MacEwan’s SA sets up a show
Doug Johnson – arts editor
MacEwan University’s Students’ Association (SA) brings a singer-songwriter circle to the CN Theatre in City Centre Campus’s 105th St. building from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 24. Tickets are available at the SAM centre and the SA offices at the satellite campuses. Proceeds from the event go towards Adopt-A-Family, which helps students in financial need over the holiday season.
The event features Marty Pawlina, Ariane Lemire, Laura Swanky and Erin Faught from Alberta, and Jessica Holtby from B.C.. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, a Calgary-born folk singer-songwriter, will host the event.
Despite his humble beginnings as just a kid with a guitar, Fitzgerald is making a big name for himself in Canadian music. Fitzgerald was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Alberta Music Awards on Nov. 5.
“It’s always nice, in your home province to get recognized for your efforts,” Fitzgerald says. “Alberta Music is one of those organizations that connects politics and the people in the arts. It’s just nice to be part of the community and also be recognized and form friendships in that group of people.”
Fitzgerald also has plans to release a second album in early 2012. Though he is happy with the albums progress, he is eager for the album to drop. “For me,” Fitzgerald says, “I have to have new content out by then. I want to start singing new songs.”
Fitzgerald is no novice to singer-songwriter circles. He’s played in, and hosted several and enjoys them. “I’ve [hosted them] a couple times,” he says. “They’re intimate and also really relaxed settings — nothing too over the top.”
“I guess you’re the link between the artists you’re sharing the stage with and the audience,” Fitzgerald remarks of his role of guest host. “It’s almost like you’re hosting a dinner party!”