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“A two-time Maple Blues Award winner for best acoustic and act female vocalist, Suzie Vinnick is one of Canada’s music greats!”
A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.
Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: achieving finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; winning 2 X 2012 Maple Blues Awards for Best Acoustic Act and Female Vocalist, being named 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year.
“Melissa Lauren has had the opportunity to work with and open for many amazing musicians including Jeff Healy, and Gordon Lightfoot. She has an original style combining old school sound with modern flare.”
With a strong influence in jazz and blues, Melissa has developed an original style of her own melting together old school sounds with modern flare.
The singer’s love for swing and jazz music began when she started performing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band; she continued singing with them until 2004. She had the opportunity to work with and open for many wonderful musicians; Jeff Healey, Gordon Lightfoot, Renee Lee, Henry Questa, Tommy Ambrose, Peter Appleyard, Buddy DiFranco, Jackie Richardson, and Clark Terry to name a few.
“Rbg is excited to welcome, critically acclaimed and Juno-nominated artist Treasa Levasseur to the Jazz and Blues Music Series! ”
Blending old school R&B grooves with a songwriting ethic that comes from years of playing, Treasa Levasseur’s smart and soulful brand of music has made her a hot name in the folk, roots, blues and jazz scenes.
“RBG graciously welcomes back New Orleans Jazz Style ensemble Red Hot Ramble, one of the highest rated performances by last year’s audience members!”
Red Hot Ramble reflects the New Orleans music that inspires the ensemble, each performer adds their own flavour to the musical gumbo they create together. Roberta Hunt’s sultry, saucy vocals and romping piano stir the pot, Alison Young’s energetic saxophones engulf you in a jazz hurricane, Jamie Stager slides in his animated tailgate trombone while Glenn Anderson lays down the essence of a NOLA parade beat with his infectious drums, and Jack Zorawski’s “mean-streets” bass grooves can’t help but conjure a stroll in the French Quarter.
“Performing alongside the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Serena Ryder and Sloan, and opening for Juno award winner Matthew Good, Bel is a rising talent in Canada’s Jazz Scene!”
Her voice has power and soul. It's a voice all the more remarkable because it belongs to a petite, fresh-faced 25-year old, Toronto's Melissa Bel. Her debut album, Brave, came at the age of 18 after deciding to forgo post-secondary schooling to pursue her lifelong dream of a career as an artist.
“All the way from Memphis, RBG welcomes second place “International Blues Challenge” winner the Ghost Town Blues Band! Raved by Living Blues Magazine, “21st century’s blues at its best.”
Beale Street’s latest success story and 2014 “International Blues Challenge” 2nd Place Winner is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, 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 and their rapping trombone player.
Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and chainsaw rhythms. With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Jeremy Powell on keys and finally Josh Roberts on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to funk-nasty as the band gains more notoriety in the blues and jam circuit.
“RBG welcomes back, two time Juno and seven time Maple Blues Award winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Jack De Keyzer.”
Jack de Keyzer is a 2X Juno and 7X Maple Blues award winning blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and considered one of the premier blues guitarists on the scene today. His latest CD entitled “Electric Love” (2013 Juno Nominee) gives a nod to early guitar inspirations, Clapton, Hendrix and Page, as well as the classic blues masters.
“Participant in the world renowned Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Alex Tait, will play alongside popular Toronto based quartet Heillig Manoeuvre.”
Vocalist, bandleader and composer Alex Tait was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her late father, Juno award-winning trumpet player and composer Rick Tait, sparked her love of music at a very young age.
Heillig Manoeuvre is a Toronto-based quartet formed by Manteca bassist/Musical Director Henry Heillig. The band's repertoire is primarily original material which Heillig describes as "friendly, contemporary jazz". Of his writing style, Heillig says: "Many of my compositions are inspired by people and places, even the odd cartoon character. Like many a jazz standard, they are written as songs, and they become jazz as we perform them."
Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her ethereal voice and strong aesthetic vision have earned her numerous honours, including a JUNO win for her latest release, four JUNO nominations, two SILVER DISC AWARDS in Japan, eight Hamilton Music Awards and a host of nominations for the National Jazz Awards, as well as the Canadian and American Indies. All six of her critically acclaimed self-produced albums have made in it onto numerous TOP 10 jazz lists, including those of Japan's Jazz Critique Magazine, NOW Magazine and The Montreal Mirror. She has appeared on the magazine covers of NOW, VIEW, InRetro etc. She was one of four vocalists selected worldwide to perform in France at Jazz à Juan Revelations where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public.
“RBG is happy to welcome back Hohner World Hamonica Championship gold medalist Carlos Del Junco together with the raved about Blues Mongrels.”
Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it's either retire the category or rephrase the question "Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos". This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada.
To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism -- suddenly it seems he's holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.
“In over 45 years of entertainment, Jay Douglas has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American Blues, West Indian Rhythms, Jazz Standards combined with fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma. ”
A dynamic singer with a captivating stage presence, Jay has performed his wide ranging repertoire of music for audiences around the world, including parts of Europe & Asia. A featured performer at numerous night clubs, resorts, Caribbean and Mediterranean cruise ships, and major hotel chains in Canada and the USA, Jay has also performed at Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall and headlined at the Canadian National Exhibition as well as annual Toronto events such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, Jerk Fest, Yonge and Dundas Square, and a Taste of Lawrence.
“RBG welcomes, NMA “Best Blues Artist/Band” winner, and 2015 Hammer Blues Awards “Guitar Player of the year”, Brant Parker!”
Brant Parker, 2012 and 2013 NMA Award winner "Best Blues Artist/Band", 2013 Maple Blues Award Nominee, and 2015 Hammer Blues Awards "Guitar Player of the Year" has shared the stage with such stars as, Johnny Winter, Jeff Healey, Tony Bennett, Phish, and Jack deKeyzer to name a few.
Through their new critically acclaimed album "River of Broken Dreams" produced by Jack deKeyzer/Blue Star Records, Brant's tremendous guitar prowess, Smokey Soulful vocals and a tight , talented rhythm section make The Brant Parker Blues Band one of Canada's top booked blues bands.
“Pope has been hailed by New Canadian Music as the newest member of the list of talented female jazz singers of Toronto.”
Hailed by New Canadian Music as the newest member on the list of talented young female jazz singers in Toronto, 20-year old Eliza Pope has already broken onto the scene, establishing herself as an up-and-coming talent.
Her debut album “Call Me a Fool” was released in May 2015 and has been hailed as “vital and real music, of the kind that supposedly isn’t made anymore.” Mark Rheaume of CBC Radio claims that, “Pope does an outstanding job putting new life in both standards and more recent fare and - very importantly - adds some new songs of her own to the mix.” Eliza Pope has been hailed as “giving us hope for the future in this era of auto-tuned automatons and their assembly-line made product.”
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