Colin James is an inductee in the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. He has won six Juno Awards including “Male Vocalist of the Year” and the “Best Producer” award for his efforts with The Little Big Band. He is the recipient of 17 Maple Blues Awards having most recently been honored in 2013 with “Entertainer of the Year”.
Frazey Ford, known as a founding member of the beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returned last October with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean — a lush album filled with songs about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer’s instrumental Memphis soul sound. Many consider Indian Ocean one of the top releases of 2014, an acclaimed country soul gem that invited comparisons to Cat Powers The Greatest.
Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood
Cyril Neville is known for his amazing vocals and percussion skills as a member of the GrammyAward winning Neville Brothers and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Meters. What really sums up the life of this Neville is his band Royal Southern Brotherhood. Royal Southern Brotherhood released their self-titled debut CD in 2012. Today Royal Southern Brotherhood’s line up has changed for the better. The band has become one with their music and it may have taken a change of guitarist to get there but the entire journey has been well worth it. Mike Zito and Devon Allman broke out of the band that brought them to the music world’s attention in 2014 and were replaced by two ace guitarist Nashville’s Bart Walker and Austin Texas guitarist Tyrone Vaughan. John Hiatt once commented, “They are not a band, they are an extravaganza!” A sound and sight event of pure talent mixed in with love for their art, the music and their fans, the Loyal Royals.
The Como Mamas are three lifelong Gospel singers from the small town of Como Mississippi. On their Brand New, critically acclaimed album ‘Get an Understanding’ there are only three instruments – The powerful, raspy voice of Ester Mae Smith, the deep soothing voice of Angela Taylor, and the energetic, spirited vocals of Della Daniels. Do yourself a favor and see the Como Mamas sing live – the harmonies they create are so powerful, musical accompaniment is not missed.
Lindi Ortega is a Canadian country singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her voice has been described as a blend of Dolly Parton’s, Johnny Cash’s, and Emmylou Harris’. She spent nearly a decade as an independent artist in the Toronto music scene, releasing two albums and an EP in that time. She has been described as “Toronto’s best kept secret” and nicknamed “Indie Lindi”.
In 2012, Ortega was nominated for two Juno Awards – New Artist of the Year and Roots & Traditional Album: Solo. In 2014, Ortega was nominated for two Canadian Country Music Association Awards – Female Artist of the Year and Roots Artist of the Year.
A native of Vancouver B.C. started singing gospel music at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped amazing audiences since then. He has been the frontman for many groups such as the Vancouver Shades, the Chimes, the Upbeats and the Billy Dixon gang.
The 60s Billy electrified the stage with the unforgettable Night Train Revue… Vancouver’s #1 R&B band. During the Disco invasion Billy took some time off to work on some projects but still made time for the occasional gig at the Arts Club, Commodore, Richards On Richards, the Fairview and the Yale.
1986 Billy returned to his place in the Vancouver Music Scene as one of the most gifted and charismatic entertainers. He reunited with the Night Train Revue at Club Soda for an Expo tribute to Vancouver’s rock classics and again at the celebration of the Dance Party 20th Anniversary.
Vibrant, genuine and soulful, Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel, soul, to jazz and funk. Her latest release “Say Somethin’” won the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Recording of the Year and crowned her as Canada’s newest “Queen of Soul”! Dawn has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate performer, Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”.
Ben Rogers is a classic storyteller with a voice like smoke-damaged velvet soaked in Tennessee whiskey and the wild charisma of a young Johnny Cash. “The man’s dark charisma is something you need to experience live to fully appreciate,” writes The Georgia Straight, who included him in their Best of Bands 2013 following the release his critically acclaimed debut Lost Stories: Volume I.
Wes Mackey learned to play the guitar from the seasoned old blues players of the South where he was born and raised. At the urging of his father he eventually left “Big Estate” in rural South Carolina and moved to Augusta Georgia where his career really began.
His first gig paid 50 cents and a chicken sandwich but soon he found himself working in bands that would back up touring artists including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Wonder and many others.
An exceptional stage presence, award-winning guitarist-singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Considered one of Canada’s finest guitarists, the native New Yorker come Montrealer has shared a stage or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Eric Andersen, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Tricia Foster amongst many, and has released three albums to critical acclaim. Three 2015 Maple Blues Awards Nominations set the backdrop for the January 2016 release of Anybody Listening Pt.2: Dialogues, the second chapter of her Anybody Listening trilogy launched February 2015.
Powerful, sexy and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s lyrics and sound, live or recorded, make for an enthralling and intimate communion.
Since their inception, the Fernie, BC based “Stoke-Folk” band have been re-defining what “folk music” means in Canada. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach.
They have humbly pioneered Canada’s modern folk sound – pushing the boundaries of the genre, and creating“Stoke-Folk” – a genre that truly encapsulates the peaks and valleys that define Canada.
A man was once heard to say the evil comes and evil goes, but he was wrong. Evil never goes—it lingers, often for years, sometimes decades, on the rarest and best occasions growing in power. Such is the case with Rich Hope and His Evil Doers, the two-man quartet that ate Vancouver in the most evil way possible, starting way back in 2005.