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Rebecca Lappa

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


Rebecca Lappa @ Salisbury Greenhouse

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Westmount Centre

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Cask & Barrel

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ L1 Lounge

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ 124th St. Grand Market

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ On The Rocks

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Victoria School

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Salisbury Greenhouse

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Beaumont Blues Festival

Beaumont, Alberta, Canada

Beaumont, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Salisbury Greenhouse

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ The Black Dog Freehouse

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Victoria School

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Dutch Canadian Club

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Shell Theatre

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Victoria School

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Salisbury Greenhouse

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ L1 Lounge

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ The Billiard Club

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ The Grindstone

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ The Grindstone

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ OTTO Food & Drink

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Salisbury Greenhouse

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Gallery House Concerts Society

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Centre For Spiritual Living Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Sweet Pea Café & Playhouse

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Brick & Whiskey Public House

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rebecca Lappa @ Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


The best kept secret in music


The end of 2018 was a significant time for Edmonton’s own Rebecca Lappa, who teamed up with producer Michael Hanson (of Glass Tiger fame) for her first single on Hanson’s indie label, Radar Love Records. Poison Rose shows Lappa tweaking her folk-rock roots with a gloss of pop-rock and dance beats. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter has been a fixture in town since her early teens, picking up five Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and winning one, for her 2015 album Tattered Rose.

When: Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: The Art of Cake, 11811 105 Ave.

Admission: Free

Info: - Edmonton Journal, Tom Murray, Jan. 1, 2019

2nd Annual Christmas Special of live music - CJSR It Takes a Village, Dec.11/18

Rebecca Lappa sings her original song for the No Stone Left Alone ceremony. - Global News Edmonton, Nov.5th, 2018

Story by Howard Druckman | October 18, 2018

For two days at the 2018 BreakOut West festival and conference in Kelowna, BC, the SOCAN Song House provided 12 member participants the opportunity to develop the craft of writing songs. The session was led by hit songwriter/producer Brian Howes, and organized on-site by SOCAN A&R Representative Racquel Villagante.

The participating songwriters, all from Western Canada, were Rebecca Emms, Brady Frank, Scott Henderson, Zach Kleisinger, Rebecca Lappa, Olivia Lunny, Sam Lynch, Dylan MacDonald (of The Middle Coast), Sammi Morelli, Jacqueline Muzichuk, Aaron Parker, and Tatiana Zagorac (a.k.a.TallTale).

BreakOut West, SOCAN Song House, 2018The first day of the workshop they presented half-written songs and were given individualized feedback and critique by Howes. They re-worked these songs and re-presented them to the group. On the second day, they were partnered up, and co-wrote with each other to come up with new songs that fused their styles and strengths together.

All 12 SOCAN songwriters came away with new co-write connections, new songs for their repertoire, and a more comprehensive understanding of what it takes to write a hit song.

Sammi Morreli left the Song House saying, “I’m still buzzing from an incredible week at the #SOCANSongHouse! Sooo grateful for SOCAN providing songwriters like us with incredible opportunities to grow and connect like this! Huge shout out to Brian Howes for leading the workshop, and Racquel Villagante for making it all happen!”

Tatiana Zagorac, published by Cymba Music Publishing said, “Thank you so so much to SOCAN for including me in your Song House at Breakout West this year. I couldn’t imagine a kinder and cooler group of artists, a more fun and sassy organizer than Racquel Villagante, or a better mentor than Brian Howes. I’m gonna really remember this one.”

Dylan MacDonald said, “I just wanted to say thanks for a great experience this week through the SOCAN workshop. You did such a great job of facilitating a fun, comfortable and creative space. I have returned home feeling very inspired.” - Socan Magazine: Words and Music, Oct. 18, 2018 by Howard Druckman

Songstress Rebecca Lappa will strum her guitar and bring her historically based folk-pop-rock fusion music to Kelowna.

The 21 year-old is touring her EP ‘Spirit’ along with her band who has won awards at The Canadian Folk Music Awards and Edmonton Music Awards writes music that is based in story telling and self exploration.

“In this album I explored different parts of the human spirit, there is a song about the spirit of love, the spirit of adventure and the courage. There are so many aspects to what people do, people wish that they could go on an adventure like Amelia Earhart— a lot of people feel trapped in their own lives and my song ‘Looking for Amelia’ is about finding her sense of adventure within your own life,” Lappa said.

Lappa finds herself drawing more and more inspiration from history and her folk music roots allows her to tell the stories in a modern tone to a “good beat that people can get up and dance to.”

Related: Sister Speak returns to Okanagan roots

“I love history, there are a lot of interesting characters and since I like to write stories in my music, I find it very easy to make these characters come back to life,” Lappa said.

The heavily awarded young artist will preform at Milkcrate Records Wednesday evening with her band, The Revelry, Nick Samoil, Madi Myhre and Peter Joshua - Kelowna Capital News, Sydney Morton, August 27, 2018

Folk-pop-rock artist Rebecca Lappa will be performing at Milkcrate Records on Aug. 29.

Lappa and her band, the Revelry, met at MacEwan University in Edmonton in 2016. They will be stopping in Kelowna on their way back from Rogue Arts Festival, on the Sunshine Coast.

Lappa released her EP ‘Spirit’ at the end of 2017. According to her website, “the songs on the EP reflect the human spirit and highlight courage, adventure, change and love.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music starts at 7. - The Daily Courier, Aug 12, 2018

Your Edmonton Folk Music Festival preview

Festival producer Terry Wickham fills you in on this year's artists to watch for

Katherine Duncan · CBC News · Posted: Jul 31, 2018 2:36 PM MT | Last Updated: July 31

Thousands of music lovers flock to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival every year. (Edmonton Folk Music Festival)
This week, meet Terry Wickham, the producer of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. This year's edition is happening Aug. 9-12.

'I'm very proud of this festival,' Folk Fest producer Terry Wickham said on the last day of the 2017 festival. (CBC)
You'll hear about who he's chosen to play, how he makes his choices and which Alberta artists will take to the stage of Gallagher Park this summer.

Local performers include:

Rebecca Lappa, whose song Valiant of Vimy has won her several awards
multi-award-winning storyteller in song, Maria Dunn
veteran folk troubadour Scott Cook
folkways researcher and songwriter Dana Wylie
new talents Travis Matthews and St.Arnaud
​​Listen to the Key of A, Saturday 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio One. - CBC Radio One, Key of A, Katherine Duncan, July 31 2018

Edmonton folk fest 2018 lineup includes Buffy, Neko, Franti, Ry Cooder


Edmonton folk fest 2018 lineup includes Buffy, Neko, Franti, Ry Cooder
Buffy Sainte-Marie is coming to Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which runs Aug. 9 - 12.FISH GRIWKOWSKY / EDMONTON JOURNAL

This year’s Edmonton Folk Music Festival lineup includes a solid number of luminaries, returning faces and fan favourites — including mind-blowing live act Buffy Sainte-Marie; the ever-inventive Neko Case; Flatlander Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Bill Kirchen (just don’t pester the former about The Big Lebowski); superproducer guitarist Ry Cooder; NYC post-rock trio City of the Sun; the crowd-pleasing Michael Franti & Spearhead; Ferron and Her All-Star Band; California indie musician Nick Waterhouse — frequent producer of the Allah-Las; as well as already-announced Regina Spektor, known lately for her Orange is the New Black title song.

Making up for their weather-wary cancelled slots last year are Shakey Graves and the Decemberists. Festival producer Terry Wickham explains, “It took a while before we confirmed both. They needed to line up some routing dates. I didn’t think The Decemberists was going to happen, but then, suddenly, it did.”

North Country Fair superstar Scott Cook will also give the proceedings some of his thoughtful, local musical parables. Wickham also suggests people take a look at Mt. Joy and Tash Sultana.

As far as the ever-evolving infrastructure goes: “A few tweaks to the beer tent. The area inside the beer tent will go all the way to the front of the stage — more room, great seating. We will try to get a small viewing area at the top of the beer tent for Stage 2 … this may or may not work.”

Two video screens will be added to the front of Main Stage as well.

At the press conference Wednesday morning, Wickham noted the festival was ready for marijuana legalization, should it come into effect by then. “We’re going to treat it somewhere between beer and cigarettes. We’re not going to sell it. We’re going to have smoking areas, two signs. One will be a cigarette, one will be like a cigarette, but not quite. The rules aren’t quite out there yet.

“We don’t know even when it’s going to be legalized — we know it’s not going to be July 1.

“I honestly don’t think it’s going to be a big deal. Probably not much change from what’s been going on the last 25 years,” he says with a smile.

The festival runs Thursday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 12.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on June 2 at the EFMF office (10115 97A Ave.), then at 10 a.m. the same day through the various forms of Ticketmaster.

A full breakdown of all the ways in is at — including $65 Friday, $75 Saturday and Sunday daily tickets, $189 non-transferrable personal pass and a transferable, $219 four-pack — 11 and under and 80 and up slip through the gates free. Prices bump up in July.

And now, here’s the full artist list — subject to weather, cancellation or plagues of bats:

Alex Cuba

Alice Phoebe Lou

Amos Garrett & the House Band

Anderson East


The Bros. Landreth

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Chastity Brown

City of the Sun


David Lindley

The Decemberists

Devon Gilfillian

Don Bryant feat. the Bo-Keys

Ferron and Her All Star Band

Glenn Skuthorpe

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gunning & Cormier

Hurray for the Riff Raff

James Keelaghan

Jayme Stone’s Folklife

Jenn Grant

Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Bill Kirchen

John Craigie

John Reischman & the Jaybirds

Jon and Roy

Jon Brooks

Kaia Kater

Las Cafeteras

Les Poules à Colin

Lord Huron

Máirtín O’Connor Trio with Iarla Ó Lionáird Maria Dunn

Martin Simpson

Michael Franti & Spearhead The Milk Carton Kids

Molly Tuttle

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters Mt. Joy

Neko Case

Nick Mulvey

Nick Waterhouse

Ray Bonneville

Regina Spektor

Rev. Sekou

Robert Francis


Russell deCarle

Ry Cooder

School of Song (Dana Wylie, Rebecca Lappa, St. Arnaud, Travis Matthews)

Scott Cook and the Second Chances

Shakey Graves

Shakura S’Aida

Sharon Shannon

Sidi Touré

Son Little

Sona Jobarteh

The StepCrew

Steve Poltz

Tash Sultana

This is The Kit


Trio Da Kali

Twin Bandit

The Wailin’ Jennys

The War and Treaty - Regina Leader-Post, Fish Griwkowsky, May 30, 2018

No text available - 105.9 The Region Radio, April 25, 2018

Songwriting with a purpose; Rebecca Lappa
Part way through her cross-country tour which began in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa stopped in at the Song Talk Radio studio to share two original songs. She was accompanied on piano by the talented musician Nick Samoil. We talked about:

releasing your first album at the age of 12
FACTOR grants
Canada’s Music Incubator
metaphor list as a writing tool
the story is the thing
a song about a Vimy Ridge hero
1st or 2nd person in a song
Listen to the show -, Bruce Harrot, Neel Modi and Phil Emery, March 27, 2018

Edmontonian Rebecca Lappa is one of Canada's brightest new voices. She has won Canadian Folk Music Awards and Edmonton Music Awards. Her music is a blend of folk, pop and rock, and showcases her powerful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics.

In December, Lappa released her new folk-rock EP, Spirit, featuring the song Valiant of Vimy, which won the lieutenant governor of Alberta's Spirit of Vimy contest.

Lappa performs at the Townehouse Tavern, 206 Elgin St., on March 1. Here, she takes some time to answer The Star's 10Q.

1. Describe your sound in seven words

Gritty folk rock stories; intimate to unbridled.

2. Tell us about your first concert.

The first concert I went to was the Dixie Chicks. Great vocals and an all-girl band. It was awesome, inspiring and fun.

3. Why do you gravitate towards folk/roots music? How does it speak to you?

I love telling good stories. While you can tell stories in most genres of music, folk music gives you the most freedom. A good song is more than a hook and rhythm, it should tell the listener something and make them feel it. Even when I venture into more pop rock, I try to bring the storytelling with me.

4. What's your most memorable stage moment?

Bar Lethbridge and telling a joke to Crockpot girl about Millionaire Matchmaker and this drunk guy yells out that's the best joke ever, can I use that.

I got to play a tweener spot on the Edmonton Folk Festival stage. There were thousands of people filling the side of a valley all actively listening to me. It was awesome and humbling and made me want to make music my career. To be able to reach out and touch all of those people with my music was the best high ever.

5. You're heading out on tour. What are you most excited and nervous about? What are you most looking forward to?

This isn't my first tour, but is definitely my longest tour and the farthest I have toured from home. I am excited to see parts of Canada I have never been to before. I am most looking forward to playing for new people and meeting new people. I am most nervous about driving across Canada in the middle of winter. Being from the west, I always think of the east as settled and full of people, then I really looked at the map between Winnipeg and Sudbury and saw all this wilderness.

6. Name an influence that might surprise readers.

One of my favourite artists and influences is Halestorm. She has a great voice and stage presence, plus she tells great stories from unexpected perspectives even though she is a hard rock artist.

7. Share with us your writing process.

My primary instrument is my voice so I start with lyrics and melody first. Sometimes I am inspired by an event or story or something from history. Other times I have an idea first and then gather words and phrases that fit the theme. Then the words and melody start to come together and from them flows the chords and rhythm that match.

8. What are you trying to convey through your music?

Mostly I am just trying to tell good stories, but generally my themes are about people finding themselves or their inner strength. Stories about ordinary people facing their lives and rising to the occasion.

9. What do you hope to achieve in the next year?

I hope to tour more. Work as a musician. Sign with a record label I am talking with. Record a new CD and share my music with as many people as I can.

10. What are you reading right now?

Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead. I like fantasy fiction with women heroes as the main characters. - The Sudbury Star, Feb 22/2018

The holiday season is a quiet time for many unless you’re a musician. In that case you might feel as if entertaining other people never stops.

Catching up with rising star Rebecca Lappa on the last day of 2017 found the local folk-pop singer-songwriter just back from a gig at the airport where she was playing solo with her guitar.

“I’ve done a lot of stuff this year,” she admits.

Much of her busy year was spent performing with her band The Revelry. They’re playing Blues On Whyte on Monday and Tuesday, and she’s on stage at several other venues during January.

Lappa is following up on the momentum that comes with a just-released E.P. of new songs called Spirit, her graduation from MacEwan University’s music program last spring, and her first real extended tour of Alberta and Saskatchewan last summer.

She has been writing stories and songs since age nine and has looked for themes beyond her own life for years now. Spirit is an apt name for an eclectic set of tunes that ends with her ode, Alberta, A Love I Can’t Fight.

“When I started to write it, I thought, what if Alberta was a dude?”

Suffice to say, the dude would be flattered. Another aspect of Spirit that inspired Lappa was the story of Amelia Earhart. She and her co-writer Rob Heath did a lot of research on the lost pilot.

“She was such an adventurous person. I guess I was trying to suggest that you might find a little piece of Amelia inside yourself.”

Lately she’s been actively pursuing co-writing opportunities for the “positive learning experience” that comes in collaborating with another brain. The song Work My Prayers is a co-write with Vancouver’s Doug Folkins about travelling,

But the number that really pushes you to stop and reflect is Valiant of Vimy. Lappa’s song won a competition hosted by Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge, a crucial battle that serves as one of Canada’s greatest triumphs despite the many soldiers who were lost. She got a trip to Vimy for her winning song.

“I try to imagine myself in different situations. Obviously I had never been in that situation but I did research people who had won the Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge, especially the story of Pte. John Pattisson, that was so heartbreaking and heroic. It was very moving to go there and tour the cemeteries, and it was rainy and cold so I got a small taste of the conditions soldiers would have been fighting under. And most of them were 20 years old, which coincidentally, is how old I was.”

The singer credits her time at MacEwan for a lot, especially when it comes to learning about different styles and genres of music, but the overall experience was valuable in a few ways.

“I was singing every day so that helped a lot on its own but it’s also just lots of fun to work and play with other people.”

Finding her band The Revelry – Nick Samoil on keys, Madi Myhre’s bass, Evan Stewart’s drums – was one connection that came out of the program. The experience also left her sound leaning towards more of a rock style, which already came through on Reckless Heart (2016), her last full-length album which found her teaming up with Calgary producer Russell Broom.

“I have stories I want to share that wouldn’t fit so easily into the folk genre like my other stuff and I have other songs I haven’t recorded yet that are more in the pop-rock swing of things. That’s probably the direction I’m heading towards.”

After Reckless Heart, the Spirit E.P. is Lappa’s seventh release overall. In just a year and a half The Revelry have already put in over 100 gigs, a notable accomplishment for an artist still just 20. Her 2015 album Tattered Rose won her the Canadian Folk Music Award after four previous nominations.

And 2018 is looking like another busy year for Lappa. While she’s already pretty marketing savvy for her age, the singer heads down to Toronto in March to participate in a 10-week program geared to the business side of music making, called the Coalition Music Incubator. After that she’s hoping her band will be able to book themselves into an even longer season of summer touring.

In the meantime you can hear Lappa and The Revelry at Blues on Whyte Monday and Tuesday. She’s also playing Art of Cake Friday night, The Billiard Club on Jan. 11, and Cask And Barrel on Jan. 20. - Edmonton Journal, Roger Levesque, Jan 4, 2018

Photo of Rebecca at the Big Dreamer Jam - Edmonton Journal, Codie McLachlan, Jan6/18

Local singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa has now put out more albums than most artists with decades of experience.

The 20-year-old released album number seven, Spirit, on December 14 at a venue on Whyte Ave.

"It was a lot of fun. I think there was more people at that CD release party than I've ever had at one before," said Lappa.

It's not easy to categorize the music into one genre but that was the goal Lappa had in mind when she entered the studio.

"This album is a little more concise style-wise in the sense that there's not 50 billion different styles going on. We narrowed our focus to something more folk-rock."

Up next for Lappa is a trip to Ontario where she will enroll in the Canada Music Incubator Program learning about everything from the creative to business side of the industry.

Spirit is available on any major music platform. - Fort Sask Online, Ryan Connop, Dec 31/17

What a voice! Well, it didn’t take long to re-connect with Rebecca Lappa, the singer in the background of the Short Story Dispensary GEM. Tonight we caught Rebecca Live at the Brick and Whiskey releasing her latest album Spirit. She’s got that voice that everyone loves, and lyrics that are very mature and deeply poetic at times. No wonder as she has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and she is a winner of a Edmonton Music Award. I encourage you to buy one of her albums or just familiarize yourself with her. Enjoy the blog video. - Daily Gem, December 15, 2017, Jarvis Popovich

Rebecca Lappa on It Takes a Village with host Rhea March - CJSR, Dec.12/17, Rhea March

It was hard not to be impressed by the degree of professionalism and heart Edmonton’s folk sweetheart Rebecca Lappa displayed during BeatRoute’s interview with her. She walked in with not only a pile of CDs to reference but an impactful resume highlighting her career achievements, none of which she presented with any illusion of grandeur. Lappa’s earnest approach to her craft is undoubtedly one of the reasons she’s been flown to Vimy Ridge for winning the Spirit of Vimy song writing contest, won a Canadian Folk Music Award (nominated five times total) and shared the stage with several notable artists including Basia Bulat, Scenic Route to Alaska and more.

She has been releasing music since she was in grade eight, ranging from folk to twangier alt country and even a little bit of rock n roll. The constant has always been her passion for songwriting.

“It’s my dream to write songs for other people for a living,” she explains, beaming. “That’s why I went to MacEwan to learn more about the instrumental side of writing. I’ve been writing lyrics since I was nine years old. Since then I’ve noticed my stories have gotten more concise and relatable. I used to write a lot about mythological creatures but now I have more personal experiences to draw from. I’ve always loved telling stories.”

Her upcoming EP Spirit showcases her growth as a songwriter, namely in the first track “Valiant of Vimy,” which is the song that won the Spirit of Vimy contest. Her love of storytelling is supplemented by her approach to researching her subjects and bringing them to life in such deeply emotional ways.

“When I first heard about the contest, I didn’t know much about Vimy,” Lappa reveals. “I knew that it happened and many Canadians lost their lives there. So I started looking for a story to write about. I did some research about the Victoria Cross and learned Private John Pattison’s story. It took me about a week to write that song and then I got to go see the Memorial in France. It was sobering.”

The 20 year old also infuses this degree of passion for storytelling into the other three tracks on the album, drawing inspiration from Amelia Earhart, who was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

“When I was a kid I thought she was a superhero and I used to watch documentaries about her,” Lappa says. “The concept of being brave and trying new things was what I was trying to capture with the song ‘Looking for Amelia.’ Finding those qualities within yourself.”

Once Spirit is officially out, Lappa plans on continuing to seek out opportunities to collaborate with other writers, attend song circles around Edmonton and work on new material. As she’s always quite busy performing around Edmonton, she also hopes to take on a more extensive tour schedule in 2018 to see more of Canada and draw inspiration from more life experience.

“I just want to continue writing, performing and touring,” she says, simply. “If that could be the way I earn a living instead of teaching gymnastics or teaching four-year-olds how to play the piano, that would be really great!”

With a disposition inclined toward positivity and a strong work ethic like Lappa’s, there is little doubt she’s one to watch as she continues on her journey to become a full time artist. - Beatroute, Dec. 6, 2017, Brittany Rudyck

Rebecca Lappa’s voice sings with fiery passion on the elegant “Spirit EP”. Lyrics focus upon the great moments in life, the ones that come to truly define a person. Vocals possess a great range, going from soaring into the heavens to more hushed, intimate moments. Throughout it all her uncanny ear for melody allows the country-western spirit to truly grow and expand into beautiful terrain. Instrumentally vibrant, a great deal of color is incorporated throughout, allowing from organs and guitars to intermingle in a glorious way.
Things start off just right with the muscular all-consuming energy of “Alberta, A Love I Can’t Fight”. Easily the highlight of the collection, Rebecca Lappa opts for a commanding presence, letting multiple layers of sound to build up into a virtual rush of sound. Far more low-key, “Looking For Amelia” takes on a reflective approach, allowing everything to unfurl with a simple grace. Keeping a light touch works wonders while Rebecca Lappa allows the track to embody a literal journey through the ups and downs of a life lived to the fullest. Martial drums add to the overall intense atmosphere of the epic scope of “Valiant Of Vimy”. Perfectly ending the collection, the playful quality of “Worth My Prayers” simply stuns. From a dreamy organ swell all else comes into focus lending the piece a heavenly hue.
With the “Spirit EP” Rebecca Lappa is a powerful addition to the fine singer-songwriter tradition, crafting thought-provoking stories that linger in the mind. -, November 28, 2017, Paul Cushman,

To open the Key of A for Remembrance Day, hear Rebecca Lappa's Spirit of Vimy contest-winning song, Valiant of Vimy, inspired by the life and tour of duty of Victoria Cross winning Vimy soldier Private John Pattison.

Then hear about some of the Alberta artists helping to warm up winter at two festivals in Calgary, including Block Heater, set to announce their lineup later today.

Big Winter Classic 2018 invites you to their indoor-outdoor club and patio party in January (gotta love the optimism in that statement!). Alberta artists include Edmonton's Altameda.

Calgary-born Tiyanna Amani Stewart, daughter of former Stampeder Tony Stewart, has released a gorgeous new R&B track, Selfless, under the name Amani.

Treeline Records has released Volume 2 in their Taking it To Heart compilation series, with proceeds to the Heart & Stroke foundation. Edmonton's The Wet Secrets donated a previously unreleased track, Tidal Wave of Hate (baby let's surf), while Calgary's Astral Swans offers up an eerie new song called No Home Left in the Head.

Alex Vissia, who you may remember as one of the Vissia Sisters, has released her first album under her new moniker, VISSIA. It's been streaming on CBC Music for a week ahead of today's release. The album is called Place Holder. You'll hear the story behind that name, along with two of the songs.

Plus, folk trio Lighter than Arrows, and the multiple YYC Music award-winning song Untouchable by King Dylan. Check out the video for the song below.

Listen to the Key of A Saturday, 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1. - Key of A on CBC Radio, Katherine Duncan, Nov.11, 2017

Her music tells the tale of history.

Fort Saskatchewan musician, Rebecca Lappa got to experience life in the trenches first hand after winning an October trip to Vimy Ridge through a social media contest.

Lappa won the Spirit of Vimy Ridge social media contest in the spring for the age group 18-24 years, by submitting a lyric video of a song she wrote about Private John George Pattison of Calgary, who had won the Victoria Cross while fighting at Vimy Ridge.

“Pattison decided he would sign up for World War I at the age of 40 because he wanted to go over and look out for his 16 year old son, Henry, who had enlisted,” Lappa explained.

On April 10, 1917, Pattison was fighting at Vimy Ridge and his group was trying to take out a German gunning position but they were stuck. Patterson decided to run and throw grenades at those in the German gunning position and he single handedly took out that position.

Pattison’s story really resonated with Lappa, who then wrote the song titled, Valiant of Vimy Ridge for the contest. She took the trip to France, valued at $4,000 with Nick Samoil from Oct. 20 to 24.

“Just standing there and looking at the amount of graves.... In the German cemetery, depending on how big the cemetery was, one cross could be for six people,” she said.

Seeing first hand how many people were buried in the cemeteries they visited had a real impact on Lappa.

“A lot of people in the cemeteries were my age, I’m 20. It was inspirational just in the sense of their sacrifice and that they decided they were going to try to do something about (the situation at the time) even if it was scary and that’s important for people my age and others to understand, that even if something is scary, you should go do it.”

Experiencing the under ground tunnels and trenches that soldiers would have used left an impact on Lappa as well.

She described the tunnels as cramped and pitch black. When the tour guide turned off the lights and showed them what it would have been like for soldiers in the tunnels, a very small light could only be seen every six to 12 feet.

Lappa said the trenches were so close together that when you stood in one and another person stood in another trench you could look them in the eye.

“It really brought the story I had written about; to life,” she said about the trip. “It made all the things I imagined more realistic and it made it all a lot more sad and it was also very inspirational as well.”

The trip has also changed Lappa’s view on Remembrance Day itself.

“I, one hundred per cent, definitely have a lot more to think about now on Remembrance Day then I did last year,” said Lappa. “Life is a lot more fragile then most people think it is.”

Lappa will perform her song at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Edmonton’s Butterdome on Nov. 11.

She released her single, Valiant of Vimy Ridge, on Nov. 1 and she has an EP being released at the end of December. The lyric video can be found on YouTube. - Fort Saskatchewan Record, Nov. 9, 2017, Leanne Delong

After winning the Spirit of Vimy Contest this past summer, Rebecca Lappa went on an inspiring trip.

The singer-songwriter travelled to France to see Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary.

"It was incredible, you don't actually understand how big the monument is until you go near it," said Lappa.

In the contest, she was required to make a video about the WWI battle, which lead to her song 'Valiant of Vimy Ridge' written about an Albertan soldier.

"My grandfather fought in WWII, so I have some of his mementos and things that he had. I've already been interested in history and storytelling so that was a natural thing to do."

Her trip included seeing all of the monuments, graveyards and some sightseeing in Paris.

"Most of the people in the cemeteries were around 20-years-old which is basically how old I am at this point, so that was pretty scary," added Lappa.

To cap off the amazing trip, she has been invited to perform her touching song at the Edmonton Police Services Remembrance Day Ceremony. -, Nov. 7, 2017, Cody Janzen

Rebecca Lappa on It Takes a Village show, hosted by Rhea March on CJSR. - CJSR, Nov. 7, 2017, Rhea March

Rebecca is interviewed by Gord Steinke on Global News. - Global News TV, Nov. 6, 2017, Gord Steinke

Rebecca Lappa and others perform on It Takes a Village, hosted by Rhea March on CJSR. - CJSR, June 13, 2017, Host Rhea March

Edmonton singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa and the Revelry will be making their way to the Border City for the first time.

On June 9, Lappa and her band will be hitting the stage at the root: community emporium to showcase her latest album, Reckless Heart.

“(The audience) should expect a lot of interesting stories and some great melodies to go along with them,” said Lappa.

The Revelry includes Nick Samoil, keyboard, Madi Myhre, bass and Evan Stewart, drums.

The folk-rock singer is a Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and an Edmonton Music Awards winner.

“Everything is based on stories I have written. So, we do a lot of storytelling through our music,” she said.

The writing on the album comes from Lappa’s real life experiences or from others.

“I like a lot of history-based stuff, and poetry. I take stories from all of those places and I turn them into music. So, that’s what our (songs) are based on,” she said.

Reading and history have played a huge role in her songwriting, which can be heard in her original song “The Valiant of Vimy Ridge.”

Lappa garnered a lot of attention with the song, as it won the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Spirit of Vimy Ridge contest. Her song was focused on a man named John Pattison.

“When he got there he single handedly took out a gunning position that was being manned by the Germans at Vimy Ridge … he won a Victoria Cross for that. His story was inspiring, so that’s why I decided to write the song about him,” said Lappa.

Winning the contest means she will now get a free trip to Vimy Ridge.

Lappa has been writing music since she was nine years old, and her sound has since evolved into the folk-rock genre.

“I’ve been playing around Edmonton since I was 12,” she said.

“I’m not really sure I got into the folk-rock genre or it just kind of found me.”

Having played in many places across Canada and the United States, Lappa said that was her favourite part, to be able to travel.

“I just enjoy writing and telling people my stories. I feel like if I wasn’t writing I wouldn’t still be doing this, just because the reason I like to play for people is I feel like I have interesting stories I wanted to share with them,” she said.

Playing intimate spaces is fun, Lappa said, as she gets to experience more audience interactions.

“It’s easier to talk to the audience because you can actually see them,” she said.

At 8 p.m., Lappa and the Revelry will hit the stage at The Root and cover will be $10 at the door. - Lloydminister Meridian Booster, June 5, 2017, Jessica Dempsey

Rebecca hosted the Best of Spirit of Vimy Ridge Awards at the Armoury in Edmonton. - Shaw TV Edmonton, June 2017

Edmonton singer heading to Vimy Ridge after song wins award

An up and coming Edmonton singer/songwriter is heading to Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary of the battle. Rebecca Lappa won the Spirit of Vimy contest. She joined Gord Steinke in studio to talk about what inspired her and perform her song. - Global News, April 5, 2017, Gord Steinke

Edmonton singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa, 19, will be headed to Vimy Ridge to mark the centennial of the First World War battle after winning a Spirit of Vimy contest hosted by the Government of Alberta.

Lappa earned the top prize in the 18- to 24-year-old category for her song Valiant of Vimy Ridge, a first-person account of Calgary-born soldier John George Pattison, who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, Lappa said Sunday.

John George Pattison, Calgary, Alberta. Was awarded the Victoria Cross. Date: circa 1914-1917Photo: Courtesy, Glenbow Archives — NA-4025-1 GLENBOW ARCHIVES
Pattison enlisted at the age of 40 to look out for his 18-year-old son. The father and son were in the 50th Battalion.

The soldier, “in complete disregard for his own safety, ran up to a German gunning position, threw grenades at soldiers, took over the gunning position and turned it on the Germans,” Lappa said.

“In this case, I wrote the song in first person,” she said in an interview on Sunday. “I wanted to put the listener in the shoes of the character.”

Lappa found the contest online. It was a great fit for her songwriting, which is often based on history. She sang and played guitar on the track and had a friend add mandolin to the song.

She was told she won for her “emotional connection” to her character in the song.

“I think it will drive home the point that people sacrificed themselves for freedom and the livelihood of the country,” she said, adding she will be thinking of her grandfather, a Second World War veteran.

The lieutenant governor stated she hopes all Albertans take time to reflect on April 9 on the battle that has been called the birth of Canada as a nation.

“I’m so impressed with the creativity that came through in the videos and I was moved by the way these bright young citizens connected with the soldiers who fought for Canada a century ago,” said Lt. Gov. Lois E. Mitchell in a news release.

“Their videos remind us that the lessons of the past continue to resonate and we all can learn and draw inspiration from the heroes who built the country we are privileged to enjoy today.” - Edmonton Journal, March 26, 2017, Catherine Griwkowsky

Two teens from Edmonton and Calgary won trips to Vimy Ridge as part of an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The SPIRIT of Vimy Awards, held at the Federal Building in Edmonton on Saturday, is an initiative of Alberta’s Lt.-Gov. Lois E. Mitchell. This is the first time the event has been held and it is part of a larger program related to history education.

READ MORE: ‘Spirit of Vimy’ in Calgary: Young Albertans pay tribute to Canadian heroes

Young people from across the province were invited to submit artwork, ranging from song to dance to visual art, which would bring the history of Vimy Ridge to life.

Fifteen finalists were selected and a panel of judges chose two winners from two different age categories.

One winner, 19- year-old Rebecca Lappa of Edmonton, is a songwriter whose grandfather was a pilot in the Second World War.

“He flew a plane over the English Channel a bunch of times. When the contest came about, I thought this would be a perfect way to talk about history,” she said.

Lappa wrote a song about the experience of a soldier named Private Pattison.

“Then I created a slideshow of pictures of him and other people that were at Vimy and put the recording to the slideshow,” she said.

“I love history. I’m a songwriter and a musician primarily. I write a lot of stuff based on history. History is very important to me because some of the best stories come from history.”
Lappa understands she has a personal connection to the military but wants to encourage all youth to take a look into Canada’s past.

“I want to remind people that things that have happened in the past are still valued. You can learn things from the past to change the future,” she said.
READ MORE: Cadets from across Alberta mark the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The other winner, 16-year-old Lloyd Templeton of Calgary, compiled a slideshow of original watercolour paintings that depicted the Battle at Vimy Ridge and laid a poem overtop.

“I’m really interested in history. I’m really interested in art. So the opportunity to learn more about a battle I didn’t know much about and improve my art skills and make something meaningful was a really good opportunity,” he said.

Templeton said he was shocked as he learned more about the battle and the number of soldiers who gave their lives. He wants other youth to take an interest as well.

“Any Canadian can connect to it, regardless of if they were involved with the military or not,” he said.

“I think anyone can make a personal tie. I think whether you’re a child of a soldier or a grandchild of a soldier or a newcomer to Canada, I think anyone can really connect to the sacrifice they made.”
Col. Kirk Gallinger, the chief of staff for the 3rd Canadian Division, is responsible for all of western Canada. He addressed the crowd Saturday afternoon about the significance of Vimy Ridge.

“It’s recognized as the birth of our nation. Vimy is an example of our nation coming together from coast to coast. It was the first time that the Canadian core – all of our divisions – fought together,” he said.

When asked whether Canadian youth are as interested as they should be in the country’s history, Gallinger said competitions like SPIRIT of Vimy makes him believe they are.

“When you see the level of response we had for this competition and you see the amount of work that went into it, the proof is there – they are engaged.”

Lt.-Gov. Mitchell said the submissions show that young people do understand the impact and importance of historical events such as Vimy Ridge.

“I am so, so proud of our youth. We must never, ever, ever judge what our youth are capable of or their empathy or their understanding,” she said.

It has not yet been decided whether the competition will be held again next year but Janet Resta, communications officer for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, said there is hope it will continue running.

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. - Global News, March 25/17, Julia Wong

TV interview about latest CD, Reckless Heart - CTV, March 9, 2017

Filmed on Nov. 15/2016,
Aired all of January 2017 - Shaw Studios, Edmonton

A “Crockpot Girl” is the type who needs to simmer and warm up to the person they’re with. Here’s a rocking number from Rebecca Lappa. - Ride the Tempo, Tianna Feng, Jan.18/17

Radio interview on Jan. 13th, 2017 - The Drive, Red Deer

Radio interview on Dec.13, 2016 - CJSR

Radio Interview on Nov. 9, 2016 - Edmonton

Sung with the utmost passion, Rebecca Lappa’s “Reckless Heart” effortlessly creates a lovely, fully realized kind of folk. Over the course of the album she runs the gamut from the absolute bombastic to the restrained refined sort of sound. By letting such a wide variety of styles permeate the pieces from folk, country, rock, psychedelic, and pop, the songs have a raw live feeling to them. Easily the highlight of the album are Rebecca Lappa’s strong vocals and compassionate lovely lyricism which truly define it.

Opening the album off on a high note is the energetic playfulness of “Crockpot Girl”. This deserves to be played as loud as possible for it is a freewheeling rollicking kind of sound. With a driving rhythm is the deeply felt “Crawl”. On “Yesterday’s Wine” Rebecca Lappa opts for a gentle, intimate sound as the delicate guitar work helps to emphasize the careful narrative she creates. Spacious to its core is compassionate glimmer of “Mary Jo” whose dreamy sound is a swirling sea of gorgeous textures. A sense of tension defines the spirted “Till The King Comes Home”. Sweetness pours out of the airy “Carnival of Love”. Offering a highly detailed account of a failed, hard relationship is the sadness of “Baby Set Me Free”. Quite tenderly it describes how a lack of trust can ruin people. Ending the album is the reflective “Secret Love”.

Rebecca Lappa’ s “Reckless Heart” sounds like a celebration, filled with pure joy. - Skope, Beach Sloth, Nov. 9, 2016

Radio Interview on Nov. 4, 2016 - Fort Saskatchewan

With the launch of her sixth album, Reckless Heart, (released Nov. 2nd), 19-year-old singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa continues to take giant steps forward in her career.

The self-released album highlights her continued musical maturity, adding depth to her patented folk/rock sound. Two days before its official release, Reckless Heart debuted at number one on CJSR’s Edmonton Top 30 chart.

Reckless Heart features eleven tracks and is a grittier representation of Lappa’s sound, while still showcasing her powerful voice and compelling storytelling. She described how continuing growth—both musically and in her personal life—have broadened her sound.

“I’m a little older so I’ve experienced a little more in life. The people I know and hang out with have obviously experienced a little more of what happens in life and what it’s like to be an adult,” she explains. “I guess I’ve been telling their stories based on some of the more mature themes that they’ve had to deal with, or themes that I’ve had to deal with myself more recently.”

Musically, Lappa has experience beyond her years. Having taken music, voice and piano lessons, songwriting since the age of nine, attending Victoria School for the Arts, moving on to Grant MacEwan’s music program while recording five increasingly successful albums in the process.

As she continued to grow musically and produce new material, the music industry began to take notice. She was afforded several grants to help her along the way, including the FACTOR Juried Sound Recording grant that enabled her to record and release Reckless Heart.

In November of 2015, Lappa was recognized with the honour of “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA’s). Heading into the event she wasn’t holding her breath for a victory. Lappa had been nominated five years running and had watched as her peers were selected ahead of her each year. This time would be different.

“It was amazing. I was sitting in the audience at the CFMA’s in 2015 and was like ‘I’m probably not going to win, so I’ll take my shoes off.’ I took the heels off and started getting ready to clap for whoever was going to win and they’re like ‘Rebecca!’ So I was like ‘Uh oh, I’ve gotta put my shoes back on,” she says.

For her latest effort, Lappa teamed up with JUNO Award winning producer Russell Broom (Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk). The two met in May of 2015 at Red Deer’s SongRise Music Conference & Showcase, forming a musical relationship that led to the broadening of her sound.

“Working with him was the first time that I, myself anyway, had to think ‘How would I like this guitar part to sound? What would I want the music around the story to sound like, and not just have somebody decide for me,” the songwriter explained. “It was kinda cool to have my input thought about in the whole process. It was an eye-opening experience.”

This is one of the noticeable changes Lappa has made in her approach to songwriting. In the past, she relied heavily on third-person storytelling that lends itself to a gentler folk sound. Reckless Heart sees her taking a more mainstream approach.

“More recently, since I’ve been doing stuff from a first-person type of perspective, it’s been more like ‘OK, well what are a whole bunch of words or phrases that relate to that topic?’ I’ll brainstorm them and then I’ll pick one of the three instruments that I play (banjo, guitar, piano),” she explained. “I’ll come up with up with a chord progression, and generally the lines and the melodies and progressions come around the same time.”

With the album now completed and released, Lappa looks ahead to the touring and promotion that comes next. She has formed a trio known as Rebecca and the Revelry, featuring fellow MacEwan music students Madi Myhre (bass), and Evan Stewart (drums) to help perform her more mainstream tunes as well as older hits. Rehearsing with the trio has helped influence her “transition and arrangements for the record.”

Lappa plans to tour the record in May 2017, with dates based on where songs chart or are frequently played.

As for now, Lappa is ecstatic to be able to share the album she’s put so much of herself into.

“It’s super fun going up to a friend or a family member, or other people that I know and being like, ‘OK, just sit down for a second and just listen to this,’ and seeing people’s faces light up when they hear the record. Hopefully, it’ll make other people’s faces light up too.”

Thurs., Nov. 10 (5:30 PM)
The Needle, gratuities accepted - Vue Weekly, Lee Butler, Nov. 2/16

Review – Rebecca Lappa

November 15, 2016 Lizzie Sharpe
Album: Reckless Heart
Release Date: November 2, 2016
Genre: Pop, Folk and Rock

Edmonton, Alberta based singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa, has just released her newest album entitled Reckless Heart on November 2, 2016. Rebecca Lappa started her music career at a young age and is now a five time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and winner. Rebecca won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2015 for her album Tattered Rose. She is a very talent artist who released her first album in 2011 and also helped create some songs for musical theatre productions. Rebecca Lappa’s newest album Reckless Heart has some pure emotions put into it with a bit of romance mixed in as well. Rebecca had some guidance from JUNO-winning producer Russell Broom to create the album.

The song that first caught my attention was “Crawl.” It’s the second song on the album and is just a taste of what the whole album sounds like. “Crawl” is a very relatable song that had me wanting to listen to more from this artist. I really like the song, Rebecca’s vocals and talent is shown very strongly through the chorus. The other track that captured my interest was “Breath In The Storm,” which is the seventh song on the album. The song is beautifully written and has a perfect mix of sounds to create one of the best songs on the album to me. Overall, the album was good and is very well put together, creating a mix of eleven songs that were all enjoyable to listen to. I really liked hearing Rebecca’s talent and sheer dedication to her music, which shines through while listening to this release.

If you are looking for something new to listen to, Rebecca Lappa is definitely an artist that I would highly recommend. - Canadian Beats, Lizzie Sharpe, Nov.2, 2016

Artist: Rebecca Lappa

Album: Reckless Heart


3 1/2 stars out of 5

After five albums moving toward a pop-folk synthesis, Edmonton singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa makes a headlong dive outside the world of acoustic folk with her newest release, Reckless Heart.

The lyrical underpinnings of these Russell Broom-produced tracks are still the same, straightforward confessional singer-songwriter musings, though she’s focused more on battlefront reports from the romantic wars with tracks like Crockpot Girl, Crawl (about abusive relationships) and Love in a Killing.

Broom judiciously weds artful sonic touches to the proceedings, adding blurry electro drums to Yesterday’s Wine, Mellotron to Bonnie & Clyde and sweet banjo on Mary Jo. He’s careful not to get in the way of Lappa’s powerful voice, however, giving her plenty of space to wail, especially on full-blown rocker Crockpot Girl.

It’s a slick and confident effort with the feel of a transitional album, pointing toward the new territory where Lappa is heading.

— Tom Murray - Edmonton Journal, Tom Murray, Oct.31, 2016

It Takes a Village Radio Interview on Oct. 27, 2016 with Rhea March. - CJSR, Oct. 27, 2016, hosted by Rhea March

Edmonton artist Rebecca Lappa has put a lot of points on the scoreboard of her career so far – two albums, two EPs, three original folk operas, three major awards, and a claim of more than 200 songs written. And she’s only 19 years old.

Are they all good songs? That’s for the fans to judge. Also the critics.

Lappa releases her latest album, Reckless Heart, with a show Sunday night at Have Mercy Southern Table and Bar, a new venue on the Whyte Avenue scene. The record is produced by the amazing Calgary guitarist Russell Broom, who’s played with Jann Arden and Chantal Kreviazuk, and features Lappa in a somewhat rockier tone than her usual forte. She was, don’t forget, the ONLY Edmonton winner at last year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards. But it’s the slow and plaintive songs like Breathe in the Storm and Secret Love that stand out from a fairly conventional set of country-ish folk-rockers dealing mainly with matters of the heart. The singing is the true knock-out here, the passion of Sheryl Crow with the sensitivity of Sarah McLachlan – yet original, truly the makings of a star.

Opening the show at 7 pm is X62 and Soap Box Duo. Tickets are $5 in Advance, $10 at the door -, Mike Ross, Oct. 27, 2016

By: Anna Borowiecki

Rebecca Lappa, centre, with Evan Stewart and Madi Myhre set the folk-pop stage afire with tunes from Lappa's new release at Visionary College's inaugural Picnic At the Park on Monday, Aug. 1 at Lions Park.

The long weekend is the best time to decompress and be lazy. On this Heritage Day weekend, an old-fashioned family day picnic is just what the doctor ordered.
Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts, formerly Visionary College, is hosting their inaugural Picnic at the Park on Monday, Aug. 1 at Lions Park.
This free community event features bands, children’s entertainment, roving Disney princesses and action heroes, bouncy castles, a market and food trucks.
Martha Livingstone, creative director for the picnic, explains that the idea was born after staff reminisced about their participation in St. Albert’s 150th anniversary picnic that attracted well over 2,000 people.
“We talked about the picnic idea and decided we wanted to keep it going,” said Livingstone.
Since Visionary College is transitioning and changing its name to Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts, the picnic was also an ideal attraction to showcase its talent – past and present.
Carolina Del Rio, Visionary events and entertainment manager, noted that the college was expanding its curriculum and necessitated a name change.
“We’re adding acting and dance programs and a name change seemed more applicable to those things,” said Del Rio.
The picnic kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a young children’s showcase that brings together Samantha Wilson, Sammi Davidson, Lyra Padden and Rotary scholarship winners Marija and Sophia Chvojka.
At 12:15 p.m., a cast of costumed Disney princesses – Elsa, Anna, Jasmine and Pocahontas – sing a couple of favourites such as Colours of The Wind and Let It Go before mingling with crowds and creating photo opportunities for families.
Capes and Crowns theatrical production of PAW Patrol, a four-actor production on the Canadian animated television series takes over the stage at 12:30 p.m.
PAW Patrol follows the adventures of a boy named Ryder who leads a pack of dogs on rescue missions across the city.
Starting right at 1 p.m., Livingstone’s own four-piece pop-rock band Marty’s Party kicks it up a notch with their original versions of classic and indie rock.
“We’re very energetic and we have an edgy sound. Marty’s Party is fun, uptempo and it wants to make you move,” Livingstone said adding the repertoire combines everything from Joan Jett and Eurythmics to Adele and Lady Gaga.
Aryn Connell, a Grade 12 student at Victoria School for the Performing Arts, whips up a few songs of smooth jazz before country-rock vocalist Leah Durelle takes command at 2 p.m.
Newly returned after performing with Darcy Stamp at the Calgary Stampede, Durelle comes to the picnic with a set of high-powered vocals and a tight backup band.
At 2:45 p.m. the Rebecca Lappa Trio with Evan Stewart on drums and Madi Myhre on bass complement the variety show with a folk-pop set.
“Rebecca is a prolific singer-songwriter with a unique voice. She has so many different styles of music, that I can’t compare her to anyone. The best I can say is that she tells stories like Joni Mitchell,” said Livingstone.
Lappa just recorded an album with Russell Broom, producer for Jann Arden’s albums. During her 45-minute set she will perform various songs from the 11-track Reckless Heart slated for release in late fall.
Known primarily as a folk artist, Lappa is transitioning to an alt pop rock direction.
“While I attended the MacEwan composition program, my style of writing changed and I’ve grown as a vocalist in belting and other stuff. I started writing to this new music and it changed the sound I created,” Lappa said.
Grade 10 Paul Kane student Taylor Hambly brings her pop essence to the table with a couple of songs she recorded in Los Angeles. And finally Jake Perry, an associate of award-winning Jessy Moss, closes the afternoon at 3:45 p.m. with his low-key Tom Waits style.
Livingstone added, “We hope you can bring the family and spend some time together to celebrate our event. From the response we’ve had, there will be lots of people and we hope to keep it going.”
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, mosquito repellent and pack a picnic lunch or sample the fare from on-site food trucks.
Parking is available in the lot between Lions Park and the curling club. You can access the parking lot at the intersection of Taché Street and Sir Winston Churchill Avenue. - St. Albert Gazette, July 30/2016

Edmonton’s Rebecca Lappa will give Stony Plain an evening of music inspired from poetry during the Summer Sessions concert series on July 13.

At 19 years old, Lappa has already released five albums, the latest being Tattered Rose.

“The story I am telling through this record is that life is beautiful and fragile, like a rose,” Lappa explained.

“Once the rose is exposed to the elements, or life, it becomes tattered.”

Lappa is a classically trained singer who finished with Honors in both the Grade 7 vocal and the advanced music rudiments theory exam at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In fact, Lappa has been writing music since she was nine years old.

“I really enjoy stories and have always loved listening to other people read me stories,” Lappa said.

“So, I started writing songs with stories in them.”

Lappa’s songwriting has won her numerous awards in the past, including the adult alternative recording of the year for her song Queen of the May during the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards.

As well, her album Tattered Rose won young performer of the year during the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards and made Earshots National top 10 folk, roots and blues chart.

Lappa draws on her own personal experience, as well as the lives of others around her, when writing her music.

However, her last few records have been based on poems and legends.

“I did a whole album on Tennyson’s poems and I wrote a musical about Camelot,” Lappa said.

Lappa performed her musical at the 2016 NextFest last month in Edmonton.

Currently Lappa is attending Grant MacEwan college to study music and has recently learned how to play the guitar.

During her performance on July 13, Lappa said residents can expect “strong vocals and interesting stories.”

“My drummer, Evan Stewart, is also coming with me, so there will be percussion.”

This will be Lappa’s first time performing during the Summer Sessions concert series, and she is just happy to be able to perform live.

“I will play anywhere people will let me play,” said Lappa.

“At smaller venues I get to know the audience a little better … and that’s a lot of fun.”

For more information about Lappa and her upcoming performances, visit

Residents are encouraged to check the Town’s website or social media for any cancellations due to inclement weather.

As with all concerts during the Summer Sessions series, admittance is free.

Twitter: @YasminMayne - Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter, Yasmin Mayne, July 8/16

Rebecca Lappa "Tattered Rose"
Own label, 2015

Artist Video
Singer/songwriter Rebecca Lappa (vocals, classical guitar, banjo) from Edmonton, Alberta, recorded her fifth album with 7 original songs with Gord Matthews (guitars, mandola, sitar), Maria Dunn (accordion, whistle), Christine Hanson (cello), John Taylor (bass), Keri Lynn Zwicker (Celtic harp) and Jamie Cooper (percussion).
She sings the rhythmic “Anchor tattoo” to the pace of the drums, bass and banjo, whistle, accordion and mandola accompany her hauntingly beautiful singing. The banjo driven folk ballad “Brother John” was inspired by the classic murder poem The cruel brother and is a perfect showcase for her powerful voice. The sitar caresses her words on “Rose coloured lenses” and “Tastes this good” is an up-beat Folk-rock song. For the final “Piece of me” she is joined by Matty McKay on guitar, Justin Kudding on bass and Spencer Cheyne on drums, Lappa sings about her past celebrating the future accompanied by the rocking groove of the guys.
Owing to her beautiful song writing and her breath-taking voice Rebecca Lappa has been nominated and won several Canadian music awards, assure yourself and listen to some samples.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup - Folk World #60, 07/2016

Camelot Folk

By Rebecca Lappa
Featuring: Rebecca Lappa, Janice Jacobs, Patrick Dunn, Evan Stewart, Madi Myhre, and Jonah Mallett

Remaining shows: June 9 @ 6:00 p.m.; June 10 @ 6:00 p.m.; June 12 @ 4:00 p.m.

Picture a campfire surrounded by people sitting around it, telling each other stories, exchanging gossip, and singing songs. Now picture that campfire in the fictional kingdom of Camelot. But with electric instruments. This is Camelot Folk, presented as part of NextFest 2016.

Camelot Folk takes its name from the idea of folk music being stories told by the… Folk. In this case, it’s the folk of Camelot who are warming themselves by the fire and gossiping and singing songs about the characters we know from the Arthurian legend. The piece is folk mainly in the sense of the folk telling stories, with the musicians and vocalists leaning more towards rock and jazz as opposed to what you might imagine when you hear “folk”. While I didn’t find a clear plot in Camelot Folk (with the songs being more character-based vignettes and only a few lines of banter between the songs), the music and complexity of the lyrics were well-developed and fun to listen to.

Camelot Folk was definitely different from any other show I’ve seen before, but I can see the piece going on to be part of a midevil theme night or even being further developed into a rock musical with more plot between or as part of the songs.

The run time of Camelot Folk is 40 minutes and remaining shows are June 9 and 10 at 6:00 p.m. and June 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Faculté St. Jean (8406 91 street). Tickets are $10 per show, $18 for a day pass or $40 for a festival pass and can be bought online, by phone (780.453.2440), or in-person at Faculté St. Jean 30 minutes before the performance. - After The House Lights Blog by Jenna Marynowski, June 5, 2016

It’s an unpredictable sort of festival. Nextfest is what happens when you ask the young and original “what’s next?”.

Starting Thursday for 11 days, Edmonton’s spirited and influential 21-year-old multi- disciplinary “emerging artist” showcase is your chance to check out what the creativity of the next generation of artists looks and feels and sounds like.

Unpredictable? At 20, Nextfest’s creativity was tested by fire, the blaze that destroyed its Roxy headquarters, the cradle of its civilization. The unexpected result? A record number of venues (29) and participants (750).

The 2016 all-South-Side edition gets creative with shows, events, “performance parties” concentrated at three venues — Theatre Network’s Roxy on Gateway, Campus St.-Jean, and a single gallery for visual art at the Bonnie Doon Centre. It has turned out to be The Year of the New Musical.

There are no fewer than four on the Nextfest mainstage, each defining “musical” in an an original way. Here’s a glimpse.


Camelot Folk isn’t the first musical that Rebecca Lappa, age 19, has written. Three years ago she startled Nextfest audiences with a folk opera, The Earl, based on a long Tennyson poem. Two Nextfests ago there was a one-woman musical, The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926, inspired by a bizarre event in Edmonton history.

Now, there’s a musical culled from the Camelot mythology, and written for three actor/singers (herself included) and a three-piece band. In its first outing, last year as a reading, Lappa had “a Gypsy telling stories about Camelot,” she says. “Now, it’s a couple of travellers, commoners, telling folk tales of what once was.”

The eight songs of the 45-minute piece, Lappa says, live on the folky to jazz spectrum. “We banter between songs, argue back and forth a little” about versions of the oft-told tales, Lancelot and Guinevere, for example. Since graduating from Victoria School of the Arts, she gravitated to MacEwan University’s music program. “All the cast are MacEwan students, and they’ve so great about lending us practise rooms and everything.”

What sparked her interest in Camelot? Lappa, who has always combined music and theatre in an unusually intense way, laughs. “I’ve always been fascinated with hippies.” - Edmonton Journal, Liz Nicholls, June 1/2016

A Quick Word with Rebecca Lappa by Tom Murray
Penguin Eggs: Winter 2015

It’s a strange thing to consider someone to be a veteran performer when they’re only just turned 18, but singer-songwriter Rebecca Lapp can easily make that claim.
The Edmonton resident has been writing songs since she was 10, supplementing these early artistic efforts by picking up gigs in both music and television during her pre-teen years. It wasn’t too long after the multi-instrumentalist (keyboard, guitar, banjo) started writing that she was releasing EP’s of her early work, winning songwriting awards and popping up at Canadian folk festivals. Her first nomination for a Young Performer of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards came with her debut full length album, 2011’s Not in Nederland, kicking off a run of nominations through the ensuring years.
It seemed as though she might be doomed to staying a perpetual nominee, especially up against a strong field in 2015 that included Coastline, Robbie Bankes and Mira Meikle. She finally pulled down the Penguin Eggs sponsored prize on her fifth try for her latest release, Tattered Rose, which was produced by Edmonton music legends Barry Allen and Gord Matthews. Now studying music at MacEwan University, Lappa is considering her future in the industry and enjoying a much deserved win.

Tom Murray: You’ve been releasing an album a year since 2011’s Not in Neverland: are you already at work on a new one, and do you see it being different from Tattered Rose?

Rebecca: Well, I’ve been working on a project with (Calgary-based producer and guitarist) Russell Broom. It’s a bit more contemporary, we’re thinking it’s probably going to end up maybe in the alt-pop genre which means I can do rock and other things. I do like to try a lot of different stuff.

Tom Murray: Do you feel constrained by being lumped into the folk music genre?

Rebecca: No, I think I would say that, simply because there are so many different types of folk music out there, and it would depend on what type it is that you’re playing.

Tom Murray: I take it that you like exploring different musical areas, though?

Rebecca: Definitely, that’s a lot of fun. I’d like to do more co-writing with lots of different people, write for a living and definitely tour once I’m out of college. I’ve written a few songs with Olivia Wik, before, and I did some co-writing when I went to the SongRise Music Conference in Red Deer earlier this year. I haven’t found that many people to do it with, though basically anybody who wants to co-write songs, I’m down with it.

Tom Murray: You’ve definitely got a distinctive style of songwriting, as evidence by 2014’s Ode to Tennyson, which was based around poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Rebecca: I’ve always been very into lyrics and vocal melodies; these are the things that I think of. I’m starting to take the music more seriously, though.

Tom Murray: How did it feel to win the Young Performer of the Year award after so many years of being nominated?

Rebecca: It was pretty amazing to finally get it after so many years. I mean, finally! Everybody else in the category this year was amazing, which made it all the more special. To be honest, I really didn’t think I was going to win, so I wasn’t prepared. I was wearing high heels that night, and I had them next to me while I was sitting down. I was getting ready to clap for whoever won, and they were like “Rebecca”. Uh-oh, now I had to put on my shoes to go accept it!

Tom Murray: What are your plans for the next year or so? Will your university studies cut into your budding career?

Rebecca: Well, there’s this recording that I’m working on with Russell. If I get some grants for it and things go well, I may cut my program down form 4 years to 2. It all depends, I haven’t decided yet. The courses have been very helpful for me, though. I’m in a jazz-based program that has things like composition, writing charts and theory, which would help me develop some skills that I’m maybe not so good at, the sort of thinks that will help if I’m talking to a band.

Tom Murray: You’re attempting to round out your skills so that you’re not just depending on being simply a singer-songwriter, I take it?

Rebecca: What I’m trying to do is stick as many fingers into as many pies as I can. From talking to and watching other people in the music business that seems to be the way to go: like Alex Vissia, who is an amazing performer and also a graphic designer on the side. She does things like album artwork. I’m not skilled in that way, but I’m seeing what else I can do in the business to supplement what I really want to so. - Penguin Eggs, Winter 2015

Eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa was the lone local artist to take home hardware on Sunday night as Edmonton was host to the Canadian Folk Music Awards for the first time since 2006.

Lappa won the Young Performer of the Year award for her most recent album, Tattered Rose. The MacEwan University student has been nominated four times for her four previous albums, but last night was her first win. She was also the only winner from Alberta.

The Citadel Theatre gala hosted by celebrated musicians Connie Kaldor and Benoit Bourque was dominated by artists from eastern Canada – Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces – who took top honours in 17 of the 19 categories.

Among Ontario’s five awards, New York-based, former Torontonian Kiran Ahluwalia won for World Solo Artist of the Year. Two Toronto-based bands, 16-piece Lemon Bucket Orkestra and roots-rockers the Young Novelists, received the World Group of the Year and the New/Emerging Artist of the Year honours respectively.

St. John’s, N.L. was over-represented with five awards in total, including Matthew Byrne’s Traditional Album of the Year win for Hearts & Heroes, and Vocal Group of the Year going to the duo Fortunate Ones.

St. John’s Amelia Curran and Charlottetown’s Catherine MacLellan were the night’s only double-winners. Curran’s alt-country-imbued album They Promised You Mercy won her both the Contemporary Singer of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year awards, while MacLellan claimed the Contemporary Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year awards for her intimate, relatively stripped-back effort, The Raven’s Sun.

Married couples also went home winners, but not the duo most people were expecting to do well. British Columbia’s bluegrass band Pharis & Jason Romero went into the awards with the most nominations (four), but came out empty-handed.

The successful husband-and-wife teams were Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish, a.k.a. Digging Roots, from Winneway (Long Point First Nation), Que., who took home the Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year award; and Inverness County, N.S. Scotia fiddlers Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, who won for Instrumental Group of the year.

Despite not taking home any hardware, the Romeros were among the night’s performers, along with former CFMA winners and nominees such as Jeffery Straker and Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra.
Sunday night’s gala was the culmination of three nights and two days of open-to-the-public workshops and artist showcases in Edmonton.

Here, a full list of the night’s winners:

Ensemble of the Year: Big Little Lions – A Little Frayed, A Little Torn

Young Performer of the Year: Rebecca Lappa – Tattered Rose

Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year: Adrianna Ciccone – The Back of Winter

Pushing the Boundaries: Kevin Breit – Ernesto and Delilah

World Artist of the Year: Kiran Ahluwalia – Sanata: Stillness

World Group of the Year: Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Moorka

New/Emerging Artist of the Year: The Young Novelists – Made Us Strangers

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year: Digging Roots – For The Light

French Songwriter of the Year: Louis-Jean Cormier – Les grandes artères

Traditional Singer of the Year: Michael Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta

Producer of the Year: Jenn Grant – Compostela

Instrumental Group of the Year: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – ONE

Contemporary Singer of the Year: Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy

English Songwriter of the Year: Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy

Vocal Group of the Year: Fortunate Ones – The Bliss

Traditional Album of the Year: Matthew Byrne – Hearts & Heroes

Children’s Album of the Year: The Swinging Belles – More Sheep, Less Sleep

Contemporary Album of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – The Raven’s Sun

Solo Artist of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – The Raven’s Sun - Edmonton Journal, Julia Leconte, Nov.8, 2015


What do you do when you have to follow up a successful album that earned Edmonton Music Award for Adult Alternative Recording of the Year? You buckle down, enlist award winning producers Barry Allen and Gord Mathews, along with a host of strong musicians from the Edmonton and Calgary area and create something magical. Which is what Rebecca Lappa has done with her new album Tattered Rose. Leaning on her strong writing skills and powerful vocals, Rebecca delivers an amazing, fresh new folk record. Even with just seven songs, Rebecca manages to captivate the listener. Each song tells a story; a history lesson for some brought to life by angelic vocals and inspiring musicianship.

MUST LISTEN TO TRACKS: Anchor Tattoo & Pieces Of Me - #YEG Music Magazine, Nov. 24/2015

The evidence is piling up – that Rebecca Lappa is at the top of the class of great new artists from Edmonton. Now what to call her?

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter was the only local winner at the Canadian Folk Music Awards held in Edmonton on Nov. 8. She was named Young Performer of the Year. Earlier this year, Lappa’s latest album Tattered Rose was judged to be the “Adult Alternative Album of the Year” at the Edmonton Music Awards. Last year she was a finalist in the “Youth at the Blues” contest at the Beaumont Blues Festival. Coming next year is record of more “contemporary stuff,” Lappa says. In short, pop.

“I want to try everything,” she says, every style, every genre, with any co-writer who’s willing. Her topics and lyrics may be unconventional – her last album,Ode to Tennyson, was a collection of original songs based entirely on one poem by the 19thCentury poet – but her songs live in roots music. At the moment, anyway. She’s happy with the proliferation of folky music on the pop charts.

“That’s encouraging to me,” Lappa says, “because then I know I don’t have to be techno to get in pop radio.”

She’s tried electronic music, too, so don’t rule it out.

Lappa’s not so “new,” it turns out. She’s one of these child prodigies blessed with knowing exactly what she wanted to do from an early age. Tattered Rose is her fifth full-length album. She also has two EPs, the first coming out when she was 13. Grants and parents helped with recording expenses, and between finishing high school, Lappa also found the time for extensive vocal instruction, which she now continues at MacEwan University’s music program. She also plays piano, guitar and banjo. Fans rave about her voice: a rich, soft, soulful tone deployed with obvious technical proficiency. She could learn to let loose a little more, get a little grit, but there’s no doubt Lappa would impress the judges on The Voice.

If that’s what she wanted to do.

Being a singer isn’t her first goal. On how she found the time and energy to attain the career output of an artist twice her age, Lappa explains, “I’ve been writing music since around nine years old, and ever since then I’ve been trying to get out there and play. I’ve been working at this for a while. It’s what I love to do. I really enjoy writing music. It’s one of things I’d like to say that that I’m good at, and I enjoy singing. The reason I sing and pay for people is because I have music I want to share. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.”

Record labels and publishers: please commence the bidding war.

Catch Lappa at the Black Dog on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 pm. No cover. - GigCity, Nov 17, 2015, Mike Ross

Rebecca Lappa, 18, was among the recording artists thrilled to join the winners’ circle at the 11th anniversary of the Canadian Folk Music Awards held in Edmonton.

After receiving five nominations over a period of years, Lappa was stunned to scoop up the Young Performer of the Year for her album Tattered Rose.

And for the hometown favourite, the thrill was so sweet.

“I had no idea I would win. I was sitting in my seat. I had taken off my high heels and they were next to me. I was getting ready to clap for the winner whoever that was when they called my name. I said ‘Oh, crap, I’ve got to put on my heels.’ I put on my heels without tripping and went on stage. I still can’t believe it happened,” said Lappa, who attended the gala event last Sunday at the Citadel Theatre.

Nominees in this category are young emerging singer-songwriters who have made significant contributions to the music industry.

Lappa has a piano-led folk pop sound that brings into play elements of jazz, blues and classical music. Reviewers have compared her beautiful and surprisingly powerful voice to Canadian icons Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan.

In her short professional career, Lappa has released five albums and received airplay on numerous Canadian stations. In addition, the first-year MacEwan University music student composed a folk opera and penned songs for a musical.

Tattered Rose, produced by Barry and St. Albert’s Gord Matthews, brings out the layers of Lappa’s lush voice and is a soulful and insightful achievement that reveals her maturity as a songwriter.

Tattered Rose’s song selections hinge on a simple concept.

“People are fragile like roses. As they go through life, different things happen to them and shape who they become.”

The award-winning singer-songwriter started her career when at the tender age of three years when her parents registered her in Visionary College’s tot classes.

By early elementary, she was taking private lessons. Studies in classical music and piano followed. A quick study, Lappa won the youth category at Futures Fest competitions and at 12 secured a St. Albert Idol title.

As well, she’s flexed her performance muscles in musical theatre, light opera, TV commercials, as a TV extra and in songwriting competitions.

With the dedicated support of family, Lappa’s career has had a steady upward trajectory with shows at major music destinations including Calgary Folkfest, Canmore Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival and Edmonton Fringe Festival.

Although still young, Lappa makes intelligent choices in her musical material that contrasts sharply with the bubble-gum pop sounds of mainstream radio.

Her fourth album, Ode to Tennyson, is an outstanding project that revolves around songs inspired by 19th century British poet Lord Alfred Tennyson’s works. It received a steady stream of accolades.

Internet reviewer Conner Sadler wrote, “ Lappa’s music is energetic and complex, with classical and folk influences dove-tailing into jazzy, Celtic and even Latin territory … The album shines with Lappa’s ability to weave a storyline into her songs with the versatility of her voice.

She would like to model her career after Ed Sheeran, the British singer-songwriter-musician creating a firestorm of interest worldwide.

“He’s a folkie, but he reaches out to a broader audience.”

A second inspiring artist is Vermont-based recording Anaïs Mitchell, creator of Hadestown, a modern folk-rock opera, a variant on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

“I saw her when she performed Hadestown at the Arden Theatre. She was amazing.”

In addition to university, Lappa’s future projects include a new album produced with Juno-winning producer Russell Broom (Jann Arden/George Canyon/Johnny Reid) and a show rebooting Camelot.

The as-of-yet unnamed period piece is about the legends of Arthur and Merlin and how they came to be, said Lappa. She started the project one year ago in November and mounted a workshop version at last June’s NextFest 2015.

She received feedback to the eight-song production, has reworked it and added another song – all to be revealed at NextFest 2016.

“I just have to figure out what I have time for,” she laughed. - St. Albert Gazette, Anna Borowiecki, Nov. 14/2015

Click on the above title to see the video clip - Alberta Primetime, Nov 6, 2015

Click on the above title to view the video clip - CTV Morning, November 5, 2015

Lizzy Hoyt is nominated for Solo Artist of the Year for her fourth album, New Lady on the Prairie.

Laura Vinson (and her band, Free Spirit) is nominated for Aboriginal Songwriter of the year for her 2013 album, Warrior.

She now lives just outside Jasper National Park but lived and worked in Edmonton for 30 years after moving to the city to go to university.

Rebecca Lappa is nominated for Young Performer of the Year. She released her fifth album, Tattered Rose, in June and is currently an undergraduate student at MacEwan University.

Which women making music today inspire you the most?

Vinson: “[Fellow Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year nominee] Buffy Sainte-Marie has been my idol since the inception of my career. So being put in the same group as her is like being put in the same group as God. I’ve heard she’s even singing better than ever.”

Lappa: “Anais Mitchell. Her songs are based on poems, child ballads and other historical events. I enjoy the way she weaves stories into her music.”

Who are your mentors?

Hoyt: “Maria Dunn has been a great supporter of my music, especially when I was first starting out. When there are artists who are willing to share some of their information with you, just to encourage you, it really means a lot.”

Lappa: “Rhea March — I’ve know here since I was about 12 years old. She’s been really helpful mentoring me. Through her, that’s how I got to play the Edmonton Folk Fest in 2014. I’ve also gotten mentorship from Maria Dunn, whom I’ve opened for. She’s played organ on a couple of my recording projects. She’s a really cool lady.”

How would you describe Edmonton’s folk community?

Hoyt: “In general, I think there’s usually room for improvement, when it comes to having women represented, but I think in a generalized sense, the folk community is pretty accepting and wanting to support diverse musicians of various ethnic backgrounds.”

Vinson: “I certainly have gotten some good advice and some direction from Buffy on occasion. Joyce Smith is such a dignified human being ... she was just always very encouraging.”

Lappa: “Folk is a really broad genre, and from my perspective, it’s nice that there’s a place where my style of songwriting, versus the formula-driven kind of mainstream stuff, is accepted. And I’ve gotten to share the stage with the Travelling Mabels ... Ruth Moody and Basia Bulat.”

Who are you bringing to the awards this weekend?

Hoyt: “I’m hoping Mum and Dad are able to come. My grandmother is coming up from Calgary. And I’ve heard rumours that maybe an aunt and uncle might come.

Vinson: “The CD is dedicated to our dear friend Fred LaRose, who passed away from cancer. His wife will be coming with me to the awards. Fred meant so much to so many people.”

Lappa: “I think my mom and dad are coming. I know I’m taking my boyfriend with me. He doesn’t really have an option to come. I’m forcing him.”

This year’s awards gala at the Citadel Theatre on November 8 features performances by Pharis and Jason Romero, Mélisande [Électrotrad], Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Trent Severn, Jeffrey Straker and John Wort Hannam. Tickets cost $48.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards also include public showcases, workshops and live radio broadcasts throughout the weekend.

Visit for a full schedule. - Edmonton Examiner, Madeleine Cummings, Nov. 4/2015

It’s time to pay tribute to the folks who make folk music.

For 11 years, the Canadian Folk Music Awards have been working to bring wider attention to that soft-spoken but proud niche known as folk or roots music. But beyond the cliché of an earnest guy or gal singing and strumming a guitar, where is Canada’s folk scene? In an age of digital downloading, what is a folk song or a folk artist anyway?

Performers from across the country will showcase their acts, vying for top honours in 19 categories when the CFMAs convene in Edmonton this weekend.

Top contenders include B.C.’s quirky bluegrass duo Pharis & Jason Romero (four nominations for A Wanderer I’ll Stay), and three acts with three nominations each — Whitehorse (Toronto), Jenn Grant (Nova Scotia), and Catherine MacLellan (P.E.I.).

You can see and hear six of the nominees play the awards gala Sunday night in the Citadel Maclab Theatre, hosted by Connie Kaldor and CBC’s Benoit Bourque.

It’s the first time the CFMAs have been here since 2006, but everyone agrees Edmonton ranks highly among the folk capitals of Canada. It starts with that institution, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, considered by many to be Canada’s premiere folk event after 36 years. Add several volunteer-run folk clubs, a club scene and house concerts that book events year-round.

There are three public radio stations (CKUA, CJSR, CBC) that air folk. Edmonton is also the headquarters of Penguin Eggs, the folk, roots and world music magazine celebrating its 15th year, founded by Rod Campbell, a co-founder of the CFMAs.

In Edmonton and elsewhere, the CFMAs can inspire creative minds.

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa, just 18, with five albums behind her, says the awards have been a boost to her confidence and public profile. Five consecutive CFMA nominations for her releases include the recent album Tattered Rose, setting her up for Young Performer of the Year.

“It’s an honour to be nominated with all these great artists and it gives me a real sense of accomplishment to know that a jury selected my music out of hundreds of CDs. I’ve been writing stories and performing since I was nine years old, so I’ve been doing this for years but I’m just getting started as an adult performer.”

She’s one of six CFMA nominees playing the first showcase concert Friday, along with long-established artists like Montreal’s Michael Jerome Browne. Another seven nominees hit the stage for the second showcase Saturday night.

Lappa just graduated from high school to start the music program at MacEwan University this fall, but her evolution as a songwriter spells maturity beyond her years. She bucks the tendency of young artists who start off penning first-person confessional love songs.

She defines that enigmatic term “folk” to mean “music of the people” and brings an interest in English and Irish folksongs, noting “it’s important to know where you came from.” A fan of Loreena McKennitt and Serena Ryder, she devoted her fourth album Ode To Tennyson to adaptations of classic poems.

The folk umbrella also covers many talents who would happily set aside their acoustic guitars and thoughtful tunes if a hit song or album led to a pop career. Nothing wrong with that, especially when you consider that some of Canada’s best-loved musicians (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen) started out as “folksingers.”

Bill Werthmann agrees it’s hard to pin down a definition of folk music. Along with his wife Betty Jo, Werthmann co-founded Edmonton’s Northern Lights Folk Club 17 years ago and he’s into his second year on the CFMA board. He’s happy to be part of Canada’s and Alberta’s network of devoted folkies and wants this CFMA weekend to be “the biggest and best yet” in boosting the health of the folk genre.

“If you consider how broad and deep it is, folk is still very much under the radar. A lot of people still have this notion that it’s someone sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya, but it’s so much more than that.”

He’s encouraged by what he sees in the next generation of folk artists. “When you find the kids who know who Bob Dylan or Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers was you find they have a better appreciation of music in general. Once they see how real folk music can be, they say ‘that’s something I want to be a part of”.”

Much as the Internet has changed the face of music marketing, it has “forced the next generation to become technology-savvy,” he adds. Easier booking of folk club and house concert gigs has made it more feasible for artists to set up tours, while YouTube and social media offer invaluable promotional tools.

British-born, Toronto-based Richard Flohil has worn many hats over four decades in music, including publicist, journalist, Mariposa festival producer, promoter and more. He says the longevity of the CFMAs is bringing greater respect to folk music.

He sees summer festivals as the essential glue of Canada’s folk scene, with events such as those in Edmonton and Winnipeg doubling as outdoor family weekends and sowing the future crop of folk fans. And he adds that the most important element in making folk festivals solvent has been the gradual advent of beer sales. The never-ending lineup to get into the Edmonton Folk Fest beer garden speaks for itself.

After attending all but five of Edmonton’s folk fests, Flohil says it may be Canada’s finest, adding that “we’re all envious of Alberta for having CKUA radio to play this music.”

When it comes to buying music, folkies still lean toward that retro habit of hard-copy discs. “It’s cheaper than ever to make a record in your own living room but the catch is, most folk artists have to depend on CD sales at concerts or festivals to recoup their expenses.”

In the end, Flohil is encouraged at how new folkies keep popping up.

“It’s astonishing how many good artists there are. Of course that makes it a struggle, but the best ones will make it, like the cream that always rises to the top.” - Edmonton Journal, Roger Levesque, Nov. 3/2015

Click on the above title to view the video clip - Shaw TV with Jen MacDonald, November 2, 2015

Rebecca Lappa is a first-year voice major in MacEwan University’s bachelor of music program, and she has recently received her fifth nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA). Her album, Tattered Rose, features a series of modern folk songs intended to produce strong emotional responses in the listener. “The concept for the CD was that roses are very fragile and life is very tattered, and when you put them together, people are like that, and become tattered roses,” Lappa explains.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Lappa has been taking singing and music lessons since she was very young. Listening to country music growing up, she became interested in storytelling through music. Lappa writes all her songs, and has been writing and performing original songs since she was a small child. The stories in her songs have a variety of inspirations, ranging from child ballads, such as “Brother John,” to personal dreams and experiences, as in the song “Anchor Tattoo.” Going to a monthly song circle based in Edmonton, she was introduced to Old English poetry and child ballads, inspiring the usage of folk tales in her music.

“I enjoy lots of different styles of music, and kind of mush them together and see what I come up with,” Lappa explains. Her musical style transitions effortlessly between folk, pop, jazz and blues. She emphasizes her love of music by explaining that she draws influence from almost every genre and creates a unique sound to fit the individual stories told in her songs.

Lappa seems optimistic about balancing her budding music career while also starting university.Lappa seems optimistic about balancing her budding music career while also starting university.
“So far, I get some sleep, but it’s interesting. I’m just kind of getting the hang of what’s going on at MacEwan,” she explains.

It’s clear that the young artist has a busy schedule. Between her nearly weekly live performances throughout Edmonton, preparing for the CFMAs, writing new music, and rushing between classes to complete assignments, it seems as though Lappa wouldn’t have time to breathe. However, the songwriter is applying for grants to record new music. She hopes to write more commercial songs, in order to reach more people with her music and make a career out of songwriting. “They’re both different beasts, but I enjoy doing both, because you learn different things from each,” Lappa explains, describing the difference between live performances and recording in a studio.

“[The CFMAs] are in Edmonton this year. I’m going to be a part of a songwriting workshop . . . it’ll be exciting,” says Lappa. As this is her fifth nomination for the Young Performer of the Year award, Lappa seems at ease with being under the limelight. Although calm, she still humbly mentions her surprise at receiving five back-to-back nominations. The 2015 CFMA weekend takes place Nov. 6-8, and includes public music shows and a gala at the Citadel Theatre. - The Griff, Lydia Fleming, Oct. 13/2015

The nominees for the 11th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards were announced this afternoon at City Hall and three Edmontonians are among the 73 artists up for 19 different awards.
Local artists Laura Vinson, Lizzy Hoyt and Rebecca Lappa will enjoy hometown support when Edmonton hosts the gala awards show Nov. 8th at the Citadel Theatre...........
Lappa, who's been nominated for a CFMA every year since 2011, is nominated for Young Performer of the Year (artists must be under the age of 19 at the time of recording) off the strength of her recent CD, Tattered Rose........... - Edmonton Journal, Sept. 10/2015

Calgary duo Keith and Lana Floen had always admired the musical style of mom-and-daughter act Eva and Suzanne Levesque.

When they weren’t performing, they would take time off to watch the pair on stage.

About a decade ago, Lana and Suzanne struck a friendship. She and her husband flew out to Winnipeg in 2008 when Suzanne was nominated for her bass playing at the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA).

During a party there by Royalty Records, all four were invited to jam. “We had never sang together,” Lana remembered.

But what came out of the gig was something very special. “We could feel it. There was a really neat sound especially with the harmonies.”

Soon, the quartet formed to become The Travelling Mabels — named in honour of a blue tick coonhound that Eva had fallen in love with while visiting a friend in the United States.

They put out a self-titled debut CD, toured and opened for the likes of Prairie Oyster, Ian Tyson and Charlie Major and then released another album called Song in a Dream that featured a tune written for them by Tyson.

In 2012, the folk/country ensemble was voted the ACMA Group of the Year and they started to gain a reputation outside of Alberta, mainly in Manitoba and Ontario.

This Saturday, the Mabels will play their first and only B.C. date for the year, in Coquitlam, before branching out into another new territory for them: Saskatchewan.

Lana said the Mabels are looking forward to closing the Music on the Grill series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and promise a show with “lots of laughter and stories.

“Eva is funny and quite a storyteller and she has a real deep voice like Janis Joplin. The girls complement that with a bit of banter in between.”

Being the only male Mabel in the band is okay with Keith, Lana said of her hubby.

A musician since the age of 18, he is the band leader and keyboard player (he was nominated for a CCMA Keyboard Player of the Year award in 2012). He also produced and co-engineered both the Mabels’ CDs.

“He loves the group,” Lana said. “It’s the ying and yang. It’s that female energy and he is just a gentle — but strong — energy so he balances it all out.”

Still, the veteran musicians will also have a newcomer at their Coquitlam concert.

Edmonton’s Rebecca Lappa will open and, like the Mabels, will be playing professionally for the first time in B.C.

Reached in San Francisco last week, Lappa said she is excited about the gig as she saw the Mabels live in Red Deer two years ago.

A recent high school graduate, Lappa will perform original songs from her fourth and latest CD, Ode to Tennyson.

Lappa, who plans to start her composition degree at MacEwan University in Edmonton next month, said she began writing music and lyrics at the age of nine.

“My music and storytelling just came together and I was like, ‘Oh, I like this. That’s what I want to do for a living.’”

As for her career, Lappa believes she’s versatile enough in blues, jazz and pop genres to compose songs for other musicians.

• Tickets for Music on the Grill on Aug. 8 are $55 for the dinner and concert, or $35 for the show only. It is sponsored by Aaargon Dental Centre and the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

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Although still a teenager, Rebecca Lappa is already a prolific songwriter, having written over 200 songs in her career so far. All four of the albums she has released to date have been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for “Young Performer of the Year”. Her most recent album, 2014’s “Ode to Tennyson” uses as its source material, the collected works of English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Rebecca joined us for an interview and impromptu session at the Folk Music Ontario Conference this past October. Rebecca shows amazing drive for someone so young. It’s a great interview and definitely worth checking out. For more information visit Music: Rebecca Lappa,”Field of Dishonour” from “Ode to Tennyson” (2104, self), “Anchor Tattoo” (Live), “Queen Of The May” (Live), “The Lotus Eaters” (Live), “Kraken” from “Ode to Tennyson” (2104, self). - Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall, July 10, 2015

Rebecca Lappa- The Earl (Ode to Tennyson)
Haunting, historical, piano-driven piece from 17-year-old-phenom. - Edmonton Sun

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rebecca LAPPA: "Ode To Tennyson"

Rating: RRRr
Label: Lappa Music/Socan 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Release the Kraken - Release the Kraken!! Ehem. Excuse me while my brain confuse the classic work of Tennyson with the really dodgy movie phrase of the eighties [Clash Of The Titans and I believe they did a equally dodgy remake recently]. Let's try again as this is the great and already fourth (yes, 4th) full-length album from the mere 17 year old 2014 nominee at Canadian folk music awards.

Rebecca Lappa is her name and extremely classy folk, singer/songwriter, jazzy, art-pop is the nature of her game. The creative blend of several styles of music reflects a mature sound and a much older soul than her actual time spent here on earth. This ain't your typical bubble-gum pop nonsense of the MTV.

The album is obviously inspired by the works of British poet and posh legend of Lord Alfred Tennyson. And yes, there's a song titled "Kraken" and 'the ocean's wide and vast and deep. Beneath its heart untouched a monster sleeps'. Lappa is certainly not afraid to wake up the beast as she unleashes her stunning vocals right at the ugly story. She's blessed with emotional and great set of pipes similar at times to Tori Amos and even Sarah McLachlan with a more sulky twist.

The music on "Ode To Tennyson" follow no strict structure and thus why each and every track is like a brand new story. One minute it's Irish/Celtic rootsy folk music and the next art-pop that harks back to the golden era of Kate Bush, but sounds more like Tori Amos to be completely honest. "Mermaid and Merman" has a loose and fun creative feel with a simple grand piano and Lappa's voice at the centre of attention. "Gypsy" with its violin, aria and 'ohhh-ahhh-ahhh' as chorus part is a nice build up to the darker mood of the "Kraken". Rebecca tickle the ebony and ivory as Tori Amos did in the nineties as the monster appears in the distance. It's all very laid back and there's plenty of violin, cello, accordion, etc. to be found on this fine record. - by Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,, Dec 10, 2014

An article with the bios of 6 Emerging Edmonton Artists, including Rebecca Lappa. - Edmonton Sun, Dec. 7, 2014

Only 17 years old, this young Canadian singer/songwriter presents here already her fourth album, with a high level of maturity showing both talent and the development of her own style. On this album, she sings primarily songs inspired by the famous 19th century English poet Lord Tennyson. The songs sit somewhere between folk and pop, with a slight Celtic perspective, and I found them pleasantly reminiscent of the early works of Katie Melua. The musical arrangements feature guitars and occasional accordion, violin, piano or drums. With that beautiful voice and writing talent she will no doubt make waves, in her homeland and beyond. 
© Michael Moll - by Michael Moll, FolkWorld #55, 11/2014

by Kevin Maimann
The fact that Rebecca Lappa is releasing her fourth album at age 17 is a pretty clear indicator she’s not your typical high school student.

While her friends are keeping up on the latest pop hits, Rebecca Lappa has been sinking her teeth into world music and brushing up on history.

Saturday night at Roxy Theatre, the folk singer and multi-instrumentalist will release her new CD Ode to Tennyson, a diverse album based on works by 19th Century British poet Lord Alfred Tennyson.

Lappa says Top 40 fare has just never drawn her in the way a good book does.

“I guess I don’t feel like there’s enough story in the music. It’s just the same chorus over and over again. It’s like, ‘Well I heard that part already. Is there going to be something interesting happening in this song, or you’re just going to say you’re at the club?’ ” she says.

“I mean, I haven’t been to a club yet, but lots of people have. I just prefer songs that have stories that actually mean something.”

The album has already earned Lappa a nomination for Young Performer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the latest in a long list of nominations and awards.

Ode to Tennyson starts with Charge of the Light Brigade — a grisly “Irish war song” that builds to an upbeat Celtic-folk charge — and slows right down for The Earl, a sparse and haunting number with vocal inflections reminiscent of Lorde.

Lappa schooled herself on music from across the globe to suit the lyrics for each of the album’s 11 tracks, while also drawing inspiration from Canadian artists like Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt.

“I wrote the music catering to the stories specifically,” she explains. “I have a song in there that’s about the Roma people, so I’ve been listening to stuff from their culture. I’ve been listening to some Celtic stuff and jazz and Mariachi bands, different things like that, to help create the themes that those specific songs were looking for.”


The songs on Ode to Tennyson are impressively mature and complex.

A $10,000 RAWLCO Radio Grant helped take Lappa’s arrangements to the next level with a team of veteran musicians including guitarist Gord Matthews — who has worked with k.d. lang and Ian Tyson - and producer Barry Allen, a local rock legend who scored Canadian Top 40 hits in the 1960s. She also got help from Edmonton’s Maria Dunn, who added whistle and accordion, and members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra among others.

With a remarkable list of accomplishments that include writing and performing an entire folk opera based on Tennyson’s poem The Sisters, and pulling off a one-woman musical at Nextfest in May called The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede From 1926, Lappa’s future holds limitless possibilities.

She hopes to get accepted to the songwriting program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music after she graduates, and would love to pen some big hits — but not for herself.

“I want to write for other people for a living, so then I don’t have to be confined to one genre,” she says. “I don’t really need to be on stage with 50,000 people watching me. If somebody else gets to do that with my music, then that’s good. I don’t really like a lot of attention.”

Lappa will perform with a four-piece backing band Saturday. Rocky Mountain House duo The Doll Sisters will open the show and release their new album Off the Edge of the Earth.

Tickets are $14 through the Roxy Theatre Box Office at 780-453-2440.

Maimann: Rebecca Lappa's latest album pure poetry - Edmonton Sun, October 2, 2014

25 minute showcase and interview in the lobby of the Westin Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta. - Alberta Music,Sept. 4, 2014

ODE TO TENNYSON Rebecca Lappa (independent) **** 1/2

This past weekend I was privileged to emcee for a few hours at the Come By The Hills Music Festival in Mistahiya, Alberta. We saw and heard some wondeerful music on Saturday, with nobody perhaps more charming than Rebecca Lappa.

Rebecca's sound is modern celtic/ folk/ pop and this album, just released in June, is an unexpected pleasure. Many of her songs are inspried by history and mythology, as you might expect from someone who enjoys Celtic music, and the poetry of Lord Alfred Tennyson. Her voice is crystal clear, beautiful really, and she doesn't overwhelm the songs on this disc with cluttered arrangements. No, the lyrics wring enough drama and emotion out the songs, thank you very much.

I was lucky enough to meet Rebecca, and privileged to introduce her on stage at the Come By The Hills Festival in Mistayhiya, where she told me that Loreena Mckennitt was one of her heroes, whom she'd had a chance to meet. Though they do have some song subejects and a fascination with ancient traditions in common, Lappa's music is more accessible, more enjoyable and, dare I say, less pretentious than some of McKennitt's stuff that I have heard. What I'm trying to say is, don't let the 'Celtic' label scare you off- Lappa's songs are relaxing, melodic, enjoyable, and amazing company on a rainy afternoon.

Rebecca was also kind enough to autograph my copy of this CD, and her father (and road manager) let me know that they'll be having a CD release party at the movie theater in Wainwright in November- hope I got the right month. And by the way- she's only 17. For more info on this ridiculouysly talented young artist, go to

HIGHLIGHTS: Gypsy, Queen Of The May, Fields Of Dishonour - John Kereiff, August 17, 2014

By Connor Sadler

In her latest album, Edmonton-born Rebecca Lappa blends folk and classical vocals to create Ode to Tennyson, her fourth full-length album. The album is inspired by the works of 19th century British poet laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson.

Lappa’s music is energetic and complex, with classical and folk influences dove-tailing into jazzy, Celtic and even Latin territory.

The opening track, “Mermaid and Merman,” has a serene feeling created by a simple piano and vocal melody. The song picks up and takes on a bubbly atmosphere, but is kept grounded by the drums and bass. The LP takes a serious turn with “Kraken,” which compares the turmoil of love to a kraken sitting just below the surface waiting to swallow ships whole. The rest of the album is varied — “Queen of May” has a smooth jazz sound, whereas “Field of Dishonour” borrows from Latin-American music. “The Light Brigade” has the feel of a Celtic march.

The album’s second last song “Lemon Mine” — which tells the tragic story of two friends who kill each other over a cave of gold — is set to a spirited tune, creating an unsettling contrast between the story and the music.

At first, Ode to Tennyson can seem like another generic folk record. But the album shines with Lappa’s ability to weave a storyline into her songs with the versatility of her voice. Whether she is singing a Celtic poem or a Mexican love song, Lappa’s voice fits perfectly and the variety keeps the album from being repetitive. - The Guantlet, August 7, 2014

Poet is inspiration for Edmonton songwriter

Rebecca Lappa, who performs next Tuesday and Thursday (July 15, 17) on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio, drew on atmospheric poems written by England’s 19th-century poet laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson as inspiration for songs on her latest CD.
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By Lana Michelin - Red Deer Advocate
Published: July 12, 2014 2:00 AM
What does Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson have in common with a contemporary Edmonton songwriter?

A romantic sensibility, as it turns out.

Rebecca Lappa, who performs next Tuesday and Thursday (July 15, 17) on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio, drew on atmospheric poems written by England’s 19th-century poet laureate — including The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Lotus Eaters — as inspiration for songs on her latest CD, which was recorded with a $10,000 Rawlco Radio recording grant.

The soon-to-be Grade 12 student at the Victoria School of the Arts, is something of a natural songwriter — Ode to Tennyson is the fourth album the talented 17-year-old has recorded.

“I’ve been writing songs since the age of nine,” said Lappa, a three-time Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee and a two-time prize winner of the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (placing first 2013 and third in 2014 in the Sonic Youth contest).

Lappa usually starts the songwriting process by humming a new melody into a tape recorder.

She pens some lyrics, then decides which of her three instruments — piano, guitar or banjo — would best suit the tune and finishes composing on that instrument.

“I have three large binders full of music,” said Lappa, who pulled her first three albums of songs from these.

Tennyson became the theme of her current album after a songwriting mentor gave Lappa a book of his poems to read.

The bearded author of The Lady of Shallott, Crossing the Bar and Mariana often created poetry with melancholic, discontented characters who linger in isolation. His beautiful heroines frequently inspired works by Pre-Raphaelite artists, including John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and John William Waterhouse.

Lappa believes Tennyson’s poems are really about human nature, so would be relevant in any century.

For instance, her Mermaid and Merman tune was based on his ideas about duality — being one kind of person during the day and someone more secretive at night. The idea of hiding behind a mask of respectability has been a literary theme throughout history, said Lappa.

Tennyson wrote The Lotus Eaters about a Greek myth in which Odysseus meets people who are made listless by their consumption of a narcotic plant.

Lappa interpreted this in her similarly titled song “as the loss of courage, the loss of ability to make decisions” — an inertia that seizes many people at certain points in their lives.

Her Kraken is about unleashing the “monster” that often lurks within even the mildest person. “

Don’t make a woman angry,” said a chuckling Lappa, “There are all kinds of dark secrets inside. . .”

Being inspired by Tennyson’s rich use of language left her wanting to read other literary classics, including tales by Edgar Allan Poe. which will no doubt fuel future songwriting projects.

The teenager, who’s on her school’s cheerleading team and coaches gymnastics when she isn’t songwriting, said she really looks forward to playing on the Ross Street patio.

Whether singing at a coffee shop or folk festival, Lappa said she loves performing for any attentive audience who appreciates her music.

Her shows on the Ross Street Patio are from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. - The Red Deer Advocate, July 12, 2014

Rebecca Lappa "Avant Garden"
Own label; 2013
If Rebecca Lappa’s parents are upset with this album, they can ground her. At 16 years young, she’s not old enough to legally do pretty much anything on her own—at least in my country, directly south of her native Canada. Fortunately, most critics will likely agree with her parents in being quite pleased with this album. Her voice is a pleasure and her songwriting quite accomplished (obviously beyond her years, as what wouldn’t be). OK, Mozart did a lot as well by this age, but this is also her THIRD album. The only critical point I would make is that her garden is not quite as avant as I would like. But this singer songwriter folk rock material is fairly daring at times, not fully toward a Kate Bush, but it is not overly crazy to include that name in the conversation.
© David Hintz - Folk World, #54, 07/2014

Wednesday, June 11 at 6pm
Friday, June 13 at 8pm
 at The Living Room Playhouse
created, composed and performed by Rebecca Lappa
In 1926, the Sells Floto Circus parade turned into a full on stampede in down town Edmonton as a herd of elephants escaped from their enclosures. Singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa returns to the Azimuth stage after last year’s Nextfest hit “The Earl” to perform all nineteen characters in this one-woman folk opera based on a true, local story. - Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail Blog, June 11, 2014

Then I dashed over to Azimuth’s Living Room Playhouse to catch a new piece from Rebecca Lappa, the youthful artist who created major buzz last year with her folk opera The Earl (slated for Nextfest’s closing night next Sunday).With The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926, this amazing 17-year-old channels a bizarre event in our civic history through a the eyes of the reporter who covered the story - the night 14 circus elephants escaped their bonds and went exploring through the gardens, graveyards, and retail outlets of the West End.
Lappa fashions the story as a sort of song cycle, as per Jason Robert Brown. And a cast of vivid grotesques steps forward from the sideshow canvas – the strong man, the trapeze artist, Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy among them – to chronicle a night to remember. The storytelling has a picturesque period charm of its own, and the songs are clever. The transition between speech and song is sometimes a bit bumpy; Lappa, who accompanies herself on banjo or guitar or at the keyboard, isn’t nearly as strong a speaker of text as she is a singer. But the piece is a remarkable display of confidence, song-writing dexterity, and enthusiasm for quirky detail. Very impressive, and fun. Liz Nicholls - Edmonton Journal, June 11, 2014

Podcast interview in the Roxy Theatre foyer with Taylor Chadwick and Chris Cook - What it is Podcast, June 8, 2014

interview and performance at CTV with Steve Pirot, director of Nextfest 2014 - CTV Edmonton, June 4, 2014

Teen wonder Rebecca Lappa is performing not one, but two theatrical projects at this year’s Nextfest.
She’s showing off her latest work, The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926, on June 6, 11 and 13 at Azimuth Theatre. The one-woman musical was inspired by one of the crazier stories in our city’s history — when 14 circus elephants took off from a downtown train yard.
Lappa, 17, will also close off the festival with a folk opera she debuted last year.
The Earl, slated for June 15 at The Roxy, was inspired by a Tennyson poem, The Sisters. If that wasn’t enough, she’ll be releasing an album, Ode To Tennyson, later this month, and performing at the Folk Fest in August.
Cue feelings of inadequacy … - Edmonton Journal, June 3, 2014

EDMONTON – Many Edmonton schools exuded pink Wednesday, as students and staff joined in a nation-wide initiative, taking a stand against bullying.

“Everybody is doing something to be a part of something bigger than just themselves,” said Rebecca Lappa, a Grade 11 student who took part in Pink Shirt Day at Victoria School of the Arts.

Pink Shirt Day started in Nova Scotia in 2007, after two high school-aged boys witnessed a younger boy being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The following day, the older students brought pink shirts for dozens of their friends to wear as a show of solidarity for the boy.

And the movement has grown ever since. In a room filled with her peers Wednesday morning, Lappa performed a song she co-wrote based on her own experiences with bullying.

“It was mostly to, I guess, get release from the bullying I’d experienced through junior high,” she explained.

“To be able to express it, she goes from being a victim to a survivor to a thriver,” added the school’s Coordinator of Counselling, Mary Frances-Fitzgerald. “So now she’s an advocate and by her work, she’s being a leader.”

It wasn’t just schools that were turned into a sea of pink; several businesses also had a pink hue about them. On business in Ottawa, Mayor Don Iveson sported a pink tie to show his support.

“Some of my council colleagues were wearing pink today, too. This is just important to raise awareness and talk about how it’s unacceptable in our communities and bullying needs to be tackled, we need to talk about it. And wearing pink today is just one way to promote that conversation.”

Back at home, students and staff at Monsignor Fee Otterson School in southwest Edmonton added their own flare to the day by wearing shirts with ‘We Belong’ printed on the back. While the shirts weren’t pink, students say the message they’re sending is the same.

“Everybody belongs,” said Grade 7 student Jenna Valjak. “We like to keep a positive influence on the day and how we show how we belong to the many groups in the society and how we’re all different.” - Global News, Caley Ramsay, Feb 26, 2014

For several years now, Rebecca Lappa, a local songstress, has been buying special dresses and outfits at Tattered Rose.....I was also fortunate to have been given a copy of Rebeccas latest album, whick features her on the cover wearing another dress she purchased from us a while back. Later, I listened for the first time to her voice....singing songs she has written. I was mesmerized and in awe of this talented and beautiful 16 year old young lady and you will be too. - Tattered Rose Canada Blog, Oct. 2013

Edmonton artists in the running are Maria Dunn (Solo Artist of the Year for Piece by Piece) and Rebecca Lappa (Young Performer of the Year for Avant Garden). - Edmonton Journal, Sept. 26, 2013

Interview at CJSR about my CD and CD release party - CJSR, Sept. 5, 2013

Prolific teenage singer, pianist and songwriting sensation, Rebecca Lappa self-released her third album, Avant Garden in June to great local praise. Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, Lappa has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award twice in the last two years and is quickly making quite a name for herself by also gaining airplay on several well-regarded Canadian radio stations. Rebecca’s piano-led folk pop sound incorporates elements of jazz, blues and classical music and her beautiful and surprisingly powerful voice recalls that of Tori Amos and fellow Canadian, Sarah McLachlan. The title for her new album, Avant Garden is a clever play on words that appropriately describes her unique, avant-garde yet accessible art-pop sound. For the recording of her latest album, her musical vision was fleshed out in the studio by producer Alana Levandoski and a host of skillful musicians, including drummer Sandro Dominelli, guitarist Murray Pulver and bassist Michael Lent, among other guests.

In addition to her new album, she has also written and performed in her own folk opera, The Earl, based on the Tennyson poem “The Sisters”, which premiered earlier this year with a successful four-night run during Edmonton’s Nextfest and she has also penned six songs for Alison Neuman’s musical, Searching For Normal.

The lovely, “Soaring Mountain” opens the album with twinkling piano and soaring guitar swells and also provides the perfect introduction to Lappa’s gorgeous, wise-beyond-her-years singing voice. Even though she could put on a clinic with her well-trained and composed voice, she doesn’t sound clinical, as she sings with soul and conviction. Standout track “Porcelain Doll” follows with a stomping, danceable beat that pulses throughout the song along with a playful piano riff and a catchy, sing-along chorus that easily shines through as the album’s most accessible and radio-ready moment. Next, the emotional “Oriana” is built upon a lilting, operatic chorus and features Pulver’s spindly yet melodic extended guitar runs that are reminiscent of Nels Cline’s fancy fretwork with Wilco. “Run Jack Run” is a short little fantasy-filled tune with swirls of cello, hammered piano notes, Lappa’s dark, nursery rhyme-like lyrics and bouncy vocal cadence that perfectly showcases her theatrical sense. The slower, ballad-esque “Let Them Eat Cake” is adorned with close-knit harmonies, aching cello and a lilting, Jewel-like vocal performance on the pretty, Marie Antoinette-inspired track. As her ability as a playwright proves, Lappa is a great storyteller and “Senior Delateau” is further proof, weaving a tragic story of love and regret that has Broadway written all over it. In the same vein, “The Witch” is loosely based on the story of Hansel And Gretel and bolstered by Lappa and producer and singer Alana Levandoski’s gorgeously angelic harmonies on the chorus for another standout Broadway-like moment. On “Welcome To Wayne”, Rebecca adopts a smoky and confident Fiona Apple-like croon that fits in nicely alongside the waltzing, baroque chamber-pop arrangement. The song also won her an award in the Sonic Youth Category at the 2013 Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Contest. The nine-song album closes out on with a pleasing little love song, “I Love You” and its sweet lyrical sentiment and flowing cello melodies that will leave you in a dreamy, love-struck mood.

Rebecca Lappa is an impressive and truly unique young talent, with a beautiful voice and a diverse set of songwriting skills that belies her age. The best part though, is that she is only going to get better with age. To that end, her stellar new album, Avant Garden should help her to gain a wider audience beyond the Canadian border with her sophisticated yet instantly memorable pop-leaning melodies and captivating arrangements.

Artist: Rebecca Lappa
Album: Avant Garden
Reviewed by: Justin Kreitzer
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Justin Kreitzer, Fall 2013

Photo of Rebecca doing a concert to generate awareness about the Abbottsfield Music Program - Beverly Heights Community News, Fall 2013

It seems odd to call a 16-year old a veteran song-writer, but in the case of Rebecca Lappa, its suiting. The Edmonton musician has penned more than 100 songs, and will release her 3rd full-length album Avant Garden next week when she plays Jeffreys Cafe and Wine Bar Sept. 12. .......Lappa hasnt just written a lot of songs---shes written a lot of good songs. ...A song from Avant Garden titled Welcome to Wayne--which tells the story of a travelling man who got stuck in the town of Wayne, AB--won the Sonic Youth Category in the 2013 Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Contest, which earned her a performance slot at the festival. The song is typical of Lappas penchant for writing about original stories and historical events, rather than personal and emotional conflict........ - Kevin Maimann, Edmonton Examiner, Sept. 6, 2013

If Toronto put on a street festival that references Henry David Thoreaus dictum is not what you look at that matters, its what you see--the theme of this years Works and Art Design Festival--youd have people clamouring to try to catch a glimpse of Rob Ford smoking crack.
But this is Edmonton, so given the state of the weather on opening day, Thursday June 20, there might have been a lot to see. There just wasnt anyone there to see it.
There were 22 of us in the beer garden (I counted) for the local performer Rebecca Lappa, who looked vaguely like a younger Loreena McKennitt, played songs in a Kate Bush style while singing like Sarah MaLachlan. Her original material, including an a cappella rendition of a tune from her folk opera;The Earl, was skillfully and tastefully executed. She tipped her hand as a native Edmontonian, taking the unseasonable weather and underwhelming crowd in light hearted fashion over the course of her set. Edmontonians deal with the weather lie Oiler fans: hope for the best, then deal with the worst when it invariably arrives. -, June 23, 2013

What the heck is a folk opera? Before I get to the answer to that question, lets reflect for a moment, shall we. We all know what an opera is (note to wife: please dont make me go to one). And weve all heard of rock operas, the most famous of all was probably Tommy, penned by Pete Townshend and The Who. Next in line is probably Jesus Christ Superstar, my wifes favorite by far and one of those movies that when it comes on television shell watch it every single time.

So obviously the rock opera is simply a story told throughout a number of pieces of music, released as a whole, either in album format, or could be or has been performed on stage or on the screen. With, of course, rock music. And apparently its begotten metal operas, and rap operas since.

And apparently folk operas. I hadnt hear of the term before I received an email invitation from local songstress Rebecca Lappa to attend her-The Earl- as part of Nextfest. Id heard good things about Miss Lappa through various sources though, so figures I should attend, because thats what bloggers do. When they can, anyways.

So it was that last night I found myself at Azimuth Theatre in uptown Edmonton and for which apparently I was very lucky it was a brisk June evening, because it can get swelteringly hot in there. Rebecca Lappa started her performance at 8:00 promptly and whisked us through a extraordinarily entertaining 45 minutes of her folk opera--performing solo, just her and her alone.

And I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. Heres this young teenage girl, attending Grade 10 at our performing arts highschool, and shes written an entire folk opera. I repeat, an entire folk opera. By herself. And it was good. I mean, how amazing is that. You could sort of see where the story was going, but it was still full of suspense, you definitely felt depressed by the meaty topic matter and she shifted gears marvelously throughout the work to keep you on your toes, and not get mired down in any one part of the story. And the end was both Shakespearean and joyous at the same time. And well, she didnt get a standing ovation in the small theatre at the end, but it wouldnt have surprised me, it couldve gone either way. She probably deserved one. Id definitely be back if it ever got a full-blown treatment with all the roles being portrayed by actors, thats for sure.

Theres two more performances at the Azimuth this week, Thursday and then Sunday. Check one of them out if you have the time. Youll be glad you did. - New Music Michael, June 11, 2013

At the age of 18, Christina Aquilera uncorked Genie In A Bottle, a pop hit about wanting to be rubbed the right way. At 17 Brittany Spears hit us with...Baby One More Time about wanting to get back together with an ex.
At 15, Edmonton composer/pianist/singer Rebecca Lappa wrote a 60 minute folk opera based on a 19th century poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Overbearing mothers, rules of nobility, broken hearts, murder and revenge are all part of The Earl: A Folk Opera, which debuts at this years Nextfest.
Ive always liked to write stories, says Lappa, who turned 16 only a few weeks ago. And Ive always liked songs that have a story, that go somewhere, that arent Oh, I love my boyfriend! Oh, I love my boyfriend! Ive always gravitated towards slightly more mature topics--like, I dont know --death;
Not only did she write The Earl, Lappa is the lone performer, playing piano, singing and reciting the monologues of 4 or 5 different characters
I dont know, Id have to check, she says of the number of roles. Yeah, theres four; Not a big deal obviously for the veteran of productions by Edmonton Opera, Walterdale Playhouse, and Mercury Opera.
The grade 10 student at Victoria School of the Arts says she was inspired to write The Earl, after watching another folk opera, Hadestown, at the Arden. She ran the idea by her songwriting mentor, Manitoba songstress Alana Levandoski, who gave Lappa a book of Tennysonn poems ad challenged her young charge to write a song with a complete story arc. I then pitched (The Earl) to Steve Pirot at Nextfest, who set me up with my director, Laura Raboud; says Lappa. Under her guidance, I fleshed out the story with monologues and ...ta da!
Raboud is overjoyed with the results. She says the teen composer is an incredible artis; --- a hard worker and meticulous, yet down to earth and fun.
When I saw her perform the full show at tech rehearsal this last Monday, I was blown away by her incredible stage presence and also impressed that she has successfully created music that switches between different voices, different ages and genders says the director.
She has a beautiful spirit and when she sings, she emanates strength and honesty. I am so proud of Rebecca and grateful to have had the chance to work with her.
Lappa says writing The Earls duets and lyrics about murderous intentions were her biggest challenges, if only because shes never done either. Otherwise, finishing her folk opera was easier than she expected.
Most people say, Oh thats cool, how do you find the time to do that?
Lappa is a master juggler--of time, that is. Shes a member of Vic Coed Cheerleading team and coaches 3-5 year old gymnasts. Prior to The Earl, she released 2 albums, Not in Neverland (2011) and Myths and Monster (2012) and will follow-up with Avant Garden sometime in June.
Her talents are earning her recognition on a national level. She was wild-card contestant on YTVs talent show, Next Star and a nominee for several awards, including the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her tune, Welcome to Wayne, recently won a songwriting prize sponsered by the Calgary Folk Fest: shell perform at the festival in July.Some of Lappas compositions will appear at another summer-fest_
Edmonton Fringe. She wrote the music for 6 songs in Searching for Normal, a musical about a girl with a debilitating disease, penned by local writer/lyricist Alison Neuman.
Whats next for Lappa? Shes not sure---shes the type who can excel at anything she sets her mind to, so the possibilities are endless. Plus, we cant forget, shes still got 2 more years of highschool to get through.
Its kind of scary, though; she says of the future. Suddenly, Im not going to have to be in school anymore. Where am I going to be?
At her piano, crafting more musical stories, is a safe bet. Sandra Sperounes Edmonton Journal, June 8th, 2013 - Edmonton Journal, June 8th, 2013

Among the highschool shows is a unique folk opera performed live by composer, lyricist, playwright and Edmonton musician Rebecca Lappa.
The Earl:A Folk Opera is a musical piece inspired by a poem by Alfred Tennyson, which Pirot describes as a piece that transgresses class lines and ends rather tragically. Lappa has converted the poem into a set of songs that she will perform on an acoustic piano at the Livingroom Playhouse. We are not sure where she is going to go with it after Nextfest, but after her proposal to us we said we would like to give you an opportunity to test drive this new form for you as a solo concert venture says Pirot. Its a little different than most of the other things that will happen in the festival --the singer-songwriters are singer songwriters or the plays are plays, but this is something in between;
Lappa will be performing The Earl: A Folk Opera on Saturday at 8PM, Monday at 8PM, Thursday at 7 PM and Sunday at 4 PM. - Edmonton Examiner, June 5, 2013

Dueling with Lowe in the Underage category is Rebecca Lappa, 15, who is acknowledged for Unicorn.

Although an Edmonton resident, Lowe has competed in Futures Fest and sung for the Tim Hortons Brier, the Rainmaker Rodeo and St. Albert Rotary Club. And Lappa, also based in Edmonton, attends Visionary College and won St. Albert Idol and Futures Fest.

Doors for the awards ceremony open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. Royal Alberta Museum is located at 12845 – 102 Ave. - St. Albert Gazette, April 27, 2013

A radio interview about my CFMA nomination and the songs on my CD. - CJSR, Nov. 15, 2012

Katherine Duncan highlighted my CD and CFMA nomination on her show. CBC Radio ! Oct. 27, 2012 - CBC Radio 1, Oct.27, 2012

Rebecca Lappa is no stranger to music. The prodigal young musician, is only a mere 15 years old. But dont let her age fool you...Lappa will strike you as a performer twice her age, as her heartfelt lyrics come straight from her soul. Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, the teen channels the likes of a young Fiona Apple and Tori Amos, which is quite an impressive feat at any age. Lappa has been making waves in Canada for the past couple of years and is ready to share her story with the world, as she received a Young Performer of the Year nomination for her debut, Not in Neverland, at the 2011 Canadian Folk Awards. 2012 already has seen Rebecca as one of the top six finalists of the All-Albertan Song Contest, and she has also received a Songwriting Boot Camp prize in the Sonic Youth category at the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, as well as participating in this summers Galaxie Young Performers Program at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. With all of this phenomenal experience in tow, Lappa has just recently released her sophomore effort, Myths and Monsters, a stunning collection of songs that will grab your very heartstrings.

Opening with the mystifying track, “Carpet Factory,” the beauty in Lappas songwriting is already brought to the table. Her haunting and seductive vocals fill the room with a tone that is not only vibrant, but gorgeous. “Unicorn” is as whimsical as the name states, though there is a deeper meaning. “We could all be free,” and “The forest is my refuge,” sings Lappa, as she pours her heart and soul out, while playing an exquisite piano underneath her charming tones. Immediately following is “The Bargain,” a piece so captivating that you will not be able to stop listening. The retro song creates an eerie tone over the record, as Lappas voice is so compelling that it it borders on Operatic.

“DevilsChild,” brings out a bit of unexpected blues influences from Lappa, truly proving that she is a young woman of many hats. The sultry crooning within her voice creates the perfect piece of musical ecstasy. “Pitter Patter,” is an enchanting and playful piece, that has a beautiful simplicity in both the piano tone as well as Lappas soft vocals.

The most standout of the tracks on Myths and Monsters is the incredible and sensational “Soon,” which has the making of a hit. The brightly strummed acoustics, which accompanies a brilliant piano, combine with Lappas amazingly smooth voice to create a bit of roughness around the edges. Her songwriting abilities are beyond impressive, as she accomplishes what most musicians strive for their whole career.

“The Waltz,” is a touching song that blends Rebeccas enthusiastic voice while a brilliantly bright piano is played throughout. A soft string section wanders into the background, but does not go unnoticed. This is a nice contrast in the album as it takes the music to a whole other level. You can literally feel the passion in Lappas vocals as she sings every note with such grace. This is the perfect song to close out the album, as it manages to sum up everything that is beautiful about these pieces. Upon first glance, they may seem to have simplicity to them, but dont let that fool you. They are indeed very complex, and heartwarming to say the least.

Rebecca Lappas Myths and Monsters will surely intrigue you with her astonishing musical abilities that she surely does deliver on. This only the beginning for Lappa, as you should make sure she is a name you watch out for. This impressive sophomore effort is only the beginning of what is to become of Rebecca Lappas musical career. Wise beyond her years, she is already, a seasoned musician that will have no problem grabbing your attention.

Review by Melissa Nastasi
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5) - Melissa Nastasi, July 2012

At only 15, local folk up and comer Rebecca Lappa already boasts an impressive musical resume.
Lappa, who is also an accomplished pianist, began writing songs at age nine and since has gone on to receive a Young Performer of the Year nomination at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Songwriting Bootcamp prize in the Sonic Youth category at the Calgary Folk Music Festival and landed herself a spot in the Galaxie Young Performers Program at this years Winnipeg Folk Festival, to name a few.
The young artists talents can be heard on her latest album Myths and Monsters, a collection of fantasy-laden songs that bring a plethora of characters to life through her story-telling, based songwriting, Lappa says she draws her inspiration from history and literature to craft her intricate lyrics, which delve a little deeper than some of her mainstream contemporaries.
Ive always liked fairy tales, Lappa adds of her inspiration. I also like history because theres a story to that, too;
In addition to literary inspiration, Lappa cites musical influences such as Pat Benatar, Sarah McLachlan and Anais Mitchell for their vocal, instrumental and songwriting abilities. To refine her own craft on her new album, Lappa teamed up with producer and songwriter Alana Levandoski.
She really had lots of ideas for where my songs could go and how to make them better and how to get things precisely right; she adds of the experience. You just have to keep trying and you have to be patient.....not everything works out the first time, or you might have to try a couple of different ideas before you figure out how its going to work......keep trying and persevere. Vue Weekly, June 21-June 27, 2012 - Vue Weekly, June 21-June 27, 2012

Listening to Rebecca Lappas latest album Myths and Monsters, its easy to forget that this local up and coming folk-pop sensation is only 15 years old.
I dont take no for an answer, Lappa says. that happens a lot and its really frustrating but basically if you keep pursuing it and you have the passion for it, youll eventually make it somewhere;
Even as a toddler, Lappas parents recognized her talents. After enrolling in an early childhood program at Visionary College in St. Albert at 2 years old, Lappa never looked back and now performs at various local venues and events including the Heart of the City Festival and Nextfest.
At 10, Lappa combined her musicality with her natural aptitude for storytelling and began writing her own songs. Although it is too early to say for sure where her music will take her, Lappa hopes one day to perform on the main stage at the Edmonton Folk Festival and eventually take her music on the road.
Until then, Lappa is looking forward to participating in the Galaxie Young Performers Program at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she will have the opportunity to be mentored by Royal Wood, a Juno-nominated singer who has booked the Edmonton Folk Festival this summer. Edmonton Examiner, June 13, 2012 - Edmonton Examiner, June 13, 2012

Her second album, to be released on June 17, has solidified her place as a professional singer and songwriter and shows the Edmonton native wont be discouraged by those who discount her because of her age.
Myths and Monsters takes listeners on a journey through seven original tracks inspired by literature and historical events as seen through the eyes of an imaginative and shockingly mature young musician,
Those familiar with her first album, Not in Neverland, will find a more mature and musically developed Lappa on Myths and Monsters. ............. The Edmonton Sun, June 7, 2012 - The Edmonton Sun, June7, 2012

Imagine opening up a history book or being immersed in your favorite literature. If this is your preferred pastime then you'll love Rebecca Lappa's story songs; which bring fascinating characters to life through well-crafted lyrics and haunting melodies. Unlike typical teen songwriters who seek inspiration from their diary, Rebecca is inspired by history, myths and her imagination.. Some have said her songs are like mini movies, full of rich vocabulary and clever plots. As you listen to her music, let her soulful vocal sweep you away on an amazing journey!
Rebecca is excited to celebrate the release of her latest CD, Myths and Monsters" on June 17th at 7:00 at Cha Island Tea Company. The acclaimed songwriter Alana Levandoski produced this CD and it was recorded at DanLyn Studios and Micheal Lent's 10th St. Studio. Musical collaborators included amazing musicians such as Michael Lent (bass), Sandro Dominelli (percussion), Russel Broom (guitar), Christine Hanson (cello), and Jim Head (guitar). This collection of 7 folk-pop tunes will pave the way to establish Rebecca as one of Canada's most promising young singer-songwritiers. - The Westmount Window, May 2012

The intrigue and mystery of the community of Wayne has inspired a young songwriter, who may have penned the quintessential Alberta song. Rebecca Lappa, 14 is entered in the ATB All-Albertan Song Contest. Her song is called Welcome to Wayne and she is among six finalists in the competition. Music fans can vote online at or on Facebook. She said she was turned on to the contest by her mentors, and inspired by the history of the small community. I was doing research to write a song for this contest. Originally it was going to be about a guy travelling through Alberta, but when I was researching I found Wayne and thought it had a really haunting ode, said Rebecca. I like the folklore of Wayne. Her song is a tragic tale of a poor mining family, back dropped by labour stife and violence. Haunting in its sound and detail. Interestingly, Rebecca has been to Drumheller, but has yet to visit Wayne. While only 14, Rebecca is no newcomer. She has been singing in competitions since she was six and is an accomplished pianist. She has received a number of Music Festival Awards. She began writing songs at the age of 10. In the spring of 2011 she released a full-length album of original compositions. In November I was nominated for Young Performer of the Year for the Canadian Folk Music Awards; she said. The winner of the All-albertan Song Contest will be selected by judges with input from listeners who can vote online. voting is now open until April 25. The winner will be announced on April 28. The prize includes $10, 000 from ATB as well as $2 000 from Alberta Music towards recording the top entry. The winning song will be published on Alberta Musics 2013 showcase CD. For more information go to Drumheller Mail, April 19, 2012 - Drumheller Mail, April 19, 2012

Edmonton teen Rebecca Lappas haunting piano ode to a former mining town, Welcome to Wayne, is one of six finalists in the second edition of the All-Albertan Song contest. Shes up against the likes of Fort Saskatchewan native Branden Gates................. Edmonton Journal Blog, April 12, 2012 - Edmonton Journal Blog, April 12, 2012

Edmonton's Rebecca Lappa is ..Alberta artist nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Awards. Lappa, 14, is vying for Young Performer of the Year. - Edmonton Journal Blog, Oct. 19, 2011

We have quite a wide range. Theres rock and theres poppy stuff, some blues and folk he said. Its pretty varied;
Teen singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa, who touts her style as folk..delivered in a more pop-style; is looking forward to her Beaumont debut.
I wanted to be part of the Beaumont Blues Festival because I had heard good things about the festival and at 14 it can be hard to find opportunities to play in front of an audience of real music lovers she said. I want people to hear my music.
Lappa has been writing songs since she was nine and recently finished her first full length album of original music, Not in Neverland............. La Nouvelle Beaumont News, Aug 12, 2011 - La Nouvelle Beaumont News, Aug. 12, 2011

Rebecca did a live interview and had to pitch a song for the audience to upload. - CBC Radio One, June 13, 2011

Rebecca was interviewed by Nola Keeler and 2 of her songs were played - CBC Radio One, June 12, 2011

Rebecca performed an original for Breakfast TV. - Breakfast TV on City TV, May 25, 2011

Theres no shortage of talented teens in Edmonton, and singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa is the latest to showcase her skills on CD. The 13 year old sprite will release her first album, Not in Neverland, on Thursday, June 2, at Expressionz Cafe.......... Edmonton Journal, May 24, 2011 - Edmonton Journal, May 24th, 2011

Rebecca was filmed performing an original song during the audition for the TV show, The Next Star. The episode was aired in July, 2011 on YTV. - YTV, May 10th and May 11th, 2011

Rebecca was interviewed and recorded performing at the Celtic Hall - Shaw TV, March 2011

He said there will also be a few musicians performing their own work throughout the day, including 14 year old Rebecca Lappa, who already writes her own songs;.......Fort Saskatchewan The Record, March 31, 2011 - Fort Saskatchewan The Record, March 31, 2011

The clear voice of Rebecca Lappa carried throughout the library Sunday afternoon at the Lois Hole Library in Southwest Edmonton. An intimate audience of 15 were seated in a circle around her keyboard to listen to the 13 year olds music as she sang and accompanied herself.
The performance was part of a series os music selections the library has been hosting every month.Local artists share their talents during the Music on a Sunday Afternoon program. Lappa heard about the program and wanted to be a part of it. "Me and my parents were searching around for places for me to play and we found that the library has musicians come on Sunday so we called them up."
The afternoons performance included a mix of Lappas own original music as well as some popular songs such as Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar.
Lappa is a natural composer. She wrote her first song at the age of 9. Five years later, Lappa now has over 50 original songs in her repertoire.
The young artist has had her share of performances. She has played at festivals, Heart of the City, Home Fest and various coffee shops around Edmonton.
Lappa belongs to the group U22, a Canadian association dedicated to giving credible performance opportunities to young talent from the age 10-22. The U22 group was responsible for finding her last performance, which was playing out at the Edmonton International Airport. - West Edmonton Local, Mar.11, 2011

Rebecca was interviewed and recorded while performing at the Edmonton International Airport - Global TV, Jan.1, 2011

Images of Rebecca while she was singing were used in this piece filmed at Expressionz - Global TV, Sept. 2010

photo of Rebecca busking on the streets of St. Albert - Saint City News, Sept.10, 2010

Twelve year old Rebecca Lappa was born to perform and singing and songwriting are her passions. In 2009, she was the winner of the first annual Alternative Trends Idol competition, wowing the audience with her performance of her original composition, Turned Out Wrong.
Rebecca has been involved with music since she was a toddler, taking music classes at Visionary College. Since she was 6, she has sung at various venues, charity events and competitions, including 5 years as a finalist at Capital Exs Northern Star Talent Search. She won the junior division of the St. Albert Idol competition in 2008 and returned in 2009 as a guest performer.
Rebecca is also a budding songwriter. To date she has penned 25 songs, a contemporary mix of pop and folk with a hint of jazz. Rebecca expresses her thought and feelings as she writes;I feel or experience something and when I try to express it, words and melody come out at the same time says Rebecca.
Rebecca has recorded two 5-song EPs. Young Voice, Old Soul; features other local musicians, demonstrating Rebeccas considerable involvement in the arts community. As a regular performer on Sunday nights at Hulberts Songwriting Stage, Rebecca was noticed by Rhea March, who invited her to join U22. U22 has provided Rebecca with valuable mentorship and performance opportunities.
The very talented Rebecca Lappa has stories to tell and the voice to tell them. Alternative Trends magazine, Fall/Winter 2009 - Alternative Trends, Fall/Winter 2009

photo of Rebecca for the above article about the Next Star audition, Edmonton - Edmonton Sun, May 20, 2009

featuring: Rebecca Lappa, at the ripe old age of 11, vocalist, pianist, songwriter/composer - The Riverdalian, May 2009

photo of Rebecca in costume for the Opera - Boyle McCauley News, Sept. 2008

The St. Albert Spring into Spring Lifestyle Expo ... concluded with two new idol winners. Lappa composed, sang and played piano to a country/pop song shed written titled Friends. Its a song of closure dedicated to her best friend.... - St. Albert Gazette, April 2008

photo and article about Anne of Green Gables movie casting. Edmonton Journal 2007 - Edmonton Journal, July 26, 2007

Another one of our students, Rebecca Lappa, will be performing in Edmonton Opera's production of Filumena. It's a Canadian opera based on the true story of Filumena Lassadro, the last women to be hanged in Alberta. The opera runs November 26th, November 29 and /december 3rd at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium . Call 429-1000 for ticket information. Congratulations, Rebecca! - The Up Beat, Dec. 2005


1. Spirit, Dec 2017

2. Reckless Heart, November 2016

3. Tattered Rose, June 2015

4. Ode To Tennyson, June 2014

5. Avant Garden, June 2013

6. Myths and Monsters, May 2012

7. Not in Neverland, March 2011

8. Young Voice Old Soul EP, September 2009

9. Rebecca Lappa EP, March 2009



Edmonton’s Rebecca Lappa is Canada’s brightest new singer-songwriter. This Canadian Folk Music Awards and Edmonton Music Awards winner writes original music that showcases her powerful vocals, storytelling, and thought provoking lyrics. With her red hair and red guitar, she brings fire to every performance. Her songs crackle with originality, blaze with passion and glow with honest emotions.

Lappa had an amazing 2018!  She was a Top 10 finalist in the My United Way Voice contest, chosen as Top 100 in the 2018 CBC Searchlight, received The Bell Media Prize to attend Canada's Music Incubator in Toronto, selected for the Edmonton Public Library Capital City Records Project, showcased at the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities in Fredericton, won 1st place in Calgary’s Ship and Anchor Song Contest, received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Can. Songwriting Competition, performed at the Edmonton Folfest, showcased at the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta and attended the SOCAN Song House at BOW2018 in Kelowna.  She opened for The Crash Test Dummies at Festival Place in Sept, Digging Roots at the New Moon Folk Club, Mike Plume at The Station on Jasper and Reignm Wolf at The Starlite Room in Nov.  Lappa released her single “Poison Rose” with Radar Love Records in Nov. Heading into 2019 Lappa is excited to work with her new manager, Mandy Wheelwright (Frazey Ford, Steph Cameron, Twin Bandit) and use an Edmonton Arts Council Grant to record her most personal songs to date with producer Leeroy Stagger.

In Dec. 2017, Lappa released her latest EP, “Spirit” featuring Valiant of Vimy that won the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Spirit of Vimy contest and a trip to Vimy Ridge.  According to Earshot, the EP reached #1 on Edmonton’s CJSR Top 30, Kamloop’s CFBX Roots chart, Victoria’s CFUV Folk/Roots/Blues chart and it peaked at #6 on The National Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues chart. On Remembrance Day, Lappa was honoured to perform "Valiant of Vimy" at the Global TV televised Butterdome Ceremony for 5000 people.  “Spirit” earned Lappa a 2018 Edmonton Music Awards nomination for Folk/Roots Artist of the Year.

The “Spirit” EP is a follow-up to her JSR Factor funded CD, “Reckless Heart” which earned Juno winning producer, Russell Broom, a WCMA nomination. Debuting at # 1 on Edmonton’s CJSR’s Top 30 and #10 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album chart in November 2016, according to Earshot “Reckless Heart” charted in the Top 30 on CKCU, CFBX and CJSF campus stations plus 5 weeks on Thunder Bay's CILU Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues Chart. 2 songs on the CD received songwriting recognition: “Crawl”- winner of the 2015 Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and Honourable Mention in the 2018 Can. Songwriting Competition and “Bonnie and Clyde”- semi-finalist in the 2017 ISC. 

Lappa performs as a soloist, duo or with her 4 piece band, The Revelry. The band is made up of MacEwan University trained musicians: Nick Samoil on keys, Madi Myhre on bass and Peter Joshua on drums. Since forming in 2016, Rebecca and The Revelry have performed at over 150 events. In the last 2 years, Lappa has toured across Canada to promote several albums and build her fan base: Prairie Express Tour (SK/AB) in June/17, Spirit of Adventure Tour (SK/MB/ON) in Feb-May/18, Off The Rails Tour (ON/QC) combined with Via Rail’s Artist on Board program in July/18, and Chasing The Sun Tour (AB/BC) in Aug/18.  

Always improving her songcraft, Lappa was selected for the SOCAN Songcamp Monday in Toronto in 2018, SOCAN Song House at BreakOut West 2017 and 2018, the Open Chair for the Songwriters Association of Canada Songworks Camp in Edmonton in Aug. 2016 and the Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat in Winnipeg in Feb. 2016. She’s collaborated with notable songwriters such as Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Amy Kirkpatrick, Japeth Ryan Raw, Kellie Loder, Guilermo Subauste, Nuela Charles, Jay Semko, Mariel Buckley, Chloe Albert, Dana Blayone, Rob Heath, Byran Finlay, Lexi Strate and with producers Dan Davidson, Davor Vulama, Troy Sampson, Tomas Brabec and B. Morales. Lappa has written music for Cymba Music Publishing in Toronto, wedding songs for Hitched Creations and commissioned to write a song for the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation.

Lappa is a prolific songwriter and her 5 earlier CD’s all received Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations (2011-2015) and Edmonton Music Awards nominations. Other accolades include winning 1st place in the Calgary Folkfest Songwriting contest in 2015, 2013 and 3rd place in 2014, being a Top 5 winner in The Bear’s 2017 “Open for Gene Simmons” contest, winning the 2015 SongRise’s Shine My Demo, winning the CN Youth Artist Award at 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and being a Top 6 finalist in the 2012 All-Albertan contest.

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