Sister Ray


Doors 7pm


Ages 14+. Those aged 14-17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Sister Ray, the project of Edmonton-born songwriter Ella Coyes, was conceived out of necessity; a self-designed vehicle built to examine trauma with unflinching honesty. Armed with a voice that soars and scrapes in equal measure, Coyes converts first-person recollections of big, complicated love into universally potent allegories.

Steeped in a wide range of culutral influences, Sister Ray’s music takes inspiration from 90s country, gospel bluegrass and traditional Métis music (a style of music originating amongst the Métis of Canada and North America that is marked by the percussive use of a violin or fiddle). It was the traditional Metis music that was played at home that not only brought Sister Ray closer to their heritage but taught them a form of storytelling rooted in collective value, resilience, and safety.

Through the existential questions that came with examining contradictory identities, Coyes came to understand music’s ability to archive personal history while also unpacking overwhelming emotions with the support of a community. As their taste evolved, Coyes began to devour music across all genres, obsessing over the songwriting of Loudon Wainwright III, the eerie space of Do Make Say Think, and the ascending vocals of Jeff Buckley.

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