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Wild Mountain Mash Up returns with two categories

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Edmonton-area band Alleviate rocked the stage at the 2018 Wild Mountain Music Mash Up event.

Tyler Waugh

Emerging performers will have a chance to earn a shot on the Wild Mountain Music Festival main stage in 2020 as the Mash Up returns on June 1 at Masters.

This year two spots in the 2020 festival will be up for grabs as organizers have decided to split the competition into a category for bands and a separate one for singer/ songwriters.

Jason Williams, music director for Wild Mountain, said the creation of two categories is to reflect the realities of two different sounds.

“It’s hard for a singer/songwriter to create that same sort of sound and impact that a full band can have. It’s about fairness and it’s about acknowledging that you can’t compare apples and oranges,” said Williams, though he conceded that singer-songwriters like Jake Buckley had won in the past.

“But that’s a rare talent, a rare occasion with guys like Buckley. We wanted to give more of an opportunity for singer/songwriters to be showcased.”

When organization of the 2019 Wild Mountain Music Festival was initiated there was some

uncertainty whether there would be the necessary time or resources to commit to a Mash Up this year. However, the group got some help to pull it off. Questions or submissions can be directed to Bob Roach at

“When people get in touch we can provide some more info and let anybody know about the application process,” Williams said.

Besides stage time at the 2020 Wild Mountain, one winner will also receive eight hours recording time at Blue Diamond Studios.

The Mash Up performances are free to attend and enjoy with a tentative start time of 7 pm.

“Some of that will depend on how many performers end up booking. I think right now there’s room for maybe one more band and a couple singer/songwriters,” Williams said.

Wild Mountain is set for July 19 – 21 at Entrance Ranch with a lineup highlighted by performers like Colin James, Shred Kelly and Five Alarm Funk.

More information on the lineup and site amenities can be found at

Early bird ticket deals end June 1 and can be purchased online at tickets.