Hello Everyone,

Your Obsessions Octet is excited to present a series of concerts during the month of May 2018 in Red Deer, Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton.

 The Alberta Tour will start with a concert at the Red Deer Public Library on May 3rd at 12:15pm. Next will be a performance at the National Music Centre in Calgary on May 18th at  8pm, followed by one at artsPlace in Canmore at 7:30pm on May 19th. The tour concludes with two concerts in Edmonton’s Yardbird Suite on May 25th and May 26th both at 8pm!

Obsession’s Octet consists of eight well-respected Edmonton musicians including: Kent Sangster (Saxophones), Joanna Ciapka-Sangster (Violin), Clayton Leung/Yue Deng (Violin), Leanne Maitland (Viola), Ronda Metszies (Cello), John Taylor (Bass), Chris Andrew (Piano), and Jamie Cooper (Drums).


·         for the Red Deer performance are available free of charge at the Red Deer Public Library

·         for the Calgary performance: National Music Centre

·         for the Canmore performance: artsPlace

·         for the two performances in Edmonton: Yardbird Suite

Attached please find the press release for these concerts for you to post or pass along to family and friends who may live in the communities we are visiting on our Alberta Tour.

Hope to see many of you "along the way!"

Warmly, Obsessions Octet






  • “Obsessions Octet channels emotions into something more romantic.It’s not romance in a sugary, predictable style, but with a robust sound that supports a flood of musical communication.Together since 2005, the group combines the lineup of a typical jazz quartet( sax-piano-bass-drums) with a classical string quartet in a lush sound that appeals to jazz and classical fans.”
-Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
  • ”Obsessions is a unique combination of jazz quartet plus string quartet, and the distinctive blend of catchy jazz riffs with lush strings earned its debut album a Juno nomination.”- SEE Magazine
  • The Obsessions Octet performed as part of the 10th Annual International Festival of the Aegean on the Island of Syros (Greece) July 2014 in two appearances-----it was a great and impressive success.  These extraordinary, virtuosic and creative visiting artists brought an elegance  and uniqueness to the Festival which which was simply amazing.  They are world-unique and we look forward to having them return soon."

-Peter Tiboris, General Director & Music Director MidAm International Inc., Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece

  • ”It was a pleasure to hear you all live, and your performance was so well received by everyone.You have put together a group of very fine musicians indeed, and the pleasure they have in sharing music is evident.I look forward to hearing you again!”

- Norman Dunfee, President $ Executive Director of MidAmerica Productions Inc. in Carnegie Hall, NYC





Kent Sangster and his Obsessions Octet has released the following albums:



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