Neil Mason is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Nashville, TN. He first started working in the music industry while still in high school, signing with MCA Records with his pop/rock band LLAMA. LLAMA released a record Close To The Silence (2001) & an EP The World From Here (2002).
Jennie Matthias' boundless energy was first given room for expression with The Belle Stars, as they benchmarked the music business with their all girl group in the cornucopic pop scene of the early '80s. Following the release of three original singles Hiawatha, Slick Trick and Another Latin Love Song they finally scored their first Top 40 UK chart hit with ’Iko Iko’ in 1982, a cover version of the 60’s classic by The Dixie Cups. The Belle Stars version proved to have further longevity by becoming a Top 20 hit in the US in 1988 and a chart success worldwide following it’s appearance in the Oscar winning US movie ’Rain Man’ featuring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The Belle Stars released a further 7 singles after Iko Iko, scoring their biggest hit with their signature tune ‘Sign of The Times’ which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and was a Top 10 hit in Europe.
Hey Ocean is to many the quintessential West Coast band. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham, & David Vertesi) it’s true that their roots, their name, and many of their lyrics hark back to the pacific shores they call home. However, over the last 6 years they have earned a reputation as much more than just ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest.
Truly independent for over half a decade, Hey Ocean is also a representative of the new generation of DIY artists. They have been hands on every step of the way, releasing through their own label, Pop Machine and touring tirelessly from coast to coast. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada’s best young bands.
Yukon Blonde has earned no shortage of acclaim for its hook-heavy brand of pop rock. But despite their love of vintage rock 'n' roll, the members aren't the kind of guys who cling to the past.
The Kelowna, Canada, band formerly known as Alphababy, had served as both the opening act and backup band for Jon-Rae Fletcher and toured extensively in its native country. Group members are Jeff Innes (guitar, vocals), Brandon Scott (guitar, vocals), Graham Jones (drums, vocals), and Adam Newton (bass).
Raffi is a Canadian-Armenian singer-songwriter. He is well-loved by the children of the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s for his popular children's songs.
Some of Raffi's best-known children's songs are Bananaphone, Baby Beluga, Down by the Bay, Shake My Sillies Out, and Schmenge Polka.
Most of Raffi's children's albums include small, simple, folk instrumentations, prominently featuring Raffi's vocal and guitar work. Early works included contributions from Toronto-area folk musicians, including Ken Whiteley and Bruce Cockburn. Raffi also incorporated many world music sounds into his records.
His CDs, books and videos have sold over 15 million copies in Canada and the US. A generation saw him perform Down by the Bay and his signature song, Baby Beluga. “Beluga grads” often tell him that they are now raising their own children with his music.
Sherry St. Germain is a classically trained, accomplished Producer/Singer-Songwriter and Multi Instrumentalist. She writes and produces many successful Major Film and TV sync placements. Known for her ability to craft that perfect catchy hit, Sherry is sought after for her extensive and genre bending catalogue of music. In studio sessions, Sherry’s production, songwriting and vocal skills create unique relationships and musical works with those she collaborates with.
Jeff Dawson is a Vancouver based producer, songwriter, engineer and mixer. He is best known for developing and producing the debut self titled album of Daniel Powter which contained the hit single Bad Day. That single held the number one spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks, broke records with 2.5 million downloads and has CD sales of over three million copies.
Jeff has written singles for Jaydee Bixby, Suzie McNeil and contributed both writing and production to HWY 99‘s rock anthem Let The Sunrise Say Goodbye that can be heard in arenas across North America during sporting events. With a production range that runs the gamut from rock to R&B, Jeff’s style focuses on catchy musical hooks and strong choruses.
Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a baritone voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Peter Murphy is often called the "Godfather of Goth. In his four decades of service in the post-punk culture wars, Murphy has confounded fans, critics, even himself. As the main-man of the acclaimed outfit Bauhaus, he helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. When the band broke up for the first time in 1983, the singer set off on a solo career that found him challenging his audiences in numerous ways.
Joshua is a modern folk musician, an amalgam of influence in the classically romantic tradition of Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. Like the said ballyhooed folksters before him, Joshua is inspired to write largely as a result of the people and relationships surrounding him, while also subjecting his songs to his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts. He integrates these revelations with his agenda of lyrical candidness, creating an expressive and open artform.
With all of Joshua's ability and potential, what really sets him apart is his faultless ability in the live venue. Josh will silence the crowd with his soft, and consistently pitch perfect vocal control while unintentionally making you fall in love with him for being a 'good guy'. Considering the idiosyncratic confluence of ability he boasts, it is fair to say that Joshua spins a web of charm that makes him inimitably great.
Islet are a Cardiff experimental rock band. Their debut 'mini album', Celebrate This Place, was released on June 14th 2010 to positive reviews, and second mini album Wimmy was released 6 months later, through both Turnstile and Shape Records (co-run by Mark from the band). Much was made in the press of the band's success despite a lack of online presence, however Islet now have an official band website (isletislet.com). Since forming, Islet have featured in the NME, toured both solo and with Los Campesinos!, played Swn Festival 09 & 10, Eurosonic Festival, were part of Huw Stephens' 'Happy Huw Year' Tour, in their early gigs as a 3 peice Islet supported Teeth Mountain and Lovvers. Islet comprises of members (or past members) of The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Attack + Defend, Fredrick Stanley Star, and Them Squirrels - Mark, Emma, John, and Alex. They share instrument duties.