JOAL KAMPS

Award-Winning Songwriter, Recording Artist & Touring Musician

Joal Kamps is a multidisciplinary artist who practices primarily in Music & Sound as a performing artist and musician. He also works in Film & Television and the Visual Arts.

Kamps currently performs as a solo singer-songwriter and/or instrumental guitarist. He also performs as a co-member of Albertan folk/roots duo Flint & Feather.

About

Alberta's Joal Kamps is an award-winning singer-songwriter (International Songwriting Competition, Western Canadian Music Award, Independent Music Award), international touring musician (USA, NLD, DEU, FRA, GBR, CAN), and showcasing artist (Canadian Music Week, Breakout West). With four commercial releases to his name including two full-length albums (Sojourner & Heads Is East Tails Is West) and two extended play recordings (Waiting & The RED E.P.), Kamps has been independently writing, recording, and releasing original music for over a decade.

Currently performing as a self-taught solo artist, instrumental guitarist, and co-member of Albertan folk/roots duo Flint & Feather, Joal and his wife Lauren were official showcase artists at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) Conference in Chattanooga, TN, USA and for the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) in Saskatoon, SK. The Kamps’ are also privileged alumni of Canada Music Incubator’s ‘Artist Entrepreneur' program, The Banff Centre’s ‘Musicians in Residence’ program, and The Hornby School for Emerging Artists.

The majority of Joal’s original music is rooted in the singer-songwriter genre and folk/roots music traditions and is often inspired by Rocky Mountain folklore and Western Canadian history. His material has been released under his own artist name and has been picked up or released by fellow performing and recording artists in the Canadian Country Music Industry including Manitoba Country Music Award-winner Kendra Kay. Kamps has also been privileged to perform his songs live on CTV National's 'Canada AM' and a host of other television stations in North America and Western Europe.

Joal was extremely honoured to become Canada's first ever Provincial 'Artist in Residence & Arts Ambassador' for the Province of Alberta in 2020-2021. In this role he strongly advocated the value of the arts in Alberta through composing a multidisciplinary performance piece entitled 'Wild Rose' which debuted at the Polaris Theatre (formerly the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts) during Alberta Culture Days. This showcase presentation incorporated performances by Alberta-based musicians Lauren Kamps, Lisa Jacobs, and Jason Hofer; dancers Janita Frantsi and Kathleen Hughes; and featured a commissioned artwork by visual artist Bryony Toon.

In addition to his work as a performing and recording artist, Joal is also an active member of ACTRA and has been as an arts consultant or official juror for the Prophets of Music Society, Calgary Arts Development Authority, and FACTOR Canada, as well as the YYC Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards. Joal has also enjoyed being an instructor for the Foothills Acoustic Music Institute (FAMI) and has presented individual classes or workshops on music business, songwriting, and more at public and private schools throughout Western Canada.

Kamps continues to create new songs as a full-time performing and recording artist in Flint & Feather, and has co-produced multiple recordings in this capacity. He has enjoyed working directly with JUNO Award-winning producers Colin Linden and Russell Broom, as well as Jason Hofer, Paul Zacharias, Mark Troyer, and Bruce Hildesheim. Joal is currently producing Flint & Feather’s debut album which will be released in digital and physical formats throughout 2024. Flint & Feather's first single 'The Very Thing I Fear' is available on streaming platforms worldwide.

 

Shows

Joal has performed throughout Canada, Western Europe, and the Northwest United States, and has appeared at music festivals, concert series, official showcases, house concerts, and other community events.

Previous events

Date Event Location
The Barn After Dark The Shawnessy Barn, Calgary, AB The Shawnessy Barn, Calgary, AB
Calgary Farmers' Market (South) Calgary Farmers' Market (South), Calgary, AB Calgary Farmers' Market (South), Calgary, AB
Calgary Farmers' Market (West) Calgary Farmers' Market (West), Calgary, AB Calgary Farmers' Market (West), Calgary, AB
Gasoline Alley Farmers' Market Gasoline Alley Farmers' Market, Red Deer, AB Gasoline Alley Farmers' Market, Red Deer, AB
Kananaskis Christmas Market Redwood Hall, Redwood Meadows Redwood Hall, Redwood Meadows
Kananaskis Christmas Market Redwood Hall, Redwood Meadows Redwood Hall, Redwood Meadows
Kananaskis Christmas Market Redwood Hall, Redwood Meadows Redwood Hall, Redwood Meadows
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Music in the Mountains Canmore Civic Centre, Canmore, AB Canmore Civic Centre, Canmore, AB
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Mountain Market Music Series Elevation Place Plaza, Canmore, AB Elevation Place Plaza, Canmore, AB
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Rocky View Music Series Spray Lakes Centre, Cochrane, AB Spray Lakes Centre, Cochrane, AB
A Busking Good Time Good Earth Coffeehouse - Bridgeland, Calgary, AB Good Earth Coffeehouse - Bridgeland, Calgary, AB
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Mountain Music Series Banff Central Park, Banff, AB Banff Central Park, Banff, AB
Summer Songs on Stephen Ave Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary, AB Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary, AB
Market Night @ Heritage Park Heritage Park Plaza, Calgary, AB Heritage Park Plaza, Calgary, AB

Music

Joal has released four commercials recordings to date: two full-length albums and two extended play (EP) recordings. He is now primarily focused on releasing new work through his duo act Flint & Feather.

Video

As Alberta's 'Artist in Residence & Arts Ambassador', Joal and his wife Lauren were invited to showcase their artist work inside the world-class facilities of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This short documentary film is meant to highlight the value of the arts and demonstrate that art is essential.

This Video Was Made Possible By The Government of Alberta

Contact

Joal Kamps currently performs as a solo singer-songwriter and/or instrumental guitarist. He is also available in a duo configuration with Flint & Feather. Please contact for more information.