Fort McMurray Performers

 Our 2016 Line-Up Includes:

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREE FINGER SHOT

 FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 5:45PM

April was a very big month for Tony and Trevor of Three Finger Shot. They were busy releasing their highly anticipated first EP, “Stories From A Small Town”. With the help of Ottawa based producer Eric Eggleston.  With over 100 pre-purchased copies funding the band's initial launch, the future looks very bright for these two 17 year veterans of the Canadian music scene.

Touring back on the East coast later this summer, they are looking forward to performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland before heading back to Ontario later in the fall.

This will be their first Garden Party and they are both looking forward to performing in Fort McMurray.

Three Finger Shot is fronted by hilarious lead vocalist Tony Ronalds. 

Tony is from Cape Breton and brings a unique comedic approach to storytelling.

Trevor Bowering, from Kilbride Newfoundland, on rhythm guitar provides a great balance to the band as well as a deep rich vocal performance.

These two have been wowing audiences across Canada for 17 years.

Years active:  2016-present

Website:  https://www.threefingershot.com/

Genres:  Progressive Folk, Roots

Origin: Calgary, Alberta

Names:  Tony Ronalds and Trevor Bowering

Associated acts:  Great Big Sea, Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies

Labels: Talented, Handsome & Funny 

   

FREEDOMS NOTE

 FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 6:45PM

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINGER ELEVEN

 FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 8:15PM

Finger Eleven has been creating award-winning music for 19 years, making them one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated rock bands.

Composed of four extremely talented musicians, Finger Eleven’s discography includes five albums;

Tip (1998)

The Greyest of Blue Skies (2000)

Finger Eleven (2003)

Them Vs. You Vs. Me (2007)

Life Turns Electric (2010).

They have held top spots on radio charts across North America and continue to create award-winning music, proving that their staying power is not to be questioned. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUCKCHERRY

 FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 10:15PM

Rock and roll should make you want to do a few things. Let Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson explain. “It should make you want to drive fast, fuck, and dance,” he grins.

On their seventh full-length album, Rock ‘n’ Roll [F-Bomb Records/Caroline], the Los Angeles quintet—Josh Todd [vocals], Nelson, Stevie D. [guitar], Xavier Muriel [drums], and Kelly LeMieux [bass]—staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of new anthems primed to explode on impact and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact. It’s something that the boys have done since day one, but it’s more necessary now than ever.

“There’s been so much talk about how rock ‘n’ roll is dead and all of this bullshit,” sighs Todd. “The funny thing is, that’s been going on since we put out our first record in 1999. We wanted to call the new album Rock ‘n’ Roll, because this is what we’ve been doing our whole lives. We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavor of Buckcherry.”

2014 saw the group unleash their Fuck EP, the first release for their own F-Bomb Records. Bolstered by the hit single “Say Fuck It,” a sizzling take on Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” the six-song set quickly became a commercial and critical success. Immediately after it impacted, they cut the ten tracks that would comprise Rock ‘n’ Roll, once again produced by Keith Nelson.

“This is the best time to be in Buckcherry,” he continues. “We’ve got our own record label, and we’re making all the rules. We had so much fun on the Fuck EP, and it gave us a foundation as far as putting out an album independently. The momentum was so great that we didn’t stop.”

They rev up Rock ‘n’ Roll with the propulsive first single and opener “Bring It On Back.” From the jump, a robust guitar groove struts right alongside an unshakable refrain. It’s got the band’s signature hallmarks, but Todd pulled lyrical inspiration from a new source altogether. “When I’m not on the road, I race Go Karts for my hobby,” he says. “The song is really about racing. I had a driver named Kurt Busch in mind when I wrote the lyrics. They call him ‘The Outlaw,’ and he’s a badass. It captures that intensity of racing and the mentality. I love it.”

Then, there’s “Tight Pants,” which continues a tradition of seductively slithering rockers, while embracing a funk charisma, boisterous horns, and a swing that would make James Brown proud. “We worked on that the most,” recalls Nelson. “I really pushed to try the horns, and we ended up with this catchy arrangement. That’s ballsy for a rock band to do.”

“It’s quintessential Buckcherry,” exclaims Todd. “We love women. They’re a great subject, so that’s what it’s about.”

Elsewhere, the hyper hop of “The Madness” details “struggling with urges and loving things that are bad for you,” while the soaring ballad “The Feeling Never Dies” gave a the frontman an opportunity to collaborate with someone he’d always wanted to—daughter.

“I wrote it to have a song in the house that I could sing with my little girl,” he smiles. “We would just sing it together at the piano. On a whim, I showed it to Keith, and he loved it. We really rounded it out so it’s got this big epic feel.”

Buckcherry have added fuel to the genre’s fire for nearly two decades now. The Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum outfit is responsible for smashes including “Lit Up” off their gold-certified 1999 self-titled debut as well as “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry” from 2006’s platinum 15. Along the way, they’ve shared stages with everybody from AC/DC and Mötley Crüe to Slipknot and Rob Zombie as well as festival bills including Bamboozle with Bon Jovi and In-N-Iron, Sturgis, and more.

Ultimately, with Buckcherry at the wheel, Rock ‘n’ Roll is in good hands. “It’s always been about having a good time,” concludes Nelson. “You tune the noise out of your life for 40 minutes and enjoy yourself. That’s why we started doing this in the first place.”

Todd agrees, “Buckcherry fills a void. There aren’t any other records like this in the genre. I hope it can capture a certain time for people. That’s the goal.” — Rick Florino, April 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREE FINGER SHOT

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 4:00PM

 

Three Finger Shot is fronted by hilarious lead vocalist Tony Ronalds. 

Tony is from Cape Breton and brings a unique comedic approach to storytelling.

Trevor Bowering, from Kilbride Newfoundland, on rhythm guitar provides a great balance to the band as well as a deep rich vocal performance.

These two have been wowing audiences across Canada for 17 years.

Years active:  2016-present

Website:  https://www.threefingershot.com/

Genres:  Progressive Folk, Roots

Origin: Calgary, Alberta

Names:  Tony Ronalds and Trevor Bowering

Associated acts:  Great Big Sea, Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies

Labels: Talented, Handsome & Funny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARITIME KITCHEN PARTY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 5:00PM

The Maritime Kitchen Party is named after a well know tradition in Nova Scotia. 

Maritimers love to party and in every house, it always seems that the party winds up in the kitchen  There is always a guitar playing, or someone belting out traditional songs at the top of their lungs. 

The MKP trio tries to bring back that feeling to their live performances.  Led by Nova Scotia's own Steve Smith, the group plays anything form Celtic fisherman songs to fun and upbeat pop music. 

The song list is extensive and also includes some of Steve's own original compositions that are second to none. 

This group is perfect for festivals, gatherings, weddings, concerts, you name it!  If you want some fun and some air in your step, MKP really delivers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DERINA HARVEY BAND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 6:00PM

Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Alberta-based five-piece Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience with a fresh take on traditional tunes as well as their own original jigs and reels.

Their rocky, rhythmic undertow is layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. These transplanted east-coasters have earned a reputation with their high-energy live show, leaving many an audience out-of-breath and hollering from their seats!  

2016 has seen the group gain further success and industry recognition by adding an album to their discography, and continuing to deliver engaging live performances. The band has been steadily building a following by playing live (over 150 shows in the last three years).

Though based in Alberta, the band continues to add to their tour schedule to include all of Western Canada and was recently selected to participate in showcases in Saskatchewan (OSAC Showcase 2016) and Manitoba (Manitoba Arts Network Showcase 2016). The band has even toured in Newfoundland each summer for the last three years, where they have been featured at George Street Festival (St. John's, NL) opening for the Newfoundland act Shanneyganock.

In 2015, they shared the stage with other east-coast favourites including Jimmy Rankin, The Irish Descendants, Pogey, and even some rock acts such as The Trews, Kim Mitchell, and Trooper.

The band has two full length recordings to their credit. Their self-titled debut album (2013) has garnered radio airplay across Canada, and their second album Rove and Go (2016) has become even more widespread, being added at over 30 stations across Canada and tracking at #65 on CKUA's top-played albums for 2016. The band was also nominated for an Edmonton Music Award in 2016 in the “Artist to Watch” category. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST. JAMES' GATE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 7:15PM

About the band St. James' Gate is a Central Alberta based band that formed in 2001 and has been bringing Celtic music to the people of Western Canada ever since.

Their music can be described as Celtic-Rock and contains everything from Scottish/Irish songs to more modern Celtic rock/punk sounds. St. James' Gate is comprised of 6 band members from varying backgrounds, all bringing unique instrumentation and style to create a distinctive brand of music.  The bagpipes, button accordion, and tin whistle add Celtic flavor to a full complement of guitars, drums, bass, and other unique stringed instruments.  

St. James' Gate has released 4 CD's over the last 15 years and is in the process of putting pen to paper once again to write some original tunes for a 5th CD.

Their music can all be purchased at their shows or online at Itunes.

.     Dwayne Marsden - Guitar, Bouzouki, Lead Vocals

·    Glenn MacLeod - Guitar, Mandolin, Lead Vocals

·    Bill O'Neil - Accordion, Tin Whistle, Bagpipes, Backing Vocals

·    Dave Best - Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals

·    Justin Stewart - Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals

·    Brian Buckle - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SHEEPDOGS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 8:30PM

Biography


Trends come and go, styles fall in and out of fashion, but The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock n’ roll excellence. Since their inception, the band has always sought to play the kind of music they themselves love: “Pure, simple, good-time music,” as singer/guitarist Ewan Currie puts it. It’s no surprise, then, that the band’s fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, is firmly rooted in the rock tradition that listeners have come to expect from the boys.

The idea was simple: find a nice, quiet, secluded place and make a record packed with all the hot guitar licks and sing-along choruses they could muster. So the band holed up in a rented house in the remote, idyllic setting of Stony Lake, Ontario, and set about creating a studio where they could work all hours of the day. “We wanted to cut out all the noise and get back to a place where we could just fully immerse ourselves in music,” says Currie, who took on production duties for the album. “We worked hard, but we also made sure to keep it loose and have ourselves a good time.”

Future Nostalgia is the middle ground between the JUNO-winning, platinum-certified Learn & Burn, which spawned the rock radio staple “I Don’t Know,” and its equally successful follow-up, 2012’s The Sheepdogs, featuring the instantly-recognizable, Gold-certified singles “Feeling Good” and “The Way It Is.”

The former was recorded by Currie and the band in their hometown of Saskatoon before they were propelled to fame as the first unsigned band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, pressure free and at their own pace. Its follow-up, however, recorded in Nashville with producer and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, was a much more formal and rigid studio experience. This time, the band aimed to combine the successes and lessons learned from these opposite ends of the recording spectrum.

Future Nostalgia builds upon The Sheepdogs’ foundation of feel-good vocal harmonizing and nasty guitar jamming. “Our musical journey has been about trying to find how we sound our best,” states Currie, and the album represents the pinnacle of their progress thus far. That’s made immediately clear from the opening riff of “Downtown,” an undeniable straight-up rocker that sparkles with the warmth of summer. Down at the other end of the street is “Bad Lieutenant,” which walks a dark and sexy strut courtesy of bassist Ryan Gullen and drummer Sam Corbett, who also tear up the furious “I Really Wanna Be Your Man.”

Newcomers Rusty Matyas and Ewan’s brother Shamus Currie, on guitar and keys respectively, bring a new spirit to the wistful back porch vibes of “Same Old Feeling” or the brooding melancholy of “Jim Gordon.” Elsewhere, the ominous groove of “Help Us All” calls to mind the bleak violence of Blood Meridian as sung by Sly & the Family Stone, punctuated by a devastating trombone solo from Shamus.

Now, The Sheepdogs are eager to embark on the next leg of their journey, which will involve many miles logged and stages played. “I’m excited for people to hear the album, because it’s a labour of love,” Currie says proudly. “Now, it’s just about getting it out there and getting people into it.”


From their cramped Saskatchewan jam space to gold and platinum records and shows with rock icons, The Sheepdogs haven’t strayed from their goal of sharing pure, passionate rock n’ roll with anyone who’ll listen – and Future Nostalgia is packed with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARKELLS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 10:15PM

ARKELLS: MORNING REPORT

New album available worldwide August 5th

Produced by: Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket), Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83), Brian West (Sia, AWOLNATION), Gus van Go (The Stills, Wintersleep)

“It’s a weird time to be a rock band right now,” observes Max Kerman, the singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter for the Arkells. “I just feel like rock has gotten so conservative and doesn’t know where to go. To be honest, I don’t really listen to a lot of rock music right now.” 

That’s not a radical statement for your average twenty-something in this EDM-dominated era, but it’s a bit surprising coming from a guitar-slinging guy whose band seemingly personifies a certain old-school, ethic. Hailing from the gritty industrial outpost of Hamilton, Ontario, the Arkells have notched four Juno Awards and a gold record on their sweat-rusted belts, proving there’s still a place for passionate, no-bullshit rock ‘n’ soul in the mainstream. (In 2015, they were the most-played band on Canadian alt-rock radio.) But the group’s new album, Morning Report, betrays a more irreverent, adventurous ethos that more readily recalls the cut-and-paste approach of hip-hop beatmakers than the plug-and-play attack of a live rock band, with click-tracked rhythms, subliminal samples, electronic pulses, and sax and violins threaded into the richly textured mix.

Certainly, this is the Arkells’ most eclectic album to date, from the piano-pounded, “California Love”-schooled swagger of “Private School” to the silver-lined break-up song “My Heart’s Always Yours,” the sort of ascendant, blood-pumping anthem you can easily imagine sparking an arena full of waving illuminated smartphones. But if the Arkells have mostly scrubbed away the surface soot of their Hamilton-spawned sound, lyrically, Kerman’s songwriting hits even closer to home.

“A lot of the songs are about me and characters in my life: my friends, my parents, my girlfriend,” Kerman says. “And a lot of times, they’re songs about what happened the night before. So that’s why it’s called Morning Report: you text your friend the next day and it’s like, ‘Give me the morning report!’”

But Morning Report balances tales of last night’s debauchery with more sobering examinations of a time in life that doesn’t get much play in rock music: your late-twenties. It’s the phase when all your friends start getting married, your parents suddenly decide to get divorced, and long-distance relationships hit their shit-or-get-off-the-pot breaking point. But while melancholic, meditative ballads like “Passenger Seat” and “Come Back Home” provide unflinching portraits of marriages on the brink of collapse, rousing, soul-powered sing-alongs like “A Little Rain” pay poignant tribute to the friendships that help you through the tough times, and provide that much-needed shoulder to cry on.

“That’s another thing that’s so conservative about white-guy indie rock,” says Kerman. “What makes Drake so awesome is he just puts all his emotions right on the table for you to see. All of these songs and stories come from a genuine place for me.”

The morning reports we get from our friends may arrive through smartphone screens, but the songs on Morning Report all chronicle face-to-face interactions—with all the intimacy, intensity and awkwardness they entail.

“This is our weirdest, funniest, saddest record yet,” Kerman concludes. “And therefore, our most honest one, too."        

 

   

 

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES FROM CAPTAIN PAUL TILLER AND FIRST MATE GARY GOODYEAR FROM THE ATLANTIC BANDIT

 ATLANTIC BANDIT

Paul Tiller started fishing as age 16 with a 20-foot speedboat, and has worked his way up from there. Paul’s a king when it comes to catching crab and turbot, and this season he’ll add capelin to the list. Through it all, Paul leads a loyal and hard working crew - First Mate and long time friend, Garry Goodyear, and Paul’s brother, Jason, are aboard to round out one of the tightest crews on the island.  Together, this band of brothers fish hard and play hard – and they don’t go home until they’ve got their hold full of fish.