2017 Festival Schedule

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Charlie Cooley Trio
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm

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Charlie Cooley – Drums

Charlie Cooley is one of Canada’s most in-demand drummers.

He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as: Leonard Cohen, The Guess Who, Randy Brecker, Kellylee Evans, Long John Baldry, Anne Murray, Sass Jordan, Amanda Marshall, and The Blues Brothers (musical director – Paul Shaffer).

Charlie is also a member of the Juno Award winning world beat jazz ensemble Manteca. Charlie has performed in many territories around the world including The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands (Holland), The Canadian Pavilion at Expo in Seville, Spain, The Aspen Jazz Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl and The Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.

“When I’m playing music – in whatever situation – I’m thinking – what can I do best to support the music? My goal is to help the composition speak directly to the listener.”

Steve Koven – Piano

Steve Koven Piano – is a composer, performer, producer and educator. Touring the world for more than two decades, he has become known as a ‘Canadian Cultural Ambassador’. Aside from performing worldwide with his trio, Steve also performs solo piano concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Dozens of Koven’s compositions have been licensed for national and international film and television productions.

Rob Clutton – Bass

Rob Clutton is a performer/composer with two solo bass recordings: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster. Rob has been a long time member and collaborator in The Steve Kovan and has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, US, Mexico. Ecuador, The Caribbean, and Japan.

The Ben Racine Band @ Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm

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Ben’s soulful voice is reminiscent of the greatest Rhythm and Blues vocalists of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Inspired by artists such as Junior Walker, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Clarence Carter, he will take you back to the days when vocals were the center point of music.

He is also a lot more than just a voice. His guitar playing covers a wide range of styles – pleasing blues and funk fans alike. Winner of the “Albert King Award” for best guitarist performance at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February 2017, his contagious energy and charisma combine for a sound that is truly original. You’ll be tapping your feet within the first few notes.

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Jun
2
Fri
Larry Kurtz & Manitoba Hal @ TD Bank - Orangeville Mall
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm

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Manitoba Hal

Manitoba Hal is a consummate blues man, having toured Canada extensively with a ukulele. Picturing him in his 100 year old cottage in Nova Scotia, one can’t help wonder how someone can sound like he grew up in the Deep South of the States and play raw, swamp, delta, Cajun and zydeco style blues. Hal developed the blues sound when he lived in Winnipeg Manitoba (where he also got his name).

“Winnipeg, often referred to as the Chicago of the north, is situated in a delta between the Red and Assiniboine rivers. I was born at the blues and when I found that music inside me, I came alive and my soul started expressing itself in songs that flowed with that music. The blues is where my soul came into this world. Where it will end up I don’t know but I’m ready for the journey”.

Larry Kurtz

Larry Kurtz is a soulful, bluesy, singer, songwriter and harmonica player. He started out singing in church as a young boy, and began playing harmonica at the age of 15, falling in love with the sound after hearing Little Walter on the radio. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and was named Blues Booster Of The Year at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards.

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).

Quick Quotes

“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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Larry Kurtz & The Lawbreakers @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm

Larry Kurtz is a soulful, bluesy, singer, songwriter and harmonica player. He started out singing in church as a young boy, and began playing harmonica at the age of 15, falling in love with the sound after hearing Little Walter on the radio. As co-front man of the award winning Trouble & Strife and a past band member of Wayne Buttery & The Groove Project, Larry has had the honour to open for and jam with many musical greats including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Cotton, Muddy Waters’ drummer Willie Big Eyes Smith, Jeff Healy’s Blues Band and Downchild to name a few. Trouble & Strife’s debut album was played on 180 radio stations worldwide. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and was named Blues Booster Of The Year at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards. A veteran of the Canadian blues music scene, Larry is bringing his hot solo band The Lawbreakers to perform some great new original rockin’ blues songs for the festival! Larry’s soulful harmonica playing is featured front and center with Larry on harmonica, ukulele and vocals. The band features heavy hitters James Legere – guitar, Sam Carothers [Ronnie Hawkins] bass, Jim Bruton [Max Webster] keyboards, Charlie Cooley [Manteca, Sass Jordan]- drums and Chris Nicholl – sax.

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Dawn Tyler Watson @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 2 @ 9:30 pm

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“Her fabulous voice and incandescent stage presence make her the Queen of the Blues in Montreal.”
Le Journal de Montreal

In the past two decades, Singer/Actor/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among Canada’s Blues elite. Born in England and raised in Ontario, she adopted Montreal as her home after earning her BFA in Jazz Studies and Theatre from Concordia University. An accomplished and dynamic performer, Watson’s fiery stage presence has earned her national and international recognition.

Just back from Memphis TN, where she took home the coveted 1st place spot out of over 260 acts at the 2017 International Blues Challenge, Dawns also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards and nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards. She’s earned the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance, a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist.

Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul, Folk and Rock that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension.

Playing festivals and concert halls across 4 continents, recording four albums, and appearing on numerous compilations, she has shared the stage with an array of premiere artists, including Oliver Jones, Jeff Healy, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, and Cyndi Lauper.

Between gigs, Watson gives clinics & facilitates workshops in Vocal Expression & Improvisation, while honing her chops on Montreal’s vibrant Jazz scene, and working with some of the city’s finest musicians. She just released her fourth recording project in July of this year. JAWBREAKER! “hits the floor running.” “Its a fat Soul driven record, with a taste of Jazz, a pinch of Gospel, and a whole lotta Blues.”

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Jun
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Lee Oskar & David Rotundo Harp Workshop @ Orangeville Public Library
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm

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Lee Oskar

Lee Oskar is a globally renowned harmonica player, composer, producer, and harmonica manufacturer, well-known for his iconic role as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz band that composed and recorded such mega-hits as “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” “Cisco Kid,” “Slippin’ into Darkness,” “The World is a Ghetto” and many more. Lee Oskar and his original band mates continue today as the LowRider Band, and Lee also performs with other outstanding musicians, as Lee Oskar & Friends.

David Rotundo

Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. “He blew one note on the harmonica that hypnotized me…” The next day, Rotundo went out and bought a harmonica. “…and I’ve been playing the blues ever since.”

ODSS Jazz Band @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm

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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.

Stan Chang and Erick Bruck @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm

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Both accomplished musicians in their own right, Stan and Erick made their debut playing together opening The Opera House for the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival in June, 2015 and have continued to play together since. Current gigs have them traveling all over Southern Ontario from as far west as Kitchener Waterloo and Guelph to the east end of the GTA. Their combination of piano and drums matched with Stan’s vocals compliment each other well for both large and small venues. With the ability to play Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Pop as well as Original Songs, their versatility allows them to play at all events and occasions ranging from corporate functions and weddings to music clubs, bars and private parties.

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Soul Collective @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 12:15 pm

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Soul Collective is a feel-good, danceable, uptown band bringing the best of Soul, Rock, Funk and R’n’B to you. From the Classics to the Current – Soul Collective nails the best of all the greats: 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 horns, Soul Collective will get you dancing. Featuring Justin Bacchus, Scott Metcalfe, Ryan Grist, Rebecca Bruce, Matt Parsons, Joe Kennedy, Martin Sarkar and Ted Gerber.

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Big Black Dog @ Pop Up Bands On Broadway
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

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Big Black Dog is a local area band that barks out a broad range of blues standards and blues-inspired folk, country and rock. Their unique arrangements will have you digging out those great albums you forgot you had buried away!

No strangers to the Orangeville music scene, the heart of the band includes Nelson Shakey Man Sleno on harmonica, Mark Ostrowski on guitar and harmonica, and Greg Maslen on guitar. These three have been playing together and separately in various collaborations for the past several years.

Come and howl with Big Black Dog as they unleash their sound with covers from JJ Cale to Muddy Waters. Make sure you catch this act or risk ending up in the dog house!

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Humber College Jazz @ Pop Up Bands On Broadway
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

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Ewen Farncombe, a piano major in his second year at Humber, was the winner in the Jazz Instrumental Soloist (Undergraduate College) … Marshal Herridge marshalherridge@hotmail.com (bass) Davide Corazza davidescorazza@gmail.com (drums).

Johnny Cox @ Blues & Bikes
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Born in Toronto in 1970, Johnny’s parents moved the family to Motherwell, Scotland when Johnny was a child, only to return back to Canada in 1986 when Johnny was sixteen. Leaving Scotland at a tender age was difficult for Johnny. He whiled away the years on a stratocaster devoting himself to the techniques of Eric Clapton, Albert King, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy, irresistibly drawn to Blues music and the deep emotional pool it embodied.

In the process of becoming ‘whole’ musically, hungering for more than being a Blues guitar player, Johnny felt compelled to start singing and writing his own material. Since that realization he’s been on a feverish journey, honing his craft and finding his home in the world of music. Johnny embraces many Roots styles but in his heart he’s still a junkie for the Blues; playing guitar in his sleep and bending every note.
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Kevy & The Pacemaker @ Pop Up Bands On Broadway
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

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Relive the unique sounds of the British and American 60’s/70’s pop and rock. Tunes from The Beatles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Mamas and the Papas, and many more you will be transported back to the era of flower power, free love and peace!

Liz Charles Band @ Pop Up Bands On Broadway
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

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This Orangeville band has all been friends for many years, some members first playing together almost 20 years ago. Together they bring their collective years of experience in music and varied styles. The band consists of Lead Vocalist – Liz Charles, Lead Guitarist – Stephen Cummings, Bassist – Lisa Michaud, Keyboards – Joe Allingham and Drummer – Rob Michaud. In addition to the band, they have their meticulous sound person, Marina Faubert. If asked what genre they are, they would say, “a little bit of everything!” Every band member brings something different to the sets, from Classic Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Soul. Honoring such artists as, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Julie London, Michael Buble, The Commitments, Carole King and James Taylor. The band mainly plays Festivals and private functions.

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Robert F. Hall Jazz Band @ Pop Up Bands On Broadway
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

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The Robert F Hall Jazz Band made up of a dynamic collection of top notch musicians has been swinging for the last 10 years. Under the musical leadership of Mr. Frank Adriano this young group of students are proud to once again represent at the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. We feature a tight rhythm section and outstanding soloists whose repertoire includes standards from the 30s right through to contemporary jazz.

The Discarded @ Pop Up Bands On Broadway
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

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Making music, any kind of music but especially loud punky garage music, feels good.

Jared Dean – 17 years old- bass player and brother Caden Jax -14 years old- drummer figured that out quick. The boys needed something positive to grab on to something, something beyond online gaming, so they grabbed their rocker dad and formed a band.

J.P Wasson is best known as the drummer for popular Toronto bands like Fifth Column and The Snowdogs, but Caden wanted to drum, so in The Discarded, dad sings and plays guitar.

Jared, Caden and Joel spent their first seven months in their new house learning how live (alone) together, and how to play their instruments, and be in a band. They learned quickly, and, being two thirds impetuous teenagers, recorded their nine song self- titled album in August, 2016 at Pro Gold Studios, engineered and mixed by legendary Sir Ian Blurton.

The Discarded recorded the whole nine songs in nine and half hours and could have done it quicker if they hadn’t stopped to eat or broken a string. That’s rock and roll and nothing feels better.

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Flashback @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 3 @ 1:15 pm

Miss Jaye Baxter, Dano Murray and Jim Nielsen create the ultimate musical Flashback.

Carol McCartney @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 3 @ 1:20 pm

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Vibrant and dynamic jazz vocalist Carol McCartney was born and raised in North Toronto – in fact, in the Fall of 2013, the City of Toronto named a street after her “McCartney Street” located in the Weston area where she grew up. (Link to the Emery Village BIA Announcement)

Carol’s impeccable vocals and finely tuned musicianship have made her a favourite among musicians and audiences alike. She has shared the stage with a virtual “Who’s Who” of jazz including Guido Basso, Bucky Pizzarelli, Slam Stewart and the late great Peter Appleyard, who Carol worked with as his singer for 30 years. (She was one of the top ten Canadian jazz vocalists to be featured on Mr. Appleyard’s last CD “Sophisticated Ladies” in 2013.)

Other recordings that feature Carol include Chase Sanborn’s “Good to the Last Bop”, Bob Brough’s ” Like a Spring Day” and popular jazz big band “Freeflight’s” JUNO nominated recording “Taking Flight”.

Carol has recorded two solo CD’s of her own. “A Night in Tunisia” in 2007 and the just released “BE COOL” in 2014.

Edward Blanco of eJAzz News.com reviewed the first CD and commented, “From Ontario Canada comes the latest terrific jazz vocalist from what seems to be one excellent crop of singers from these northern parts … McCartney delivers with spice and electricity … a heck of a vocalist …(she) possesses a sexy voice that projects and reaches high notes with effortless ease. Dizzy Gillespie would have been proud to hear this version of his classic tune.”

Awards
Nominated for a JUNO Award with Big Band Freeflight
Received a MARTY Award for Established Artist from the Mississauga Arts Council in 2014

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Vince Maccarone Rhythm Section Workshop @ Orangeville Public Library
Jun 3 @ 1:30 pm

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Vince Maccarone is a sought after performer and studio musician on both drum set and hand percussion. He is also a band leader, writer and conducts master classes and workshops. Vince is best known for his unique “world music” approach and is well versed in all styles of music. He has studied Jazz, African, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and combines all of his influences into a very diverse and compelling style. His live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary. Vince is a Dream Cymbal Endorsee.

Originally from the mining town of Sudbury, ON Canada, he is based in Etobicoke, ON and has done tours throughout Canada, United States, Australia the Caribbean and Europe.

After a 25 year absence from post secondary education, Vince earned his under-graduate Music Specialist degree and a Bachelor’s of Teaching from Humber College and York University with plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Musicology starting in September 2016.

Vince’s drumming and compositions have been featured on commercials for many Fortune 500 clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Coca Cola, TD Bank and many more. Some artists Vince has worked with include: Colin Linden, Denny Doherty of The Mammas and Pappas, Deanna Bogart, Gregory Hines, Jim Belushi and New Orleans great Earl King who commented “that drummer is hot!” he also has been with Paul Reddick and The Sidemen for the past 20 years. He has shared the stage with many blues/Roots greats such as BB King, Junior Wells, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joe Louis Walker, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall and The BluesBreakers, Koko Taylor, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Colin James and a 2 week tour backing blues legend Buddy Guy.

In 2012 Vince decided it was time to step up from his usual drummer role and also show his composition and producing side. In 2013 Vince released his first solo project under the name Vince Maccarone’s Los Variants. It was a way for him to work with many of his favorite established Canadian artists and a host of young talent. The CD was very well received and is still played in a regular rotation on CBC’s World and Blues satellite stations and on various overseas radio stations.

Awards | Nominations

Maple Blues Nomination – Drummer of the Year 2012

JUNO Nominations – Johnny Max Band, producer, writer, drummer 2011, The Sidemen, Rhythm and Truth Brass Band

Maple Blues Awards – (9) Nominations 3 awards won – Best Live Band, Best Recording, and Songwriting

Johnny Max Band – Kings of Beale Award, International Blues Competition Memphis, TN February 2009

Paul Reddick and the Sidemen

WC Handy Award Nomination – Best Debut 2002 Memphis, TE

Canadian Music Award – JUNO nomination “Best Blues Artist” “Rattlebag” 2002

Jazz Report Magazine’s – “Best Live Band” 1997

JUNO Nomination – Best Blues/Gospel Artist 1995

Canadian Independent Music Awards – nominated for “Blues Album of the Year”

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Harp Attack Featuring Lee Oskar, Michael Pickett, David Rotundo & Larry Kurtz @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 1:45 pm

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LEE OSKAR

Lee Oskar is a globally renowned harmonica player, composer, producer, and harmonica manufacturer, well-known for his iconic role as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz band that composed and recorded such mega-hits as “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” “Cisco Kid,” “Slippin’ into Darkness,” “The World is a Ghetto” and many more. Lee Oskar and his original band mates continue today as the LowRider Band, and Lee also performs with other outstanding musicians, as Lee Oskar & Friends.

MICHAEL PICKETT
Michael Pickett is a world class roots artist winning multiple awards and two JUNO nominations; an international troubadour with a social conscience. He has the uncanny ability to create and perform original material that sounds completely unique yet hauntingly familiar taking his audiences to another world and time.

DAVID ROTUNDO
Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. “He blew one note on the harmonica that hypnotized me…” The next day, Rotundo went out and bought a harmonica. “…and I’ve been playing the blues ever since.”

LARRY KURTZ
Larry Kurtz is a soulful, bluesy, singer, songwriter and harmonica player. He started out singing in church as a young boy, and began playing harmonica at the age of 15, falling in love with the sound after hearing Little Walter on the radio. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and was named Blues Booster Of The Year at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards.

Old School @ Lord Dufferin Centre
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm

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Old School is the perfect name for this acoustic duo from Orangeville, On.. Gerry Holden and Allain Brisson will be playing the greatest tunes from the 60’s-NOW!! Keep checking in to see where you can come to our next show.
Old School is the perfect band for a variety of private functions. Ask about our COMBO plan that includes a DJ tunes as well.

Orangeville Music Theatre @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 3 @ 2:30 pm
Sean Pinchin @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 3 @ 2:40 pm

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Monkey Brain is a guitar tour de force, a gritty mash-up of the history of roots guitar music torn down and built back up again. The title track is a grimy ode to our inner, more basic impulses: “When life gets to me. My head starts to change. I give in to my Monkey Brain”.

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Manitoba Hal Blues Ukulele Workshop @ Orangeville Public Library
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm

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Manitoba Hal is a consummate blues man, having toured Canada extensively with a ukulele. Picturing him in his 100 year old cottage in Nova Scotia, one can’t help wonder how someone can sound like he grew up in the Deep South of the States and play raw, swamp, delta, Cajun and zydeco style blues. Hal developed the blues sound when he lived in Winnipeg Manitoba (where he also got his name).

“Winnipeg, often referred to as the Chicago of the north, is situated in a delta between the Red and Assiniboine rivers. I was born at the blues and when I found that music inside me, I came alive and my soul started expressing itself in songs that flowed with that music. The blues is where my soul came into this world. Where it will end up I don’t know but I’m ready for the journey”.

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Spencer MacKenzie @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 3:30 pm

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17 year old ‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, Spencer MacKenzie, has an insightful musical expression emerging from his body, and the only explanation is an old soul residing within! He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. There is no question that musicians should be judged by ability and not by age, and that is certainly the case with 17 year-old blues artist Spencer MacKenzie…his guitar playing is crisp and clean even as it delivers some down-to-the bone licks…He’s got the blues power in his soul…” – Blues Blast Magazine (USA)

His debut album ‘Infected with the Blues’ released in May 2016 earned rave reviews and international airplay with 16 consecutive weeks on the Top 50 Roots Music Report Blues Charts. “Goodbye Lucille is the best musical tribute to BB King I’ve hear…..” -BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE (UK)

MacKenzie’s drive and work ethic goes beyond that of the typical teenager. Countless hours are spent song writing and travelling each week performing on the blues scene earning praise everywhere he performs. In 2016 he landed some prestigious festivals including Kitchener Blues Festival, Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle, West Coast Blues Festival, Canal Bank Shuffle and the Blues on the Rideau.

In 2013 he won Niagara Music Awards Rising Star, was selected to perform the 2016 Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, in 2016 won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search earning a spot to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge and recently took home the Maple Blues Award for ‘New Artist of the Year’ and he has just begun his journey! “There’s no doubt the future of the blues is in good hands with Spencer…..” – Chris Duarte

Duarte, along with other modern blues artists like Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa, provide a roadmap for Spencer. He has drawn favourable comparisons to them because they overcame the imaginary stigma of youth to scale the heights of the art form called the blues.

Spencer confirms that blues music has a future and that young people all over “get it” regardless of yet having some of the life experiences that the genre so often detail and that the blues is a feeling, one that can’t be denied or suppressed.

As MacKenzie puts it, “I got the blues running through my veins!”

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Southern Fryde Inc. @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm

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SOUTHERN FRYDE INC is a group of song writers and musicians from Ontario Canada. They are passionate about writing and performing original music that everyone can relate to. Their style is a mix of the music we all love….southern rock, blues, boogie woogie, and straight ahead rock n roll.

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Vince Maccarone’s Los Variants @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm

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Vince Maccarone is a performer, producer, composer and educator with over 25 years of playing, teaching and writing experience. Originally from the mining town of Sudbury, Ontario, he has been based in Toronto, Ontario for the past 30 years and formed Los Variants in 2013. A Los Variants performance represents an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary. Reggae, Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian influences are blended into a unique “world music” approach which is the Los Variants ethos. On the upcoming 2017 CD Vince has collaborated with artists from Spain to Jamaica to produce a unique collective known as Vince Maccarone’s Los Variants. Vince and the band members have won and been nominated for many JUNOS,Maple Blues Awards, DORAs and other awards and will be bringing all of their rich musical history to Orangeville 2017.

Be prepared to move and groove at a Los Variants show!

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Dods & McNair Memorial March With Turbo Street Funk @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

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Please join us in Celebrating the lives of Dedicated Blues & Jazz Volunteers who have passed away.

The traditional New Orleans funeral march is a celebration of life. Our March is a memorial to our past volunteers. Live music gives tribute to a loved one. This traditional musical sendoff symbolizes life’s journey and lifts the spirits.

A typical Dixieland Jazz funeral begins with a march by family, friends, and neighbors, led by a Jazz band. This is called the “First Line”.
Onlookers are most welcome to join in to celebrate the lives of the deceased. Those who follow the First Line just to enjoy the music are called the “Second Line”. In their freestyle dance, they often twirl a parasol, wave a handkerchief or hand fan in the air which can be very energetic. We have a limited supply of parasols, sequin fans & scarves to loan out as part of the event. Please bring your own items if you wish.

Our march begins from the Festival Main Stage and proceeds west along Broadway to First Street. Throughout the outbound march, the band plays somber songs and hymns. A change in the tempo of the ceremony takes place after the departure of the lead car (an antique Ford sedan) and the March changing to an eastbound direction, signifying family members have said their good byes to their loved one. After this the music becomes more upbeat, often starting with a hymn or spiritual number played in a swinging fashion, then going into popular New Orleans favorites, while returning to the Festival Main Stage.

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk is Toronto’s hottest New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet. With over 100 performances across Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows, opening for artists such as The Lost Fingers, Terra Lightfoot, The Shuffle Demons, Rita Chiarelli, The Soul Motivators and Emmanuel Jal.

Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from Toronto journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences:

“Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level.” – BlogTO

“[Turbo Street Funk] gather crowds wherever they go”. – Torontoist

The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill, who introduced them to fellow “Shuffle Demon” and music producer, George Koller. With George at the helm, Turbo Street Funk released their debut album, To The Street, in May 2014 at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

In July 2016, Turbo Street Funk released their sophomore album, Momentum, a nine track initiative that “captures their infectious energy neatly” (FYI Music News). Produced by Chris Birkett (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead O’Connor), the album received 2x Toronto Independent Music Award nominations in the categories of “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental.” Momentum debuted at #8 on earshot!’s National Jazz Chart and is frequently found on CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM91 and campus/community radio charts across Canada.

Turbo Street Funk has graced festival stages at the Beaches International Jazz Festival (2015, 2016), Tremblant International Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), CAN-AM International Festival in Sackets Harbor, NY (2016), Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), Cultura World Music Festival (2014, 2015), Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival (2016), and many more.

Turbo Street Funk is Casey Van (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Juan Manuel Arce (saxophone), Ian Feenstra (sousaphone), Joel Eric Szabo (French horn), and Camilo Gallon (drums).

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Itchy & Scratchy Show @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 3 @ 5:30 pm

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The core members of the band Wayne, Greg and Gio are have more then 20 years experience as lead vocalists, harmony vocalists and muti-instrumentalists.
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Braithwaite & Whiteley @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 6:25 pm

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As the venerable jazz and blues bible DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE said about Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley:
“It’s a rare and good thing when two talented performers join forces”.

Audiences, critics, and blues lovers all over North America and Europe seem to agree.

Diana Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in Florida, Dianas ancestors escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario. Diana combines elements from Nina Simone, Esther Phillips, Lil Green and others to create her own unique authentic blues style. A forceful presence recognized on the Canadian and American blues scene as an artist with a unique sound who is keeping the authentic traditional blues sound alive in the contemporary blues scene today.

Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Whiteley was born in Kansas . Whiteley has performed on over 200 recordings with the likes of Leon Redbone and Blind John Davis. In Canada, Whiteley has received the Blues with a Feeling Award, for lifetime achievement in the blues. In January 2014 Chris Whiteley won the Maple Blues Award for the top blues horn player in Canada–for the 7th time.

Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley have recorded 5 previous albums together with Electro-Fi Records and have toured all over North America, UK and Europe winning numerous awards for their songwriting and albums together.

The BLUES has a long and honorable tradition dating back to its origins as the essential vector of African American sensibility and identity. Canadian blues artists, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley honor the blues tradition by bringing us fully into the realm of 21st century blues expressivity.

Along the musical journey with Braithwaite and Whiteley we learn what it means… a passage to some next classic blues experience.. This is the blues with all of its variety, ethical and escathalogical. James G. Spadey Philadelphia Pa. American Book Award winning author, James G. Spady’s most recent books are: The Global Cipha

Their first CD collaboration in 2005, MORNING SUN, garnered rave reviews, extensive air play, and led to multiple Canadian MAPLE BLUES AWARD nominations, including Album of the year, and Acoustic Act of the year. Their second albums, also recorded for the Electro-Fi label, NIGHT BIRD BLUES was extremely well received, with great reviews and airplay internationally. It led to them being awarded 3 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS in January 2010, including being recognized as SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR. Their third Electro-Fi release, DeltaPhonic, led to more Maple Blues Awards, and reached number 1 on B.B. Kings Bluesville XM Sirius satellite radio network. Collectively they have been awarded 9 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS and 6 JUNO Nominations.

They have continued to tour tirelessly across Europe and North America, appearing at Festivals and concerts, as well as numerous radio and television appearances. Highlights include 4 successful tours of Art Centers and Blues venues in the U.K., including featured performances at the Great British R & B Festival in Colne and the Monaghan Harvest Blues Festival in Ireland, concert appearances in Russia and Europe, and numerous national tours of Canada. Their American profile continues to expand, with such events as the Hudson River Park Blues Festival in New York City, Tinner Hill Blues Fest in Virginia, and appearances on Fox T.V. and National Public Radio.

Braithwaite was dubbed a “national treasure” by Bluz FM radio host Danny Marks. A gifted and captivating performer, Diana was chosen by Sarah McLachlan to open Lilith Fair at the Molson Amphitheatre, before 18,000 people, Her talent, and authentic blues shows have led her into the company of such stalwarts as Mel Brown, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Jeff Healey. Appearances at shows in North America, U.K. and Europe led to her reputation as a world-class blues singer.

As a teen-age performer, Whiteley worked with blues legend Lonnie Johnson. During the late 70’s he toured and recorded with Leon Redbone, appearing with him on Saturday Night Live. He also met a great mentor in legendary Chicago piano player Blind John Davis, who had been the house piano player at Bluebird Records, Whiteley toured and recorded with Davis, as well as building a solid reputation and career as a multi-instrumental session player, appearing on over 200 recordings, and as a solo artist, leading to numerous Canadian Maple Blues Awards as both songwriter and horn player of the year, and a Jazz Report Magazine Blues Album of the Year Award. In 2010 Whiteley was awarded the prestigious BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD, for a truly earned lifetime of achievement in the blues.

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley Keeping The Blues Alive!

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Andi @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm

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Andi is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and recording artist based in Toronto who plays with an energetic and dynamic 9-piece band. Her musical style draws from many different genres; often blending modern sounds of pop, electronic, alternative, and rock influences with elements of RnB, jazz, and soul. This eclectic mix makes for energetic, diverse soundscapes and catchy choruses that hit with a wall of sound. Often referring to her music under a broader term such as progressive or alternative pop, Andi refuses to put a label on her sound and is open to an evolving sense of musical identity and collaboration. Andi has been nominated as one of the top 4 independent artists nation-wide by CBC’s Searchlight Competition. She also has performed with legendary Canadian producer, David Foster.

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Paul Reddick @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 7:50 pm

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Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick on of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”

A devotee of pre-war blues and classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, Reddick formed his innovative band Paul Reddick & The Sidemen in Toronto in 1990, developing a cult-like following in the clubs and venues on the circuit at the time and spent a the better part decade touring across Canada. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag won three Maple Blues Awards including Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the USA. One of the tracks from Rattlebag, the gritty “I’m A Criminal”, was used in the popular Coca-Cola “Sip Stealing” television commercial that aired during the Superbowl. Following the trajectory set forth by The Sidemen, Reddick continued to re-work blues traditions on his solo recordings; Villanelle (2004), Sugarbird (2009), which earned Reddick a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year, and his seminal recording Wishbone (2012). These recordings were released to critical acclaim from reviewers around the world.

Reddick is also the creator and benefactor of The Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition. The intention behind the Cobalt Prize is to promote blues music through exploration of its form. Entries are judged on their ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. The inaugural Colbalt Prize was awarded at the Maple Blues Awards in 2015, and will continue to be an annual event.

With his extensive career and importance as a major player in the Canadian blues scene, there is no doubt that Paul Reddick will long continue to be an innovator and boundary-pusher in the genre.

This is poetry. This is history. This is blues. This is Paul Reddick.

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Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 3 @ 9:30 pm

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”Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues….Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire….slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona.” – Chicago Tribune

“Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity…Swirling, snarling, riveting slide….The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice. Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping.” – Living Blues

In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”

Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton—have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any group), the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.

The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials is the musically electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun new album from the band Guitar Player calls “a snarling boogie-blues machine…they blow down the walls.” The CD features Lil’ Ed’s incendiary playing and playful, passionate singing, with the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Williams wrote or co-wrote all but two of album’s 14 songs, the other gems written by Uncle J.B. The Chicago Reader says the band’s music “is a soundtrack for dancing and celebration infused with a sense of hard-won survival. Williams attacks his lyrics like he attacks his guitar: with bare-bones intensity that makes each word sound like a matter of life or death.”

Born in Chicago on April 8, 1955, in the heart of Chicago’s tough West Side, Ed grew up surrounded by music. He was playing guitar, then drums and bass, by the time he was 12. Ed and Pookie received lessons and support from their famous uncle. “J.B. taught me everything I know,” says Ed. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.” Ed and Pookie spent their teen years making music together, and in 1975 formed the first incarnation of The Blues Imperials. They played their first gig at a West Side club called Big Duke’s Blue Flame, splitting the $6 take four ways. Over the next few years, the group played every club in the neighborhood. Even so, they still needed day jobs to pay the bills. Ed worked ten hours a day as a buffer at the Red Carpet Car Wash. Pookie drove a school bus. Night after night they played their roaring brand of blues in tiny clubs, and eventually the word reached Alligator president Bruce Iglauer.

At the time, Iglauer was looking for local talent for The New Bluebloods, an anthology of some of Chicago’s younger blues musicians. “Ed and his band had a good reputation,” recalls Iglauer. “I had only seen them live once or twice. I knew Ed was a hot slide player, but I had no idea what he and the band were really capable of. I just knew that their music reminded me of Hound Dog Taylor and J.B. Hutto, two of my favorite musicians. It seemed like having a band this rough and ready would be a nice change of pace for the anthology, so I asked them to come down to the studio and cut a couple of songs. I never expected what happened.”

The band—never having been in a recording studio before—treated the studio like a club, playing live to Iglauer, the engineer, and all the people on the other side of the control room glass. After Ed recorded his two rehearsed songs quickly, there was still plenty of studio time left, so they just kept playing. After 10 songs were in the can, Iglauer offered the band a full album contract. The end result of the session was 30 songs cut in three hours with no overdubs and only one second take. Twelve of those songs became the band’s debut album, Roughhousin’, released in September of 1986.

The national press reacted with amazement to the blues world’s new discovery. Feature stories ran in Spin, Musician, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. The Village Voice declared, “Roughhousin’ just may be the blues album of the year.” The New York Times raved, “Raw-boned, old-fashioned Chicago blues has a new young master—Lil’ Ed Williams.”

But it wasn’t until 1987, when guitarist Mike Garrett joined the band, and a year later, when Garrett recruited his Detroit hometown friend Kelly Littleton to play drums, that things really began to take off. Garrett’s risk-taking rhythm guitar work and Littleton’s unpredictable, old school drumming were the perfect complement to Lil’ Ed’s and Pookie’s rambunctious playing. With their 1989 album Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits, doors opened and audiences poured in. Through relentless touring, the group crystallized, becoming tighter with each performance, more adept in their abilities to read each other’s musical moves. Their spontaneous and unpredictable live show became legendary among blues fans worldwide.

They have played the Chicago Blues Festival multiple times, and have appeared at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The San Diego Blues Festival, The Pennsylvania Blues Festival and dozens of other festivals around the country. Satisfying worldwide demand, they have performed at festivals in Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Japan, Australia, India, Turkey and Panama.

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials released eight Alligator albums between 1986 and 2012. With each one, the band’s national and international stature grew as their fan base—known internationally as “Ed Heads”—continued to expand. With 2006’s Rattleshake, Ed and company reached a whole new audience. Die-hard “Ed Head” Conan O’Brien brought the band before millions of television viewers on two separate occasions. Success and accolades never stop pouring in. Living Blues called 2012’s Jump Start “scorching and soulful” with “crafty, clever lyrics…joyous and stomping.”

The group took home the Living Blues Award for Best Live Performer in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They won the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year in both 2007 and 2009. The Associated Press says, “Williams fills Chicago’s biggest shoes with more life and heat than anyone on stage today.”

With The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, the band continues to bring their blistering Chicago blues to “Ed Heads” new and old. Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their many years together. Lil’ Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have seen sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends come and go. Meanwhile, their fiery music has more than stood the test of time. “We’re not band members,” says Williams, “we’re family, and families stay together.” Night after night, gig after riotous gig, the musical family called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials bring their big, dynamic Chicago blues sound to fans across the country and around the world.

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Chris Antonik @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm

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Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at the Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album, and has since become one of Canada’s most acclaimed blues artists. Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton. Canada’s Blues Underground Network named the Chris “the future of the blues,” while in 2013, Chris’ sophomore album “Better for You” was hailed by critics as “a masterpiece,” “the best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013,” and “the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place.”

Chris has performed at blues festivals across Canada, and has toured the US extensively, including playing at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. In 2016, Chris did his first UK tour, headlining the Upton Blues Festival, and On April 7, 2017, Chris releases his third record “Monarch.”

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Orangeville Show Chorus @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm

Orangeville Show Chorus (formerly Orangeville Chorus) is taking a fresh new approach to community participation with a new name and a new outlook. The chorus has been part of Sweet Adelines International since chartering in 1981. The chorus pleases audiences locally and beyond with their acappella 4 part harmony, and they always welcome new members to join their ranks. Over the years the chorus has won many small and mid size chorus awards, culminating in Denver of 2012 where they won 4th Place Mid Size Chorus in the world! Master Director Joan Borden is the proud Director of the chorus and is the driving force as the new Orangeville Show Chorus moves ahead with artistry, energy and passion.

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Manitoba Hal @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 4 @ 12:15 pm

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Manitoba Hal is a consummate blues man, having toured Canada extensively with a ukulele. Picturing him in his 100 year old cottage in Nova Scotia, one can’t help wonder how someone can sound like he grew up in the Deep South of the States and play raw, swamp, delta, Cajun and zydeco style blues. Hal developed the blues sound when he lived in Winnipeg Manitoba (where he also got his name).

“Winnipeg, often referred to as the Chicago of the north, is situated in a delta between the Red and Assiniboine rivers. I was born at the blues and when I found that music inside me, I came alive and my soul started expressing itself in songs that flowed with that music. The blues is where my soul came into this world. Where it will end up I don’t know but I’m ready for the journey”.

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Traveling Wannabes @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 4 @ 1:05 pm

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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.

Gabriel Palatchi Trio
Jun 4 @ 1:30 pm

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Gabriel Palatchi is a triple-threat global musician. First, the 34-year old Argentine-born pianist is a world class artist whose latest recording, Trivolution, was selected as a Gold Medal Winner in the Composer/Album categories and on the Top Ten 2015 of the Global Music Awards. Also, Trivolution was featured in the Emerging Artists section of the April 30, 2016, issue of Billboard Magazine. Second, although Gabriel spent his formative years in Buenos Aires studying classical piano and being mentored by some of the great maestros of blues, tango, jazz and Latin jazz, he packed up his piano soon after graduation in order to expand his musical horizons in Cuba and Mexico. It was in Cuba where he met and studied with several maestros including the master “Chucho” Valdez.

Third, Gabriel is highly conversant with a range of culturally diverse styles, including tango, funk, klezmer, gypsy, reggae, samba and electronic.

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Michael Pickett @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 4 @ 1:40 pm

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In the 70s, 80s, and 90s Michael Pickett established himself as a musically ground-breaking, electrifying singer/songwriter/harmonica player, [Whiskey Howl, Wooden Teeth, Michael Pickett Band], surrounding himself with some of the top musicians in the country. He’s received two JUNO nominations and won several Jazz Report, Real Blues, and Maple Blues awards including the coveted Maple Blues ‘Blues with a Feeling Award’ for his passionate lifelong commitment to the blues.

Pickett has shared the stage with Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Jeff Healey, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, John Hammond, Sunnyland Slim, Lazy Lester, Matt Minglewood, Hubert Sumlin, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Son Seals, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Tea Party, George Porter Jr., Lee Oskar, Jerry Portnoy, Watermelon Slim, Guy Davis, and more.

Today his solo acoustic performances elicit standing ovations in venues like Toronto’s Massey Hall, Olympia’s Washington Center for the Performing Arts and Spain’s Teatro Marbella.

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The Firecats! @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 4 @ 2:10 pm

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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!

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Coco Love Alcorn @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm

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Coco Love Alcorn has always followed her spirit, but never so literally as with her latest album, Wonderland. The songs spring from her personal journey, but true to her nature, Coco offers a universal interpretation that invites all listeners to jump in and sing along. Just like her career – which has spanned over 20 years, 10 albums, cross-canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, award nominations and notable success in TV and film licensing – creating this album has been a journey. And it took someone with a spirit like Coco’s to navigate this path.

“Coco is the ultimate musical spark plug… an electrical connector through which the creative energy flows. In my 30 years of touring around the world, I have never seen another performer able to bring people together like Coco does.” ​James Keelaghan – Artist Director, Summerfolk and renowned Canadian singer/ songwriter

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Guy Davis @ Orangeville Opera House
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm

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When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. “It takes work making a song that’s simple, and playful, and easy to do,” he says. “And I don’t want people to see that. I want to uplift and create something that causes delight. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’.”

Davis’ much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider on Red House Records, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television (the Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-Town), as well as performing at theaters and festivals. And he’s played the four corners of the world, with a recent tour taking him from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. He played the Ukraine in summer of 2014, just a week or so before the statues of Lenin were torn down. He even played for the visiting Queen of Denmark when he performed at a children’s home in Greenland.

“I feel like I’ve only hit three corners of the world, with a lot more to go,” he says. “I seek to communicate no matter where I go. When I play in non-English speaking countries I play more of the classics—Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell. And I may tell fewer stories, but sometimes I can get away with it because the words sound like music.” Above all he’s looking to bring people together through music. “With the world falling apart it’s up to all of us to be ambassadors and to spread the music everywhere we can. There’s nowhere that I don’t want to play.”

His parallel careers– as a musician, an author, a music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor—mark Davis as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love. Growing up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. Guy’s one-man play, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues, premiered Off-Broadway in the ’90s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star Off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil, winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. He followed the footsteps of another blues legend when he joined the Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow, playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry. Along the way he cut nine acclaimed albums for the Red House label and three for his own label, Smokeydoke Records; and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards.

So it’s no wonder that Davis is reluctant to define himself simply as a bluesman. “To me, a bluesman is somebody who has to carry a knife or a gun and enter dangerous situations and sometimes fuel it with alcohol—That’s not who I am. I call myself a blues musician, and to me the blues is a broad title. I include some ragtime, I make a nod to New Orleans, and a nod to the fife and drum players. And I always include things that make you want to dance.”

All that and more can be heard on Kokomo Kidd, Guy’s twelfth studio album and his follow-up to the stripped-down, critically acclaimed 2013 release “Juba dance”, produced in Italy by Fabrizio Poggi. As always he combines modern with traditional blues, the somber and the celebratory. And for him it represents a jump into new territory. “It’s the first time I’ve produced myself,” he points out. “I stepped up to the plate, put the cash on the barrelhead and said ‘Let’s make this happen.’ What I’m showing here is a side of me that’s deep inside. It’s needing air and light, and here it comes!”

The rollicking title track, featuring Ben Jaffe of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, might be called a short story that you can dance to, featuring a rascal character who starts as a bootlegger and winds up a Republican advisor. “It’s sort of a demented celebration of corruption,” Guy says. “The Kidd represents all the forces that operate on the margins of society. That song says something about who I am, because I just don’t follow blues musicians, even though they’re very dear to me. But another one of my influences is someone I’d consider America’s modern Shakespeare, and that’s Garrison Keillor.”

The song’s New Orleans connection harks back to a formative visit he made to the Crescent City in 1979, a trip that convinced him to follow his muse as a performer. “I was playing the streets and Al Jaffe [Preservation Hall founder and Ben’s father] came out and saw me. Not only did he take me inside to meet all the players, he gave me the official Preservation Hall uniform tie, which I have to this day. And I ran into [legendary jazz bassist] Milt Hinton, who’d been my professor at Hunter College. He saw me playing on the street and thought, great—I’d finally made something of myself!”

Another of Davis’ mentors, folk legend Pete Seeger, inspired a song of loss, “I Wish I Hadn’t Stayed Away So Long.” He explains, “I was on Pete’s last official tour in 2008, witnessing with my own eyes something I’d heard since I was a child. Folk music was the doorway that I came into the blues from. And I want people hearing the song to know that life is precious, and that the road is not always an easy place to be.”

Other songs cover the more familiar territory of love and sex—or in the case of the sly “Blackberry Kisses,” both at once. “God knows I’ve written plenty of double and even single entendres about the sexual side of love,” he notes. “But the kiss is something different, that’s what elevates and energizes you—and I wanted this to be very elevated and energized! And I don’t know a lot of blues songs that break into waltz time in the middle.”

The most surprising of the album’s four cover tunes has to be “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” the slightly trippy Donovan hit from 1967. “I loved that song back when I was a kid, and I wasn’t even sure why—It wasn’t especially rhythmic, more on the acoustic psychedelic side of things. Growing up as an African-American, for me it was always about James Brown, soul music. So it comes from a more courageous part of myself to show how much I love that song. Same with the Bob Dylan song, ‘Lay Lady Lay’– There was a time when I wouldn’t have had the self-confidence to do a song like that.”

Closer to home is “Little Red Rooster,” the Willie Dixon classic first recorded by Howlin’ Wolf. The song teams Davis with another old friend, harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite. “I play the harp myself when I do that one live, but Charlie brings something special to it. In his blood he feels the harmonica and its sound, just as they did in the days of Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf.”

Continuing his mission to spread the blues around the world, Guy has lately been doing more teaching. “I’ve had beginning and intermediate students, and I try to give them enough of the basics that they can go into a jam session, and create more licks out of the ones they know. And I try to give them a bit of my philosophy. To my mind you can treat these songs as recombinant DNA, you can own it and you can create something new with it. And I didn’t sign any papers, but I can claim an ownership to the blues.”

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Jazz Society Band @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 4 @ 3:15 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.

Heather Katz Band @ TD/Canada Trust Tent
Jun 4 @ 4:20 pm

heather katz

Heather began her career playing music in the famous Canadian coffee houses of the 70’s such as the The Riverboat, Bohemian Embassy, and Eggerton’s in Toronto and The Yellow door in Montreal. She Toured across Canada with Motown’s Choker Campbell and later became sought after in the Toronto R&B scene.

She has performed with world class artists such as BB King, James Brown, Long John Baldry, Otis Clay, Solomon Burke and Matt “Guitar” Murphy.

Heather and her husband Michael are the proud owners of Broadway Music store located in Orangeville.

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The Last Waltz – A musical celebration of THE BAND – Live @ Royal LePage Main Stage
Jun 4 @ 4:30 pm

the last waltz celebration of the band

An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians, under the direction of Juno award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, is booking dates 2016 for the 40th Anniversary of THE BAND’s last concert in 1976. This crowd pleasing show, which has thrilled audiences at the CNE Bandshell (Toronto), Norfolk County Fair (Simcoe), the Shenkman Theatre (Ottawa), Peterborough, Orillia, Cobourg, Collingwood, Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst, and at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, will make any event an extravaganza! They have headlined the Southside Shuffle, Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Orillia Spring and Kitchener Blues Festivals.

This is an all-star line-up, featuring Juno and Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement award winner Chuck Jackson (lead singer of the Downchild Blues Band), Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson) the always entertaining Johnny Max, and other special guest singers. The performance will recreate the atmosphere of The Band’s final concert, which was captured in Martin Scorcese’s award-winning concert film, The Last Waltz.

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