the robson valley music festival
AUGUST 11-13, 2017

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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

 

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