Trevor Finlay

Trevor Finlay

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Produced by Mike Flanders, the CD features 13 original songs, all penned by FINLAY.  “Sandpaper & Bourbon” showcases TREVOR’s lyric writing abilities, his innovative guitar playing and the “gravity and rasp” of his vocals.

TREVOR’s previous career included releasing 4 studio albums and touring incessantly all over the world (from Canada coast to coast to Australia, parts of the US and Europe), opening for big-named acts (like James Brown, Kid Rock, John Hiatt, Johnny Winter and Booker T. and the MG’s just to name a few), earning awards and nominations (Real Blues Magazine 11th Annual Awards – Best Canadian Blues/Rock Artist, Best Canadian Blues Band/Central, Top Canadian Blues Guitarist; Toronto Blues Society’s MBA for “Male Vocalist of the Year”; Toronto Blues Society’s MBA for “New Artist of the Year”), and becoming a regular guest on several popular morning radio shows.

Filmmaker Stacey K. Black began work on a documentary and named it after one of TREVOR’s songs – “Send My Mail To Nashville”. Calling it her ‘love letter to Nashville’, the film follows songwriters on their journey to and from Nashville, TREVOR being one of five songwriters that she follows and interviews. The movie started making the rounds at festivals and is set for release in the very near future.

As a guitarist, FINLAY plays for 80’s pop icon Tiffany, making guest appearances on the singer’s album “A Million Miles” as well as her CD entitled “Rose Tattoo”.  TREVOR also co-wrote the first track on “A Million Miles”, a song called “Cry”.  Currently TREVOR travels with her all over the globe as her lead guitar player, as well as continually doing his own shows.

Dylan Wickens & the Grand Naturals

Dylan Wickens & the Grand Naturals

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True to the spirit of power trios of the sixties, Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals immediately grab the listener by the ears with their unapologetic take on the blues, by choosing to colour outside the lines with fuzzed up guitars and bass and melodic, hook-heavy vocal lines. Raw, real, modern and traditional; it’s that paradox which defines the sound of these three world- class musicians that have come together to record the aptly titled, Hi Lo-Fi.

Jenie Thai

Jenie Thai

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Born in Chiang Mai Thailand, and raised outside of Edmonton, Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country through the electric energy she displays on stage and the old soul that's conveyed through her songwriting. Her studying of music began at age five; she took private piano lessons for fifteen years. Through her classical training she spent her early school years performing difficult repertoire at various workshops, camps, and yearly round festivals receiving national accolade.

The Good The Bad & The Blues

The Good The Bad & The Blues

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Biography

Aayan Naim, playing lead guitar and singing is his thing, he grew up in Chicago started playing and singing in the 7th grade, turned pro in the 9th and never looked back By the way he grew up directly across the street from Muddy Waters, his brother-in- law was a Temptation, let’s just say he get’s it honest. Talk about blues heritage, he’s got it. The rich sound of this band, is a mixture of the fresh new sounds of the new and deep rooted past of Gospel, Blues, Soul and Funk. the blending of influences make a rich dynamic experience that touches every sense of your being, you can feel it see it and hear it,, well maybe not taste but if you could it would be home cooking like you have always imagined. The band is fronted by Aayan Naim, he grew up in Chicago directly across the street from Muddy Waters, talk about blues heritage he’s got it. Playing lead guitar and singing is his thing. The Good The Bad And The Blues is the 2011, 2012, 2013 winners of the prestigious Black Swamp Blues Society blues challenge. Gordon Henry Bassist and vocals. What he brings is an unmistakable sound that keeps the groove moving. After playing all over the country he has chosen to apply his wealth of talent to ensuring this is the best musical experience you could imagine. 
Bj Love: 
Keyboard and vocals a master of sounds. From Hammond B3 to a piccolo flute and everything in between. He makes every song vibrate with magic and majesty. 
Hollywood Mike:
Drummer and vocals. It is said a good drummer can make an average band good, and a great drummer makes a good band sound real good. So what do you get when you add Hollywood Mike with a great band? You get an INCREDIBLE BAND.
As the winners of the 2013 Black Swanp Blues Society's Challenge, the band has now evolved into a music force to be experienced. Winning the 2013 blues challenge took the band to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tn. where they placed in the semi-finals, top 30 out of 255 bands from around the world. 2015 brought us to new hieghts winning the Columbus Blues Challenge and then made the finals at the IBC. We now have a CD "Live at The Strand" available at any of our shows or message us an we'll get one to you.

 

JJ Thames

JJ Thames

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When the lights dim, and the spotlight shines, this statuesque 5 foot 9 beauty demands the attention of the room with her quiet confidence, unique style, and poise even before she sings a note; with her flawless skin, pouty lips and piercing slanted eyes she can grace the pages of any magazine. The Detroit Free Press said it best, “She’s young and beautiful to look at, she’s a wonderful storyteller and her vocals are consistently breathtaking. Her shows are electrifying, and crowd-pleasing. This doe-eyed Motown (Detroit, Michigan) native has the “it” factor…look out world.”
 

The James Band

The James Band

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About

The James Band is a blues/rock/funk group based in Edmonton, AB featuring Tyler Johnson (guitar/vocals), Ryan Holmes (bass/vocals), and Sean Casey (drums)

Maurice John Vaughn

Maurice John Vaughn

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Vaughn began playing professionally in 1968 as a saxophonist in Chicago R&B groups. He recorded with The Chosen Few in 1976, and played and recorded with Phil Guy, went on tour in Canada in 1979. He played as a sideman with Luther AllisonSon SealsJunior WellsValerie Wellington, and A.C. Reed.[2]

His debut solo record was 1984's Generic Blues Album, released in plain white packaging on his own Reecy Records record labelAlligator Records reissued it in 1987.[2] In the 1990s, Vaughn played with Detroit Junior, but spent much of his time working in A&R for Appaloosa Records, and produced albums by Shirley Johnson, Zoom, Maxine Carr, B.J. Emery, and Velvet McNair. Vaughn and his band backed up Detroit Junior on the latter's two releases on Blue Suit Records, "Turn Up The Heat" and "Take Out The Time." In 1994, his song "(Everything I Do) Got To Be Funky" was released on the soundtrack for the film Major League II. The song was also a part of his 1993 release, In the Shadow of the City.

Jason Elmore & the Hoodoo Witch

Jason Elmore & the Hoodoo Witch

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Based out of Dallas, TX, "Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch" is an original high-energy trio that blends jump blues, hard-hitting rock, vintage soul/r&b, and traces of 60’s country into a unique-but-familiar sound that always maintains the essence of the blues while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre. Jason Elmore is uncommonly seamless in his ability to tailor his performance to suit the venue and demographic, without compromising the integrity of the band’s mission, which is to give 110% with every single performance, regardless of whether it’s 2 people or 2,000.   

JW Jones

JW Jones

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International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows.

Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as “one of this country’s top blues guitar stars.”JW’s new release ‘High Temperature’ was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10, and is the follow up to the JUNO Award nominated ‘Belmont Boulevard’. From the liner notes: “Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.” – Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

The Lionyls

The Lionyls

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THE LIONLYS ORIGINAL

The Lionyls have been creating a buzz in Ottawa, ON since 2014 when they won the Live 88.5 Big Money Shot. Since that time they have been steadily growing their fan base and have had the opportunity to open for international artists such as Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, July Talk, A Tribe Called Red, U.S. Girls, The Strumbellas, SonReal and The Trews.

The Lionyls are a 4-piece Rock & Soul outfit based in Ottawa, Canada. With every note, they pay homage to the rhythm & blues, funk, soul, and rock & roll traditions. Thus standing on the shoulders of past musical masters, they have crafted an organic sound that is both timeless and current, raw and refined. Their music truly comes to life in live performance, where their skillful musicianship, charismatic presence, and raw energy invite the audience to join them deep in the groove.

Chris Antonik

Chris Antonik

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Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada's Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album, and has since become one of Canada’s most acclaimed blues artists. Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton. In its 2010 year-end review, Chris was named the "future of the blues" by Canada's Blues Underground Network. In 2013, Chris’ sophomore album Better for You was hailed by critics as “a masterpiece,” “the best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013,” and “the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place.”

Whyte Bronco

Whyte Bronco

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Troy Turner

Troy Turner

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Born in Louisiana in 1970 and raised in Baton Rouge, Troy first started singing in the Starhill Baptist Church choir at the age of five. Already he was an orphan of sorts. His father died in a tragic car accident when Troy was three; his mother was clinically depressed and living in an institution during most of his childhood. His paternal grandparents Edna Mae, a respected gospel singer, and Henry, raised Troy. They were the first to recognize his musical talent. Edna Mae sent him to school to learn to play the several instruments, including the sousaphone and the guitar, but balked when she heard him play the blues, a genre she still thought of as “the devil’s music.” 

It wasn’t long before Troy was sneaking out of the house at night to hang with the late harmonica master Raful Neal, who had famously played with Buddy Guy in the blues band The Clouds, and jam at local clubs like Tabby’s Blues Box, Byron’s and Soweto’s. Customers were so taken with his youthful appearance the nicknamed him “baby face.” He may have been young, but he’s always claimed to have an “old soul.” In fact, he says with a smile that he’s really 84. Troy was a huge Prince fan in high school. He dressed like the Purple One in high school, even thought of himself as a Southern version of the Minnesota superstar. He attacked songs with an aggressive style that earned him another moniker—Troy Turner, guitar burner.