD from The Diamond Bros. on Vimeo.

Friday, July 8 >>> Amy Nelson <<< 7pm
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Amy Nelson is an old-time clawhammer banjoist and traditional folk singer. Her influences range from old blues, ragtime, country and mountain music. She sings from the gut and harkens back to a time long ago when music was not only a form of entertainment but a way of connecting to the heart of everyday people.

Friday, July 8 >>> Hank Zappa <<< 4-7pm
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Saturday, July 9 >>> Kinfolk DJs <<< All Day
Saturday, July 9 >>> I Am The Mountain <<< Noon
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Saturday, July 9 >>> Abby Maxwell <<< 1pm
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Saturday, July 9 >>> Peer Support <<< 4pm
A five-piece melodic indie rock act from Calgary with influences as diverse as the city that they call home. Combining thoughtful musicality with a fun and energetic live show, they’re always ready to play music for new faces.

Sunday, July 10 >>> Rosalind <<< Noon

Formed in the early months of 2015, Rosalind started as a collaboration between friends Mike Röckin, Jesse Shire and Amanda Noelle that quickly proved to have substantial chemistry and compatibility.

After several months and an outpouring of positive feedback, Rosalind looked to expand their sound from guitar, banjo, mandolin and three-part harmonies to include bass, violin and drums, utilising each instrument’s unique voice to create a blended and full soundscape.

Their songs aim to relate to the spectrum of emotions and experiences our daily lives are rife with, and will leave a lasting impression long after their last note has been played.

Sunday, July 10 >>> Rotary Park <<< 1pm
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Rotary Park is a Calgary based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, alternative bluegrass. The combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies and banjo ripping bluegrass brings a unique brand of Canadian music to the table.

Sunday, July 10 >>> OQO <<< 4pm
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OQO means balance. This coastal Canadian trio sounds like a ménage-a-six between Yann Tiersen, Sigur Rós, Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Cinematic Orchestra and Phillip Glass. The band writes original, cinematic, operatic folklore for Accordion, Violin, Voice, Contrabass and the occasional Synthesizer.

Ian Griffiths on Accordion and synth, Keith Rodger on Upright Bass and Jacques Mindreau on Violin and Voice have been enchanting audiences across Canada with performances at Arts Wells Festival, Tiny Lights Festival, South Country Fair, Deep Roots Music Fest, Market Fest, Market Collective and dozens of others.

OQO is set to release their second album “OQO Pt. 2” June 1st 2016. The band will be touring the record across Canada from June through August 2016. Find tour dates at www.oqomusic.com.

OQO is made up of members from two prominent Canadian folk bands, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Krasnogorsk. Originally a duo, OQO began as a collaboration between Accordionist, Songwriter Ian Griffiths and Violinist, Composer, Vocal Virtuoso Jacques Mindreau. The pair were joined in 2014 by Mount Royal University Jazz Performance graduate Keith Rodger on Upright Bass.


Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 3.24.57 PMJenny Balance: smart, beautiful, and sophisticated, she is the brains behind Wild Rope, a new company based on the love of dogs and style. Based on a traditional nautical technique, Jenny splices and whips her own rope, and then uses a technique of traditional dyeing to blend design with function. Each rope is 100% cotton, and 110% sweet. We had a chance to chat with Jenny and learn more about this craft, the new endeavour and to celebrate her as this July MC’s Debut Artist.


Tell us a little about your business and how you got started:
I make dog leashes made from 100% Cotton Rope here in Calgary. Each leash is hand dyed, spliced and whipped which gives them a super unique look. The cotton makes for a really soft leash on the hands and allows some stretch and give while walking your dog.
I started making rope leashes because I was on the hunt myself for one and began to look them up online and at stores. During my search, I realized there really weren’t many options and I might just be able to make my own. I quickly learned how to “splice” and “whip” the 3-strand cotton rope. This is an old nautical technique used by sailors and fishman, making the handles and ends of the leash strong and sturdy. I played with dyes and colours, and hunted high and low for good quality trigger snaps.
You have such a unique idea and clearly love dogs. What is your favourite thing about dogs?
Thanks! I don’t know what I don’t love about dogs! Their companionship, quirky habits and endless entertainment have to be a few of my favourite qualities.

I have a one year old Whippet, named Wylee. She is my number one WildRope model and tester. She is always by our side wherever we go and has really made our lives full of so much happiness.



Calgary is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature. What are some of your usual stomping grounds?
Calgary is the best! You can find us anywhere from Fish Creek walking along the river and awesome pathways, Britannia for a Village Ice Cream then a walk down to Sandy Beach, East Village for a walk on the pathways, on the patio’s of 17th Ave or 4th Street, or at one of Calgary’s dog parks, which are HUGE!
You have been chosen as the Market Collective Debut Artist. What are you most excited about with joining MC?
I can’t even believe it, I am SO flattered. I have been going to Market Collective over the past few years and always admired the highly talented artists and makers and their work. I never would have believed I would actually be apart of the action.
I love spreading the word of MC, when I ask someone if they have heard of it and they haven’t, I make sure to tell them they must check it out.
MC and the culture that comes with it is so infectious and full of local love. It is all about that support and appriciation for hard work. I have already met and learned a lot from so many wonderful people through MC and hope to meet even more!
How can people get ahold of you, or connect more with you and your work?
Right now, email is the easiest! jenny@wildrope.ca
To have a look at some leashes you can always check out Instagram @wildrope
We are working on a website which will be up and running soon, and I always try to keep a few leashes on Etsy.



Aman and Steph

At the Market Collective, we have worked with thousands of artists and supporters over the years. Some people pop in and move on, and others stay to become your family of friends.

We met Aman and Steph over their amazing food from Naaco, and simply saw them as a quirky couple that made delicious treats. We fell in love with them, and their support to the MC has been phenomenal. However, life exists far beyond the MC weekend walls, and everyone at the end of Sunday’s mayhem packs up and ends up back at home base. Steph and Aman are the same as everyone else, but their home base has brought a relationship with cancer.

We hear about cancer on every corner of every street. In every magazine or image of survival, in every planned marathon or coloured bracelet. It isn’t until you experience it first hand, and through someone you love, that cancer becomes very intimate in knowledge and in reality.

We would like to invite you to read on to hear Aman and Steph’s story. Our time for typing has ended, may your time for sharing begin.

Thank you for your support with some very beautiful people.

Aman and Steph’s Story


July 8-10 | Volunteer Registration


The MC Volunteer Team is looking for some outstanding individuals to volunteer for our July event. Interests in music, food, art, people and friendly experiences are an asset. Volunteers get full admission for the weekend, a volunteer t-shirt, a limited MC tote bag, a $10 gift certificate, a $10 food voucher and a photo booth print voucher. Persons of all ages are welcome to volunteer!

Contact MC Volunteer Coordinator Josh at volunteer@marketcollective.ca for more info.


To register for a shift, please click Here.

Forks in the Road | Food Truck Line-up


Market Collective is branching out this weekend to host our first ever food truck rally – Forks in the Road. Forks in the Road is a Fort McMurray fundraiser that will be held on June 11th and 12th, and will be located outside of Eau Claire. This FREE all-ages event will run from 11am – 8pm each day. The weekend will include a delicious line-up of food trucks (over 20 each day), amazing DJs, an all-ages licensed beer garden, a photobooth and activities for kids.

Join us this weekend and eat from your favourite trucks, listen to amazing music, enjoy beer, wine and Sugar Water cocktails inside of our beautiful beer garden, all while supporting the Red Cross Fort McMurray fund. 10% of all beer and wine sales will go to the Red Cross.

Forks in the Road Food Roster



Forks in the Road | Volunteer Sign-up


Market Collective is branching out this weekend to host our first ever food truck rally – Forks in the Road. Forks in the Road is a Fort McMurray fundraiser that will be held on June 11th and 12th, and will be located outside of Eau Claire. This FREE all-ages event will run from 11am – 8pm each day. The weekend will include a delicious line-up of food trucks (over 20 each day), amazing DJs, an all-ages licensed beer garden, a photobooth and activities for kids.

We will be needing volunteers for security and set-up, the beer gardens, and the Sugar Water Cocktail Bar. Each volunteer will receive:  MC Volunteer shirt, a meal voucher, a beer voucher and a limited edition tote bag.

To register for volunteering, click Here.



greg morgan 2It is not often that you come across a modern shoemaker. And yet, as luck would have it, we have exactly that for you this weekend. Greg Morgan from Ryaton is an Edmonton based shoemaker extraordinaire.
He a charming and humble chap, and his shoes are beautiful and made to last a lifetime. His aesthetic and attention to detail with these creations will be a numberone stop at this upcoming event. We are honoured to have such a talent in the collective, and enjoyed our interview with Greg. We hope you do too.
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Tell us a bit about your practice and how you got started with working with leather?

I am a one person operation, based out of a small workshop in my home. I began working with leather about 10 years ago while pursuing bookbinding and paper making as a possible career path. Shoemaking had also long been an interest of mine, as it shared a lot of the history and tradition of bookbinding, but with an added dimension – lots of old machinery!

Your practice and small business is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. What is it about this city that is beneficial for a creative maker, and what other cities would you like to explore.

There is a huge community of creative people here, such that you never have to go far to find help with what you’re doing. And people are keen to help you! It’s possible that Edmonton’s long-standing inferiority complex has resulted in a natural immunity to the “tall poppy syndrome” you can find elsewhere. (Or maybe I’m just too short to know any different?!?) That said, I’d love to take things all across the country, Tofino to St. John’s and everywhere in between. All in good time!

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Making shoes is a very unique medium that has long history. As a craftsperson, how do you relate your present work to that of the past?

The shoes that I make and the process that I use would be instantly recognizable to a shoemaker from 150 years ago. The evolution of inexpensive, disposable footwear over the past 50 years has profoundly changed what a “shoe” is, but I think there’s still a place for things that wear in rather than wear out, things that can be repaired rather than tossed aside.

But it’s not solely about function. If you go even further back, say 200 years or more, shoemaking was as much about the art as it was about the practical aspects. You made your money as a shoemaker in those days not by turning out hundreds of pairs, but by creating something truly beautiful. This is the approach that I take as well – small quantities that really focus on theproportions, stitching detail, finish, etc.

Who are some designers and artists that inspire you in your practice?

I find the both the history and the commitment to excellence of companies like John Lobb and Edward Green particularly inspiring. Closer to home, I try to follow in the steps of brands like Andronyk Jewelry, Dion Guitars, Blue Collar Textiles, Last Shoes, and, a bit further away, the Cobra Rock Boot Company.

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I regularly ship my products around the world, but I’ve never actually travelled anywhere with them, until now! Finger crossed, I’ll survive the trip and be able to come back again.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 2.50.53 PMTell us one interesting thing about yourself that sets you apart from others…also, how can people see more of your life and work online?

Weellllllll… I make shoes for a living, that’s pretty weird :D. My website, www.ryaton.com is under redevelopment at the moment, but it does link to all the social media that I do, my contact information, and my mailing list.

Upcoming Market Collective – May 27-29


Market Collective | Musicians | May 27-29

Friday, May 27 >>> Ryan Bourne <<< 8pm
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Ryan Bourne is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work connects the dots between unabashed songcraft and the outer limits of psychedelic rock.

He usually performs with Eric Hamelin (Chad Van Gaalen, nomoreshapes) Steve Fletcher (Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Woodpigeon), and Ian Jarvis (Ghostkeeper, Chairs), and plays in Calgary bands Deadhorse and Extra Happy Ghost!!!. He has performed at Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion and Sled Island.

Ryan’s debut album, ‘Supermodern World Of Beauty’ is a psychedelic pop piece produced by Jay Crocker (Ghostkeeper, nomoreshapes) at Calgary-based Artunit Studios, released in Canada in May 2010 on Saved By Radio.

Friday, May 27 >>> Benjamin Longman <<< 7pm
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Benjamin Longman is an English singer, songwriter and musician, now based in Calgary, AB. He began performing around London under various guises from the age of 16, and has shared stages with artists ranging from folk legend Martin Carthy and up-and-coming folk/pop duo Hudson Taylor, to contemporary pop songstresses Zara Kershaw and Kimberly Anne, as well as appearing on recordings by countless more.

In mid 2014 he began creating his debut EP, ‘The Ghost Months Vol. 1’. A completely solo production, recorded and mixed entirely on a Tascam 246 4-track cassette portastudio, the record was released on February 25th of 2015 to great local acclaim, after which he promptly fled the country for Canada, though not before heading back in the studio with producer/drummer/keyboardist Mike Malyan to work on the EP’s successor, featuring guest appearances by Martha Paton and Integra Strings.

Friday, May 27 >>> DJ Rusty Meeks (Frogfest) <<< 4-7pm
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Rusty Meeks has been a familiar name in the Western Canadian DJ community for the better part of the last decade. As founder and co-owner of Substation Recordings (alongside Isis Graham/Esette) he has played a major part in exposing a talented class of Western Canadian house and techno producers to a global audience. The success of the label has opened the doors to several exciting opportunities recently including a weekly DJ residency in Calgary.

As a producer Rusty Meeks is well known for his quarkiness and use of unconventional sampling. From doorbells to airport announcements, his style is dark, weird, and dancefloor primed. His most recent album “Airplane Mode EP” (released on Substation Recordings in 2015) sailed up the Beatport top 100 techno charts and has been found in mixes and radio show playlists around the world.

Despite success as a label owner and producer, Rusty Meeks is best known and sought after for his energetic DJ sets, occasionally spanning multiple genres and even incorporating live instruments into his mixes. For his monthly residency “NOIR” at Habitat Living Sound in Calgary he is regularly accompanied by live saxophone and congas (Jared Andres & Juicy Jamey). Connecting with the crowd on the dancefloor is something Rusty does effortlessly making him an act not to miss.

Saturday, May 28 >>> DJ Kool Dreamz (Frogfest) <<< 10am-Noon
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Saturday, May 28 >>> Tom Terrell <<< Noon
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Tom Terrell navigates his way through folk & roots music freely, setting the mood for real life rambling, gambling and heartbreaking story tales. Terrell was born and bred on the west coast of Canada and migrated to Nova Scotia in 2009. Drawing from a deep well of timeless vintage and modern musical and lyrical styles and Influenced by songwriters like Tom Waits, John Prine, Greg Brown and composers such as Oscar Peterson and Beethoven, Terrell`s eclectic background produces a flavour all his own; Modern and nostalgic, refined yet organic, chaotic but soothing. When Terrell is not performing as a solo artist, you can catch him with acclaimed roots group, The Modern Grass. Since 2009 Terrell has recorded, produced, and written the bulk of songs for three award winning albums with The MG.

Saturday, May 28 >>> Shawn Petsche (Sled Island) <<< 1-3pm
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With Shawn Petsche’s split life as Sled Island’s Festival Manager and clumsy guitar player for rock ‘n’ roll band Napalmpom, you might be expecting to hear nothing but Sled Island artists guitar soloing for hours. However, if his recent listening habits are any indication, there’s a very real chance Shawn will put Junglepussy on a continuous loop instead.

Saturday, May 28 >>> Twin Bandit <<< 3pm
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“Jamie and Hannah, your two original duets were simply some of the sweetest, most lovely things I’ve ever heard, and I regret that my most prosaic of souls could not express that in any more meaningful way that evening. Brad…a man of far more poetic nature, described your songs as having left him tingling and aglow. I can’t remember the lyrics or the melodies of the music you offered, but I will never forget how it made me feel.” . -Jonathan Andrew Govias, Conductor

Saturday, May 28 >>> Kayla Morin (Sled Island) <<< 4-6pm
Kayla Morin coordinates Sled Island’s team of more than 400 volunteers. No big deal, right? Catch Kayla on Saturday afternoon spinning post-punk, rock ‘n’ roll and electro tunes from festival years past and present.

Sunday, May 29 >>> Jarrod Sterling <<< 10am-Noon
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Sunday, May 29 >>> The Ashley Hundred (Frogfest) <<< Noon
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The Ashley Hundred creates a rich and colourful palette of textures while surrounded on stage with a collection of instruments and effects. Reverb soaked guitars and layers of harmonies melt together in a thick cloud of atmosphere, while the banjo is given new life as it dances through an array of effects pedals and joins in the dense and lush soundscapes created by the band. Melodic bass lines often take the lead in the song, accompanied by crisp and thoughtful drumming. Failing to find inspiration by any single genre of music, The Ashley Hundred blends their favourite parts of folk, psych rock, hip hop and pop to create a unique explosion of sound, while not being afraid to let their roots show.

Since their formation in 2012, The Ashley Hundred has been constantly writing, stripping apart, and rewriting the songs of each of the band members. Continually growing as a band and as individual musicians. The bands first 2013 release, Postcards From The Moon, marked their firm arrival into the Calgary music scene, and brought them across the country on campus radio charts and on the stages from BC to Quebec. Soon after the release of their debut EP, Calgary veterans 36? approached the band to collaborate on a Split LP, which lead The Ashley Hundred to their first vinyl release, and first professionally produced music video made with funding from the Telus Storyhive grant. They are now working closely with Juno Award winning producer Josh Gwilliam, and engineer Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother, The New Pornographers) to create their first full-length album, which will be released in early 2017.

The Ashley Hundred is as comfortable playing songs mourning death, as they are playing songs that celebrate life and friendship. They are not interested in creating a single state of mind. Instead they wish to explore the entire range of human emotion. Playing back and fourth between a laid back sense of fun, and moments of inner reflection.

Sunday, May 29 >>> The Dearhearts <<< 3pm
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The Dearhearts are 3 girls playing tiny instruments from a tiny hamlet called Rosebud. Alix Cowman, Lauren de Graaf, and Lauren Hamm met while attending Rosebud School of the Arts, where they discovered their shared love for all things bluegrass and jazz. That love finds it’s way into their music through their smooth 3-part harmonies and toe-tapping beats. They find their inspiration through such legends as The Carter Family, Rosemary Clooney, and The Andrew Sisters, and have been called “the next generation of The Wailin’ Jennys”.

Since forming in May 2014, the girls have been enjoying milestone after milestone, each one coming as quickly as another passes. After a successful summer tour, they released their self-titled debut album in October 2014. March 2015 saw them entered in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition. 4 weeks later, they found themselves at the head of the pack, becoming Calgary’s Regional Champion and beating out over 3000 bands to become a part of the Top 23 new bands in Canada. During their time in Searchlight, their song “July” was played countless times on multiple radio stations, including CBC Radio One. And the opportunities for these rising stars keep pouring in.

These three women will tug at your heartstrings with their soaring harmonies and tickle your funny bone with their quick wit. The Dearhearts are sweet, sassy, and simply delightful.

Sunday, May 29 >>> Colin Gallant (Sled Island) <<< 4-6pm
Colin Gallant is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Sled Island. He spends most of his time informing people on what Sled Island is all about and spreading the word on the awesome talent we’ve lined up for our festival attendees. He’ll be playing tunes by the hidden gems at the festival, focusing on new and exciting Canadian bands from coast to coast as DJ Snapzilla. Follow @SledIsland on Snapchat for snippets of his set at Market Collective!
Sunday, May 29 >>> Lindsay Bowman (Sled Island) <<< 1-3pm
As Sled Island’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Lindsay Bowman wants to tell you about all the cool music and art happening at Sled Island each year. She’ll be giving you a taste in her Sunday afternoon set at Market Collective, with an upbeat selection of personal favourites from the past 10 years of the festival.

Forks in the Road | June 11 + 12


We are excited to announce our first ever food truck rally. Forks in the Road will be held on June 11th and 12th, and will be located outside of Eau Claire. This FREE all-ages event will run from 11am – 8pm each day. We will have a delicious line-up of food trucks, amazing DJs, a beer garden, a photobooth and activities for kids.

We are now accepting applications from all food trucks, food trailers and food carts. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on an ongoing basis, and the last day to apply is June 1st.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know: hospitality@marketcollective.ca


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