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UPCOMING Highlights


  • Recording new music in 2019 thanks to the support of an Edmonton Arts Council Grant
  • Opening for Amy Bishop on February 27th
  • Opening for Ruthie Foster on May 2nd





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PHOTOS (click for hi res)





Rebecca Lappa is Canada’s brightest new singer-songwriter. This Canadian Folk Music Awards and Edmonton Music Awards winner writes original music that showcases her powerful vocals, storytelling, and thought provoking lyrics. With her red hair and red guitar, she brings fire to every performance. Her songs crackle with originality, blaze with passion and glow with honest emotions.


Lappa has had an amazing 2018! She was a Top 10 finalist in the My United Way Voice contest, chosen as Top 100 in the 2018 CBC Searchlight, received The Bell Media Prize to attend Canada's Music Incubator in Toronto, selected for the EPL Capital City Records, showcased at the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities in Fredericton, won 1st place in the Ship and Anchor Song Contest, received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition, performed at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and will showcase at the ATAA in October. She’s also excited to open for The Crash Test Dummies at Festival Place in September and Digging Roots at the New Moon Folk Club in November and attend the SOCAN Song House at BOW2018 in Kelowna.


In December 2017, Lappa released her latest EP, “Spirit” featuring Valiant of Vimy that won the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Spirit of Vimy contest and a trip to Vimy Ridge. According to Earshot, the EP reached #1 on Edmonton’s CJSR Top 30, Kamloop’s CFBX Roots chart, Victoria’s CFUV Folk/Roots/Blues chart and it peaked at #6 on The National Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues chart. On Remembrance Day, Lappa was honoured to perform "Valiant of Vimy" at the Global TV televised Butterdome Ceremony for 5000 people. “Spirit” earned Lappa a 2018 Edmonton Music Awards nomination for Folk/Roots Artist of the Year.


The “Spirit” EP is a follow-up to her JSR Factor funded CD, “Reckless Heart” which earned Juno winning producer, Russell Broom, a WCMA nomination. Debuting at # 1 on Edmonton’s CJSR’s Top 30 and #10 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album chart in November 2016, according to Earshot “Reckless Heart” charted in the Top 30 on CKCU, CFBX and CJSF campus stations plus 5 weeks on Thunder Bay's CILU Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues Chart. Two songs on the CD received songwriting recognition: “Crawl”- was the winner of the 2015 Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition and “Bonnie and Clyde”- was a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Contest.


Lappa performs as a soloist, duo or with her 4 piece band, The Revelry. The band is made up of MacEwan University trained musicians: Nick Samoil on keys, Madi Myhre on bass and Peter Joshua on drums. Since forming in 2016, Rebecca and The Revelry have performed at over 150 events. Lappa has opened for Maria Dunn, Pistol Whips, Leeroy Stagger, Jenn Grant, and Sam Tudor and was a finalist in the “She’s The One” contest at the 2016 and 2017 Ottawa Blues Festival.


In the last 2 years, Lappa has toured extensively as a duo or with her band across Canada to promote several albums and build her fan base: Prairie Express Tour (SK/AB) to support “Reckless Heart” in June/17, Spirit of Adventure Tour (SK/MB/ON) in Feb-May/18 to support “Spirit”, Off The Rails Tour (ON/QC) combined with Via Rail’s Artist on Board program in July/18, and Chasing The Sun Tour (AB/BC) to support both albums in Aug/18.


Lappa is a prolific songwriter and her 5 earlier CD’s all received CFMA (2011-2015) and Edmonton Music Awards nominations. Other accolades include winning 1st place in the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting contest in 2015, 2013 and 3rd place in 2014, being a top 5 winner in The Bear’s 2017 “Open for Gene Simmons” contest, winning the 2015 SongRise’s Shine My Demo, winning the CN Youth Artist Award at the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and being a Top 6 finalist in the 2012 All-Albertan contest.


Lappa is a graduate of MacEwan University’s music program who enjoys volunteering at the Stollery Children’s Hospital under the supervision of the Music Therapist. She also teaches voice, piano and songwriting in and around Edmonton. While Rebecca Lappa studied music at MacEwan University, she was the recipient of four scholarships: MacEwan Entrance Scholarship, Victor-Osten Performing Arts Award, Edmontone Studio Award, and RBC MacEwan Officers Endowment.







“Remember when Serena Ryder was just starting to gain international acclaim? When people would see her play a small gig and say, “She’s going to go somewhere?” That’s where Edmonton’s own Rebecca Lappa is at right now. With her singular take on folk rock, she’s dangling on the precipice of becoming a household, Western Canadian name.”

Stephan Boissonneault,

Vue Weekly, Aug 2018



“The creativity and heart you brought to your winning song (Valiant of Vimy) was truly inspirational.”

Lois Mitchell,

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, March 2017



“The singing is the true knock-out here, the passion of Sheryl Crow with the sensitivity of Sarah McLachlan – yet original, truly the makings of a star.”

Mike Ross,, October 2016



“Rebecca’s compositions crackle with originality, with beautiful melodies and clever original lyrics. Her music is infectious and intelligent as it takes you on a journey. I never tire of Rebecca’s music. It’s challenging, smart and engaging on so many levels.”

Barry Allen,

award winning producer and engineer,

Homestead Recorders,
June 2015



“With a disposition inclined toward positivity and a strong work ethic like Lappa’s, there is little doubt she’s one to watch as she continues on her journey to become a full time artist.”

Brittany Rudyck,

Beatroute, Dec 6, 2017






Solo: Rebecca with guitar and voice

Duo: above with Keyboardist

Band: above with Keyboardist, Bass and Drums







The Crash Test Dummies, Digging Roots, Buffy Sainte Marie, Leeroy Stagger and Jenn Grant, Hewson Grey, Sweet Vintage Rides, Travelling Mabels, Maria Dunn, Joal Kamps, Back Porch Swing, Alana Levandoski, Rye and Fairy Tales, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Pistol Whips, Sam Tudor, Common Deer





Basia Bulat, Ruth Moody, Pharis and Jason Romero, 100 Mile House, Scenic Route to Alaska, Lucas Chaisson, Ken Stead, Mohsin Zaman and Benjamin Dakota Rogers, St. Arnaud, Travis Matthews, Dana Wylie





Performance Highlights


The Works, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Waynestock, AB, 2018

Rogue Arts Festival, BC, 2018

Edmonton Folk Music Festival, 2018, 2014

Seven Music Festival, 2018

Ross Street Patio Series, Red Deer, 2018, 2015

Millwoods Canada Day, 2018, 2017

Heart of the City, 2018-2011

Make Music Edmonton, 2018-2014

Whyte Ave Art Walk, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Kaleido Festival, 2018-2011

Found Festival 2018-2016

Western Canada Fashion Week, 2018, 2017

Boardwalk Sand on Whyte Festival, 2018

Taste of Edmonton, 2018

Artists on Board Via Rail, 2018

Pembina River Nights Festival, 2018

Mercer Super Summer Party, 2018

Edmonton Street Car Music Series, 2018, 2016

Big Valley Jamboree 2017, 2012

Blues of Whyte Block Party, 2017

Mill Woods Canada Day, 2017

Lunch at the Legislature, 2017

Experience Jasper, 2017

Lilac Festival, Calgary, 2017

Highlandia Festival, 2017

Art Gallery of Alberta Vibe Series, 2017

Culture Days @ The Jubilee Auditorium, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014

Bro-Tell Festival, 2017

Party in the Park Festival 2018, 2017, 2016

Art in the Park Festival, 2017

Ottawa Bluesfest, 2017, 2016

Canada Day, Edmonton Legislature Grounds, 2016

Didsbury Arts Festival, 2016

Stony Plains Patio Series, 2016

Rosebud Folk Festival, 2016

Wild Oats and Notes Music Festival, Tofield, 2016, 2012

Story Tellers Festival, Edmonton, 2017, 2016, 2015

Juno Showcase, TD Music Green Room, Calgary, 2016

Skirts A Fire Festival, Edmonton, 2016

Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton, 2017, 2016

Ice on Whyte Festival, Edmonton, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Amplify Festival, St. Albert, 2017, 2015

Calgary Folkfest, Calgary, 2015, 2013

Willows Music Festival, 2015

Nextfest, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, 2015

Beaumont Blues Festival, Beaumont, 2013, 2012, 2011

Springfest, East Coulee, 2015

Edmonton Poetry Festival, 2015

International Womens Day Gala, Fort Sask, 2015

Winter City Shake-up, Edmonton, 2015

Come By The Hills Festival, Vermillion, 2014

Edmonton Folk Festival, 2014

Canmore Folk Festival, 2014

Hero’s Journey Music Festival, Cabine Soliel, AB, 2014, 2013

Litfest, Millwoods, 2013

Winnipeg Folk Festival, 2013, 2012

Canadian Rockies International Rodeo and Music Festival, 2013

Pride Festival, 2017, 2013

Festival of Trees, 2013, 2012

Canadian Folk Music Awards Showcase, Sanctuary Theatre, St. John, 2012






New Moon Folk Club, Edmonton, 2018, 2017

Calgary Folk Club, 2016

Uptown Folk Club’s Winterfest, 2018, 2015, 2012

Northern Lights Folk Club, Edmonton, 2015

The Nickelodeon Folk Club, Calgary, 2013









  • Recipient of a Factor Showcase Grant
  • Recipient of a Socan Foundation Grant
  • 1st place win in the "Big Rock Untapped" category of the Ship and Anchor Songwriting Contest for her song "Deep Water”
  • selected to perform at the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta Showcase in October
  • “Reckless Heart" CD selected to be part of The Edmonton Public Library's local digital music collection: Capital City Records
  • “Spirit” EP selected for the Alberta Music Album Promotion Project at Interstellar Rodeo, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival and Edmonton K-days.
  • Nominated for an Edmonton Music Award for the Roots/Folk Recording of The Year for song "Valiant Of Vimy"
  • Selected to showcase at the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA) in Fredericton in June
  • Honourable Mention in The Canadian Songwriting Competition for "Crawl"
  • Top 100 in CBC Searchlight Contest (Top 7 in Alberta)
  • Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for 1 song
  • Semi-Finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition for 3 songs
  • Winner of the Bell Media Prize to attend Canada's Music Incubator in Toronto
  • Top 10 in My United Way Voice contest



  • Music Diploma graduate from MacEwan University, Dean’s List
  • Winner of Lieutenant Governor’s Spirit of Vimy contest
  • Top 5 prize in CFBR 100.3FM The Bear’s “Open for Gene Simmons” Contest
  • Top 10 Finalist in “She’s the One” Ottawa Bluesfest national contest
  • Recipient of the Victor-Osten Performing Arts Award
  • Recipient of the Edmontone Studio Award
  • Recipient of the RBC MacEwan Officers Endowment
  • Nominee, Edmonton Music Awards
  • Recipient of a Factor Travel Grant



  • Recipient of the Jason Lang Scholarship
  • Nominee, Edmonton Music Awards
  • Tied for 1st place in “She’s the One” Ottawa Bluesfest national contest
  • Shortlisted for “Prophets of Music” Emerging Artist Program



  • Recipient of Factor Juried Sound Recording Grant
  • Winner, Canadian Folk Music Awards
  • Recipient of the MacEwan Entrance Scholarship
  • Winner, Edmonton Music Awards, “Adult Alternative Recording of the Year”
  • Winner, Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Competition
  • Winner, SongRise “Shine My Demo” contest
  • Recipient of Factor Demo Grant
  • Recipient of Factor Travel Grant



  • Nominee, Canadian Folk Music Awards
  • Winner, CN Youth Artist @ the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts
  • Recipient of Rawlco Radio 10K20 Recording Grant
  • 3rd place, Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Competition



  • Nominee, Canadian Folk Music Awards
  • Winner, Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Competition
  • Recipient of Factor Travel Grant



  • Nominee, Canadian Folk Music Awards
  • Top 6 finalist, All-Albertan Song Contest
  • Wild Card Contestant, The Next Star YTV Show, season 5



  • Nominee, Canadian Folk Music Awards





Songwriting Workshops


Rebecca has taught songwriting in a variety of settings over the last 6 years. She makes songwriting engaging and relevant to the students’s experiences or classroom curriculum. She has presented to groups large and small and loves working one on one with the students as they develop their songs and find their voice.  Throughout 2017, Rebecca volunteered at the Stollery Children’s Hospital under the supervision of the music therapist Jenny Plume. Rebecca is also a trained gymnastics coach with 6 years experience.


Songwriting Workshops:

  • 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014: School of Song Culture Day Workshops at Jubilee Auditorium for Edmonton elementary students
  • 2018: 4 day Songwriting Workshop at TD Baker Junior High School, Edmonton
  • 2017: Weekend Songwriting Workshops at Crescendo Music, Sherwood Park
  • 2016: Songwriting Workshop during the Alternative Learning Day at Victoria School
  • Aug. 2016 and 2017: week long Summer Songwriting Camps at Visionary College, St. Albert
  • 2014: Songwriting Session at Natasha Deen’s Teen Writing Club at Riverbend Library
  • 2013: Songwriting Session at the City of Edmonton Youth Art Jam, McIntyre Park
  • 2013: School of Song Presentation at the North Central Teachers Convention
  • 2013, 2012: School of Song Workshop at Highlands JH Young Readers Conference


Voice/Piano Teacher:

Sept. 2018 and ongoing: Visionary College, St. Albert

Sept/17- Feb/18: Caesar’s School of Music, Edmonton




Quotes from Teachers at TD Baker Junior High School:


“Students were excited to attend your workshops.”


“Some of the concepts you talked about were things I never would of thought of and the way you explained songwriting made it accessible to everyone”.





Songwriting Experience


  • selected to participate in the SOCAN Song House Songwriting Camp at BOW2018
  • Selected for the SOCAN Songcamp Monday in Toronto in April, 2018
  • Selected to participate in the SOCAN Songhouse Songwriting Camp at BOW2017
  • Selected as the “Open Chair” for the Songwriters Association of Canada Factor Songworks Camp, Edmonton, August 2016
  • Selected to participate in the Prairie Winter Songwriting Camp, Winnipeg, Feb. 2016
  • Collaborated with such notable songwriters as Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Rob Heath, Beth Portman, Chloe Albert, Dan Davidson, Olivia Wik, Dana Blayone, Mariel Buckley, Jay Semko, Nuela Charles, Lexi Strate, Bryan Finlay, Lynn Tessari, Doug Folkins, Kendra Kay, Olivia Rose, Lisa Nicole Grace, David Borys, Kellie Loder, Amy Kirkpatrick, Japeth Ryan Raw, Guilermo Subauste, Lora Ryan, Marty Pawlina, and producers Troy Samson, Tomas “Dr. Octavio” Brabec, B. Morales, Davor Vulama
  • Written more than 250 songs. Recorded 64 songs, appearing on four full albums (Reckless Heart, Ode to Tennyson, Avant Garden, Not in Neverland) and four EP’s (Spirit, Tattered Rose, Myths and Monsters,Young Voice Old Soul)


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Composition Experience


*Songwriter/composer/playwright of 3 short plays: “Camelot Rocks”, “The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede”, and “The Earl” which debuted at Nextfest and Storytellers Festival, 2013-17


*Composer for Allison Neuman’s play “Searching for Normal” at Edmonton Fringe, Aug. 2013