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Edmonton-based Altameda (æl-tah-MI-da) formed out of a recording session for singer-songwriter Troy Snaterse, but quickly became a group effort to create something bigger. Despite the four- piece finding their roots in various genres, they felt compelled to blend their individual styles with the influences that shaped their earlier years. During the sessions for the group’s debut LP, Dirty Rain, it was clear that the band felt a chemistry that only arrives through shared experiences.

Dirty Rain was toured extensively across all Canadian markets as well as the UK and spent five weeks on the CKUA Top 30 Charts, eventually reaching #1. In October 2017, the band will begin production on their sophomore LP with producer Aaron Goldstein (City & Colour, Daniel Romano, Kathleen Edwards) in Toronto, ON. Altameda has supported Sam Roberts Band, Plants & Animals, Kacy & Clayton, Reuben & the Dark, and SUSTO.

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Mariel Buckley’s spectacular sophomore full-length album, Driving In The Dark, delivers on the promise of her previous album, Motorhome (and then some), as she plants her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul.

Driving In The Dark’s ten songs—led by the singles “Rose Coloured Frames” and “One Time Asking”—paint poetically plainspoken highs and lows, long nights and hard days, all filtered through Mariel’s wry, no-bullshit perspective, and enhanced by the impressive team she assembled for the recording sessions, led by producer Leeroy Stagger at his Rebeltone Ranch studio in Lethbridge, Alberta.

From the moment the Calgary native arrived on the scene with her self-titled EP in 2012 Mariel quickly earned the respect of the Alberta roots music community, leading to performances in support of her idol k.d. lang, and entertaining audiences at the province’s major festivals.

Having now made a powerful statement with Driving In The Dark, Mariel proves she is an artist truly coming into her own and ready to take on the world. She could have chosen to chase a slicker, more polished sound built for radio and arenas, but instead, she doubled down on the grit and the truth in her music. It’s honesty that brought her to this point, and honesty that will continue to carry her into the future.

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