Abigail Lapell & Raine Hamilton
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Call it prairie noir or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs. Her sophomore album, HIDE NOR HAIR, won the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year, and she’s toured across North America and Europe, performing on vocals, piano, harmonica and finger style guitar. Her latest release, GETAWAY, is out February 1st on Coax Records.
Resonant, acoustic chamber folk with an otherworldly edge, and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Prism-clear vocals and strings; A combination of vocal agility and power. Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. Alongside cello + double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach.
Mark Sepic is an internationally recognized guitarist/composer, whose virtuoso finger-style guitar, appealing vocal style, impeccable taste, child-like sense of play and some electronic loop-wizardry make his concerts an irresistible joy-ride into the magic of music. Styles: Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock and Flamenco. His projects have been featured in thirteen consecutive Toronto Jazz Festivals and have taken him abroad to Germany, Cuba and Singapore.Visit Artist Website
When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it.Visit Artist Website
Tom Eastland Triage
Tom Eastland has had three of his original songs featured on National
CBC radio, and each of his last three albums have charted on !earshot
charts for Canadian community radio stations. Tom Eastland Triage adds
the mystical Myke Mazzei and mighty Susanne Kozo, who bring delicious
harmonies and instrumentation, and decades of performance experience.
The three have performed together throughout southern Ontario for over
five years, and have developed a deep body of family-friendly
original, traditional, and popular favourite songs. Three voices, two
guitars, a magic squeezebox, and a wide and wild variety of our best
Kalon Hart with special guest Mel Hilmi
Kalon Hart’s gentle acoustic songs connect to the spirit, but are rooted in the earth, and forged in the crucible of human experience. Using his creativity as a personal healing tool, he practices “emotional judo”, redirecting traumatic memories into parables of healing to shine a light for those walking a similar path.
The name Kalon (rhymes with Galen) comes from ancient Greek and means “ideal, perfect beauty”; Hart is the male deer and also its homophone, heart. Thus the name Kalon Hart could be said to represent: songs from the heart and for the heart, speaking to our intrinsic beauty and perfection, inspired by nature and infused with love.
Kalon Hart is the alter ego of Rob Teehan, known now as a Los Angeles-based composer for film and television, and previously as a tuba player in his hometown in Toronto, where he escaped classical indoctrination to play with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Boxcar Boys, the Heavyweights Brass Band, and pretty much any other band that was musically adventurous enough to try out a tuba playing the bass line. Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2014, he has been apprentice to TV composer Sean Callery, a position which has given him the opportunity to work on many “big” TV shows as well as to master the art of studio feng shui (it’s all about the cables).
Rob's resume used to mean a great deal to him, but something shifted when he began this new chapter. "When I write as Kalon Hart, " he says, "I’m connected to an energy that is much greater than my life story, and through that I'm able to channel deep and powerful songs about healing, about love, about connection to nature, and about spiritual awakening. This feels like the purest expression of my musical gifts, because it has the most potential to make a positive impact in the world."
Kalon Hart's debut album, “Love Is Surrender”, coming in summer 2019, is a wide-ranging, seven-song meditation on the nature of love and emotions, in a style he likes to call "gentle Indie Americana", with shades of influence from Bon Iver, Gregory Alan Isakov, Trevor Hall, and S Carey.
Mel Hilmi is a singer-songwriter raised in Belleville, Ontario. Throughout her years as a songwriter, she has written extensively with other artists leading to a finalist spot in the International Songwriting Competition based in Nashville, as well as multiple song placements in film and television. In 2010 after co-producing and releasing a solo album entitled Revolution, Melanie attended the audio production program at The Harris Institute in Toronto to hone her craft as a producer and engineer. As a vocalist Melanie has had the privilege of performing alongside numerous accomplished performers such as Amanda Wilkinson and Marylynne Stella. She continues to lend her vocals to various national TV spots with brands like Nestlé, McDonalds, and Rowing Canada.
In addition to producing other artists, Mel is currently working on another solo project set to be released in 2019. She is also a former member of the alt-folk band The Belleregards, who have toured extensively across North America and the UK. The Belleregards released their fourth album in spring of 2018. Hilmi co-produced three of the four releases.Buy Tickets - $15 in Advance $20 at the Door Visit Artist Website
Jessica Pearson & The East Wind
Jessica Pearson is a Canadian born storyteller with a voice like melting honey on a summers eve. Accompanied by the melodic bowing of Pat Bigelow on the Stand Up Bass and the sweet fiddling of Maddy O’Regan, they bring to life tales of the past and express the beauty and heartbreak of the world today. Their music perfectly blends folk, roots and East Coast bluegrass. From a cappella tunes sung in the middle of the audience to recollections of growing up in Canada, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind will take you on a journey with their dynamic live shows and entertaining story telling.Visit Artist Website
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"David Stone's songs are carefully written and could easily stand alone as poetry. The fact that he can accompany them with strong melodies that lend themselves to sing-alongs, a voice just this side of gravelly, and delicate guitar work when the occasion calls for it makes Stone a quadruple-threat." - Rachel Cholst (Adobe and Teardrops).
Victor was born in Plattsburgh New York and since has traveled much of the world producing outdoor television. Music has been a staple in Victor’s life for the past 20 years and recently he has experienced an overflow of original writing “I have a bad habit of putting my foot in my mouth. Music is an opportunity for me to collect my thoughts, put them down on paper, and then deliver them. Without music I think I would be in trouble a lot more frequently.” Playing in and around the Quinte area, Victor has been able to fulfill his passion for performing in his very occasional free time. He now lives in Quinte west with his wife Jodi.
Nolan Hubbard boldly emerges as vocalist, guitarist and composer of evocative acoustic-pop masterpieces with the forthcoming release of his debut album and his moving and memorable lead-off single Today.
The album was recorded in Nashville alongside top session players, and was produced by Canadian industry veteran Douglas Romanow. The time spent in Music City USA proved to be edifying and encouraging for Hubbard, as he felt both in awe of the surroundings but also emboldened by the experience – awed by the significance of being one of the mecca’s of the music business, but also emboldened because he came to realize that he had what it took as a songwriter and player to hang with some of the world’s best. For full bio see artist link.Visit Artist Website
Mayhemingways emerge within a region ripe with musical reputation in Ontario Canada. Benj Rowland executes lead vocals and employs a mixed bag of folk instruments like banjo, mandolin, accordion, and acoustic guitar. Josh Fewings anchors the tunes on the drums and elevates the melody with harmony vocals. They are a strong musical duo that converges with “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk” (Tom Wilson, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond).Visit Artist Website
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
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.
Chris Bonham-Carter is a guitarist from Prince Edward County who has been playing shows around the area for over 10 years. Chris began playing guitar in 2002 and studied musical theory with Drew Ackerman for over 5 years. With a list of songs that span across 7 decades, there is not much he can’t play. You can catch him regularly at the many wineries and breweries in the Bay of Quinte area.Visit Artist Website
Guitarist, singer and songwriter, Timothy Campbell is a well renowned performer in the Quinte area. As the owner of Keynote Studios, he has helped to instruct and produce many aspiring and professional musicians, over the years. As the producer of the radio show Handmade Music, he helped area artists gain access to the local airwaves. A co-founder of Musicians for Hope, he continues to use his talents to respond to his neighbours in need. As well as being a founding member of such legendary local groups like Sands Of Time, Bentwood Rocker and All You Need Is Love, he continues to work with many successful musical projects. Currently, Tim is actively recording and performing Solo and with the Timothy Campbell Band.Visit Artist Website
Benni is a world-class musician, award winning songwriter and entertainer from Prince Edward County, Canada. His endless repertoire includes ambitious covers of classics from the past 50 years, and an array of contagious original songs. His welcoming and friendly personality draws in unfamiliar crowds, and keeps familiar crowds coming back. Benni has spent his early years mastering music production, and is an extremely efficient and tasteful session pianist, guitarist, drummer, bassist, and vocalist.Visit Artist Website
Ben Vandergaast is a 22 year old singer and piano virtuoso. Still relatively new to the local music scene, he is getting widespread recognition for his large repertoire of piano hits - delivering highly-applauded covers of Supertramp, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Guess Who, Queen, and much, much more. Don’t miss this young up-and-comer’s all-request show at Caper’s in Belleville!!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.
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.