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2014 LINE UP

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Liron Man

A few years ago, after hours at the Artswells Festival, we heard an incredible haunting sound that we followed to its source. The artist we saw blew us away. He had an entire audience captivated in silence while he played the Hand Pan.

The Hand Pan is a melodic, harmonic and percussive instrument. Its overtones are clear and present with every note heard. It has the frequencies of a 4 piece band.
"One of my favorite repeating experiences in life is to play a 'solo concert', I've learned that it's impossible for me to play on my own when there are other beings in the room. It's a communication between all present."

You can be enchanted here

Pugs and Crows

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to host this JUNO award winning band in Ymir, they blew every one away. We are so lucky to be able to bring their beauty back to the Kootenays. This is a band that needs to be experienced.

The Pugs and Crows are an instrumental band that performs original music that evokes a shifting range of sonic colours and ambient soundscapes. The ensemble’s unique cinematic sound is due in part to the unusual instrumentation of violin, double bass, guitar, piano, and drums.

Treat your ears and mind

Kris Demeanor

Kris Demeanor was born in Calgary, Alberta right about the time of the first moon landing, the son of a Swedish beauty queen and a German General Proficiency award winner. He's a songwriter and performer who writes and sings about the funny, dark, absurd, maddening, and the joyful for people who like to think, dance, laugh, cry and party.

Kris has put out six CDs of original music, a couple of award winning videos, created and performed for the theatre, and toured around Canada, Australia and Europe, both solo and with his Crack Band. His music draws on classic folk story telling, spoken word/rap, and shamelessly hooky pop, which both complicates things for all involved and makes them more interesting.

Kris loves his fellow Canadian songwriters, and has toured and recorded with the likes of Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Nathan, Ford Pier, Dave Lang, Veda Hille, Wendy McNeill and Kim Barlow.

"... the man, seriously, is the best thing going in Canadian music these days. Musically adventurous and lyrically stunning."
- les siemieniuk, Penguin Eggs

Check this out

 

David Newberry

David Newberry's songs provide insight into the remarkably complex world we live in. Never sacraficing hopefulness for truth (or beauty for despair) he coaxes the listener into a conversation about life, art, and the magic of survival in challenging times. Armed with a sharp eye for detail and an ear

for pushing the boundaries of what roots music "sounds like," he has made a tangible impact across a number of musical communities. 

Operating in a genre that folks have started to call 'Critical Canadiana,' Newberry's soon-to-be-released EP "Desire Lines," is proving that he is capable of building on the momentum that he has earned through years of relentless touring, exhilirating recordings, and a steadfast commitment to song-craft as the foundation for his body of work.
"...equal parts 'The River' era Springsteen and Neil Young folk rock elements in his music (No One Will Remember You is a) soulful, really impressive sophomore album."
-Alan Cross

Hold On

Wax Mannequin

Strange-folk phenomenon Wax Mannequin is well-travelled. He has crossed a wide range of terrain — both sonic and physical — this decade past. Through his catalogue of secretly renowned recordings and his riotous live performances at countless venues and festivals, Wax continues to bring his essential voice and vision to both sides of the Atlantic. His legend grows through word-of-mouth as his music is passed from hand-to-hand — his influence trickles down from the minds of wayward kindred souls, insidiously seeping into the poetic heart of this country.

Watch him here


 

 


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Good ol Goats

This amazing high energy band, has blown us away time and again we are thrilled to bring them to Ymir!  The  Good Ol’ Goats are Nolan Ackert on lead vocals, banjo and guitar; Angus Liedtke on guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals; Theo Moore on standup bass and vocals; Angus MacDonald on mandolin, vocals and fiddle; Joelle Winkel mandolin and vocals; Danica Martin on trumpet, piano, and vocals; and Julian Bueckert on drums.

You can watch them here with the CBC's Grant Lawrence

 

 

e.s.l.

Veering wildly between Polish cabaret and chamber pop and on to a whimsical and delicate old-Hollywood vibe, the smart and enchanting women of e.s.l. spin Romany-esque melodies that will catch your ear and entangle you in their spell. Their dynamic show takes you from orchestral soundscapes to underground dance clubs with prohibition-era abandon. These gals’ taunting, tempting songs are modern tales of urban sensibility that rant against rampant consumerism and celebrate love as play, conveying an awareness and heartfelt reflection of our times.

Ma Petite

Ma Petite is Melbourne born musician Indiana Avent’s solo project.

After spending almost a decade in the music industry playing violin for artists such as Bon Iver, Dan Mangan and Gotye among others, Avent decided to put her own originals out into the world. Painting a tale of her dreams, experiences and aspirations, the little stories within the songs are brought to life with charmingly honest songwriting. The stories within the songs are brought tolife by her band of incredibly talented musicians, who create a whimsical tapestry for Avent’s stories to be told. A tasty song

 

Geoff Berner

An evening spent with Geoff Berner’s music is, in the words of the good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, “a wild combination of menace, madness, and genius… fragmented coherence that wreaks havoc on the mind of any listener.” – Vue Weekly, Edmonton 

“Cherish him, cherish him, for there really is no one like him. Fantastic.”
— Billy Bragg

“We’re all trying to put out a vision of Jewish culture that’s the opposite of the conservative, knee-jerk pro-Israel, judgmental bullshit that’s emerged in recent decades.”

That vision is evident at Berner’s live shows, which tend to devolve into crazed, chaotic, drunken dancing and psychotic laughter. He has built a sizable cult following through extensive touring, and audiences of odd, bookish people who like to drink come out to pack bars in Berlin, Amsterdam, Oslo and Zurich, as well as in Canada. Look out for the Victory Party to hit your town this year!

When DD gets her Donkey

 

Scenic Route to Alaska

We are so excited to introduce this amazing Edmonton favorite to the Kootenays, see them now at our intimate festival, we suspect they ar going to blow up...

Scenic Route to Alaska is Trevor Mann, Murray Wood, and Shea Connor of the brutal & beautiful Edmonton, Alberta. Best friends, bringing emotion-filled, fun indy folk-rock to your ipods, boom boxes and your parents car stereos!

Here is the video we loved

The Tailor

“ Like a Sexy Tom Waits riding a Camel through Africa and stopping in Romania for a drink” -somebody important 
The Sound is sensual, wound with found sounds and forgotten whispers.
He keeps on listening to whats in between the lines, 
he dreams a future rhythm and a future blues, 
where a wink across the dance floor 
is because suddenly you are in love with everybody.
His legendary Live performances have been delighting, confounding and seducing 
audiences across the West Coast for more years than he would care to admit.
Highlights include residency at Shambhalah Living Room Stage for the last ten years, 
an opening slot for a Beats Antique tour, and playing the Fusion festival in Berlin.
This year will be his busiest Touring schedule to date,  
with two albums to be released, many remixes planned 
with some of deepest producers of the west coast,
and a new appreciation of the pop song thats gonna loosen 
up many pieces of clothing. if you know what i mean.
The music has been featured in the short film Bury him in the Desert, 
the cooking show the Perennial plate, a crazy swedish fishing documentary, 
and a number of racy love scenes. of course.

 

Red Haven

Red Haven is a name lifted from a rather forlorn sign in front of an abandoned fruit stand somewhere along the Coquihala highway. The group combines the sultry gyspy-jazz of Jen Davidson (various sizes of saxophone/accordian/vocals), and the folky-blues tendencies of Brendan Steele (guitar) and Nathan Turner (upright bass, vox). It's a high-intensity, Cajun-spiced jazz trio that will heat up your night in all the right ways.

Click here for a spicy tune.

A Raven called Crow

Janet is the wild mind behind A Raven Called Crow, known for her wacky yet hauntingly honest lyrics. Her songs are hard to forget.  Her shows combine an intimate singer songwriter atmosphere with shadow and performance art.
A Raven Called Crow is an ongoing art experiment to which no medium is considered out of bounds. She once invited an audience into her bedroom, tucked them into her bed, and sang them original lullabies while performing shadow art on the ceiling.  She enjoys collaborating with such fine artists as Julie Gennai of Compassion Gorilla, Jacques and Carly of The Beautiful Wild Animals, Chloe Ziner of Mind of A Snail and Shoy Booy of Junktime Puppets. In the last few years she has graced the stages of ArtsWells, Quadrapalooza and Campbell Bay Music Festival, to name a few. “Giving voice to shadows and letting them move within the light, Janet struck a deep chord with all festival goers seeking nourishment and release.” -Jesse Thom of Dirty Grace
 

 

 The Broken Mirrors

After 12 years touring the world with underground legend CR Avery, lead guitarist Noah Walker has started a new band with some of Vancouver's finest musicians. The Broken Mirrors have the musicianship of Wilco, the energy of The Talking Heads, the style and humour of Beck, and the quirkiness of early Elvis Costello.

"Noah Walker is not jazz, he is not blues or rock n roll but a musical hurricane picking up a little something every time he touches down. It's almost like the guitar is playing him, he plays with precision and depth, and sometimes he plays like he's being electrocuted." - Scott Nolan   Get down here

 

Glenna Garramone

What happens when you meld a classically trained pianist and vocalist, a bi-lingual songwriter, a guitarist, and a dancer into one person on stage?  You might witness an approximation of Glenna Garramone's live show. Glenna Garramone crafts “raw, emotional, and utterly captivating” songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano to her tap shoes, or a shaker made from lentils in a film canister.  And that voice. She performed regularly while obtaining her degree in Poetry at the University of Victoria, establishing a distinct style of lyrical integrity and delivery.

Glenna Garramone’s music is a reflection of her fascination with the edge.  Inspired by the geography and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, she harmonizes the experimental with the classical, and the unexpected with the

organic.  Somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna Garramone’s unique approach to songwriting was recognized when she earned the Grand prize in the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest.

Be captivated

 

 

 

Wooden Horsemen

The road is not an empty concept to Steven Beddall, aka Wooden Horseman. A decade has
passed since the Ottawa musician left the valley in search of something else, which he quickly
found – driving a truck. Thousands of miles… Blazing summers and bitter winters… Hourson
end, alone with one’s thoughts, plenty of time to think things over, and over again… There’s no substitute for it.
Raised on the roots of blues – Waters, King, Vaughan, Hooker, Johnson, Hendrix – Steven
Beddall would further hone his appreciation and love for the sound, working as a dishwasherat Tucson’s, the famed Ottawa blues institution. Along the way, he would tune into Leadbelly’s sound, and later tap into Dylan. Combine that hall of fame musical education with a natural leaning toward the nomadic lifestyle, throw in some truck driving for good measure and let
ferment for a few years, and you get Beddall’s Wooden Horseman project.
The group, which features some of Vancouver’s finest in cellist Alex Hauka, singer Missy Cross,
multi-instrumentalist Owen Connell, pianist and organist Peter Bowles and drummer Emlyn Sherk,
is due to release its self-titled debut LP in early 2014.

Virgina

 

Carolyn Mark

This woman is a Canadian legend. I have never laughed so much and felt as much genuine joy as when I saw her in a tiny church in Barkerville singing " You are not a whore if no one's paying"

"There's two kinds of women you let in your life/ Exciting new mistress and boring old wife," . The line is indicative of Mark's straightforward style - she doesn't take shit and she's not afraid to let you know it. And, safe to say, Mark is not boring. She's good friends with fellow twangy siren Neko Case (the outspoken duo released an album together in 2000) and the Canadian songwriter has made a name for herself with five brassy albums over the last seven years.

Mark's music is so authentic in its back porch vibe, it seems to come with its own direct link to Loretta Lynn's '60s heyday - like her heroes, Mark is not afraid to rail against a man too drunk to understand his own fuck-ups. Not to say Mark is some kind of saint: Her gigs are known for their off-balance candor and ribald humor as much as the homespun tunes. Go for the music, stay for the dirty jokes. - Metromix New York

Beauty...

 

Maiya Robbie

She draws a map within to lead you back to your true, raw and joyous self, her voice a clear and warm beacon in a dark night.  A competent and original guitarist and dabbler in many things stringed  (banjo and ukulele), she fingerpicks and strums her way through raucous and softest terrains with equal ease.  Maiya infuses melodies with the untamed appeal of modern verse, influenced by the poetic likes of Gwendolyn MacEwen and Mary Oliver. Long time member of talk-rock group Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, she is adept and keen on musical and spoken word collaborations,  as well as an entrancing solo performer.

Beautiful Song

 

Drum and Bell Tower

Drum & Bell Tower is a one-man psychedelic folk songwriting project, pounding the Cariboo and Interior since 2008. Channelling Floydian grooves and syncopated boot-stomp, songs are melodic and engaging hymns for life on a crowded planet. 

Check him out here

 

 

 

 

Rhoneil

Nelson's own treasure. We are so happy to have her take us away with her music. One day I was surprised when she told me that she loves music but she truly loves making visual art too. She will be sharing her talents with an artisits trading card workshop too.

Rhoneil’s sound is ambitious, sparse and a little freak-folksy. Metaphors about nature abound in her wispy, haunted lyrics and woven together by crisp, barely adorned strings. Deep, dark and a little gothic, Rhoneil is the perfect complement to a fall evening.

Here is a pretty tune for today

 

Dirt Floor

Formed for the 2013 for the Tiny Lights Festival, Dirt Floor is a simple bouquet of honesty, melody and harmony. All seasoned musicians in their own right, Dirt Floor conjurers up evocative songwriting with tasteful texture to create an eloquent ambiance. Spanning the musical genres from alt-country to folk to gospel. Dirt Floor is just as comfortable as an acoustic five piece (lap-slide guitar, double bass, mandolin, guitar) or a alt-country full electric band. Dirt Floor will fill your heart and embrace your soul with a dynamic live show. Don't miss their poetry jam which gives audience members to be part of the fun!

Some behind the scenes of their new EP

 

Doug Koyama

Simply put we just LOVE Doug.

"STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN when Douglas Koyama opens his mouth. Sounds spring forth and combine into rhythmic phrases, then stack into layered constructions. It might seem like magic, unless you know that he's using a digital looper to create his improvised excursions, and even then it's still quite beguiling, a gentle and melodic take on an avant-garde technique that has its roots in Steve Reich and Terry Riley's experiments of the 1960s."
-Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

"When Doug Koyama enters a room you know it! His boundless energy, his warmth and enthusiasm are quickly evident. And then his music. Doug weaves sound with his voice and some looping technology. The music is mesmerizing, hypnotic and joyful all at once. He has a passion for singing and getting others to sing along."

–Cheryl MacKay, CBC North by Northwest

This video will give you a big taste of Doug

 

Miss Quincy

Many musicians claim to be road tested, but Miss Quincy & The Showdown actually are — I’m talking 2 years, 200 shows, 15 festivals, 7 countries, and over 100,000kms in a mini van.  The band has a rockin’ new record produced by Matt Rogers from The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer that will be released in the spring of 2014.
Miss Quincy & The Showdown have been described as Joan Jett and the early Stones spending the night together in a Tarantino movie.  Miss Quincy doesn’t fit the classic girl singer/songwriter mold and The Showdown isn’t your average all-girl band. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, instead you’ll find them getting down and rocking out with raunchy roots & blues and straight up rock n’ roll.

Check out this Bad Love

 

 

 

Jenny Ritter

We have loved Jenny since the moment we saw her be the front woman of the Gruff. Then last year we heard her sing this song and loved her even more.Jenny Ritter's songs are aimed straight at the heart. While Bright Mainland is technically her debut solo album, it represents the culmination of many years spent deeply involved in music. Her childhood was spent steeped in music and dance, with a ballerina mother, and opera singer father. They lived deep in the woods of Vancouver Island, and when not ranging through the forest with big dogs, Jenny usually had her nose in a book. After high school, she hit the road with bands on tour across Canada and the US, and basically never came back. First playing accordion for the band Nicely, Nicely and then as guitarist and one of the main songwriters for the critically acclaimed roots country band The Gruff.  

"…thanks to her tremendous songwriting, her ability to write beautiful catchy melodies, and those gorgeous vocals, she is already head and shoulders above the pack. A tremendous album by a hugely talented lady!" - Americana Roots UK

Pauline Lamb

I have found profound solace in the writing of songs. They have saved me, soothed me, haunted me, woken me in the middle of the night, kept me out of trouble and got me in trouble; they have an energy and drive of their own. I am grateful to all who encourage me to share my songs and I am ready to because I am...."

Ross Douglas

 

A one man vaudevillian whirlwind, Ross Douglas is a consummate and versatile entertainer. His live show is always a crowd pleaser with astute songs that blend history, comedy, theatre, a variety of musical genres and a litany of instruments (from keyboards to mandolins and ukuleles). Energetic and heartfelt, Ross is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him for your festival or event.

Julie Fowler; Executive Director for the ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art, Wells, BC

 

 

 

Ingrid Gatin

Ingrid Gatin creates soundscapes and dreamscapes, pulling the listener into her reveries with her soulful and sultry voice. You can hear strains of 70s soul in the air and hints of Balkan bravado, but through it all Ingrid evokes emotion, longing, and romance in every song.

Ingrids new full-length album 1000 lives was created with Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, The Dears) between a loft and a church in Winnipeg and Howards studio in Montral. (February 2013 release)

The Winnipeg-based artist/musician started to weave herself into Canadas artistic landscape in 2009, with her first full-length album Broken Tambourine. After gaining immediate and well-deserved attention from national CBC radio, Broken Tambourine entered into the top 20 on Earshot Charts soon after its release. In between constant touring and recording, Ingrid has written music in the forests of northern Saskatchewan, jumped aboard train cars to entertain passengers, and acted as artist-in-residence at New Brunswicks Struts Gallery.

Ingrids latest stop: The highly acclaimed hotel2tango studios in the Mile End of Montral. The resulting work 1000 Lives is an elegant

and introspective tale of love and freedom compiled over the last three years of travel. Reawakening an old world sound with piano and accordion while firmly cast in a modern glow, Ingrid is a regular at folk festivals and music showcases across the country. She will tour Canada and Europe extensively to promote the albums release.

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, dramatic landscapes and endless skies have fed Ingrids imagination since she was a child. She credits her innovation to piano lessons in her aunts home at four years old, to the wildness of surrounding nature, to small towns and to swings.

Look and listen here.

 

Scott Cook


Alberta, Canada's prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling DIY songwriter with heart forever on sleeve. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. Cook has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, touring extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is currently on tour in support of his fourth release, One More Time Around, which Canada's premier roots music magazine Penguin Eggs calls "as much a manifesto as a musical work," teeming with "wry observations and hopeful life lessons."

Classic moment

 

Harp Pixie

Dawna is the only performer who has been at all three Tiny Lights, becuase who can resist the beauty of harp in an historic church?

Dawna McLennan aka Harp Pixie is an emerging singer-songwriter and poet, who released her debut EP titled Silence Becomes Song, in September 2013. Her voice has been described by triple Gold Record winning recording-artist Pamela Polland as having “a pure, bell-like quality [that is] associated with some of the finest vocalists, and it’s both a pleasure and truly soothing to hear her sing.”

Harp Pixie plays the most sculpturally-beautiful instrument ever created: the folk harp. Thirty-six strings of divine resonance! Want to visit the faerie realms, anyone?

 

 

Ari Neufeld

Ari Neufeld is a self-made one man band, hailing most recently from the Okanagan. He plays guitar, piano, banjo (but usually guitar), while singing and keeping time through an amplified stompbox, with ethnic beads, nuts and bells strapped to his body. His performance covers a variety of genres from folk to pop, to new country, to rhythmic soul, to rock.

Ari Neufeld is a vibrant creative force. He has toured the world as a one man band, specializing in encouraging people to look deeper into creation, be inspired by something completely new, and finish feeling elated, like romance.

A great video of Ari

 

 

Beautiful Wild Animals

We are thrilled to welcome this band back. They made such a huge impression last year on our town!
Operatic voice in a babelesque language, a haunting and resonnant Violin with a european folk like twist and a driving accordion that haunts describe the sound of this group. Initially Jacques Mindreau’s solo music project, Beautiful Wild Animals started in November of 2010 with the recording of a self titled EP written and performed by Jacques and produced by Ravi Persaud.   Jacques took the project for an eastern Canada tour the following month as an experiment.  The result became a new journey that is growing into a mature sound.
Beautiful Wild Animals came from imagining the feeling one gets of animals in their wild nature. Their wild ways are innocent and can inspire us to be simpler.  Imagining them roaming in the wild endlessly, we once again experience the stars and hear the sounds that we the not so wild have forgotten.   The Music is striving to tap into the unbiased way an animal observes its environment,  free of preconceptions.

 

Constellations

We couldn't resist bringing back our favorite Salt Spring Island wonder band. They blew us away last year with their set in the schoolhouse.

What would happen if you crossed Giorgio Moroder with Harry Belafonte?  
Constellations plays music inside your ears. The band started in the summer of 2013 as a collaborative musical project of several young musicians from Saltspring Island, BC. Seamlessly blending genres such as progressive rock and folk, Constellations creates it's own unique style  of music. Bring your poncho. No squares allowed.

 

 

 

 

O'mally

From the forests of coastal BC, comes the sweet sound of O'mally. Sparse arrangements and mellow melodics form a cocoon around the intriguing lyrics of their original songs. The trio will be playing new songs off an EP to be released this fall.

 

 

 

Sound of the Sun

  Citing varied influences such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Queens of the Stone Age, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Sound of the Sun draws upon the essence of music from decades past. Their harmony heavy compositions strike a unique balance of soft and heavy, darkness and light.