Meet our entertainers for this year...
Alfie Smith | www.alfiesmith.org
Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. To date, Alfie has released six records, his most recent being Sometimes the Rain. He is currently signed and distributed through Busted Flat Records. Alfie has played from Sudbury to New Orleans. He has been a featured performer at Mariposa, Festival of Friends, Home County, Festival Borealis, Eaglewood, Mill Race, Red Rock, Brampton, Niagara Blues Festival, Harbourfront Blues Festival, Octoberfolk, Orillia Spring Blues, Barriefolk and Orangeville Blues & Jazz festival.
ALMOST HIP | www.thealmosthip.com
ALMOST HIP was born in the fall of 1990. It played it’s 1st Official gig at a bar in Kitchener called “DUFFERS ” on Oct 6th. The band has not stopped accepting bookings since that day. The Almost Hip is comprised of professionally seasoned Musicians with 25+ years of experience just covering “The Tragically Hip”. Bars, Casino’s, Weddings, Stag and Doe’s, Pig Roasts, Birthday Party’s, NYE …. YOU NAME IT!!! Almost Hip have studied and concentrate on reproducing the ‘LIVE’ HIP sound. The Same sound that has catapulted to band to the Status of “CANADA’S BAND”. Craig Dougan’s voice is such an extremely close comparison to Gord Downie’s, that if you closed your eyes, you’d imagine Gord Downie singing. Craig enjoys getting his audiences up Singing and Dancing along with him. He delivers the songs with Integrity, Intensity and Honesty. If you are a Tragically Hip fan, then you must go check out The Almost Hip!! Simply because, “Only THE HIP do it BETTER!!”
BLUSH | www.blushband.ca
We've been a big part of Ontario's music scene for over 9 years. When we're not performing at weddings and corporate events, you can bet that we're entertaining crowds at one of its best venues. Always on the vanguard yet never overlooking the classics, we deliver both old and new styles of music, from Disco to Latin, R&B to Hip-Hop and Pop to Rock, performing each genre with great versatility, passion and high energy, which is guaranteed to entertain the most eclectic of crowds and keep everyone dancing, singing and having a great time. Blush features Filipa Sousa (vocals), Michael Hampson (guitar), Dave Carreiro (bass) and Kevin Birch (drums). Each member brings years of experience and their own unique talent to the group, which sets us apart from the pack. With every show, we raise the bar and create a fun and memorable experience for everyone. We've played countless shows throughout the years and, in the process, have solidified an amazing friendship between us, which shines through in our performances.
BRAVE AND CRAZY | www.braveandcrazy.ca
Short on pretense, filled with passion, Brave & Crazy came together out of a love of performing music. Over 20 years later they still feel the same. They have opened for Sass Jordan, David Wilcox and April Wine to name a few. You can find all their upcoming dates on their website.
ERICK TRAPLIN | www.ericktraplin.com
Erick is an award-winning musician, singer/songwriter, author and has released 8 CDs and 3 children’s book. He has been entertaining children at schools, libraries, fairs, and community events throughout Ontario and Eastern Canada for over 25 years with his fun-filled, high energy, interactive musical show. So get ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, sing along, and have some fun!!!
FOOTBRIDGE ROAD | Facebook Page
The Footbridge Road band is a Cambridge-based band known for their 5-part harmonies and variety of songs. The band has played numerous bars and festivals in KW, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, and Goderich. Band members are Kathy Altman, Deanna Riese, Alex Riese, Steve Riese and Dave Savoie.
HWY 24 | hwy24band.com
Hwy 24 is a 5 piece band founded in 2017. Playing Classic Rock, Country and Blues to audiences through Southern Ontario with all bandmates singing Lead Vocals and Harmonies. The members are: Jeff Dawdy – Lead Guitar, Ferdie Del Mundo – Rhythm Guitar, Budd Cook – Bass Guitar, Mike Gzik – Keyboards, Craig Walker – Drums
JENNY HOWES DUO | Facebook Page
With her commanding voice that has been said to both amaze and engage her audiences, Jenny Howes brings enthusiasm and energy to her rocked out covers and a sweet softness to her coffee house ballads. Her husband, Daryl, provides the perfect instrumental accompaniment. With their passion to transcend their fans with their mutual love for one another and their music, this duo is a perfect fit in any venue. Developing a sound all their own; incorporating acoustic guitar and lively percussion, this duo creates a vibe that is both edgy and soulful. Influenced by classic singer songwriters of the 70’s; rock and grunge of the 90’s; and pop and indie folk rock of today, Jenny and Daryl are sure not to disappoint, covering a unique variety of music guaranteed to have you singing right along!
THE JOHN MCKINLEY BAND | johnmckinleyband.com
John McKinley’s playing style touches on Texas-style Blues-Rock and groove/funk while incorporating a strong dose of Latin influence due to his Mexican American roots. A native of Roswell, New Mexico, he has been influenced by such musicians as Freddie King, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford and ZZ Top. His career has spanned many decades and he’s opened for ZZ Top and even jammed with Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Nick Dorken is a classic rock cover artist hailing from the small town of Innerkip Ontario. Born into a family of musicians, Nick has been surrounded by, and immersed in music his entire life. An accomplished musician who has been performing for crowds since his early adolescence, Nick finds great comfort in being on stage. Known for both his vocal and guitar abilities, Nick’s music engages and captivates his audiences. Outside of music, Nick has a passion for Firefighting and has been a part of the Kitchener fire department for the past decade. He is also a dedicated father and enjoys spending time outdoors with his kids. Whether you’re listening to one of his performances at a local pub, a fundraiser, or just sitting around a campfire, you’ll find yourself tapping your toes or joining in with a familiar line in a song. If there is one place where Nick feels at home, it is on stage with his guitar.
With her love for music since the age of 5, Nicole has worked in all areas of entertainment. Television, music, communications and professional coaching. She says nothing brings her back to her soul more than the sounds of Tracey Chapman, Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse. Nicole is an advocate for mindfulness, mental health and physical health overall and remind others to pursue their creative abilities as a means to have balance. Success is who you are, not what you do, so live your dreams and just be the most authentic version of you.
YOUNG AT HEART
Hailing from southern Ontario, this group of veteran musicians has taken their love for Canadian legend Neil Young to the next level. Widely considered among the greatest artists of all time, Neil Young’s career spanned 45 years and 35 albums. He is a member of the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame for the Canadian music Hall of Fame, a multiple Grammy and Juno award winner, a world famous environmentalist and humanitarian who wrote some of the most iconic protest songs of our life time. Young At Heart draws from Neil Young’s vast musical catalog in an attempt to provide a summary of Neil's remarkable career. The musicians you are about to see have played with some of Canada’s most iconic artists and now bring the music of one of Canada’s greatest artists to you today.