Announcing the artist line up for our April festival!

The 3rd annual Edmonton Flamenco Festival presents

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Tierra Flamenca
Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández Flamenco Company
April 12, 2019 – 8pm at the Winspear Centre

Tickets go on sale February 14th at 10am – Just in time for Valentine’s Day! We will email the ticket link once information is available.

Direct from Spain, world-renowned flamenco artists, dancer and choreographer Sonia Olla and singer Ismael Fernández perform with their company in a fiery evening of traditional Spanish flamenco song, dance, and guitar.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a furnace of earthy sensuality”, Sonia Olla was born and raised in Barcelona when she earned a degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco at the esteemed “Instituto de Teatro y Danza” in Barcelona.

Described by The Washington Post as the “most charismatic performer” and a “connection to the Gypsy source”, Ismael Fernández was born in Seville. Of Gypsy descent, he grew up performing in flamenco festivals throughout the world with his internationally renowned family, “La Familia Fernández”.

Partners on and off the stage, Sonia and Ismael have also worked with pop icon Madonna in preparation for her “Rebel Heart Tour” (2015-2016) and Ricky Martin for his recent Las Vegas Show (2017).

Ismael was a featured artist at the first Edmonton Flamenco Festival in 2017. We are thrilled to have him back, this time with his wife and their guests, featuring:

Sonia Olla – dancer
Ismael Fernández – singer
Pol Vaquero – dancer
Jonathan Reyes Jiménez – singer
Víctor Márquez “El Tomate” – guitarist

Workshops with our guest artists are planned for April 13st and 14th. Information coming soon.

Our fundraiser weekend is here!

Our fundraiser weekend is upon us!

Workshops (Nov 30 – Dec 2) – This year’s festival fundraiser weekend features workshops in flamenco song and dance with Stephanie Pedraza. Dance classes require a bit of past experience as a pre-requisite but all levels are welcome in the cante class. Workshop Information at this link.

Performance (Dec 1) – Cafe Blackbird presents Stephanie Pedraza
We’re taking a break this year from our fundraiser flamenco performance but there is still an evening of live music with Stephanie Pedraza on Saturday, December 1st. Did you know that apart from being a flamenco dancer and singer, Stephanie is also a singer/songwriter? Her original musical compositions are an honest  reflection of her rich latin-american background, her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, root, rock,pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics. She’ll be performing a non-flamenco acoustic evening at Cafe Blackbird here in Edmonton on December 1st with a portion of the proceeds going to support our festival. Tickets ($15) at this link.

 

Congratulations to Calgary flamenco guitartist Holly Blazina on being nominated for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year for her debut album “Transcendencia” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards! She’s been featured in the Calgary Herald today.

Did you attend our 2016 fundraiser performance “Flamenco at the AGA”? You may have caught Holly in action as she was our guest guitarist that year.

Feliz Día del Flamenco – Happy Flamenco Day!

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2018

Feliz Día del Flamenco – Happy Flamenco Day! Commemorating the day Flamenco was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010 (www.unesco.org).

Upcoming! Fall Fundraiser weekend – Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018

Workshops – This year’s festival fundraiser weekend features workshops in flamenco song and dance with Stephanie Pedraza. Dance classes require a bit of past experience as a pre-requisite but all levels are welcome in the cante class. Workshop Information at this link.

Performance – We’re taking a break this year from our fundraiser flamenco performance but there is still an evening of live music with Stephanie Pedraza on December 1st. Did you know that apart from being a flamenco dancer and singer, Stephanie is also a singer/songwriter? Her original musical compositions are an honest  reflection of her rich latin-american background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, root, rock,pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics. She’ll be performing a non-flamenco acoustic evening at Cafe Blackbird here in Edmonton on December 1st with a portion of the proceeds going to support our festival. Tickets at this link.

 

Festival Announcements

In this update

  • Announcing our 2019 festival dates!
  • Fundraiser weekend – Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018
  • Festival Flashmob news
  • Festival sponsor MarrMac Dance

2019 Festival
Save the date! Our 2019 festival will take place from April 10th – 14th. The mainstage show, featuring guest artists from Spain, takes place at the Winspear Centre on April 12th. Tickets will become available when we announce our artists later this fall. Workshops with our guest artists will take place on April 13th and 14th.

Fall Fundraiser weekend – Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018

We’re taking a break from our fundraiser performance this year but are still hosting flamenco workshops. Stephanie Pedraza returns for a weekend of workshops in flamenco song and dance. Workshop Information at this link.

Did you know Stephanie is also a singer/songwriter? Her original musical compositions are an honest  reflection of her rich latin-american background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, root, rock,pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics. She’ll be performing a non-flamenco acoustic evening at Cafe Blackbird here in Edmonton on December 1st. www.stephaniepedraza.com

Festival Flashmob
After two years of flashmobbing, we’ve decided it’s time to pass the torch on to other members of the community and retire the festival flashmob. It’s been a great two years of performing at various venues and events throughout the city. We finished this year with a bang at festival sponsor MarrMac Dance‘s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Festival sponsor MarrMac Dance

We are so grateful for the continued support of MarrMac Dance. A vibrant force in the Edmonton dance scene since 1968, MarrMac offers a great line up of classes for all ages. Click here for a look at their current studio offerings and have a look at the video below showing off their students and telling a little bit about the history of the studio.

Sponsors! MarrMac Dance and ACMT


We are thrilled that Marr Mac Dance has sponsored us for some studio time for our workshop classes again this year. Ever supportive of flamenco in the city, this year marks their 50th anniversary.

Marr-Mac Dance & Theatre Arts offers an alternative studio atmosphere that trains dancers from 3 years to pre-professional level. They offer both recreational and competitive programs in a variety of disciplines in keeping with their philosophy to provide a supportive atmosphere in which to encourage students of all abilities

To celebrate this milestone year, they are having a gala at the studio. A formal catered event with drinks, performances, a walk down memory lane, and more! Our Festival Flashmob plans to pop up sometime during the evening. Hope to see you there! More information and tickets

Festival supporter the Alberta College of Massage Therapy offered free massages to our guest artists yesterday so they would be relaxed and ready for the show.