The August long weekend is a popular time for music festivals and Sydney Mae will be performing at the two of the biggest in Alberta.
Tomorrow, Aug. 3, she returns to the Big Valley Jamboree (BVJ), in Camrose, AB, where she's the closing act for the ATB Homegrown Talent Stage's opening show. Shortly afterwards she's hosting the Production World Junior Songwriter's Showcase.
Sydney will have only a little time to enjoy the jamboree that in recent years has become her home on the August Long Weekend. On Aug. 5 she's making her first appearance at the Canmore Folk Festival before heading back to BVJ.
"It's going to be a little bit of back and forth but I'm really lucky to be involved in both of those things on such a busy weekend," says Sydney. "It's going to be crazy. It makes my head spin a bit when I think about it, but it's going to be a lot of fun, that's for sure."
It doesn't seem that long ago that she won the grand prize in her second appearance on the ATB Homegrown Stage in 2014 and as part of her prize became the youngest artist to hit the BVJ main stage at 13 years old. It's now three years later and the songwriting awards and recognitions continue to be heaped upon her and she continues to explore her music.
Now 16, Sydney could be considered somewhat of a veteran, performing at a young age before penning her first songs at age 11. She spent several of those years nurturing her craft here in Cochrane and it all cumulated with the release of five original compositions on her debut EP "And So I Sing" last summer that peaked at number 13 on iTunes' country music charts.
"It has been really exciting to have something to give people that represents what I've been doing and the songs I've been writing and the music I've been producing. It was really cool to have that to share and I can't believe it's already been a year."
While a full length album is the eventual goal with no set time line, she's focusing upon expanding her body of work and following wherever the music takes her.
"It has been a lot of experimenting and just seeing what I feel passionate about and what I like to work on. A great song is a great song no matter the genre. I try to explore a little bit of everything because I'm truly a lover of music and I'm not bias in any one direction."
Her next major date is in Saskatoon where she'll be performing during the Country Music Week celebration of the Canada Country Music Association.
Copies are her EP are available for purchase at Tony's Work and Western Wear, 417 1st St. W., and, of course, online.