2017 Artist Schedule

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Danny Marks @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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This iconic rocker’s roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor.

A house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the eighties, Danny starred in CBC radio’s hit series the Hum Line.

Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005.

Danny’s in his thirteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm.

As a child, young Danny would lock himself in his room with a stack of 45’s, an old Seabreeze record player, and a fantasy of having his own radio show. More than a few years later this pre-pubescent propensity paid off.

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Elliott & The Audio Kings @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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Elliott and the Audio Kings, from Waterloo Ontario, are a new voice in the Blues coming at you with an old school approach. Standing on the bedrock of the blues recorded by the post-war masters, Elliott and the Audio kings are building on that foundation, with their own brand of shuffles, boogies and swings.

After retiring Daddy Long Legs, Southern Ontario’s most infamous Maple Blues award winning garage blues band, guitarist/singer Mike Elliott is back on the blues scene with a new band and a self-titled release, Elliott and the Audio Kings. With Jonny Sauder on Drums and Scott Fitzpatrick on doghouse bass, Elliott has taken a step closer to vintage blues.

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Jay Kipps Band @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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Roots Americana, Funky Country, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Surf, Spaghetti Western Band.

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Jerome Tucker Band @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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Jerome Tucker Is a Funky, Soulful, Blues Bass player, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, who has brought his music from his childhood in Philadelphia to his earlier years in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. In his adult years he moved to Chicago and performed with every pertinent artist there. Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, Larry McCray (Credited on Larry`s `Believe it` release), Lonnie Brooks, Lil’ Ed and the Imperials. Byther Smith. Eddie Clearwater, Ivan Neville, Otis Rush and too many more to mention. These days he plays with his handpicked band of close friends Rob Neal Christian on Superman Sax, Flute and Keys, Carl Harvey on guitar wizardry, Rich Greenspoon on blistering drums and percussion. Together they make Funky, Soulfull, Blistering Brand of soul music that needs to be heard to believe!! Check out their new release: “Still on Fire” available on iTunes, Spotify and cdBaby.

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Orangeville Community Band @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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The Orangeville Community Band is a non-profit concert band with a community focus. It exists to provide musical enjoyment and skill development to the membership and quality performances for Orangeville and the surrounding areas. It provides educational programs and mentoring for youth and culturally enriching performances for seniors and the greater community. The Band includes people from a variety of skills levels and is intended to provide enjoyment of Community. The group usually showcases approximately sixty performers, and performs many genres of Music.

The Band began in September 2007 under the direction of John Wervers. In the past few years the band has served the Headwaters community through a wide variety of music & venues: Remembrance Day, Christmas, Seniors centers, Education Concerts – festivals for youth, Orangeville Mall, Community Living, Blast at Island Lake, and the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival.

Paul James @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Paul James is one of the most exciting and energetic Toronto-based Canadian musicians – past, present and future.

He is winner of a Juno Award, multiple Toronto Music Awards,‘The Maple Blues (Lifetime Achievement Award for Blues Music in Canada), the London Fire Hall Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has many more music awards to grace his mantle.

Bo Diddley asked Paul to open his show and to back him up over 100 times Bo played on Paul’s first vinyl album,’ Almost Crazy’,

Currently, Paul James is a Canadian cultural icon. His talents as a guitarist, vocalist, band leader, stage acrobat, producer, songwriter, trailblazer, and owner of his own Indie record label have all allowed Paul to perform and produce the music he loves for close to five decades. Paul is not over the hill yet – in fact, he is still going up it!

Rootbone @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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RootBone is a recently formed group of stellar musicians that collectively share numerous Juno and Maple Blues Awards. RootBone is the creation of songwriting team Darran Poole (guitar and lead vocals) and Bobbi Richards (percussion and vocals). To round out the band they brought in veteran musicians Bob “Omar” Tunnoch on fretless bass (Fathead,John Lee Hooker, Etta James and Paul Butterfield) and Jim Casson on drums (Downchild Blues Band, Sue Foley, Michael Buble, Dutch Mason).

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“This is world-class music from world-class performers.” (Hamilton B. Lous – Hamilton Blues Lovers)

“Poole’s double chorus guitar solo screamed, “sit up dude, you’re in for a listen! . . . original songs that tout the full range of roots blues textures and grooves. Nothing ever gets boring. . . Kudos to the production team and arrangers [Darran Poole] for creating interest and variety all throughout the album.” ( Glen Brown – Greater Hamilton Musician)

“The Long Road Home has character before you even press play . .you can feel the influence of many different genres bleeding into each chord, each song. You have rock, with some obvious blues done with perfection. RootBone has definitely made their mark on the music scene with their first album release The Long Road Home. “ (Heather Young – Canadian Beats )

“Poole’s decision to step up front is a welcome one indeed, he has a warm, expressive voice and he has some very good songs to work with that he & Richards wrote.” (John Valenteyn – Toronto Blues Society)

“Guitarist Darran Poole is a marvel of craft and taste, every note razor-sharp and delivered with carefully considered precision.” (John Taylor – Canadian Blues)

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Sons Of Rhythm @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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Take an energetic blues sound, mix it with a fun modern edge, throw in four charismatic personalities, and you’ll have the powerhouse band that is Sons of Rhythm. The group, comprised of Mick Maratta (Vocals and Bass), Federico Luiu (Guitar), Anthony Brancati (Keys and Sax), Mike Carbone (Drums), has made a name for itself on the Toronto music scene with their unique sound and lively performances. The members of this band have been close friends for many years and their chemistry shines on stage. Sons of Rhythm captivates audiences with their creative arrangements of old blues standards as well as catchy, energetic originals. They have already had several notable performances under their belt such as opening for British Blues Guitarist of the Year Matt Schofield as well as winning runner-up in the 2016 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search.

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The Distillery @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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The Distillery burst onto the scene with their debut release “What You Told Me”, winner of the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Blues. The band was chosen as a finalist in the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, and went on to tour West Coast Canada, and two US tours leading up to the 2015 EP “How We Carry On”. With a handful of festival performances (including JunoFest, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle, Canal Bank Shuffle, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues, etc), the band’s latest self-titled three song recording is now floating around in the world. Look out for a new recording and tour dates in summer 2017. Chloe Watkinson. Neil Hendry. Jordan Safer.

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Zuffalo @ Blues Cruise
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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As you open the door, the energetic wave of psychedelic funkiness hits you like a rainbow going infinity miles an hour. What happens next is an uncontrollable urge to: dance.

Zuffalo is a newly formed band consisting of Drew Austin (drums/percussion), Mikey Vukovich (bass/vocals), Kimberly Manning (keys/vocals), and Sean Steele (guitar/vocals). After touring and backing up seasoned artists such as Conor Gains, Wicked Grin, and the legendary Ike Stubblefield, the band decided to start a new project to write their own original music. This project is focused on bringing music back to its roots: Community, Dancing, Fun, and Celebrating Life. With improvisation at the forefront, Zuffalo’s live show is spontaneous and memorable, reaching exciting energetic peaks. With four songwriters in the band, the music is eclectic ranging from funky grooves to rootsy singalongs, to soaring epics with monstrous riffs.

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