Braden Gates walked out on stage and immediately grabbed the audience’s attention. Not an easy thing when you are opening for Blue Rodeo in a sold out Banff Amphitheatre show (1700 capacity) – solo, just him and his guitar. His wit, charm and ultimately – incredible songs won the hearts of everyone in attendance. I would have him back in a second! And he even won great praise from Greg Keelor who has seen his fair share of opening acts!”

— Allison Brock, Director of Presenting, Banff Centre

...a mesmerizing and confident skill that quiets a room. Braden’s wit, charm, and ultimately incredible songs win the hearts of his audience.”

— Northern Lights Folk Club

I was already impressed with the singer’s mature bent on Much Rather Be Sleeping (2017), but that extra boost of energy really makes Pictures of Us come alive with a spell that’s cinematic, even on the gentler, quieter songs. Start with the title track, a haunting, nostalgic memory of an old love affair that references wandering West Edmonton Mall to look for a photo booth.”

Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Braden is what you hope to discover in the moments that make up a festival. His music is inviting, his authenticity wins you over. Braden takes care of his audience.”

— Anna Somerville, Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

...and that is what all of us needed, to see someone trying. A reminder of our fragility, of the beauty of imperfection. His performance reminded me that there is solace in the break, that it is okay to not be okay, that the light is let in through the cracks ”

— Conway Jankowski

Braden Gates writes songs that sound just like real life: weary and hopeful at the same time. His playing features a wistfulness that makes you wonder about the roads he's travelled mixed with a joy that is a pleasure to hear. Add in some fine guitar work and the occasional fiddle tune, and you’ve got yourself a show to remember.”

— Michelle Demers, Mission Folk Festival

Braden Gates is one of those singer/songwriters that stops your drunken conversation and makes you say, “Who the fuck is that singing?” Subtle folk sensibilities mixed with an enigmatic storytelling charm, Gates’ authenticity stumbles through his music like your favourite drunk uncle.”

Vue Weekly

the moment he walked on stage was no different than the guy backstage, soft spoken, witty, in the moment and most informative in that coy young guy kinda thang he has mastered.....his proficiency at his instrumentation is surpassed only by his brilliant observations of everyday living...ya...I'm a fan...a really tall fan”

— Longevity John, Duncan Showroom, 39 Days of July

Edmonton's own Braden Gates is a folk singer through and through, and in the best possible sense of the word. His songs are full of stories that flow through him easily, and with all the grace, empathy and nuance that masterful story telling requires”

— Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Gates’ warm and slightly gravelly voice relays stories that are funny and heartbreaking — usually over the course of the same tune. Full of wit and wisdom, folksy charm and sharp observations, Gates’ compositions are relevant and, strangely, very rooted in the present —even if he plays that fiddle and picks that guitar like an artist three times his age.”

— Calgary Folk Music Festival