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At 16 years of age, Cochrane’s Lucas Chaisson already wields a knack for crafting terrific, memorable tunes.

The talented teen is performing Aug. 14 during the Central Music Festival near Red Deer. His set starts at 5:45 p.m. Chaisson’s soulful and R&B-tinged originals and arrangements of covers converge into a formidable connection with his audience.

With comparisons to folks like John Mayer, Martin Sexton and Ron Sexsmith, Chaisson continues to grow as a unique artist in his own right. And when he puts his own spins on shimmering cuts like Boom Sh’ Boom, it pretty much sounds like its his own creation. Not only is he an accomplished guitarist, it’s really his mature vocal strengths that stand out. The same sensibilities shine through with songs like Falling’s What We Do as well with its laid-back, acoustic charm.

A love for music was born early on. Chaisson was virtually surrounded by it growing up, with his dad often playing guitar and singing. His mom is a visual artist as well. At just seven years of age, Chaisson started classical guitar lessons and singing also proved a natural gift early.

Songwriting is something he started exploring just a couple of years ago. Sometimes, churning out a tune is an easy feat. Others times, not so much.

“It really depends on the song,” he explains. “Some just pour out, and I’ll have a nearly complete song in about 25 minutes or so.” Other times, a particular tune can take months to wrap up to his liking. “It started out with me kind of experimenting,” he says of creating music. “I didn’t take myself too seriously at first.”

But as the songs kept coming, so did the positive feedback. His latest disc, No Loitering, was released this past spring and reflects a rich authenticity in terms of both sound and songwriting creativity. Again, when he does cover a classic tune it’s not done in a simple, predictable, cookie-cutter way. He tackles Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror with a completely fresh, unique feel, for example. The song also gives Chaisson the means to feature his remarkably diverse voice at yet another level.

As to his chosen style, Chaisson was strongly influenced by artists like the aforementioned Martin Sexton, Al Greene and Luther Vandross. But he’s open to all kinds of music.

Capturing the essence of his style in studio came quite naturally as well, especially in a friend’s home studio near Bragg Creek. A few tunes were recorded ‘live off the floor’ in a comfortable environment. Others tracks were laid down in Calgary in a more structured manner, and the disc also includes a live track from festival last year.

Chaisson said an EP featuring four songs recorded with a band is also about to be released.

He continues to garner more attention as he makes his way in the musical world. Besides the Central Music Festival, he’s also performing at folk festivals in Canmore and Edmonton this summer plus the Big Valley Jamboree.

Meanwhile, organizers of the fourth annual Central Music Festival are hoping for at least a thousand fans to settle in and enjoy the music this year.

The Friday night and all day Saturday family-oriented, outdoor festival takes place on farmland just north of the city on township road 392 (directions on web site), said Mike Bradford, president of the Central Music Festival Society.

Highlights include a beer tent, a kids’ show with Trent Tinney, crafts for sale, local vendors offering food and beverages and a solid line-up of new and established talent.

Friday night opens with the Half Chance Heroes, a Red Deer band that won the festival’s talent contest, and includes Ross Stafford, St. James Gate, the Backwoods Roots Revue, the Ron Hubbard Band, John Rutherford, Great American Taxi and Steve Coffey, closing with The Trews Acoustic.

Saturday’s line-up starts with The Doll Sisters from Rocky Mountain House and includes Dick Raidek, Holly & Jon, the Black Pioneer Heritage Singers (from Amber Valley, a black community in northern Alberta), Lisa Heinrichs, Lindsay Ell, F & M, Oldbury, The Command Sisters, Jim Byrnes, Jenny Allen, Ponty Bone & The Squeezetones, Chris LeBlanc and winds up with country singer Shane Yellowbird.

Children under 13 are free with a paying adult and there are 60 plus rates too. Tickets are available at the Black Knight Inn ticket centre or on-line at the festival web site. - Red Deer Express


Lucas Chaisson opens for John Gorka at the Nickelodeon Music Club tonight.

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The problem with being a precocious, talented-beyond-your-years songwriter is that most of the attention you receive will be based on your being precocious and talented beyond your years.

Lucas Chaisson, a 16-year-old songwriter from Cochrane, will be the first to admit that his tender age has given him opportunities he may not have received were he another 20-something artist braving the cold trenches of Canadian indie rock.

But the notoriety often comes with an underlying assumption that you are somewhat of a novelty act.

"It's something people definitely pay attention to," says the soft-spoken singer in an after-school interview from his parents' house. "It would be nice to be recognized for more than just being a young musician -- you know, just be a musician."

Which may be why the young musician has his sights set beyond the near future. Now two CDs into his career, Chaisson has reportedly earned some high-profile kudos from Ian Thomas, former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix and singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge. Even in conversation, the singer shows a maturity and self-awareness that suggests he's in it for the long haul.

"It's kind of hard to write about things that concern 16-year-olds without sounding cheesy," says Chaisson. "I try to write stuff that doesn't take a lot of life experience. When I try to write those, they come out sounding my age. A lot of my songs are more universal. I think that will change as I get older and have more stuff to write abut."

The St. Timothy High School student spent much of the summer on the festival circuit, including a performance at the Edmonton Folk Festival.

Earlier this month, he received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for young performer of the year, which followed the release of his debut self-produced disc No Loitering. The stripped-down collection of songs certainly didn't have a lot of production to hide behind. It includes a near unrecognizable version of Michael Jackson's Man In the Mirror, among other unexpected treats. Chaisson's voice -- a soulful, Jack Johnson-like lilt that bounces nicely off his percussive guitar picking -- shows impressive nuance for an artist his age, or any age for that matter.

"We really just wanted to show exactly what I could do live," he says. "So we got together at my friend Tim's house in Bragg Creek. We just let the tape roll. Most of it was done off the floor, completely live without double tracking. The great thing about that is when people go see a show and they pick up the CD, it's exactly what they heard."

A follow up EP, A Far Cry From . . . boasted a fuller band sound and was recorded at Calgary's Audities Studios, where Chaisson also spent part of the summer interning to learn more about audio engineering. But the songwriter says he has yet to record an album that fully shows his chops as a writer and musician.

"I've always felt compromised a bit because of time restraints," he says. "For the next one, I'd like to take a year to weed through all the songs and get just 12 solid recordings of songs you can listen to from start to finish."

Chaisson started playing classical guitar at the age of five. His paternal grandfather is an avid fiddler originally from the East Coast, which exposed young Lucas to numerous jig-filled kitchen parties at an early age.

His grandparents now live in Winnipeg, which means they will likely be on hand when the Canadian Folk Music Awards gala arrives on Nov. 20. Beyond that, Chaisson says he is flexible in terms of long-term planning, although he does expect to do it for a living at some point. First things first, though.

"I think it's probably a good idea to finish high school," he says. - Calgary Herald


It may not be your first guess, but the folk festival is a great place for teenagers. I’m now 13 years old, but my mom always tells me that Gallagher Park was the first place that she let me wander around on my own. It seems like not only the audience at the FolkFest, but also the performers are getting younger over the years.

Last year I interviewed Quinn Bachand, a 13 year old guitarist performing with Ashley MacIsaac and this year 16 year old Lucas Chaisson is the youngest person to wow the crowds. “It’s definitely cool just to hang out and chat with all these people that I’ve listened to for so long, it’s a cool experience,” Chaisson described in an interview over the weekend.

“Everything is free and you get to hang out with all these guys. I hung out in Alejandro Escovedo’s trailer yesterday,” said Lucas as he explained the pros of being a performer. Now, I don’t have the actual statistics but it looks to me as though the FolkFest viewers seem to be more youthful these past few years. This year there was a panic at my junior high as some people were worried that they wouldn’t be able to go to the festival because the tickets sold out so quickly!

What’s interesting is that most teenagers attending the festival have been going since they were young and forced to by their parents, but now they wouldn’t dare miss it. Annie Hayward, 13, has been going to the FolkFest since she was 2 years old. “It’s really a community event, so you see all sorts of people here,” she said as she tried to explain why she liked the festival so much. Ben Harper, Basia Bulat and Patrick Watson were her favourites this year.

Many of the volunteers at the Edmonton FolkFest are also quite young. Isaac Wiznura, 15, is volunteering on the crew of EnviroPower. Every morning he has to get up early to clean up all the garbage that people have left on the hill. “There’s just so much positive energy here... it’s just so amazing!” he explained, “I think that if anybody hasn’t come to FolkFest make sure you do at some point.” Dala, Melanie, Patrick Watson, Ben Harper and Kate Reid were his picks.

In my group of FolkFest family and friends there are a lot of young people. What’s great is that throughout the weekend all the kids dispersed throughout the festival site, but for the Finale on Sunday they all came back. We’d all rather die than miss the singing of Four Strong Winds. As cheesy as it sounds, that’s my favourite part of the whole FolkFest. The whole hill is lit up with candles and you can hear every single person singing along: Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high.

Of course the singing of Four Strong Winds sadly also signals the end of this year’s FolkFest. It’s a time when all the great memories from the last 4 days run through my head, including a word of advice from 16 year old Lucas. “Just get out and play, wherever you can. I started out playing open mikes, and now I’m at the Edmonton FolkFest.” - See Magazine


Alberta Arts Day is all about provincial art and along with some recognizable faces, talented new-comer, 16-year-old singer/ songwriter Lucas Chaisson from U22 productions will be making his Horizon debut this upcoming week. I had a chance to sit down with the multi-talented artist and discuss his blossoming career.

You grew up in Cochrane; do you still currently reside there?
I do, I have lived there my whole life.

What school do you currently attend?

I go to St. Timothys Catholic School and I am entering grade 11.

Two more years left.

You are a singer/songwriter and you play guitar as well is that correct?

I've been playing classical guitar for 6 years and started going in more bluesy direction in the last nine or 10 years. I never really took any vocal lessons.

You are 16, and you are a songwriter. Where do you find your inspiration to write?

To be honest, it's tough to really pin point it. I guess usually when I sit down, I have the intention to write a song. Most of my songs are based on one or two lines; I am not a guy who writes songs quickly.

I don't know if I am a perfectionist. They don't jump out at me that quickly.

You mentioned Neil Young, Eric Clapton and the Beatles as influences. How did you get into these groups who were popular before you were born?

Neil young is a huge Canadian inspiration for me, he's the pinnacle of Canadian music. I got into him through my dad, who is a huge Neil Young fan. It's hard to grow up playing guitar, listening to music and not to explore the Beatles and Clapton.

My favorite tune is "Alabama" by Neil Young.

Horizon stage and U22 productions are celebrating Alberta art. Why do you feel it is important for the province of Alberta to recognize local art?

I think that it's incredibly important and Alberta does a good job of it. Alberta has a really vibrant art scene, both musically and visually, through theatre and dance. It's really vibrant. It's all really good right now and it's important to show it off to other Canadians and the rest of the world.

Lucas, you are the youngest performer out of the bunch playing. Are you familiar with the other artists in attendance: Calum Graham, Lyra Brown , Alanna Clarke?

Alanna also lives in Cochrane, I have played a ton of shows with her. The other two I played with at the Edmonton Folk Festival.

Tell me about your experience at the Edmonton Folk Festival:

It was amazing. To experience it as an artist you get to meet other incredible performers. They are just there willing to hang out. Alejandro Escovedo really stood out. He is a guy who I have always listened to growing up. I have all his albums and he has been a huge influence on my music. To have him listen to my record was really cool.

When most kids your age are listening to hip-hop or pop music, you have chosen to focus on folk music. Can you explain how this happened?

I listen to all kinds of music. A lot of my music is less folksy and more blues and Motown inspired. Its all got an underlying folk vibe to it. It's just the music that I really connect to. It's really easy to connect to if you are interested in more than just the hook. I connect more to the lyrics.

What can people expect from you at the Alberta Arts Day celebration?

From me personally, they can expect to come there and have a good time and maybe get up and dance a little bit if they feel it. I think the entire show is going to be a great show and everyone will bring something a little different.

Juggling school and performing, do you have time for any other activities?

I play a little bit of hockey, but I usually end up missing games for gigs.

Your favourite hockey team?

The Flames. Maybe don't print that (laughs.)

Grade 11, is the time when teachers and parents begin suggesting that you try to determine what you want to be when you grow up. Presently, what do you want to be when you are older Lucas?

I am not totally sold yet. I want to give music a shot in the performing part of music. To make a living playing music would be awesome, but it's definitely a tough way to make money. I think no matter what I want to do something in the vain of music. I have been interning at a local music studio, teaching guitar to give me a more well-rounded knowledge of music. Song writing is huge in terms of longetitvity.

How do people get in contact with you?

Myspace.com/lucaschaissonmusic - Spruce Grove Examiner


There will be a lot of good folk in Winnipeg this weekend.

About 200 musicians and industry representatives from across Canada visit the city for the sixth annual Canadian Folk Music Awards on Friday and Saturday.

The awards show on Saturday is a non-televised bilingual event hosted by CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers and Juno-winner Benoit Bourque.

Nineteen different awards will be handed out over the course of the show, which also features live performances by David Essig, Madagascar Slim, the Once, Don Ross, Stephen Ferring, Annabelle Chvostek, Shearwater and Heather Bishop.

Toronto Klezmer group Beyond the Pale has the most nominations -- with four nods -- for instrumental group, world group, ensemble and pushing the boundaries.

Newfoundland and Labrador singer-songwriter Amelia Curran, Newfoundland group the Once, Nova Scotia's Lennie Gallant, Quebec's Le Vent Du Nord, Toronto's Justin Rutledge and Vancouver's the Sojourners are all up for three.

Edmonton trio Asani is up for the best aboriginal songwriter honour, and Lucas Chaisson from Cochrane is nominated for the best new artist award.

The CFMAs include a small concert/ club series, workshops, one-on-one artist mentoring and the awards show itself on Saturday.

"Music fans will get to experience a little bit of all folk styles, from singer-songwriters to ethno-fusion world music," says Sara Stasiuk, executive director of Manitoba Music and chairwoman of the local host committee.

"This is both the up-and-coming new artists and the traditional acts," she says. "It's really the stars of the past, present and future, so they say.

"More and more people are caring about folk music, and I like the idea of traditional folk instruments like banjos and mandolins making their way into the mainstream through in-die rock and art pop." - Winnipeg Free Press


Even though he didn’t come away from the Calgary Stampede Talent Search with a win, Lucas Chaisson knows he still did something impressive just making the finals.
Getting past hundreds of prospective young singers, musicians and dancers at the initial audition, the 15-year-old St. Timothy Junior and Senior High School student then advanced past the rounds of 70 and 28 performers to get to the final showcase of 14, finishing just outside the official runner-ups.

“Even in Calgary there’s a lot of talent and it’s going to be tough to make it any kind of facet of the entertainment industry,” Chaisson said.
Chaisson was one of two Cochranites in the final, joining singer Sara Tkachuk, a Bow Valley student.

The competition was an odd one for the young guitarist, even accounting for the oddness of judging a wholly subjective art.

“I think that is kind of strange, actually, especially when you’re being judged on the same scale as people who do completely different things, like someone who’ll do a dancing piece, you’re being judged on the same rubric as they are, it’s kind of hard to relate to other things,” he said.

Although he writes his own songs, for the final Chaisson performed a song by Ray LaMontagne called Let It Be Me, one he chose for its emotional effect.
“It’s a really soulful song, and it’s easy for the audience to get into so I figured that would go over well,” he said.

Although he thought his performance could have been better – on the big stage, some nerves maybe crept in - but under the circumstances, he felt he was up to the challenge.

“I was talking with the winner and one of my friends backstage, we both kind of agreed it was technically messy, but it had a lot of heart in the performance. I was happy on that level,” he said.

The rest of the summer will be busy for Chaisson, with the Kids for Cancer series and the Mountain View Music Fest in August, where other mainstage acts include country and folk legend Ian Tyson. After that, Chaisson will work towards his first album of his own material, later this fall. - Sun Media


What does is it mean to “make it” in the music business?
For 15-year-old singer-songwriter Lucas Chaisson it means belonging to the music community, learning from the best and getting himself out there playing wherever he can.

“A lot of people relate music to being famous and making tons of money, but I think I’d be pretty happy touring around and making a decent living at it,” said the grounded and surprisingly mature teen musician from Cochrane.

Chaisson has been playing classical guitar since his parents put a guitar in his hand at the tender age of seven, and began songwriting two and half years ago.
Since then, Chaisson has been learning a wide arrangement of music, from roots and blues to folk and alternative.

He developed a distinct taste for great music at a very early age. He remembers listening to Lucinda Williams, an American rock, folk, and country music singer and songwriter, in. Although Chaisson has been playing in talent competitions and singer-songwriter venues and jams for several years, his mother, Karen Chaisson, feels his performing has catapulted to the next level over the last year.

“He’s taken off in the past year as a performer and a songwriter,” said the proud mother, who is a visual artist herself. “He’s really in his element when he’s doing that.”

The teen’s most recent stage experience was in Carstairs, Alta., for the Mountain View Music Festival Aug. 7-9. He played early on in the day on the same stage as Canadian music legend, Ian Thomas.

At the event, Chaisson steered away from cover tunes and utilized the opportunity to showcase his original music, which includes a soulful mixture of folk, roots and blues riffs in tunes such as Looking Glasses, Tormentress and Tip of my Tongue.
Chaisson is influenced by an eclectic variety of musicians, with a particular preference for delta blues and folk rock. Some include David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Martin Sexton, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Luther Vandross, The Beatles, early Motown and Andre Boccelli. His sound has been compared to that of John Mayer and Martin Sexton – who Chaisson admires for how smooth he is vocally and on guitar.

The young artist has received praise from legendary singer-songwriter and produer, Gurf Morlix, and well-known singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge.
Chaisson won fan favorite at the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriter Competition held in May, winning himself a songwriter workshop with Justin Rutledge.
“Winning the workshop was way better than winning the five hundred dollar top prize,” said Chaisson, who is keen on learning from experienced musicians in any way he can.

Martin Russell has been Chaisson’s classical guitar teacher since the beginning, proudly watching his student blossom into a talented songwriter and skillful guitar player:

“He’s really listening to music out there and being inventive, and that’s brilliant,” said Russell. “Lucas and his brother, Mac, both thrive in the limelight. Lucas also understands the importance of a classical education.”

Mac is Lucas’s 12-year-old brother, who is also a gifted vocalist and piano player.
It is clear that the brothers have been raised by a creative family who have helped foster their children’s musical talents.

While his mother is an artist, his father, Joe Chaisson, is also a guitar player.
“Family. School. Music. In that order,” laughs Karen Chaisson. “We’re really experiencing it all ourselves, as a family.”

Other than music, Lucas Chaisson keeps busy focusing on school, playing hockey and hanging out with friends – just like any other kid his age. Although he is only heading into Grade 10, Lucas has goals of doing a Canadian music tour upon graduation and going on to college after that, but always keeping himself integrated in the music community:

“It’s very important to give it back to the music community. Each of those people helped push you into your career in some way or another,” explains Chaisson.

Chaisson’s advice for other up-and-coming young musicians is simple:
“Play wherever you can. There might be one person in the crowd who can help you get a show, and someone at another coffee shop knows somebody, and so on.”
Chaisson helps host the Java Jam acoustic jam on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. at the Java Jamboree, and is also looking forward to an EP release, which will be available for a trial period in September and a full-length CD, entitled No Loitering by February 2010. His short-term dream is to make it down to the International Folk Music Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in February, which he is hoping to earn grants that will help send him down there.

“You get to a point (with music) where you can’t get any better unless you devote a lot of time to it,” said Chaisson, but for this young musician time is on his side. - Cochrane Eagle


One of Cochrane's youngest artists will have an impressive new calling card after next week.

Lucas Chaisson will release his debut album, "No Loitering," at the Java Jamboree on March 5, a culmination of more than six months of writing and performing to hone his songs. Chaisson is happy with the product, especially as an example of what he's capable of on stage and a representation of his current style of roots and soul music.

"Looking back on it, it's a good first recording and what I like about it is it's a really good indicator of what I can do live. It's not overproduced at all. It's basically if you come to a show and buy a CD off the stage, you may not hear all the same songs but it's going to be the same kind of experience you had at the live show," Chaisson said.

In his first experience at recording, the 16-year-old singer and guitarist found that creating the same sound from his live performances was far more difficult in a recording booth.

"It was a little hard at some places, I had to grab energy from different spots, but when we recorded in Calgary I was just alone by myself in a room with some microphones. That was the hardest part, to really get the energy of a live performance going," he said.

Although he admits he's a little light on life experience to write about, Chaisson feels he has enough musicianship to make up for that as his lyricism develops.
"I still have something to say and it's kind of like 'take it or leave it.' I think what a lot of people get out of my music is that it's not heavily reliant on the lyrics so much as the groove of the songs," said Chaisson.

Part of the way he's tried to expand that is with the help of vocal coach and mentor Brian Farrell, who's helped Chaisson expand the range of his talent, after spotting his ability and thoughtfulness in a music workshop.
"He always had some really great understanding of the depths of music. It was just interesting to hear him articulate about music," said Farrell, who's worked with artists ranging from Paul Brandt to Kalan Porter.

Some of his advice has been to encourage Chaisson to embrace a wide variety of music, in light of the way that music has shifted and merged over the decades.
"I think it's important that an artist listen to a wide variety of music so they don't get locked into a certain style. Music is so fused now that it's important that people understand the greater possibilities," said Farrell.

It's an approach that Chaisson seems to have embraced, which he feels helps him walk between the lyrical and melodic parts of his songs.
"I found kind of a solid ground between the roots and the soul. With roots music, a lot of it is very lyrical — it's great arrangements but they're not really driving the song," he said.
"With the soul, it's all driven by the hooks and the baselines and stuff. I think I've been able to write songs that — the lyrics are meaningful, I hope, but it also makes you want to move and clap along."

The CD release is just one highlight for a significant year in his career, including an appearance as a finalist in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search, and a trip to the Mountain View Music Fest, where he played as an opener for country/folk legends Ian Thomas and Ian Tyson, and experienced the rush of playing in front of a festival sized crowd.

The CD Release party for "No Loitering" will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Java Jamboree, with the CDs available for purchase, with complimentary wine and snacks - Sun Media


Cochranite Lucas Chaisson, 16, has bundled up his alarming talent and remarkable maturity into his first-ever 10-track CD entitled No Loitering.
He will be releasing it to the public at Cochrane’s own coffee house Java Jamboree March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The new disc features eight original tracks and one cover, Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson), but what makes this album stand apart is the depth in Chaisson’s songwriting — not exactly a run-of-the-mill attribute for any artist his age.
Chaisson has taken his myriad of influences (all the way from Lucinda Williams to Andre Bocelli) and created a sound reminiscent of artists like John Mayer and Martin Sexton, but his own all the same.

Chaisson’s acoustic guitar matched with the understated arrangements in his songs work together to hold up the music, and he lets his roots-inspired soulful voice fill up the rest.
The end result leaves an honest, heartfelt impression that envelops the listener like an oversized sweater.

Last year was super busy for Chaisson — he performed in the Calgary Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Contest, Calgary Stampede Talent Search Finals, Sled Island 2009, Mountain View Music Festival 2009, 2009 Rozsa Awards, U22 Productions Alberta Art Days Concert and being part of CBC’s filming a U22 documentary — and 2010 is already turning into a jam-packed year.

Aside from his new release, Chaisson also got to open up for Sam Baker and Gurf Morlix Feb. 20 — the highly regarded Americana duo out of Austin, Texas.

“It was amazing,” says Chaisson. “They’re both incredible songwriters, and Gurf’s an awesome guitar player.”
He also continues to host the Monday night jam at the Java Jamboree and picks up gigs at minor-friendly rooms whenever the opportunity presents itself.
A big part of Chaisson’s support system comes from his family — each member an artist in their own right.

His younger brother, Mac, is a talented musician, his father, Joe, plays guitar, and mother, Karen, is a painter and handles the business end of her eldest son’s music.
Lucas’ parents just want to support their son, keep both his feet on the ground and ensure he has balance in his life.

No Loitering will soon be available for purchase on Chaisson’s website, myspace.com/lucaschaissonmusic, and CD’s will also be available at gigs and at the Java Jamboree.

To attend Lucas Chaisson’s CD release party at Java Jamboree Friday please RSVP by sending an e-mail to kjlm@telus.net. - Cochrane Eagle


Discography

No Loitering - released March 5, 2010
A Far Cry From… - released July 16, 2010
Growing Pains- released June 12, 2012

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Bio

Lucas Chaisson, a 19 year old from Cochrane, Alberta is an honest and confident writer who isnt afraid to tread familiar ground with new eyes. Often described as an old soul, Lucas uses the musical stylings of a past generation to honestly and succinctly capture the experiences of a prairie youth. With refined finger picking and gently percussive strumming, Chaisson proves a striking command over the guitar for someone so young. His is a unique blend of country rock, folk and pop not to be missed. L. Prost Calgary Folk Festival

"Growing Pains", his latest release, has been getting attention across his home province of Alberta, and around the country. This was a great follow-up to his debut recording "No Loitering" and EP "A Far Cry From". Both full length records received Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Young Performer of the Year. And, in November 2012, Lucas became one of only seven Alberta artists to win a Canadian Folk Music Award.

His music has received local and national airplay on community and commercial radio Lucas was declared a must see on the prestigious Folk DJ List at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. He was one of 22 chosen to represent Alberta at Folk Alliance, and was invited back to the annual Conference in Toronto in February 2013, with an Official Showcase. Again, he is invited as a part of the Alberta group to the 2014 Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City.

The strong song writing showcased on his studio recordings and ability to make an emotional connection with his audience has garnered him the opportunity to play high profile venues such as the Edmonton, Canmore and Winnipeg Folk Festivals; as well as the Calgary Folk Music Festival this past July. These strong showings have also led to performances at The Epcor Center for the Performing Arts, The Arden Theatre, Festival Place, and numerous folk clubs and soft seat venues across Western Canada.

Professional Recognition:
2013 Amp Radio Rock Star Finalist
2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year Growing Pains
2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nomination for Young Performer of the Year- No Loitering
May 2013 Second Place/ Pros and Prose Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
May 2009, 2010,2011 & 2012 - Finalist Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
July 2009, 2010 Calgary Stampede Talent Search Finalist