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Propeller Brewing Company
Halifax Urban Folk Festival

Villages

Villages are a folk group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Made up of a group of cousins, Villages set out to create a sound inspired by their home in the Maritimes along with the traditional folk songs of England, Scotland and Ireland. The result is a collection of original songs that feature poetic storytelling over modern and traditional sounds. Working with producer Joel Plaskett, Villages has released several singles which have been featured on CBC Radio, BBC Radio and a number of other Canadian radio stations.

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Tom Wilson’s Beautiful Scars

TOM WILSON is the best selling author of Beautiful Scars, as well as a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family. His band Junkhouse has scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush’s iPod. Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, The National Gallery in Ottawa. The author lives in Hamilton, Ontario.“I have unchained all the prisoners from my basement and freed the ghosts from my attic. I was the guy who ended up holding the keys to their freedom. It was me who let them out. It’s a job that no one else could do and one that comes with great consequence because these ghosts and prisoners are standing around me now all day, all night long. I told my truth the way I heard it and the way I remembered it and that’s all I have. Everything else is bullshit.” Tom Wilson

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Tanya Davis is a poet, musician, and performer currently based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. She has 4 albums and 2 books, including a hardcover by HarperCollins of the widely popular videopoem How to be Alone, a collaboration with Haligonian Andrea Dorfman. Tanya is a past poet laureate of Halifax and was the 2016 artist in residence with Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine. She is currently exploring new ways to merge music and poetry while teaching herself the drums and working on a book about union.

Stuart Cameron

The son of East Coast legend John Allen Cameron, Stuart Cameron is one of Canada's most talented musicians. As well as playing in his own band - Toronto's The Heartbroken - he is a sought-after hired gun guitarist, playing regularly with Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts and Matthew Good. Stuart is also a familiar face in HUFF All Star bands, having played with Garland Jeffreys and David Pirner in the past...

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Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is not normal. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but lived most of his life in Southern California before moving to Nashville and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen - Canada/USA - but has often said that, "should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian." Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans. He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He's interested in it all - the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn't just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do... As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children's album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin, the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild - The Life of Dayton O. Hyde and his most recent offering, Folksinger. As good as his albums are (and they're very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he's on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It's also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That's what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you. Whether he's Canadian, or American, or simply from space, there's no denying there's only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.

Ron Hawkins

Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has collected many accolades through the years: In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll. Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt. Over the years, Ron has written and released four LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and two with The Do Good Assassins. Do The Right Now is Ron’s 16th album of original material. Winnipeg Free Press “…the allure of these songs lies in Ron’s lyrics and conversational, observational storytelling style. Every song harbours a memorable line or three, and his narrators are middle-aged romantics who pine for youth and loves lost and remembered. I get these visions in my head and I go downtown and look for you, is a typical lament, while acknowledgement of what happens when the words you never should say meet the things you can never take back will be an evocation of time and place for many. Producer Joe Dunphy and the DGA do a splendid job of augmenting Hawkins’ tales, with strings, subtle horns, tasteful guitar all bringing colour to the palette without making it muddy, ponderous or overbearing. When Garden Songs is done, as it is all too quickly, you’ll find yourself playing it again to find out what else it might reveal. “ ~ John Kendle Toronto/Winnipeg/Ottawa/Edmonton/Calgary Sun-London Free Press-24 Hours-Vancouver “Armed with a sheaf of the Lowest of the Low leader’s bittersweet odes, lovelorn laments and sharp-witted ballads, they cut this disc live off the studio floor and mixed it all within a week. And why not? With songs and performances this magnificently magnetic, anything more would have been a waste of time.” ~ Daryl Sterdan Waterloo Record “Here he is with his other ace band, offering a live-off-the-floor collection of ballads and mid-tempo material. It’s what Hawkins does best, where his lyrics are given space to sink in, where the richness of his voice really shines, where cellos and accordions bring out more in his material than loud electric guitars do. The new material shows that he’s certainly not in a slump.” ~ Michael Barclay Wildy’s World/Amherst, NY“The album was recorded over the course of one week, and highlights Hawkins’ brilliance as a songwriter and lyricist. It also shows off The Do Good Assassins ability to bring those songs to life….listeners newly introduced to Hawkins will be stunned by what they hear. Garden Songs is a must have album. I’ll give it 5 stars, without reservation.” ~Wildy Haskell Exclaim! “The songs on this album were arranged and recorded in the space of a week, recorded live; it shows in the confident and laid-back energy of the band…an excellent ensemble. The intimacy of this album feels real, too; it’s a visit to Ron Hawkins’ musical neighbourhood.” ~Emily Zimmerman

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Mike Ryan - Short Bio As the frontman and songwriter for The Town Heroes, Mike Ryan has toured the world, released 4 critically acclaimed albums and won an array of industry awards. A natural storyteller with a desire to entertain, Ryan’s ability to connect with an audience is unparalleled. Known for his banter, crowd engagement and comical stories, his goal as an entertainer is to transport the listener to a world where they believe anything is possible. At the root of every song is a passionate exploration of the things that make us all human. Whether good or bad, they’re the things that make us who we are: heartache, love, the scocioeconomic struggles of rural Canada, dreams and family.

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Whether performing with a power-pop trio or solo, Mike Bochoff throws down a variety of catchy choruses and wry observations with authority and a healthy dash of sly humor. His highly-engaging performances have seen him grace stages all over North America supporting past efforts …in the Service of Madness (2007), Horror Culture (2009) and Start ‘Em Young (2014). Together with the aforementioned trio, The Mike Bochoff Band - rounded out with Mat Budreski (drums, vocals) and Stephen Hare (keys, vocals) - 2017 saw the release of their dark horse offering Distractions on the GroundSwell Music label. Distractions is an earnest display of the band’s versatility within the pop music pantheon, underscored with the electrifying highs of “Glory”, the scathing-yet-compassionate “Sons of America” and the brooding, somber lows of the title-track “Distractions”. Mike will be performing solo at HUFF.

John Jacob Magistery

With "psychedelic jams, bouncy pop, (and) quiet folk - John Jacob Magistery beams with mature precision" (OEB SXSW 2018). Hailing from Montreal, the post-indie ensemble blends powerful lyrics with influences of folk, soul and hip-hop. The music finds roots in the raw and sometimes violent undercurrents of life in the Americas, zeroing in on the struggle and banality in today's age of collective sensory experience. Their live performance showcases their charged emotional energy with vocals that drive an intense, well-crafted sound.

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Luring you in with her powerful and expressive voice, Jessie Brown is a siren perched atop the rocky shores of Halifax, Nova Scotia. With her power trio's dark and moody take on alternative soul, they’re described as Aretha Franklin singing for Queens Of The Stone Age. This doom soul trio will entice you to shore, crush your expectations, and keep your heart as a souvenir. Jesse is performing solo at HUFF.

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Gabrielle Papillon

“When you come to your knees / when you hold what you need / you will know what to keep,” sings Gabrielle Papillon near the end of her sixth, most adventurous album. Hear it as a promise, hear it as a mantra, hear it as a weary warning from someone who’s been there—the sweeping and heart-piercing Keep the Fire is packed full of thoughts like this, wise and poignant, empathetic and understanding, open to interpretation. Papillon’s music, too, is now open to interpretation—though it remains confidently, almost nonchalantly rooted in folk strumming and gentle vocal phrasings, on Keep the Fire she has embraced her pop leanings and pushed them to the forefront. The songs pulse with strings and drama, keys, and evocative percussion that combine for surprising left-turns, the kind of thing you’d find on a playlist between Florence Welch and Thom Yorke, bold without sacrificing emotion. This art-pop progression comes partly from Papillon’s continued relationship with producer and pop-folk whiz Daniel Ledwell, helmer of her last, award-winning chart-topper The Tempest of Old. Recording this batch of songs—imagined, Papillon says, as a backdrop to life, a life score—at Ledwell’s Echo Lake studio made for a foundation of strength and collaboration, which allowed for the new part of her record-making process: Corey LeRue. LeRue, the EDM pop genius behind Neon Dreams, lifts Keep the Fire into a new realm with his secret mixing recipes, adding heft and punch to pretty songs. The approaches may be disparate, but the result is something thrilling—melodic and catchy, memorable and affecting. So stay open, interpret. Sing out, dance slow. Hold the spark, keep the fire.

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Dennis Ellsworth

In 2017, Dennis Ellsworth needed to make a new album. And it was an emergency. So, who better to call for assistance than Joel Plaskett, leader of The Emergency, to participate. The result is Ellsworth’s fifth solo LP, Things Change, a brilliant convergence of his irresistible power pop songwriting chops with Plaskett and co.’s trademark vintage guitar-driven sound. In the past, Prince Edward Island native Ellsworth has never hesitated to seek out the right people for specific projects. It’s led him to build an impressive body of work in conjunction with producer David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers, Sugar), along with CanRock heroes such as Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie), Hugh Christopher Brown, and Tim Bovaconti (Ron Sexsmith). However, teaming up with Plaskett at Joel’s New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia became a totally immersive experience for Ellsworth that opened up many new creative possibilities. Things indeed change, most often when we least expect them to. But sometimes when we know change is necessary, it can force us to finally go places we’ve long put off. Dennis Ellsworth has reached a place he’s always meant to be with Things Change, and thankfully he’s welcomed the rest of us to join him there.

Cool Blue Halo

Founded by singer/songwriters Paul Boudreau and Barry Walsh in 1992, by 1995 – after numerous personnel changes and a brief hiatus – Halifax quartet Cool Blue Halo found its firm footing with the arrival of bassist and vocalist Jason Ives and drummer Glenn MacCulloch. In 1996, with Halifax-based producer and engineer Laurence Currie behind the board, the band took to Idea of East Studios (where Currie was concurrently recording Sloan’s landmark “One Chord to Another” album) to record its first – and, to date, only – full-length album, Kangaroo, for Halifax indie label No Records. Released in June of 1996, the album appeared in the top 20 charts of campus radio stations across Canada and generated glowing reviews, with AllMusicGuide’s Gina Boldman, in her four-star review, calling it “one of the most refreshing power pop albums to surface in the past few years.” Videos for "Sweetie Said," “Too Much Kathleen” and “Take It Back Now” received considerable airplay on Canada’s music television cable network, MuchMusic and, rare for an indie band without major label backing, the singles also received strong airplay on commercial radio across Canada, with “Too Much Kathleen” appearing on the top 15 of Toronto FM station Q107, as well as hometown FM station Q104 in Halifax. Performing across Canada, the band would eventually sell close to 2,500 copies of Kangaroo before breaking up, with each member moving on to new musical projects, and various members moving away from Halifax. Now, just over 20 years after its initial release, Kangaroo has received a new lease on life via Toronto-based DWRecordings. Home to Michelle McAdorey’s Polaris Prize long-listed solo album, Into Her Future, the label has released an anniversary edition of Kangaroo on vinyl, on CD and through digital outlets. The band reunited for a special hometown show during the 20th anniversary edition of the Halifax Pop Explosion in 2012, and will do so again for the 2018 edition of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival - Cool Blue Halo's second gig in approximately 21 years!

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Carmen Townsend

" If Rock and Roll was walkin' down the street....it would be wearin' a Carmen Townsend T-Shirt" - Matt Andersen. Cape Breton's own Rock and Roll Valkyrie, Carmen Townsend, is a 4 time Music Nova Scotia Award winner. She was named Female Artist, New Artist Recording, Rock Recording and Album of the Year in 2011 and took home the ECMA for Rising Star Recording of the year. Upon the release of her debut album she was selected to support Heart on their 2011 Cross Canada Tour. She has performed her music all over the world. She is currently in Cape Breton laying low, playing shows and heading back into the studio to record some long-awaited new music.

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Black Umfolosi 5

Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa - to where their ancestors can be traced. In 2009 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide with a NEW LINE-UP. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd-pleaser.
Mick is a singer, songwriter, guitarist & producer from St. John's, Newfoundland, who earned international acclaim with his group the Novaks. Now a prolific solo artist, Mick plays over 150 gigs a year, releasing albums regularly, with 5 independent releases since 2014. Mick is the recipient of MusicNL's Male Artist of the Year award (2017). He lives in his hometown with his wife Tracy & their cat, Tom Petty.

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Jarvis Church

Jarvis Church bio History Gerald Eaton a.k.a. Jarvis Church is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and music producer, originally from Jamaica, currently living in Los Angeles. He is the lead singer for the R&B-pop group The Philosopher Kings, which reached its peak popularity in the late1990s. During the group's 7-year hiatus, Eaton began a solo career, releasing the album Shake it Off in 2002 under the stage name Jarvis Church, derived from two parallel streets in Toronto, Ontario. In 2008 Jarvis released his second solo album called "The Long way Home". In 2012 he released his 3rd solo album The Soul Station Vol 1: The songs of Sam Cooke, A Tribute. As a producer, in 1999 he discovered Nelly Furtado at the Honey Jam showcase in Toronto Canada and in 2001 he co-produced Nelly Furtado's debut album Whoa, Nelly! with his Philosopher Kings bandmate Brian West. In 2001 they were nominated for the producer of the year Grammy and went on to produce a variety of different tracks under the production name Track and Field. In 2004 Jarvis also discovered Canadian/Somalian rapper K'naan in Toronto and co-wrote and co-produced his first two albums, the Juno award winning, The Dusty Foot Philosopher and his sophomore release, Troubadour. The Philosopher Kings have reunited once again in 2018. They have a new single out called Still the One and are releasing a new album in In the fall with a national tour to follow in late 2018. Awards and Honors 1995 Juno award for best new group. The Philosopher Kings. 1996 Socan award for best urban music. The Philosopher Kings. 2001 Grammy nomination for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado. 2002 Juno for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado. 2005 Juno for best hip hop album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, K'naan. 2005 Socan award for pop music, Powerless (say what you want), Folklore, Nelly Furtado. 2010 Socan number one award for Take a Minute, Troubadour, K'naan

The HFX All Stars

Tim Baker & the HFX All Stars

Tim Baker is best known as the writer and frontman of the much- acclaimed Newfoundland group, Hey Rosetta!. They are a Juno- nominated, Polaris-shortlisted, heavily-awarded band that has been creating poetic, powerful alternative music for over a decade. Year after year, they brought their sweeping, high-energy live show all over the world, playing major festivals, stadiums, theatres, and clubs. In the fall of 2017, the band announce an indefinite hiatus, selling nearly 10,000 tickets in a short run of farewell shows. Although a sad ending, it gave Tim the opportunity to return to a solo situation, much like how Hey Rosetta! began nearly 13 years ago. In late 2017, Tim spent time in the studio with producer and close friend, Marcus Paquin. Together, they took over 30 of Tim’s compositions, and narrowed them down to a handful that represented Tim at his core: a wonderfully imaginative acoustic songwriter, a thoughtful poet, a playful arranger, and a technically profound musician. The recordings stood to be good demos, but didn’t fully capture what Baker wanted to first offer in a solo setting. Instead, in an attempt to reconnect with fans and become inspired again, Baker embarked on a cross-Canada mission, performing in studios, living rooms, and small art spaces. He recorded 15 performances and narrowed the recordings down to a solo EP, set to be released later in 2018.

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With over a decade of experience in the music industry, at 23 years old, T. Thomason is already a force in the Canadian musical landscape. T. has garnered multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, placements on Degrassi, songwriting awards and recognition as one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 by CBC Music. Thomason has also shared the stage with The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Gord Downie, Collective Soul, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette, and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few. Most recently, Thomason has been named Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence for 2018. In 2015 and early 2016, T. took personal time off to hone his musical direction and develop his EP, “sweet baby”, with producer Dave Henriques (Justin Nozuka / Iskwé). The EP was released independently online in 2016, and re-released in May, 2017 on COAX Records. A conglomerate of Thomason’s songwriting sensibilities and reverb-y indie rock anthemic choruses, “sweet baby” garnered him a 2017 nomination for Rock Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards. In November 2017, T. and Dave embarked on a new collaborative journey developing the pop/electronic sound of Thomason’s first full length record under his new name, featuring his new voice. Release is scheduled for early 2019, with the first single "Bliss" dropping August 10th at the Carleton in Halifax.

Paper Beat Scissors w/ 6-piece Chamber Ensemble

PAPER BEAT SCISSORS w/ 6-PIECE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Critically-lauded Halifax old-boy Tim Crabtree returns with his project Paper Beat Scissors to perform a one-off show supported by a 6-piece orchestral ensemble of Halifax's finest musicians performing arrangements written during a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the winter of 2016. Paper Beat Scissors is the expanding and contracting experimental folk project of Montreal's relocated-Brit Tim Crabtree. His haunting voice, dynamic live shows and fusion of classical and electronic elements have been heralded on both sides of the Atlantic. Following the release of the highly-acclaimed self-titled debut album with Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse/Bell Orchestre) producing and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara mixing the music found its way onto BBC and CBC airwaves and the cover CD of Rolling Stone Magazine in Germany. PBS has toured Canada and Europe, headlining festivals and sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters), Owen Pallett, Tanya Tagaq and Great Lake Swimmers. Since 2015 Crabtree has been performing with locally-based chamber ensembles and full symphony orchestras from coast to coast, most recently releasing a live album backed by a specially-commissioned 7-piece chamber ensemble recorded at Montreal’s Sala Rossa with musicians who have played with the likes of Björk, Rich Aucoin and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.

Mick Davis & Thin Love

Mick is a singer, songwriter, guitarist & producer from St. John's, Newfoundland, who earned international acclaim with his group the Novaks. Now a prolific solo artist, Mick plays over 150 gigs a year, releasing albums regularly, with 5 independent releases since 2014. Mick is the recipient of MusicNL's Male Artist of the Year award (2017). He lives in his hometown with his wife Tracy & their cat, Tom Petty.

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Lilly Hiatt & the HFX All Stars

"Gonna hang on a little bit longer, sleep well, work a little harder; put my faith in something I can't see," sings Lilly Hiatt on the title track of her third LP, Trinity Lane. It's a set of honest words from an album of personal truths; a collection of songs that take stock of where she's been, where she's going and the challenges she's weathered to get there. Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, Trinity Lane is indeed about hanging on, working hard and keeping the faith, centered on songwriting that melds the observational with the confessional and never tries to follow any particular genre code – the guitar riffs are as Seattle as they are southern, the topics are modern as they are built on the past. East Nashville's Trinity Lane is where Hiatt lives, and Trinity Lane is a document of what lives inside her. "There is a lot of hope in the album," says Hiatt about the follow-up to her sophomore LP, Royal Blue. "There is a lot of pain, but this album is a more mature response to that pain. It's taking responsibility of those emotions, and realizing what they are. A little brighter perspective. It took some time to get there." Trinity Lane is full of gifts and full of guts – an album that is a healing process and a road map forward, filled with Hiatt's wildly expressive approach to songwriting and stark, honest lyrics. To get there, she finally had to put her faith into something she couldn't see. But to hear that journey, all you have to do is listen.

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Laura Merrimen

With vocal stylings haunted by the soul singers of yesteryear, Laura Merrimen's songwriting is bona fide and captivating. She is an old soul who wears her Americana-drenched heart on her sleeve. Keeping true to her roots, she blends rock and roll know-how with catchy country/soul melodies and the result is a smokey, wistful trip down memory lane. Merrimen has a new self-produced album set for release this fall. She recorded in it Toronto's east end with engineer Brian Murray and band mates Jordan Nieuwhof and Jeff McClellan. "It's like Emmylou, T-Rex and Crazy Horse had a love child."

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Jarvis Church w/ The Mellotones

Jarvis Church bio History Gerald Eaton a.k.a. Jarvis Church is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and music producer, originally from Jamaica, currently living in Los Angeles. He is the lead singer for the R&B-pop group The Philosopher Kings, which reached its peak popularity in the late1990s. During the group's 7-year hiatus, Eaton began a solo career, releasing the album Shake it Off in 2002 under the stage name Jarvis Church, derived from two parallel streets in Toronto, Ontario. In 2008 Jarvis released his second solo album called "The Long way Home". In 2012 he released his 3rd solo album The Soul Station Vol 1: The songs of Sam Cooke, A Tribute. As a producer, in 1999 he discovered Nelly Furtado at the Honey Jam showcase in Toronto Canada and in 2001 he co-produced Nelly Furtado's debut album Whoa, Nelly! with his Philosopher Kings bandmate Brian West. In 2001 they were nominated for the producer of the year Grammy and went on to produce a variety of different tracks under the production name Track and Field. In 2004 Jarvis also discovered Canadian/Somalian rapper K'naan in Toronto and co-wrote and co-produced his first two albums, the Juno award winning, The Dusty Foot Philosopher and his sophomore release, Troubadour. The Philosopher Kings have reunited once again in 2018. They have a new single out called Still the One and are releasing a new album in In the fall with a national tour to follow in late 2018. Awards and Honors 1995 Juno award for best new group. The Philosopher Kings. 1996 Socan award for best urban music. The Philosopher Kings. 2001 Grammy nomination for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado. 2002 Juno for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado. 2005 Juno for best hip hop album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, K'naan. 2005 Socan award for pop music, Powerless (say what you want), Folklore, Nelly Furtado. 2010 Socan number one award for Take a Minute, Troubadour, K'naan

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Dustin Bentall & the HFX All Stars

Dustin Bentall has made an indelible impression on the Canadian music scene touring extensively with icons Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, Matt Mays and many others as well as touring North America supporting internationally renowned folk legend John Prine. His latest album "You Are An Island" "breathes fresh air into the alt country back room.. no small thanks to the whiskey-soaked, punk-dusted fiddling of Kendel Carson".. and the result is "a tougher, more flamboyant breezing down a Prairie highway kind of album.. studded with quality lyrics in which Bentall becomes totally invested." Dustin has an energy and charm that is all at once compelling, magnetic and completely authentic.

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Dustin Bentall

Dustin Bentall has made an indelible impression on the Canadian music scene touring extensively with icons Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, Matt Mays and many others as well as touring North America supporting internationally renowned folk legend John Prine. His latest album "You Are An Island" "breathes fresh air into the alt country back room... no small thanks to the whiskey-soaked, punk-dusted fiddling of Kendel Carson".. and the result is, "a tougher, more flamboyant breezing down a Prairie highway kind of album.. studded with quality lyrics in which Bentall becomes totally invested." Dustin has an energy and charm that is compelling, magnetic and completely authentic.

Brad Roberts & The HFX All Stars

For nearly 30 years, Brad Roberts has been "one of the most famous voices in Canadian rock and roll" (CBC). As the frontman for the JUNO Award-winning group Crash Test Dummies, Roberts underpinned the group's biggest hits such as "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Superman's Song" with his unmistakable timbre and delivery. He has since struck out on his own for performances that include a healthy a dose of fan-favourites as well as new solo material. Brad will be accompanied by the HFX All Stars and the show will kick off with the Opening Songwriters' Circle featuring Lilly Hiatt, Tim Baker, and T. Thomason.

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Black Umfolosi

Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced. In 2009 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide with a NEW LINE-UP. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser. The Black Umfolosi 5 also provide workshops and residences in dance, voice, theatre, costume design, poetry, mime and also address various issues affecting society today.

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Sadie Campbell

Sadie Campbell is a woman who can hold her own. The songstress melds her powerful blues-stained vocals with a contemporary edge, to sound equally at home in both Vancouver and Nashville. Inspired by the songwriting of greats like Patty Griffin and Joni Mitchell, her music draws on the raw honesty of her lyrical narrative and incorporates influences from her time in Nashville, New York City and her travels abroad.
Mick is a singer, songwriter, guitarist & producer from St. John's, Newfoundland, who earned international acclaim with his group the Novaks. Now a prolific solo artist, Mick plays over 150 gigs a year, releasing albums regularly, with 5 excellent independent releases since 2014. Mick is the recipient of MusicNL's Male Artist of the Year award (2017). He lives in his hometown with his wife Tracy & their cat, Tom Petty.

Tim Baker

Tim Baker is best known as the writer and frontman of the much- acclaimed Newfoundland group, Hey Rosetta!. They are a Juno- nominated, Polaris-shortlisted, heavily-awarded band that has been creating poetic, powerful alternative music for over a decade. Year after year, they brought their sweeping, high-energy live show all over the world, playing major festivals, stadiums, theatres, and clubs. In the fall of 2017, the band announce an indefinite hiatus, selling nearly 10,000 tickets in a short run of farewell shows. Although a sad ending, it gave Tim the opportunity to return to a solo situation, much like how Hey Rosetta! began nearly 13 years ago. In late 2017, Tim spent time in the studio with producer and close friend, Marcus Paquin. Together, they took over 30 of Tim’s compositions, and narrowed them down to a handful that represented Tim at his core: a wonderfully imaginative acoustic songwriter, a thoughtful poet, a playful arranger, and a technically profound musician. The recordings stood to be good demos, but didn’t fully capture what Baker wanted to first offer in a solo setting. Instead, in an attempt to reconnect with fans and become inspired again, Baker embarked on a cross-Canada mission, performing in studios, living rooms, and small art spaces. He recorded 15 performances and narrowed the recordings down to a solo EP, set to be released later in 2018.
"Gonna hang on a little bit longer, sleep well, work a little harder; put my faith in something I can't see," sings Lilly Hiatt on the title track of her third LP, Trinity Lane. It's a set of honest words from an album of personal truths; a collection of songs that take stock of where she's been, where she's going and the challenges she's weathered to get there. Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, Trinity Lane is indeed about hanging on, working hard and keeping the faith, centered on songwriting that melds the observational with the confessional and never tries to follow any particular genre code – the guitar riffs are as Seattle as they are southern, the topics are as modern as they are built on the past. East Nashville's Trinity Lane is where Hiatt lives, and Trinity Lane is a document of what lives inside her. "There is a lot of hope in the album," says Hiatt about the follow-up to her sophomore LP, Royal Blue. "There is a lot of pain, but this album is a more mature response to that pain. It's taking responsibility of those emotions, and realizing what they are. A little brighter perspective. It took some time to get there." Trinity Lane is full of gifts and full of guts – an album that is a healing process and a road map forward, filled with Hiatt's wildly expressive approach to songwriting and stark, honest lyrics. To get there, she finally had to put her faith in something she couldn't see. But to hear that journey, all you have to do is listen.

Brad Roberts

For nearly 30 years, Brad Roberts has been, "one of the most famous voices in Canadian rock and roll" (CBC). As the frontman for the JUNO Award-winning group Crash Test Dummies, Roberts underpinned the group's biggest hits such as "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Superman's Song" with his unmistakable timbre and delivery. He has since struck out on his own for performances that include a healthy a dose of fan-favourites as well as new solo material. Brad will be accompanied by the HFX All Stars and the show will kick off with the Opening Songwriters' Circle featuring Lilly Hiatt, Tim Baker, and T. Thomason.

Paper Beat Scissors

PAPER BEAT SCISSORS w/ 6-PIECE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Critically-lauded Halifax old-boy Tim Crabtree returns with his project Paper Beat Scissors to perform a one-off show supported by a 6-piece orchestral ensemble of Halifax's finest musicians performing arrangements written during a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the winter of 2016. Paper Beat Scissors is the expanding and contracting experimental folk project of Montreal's relocated-Brit Tim Crabtree. His haunting voice, dynamic live shows and fusion of classical and electronic elements have been heralded on both sides of the Atlantic. Following the release of the highly-acclaimed self-titled debut album with Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse/Bell Orchestre) producing and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara mixing the music found its way onto BBC and CBC airwaves and the cover CD of Rolling Stone Magazine in Germany. PBS has toured Canada and Europe, headlining festivals and sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters), Owen Pallett, Tanya Tagaq and Great Lake Swimmers. Since 2015 Crabtree has been performing with locally-based chamber ensembles and full symphony orchestras from coast to coast, most recently releasing a live album backed by a specially-commissioned 7-piece chamber ensemble recorded at Montreal’s Sala Rossa with musicians who have played with the likes of Björk, Rich Aucoin and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.

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