Capital City Records
Capital City Records celebrates Edmonton's music scene and its history. This special digital collection includes some of Edmonton’s best contemporary local music, as well as a gig poster archive and NTT Films' Dead Venues documentary. Anyone can stream albums and, with your library card, you can download your favourite tracks. EPL adds over 50 albums a year so stay tuned for our next call for submissions.
Supporting Milner Studios
To raise support and awareness for the new free recording studios at Stanley A. Milner Library, we produced a limited edition compilation on vinyl, a first for public libraries.
Every element of its production was local. A jury of local music experts selected previously unreleased tracks submitted by Edmonton musicians and the record—pressed at Moonshot Phonographs—launched as an official Record Store Day release at Blackbyrd Myoozik on April 13, 2019.
The project was made possible through support of the Edmonton Arts Council who funded the album artwork and musician honorariums. If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Artwork
Jill Stanton is a Canadian artist and muralist, with private and public clients nationwide.
"For the Capital City Records album artwork, I wanted to create a dreamy interpretation of the river valley through each season. The black background help the bright colours burst forward, and the cutout shapes create an all-over pattern where small 'easter eggs' hidden in the composition pop forward with a second visual pass. The sihouetted figures interact with giant instruments and organic elements, heightening the surreal, dream-life feel of the piece." — Jill Stanton
Meet the Musicians
All of our Capital City Records artists are amazing, and we couldn't ask for a better collection of local music! The 12 artists and songs that were chosen from the 126 track submissions represent the incredible talent and diversity in Edmonton.
Celeigh Cardinal is a prairie girl through and through. Her heartfelt, biographical songs are carried by a voice that harkens to the golden era of jazz and blues. This Métis singer/songwriter is easily one of the finest vocalists to hail from the Peace Country. Cardinal has 17 years of performance experience under her belt and two commercial releases to her credit. Her contralto voice adds soul and emotion to her performances and her personality and storytelling skills prepare audiences for both happiness and reflection.
Track Title: "There Ain't No Way"
Meet the Jury
How did we accomplish the task of selecting tracks for this album from the many amazing songs and artists in Capital City Records? A jury made up of local music scene supporters listened to all 126 tracks submitted to bring you the songs that make up this piece of local music history!
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. Influenced by Edmonton’s burgeoning experimental electronic and underground rap scenes, Cadence Weopon has been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize twice. Known for his sharp lyricism, Pemberton served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011. His poem “The Garden” was incorporated into a bronze sculpture at the Alberta Legislature Grounds in Edmonton in 2018. Pemberton also acted as the narrator for the VICELAND TV series PAYDAY and Mister Tachyon and has hosted lectures for Red Bull Music Academy and Native Instruments. His eponymous fourth album was released in January 2018.