Friday Line Up
• The Vaudevillian ~ 6pm
• CASH ~ 7pm
• Tomi Swick ~ 8pm
• Mudmen ~ 9:10pm
• LeE hARVEY OsMOND ~ 10:30pm
Saturday Line Up
• Shaylyn ~ 3.20pm
• Chelsea Crites ~ 4pm
• Mackenzie Leigh Meyer ~ 4.40pm
• The Redhill Valleys ~ 5.30pm
• Freedom Train ~ 6.30pm
• Terra Lightfoot ~ 7.45pm
• River Town Saints ~ 9pm
• James Barker Band ~ 10:20pm
LeE hARVEY OsMOND
LEE HARVEY OSMOND—moniker for the acid-folk project helmed by multi-faceted artist Tom Wilson—is set to release BEAUTIFUL SCARS, his new full-length (and third album release), in the U.S. via Latent Recording and distributed by Megaforce/RED on Friday, March 25. Earlier this month (2/5), the 2016 Juno Award-nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year partnered with POPMATTERS.COM to premiere the video for “Oh the Gods - Where Our Hearts Remain” (watch here). POPMATTERS’ Sarah Zupko described the song as “…dark, haunting grooves blended with low, raspy, whispery vocals that recall Alabama 3 at their very best.”
The album’s cover, which depicts the Canada-based Wilson as a powerful, raw and warrior-like figure, is a result of Wilson discovering at age 55 that his cousin was actually his mother and Mohawk heritage, not Irish as he was raised to believe. “That’s actually how I feel as an artist,” Wilson explains. “At 56, I’m just emerging from the woods, with all of this new knowledge of who I am.”
The Upper Gage Garage in Hamilton
High energy and a lot of fun, The Mudmen are a Celtic Rock Band who inspire a party as soon as they hit the stage. Founded by The Campbell Brothers in 1998, The Mudmen have 8 studio CDs building a resume and a legion of fans from young to old.
The Mudmen have met and performed for the Queen and have been honoured to entertain and share the stage with numerous celebrities over the years, including Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Paul Shaffer, William Shatner, The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.
The Mudmen Robby Campbell, Sandy Campbell, Jeremy Burton, Mike Meacher, Dan Westenenk and Eric Bolton believe nice guys do finish first. Their love for music and performing is as strong as their off stage friendship. With over 2,500 shows to date you are sure to feel the same way about the Canadian, Celtic, Rock band known as The Mudmen.
Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album "Stalled out in the Doorway" in 2007 by winning the juno for best new artist and a nomination for pop record of the year as well as 2 Canadian radio music awards, the Socan A/C songwriting award and multiple Hamilton music awards. A Warner/Chappell Publishing recording artist, Tomi spent four months in London, England where he recorded his second album with top British producer Chris Potter of Verve / Richard Ashcroft Acclaim as well as many others. This self titled record "Tomi Swick" was released on Warner Music Canada in 2012. Tomi has written, toured and played with many great bands and artists such as Julian Lennon, The Barenaked Ladies, The Goo Goo Dolls, Stabilo, Collective Soul, Tom Cochrane, Tom Wilson, Sam Roberts, Big Wreck, Feist, Jeremy Fisher, Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith, etc.
Featuring Paul Anthony
The World’s Most Authentic Johnny Cash Tribute
Johnny Cash spent his life singing, writing songs and telling stories about life on the other side of the tracks. Paul Anthony’s mission is to continue telling The Johnny Cash Story with the sounds and storyline of “ The Man in Black”.
1920's Ragtime trio, The Vaudevillian bring you the drinking & dancing tunes from the prohibition period. Fortunately PROHIBITION IS OVER! With washboard, upright bass, resonator guitar, kazoos, car horns and a marionette bass - make sure you shine your shoes and get ready to do the Skoodle um Skoo!!
James Barker Band
Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music’s biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.
The guys have had a busy year, with no signs of slowing down. Their first single, “Lawn Chair Lazy,” which was written by band front man, James Barker, along with fellow Canadians Gavin Slate and Travis Wood, became the highest charting debut single ever from a Canadian artist at Country Radio. Their video for the song also spent two weeks at #1 on the CMT Canada’s Chevy Top 20 Countdown. The band's follow-up single, “Just Sayin’,” received mass praise from the industry and fans and just like the first, went Top 10 at country radio. The third, single “Chills” released on March 3 also received a #1 from CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, but also a #1 at Canadian country radio, making them the first band to have a number one at radio off a debut album. The boys have played shows with the likes of Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Dean Brody, High Valley, Tim Hicks and more.
The band performed live on the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards and were nominated for five awards:
Single of the Year – “Lawn Chair Lazy”
Album of the Year – Game On
Rising Star Award
Video of the Year – “Chills”
Group or Duo of the Year
In April the band dropped their first EP, Game On, via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, which debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week. On the EP Barker found an immediate chemistry with writers Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Todd Clark, and Donovan Woods with who he wrote the majority of the songs for the EP, which was engineered and produced by Todd Clark. The result displays a consistency of voice, which is both authentic and clear. The cohesiveness of Game On leaves no doubt that James Barker Band knows the land on which they stand. On this EP they lay bare questions of love, life, and responsibility – and ask of their fans to be equally uncompromising on this journey.
"We're so excited to finally release our EP, Game On. It feels like we've been working on these songs for so long that everyone should already know them, but at the same time it feels like only yesterday that we were recording Lawn Chair Lazy. We have poured everything that we have into these songs, and I hope people can feel that,” says Barker. “From the diverse collection of tunes, to the working album art and EP title, we wanted to make sure that the whole project made sense with who and what we are. We are a group of fun loving country music fanatics that are influenced by all kinds of genres, but we aren't just party animals. We have personal lives and relationships just like everyone else. We really hope our fans enjoy listening and can relate to these songs as much as we do!"
River Town Saints
River Town Saints released their debut single “A Little Bit Goes a Long Way," landing them on many “Artists to Watch Lists” for 2016.
Their highly anticipated second single, “Cherry Bomb” was released in the spring of 2016, along with a video that has over 1 million views online. Their third single “Bonfire”, hit Top 10 on the country charts and more recently the group opened for Tim Hicks' on his Shake These Walls tour, as well as toured with Kip Moore in western Canada. The band released their debut self-titled album in spring, 2017. Their latest single from the album, “Woke Up Like This”, is at country radio now.
Led by the strong vocals of Chris Labelle, River Town Saint’s unbeatable energy has already landed them on stage with Tim Hicks and the front page of the Hamilton Spectator.
Since signing with Open Road Recordings, the band has shared the stage with The Road Hammers and opened for Tim Hicks. This past summer saw the group on the festival circuit, impressing fans and winning new ones with their dynamic live show, at Boots and Hearts in Ontario, Rock the Park in London and The Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Race track.
With New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing.
From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball King” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence.
Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, Wintersleep), New Mistakes is a heady journey. As poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is rowdy, it cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from brokedown dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.
Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band, the session impresses on all counts. It’s Lightfoot’s hungriest and most raw album to date, able to mesmerize with graceful melodies one moment, and step into the ring to deliver a hurricane of hooks or a heart-wrenching chorus the next. Lifted by bright waves of organ and classic roots-rock vibe, “Ruthless” nails that lethal dynamic, slowly building a story of deep connection fraught by distance, until letting loose its knockout crescendo.
Lightfoot’s stunning, soulful voice powers her emotional wallops, laid low as a gentle whisper over the swirling finger-picking of “You Get High,” or belted out with nuclear swagger over the rock ’n’ soul grooves of “Hold You,” battling things out with a righteous Jake Clemons sax solo during its climax.
That’s not to say she’s a tentative wordsmith. Lightfoot’s evolution into a potent songwriter might be captured best on the poignant “Norma Gale”. The tune tells the real life story of its namesake’s battle to make it as a songwriter and bass player in the colourful world of ‘70s country music, fighting to pursue her passion while raising her son alone and touring non-stop. It’s easy to hear why Gale’s story would resonate with Lightfoot: As tried and true road-dogs, they’re kindred spirits, both driven by a creative force they’d be willing to let tear them apart if it had to. And sometimes it does. But, as Lightfoot wails in the song’s transcendent finish—though the trek so far has been long and treacherous, and isn’t likely to let up—“I knew I had to keep on going.” That’s how she got here, after all.
It’s Lightfoot’s relentless commitment to the cause that made this album possible: racking up endless, hard-earned miles, forging and letting go of relationships, and seeking out every sliver of truth in a life on the road that is anything but easy to navigate. It’s an odyssey without a map to guide the way, filled with infinite missteps. But if they all sound as wild and beautiful as this, let’s hope Terra Lightfoot never stops making New Mistakes.
Performing over 200 shows annually, Hamilton Ontario’s Freedom Train is the go-to band for parties and festivals across Canada.
Freedom Train puts a spin on their huge variety classic rock, R&B, country and funky songs.
This power-trio features the four octave vocal range of vocalist / bassist Carl Jennings, the inventive two-piece kit drumming of Tim Jennings and the creative guitar stylings of “Big”Ed Mitchell. The three members create a full and authentic sound. They can go from re-creating a Led Zeppelin classic note-per-note one moment, then switch to their own arrangement of a Louis Armstrong standard. Their variety of great songs and vastly different musical styles within a show has been the secret to Freedom Train’s success for the past 28 years! Freedom Train is proud to make music their living since 1989 with the same band members!
Carl Jennings - Vocals & Bass
Born in Montreal, Canada, Carl began a full-time career in music when he was 16. Along with his brother Tim, Carl performed in Pegasus, Speck Jennings, and eventually in Freedom Train. As a producer, musician, and audio engineer at Westmoreland Recording Studio, Carl has recorded/produced countless artist, groups, TV and radio ads, and TV show themes.
Tim Jennings - Drums & Vocals
Born in Huddersfield, England, Tim started drums at an early age, playing in orchestras, rock bands, and teaching music throughout his teens. Touring and recording in Pegasus, Speck Jennings, and Freedom Train, Tim developed a unique drumming style by using just a two piece drum set, a kick and snare drum! Tim currently teaches drums at Long & McQuade in Burlington, Ontario, and can be heard on numerous recordings and jingles, as well as be seen competing in bike races across Ontario.
Ed Mitchell - Guitar
The first day Carl and Tim met Ed they asked him to join their group Speck Jennings. “We didn't really need to hear him play, we just knew,” says Carl. Born in Belfast, Ireland, Ed began playing guitar with Hamilton, Ontario group Varga, eventually joining Speck Jennings and Freedom Train. As well as performing on countless records and jingles, Ed had a lead role in the independent film Kung-Fu Supreme and has also painted/designed CD covers for many artists.
The Redhill Valleys
The Redhill Valleys are an original 3-piece Folk/Rock group from Hamilton, Ontario. Rooted by their influences in southern rock, acoustic Americana and soul, the newly formed trio are forging a musical path all their own. The collaboration of guitarist Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams and drummer Tim Allard is built upon a common dedication to the craft of songwriting, unifying the poetic ease of their lyrics with unforgettable melodies, harmonies and guitar riffs.
The path to now began when bassist Chelsea McWilliams and guitarist Danielle Beaudin hit the open road for Nashville, Tennessee. They collaborated on their newly developed material and it wasn't long before the pair found their rhythm. Drummer Tim Allard joined shortly after their return from the Music City, and it became undeniable that something unique was under way as their individual sounds came together as one. They didn’t know it yet, but this was the beginning of The Redhill Valleys.
The trio dug their heels in over the following year, polishing their live material and playing the local circuit. Songs worthy of a full-length album were quickly coming to life, and a curious hum among the Hamilton music scene was building around their folk, roots, and rock inspired sound. Their collaborative influences brought catchy country choruses, as heard on their new single titled "Wrong Way Turns Out Right”, a Canadiana inspired folk ballad called “Parry Sound”, and unapologetic toe-tappin' rock via tunes such as “You Can’t Be Alone” and “Ragged and Run Down”. Their set-list crossed genres and touched on the hearts of true music lovers.
After a successful fundraiser, the group was able to raise money to begin the recording process. Their debut album was recorded at Westmoreland Recording Studios in Hamilton, Ontario with producer Carl Jennings. The 12-tracks feature McWilliams, Beaudin and Allard trading off lead vocals, which leads the listener on a multifaceted and deeply rich journey. In the studio, the trio honed in on their respected and multi-instrumental abilities to fine tune and translate the energy of their live performances into the record. With the help of producer Jennings, their sound became distinct and the songs unforgettable.
Released on April 26th 2016, the album is now available for purchase via The Redhill Valleys store and download on iTunes and Bandcamp, and streaming on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music and more!
Mackenzie Leigh Meyer
23 year old Mackenzie Leigh Meyer has already begun playing all over Ontario; performing at major festivals like Mattawa Voyager Days, Canada’s Largest Ribfest and Canal Days; where she has shared bills with the likes of Doc Walker, Chad Brownlee and Runaway Angel. As well, she is on regular rotation at the majority of southern Ontario’s A-list country music venues, including The Stampede Ranch, The Stampede Corral and The Oshawa Corral; last year alone spending 336 hours performing over 75 gigs.
In 2013, she was accepted into the renowned Music Degree Program at Humber College where she studied voice and performance with some the top musicians in Canada, including Rik Emmett of Triumph who she’s worked with for songwriting. Honing her craft for the past four years, it was only a matter of time until she’d begin drawing major attention to her music.
In 2016, she caught the eye of esteemed producer/engineer Ken Scott (The Beatles/David Bowie/Super Tramp) who commented “Watch out Carrie Underwood” after producing her debut single Should Have Known at The Humber Studios. The combination of Ken’s classic rock sensibilities and Mackenzie’s emotional singing and pretty pop melodies creates a unique and tasteful twist to her modern country sound; unveiling a song that fuses Taylor-Swift-type writing with a classic rock aesthetic. But this is only one of the many colours seen on her debut EP…Dive Bar Diva's beauty is seen in it's ability to flaunt all of the diverse and dynamic sides that comprise Mackenzie. The EP soars through the many sub-genres of modern country music; ranging all the way from the vulnerable-americana "Your Company" to her confident, attitude-riddled-blues "Hope You're Lonely", and rounds off with her poignant, emotional ballad "More than a Memory". It results in one of the more authentic and enchanting perspectives to come along in country music in years, creating a world both bold, broken and incredibly cathartic.
Canada's Hottest New Rising Country Sensation Recording Artist Chelsea Crites has received rave reviews from all over the country. She has shared the stage with the likes of • Dallas Smith • Bobby Wills • Deric Rutan • Tim Hicks • Beverley Mahood • Aaron Pritchett • Jason Mccoy • William Shatner • Crystal Shawanda • Gil Grand Chelsea Crites has performed the prestigious pre-show concerts at Hamilton’s very own Copps Coliseum for acts such as •Alan Jackson, • Ryan Laird , • Johnny Reid, • Carolynn Dawn John , •Rascal Flatts, •Little Big Town , •Eli Young , • Colt Ford and • Eric Church. • Chelsea has also appeared in several indie movie roles . Chelsea has been busy songwriting with musical legends like John Ellison who wrote the hit song ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’.
Her new single Ready for the fight is due to be released in June.
Shaylyn, Canada’s newest country music sensation. This young singer/songwriter is climbing the musical ladder at lightning speed.
Shaylyn’s passion for music truly shines from the heart. This Southern Ontario native debuted her first album, “LOVIN THE LEGENDS” at the age of 18, including her first penned original “NANA’S LITTLE GIRL”
Often called an ‘old soul’ for such a young lady. Shaylyn continues to hone her craft and add to her repertoire with great focus, which allows her to stay true to her heart, her music and her passion.
Shaylyn’s commitment to hard work and dedication has allowed her growth in the music industry to open doors to success and take the world by storm.