Kristine Schmitt and Jesse Corrigan
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"Hang onto your hats: Kristine Schmitt will knock you off your feet, then pick you up again and make you dance." Exclaim Magazine
This time out, Kristine's bringing along the rich voice and fingerpicking goodness that is Jesse Corrigan on guitar. They're a powerful combination and they're headed your way! Smart original songs all goosed up with a healthy dose of honkytonk, country blues, and a goodly amount of dirty swing
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.
Tony Silvestri is a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist and Piano virtuoso. At the age of 22, he has already made significant progress in the world of music.
As a singer songwriter Tony has performed on world class stages such as The Ottawa Bluesfest, Del Crary Park, The Canadian Wakeboard Championships, and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Jeff Healey, Theory Of A Deadman, Honeymoon Suite, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Steve Earle, Big Sugar,
Widemouth Mason, The Arkells, Hollerado, Bedouin Soundclash, Pat Benatar, Kim Mitchell, April Wine, and recorded an album at the Bathouse in Kingston, produced by Rob Baker of the
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
Hard Ryde is a dynamic group of award winning musicians whose soulful harmonies and distinctive, hard driving delivery of traditional and original material has captivated audiences through out North America and beyond. Considered by many as Canada's Ambassadors for Bluegrass music, they have won over the hearts and minds of many an audience south of their border, as well as being a major force in the Canadian concert and festival circuit. They have been featured on the American music special "Song of the Mountains", being aired on public television through out the US and bringing even more attention to the quality of Bluegrass being offered north of the border.Hard Ryde can also be seen on NBC's series "Covert Affairs" although recorded last year it is still being seen on episode repeats. Hard Ryde's stellar musicianship and strong songwriting abilities have made them a fan favorite where ever they performVisit Artist Website