Artist Lineup

2018-2019 12th Season Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous

Abigail Lapell

ON
Genre: Contemporary Folk
Toronto folk noir songwriter Abigail Lapell draws freely from roots, indie and punk rock traditions. Her latest release, Hide Nor Hair, won the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year, and she received the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council.

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Adam Karch

Although Adam Karch is from Montreal, his music embodies the spirit of Americana like a scenic ride across the country. He plays a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking that recalls players such as Chet Atkins and Kelly Joe Phelps, along with an innovative percussive technique that is thoroughly modern,

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Alan Gerber

QC
Genre: Blues/Folk
My story is one of good fortune, struggle and perseverance. Born in North America to a family who had fled the pogroms of Eastern Europe and settled in Chicago, the expectation was for me to grow up to be a businessman, doctor or lawyer,

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Aleksi Campagne

QC
Genre: folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentaist
Aleksi Campagne is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Montreal. His music blends his folk roots with his jazz training which combined with the avant-garde distortion pedals on his violin make for wickedly catchy dance hall anthems. Much like the eclectic arts scene of his hometown Aleksi continues to push his musical boundaries.

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Andy Cohen

TN
Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band,

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Ari & Mia

MA
Award-winning songwriters, chamber-folk duo Ari & Mia tour globally, critically acclaimed as New England’s Americana sister act. Raised on folk songs and conservatory trained, their voices, cello, fiddle, and banjo intricately combine in original melodies and arrangements that reference the early American songbook and Northeastern fiddle tunes.

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Bill & Kate Isles

MN
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller Duo
Bill & Kate Isles are a nationally-touring singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, MN. In 1993 Bill was a rare survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Instead of ending his life, it jump-started his creative energies, resulting in a 150 show-per-year itinerary, presenting his profoundly meaningful songs.

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Bill Bourne

AB
Bill Bourne has been involved in music and celebration since he was a small child sleeping behind the piano at country dances where his parents played in the band. His mother played guitar at dances before Bill was born, resting the guitar on his little body while he was still within her…the sound of the guitar and the dance rhythms have always been with him.

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BluesReel

QC
Genre: Folk Roots Blues
BluesReel is a harmonica and guitar duo unlike any you have heard. Inspired by the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic, John Kerkhoven on harmonica and Patrick Hutchinson on guitar take you on a musical journey of traditional tunes,

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Brent Parkin

Brent Parkin is a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene and has been playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for well over 40 years.
Brent’s music is a mix of Chicago style Blues, Swing, Roots music with some Country and Roots Rock and Roll thrown in for good measure.

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Brock Zeman

Genre: Roots/ Folk/ Story-Teller
When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre.

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Chris Carmichael

Genre: Rock, Blues, Americana
Meaty, rocking alt-country with a hint of blues. Chris Carmichael’s haunting guitar tone recalls open Prairie skies, endless dusty highways and long, hazy nights.

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Christine Campbell

NS
Genre: Rock / Blues / Singer-Songriter
Christine Campbell is a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and bluesy rock vocals. As a musician dedicated to her craft, discerning fans are thrilled by Christine’s live shows, offering a unique mix of old and new original songs in each performance,

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Claire Ness

Genre: Folk/Blues/Jazz/Country
Claire Ness is a singer-songwriter and multidisciplinary artist based in the Yukon. Born and raised outside of Whitehorse, Claire grew up singing Broadway show tunes while exploring the wilderness by canoe and horseback. Never far from her guitar, Claire writes prolifically in both English and French.

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Corn Potato String Band

Detroit, MI
Genre: Fiddle & Banjo/String Band/Old Time/Bluegrass
The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph.

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Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen

Genre: Roots-Folk
Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a once in a lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen combine combine emotive, “judicious violin,” diverse and “phenomenal guitar playing,” compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor,

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Dana Wylie

Edmonton, AB
Genre: Singer-songwriter
Dana has carved a uniquely wandering path through music; she cut her teeth in jug bands, bluegrass bands and cover bands in Taiwan, toured steadfastly with her own band in the UK, released three critically-praised albums, then landed back in Canada to pursue a Masters in musicology.

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Daniel Gervais

Genre: Fiddle, songs, old time to jazz, Celtic and classical
Daniel Gervais is the 2016 Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion. He also won this competition in 2011, becoming the first and only Albertan to earn this prestigious title. He completed a Master of Music degree in classical performance under the supervision of Dr.

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David Essig

Genre: Roots singer-songwriter and blues guitarist
DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, nearly 50 years later, he continues to pursue an international career as one of Canada’s finest roots music performers. He has appeared at every major folk festival in Canada and at concerts throughout the world.

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Dirty Dishes

ON
Genre: roots, country, bluegrass, gospel
Dirty Dishes a kick-in-the-pants harmony-driven roots trio promises a show consisting of delicious harmonies washboard fiddle guitar and uke sassy song writing and killer charm. Often backed by their rhythm section “The Plate Rails” the Dishes have spent over ten years breaking hearts and soothing souls at theatres fairs festivals and events throughout Canada.

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