Benjamin Williams is a professional musician and entertainer based in Edmonton, whose robust voice and eclectic repertoire has resonated from the stages of Canmore Folk Festival and Big Valley Jamboree, all the way to your local neighbourhood watering hole.
His career began with classical guitar studies in 2004, winning numerous scholarships and accolades in the years that followed. As an entertainer, his most notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to: 1st Place Winner in Parkland’s Got Talent (2014), and Rising Star Award nominee at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Benjamin released his self-produced debut EP as a solo artist, Handshake To The World to critical acclaim among fans and peers alike in both digital and physical form. Now a performer on the local circuit, there’s a good chance you’ll catch him at a club or farmers’ market near you.
Always eager to take part in what is greater than the sum of its parts, Benjamin enjoys dishing out his unique musical flavour to other local acts’ projects. In 2019, he briefly joined forces with John Hewitt & The New Americans, contributing mandolin, harmony vocals, and guitar work for their debut album American Hotel and their follow-up EP Hollywood Reality, both released in 2020. He now makes sporadic appearances on keyboardist and harmony vocals in Yikes, and Jayden Beaudoin’s Blue Bar Band on acoustic guitar and lead vocals.
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
5-7 May, 2023
Edmonton, or Amiskwaciwâskahikan, as it’s known in Cree, has the second-largest Indigenous population of any city in Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that our event is celebrated on the traditional lands of First Nations and Métis Peoples.
We acknowledge Treaty 6 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux.
We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 4 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland.
We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations.
We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us.