Headliner Bios

Victor Wainwright & the Train

Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n' roll honky-tonk, Victor Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art form forward. Composer, producer, vocalist and award-winning entertainer and paino player, Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd please with soul to spare. victorwainwright.com

Ghost Town Blues Band

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band on of the "must see live bands on the festival circuit today. Runners-up at the International Blues Challenge in 2014, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams. ghosttownbluesband.com

Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show

He's been called a blues evangelist and it's a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like its the truth and it is" he was recently quoted. Harpdog and his trio love the traditional early electric blues sound and they perform that style with authenticity. Some call it Chicago blues ounds - Harpdog calls it classic blues. Harpdog Brown is a three-time Maple Blues Award winner, a Juno nominee and the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. harpdogbrown.com


Like a beat up old Dodge burning down the highway with a brand-new set of rums and a candy metallic paint job, Soulstack carves out their modern roots music in nouveay-retro-style, inspired by sweaty sounds and throbbing fhythms, all performed with deep intensity, wid conviction, greasy organ, sweet tremolo-soaked guitar and heartbreaking harmonies. Soulstack has received several Maple Blues Award nominations and performed at numerous festival and packed clubs. soulstackmusic.com

Earle & Coffin

National award-winning duo Nick Earle and Joe Coffin from St John's Newfoundland are two young bluesmen worth getting to know! Their 2016 debut album earned them the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performers of the Year as well as nominations for 2017 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year and 2016 Music NL Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year. Their second earned them the 2017 Music NL Jazz.Blues Artist of the Year Award. Recently, they represented Atlantic Canada at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee advancing to the semi-final round. earleandcoffin.com

Wicked Grin

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin are an Ottawa-based original roots blues band. Gritty vocals and guitar and an 'in your face' groove that doesn't quit! The band received the 2014 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist, bassist Leigh-Anne Stanton the 2015 award for Bassist of the Year. Wicked Grin has been touring steadily since 2015, most recently through England and Germany. wickedgrin.ca