National Music Centre Announces CIBC Summer Series at the King Eddy, from July 18-September 6


Summer music series to feature Bad Buddy, Smio, The Blue, Leonard Sumner, Kue Varo and The Only Hopes, and many more.

(Calgary, AB — July 3, 2024)

The National Music Centre (NMC) is today unveiling the lineup of its new CIBC Summer Series at the King Eddy, featuring a sweltering lineup of artists spanning poppy punk to hip-hop and R&B to alternative country.

“With the CIBC Summer Series, we’re bringing an electrifying mix of genres and incredible talent to the King Eddy stage,” said Stephanie Hutchinson, NMC’s Director of Programs. “This lineup captures the vibrant diversity of Canada’s music scene, with something for everyone to enjoy.”

CIBC Summer Series schedule:

  • July 18 – Jed and the Valentine with Maclayne
  • July 19 – Riwo with Rome IX
  • July 25 – Bad Buddy with Sunstrokes
  • July 26 – HAIDEE with Ethan Cybril
  • August 1 – Sargeant X Comrade with Daughter Dentist
  • August 2 – Smio with Malaika Hailey
  • August 8 – Victrix with Jolene Marie
  • August 9 – Kuzi Cee with jo.
  • August 22 – The Blue with Tea Fannie
  • August 23 – Tennyson King with TBC
  • August 29 – Hermitess with Benjamin Longman
  • August 30 – Robin Cisek with Ruby Swan
  • September 5 – Leonard Sumner with Chelsie Young
  • September 6 – Kue Varo and The Only Hopes with Dial Up

The series will kick off on July 18 with Edmonton’s Jed and the Valentine, a duo that blend soul-stirring harmonies with prairie-folk vibes; and Calgary’s Maclayne, a folk-pop singer-songwriter with a sound often compared to Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles.

Next up on July 19 is Edmonton’s Riwo, a Nigerian-born, Edmonton-based singer-songwriter that is also known as the lead vocalist of the Afro-fusion band Melafrique; and Calgary’s Rome IX, an indie-soul artist who is always striving to understand the complexities of the human condition.

On July 25, Bad Buddy brings a genre-defying musical spectacle to the King Eddy stage, traversing everything from pop to punk and doo wop to surf. Inspired by funk, Latin music, and R&B, Sunstrokes will join the bill, weaving together an ever-changing modern rock sound with impactful lyrics, and lots of fun.

Performing on July 26 is Filipino-Canadian artist HAIDEE, a rising pop star from Edmonton, who crafts music that is both moving and relatable. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Ethan Cybril will also perform, sharing his hip-hop infused style of R&B that’s inspired by the culture and beauty of South Africa.

On August 1, experimental hip-hop and soul duo Sargeant X Comrade will share the stage with Daughter Dentist, the lovable soul-pop project of Alberta songwriter Krystle Robyn.

Next up on August 2 is R&B singer-songwriter Smio, who offers a harmonious blend of Ed Sheeran’s lyricism and Anderson East’s soulful sound, capturing the hearts of listeners with his compelling style. He will be joined by Malaika Hailey, the mesmerizing R&B and soul singer-songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya who now calls Calgary, Alberta home.

Connecting the dots between bedroom folk, chamber pop, and the darker side of dream pop, Victrix will perform on August 8 with Jolene Marie, a singer-songwriter from Calgary that offers a delicate blend of hazy folk and dream pop that’s been compared to Sibylle Baier and Mazzy Star.

Performing on August 9 is Kuzi Cee, who delivers a high energy variety of pop-fuelled R&B music that incorporates hip-hop, Afrobeats, and EDM; and Filipina-Canadian artist jo., who weaves a sweet blend of nostalgic soul and modern R&B.

On August 22, Calgary rapper The Blue will bring his high-energy set to the historic King Eddy stage, fusing old-school hip-hop and new school sounds. Joining the bill is chameleonic rapper Tea Fannie, whose myriad of styles, from trap to soul to Caribbean vibes, has made her one to watch.

Hong Kong-born rocker Tennyson King will bring his roots-rock and blues fusion to the King Eddy stage on August 23 with another yet-to-be-announced performer.

On August 29, Hermitess will share her layered orchestral textures, harmonic sounds, and pedal driven magic to conjure a fleeting fever dream. Joining her is Benjamin Longman, a singer-songwriter and musician, who makes thoughtful and melancholic art-folk.

Next up on August 30 is Robin Cisek, a Métis artist from Edmonton who creates melodic electro-pop with an alternative flair; and Ruby Swan, a dream pop and hyper pop producer whose music is equal parts whimsical and mystical.

Performing on September 5 is Leonard Sumner, an Anishinaabe singer-songwriter from Little Saskatchewan First Nation, whose music blends elements of country, folk and hip-hop music. Also joining the bill is country artist Chelsie Young, who likes to call her music, “Tomboy Country,” because she doesn’t fall into the same mold as other female artists and is blazing her own path in her own rough and tumble way.

Closing out the series on September 6 is genre-fluid alternative act Kue Varo and The Only Hopes with Dial Up, the improvisational art-punk meets no-wave group that’s a bit like cooking a leftover surprise – it’s fast, intuitive, has a lot of weird ingredients, and feels surprisingly great going down.

Tickets for the CIBC Summer Series are $15 at and $10 for NMC Members. Become an NMC Member at and start saving on concerts and events.

About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique
The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. It is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. NMC is the home to four Canadian music halls of fame, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. Featuring musical instruments, artifacts, recording equipment, and memorabilia, the NMC Collection spans over 450 years of music history and innovation. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit

About the King Eddy
We’re celebrating six years since reopening, but the King Eddy goes back 118 years! Established in 1905, the King Edward Hotel was Calgary’s second oldest hotel and the longest operating bar and hotel when it closed in 2004. After over a decade of silence, the revitalized King Eddy re-opened as a live music venue, restaurant, and bar in 2018 as part of the National Music Centre development. Today, the Eddy continues as a cornerstone of music, community, and culture, building on its storied musical legacy.


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