NESA

Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and story-teller, Ed Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar work to foot stomping fiddle and haunting Native flute – all sprinkled with his Cree humour and philosophy. He takes people on a wildly varied musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz.

Singer/songwriter Scotty Hills was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His country blues sound mixed with sophisticated soul, accurately reflects his early days shared between the city and the farm. Wearing influences such as Marvin Gaye, Taj Mahal, and Gerry Rafferty on his sleeve, Scotty stitches a colourful patchwork blanket of earthy melodies, infectious rhythms and beautifully complex arrangements, to deliver raw and introspective lyrics. He is currently residing in Shawnigan Lake.

Kurt Loewen is a songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist currently living between somewhere in BC and somewhere in AB. He previously spent much of his career in music writing, performing and traveling with The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. His second solo album, Becker Lake, is a creative reawakening touching on the open heartedness and strength found in new love and possibility.

Cara McCandless is a singer-songwriter and guitar player who doesn’t like to linger too long in one genre, but her live show is a blend of blues, folk, rock, and country. Cara started out with an ear for music. When she got her first guitar it was a life changing moment that became a passion and a journey of self discovery and reflection through songwriting. From that moment, Cara has written over 160 songs. She has a unique voice and writes songs with truthful lyrics, masterful technique and precision craftsmanship. She is based out of the Cowichan Valley.

Ben Sures is a talented and distinctive songwriter. Not one shaped by commercial radio, but by stories he’s collected travelling across North America, The UK, Europe, and Beirut. These are the stories that his audience automatically warm to, and ask him about during intermission. Throw in 20 years of festivals, concerts, living rooms, bars, neighbourhood parties, afternoon matinees, parties, outdoor shows, and travel and you’ve got a potent sonic recipe.

The High Quadra Ramblers are Mack Shields on fiddle and vocals and Kaitlin Chamberlin on banjo, vocals and stepdancing: a powerhouse duo keeping the magic of traditional music alive. They’re doing ambitious things with Appalachian old-time, translating traditional Celtic into clawhammer banjo rhythms and taking inspiration from Middle Eastern, French-Canadian, and classical to create original music. Their compositions range from high energy instrumentals to beautiful lyrical folk songs. Hailing from the East and the West, the influence of both coasts can be heard in the driving rhythm and intricate melodies of their music.