TD South Stage
Friday, July 21
Nearly three years ago, JoJo Mason transitioned from a moonshine slinging, shower singing prairie boy to Canada’s next country music sensation. JoJo, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, released his first single “It’s All Good” in summer 2015. “It’s All Good” was the #1 most added song on radio its first and third week of release: an accomplishment that has never before been achieved by an independent artist’s debut single in Canadian radio history. Similarly, Jojo’s second single titled “Good Kinda Love” soon became Jojo’s second Top-10 hit. With the release of his third single “Red Dress”, JoJo Mason continues to charm his fans with his personality, wow them with his beat boxing and inspire them with his character and compassion.
No matter what he does or where he goes, Uncle Kracker adheres to a simple, yet rather timeless philosophy. His 2000 major label debut, Double Wide, went double-platinum and yielded the #1 hit single “Follow Me”. Soon after, Uncle Kracker’s follow-up album debuted hits such as “In A Little While” and the cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.” He also collaborated with Kenny Chesney for “When the Sun Goes Down” which spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. With his live shows continuing to get bigger and better with every tour, Uncle Kracker is dedicated to instilling a fun and party atmosphere into every show!
Saturday, July 22
Tebey’s debut record, The Wait, released in late 2012, was a resounding success the moment he stepped out of the studio with songs like “Resurrected Heart” and the runaway hit “Somewhere in the Country”. The 31 year-old, Nashville based singer/songwriter has told some fine stories over his career – in a variety of genres and through his songwriting success with artists such as One Direction. In June of 2014, Tebey teamed up with longtime friends Emerson Drive to release a countrified version of the popular EDM/dance song “Wake Me Up” by Avicii and Aloe Blacc. Tebey’s music is a dynamic mix of country with a fuse of pop, rock and a little soul for good measure.
Cold Creek County
Cold Creek County’s signature multi-part vocal harmonies are bigger and more upfront than ever before. The feel-good party songs from the band’s Till The Wheels Come Off (2015) debut have also given way to a warm and more reflective look at the people and places around them for their new Homemade EP. This features music that would fit naturally sandwiched in a playlist featuring the likes of Dallas Smith, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley. It’s the sort of music that comes naturally to this Ontario country rock band and remains consistent with the band’s small town/country worldview and Cold Creek County wouldn’t have it any other way!
Sunday, July 23
Alberta’s newest up and coming country sensation Dan Davidson exploded into the Canadian country scene in 2016 with the release of his single “Found” (co-written by Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers). This single also rocketed up the indie charts allowing Dan to become the #1 charting indie artist in Canada. Dan may be new to the country scene, but he has been entrenched in the music industry for over a decade playing in the well-known Canadian indie rock band Tupelo Honey (who toured with bands such as Bon Jovi). Dan’s latest single, “Barn Burner”, was released in late 2016 and in its first few weeks, it reached the top 40 charts. A further testimony to his success, Dan Davidson became recognized as the Canadian Country Spotlight Featured Artist of 2016/2017.
Corb Lund’s studio album, Cabin Fever, was released in 2012; the album not only hit #1 in Canada in its first week, but also was certified as “GOLD” in Canada. Gaining traction in the U.S., Corb Lund was invited to open several stadium shows for Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley’s tour. For Corb Lund’s recent album, Things that Can’t be Undone, he partnered with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans. The album pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft with a bevy of new sounds allowing rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country to reach new heights.
Monday, July 24
Over the last few years, Repartee have been determined to carve a place for themselves within the music industry. As a result, the St. John’s, NL quartet’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Repartee has shared stages with the likes of Tegan And Sara, Lights, Dragonette and Mother Mother. Repartee has won 5 MusicNL Awards and was nominated in 2013 for an East Coast Music Award for Rising Star. Repartee’s debut album, All Lit Up, highlights themes of shining a light to combat darkness; the album is now available through Sleepless Records.
Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best-selling author and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea, released his second solo album, So Let’s Go, in January 2015. The album marries a mix of traditional and Celtic influences with the most contemporary collaborators. As a whole, So Let’s Go remains consistent with Alan Doyle’s enthusiasm for the wider world combined with a love for the comfort of home. Being some of the most treasured musicians and storytellers, Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies are bound to put on an energetic show!
Tuesday, July 25
Pop Evil’s self-released record, ONYX, yielded four radio hits including “Trenches”, “Deal with the Devil”, and “Torn to Pieces” and “Beautiful”, proving their burgeoning success is no accident. This larger-than-life true rock n’ roll band conjures hard charging sing-a-longs with emotional heft and melodic power which has resulted in a worldwide audience. Purposefully assembled at Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with producer Adam Kasper (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters), Pop Evil’s latest album, UP, is both a bold reintroduction and the sound of a rock band cementing a powerful identity.
The Glorious Sons
With seven consecutive top-10 radio hits including their first #1 “The Contender”, The Glorious Sons ascent in the world of Canadian music has been quick and well-deserved. The Glorious Sons, from Kingston, ON, are an everyman band, telling real stories from a blue-collar perspective. They hit their stride with their debut album, The Union, a collection of honest and heartfelt songs touching on themes of life, love, passion, loss and redemption. The Sons were by all metrics, the most-played artist on Active Rock radio in 2015 and nominated for a Juno Award for Rock Album of the year. Among others, these achievements characterize The Glorious Sons as the next generation of great rock to emerge from Canada.
Wednesday, July 26
Formed in 1980, Gordon Deppe and Sandy Horne have made Spoons a different kind of household word. The Spoons, from Burlington, Ontario, defined the sound of pop and a new wave in the 80’s with hits such as “Nova Heart”, “Romantic Traffic”, “Old Emotions” and “Tell No Lies”. The Arias & Symphonies album, recorded at George Martin’s famous Air Studios in London, England, solidified the Spoons’ presence on the new wave music front; Chart Magazine later named this album as one of the 20 Most Influential Albums of the ‘80s. In 2010, Gordon and Sandy released Static In Transmission on Fontana North: their first collection of new songs in over 20 years. For the Spoons, the retro 80’s movement, nearly three decades old, shows no signs of slowing down – not one bit.
In 1969 in Nova Scotia, the Henman brothers, David and Ritchie, joined their cousin Jim Henman and fellow musician Myles Goodwyn to form April Wine. Fifteen studio albums, three live releases, numerous compilations, a boxed set and thousands of concerts later, April Wine have become rock n’ roll legends in Canada, the United States and throughout the world. In March of 2009, April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. April Wine also received The Lifetime Achievement Award for being part of Canadian Music History for 40 years. As they continue to satisfy their fans with a live mix of straight ahead rock n’ roll and power ballads, April Wine doesn’t seem to be straying from their mainstay any time soon!
Thursday, July 27
Following their single “Ancient Mars” released in 2012, The Zolas‘ upcoming record shows an alternative pop collaboration at the top of their creative game. Original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray have joined another longtime duo Cody Hiles and DJ Abell to self-produce their first-album. The Zolas’ album showcases vibrant, experimental pop and stirs modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the ‘90s.
In October of 2012, July Talk celebrated the release of their self-titled, independently released debut album. Their debut record has become a staple on modern-rock radio, earning the band a “GOLD” record in Canada and a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, while worldwide deals with Island, Polydor and Universal had spread the good word overseas. Their new record, Touch, focuses on the fans that lose their minds at the band’s electrifying concerts. And after roughly 20 tours, one fundamental quality of July Talk’s performances continues to remain unchanged: the seizing power of their confrontational, sensuous rock and roll.
Friday, July 28
Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They have released eight solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres over the past 12 years and have toured across Canada and internationally. Rae Spoon’s live shows swing between audience sing-alongs and large danceable arrangements, which keep them playing everywhere from folk festivals and house concerts, to rock concerts and theatres. Rae Spoon has been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award and a MOTHA Transgender Musician of the Year Award.
Submerged in the industry for over twenty years, Crystal Waters’ career continues to engage and excite her enormous fan base. She is best known for her 1991 hit “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”, 1994’s “100% Pure Love” and the #1 European hit “Destination Calabria” with Alex Guadino. Crystal Waters’ accolades include 6 ASCAP Songwriter Awards, three American Music Award nominations, a MTV Video Music Award nod and four Billboard Music Awards.
As an artist, performer and songwriter, CeCe Peniston is considered to be one of the most successful dance/club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music Chart. Her signature Dance hit “Finally” was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75. CeCe’s latest single, “Nothing Can Stop Me”, is a fresh and upbeat ode to her journey to health and wellness and continues to be her anthem to self-improvement. As she dawns on her 25th year in the industry, CeCe Peniston continues to explore her groove into strength and confidence.
Australia-born pop singer Betty Who made her explosive rise to fame four years ago on the strength of her breakout debut EP, The Movement. Her songs showcase vulnerabilities and weaknesses, reclaiming them as anthems of joy and independence. Lead single “Somebody Loves You” debuted at #4 on Spotify’s Most Viral list, including more than six million streams. Betty Who released her second studio album, The Valley, this past March which features singles such as “I Love You Always Forever”, “Human Touch”, “Some Kinda Wonderful” and “Mama Say.” As buzz continues over her album release, one thing continues to be abundantly clear: Betty Who still has a lot more magic up her sleeve!
Saturday, July 29
Scenic Route to Alaska
This easygoing Edmonton-based trio, comprised of Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood, effortlessly weaves catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It’s a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that’s rarely the product of anything but time, talent and heaps of hard work. Of course, Scenic Route to Alaska are no strangers to any of those. In early 2016, the band entered Monarch Studios in Vancouver to record the 11 tracks comprising Long Walk Home, their latest album.
Sam Roberts Band
In March of 2016, Sam Roberts Band recorded their sixth album, TerraForm, in the Tragically Hip’s studio near Kingston, ON. Sam Roberts has previously been nominated for 16 Juno Awards, including Sam Roberts Band being nominated for Rock Album of the Year for the three albums TerraForm, Lo-Fantasy and Collider. Their latest album is composed of love songs that grapple with the many faces of love – the beautiful, the ugly, the healing and the destructive. In the final song on their latest album, Roberts sings “we’re on our way… don’t know where we’re going but we’re here today”: an acknowledgement to future being a web of unknown possibilities, but we have the gift of being here right now!
Sunday, July 30
Alx Veliz brings an electrifying, synth-driven pop with a Latin rhythm which calls to one’s heart. More than that, his hit single “Dancing Kizomba” is a declaration and a call to the dancefloor; this makes sense as Kizomba is the Angolan word for party. Alx Veliz and his music are products of the multicultural fabric of Toronto: a blend of histories, renewals and currents. Recently, Alx Veliz cemented a worldwide recording deal with Universal Music and has set his sights on a global audience. Dancing Kizomba marks the thrilling tease of much more to come from this unique artist!
Alessia Cara, the humble 20-year-old from Brampton, Ontario, has captured the hearts and minds of listeners worldwide. She has taken the industry by storm with four Juno nominations in 2016 – including a win for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, a tour with Coldplay, a performance with Taylor Swift, the cover of Billboard Magazine’s Grammy issue and a 2016 AMA nomination for New Artist of the Year. Her debut album, Know-It-All, featured the hit single “Scars to Your Beautiful” which arrived with words of poise and poignancy that belie her years. As she continues to tour across Europe and US with her Know it All: Part 2 tour, Alessia Cara shares her irrepressible smile and timeless message that we all have something to offer.