Artfest Toronto Music 2018
Live music at Artfest Toronto is a lovely experience. Listen to tunes while you stroll around the show. 12pm-6pm Daily. Artfest presents performances by wonderful musicians to enhance the great atmosphere for visitors. We keep the music low-key so it doesn’t overpower the art scene, but engaging to make your time with us very enjoyable.
A Juno award winning musician, multi-talented singer, songwriter Ferugus Hamleton will be joined by founding member of the legendary Moby Grape Band.
Providing musical entertainment August 31st at Artfest in the Distillery District all.afternoon. An art event not to be missed!
Mike Jones and Andrew Hild hail from Toronto Island where there is a rich history of great musicians, artists and actors throughout the community. A talented duo who have a wide range of tunes to share including their original compositions. We are very excited to get this duo OFF the island to perform at Artfest Toronto at the Distillery!
The name of our group is called “Farrucas Duo”. We are a husband-and-wife duo that experiments with the diversity of Latin sounds and instruments through our music; painting an exotic musical portrait for you to enjoy all year long.
Farrucas Duo’s artistic taste is a “fusion” between two musical traditions; Mediterranean and Ecuadorian, blending together other several genres including Arab, Cumbia, Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, and Rock influences.
Jorge: “I am a self-taught musician. Since 1990, I’ve joined and performed with various folklore groups, recorded an album with Raíces – a group from my Native city (Ibarra, Ecuador), and later on I became a part of The Imbayakunas – completing with them their 2003 tour… In context to how he met my wife, I bonded with her musically, as well as sentimentally. In 2005, we both returned to Ecuador, South America and on October 8, 2005 our musical bond officially formed “Farrucas”.
Laura: “I started off my musical career as a self-taught learner from an early age; however, eventually I was given the opportunity to attend the New Conservatory of Music at the age of thirteen in Toronto, where I learned great fundamental techniques and secrets of the classical guitar. Eventually started working with various groups in my home city; including Johannes Linstead, and Pavlo… As time went by, I became connected with Latin American and Andean music – particularly when I was introduced to The Imbayakunas, based in Toronto. I toured with them in 2003 and had the privilege of recorded my very first album with this Ecuadorian group. Meeting Jorge through this group, I bonded with Jorge very fondly, and here we are today. After 14 years since our encounter – we are keeping our love for music healthy and strong!”
Friday August 31, Don Stevenson & Fergus Hambleton
Saturday Sept 1, Run DPC
Sunday Sept 2, Melody Fair
Monday Sept 3, Farrucas
Fergus Hambleton is a versatile singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. During his lengthy career Fergus has been a leading performer and songwriter in the folk, pop and reggae fields. Starting in the 1960s Fergus began playing music in a variety of bands and orchestras. The rock scene in Toronto was hot and Fergus played in a number of local bands,including A Passing Fancy, one of the more popular Yorkville bands. After a bit of travel Fergus signed a deal with Capitol Canada and released two albums in a folk rock style, produced by his brother Greg Hambleton. He has performed with many groups including the Leroy Sibbles band and The Sattalites and is heads the Jazz Lovers Society ensemble.
On the Sunday Melody Fair joins us with beautiful guitar rhythms and sweet melodies. David Wipper has a solid background in recording and concert performance. You will recognize his distinctive style from Grammy Award winning hit song Black Velvet and other hits by Amanda Marshall, Rita Coolidge and Return Trip. Hazel Wipper hails from folk band Jesse and later the Decades and sings gorgeous lead with her partner David in Melody Fair. They perform a wide range of folk and rock classics showcasing David’s stellar guitar skills and Hazel’s amazing voice.