Ryan Adams (Solo Acoustic)
Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC who has released a veritable onslaught of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums since 2000. Among the most recent of these was September 2014’s Ryan Adams. Written, recorded and produced by Adams, the album led off with Gimme Something Good, the first vinyl single to go #1 at the Amazon.com music store, and entered the Billboard chart at career high #4.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) Pipe and Drum Band
Since arriving on the music scene over 10 years ago, critically acclaimed singer songwriter, Johnny Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. Born and raised in Lanark, Scotland, the blue collared soul singer is widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by album sales totaling over 1 million units, countless awards and multiple SOLD OUT national arena tours.
The Jim Cuddy Band
With sales of more than four million records and eleven JUNO Awards, Blue Rodeo has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary rock bands. Founded in 1984 by lead singers, guitarists and songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the band’s success and longevity are widely attributed to their love of touring, their active connection with their fans, and their unwavering commitment to pushing their creative limits.
Ian Tyson is 81 now. And he’s still going strong. Still touring. Still running the Tyson ranch south of Calgary. Still watching the West as he’s seen it change — and not always for the better. Still writing about love, horses, and the country and sky he loves. And he’s still facing the future with a mixture of optimism and resignation.
Sylvia Tyson started performing professionally in 1959 as one-half of the internationally acclaimed folk duo, Ian and Sylvia. She wrote her first song, You Were On My Mind, in 1962, and three years later it reached #3 on the Billboard chart for a group called We Five, subsequently hitting the British charts as a hit for Crispian St Peter.
Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, and best known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, So Let’s Go, in January 2015. Title-track lead single So Let’s Go, is a rousing rallying cry that’s only further proof of Doyle’s ability to draw the listener under his banner.
Don’t let the title fool you. There isn’t a single sour note on The Lemon Squeeze, the latest from beloved Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher.
After developing a devoted fan base through five folk-influenced releases, Jeremy boldly ventures in a new direction with The Lemon Squeeze. This is clear from the opening track, “I Love You…So”; a tight pop tune owing more to Ben Folds than to any folk artist.
It’s anchors aweigh for the next chapter of Toronto’s Autumn Hill.
Joel Plaskett Emergency
Joel Plaskett returns with one of the most diverse and fan-pleasing albums of his career. Proving that he can be all things to everybody, the rock veteran offers up a wide mix of styles on Joel Plaskett and the Park Avenue Sobriety Test. It touches on his solo acoustic side, his guitar rock work with the Emergency, his happy-go-lucky rhyming talents, carefree memories of growing up in Nova Scotia, and a little bit of anger at the forces making life tougher these days.
Her life provides ample source material for her art. Her evolution as a singer/songwriter echoes her journey as a human being. At the top of her game lyrically and vocally, it’s no surprise her new recording, Sweetheart of the Valley is being called her best work. Her lyrical observations are gritty, tender, and poignant, sung through a voice that few can equal. Some call her Canada’s answer to Emmylou Harris.
Ever bound for ragged glory, Rheostatics have occupied a unique place in the Canadian music landscape, pulled together and apart for nearly forty years, never settling on just one way of being a band. Sublime, destructive, iconic.
Mike Trebilcock is one of Hamilton’s most prolific songwriters. In addition to his role as frontman of JUNO Award winning band, The Killjoys, Trebilcock is a solo artist. His album “Shield Millions” garnered critical acclaim and was described as “Keen basement pop-smithery shot through with roots music”. He has also produced albums for local acts such as Dave Pomfret, The Caretakers, and The Hell Bent Rockers.
Calgary singer-songwriter JJ Shiplett has much to celebrate following his final performance as direct support for multi-platinum entertainer Johnny Reid on the “What Love Is All About” 2016 national tour. Over the course of two months, the highly praised cross-Canada run produced 47 shows in 35 cities including numerous sold out performances and multiple nights in Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Kitchener, as well as a notable stop at the world renowned Massey Hall in Toronto before closing out on April 4th in Corner Brook, NL.
Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album "Stalled out in the Doorway" in 2007 by winning a JUNO for Best New Artist and a nomination for Pop Record of the Year as well as 2 Canadian Radio Music Awards, the SOCAN A/C Song Writing Award and multiple Hamilton Music Awards.
Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest Of Arms is the sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012’s New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.
Cowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 after guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins and long-time friend and musical partner, bassist Alan Anton, recruited Michael’s sister, singer Margo Timmins and brother, drummer Peter Timmins to join them.
The Redhill Valleys
The Redhill Valleys are an original 3-piece Folk/Rock group from Hamilton, Ontario. Rooted by their influences in southern rock, acoustic Americana and soul, the newly formed trio are forging a musical path all their own. The collaboration of guitarist Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams and drummer Tim Allard is built upon a common dedication to the craft of songwriting, unifying the poetic ease of their lyrics with unforgettable melodies, harmonies and guitar riffs.
Ohnia:kara (oh-nee-ah’ga-ra) is a diverse group of individuals from many First Nation backgrounds and as many musical influences and styles. Sharing traditional musics, dance and culture is the motivation towards better relations … one song, one dance, one conversation at a time. We have been together drumming, singing and dancing, since 2000 and
Justin Dunlop is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario. His 2012 EP, "Set You On The Run" marked his emergence as a promising new talent in Toronto's independent music scene and caught the attention of the Ontario Arts Council, who awarded him with a popular music grant. Justin's debut LP "Black Bay Nocturnes" features his plaintive and intimate songwriting framed by rustic, soulful grooves and a sound that calls to mind the works of M. Ward, Ron Sexsmith and Bill Withers.
Country-singer/songwriter Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book. Based in Toronto, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has led her to become country music's best kept secret.
Jessie is an 18 year old Singer-Songwriter from Hamilton Ontario. She is entering her 2nd year in the Humber College Bachelor of Music program as a vocal major. In her first year Jessie was the only student selected to a 3rd year singer songwriter ensemble and worked with Canadian music legend Rik Emmett (Triumph). She performed her original songs at the end of both semesters to rave reviews from the adjudicators and her fellow students.