Workshops and Short Courses not your thing?
On Friday September 30th get your groove on for an evening of dance! Featuring local musicians and local beer and wine. (All proceeds go to support Willowbank.)
Friday Evening Dance 8-11pm The Hammer Bros - $10 at the door
On Saturday October 1st we will feature a day of local folk and Indie acts on the Estate House Grounds and at the Artisan market. Join in the festivities with a pint or two of a local brew and sit and listen to some local acts! A beer garden with local beers on tap will be on site with delicious goodies available from local food trucks.
Saturday Main Stage (Willowbank estate grounds)- free admission
The Handsome Devils - 12-1
Perpetual Peace Project - 1-2
Berger, Blake and Goold - 2-3
Serena Pryne & Nick Riot - 3-4
Thunderclap! - 4-5
Too Much of Jon - 5-6
Limestone Chorus - 6-7
Road Waves - 7-8
Saturday Acoustic Stage (at the artisan market- free admission)
Rod Standish 12-1
Cake Walk 1-2
Carl David Onofrio 2-3
Zack Tiessen 3-4
Berger Blake Goold is a trio of Niagara songsmiths comprised of Aaron Berger, Matthew James Blake and Nathanial Goold who weave together rhythms and harmonies to create a deep and soulful resonance with their music.
From pop favourites to deep-cuts, jazz standards to club-bangers, CakeWalk is the duo to take you there and back. Your first kiss, an impromptu kitchen party, or that time you got locked out of your apartment with only your socks on - they will bring back the soundtrack to all your favourite memories. A wedding, a coffee shop, a bar, a backyard - this band sits pretty in any city, but loves to call Niagara home.
Limestone Chorus is a indie folk/soul group sharing soil between St. Catharines & Toronto. Limestone Chorus writes songs with roots in folk, soul and an emphasis on socially relevant words and catchy pop hooks. On top, weaving all of their songs with intricate three part harmonies the group started performing throughout Niagara as an acoustic trio in 2013.
Growing into a full band; Jordan Nicolaides on Guitar, Wilson Hadfield on Guitar, Ben Goerzen on Cello and adding Eric Rudling on the Drumkit, Limestone Chorus took their act on the road across Ontario opening up for many well known acts including; Wilderness of Manitoba, Grey Lands and The Dinner Belles.
Through the band members’ unique musical influences, they have created a distinctive, dynamic sound with big hooks. On September 30 2014, Limestone Chorus released their first EP ‘Outside Voices’ under their old name Shore Thing. Recorded at Wow Recording Studio in St. Catharines, the group worked hard to capture the excitement of a live performance as well as using the studio space to push the songs to new places, further cementing their unique sound. The EP has had a strong reception from fans and has helped the group expand into new areas.
Limestone Chorus toured across the Maritime Provinces and the East Coast in May. With the goal of playing as many shows as possible over 2015 to build a solid fanbase they have begun to have their name repeated by venue’s, promoter’s and more. In conjunction with this Limestone Chorus has finished recording their debut album with producer Ian Romano (Attack in Black, Daniel Romano, City & Colour) at Catharine North Studios in Hamilton (Feist, Dallas Green, Arkells). They are working towards an early 2016 release.
The Hammer Bros. are a good-time party band that have been rocking the Niagara Region for over a decade. Their unique blend of upbeat hits and soulful classics are sure to put you in the dancing mood.The band has recently released their first full-length album and have been touring it to sold out audiences across Ontario. If your looking for a band to help you drink in the joy of the festival, there is no better pairing than the Hammer Bros.
Rev. Jon Goold was struck down by blinding light one night after an evening of drunkenness and debauchery. He then heard a benevolent voice tell him that he was to start the greatest old-timey country western band that no one has ever heard of, and that he should recruit his foolish wife and brothers to join him in this fruitless endeavor. Thus the Handsome Devils were born.
C.D. Onofrio is a folk singer/songwriter and poet from the Niagara Region . Come and join the magical journey of soulful lyrics and beautiful music. #CDO
The Perpetual Peace Project consists of a core of musicians/artists - Peace Projectors aiming to spread joy, peace and light globally through shared experiences and performances. The group has toured nationally with Xavier Rudd in 2012 and has represented at many festivals throughout Ontario. he happenings of the P.P.P. are always unique, consisting of moments of radical inclusiveness and spontaneous jams, as well as songs, stories, chants and dance. The organic nature of the group development has led to a fusion of elements of folk, roots, global, jam, funk, and tribal. The ensemble blurs the boundaries of performance and invites the audience to join the jam, with instruments, dance or by listening. An album of the songs was created in the same spirit. Heart to Heart was recorded in two live sessions with over 20 performers involved. The album contains snapshots of the spirit of the group. The songs are given freely at thepeaceprojectors.bandcamp.com.
Pryne and Lesyk are the creative nucleus of The Mandevilles and have been musical partners for nearly 15 years, although both bring significantly different musical influences to the table. Their musical influences are steeped in the roots of rock and roll; Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin and also newer songwriters like Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell. Serena and Nick are an incredible powerhouse acoustic rock duo with magnetic stage presence.
Lifelong musician. broke the world record for longest guitar marathon. Walked across Canada.Played for 100 hours. Prolific writer, eccentric performer. Friendly guy. Musical influences include Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Willie Nelson, Megadeth, Weird Al, Elvis, The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, ELP, Yes, Genesis, Bela Fleck and the Fleck-tones, Primus and Early Metallica. Rod has released 3 albums The Walk, and the 2 part musical; Illegally Blind and Illegally blind part II. He currently lives in St.Catharines and can be found playing locally.
THUNDERCLAP! is originally from the Niagara region but has expanded into an international performing artist playing live hundreds of times all over North America and Europe. A one man band, He possesses the bravery needed to take a stage alone and believes this heightens the vulnerability of the performer 'thus' creating a more emotional rapport with the audience. His potent style of performing began on the streets but now has expanded past that to what’s next on a National and International stage.
THUNDERCLAP! prides himself with a 'diverse' subject matter in which his lyrical content explores. His background of 'method acting' and the subsequent understanding of human psychology, flavoured his already unique approach to songwriting an live performance. What THUNDERCLAP! offers in original content; although challenging and trailblazing, is just as equally- hooky and memorable.