“Five Minutes With” Calgary Bow Valley musician Amelie Patterson

Music is math. Music is business. Music is art. Few can leverage more than one side with any level of proficiency. Bow Valley musician Amelie Patterson is the kind of songwriter who knows her strengths and bridges the gaps of her own knowledge and skill to transform her own confident alt-folk songwriting into transfixing musical mechanical, with a little help from her friends.

Upon completing a biology degree at the University of Victoria, Patterson slipped out of the merge lane and ended up diverting away from the scientific impulses and a family history of going into medicine. Turning her attention to music and songwriting, she pushed herself to a music residency at the Banff Centre where she met Will MacLellan (Raleigh) and the two decided to record a record together. That project became Roll Honey Roll, Patterson’s debut, co-produced by MacLellan and Brock Geiger (Raleigh, The Dudes). Roll honey Roll went on to win Alternative recording of the Year at the 2017 YYCMA’s.

Though tempted by the prospect of a bigger musical market, Patterson doubled down on her community-oriented skillset and began recruiting other talented folks to her cause including Prophets of Music founders Kyle Tenove and Barry Mason, as well as Carson Gandt, into her live ensemble. This community mindset garnered Patterson the inaugural poet-laureateship of Banff, AB. Completing the Coalition Music Artist Entrepreneurship Program further cemented Patterson’s interest in assembling a team around her songs, directing her collaborators instead of dictating or arranging, and letting them play to their strengths around her articulate musical aspirations.

The result is the Playlist, a series of diverse rolling singles, coherently organized into volumes, each centred on a thematic through-line. Patterson plays with genre and mood throughout, experimenting in writing and pushing herself and her collaborators to darken the corners of her moody alt-folk soundspace. The Playlist will be released song-by-song over a period of a few years, defined by, and reacting to, the social and musical moments to which each single breathes. Every bold and inward-facing musical singularity is readable in the lyrical and cultural moment it appears. Volume 1 will be released over the course of a year in concert with playful and unique merch items from independent Albertan artisans. The Playlist is at once present and omnipresent, a reactive and reflexive musical index of the development of an artist, her techniques, but most of all, her leadership.


Amelie Patterson

Name: Amelie Patterson

Genre: Alternative Folk

Founded: 1989

# of Albums: 1 EP

Latest Release:

(upcoming) March 2019

Latest Video: That’s On You

Latest Single: Roll Honey Roll

Favourite Local Restaurant:

The Coup, Native Tongues, Anejo, The Teahouse

Favourite band as a teenager:

The Pixies, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Rylo Kylie, Neko Case, Gillian Welch

Favourite band now:

Flock of Dimes, Sylvan Esso, BEGONIA, Seinabo Sey, Alabama Shakes, John Legend (Darkness and Light album)

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Free, Rudimental feat. Emilie Sande

Favourite local artist:

Justine Vandergrift, Astral Swans, Mariel Buckley, Shuffalo, SBWATT, Run Deer Run, Mariyah Stokes, The Ashley Hundred

Nose Hill or Fish Creek? Nose Hill!

EP or LP? EP

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl who wishes she could change her ways.

Road or studio?

Studio! There is endless opportunity for creativity in the stoods!

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Any shows or albums coming up?

January 26th at the Bow Valley Folk Club.