"Alberta is lucky to claim them as our own."
Karen Evans, Window on the West Committee
The Calgary Stampede (AB)
Flint & Feather (Joal and Lauren Kamps) are a free-spirited husband and wife duo that are passionate about connecting with people through sharing folk/roots music, stories, and laughter. Their original ‘Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop’ storytelling songs draw inspiration from Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journeys – and the Kamps’ honest and engaging approach to performance authentically connects with listeners of all ages and backgrounds.
Based in Calgary, Alberta Joal and Lauren first began performing together as Flint & Feather after attending Canada's Music Incubator's Artist Entrepreneur Program in Toronto, ON. Soon afterwards they gigged cross-Canada with VIA Rail's Artists On Board Program, and have since independently booked and performed 59 concerts in Western Europe, and performed over 160 events throughout western Canada, including music festivals, summer concert series, showcases, community events, and intimate house concerts.
The Kamps' are honoured Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity Musicians in Residence and Hornby Festival's Hornby School for Emerging Artists alumni, as well as winners of the Bell Media Prize and The Prophets of Music Society's Emerging Artist Program. Most recently, Flint & Feather performed official artist showcases at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) conference in Chattanooga, TN, USA and for the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) in Saskatoon, SK.
Joal and Lauren are currently preparing to release their debut album 'Rebirth' through this year, and are now performing safe and fun, Outdoor Concerts for individuals and communities throughout Southern and Central Alberta. Please click here to learn more.
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Joal Kamps, Alberta's 'Artist in Residence & Arts Ambassador' (2020-2021) also works as an independent Artist Mentor – helping new and emerging artists achieve their career goals through sharing his knowledge and insights about the Canadian music industry.
Prior to forming Flint & Feather, Joal previously released two EPs and two full-length albums as solo act JOAL KAMPS. He toured in North American and Western Europe, showcasing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, ON and BreakOut West in Regina, SK, winning multiple awards for his work.
A skilled artisan, Lauren Kamps creates unique Flint & Feather Jewelry – including Rocky Mountain inspired pieces that are beautifully handcrafted with a combination of real leaves, feathers, elk and deer antler (sheds), freshwater pearls, and semi-precious stones.
Select Highlights & Awards
2020-2021: Alberta's 'Artist in Residence & Arts Ambassador' (Joal Kamps)
2019: Official showcase at Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (Provincial)
2019: Official showcase at Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (International)
2018/2019: The Prophets of Music Society's 'Emerging Artist Program' (Winners)
2018: Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity's 'Musicians in Residence' (Alumni)
2018: Hornby Festival's 'Hornby School for Emerging Artists' (Alumni)
2017: International tour of The Netherlands and Germany (32-dates)
2016: International tour of The Netherlands (27-dates)
2016: VIA Rail's 'Artists On Board' Program (Alumni)
2016: Canada's Music Incubator's 'Artist Entrepreneur Program' (Alumni)
2016: Bell Media Prize (Winners)
**NOTE: Please see Flint & Feather's Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for a full list of Career Highlights.
Flint & Feather are deeply grateful to have experienced ongoing career support, financial aid, and artist opportunities through the generous assistance of the following organizations: