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Shamik

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(BC) Shamik has performed in over 15 countries and 5 continents, rocking festivals like Shambhala, Bass Coast, Astral Harvest, Edmonton Folkfest, Victoria Jazz Festival, and the Vancouver Island Musicfest. He has beatboxed, toured & performed with some of the biggest names in the Hip-Hop & Electronica circuits such as; Method Man, Thievery Corporation, BassNectar, Redman & Flo Rida. Shamik has …

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Roots & Rhythms Dance Stage

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Come cut a rug at the Roots & Rhythms Dance Stage with interactive Dance Workshops and inspiring Dance Demonstrations from some of BC’s finest!       Dance Stage Workshops: Dance Fusion Workshop with Slava Doval Dance Fusion or FestiDance is for ALL AGES and ALL LEVELS. Come join Slava for a unique and energizing dance experience. This festive class …

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S.A. Music Crawl

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Salmon Arm Music Crawl Revisit the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society’s Coffee House roots.  Tune into a series of intimate performances throughout the downtown core.  Explore our restaurants and pubs and get a taste of what’s on the menu while savouring an authentic Shuswap musical experience.   Thursday August 15, 2013   Performers                                           Venue                                                              Time Stokes & Grimm        …

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Cam Penner

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BC Performance Shade Stage – Sat 12:30 pm   Workshop Shade Stage – Sun 11:00am   Workshop Focus stage – Sun 12:30 pm In a complicated world, Cam Penner finds beauty in simplicity, with an honest, spare approach to folk music that is refreshing in an age filled with so much insincerity and irony. Singing uncompromising songs about redemption and truth, Penner …

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Oh! Ogopogo!

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Performance Family Stage – Sat 11:00 am              Performance Family Stage – Sat 3:25 pm                Performance Family Stage – Sun 12:00 pm            Performance Family Stage – Sun 4:20 pm Oh! Ogopogo! is music for children – but they are no ordinary children’s music act. Oh! Ogopogo! encourages children to get up and dance, yell and sing along. This is fast, furious …

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George Leach

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George Leach (BC) playing Routes & Blues at Squilaax (Quaaout Lodge) Sunday, August 11. One Night Only! This undeniably bright star of the Sta’atl’imx Nation from the interior Lillioet British Columbia has earned his artistic integrity. His debut album, Just Where I’m At (2000), garnered international recognition, establishing him as a respected singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer, winning Best Male …

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a Million Dollars in Pennies

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a Million Dollars in Pennies playing Routes & Blues at Seymour Arm Saturday, August 10th, 2013. One Show Only! Shuswap darlings Mike Shaver and Steph Webster founded a Million Dollars in Pennies in early 2012.  The idea was based around a simple presentation; two acoustic instruments and two voices.  The band recorded their debut album a couple of months later …

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Shred Kelly

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Shred Kelly (BC) playing  Routes & Blues at Malakwa Hall Friday August 2nd. One Show Only! Shred Kelly is a formulation of friends and foot stomping good times born in the East Kootenay’s of British Columbia. Hailing from the town of Fernie, the five piece band is best known for mixing clawhammer banjo riffs that tear the fabric of space …

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Sherman Doucette

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Sherman Doucette (BC) – playing Routes & Blues at Notch Hill Hall Saturday August 3rd, 2013. One Show Only! Sherman Doucette’s natural ear for music began developing at an early age.  There were many musical nights of singing and dancing at the Doucette home when he was a young boy.  Family, friends and neighbours would come to join in the …

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Current Swell

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Current Swell (BC) playing Routes & Blues at Seymour Arm Saturday August 10th, 2013. One Show Only! In the foreground of the ‘new roots’ front pushing out of Canada’s west coast, Current Swell is a five piece band from Victoria that is getting a lot of recognition around the world as a mainstay in the ‘surf rock’ community.  “We never …

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No Sinner

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No Sinner (BC) playing Routes & Blues at Kingfisher Hall Friday August 9th, 2013. One Show Only! The rats were in the stinkbush, and the city was dying on the vine. Even the mountains had the blues. It was a rain-slicked February Friday, after dark, and I was leaning out, drinking and waiting for something—a sign—as the moon staggered, the …

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Vazzy

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NB / ON Performance Family Stage – Sat 12:00 pm             Performance Focus Stage – Sat 3:00 pm Performance Family Stage – Sun 11:00 am Performance Family Stage – Sun 3:25 pm A lively, fun and interactive performance introducing a variety of acoustic musical instruments thru traditional French-Canadian music and culture. Fiddle, banjo, harmonica, foot percussion, mandolin, bodhran, spoons, oud, jawsharp, …

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Jacky Essombe

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Cameroon / BC Workshop Family Stage – Sat 2:30 pm Dance Instruction – Roots n Rhythms Dance Stage – Sat 4:15pm Dance Instructions – Roots & Rhythms Dance Stage – Sun 12:15pm Workshop Family Stage – Sun 2:30 pm Originally from Cameroon, Jacky Essombe grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver. She has toured in Canada, the United …

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Expression World Music Collective

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BC Workshop Family Stage – Sat 1:15 pm      Workshop Family Stage – Sat 4:20 pm      Workshop Family Stage – Sun 1:15 pm    Volunteer Party Knowledge of the Arts does not belong only to the nation from which it came, it belongs to us all. Expression World Music Collective believes in the influence that music has towards creating cultural awareness. Music …

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Watasun

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BC Performance Focus Stage – Sat 1:45 pm Performance Barn Stage – Sun 6:00 pm                  Workshop Shade Stage – Sun 4:15 pm     Watasun: the name comes from “Water” and “Sun”, two elements that work off each other to give life. They haven’t always been a duo and they can switch into a full band for live performances and recording if …

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A Tribe Called Red

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ON   Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 1:15 pm  Performance Barn Stage – Sat 10:30 pm Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound. Made up of three members – two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and Bear Witness – the group …

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Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

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USA Workshop Blues Stage – Sat 2:45 pm Performance Main Stage – Sat 7:15 pm Performance Barn Stage – Sun 2:30 pm Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Tommy Castro has been playing his signature brand of rocking rhythm and blues professionally for over 25 years, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his new, stripped-down, …

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Selah Sue

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Belgium Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 3:00 pm Performance Main Stage – Sat 10:15 pm                Performance Barn Stage – Sun 3:45 pm  Selah Sue was not destined to become an artist. “I grew up in a really little town in Belgium, and none of my family was into music,” reveals the twenty-one year old, with refreshing sincerity. “As a kid, …

Santa Lucia LFR

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BC / Nicaragua Workshop Barn Stage – Sun 11:00 am Performance Barn Stage – Sun 7:30 pm                    Volunteer Party                Like a multi-ethnic gathering of friends, this seven member band has created a sound that evokes the early days of Latin Funk (Santana, War, etc.), while adding their own blend of Rock and Funk grooves. This addictive combination of Nuyorican Boogaloo, West Coast …

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Rita Chiarelli

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ON Performance Main Stage – Fri 7:30 pm                Workshop Blues Stage -Sat 12:15 pm Performance Blues Stage -Sat 4:00 pm Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist, has just released the soundtrack for her award winning documentary, Music From The Big House, her 9th recording. With a JUNO  award and 4 subsequent JUNO nominations, she is …

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Richard Perso

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Australia Performance Barn Stage – Sat 12:15 pm Workshop Focus Stage – Sat 4:15 pm Performance Focus Stage – Sun 3:00 pm Australian singer/songwriter Richard Perso is a multi-instrumentalist who single-handedly redefines the phrase “one-man band.”  Sitting on a stomp box with a drum pedal under his left foot and a tambourine under his right, Perso strums on one of …

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Mighty Mo Rodgers

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USA Performance Blues Stage – Sat 1:30 pm Performance Outreach – Sunday 10:30 am First United Service  Workshop Blues Stage – Sun 2:45 pm Mighty Mo Rodgers is a remarkably original singer/songwriter who’s shaped his life experiences into a terrifically eclectic and immensely deep vision on his Blue Thumb debut, Blues Is My Wailin’ Wall.   Rodgers combines soulful, gritty vocals and …

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Horse Feathers

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USA Performance Barn Stage – Sat 2:30 pm    Performance Focus Stage – Sun 1:45 pm                Workshop Shade Stage – Sun 4:15 pm New Year’s Eve always suggests a new beginning, and “Cynic’s New Year” welcomes Horse Feathers’ fans with the promise of something new. To be sure, old friends return. Wrapped around Justin Ringle’s unique vocals are sparkling guitars, dancing …

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Harry Manx

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BC Performance Barn Stage – Fri 9:00 pm       Performance Shade Stage – Sat 1: 45 pm     Workshop Focus Stage – Sat 4:15 pm Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is …

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Fatoumata Diawara

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Mali / France Performance Main Stage – Fri 6:15 pm                Workshop Blues Stage -Sat 12:15 pm Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 3:00 pm Introducing a fresh new talent with a unique sound, a bagful of beautiful self-penned songs and a tumultuous life story behind her, Fatoumata Diawara’s debut album, ‘Fatou’, was released on World Circuit on September 19, 2011. Tall, superbly …

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Devon Coyote

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B.C. Devon Coyote is a multi-instrumentalist gunslinger with an infectious sound. He’s a passionate player and the fun he is having spreads like wildfire into the hearts of every crowd. He is a quickly emerging Canadian artist, who is jamming with colleagues to create the best and most inspired music. It breeds a free flow style that adapts to diverse …

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Daniel Lanois

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Canada Performance Main Stage – Sun 8:45 pm  A true maverick, Juno winner and 2013 Roots & Blues headliner Daniel Lanois began his extraordinarily successful production career at the age of 17, when he and his brother Bob started recording bands in their mother’s Hamilton, Ont., basement. His acumen and hard work ultimately paid huge dividends;  the Hull, Que., native …

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The Crooked Brothers

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MB Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 4:15 pm Performance Barn Stage – Sat 6:00 pm    Workshop Shade Stage – Sun 11:00 am   Who says you can’t choose your family? The Crooked Brothers are kindred, no question. Their blend of timeless country classic sounds, back porch blues and stomping scrap yard funk has gained the attention of many folk festival and …

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The Bright Light Social Hour

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USA Performance Barn Stage – Sat 7:30 pm Performance Barn Stage – Sun 11:00 am Performance TD Main Stage – Sun 6:00 pm The Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, the band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock …

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The Belle Game

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BC Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 11:00 am       Performance Barn Stage – Sun 12:15 pm                Workshop Shade Stage – Sun 4:15 pm     Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, The Belle Game take intricate guitar and keyboard lines, anchored by dark pop rhythms, and weave them into gorgeous, graceful melodies. . . the end result still retaining the …

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The Balconies

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ON Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 11:00 am       Performance Shade Stage – Sun 12:15 pm Performance Barn Stage – Sun 9:00 pm  The Balconies stand before you – teeth barred, batting lashes, and foreheads laced with sweat. In the blink of an eye, the trio has grown from a humble indie pop band to a leather-clad three-headed rock and roll monster, punctuated by …

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Five Alarm Funk

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Five Alarm Funk (BC) playing Routes & Blues at Falkland Hall Sunday August 4th, 2013 – One Show Only! Roots & Blues Festival favourites Five Alarm Funk is a horn powered, percussion fuelled sonic and visual assault. For more than eight years the band has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the …

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Kelley Hunt

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USA Workshop Blues Stage – Sun 12:15 pm Performance Blues Stage – Sun 4:00 pm In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist KELLEY HUNT is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions — a woman who has muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and …

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Jason Collett

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ON Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 11:00 am Performance Barn Stage – Sat 3:45 pm                    Workshop Focus Stage – Sun 12:30 pm Jason Collett is a singer/songwriter/musician,  and a concerned citizen. Well known for his work with celebrated Canadian collective Broken Social Scene, he has just released his fifth solo album, Reckon, a seasoned, thought-provoking collection of 15 songs that …

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Ky-Mani Marley

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Jamaica Performance Main Stage – Fri 8:45 pm Synonymous with Jamaican royalty, the Marley name is recognized around the world, the legacy of a pioneer of a cultural, political and social revolution. Reggae icon and legend Bob Marley blessed the world with his timeless, brilliant and message filled sound which continues to inspire and influence audiences today. With such a …

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BerlinskiBeat

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Germany Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 1:15 pm      Performance Barn Stage – Sat 9:00 pm BerlinskiBeat – the flip side of 2013 Roots & Blues performers  Corvus Corax –  Wim, Castus, Norri, Vit, Steve, Pan, and Hatz of Corvus Corax trade off kilts for Fedoras and serve up a red hot BerlinskiBeat sound. Also on board with Berlinski Beat: Robert Soko, …

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Corvus Corax

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Germany Performance Main Stage – Fri 10:15 pm The story of Neo-Medieval supergroup Corvus Corax and its quest after the lost musical tradition of the medieval minstrel began in 1989 East Germany by members Castus Rabensang and Wim Venustus, who upon escaping from the former GDR began busking in the streets, often performing with jugglers and acrobats of the street …

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Mississippi Heat

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USA Performance Barn Stage – Fri 7:30 pm       Performance  Blues Stage – Sat 11:00 am Workshop Blues Stage – Sat 2:45 pm Mississippi Heat – veterans of the international blues circuit and called by the Chicago Sun Times – ‘quite simply the hottest [blues] band in Chicago…’ will ignite the Blues Stage this summer with a sound simultaneously rooted in tradition …

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Ben Waters

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UK Performance Barn Stage – Fri 10:30 pm    Workshop Focus Stage – Sat 12:30 pm Workshop Blues Stage – Sun 12:15 pm Following a year in which he has played all over the world in many prestigious theatres and festivals, Ben Waters is looking forward to returning to Roots & Blues this year (you may have caught him here in 2011). …

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Bruce Cockburn

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 Performance Main Stage  – Sat 8:45 pm As always, there’s a spiritual side to music icon Bruce Cockburn’s latest album Small Source of Comfort, perhaps best reflected on the single The Iris of the World, which opens the album. The song includes the humorously rueful line, “I’m good at catching rainbows, not so good at catching trout.” That admission serves …

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City and Colour

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ON Performance Main Stage – Sun 10:15 pm “I just wanted to make an honest record.” So says Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour. He’s not really talking about confessionals (though that might happen, too) but truthfully incarnated music: organic songwriting, natural process and sincere moments captured in the studio. Captured—not manipulated. For his fourth LP, The Hurry …

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Skratch Bastid

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Canada Performance Barn Stage – Sun 10:30 pm   Having rocked the bar many times, Juno nominee Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it. In 2013, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers, but don’t think it happened overnight.  From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes …

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Felix Zenger

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Finland Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 1:15 pm      Workshop Barn Stage – Sun 1:30 pm     Workshop Focus Stage – Sun 4:15 pm Finnish beatbox artist Felix Zenger has made a show-stopping entry into the scene during the past couple of years. Praised by the likes of Pharrell Williams, rubbing shoulders with such talent as Kid Koala, Bahamadia and Blu, Zenger is also …

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Butterscotch

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USA Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 3:00 pm Workshop Barn Stage – Sun 1:30 pm        Performance Focus Stage – Sun 11:00 am Butterscotch is a singer/beatboxer who incorporates her musical background of piano, guitar and bass into her compositions and performances. She is heavily influenced by jazz, classical, hip hop and R&B artists, ranging from Frederic Chopin to John Coltrane …

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The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer

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BC Performance Barn Stage – Fri 6:00 pm       Workshop Focus Stage – Sat 12:30 pm Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 4:15 pm     ‘With a name like the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-based duo is some sort of concept group, based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.’– …

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Malcolm Holcombe

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USA Performance Shade Stage – Sat 11:00 am Workshop Focus Stage – Sun 12:30 pm    Performance Shade Stage – Sun 3:00 pm               Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is finally being recognized by the contemporary U.S and European folk/americana community as a performer of national stature, and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist about whom Rolling Stone …

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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

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USA Workshop Barn Stage – Sat 11:00 am       Workshop Shade Stage – Sun 11:00 am Performance Main Stage – Sun 7:15 pm What have these people done to music?” wails Sallie Ford on her 2011 album, Dirty Radio’s explosive opener, I Swear.  She rages against sound-alike pop stars foisted on the public by mainstream media, but it’s a question worth …

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Shakura S’Aida

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ON Workshop Blues Stage – Sat 12:15 pm Performance Main Stage – Sat 6:00 pm              Performance Blues Stage – Sun 1:30 pm  Born in Brooklyn. Raised in Switzerland. A long-time Canadian who lives in Toronto. That’s Shakura S’Aida, a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for almost 25 years. Shakura takes her music wherever …

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Steve Strongman

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ON Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 4:15 pm Performance Blues Stage – Sun 11:00 am                Workshop Blues Stage – Sun 2:45 pm There are reasons why Canadian blues artist Steve Strongman cleaned up at this year’s Maple Blues Award, winning for Best Recording, Best Guitar Player, and Best Songwriter.   The same  reasons are why Strongman has been packing the houses at …