Thursday July 28
On Stage: One show Thursday July 28 @ 8:30 pm.
Their musical bond is as strong as their small town roots – Twin Kennedy, comprised of West Coast sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, have been making music together since they could talk. Born and raised in the small town of Powell River, Twin Kennedy grew up perfecting their sibling harmonies and dynamic live performances, while making their name known throughout their small community as a family band.
Growing up in such a musically infused family, it is no wonder that these sisters crafted their sound through a unique fusion of their background in country, folk, jazz and classical music. With years of classical training, including their Bachelors Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Victoria, the sisters have found their home in country music. With Carli on vocals and guitar, and Julie on vocals and violin, these petite powerhouses will fill your soul with joy and warmth through their seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. No bond compares to that of sisters, and the same is to be said about the blend of their kindred voices.
With two EP’s in their back pocket as Carli & Julie Kennedy, these sisters came into 2015 making a splash in the Canadian country music scene, releasing their debut LP as Twin Kennedy, which has already earned a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Producer of the Year. Produced by multiple CCMA and JUNO award winning artist George Canyon and renowned West Coast producer Graham Sharkey, It’s a Love Thing is a beautifully honest account of the ebb and flow of the navigation through love and life. From the uplifting opening track “Get Back Up Again” to the heartbreaking vulnerability of “That’s What I Should Have Said” Twin Kennedy has compiled a track listing that is self-described as a true extension of themselves. “Secondhand Gold” has already been recognized as the Grand Prize Award winner in the Country category of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Music is as inseparable from their lives as they are from each other, “Everything starts as a duo. We write together, rehearse together, live together, hang out together, tour together. So much togetherness!” And together, these sisters have commanded some of the top stages in Canada and beyond including performances at Canadian Music Week, Florida’s Listening Room Festival, Sunfest, Rockin’ River Music Festival, Vancouver Island Exhibition, the Vancouver Olympics, as well as the Live at Heart Festival in Sweden.
With nine BCCMA Award nominations since 2012, Carli and Julie have been a highly recognized duo throughout the West Coast music community. When they’re not touring from town to town on the Trans Canada, Twin Kennedy is often found writing and performing with Nashville’s best. They had the privilege of representing Canada’s Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers as the SOCAN Artist of the Month on the Billy Block Show, second only to the Grand Ole Opry and Midnight Jamboree as Nashville’s longest running live radio show and concert series.
Now is the time for Twin Kennedy. Expanding from their West coast roots, the twins have already traveled from coast to coast, bringing It’s a Love Thing to country radio across Canada. With an album launch, two tours and their very first CCMA Award nomination (Interactive Artist of the Year) in the books for 2015, this year is proving to be a one of transformation for the Kennedy sisters. New year, new name, new album – country music has found its newest sweethearts in Twin Kennedy.
Website: Twin Kennedy
Friday July 29
On Stage: One show Friday July 29 @ 8:30 pm.
Whenever Hey Romeo get together to write and record, the result is a reflection of their commitment to their craft, to their fans, and, above all, to each other. Their latest EP, Ride With Me (Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada), is no exception.
While Ride With Me finds Hey Romeo offering up their signature blend of harmonies and the fluent musical interplay they’ve cultivated over 13 years of touring and recording, it also finds them stretching out individually and collectively.
Produced by keyboardist, Rob Shapiro, guitarist, Darren Gusnowsky and Johnny Gasparic (MCC Studios), there are echoes of the pop/country vibe they’re known for, but enhanced by a decidedly rock feel Gusnowsky says “is as close to what Hey Romeo sounds like live as possible.”
Ride With Me dwells equally on the hope new relationships inspire and the places where love went wrong. And nowhere is that more evident than on lead single, ‘Pushin’ Up Daisies’ – a rock-fuelled stomp with a bit of aggression in the vein of the Dixie Chicks ‘Goodbye Earl – delivered with a smile and a smirk by lead singer, Stacie Roper.
Far from bringing people down, however, even songs that examine love gone wrong are uplifting. “We’re happy, hopeful people,” Roper says, “but we remember past relationships that weren’t perfect.”
Ride With Me also features Gusnowsky on lead vocals on the title track and ‘Half Your Love,’ a song he says reflects his relationship with wife and “is a tune just for her.”
The band also experimented with instrumentation and feel, copping an eighties rock vibe on ‘Don’t Cry To Me,’ a track that shows their versatility, without straying too far from their country roots.
Frankly, Ride With Me represents some of Hey Romeo’s strongest songwriting to date; a set of songs so true to life fans can slip into them and see their own lives, loves and heartaches reflected there on the very first listen.
About Hey Romeo: Over 13 years, Hey Romeo have played countless shows on their own and with artists including Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford, Johnny Reid, Alan Jackson, Terri Clark and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
In 2008, the band was honoured with a Canadian Country Music Award for Top New Talent of the Year. Their 2010 album solidified their reputation with the Top 20 hits ‘Searchin’ For You’ and title track ‘That’s What I Am.’ Both That’s What I Am and 2012’s Twist Of Fate landed the band CCMA Awards for Group or Duo of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and ‘Hello Patio,’ the lead single from their 2014 EP, I Got This, won the 2014 Alberta Country Music Award (ACMA) for Song of the Year.
Website: Hey Romeo
Saturday July 30
On Stage: One show Saturday July 30 @ 8:30 pm.
Brian has been playing professionally for more than 30 years. He started playing piano at age 4 and started playing with bands in high school. Brian has toured Canada from one end to the other many times and most of the USA. Brian has been nominated Canadian Country Music keyboard player of the year 4 times and won CCMA back-up Band of the year twice with the Austinators in 1999 and 2000. Brian also went to Afganistan in 2004 to play for our troops. Over the years Brian has played with many different artists as well as having his own band. Brian has had the pleasure of playing with the following artists- Julian Austin, Aaron Lines, Chris Cummings, Gil Grand, Beverly Mahood, Lace, Jason Mccoy, Gord Bamford, Dianne Chase, Clayton Bellamy, Jake Mathews, Charlie Major, and many more! Brian partnered up with Jamie Mahn in 2012 and they have since formed a partnership with Burn 'N' Mahn.
Jamie made his debut performance at the age of 4 singing at an Oktoberfest Celebration. His first impromptu piano show took place at age 12 at the Holiday Inn, Niagara, New York, where he entertained snow bound guests by playing their many requests. Jamie spent his teenage years playing guitar, keyboard, trumpet, bass and sax, gaining experience with his father's rock'n'roll band performing at weddings,charity functions and dances. Upon graduating from high school he formed his first business performing at nursing and retirement homes throughout Ontario while also touring and recording with his Alternative Rock Band. Jamie joined Carnival Cruise Lines at age 21 and for the next three years he performed in the piano bars of 10 different ships throughout the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean. Three years in Dueling Piano Bars in the United States allowed him to gain experience in Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio, Arizona, and Kentucky. Jamie's next venue was to take him to Holland and Singapore. While performing in Singapore he also played in a band for a weekly television show called, "Asia Uncut." Jamie returned to Canada in 2011 and settled in the Calgary area where he has been working with his partner Brian to perfect the dueling piano show Burn ' N ' Mahn.
Website: Burn ' N ' Mahn
Sprinkles the Clown
Profile: Sprinkles lives south of Islay, between Vermilion and Lloydminster AB. Using balloon twisting skills, ventriloquism and basic magic Sprinkles is for hire to help make birthday parties, church shows, school shows, and other special events even more fun!
Sprinkles has done shows from BC to Manitoba and down into the State of Georgia for birthdays, church shows, community events and family gatherings.
As a playschool teacher and daycare worker for over 10 years, and Bible camp speaker Sprinkles loves children of all ages. Sprinkles won 1st place for balloon twisting and clown fun clown convention in Calgary, Alberta in 2011 and 2013, and 3rd place for Ventriloquism Star search for ventriloquism with her puppet Toby at Clown Magic convention in San Diego in Sept 2012!
Website: SPRINKLES THE CLOWN
Nikolai - Magician Juggler Clown
Profile: Website "fine print" combined with the lack of any press release prevent us from providing a profile of this entertainer / lawyer. For this reason we recommend that you carry out your own web search if interested in more information.
In The Beer Gardens
PlayPlaying the very best in Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40 and all the hits.ing the very best in Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40 and all the hits.