We’re very excited about this year’s headliners. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Annie Delorme • Devarrow • Entangados Gira del Mate • Jesaja Class • Luke Wallace • Murray Porter • My Son the Hurricane • Nice Verdes • Pico’s Puppet Palace • Rachelle van Zanten • Sister Says • Sweet Alibi • • Terence Jack
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Annie’s mission is to bring color into the world, multiply smiles and inspire creativity. For her, face-painting, clowing and dancing are a form of play and a celebration of life.
Devarrow is the moniker of Graham Ereaux, a singer-songwriter who blends simple folk with sophisticated pop to create music which reflects an isolated upbringing in Moncton, New Brunswick and a subsequent half decade of traveling. In 2015, Devarrow self-released The Great Escape, a collection of eleven songs written in a leaky-roofed apartment while living in Vancouver for a winter. To support the release, Devarrow toured Canada extensively as a one-man-band in 2015 and 2016, focusing on creating an energetic, captivating and intimate live show performed in the raconteur style. Gaining recognition in the maritimes – including an ECMA nomination – Devarrow moved back East to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he now resides. With a refined focus on lyrics and arrangement, Devarrow will be releasing a new EP and LP in 2017.
Entangados (una banda de payaS.O.S.) is a band of musicians and actors who perform as clowns. Since 2004 the band has mixed theatre with genres such as rock, cuarteto, música balkánica, reggae, cumbia, ska, folklore, and tango. Each show is a fiesta musical full of dancing, humour, happiness, and energy. We toured through Mexico at the beginning of 2015 and now we have just arrived in British Columbia, Canada for the summer!
We have existed in Argentina for eleven years!
Petitito Titarelli – Lead vocal and trumpet
Chaman del Acordeón Entangado – Accordion and backing vocals
Jardincito Hendrix – Bass and backing vocals
Black Daniel’s San – Trombone and güira
Korcheita Jam – Guitar
Here is a video of a live performance from our (soon to be) DVD celebrating ten years of ENTANGADOS:
And here is our most recent music video:
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Jesaja Class is a young magician and illusionist from BC, Canada.
He 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 with the world of magic and illusions. He began performing 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 a new effect, 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 another passion as an amateur filmmaker, producing magic-themed videos for his YouTube channel.
Today, Jesaja Class astonishes all audiences he encounters. He performs visually stunning manipulation acts using cards, balls, canes, fire and music. He presents classic stage tricks and combines them with modern day street magic performed with everyday objects. He invites audience members to join him on stage and participate, experiencing the magic with their very own hands. His stunning circus skills in juggling, diabolo tricks and fire spinning leave his audiences delighted.
Jesaja not only believes in entertaining and making his audiences laugh, but also in granting every single person from the audience that one moment of utter impossibility, leaving them speechless and giving them a magical experience to share and remember for the rest of their lives.
I am a folk musician and activist from the Coast Salish Territory known as Vancouver, Canada. I spend my time touring the coast and planet using my music as a platform to amplify the voices of communities threatened by unjust resource extraction and to contribute to the growing revolution spreading across the earth. My folktivism has taken me all over Canada’s west coast and interior, to Paris, France for COP21 and most recently to Costa Rica where I represented our coast at a conference called The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change.
During my travels I strive to share as many stories as I can about the incredibly resilient and inspiring people fighting to protect the environments that sustain them and their communities. I believe that music and story are some of humanity’s most powerful tools and I have seen first hand their ability to inspire a shift in individuals’ and communities’ attitudes.
In the last three years I have released three independent records and toured each, in an expanding fashion, around the west coast of Canada. These records are An Opportunity (2016), Little Rivers Matter Too (2015) and The Kitimat LP (2014). Current projects include a fundraiser tour for RAVEN’s Pull Together Campaign in support of First Nations’ court challenges of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion, and continued work addressing the deep systematic issues related to the Site C Dam proposal in the Peace River Valley.
Please be in touch about any interests in performances, speaking opportunities or creative happenings.
Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 35 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.
It was with his latest studio album Songs Lived & Life Played that won the 2012 JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year. It was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. It was at the latter awards show where he brought the house to their feet and to tears with the emotionally charged song about Indian residential schools, “Is Sorry Enough?”
To watch Porter live, it’s so clear that he loves to perform, and does so with care, love, wonder, and unabashed happiness. He makes it look easy. These emotions are easily shared with the audience and one cannot help but get caught up in his performance. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.”
Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong.
Murray has shared the stage with hundreds of Artists including the late B.B. King, the late Etta James, Sam `Soul Man’ Moore (twice), The Neville Brothers, Tom Cochrane, Ricky Skaggs, Marcia Ball, Pura Fe, Derek Miller, The Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddens) and The Funk Brothers (twice), to name a few amazingly talented musicians.
Over the years, Murray has performed, either as a solo or with his band at: `Native Nations Inaugural Ball’, in honour of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2013); Edmonton Folk Festival; Saskatoon Winter Blues Festival; Bella Coola Music Festival; Indspire Awards, Vancouver; JUNO Fest, Ottawa; BreakOut West, Regina; Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival (3 times); Harrison Music Festival; Pender Harbour Blues Festival, B.C.; Adaka Cultural Festival, Whitehorse; Canada Day Celebrations, North Vancouver. Plus many community benefit concerts for various health, environmental causes and Indigenous communities across Canada; Downtown East Side for the Homeless; Aboriginal Elders, youth & students; murdered & missing Women & their families, and most recently for Standing Rock, North Dakota.
His JUNO Award winning album “Songs Lived & Life Played” can be heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio across North America, Stingray Blues on Canadian cable TV, and on Indigenous radio programs and networks across North America. Available thru iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby.
Terry Wickham – Producer: Edmonton Folk Festival (August 2016)
“If you are looking to inject some soul and contemporary storytelling from our indigenous cultures into your festival, then Murray Porter is your man. He is also charming, humorous, professional and an excellent blues piano playing singer-songwriter. You can’t miss with Murray”
Lark Clark – Host, World Spinning, CKUA Radio Network (August 2016)
“Murray Porter is an authentic bluesman. Just hearing that piano pump is a thrill, and when Murray starts to sing – look out! You’re hooked. His stories, told in truthful blues, are compelling”.
Grant Payne – Vice President – Nanaimo Blues Festival (August 2015)
“Murray Porter gave a truly inspired performance and a great change of pace to the day”
Lance Anderson – Artistic Director – Orillia Spring Blues Festival (May 2013)
“Murray Porter captivated the appreciative crowd at the 2013 Orillia Spring Blues Festival with a Main Stage set that included some soulful solo work with Murray on the piano, and later Porter was joined by the Pappy Johns Band. These guys are the real deal. Solid groove and real blues playing with a touch of soul. It was a masterful performance by Porter and his former band mates. Murray Porter is at his peak, and played piano with an ease and depth that shows his many years of paying his dues. A great and engaging entertainer, and artist. Highly recommended”.
- On February 12, 2016, he performed his new original song, `In The Same Canoe’, as the finale on the Indspire Awards, which was broadcast on Global-TV and APTN in June
- On June 24. 2016, he also was featured on APTN’s Solstice Concerts with his own 30 minute segment from his performance at the 2015 Aboriginal Day Live, also broadcasted in June
- CBC-TV BC featured Murray Porter on ‘Absolutely Vancouver’, with a full hour show called “Heart of the Eagle”. It was originally broadcast 2 years ago, and also featured on their national program ‘Absolutely Canadian’. You can view this on-line at: www.cbc.ca/absolutelycanadian/vancouver – then Search, Murray Porter Heart of the Eagle. Features both solo and band performances
- 2012 JUNO Award for `Aboriginal Album of the Year’ for “Songs Lived & Life Played” (Independent) – awarded on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Ottawa. Also nominated for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards and 4 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards; 2015 JUNO awards for Full Circle, with The Pappy Johns Band
- Nominee for Songwriter of the Year, for the 2004 Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues awards
- Finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition for Blues
- With The Pappy Johns Band, “Full Circle” (Independent), nominated for a 2005 JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year
- Best Blues Album at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
- Songwriter of the Year at the first ever Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in1999
Links to Murray Porter’s Music:
- Heart of the Eagle, on CBC-TV BC, produced by Sheila Peacock, co-produced/directed by Jon Siddall, broadcast Aug. 23/14. Can be viewed on-line: http://www.cbc.ca/absolutelycanadian/vancouver/
- With Robbie Antone, Thrill is Gone, Toronto Blues Society – Blues Summit 7, Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Ontario; Jan. 17, 2015 https://youtu.be/yJ_VuJ516SE
- New original song, Don’t Let Go, to be recorded on his upcoming album STAND UP!
- A Musician’s Love, produced/directed by PD Chalifoux, September 16, 2013
- Day 443 – That Man Was Me, solo; produced by EveryDayMusicTV, May 31, 2013
- Day 443B – Meat on the Bone, Murray Porter Band; produced by EveryDayMusicTV, May 31, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uaG7L62Iqs
- Is Sorry Enough?, solo, Columbia Theatre, New Westminster, September 2013 https://youtu.be/mdLxSqHSBzU
- Tom Lee Music Steinway Art Case Piano Collection – `The Way Of Our Ancestors Unveiling’, Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre, North Vancouver. The white Steinway baby grand piano was designed by Coast Salish Artist, Jody Broomfield. Murray was the first person to perform on this gorgeous white grand piano, and wrote a song for it called ‘Remember Your Ancestors’, in January 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek51esvtrJY
- He’ll be performing solo at the National Native American Veterans Memorial Gala, at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Washington, D.C., January 20/17
- Solo at the ‘Out of Many Festival’, NMAI, Washington, D.C., Jan. 21 & 22/17
- In addition, Murray has his 12 new songs ready to record this Winter, and they address issues about: the Murdered & Missing Women (Highway 16); the Environment (The Water); Idle No More movement (No More); and just some good time ones as well. Tentative CD title: STAND UP!
- Blues in the Schools Workshops at the Saskatoon Winter Blues Festival in Feb. 2017
- Guest Artist with the University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble, (20 piece ensemble), Saskatoon, March 26, 2017
- Performed in an ensemble cast for Marie Clement’s/red diva projects, ‘The Road Forward’, an Aboriginal musical play that was part of the 2015 PuSh Festival. This will be released as a musical documentary film by the National Film Board in the Spring of 2017, on National Canadian television
- Contributed an essay, ‘My Blues Journey’ to Me Artsy: An Exploration of Contemporary Native Arts, compiled/edited by Drew Hayden Taylor, published by Douglas & McIntyre 2015
My Son the Hurricane is a 14-piece brasshop funk beast with the mantra: anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop. Driving the show, charismatic frontman Jacob Bergsma “can playfully pluck every nerve in your body with his voice” (Earshot), while the well-oiled rhythm section including 2 trombones, sousaphone, 2 trumpets and 2 saxes creates a spectacle of sound. With this lineup, My Son the Hurricane “stood out like a sore, yet extremely talented thumb at every show they’ve played” (Pulse Niagara), and became revered for their live show.
Riding the success of their sophomore release “Cashing a Deadman’s Cheque” (feat. U.S.S. frontman Ash Buchholtz and three-time Juno/Polaris nominee D Sisive), the Hurricane was featured on the CBC and Much More Music. Their blending of styles and penchant for inciting dance parties and penning introspective ballads (Pushin’ Up Daisies) has garnered them high praise on the Canadian festival circuit with breakout performances.
Nice Verdes have been performing since first meeting in 2003. They have extensively toured Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and Guatemala. Nice Verdes are always on some kind of adventure in search of new inspiration and music and so have studied music and dance in Cuba, India, West Africa and Colombia, continually honing their craft.. Their music is refreshing, uplifting and sunny original indie world. They have always been drawn to collaborating with artists from all countries and they enjoy most of all the parties and festivals that celebrate a strong sense of community and equality in diversity.
Pico’s Puppet Palace is hand-made from mostly repurposed materials. Suitable for ages 4-8. Accompanied by a live musical score the shows have environmental themes and are interactive. Each show is a chapter of Pico’s adventures.
Picos Puppet Palace is an interactive puppet show. Its a fun show told through the eyes of Pico, a world traveller. Pico flies around in his solar powered yellow bi-plane. Each of the shows have a positive message for children. This show is suitable for ages 3-8yrs (roughly). With the use of a small stage and a variety of puppets and music.
Known for her powerful live performances and equally powerful social activism, Rachelle van Zanten blends socially conscious lyrics with soulful Canadiana grooves in a way that neatly captures the essence of her northern British Columbia origins. “Rachelle van Zanten is our voice, the muse of the North. She writes songs to inspire the wind, give voice to thunder, and fire the hearts of all those fighting to protect the land she loves so dearly.”- Wade Davis, National Geographic
Little Spruce, her latest release, is the culmination of more than 20 years writing, recording, performing and touring as a renowned Canadian roots rocker.
For the first decade Rachelle was a member of the award winning Edmonton band Painting Daisies. Making the road their home, Rachelle and her band mates were an all-female group touring the world when it was a thankless task, inspiring and leading countless young women toward rock and roll.
Since the Daisies parted ways more than a decade ago, Rachelle has released three critically acclaimed solo albums and has been a fixture on the International and Canadian roots and festival circuit. Socially conscious yet highly crafted song writing has become her signature. That sense of community continues with Little Spruce.
Perhaps the greatest of Rachelle’s achievements to date are the two young daughters she is raising in the same northwestern B.C. back-country where she grew up biking, skiing, hiking, fishing picking morels and joining in on the family jam sessions.
And this brings us to Little Spruce. Produced by long-time studio friend Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Cowboy Junkies) farm life, bush life, and the perils of preschooler “angst” create 12 inspiring original tunes and a 13th with B.C. song writing legend, Mark Perry.
Rachelle van Zanten’s Little Spruce is catchy, quirky, smart, and heart felt, wrapped together with some gnarly slide guitar and intricate acoustic picking. It is the perfect adult friendly children’s album.
Sister Says is a soulful indie pop duo/group based out of Vancouver fronted by mixed Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson. Smooth, dreamy, melodic and lyrically rich, Sister Says’s roots stem from the soul, blues and pop music the two grew up around as children. In regards to the duo/band’s name…. years back Gillian suggested the name Sister Says. Robert laughed and then said “yeah let’s call it Sister Says”. Seemingly Gillian leads the project but in actual fact both siblings bring their musical and creative attributes together in creating and performing. They are also fortunate to collaborate with a close knit crew of talented musicians that include: guitarists Lonny Eagleton and Keith Sinclair and drummers Max Ley, Trevor Ainsworth and Geoff Hicks.
In live situations Sister Says shape shift effortlessly from an intimate duo, with Gillian narrating on vocals, percussion and keys and Robert laying down the foundation with keys and guitar, to a full band with Robert on bass with often a guitarist, drummer and percussionist.
The project is influenced by a wide range of artists including: The Beach Boys, Rickie Lee Jones, Buffy St. Marie, The Roots, Esthero, The Cure, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, TLC, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Patti Smith…..to name more than a few.
Throughout the years they’ve performed in BC, Ontario, Manitoba and Beijing at the likes of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba, Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival in Kaslo, Edge of the World Music Festival in Haida Gwaii, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Pacific Rim Summer Festival in Tofino, Islands Folk Fest in Duncan, the BC Pavilion in Beijing and at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto opening for Stars and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Growing up in a house filled with blues, jazz and soul music, along with catchy pop songs, as youth Gillian and Robert performed with their blues guitar playing father, playing all over Canada before performing as Sister Says. Together they also often collaborate on Meet the Collective Podcast with Trevor Ainsworth where they talk with artists of all disciplines about life and art, with a focus on local BC music.
In December 2014 they released Heart Placement, the band’s much anticipated second album. The album is a departure from Sister Say’s first album The Only Way (nominated for two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) which is filled with lush orchestration and jazz infused arrangements. Heart Placement is pared down, soulful, and has an electric feel that at times ties in elements of folk and references early 70’s production. Lyrically the songs are a tell all of heartbreak, loss, growth and light. Currently Sister Says performs as a duo, trio and full band steadily in Vancouver as well as at festivals in BC and are working on their third recording.
“Their sound is smooth, their lyrics intelligent and their creative chemistry produces a new take on songs redolent to Annie Lennox and The Eurhythmics and the 1980’s group Everything But the Girl.” – BC Musician Magazine, Janet Rogers
Hailing from what has been described as the music capital of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba’s WCMA award winners Sweet Alibi (Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Rose and Michelle Anderson) have captivated audiences since 2009 with their charming and personal performances. With 3 releases, over 360 shows across Canada, 33 plus festival performances, innumerous radio performances and interviews, Sweet Alibi is fast becoming a well-known Roots/Pop group.
Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes Sweet Alibi as this, “If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child it would be named Sweet Alibi.” A fitting characterization for a group that blends soulful and powerful vocal harmonies with the sincerity of folk and the foot stomping energy of roots. Their new single “Middle Ground” from their 3rd album “Walking In The Dark” was featured on CBC Radio 2’s top 20 for 7 weeks in a row. The album has recently been nominated for a WCMA for “Roots Recording of the Year.”
Sweet Alibis’ career began with their first release in 2011, self-titled and produced by Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) which sent them on their first tour across Canada. With local and college radio play, Sweet Alibi fans demanded a second album.
In 2013 Sweet Alibi teamed with producer Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities) together they created their second album “We’ve Got To”. Inspired by a very tumultuous year, We’ve Got To, reflects the personal woes of the group and the title track “I’ll Wait” hit the heartstrings of many listeners. The song reveals the struggles of cancer and battling death, of which many can relate.
“We’ve Got To” garnered national accolades, awards and major radio airplay, reaching #5 on CBC Radio 2’s chart.
Their newest release “Walking In The Dark “, Released in November 2015, is a wonderful follow up to “We’ve Got To “ . Walking in the Dark has been making its debut being featured on CBC, MTV Canada, CMT, satellite and college radio. The album touches on the subjects of love, death and addiction. It features the two lead vocals of Jess Rae Ayre and Amber Rose. The title track “Showing You” is a song about showing love through actions and being there for those when they need you the most. The Manitoban remarks:
“Tracks featuring Jess Rae Ayre have more groove. The song “Bodacious,” for example, has a vibe similar to something from Arcade Fire’s Reflektor album, while the song “My Love” lays down a rhythm oddly reminiscent of k-os’ 2006 hit “Sunday Morning.” These songs, along with the Fleetwood Mac-esque opening track “Keep Showing You” lay the foundation for Ayre’s sultry vocal style.
Amber’s vocals are more traditional and pure. The way she sings on “Not A Fight” is honey to the soul, and her vocals work well with Walking in the Dark’s more pop-oriented tracks such as “Moving To The Country,” which is a songwriting marvel. It’s pure T-Swift-meets-the Supremes. Eventually it gets stuck in your head.”
Alongside Jess, and Amber’s songful framework, when you add the the vocal harmony, banjo and guitar talents of Michelle Anderson, with the spirit and energy of some of Manitoba’s finest backing musicians, you end up with the unmistakable sound that has left audiences adoring this Winnipeg group, as they’ve relentlessly toured North America over the last several years .
“The appeal of Sweet Alibi’s sound hinges on their ability to mix elements of folk, roots, and country, then present it in the context of a tightly-structured pop song.”
Currently touring music from their newest release”Walking In The Dark”, Keep your ear to the ground for when Sweet Alibi are gracing a stage near you !
Terence Jack emerges with an energetic and refreshingly authentic sound on EP Never Get Back. Never Get Back is driven with a West Coast rock energy, calmness, and integrity that comes from his road-worn travels. The EP is packed with epic dynamics, big builds, and heartfelt stories, presenting Terence Jack at his strongest to date. It’s a hooky album with a polished sound, yet it never loses its inherent rawness and honesty.
The EP opens with the punchy “Eastern Rise”, an instrumentally rich anthem filled with undulating keys, a rock gospel groove, and a nod to classic rock ‘n’ roll. The movement and spirit of a life on the road are woven into Terence Jack’s songs. Never Get Back moves between catchy numbers (“Errors”, “She Flies Down South”) with choral swells, cascading guitar riffs and danceable beats to the more introspective numbers (“Lay It On The Line”, “Never Get Back”) where Terence Jack’s soulful timbre and flourishes become wrapped in a polished wave of synths and intricate guitar melodies. The triumphant anthems are as dynamic as the quieter, more introspective songs. It’s a balancing act and Terence Jack makes it look easy.
Being no stranger to the road, Terence Jack’s travels have informed his writing and the transformative nature within his music. Terence Jack has played to audiences across the country alongside The Arkells, The Matinée, Plants & Animals, and Black Lips. Terence Jack has performed at Rifflandia, Otalith Music Festival, Squamish Valley Music Festival, Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival, Stanley Parks 125th Birthday Festival as well as solo across Canada on VIA Rail’s Artist on Board program.
Terence Jack and producer Daniel Klenner (We Are The City, Hey Ocean, Tourist Company) experimented with new tones and grooves for Never Get Back. Terence Jack’s band: Jeremy Appleton (bass), Cam Stephens (drums), Djavin Bowen (keys); has an infectious energy, and luckily, the record does the live show a good deal of justice- the band genuinely sounds like they’re having fun together. Their no-nonsense approach emanates from their performances and the album alike.
After a busy spring touring Never Get Back coast-to-coast across Canada, Terence Jack enjoyed a busy 2016 summer festival season playing at: Oliver Sunshine Festival, HIATUS Music Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, Edge of the World Festival, Rogue Fest, Lillooet Harvest Festival, and Rifflandia Music Festival. As the days get shorter, Terence Jack will head back to the studio to work on writing his next full-length record, due for release in 2017 with the support of a European tour.
Come get sweaty, feel a heart pour all over you and share some earnest rock ‘n’ roll endorphins with Terence Jack.