With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Mel Parsons has built up a solid fan base the old fashioned way - winning over audiences on the live circuit. Parsons is dynamite on stage and well known as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars. The award winning indie-folk singer released her third full length album ‘Drylands’ to critical acclaim, with a Silver Scroll Finalist nod for ‘Get Out Alive’ in 2015, winning the 2016 NZCMA Best Song for ‘Alberta Sun’ and the VNZMA for Best Engineer. Parsons continues touring relentlessly, with shows throughout New Zealand and around the globe. Solo or with her stellar band, Parsons is at home on stage and renowned as an engaging performer with a naturally emotive voice and razor sharp wit. With a wide breadth of material, she can swing from the gutsy & rhythmic hand-clappers, through to pin-drop ballads in a heartbeat. Testament to Parsons’ songwriting is the endorsement of Canadian music royalty Ron Sexsmith, who lends his voice to the ‘Drylands’ track “Don’t Wait.”Visit Artist Website
Jeremy Kelly is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for all things creative and soulful.
As a guitarist Jeremy has toured, composed and recorded with renowned artists and producers including Alex Lifeson (Rush), Ian Thornley (Big Wreck, Thornley), Blueman Group (Toronto and Chicago productions) Edwin (I Mother Earth, solo artist), The Rankin Family, Gavin Brown (producer Billy Talent, Three Days Grace) Greig Nori (Treble Charger, Sum 41) David Martin (producer) Sabrina Whyatt, Dawn Langstroth and his own band KidRichards.
Graduating from Humber College in 1999 with a focus on performance left Jeremy with a very strong musical background in jazz improvisation and harmony.
It is with this education combined with his blues, country and celtic folk musical heritage, that Jeremy is able to play a wide variety of styles and stay true to the soul of the songs.
Melanie Hilmi is a singer-songwriter raised in Belleville, Ontario. Throughout the years as a songwriter, Hilmi has been a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition based out of Nashville, and has had multiple song placements in film and television. As a vocalist Melanie has had the privilege of performing alongside numerous accomplished performers and continues to lend her vocals to various national TV spots with clients such as Nestlé and McDonalds.
Currently, Melanie is a member of the Toronto-based rowdy folk quartet The Belleregards, who have toured extensively across North America and the UK. The Belleregards released their second album in early 2016 and are set to head to the studio in 2018.Visit Artist Website
Allison Brown’s sweet, powerful singing offers a captivating invitation to follow her down lonesome railroad lines, into abandoned buildings, back in time, to high above the stratosphere as she illustrates landscapes both strange and familiar with her newest collection of songs.Visit Artist Website
Pulling from a wide assortment of musical influences and genres, Scott performs a songbook of favourites that leaves his audiences guessing what will come next while enjoying the moment. With over 20 years of experience, Scott has toured hundreds of stages across the province. As a frontman for Ottawa-based original rock band Emmas Ringer (www.emmasringer.com), Scott is also an accomplished songwriter. He received top-nods for his song and video "Have it Your Way" which received commercial radio play, with his album "Generations" receiving critical praise. His musical influences include: Eric Clapton, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Ian Thornley, Chris Cornell, Miles Davis, Les Claypool, Paul McCartney and St. Vincent to name a few.Visit Artist Website
Head Over Heels Duo
Head over Heels is an acoustic guitar/vocal duo from the Kingston, Ontario area. Veteran singer-songwriter-guitarist Kevin Head and vocalist Vanessa Burnett, perform a diverse mix of
original music and interpreted covers of folk, jazz, classic rock and contemporary tunes. Their engaging and playful onstage rapport has endeared them to many audiences in Eastern
Ontario. Kevin recently released his third CD of original music - recorded with Vanessa and a full band, live in Gananoque, Ontario.Visit Artist Website
Seth Anderson is a folk musician with east coast roots and a passion for adventure.
Blending elements of folk/rock with alternative country and the spirit of punk rock, he is most recognized for his high energy performances, and catchy, truth laden, heart driven lyrics; Strongly connected to the community and surroundings of his Rocky Mountain home of the last decade, Canmore, Alberta.Visit Artist Website
CITIZEN JANE is a Toronto-based folk-pop duo that evocatively weaves powerful vocal harmonies with innovative string textures to create an emotionally charged soundscape. Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with all audiences.Visit Artist Website
Patrick Lehman is a soul singer, producer and songwriter from Montreal. He released his last album “Butchy’s Son” in August 2016 across Canada with Pheromone/Universal. The album received critical acclaim and was nominated for a Juno award in 2016 for ‘Best Soul/R&B Recording of the Year’ category alongside the Weeknd and Alesia Cara. Traveling to Calgary to attend the awards, he was also a featured performer in Junofest 2016.Visit Artist Website
Roots, Blues, World and Beyond…Matt Smith is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Come out for a night of world class fingerstyle, flatpicked and slide guitar, not to mention some killer mandolin playing.
With two full length recordings of original music and a vast repertoire his own unique interpretations of of Blues, Jazz, World and many Classics you are sure to have a great night of high level musicianship delivered with an intimate down-home feel.
Andy Forgie is one of Belleville and area'a best loved and accomplished entertainers. Andy has recorded for Capitol Records with the band Photograph and tours internationally with his Beatles Celebration: All You Need Is Love. Enjoy an evening of "Classics & Curiosities" from the 60's, 70's and more...with three chords & a capo! Expect the unexpected.Visit Artist Website
Chris Staig is a Toronto based guitarist and singer/songwriter. Over the years Chris has had the pleasure of lending his talents on guitar to many different musical ventures. As a singer/songwriter Staig has released multiple solo albums throughout his career. His fifth album entitled “Shack by the Tracks” was released in February 2015, with an Ontario tour to support it. Staig's current band for live performances, The Marquee Players, consists of Stephen O’Toole on the bass, Shelley Coopersmith on violin and mandolin, and Ian Mackay on the drums. Chris Staig and the Marquee Players have maintained a monthly residency at Toronto’s fabled Hole in the Wall for the past two years. They also perform many shows monthly around Ontario, both as a full band or as an acoustic trio. Chris Staig duo consists of himself and Shelley Coopersmith on the violin and mandolin.Visit Artist Website
Jaw dropping guitar and vocals with grooves that you wish would never end! Shawn "Deepwater" Dore is a solo artist that performs a folk blues / roots mix of covers (Robert Johnson, Booker White, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, etc.) as well as a great selection of originals from his first album "Watch My Back" with the Shawn Dore Band, and his upcoming album. Also having the ability to involve and connect with the audience, you will surely leave a Deepwater Dore show with a lasting impression.Visit Artist Website