Amplify Stage

Join us online for the Amplify Stage (from 12 pm to 6:30 pm) on October 17th by following the link below and entering in the passcode:
Passcode: 570566 (You will be asked to entre a name and email as we are using a Zoom webinar format.)

Join us (virtually) on Saturday, October 17  to experience the stand out talents of young artists in St. Albert and area. Featuring both music and writing, curl up with your favourite tea or coffee and settle in to enjoy the beautiful voices, musicianship and creativity of these exception young performers.  And don't miss the special guest performance by former Amplify Artist and current St. Albert Poet Laureate, Julia Sorensen!

Link to the live stream will be posted here and check back often as we post more information about all the artists playing on October 17!

Artist Name Time
Amanda Penner 12:00 PM to 12: 20 PM
Skye Sekulich 12:25 PM to 12:40 PM
Laura Charrois 12:45 PM to 1:00 PM
Zach Willier 1:05 PM to 1:25 PM
Réa 1:30 PM to 1:50 PM
pH15 2:05 PM to 2:25 PM
Kai Jun Ma 2:30 PM to 2:35 PM
Stella Johnson 2:40 PM to 3:00 PM
Savanah Hill 3:05 PM to 3:25 PM
Cole Parks 3:30 PM to 3:50 PM
Luke Hesse and Adam Skogstad 4:00 PM to 4:20 PM
Julia Sorensen 4:25 PM to 4:30 PM
Mitch Harvie 4:35 PM to 4:55 PM
Ange Caroline 5:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Colin Salcedo 5:20 PM to 5:40 PM
Kat Zel 5:45 PM to 6:05 PM
Rhian Sorotsky 6:10 PM to 6: 30 PM

Amanda Penner

Photo of Amanda Penner playing guitar

Amanda Penner's voice and lyrics alter the very texture of your emotional experience and have touched listeners in intimate coffeeshops, all the way to larger festival stages. She takes inspiration from her experiences with mental illness and what she sees happening in the world in hopes to provide people with different perspectives on issues and how the people struggling with these issues are not alone. Amanda Penner's folk songs are mainly derived from themes of climate action, human rights, and her struggles with mental illnesses. She has been nominated in the past two years for three Edmonton Music Awards. In 2018, The Rising Star Award and in 2019, the Rising Star Award and the People's Choice Award. She recently finished recording her first EP titled “Honey & Heartache”.

Skye Sekulich

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Skye Sekulich is a young performer from Westlock, Alberta, who plays piano, guitar, and saxophone regularly, and who also has some experience with a variety of different instruments, such as ukulele, accordion, trumpet, and more. Skye also enjoys playing a wide range of genres; from folk to jazz to punk, she is willing to try anything. Skye is passionate about performing because it has been a part of her life since elementary school. From singing in the school talent shows to acting in Christmas concerts, Skye has found a deep joy in sharing her sound with others. As she got older, she also began to perform in piano recitals, and, in her more recent years, joined the True North Community Jazz Ensemble Society, where she performs with a number of talented individuals in her community. Skye’s most recent solo performance was at the Westlock “Battle of Talents”, where she competed against other musicians and dancers in her area for a chance to open for the band, “Rich Mahogany”, in April of 2020. Skye did manage to take home first place, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the performance has been postponed until December of 2020.

Laura Charrois

Photo of Laura Charrois playing guitar under a tent

For Laura Charrois music has always been a big part of her life. Growing up a dancer, it has always  influenced how she moves and feels. Now she uses her talents as a singer and songwriter to express herself and have a good time up on stage entertaining others. Laura's 2019 Amplify Video Project is one of the most popular additions, with nearly 1000 views. The original song on mental health was welcomed by the community and resonated across boundaries.

Zach Willier

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Zachary Willier is a 15 year-old Métis and country style fiddler who comes from Sucker Creek first nation near High Prairie, Alberta. He currently lives in Edmonton where he performs at many different events all around the city.  In 2018, he was handpicked by his former teacher, Daniel Gervais, as apart of an honours group to perform on stage with Natalie MacMaster at the Jubilee Auditorium. More recently, this past March he was picked to represent Alberta as a junior showcase performer at the Canadian Grand masters virtual fiddle celebration. He has recently started focusing on the country style of playing and is studying many different country and bluegrass tunes to add to his repertoire. When not on the road performing he enjoys practicing and listening to LP records.


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Silver linings, heartbreaks, and echoes of things long gone — Réa is an alias for Edmonton bi-lingual songstress Andrea Shipka. Shipka also fronts the indie-rock ensemble Cypress, and made her mark on the Edmonton music community running shows for MRG concerts and managing a popular Edmonton music venue. As a photographer, Shipka captures portraits and performances, and brings her keen visual sensibility andeye for colour to her musical project, art directing and creating her own photographs and video art.


Stella Johnson

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Stella Johnson is a singer songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. Stella's musical influences are hard to narrow down and are varied, some of the standouts are: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchel, Townes VanZant, Black Sabbath, Jack White, The Breeders & Bikini Kill. Stella has been playing as early as 2, rocking out on harmonica while her Dad, Steven Johnson, improvised wildly on the 12 string. Stella would joyfully join her Dad on stage at a number of the venues he played at, always feeling very at home on stage. In recent years Stella has invited her Dad to join her at her shows. Stella, at the age of 16, has a number of successful shows under her belt, to name a few; The Sasquatch Gathering, Kaleido Festival, Strathearn Art Walk, opened for Leo Martinez at The Rec Room and was a regular special guest at The Brick and Whiskey Public House. Despite having a number of gigs cancelled this summer due to COVID-19, Stella is feeling hopeful for her future, as long as music is in it!

Cole Parks

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Cole Parks is a 16 year-old, guitarist who has been been playing since just before his 11th birthday, when he received an acoustic guitar for Christmas. While he enjoys ripping through classic rock tunes, his true passion is for playing the blues. His favourite guitar players include: Eric Clapton, BB King, Muddy Waters and Gary Clarke Jr. He also participates in Drama and Musical Theater, as well as having performed on stage a number of times during his time with Phoenix Theater.

Colin Salcedo

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Colin Salcedo is an 18-year old St. Albert resident that has a deep love for music. He first got into music in elementary with singing in his school choir and early piano lessons. From there, along with his singing and piano playing, he proceeded to play trombone in his junior high's concert and jazz band, and did the same during high school. Recently, he has taken time to learn the guitar and become more comfortable playing it, as he is with singing and playing piano. He loves any chance he gets to play some music and has played countless Amplify events!

Rhian Sorotsky

Photo of Rhian playing guitar

Rhian Sorotsky is a 17 year-old singer-songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. She has been pursuing her love of music since age 12 with the Dominelli School in St.  Albert.  Rhian’s music is a mix of folk and pop and she has 2 singles, “No Limits” and “Stranger  In The Dark,” which are both available on all music platforms.  Rhian is currently recording a full EP with Sandro Dominelli at Dominelli Studios. 

Last edited: October 15, 2020