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Edmonton indie band Wool on Wolves headlines the Alberta Untapped show Friday at the Empress Theatre

Three emerging Alberta artists will perform Friday at the Empress Theatre.
The Untapped Alberta concert series will make six stops, including Fort Macleod.
“They are showcasing breaking talent,” Empress executive director Brent Hutchinson said. “They are developing new bands — emerging talent.”
ATB Financial is sponsoring the series in conjunction with the Alberta Music Association, and Friday’s concert will be recorded for broadcast on CKUA Radio.
The show will feature individual performances by Wool on Wolves, Chloe Albert and Jesse and the Dandelions.
“It should be kind of a cool show,” Hutchinson said.
Admission is $10, and the money will stay in Fort Macleod.
“All the proceeds go to the Empress Theatre, so it becomes a benefit for the Empress,” Hutchinson said.
Wool on Wolves debut album Grey Matter earned the band two Edmonton Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for rock recording of the year.
Members of the Edmonton indie rock band are Thomas Reikie, Eric Leydon, Gordon Brasnett, Brody Irvine and Kevin George.
Wool on Wolves will release its second album, Measures of Progress, in November.
Alberta folk musician Chloe Albert is gaining acclaim across Canada and in the United States.
Albert in 2008 was awarded the emerging artist of the year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her debut album Dedicated State.
A performer whose music is regularly played on CKUA and CBC Radio 2, Albert plans to release her second album this spring.
Lethbridge rock band Jesse and The Dandelions complete the Alberta Untapped line-up in Fort Macleod.
Jesse and the Dandelions have released two albums: The Lion’s Tooth in 2010 and Time and Space and Everything In-Between in 2012.
Band members are Jesse Northey, Tyler Stewart and Nick Vedres.
Jesse and the Dandelions have shared the stage with bands like Hey Ocean, Attack in Black and We Are The City and their music is getting airplay on CKUA, college and community stations nationwide and on CBC Radio 3.

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