March 5th Krystal Dos Santos
You can hear her voice across all oceans and terrain….[Krystle] takes the new, mixes it with the old, and creates something undefined. We hope Canada will share her with us.” (Hot Indie Music Review)
Dos Santos uses a sultry tone and eccentric array of melodies to create an intimately magnetic connection with her audience. She is able to further engage her audience by shifting seamlessly through genres, embodying her musical influences-Nina Simone, Etta James, Alicia Keys-culminating into a powerful live experience that fuses jazz, soul,pop, funk and blues into an arena of styles and sounds that takes listeners from mid-20th century Harlem, right up to present day L.A.
Mar. 12th Melanie Dekker
A voice like chocolate. Musical diversity. Sunshine. Love & soulfulness. Combine all this with an entertainer, whose blithe spirit has created fantastic songs.
Singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker from Vancouver, Canada, is will move you with her lyrics and world class percussive guitar style.
Her performance will take you on a ride and will surely fire up your heart. For added colour and style her band is joining her at 'TUC’ Sunday, March 12th
(Elliot Polsky - percussion, Allan Rodger - bass, Eric Reed - guitar)
Mar. 19th Kris And The Blues Machine ... Ft. Nathan Barrett on trumpet
Kris of "Kris And The Blues Machines" mixes potent deep gritty blues Inspired original songs with New Orleans big beat sounds, and a bit of vintage rocksteady.
He'll be squeezing the soul from his oldest dirtiest little acoustic parlor guitar and singing his heart out about mysterious roadside shacks, catfish dancing, beautiful women, alligator skin shoes, and more beautiful women.
Come see Kris, the front man of the festival touring band Blackberry Wood, and his main man Nathan Barrett on trumpet, weave voodoo blues spells on everyone with this new musical adventure "Kris And The Blues Machines"
Mar. 26th Matt Hoyles
“Matt Hoyles was one of my major highlights at CMW 2016. I still can’t believe that voice/ guitar combo.
I want him over in the UK and that’s one of my goals now that I’m back in London.
The first tracks I downloaded when back in the office were Matt’s Nimbus sessions.”
Simon Gurney, BBC Worldwide - May, 2016
Simon Gurney - Licensing & Synchronization Manager at BBC Worldwide
Apr. 2nd Steven Beddall
"Singer and songwriter Steven Beddall leadsVancouver outfit Wooden Horsemen on a charge of electrified folk and blues, laden with introspective and thought provoking imagery and a sense of timeless nostalgic warmth.
Garnering critical praise with their debut album in 2014, the band has expanded its repertoire considerably since embarking on multiple cross country tours.
Commanding a mix of gritty, blues-driven vocals combined with soulful, driving rhythms, the band has gained a loyal following in Canada’s west coast music scene and has quickly become a grass roots festival favorite.
Wooden Horsemen draw their sound from their love of blues and traditional music, while additionally incorporating the modern rawness of heroes like Neil Young"
- Vancouver Weekly
“Music of a timeless and ageless muse, mellow as a morphine drip and raw as a November squall.”
- Jason Motz|Vivoscene
“The live Wooden Horsemen show has been picking up steam ever since the organizers of the Tiny Lights Festival took a chance on the band in 2013, which led to a big run of festival gigs.
Those opportunities encouraged Beddall to ramp up the live energy into a spectacle, fine-tuning the dramatic details of the stage production and making the setlist flow like a fine Costa Rican blend.”
- Alan Ranta|Georgia Straight
"Wooden Horsemen seamlessly muddies Americana rock with Latin and Afro influences. Combine this with elements of psych and folk and you have a meltingpot of styles that has to be heard to be believed."
- Lily Keenan|Beatroute
APRIL 9th Tobacco Brown
PASSIONATE - CREATIVE - BOLD & BEAUTIFUL!
Tobacco Brown’s style has been described as 'Jack Johnson on anti-depressants' but if you ask him, he'll tell you he’s more like a 'Drunk Ben Harper. In actual fact he's more himself mixed with everybody and no body.
Using his trusty loop pedal and Fender Strat; Tobacco Brown mixes Jazz, Surf, Blues and Folk to create a bold, expansive sound that is undeniable and uniquely his own!!!
Tobacco Brown's dynamic live performances generally stops people in their tracks and puts them into a comfort zone that they’ve never before experienced.! He currently has four albums written (one recorded )
April 16th John Korsrud
Latin-Jazz Quartet & Salute to Korsrud's
20-Piece Salsa/Latin-Jazz Orchestra, Orquesta Goma Dura
Honoured with the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Music for 2012, and the 2015 Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, John Korsrud is a composer, producer and trumpet player based in Vancouver. He is the leader and principle composer of the 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, a highly active jazz/ new music ensemble that has toured Europe and Canada, released three CDs, and is the recipient of Canada’s largest arts prize, The Alcan Arts Award.
Apr. 23rd Tom Heuckendorff
“Tom Heuckendorff is considered one of Vancouver’s Renaissance men for the sheer breadth of his musical skills and neoclassical artwork. He journeys around town doing session work, navigating a myriad of genres from rock and jazz to reggae, while skilfully playing keyboards and singing all the while…
His band Soatoa's debut full-length album Latent, is a surefire cocktail of tunes more a Jesus Juice concoction than a straightforward martini. Ten lush tracks slide from greasy rock riffs to bright Bob-Marley-influenced rhythms.”
Latent shows off Heuckendorff's talent as a singer, songwriter of melodic and well-crafted self-produced pop-rock songs many sprinkled with reggae feels and possessing a laid-back West Coast vibe.
And within that circle of sights and sounds he simply paints!!
Tom’s diverse abilities place him amongst the hierarchy of Vancouver’s youthful creative forces!!
APRIL 30th Flock & Hopson
Flock & Hopson is a collaboration between Vancouver-based musicians Jim Hopson (trombone, low brass) and Alexander Flock (guitar). Alex and Jim are both extremely busy and versatile freelance players with diverse interests and influences. Flock & Hopson's music is easy-listening jazz - mellow grooves overlaid with funky guitar solos and gorgeous melodies.
May 7th Laura Crema Trio
LAURA CREMA "DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE"
SPRING IS HERE by James Hale
The breakthrough success of Norah Jones and Diana Krall continues to spawn photogenic female vocalists and the best of them can usually be spotted by the company they keep. Standout instrumentalists like trumpeter Brad Turner or drummer Matt Wilson can help push a singer into a category apart.
Vancouver's Laura Crema has an ageless quality to her dry dark voice - as if it's an instrument that has never been tuned to rock or contemporary pop. Fittingly aside from one original-co-written with pianist George McFetridge -the most recent of the dozen compositions on "Spring is Here" is Paul McCartney's 40-year-old "Blackbird." The Beatles standard is also one of the only tunes here to break the languid mood set by Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing."
Producer Turner keeps the accompaniment simple allowing Crema's voice to stand out starkly against Bill Coon's guitar on Bruno Martino's "Estate," or contrasting its monochromatic nature against his own leaping and cascading trumpet on Cole Porter's "So In Love." When Crema does extend her voice-most notably on the title piece-she displays a well-defined narrow vibrato but doesn't lose the husky sensuality which is her most defining quality. - James Hale
May 14th The Burying Ground
The Burying Ground is an upbeat blues string band that brings the fire of punk to the technical prowess and distinct sounds of such early blues country and jazz masters as: Blind Blake; Bessie Smith; Gary Davis; Memphis Minnie; Big Bill Broonzy; Jimmie Rodgers and many others.
If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and your first thought was a song you’ll understand something of the devotional quality that drives their music. Woody’s complex blues guitar and rags are punctuated and raised high by Devora’s tightly syncopated washboard with playful rolls and staccato jumps and stops.
They have a lively and gritty sound with tight harmony and a driving rhythm section reminiscent of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the 1920s and '30s. The band moves effortlessly between toe-tapping dance music the yearning of country blues and the embellishments and energy of ragtime and jazz. The Burying Ground breathes new life into old tunes and crafts originals in keeping with old-time style but infused with the vitality and social commentary of contemporary concerns songs rich with the honest stories of real people’s lives.