Schedule

July 5

Reg Corey

July 12

Noah Zacharin

July 19

The Crusin Band

July 26

Fifth Business

August 2

Nicole Coward

August 5 and 6

Raven Mad Crow Society

Tom Bechtel

Kirk Bates

Melanie Peterson

Blue Hazel

Nicole Coward

The Cedar Shakes

August 9

The Cedar Shakes

August 16

The History Buffs

August 23

Brad Culver & Friends

August 30

The Fade Kings

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Reg Corey                                                  
 

     Reg is a seasoned singer/guitarist based in Hastings County in Eastern Ontario. Reg began his  musical journey while in his early teens  as a lead guitarist performing in many dance halls throughout the County during the 70's. Not content just to be a sideman, Reg embarked on a solo career in front of the mic, perfecting his guitar style three fingered picking and versatile vocals, performing songs from a number of genres including Folk, Country, Pop, Soft Rock, Blues and Jazz.  He is a long time member of the Canadian Federation of Musician's Union out of Kingston and a member of the Haliburton Folk Society. Reg started performing in pubs and festivals but admits he prefers the more upscale venues where the audience is much more engaged in the music. Reg's music is influenced by many great artists and chose to engage in covers. However, he has recently begun writing his own music and will soon add originals into his repertoire. Reg  continues to perform in all venues from the Oshawa/Whitby area to the Ottawa Valley/Kingston areas and from South Algonquin to Prince Edward County. He has also performed live on Trent Radio. For years Reg has given guitar lessons and continues to do so with  the same passion and enthusiasm. As always, he will continue to seek out and perform in  new and interesting venues.


Noah Zacharin

 
                                              

     Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).

   Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting."

     Noah Zacharin's recently released 6th CD, "Waiting on Your Love", continues his tradition of literate well-crafted songs, while marking a significant departure in production. Heavy on horns and Hammond, Zacharin has enlisted the best of Toronto's pop and jazz players, as well as long-time Tom Waits alum Ralph Carney, to create a recording of richness and variety. Where previous CD's have essentially been solo recordings (though often utilizing Zacharin's own overdubbed guitars, bass, voice, etc.), on "Waiting", instruments from tin whistle to tuba add just the right touch as Zacharin makes his trademark leap between blues and jazz, folk and country, bluegrass and pop. In a feature article, Canada's leading daily newspaper, The Globe and Mail, reported that the disc "wrests an improbable sense of order from a chaos of genres...built around his usual and unusual acoustic guitar style and literate lyrics." Since release it has received national airplay on the CBC and its French-language counterpart Radio-Canada, and early reviews have said: "Highly recommended": Kerry Doole, Tandem Online; "One of the best singer/songwriter CD's I have ever heard": Randy Finney, TFGA newsletter; "The heart of a poet, the mind of a lyricist, the skill of a composer, the fingers of a musician...": Minor 7th.

     Much sought after as a guitarist, he has recorded and performed with some of Canada's finest writers, including Penny Lang, Bruce Murdoch, Lucien Francoeur, Rick Fielding, Danny Marks, etc. As a soloist he has opened shows for the likes of Odetta, David Lindley, Dave Van Ronk, Jesse Winchester, Alex de Grassi, and Fairport Convention. He has twice been runner-up in the OCFF Songs From the Heart Contest, and has consistently short-listed in the competition.

     Zacharin is also a prize-winning poet (with "a remarkable ability to articulate efficient, powerfully condensed ideas": What 18/19). He has published hundreds of poems, translations, and reviews in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and is currently at work on two volumes of poetry and several children's books

 

The Cruisin Band

      

                                                              

Cruisin 50s and 60s Band is a four piece band that has been playing all over Ontario, Canada since 1991. Our very experienced band is based out of Cobourg, Ontario, and plays car shows, fairs, outdoor festivals, dance halls, and private parties. We play music just the way it was meant to be played - no costumes or gimmicks; just straight forward Rock and Roll music. 

                                                                         
                                         Fifth Business

                                                     

      Fifth Business is a 5-piece folk/rock band based in Haliburton Ontario. The band formed in the early winter of 2015. Since then it has played shows throughout the Haliburton Highlands.  The repertoire is eclectic and is (mostly) unknown or little known cover tunes although two original pieces are, at this writing, part of the show. Two of the band members share lead vocals and b/u harmonies. The band uses a variety of instruments that include the conventional (drums/guitar/banjo/fiddle/accordion/keyboard etc.) and the unconventional (electric cello, harmonium, shruti box).

     

                                                                       

Nicole Coward

        

     Though her last name is Coward and she describes herself as super sensitive to the world around her, at 6'3" Nicole Coward stands tall and strong and can belt out a song with so much emotion and passion, taking her audiences on an emotional journey. Her own songs and songs she chooses to cover, have content beyond the typical song topics, offering messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectedness. 
     Her brand new album LIFT released in January of this year, blends the emotion and dynamics of classical music with the storytelling of folk music, the edginess of alternative rock and the open creativeness of modern day underground pop. It features David Henman (co-founder of April Wine and Juno recipient) and Juno award winner Howard Baer on bass. It is music for our times crossing all borders, carrying a message that Nicole hopes will give listeners a sense of connection and a lift to a better place.
     This is especially important to Nicole since she has suffered personally with and has been surviving a winning battle against depression.  We can all use a lift sometimes she says. Nicole's music has been added to playlists in over 100 radio stations across North America and the UK and was in the top 20 in the charts in several radio stations. She has performed at multiple events including recently Lightfoot Days at the Orillia Opera House. She has had the pleasure of performing with such artists as Rick Dutkiewicz Haynes (bassist for Gordon Lightfoot since 1969) and David Henman (co-founder of April Wine). 

Tom Bechtel

Vocalist and 12 string guitar player based in Thornhill, Ontario, Tom has played in the Kawarthas for the past 10 years. mostly outdoors in the summer in Lakefield,  Youngs Point, Burleigh Falls and Bancroft.  Tom is a solo performer but partners up with other artists for special gigs and open mics.  Tom sings and plays timeless folk rock and country rock classics from a wide cross-section of artists including The Eagles,  Van Morrison,  Hall & Oates,  CCR,  Lovin’ Spoonful,  Stylistics,  Gordon Lightfoot,  Jim Croce,  John Denver, Willie Nelson,  Neil Young,  Gerry & the Pacemakers,   Herman’s Hermits, Loggins & Messina,  the Beatles,   America,  The Spinners,   Temptations, Todd Rundgren,  Michael Buble,  Darius Rucker,  k.d. lang,  Pure Prairie League, Eric Clapton,  Marshall Tucker Band,  CSN & Y,   Drifters,  Johnny Cash,   Carole King.  Past experience includes playing with an 8 piece R&B band in the ‘60s and ‘70’s,   4 piece country rock group in the ‘80’s. Tom has been raising a family for 20 years and came back on the music scene in 2008.

    

               
     
Kirk Bates
                                     
Although born in Toronto, Kirk has spent the majority of his childhood in North Hastings. Thus he considers himself a native of ‘North of 7’.  Kirk has been singing since he was 5 and playing guitar since he was 13 years of age. A truck driver by trade he’s put more emphasis on his passion for music over the last few years. While comfortable performing for family and friends he still considers himself an ‘up and comer’ among his peers in the music industry.  He has been a member of local bands ‘Powder Keg’ and ‘Sparrow Park’ but generally performs solo at local restaurants, venues & private functions. He is a ‘for hire’ musician and is always up for a compatible collaboration.    Kirk is both proud and humble to have been chosen as a finalist for The Next Country Music Star in 2016 and again in 2017.

    

               
                Melanie Peterson
                                    

Blessed with a voice influenced by an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene.  Peterson was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: her mother of Norwegian heritage, while her father’s family came from Czechoslovakia. Her parents both played guitar and sang together in a band while attending medical school at U of S and Melanie sites growing up listening to her father sing and play Bob Dylan songs as a key formative experience.

Melanie has been referred to as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by BBC Radio and has been recognized as having “a beautiful voice” and being a “terrific songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. She earned a spot within the independent music scene in Toronto March 2012, when she showcased her original music during Canadian Music Week, at the Royal York Library Bar. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013. She launched her first full-length album UNBREAKABLE April 2013 at The Piston in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase and a successful Southern Ontario tour.

Melanie initially moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. Between acting jobs she often picked up the Gibson guitar her father had given her as a curious parting gift and wondered how to play it. She asked guitar playing friends to teach her a few chords. She then began the second leg of her artistic journey: songwriting and performing her songs live. The feedback she got each time she ventured out to play her songs for Toronto audiences was encouraging. She was invited to host and perform her original songs in a monthly female singer-songwriter night at the renowned Cameron House. The show was called Girls Girls Girls and the second Saturday of every month between September 2010 and December 2012. Melanie, along side many of Toronto’s top female singer-songwriters, packed that room. Melanie’s songwriting skills improved rapidly during this period as audiences were hungry for new songs at each show.

Melanie released a five song EP in 2011 called AFTER THE FALL and the reviews were encouraging;  Her follow up full length album “UNBREAKABLE” was well received by critics and fans alike. Many of the songs from “UNBREAKABLE” are currently receiving spins on BBC, CBC, various indie and college radio stations and Mediazoic Internet radio. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp.  Melanie followed her release of “UNBREAKABLE”,  with a 6 song cover EP titled READ IT ON THE RADIO, which was part of a six week digital download campaign in which Melanie released one new cover song every week from April 28th, 2014 to June 1st, 2014.  Melanie’s song “Lucky Me” was recently chosen, out of hundreds of submissions , to be included in the Music 311 winter 2015-2016 playlist.  She recently released 11 new songs for her sophomore album Anywhere From Here (March 2016) produced by Mitch Girio and followed that up with summer and fall Canadian tour dates in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, and a stint on VIA Rail’s national ‘Artists on board’ program.

Melanie also recently received her second FACTOR  grant which she used to record an original holiday single, which was released to radio stations across Canada on Dec.5, 2016. The single, titled Santa’s Sleigh, was produced by award winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor and Buffy St. Marie) and is available on iTunes.

Melanie Peterson is on the path to success. Terrific musicianship, songwriting skills, and a top notch live show, combined with a well defined, concrete plan and the motivation to push through adversity to peruse goals that lie before her, Melanie has the potential to develop into one of Canada’s top performing artists.

                                                                       

Blue Hazel

                                                       

                                                                    

Blue Hazel is steadily growing a reputation for their wide variety of music featuring strong vocals & sultry harmonies, sometimes fun & danceable, sometimes soulful & intense. Started in July of 2016, Blue Hazel is Caitlin O’Connor & Meisha Browne. Caitlin & Meisha grew up in Bancroft, a small rural Ontario town. Caitlin brings flavors of her Musical Theatre background to the duo while Meisha shares her love of intertwining melodies. Some of their musical influences include Sam Cooke, Fleetwood Mac, The Dave Mathews Band & Marcus Mumford. Blue Hazel currently enjoys entertaining audiences from small intimate gatherings to large stages. They are excited to continue this journey and have been thinking about writing their own material in the near future.                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                             
   The Cedar Shakes

The Cedar Shakes are a newly formed trio based out of Coe Hill, Ontario. With funky, soulful guitar & vocals by Richard Houlton, and a solid, upbeat rhythm section consisting of Brendon Burgess on bass & percussion, and Sydney Donkers on drums & vocals. The music is a diverse variety of rock, blues & soul, with a fun, danceable repertoire of both covers and original songs.

The name is a humorous metaphor for the condition which arises when one does not spend enough time in the woods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

     The History Buffs                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The History Buffs are a Family group of Mother/Father/Son who play music about Canada and it's History. We are in costumes and play antique instruments. We are a fun interactive band bringing the history of Canada to your audience. Songs of voyageurs/loggers/waterways/pioneers. We were recently commissioned to create a show for the History Museum by our Nations Capital for their Fraser River Gold Rush Exhibit! It was really fun and playing by Bill Reids sculptures under the Totem poles overlooking the Ottawa River is a treat that we have done many times and always look forward to. We play not only historic facilities but many festivals where the AD is looking for something a little different to bring to their festival audience and we are regulars at the Deep River Summerfest!
 

                                                                                                                               

                              Brad Culver & Friends

                                                      Brad's love of music and passion for performing shine through on every song.  His style is a mix of folk, rock, country (and everything in between) and he creates many original tunes.  He enjoys paying with others in collaboration for a mix of great instruments and friends!

 

 

 

                          

                                                                                                                              

The Fade Kings

                                                                                                                                

The Fade Kings bring a unique perspective to the Blues. Formed in 1992, the band has developed a distinctive sound characterized by solid grooves, compelling melodies, and strong musicianship, fusing multiple music genres into a musical tour de force. Their music is steeped heavily in the blues and R&B, with influences of soul, jazz, roots traditional, Latin and rock, creating an exciting and unique sound.  

The Fade Kings were selected in 2008 and 2009 to represent the Loyal Blues Fellowship at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. CBC Radio, CKLN 88.1 FM (Toronto), CFRC (Queen's University), CKOL, CJLX (Loyalist College Radio) and KWE 105.9 FM have all featured tracks from their CD "Years to Recover".  The band is extremely versatile, playing large concert venues and intimate clubs with equal ease. In addition to music festivals and club dates, the Fade Kings are also available to entertain at corporate special events and private functions. They have also performed at fundraising events for causes important to the band (see Giving Back).  

Based in Ontario's Quinte area, the Fade Kings are John 'Jake' de Vries (bass & vocals), Eric Fry (guitars & vocals), Dave Impey (drums & vocals), and Leigh Moore (keyboards & vocals). Sax player extraordinaire Ian Kojima also frequently joins the Fade Kings on stage.  "The Fade Kings do anything but fade... they positively wail! A solid group of mighty fine musicians, they were a big hit with the crowd at the Limestone City Blues Festival..... This band is good! They obviously enjoy playing together, and they do it so well, producing music that you just want to get up and dance to...I hear mixes of R&B, soul, latin, funk, and jazz/blues. All very well-done, all characterized by good musicianship."
Ron Dickenson, Buff Blues, CFRC-FM