the robson valley music festival
AUGUST 16-18, 2019

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2015 Lineup

Aurora Jane

Inspired by the intricate inner world of dream imagery and our unconscious desires, Aurora Janes new album Holding Pattern reveals a colorful and surreal soundscape. Blending psychedelic 70s analogue warmth with upbeat funk, soaring rock and intuitive song-craft, Aurora Janes fourth album unveils an expansive creative evolution.

After spending 2012 on the international tour circuit, and early 2013 reconnecting with Australian audiences, this Winter Aurora Jane made the time and space to slow down, reflect and let the stories of the past few years on the road materialise.

Web Site: aurorajane.com

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Milan Basic - Live Mural Painting

Milan Basic discovered art through graffiti in the late 1980’s. This led to portrait art, automotive airbrushing, graphic design and wall murals. After focusing primarily on walls, it was after much prodding that he try applying these images to canvas. Starting with spray paint on canvas, curiousity and experimentation led to a multitude of mixed media works. The original canvases were strongly graffiti inspired, which then evolved into photo-realism and naturally, surrealism. Evolution brought originality. Not wanting to regurgitate the usual selection, it was decided Milan would introduce all of his influences into his current productions. Using techniques learned from years in the film industry combined with styles taken from his many years of involvement in the graffiti culture and adding other ideas inspired by renaissance art and even anime art.

Web Site: hifimurals.ca

   

Black Spruce Bog

Black Spruce Bog straddles the tree line that separates the last of the boreal forest from the arctic tundra; it rides the rails west to Rupert with the Lorne Creek Mountain man; and it shares a brew, a laugh, and a deep sigh with a pulp mill broke hustler. There are many people who choose not to live in this limbo-like space between wilderness, traditional territories, and industry. But those who do have the most kick ass stories to tell.

``He drove BC Rails 3716, out of Pemberton barrelling down the track, he said the best thing he learned, about driving a train, is you pull the throttle, and never look back.`` -Let 'em Ride

With roots set deep in the northern soil, Black Spruce Bog brings a sound and tells the stories of people and the land they live on. The mossy floor of a spruce bog is not an easy place to thrive; but with the right mix of rhythm, rhyme, and ruckus, any sapling can find the light.

Web Site: blacksprucebog.com

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Colleen Brown

“The talents of this Edmonton-based musician shine like a beacon. Her boldly written originals… have the good bones and great melodic rhythm of classic big-screen pop songs from the sixties and seventies.” -The Globe and Mail

Colleen Brown has spent the past two years rediscovering her passion for music, fuelling a stunning collection of songs focused on themes of love, fate and psychic retooling. Coproduced by Joel Plaskett, Raymond Richards and Brown, the small-town prairie-raised singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will release ‘Direction’ in early 2015. The writing and recording process was initiated from ‘attic’ demos Brown pieced together on her own while holed up in her hometown of Edmonton throughout 2012/13.

Web Site: colleenbrownmusic.com

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Jesaja Class

Magical Jesaja is a young magician and circus artist from Nemiah Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

Jesaja developed an early interest in magic and circus art at the age of seven. It all began with a little trick given to him by a friend. Since that day he’s been fascinated by the world of magic and illusions. Later, given access to the Internet, he advanced his skills by purchasing magic DVDs and tutorials. After practicing every day for countless hours in front of a mirror until he was satisfied with his own presentation. He began to Jesaja Class perform his magic in public, starting with friends and family members as his initial spectators.

At age 14, he progressed on to perform at local schools and events. Soon receiving his first inquiries for stage shows, birthday parties, festivals and corporate events.

Always eager to learn another trick, master a difficult cardistry sequence or create a new illusion, he became determined to become a professional entertainer. Since then he has touched and inspired thousands of people with his magic, not only on stage, but also online with his other passion as an amateur filmmaker, producing magic-themed videos for his YouTube channel.

Web Site: magicaljesaja.com

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Buckman Coe

Bridging the worlds of roots, soul, and reggae, Buckman Coe is a passionate believer in the power of music to shape the future. His sun-kissed folk; gospel-tinged soul; intoxicating world-beat melodies, and psychedelic rock sensibility all play a part in providing the sonic platform for Coe’s soulful and conscious lyrics.

Recent highlights include BIGSOUND in Australia, Oregon Country Fair, Calgary Reggae Festival, Edmonton Jazz Society Blues Series, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Starbelly Jam, Artswells Festival, Edge of the World Festival, opening for Ziggy Marley, and several Cross-Canada & West Coast Tours. Buckman Coe has also been voted best band in Vancouver's Westender and best independent act in the Georgia Straight.

Web Site: buckmancoe.com

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Compassion Gorilla

Compassion Gorilla brings a unique concoction of worldbeat, latin folk, dub and psychedelic music. The band enwraps audiences in a spell of dance, magic and melody with racy horn lines, brazen guitar harmonies, driving hand-percussion rhythms, thick basslines, and full-bodied vocal harmonies.

Always searching diverse audiences, Compassion Gorilla has played wide-ranging venues like elementary school fairs, city squares, pubs, nightclubs, gulf island halls, summer festivals, coffee houses, house parties, rallies, and marathon sidelines.

Web Site: compassiongorilla.com

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Dead Body Juice

Who is Dead Body Juice?

Dead Body Juice (there's a funny story behind the name), is an irreverent collage of Vaudeville, Punky Folk, and Sassy Social commentary delivered through song. Dead Body Juice will keep your feet tapping, your mind thinking and your face smiling all night long.

Astrid and Steve are Dead Body Juice.

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Crystal Charlotte Easton

Crystal Charlotte Easton was born and raised in the northern village of Fort St.James, BC. Her paternal grandmother, Betty Easton, began nurturing her creativity when she was old enough to hold a brush, a pencil, or a needle and thread. A product of mixed-heritage Cree, Dene, Metis, Scottish and Danish influence, Crystal's art combines her Ancestries to describe the quality of peace she envisions for her communities. Crystal completed a BA degree in First Nations Studies in 2007, complemented with 3 years of study in foundations of Visual Art; Studying and processing art about historical and cultural chasms she witnessed within herself, her family and her village, caused her to awaken to her responsibility as an Artist and as a community member. In 2010, after a period of front-line work and consequent illness, Crystal joined a growing online network of visionary female artists "the Cosmic Cowgirls", and discovered a way to heal herself and her beloveds through Art and Intentional Creativity. She now teaches Art as a medicine-path for self-healing, and raising her large 'Brady-bunch' family on an urban farm in Snu Ney Muxw traditional territory, Nanaimo, BC.

Web Site: crystalcharlotte.com

   

Quique Escamilla

We are pleased to welcome Quique, a 2015 JUNO Award winner.

"Modern day troubadour Quique Escamilla makes music that comes straight from the soul. The stories he tells are the stories we need to hear; socially and politically conscious lyrics paired with exceptional musicianship. He's a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!" - Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada.

Quique Escamilla was born and raised to a family of six in the warm, tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He started singing at the age of four at his family reunions. At the age of six in a crowded restaurant and accompanied by the in-house six-piece Mariachi band, he performed a full version of "El Rey" in front of an audience where he discovered for the first time the thrill of performing and the powerful magic of live music.

Web Site: quiqueescamilla.com

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Folky Strum Strum

The People that make up Folky Strum Strum play their version of Banjo Rockin’ folk music. They hail from the Peace Region in BC, met and came together for the simple passion of playing music. “The group has been described by fans as having a unique and soulful sound, that is backed by exceptional songwriting.”

Iyan Bruvold, singer/songwriter, banjo & guitar player, started strumming the guitar at an early age almost instantly began song writing, which has recently won him the honourable mention award in the Song Writing Competition at ArtsWells 2010. Recently Folky Strum Strum consists of Brianne Hudson Fiddle/Sax, Amy Gothard on Stand Up Bass, Jason Pratt on Drums and Iyan Bruvold, singer/songwriter, banjo & guitar player.

Web Site: folkystrumstrum.com

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Shirley Gnome

Shirley Gnome is a musical comedian/songwriter from Vancouver, BC. Armed with only a guitar and a sassmouth, she belts out original tunes about the embarrassing, profound, and hilarious adventures that happen when bodies collide. Her music, while smothered in explicit language and racy humor, is sung with the voice of "an angel dry humping a cloud." This divine yet profane combination has found her a devoted audience with her shameless renderings of sex and romance. Sometimes tongue-in-cheek, othertimes insightful and honest, Shirley weaves a live show that has people in hysterics - often in spite of themselves.

Web Site: shirleygnome.com

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Good Co.

Is the US's first Electro Swing band, Seattle six piece Good Co isn't your usual company. Our employees aren't suit and tie types, they're raucous jazz musicians, our meetings are held out on the dancefloor, and our business model isn't concerned with profits and losses, it's all about keeping the music swinging and the people dancing!

That new old sound, Electro Swing combines the era of illicit booze, jitterbugging flappers and underground speakeasies with the funky beats and electric sound of today's dance music. With a brazen style full of brassy horns, sassy samples, and wild improvisation Good Co is proud to present this new genre to the states.

Web Site: goodcomusic.com

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Green Fools Theatre

Established in 1991 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Green Fools Theatre is a non-profit, charitable society that creates, performs, and teaches physical theatre arts focusing on masks, puppets, clown, stilts and circus for diverse audiences locally and internationally. Green Fools Theatre reaches thousands of audience members each year through performances, community events, festivals, and creative training opportunities. We have an extensive history of local, national and international touring.

Web Site: greenfools.com

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Gustavo The Impossibilist

Gustavo the Impossiblist attempts feats of unrealized stupidity for your pleasure and amazement. From the little known Casey Cartwheel to the infamous “Flaming Stilt Escape of Very Real Danger”, Gustavo is sure to fail at every outrageous stunt he puts before the audience’s unbelieving eyes.

A skilled clown and expert at turning the unexpected into hilarity, Gustavo will bring the house down.

Web Site: /Gustavo!

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Patrick Kearns

Patrick shies away from labels, but shamelessly flirts with titles. Lately, he's been trying to get The Artist's number.

Web Site: whoisthisguy.ca

   

Kiki the Eco Elf

Tanya Lipscomb, an award-winning, touring singer/song writer and mother of 3 developed a character named "Kiki the Eco Elf" seven years ago. "Kiki" is bright, colourful, silly and highly enthusiastic! She has released 3 independent children's albums since 2010, performed at 100s of festivals and family events and has shared the stage/opened for Charlotte Diamond, Fred Penner, Splash n' Boots and Bobs & Lolo.

It is her joy and passion to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainability as well as compassionate kindness, musical expression, creativity and joyful play. She captures audiences with up-beat music, engaging the crowd to sing along, clap, stomp and dance. Kiki involves young and old alike, with interactive games, magic illusions and story-telling and enthralls children (and the young at heart) with her larger than life stage presence, inspiring them to make positive, creative choices to better the world.

Web Site: kikitheecoelf.com

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Doug Koyama

Doug Koyama makes songs about love. Each impromptu composition is the expression of the moment in which it exists.

Improvised A Capella is the art of getting out of the way of the music that naturally wants to come from you. All you need to remember is take a breath, make a sound, keep going.

Improvised A Capella with a loop pedal is the most compelling thing you’ve never heard before. Rich vocals are looped in limitless layers of interlocking patterns where poly-rhythm and discordance dance on impossible aural landscapes. Invented language introduces the idea of storytelling without the encumbrance of words, the whole thing melts into an experience that will leave you breathless.

Web Site: koyama.bc.ca

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Cat Leahy

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Tanya Lipscomb

Beat-boxing, vocal playing, loop pedaling, soul-shaker, Tanya Lipscomb from Vernon, BC is itching to bust out her vast array of eclectic soundscapes. No stranger to sleep deprivation, this one-woman, powerhouse vocalist and award-winning song writer has independently released 12 albums, has toured across Canada, performed with a plethora of international talents and is raising small children. With passion as her guide, adventure as her muse and experience as her strength, her intention is to inspire a social revolution. Equipped with a BOSS loop pedal, and any of the following: guitar, synth, penny whistle, washboard, banjo, kazoo, ukulele and/or bass, Lipscomb pumps a wall of sound through the air sending harmonies in every direction. With a spicy stage presence, a warm genuine personality and a smile larger than life, allow her love to fill your musical cup.

Web Site: tanyalipscombmusic.com

   

Andrew Lopatin

Andrew Lopatin is the big instrumental guitarist in the little country-town of Stouffville, Ontario. The release of his debut album, Quicksand, marked a turning point in music as he demonstrated how to turn a single guitar into a sizeable orchestra and expand the horizons of the magical instrument.

The development of Andrew's unique style required years of sound-searching and a lifetime of experiences. Since he was raised by artistic parents, it's not a surprise that he took an interest in music. His mother (a classically trained pianist and a visual artist) and his father (an artist of all visual forms) played a crucial role in the subtle influence of his development.

Web Site: andrewlopatin.com

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Miss Quincy

From the high mountain hunting grounds of northern BC emerges Miss Quincy; knife strapped to her leg and guitar slung over her back, ready to rock ‘n’ roll like the bad ass…excuse me, Lady, she is. Trusty sidewomen in The Showdown at the ready, Quincy gives a sly glance and launches into a raunchy blues riff, promising the expectant audience, “This one’s gonna hurt…”

It’s truth in imagery for Canadian all-girl rock ‘n’ roll band Miss Quincy and the Showdown, who are releasing Roadside Recovery, the third full-length album for Quincy and first for the full band, on April 8th, 2014. The album is a testament to the touring warriors Quincy and the band truly are; having clocked over 100,000 kms while honing their musical skills crossing no less than seven countries, playing every dirty barroom, music club, house concert and festival on the way. They’ve mostly seen it all, made their choices good or bad, and now they’re gonna tell you all about it. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, this is down and dirty roots & blues and straight up rock n’ roll.

Web Site: missquincy.ca

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Old Time Honey

Old Time Honey - organic and raw, taking it back to where good music began by defining their own jugband and cajun sound. This artistic resurrection is a merry rebellion, born on the streets of Montreal, in the form of sultry banjo playin' (Aly), thumpin' washtub bass (Speedy) and one-of-a-kind washboard percussion (Squirrell). Fans young and old agree, Old Time Honey's soulful singing and danceable rhythms make for a live music experience not soon forgotten. Whether playing a large festival stage or an impromptu street corner, this trio knows how to captivate and animate a crowd. The trail they leave behind of smiles and scuffed dancin' shoes grows larger every day!

This trio of troubadours has played a wide variety of shows in many of Montreal's swankiest music clubs, on big stages like 'La Fete Nationale du Quebec a Montreal', and large and prestigious festivals from Quebec to British Columbia. Their perfected and respected live show continues to spread a unique smile inducing sound, while keeping the history of their musical ancestry alive. Now with a new full length album in tow, 'Ain't Dead Yet', there is nothing stopping these dedicated musicians from gallivanting around the globe.

Web Site: oldtimehoney.com

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Gabriel Palatchi Trio

Join argentinian pianist and composer Gabriel Palatchi for an eclectic musical journey... An original blend of cultures that features latin jazz, tango, middle east, funk and more...

Gabriel Palatchi was born on August 3, 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 8, he started his first piano lessons. He then went on to study classical music at the conservatory Manuel de Falla school in Argentina. His studies led him to a Musical Production degree from the ORT High School. He further expanded his studies with a degree in music from the Berklee international School from Argentina. During this time he studied under many great maestros of Blues, Tango, Jazz and Latin Jazz such as Alvaro Torres, Ricardo Nole and Ernesto Jodos. After graduating in 2008, he packed up his piano and started to travel to expand on his musical studies and experiences.

It was in Cuba where he met and studied with several maestros including the master “Chucho” Valdez. He continued his travels to Mexico, where he continued to expand on his musical studies and experience. These travels continue today. Gabriel’s experiences led to the composition and production of his first solo CD entitled “Diario de Viaje” (Travel Diary) in 2010. His latest and second album, ‘Caja Musical’ (music box) was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 2013. Both productions feature musical arrangements from over 20 accomplished musicians from Latin America.

Gabriel will be featuring his 3rd and new 'Power Trio' album. The release tour for 2015 includes Argentina, Mexico, Canada and Europe.

Web Site: gabrielpalatchi.com

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The Puppet Guy

Lee Zimmerman, a.k.a. The Puppet Guy, has been performing his rock and roll marionette show all over the world for more than 30 years. Some of the greatest names in the history of music come alive in a unique and amazing display of humor and skill. Lee was a regular performer at Universal Studios and The Improv in Hollywood and has appeared on dozens of TV shows and films, including "The Drew Carey Show" and the cult film, "Eddy Presley" with Quentin Tarantino. Lee also entertained the cast and crew at the "Seinfeld" final wrap party and has done command performances for many celebrities and dignitaries such as the Sultan of Brunei, Hugh Hefner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zappa and Guns 'N' Roses. Since 1998, Lee has been a performer/instructor at numerous circus camps, including the Winnipeg International Children's Festival Circus and Magic Partnership, (CAMP) a circus arts program designed to help kids-at-risk. For Custom Gifts and Puppet Portraits:

Web Site: thepuppetguy.com

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The Racket

The foundations of the band begun when Elijah and Simon met at a very young age in the small town of Hazelton in north western BC, both already in love with their instruments. Years of friendship and jamming led them to form a duo rock band. Raised in the northern festival scene the duo was able to land a few good gigs. One of which was a slot at the Smithers Midsummer Festival of 2011 where Stephen was among the crowd, thinking to himself "gee these guys are good but they could sure use a bass player"... Later that summer, Simon went to a music camp hosted at Stephen’s family lodge in Smithers, BC. After becoming good friends, they decided that Stephen should join the band. That weekend was a life changer for the three boys and ever since, they’ve been a trio of great friends who share a fiery passion for creating music and playing live shows.

Web Site: theracketofficial.ca

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Tom Richardson

With so many talented artists vying for a spot on the world stage, it is becoming increasing more difficult to find somebody doing things a little differently... Tom Richardson is that artist. An adventurous yet humble nomad, in the past two years alone, Tom has performed in 15 different countries across the globe. In an age where it’s all too easy for young musicians to be caught in the tide of ever changing trends, online overkill and pressures to be the “next big thing”, Tom has stepped into the side stream, appreciating the freedom of travel,exploration and the privilege of forging relationships with listeners and cultures around the world.

Tom uses the latest in loop pedal technology to create a wall of sound, overdubbing four part vocal harmonies, complicated percussion grooves and lead and rhythm guitar parts, all live on stage. While live looping may not be a new phenomenon, rather than focusing on laying down one continuous groove, Tom dances around the stage, using his feet to create different song sections and preserving song writing integrity, starting, stopping and layering various instruments as he goes.

Web Site: tomrichardsonproject.com

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Sarah Jane Scouten

At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by Canadian folk and country musician, Willie P. Bennett. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father. Her talent for performing came naturally, and as chance would have it, so emerged a knack for songwriting. Bringing us up to date, Sarah Jane Scouten is an international touring songwriter, loved by audiences across the Northern Hemisphere.

Based in Montreal, Sarah Jane became the leader of one of the finest folk acts in the city, as she put together her brilliant string band. With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, her songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition, but often spill over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.

Web Site: sarahjanescouten.com

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Samson's Delilah & The Collective Guroove

Samson's Delilah will get your Guroove on to close Friday night with extra special guests, some old favorites and some new ones too... It is nearly impossible to keep the Guroove off the Robson Valley Music Festival Stage!

Web Sites: samsonsdelilah.com

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Shabaz

Shabaz isn't so much one band as two -- or one band with two different names. Vocalists Sukhawat Ali Khan and his sister Riffat Salamat joined with multi-instrumentalist and producer Richard Michos in 1997. Michos has been studying Indian music and ragas with Khan and his father, the famed Indian classical singer Ustad Salamat Ali Khan (a man who at one time had taught the legendaryNusrat Fateh Ali Khan and had a formidable reputation in his own right). Michos and Sukhawat Ali Khan began working together acoustically under the name the Ali Khan Band. However, a band is exactly what they weren't. That didn't happen until a DJ, Cheb i Sabbah, asked them to open for him in a show in their native San Francisco at the Fillmore. For that they needed to go electric, and did, a turning point from which they've never looked back.

Over the next couple of years the trio refined their sound, until releasing their 1998 debut, Taswir, on the local City of Lights label. Michos brought the studio expertise, and his rock guitar background, to a disc that blended dancefloor-programmed beats and samples with rock music and vocals that ranged from Indian classical to qawwali to some that moved beyond easy classification, adding rapping, pedal steel guitar, and even a didgeridu to the mix.

Web Site: riffatsultana.com/shabaz

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Ralph Shaw

He's a showman with a style inspired by British Music Hall and a witty raconteur with an infectious joy of performing. And as a gifted songwriter Ralph Shaw's songs bring characters and situations to life with brilliant word play. Whether he's singing about a village vicar, a brothel handyman or embodying an evil cat, his hilarious and sometimes tender songs thrill audiences with music and laughter. As well as traveling to entertain audiences at international festivals and ukulele clubs he also leads a monthly get-together of 140+ ukulele strummers in his home town of Vancouver, Canada. In 2013 he released two new albums called Love and Laughter. Ralph's ukulele workshops are a tour de force, helping new and experienced players get to grips with their instrument and performance technique. With a catalog of five solo albums, 4 teaching DVDs and an acclaimed book, Ralph Shaw has played a crucial role in creating the current ukulele boom.

Web Site: ralphshaw.ca

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Joanna Chapman Smith

Toronto-based artist Joanna Chapman-Smith's musical scope is matched only by the diversity of her heritage. The well-travelled singer-songwriter and storyteller has familial roots in Canada, USA, New Zealand, Italy and Brazil, and her three studio albums draw on this richness of experience. She has studied voice, literature, composition, circus skills, folklore and has worked with a range of musicians whose credits are as widespread as Nina Simone and Bedouin Soundclash.

Her touring history is no different: She has worked with five international booking agents and performed headline shows in Eastern and Western Canada, the USA, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Denmark in support of her releases, developing a loyal audience over several continents.

Her most recent albums – Contraries (2009) and Love Me Deeply (2013) – have both received critical acclaim in several of the major Canadian publications, including The Globe & Mail, The Province and The Toronto Star. The album, Contraries, also garnered airplay in over fifteen countries, including on the CBC, the BBC and NPR.

Web Site: joannacs.com

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SOULJAH FYAH

2011 WCMA Winners - Urban Recording of the Year, 2009 JUNO nominees, 2008 Western Canada Music Award winners, and twice-declared the best Reggae band in Canada by the Canadian Reggae Music Awards and the Reggae Music Achievement Awards, Souljah Fyah never fails to lift spirits or heat up a crowd. They have played with Lilith Fair, the Edmonton Folk Fest, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, and at the Grey Cup Festivals in Montreal and Calgary, but Edmonton is home, and over the past decade they have been Reggae's best evangelists in Western Canada.

In November 2010 they released their highly anticipated third studio album, "I Wish," a project which took them to new heights sonically and lyrically, while remaining true to their roots-reggae sound. It's on the merits of their live show, however, that Souljah Fyah has managed to accomplish what they have. As Shelly Gummeson from Earshot-Online wrote: "On and off stage...[lead singer] Sista J, exudes a high voltage, positive energy. Unfettered without setting limitations is precisely the attitude and energy that has propelled Edmonton's Souljah Fyah to become Canada’s top Reggae band."

Web Site: souljahfyah.com

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Liz Stringer

With a reputation for utterly captivating live shows and a string of albums already behind her, Liz Stringer has established herself as one of Melbourne’s most exciting and talented musicians. Described by the Herald Sun as “an old-fashioned, Springsteen-style storyteller with a soulful, mature voice”, Stringer combines intimate, complex narratives with haunting vocals to create unique contemporary roots music.

Described by the Music Australia Guide as “a true wordsmith”, Stringer’s indescribable voice and intimate stories capture the full spectrum of human emotions. To see her perform live is to see an audience utterly captivated, hanging on every word and every hook as Stringer guides them through journeys of heartbreak, sorrow, hope and love.

Web Site: lizstringer.com

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Twin Peaks

Rich harmonies, a piano, a guitar, two ukuleles and unlimited wit are at the heart of Twin Peaks - an emerging duo that embraces roots music with undertones of country and contemporary blues. Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt - although very diverse in their musical histories - have successfully combined individual experiences into a unique blend of genres. It is eclectic, creative and clever. Born and raised in northern BC in the city of Fort St. John, their music reflects small town wisdom with lively humour and songs that immediately capture an audience.

Lindsay and Naomi's onstage chemistry is totally infectious. They provide their audience with the whole meal deal: undeniably catchy tunes, adorable eye candy and a good laugh. They manage to combine all of these attributes into a genuinely endearing act.

"Go see them in an intimate performance while you can, once the word gets out about this talented young duo you'll wish you had. Go see them!" -Doug Cox, Artistic Director - Vancouver Island Music Fest

Web Site: twinpeaksmusic.ca

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Tim Vaughn

Maple Blues Award Nominee, Tim Vaughn is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His soulful voice and immaculate guitar, bass and keyboard work have been resonating through clubs across Canada for the greater part of a decade; energizing and inspiring fans. With shear musicianship and interactive performance, Vaughn leaves audiences wanting more.

Tim has been busy touring his latest album release “Read Between The Lines” across Canada including several dates with the legendary Johnny Winter sold out shows at Vancouver’s famous Yale Hotel and a sold out opening spot for Theory Of A Deadman. The Album, produced by Wide Mouth Mason guitarist and front man Shaun Verreault features Tim’s blistering guitar playing and songwriting proficiency in a package that pays homage to his blues upbringing while it’s rock inspired energy brings new ears to the styles Tim holds close to his heart.

Web Site: timvaughnmusic.ca

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Skye Wallace

Skye Wallace is on a quest to compile stark elements of Canadian landscape and history into a contemporary musical archive. Often drawn from untold stories hidden in plain sight, Skye’s songs are dynamic, gritty, and orchestral, both the melodies and narratives sticking in your head long after listening. Skye is currently residing, performing, and writing in Vancouver.

“Skye Wallace’s music was one of the great finds of Searchlight. She writes personal, honest and powerful songs that Emmylou Harris or Gord Downie would be happy to have in their set.” -Mike Miner Senior Producer, CBC Music

Web Site: skyewallace.com

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Workshops

What is an Earthship?

EARTHSHIP TOUR and WORKSHOP TALK on ALTERNATIVE BUILDING with Sean Bozkewycz & Ben Garratt who are experts in the field.. Sean worked extensively on our own Earthship Studio project here on Festival Site, and folks will get a tour and huge info session on this unique and exciting work in progress!

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The Bees Knees Yoga with Donelda Beeson

Donalda Dawn Beeson is the owner and founder of The Bee’s Knees Yoga. She is an ardent lover and practitioner of all things yoga with a distinct passion for sharing the yogic lifestyle, especially with kids and families. Donalda was fortunate enough to have completed level one of her 200hr yoga teacher certification with Ryan Leire in 2013, and level two in 2014. She is now a certified One Yoga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. In addition she completed both her Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, and Rainbow Kids Yoga teaching certificates in 2013. She has workshop experience in Storyyoga with Vanessa Braun, Acro-yoga, partner yoga, group yoga, yoga for at risk youth, Pre-Natal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Thai massage, children’s theatre, and expressive art therapy.

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Breakdancing workshop with Bgirl Solar

Come learn the basics of break dancing! This workshop is for all ages. We will be learning top rock, six step, basic stalls, and a few other basics. This will get you on your way to break dancing like a pro. So come and Enjoy!

she could walk and has taken up break dancing in the last 8 years. She had a vehicle accident in 2011 that slowed her down but, she is now fully recovered and back on track. Bgirl solar's love of break dancing flows into her workshop. She is a fantastic teacher will a big heart.

   

Mini Circus Camp Workshops with Green Fools

Circus camp can include stilt walking, clown, mask, mime, juggling, acrobatics, wire walking, unicycle, tight wire, balancing and swinging trapeze. Workshops are typically five days long and conclude with a student performance for the community at large.

Our camps build confidence and self-esteem, and encourage creative expression. Our instructors emphasize teamwork, respect, gender equity and dedication. Students learn to work together on skills that transcend barriers of age and gender; skills that require everyone involved to be focused and committed.

Web Site: greenfools.com

   

Mixed Media Art Journaling with Paula Scott

This will be ongoing all weekend with its base in the Art Tent, with access to all kinds of materials and inspiration to create a page in the "RVMF" journal. Anything goes here and we encourage all attendees, performers, volunteers, to take part in this little bit of RVMF history!

www.paulascott.ca

 

2014 Tenth Anniversary Lineup

Aurora Jane

Inspired by the intricate inner world of dream imagery and our unconscious desires, Aurora Janes new album Holding Pattern reveals a colorful and surreal soundscape. Blending psychedelic 70s analogue warmth with upbeat funk, soaring rock and intuitive song-craft, Aurora Janes fourth album unveils an expansive creative evolution.

Aurora Jane is the collaboration of Jane Hole and her rhythm section Tim Bennett (bass) and Marley Berry-Pearce (drums). Holding Pattern was born over a two-month period between studios in Melbourne and the Byron Bay Hinterland. A snapshot in time, the album celebrates the palpable excitement of a trio exploring creative reactivity. With a deep maturity evident in the lyrical content, Holding Pattern reflects an openness and honesty drawn from diverse life experience.

Web Site: aurorajane.com

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Bottoms Up Barely Burlesque

"Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often." - Mae West

Bottoms Up Barely Burlesque is a performance troupe consisting of dancers, singers and actors. They combine burlesque, cabaret, and vaudeville styles together to produce highly entertaining and polished shows. Well known for their "Unseemly Events" the troupe can often be found making musical collaborations and producing one of a kind performances.

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The Chimney Swallows

The Chimney Swallows are songwriters Corwin Fox and Raghu Lokanathan. They've been playing together since they were pages at the library. They aim to set songs free to be everything they can be, from art to mischief to protest to prayer.

Web Site: thechimneyswallows.bandcamp.com

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Scott Cook

Alberta, Canada's prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling DIY songwriter with heart forever on sleeve. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.

Cook has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, touring extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is currently on tour in support of his fourth release, One More Time Around, which Canada's premier roots music magazine Penguin Eggs calls "as much a manifesto as a musical work," teeming with "wry observations and hopeful life lessons." Its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers".

Web Site: scottcook.net

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Digging Roots

After four years of touring in Canada, the US and Europe, 2010 JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have released their new recording 'WE ARE'. The musical force behind Digging Roots is the chemistry of ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta. Their convergence of styles is that Digging Roots almost undefinable sound...somewhere blurred between the lines of roots, rock, hip-hop, and blues. Backed by their vintage styled rhythm section Digging Roots' have just completed a tour with dates in the US, Mexico, Australia and Canada. Digging Roots is currently working on a full length feature film, recording their third album and gearing up for another tour that includes performances across Canada and in Norway.

Web Site: diggingrootsmusic.com

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Dirty Grace

Dirty Grace is a trio of songwriters who formed in 2007 on traditional Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC). The band produces a playful mix of music ranging from the provocatively cheeky to the intimately introspective, while exploring music's ability to expose, shake-down, tickle and heal the human spirit. Deep, moving three-part harmonies swelling under contagious melodies characterize the Dirty Grace sound. With musical flavors ranging from dixieland, swing, tribal indie-pop to alternative hip hop, Dirty Grace offers up a soulful circusy soundtrack for the times we're living in.

After three cross-Canada tours, a few meditation retreats and a deep dive into clown school the band continues to develop its live show into an interactive, honest experience that works just as well for a small crowd at a house concert or café, as it does at a large club or festival.

Web Site: jessethom.com/dg

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Jack Garton & the Demon Squadron

Jack Garton is an entertainer. Best known for his work as a singer, songwriter, accordionist and trumpet player with Vancouver's Maria in the Shower, Jack has also performed as a dancer with Kesseke Yeo, is a founding member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (theatre) and has shared the stage with Geoff Berner, Buffy St. Marie, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap, Jason Webley, Wax Mannequin, Chris Hadfield and many others.

Over the last ten years Jack has toured Western Canada and the USA, Europe and the UK performing close to 1000 shows, releasing 3 Maria albums and honing his style as a songwriter and raconteur. This summer, armed with a new EP of songs and a new book of poetry, Jack is hitting the road again with a mission to deploy rhythm, words and music to new and familiar audiences.

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Grandmothers Healing Haka

GRANDMOTHERS HEALING HAKA was created by Mere Tewake Tana, her grandson Ojasvin Kingi Davis and Whanau in 1998, inspired by the "Earth celebration" in Switzerland, an arts festival of all cultures of the world.

HAKA is an anciant power dance practiced by Maori people from New Zealand. It is known to be vigorously expressed with strong vocal and dynamic body gestures. This art form not only can prepare your state of mind for battle, but it can also bring your mind toward the state of healing. It gives you empowerment and self-confidence.

GRANDMOTHERS HEALING HAKA is a dance that transforms lives. It is for everyone, young and old, male and female. It brings the male and female energies back into balance and creates peace within yourself, for mother earth.

GRANDMOTHERS HEALING HAKA SEMINARS are very powerful, deep, liberating, safe, warm, loving, healing and joyful. Out of silence and ritual, we sing, shout, make music and dance Haka. With a full healing heart we create all together dynamic free peace. This power dance imparts wisdom and love from the tradition of the Waitaha-Maori grandmothers, the water carriers, to encourage people to remember their own cultural roots.

Remembering our roots is helping to sustain the cultural diversity, which is disappearing. This is happening every day as our modern world is consuming the natural resources of our planet. The abundance of our world, can be seen as a garden of flowers, full of fragrance, full of colour, full of beauty that inspires and nourishes our whole well-being.

Web Site: grandmothershealinghaka.com/

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Cassius Khan

The internationally renowned CASSIUS KHAN is a master performer of combining the Classical styles of Ghazal/Thumri singing and the Tabla, the North Indian pair of drums and presents both, simultaneously. He is the sole disciples of the late Malika e Tarranum Mushtari Begum (Dec 25th 1934-March 14th 2004) and Tabla maestro Ustad Rukhsar Ali.

A charismatic and witty personality both on and off stage, Khan is the only professional performing artist in the world who plays the Tabla and sings traditional Classical Ghazals (Urdu poetry) and Thumris (light classical compositions in Hindi) simultaneously. His talent has stunned audiences since most Ghazalists play Harmonium. Combining Indian Classical singing with Tabla, for a single artist, is a first in Indian classical music and many noted Indian Classical Music gurus have proclaimed that singing and playing Tabla in unison is a near impossible feat to master.

Web Site: cassiuskhan.com

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Kinnie Star

Kinnie Starr is an enigma.

"…edgy and enchanting." The New Yorker

Unwavering, yet delicate. Poignant and intuitive. Powerful, yielding, gentle and fierce. MC, singer, musician, producer, poet, artist, seeker. She is a trusted guide and fearless explorer with a name respected in almost any cultural or artistic conversation. Her familiar and extraordinary voice continues to provoke new thought and an evolved understanding of art, love, sex, culture, humanity and more.

Web Site: kinniestar.ca

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Doug Koyama

Doug Koyama makes songs about love. Each impromptu composition is the expression of the moment in which it exists.

"Improvised A Capella is the art of getting out of the way of the music that naturally wants to come from you. All you need to remember is take a breath, make a sound, keep going."

Improvised A Capella with a loop pedal is the most compelling thing you've never heard before. Rich vocals are looped in limitless layers of interlocking patterns where poly-rhythm and discordance dance on impossible aural landscapes. Invented language introduces the idea of storytelling without the encumbrance of words, the whole thing melts into an experience that will leave you breathless.

"I believe that music is in us when we are born and that the details of life slowly suppress it as we grow." Doug says, adding, "When we reconnect with that internal symphony we reawaken ideas of self, connection and joy."

Web Site: koyama.bc.ca

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Kytami

If a line exists between classical and electronic, between ancient and new age, synthetic and organic, Kytami has sliced them all using only a violin bow... but what more does she need? Apparently nothing at all, as Kytami has already been dubbed a 'music revolutionary' by Whats Up Magazine USA, a 'violinextremist' here at home, and has been summoned to bring her violin thunder to audiences as far reaching as Taiwan, Dubai and Berlin.

Through an alchemy of classical, fiddle styles fused with the heavy bass elements of Dubstep and Hip Hop, Kytami has managed to soar above not only the constraints of musical genre and labeling, but has forged a path so bold and unique that it's taken her collaborations alongside groups from Swollen Members to acoustic punk rockers Blackie and The Triumphs.

Today she is regularly dubbed Canada's most diverse and engaging fiddle player, a title emphasized by her win for Live Act of the Year at the 2013 Vancouver Island Music Awards.

Web Site: kytami.ca

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Mamaguroove

This will be the last show ever for Mamaguroove.

Mamaguroove has been playing its highly infectious, homegrown, eclectic brand of revolutionary music for over ten years. Grown from the roots of back-to-the- land-life in the Rocky Mountain wilderness of Northern BC, the 'Guroove' consists of a tight knit tribe, which is pronounced in their lyrics, music, and live theatrical intensity. Lyrically, their songs express a strong connection to working, raising families, and addressing social and political issues that are found both in their own backyard and the world abroad.

Web Site: mamaguroove.com

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Liron Mann Trio

Liron started taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and played the piano for 7 years.His first musical performance was at the age of 10 –when his first Piano Recital of classical music took place. Playing the piano, Liron also developed many different musical directions such as Jazz Tango, Traditional Music, Pop and more ... During these years Liron also experienced various musical and percussion instruments.

In 2006, Liron bought his first hang drum and immediately felt a connection with the instrument and the ability to play it. Due to the lack of teachers who specialize in this unique new musical instrument, Liron developed his own style. Over the years, Liron has developed a clean, harmonious technique and has influenced many hang drum artists around the world.

Today, Liron is living and studying in Andalusia, the core of flamenco in Spain, and is now performing with his flamenco guitar and combines the hang with the various authentic flamenco styles he has picked up.

Web Site: lironman.net

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Namgar

A multi-cultural musical experience fusing Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Greek and Turkish styles with Rock.

Traveler's sound is an innovative, new fusion of World Music and Rock. Using traditional ethnic instruments combined with all the power of a full blown rock band, their performances are intense, exotic and adrenaline-driven.

Web Site: namgarfolk.com

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OKA

OKA is a celebration of Freedom, Beauty & Love

A celebration of all that it is to be alive and free in the world today, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music. Their signature sound is an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past.

"Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close"

Born from a relaxed street jam over 10 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage. Independently selling over 140,000 albums, they have shared the stage alongside inspirational acts Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots to name a few.

Web Site: okamusic.com

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Luke & Tess Pretty

Luke and Tess Pretty live in Edmonton, Canada where they have been playing music together for five years. They recorded their first CD when they were thirteen and eleven years old.

Tess, who is predominately the drummer and back-up vocalist, is 14 years old. Sometimes she switches instruments with her 16-year old brother Luke, who is usually found behind the keyboards. In 2012 they released a second CD - Tennyson - written and recorded by Luke.

Web Site: lukeandtesspretty.com/

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Rhoneil

Rhoneil moved from Montreal to British Columbia in 2010 to make explorative, devotional records in the woods. Since that time, Rhoneil's work has matured into a sonic exploration of the mystical. Rhoneil's sound is influenced by her study of philosophical/religious texts and her rich/full/vibrant lived experiences. Rhoneil layers her vocals with electronic drums, field recordings, organ, and harp.

She performs with a live percussionist, and, occasionally with an Urhu/saw player. The result is a danceable, subtle, dark, warm weirdness that crosses many genres. Rhoneil is slowly working on her third release - an exploration of the visible and invisible relationships that make up the cosmos (to be released 2015).

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Samson's Delilah

Unique, fearless, soul-full rock opera folk music. If you were to make a soup with some flavours of Florence & The Machine, Jeff Beck, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, throw in some System of a Down, Zero 7 and Civil Wars, you may end up with something that tastes like Samson's Delilah.

Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson, are well known on the Northern Alberta and B.C. festival scene as the front line of the funk/rock/reggae/world groove high energy dance band "Mamaguroove", born and raised in Dunster, B.C.

As the duo, Samson's Delilah, Seth & Shara have ventured into new musical territory. With a fierce intensity weaving throughout their soundscapes, utterly captivating, Samson's Delilah will leave their mark on every listener. Heavily influenced by latin guitar, reggae, and other world music, driven with thought provoking songwriting, the thread of the "guroove" runs deep, and you will not be disappointed by the fusion and spell that they weave….

Web Site: samsonsdelilah.com

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The Randal Scott Band

Based out of the mountain town of Jasper Alberta, The Randal Scott Band plays an eclectic blend of original music rooted in the canadian prairies.

They're a four piece band with instrumentation that ranges from the tuba to the tambourine. Add the drums, a bit of slide guitar, a shot of fiddle and see what you get.

Currently in the midst of recording a ten song CD, 'The Real Miami' is the first song to be finished and submitted to the CBC Searchlight contest.

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Shawn Stephenson

A Kootenay mountain musician…solo multi-instrumental, live looping devotee. Whether on stage, CD, radio or film, Shawn regularly exposes himself as a multi-talented musician across Canada. This is the usual result of intense experiments with electro-organic music, always incorporating new apparatus and instrumentation. In concert he creates deep atmospheric organic grooves with intense acoustic guitar work, powerful vocals, pounding percussion and many other instrumental substances.

After winning Instrumental Artist of the Year at the B.C. Interior Music awards, Shawn is set to continue his rise from an established regional performer to a nationally recognized talent in the Canadian independent music scene. His previous albums Flood and Snow at the Station, which were recorded by and with Don Kerr (Rheostatics and Ron Sexsmith) received national radio play, licensing deals with Tourism B.C., commercial use on Discovery USA, and soundtrack scores on several independent film projects.

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Traveler

A multi-cultural musical experience fusing Gypsy, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Greek and Turkish styles with Rock.

Traveler's sound is an innovative, new fusion of World Music and Rock. Using traditional ethnic instruments combined with all the power of a full blown rock band, their performances are intense, exotic and adrenaline-driven.

The real magic of a Traveler show is in the connection they make with the audience. They give a high energy , passionate performance that draws the audience in, perhaps by the combination of the cultural connection people have to the ethnic sounds of their own heritage and this music that is so unique. For whatever reason, people are always moved to their feet, and drawn closer to the stage to be part of the experience.

Web Site: travelerworldmusic.com

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In The Kids Zone

Green Fools Theatre and Gustavo he Impossibilist

ABOUT THE FOOLS Established in 1991 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Green Fools Theatre is a non-profit, charitable society that creates, performs, and teaches physical theatre arts focusing on masks, puppets, and stilts for diverse audiences locally and internationally.

We utilize a variety of physical theatre, puppet and mask techniques as well as multiple artistic disciplines to tell our original stories, producing puppet shows and physical theatre productions that are literally out of the box inspired by our wondrous and mysterious world. With an eye on the past and hands on tradition, Green Fools Theatre also strives to advance our work and our art form by inventing and engineering new puppetry styles and ways of storytelling as well as innovative artistic processes merging content and form to create new world mythology. Our work is new and contemporary, handcrafted, original, and collaboratively created.

Green Fools Theatre reaches tens of thousands of audience members each year through performances, community events, festivals, and creative training by extensive local touring, as well as some National and International touring.

Web Site: greenfools.com

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GoGo Bonkers

The GoGo Bonkers performance is a wild musical ride full of Ogres, fairies, ravens, bears and trees. Several of these characters try to make the world a better place everyday. Like Treevor, the tree spirit, who sings about the importance of trees and all the things that are made from trees, or The Canadian Potato, who is a zany farmer who loves to plant, grow, eat and sing about fresh, locally grown potatoes, or Molly Mushroom, a dancing fairy that sings beautiful songs about the virtues of spending time outside in nature. And then there is Olagg the Ogre, a friendly Ogre that uses his big muscles and fists to crush rocks to make homes and bridges.

The GoGo Bonkers performance also introduces characters that are confronted with the realities of our garbage producing society. Heavy Bear is a character that has had his habitat destroyed, so he roams into the cities to find food….in our garbage cans! And then there is Mudlee, an old fisherman who "fishes for garbage" because all the fish he used to catch, have disappeared.

Web Site: gogobonkers.com

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The Puppet Guy

Strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Zimmer-man who can change the course of boring parties and bend images with his bare hands! And who, disguised as Lee Zimmerman, mild-mannered comedy writer from Hollywood, CA, can make your event unique with a mere wave of his fat fingers!

Web Site: zimmer-man.com

   
 

ON THE HOUSE

LOCAL ACTS:
BISMUTH
MOONSHINE MARAMALADE
BLUE SYNTAX
PAMELA MOUL
JOS & JOAN HUGHES
VALLEY TALENT SHOWCASE

2013 Lineup

Mihirangi (New Zealand)

Once you experience Mihirangi's empowering live loop show, you'll be hooked into her organic earthy vibe and captivated by her stunning vocal performance. It's easy to see why they call her, 'The Queen of Loops'. Mihirangi has had an expansive journey, having toured for 7 years, 5 times around the globe and performing at more than 50 international festivals. She is a dynamic musician as much of her live acts are in freestyle form, as in, made up on the spot. She has captured her favorite songs from these experiences in the studio and now, Mihirangi is about to release these on her much-anticipated 2nd album – "Somebody Shake The Tree". She then moved to Australia where she made her mark as a musician. Mihirangi has had mind-blowing moments as a musician such as singing to the Mayan people from pyramid's in Mexico, a midnight session under the sun in the Arctic while filming in Antarctica and to 65,000 people in San Francisco at 'Power To The Peaceful' festival. She's entertained Hollywood A-listers, performed with groups such as Arrested Development and supported acts such as Public Enemy and Sheikhs of Bahrain. She's played along side fellow socially-conscious artists such as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Dixie Chicks, Pierce Brosnan and Martin Sheen to name a few.

www.mihirangi.com

Mihirangi - World Citizen video

   

Rachelle van Zanten (BC) 

"Canadian songstress and slide guitarist Rachelle Van Zanten, whose raw mélange of blues, folk, Americana and serious guitar shredding is currently shaking up an audience of its own. She has come a long wat from her bluegrass upbringing in the foothills of Northern B.C., recently recording an album with producer Joby Baker (Cowboy Junkies, Alex Cuba, Weakerthans, Mae Moore), and world renowned sound engineer, Tchad Blake (Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, Paul Simon). "Where Your Garden Grows" features an eclectic batch of personal, straight from the heart lyrics highlighted by intricate string and rhythm arrangements that should find a home in the ears of rock and roll junkies everywhere." (Relix Magazine NY, USA 20090

www.rachellevanzanten.com

   

The Boom Booms (BC) 

The Boom Booms are a Vancouver-­‐based six-­‐piece indie band whose music is a mash-­‐up of pop, hip hop, reggae, soul and funk. Since their 2007 launch, The Boom Booms have built a loyal fanbase that stretches across generations.

The video for their feel-­‐good party anthem, "When the Night", reached #6 on the Much More Music chart in 2008 and was optioned for an episode of 90210. "Delivered", a surreal banjo ballad that conjures up images of a jungle river baptism, garnered an award for Best Roots Song at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville.

In 2011, The Boom Booms released their debut album ¡Hot Rum! This album, along with their strong live performance and incredible stage presence, earned the sextet a spot in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, BC's most prestigious contest for emerging musicians. They went on to win second place and picked up a cash prize of $75,000.

Since then, The Boom Booms have wrapped up a successful tour of Brazil, which included sold out performances in both Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, playing for one thousand people in the heart of the Amazon. While on tour, the band fell in love with the Brazilian culture, music and people. They created a series of videos to raise awareness for the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Rainforest that is destroying and displacing a huge number of locals and causing an ecological disaster.

The Boom Booms recently performed in front of thousands of fans at the 2012 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and took part in Sarah McLachlan's Voices in the Park concert in September 2012. The Boom Booms are currently on a 50 -­‐date North American tour.

www.theboombooms.com

   

Ash Grunwald (Australia)

Ash Grunwald, surrounded naturally by the hip hop of his generation but deeply embedded in the blues as those far beyond his years.

Blistering live sets on the festival circuit throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, America, Europe and the UK, have had critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots, blues, beats and a whole lotta groove for now, more than a decade. Nominated five times for Australia's ARIA Awards, and a swag of award wins including MBAS Blues Performer of the Year and the AIR Best Independent Blues and Roots Album, and a prestigious APRA songwriting award for Blues & Roots Song of the Year.

www.ashgrunwald.com

   

Punch Drunk Cabaret (Alberta)

Roots-rockers Punch Drunk Cabaret take the sound of rockabilly, outlaw country and steampunk swing and deliver it with all the energy of AC/DC. Sharply dressed like early century snake oil salesmen, complete with stovepipe pants and bowler hats, the trio is a living, breathing testament that every single show they play is an "event". From punk rockin' teens to their grandparents who witnessed the dawn of rock and roll first hand, Punch Drunk Cabaret has been packing dance floors with an incredibly diverse audience that very few bands can attest to. Despite their rockabilly/swing/country traditions, Punch Drunk Cabaret is far from being a quaint nostalgia act. Singer/guitarist Randy Bailer fronts the trio like a home-brewed concoction of equal parts Brian Setzer and Tom Waits, while Terry Sawbones Grant is one of the few 12 string bassists on the planet (yes you read that right…twelve string bass!) The locomotive-like rhythm section is powered by drummer Reverend Robin Eklund with such propulsive energy that it's impossible for any audience to sit still.

www.punchdrunkcabaret.com

   

Oliver Swain (BC) with Jaron Freeman Fox (Ontario)

Hailing from Victoria, BC, nearly the farthest west (or left) one can be, Oliver Swain is Canada's quintessential folk and traditional musician. He eats, sleeps and breathes music, and his prolific career evidences this in many ways. With his pure, finely tuned vocals that have an astonishing range, and his undeniable skill behind a banjo or upright bass, Oliver grabs the attention of all who hear him, and holds it with his enormous sound and stature. From the most vulnerable and innocent sounding banjo ditties to the brave and imposing bowed bass, Oliver delivers his own brand of alternative folk and traditional music to the masses with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He's a two time Prairie Music Award recipient (The Bills) and shared a 2008 WCMA nomination for Outstanding Roots Group with Outlaw Social.

"The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from Gypsy to Klezmer to Celtic to Country without skipping a beat." -Ottawa International Jazz Festival

www.oliverswainmusic.com

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Dirty Grace (BC)

With one member from Eastern Canada, one from Western Canada, and one from somewhere in the middle, Dirty Grace covers a lot of ground, but not just geographically.

The trio of songwriters produce a playful mix of music ranging from the provocatively cheeky to the intimately introspective, all driven by a curiosity in music's ability to expose, shake-down, tickle and heal the human spirit. ey were inspired to reform in 2012 after singing together at the bedside of a friend with terminal cancer.

Blending elements of folk, hip hop, rock, swing, gypsy-jazz and electronic beneath a swell of three-part harmonies and contagious melodies, the collaboration has always left the band and its listeners eagerly guessing what will come next.

www.dirtygracemusic.com

   

Samson's Delilah (BC)

Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson, better known as the front line of the funk/rock/reggae/world groove high energy dance band "Mamaguroove", born and raised in Dunster, B.C. "Mamaguroove" has been playing its infectious , all original music at festivals and venues all across British Columbia and Alberta for over 10 years. As "Samson's Delilah", Seth and Shara have ventured into new musical territory. With an acoustic twist, and heavily influenced by latin guitar, reggae, and other world music, they create powerful and passionate performances as a duo. The thread of the "guroove" runs deep in the "Samson's Delilah", and you will not be dissapointed by the fusion and spell that they weave…. Seth and Shara have shared the stage and performed with Donne Roberts, OKA, Linda McRae, Rachelle Van Zanten, Sarah Noni Metzner, Maria in the Shower, Mihirangi, Delhi to Dublin, Lester Quitzau, Don Alder, Mr.Something Something, Brian Macmillan, Coco Love Alcorn to name a few. Seth and Shara are also the head organizers of the "Robson Valley Music Festival" that happens in their front yard in Dunster every August. They are seasoned music makers and music lovers….

www.samsonsdelilah.com

   

Hollow Wood (USA)

Indie Folk band, Idaho dwellers, Music that makes you want to live in a simpler time.

www.hollowwoodband.com

   

Bulat Gafarov (Russia)

Bulat Gafarov - professional composer, unique musician and singer / collector of musical instruments and ethnographer from Russia. Bulat plays more than 300 musical instruments of the world, such as: violin, flutes, mouth harps, percussions, didgeridoo, kalimba, koto, drums, keyboards, brass and string instruments. On about thirty of them Bulat plays his one-man band performances. Bulat is recognized as the owner of extremely unique vocals, as he professionally sings throat, Oriental, Russian singing and beatbox. Bulat performs in United States, Canada, Russia, Europe and Asia. His compositions are in many films, theaters, commercials, animated films and performances.

www.bulatgafarov.com

   

Ventanas (Ontario)

Toronto-based Las Ventanas weaves in and out of upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs and heart-wrenching Flamenco palos, leading captive audiences through windows into other lands and cultures. Lead singer Tamar Ilana's powerful vocals, honed through a lifetime of performing internationally, evoke deep emotions. Add to this the intensity of Flamenco guitar (Dennis Duffin), Middle Eastern dumbek (Jaash Singh), Greek outi (Demetrios Petsalakis) Balkan fiddle (Jess Hana-Deutsch) and Flamenco dance (Alexandra Talbot) and you have one incredible performance of music, dance and inspiration. Come prepared to learn some Balkan dance moves!

www.ventanasmusic.com

   

A Tribe Called Red (Ontario)

In 2008, DJ's NDN and Bear Witness founded A Tribe Called Red. In 2010, they added two-time Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub to the crew. Electric Pow Wow is a monthly club night dedicated to showcasing Aboriginal DJ talent and Native urban culture and is aimed at creating a space for Aboriginal people. ATCR creates an eclectic sound made up of a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Hip-Hop, Dance Hall, Electronic, and their own mash-up of club and Pow Wow music, known as Pow Wow Step. You can catch Electric Pow Wow every month on the second Saturday at Babylon nightclub in Ottawa, Canada.

www.atribecalledred.com

   

Linda McRae (BC & USA)

Performing on clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porchboard stompbox, Linda Mcrae combines old-time sounds with universal themes of heartbreak & redemption offering an intriguing sepia postcard from the past that is vibrant and alive in the present. Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts, Linda McRae's highly anticipated fourth solo release doesn't describe the gold and platinum polish enhancing a musical career spanning 25 years. A Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2012, confirms Linda's maturing distinction as a quality songwriter and recording artist. Her newest album went to #1 on CKUA, #4 on Folk DJ's list of top Canadian albums, and #1 & 2 Top Canadian Songs too!

www.lindamcrae.com

   

Shred Kelly (BC)

Shred Kelly is a formulation of friends and foot stomping good times born in the East Kootenay's of British Columbia. Hailing from the town of Fernie, the five piece band is best known for mixing clawhammer banjo riffs that tear the fabric of space and time with ambient synth, high voltage guitar, fierce drums, and hauntingly sweet vocal harmonies to produce a sound that has been properly coined "Stoke Folk".

Having recently been awarded 2012 Artist of the Year at the Kooteney Music Awards and winning a spot on the Green Couch Sessions/CBC Radio 3 'Tracks on Tracks' train adventure from Vancouver to Toronto, Shred Kelly is turning banjo doubters into sweaty indie folk rock believers on the dance floor, one town at a time.

www.shredkelly.com

   

Wax Mannequin (Ontario)

Wax Mannequin was born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things. Incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic, Wax infused his local influences with road-broken experience to forge something unsettlingly new. Solo (accompanied by heavy devices and an angry, nylon-string guitar) or band-backed (with Mark Raymond on bass and Aidan Campbell on percussion), Wax Mannequin has toured incessantly within Canada over the past six years, with more recent forays into Europe and Australia.

www.waxmannequin.com

   

Benny Walker (Australia)

Inheriting his passion for music from his father and grandfathers, all talented musicians in their own right, Walker formed his first band at the tender age of 12. He cut his teeth on classic blues, surf and folk before finding his own voice in the raw honesty of acoustic roots music.

Walker recorded his first EP, 'No Cares', in 2007, and then took nine months out to travel around Eastern and Central Australia. He came home with a pocket full of songs and a determination to share his music with the world.

His self-titled debut album, 'Benny Walker', was produced by Kalju Tonuma and released in 2008, and was soon followed by the 2010 EP, 'Summer Sun', which embraced the bigger, lusher sound that characterises Walker's live full-band shows. 'Sinners And Saints' takes it to another level again, with Walker's intuitive, heartfelt songwriting and soulful voice leaving no doubt that he means every word that he sings.

www.bennywalkermusic.com

   

The Jessica Stuart Few (Ontario)

Toronto's Folk-Jazz power trio The Jessica Stuart Few are venturing west for the summer to introduce their sophomore album Two Sides To Every Story to the likes of British Columbia and Alberta. Released March 12, 2013, the brand new album led off on the right foot, with the debut single and video for "Don't Ya", being declared "the perfect 3-minute pop song" by music critic Errol Nazareth. The band is proud to be sharing the new material in the west; Stuart's roots are in Vancouver and this marks the group's fourth consectutive year venturing to the west coast, following up from a successful Eastern Canadian launch tour in May.

www.jessicastuartmusic.com

   

Mamaguroove (BC)

One of Northern B.C.'s favorite Rock/World Fusion bands ever! Touring for over 10 years and 4 albums later, they are a force to be reckoned with when they hit the stage with their full frontal assault and irresistible grooves! Go Happily…You will have no choice but to be assimilated into the Mamaguroove cult…..

www.mamaguroove.com

   

Shane Philip (BC)

Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tacit tones of Shane Philip's didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal swell of intoxicating spirit. Meanwhile his hands will be skillfully juggling between shaking up rhythms with his aslatua, driving the dance floor with his djembe and sliding out grooves on his Weissenborn-style guitar while his foot taps in earthshaking electronic kicks wherever they might fit. Shane Philip is a full-time touring musician with four albums under his belt. He charts on national independent and campus radio stations and is a regular on CBC radio shows across Canada.

www.shanephilip.com

   

Formidable Vegetable Sound System (Australia)

Formidable Vegetable Sound System is an uplifting new global experiment in 'ecological edutainment'. Mashing together speakeasy electroswing-style wonk and live ukulele quirk, this Australian festival sensation turns simple solutions for sustainability into an epic dancefloor experience.

Touring the world in 2013 to festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Shambhala (Canada) and Symbiosis (USA), Formidable Vegetable Sound System is serving up their hearty blend of 'Radish Beets' the best way they know how with just one objective: to inspire the world to Garden the Funk Up and Grow Food Everywhere!

Their debut album, 'Permaculture: A Rhymer's Manual' is not only a collection of ridiculously catchy songs in various styles from 'energy-descent electro-swing' to 'post-apocalypso', but also serve as an inspiring guide to the principles of permaculture and sustainable design.

formidablevegetable.com.au

   

Hannah Epperson (BC)

With loop pedal, fiddle & voice, Hannah creates intricate and moving musical landscapes. As a talented collaborative artist, she has been on the road and recorded with an eclectic array of Canada's folk, indie and electro-pop artists, including Miss Emily Brown & Aidan Knight. The quiet release of her 1st EP is the beginning of hannah's emergence into the sonic world... stay tuned for more treats!

www.hannahepperson.bandcamp.com

   

Joey Only (BC)

Joey Only has played 1000 shows in 10 provinces and some territories in Canada, and is destined to be a Canadiana Country classic. He's a social outlaw and a political radical, a mountain man, a goldminer, a father, a husband and always has his wife Ms.Leah Martin on stage. He can play you hours of songs about life in the north, including the Canadiana Classics. He's released 5 recordings including the album Transgression Trail which topped the Canadian College and Independent radio charts in 2010, the same album with the song Greyhoundin Guitar Man which CBC Radio 3 voted one of the most Canadian songs of the year.

www.joeyonly.wordpress.com

   

Mikkal Waters (BC)

Okanagan based Acoustic & Electronic Singer Songwriter.

www.reverbnation.com/mikkalwaters

   

Tom Richardson (Australia)

Tom uses the latest in loop pedal technology to create a wall of sound, overdubbing four part vocal harmonies, complicated percussion grooves and lead and rhythm guitar parts, all live on stage. Since releasing his debut double album 'Guide Your Ship', recorded with his full band, the Tom Richardson Project, Tom now jumps aboard a smaller craft, returning to his solo roots. Renowned for his infectious and interactive onstage presence, Tom takes off on a new wave, armed with nothing but a couple of guitars, a microphone and loop pedal.

www.tomrichardsonproject.com

   

Mal Webb (Australia)

Around the world and into your brain, vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff, using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. It's a lip to lung journey through the physics, physiology and phrivolity of all the sounds a face can make. Sideways yodelling, beatbox, harmonics, throat singing, uvular fluttering, advanced clapping. He's like Bobby McFerrin, Aphex Twin and Cole Porter playing scrabble. Ebulliently eclectic. Nefariously varied. Family fun free from facile frippery.

www.malwebb.com

   

Doug Koyama (BC)

Singer, actor, motivator, and innovator Doug Koyama comes from an artistic family. He sang in the junior community choir as a soprano and has performed as a bass in musical theatre productions. Since 2009 Doug has been working passionately at building community through music, specifically Improvised A Capella. "When we let go of judgement and the need to know and control what the next note or sound is, we become open to endless possibilities. Music reverts to its purest form, the form that your heart remembers."

koyama.bc.ca

 

For the kids:

Green Fools Theatre (Alberta)

Established in 1991, Green Fools Theatre created, performs, and teaches physical theatre arts focusing on masks, puppets and stilts for diverse audiences locally and internationally. Utilizing multiple artistic disciplines, they tell stories out of the box, inspired by our wondrous and mysterious world. Green Fools reach tens of thousands of audience members each year through performances, community events, festivals and extensive local touring, as well as some National and International Touring.

www.greenfools.com

   

Lost and Found Puppet Company (BC)

Director of Lost & Found Puppet Co., Maggie's directed projects explore puppetry in all its aspects, discover stories of objects and our human relationships to them, and promote puppetry as a unique and valued art everyone can experience. Whimsical and inspiring.

www.lostandfoundpuppetco.com

   

Go Go Bonkers (BC)

The Go Go Bonkers performance is a wild musical ride full of Ogres, fairies, ravens, bears and trees. Several of these characters try to make the world a better place everyday. catch, have \The most important aspect of a Go Go Bonkers Show is that it is presented with a desire to inspire children with a healthy and positive perspective of the wonderful and perplexing world around us. Go Go Bonkers also believes that the more children hear about how they can create a healthy future for their communities, the more they will be inspired to act.

www.gogobonkers.com

   

Workshops:

Mosaics with Bridget Uhl

Come and be part of a mosaicing project, large or small, learning the basics of collection, creating a design, and putting it down into functionable and beautiful art!

 

 

Mixed Media Art Journaling with Paula Scott

This will be ongoing all weekend with its base in the Art Tent, with access to all kinds of materials and inspiration to create a page in the "RVMF" journal. Anything goes here and we encourage all attendees, performers, volunteers, to take part in this little bit of RVMF history!

www.paulascott.ca

 

Kids Mixed Media Nature Journaling with Paula Scott

Children aged 7 - 12 can take part in this interactive art workshop with Paula Scott for Creative Journaling with Nature as the inspiration. Space is limited to 12.

www.paulascott.ca

 

LIVE PAINTING with Crystal Charlotte Easton

Visual artist Crystal Charlotte, from Victoria, will be creating a painting from a blank canvas to completion over the weekend, and attendees are welcome to visit, & watch the process . There will be chances to bid on her work with 50% of proceeds going to the RVMF. Crystal is also offering a painting workshop on the weekend. Space will be limited.

www.crystalcharlotte.com

 

Timeless Voices: A journey into improvised A Capella

with: Doug Koyama

Timeless Voices is a workshop in which I guide the participants through a course of perception altering exercises and sonic adventures into vocal improvisation. There is no right, there is no wrong. Take a breath, make a sound, do it again . . . that's all you need to remember.

After a warm-up for your body and your voice we will experience Long Tones, where each breath is a note created by you. When your creation joins together with the group's creations the result can be breath-taking. Learn what your body and your mind already know about invented language.

koyama.bc.ca/TimelessVoices.html

 

Satori Yoga

We live in increasingly over-wired world; our use of technology is changing how our brains and bodies work. I choose to purposefully unplug and practice wired wellness each day to regain clarity and focus. I invite you to examine the physical, cognitive and emotional toll this wired world is taking on you, and start making mindful adjustments to leverage technology with more awareness.

www.satoriyoga.ca

 

Making Bio Diesel

Learn the basics of what is involved in producing Bio diesel ready to fuel, with Seth Macdonald of Robson Valley Bio Diesel

www.robsonvalleybiodiesel.com

 
 

Alternative Building Workshop

TBA

 

From Jasper:

  • Randal Scott Band
  • Moonshine Marmalade

Local Performers:

  • Blue Syntax
  • Ellise Bressette
  • Bismuth
  • & More!!

Schedule and lineup are subject to change without notice.

2012 Lineup

Don Alder

Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret". Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has let to multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers and a collaboration with Greenfield guitars to produce a signature acoustic guitar- the "Don Alder G4" model.

Don currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His unique style of playing incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a wall of sound. He is often referred to as sounding like a four piece band. Don's music is his own unique weave of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration - some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal fingerstyle playing and rich voice captivate.

www.donalder.com

   

Allen & Alexander

The songwriters first joined forces when the pair found themselves onstage singing with Jane Siberry on her famous encore "Calling All Angels." After taking their dirty laundry clean across Canada on the first leg of their Dirty Laundry Dual CD Release Tour 2011, duo partners Jenny Allen and Leslie Alexander are returning to BC with their new solo CDs, each produced by BCCMA/BCMIA Producer of the Year John Ellis (Be Good Tanyas, Jane Siberry, Barney Bentall).

www.reverbnation.com/allenalexander

www.jennyallen.ca

www.lesliealexander.com

   

Ball Gag n Chain Gang

Ball Gag N Chain Gang is a 5-piece juggernaut of sound; a musical sideshow like no other. With horns, lap steels, didgeridoo, banjo, and 3 lead vocals each giving their own unique sound, they take what is great about music, mix it together, boil it down, and run it through some copper pipes and come out with tunes that are high in proof and sweet in flavor.

www.hotonk.com

   

Folky Strum Strum

Iyan , Josh and Reno, the boys that make up Folky Strum Strum play their version of Banjo Rockin' folk music. They hail from the Peace Region in BC, met and came together for the simple passion of playing music. "The group has been described by fans as having a unique and soulful sound, that is backed by exceptional songwriting."

Two members discovering the beards they have in common and the third, although hairless, has a whole hearted approach to song writing. Although busy playing the region, they have paused a while to hibernate and record their much anticipated album. In 2004, Folky Strum Strum released their first album the "Iyan Bruvold Songbook Vol. #1", followed by a long rest, however only to be reunited with a force and mission to start all over again, only better, more intense.

www.folkystrumstrum.com

   

Adrian Glynn

In a music world littered with singer-songwriters, Adrian Glynn stands apart. The Vancouver-based troubadour takes any opportunity to defy convention: he has turned murder ballads into spell-binding, microphone-free serenades, and abandoned the standard rock band setup in favour of suitcase kick drums and clawhammer piano strings.

This anything-goes approach to his craft has been Glynn's trademark since his earliest musical endeavours. Originally a trained character actor, his flare for live performance quickly won over audiences, and he teamed up with all-star producer Dave Glen (54-40, Matthew Good Band) and mixer Warne Livesey (Matthew Good Band, Xavier Rudd) to record his 2007 self-titled EP.

www.adrianglynn.com

   

High Society

High Society is a four-headed beast with the undying strength of animatronics driven by monstrous animal instincts; with lungs only comparable to the likes of superman filling a voice that plucks your heart strings.

Based out of Vancouver, B.C. the band has been building a regional reputation across western Canada for close to two years playing a blend of R&B, Soul, Folk, Blues, Hip Hop, and Jazz. They are currently getting ready to release a live album in between the tracking of a studio album before heading into the Great White North on their second tour.

www.highsocietymusic.ca

   

Kytami

"The orchestra pit is a foul, dank place, ruled by pretentious conductors frantically waving their whips to 200 year old romantic sonatas. Some musicians were born for this life of slavery and sight-reading, but not master violinist Kytami. After a long sentence she fled to the mountains, seeking redemption and inspiration among the peaks and valleys of this great earths bosom. Her long exile over, she re-emerged to the taverns and alleys of the metropolis, with a bow as her weapon, protection and provider.

It may have been chance, fate, or any number of supernatural phenomenons that brought Kytami into the fold of Lownote. All that is known is that she arrived one evening and never left. She has brought sight to the blind, pride to the meek, and blood to the muscle. She brought life from the mountains." -Don Mann (Lownote)

www.kytami.ca

   

Liron Man

Liron's musical education has started early at the age of 4 while taking classical piano lessons for 7 years. As a teenager, naturally, he has picked up an electric guitar and took the rock, metal, and even some jazz route till he felt he needed to experiment with different music. At the age of 18, he has gegun to play instruments such as Mandolin, Bouzouki, Nai Flute and percussives and 2 years later he has discovered the Hang.

www.myspace.com/lironman

   

MAMAGUROOVE

Mamaguroove has been playing its highly infectious, homegrown, eclectic brand of revolutionary music for over ten years. Grown from the roots of back-to-the- land-life in the Rocky Mountain wilderness of Northern BC, the 'Guroove' consists of a tight knit tribe, which is pronounced in their lyrics, music, and live theatrical intensity.

Lyrically, their songs express a strong connection to working, raising families, and addressing social and political issues that are found both in their own backyard and the world abroad.

www.mamaguroove.com

   

Niska Napoleon

With her powerful stage presence, heartfelt songs and guts out attitude, Niska is beginning to strike a chord with fans across Canada. Combining strong melody driven pop/rock with her soulful conviction explain why she is able to stop people in their tracks whether she is dancing on stage, playing the guitar or serenading someone to a simple hand clap. At the age of ten, Niska had already written and recorded her first song which ended up on one of her dad Art Napoleon's albums. Having had a taste of show biz at an early age drove Niska to perform and create her own original music. She picked up the guitar at age twelve and soon began writing and performing all over Western Canada.

www.reverbnation.com/niskanapoleon

   

Miss Quincy

Like The Devil Does, Miss Quincy's second full length album is a moody collection of songs filled with dirty guitar licks, sweet gospel harmonies, swampy grooves, and stories of old time deal breakers. Miss Quincy and producer, Canadian roots & blues legend Tim Williams, set out to create an album with the gritty sound of tube amps, a tight rhythm section, and a band playing live-off-the-floor. Good musicians playing good music, it's the oldest trick in the book. A natural evolution from her debut album Your Mama Don't Like Me (Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year, 2011 BC Indie Awards), this new record takes Miss Quincy's signature vocal prowess, her love affair with the electric guitar, and songwriting skills into new-found down and dirty territory. Like The Devil Does is both 4am at the whorehouse and the Sunday morning after.

www.missquincy.net

   

Donné Roberts

Donné came to wider recognition after he released his first album "Rhythm Was Born" and for his contribution as one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007.

Donné Roberts was born in Madagascar, raised and educated in Moscow, Russia and now lives in Toronto. In Moscow, he was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. Touring Canada, he introduces his music to new fans who might be unfamiliar with the kinds of rhythms his music conveys and his fusion of seemingly dissimilar sounds.

www.donneroberts.com

   

Moonshine Marmalade

What do you get when you mix a rockabilly, a redneck and a hippie?...Moonshine Marmalade! This band consists of three local mountain critters out of the town of Jasper. They have been playing around the campfire for a couple of years now and have recently been enticed to bring their show to the stage. Leading the charge on vocals and guitar is Miss Chrisely Larson. Her right hand man Al McMaster, playing colourful leads on mandolin and tenor banjo. And of course Mr. Rock Steady Marc Gervais holding it down on the bass and percussion box. Their influences come from folk, old country, and bluegrass. In their short time together the have been playing gigs and parties around Jasper and have opened for greats such as NQ Arbuckle and Fred Eaglesmith. This trio is a real down home feel good group with contagious smiles

   

My Favourite Tragedy

my Favourite tragedy is an original 3 piece acoustic influenced radio writing ensemble that takes their name from the shifts in thinking that people experience in life's most challenging conditions. They have heartfelt relatable lyrics and catchy melodies that hook listeners in a wide range of demographics. With captivating performance and breath taking dynamics, they charm audiences wherever they perform. mFt was formed in Rockland, Ontario, summer of 2009 by founder North Easton whose music experience to date is well seasoned.

www.myfavouritetragedy.com

   

Navaz

Navaz is an ensemble that fuses Persian music with a variety of Western genres. Elements of jazz, Latin and blues are blended with Persian melodies and rhythmic grooves.

Navaz began as a musical collaboration between Neda Jalali and Eric Tompkins. Eric's jazz and Latin guitar stylings and his interest in world music compliments Neda's beautifully haunting voice. Much of the music of Navaz is rooted in the Sufi poetry of Hafez and Rumi, while some of it has a more contemporary Persian sound fused with Spanish, Brazilian and jazz rhythms.

www.navazmusic.com

   

Stephanie Pedraza

Stephanie Pedraza is a unique combination of singer, song writer, flamenco dancer and cantaora (traditional flamenco singing) based in Vancouver BC.

Born in to a latin american family and having moved to Colombia at a very early age, she has been constantly immersed in her latin roots of song and dance.

Her original musical compositions are an honest reflection of her rich latinamerican background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, pop, jazz, English and Spanish lyrics.

www.stephaniepedraza.com

   

Yancarlos Sanchez

Yancarlos Sanchez grew up in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Reliable sources (His mom) describe Yancarlos as a young kid with a passion for music.After years of crafting his different vocal sounds He decided to move to the US where He traveled among various instruments.Today He continues moving forward evolving musically, embarked in the constant discovery of what feels right.

Yancarlos Sanchez - Performs his music with vivid passion, utilizing different vocal technics and the elements of Jazz, Hip Hop, Bossa Nova and a certain unknown X .His music will go into the depths of your mind, but only if you let it.The sound is seasoned by the mood of the environment and aged to a chaotic universe of sonic understanding. Join this musician on his development.

www.facebook.com/yancarloss

   

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is an energetic and captivating singer/songwriter. His musicianship is top notch and his performances are always full of funk, humour, strange instruments, pterodactyl squawks, grunts, grooves, storytelling and good ol'fashioned zinger wit.

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. In 2002 Andrew moved to Lethbridge Alberta to study music and education at the University of Lethbridge. During this time he ended up being the energetic frontman for a very popular local group called The Turncoats. This group recorded two discs (Bloodrunnin, Teeth Like A Chainsaw) and played at venues and festivals all over Western Canada including The South Country Fair, The Spectrum Festival, the Lethbridge Folk Club, the Kispiox Valley Music Festival, the Peace Starts at Home Festival, the Ironwood Stage and Grill, Better Than Freds, Broken City, and The Slice Bar and Grill.

www.andrewscottsolo.com

   

Shawn Stephenson

A Kootenay mountain musician…solo multi-instrumental, live looping devotee. Whether on stage, CD, radio or film, Shawn regularly exposes himself as a multi-talented musician across Canada. This is the usual result of intense experiments with electro-organic music, always incorporating new apparatus and instrumentation. In concert he creates deep, atmospheric organic grooves with intense acoustic guitar work, powerful vocals, pounding percussion and many other instrumental substances. By playing multiple instruments and deftly controlling several loop stations, he builds live walls of sound which push the boundaries of traditional form and keep audiences on their feet.

String and skin, steel and silicon chips, all meld to produce the kind elemental music you might expect from a collective group of musicians and technicians.

www.myspace.com/shawnstephenson

   

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

Emerging as on of Canada's most exciting young multi-genre roots band, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra's faithful underground following has expanded to National awareness and saw them playing festivals across Canada and the US in 2011.

Known for delivering their unique brand of acoustic, high energy Gypsy-Ska-Roots-Grass with dedication and precision, keeping it exciting and generating dancing fans with every show, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra have sold hundreds of albums at individual shows; 600 at Seattle's FolkLife alone, and tend to always be that name you overhear someone saying "Did you see that band?"

thetequilamockingbirdorchestra.com

   

Bottoms Up Barely Burlesque

   

Zahirah Middle Eastern Bellydancers

The Zahirah Middle Eastern Bellydancers are a professional Middle Eastern Dance troupe based in Prince George, B.C. Canada, founded and directed by professional dancer and instructor Halawa(Sandra Tanemura). Troupe Zahriah started performing officially as a group in September of 2006. The word ' Zahirah' in Arabic means shiny ladies, and that we are! All the ladies are talented, beautiful, and soulful with unique styles and experiences. Each of the women have individual backgrounds in dance and music and bring to the troupe a range of body acceptance and sensuality that is portrayed in their dancing.

The Troupe Zahirah is dedicated to providing authentic Middle Eastern Dance entertainment. A living art form, Middle Eastern Dance is enriched by interpretations and modern influences. Troupe Zahirah honors the roots of this ancient dance through traditional styles, while simultaneously contrbuting to the eveolution of the dance through comtemporary interpretation. With and emphasis on vibrant, dynamic performances, Zahirah's goal is to promote the art of Middle Eastern Dance and to correctly educate the public about this beautiful art form.

www.zahirahbellydance.net

   

For the kids:

Angela Brown

Ms. Brown produces, writes, directs and performs. She specialized in shows for family audiences and has toured all over British Columbia with the Ta Daa Lady stage show, storytelling performances and the Nylon Zoo. Angela's performances, songs and stories are based on themes that are relevant to young children. She uses puppets, dance, clown and interactive songs to engage the children in problem solving and creative thinking. Many of her songs and stories have an environmental theme. Angela's stage shows are designed for both formal and informal settings for both large and small parties, festivals and theatres.

www.angelabrown.ca

   

Go Go Bonkers

The GoGo Bonkers performance is a wild musical ride full of Ogres, fairies, ravens, bears and trees. Several of these characters try to make the world a better place everyday. Like Treevor, the tree spirit, who sings about the importance of trees and all the things that are made from trees, or The Canadian Potato, who is a zany farmer who loves to plant, grow, eat and sing about fresh, locally grown potatoes, or Molly Mushroom, a dancing fairy that sings beautiful songs about the virtues of spending time outside in nature. And then there is Olagg the Ogre, a friendly Ogre that uses his big muscles and fists to crush rocks to make homes and bridges.

www.gogobonkers.com

   

Lost and Found Puppet Company

Lost & Found Puppet Co. based in Vancouver, BC was created by Maggie Winston in 2007. Members of the company consist of Maggie Winston and any person interested in joining the company for any given project. Interdisciplinary collaboration and community activism are at the heart of Lost & Found Puppet Co.

www.lostandfoundpuppetco.com

   

Workshops:

Timeless Voices: A journey into improvised A Capella

with: Doug Koyama

Timeless Voices is a workshop in which I guide the participants through a course of perception altering exercises and sonic adventures into vocal improvisation. There is no right, there is no wrong. Take a breath, make a sound, do it again . . . that's all you need to remember.

After a warm-up for your body and your voice we will experience Long Tones, where each breath is a note created by you. When your creation joins together with the group's creations the result can be breath-taking. Learn what your body and your mind already know about invented language.

koyama.bc.ca/TimelessVoices.html

 

More Performers:

  • Vibe Tribe Fire Dancers

More Workshops:

  • Burlesque Dance
  • Didgeridoo
  • Flamenco Dance
  • Flamenco Guitar
  • Strange but Glorious Instruments from all over the World
  • More to Come...

Local Performers:

  • Aaron Scott
  • Bismuth
  • Blue Syntax
  • The Bressettes
  • Keith Berg
  • Jane Houlden
  • Moonshine Marmalade
  • Pamela Moul & Bob Matchett
  • Charlie Staniforth

Schedule and lineup are subject to change without notice.

   2011

OKA

Incorporating flavours of Dub, Electronica, Hip-hop, Jazz and many forms of world music, for years people have tried to define the OKA sound. Instead, perhaps look at the line-up - Three characters with varying influences, backgrounds and talents. Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), the big man behind the electronic beats & keys brings raw didgeridoo & vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage. Chris lane plays captivating melody on Slide Guitar, Harmonica & Woodwinds including Bamboo Flute and Sax. Making up the trio is Samoan-Australian Charlie Zappa – a rhythm specialist with beats of Polynesian fire and deep pocket. Together they blend many pieces that is the OKA puzzle - A sound & force that touches the heart & feeds the soul.

okamusic.com

Digging Roots

After three years of touring in Canada, the US and Europe, Digging Roots decided it was time to get back in the studio and record a select few of the 40 plus songs they had in the store house since their last recording in 2006. So, in spring 2008 they rented a little cabin on the water, gathered their friends and allies and held up a recording studio arranging, recording and putting final touches on the new studio album.

www.diggingrootsmusic.com

Kinnie Starr

Kinnie Starr is an enigma. Unwavering, yet delicate. Poignant and intuitive. Powerful, yielding, gentle and fierce. MC, singer, musician, producer, poet, actress, artist, seeker. She is a trusted guide and fearless explorer with a name respected in almost any cultural or artistic conversation. Her familiar and extraordinary voice continues to provoke new thought and an evolved understanding of art, love, sex, culture, humanity and more. 

kinniestarr.net

Bill Durst

Always an audience favourite, Bill Durst has long been compared to the best guitar player/singer/entertainers anywhere in the world. Bill has written and recorded over 100 songs on ten albums including seven charted Canadian radio hits. After the early success of his band Thundermug in North America and Europe, Bill was acclaimed as one of the top songwriters in Canada, signing with CBS (now Sony) Publishing, and releasing his first two solo albums in 1984 and 1989. In between these two albums, as a side gig, Bill played in “the biggest bar band in Canada” Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top clone band, and that’s how he got his beard started!

www.billdurstband.com

NAMGAR

Their songs and dances date back to the glorious times of the Mongolian Empire, preserving many genres and songs that became extinct in the other parts of Mongolian world. Being separated from each other politically since XVII century, Buryats and Mongolians still share many common traditions, and in search of cultural identity often think about each other as "true keepers of the ancient heritage". She is a daughter of the steppe, born to a cattle herder whose line included the darkhasha craftsmen. She masters the mysteries of the great wide open, voices of spirits of mountains and forests. Love to the melodies sung by her granny and her father, the wish to maintain the tradition that is becoming extinct, brought her on festival stages around the world.

www.myspace.com/lkhasnamgar

Mamaguroove

Resisting the temptation to be pigeon holed into any one genre, Mamaguroove's music and live show is about Revolution! Masterfully executed chops, rich exotic vocals, an irresistable dance groove, and visually stunning costumes make for a one of a kind show!

www.myspace.com/mamaguroove

Gordie Tentrees

Yukon roots-music songwriter Gordie Tentrees has released three albums. The most recent, Mercy or Sin, was produced by Juno-award-winner Bob Hamilton and nominated for a 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Solo Album of the Year. The title track was also chosen from 15,000 entries as a finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition. Judges included Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis.

www.tentrees.ca

Maria in the Shower

Maria in the Shower is Vancouver's legendary folk cabaret band - wandering minstrels, entertainers cut from old cloth, storytellers traveling often and gathering tales as they go. You will find them anywhere good people and good music gather - festivals, concert halls, parlours, community halls, house concerts, or simply in the street.

www.mariaintheshower.com

Headwater

Hearing Headwater is like listening to the West Coast of Canada in song. Freewheeling, fierce, sentimental and sexy, the Vancouver, B.C., quartet has earned its reputation as one of the finest acoustic roots groups around the old-fashioned way - they work their asses off.

www.headwater.ca

Saritah

Born in Seoul, South Korea, the country of her mother’s heritage, Saritah grew up by the Indian Ocean in the most isolated city in the world – Perth, Australia.  A traveller from the time she was a few months old, however, she has always had a global perspective and has been exposed to and influenced by a diversity of music and culture from around the world.

www.saritah.com

Melissa Bandura

Melissa Bandura is a Vancouver-based Independent Folk musician and multi-instrumentalist. Having discovered the violin at the age of four, becoming a student of both classical and folk traditions, and subsequently learning guitar, flute, viola, mandolin and banjo, Melissa’s songs are skillfully written and uniquely orchestral.

www.melissabandura.com

Miss Emily Brown

Miss Emily Brown’s debut album, Part of You Pours Out of Me, named one of the top twelve albums of 2008 by CBC’s Alan Neal, marked a graceful entrance onto Canada’s independent music scene. On January 18, 2010 Emily released her sophomore album, In Technicolor, which features songs written as part of her Canada Council for the Arts sponsoredwinter-long songwriting project that explores her grandmother’s journal from World War II. In Technicolor was put forward for the 2010 Polaris Prize, a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Pushing the Boundaries,” and took Miss Brown to the top five nominees for CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Award for Best New Artist.

www.emilybrownmusic.com

Dominique Fraissard

"…just great, I think you'll be hearing more of him really soon. He just gave me his cd at the Woodford Folk Festival and I really liked it, it really inspired me.".. - John Butler

"Getting the 'why the hell isn't he huge?' asterisk is Dominique Fraissard. Coming somewhere between the rock of Mick Hart and not as histrionic as iOta can be, Fraissard has voice, songs and a touch of the weird to be really compelling"...The Drum Media

www.myspace.com/dominiquefraissard

Sasha Lewis

From the small village of Dunster, B.C Canada tucked away in the rocky mountains comes the rock folkstress Sasha Lewis.Honing in her craft all these years, Sasha is always trying new things. Over the last six years Sasha has performed with punk bands, recorded with a hip hop group as a featured singer/ songwriter, and has performed and written songs with a more alternative pop group. Known for working and collaborating with many different artists, this has helped broaden her range of genres and style. Now focusing on her solo career and staying true to herself, you can look forward to much more from this girl.

www.sashalewis.com

Caley Watts

Born in the remote coastal valley of Bella Coola, British Columbia, Caley Watts has been immersed in music her entire life. Having performed at various venues and music festivals over the years, Caley and her band bring a unique blend of folk, blues and rock. Caley's music reflects her appreciation for her rural roots, Indigenous heritage and the environment. Caley is joined by band mates Paul Grace-Campbell, Buddy Thatcher, and Niki Watts.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Caley-Watts-Band/169282923145190

Cumako

Cumako explores different musical elements by blending rhythmical grooves into new compositions. Our style or music expands from many musical influences from Africa to the Americas. It has no limits but captures the heart and soul of each individual musician.

www.cumako.com

On The House

Hannah Epperson

With loop pedal, fiddle and voice, Hannah Epperson creates intricate and moving musical landscapes. As a talented collaborative artist, she’s been on the road and recorded with Miss Emily Brown, toured western Canada with Aidan Knight, and performed with electro-pop sensations Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party. In Vancouver, she is a regular at Café Montmartre, and frequently opens for popular local bands at St. James Hall, the Anza and other clubs. Hannah's collaborative history has included many politically and socially charged mixed-media explorations, including collaborations with theatrical, visual, and musical artists including Zachary Gray of The Zolas and the cutting edge Gen Why Media Project. 

www.facebook.com/hannaheppersonmusic

GoGo Bonkers

The GoGo Bonkers performance is a wild musical ride full of Ogres, fairies, ravens, bears and trees. Several of these characters try to make the world a better place everyday. Like Treevor, the tree spirit, who sings about the importance of trees and all the things that are made from trees, or The Canadian Potato, who is a zany farmer who loves to plant, grow, eat and sing about fresh, locally grown potatoes, or Molly Mushroom, a dancing fairy that sings beautiful songs about the virtues of spending time outside in nature. And then there is Olagg the Ogre, a friendly Ogre that uses his big muscles and fists to crush rocks to make homes and bridges.

www.gogobonkers.com

Foam Mesh Press, Blue Syntax, The Valley Has Talent Showcase, The Bressettes, Raghu Lokanathan, On The House, Scott Cook, Sam Heine, Drun and Bell Tower, Seth & Shara, Jos & Joan Hughes, Doug Koyama, FreeSoul, Aaron Scott, Mykhal Water, Karyn Ellis, Steve Brockley

   2010

Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa
Soul Beat Africa is the new voice of Ugandan music, the inspired synthesis of African roots and world music, of traditional and modern instrumentation. These musicians represent the new vanguard of Ugandan performers, gifted instrumentalists steeped in the music of their homeland, but with ears opened to the sounds of the world at large. Driving poly-rhythms underlay transcendent melodies. Traditional African instruments ­ koras, kalimbas, adungus, endongos, ngonis, drums ­ blend with guitars and keyboards, drawing on influences from around the globe. This is a new groove for a new world.
www.kinobemusic.com
Linda Mcrae
When all the trends fade and become dated, and all the music from the cutting edge becomes dull, Linda McRae will continue to stand tall, singing and playing music with honest soul and humility, cutting through the fog with her timeless clarity. Linda is one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music. Her singing and playing brings honour to her heroes and to her friends and fans.
www.lindamcrae.com
PAPAGROOVE
A 13-piece from Montreal blasting out a healthy dose of funky R&B and Afrobeat. Papagroove takes you on a rich aural journey that stretches from West Africa to Oakland, USA. The members - all outstanding players - run a tight ship! They're an original band with the right political message.
www.myspace.com/papagrooveband
Mamaguroove
Resisting the temptation to be pigeon holed into any one genre, Mamaguroove's music and live show is about Revolution! Masterfully executed chops, rich exotic vocals, an irresistable dance groove, and visually stunning costumes make for a one of a kind show!
www.myspace.com/mamaguroove
Aurora Jane & Massive Change
On the road 24/7, Australian artist Aurora Jane has a story like no other. Her music reflects the vast distances she travels, spanning diverse genres, but residing most comfortably in a funky, rootsy groove.
www.aurorajane.com
Brian Macmillan
Brian is one of Canada's finest young musicians. An extremely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Brian's uplifting music is a blend of all of his favourite styles; Folk, Reggae, World and Pop music. Equally at ease and captivating as a solo performer or with his trio, Brian aims to connect and convey his genuine love of making and sharing music.
www.myspace.com/brianmacmillan
Fish & Bird
Fish & Bird's relationship with folk music is a little complicated. Their love for old-time music and various other folk traditions comes from deep in their hearts, but that profound respect doesn't stop them from showing the genre a little abuse. At the core is a partnership in music-making between virtuosic multi-instrumentalist Adam Iredale-Gray and singer/songwriter Taylor Ashton. Their musical education came from as diverse places as irish sessions, jazz school, garage rock, musical theatre, and old-time jams.
www.fishandbird.ca
Blackberry Wood
Blackberry Wood is a wonderful, secret and Magic combination of original oldstyle country/ragtime/Circus/Gypsy music, up to date party grooves such as exotic Worldbeats/hipnotic HipHop/upjumpin' Ska, and other irresistible body shakin'/foot shuffling stuff.
www.blackberrywood.ca/
Faye Blais
Faye Blais is a Canadian singer-songerwriter with haunting vocals and unique electric and acoustic guitar and piano styles. She is described as indie/folk with hints of jazz, quoted as "young, edgy, and powerfully present, continuing the thread started by Joni, picked up by Ani and fashioned by Feist."
www.fayeblais.com
The F-Holes
Don't let their tongue-in-cheek name fool you, rather let their raucous live performance be a testament to their unique blend of country, dixieland, and Manitoba roots music.  Since forming in Winnipeg in 2004, The F-Holes have shared the stage with the likes of Juno nominated artists Elliot Brood, Twilight Hotel, Nathan and The Perpetrators, as well as The Weber Brothers and Dan Frechette.  They have entertained a wide variety of audiences ranging from the Children's Fringe Festival and the Festival du Voyageur, to the Manitoba Stampede and the Fire and Water Music Festival. Their unmistakable vintage inspired sound and zeal for live performance has garnered them acclaim from an array of critics and audiences alike.
www.thefholes.ca
Jean Paul De Roover
With an innovative approach to music, Jean-Paul De Roover is much more than a solo artist. Accompanied by live looping, guitars and a voice used as an instrument, this 'sonic architect' builds his songs from foundation to facade before your very eyes. Beginning with dead silence, his performance could lead anywhere: full a capella harmonies, rhythmic tribal beats, noise-layered worlds of ambient rock, campfire-folk, electro-ballads and anything in between. With lyrical content that can be brutally honest, or lovingly truthful, one thing is certain: the originality and creativity of his timeless performances shines through to every listener.
www.myspace.com/jeanpaulderoover
Joanna Chapman-Smith
Joanna Chapman-Smith is a powerful young woman who has been making waves on the folk scene since 2002. Alone on stage, sitting atop a percussion rig made out of a suitcase and outnumbered by instruments, she charms unassuming crowds into singing along and letting themselves be carried away into her world that questions right and wrong, mind and body, permanence and impermanence. At 25 years old she has already been many times across the country, over to the US, Europe and New Zealand as well.
www.joannacs.com
Jesse Dee & Jacquie B
A brew of many genres namely Jazz and Folk; Edmonton, AB based duo Jesse Dee and Jacquie B are creating a sound that is distinctly vintage yet unmistakably contemporary. Their music is laden with  tender laments, clever hooks, and unique harmonies; their live show will leave you smiling and hooked!
www.jessedeemusic.com
Earthbound
Filling dance floors and laying down good vibes ... The 6 members of Earthbound come from a variety musical backgrounds and together they create a dynamic and energetic World/Jazz/funk sound. The soul mistress Kira Gosselin has a wicked blend of genres and sultry vocals that compliment the groove and keep the energy upbeat. Kira's intelligent lyrics and powerful song writing has a raw and real positive global vibe. On keyboard, guitar, saxophone, and vocals is Evan Wilds, a Kamloops born singer/songwriter of soul, funk, and dance. Embedded deep in the Earthbound rhythm section are Peter Mehrfert unique experienand percussion.
www.reverbnation.com/earthboundmusic
The Shaman
* Manuel and Mauricio fused together as the Shaman spawns a Latin sound aggressive and upbeat, spiced with a smooth infectious groove.
www.myspace.com/theshamanmusica
Go Go Bonkers!
BONKERS! is the brainchild of two very talented and gifted musicians, Iain McLaren and Trevor Mason. This dynamic and creative musical duo perform interactive songs for children at festivals, elementary schools, community centres and day cares. Their highly imaginative songs and co-operative interplay with children makes a BONKERS! concert an event to remember.
www.gogobonkers.com
Roxy the Clown
Renovating souls, one laugh and song at a time.
Facepainting, Balloon Sculptures, Live Music, Interactive Shows, Living Statues and more!
www.roxyfx.com
Nylon Zoo
The Story inside the Salmon is based on a Native Legend about the birth of the Salmon. An arrogant Price is transformed by the Sprit of the River, into a Salmon, the wisest of fish! Angela has two salmon, whale, dragon, castle, beaver and a dinosaur inflatable. The children enter the inflatables through a zipper at the side or at the tale of the inflatable and go inside for interactive storytelling. The stories are followed by a costume parade and group dance.
www.angelabrown.ca
Sasha Lewis
From the small village of Dunster, B.C Canada tucked away in the rocky mountains comes the rock folkstress Sasha Lewis.Honing in her craft all these years, Sasha is always trying new things. Over the last six years Sasha has performed with punk bands, recorded with a hip hop group as a featured singer/ songwriter, and has performed and written songs with a more alternative pop group. Known for working and collaborating with many different artists, this has helped broaden her range of genres and style. Now focusing on her solo career and staying true to herself, you can look forward to much more from this girl.
www.sashalewis.com
Scott Dunbar
Scott is a singer, songwriter and one man band extraordinaire from Prince George, BC who is now living in Montreal. Like anyone he's trying to figure out what it's all about. When he finds out he'll let you know by stomping out songs about it with as much fire as he can muster.
www.myspace.com/edmunddunbar
Scott Cook
Edmonton's own prairie balladeer Scott Cook sings thoughtful acoustic roots music so honest it hurts. He brings a wealth of experience, years of roads, and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft & storytelling. Here are existential ramblings, hobo travelogue, and musings on love and loss marked by characteristicly mellow fingerpicked guitar arrangements, disarming honesty, and the sheer joy of being alive..
www.scottcook.net
Moving Mosaic Samba Band
The Moving Mosaic Samba Band plays traditional Brazilian rhythms with a focus on entertainment and community outreach without regard for the age, ability and background of its members. Music and dance are the context within which we foster cooperation, collaboration and synchronization of the intentions of our members. Through our performances the individual contributions of our members combine to inspire audiences and ourselves to fully participate in their own commu
www.myspace.com/movingmosaicsambaband
Free Soul
Born and raised in Prince George, BC Free Soul's music is a mix of folk, funky, hip hop and rocking out to the beat!
www.myspace.com/akafreesoul
Andrea Ramolo
Andrea Ramolo has a voice like Lucinda Williams, like Emmy Lou Harris, like Martha Wainwright...a voice that sounds like it knows the answers to life's mysteries...the kind of voice Roy Orbison would have written songs about...her songs...are so powerful they'll break your heart. Thank You For The Ride is one of those songs, like Octoberman's Run From Safety or Jason Collett's Hangover Days or Elliott Broods' The Bridge..." (Ro
www.myspace.com/andrearamolomusic

   2009

RASTRILLOS
Since 1988 Rastrillos has been playing hip sounds that fuse reggae with Mexican pop, jazz, funk, and traditional ska. The songs reflect a musical quest for basic human values—friendship, respect, and love. Rastrillos have shared the stage with internationally renowned artists like Black Uhuru, Israel Vibration, and Linton Kwesi Johnson, as well as the best the Mexican music scene has to offer.
www.myspace.com/rastrillos

LA COMUNA
La Comuna has been one of the leading reggae bands in Mexico since the late nineties, and has built a history of almost a decade making of this musical genre their favorite medium of expression. The band has master along the years, the perfect fusion of a wide mosaic of rhythms and musical influences including jazz, funk, soul, and naturally reggae roots, turning into the finest and most versatile eclectic reggae ensemble in Mexico and central America.
www.myspace.com/lacomuna
Mel Watson & Jen Todd
Together they are beautifully dynamic, soulful, and heartfelt. Harmony, layered songs that inspire and ignite. arrangements, brimming with creatively classic sounds. think of artists like U2, The Indigo Girls or Bob Dylan, add an eclectic edge with even a little eccentric flavor.
www.melwatson.com
RACHELLE VAN ZANTEN
Rachelle van Zanten's live show is more than just convincing- "as both a songwriter and a slide guitar player van Zanten is turning the heads of music industry folk the world over" (Nextfest 2005). Van Zanten's charismatic stage presence is infectious and charming, leaving her audience feeling inspired.
www.rachellevanzanten.com
TAMBURA RASA
brings you a musical journey; From the richness of India and sensual rhythms and dance of the Middle East, to upbeat sounds of West Africa, joyous dance music of the Balkans and fiery Flamenco of Spain.
www.tamburarasa.com
COCO LOVE ALCORN
Part soul diva, part folk troubadour, part jazz improviser, part revolutionary, part visual artist, Coco Love Alcorn is a multifaceted gem reflecting back the world as she experiences it. The Vancouver Province calls her voice extraordinary. The Star Phoenix calls it stunning. As a songwriter and vocalist, she effortlessly embraces her diverse musical influences—jazz, pop, r&b and folk—melding them seamlessly into her own distinctive and compelling sound. Her expansive stylistic, dynamic and emotional range, along with her vocal prowess, have made her a sought-after performer, respected by her peers and cherished by her fans. More than anything however, it's her love of improvising and her willingness to engage fearlessly with the audience that have made Coco Love Alcorn a singular and powerful force on the Canadian music scene for over a decade.
www.cocolovealcorn.com
Sarah Noni Metzner
The sounds and words of Sarah Noni Metzner create an unlikely musical concoction. Equal parts grit and glamour, soul and silk, tattoos and mandolins, her work is a magical-realist mix of cabaret, folk, rock and pop. A multi-instrumentalist with a dynamic voice, Metzner performs music that contains acoustic, electric, and sometimes subtle electronic elements. An artist in the truest sense of the word, her ever-evolving dimensions exist in multitudes.
www.sarahnonimetzner.com
RANDOM ORDER
Random Order has drawn comparisons to bands such as the Au Pairs, The Slits,and The Clash. They have received airplay on radio stations as far away as Galway Ireland [Radio Pirate Woman], Berlin, Germany, Amsterdam Holland and has reached ..2 on CLKN 88.1 fm's charts twice and number one on CKMS (Waterloo). They have been described as: "Canada's premiere reggae-ska-punk-rawk-world underground supergroup packs floors quickly with politics you can dance to". However they have been described, Random Order's sound is unique.
www.myspace.com/randomorder
MELISSA ENDEAN
Born and raised in BC's Okanagan Valley, coming from a musical family with a grandfather who played with Johnny Cash, and having been encouraged to write music from a very young age, Melissa's lyrics and melodies have inspired listeners from the Calgary Stampede to the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. At 23, Melissa remains Vancouver's newest musical sensation and continues to attract the attention of the media and audiences throughout British Columbia.
www.myspace.com/melissarendean
LOS GRINGOS SALVAJES
Los Gringos Salvajes call home a small village (Smithers) in remote northern British Columbia, Canada; however their sultry urban sound more closely resembles the modern day tango bar basements of Buenos Aires -- that's where lead songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Facundo Gastiazoro cut his teeth before emigrating five years ago. Traditional music forms such as milonga and bolero frequently mix it up with jazz, swing and punk for an electric fusion that is uniquely their own. Sung mostly in Spanish, lyrics are at once gritty and poetic, often melancholy, teasing or darkly humorous.
www.myspace.com/gringossalvajes
Jarimba
The music of Jarimba is rooted in tradition but looks towards the future. By combining the music of West
Africa with jazz and Afro-Cuban influences our goal is to take the listener on a musical journey across continents
www.myspace.com/jarimba
Scott Cook
"This Edmonton story teller can transform a few picked notes on the guitar, uke or banjo into a
personal experience. He turns phrases and tells stories that seem to have been passed on from friend
to friend since the dawn of time."
-Hero Hill, Halifax
www.scottcook.net
The McGowan Family Band
The McGowan Family Band is an Edmonton based musical ensemble dedicated to producing innovative music and high energy shows that are accessible to a wide audience of all musical tastes and ages. With musical influences that include rock, folk, reggae and blues,
www.myspace.com/themcgowanfamilyband
Back Porch Swing
What don't they do? It's Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy, Western Swing, "Cowjazz" and "Backgrass" music. It's harmony singing, hot licks, great song writing, and entertaining as all get out! You'll wanna hang around their porch!
www.backporchswing.ca
Jen Paches
Leaping right into our human emotions, Jen Paches writes wonderfully captivating songs. When she performs she stands on stage playing piano, drums, harmonica etc. Her music is a unique mix of folk, punk and kabaret-rock. In fact, all three facets are happening most of the time, along with a whirl-wind story in which you find yourself enveloped, everything else evaporating, until the slap in the face wakes you.
Mamaguroove
Resisting the temptation to be pigeon holed into any one genre, Mamaguroove's music and live show is about Revolution! Masterfully executed chops, rich exotic vocals, an irresistable dance groove, and visually stunning costumes make for a one of a kind show!
www.myspace.com/mamaguroove

  2008

AURORA JANE & MASSIVE CHANGE
On the road 24/7, Australian artist Aurora Jane has a story like no other. Her music reflects the vast distances she travels, spanning diverse genres, but residing most comfortably in a funky, rootsy groove. Sharing stories while she's on the move between the Australian desert, India & North America, Aurora Jane's songs display an insightful global perspective, yet retain a breathtaking intimacy.
www.aurorajane.com
www.myspace.com/aurorajane
TRAVELER
Traveler's music is a unique fusion of world music (GYPSY, MIDDLE EASTERN, GREEK, AND CELTIC)and hard rock. Using traditional ethnic instruments combined with all the power of a full blown rock band, their performances are intense, exotic and adrenaline-driven.
www.myspace.com/travelerworldmusic
HEY OCEAN
Hey Ocean is a young band with a remarkable talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own. The beautiful melodies and clever lyrics of singers Ashleigh Ball and David Beckingham have been described as both poetic and thought provoking, however it is apparent that these two play off each other effortlessly. The duo - who have had a long-standing musical relationship - are joined by the wildly energetic David Vertesi on bass and the groove-obsessed Daniel Klenner on drums. Together, they have created a musical repertoire that cannot be ignored ­ be it on radio, television or your neighbor's iPod, Hey Ocean will soon be everywhere.
www.heyocean.com
Shane Philip
Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tacit tones of Shane Philip's didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal swell of intoxicating spirit -- with sometimes but a heartbeat in between. Meanwhile his hands will be skilfully juggling between shaking up rhythms with his aslatua, driving the dance floor with his djembe and sliding out grooves on his Weissenborn-style guitar while his foot taps in earthshaking electronic kicks wherever they might fit. He is a one-man show weaving sounds that inspire audiences anywhere he goes.
www.shanephilip.com
Mamaguroove
Resisting the temptation to be pigeon holed into any one genre, Mamaguroove's music and live show is about Revolution! Masterfully executed chops, rich exotic vocals, an irresistable dance groove, and visually stunning costumes make for a one of a kind show!
www.myspace.com/mamaguroove
DANIELLE FRENCH
Danielle French is an award-winning singer/songwriter who, in her 10+ years as a recording artist, and performer, has worked with an impressive list of musicians and producers that reads like a who's who of the Canadian music industry. Artists such as Burton Cummings, Rita McNeil, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, as well as members Spirit of the West, Blue Rodeo, the Rheostatics, Veal, Sarah McLachlan's band, Barney Bentall's band and Mae Moore's band have leant their talents and/or support to Danielle's previous endeavors. She has co-written with Matthew Good, Jenny Allen and Annette Ducharme and several of her songs have been covered by Jenny Allen, Shelley Lennox and the Plaid Tongued Devils. Career highlights include being invited onto Rita MacNeil's hit CBC show Rita and Friends, and being welcomed onto the Calgary leg of Lilith Fair.
www.daniellefrench.com
JOEY ONLY OUTLAWBAND
Joey Only has been credited as one of the founders of 'anti-folk' music though he doesn't like the term; he deeply believes in the tradition of folk music and studies it hard. Growing up on farms and in swamps to a courageous single mom while his dad was in prison or working carnivals taught him life's hardest lessons. His youth as a bush punk near the famous Spiderland Acres (www.punkfest.com) in Hastings County Ontario formed his political views, his musical sound and qualified his credentials to speak out. From a young age you could find Joey swinging an axe in the country one weekend and in a big city busking up the coin to get into a Ripcordz show the next. His first band, the Persecuted, was very controversial and popular in the mid nineties Ontario punk scene.
LILY COME DOWN
Introducing Lily Come Down. A fresh Canadian Folk band with feel-good sound. Blending intoxicating melodies with fun rhythms and innovative harmonies, their self-titled release, "Lily Come Down" demonstrates their bands considerable skill in songwriting and arrangement. With broad influences fused together Lily Come Down is a new brand of Fiesty Folk!
GEMMA LUNA
Gemma Luna, is a self taught singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in the Kootenay region of central British Columbia. Born in Kingston , New York, she started singing at age five, playing guitar at fifteen, and picked up the flute and piano along the way as her family moved into Canada and westward. Over the years Gemma Luna has honed her musical craft at festivals, clubs and cafes.She has collaborated with many musicians of varying styles on projects ranging from folk, gypsy trance, hip hop, world fusion and electronica. For the past five years she has worked and performed with renowned electronic producer and Juno nominee Adham Shaik
www.gemmaluna.com
DAN LAVOIE
As one of the few musicians in the world actively composing and performing on the rare harp guitar, Dan LaVoie brings a unique sound and texture to fans of acoustic music. After playing the six-string guitar for several years, Dan picked up the harp guitar in 2001 and has since composed solely for this instrument. Bridge Guitar Reviews said Dan's self-titled 2003 debut album contained "... a soulful atmosphere and a skilled and progressive approach to music. The music Dan produces has deep basses and well-executed melody lines." Bob Makin of Relic's Magazine writes "Dan's soaring execution will drop the jaws of unsuspecting acoustic music fans and impress those familiar with this young man's chops!" Reminiscent of the work of Michael Hedges and Richie Havens, Dan's music is sophisticated and compelling, and his live performances are a special experience visually and aurally.
www.danlavoie.com
MAHZU
Mahzu blends ethnic world beat music with dancehall/reggae drum and bass.  Mesmerizing the audience with an authentic and fresh sound,  Mahzu plays traditional and original acoustic songs based on eastern and middle-eastern melodies.
Tippy Agogo
Tippy Agogo is a celebrated West Coast musician who is famous, as freak show impresario Jim Rose puts it, for being able to "make an orchestra out of a wet soggy box." Incorporating tape loops, exotic rhythms, homemade percussive instrumentation and an ability to mimic pretty well any sound with just his vocal chords, Tippy's always unique performances have become legendary in some circles. In his day, the Tipster has worked alongside k.d. lang, Skinny Puppy and Sarah McLachlan, to name but a few.
www.tippyagogo.com
John Spearn
You'll instantly catch these deep influences threaded through John's fine vocals, lyrics, and rootsy, guitar-mastered songwriting works. His grant-supported Canada Songs and Northern Sightlines CDs have taken him from sea to sea to sea as a major festival performer, workshop host, and historical curriculum author. His Canada Songs Project has received several award nominations. This is pure Canadiana: forgotten but deserving heroes, the humility in our international image, and a superb range of tender ballads through to raw, foot-stompin' stories that need to be told.
0 Kaley Kinjo
Ask around in almost any corner of the Calgary music scene and you will find someone who knows Kaley Kinjo well. In the past seven years he has become a very active and noted member of the Calgary musical community. Starting by playing bass for others, Kinjo performed with many different groups and attended every local jam he could find. In the fall of 2004, Kaley auditioned for popular Canadian act The Plaid-Tongued Devils and has been with them ever since. In that time he has toured western Canada and parts of Europe with them, sharing the stage with such acts as Lisa Brokop, Stabilo, Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer, 54-40, Trooper, Faber Drive, Patricia Conroy and Bette Serveert. Although Kaley is usually noted as a sought-after bassist, this young artist demonstrates excellent songwriting skills on piano and guitar as well. Never one to limit himself, Kaley's music consists of a wide variety of styles including roots, ska, folk, pop, soul, rock, punk, country, and even reggae influences.
www.myspace.com/kaleykinjo
Navaz
Guitarist Eric Tompkins and Persian singer Neda are on a creative journey that draws from their richly diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. Originally from Iran, Neda lived for many years in Washington DC and London, England where she performed Persian standards and traditional music. She frequently shared the stage with well known Iranian performers such as Hayedeh, Aslani, Moein and Leyla. Neda met Eric in 2006 and began a musical collaboration which would eventually take her to Canada. Much of the music of Navaz is rooted in the Sufi poetry of Hafez and Rumi, while some of it has a more contemporary Persian sound fused with Spanish and Brazilian rhythms. Although Neda's background is Persian, she sings in Spanish, Italian, French and English. At a concert you can expect to hear echos of Edith Piaf, Googoosh, and a hauntingly familiar Patsy Cline. The music will make you want to dance or take you on an exotic journey to far away places. . .
www.sonicbids.com/navaz
Morlove
Morlove is the creative collision of neo-folk trailblazer, Corwin Fox and silver-tongued songbird, Miss Emily Brown. Packing more instruments than they can carry and over their heads with harmonies, the Fox and the Duck come crashing in with deep thoughts and dirty laundry. Hold onto your bleeding hearts.
REGIONAL PERFORMERS

Peter Alan, Hillbilly Freak Show, Shawn Stephenson, Linkomatics, Larry Gustafson, Glenna Garamone, Ghosts of the Highway, Fibber, Cort Delano, Roxanne Hall, Sadaka Ensemble and many more local and regional performers!

  2007

Mr. Something Something
Mr. Something Something has been nominated for a juno this year!
With a fresh afro-beat sound, a powerful message and a wildly energized and unpredictable live show, Mr. Something Something has a hard-earned and solid reputation as an act that really gets through to people.
www.mrsomethingsomething.com
Ellen MCIlwaine with Cassius Khan
Born in Nashville, raised in Japan, this Slide Guitarist brings her Middle-Eastern, Indian, Pakistani and West African influences with Rhythm & Blues Roots to the collaboration.
www.ellenmcilwaine.com
Mihirangi
Mihirangi (me-hee-rung-ee) is an angel. A one-woman show, her smooth, soulful R&B voice is filled with courage, conviction and grace. And her music is politically charged, yet authentic and original.
www.mihirangi.com
Don Alder
Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret"
www.donalder.com
Random Order
Vocalist/guitarist S. Lynn Phillips is the driving force behind Random Order whose vocal style traverses the musical spectrum ranging from playful rap, to soulful reggae, to blow-you-away punk/funk and rawk. Lynn's over-the-top leads have an evident Jimi Hendrix influence! John "Juilliard" Jowett plays the trombone with a conductor's confidence and a ska player's humour. Nina Martinez luvs Jamaican ska which is manifest in the toe tappin' bass smackin' head boppin' laid back sanguine bass lines Nina provides. Sarah Stephens is a hard hittin' ska smackin' tattoo laden drummer whose exuberant energy explodes in live Random Order shows.
www.randomorder.ca
Rae Spoon
Rae Spoon is a young artist who proudly follows in the time-honored tradition of the singers he respects. Armed with influences such as Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, he continues to mine the territory that lays between reverence for the greats and his own original perspective and voice
www.raespoon.com
Mamaguroove
Resisting the temptation to be pigeon holed into any one genre, Mamaguroove's music and live show is about Revolution! Masterfully executed chops, rich exotic vocals, an irresistable dance groove, and visually stunning costumes make for a one of a kind show!
www.sonicbids.com/mamaguroove
Miss Emily Brown
Electrowarped folk fusion hailing from Vancouver
www.myspace.com/missemilybrown
Saritah
soul through folk to roots to world beat all the way from Australia
www.saritah.com
REGIONAL PERFORMERS

Yael Wand, Corwin Fox, Lionel Desjarlais Band, Peter Alan John Spearn. Arbitrarys, Linkomatics, Foxy Autopsy, The Cottonweeds, Larry Gustafson, Haggard, Bunny Hoover, Dave Routley, Shade Tree, Glenna Garamone.

   2006

Manjar
An 8 piece Latin ensemble fronted by Oscar Lopez's guitar man Manuel Jara. They are fabulous!

Plaid Tongued Devils
One of Canada's most popular touring acts. Their music is influenced by Roma (or Gypsy), klezmer (traditional Jewish), Middle Eastern, Rock, Pop, Punk, Jazz and Classical.
www.thedevils.com

Yael Wand
Yael delivers songs with the demanding sensibility of folk, the landscape of a wild country, allusions to sultry jazz and mid-eastern exoticism. On stage she is captivating and charming
www.yaelwand.com
The Fabulous Bee Feeders
This groovy sextet brings a mix of original hard rock, funk, reggae and blues, combined with thought provoking, intelligent lyrics to make you shake what your mama gave you
Emaline Delapaix
Emaline's performances are fun, honest and captivating and incorporate anything from lilting lullabies to folk, jazz, latin, gypsy flavours, lazy cabaret and lush eclectic pop/rock.
www.emalinedelapaix.com
LOCAL ARTISTS

Mamaguroove
"Sly and the Family Stone" meets "Rage Against the Machine" meets the muppets." This gives you an idea of what you will experience at a " Mamaguroove" performance. "Mamaguroove" is a five piece Canadian touring band, which swings in all directions with their own distinctive funky style.
www.myspace.com/mamaguroove

Cutbank Cats : Urban Jazz, from Prince George

Los Gringos Salvajes : Latin style, funk, gyspsy rock, from Smithers

Peter Allan : Acoustic Blues from McBride

Janie Weeks : Sweetly smooth folk singer songwriter from Valemount

Melody Tabora : Passionately, phenomenal singer songwriter, on acoustic guitar with her dad on all kinds of percussion from Prince George

Versus : Hip Hop duo from Prince George

Over 10 other local and regional acts from folk, blues, to hip hop and classical

   

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