Performers

2014 Lineup (so far):

TOKYO POLICE CLUB (FRI)

THE STRUMBELLAS

PATRICK WRIGHT ET LES GAUCHISTES

JAZZ PARADIS

BARRY MILES

 

2013 FESTIVAL ROSTER: 

Serena Ryder (Sunday)

http://serenaryder.com 

Serena ended up working with two different producers on this album – Emmy/Grammy nominated producer/songwriter/musician Jerrod Bettis (Gavin Degraw, Better Than Ezra) and producer/songwriter/musician Jon Levine (K’naan, Nelly Furtado). Serena, Jerrod and Jon play most of the instruments on the album. By recording much of ‘Harmony’ at her own home studio The Cottage, the essence of the songs were able to properly flourish. They also recorded at Guest House Studios in Los Angeles and Synagogue in Hollywood; then the album was mixed by Joe Zook (Modest Mouse, Katy Perry). “Harmony” is my journey…my past, my present, my future and all the ugly and beautiful things that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing so far in my short life here,” shares Serena. Serena returns to the festival after a great packed concert in 2009. The recipient of three JUNO Awards and two gold albums, this year Ryder unveiled her most personal and ambitious album yet. The result is ‘Harmony’ – robust, passionate, optimistic, adventurous, haunting and addictive.

Serena Ryder (Sunday)

Kathleen Edwards (Saturday)

http://www.kathleenedwards.com

Kathleen Edwards is one of Canada’s premiere singer-songwriters. She began playing music at a very young age, learning the violin at five years old: an instrument that would stay with her for life. Her passion for classical can be heard on her debut album ‘Failer’, which featured string sections entirely arranged by Edwards. After the release of ‘Failer’ she found herself opening for Willie Nelson, John Prine, Aimee Mann, My Morning Jacket, John Mayer and Bryan Adams. She was invited to perform at Farm Aid and The Grand Ole Opry. Her next two albums ‘Back to Me’ and ‘Asking for Flowers’ both made the Billboard 200 list and reached the top 10 of the Top Heatseekers chart. In 2012, her fourth album ‘Voyageur’ became the first to crack the top 100 and top 40 in the U.S., reaching #2 in Canada. Produced by Edwards and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, the album made the 2012 shortlist for the Polaris Prize. ‘Voyageur’ explores a more atmospheric, pop sound than previous albums, without forgetting the folk roots of her music.

“‘Voyageur’ is less of a departure than it is a journey, and like any transforming trip, it demands that we let go of any preconceptions about the destination. These songs are the perfect travel companions to their own haunted landscape. Edwards guides us through a house full of empty rooms, revealing the sadness behind a public smile and the numbness that follows broken expectations and the casual cruelties of love, until we find ourselves softly drifting down to hell with her. And yet, this isn’t a bummer ride at all — it’s elevating. ” – Damian Rogers

Kathleen Edwards (Saturday)

The Good Family is… (Saturday)

The Good Brothers http://www.thegoodbrothers.com

members of The Sadies http://www.thesadies.net/band.htm

The Good Brothers have gained a worldwide audience over the course of their accomplished career. Twins Bruce and Brian, along with kid brother Larry, knew they were destined for something bigger than their suburban Toronto roots. Formed in the early 1970s from Kinfolk and then a stint with James Ackroyd, the Good Brothers’ first gig was at legendary Toronto club The Riverboat, on May 14, 1974. They played simple music, straight from the heart that encompassed country, bluegrass, folk, and the occasional taste from the rock and roll songbook. Fiddle tunes flowed as did cover songs, highlighted by Larry’s banjo breaks, Bruce’s autoharp, their unique sibling harmonies, and enough on-stage energy to burn down the cornfield. They also played that summer at the 3rd Northern Lights Folk Festival. Forty years later, with platinum records, eight straight Junos for Country Artist of the Year and acclaimed tours on every continent, The Goods finally recorded an album this year with their entire family.

Although they have often been accompanied by The Sadies’ Dallas and Travis Good, 2013 marks the first record of all The Sadies and The Good Brothers performing together. This will no doubt be a dynamite show, returning the Sadies to the Festival for the 3rd time and the Goods first appearance in Sudbury since 2003.

The Good Family is… (Saturday)

Buck 65 (Friday)

http://www.buck65.com

Rich Terfry is Buck 65. He’s from Mt. Uniacke, Nova Scotia, which qualifies technically as the middle of nowhere. When he started making music, he was terrified that his friends would find out about it and kick his ass. That was a long time ago. In the last 20 years, he has released and given away more than 20 albums and countless other stray songs.

Buck 65 travels the world alone and collects books and movies and stories that haven’t been told yet. Buck 65’s music started out as hip hop, and there’s still a strong whiff of that tradition, but it has evolved into something else. Sometimes it sounds rural. Sometimes it sounds like something fished out of a drain pipe. He wishes it sounded like a Terrence Malick film or a Max Ernst painting. Now no one knows what to call it. Buck 65 raps, sings, makes beats, plays instruments and DJs, but is best known for his dancing. He is also the wildly popular host of CBC Radio 2’s great afternoon show, Drive.

Buck 65 (Friday)

Socalled

http://www.socalledmusic.com

Genre-defying maestro Socalled is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Montreal. Born in Ottawa and raised just north of there, in Chelsea, Québec, he grew up taking piano lessons and loving funk and hip hop. When Socalled first heard klezmer music on an old Yiddish record, he was fascinated by the cool sounds he could sample to make hip hop beats. Then he realized that integrating this Jewish music from the 1930s into his songs was a way of representing himself and his cultural heritage. It enabled him bring something of his own to funk and hip hop, giving him what he calls “a real reason to make music.” Socalled has performed all over the world, has released three CDs and recorded with Yiddish singer Theodore Bikel, lounge pianist Irving Fields, musician and producer Gonzales, master clarinetist David Krakaeur, country singer Katie Moore, rapper C-Rayz Walz, and funk trombone legend Fred Wesley, among others.

Socalled

Caracol

http://www.caracolmusique.com

Caracol is a Montreal-based singer-songwriterHer music is filled with raw emotion, in a style that includes pop-folk-indie-vintage with a retro soul influence. She writes in both French and English and is equally comfortable in both languages. She has received several top prizes for both show and album from Radio-Canada, Bourse Rideau, Prix Miroir, Adisq, as well as nominations at the Junos and Canadian Folk Music  Awards. She made an intense impression on Sudbury audiences in 2011, and is back to make her Festival Boréal debut.

Caracol

Elisapie

http://www.elisapie.com

Adopted at birth by an Inuit family Elisapie was raised in Salluit, Nunavik, immersed in Inuk culture. For Elisapie, the North is not the end of the earth; rather, it is the centre. With the duo, Taima, she won a JUNO in 2005. This Montreal singer, composer and filmmaker returns with her sophomore solo album “Travelling Love”. Singer-songwriter Jim Corcoran co-wrote six tracks on the album, which also features Brad Barr (The Slip, Barr Brothers), Robbie Kuster (Patrick Watson) and Simon Angell (Patrick Watson). Skipping across languages and genres she easily shifts from English and French to Inuktitut and from quiet acoustics to synthy electronics. Describing the album title she explains “Love cannot be owned. It is something that is always moving, always flowing. That’s what I mean by ‘Travelling Love’.”

Elisapie

Lynn Miles

http://www.lynnmilesmusic.com/

Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With eight albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a 2003 JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time. Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin, she has always written music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Miles has consistently been unflinching in putting herself out there. On er latest album, “Fall For Beauty”, the voice of her experience has truly elevated her songwriting to its richest depth of emotion. While her melodies undulate between traditional country and folk roots, it’s her sensitivity to the world around her that pours itself directly into Miles’ music to make it stand out.

Lynn Miles

Sheesham and Lotus and Son

http://www.sheeshamandlotus.com

An important moment of reckoning between Lotus Wight and Sheesham Crow was when they realized that they had the common experience as children brushing their teeth to the fiddle tune “Turkey in the Straw”, using the shape of their mouths to manipulate the melody of the tune. It was this kind of idle, yet innate musicality which followed them as youngsters. They came together in 1998 in the group Flapjack, traveling for seven years, mastering traditions of fiddling and old time music across the continent. Since founding as a duo in the wake of Flapjack, Sheesham and Lotus have become a welcome mainstay at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal. Whether holding court on the grassy knoll, family stage, workshops or the mainstage, Sheesham and Lotus and Son have embodied the heart and soul of our weekend.

Sheesham and Lotus and Son

New Country Rehab

http://www.newcountryrehab.com

New Country Rehab is a tasty and eclectic brew. Driven by John Showman (seen at NLFB with Creaking Tree String Quartet), James Robertson, Roman Tome and Ben Whiteley (of the famous Whiteley family… his cousins were in the Junior Jug Band!), the band’s unique sound at once channels time-out-of-mind Hank Sr. as it deftly flirts with the edge of indie-rock. Add Showman’s keenly observed, street-smart tales of love and loss, and the effect is as compelling as it is resonant.

New Country Rehab

The Weber Brothers

http://www.weberbrothers.com

“If I had The Weber Brothers with me in 1952, Elvis would’ve been my roadie.” –Ronnie Hawkins.

The baddest band in the land. Ryan and Sam Weber left their Baltimore home as teenagers to meet rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins. They became full-fledged members of “The Hawks”. By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey, David Wilcox and, in 2012, with Merle Haggard and Chuck Berry. They’ve recorded eight albums and toured extensively in the US, Canada and Europe, joined by keyboardist Shai “Cookie” Peer and drummer Marcus Browne. A reputation as an awe-inspiring band now precedes them.

The Weber Brothers

D’Harmo

http://dharmo.ca

D’Harmo is composed entirely of harmonica players. This type of band, rarely seen and heard, truly offers a one-of-a-kind show. D’Harmo performs an original roster of songs composed by its members and played using various types of harmonicas (diatonic, chromatic, bass and chord). The harmonicists, Pascal “Per” Veillette, Samuël Caron, Cédric Houdayer and Lévy Bourbonnais, are among the most talented in Canada. Winners of Le Conseil des arts de Montréal “Prix de la Diversité 2011” and Prix Roseq/Rideau 21012, their music is inspired from klezmer, Québec folklore, jazz and classical music, and combines modernity and tradition, eclecticism and pop.

D’Harmo

Anne Feeney

http://www.annefeeney.com

Based in Pittsburgh, Anne uses music to carry the message of solidarity to working people. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, Anne took to the road. Since 1991, she has traveled to the frontlines in 42 states, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. Her anthem, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is being performed by activists everywhere. Anne is “the best labor singer in North America” according to Utah Phillips. In 2005, Anne received the Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation. Past recipients include Cesar Chavez, Pete Seeger, Faith Petric and Hazel Dickens.

Anne Feeney

Swamperella

http://www.swamperella.com

After 15 years of partying up crowds, Swamperella has deserved its acclaim as a guaranteed good time. The original mandate of Swamperella, “to honour the Cajun music tradition”, has never been compromised. The integrity of the traditional form is always maintained even as originals and Zydeco began seeping into the repertoire of Sweet Cajun ballads, knock-out two steps and Creole. In February 2013, Swamperella released their 4th CD, “Leopard Skin Coat”, which features rocking Swamperella originals, some classic Cajun and Creole favourites.

Swamperella

Grievous Angels

http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Charlie-Angus-and-the-Grievous-Angels

Through six albums, The Grievous Angels chronicled the Canadiana life like few since Stompin’ Tom. After Charlie Angus returned to the North in 1992, the band’s last four albums centered on Northern Ontario… mining and rural life. In 2004, Charlie Angus entered parliament as the MP for Timmins-James Bay and has brought his passion for the north to the tables in Ottawa. Charlie, with Peter Jellard, Tim Hadley and Dave Patterson, remain the top chroniclers of what it is to live in the north. Charlie was the 1999 recipient of the Jackie Washington Award.

Grievous Angels

The 24th Street Wailers

http://the24thstreetwailers.com

The 24th Street Wailers have quickly made a name for themselves in Blues and Rockabilly scenes. They won both the Relève en Blues and the Bourse Air Transat/Blues Sur Seine competitions at FestiBlues International de Montréal and were nominated for New Artist of the Year at The Maple Blues Awards, and Blues Group/Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards. The release of “Unshakeable” has brought The 24th Street Wailers much deserved recognition around the world. Boisterous. Swinging. Unshakeable!

The 24th Street Wailers

Silas Lowe

http://www.silaslowe.com

Silas Lowe has been based out of Austin, Texas since 2006. His most recent project was with Bad Livers founder Mark Rubin in the Atomic Duo. Silas has performed at The Kennedy Center, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival and many more. His rabble-rousing songs will illuminate political perspectives and his quick turn of a phrase is signature of the Austin music scene.

Silas Lowe

Mike Ford

http://www.mikeford.ca

Mike is a Juno-nominated Franco-Ontarian with four acclaimed albums of Canadian history-inspired songs, described as being “rabble-rousing and Pythonesque” and “essential listening” by the Globe & Mail, toured as a swing member of The Arrogant Worms, performed and EmCeed at festivals coast-to-coast. Mike’s new album, his first en français, is now available! “Le retour d’étienne brûlé” is an original 12-song journey from 17th century Wendake/Huronia to 21st century Toronto. Mike is known to many for his former life in the folk/rock/vaudeville Moxy Früvous, with whom he headlined all across North America and Europe. Mike will be performing as well as stage hosting during the festival weekend.

Mike Ford

Silver Birch String Quartet

http://silverbirchstringquartet.com

Named after the trees inhabiting the area, Sudbury’s JUNO-nominated Silver Birch String Quartet is one of Canada’s most innovative young quartets. String Quartet-in-Residence at LU, performing has taken them across North America, to performances and masterclasses at QuartetFest at Wilfrid Laurier University, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Stanford University Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Music by the Sea. The quartet has collaborated with the finest chamber musicians, including octets with the Penderecki String Quartet, quintets with pianist Peter Longworth, accordionist Joseph Petric, and cellist Simon Fryer.

Silver Birch String Quartet

Inu Aso Reggae Band

https://www.facebook.com/inusaso

Inus Aso returns to the festival to bring their brand of full blood reggae… Inus Aso’s music incorporates reggae sounds with  the harmonies of gospel and chant, elements of soul, R&B, and ‘nyabinghi’ (Jamaican folkloric drumming and chant). The group’s name means ‘what we have inside’. The song lyrics are positive and life affirming, about self-realization, and finding peace in this world. Says singer Buntin Neil, “All races are the same. I have no boundaries. I’m a Rasta, Rastas have no boundaries.”

Inu Aso Reggae Band

Low Animal

http://lowanimal.bandcamp.com

Formerly called Muleskinner, Damien and Matt were 2/3rds of the Sudbury band Elephanta several years ago. Too often, critics try to praise two-piece bands by saying it sounds like there are more than two people onstage. Low Animal doesn’t sound like there are more than two people onstage; they sound like there are two giants onstage. Landing in territory varying from post-rock blues to folk and outlaw country, embrace the growth of Low Animal.

Low Animal

Kill The Autocrat

http://www.killtheautocrat.com

History shows us that music has the power to unify against incredible odds, and that every revolution needs a voice of reason. That is exactly what Sudbury-based Kill The Autocrat has become for a new-age labor movement that is taking North America by storm. They are putting the power behind “new generation protest music”, with a unique blend of hip-hop, rock n’ roll and indie. “We use music as a tool to express the need for human change,” says front man OB. “People deserve a fair shot in life and we keep getting hammered.” He has performed at rallies across the continent including the Wisconsin General Strike.

Kill The Autocrat

Marie-Claire et les Hula-Hoops

http://marie-claire.bandcamp.com

Think 60′s French yéyé meets psychedelic space rock with a splash of surf guitar and you’ll find Marie-Claire et les Hula-Hoops. This refreshing new band from Sudbury is made up of Marie-Claire Cronier, winner of Ontario Pop in 2012 and semi-finalist at the Festival International de la chanson de Granby next September, Jeff Houle and Mitch Houle (Strange Attractor, Statues, Varge) and Eric Hoop (UV Ray, Strange Attractor). Marie-Claire et les Hula-Hoops’ atmospheric grooves with a friendly punk attitude will take you to space and maybe back again.

Marie-Claire et les Hula-Hoops

Frederick Squire

http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/frederick-squire

Fred is Canada’s favourite elusive songwriter. His newest album is “Sings Shenandoah…and other popular hits”. ‘Shenandoah’ is a traditional folk ballad of obscure origins. Echoing this classic narrative form, Squire leads the listener through forgotten moral territory with a set of exceptionally written songs primarily about forgiveness. Frederick Squire has been long active in the music community, initially as co-founder/songwriter of Shotgun & Jaybird (2003-08), and lately has been found collaborating with Calm Down It’s Monday, Mount Eerie, Daniel (Romano), Fred & Julie (Doiron) and most recently with Kate Maki.

Frederick Squire

Kate Maki

http://www.katemaki.com

Kate Maki is a hardy country type of pioneer woman. Her guitar picking rhythm is like a drum, and she can belt out, even when she is quiet, like a storm. Her music carries its own necessity of illuminating and her songs represent a real natural talent for writing tunes that feel like a friend you’ve never met, but that you’ve known forever. Born and raised in Sudbury, Kate has been recording and touring since quitting her day job as a grade-school teacher in 2003. She has released five solo albums and has established a solid international fan base. A frequent collaborator, Kate has worked with Howe Gelb, Ruth Minnikin, Dale Murray, the Levecque brothers and most recently with her husband, Fred Squire. After touring the country together in 2011, Kate and Fred decided to take a break from the road and settled down in Copper Cliff to start a family.

Kate Maki

darlenYa

http://www.darlenya.com

This year’s NLFB marks a return to the stage for a performer who has been dealing with an auto-immune disorder that attempted to take her out of the game for the past 3 years … but she’s back and with a band!  darlenYa has rounded the bend with a new sound and a new album ‘CURVES AHEAD’.  Leaving Darlene behind, she is evolving into new world sounds and a fusion of styles that will get your feet moving, your mind soaring and your spirit singing.  With songs that speak to the times that we’re in and rhythms that take you around the world, darlenYa’s new sound is exciting, positive and memorable.

darlenYa

Rosie and the Riveters

http://www.rosieandtheriveters.ca

First appearing on a WWII poster, Rosie the Riveter has been immortalized as a symbol of the strength and power that lurks inside every woman. This force drives and inspires Rosie and the Riveters. They are four fiercely talented women inspired by Rosie and the fashion and music of the 1940s. Seductive vocal arrangements, percussion, acoustic instrumentation, scintillating choreography, inviting humor and a whole lot of charm! Their show consists of traditional African American spirituals, toe-tapping bluegrass numbers, contemporary folk songs, and original material. Audiences will be left awestruck as The Riveters revisit the spirit of gospel music with folk and jazz.

Rosie and the Riveters

Alfie Smith

http://www.alfiesmith.org

Alfie Smith is a true modern day Blues Man, blending hard-edged rock and roll, gospel, folk and jazz with pure primal blues to create his own unique sound. He is adept at many instruments including 7-string slide guitar, banjo, guitar, 12-string guitar and lap steel. Alfie is a deep, passionate, brooding baritone in the vocal tradition of the old Blues shouters. He has released several albums, independently and through Busted Flat records.

Alfie Smith

Captain Dirt and the Skirt

http://www.dirtandskirt.com

This is a collaboration between singer-songwriter-guitarist Kristin Sweetland and bassist-violinist Lyndell Montgomery, and they are currently recording their debut album “The Adventures of Captain Dirt & The Skirt” with multiple JUNO award-winner David Travers-Smith (Wailin’ Jennys, Oh Susanna). Coming from their own independently successful music careers, Sweetland and Montgomery are seasoned road-warriors. The new album will showcase their skills as composers, arrangers, and instrumentalists. The songs are diverse in style, drawing from traditional folk, Eastern-European folk, bluegrass, hymnal, Parisian café music, gypsy-jazz, and pop-rock.

Captain Dirt and the Skirt

The Horables

http://www.thehorables.com

A Hora is a musical form in Jewish music; it could be a slow walking tune in 3/4 time or a fast dancing tune. The Horables do it all – Klezmer, Django-style jazz, polkas, Gypsy dance tunes, rags and the occasional Cajun tune just to scare the horses. They rose from the all woman Klezmer band Pomegranate. Rachel Melas and Conny Nowe also play in Swamperella. Rachel Shenin is a lifelong violinist and leads the Bulgars and Freylachs fearlessly, solos effortlessly and sings in Yiddish. Michael Kaler has recently joined The Horables on upright bass.

The Horables

Cindy Cook

Cindy is a television star and is familiar to Canadian families from her ongoing appearances on two national television series: the award winning Time to Read and Canada’s most popular children’s series,Polka Dot Door. Born in Sudbury, Cindy became the host of Polka Dot Door in 1981 and remained host for the rest of the decade,the show’s longest serving host. She then created the award winning series, Time to Read. Cindy continues to tour, educate and entertain. She has performed across North America and Asia to enthusiastic response Cindy also has three popular recordings to her credit: Sing and Spell with Cindy Cook, Polkaroo & Friends and the internationally acclaimed series for Addison-Wesley, Amazing English. Cindy performs this weekend on the NLFB family stage with Apoot and Owlie.

Cindy Cook

Dede Alderman

Dede Alderman began her music studies in the fifth grade as a member of her school band. Her interest in percussion led her to study ethnic and hand drumming. During high school she started her own percussion business, “Rhythmic Adventures.” Dede received her Associate’s Degree in Music at Northwestern Michigan College and later studied African Drum and Dance with Titos Sompa and Cheikh Thiam.

Dede Alderman

Maia Davies

She is ¼ of Ladies of the Canyon. While on tour in Quebec with the group, Maia rediscovered her love of her French heritage and wrote and released a Francophone record that pays honour to the chansons traditions of the roots music of Quebec. Maia returns to NLFB with her new solo record, new band and a new side of the artist.

Maia Davies

Coast Redwood (Meltdown Winner 2013 – band)

http://coastredwood.bandcamp.com

The winner in the band category of the 2013 Meltdown. Coast Redwood released their first EP in 2012 and are releasing their full-length record at the end of this summer. Coast is Stephen Giroux, Sam Cassio, Emmett Turkington and Spencer Jose. These four play rock and roll music to break rules. They seek the grail on the highway that was paved by Crazy Horse, Lucero, TedLeo. This Sudbury band is planning to hit the road for weekends and short tours to try their hand across the country. The musicians may rail about the stage and crash into each other, but that is only because they are so comfortable on stage. The personalities are Bourbon, the music is fine Scotch.

Coast Redwood (Meltdown Winner 2013 – band)

Sam Cassio (Meltdown Winner 2013 – solo)

This 2013 Meltdown winner has been gracing stages in Sudbury for the last three years as a solo artist, and with the rock band Coast Redwood. He and local musician Jon Danyliw have more recently founded the group Murder Murder, which pays tribute to the old time murder ballad. With two albums to be released this year plus his appearance at NLFB, Sam looks forward to a ragged road that has claimed as many heroes as it has created. He tells a quick tale and drives fast around the corners, chasing the spirits of Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, Fred Eaglesmith and Gram Parsons. Sam will be accompanied at NLFB by Jon Danyliw (Pistol George Warren).

Sam Cassio (Meltdown Winner 2013 – solo)

Lisa Marie Naponse

http://www.reverbnation.com/LMkwe

Lisa Marie’s music can be described as rhythm and blues meets folk and country. Surrounded by music and creativity, her mother and father played music, her sisters were pow wow dancers, and crafts women, it’s no wonder she learned early in life the importance of imagination and expressing yourself through music, art, and dance.

Lisa Marie Naponse

Gary Rasberry

http://www.garyrasberry.com

Gary Rasberry is an artist educator living in Kingston, Ontario. His latest record, “What’s the Big Idea?!?” featuring old time fiddle and banjo duo, Sheesham & Lotus arrived in the world June 1, 2013. “What’s the Big Idea?!?” is children-powered of course but it’s also for non-children. It’s a record for people who want to sing out loud, connect, laugh and make music together. As an educator, Gary teaches songwriting workshops at Queen’s University and offers Song, Story & Sound workshops in schools everywhere. Gary has appeared at Hillside Music Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Summerfolk, Mariposa, Peterborough Folk Festival, Blue Skies Music Festival and Home County Music & Art Festival.

Gary Rasberry

TubaBoy

Music from most of the 20th century… songs about gambling, rambling, loving and losing. It’s all presented with tongue in cheek and a big a$$ brass horn called The Tuba, along with guitar and percussion. Always fun for all ages.

TubaBoy

Dale Pepin

Dale is a past recipient of the Jackie Washington award for his dedication to the arts in our community. A lifelong educator, storyteller at festivals and schools and actor and supporter of community theatre, Dale has given his life to cultural development at the grassroots level. Storysocks is his storytelling hat for working with younger children. He has toured all over Ontario telling stories in classrooms, libraries, festivals and education conferences.

Dale Pepin

Northern All-Stars Steel Pan Band

Sudbury’s Caribbean community and friends come together each week through the year at a playground shack in New Sudbury to learn the Trinidad Steel Pan. These tuned drums began life as oil drums. When music was taken away from the working people of Trinidad in the early 20th century,they turned to tuning the oil drums to a pitch to create music. With several different pans, the Northern All Stars will take you on a journey where the need to create music is essential to living.

Northern All-Stars Steel Pan Band

YES Theatre

http://www.yestheatre.com

YES Theatre is one of the City of Greater Sudbury’s newest professional theatre companies that has entertained audiences since 2010. YES Theatre is innovative in that it allows those interested in the world of theatre an opportunity to become involved in every aspect of the experience that is theatre. Members of the company will be performing selections from their upcoming production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

YES Theatre

Spirit of World Drumming

Interactive drum circle for kids of all ages with entertainer, educator and performer Jeff Stewart! Stewart currently teaches instrumental music with the Rainbow Public School system where he runs jazz ensembles, concert band and world drum/percussion ensembles. His school ensembles have been competing at a National level receiving several silver awards at Music Fest Canada and have performed at venues such as the CN Tower. Over the years, Jeff has also taught privately, run various percussion clinics (Percussive Arts Society, Laurentian University) and taught a third year percussion class at Cambrian College. Jeff facilitates drum circles in his community and at music festivals such as the Northern Lights Festival, Summerfest, Afro-Caribbean Festival, African Cabaret, Black History Month and Festival of Friends-Hamilton.

Spirit of World Drumming

The Snake Lady

Kids an adults can interact with reptiles, lizards and amphibians, while having a ton of fun and learning at the same time! The Snake Lady is your professional host on this wild journey.

The Snake Lady

The Northern Lights Arts Village

The Arts Village featuring many established local visual artists is programmed again this year with the assistance of Myths & Mirrors Community Arts. We’ll have lots of painters, visual artists and some general clowning around going on as we spread visual art through the park for the weekend.