MoM lineup for 2017
in no particular order
Linda McRae is a Canadian – US based songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and 2016 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductee. Her unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make her a captivating and sought-after artist. Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre with the VSO and New Folsom Prison, where she facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. These experiences lead to the creation of her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented across North America.
No Depression Magazine, John Apice,
“Linda carries on a priceless tradition of folklore through her music even though her songs are originals. She is firmly footed in the mud and moss of country-folk-blues.”
US Promoter, Fernando Pinto:
"One song breaks your heart, the next one puts it back together"
Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC, John Lucas
McRae's powerful voice and folky songs are goose bump -
inducing. The evenings finale found McRae inviting all the eveningʼs performers back on-
stage for an impossibly big-sounding rendition of the Louvin Brothers “When I Stop Dreaming”.
Austin Chronical, Jay Hardwig, -SXSW PICKS
“Linda McRae brought her strum and alto inflections to Maggie Maeʼs. Drawing inspiration from Charlie Louvin & Neil Young, her music is contemporary folk with a touch of country, a collection of ballads, blues, & love songs.”
Carolyn's Side of the Story...
I grew up on a dairy farm in Sicamous, BC with my Austrian father, my English mother and my Canadian brother. My father, an accomplished violinist, taught me how to play the piano when I was very young. He liked nothing better than to play duets with me for any visitors that happened by. Paying no heed to the musical tastes of the times or our guests, my father would perform for his hostages, launching into a favourite Dvorak or Chopin, poking me in the back with his bow if I appeared forgetful, shy or unenthused. Mortified, I longed for giant flames to eat the piano and my father.
I have since developed a more light-hearted relationship with music. My first band was The Vinaigrettes. We started as an all-girl foursome from Victoria and played together, in spite of a dizzying number of line-up changes, for seven years. We toured our pop - surf - punk - art - country - rock asses across Canada several times, but then, after a few years, Brigette, the smart one of the group, consulted an atlas and we started venturing South when we realized that Los Angeles was closer to Victoria than Edmonton - and the swimming was better! The Vinaigrettes recorded six albums, achieving a modest amount of obscurity, and broke up in 1998 due to "nervous indifference" and "creative exhaustion," vowing to "sue the industry for abandonment," and leaving dozens of fans mildly disappointed.
Exhausted and emotionally crushed by the failure of my first band and the ensuing two year bender, I attempted to find solace in the rehearsal spaces of other bands such as: Hat Head, The Fixin's, The Show Business Giants, The Metronome Cowboys, The Corn Sisters (a duo with label-mate Miss Neko Case), Monster Tweety, and Klugman. But eventually, while hiding under the bed at one of our neverending house parties, I decided to use my own name when I played. So far it's been a good idea - I'm not married to any one style of music, I can play solo or with a band depending on the money or my mood, and it's almost impossible for me to break up with myself. Those curious about my "sound" will just have to listen to the record I guess. If you are a newspaper sort who doesn't know what to say, I've never had a problem with the words "lovely and talented." Thank-you and goodnight.
In many ways, All the Angels Didn’t Scare Me marks C.R. Avery’s return to his roots – the storytelling that shaped him as a kid.
Raised in small-town Ontario and unable to focus on books as a child, C.R. was drawn to all things aural and lyrical – stand-up comedy, country ballads, sexual adventures and risqué episodes retold in hip hop lyrics.
“I was a kid who wanted to change his name to M.C. Howlin’ Wolf. I wanted to be D.J. Muddy Waters,” he tells the audience in an excerpt from a live show that opens “Troubled Youth.”
Over the years, he’s released 17 albums, from swamp city blues to spoken word performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, all infused with an outlaw outlook and attitude and a rock n’ roll middle finger ethos. And when it came time to create this record, he was feeling especially fatigued of the current musical trend toward inward, subconscious, "stream of consciousness" whisper-singing that sounds like an Instagram photo of wind chimes butterfly kissing a glockenspiel instead of a gutter wail of an unsung story that needs to be told, not left for dead.
All the Angels Didn’t Scare Me features finely painted portraits of people surviving and sometimes thriving in the brokenness of urban and rural life. Chuck D said “hip-hop is black people’s CNN." When no one is telling or printing the stories of the people getting up each day to go to work or dealing with a death of a parent, a lover lying, a car breaking down, a cop committing sexual assault while giving a ticket, burnt fuckin’ toast, rug burn, or the simple joy of fireworks from the fourth floor roof top, then those stories start to sneak into songs. They were there waiting and can now make us dance and howl in Aisle Three as we buy Tampax, toothpaste and cereal.
The angels shouldn't scare you. Here are the stories to prove it.
Doug Koyama is a singer and performer currently based in the central interior region of British Columbia. A shift in 2009 lead to a strong desire to travel and perform as his prime mode of existence. In the winter you may find Doug working in a dish-pit, as a school photographer or, more recently as a private chef.
Summers are full of music festivals all across BC. His open-hearted sharing of everything he is and has keeps Koyama in good standing on the festival circuit and a perrenial favourite at many of the festivals he performs at. Each springs’ musical adventure has started a little earlier for the past few years (the end of March in 2017), leading to a transition to a life of full-time music, which is his goal.
Doug performs Improvised A Capella with a loop pedal, a style popularized by American musician / comedian Reggie Watts. The loop pedal allows the layering of sounds, vocal percussion, and melodic and harmonic phrases. By controlling these elements, as well as live vocals, he builds songs out of his imagination.
Each song is unique and inspiring with just enough room for your imagination to blossom into whimsical and romantic dream-scapes in your mind.
Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight
"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."
Maxim Banjo Man Cossette
Multi-talented entertainer Maxim Cossette delights you with his fun and engaging glimpses of life. His music will get you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes, and may well swing you out onto the dance floor. As a solo singer-songwriter who has a longstanding love affair with the banjo and slide guitar, his roots and experimental vibrations will transport audience members to magical realms where gentle demons are coaxed out to play among the musical scales. Inspired by more than ten years of touring and performing across North America and Europe, his direct and honest messages include nods to his encounters with the wild side of life, as well as engaging musings on the esoteric. Whether you know him as Maxim, Banjo Man, or Salvador Dali Lama, you’ll find his live performances upbeat and entertaining.
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Maxim is now based in Bragg Creek, Alberta, where he teaches both banjo and guitar. He is also the charismatic leader of the Maxim Cossette Combo, a longstanding “Djangobilly” band bringing rockabilly, gypsy swing, and good ol’ rock and roll sounds, and he represents one half of the no-boundaries electronic-folk duo Adult Children.
Aedan Helmer, The Ottawa Sun
“Maxim Cossette made for an engaging frontman, regaling the audience with tall tales of a misspent youth, spinning those yarns into songs about vampires, longboarding, and adventures at Burning Man with banjo in hand.”
Jessa Runciman, CBC News Ottawa
“Imagine a gypsy-folk band hurtling through space, and you'll get a vague idea of what Adult Children sounds like. At the duo's core are traditional folk melodies and romantic lyrics, but they're juxtaposed with electronic touches that up the quirk factor.”
Kristin Endemann, Ottawa Citizen
“Feeling sleepy and cold and as if the holidays have taken every last ounce of strength that ever existed in your body? Shake it off — as some famous blonde says, get out the winter boots, the dancing shoes that fit in your coat pockets and get ready for some pop fun, starting with an exciting EP release show from the newly formed Adult Children, comprised of John Aaron Cockburn (Little Suns, currently on hiatus) and Maxim Cossette (Sick Sick Sicks).”
Folky Strum Strum more than words.......
The People that make up Folky Strum Strum play their version of Banjo Rockin’ folk music. They hail from the Peace Region in BC, met and came together for the simple passion of playing music. “The group has been described by fans as having a unique and soulful sound, that is backed by exceptional songwriting.”
In 2004, Folky Strum Strum released their first album the 'Iyan Bruvold Songbook Vol. #1'. October 2013 marks when the second album 'Son Stand Still' hit shelves! 'You could say we started in this project in the kitchen and ended up dancing in the livingroom. And, yes, what a great dance it's been...' - Bert Goulet, Producer
Iyan Bruvold, singer/songwriter, banjo & guitar player, started strumming the guitar at an early age almost instantly began song writing, which has recently won him the honourable mention award in the Song Writing Competition at ArtsWells 2010. Recently Folky Strum Strum consists of Brianne Hudson Fiddle/Sax, Amy Gothard on Stand Up Bass, Jason Pratt on Drums and Iyan Bruvold, singer/songwriter, banjo & guitar player.
Smithers Midsummer Music Festival
"We were glad to have you as part of the festival. FSS was a great addition to our 2014 line-up. Smooth tunes and a great stage presence made them an act not to be missed."- Dave McTavish
Music on the Mountain
"There were a number of highlights, with Folky Strum Strum being mentioned by a number of festival goers, as an amazing surprise, lead singer Iyan Bruvold has a voice every bit as unique and plaintive as Eddy Vedder, only he sings while also rocking the banjo."
Sky Parallel is the musical collaboration of Singer-Songwriter Sarah Noni and Violinist Sara Fitzpatrick. Equal parts groove and awe, Sky Parallel's sound pushes the boundaries of both violin and voice, weaving the listener through gorgeous songwriting that moves the body and heart. Pairing unprecedented musicianship with out-of-the-box sonic gestures, one can expect to hear an addictive blend of classic sounding strings, catchy vocal lines, tight harmonies and electronic textures. Spending most of 2016 writing for their debut album, the Sara's are excited to launch their first singles this summer alongside a few select canadian festival appearances.
I live in Grand Forks, British Columbia, right down on the US border. I've been writing songs since 1969 when I got my first guitar at 15. I'm an Army brat, but I call Grand Forks my home town.
When I was young I worked as a section man on the Canadian Pacific Railway, pulled boards on the green chain for Pope And Talbot, loaded boxcars and drove a boom boat for MacMillan Bloedel on Vancouver Island, fought forest fires...but for the most part I've been self-employed all my adult life, doing whatever it takes...
I have three kids and three grandkids so far. I didn’t raise my own kids so I can't brag about how they've all turned out, but they're all beautiful. To date I've written about a thousand songs and I've recorded a number of CDs. As far as my goals for my art: I just want the listener to feel some of what I feel.
The Party On High Street
Since finding each other in Nelson, B.C. eight years ago The Party On High Street has worked tirelessly to bring it's signature feel-good funk jams to the people! We are a lively dance-inducing mix of funk, folk and jazz fuelled rockn' roll, joyfully delivered and presented like a funbomb waiting to make you jive. Our band sings of peculiar youthful enchantments, weird love, and some of the odder aspects of life. Touring and playing live shows has fed our spirits and stroked our souls since the beginning. Every summer we travel further into the Canadian festival scene. Playing the campfires and stages, bars and backyards. This past summer we performed at over 6 music festivals including The North Country Fair, Artswells and Music On The Mountain. At these festivals we've developed a family of friends and fellow musicians, who we've joined on stage and off for plenty of collaborations and all around good time funky music makin'!
The Party's discography includes the albums "Everyday", "Trhippy Phlail", "Fat Raj", "Organized" and their latest acoustic album "At Yer Place". A new album is in the works, promising to be the hardest-funkiest-pyschedelic rock The Party has produced. Set for release in May 2017.
Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo that formed in the later half of 2010 with the release of their, “Mixed Blood Mixtape.” Before the mixtape release, Travis Adrian Hebert and Craig Frank Edes had been writing & recording music since 2004. Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. The two Aboriginal artists have exceptional experience in playing guitar and drums, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.), and Hip Hop production; they incorporate aspects of a Cultural identity with an Artistic identity by experimenting with free toning (Chanting), and a Cultural soundscape influenced by sounds of Nature.
Since the release of “Mix Blood Mixtape”, Mob Bounce has focused heavily on creating social and environmental awareness through the arts. They have done their share of anti-pipeline events and a series of shows at Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival that is organized through W2 Media Arts Society in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mob Bounce spent the summer of 2014 performing at various Music Festivals and events including Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, MB. Combined, they have shared the stage with; A Tribe Called Red, DJ Itchy Ron of Sweatshop Union, Git Hayetsk: “People of the Copper Shield”, We Are The City, The Born Ruffians, Filastine, Cris Derkson, Swollen Members, Leonard Sumner, Tall Paul, and other established artists.
Mob Bounce has hosted a series of Youth Dances and Youth Conferences in the Bulkley Valley and Interior region. Mob Bounce has also recorded music with Youth in both Smithers and Houston, British Columbia where they grew up. Since then they have used their musical talents to connect with youth. Mob Bounce is now offering a workshop titled, “Hip-Hop and a Sacred Space”, and the workshop is designed to provide tools for the youth in exploring their cultural identity and creating their own Sacred Space. Lyric-Writing and Beat-Making will help the youth connect to traditional teachings through storytelling and the hand drum while weaving these practices into contemporary mediums. The vision is to allow the youth to reclaim culture so they can pick it up, own it, move forward with it, so it can evolve and fit where they exist today.
Miss White Spider
Miss White Spider is a traveling one woman light and shadow theater experience designed from her studio based in British Columbia, Canada. She creates a collage of visuals, puppets, pertinent music, voice and global myths using an overhead projector, paper, film projector, time lapse paintings, various instruments, loop pedal, synthesizer and her own world beat/folk electronica, Creating a magical experience with music, visuals, dance and global myths. Her engaging performances are one of a kind, feeding imaginations, hearts and minds with ancient teachings with a modern day flare.
Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay was raised on her ancestral Secwepemc land of the Central Interior of British Columbia. She is a Herbalist, Dream Weaver and Story Teller raised in the heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin.
“Miss White Spider infuses creativity to new a realm. With art, music, and dance she crafts a story, that addresses contemporary global realities. We bear witness to her craft and get transformed by intricate creations. This genre is wide open. It blew me away…”
– Deva Khurana
“I was lucky enough to experience the Hunger Moon show by Miss White Spider. It was an emotionally beautiful journey with amazing shadow creations and intense passionate music. I was absolutely mesmerized and moved by the experience. Best of the festival hands down! Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ !Thank You! Looking forward to seeing what Miss White Spider will do next.”
– Daniel Girard, Victoria B.C.
Parlour Panther is the definition of loud and proud. Fronted by queer power couple, Steph and Lee, this East Vancouver band pushes the boundaries of Indie-Rock. Inspired by the resistance of Queer communities around the world, many of their lyrics come from those struggles and the love and strength required to overcome.
Influenced by blues, indie rock and french pop, Parlour Panther originals are crowd-pleasing and rich with complex musical intricacies. Collectively, they create songs full of electric guitars, synths, phat bass n’ rhythms, and powerful vocals in overlapping harmonies. Audiences can’t resist their infectious dance grooves! Et de temps en temps, elles chantent en Français!
Kitty & The Rooster
Kitty & The Rooster is a rock n' roll duo from Vancouver, BC featuring Jodie Ponto banging on the cocktail kit and East Van guitar legend Noah Walker. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun shows.
Noah has played guitar all over the world, from Turkey to Tokyo and Dawson City to New York City. He is a longtime collaborator with underground legend C.R. Avery and is a busy sideman/secret weapon of countless other bands.
Jodie is a drummer and photographer who creates all Kitty & The Rooster's wild & crazy masked photos. Previously, she spent 4 years touring non-stop with all-girl rock n' rollers Miss Quincy & The Showdown as the band's manager/photographer.
The Racket is an alternative rock trio originating in the small communities of Hazelton and Smithers in northern BC. Since their formation in 2011, they have been writing original music. A few of their influences are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, and Jeff Buckley. From their live performance you can expect stomping folk rock, tight and funky grooves, and heavy n’ steady blues rock. Being raised in the northern BC festival scene and having toured and headlined festivals all over BC in the last two years, they know damn well how to get a crowd on it’s feet, dancing the night away.
The trio also has tons of experience satisfying a smaller crowd in an intimate venue such as a cafe or house show. Currently, the trio is promoting their new self-titled album they released in September, 2016. With a lot of songs revolving around social change, their goal is to set the new age to a heavy downbeat...
Brother Octopus isn’t your typical cephalopod, he sometimes has the ability to take a human form and create musical compositions. Originally from the Pacific Ocean, Brother Octopus has assembled a team in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The team consists of Little Guppy, Golden Boy, Dogfish, New Guy and Brother Octopus himself.
Since forming in 2011, Brother Octopus has been heavily involved within the Edmonton music scene. They’ve performed alongside notable artists such as Hollerado, Zerbin, Tupelo Honey and Rend. The band was featured in the popular publication Alternative Press Magazine, achieved various awards including "Artist To Watch" at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards and even managed to reach #1 on the Canadian college radio charts.
Brother Octopus has been treading ahead with full force and no sign of stopping. They are very serious about their music and are committed to create a sound that appeals to their audience while having fun at the same time.
The Alkemist (Jay Myers) is a one man band based somewhere in the back country of northern BC. Playing a variety of instruments such as guitar, banjo, fiddle, drone flute, kick drum and a bone rattle boot, The Alkemist weaves fist pumping, boot stompin' dance tunes with dark and enchanting soundscapes to create an environment perfect for kickin' up the star dust or blissing out in the mind's eye.
100% organic, straight off the floor, no overdub! Spontaneous & improvised electronic fun!
Luscious Vibacious's brand of Live PA Acid House/Chicago House will jump-start your Mojo, get you bumpin', and make you Dance, Dance, Dance!
Jesaja Class is a young magician and illusionist from BC, Canada.
He developed an early interest in magic and circus art at the age of seven. It all began with a little trick given to him by a friend. Since that day, he’s been fascinated with the world of magic and illusions. He began performing his magic in public, starting with friends and family members as his initial spectators. At age 14, he progressed on to perform at local schools and events. Soon receiving his first inquiries for stage shows, birthday parties, festivals and corporate events.
Always eager to learn a new effect, master a difficult cardistry sequence or create a new illusion. He became determined to become a professional entertainer. Since then, He has touched and inspired thousands of people with his magic, not only on stage, but also online with another passion as an amateur filmmaker, producing magic-themed videos for his YouTube channel.
Today, Jesaja Class astonishes all audiences alike. He performs visually stunning manipulation acts using cards, balls, canes, fire and music. He presents classical stage tricks and combines them with modern day street magic performed on stage with everyday objects. He invites audience members to join him on stage and participate, experiencing the magic in their very own hands. His stunning circus skills in juggling, diabolo tricks and fire spinning leave his audiences delighted.
Jesaja not only believes in entertaining and making his audiences laugh. But also in granting every single person from the audience that one moment of utter impossibility, leaving them speechless and giving them a magical experience to share and remember for the rest of their lives.