Local artist Joe Nolan will be using a surprise grant to help bring attention to his upcoming new album.
 
Nolan recently received a $2000 Canadian Content Development grant from MIX 107.

"I am still shocked and so grateful for this support. It's incredible and it's going to help me out a lot," he said. “It can be very difficult to be a full-time musician and have a career in music. So the support here is incredible. And I really appreciate it, and it's going to keep me going.”
 
Nolan, who grew up in the Fort Saskatchewan area, calls himself a bit of a chameleon when it comes to his musical style.
 
“There is kind of a wide spectrum, but if I had to pinpoint it it would be roots, singer-songwriter, folk rock.”
 
Nolan’s new album, Crybaby, is due out in September. He’ll be putting his grant money towards the cost of promoting the new work and bringing it to a wider audience.
 
"It's going to definitely give me a really awesome boost."
 
Fans will have many chances this summer to catch up with Nolan and his band, the Dogs. The musicians are booked at festivals throughout the province nearly every weekend until the end of August. After that Nolan will be hitting the
road.
 
"My plan is to be touring starting in the fall and then hopefully go into Europe before Christmas. And then just continue to push this new album and expand my audience," he said.

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