Artist Lineup

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

É-T-É

Quebec
Genre: Musique traditionnelle québécoise / Québec Traditional Music
É-T-É est né de la rencontre entre trois jeunes musiciens issus des milieux classique, jazz et traditionnel québécois. Cette nouvelle formation musicale propose un répertoire d’airs traditionnels d’ici et d’ailleurs ainsi que des compositions originales avec une sonorité jeune,

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Earle & Coffin

Genre: Blues/Roots/Folk
Earle & Coffin have accomplished a lot in the past two years. From recording their first album, “Live at the Citadel House”, to creating “Wood Wire Blood & Bone”, their first original work, quickly followed by their EP “A Day in July”. These 18-year-old blues men have been touring festivals and showcases throughout Canada,

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Early Spirit

Vancouver
Genre: Trad inspired
J Knutson (from Spirit of the West) has joined forces with Vancouver violinist Gabriel Dubreuil to bring an innovative fusion of music from the Celtic and North American fiddle traditions and Jazz to the stage. They honour the spontaneity of improvised music while keeping the intimacy and pace of traditional music,

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Emily Burgess and the Browne Brothers

ON
Genre: Roots Pop
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Emily Burgess has toured extensively in North America with The Weber Brothers and The 24th Street Wailers, and is the guitarist for the annual Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall.
In November 2017, Burgess released her debut solo album ‘Are We In Love?’.

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Ewan Macintyre

QC
Genre: Contemporary Folk
An international music project led by puppeteer puppet musician and Ex- lead singer- songwriter of the award-winning Edinburgh collective “Southern Tenant Folk Union”. Ewan Macintyre has been described as “distinctive” (The Living Tradition) “Like Robert Johnson Returned from the crossroads…A welcome moment in the future of traditional Scottish Music” (Mumble Music) and “A scat pitched perfectly between James Brown and Tom Waits” (The Skinny).

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Georgian Bay

Genre: Bilingual Folk
Polaris prize nominated bilingual duo Georgian Bay features the soaring vocal harmonies of multi-instrumentalists Joëlle Westman and Kelly Lefaive. Fearlessly fusing elements of electronic, jazz and chamber music to their folk roots, Georgian Bay’s music is uniquely Canadian, intertwining lyrics in English and French.

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Greenbank

Thunder Bay, ON
Jimmy Breslin-guitar, Craig Smyth – keys, Luke Blair – percussion

They’ve been described as “that band from Almost Famous” and referred to as “the denim disasters”. Their harmonies will draw you in and their hilarious road stories will keep you wanting more. Whether they’re packing the dance floor with their band or performing an intimate duo concert,

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Guillaume Jabbour

QC
Genre: folk and roots
This group of talented high-energy musicians bridges gaps and draw parallels between the musical genres that inspire their own songwriting. Expect dramatic waltzes, tales reminiscent of Quebec chansonniers, swinging rhythm and toe-tapping two-steps. Songs with lyrics in french and english.

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April 2,

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Ian Sherwood

NS
Genre: folk/pop/jazz
Ian Sherwood’s fifth studio album “Bring The Light”, produced by Daniel Ledwell, is filled with the same hooky cleverness that has endeared Sherwood to his audiences. This time, the deft work of Ledwell’s production brings Sherwood’s songs a new dimension of beauty and depth.

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Jen Maurer & Anthony Papaleo

OH
Genre: American Roots Music
Two members from the international touring Zydeco group, “Mo’ Mojo,” combine for a Roots Music Duo, covering Ragtime, Old-School Blues, , Jugband, Early Jazz, Swing, Old-Time, and Country. They bring acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle, upright bass, and both lead and duet vocals to a shared love of the American Music Tradition.

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Jess Reimer & Jer Hamm

Genre: bluegrass, americana, folk, country
Jess and Jer met in the fall of 2002. Jess left him a note asking him to come to a rehearsal. Jer pulled up in his butter yellow 1980 Chev and there began a decade long bluegrass outfit including Jess’ father,

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Jim & Penny Malmberg

Edmonton, AB
Genre: folk/bluegrass/swing/singer-songwriters
With roots down to bedrock and branches up to the prairie sky, Jim and Penny are a husband-and-wife duo who play bluegrass, old-time swing, folk, and jazz influenced music. They raised a family before they got around to writing music together. Songs about love of all kinds are delivered with humour and passion on guitars,

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Joël Fafard

Genre: Blues/Roost/Folk/Gospel
Award-winning guitarist Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sexy sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new-generation bluesman. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe.

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Joseph Decosimo & Luke Richardson

NC/TN
Genre: Old-Time
National Old-time Banjo Champions Joseph and Luke dish up driving, heartfelt Old-time music performances for contemporary audiences. Driven by fiddle, banjo, harmonica, and songs in harmony, their stage shows have won over folk bluegrass and Old-time fans across the US, England, and Canada.

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Justin Lacroix

MB
Genre: Contemporary Roots
Winnipeg’s bilingual singer-songwriter Justin Lacroix infuses the timeless sounds of folk, roots-rock and blues with expansive vocals and imaginative guitar riffs. Through his stories of love, loss and life on the road, Justin delivers a message of optimism and connection to the world around him.

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Ken Hamm

Genre: FOLKROOTS BLUES
Raised in little northern mining and logging communities around Thunder Bay,Ontario, Ken Hamm has been touring Canada and abroad since the 1970’s. His efforts have won him a Juno award and a Great Canadian Blues award along the way, and he keeps up an active schedule of concerts,

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Ken Tizzard

Genre: Folk – Singer/Songwriter
KEN TIZZARD
(Solo Artist, member of The Watchmen, Thornley – touring bassist for Ron Hynes, Big Wreck …)

Very few Canadian musicians have had as fascinatingly diverse a career as Ken Tizzard. In over two decades as a professional musician,

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Linda McRae

TN
Genre: Folk/Roots / Multi-instrumentalist
Linda McRae is a veteran award-winning recording artist with 305 years’ experience. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony and the “in house blues band” at New Folsom Prison where she facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. She is the creator of Express Yourself Writing Workshops who since 2013 has worked with over 2000 disenfranchised individuals in the communities she performs in.

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Little Miss Higgins

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk.

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Lula Wiles

MA
Genre: Folk
Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today.

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