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Meet the Artists
This year’s artists are handpicked by Alb himself. These artists are more than just icons, they are singer-songwriters
who are personal, handing a piece of themselves to you with each song they sing. Alb wants you to do more
than attend Albatross, he wants you to experience the raw passion these talented artists have to offer.
The multi-talented Edison is a Hong Kong film actor, musician, producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. He is best known for his hip-hop music and his popular clothing line, Clot Media Division CMD. Born and raised in Vancouver, Edison went to R.C. Palmer Secondary in Richmond.
One of the first and founding artists of Chinese Folk music in China, Ma Di is known to express himself both simply and directly in his unique voice. His music ranges in themes of love and life in the city. Ma Di’s songs are so full of emotion that it’s almost chilling; in each song lingers delicateness and poetic elements. Born and raised in the Northern China, Ma Di’s fame has rapidly spread to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan since the release of his song Nan Shan Nan.
Matzka is a Taiwanese band with band members all originating from Taitung’s Paiwan or Puyuma tribes. They have a unique style; though reggae-based, their songs blend together jazz, folk, heavy metal, rap, hip-hop and other elements from Taitung’s aboriginal music. Each of their songs may sound like different genres, but lead singer Matzka’s distinct, rugged voice is unmistakable.
Queen Wei is a Taiwanese singer songwriter known for her pop songs. Her sweet, delicate voice and emotion-filled music was recognized in the popular Taiwanese singing competition, One Million Star. Rising to fame, her collaboration with Jay Chou on the song Rhythm of the Rain ??????? has almost hit 90 million hits on YouTube.
A Si is a Chinese Indie pop singer from Shanghai. In 2013, A Si won the Top Indie Artist in the Chinese Billboard Music Award. According to A Si, her stage name came from her favourite number four which is pronounced “si”. In Chinese, Si also means witty and unconstrained, which is reflected in both her lyrics and singing style.
“Nair” is a band name that has deep meaning. Mongolian traditional holidays and festivities are accompanied with great feasts that are called “Nair.” Mongolians hold feasts for many significant occasions and usually involve many people eating and drinking, and performing traditional songs and dances. This band aims to represent the rich culture heritage of the Mongolian people through their lively, infectious music.
At the age of 21, Eric Chou is already a popular Taiwanese singer songwriter. Playing classical piano from a young age, Eric developed a passion for composing and started drawing inspiration from personal experiences. He was scouted by an entertainment company while performing at his uncle’s wedding. He is best known for his ballads. Fun fact: while he was studying high school in Boston, USA, he competed in numerous chess competitions!
HYUKOH is a South Korean indie pop band that stirred up the Korean indie scene since the time of their debut in 2014. Claiming the title “Band of the New Generation”, the four 23-year-old members create music with various genres and cultural influences, such as Chinese and American. The band expresses the essence of youth—wild and free but also empty and deserted— not only by the music, but also through their videos, fashions, and performances. The lead singer Oh Hyuk’s sweet, yet raspy, voice and the dreamy, retro eclectic band vibes are the perfect combination to sit back and relax to. Their recently released rock album “23” placed 6th on Billboard’s world’s album chart.
Wanting was born and raised in Harbin, China, but has since moved to Vancouver when she was 16. As a pop singer-songwriter and pianist, “You Exist in My Song” was a huge hit. Her first album, Everything in the World, went platinum in China within the first week of sale. In 2013, Wanting became the first-ever Vancouver tourism ambassador.
Elise Estrada is a Filipino-Canadian pop singer-songwriter and actress. Growing up in Surrey, British Columbia, she attended Holy Cross Regional High School. At age 17, she won the title of “Miss Vancouver Princess”. Elise is best-known for her singles “Insatiable”, “One Last Time” and “Lipstick”; when “Insatiable” was released, it rose to number 1 on the Canadian Top 40 Charts.
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- pacific waters
- the hottest music
- snow-capped mountains
- musical medley of genres
- two days of unbeatable fun
Albatross Music Festival is the first outdoor music festival of its kind in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. With the Pacific waters and snow-capped mountains as a stunning backdrop, Albatross presents a musical medley of genres.
Featuring Asian Canadian/American artists, as well as international big names, let your musical appetites be fed with passion from indie rock, pop, folk, reggae, funk and hip-hop artists. Join Alb for two days of unbeatable fun at the Hastings Racecourse.
He has come a long way from home. And he’s not all that different from us.
Like many Vancouverites, Alb has two homes on either side of the Pacific. Migrating between the East and West coasts of the Pacific Ocean, Alb brings a mix of modish music from Asia to North America.
Stay tuned for more updates on the artist line up!