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Fifth annual Songs4Ken fund-raiser set

John Wort Hannam is hosting the fifth annual Songs4Ken fund-raiser for the ALS Society of Alberta on Sept. 26 at the Empress Theatre.

Alberta singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam and his musical friends T. Buckley, Emily Triggs, Mike Stack and Jesse Dollimont are gathering at the Empress Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. to raise funds for the ALS Society of Alberta.
Songs4Ken is a concert in memory of John’s lifelong friend Ken Rouleau, who died at age 44 from ALS, a neurodegenerative disease, in 2012 after a 13-month illness.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the ALS Society of Alberta.
John and Ken met as eight-year-olds in Calgary.
“Ken had a lust for life and plans to accomplish many things in his lifetime,” Wort Hannam said. “When he told me he wouldn’t be seeing his son grow up, I heard the sadness and pain in his voice. I wanted to — had to — do something. So Songs4Ken was born.”
In the past five years, Songs4Ken has raised more than $30,000 for the ALS Society of Alberta.
This year’s performers will be backed by one of the best house bands in Alberta: Jason Valleau on bass, Scott Duncan on fiddle, Jon May on drums and Steve Fletcher on keys.
In addition to the musical artistry, Rosebud visual artist Randall Wiebe will paint a 15-minute portrait of an audience member. Tickets for the portrait session will be sold at the event.
John Wort Hannam in 2001 quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while he sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs.
Eighteen years later, with a few feathers in that lucky hat that include a JUNO nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Album of the Year, he’s touring a new band and new songs.
Roots artist T. Buckley’s latest album, Miles We Put Behind, delivers “timeless, flowing melodies with a little grit on the edge that taps into a pure vein of country soul.”
In addition to his five albums, Buckley has topped radio charts, sold out shows across western Canada, and held down a successful four-year weekly residency at one of Calgary’s best live music venues.
A bred-in-the-bones roots musician, Emily Triggs is a guitarist and singer-songwriter whose music also encompasses country, blues and some good, old rock ‘n’ roll.
Her sound is classic and contemporary in equal measure.
Triggs plays in a variety of bands, including the popular quartet Magnolia Buckskin and a duo called The Rosellas.
Mike Stack offers a hefty dose of energetic alt-country, bluesy rock n’ roll and Tex-Mex melodies sung with honeyed harmonies and rural twang.
Jesse Dollimont’s sound is steeped in folk, country, classical and bluegrass traditions while her songwriting style is a mixture of vivid imagery and nostalgia coupled with beautiful, relatable and, at times, heartbreakingly personal revelations.
Randall Wiebe is a veteran instructor in art, photography and drama and a freelance graphic designer and photographer.
His own work focuses on figurative and portrait paintings and large-scale commissions for churches.
Songs4Ken tickets are available at macleodempress.com or by calling 403-553-4404.
Wort Hannam is also presenting a Songs4Ken concert in Calgary at the Southwood United Church on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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