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
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
Born in Montreal, Canada, singer/songwriter Bobby Dove planted her musical roots singing and picking at the Wheel Club’s weekly hillbilly nights, where she found a mentor in the resident lap steel player Bobby Hill: songwriter, educator, and pioneer of Canadian country radio in the 1950’s.
In 2013 Bobby released the seven song EP, Dovetales, heralded by CBC’s Brendan Kelly as “a stunner, repping the debut of an important new voice on our roots scene.” She has since shared stages with artists such as Justin Townes Earle, JD McPhereson, Richard Thompson, and Mary Gauthier.
Produced by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot), Bobby’s debut full-length album Thunderchild was recorded with a strong cast of Canadian musicians including Anna Ruddick, Sam Weber, Bob Cohen, Laura Bates and Burke Carroll. Since the 2016 record launch, Bobby has been touring Canada, winning the hearts of roots music lovers with her poetic songwriting, powerful voice and magnetic stage presence.
Alyssa Skilton & John McFarlane
Alyssa has always belonged on the stage with a microphone in her hand. Her repertoire is quite eclectic covering blues, rock and jazz standards. Her influences are many including Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, Melody Gardot, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Lana Del Rey.
Alyssa’s voice has been described by others as alternatively soothing, sultry and dynamic. She possesses a natural charm, which is infectious to her listeners paired with an appealing stage presence.
Pianist John McFarlane is a well-known voice instructor with a classical background and experience in all genres. He presently resides In Kingston and performs as a freelance tenor.
We hope you enjoy the passion these artists bring to their music.
Emily Burgess & Marcus Browne
Emily Burgess graduated with honours from Humber College’s prestigious music program at twenty-two years old, majoring in guitar. Direct from the hallways to the roadways, Emily began touring Canada and the U.S with the JUNO nominated 24th Street Wailers. 8 years and hundreds of shows later, she fronting her own band, The Emburys, and playing guitar with many different acts across Canada. Emily has shared the stage and traded riffs with guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, John Primer, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sue Foley, and Sam Weber, among others. Burgess wrote two songs and took guitar duties for 2015’s JUNO nominated album “Wicked” by The 24th Street Wailers.Visit Artist Website
Shawn “Deepwater” Dore Trio
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. Shawn is now performing as a trio with Kris Tischbein on bass and Emerson Pringle on drums.Visit Artist Website
Big Rude Jake
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Noted for his skill as a blues shouter and raconteur, Jake is especially drawn to the roots of American music. You’ll hear blues, jazz, swing, rockabilly, jump, gospel, folk and fingerpicking ragtime guitar. Add a sharp wit, a little cabaret and some punk attitude, and you’ve got Big Rude Jake.
Jake's current focus is on his upcoming solo album and the smaller intimate performances that go along with that project. He is however, and always will be, the Jake that can front a 4-10 piece swing or jump blues band, the Jake that can wow with a snazzy jazzy trio, the Jake who invented the unique beatnik blues sound of the Bay of Pigs Orchestra, and the Jake who can simply surprise and amaze.
Contemporary folk-soul musician Lance Isaacs hails from Six Nations Reserve, southwest of Hamilton, but now calls Peterborough home.
Quickly jumping in and immersing himself in the thriving Peterborough music scene upon arrival, he has become recognized and revered for his sultry vocals and soulful, melodic compositions, along with an instantly captivating live show.
Making himself a fixture at Peterborough’s Legendary Red Dog open stage, he soon captured the ears of seasoned international touring artists The Weber Brothers.
REWIND is an acoustic based act featuring different singers and instrumentalists supported by Jamie Sharpe. Jamie has been performing in and around Ontario for about 30 years. Currently a member of The Remedy and The Cripple Creek Band, Jamie takes the opportunity in this arrangement to perform on the smaller stage with a host of talented musicians and a variety of music spanning the the past 50 years.
Vince Thornton is a classically trained pianist and self-taught guitarist who currently fronts the Quinte area trio, The Pitiless Fools. On this occasion, he will be performing stripped-down, unplugged classics in an intimate setting by artists ranging from David Bowie and The Police to Tom Petty and The Tragically Hip.Visit Artist Website
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Mark Martyre is a Canadian writer and musician. His prolific songwriting has produced 5 full-length studio albums since 2012: Down, Record (2012), London (2013), Red Letters (2014), Bluebird (2016), and Rivers (2017), as well as several live records, and bootlegs. In 2018, Mark wrote songs for the play "That Moment When", and his music has garnered critical acclaim and attention both nationally and internationally, and has earned him “Best Songwriter” and “Album of the Year” nominations. In 2016, Mark published a collection of his lyrics, spanning his music between 2012-2016., and has had several poems published in online journals and literary magazines. In 2019, Mark published a book of collected poems, and is currently working on his sixth studio album - scheduled for release later this year.
Making Country Music Great Again is just the kind of full time work Sean Burnshas been dreaming of his entire life. With a passion for traditional sounds andhonest delivery, Sean has toured relentlessly from one end of Canada to theother, and across the United States.The Winnipeg based song and dance man taps into the grittiness of the road inthe stark, down-to-earth style of an authentic storyteller. And with his band, LostCountry hot off the heels of their March 2018 release Music for Taverns, Bars,and Honky Tonks, 2018 has been another busy year.Visit Artist Website