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groupsepiaHigh Bar Gang
April 18 & 19, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $40

“Roots supergroup…A roll call of the band is a who’s who of some of Vancouver’s finest musicians… heavily into gospel bluegrass but can move into other genres at the drop of a hat…” - North Shore News, John Goodman

The line up allows the band to explore this music both instrumentally as well as vocally. Growing up in rural BC, singer Angela Harris sang old country and yodeling songs as a child. Multi instrumentalist Eric Reed and bassist Rob Becker honed their skills in the hundreds of shows and recording sessions they played as first call musicians in all genres. Shari Ulrich’s voice along with her fiddle and mandolin style, were a perfect fit, and Wendy Bird sang some of these songs in bands twenty years ago. Guitarist Colin Nairne has long admired the style and with fellow Legendary Heart Barney Bentall, knew it was only a matter of time before they would be playing it.

The High Bar Gang was formed in the spring of 2010 when band member Colin Nairne wanted to play his favourite bluegrass songs and called on his friends to join in ‐ Angela Harris (vocals), Barney Bentall (vocals/acoustic guitar), Colin Nairne (vocals/acoustic guitar/mandolin), Eric Reed(banjo/mandolin/acoustic guitar/dobro), Rob Becker (vocals/stand‐up bass), Shari Ulrich(vocals/fiddle/mandolin) and Wendy Bird (vocals).

www.highbargang.com | www.truenorthrecords.com/Artists.php?artist_id=430

GoodLoveliesPressHighRes2011The Good Lovelies
April 22, Tuesday

Tickets $26

Sharp, Sassy, Funny - an All Female Canadian Folk Music Trio

The Good Lovelies are not your run-of-the-mill “all girl” band. At a time when too many of us are affected by gloom, doom and recovering from recession these three women are the perfect antidote. Recent winners of the 2010 Juno for Roots Album of the Year and 2009 New Emerging Artist Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards - the Good Lovelies are making waves across Canada.

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 folk-roots and western swing, the Toronto-based trio rely on unerring three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and, onstage, convulsively funny repartee.

Introducing their new cd “Let the Rain Fall”.


billatironwoodBill Bourne
April 25, Friday

Tickets $15

The traditional image of a spiritual seeker does not usually conjure top hat, boots, shades but like any living tradition, it’s open to change. Born into a musical family with deep poetic roots, Bill Bourne is a gifted and creative musician.

An activist for social justice and an 8 time Juno Award nominee and winner, this one man tour de force has been critically acclaimed across the western hemisphere for his recordings and live performances. Long highway miles between moments of communion and magic have given his music and his vision a kind of breadth and depth that is rare.

The road, both paved and metaphysical, runs through all his music. He has seen more of this country and several others than most of us ever will. You can hear it in his music, steeped in Cajun, Celtic, World Beat, Flamenco, funk - and a lot of blues.

There is also a perspective that is not the world-weariness one could reasonably expect, but rather a deep connection with both a river of song and an energy that is distinctly spiritual. It is a generous, sensual kind of spirit, in the way his fingers stroke the strings on that flat-top, the intimate tremor in his voice and the way the music itself dances.


IMG2445Edit2EditEdit2EditEdit2Ruth Moody
May 1, Thursday

Tickets $20

Ruth Moody is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, and former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, received five Juno awards nominations, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the American national radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

THESE WILDER THINGS (her latest creation) is an album that is lyrically rich, thematically and musically cohesive. The songs delve into weighty issues ranging from love lost to love found and occasionally love in transit. So we’re not exactly breaking new ground here. But the musical arrangements and the notable maturity in her lyrics and worldly warmth of her vocal reflect the growth that she continually strives to attain.


AlyshaAlysha Brilla
May 10, Saturday

Tickets $10

2014 Juno nominee Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Tanzanian-Canadian singer, songwriter and producer. She plays guitar, piano and djembe, creating a unique original soul-folk sound which has been featured on stages internationally. In the summer of 2013, Brilla released her first full length record, "In My Head", available on iTunes. The music video for her Swahili-infused song, "Nobody", won the 2013 Ibiza Music Video Festival Fan Choice Award. Brilla's music has been featured on major network television shows such as "King" and "Degrassi; the Next Generation". She has performed for audiences internationally and been featured on CBC, Global TV and Omni network.

"There is something remarkably bonafide and refreshing about Brilla as an artist, storyteller, and composer. A definite breath of fresh air doing Tanzania and Canada proud." Okay Africa Magazine


RickFinesRick Fines
May 17, Saturday

Tickets $ 20

RICK FINES’ classic blues guitar picking only hints at the authenticity that he brings to his music. Have a listen to any of Rick’s recording, and what you hear is the quintessential blues/folk experience – the fundamental man and guitar union, all reasons he has been a Hornby Island Blues Camp mainstay for years. There is just something so bred-in-the-bone intimate that this veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America creates. To say Rick loves what he does might be an understatement. For decades his life has been music. He has earned eight Maple Blues Award nominations and twice won the Acoustic Act of the Year, but we hear that becoming a father has widened his horizons considerably as he now has learned to change diapers almost as quickly as he learned to change chords.

Rick Fines is an accomplished songwriter, acoustic and dobro guitarist and vocalist with a very recognizable voice that turns from gravel to silk. He is arguably one of the best acoustic fingerstyle and slide guitarists on the folk and blues circuits in North America. His classic blues guitar picking and authentic sounding vocals hark back to the blues ancients.

Rick & his music have been a mainstay at the Dream Café for many years. Always a pleasure to have him return.


lionbearfoxThe Lion, Bear & Fox
June 5, Thursday

Tickets $10

Christopher Arruda, Cory Woodward, & Ryan McMahon are the Lion the Bear the Fox.

Their live show can best be described as a harmony-filled evening, in the vein of CSNY & Ray LaMontagne... 3 young men singing honest songs... With over three decades combined experience, the trio has produced their debut EP 'We'd Be Good Men'. 2014 will be the year the lion the bear the fox bring their heartfelt songs and larger than life sound to the rugged Canadian terrain that continues to inspire them

“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write” says the Ladysmith Chronicle, and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000's. Bridging the gap between Vancouver, where the lion and the bear dwell and Ladysmith where the fox resides is only a testament to their collective commitment of creating their brand of passionately honest songs.

www.thelionthebearthefox.com  | thelionthebearthefox.bandcamp.com

MikeFieldTorontoColour1Mike Field
June 7, Saturday

Tickets $24

Toronto-based jazz trumpeter and composer Mike Field is gaining a reputation for his bright, upbeat and energetic music both at home and in places as far off as New Zealand and Europe. Mike writes his music either when he's traveling around the world or when he's ensconced in Toronto’s urban lifestyle, and his melodies are dynamic, exciting and jazz standard-like. In his second solo album, Rush Mode (released in October 2013), he and his quintet bring to life these musical ideas in nine, compact and energetic tracks. Since learning languages and traveling to all the continents has always been a part of Mike’s life, the titles of his songs often reflect movement and cultures – such as Missing in Paris, Streets of Santa Monica or the Latin-flavoured tune, El sótano. He performs his music at jazz festivals, societies and clubs internationally, including New Zealand, Europe, North America and Antarctica.

“A masterful work, Rush Mode is a swingin' hotspot you want to visit again and again!”

~ Howard Druckman, SOCAN Words & Music

www.mikefieldjazz.com | www.facebook.com/mikefieldjazz

RussellDeCarleRussell DeCarle
June 14, Saturday

Tickets $25

As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles. As a songwriter deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.

Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, Under the Big Big Sky plays like the soundtrack to a vintage film. A fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B tinged western swing that pays homage to some of Russell deCarle’s all-time favourite artists while remaining simultaneously fresh and familiar.

Looking at his solo output thus far, however, he describes it as “more of a torchy-bluesy affair”, particularly on his first solo album launched three years ago called Under the Big, Big Sky.


JoshuaSmithBrentTyler1Brent Tyler & Joshua Smith
June 27, Friday

Tickets $10

Brent Tyler... An aggressive, intricate acoustic style combined with a soulful voice and lungs befit of his literal seven-foot stature. Brent Tyler balances the soft subtlety of honest and introspective folk music with catchy and powerful soul-roots hooks and melodies born of his childhood influences and contemporary crushes. Big man. Big sound. Big love.

Joshua Smith... What one could suggest as being a Soul-inspired, captivating experience, Joshua is a singer/songwriter who mingles catchy clever lines and infectious vocals in the company of playful story telling. With a nod to “Motown”, Joshua Smith captures tradition and folk-friendly modernism with his songwriting prowess.

Together?? Imagine Martin Sexton smoking cigarettes and sipping whiskey with Dave Matthews and Ray LaMontagne while they listen to the Beatles 'White' album on vinyl.

www.brentyler.com | www.joshuasmithtunes.com

hiresoscarportraitScott Cook
June 28, Saturday

Tickets $18

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." Its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers". Fellow Canadian songwriter and three-time Juno winner David Francey sums it up: "Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on." …we love this guy…

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