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)

Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown

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MEET THE MAPLE BLUES AWARD-WINNING HARPDOG BROWN

Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and an imaginative harmonica player that has been a strong force in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982.

He’s been called a blues evangelist and that is a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is" he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. And I do heal people if they pay attention to the good messages in the songs I choose." He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40's and early 50's. Harpdog says "Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's ok.”  

Born in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he’s crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.

Over the years Harpdog, yes that is his real name as his passport will attest, has issued 5 CD’s to critical acclaim.  Back in 1995 his Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the Best North West Blues Release, from the Cascade Blues Association in Portland.  He is still the only Canadian to do so.  A Juno Nomination for the best Blues Release in Canada followed that same year.  Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturally was voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey.  Most recently Harpdog was honoured with his second consecutive Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society. Add to that a second consecutive nomination for Blues Artist of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Fraser Valley Music Award for Blues Artist of the year.  These are outstanding accomplishments that clearly solidify his rise in popularity and a new beginning in his career.

 The album that delivered his first Maple Blues Award, titled What It Is, maintained status in the blues and roots charts throughout the year and in fact was ranked #20 worldwide Roots Music Report: Top 100 Blues Albums of 2014.  Two songs on that album, Whiskey Bottle and In My Younger Days remained in the TOP 100 Songs for that same year.  It is a great collection of live, off the floor originals and a few well placed covers that resonate well with blues fans of every vintage.  Harpdog's original How Come is a fan favourite and earned regular rotation on BB King's Bluesville on SiriusXM.

In September 2016 Harpdog Brown & The Travelin' Blues Show launched their latest album Travelin’ with the Blues and are currently Travelin' in support of it.  The album was conceived after a cross-Canada tour with none other than Little Victor Mac, the Beale Street Blues Bopper. In fact Victor not only produced the album he was one of the featured guests that included Big Jon Atkinson, Charlie Musselwhite, Kid Andersen and other blues greats. 

The album has garnered rave reviews in the blues world and plenty of airplay too.  In fact Harpdog has been nominated in three categories in this year’s Maple Blues Awards. (Male Vocalist, Album and Harmonica Player of the Year).  He’s also won the right to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February 2017 and his album is up for Best Self-Produced CD there as well.

As Harpdog recently put it, "After more than 30 years of blood, sweat and tears, it feels like I'm just getting started.  I'm only 54 - that's young in the blues world!"

Rockin Jake

Rockin Jake

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Rockin' Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.Jake's work has also been heard on the soundtrack of "The Big Easy" television series, the theme for the "Mike Ditka Show, " and a Miller Beer commercial. Jake is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet.

Krystle Dos Santos

Krystle Dos Santos

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Dos Santos’ interpretation of her influences has made it difficult to categorize her style.  Compared presently to Jill Scott or Corrine-Bailey Rae or even Erykah Badu, Krystle is able to personalize her sound and message, adding her own character to her music to create a uniquely refreshing sound.  Her vibrant personality has been utilized outside of music in various add campaigns and modeling opportunities.  It also helps that Krystle is as stunning as she is talented; one of those rare beauties that command attention with little more than a moments glance. But make no mistake, Krystle Dos Santos is a musician first and foremost.  With a smoky voice that can fluctuate to fit any style and a live show that demands the audience stand-up and take notice, Dos Santos is ready for the masses to feel her music.  She is currently working on her third studio release, and will no doubt continue to strive until her name and her music is known to the world.

Taylor Scott Band

Taylor Scott Band

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 Taylor Scott is an international touring guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Denver, Colorado. He has consistently toured all over the US, Canada, and Europe with both the Taylor Scott Band and blues legend Otis Taylor.  In 2015, he played alongside the likes of Warren Haynes on Otis Taylor's critically acclaimed release, "Hey Joe Opus: Red Meat."  Scott's current group, based in Denver, is an original rock & roll band heavily influenced by soul & funk.  The band’s new EP is due for release in the summer of 2017.

Boogie Patrol

Boogie Patrol

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Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier act’s and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the groups inception in 2007.  A 5 piece group that continue to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock’n Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.

   Boogie Patrol boasts a frontman influenced by the grit gravel greats of music past and is backed by a cast of some of the most unique and well versed musicians you’ll find most anywhere. Some of them even hailing from Japan to New York to of course home bred Canadian talent!

Keep a look out for the band’s much awaited new studio album that’s set to release in the spring of 2017.

Carvin Jones Band

Carvin Jones Band

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The Carvin Jones Band is a three piece Blues Rock band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is lead by guitarist/vocalist Carvin Jones and accompanied by bassist Joe Edwards and drummer Levi Velasquez. The band's unique style of blues and high energy live performances have made them a favorite of blues and rock n roll fans alike. 

Travellin Band

Travellin Band

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If you love the music of Creedence Clear Water Revival, The Travellin Band is a must see. They have been recognized as one of Canada's premier tributes to CCR and the music of John Fogerty. Singer James Patterson creates a life like re-creation of CCR's greatest hits with his stunning vocal performance and stage presence. Accompanied with the rythm section from The New Meanies (Virgin/Emi) this act performs to many sold out crowds of all ages and is always in high demand. Travellin Band has shared the big stage with the likes of The Beach Boys, Nazareth, Streetheart and Harlequin. This high energy show always brings the crowd to their feet, singing and dancing to their favorite hits. CCR Tribute/The Travellin Band has had major success in casinos, corporates, fairs and festivals. Please consider this quality act for events this year.

Great North Blues Band

Great North Blues Band

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The Great North Blues Band is an Edmonton based group of talented musicians that showcase original music and traditional blues wherever called to action. For the past six years, they have been playing in venues throughout Alberta. Opening for notable performers such as Grady Champion, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Russel Jackson and Bill Bourne. On July 13th, 2012 The Great North Blues Band released their debut self titled album that received playtime on CKUA and charted 3rd on CJSR. This Album won the title "Blues Recording of the Year" at the Edmonton Music Awards 2013. Growing tired of the ‘blues trio’, The Great North Blues Band offers something different to blues fans; harmonica, keyboards, which gives a ‘big band’ feel and an energy level that keeps the crowds intrigued, and the dance floor moving.

Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones

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“It’s a mystery to me why Dennis Jones isn’t more acclaimed than he is. Since 2003, the L.A.-based blues rocker has released one powerhouse album after another, each loaded to the brim with stunning guitar work (he counts the Kings, Hendrix, and Page as influences…..an impressive line-up), profound songwriting, and propulsive rhythm section backing that’s second-to-none (Dale Black – bass, Raymond Johnson – drums). Through the years, he has served as an opening act for the likes of Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, John Mayall, and Dick Dale, but Both Sides of the Track, Jones’ fifth recording for Blue Rock Records, should propel him to the headliner list if there’s any justice in the world. Jones wrote all thirteen tracks and produced the disc himself. He has guitar chops to burn, but it never seems like he beats you over the head with solo after solo….in part because of the creative way he mixes blues with rock, funk, and soul. His solos are always crisp, concise, and the”— Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes May 8th, 16

Skyla Burrell Band

Skyla Burrell Band

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"Burrell and her three cohorts find virtue in professionalism. They deliver unpretentious, self described "Hard Drivin' Blues" in which strength and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock."
Downbeat Magazine

Major Funk & the Employment

Major Funk & the Employment

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Major Funk and the Employment is a hard working group of dedicated musicians whose collective ambition is to deliver high quality danceables to the people. Founded in Whitehorse in 2014 by bassist Etienne Girard, the band mixes a strong and steadfast rhythm section with a colourful collection of guitars, horns, keyboards, and passionate vocals. Major Funk’s big and unique sound has gotten crowds grooving at some of the Yukon’s biggest events, including the famous Dawson City Music Festival, creating a vibrant and rambunctious party atmosphere at every step along the way. What’s Up Yukon has characterized Major Funk as “quirky but really smooth". In early 2016 the band recorded a live album and video entitled “Hot Off The Floor” to capture their live energy and showcase their eclectic style and musicianship. Gig by gig, Major Funk and the Employment continue to bring their tight, bass-driven tunes to enthusiastic audiences far and wide.