Bend Sinister

Refreshingly original.

Labeled as anything from math to prog to pop but feeling most comfortable in the plain guise of rock, Bend Sinister of Vancouver BC have evolved through numerous styles and absorbed a plethora of influences to become a band so refreshingly original that the struggle to categorize them is a losing battle. Hot on the heels of their The Other Way EP, featuring their alt rock top 40 single “Walk the Other Way”, the band served up their full-length record Foolish Games, which was released on June 8, 2018.


The Billy Hillpicker Band

Foot stompin’ good times.

The Billy Hillpicker Band has been quietly establishing a loyal following over the past decade or so, and have become known as one of the favourite good time foot stomping acoustic roots, bluegrass, and folk music bands on the Sunshine Coast. John, Chris, Murray, Teryl and Jonah have a great time getting together to play tunes at any kitchen, back porch or other performance venue where bylaws allow more than a single banjo to be present concurrently or at the same time. Their debut CD “The Billy Hillpicker Band Live at the Heritage Playhouse” was released in 2017.


Brother in Farms

True West Coast pop.

The Brothers in Farms are a collective of Sunshine Coast musicians performing in various line-ups and with an eclectic and ever changing mix of instruments; true west coast pop music mashed up with world sounds. Doling out a non stop, high-energy mix of roots, reggae, funk, latin and balkan rhythms this group of musicians creates high energy dance music that appeals to listeners of all ages with the ultimate goal to keep people grooving and our campfires burning.


Compassion Gorilla

Explosive performance for the modern dance-floor.

Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance fit for the modern dance-floor.  Their unique brew has been the life of wild dance parties for almost a decade, and while its music defies categorization the band keeps audiences feeling comfortably at home.

The band’s recent travels have taken them to festival stages across western Canada, including highlights at the Victoria International Jazz Festival, Starbelly Jam, Robson Valley Music Festival, Northwest Folk Life, Juan de Fuca Music Festival, Victoria Ska Festival, Bella Coola Music Festival, Campbell Bay Music Festival, and Kispiox Valley Music Festival.  They also spent a long stretch of 2013 touring in Mexico, playing over 50 shows in 4 months and coming home with a new album under their belts. “Colibrís en Vuelo” features songs written and arranged on this journey.


Photo credit to Elizabeth Larsen Photography.


Youth made hard rock.

Fir, is Ryan McLeod and brothers James and Greg Allcock, a 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.


The Georgia Fats

Diesel soaked blues rock.

What started out as an afternoon jam turned into a fill in gig, which evolved into a demo recording that turned into a five song EP. No punch ins, no over dubs, just live off the floor the way it was done a long time ago. Barry, Boyd and Joël have come together from three different genres and histories to create gritty, greasy, diesel soaked blues rock with a fat groove bio engineered to get people moving.

Joël Fafard is an award winning guitarist and Juno nominee and was once part of Scrüj MacDuhk. Barry Taylor is best known as the beat keeper for Roots Round Up and The Young Canadians and Boyd Norman has held down the bottom line for Ron Hynes, Barkin’ Kettle and the Rakish Angles.


Hordes of Ords

Fun and high energy.

Hordes of Ords is a family band, with Béla Ord (18) on baritone sax and piano, Noah Ord (15) on violin/mandolin and trumpet/flugelhorn, Graham Ord on tenor/soprano sax, flute and percussion and Anna Lumiere/Ord on piano and vocals.  Occasionally, the Hordes play with a guest drummer (Baeden Shendebraye).

The band plays a mix of jazz and funk, slavic and klezmer tunes, as well as original compositions.  Most of the repertoire is fun and high energy.

Hordes of Ords has performed at coffee houses, house concerts, cafes and public markets and will be launching into the festival circuit this summer.  The parents (Graham and Anna) do all the arranging. They rehearse, well, in their living-room.


Ken Dunn

Refreshing insight into human complexities.

Ken has performed at hundreds of venues over the past 30 years, across Canada, the U.S., and Central America, sharing the bill with folk and roots icons as diverse as Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, and Garnet Rogers.

His passion for social and environmental justice is also evident in the many benefit concerts he performs. In addition to his solo shows, Ken often performs with partner Anna Green, whose beautiful vocal harmonies enhance the emotional depth and character of his live performances.

Ken has released 8 albums of original music, which have received a number of awards, radio airplay and charting in Canada, the US and Europe. His most recent album, “Live in L.A.” was released to radio worldwide by Trespass Music on February 1, 2019. In support of the album, Ken will be touring BC, Quebec, Ontario, and Florida in the spring of 2019.


Kitty & The Rooster

Surf-tastic hooks.

Kitty & The Rooster is a rock n’ roll duo from Vancouver, BC featuring Jodie Ponto on the stand-up cocktail drumkit and Noah Walker on electric guitar. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun shows.

Kitty & The Rooster’s debut album One Gig Hard Drive is a funny-because-it’s-true romp across the Canadian back-roads. The 11-track album documents the hilarious, and at times absurd, life of the un-famous travelling musician. With clever word play, laugh out loud scenarios and some “did they really just go there?” moments, Kitty & The Rooster tell-all with the kind of honesty usually only found within the four walls of a tour van.


Monty Montego and the Rocksteady Crew

Rcksteady to fill the dance.

Monty Montego and the Rocksteady Crew bring Jamaican dance music from the late 1960’s to life on stage, along with genre-loyal originals. Hailing from the musical sweet spot in history between the creation of ska and reggae, rocksteady music birthed legends like Toots and the Maytals and Derrick Morgan and never fails to fill the dance floor.

Sweet harmonic voicings, iconic to the genre, are sung by Mike Clarke (lead/guitar) and Keely Halward (keys). Grooving bass lines and the classic one-drop beat are brought by Jay Walter (bass) and Allain Morin (drums) who have both toured extensively in previous bands (Small Axe, NGOMA) and opened for Jamaican music legends such as Desmond Dekker and the Itals.

Monty Montego is your all-seasons, all-ages favourite backdrop to a good time and sunny vibes.


Naomi Shore

Silky voice with a side of trademark sass.

You may know Naomi Shore as one half of the award winning folk/roots duo Twin Peaks. Hailing from Northern British Columbia and having toured Canada and Australia relentlessly over the last seven years, Naomi is branching out with her first solo recording “Piece by Piece”. With a backing band made up of Jodie Ponto and Noah Walker (a.k.a. Kitty & the Rooster) and captured in their delicate glory by Corwin Fox, this album is bold in its fearless vulnerability. Naomi’s trademark sass is still clear and present along with her silky voice, but there is an honesty and depth to the way these songs are written and sung that puts the album into the realm of classic.


Ndidi Cascade

Hip hop vocalist with an intentional lyric style.

Ndidi Cascade, who is of Nigerian-Italian-Irish-Canadian heritage, is a Vancouver born and based hip hop vocalist, songwriter, educator and creative facilitator. Ndidi has showcased her music across North America and internationally– from classrooms to stadiums, and she facilitates and manages programs that use hip hop literacy and dance as a medium for healthy self-expression. Her music has been featured on Much Music and MTV Canada.  She has shared the stage with talents such as Femi Kuti, Digable Planets, The Mad Professor, De La Soul, K-OS and K’naan. Ndidi Cascade also currently tours with her group Metaphor, showcasing interactive hip hop shows in elementary and high schools around B.C.


Paul Silveria

Historic tales, folk standards, audience interaction, and collective dances.

Paul is a musician, dance caller, teacher, and community organizer who has connection at the heart of his work. His presence on stage is warm and comfortable bringing the audience into a close circle.

His show can include heartfelt originals, playful interactive moments, community dance, visual delight, and classic old time tunes paired with the stories behind them. Originally from Portland Oregon, and now living in Vancouver BC, Paul has been performing,
teaching, and calling dances across the west for more than 15 years.


Roots Roundup

A punky reggae party.

Roots Roundup plays a high energy hybrid of globe-spanning music, mashing up the sounds of rock’n roll, reggae, ska, afro-beat, folk, funk and pure old school punk rock.The Roots Roundup lineup has evolved over the years as members pursued various musical interests including performing, writing, recording and teaching. Core Roots members Greg Hathaway, Dave Hannah (Dym-E-Tree), Barry Taylor, Keith Rose, David Hathaway, Mark Campbell, Shuggy Milligan and special guest trombonist Andy Cakes reunited in 2005, treating a full house of loyal and new fans to a truly rip-roaring two-night performance at the Fairview Pub in Vancouver.


This Way North

High energy, big sound, rumbling drums, and sneaky slide guitar line.

It’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. With Cat Leahy on drums and Leisha Jungalwalla wailing on her electric
guitar, the duo create a uniquely full, expansive sound that leaves the audience stunned.

Hailing from regional Victoria, they first met in northern Canada at the renowned British Columbian ArtsWells Festival.

Winning the Age Music Victoria award for Best Regional act at the end of 2018 off the back of their second EP release, This Way North has been dubbed the one’s to watch in 2019. They have just released their brand new single ‘Night Terrors’ with a premiere on Triple J and to rave reviews from radio and industry personnel alike. The song pounds out of the first chorus, tightly wound and edgy as it drives relentlessly forward. Jungawalla’s vocal is exposed and vulnerable, sitting effortlessly above Leahy’s indomitable drumming, in an infectious arrangement that beckons you in at every step.

With their reputation for powerful live shows growing, This Way North bring their love affair with the road, and big sound music to the stage, inviting you to turn up the volume and let loose.


Collective Sets

BACK for 2019!

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 fourth wall between audience and artists, collective experiences, and, of course, having fun! We’re stoked to see what our 2019 musicians come up with for this year!