The Salt Spring Music & Garlic Festival Line-up 2016!



The Odds

Odds are a Canadian alternative rock band. The band’s power pop style has been frequently compared to that of contemporaries such as Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, The Clash, XTC, The Tubes, and other bands they have influenced, such as Sloan, Weezer, and Franz Ferdinand.

Valdy and The Hometown Band

This is the 40th reunion of the classic Canadian band with award winning band members of the highest calibre. Valdy is joined by Shari Ulrich and Claire Lawrence for this epic performance!

Jesse Roper

With an explosive live show, the genuine quality and charisma of his versatile blues rooted soul, rock and country funk is as approachable as his charm. Quickly gaining momentum, the wheels on Jesse’s faithful van keep turning, chronicling a  year of extensive touring and success of becoming a major festival draw. His youthful energy captivates audiences while his knock out live performance blows them away.

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Shred Kelly

Since the inception of Shred Kelly, the Fernie BC based band has been re-defining what folk-rock music. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach.  Pushing the boundaries of the genre, they have incorporated a wide range of influences to create a sound that is uniquely called ‘Stoke Folk.’ The band is best known for their dynamic, high-energy and engaging live show that leaves no dance floor vacant.

Petunia and the Vipers

Petunia & The Vipers thrive on the challenge of adding Latin rhythms to a country blues tune, or gypsy flavouring to a rockabilly standard. Petunia’s tapping boot propels the band into a snarling fire and brimstone rave-up as a wave of frantic jitterbuggers compete for space on the hardwood dance floor.

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Jon and Roy

Chorus-driven anti-folk, the duo of Jon and Roy continue to roll. With four critically-acclaimed roots albums, the group is proud to share their fifth addition By My Side. Featuring warm and genuine song writing, Jon and Roy combine Bob Dylan-like authenticity with Lumineer-esq heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock.

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Carmanah embraces the energy of Canada’s beautiful west coast and chose its name to honour the ancient rainforest on Vancouver Island, the Carmanah Valley.  Known for connecting with audiences of all ages and musical preferences, the band delivers an eclectic sound that incorporates elements of folk, funk, rock and reggae.  Four-part harmonies, supported by a grooving rhythm section, fiddle playing, guitars and a lap-slide, all give Carmanah its unique and captivating sound.

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The Georgia Basin Beat Collective, featuring members of The Bills and Brooke Maxwell

“Five of Victoria’s most powerful musicians come together to share a danceable, hook-filled performance of original and classic roots/pop/jazz soul music, guaranteed to make everyone boogie and smile”

The band is:

Richard Moody – vocals/violin/mandolin
Chris Frye – vocals/guitar
Brooke Maxwell – vocals/piano/saxophone
Nick Mintenko – upright bass
Matt Pease –

Barefoot Thieves

The Barefoot Thieves are a folk/rock band from our very own Salt Spring Island. Made up of Jade Snow Rosen on the drums, Josh Cook on bass and Jasper Snow Rosen and Owen Mathieson both on guitar and vocals.

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The Maureen Washington Quartet

She slips easily from sassy to sexy within a single line of lyrics, at times echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, then faster than the mind and ear can make the transition, Maureen Washington exudes the impish irreverence of Jann Arden and the vocal agility of Holly Cole. And yet, with all splendor attached to such comparisons, Maureen’s musical style remains distinctly her own.

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Daniel Lapp & Friends

Daniel Lapp is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and teacher. And like the true-blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth.  A legendary force in Canada’s fiddle scene, in addition to his outstanding performing, Daniel has been musical mentor to hundreds of students—many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the music industry.

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Graham Wardrop

Graham has been acclaimed as New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist. After thirty years in the professional arena, he is regularly called upon to give concert performances, to play on television and studio recording sessions, to hold workshops in advanced fingerstyle techniques for steel string guitar, along with providing atmospheric music in sophisticated dining situations.

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El Jose’s Cuban Party

The band members are high profile musicians that have played in many well know bands.  Jose Sanchez, a Salt Spring Local, has played with Adalberto Alvarez, Amaury Perez, Puentes Brothers, Amanda Marshall, Alex Cuba besides the many local projects that he coordinates here on the island. With a band full of amazing musical talent, this is sure to have you moving.

The Fates featuring Jenny Allen, Lin Elder and Lori Reid

On the heels of her acclaimed sophomore release ‘If I Fall’, Allen joined forces with Calgary-based songwriters Lin Elder and Lori Reid. Their trio ‘The Fates’ became one of Alberta¹s most beloved concert acts, touring
extensively throughout Western Canada, swinging effortlessly between a rich variety of styles such as roots, blues, pop and rock.

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Billie Woods & Friends

Salt Springs own, Billie Woods is more than just your typical classical guitar musician. The way she plays and the feeling she brings to her music gives it a life of its own. She brings a fresh bold sound that her fans find intoxicating and light. Her rich velvet Voice and Guitar picking patterns make her unique style.

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Yael Wand

True to her divergent roots and wandering, Yael Wand crafts modern folks songs with fluid borders. She was raised in the city but now lives here on Salt Spring Island, so it’s no wonder she’s just as likely to sing about the birds and flowers as she is about the rough contours of the human soul. With a reputation for making a hearty meal from any cupboard, Yael borrows elements from jazz, roots and world and serves up a scrumptious musical feast.

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Tzinquaw Dancers

The Tzinquaw Dancers are a traditional Coast Salish dance group, founded in 1969, which has toured in North and South America, Asia and Europe. The word “Tzinquaw” means thunderbird in the Hul’qumi’num language (a Coast Salish dialect) and represents the highest spiritual power and the carrying out of law and protocol.” The festival also opens this year with an esteemed Elder’s Blessing on Saturday morning Main Stage.

Cari Burdett

Cari Burdett’s rich alto voice stirs the heart as she takes the audience around the world through song. She delivers a vibrant, genre-defying, fusion of jazz, folk, opera and world music; seamlessly blending multiple European languages with timeless, theatrical -air. Burdett’s style, ‘Dramatic Gypsy Cabaret’ is the culmination of years of study and performance.

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