We are excited to let you know about the annual 2019 Bent River records Artist Spotlight to celebrate the label’s successful year! It will take place on the 8th of April, 2019 at MacEwan University in the Triffo Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and show time is at 7:00pm. The evening will include three performances to celebrate Bent River Record’s 2019 album releases.

The first performance of the evening will be our own Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet with tunes from our newest CD called Reverence. After Obsessions, Montreal’s Kevin Dean will be performing tunes from his newest release “Sunset Trail”, and the local band Nature Of will be performing songs from their anticipated album “The Mean”, which will have a separate release later in 2019. Bent River Records merchandise and previously released records will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is FREE, however attendees are encouraged to RSVP and keep their ticket on their mobile device. Reserve tickets through the MacEwan Box Office at 780-497-4470, Tickets.MacEwan.ca or email boxoffice@macewan.ca.

Attached is a poster of this event if you wish to advertise it for us.

We hope this Release Performance will give you a taste of our new music and get you excited about inviting your friends and family to a full concert of our music coming up at later date. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement of that event!

Looking forward to seeing you on April 8th and celebrating Spring!

Your Obsessions






  • “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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