Graeme Bousada stands alone both in his method and his sound.
A one-man show, he performs live electronic music with a loop pedal and mic, playing, singing and MCing everything live with MIDI keyboards, samplers and a drum pad. Using catchy melodies, soothing soundscapes and driving bass to set the scene for his sultry and infectious voice, BOUSADA delivers an engaging, energetic and incredibly original live performance that perfectly walks the line between a live band and a DJ.
Although he may be a new face on the west coast music scene, he is not new to music itself. He first started playing and producing music at the age of 12 but sidelined his passion to finish school and pursue other interests. He first recognized his calling as a musician a decade later while farming on a remote commune in northern BC. A few months later he moved to Victoria to launch his music career.
BOUSADA’s first public appearance was a sold out show at the Anian Yard in Victoria, with over 200 people in attendance. A year later and he has now headlined a string of sold out shows and played a series of notable opening slots and festivals. This past summer, he was featured at Shambhala Music Festival. As BOUSADA’s sound develops, there is no telling how big he will get. With his debut EP and cross-Canada tour slated for the new year, he’s promised to be one of western Canada’s most exciting breakout artists of 2018.
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Fir, is Ryan McLeod and brothers James and Greg Allcock.
They are heavy metal/hard rock band originating from the Sunshine Coast, BC, and formed in early 2017. Inspired by bands like; The Sword, Mastodon, and Black Sabbath, Fir is simply made up of three music lovers from Chatelech Secondary who love the sound and feeling of a good, heavy riff.
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More than just a fun and funky quartet.
Comprised of 4 extremely versatile musicians, coming together to explore the groove. With Karen Graves on Sax, Flute and Vocals, Anna Lumiere on Keys/LH Bass and Vocals, Budge Schachte on Guitar, Bass and Vocals, and John Rule on Drums and Vocals these pro's play a fun mix of funk, Latin, greasy grooves, swamp, originals, reggae and jump swing….all with an element of improvisation. Funktete is sure to captivate the listening audiences while packing the dance floor!
Joe Stanton, singer/songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist.
Joe’s philosophy of “playing wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D28, on a 30 year journey from his favorites haunts in his home on the Canadian Sunshine coast, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to the Kerrville Folk festival in the hill country of Texas, to the world fingerpicking championships in Winfield Kansas, and aboard the historic “Canadian” VIA Rail train from Vancouver to Toronto.
Joe’s acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn, and his songwriting has resulted in 5 cd’s, styles ranging from Bluegrass, to contemporary folk, to alt country, all receiving radio airplay in Canada, the US , Europe and Australia, and 2 vinyl singles in the 1980’s earning 2 BCCMA award nominations . Over the years Joe has performed all over Canada, The U.S. and Europe. Highlights include performing for the Olympic Torch Relay at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, The Kerrville Folk festival in Texas, as well as the prestigious Vancouver Island Music festival in 2012.
Joe is always working on the next recording project, His most recent “Vintage” is a compilation of favorite songs from all of his releases, along with a few new solo guitar instrumentals.
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Brand new live project of Emmy and Juno Nominated composer Adham Shaikh and Soul Reggae Warrior Buckman Coe with Tremendously Towering Trombones of Andy Cakes.
The Musical navigations of these Interstellar Dubsters explore the global sounds of dub funk ska and electronica at the intersections of culture and contemporary social issues.
Adham Shaikh is an Emmy and Juno nominated world fusion composer and electronic artist with 25 years’ experience rocking dance floors around the globe with his unique blend of natural and electronic sounds. With releases on labels such as Interchill, Black Swan, and his own imprint Sonic Turtle Records, Shaikh’s discovery covers ground from the ambient to the floor filling uptempo. His other collaborative projects include the Indian dub fusion project DreamTreeProject and his multicultural disko the Outworld Orkestra, bring together musicians of diverse talents and skills and blends them into captivating and inspiring live performances.
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Buckman Coe is a singer songwriter captivating contemporary audiences with his unique blend of soul reggae folk funk and dub. A Roots music artist with a global sensitivities. Drawing from Soul, Americana, funk and Reggae, Buckman Coe’s music always seeks to uplift while forwarding messages of togetherness and social justice.
Over the past 7 years of touring Canada, Hawaii, Oregon, Australia, Indonesia, and Taiwan, Buckman Coe has established a reputation for high-energy, uplifting, horn-infused Roots Rock Reggae. At the same time, he has remained engaged in social and ecological justice movements as a citizen and as a musician writing for various front-lines and initiatives, and performing at rallies and fundraisers. This has made him an artist with a wide repertoire and adaptability as a big band leader and solo artist.
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Andy Cakes the Wind and Fire of MonkeyDragon. The Towering Trombone and rhythmics of this multi-dimensional artist spanning twenty plus years playing with everyone from Reaggae, Beanie Man, Yellowman, Beres Hammond, Isreal Vibrations, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, Chronixs, The Skatalites, Ska, Selector, Bad Manners, NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, Skaflaws, Bosstones, Mu330, Pietasters, Memphiskaphiles, The Slackers, Hepcat, Aggrolites, The Toasters, Real Big Fish, Mad Caddies, Fishbone, Alton Ellis, Skanking Pickle, Mustard Plug, Goldfinger, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, The Beat, Planet Smashers, Dance Hall Crashers, Easy Star Allstars.
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Gorgeous grit rock.
These queers work hard to bring you music that inspires your heart, while also pulsing through your limbs - with dynamic performance, electric guitar, synth, infectious dance grooves and powerful vocals in overlapping harmony. Parlour Panther is Stephanie Hodgins - creator, vocal, electric guitar, producer, mixer, wizard, Lee Newman - creator, vocal, synth, mastermind, and Charles Wesley - drums, vocal, prolific song contributor.
On stage, Parlour Panther is a queer female fronted band. Off stage Steph, Lee, and Charles write music collaboratively; Lee manages the band's tours, shows and artist collaborations; while Steph records, produces and mixes all Parlour Panther music.
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Rebecca Lappa may be Canada’s best kept secret......
........until now. The Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and Edmonton Music Awards winner is Canada’s brightest new voice. The Judges choice for CBC Searchlight’s Top 100, her music is a blend of folk, pop and rock, that showcases her powerful vocals, storytelling, and thought provoking lyrics.
In December 2017, Rebecca released her new folk-rock EP, “Spirit”. It features the song “Valiant of Vimy” that won the Lieutenant Governor’s Spirit of Vimy contest and a trip to Vimy Ridge. Reuniting with her CFMA winning team of Barry Allen and Gord Matthews from Homestead Recorders, the songs on the EP reflect the human spirit and highlight courage, adventure, change and love. Rebecca was honoured to perform “Valiant of Vimy” at the City of Edmonton’s televised Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Butterdome for 5000 people. The EP reached #1 on CJSR’s Top 30 and #6 on the national Folk/Roots/Clues chart on Jan.16/18.
Having wowed fans across Canada and twice as a finalist in the“She’s the One” Contest at the Ottawa Blues Festival, this summer Rebecca and The Revelry are heading West. Since forming in 2016, they have performed at over 100 events and opened for the Pistol Whips, Leeroy Stagger, Jenn Grant, and Sam Tudor. The Revelry is made up of MacEwan University trained musicians: Nick Samoil on keys, Madi Myhre on bass and Peter Joshua on drums.
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Folk, reggae, rock opera driven with thought provoking songwriting.
Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson, are well known on the Northern Alberta and B.C. festival scene having made their mark in the funk/rock/reggae/world groove high energy dance band "Mamaguroove”. With Samson’s Delilah, Seth and Shara have ventured into new musical territory. Their debut release Unfinished Humans has now been added to at least 56 radio stations and programs across Canada to date, spending weeks on the Worldbeat National Top 3 charts after debuting in the #2 position. Unfinished Humans was released to critical acclaim and quickly established them with international media around the world.
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Soaked in electric crescendos and folk tinged sing-along anthems.
Shred Kelly is known for their high energy live show that ignites dance floors with their alternative folk sound. Over three albums and countless tours, the five British Columbians have developed their signature sound by taking inspiration from the mountains they hail from and the people who inhabit them. Shred Kelly has seamlessly fused traditional instrumentation with modern rock, presenting a sound that is both unique and compelling.
Shred Kelly has produced their most ambitious project yet with their fourth album Archipelago. The collaborative song writing of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, and Ty West have pulled inspiration through individual experiences and musical influences. The result is a dynamic and cohesive collection of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs dipped in themes of relationships and the world in the modern age. Using traditional instrumentation at the base of the songwriting, the album explodes into a symphony of sounds incorporating banjos, ukuleles, synthesizers, guitar hooks, harmonies and pulsing beats.
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Experimental violin, rich vocal textures, folk, and pop songwriting.
Sky Parallel is an alternative Indy-groove duo from the west coast of BC featuring electronic flavours and rhythm that makes you want to move. Using their diverse musical backgrounds and love of deep, moving melodies, Sky Parallel's live show is becoming a crowd favourite since hitting Canadian stages in the summer of 2016. Their debut album will be released in spring of 2018.
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Original youth grunge rawk.
Spouse started off as a duo about three years ago, when drummer Kai and singer/guitarist Teagan were brought together by their music teacher to play an emerging sounds concert for youth in Sechelt, BC. They've been performing, recording, and writing original songs ever since. Two new members joined the group last year: Baeden on drums (Kai now plays lead guitar), and James on the bass. Both Teagan and Kai have received the Daniel Kingsbury Music for Youth endowment grant in the past.
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Staggers & Jaggs
Extra strength, original recipe ear wax.
The Staggers & Jaggs have been mending holes in souls, amplifying auras and crossing eyes for over three years now. From the corners of East Vancouver, this band draws influence from prohibition era parties, blues, jazz, punk rock & more. Tales of love, loss and madness are told through playful melodies and hypnotic rhythms.
The band’s core lineup includes Conrad Shynkar on guitar & vocals, Sabrina Robson on vocals & harmonica, Blake MacKay on keys & strange sound effects and Shannon Marie on upright bass. They are often accompanied by other curious characters on viola, mandolin and drums.
This troupe has toured throughout Western Canada, with plans to venture further this summer. Hot on the heels of their first self-titled full length album, the band is cooking up a new release for spring 2018. Listeners can expect more of Staggers’ strangely wonderful brand of freak folk and psychedelic gypsy swing - sure to drown the stubbornest of sorrows and liberate your dancing feet.
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Texture & Light
Striking a balance between the dance floor and headphone day dreaming.
Texture & Light was formed by DJ Trevor Refix as a way to explore live instrumentation, synthesis, field recordings, and deep themes. Trevor allows his music to lead him where it may, not putting much thought into staying inside a certain genre or following a certain formula. This is simply the music that Trevor was born to make, and it continues to evolve over space and time as he is carved by experience, joy, sadness, and wonder.
Trevor’s newest EP, Eat Magic, was inspired by ambient techno, nature, inner space, and the idea of authenticity. His current productions and live shows are built around the idea of bringing listeners on a fuzzy, deep, slow motion journey that takes place on a dance floor beneath the stars, but leads you deep within yourself.
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Groovy bass and big drums anchor an explosive frontman and fiery guitars..
The Marwills are a thick, juicy cut of Rock stuffed with the Blues and covered in Grade A Canadian dirt. They make music with serious guts and they sweat while they do it. Their sound conjures smoky blues bars, shady drinking establishments, and the golden age of rock and roll.
Although their debut album, “Marwill St.”, was released in 2012, most of the members have been playing together in some form or another for almost a decade. Starting out in small-town BC then playing in Alberta for a number of years, The Marwills continued east to the big smoke of Toronto, where they’ve established themselves as a rocking tour de force to be reckoned with.
The Marwills’ latest album, “Facts & Figures” (2014) is a raw rock album full of bluesy riffs, crunchy guitars, and lustful lyrics, rounded out along the edges with backing vocals, slide guitar, keys, sax, a female choir, fiddle, and acoustic guitar for a touch of mature nuance.
The Marwills have recently finished recording their 3rd full-length album, set to be released just in time for the 2018 summer festival season!
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Harmonious sounds, heartfelt melodies, and foot-stomping rhythms.
Tiger Moon is a West Canadian folk duo to be reckoned with. They perform with a guitar, mandolin, two sets of boots and two big, rich voices. Drawing their sound from traditional folk, Canadiana, soul and rock, they are a minimalist barn-burning band with syrup-soaked harmonies.
With their new record Cariboo & Whiskey released in June 2017, the team is working hard to secure their spot as an integral part of the musical fabric of Canada. Both their two and four-piece lineups performed a number of West Canadian festivals in 2017, including Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Ponderosa Festival and Arts Wells Festival. Tiger Moon is committed to building a living in the music industry the old-fashioned way - Through a life of performance.
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BACK for 2018!
Unique to the Rogue Arts Festival are the always amazing Collective Sets! These are sets featuring festival musicians playing together on our Main Stage for the first time ever! There is no right way for people to play these sets. If artists want to take turns leading, if artists want to workshop out new material, if artists want to jam it out - then that's great. The Collective Sets are about engagement, breaking that wall between audience and artists, collective experience