BreakOut West 2017 takes place in Edmonton, AB between September 13 – 17. The event encompasses the Western Canadian Music Awards, Industry Awards, Hall of Fame Induction, Industry Conference, Kick-off Concert and a city-wide Music Festival. It’s the place to be if you’re able! The Festival itself features over 60 of the best in Western Canadian bands and artists, and we are happy to chat with a few of them leading up to the event! For our first interview, we spoke with Manitoba based Kayla Luky.
First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Kayla Luky – I’m a singer-songwriter in the alt-country genre living in small Manitoba.
You are taking part in this year’s BreakOut West, what does it feel like to be a part of this event?
Feels nice to finally be able to share the stage with all the other great artists that are scattered throughout Western Canada!
What other bands/ artists are you looking forward to checking out at BreakOut West?
I’m looking forward to supporting my other fellow Manitobans along with Shaela Miller, Mariel Buckley, Billie Zizi, and Nick Faye.
Besides the performances, is there any other event that you’re looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to the one on one sessions. I feel those are the best way to make the most out of conferences.
I hear there is a Closing BBQ on September 17, so of course, I have to ask, what’s your go to food to BBQ?
Peppers! Love me some roasted peppers on the BBQ.
Do you have any other upcoming shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’ll be returning to Alberta with the full band for Wide Cut Country in Calgary in October! Always thankful for Alison’s support, and glad to be part of that event.
If someone has yet to see you perform live, how would you describe your live show?
Real and honest
If you were only able to recommend ONE song for a new listener, which would you choose?
“Back to Dirt”
Here at Canadian Beats, we’re all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I don’t listen to a lot of music, actually, but the Bros. Landreth, Melisa Stefaniw and Carly Dow are the first three that come to mind!
What’s up next for you?
Working and moming hard! A handful of dates on the horizon, but like a lot of other artists, I can’t quit my day job. I’ll be playing when I can, working, momming hard, and living the dream in small town Manitoba.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.