Ghost Town Blues Band
Always a fan favourite, GTBB has played our festival three times previously as well as a number of club shows at The Bruce. These boys from Memphis always give us a dynamic performance that brings the house to its feet! Matt Isbell and his Memphis buddies are the best ambassadors of southern blues-rock since the Allman Brothers. With a legion of fans across the US and now here in Canada they constantly tour with their incredible live show.
Dawn Tyler Watson
Multiple award-winning, Montreal based Singer/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned an international reputation for her fiery stage presence and soul-stirring performances. Her recent Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year follows two recent Maple Blues Awards, nomination for a Blues Music Award for Vocalist of the Year and her first-place finish at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Backed by a 7-piece band led by award-winning guitarist Ben Racine, you are in for an electrifying performance!
This young lady plays a hot sax! But Vanessa Collier is not only known for her talent as a horn player though…she has a fierce, compelling, soulful voice that audiences across the continent attracting a legion of fans. Nominated for 2 BMS’s, Collier has played major festivals and has been the featured artist on the Legendary Blues Cruise. We’re proud to be introducing her to Bruce County blues fans!
Raised on Manitoulin Island but now living in Nashville, Crystal started out singing country, but her roots were in the blues. She’s presently touring across the country in support of her most recent release, Church House Blues, her sixth album and 2021 Juno Award Winner of Best Blues Album. This is Crystal’s third appearance at our festival. Proudly presented with the support of Canadian Union of Skilled Workers.
A fan favourite at our 2021 festival, Angelique and her siblings provide an exciting performance with an eclectic mix of various musical genres including blues, soul, folk, jazz, gospel, and rock. Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted musician. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer songwriter and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities, and powerful textured vocals.
Cheryl Lescom & the Tucson Choir Boys
This will be Cheryl’s 5th performance on our mainstage as our audience always wants more from this gifted, talented, Queen of Canadian blues. Hailing from Kitchener ON, Cheryl has performed at major festivals and clubs across the country for several years. Backed on this trip by the talented Tucson Choir Boys, Cheryl will bring a mix of rockabilly, roots, and blues to our stage this weekend! But whatever genre she pulls from, her performance always brings the audience to their feet!
Toronto-based, 2021 Independent Blues Award nominees and 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominees for Best New Artist, Bywater Call saw the release of their debut album on Nov 22, 2019, in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia. Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017. Right from the start this 7-piece band has attracted a lot of attention and fans. Fresh from their second European tour in the spring, Bywater Call has also performed mainstages at festivals such as Tremblant International Blues, Donnacona Blues, TD Toronto Jazz, Toronto Beaches Jazz and the Orangeville Jazz and Blues Festival. This is their first performance on our mainstage though we expect you’ll be asking for them to return, soon!
Ben Racine Band
Often performing as the backing band for Dawn Tyler Watson, the Ben Racine Band deserve their own spot on our mainstage. Over the last few years, the Ben Racine Band has been one of Montreal’s most critically acclaimed blues acts. Ben, known for his exceptional vocal talent brings his soulful performances everywhere he goes. The sound of the band originates from an incredibly tight rhythm section, screaming horns and a razor-sharp telecaster guitar. (You’ll love his talented horn section)! A signature groove that has had them backing-up several major blues artists like Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Andria Simone, Shakura S’Aida, Curtis Salgado, Thornetta Davis and of course, Dawn Tyler Watson.
Joshua Arden Miller & Pappy Johns Band
Six Nations, Ontario
Joshua Arden Miller is a long-time member of the JUNO nominated Pappy Johns Band. He's performed his brand of rockin' blues soul everywhere from the gritty honkytonks of the American south to large major music festivals everywhere. Always a treat to hear this dynamic and soulful performer on any stage, with any band and regarded by his peers as 'The Real Deal' and 'the Last of the Old School'...the late great Jimmy Rogers called him "The Soul King"... Josh provides an electrifying mix of Blues, Rock & Soul that solidifies his reputation as a Bad-ass Blues Man.
Touring this summer in support of his newest album, young guitar slinger Spencer Mackenzie returns for his second appearance at our festival. He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience and has won him well deserved recognition already. He was a Maple Blues Award winner as Best New Artist, represented the Toronto Blues Society at the IBC in Memphis, was the Finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition and was nominated in three separate categories for the Independent Blues Awards. Nothing is slowing this talented artist down and you’re sure to be on your feet when he takes our mainstage!
Bruce County, Ontario
Our hometown favourites, Shakey Trill is the pride of the Bruce County blues community. Mike MacDonald and Tyler Pantlin have been playing the local club scene for years in various band configurations but their collaboration as this down home, rootsy duo has really taken off. The boys were Finalists at the 2019 IBC in Memphis where their raw blues of the deep south overwhelmed the international audience and won over a whole new legion of fans. They have a new album out available in our merch tent this weekend so be sure to grab a copy!