2018 Artist Schedule

ODSS Jazz Band @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm

odss jazz band

The ODSS Jazz Band is a local ensemble of budding (student) musicians from Orangeville District Secondary High School. This band rehearses once a week after school and loves to showcase their efforts for local events. There are also a handful of adult members who volunteer their time and talent to support this youthful group. The ensemble has been a staple in the Orangeville community for almost 20 years thanks to the endless support from key community members. Many musicians have had their start in this ensemble and have gone on to play with many other bands. This group plays contemporary hits dressed in a jazz arrangement, Motown favourites, as well as the standards. This band has been entertaining audiences at the Blues and Jazz Festival from its very beginning. Their performance is always filled with recognizable tunes mixed with an energetic atmosphere.

Emily Gilbart @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 2 @ 1:15 pm

emily gilbart

Emily Gilbart is a young singer/songwriter from the Orangeville area influenced by many styles including folk, indie, blues & alternative music. She plays at local venues and is currently working on recording her first EP. In addition to playing at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, she is playing at Summerfolk in Owen Sound in August 2018.


Honeywood Blue @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 2 @ 2:30 pm – 3:10 pm

honeywood blue

Honeywood Blue is a local band of seasoned, musicians with a passion for the groove. Influenced by Downchild, Powder Blues, Santana, Dwight Yoakam and Delbert McClinton to name a few, Honeywood’s style differentiates by taking blues and country rock and mixing them into their own flavour and drive. The result is a lot of fun stuff.

Honeywood’s first cd, Press Play, further seasoned this mix by highlighting the rough vocal tones of New Tech’s Reverend Heavy D. Heavy D still pops up from time to time to cameo with the band.

The Firecats @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm

the firecats

Joined by a collective love Rockabilly music, three members of The Campfire Poets have joined forces with Greg Kowalczyk (Blind Cats, MIP Power Trio) to form THE FIRECATS! Playing classic rockabilly hits, old Blues, two steppin country, and mixing in some rockin original music, this band keeps the dance floor SHAKIN!


David Storey @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm

david storey

David Storey is Comin’ Home. Back on stage since 2011, he has enthralled fans with his simple but powerful and literate Folk-Rock ballads describing characters, situations and emotions that are delivered with wit and honesty. Twenty-five years of award-winning writing, directing and producing work in the field of television and movies had kept him away from his first love, music —until now. His debut full-length album is aptly named. New album release fall 2018

Heather Katz Band @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm
Orangeville Show Chorus @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm

orangeville show chorus

Orangeville Show Chorus, chartered in 1981 as Orangeviile Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, has been entertaining in the Orangeville community and beyond since that time. The chorus has won many Regional awards and in 2012 travelled to Denver, Colorado where they placed 4th in their division at the International Contest. The Chorus membership is currently just over 40 and new members are welcome at any time. Women of all ages interested in acappella 4 part harmony are invited to join the chorus on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Oak Room at the Orangeville Fairgrounds to get a first hand look at this phenomenal hobby. The name was recently changed to Orangeville Show Chorus to reflect the chorus commitment to performance in the community, create awareness of a broader range of musical presentation, and to attract women interested in taking the stage to sing!


Jazz Society Band @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 3 @ 1:05 pm

jazz society

The Orangeville Jazz Society is proof that large community music events like the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival promote and foster the development of music at the local level. The Society was formed 5 years ago, after local jazz musicians found themselves often on stage at the OBJF with like minded individuals. The idea that there should be a forum within which they can develop and nurture their skills was born. Under the direction of local jazz virtuoso Ryan Grist, the group’s songbook includes jazz standards, vocal stylings and original material from in-house arranger Cam Millar.

Jay Kipps Band @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 3 @ 2:10 pm

jay kipps band

The Jay Kipps Band are on the brink of great things.

A powerful, groovy rhythm section, unique, tasteful guitar tones, passionate lead harmonica and vocals combine to create a sound that is unmistakably unique and enjoyable for all listeners.

The bands first album recorded at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, and produced by Stewart Gunn (The Haymakers, Grande Fir), HOW TO POLISH YOUR LONGHORNS is an impressive, full-length debut offering from the Jay Kipps Band, showcasing their ability to blend multiple genres into a cohesive recording that makes for an enticing new record – “effortlessly pushing the boundaries of traditional Blues into a modern, Americana landscape.” Jay Kipps, chief songwriter and lead vocalist, delivers songs that are both melancholic and hopeful, forging stunning melodies, heartfelt lyrics, beautiful arrangements and sweet harmonies.

The Jay Kipps Band are becoming considered among the best in the emerging new Roots movement coming out of several strong musical communities in rural Canada.


The Travelling Wannabees @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 3 @ 3:15 pm

travelling wannabees

The band name was inspired many years ago by the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. The Traveling Wannabes have played at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and The Optimist Club events many times. Orangeville musicians Norm Trudeau and Josh Leitch enjoy playing as a duo or inviting other local talent to the stage. They play covers of well-known artists such as Van Morrison, Tom Petty, Blue Rodeo, Dallas Green, combined with new, up-and-coming Canadian singer songwriters. Their unique vocal harmonies make them favourites at any event.

Lead vocalist Norm Trudeau has been a resident of Orangeville for over 40 years, and has a genuine interest in the local music scene. He volunteers with the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. Guitarist Josh Leitch is a lifetime music student and volunteers at the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival and other community sponsored events.

Soul Collective @ TD Local Stars Tent
Jun 3 @ 4:20 pm

soul collective

Soul Collective is a feel good, danceable uptown band bringing the best of Soul; R ‘n’ B; Rock and Funk live to you. From the Classics to the Currents – Soul Collective nails the best of all the greats – from Curtis Mayfield to Rob Thomas; Stevie Wonder to Ray LaMontagne; Al Green to Bruno Mars. Available in a variety of configurations, from essential rhythm to full-on horn section, Soul Collective will get you dancing. With Justin Bacchus, Daniel Vladitich, Ryan Grist, Rebecca Bruce, Matt Parsons, Joe Kennedy, Martin Sarkar and Ted Gerber.