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Friday August 18th
Winner of Best New Talent at the International Portuguese Music Awards (2017) and voted Best Musician in the South Okanagan by Okanagan Life Magazine (2015), Nikita’s music speaks to the heart and touches the soul. It has a familiarity that resonates within one’s self. The folky melodies and honest lyrics mixed with breathy yet strong vocals captivates audiences from the vibrant young to the charming old. Being able to adapt her show from a solo act to a full band with rich harmonies, she is able to entertain crowds of regional music concerts and festivals, as well intimate wine tasting shops and dining restaurants. Nikita has opened for country luminaries such as Paul Brandt, has shared the stage with Keith Urban as well as open for Canadian singer songwriter Scott Hellman. In 2017 she won MTV’s Cover of the Month competition.
Saturday August 19th
Steve Kozak has just been nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award as Blues Artist of the Year!
One of Canada’s finest blues artists, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties.
When it comes to tasty West coast blues guitar, Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation — just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman who have shared the stage with this gifted bandleader, instrumentalist, writer and singer.
Gaining national recognition in 2012, Steve Kozak was nominated by industry professionals from across Canada and won a prestigious Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year. Steve was also awarded The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012 by the Blues Underground Network.
Steve Kozak has recently released his newest album “It’s Time, The Steve Kozak Band, in March of 2017. He has released three previous albums — Steve Kozak – Westcoast Blues Revue (2003); Hoot ‘N Holler (2007), and Steve Kozak’s Westcoast Blues Revue – Lookin’ at Lucky (2012)
Sister Speak Music
Wednesday August 23rd
Canadian born songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet. Their startling debut, Rise Up For Love, afforded the momentum to tour North America, securing opening slots for Xavier Rudd, Chris Isaak, reggae artist Mike Love and Air Supply among others, as well as sponsorship from esteemed instrument manufacturers like Taylor and D’addario. Sister Speak is currently based out of both southern California and British Columbia, and constantly on the move with over 150 concerts a year throughout North America.
For Sister Speak’s northwest tour, Sherri Anne will be joined by her exceptional backing band, including bassist Jacob Miranda, guitarist Lonny Eagleton(Shawn Hook) and drummer Niko Friesen(Marcy Playground, Jane Sibery). Sister Speak will perform songs from their acclaimed debut and their upcoming “folk-electronic insprired” EP!
Paul DesLauriers Band
Thursday August 24th
The Paul DesLauriers Band is made up of virtuoso guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and the masterful rhythm section of Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. Their latest release, the aptly titled Relentless (June 2016), is a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 original new songs encompassing their most original and powerful work to date. Recently crowned Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Bassist of the Year (Greg Morency) and Drummer of the Year (Sam Harrisson) at the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards held in Toronto on January 23rd 2017, in January 2016 the band also took 2nd place at the 32nd International Blues Challenge, the world’s largest gathering of blues acts, organized by The Blues Foundation. Held in Memphis Tennessee, they rose to the top to take the runner-up title in the band category in a world-wide competition that saw 119 bands competing for a spot on the podium.
Released to unanimously excellent reviews, their self-titled 2014 album reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart within a month! They are currently touring Canada and the USA in support of the album with notable performances past and present that include the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas NV, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Tremblant International Blues Festival, Ottawa BluesFest, White Mountain NH Boogie N’Blues Festival, Heritage Music Blues Festival in Wheeling West Virginia and the Daytona Blues Festival among many others.
Undeniably part of Canada’s musical elite, all three members are regular nominees and winners at the Maple Blues Awards and Quebec Lys Blues Awards. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of 2 Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year and winner of 5 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec. Greg Morency is a two-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Bassist of the Year. Sam Harrisson is the Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year for 2017 and is the winner of a record-holding 9 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec for Musical Performance.
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Friday August 25th
Born in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Switzerland. A long-time Canadian who lives in Toronto. That’s Shakura S’Aida, a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for the almost 25 years. Along the way, she has enriched the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to her deep soul music.
Shakura’s career has spanned genres and countries and taken her to some of the most noted stages in the jazz world. She’s performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York and has also been featured with the legendary Jimmy Smith; she’s sung in a backup choir with Patti Labelle, and is equally at home singing material with a Ray Charles tribute band, or presenting a one-woman show of the music of Nina Simone.
Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries.
“I am truly blessed by all the incredible opportunities I have had,” says Shakura. “My life has been filled with amazing adventures; I can’t wait to see what happens next!”
Thursday August 31st
In a plastic and digital world it can be hard to find genuine, good music that speaks to a real audience. Devon Coyote’s timeless fusion of Roots, Rock and Blues does just that. Their shared passion for creating great music and a fierce determination to be heard, have led the boys to humble success in the Canadian Indie music scene.
Years ago, Devon Bjarnason carved a path into Western Canada’s touring circuit, winning over fans and venues with his passion, presence and strong songwriting. As his sound grew, he recruited a rock-solid rhythm-section by joining forces with drummer/percussionist Rod Anderson and bassist/
Devon Coyote pride themselves on their self-managed and completely D.I.Y. approach. Tour Booking, Social Media, Graphic Design, Video Editing, Website Design, Networking and all other elements of a successful independent band are handled in-house by The Trio and their skilled team.
The band has proven themselves as top shelf performers, directly supporting George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Blue Rodeo and 54-40 on multiple dates in Western Canada. They have also provided direct support for The Wild, Current Swell, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, Wil, Daniel Wesley, July Talk, Shred Kelly, Alex Cuba, Yukon Blonde, Emerson Drive and many more prominent artists. Notable festival appearances include: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Rifflandia, Centre of Gravity, Keloha Music & Arts, Wapiti, Sunstroke, Harvest Fest, Music On The Mountain, Invermere Music Festival, Golden Sound and Desert Live. In their travels they have also been fortunate to share the stage and jam with the likes of Harry Manx, members of Canned Heat, Matt Mays & Adam Baldwin, Sherman Doucette and more.
The Justin Glibbery Quartet brings together some familiar faces to the Dream Cafe – Michael Treadway on drums and Stefan Bienz on bass. This time around there are some newer faces as well – Michael Perkins on trumpet is an Okanagan based trumpet player who has a stellar musical resume. Our guest vocalist is no stranger to audiences in the south Okanagan – Yanti! Her sultry vocal style compliments this diverse yet cohesive band. From innovative original compositions to torch vocals on jazz classics, this group will entertain you and have you feeling it!
For the past decade, Yanti has performed locally in many different sets and venues. From Jazz Standards at weddings or retirement homes to rock ballads for fundraisers, either live or karaoke, Yanti has a diverse range of vocal talents. Not only is Yanti involved with performances, she also passionately teaches voice, musical theatre and ukulele at venues such as Martin St. Art and Music Gallery, The Aidan Mayes School of Music and Even Dance in Penticton. Wife to local RMT, Brent Rowland, and mother of 3 daughters, Yanti loves to sing accompanying herself with a ukulele at Markets in Naramata, Penticton and Summerland through the summer. In this setting, Yanti invites her students to come and perform to help her collect donations to gift out bursaries and scholarships to the community for Yanti’s music lessons and performances. As a featured vocalist for hire, Yanti performs with local jazz band Sax Among Friends and at Zia’s Stonehouse with the Allan Crossley band. Please visit www.yanti.ca for details on upcoming performances.
Saturday September 2nd
Performing with two great guitar players: Denis Coulombe & Ricky Paquette
With a career spanning 27 years, nine albums and the winner of the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Quebec blues belter Angel Forrest released her new album, Angel’s 11 on March 11th, 2016.
Ambitious and original, this project demonstrates the friendship shared between Angel and the 11 guitarists who are featured on this new album. Combining masterful song writing with her partner Denis Coulombe, Angel has written eleven songs imagining the guitarist who would put their own musical touch and expertise to each track. Angel Forrest offers a rich album with various sounds ranging from blues to rock to jazz.
Forrest’s work has gained positive attention from critics as well as fans. It was her tribute show to the legendary Janis Joplin that brought Angel Forrest to the public. Her spot on tribute to Janis Joplin is another unique signature on blues that takes us a step beyond.
There is no question that Angel Forrest is one of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene today. The strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery personality has allowed her to conquer the hearts of thousands of fans around the world.
Sunday September 3rd
“He is known for his delicate beautiful songs, but live, WiL destroys the stage with the attitude and vigour of a Henry Rollins or a Johnny Rotten”
Although his live show has been coined ‘legendary’, his skill with an acoustic guitar ‘mind blowing’, Canadian roots rocker WiL is the first to maintain he is neither of these things. He will concede that he possesses a very particular style; one that arises from experience; on and off the road. As such he has shared the stage with the likes of Feist, Ray LaMontagne, Matthew Good, Matt Andersen and the legendary Mavis Staples. With five studio albums, one live album, 2 EPs and 2 singles to his credit, he is perhaps best known for penning ‘Roam’, anthem to Travel Alberta’s award winning ‘Remember to Breathe’ ad campaign.
Live, he performs his eclectic brand of contemporary roots inspired rock with band members Keith Gallant (drums) and Lena Birtwistle (keys/vocals).
WiL is currently working on his next album (due out in 2018)
In early 2003 after playing 2 sold out nights at the Winspear Centre w/ The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Lester came to play The Dream Cafe, for 3 sold out nights, being one of the first artists to play the Dream in the new location.
Soulful acoustic and electric Folk, Blues and Roots music; like a cool blue stream flowing over luxurious tones, smooth shapeshifting sound…this is the music of Lester Quitzau. With understated mastery and grace, the Juno Award winning musician explores the space between the notes, as much as the notes themselves. Lester Quitzau’s music goes many places… rockin’ slow and easy front porch style, then on down a long winding road, covering many a mile, with heart and soul at the wheel.
“Lester Quitzau rattles and reverberates the cornerstones of folk, jazz, blues and rock…” (FFWD magazine).
Distilling the experience of the past 25 years of writing, recording and performing his music, Lester has come up with an approach that is his own. His unique style and fluidity on slide, acoustic and electric guitars, coupled with his well crafted songs and warm vocals, are the fruits of this musical journey. Many of his followers have watched his career with love and loyalty in what began as a solid traditional folk/ blues foundation, that has branched out into myriad of influences and a sound that is his own.
Lester will be joined by Michael Treadway….drummer, comedian, magician, beatboxer extrordinaire!
Jim Byrnes & Lindsay Mitchell
Friday & Saturday
September 15th & 16th
For more than thirty years, legendary bluesman Jim Byrnes has woven roots so deeply into the Northern Blues scene that it’s difficult to remember that this quintessentially Canadian icon was raised in St. Louis and that his instantly recognizable gruff as sandpaper, sweet as honey voice was not always an essential part of the country’s musical landscape.
2014 Maple Blues Awards (Best Male Vocalist — I Hear The Wind in the Wires)
2011 Juno winner (Blues Album of the Year — Everywhere West)
2011 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee (Blues Album of the Year – Everywhere West)
2010 Western Canadian Music Awards Winner (Blues Album of the Year — My Walking Stick)
2006 Juno Award winner (Blues Album of the Year — House of Refuge)
2006 Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Best Contemporary Singer — House of Refuge)
2006 Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Producer / Steve Dawson — House of Refuge)
2006 Maple Blues Awards 2-time winner (Recording of the Year — House of Refuge)
2006 Maple Blues Awards 2-time winner (Best Male Vocalist — House of Refuge)
and so many more!
“…smoldering intensity…deeply soulful…”
Lindsay Mitchell began his career in the mid 1960s as lead guitarist and songwriter with the notorious Vancouver-based rock band the Seeds of Time. His 1969 composition My Home Town (Coast Records) was a nationwide hit. In 1977 he formed the multiple Juno Award winning group PRiSM (GRT Capitol) for whom he composed numerous multi-gold and platinum hits including Armageddon, Young & Restless, and A Night to Remember.
Along the way he has shared the stage with a host of rock celebrities: Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, the Byrds, Meatloaf, Heart, Roy Orbison, kd lang, and AC/DC just to name a few. He has also performed with many blues and R&R legends: T-Bone Walker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, Albert Collins, and many more. But the musical memories he holds most dear involve old friends: the late Billy Cowsill and Long John Baldry, and celebrated BC bluesmen Kenny Wayne and Jim Byrnes.
Friday, September 22nd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Roy Forbes, formerly known as “Bim”, is that rare BC artist with a street named in his honour in his hometown of Dawson Creek, BC. Roy brings with him a great batch of original songs nearly 50 years in the making. He also travels with an in-depth knowledge of jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music.
Roy started “up north” in the ‘60s. Performing as “Bim,” he had his brush with stardom before becoming one of Canada’s most respected and best-loved singer/songwriters. With ten solo records and two more with his UHF companions, Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson, Roy has left much for posterity. His CKUA Radio show, “Roy’s Record Room”, recently celebrated its 11th year. As a performer, he is a master of the stage, establishing an electrical connection with audiences.
Only one year ago in 2016 Roy Forbes made the announcement to his loyal fans and beloved friends and family that he had lost his eyesight due to an accident. Little did he know then, that although his vision had darkened, that the following year would be filled with so much musical light, recognition and career highlights.
This past July, marked Roy’s return to the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival performing in concerts and workshops throughout the weekend. Roy was also honoured to be asked to close the festival and lead the finale with Ferron, where they both performed their fan favourites in a magical audience sing-along.
Shortly afterward, on July 28, The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (BCEHOF) announced its 2017 BCEHOF inductees, which included singer/songwriter Roy Forbes. These seven new StarWalk Stars will join the 275+ previous inductees who have been recognized for their significant contribution to the province’s entertainment industry and cultural landscape.
Roy is also currently in the studio recording new music, written over the past year and a half. His new tunes are a perfect complement to his existing catalogue and have already been enjoyed by his audiences at his recent performances.
Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
Saturday, September 23
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Jack Garton is an entertainer. Best known for his work as a singer, songwriter, accordionist and trumpet player with Vancouver’s Maria in the Shower, Jack has also performed as a dancer with Kesseke Yeo, is a founding member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (theatre) and has shared the stage with Geoff Berner, Buffy St. Marie, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap, Jason Webley, Wax Mannequin, Chris Hadfield and many others.
Over the last ten years Jack has toured Western Canada and the USA, Europe and the UK performing close to 1000 shows, releasing 3 Maria albums and honing his style as a songwriter and raconteur. This summer, armed with a new EP of songs and a new book of poetry, Jack is hitting the road again with a mission to deploy rhythm, words and music to new and familiar audiences.
Jack Garton’s Demon Squadron is a powerful new band featuring Jack at the helm of deep grooves and mad ideas in the style he pioneered with Maria in the Shower between 2004-2014. The Demon Squadron is a band of howling blues-dub sorcerers. It’s backbone is a trio of Amrit Basi on drum set (Blackberry Wood, Something About Reptiles, Inject), Michael Alleyne on bass (B. Wood, Reptiles) and Jack on accordion, trumpet and voice, welcoming frequent collaborators on saxophone, trombone, organ and backup vocals.
Mixing ocean rain and city smoke into a sound spell, the turbo touring trio pins you to the air and rocks you there. Irreverently mixing musical styles and approaches, they fling the door wide open, welcoming all to the squeezebox dance party!
Sink or Swin
Wednesday October 11th
One Woman Comedy Show!
“If you want to be charmed out of your pants by a total pro, see this show.” – Jerry Wasserman, Inside Vancouver
Beverley Elliott grew up watching ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ and dreaming of being on TV. Born in the booming metropolis of Listowel, Ontario, famous for its Campbell’s Soup factory, Beverley shocked her parents in her 20s by giving up a glamorous secretarial career to become a singer and actor.
Her path to fame and fortune began with a number of exciting opportunities, including a stint at the Pacific National Exhibition in a theatre sports show called ‘The Stock Report.’ dressed as a chicken.
Sink or Swim, is an evening of songs and stories from a singular talent. In Sink or Swim, Beverley vividly reveals all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott’.
“It’s Little House on the Prairie meets Lord of the Flies,” says Elliott, as she trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room school. In this poignant, playful, and achingly relatable play Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become. It answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”.
Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano. Together, they have penned two of the production’s five original songs, “Green Grass” and “Busy”. In the hands of these performers, Sink or Swim promises to be an evening of hilarious and heartbreaking storytelling.
“Beverley Elliott is magnetic. It’s hard not to feel disappointed every time she walks off the stage.”- Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun
“… an amazingly generous performer. Icing on this cake is her gorgeous voice.”- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
Saturday October 14th
Portuguese/Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira, is the core member of in the highly-esteemed and internationally acclaimed Canadian band, Po’Girl, along with Allison Russell (of Birds of Chicago). Awna Teixeira, named the up and coming “Undisputed Queen of Roots Music” by No Depression, is currently performing her solo albums, which have received international rave reviews. Her dynamic performances uniquely showcase her multi-instrumentalist and songwriting talents on the guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, kick drum, and keys. Awna is a sought after artist throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, touring for the past 15 years in theaters, concerts series, listening rooms, music festivals, and bars year-round. With 16 recorded albums, she has an extensive touring history and an adoring fan base spanning over 16 countries on 4 continents.
Tim Tamishiro & Sheldon Zandboer
Thursday October 19th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Tim Tamashiro is a jazz evangelist. He supports jazz artists throughout Canada and around the world and he participates as a singer. Tim is the host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2. He’s a passionate believer in jazz as the ultimate music education and he also believes that the spaces between songs are as important as the music. Stories matter. Stories can make songs even more compelling.
Tim began to specialize as an executive entertainer at events for business and world leaders. He’s sung for prime ministers and royalty. He ever got to perform for Queen Elizabeth. Jazz can be a pretty good business so Tim concentrated on singing and MC’ing events for the next 20 years. Then CBC came calling.
CBC was looking for a new host for the launch of the “new” CBC Radio 2. They were looking for a new host for an yet unnamed jazz show that would be on six nights a week. They had heard about Tim’s delivery style and believed that he could host a show with jazz music for all Canadians. Tim was hired for a four month trial period for the weekend portion of the new show Tonic. Tim has been with CBC Radio 2 since 2007 and now Tim is the full time host six nights a week. At CBCmusic.ca a jazz stream called Tamashiro’s Tonic is available 24 hours a day.
Saturday October 28
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.
Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms acrossUK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia.
Latest EP ‘The Records Were Ours’ came in at #9 on the ARIA chart after topping the iTunes charts across the globe. To celebrate the brothers are embarking on a mega World tour across Europe/UK, Australia/NZ and a lap of North America supporting Tash Sultana.
Check out the chart topping tunes here: https://wma.lnk.to/
Friday November 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Vancouver quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60ies pop and Cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations.
With three critically acclaimed Cds and festival appearances all over Canada (including the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals), they have become CBC favourites, selected first as the subject of a one-hour long documentary and more recently as one of four Western bands featured on television, radio and the web, in the popular “Mai de la chanson d’ici”. In September 2011 they also appeared on the French CBC show “Bien au show”, for their final episode. In 2012, Mimosa collaborated for the first time with dancers and a projectionist for a unique performance at the Sechelt Arts Festival. Recently, Mimosa toured the Okanagan with a brand new repertoire of originals and interesting arrangements of standards. In 2016 they performed at various festivals, including the Harmony Arts Festival, the Gibsons Jazz Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and many others.
Mimosa’s music is composed by the three women of the group and some of their compositions have been used in film and television (Rise of the Gargoyles, Mange ta ville, etc). Lumiere also received a IMA composition award for Hotel des peines perdues and some of her songs have been rearranged for choirs (Echos du Pacifique).
The band is made up of Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Anna Lumiere (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Adam Thomas (bass) and Bernie Arai (drums). Although every member of Mimosa is also active on the Canadian music scene in many other groups, the band has been together for almost two decades and has developed a unique performance that will take you on an unforgettable journey into time and sound.