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Brea Lawrenson

Starting off 2015 as a CMAO Nominee for Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star, and the release of her third album '#Brealieve' Brea performed two showcases in Halifax during the 2015 CCMA week. Fast forward to 2016 CMAO Top 10 Contender : Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Producer of the Year with Steve Foley!  

Growing up in a small eastern Ontario town, Brea realized at an early age, her love for music. She engaged in vocal training at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Winning first and second place awards at the Montreal Music Festival in Classical and Broadway at the age of 15. When not performing, Brea lends her knowledge and experiences to teaching vocals and guitar lessons.


Angelique Francis

Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician from Ottawa with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer and composer has played some of the biggest venues across Canada and the USA. Angelique first took to the stage at age 7 and made her American national television debut at age 13 on the Oprah Network, for writing and composing an original theme song for the Gayle King show. She has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and has wowed audiences across the globe with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, folk, Jazz and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.

Over the past few years Angelique has risen through the ranks of the Blues/ Soul and roots music scene at warp speed. After a cross Canada search she was selected top 6 emerging Blues artist for the Toronto Blues Society showcase, and was later chosen to represent the blues society at the International Blues Challenge In Memphis Tennessee. Angelique was also nominated for a Stingray Rising Star Award by Ottawa CityFolk Music Festival (Marvest) and was one of the winners of the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Artist initiative. 


Burton Cummings

Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that Burton Cummings has enjoyed in a dazzling career spanning more than forty years. Whether as lead singer and songwriter with the Guess Who,  or on his own, Burton Cummings has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history.His voice has been rated among the finest in rock music. 

As a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Walk of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Prairie Music Hall of Fame, six-time Juno Award winner, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor-General’s Performance Arts Award, 22 SOCAN Awards and several BMI (Broadcast Music Industry) awards for over 1 million airplays of his songs, Burton Cummings is one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history. With the Guess Who he earned the first US platinum album by a Canadian artist, and on his own the first quadruple platinum Canadian-produced album. Altogether Burton has earned some 80 platinum and gold record awards. Recently, the best-selling book The 100 Top Canadian Singles ranked American Woman the greatest Canadian single of all time. He also enjoys a world-wide stature shared by only a select few Canadian artists.
The consummate artist, performer and professional, Burton possesses an extraordinary gift for entertaining.  As a concert draw, he is second to none delighting audiences from 10 to 10,000. His most recent album, 2008’s critically-acclaimed Above The Ground, was his first ever to feature all original songs by Burton. Fans and critics alike glowed with superlatives citing the album as his best work in decades.  Canadian rock music royalty, Burton Cummings remains at the top of his game as an unrivaled singer, songwriter and recording


Kimberly Sunstrum

Ottawa-based Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum’s sound is a reflection of her culturally diverse family background and musical upbringing.

She grew up listening to old-time country music, South African pop hits, American folk and classic R&B. Blending powerful vocal ability, heart-felt lyricism and skillful instrumental compositions, Sunstrum’s performances are energetic and accessible while still conveying an intimate and soulful connection to the listener.


Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In September of 2016, Yoakam released his first ever bluegrass album Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Produced by nine-time GRAMMY winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”), and Yoakam himself, and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, this album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. In 2015, Yoakam released his latest album Second Hand Heart on Warner/Reprise records, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed album 3 Pears. In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.


Rory Block

Today, after more than twenty highly acclaimed releases and five Blues Music Awards, Block is at the absolute height of her creative powers, bringing a world full of life lessons to bear on what she calls “a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar.”

Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”



Fronted by vocalist Jon Knight, Soulstack is a band that can be rather hard to define. They describe what they do as everything from “Detroit-influenced, fuzz-tinged, rootsy rock and roll to Alabama soul.” To cover this range of musical styles, they combine southern harmony with tremolo-denched guitar tones aided by a Hammond organ sound and driven by a New Orleans style rhythm section. This Kitchener, Ontario based five-piece group consists of Jon Knight, guitar/vocals; Chris Latta, guitar; Mark Wessenger, vocals/piano/ organ; Darryl Peterson, bass and Tom Bona, drums. Soulstack have produced three studio albums, Big Red (2012), Five Finger Discount (2013) and Soulstack (2015), as well as their Live & Acoustic DVD/Blue Ray release also in 2015. Soulstack has been nominated for a total of 8 Maple Blues Awards, winning 3 of these as Drummer of the Year.[Nominated as Electric Act, Vocalist 2x, Keyboard Player, and Drummer 4x]. Recently the band has been performing with a special guest musician, Michael Francis, a 5x Grammy Award Winning Sax Player from 'Asleep at the Wheel' fame.

This multi Maple Blues Award nominee band will be on the Kemptville Live Music Festival stage on Thursday, July 20 to provide festival goers with their special blend of blues and swamp roots music.



In a world where “same” seems to be common, there is "Ottawa's own" MonkeyJunk. This power trio is totally different. Different sound, different take on blues and roots music. They combine quality song-writing with strong vocals and high caliber musicianship to produce something quite unique. MonkeyJunk was formed in 2008 and has been one of the busiest, hard-working bands around. Whether its coast-to-coast Canada, the USA or Europe, these guys seem to be on the go all the time. The band is made up of Steve Marriner, vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica and organ; Tony ‘D’ lead guitar and Matt Sobb drums and percussion. As Stony Plains recording artists, they have five studio albums to their credit; the latest, Time to Roll was released just last November. In addition to their 2012 Juno Award for Best Blues Album of the year, MonkeyJunk have also collected an amazing total of 10 Maple Blues Awards including winning Electric Act of the Year, five times. Come out Thursday, July 20 and be prepared to be impressed!

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