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
Folk singer/songwriter Dave Allen was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. He was exposed to an eclectic collection of music at a young age, from Bowie to Dylan, Joan Armatrading to Supertramp and The Beatles. These influences helped to shape the all-embracing qualities of his own song craft. Growing up in a musical family, Dave was introduced to improvised melody and performance in jamming pop & folk songs of the 60’s and 70s with his mother, father and younger sister. These jams typically happened at family gatherings and campfires to small crowds of friends and family around Southern Ontario. It was these musical moments that ignited Dave’s ambition for songwriting and creative work. Dave was the lead singer-songwriter in the rock n’ soul band Stonetrotter who had released their full length album ‘Stonetrotter’ in 2015. You can find Dave performing solo or with his Family band in venues across Ontario. Dave’s debut full-length record is set to be released in 2017.
Toronto’s Abigail Lapell draws freely from folk-roots, indie and punk rock traditions. She received the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and NOW Toronto called her a “musician to watch” in 2017. Lapell has toured across North America, Europe and the U.K., performing on vocals, piano, harmonica and finger style guitar. Hide Nor Hair, her sophomore CD/LP, is out now via Coax Records.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
Belleville's own Sonya Zaback brings with her a touch of class and classic vocal stylings comparable to that of jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
Drawing from various music genres including jazz, soul, pop, country, funk and musical theatre, Sonya's uniquely captivating performance, featuring pianist John McFarlane, is not to be missed.
Chris Staig and The Marquee Players
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” is to be 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.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.
Spencer Evans was born in Picton, grew up around the Quinte area, and graduated from B.C.I.
Spencer plays piano, clarinet, accordion and sings! He has been a professional musician over 20 years. He has played Bermuda to Bosnia, New Orleans to the North Pole, and has worked with The Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer,Pat Temple,Jill Barber,The Good Lovelies,Willie P. Bennett, Jeff Healey, Dan Aykroyd, Willie P. Bennett, Alex Pangman, Maria Muldaur, among countless others.
Spencer has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, MUCHmusic and CMT.
A resident of Kingston for several years, Spencer keeps busy playing with numerous local bands such as Bloom, Pico de Gallo, Ghetto Xpress,Funkyfrenz, The River Cats (on the Island Queen)and various jazzy combos.
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.