Musical workshops have always been a part of the Coldsnap experience. This year, we are taking it further as we partner with a variety of community organizations to address the themes of racism, diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion in music.
Be sure to listen to the music as you browse through the bios!
Friday, January 21 – Ramada Hotel
local opener: Mike Footit Band
Adonis Puentes Band
One-half of the acclaimed Puentes Brothers band alongside brother Alex, better known as Alex Cuba, Adonis still calls Cuba home and is carrying on the tradition of Sonero singers. Read more –>
Saturday, January 22 – the Art Space
local opener: Seth and Shara of Mamaguroove
Sultans of String
2010 JUNO Award nominees and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance. Read more –>
Sunday, January 23 – PG Playhouse
The Good Lovelies
The aptly named Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, all of them best friends and refugees from solo careers. Described as “flirty-bluegrass” and “the mischievous Andrews Sisters” the Toronto-based trio rely on unerring three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and, onstage, convulsively funny repartee. Read more –>
The April Verch Band, with April at the helm on the fiddle, delivers richly textured phrasing on traditional roots tunes, bluegrass and newgrass melodies, jazz-influenced compositions, and country music. When April trades her fiddling for the rhythmic art of stepdancing, the band takes on the sound of the old lumber camp halls where those without instruments created rhythms with their feet. The metal taps on April’s shoes generate exhilarating cadences that enhance her traditional Ottawa Valley arrangements. It’s even more impressive when April continues playing intricate rifts on her fiddle while dancing the rhythmic pulse that drives the tune. The overall effect on her audiences is electrifying. Read more –>
Monday, January 24th, Art Space admission by donation
BACK TO THE FUTURE -a snapshot of alternative music in PG from the late 70’s on
Murry Gable and Guests, Greg Beattie and Tom Young, Don Hagreen, Sound of The North, Jeremy Stewart, Donncha O’Callaghan and Friends, Mike Foottit
Like their hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Brasstronaut is hard to pin down. Their debut album, Mt. Chimaera, possesses qualities of the fjord-flanked city’s unpredictable character. Since forming in 2007, Brasstronaut has steadily acquired the hands necessary to fuse a diverse range of genres and this follow-up to their Old World Lies EP represents the first statement by the band’s definitive six-piece line-up. Vocalist and keyboardist Edo Van Breemen is joined by a roster fluent in trumpet, lap steel, flugelhorn and the seldom-heard EWI (a wind synthesizer), among others. Read more –>
Aidan Knight and the Friendly Friends
Until recently, Aidan Knight was known as a helpful backing musician, playing everything from pop-rock bass lines to violent, pounding hardcore drums. He has recorded and performed with Maurice, The Zolas, and Counting Heartbeats amongst others.
All the while, he was writing songs of his own, recording in intensive three day bursts whenever he was able to raise enough money. Sleeping on the studio floor at Jonathan Anderson’s Langley studio, Buena Vista Audio, Knight immersed himself in the project, waking up to play most of the instruments himself. With the arrangements in place, he invited Toronto’s The O’ Darling to fill in the additional drums, guitars, girl harmonies, strings and horns. Read more –>
Thursday, January 27 – the Ramada
Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat became one of the indie world’s most talked about newcomers with the release of her first full-length album, 2007’s Oh, My Darling. Originally from Toronto, Bulat later resettled in the quieter community of London, Ontario, where she recorded a self-released EP in 2005. Her rich, expressive voice proved to be the ideal vehicle for her songs, which dealt with love and life with a combination of sadness and wonder, and her melodies were bolstered by a band that incorporated strings and keyboards along with the traditional drums and guitar. Read more –>
Very little introduction is needed here. Two-time Polaris nominee, critically acclaimed by everyone from Exclaim! magazine to Pitchfork, and recently named Canada’s best rapper of all time, Shad is sure to sell out. Read more –>
Friday, January 28 – the Ramada
His full name Dieudonné Roberts means God given and Roberts natural talents are obviously that to anyone who hears him play. Born in Madagascar, raised and educated in Moscow and Toronto, Donné is making waves in the music scene. Read more –>
One of Canada’s best loved live bands and folkfest favourites demanded back by popular request!
Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and we’ve been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. Of course it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars. It is Singer-Songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. Read more –>
Saturday, January 29 – PG Playhouse
No, not the one you’re thinking of– this is a brilliant singer-songwriter who for over fifteen years has been making music that bravely navigates a path through the emotional static of modern life towards a better place. With a style that The Boston Globe says “Combines the best of both pop and modern folk aesthetics,” he writes songs that are wake up calls to the heart, balm for the soul. Read more –>