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Singing Ambassadors welcome you to Artfest Toronto

The Singing Ambassadors are set to perform at our upcoming Artfest Toronto show.

About The Singing Ambassadors:

The award-winning Waterfront Singing Ambassadors program return to Toronto’s Waterfront this summer. Eight lively ambassadors will offer assistance, directions and recommendations to visitors and perform impromptu a cappella renditions of classic summer hits on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11am to 6pm until September 7.  

If you haven't already crossed paths with The Singing Ambassadors along Toronto's waterfront, you'll surely enjoy seeing them perform at our art and craft show this Labour Day long weekend. Check them out. 

Who needs an iPod when you have the Waterfront Singing Ambassadors! Just unplug, sit back and enjoy the amazing talent of these young individuals. Their rendition of ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ brought tears to my eyes. They are a terrific addition to the Waterfront and most importantly, bring smiles to everyone they meet!
— Kathi Bonner, Senior Property Manager, Brookfield Properties

Show Times:

September 4, 5 & 7  from 1 to 4pm,

September 6 - 1:15 to 3:45pm.

Photo Credit: Light Monkey Photography

Photo Credit: Light Monkey Photography

Photo Credit: Light Monkey Photography

Photo Credit: Light Monkey Photography

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Experience Melody Fair at Artfest Toronto

Dynamic Melody Fair on Stage at Artfest Toronto

"Hear the Experience!"

Dave Wipper has a solid background in recording and concert performance.  You can hear his distinctive style on the Grammy Award winning hit song Black Velvet and other hits by Amanda Marshal, Rita Coolidge and Return Trip.  

Hazel hails from the folk band, Jesse, and later, Decades.  "Haze" gained public acclaim in Toronto with the Decades 60's cover band and is now the lead vocalist for Return Trip. She sings gorgeous lead and harmony with her partner Dave in their duo, Melody Fair.  

Read about Melody Fair - and their release of their album in 2010, here.

Continuing on with music as their sole career, the energetic, talented couple, will perform  a wide variety of tunes at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend.  Find them on the main stage in Trinity Square at the Distillery and HEAR THE EXPERIENCE!.

Posted on August 28, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Rock with Rob Carnegie this Labour Day Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this Labour Day long weekend in Toronto?  Look no further - at Artfest Toronto you'll find one-of-a-kind art from a select group of 75 Canadian artists/artisans, free arts programming for kids, music and gourmet food.

Rob Carnegie and his band are set to rock the main stage in Trinity Square on September 5th.

Rob Carnegie, born in Kingston, ON, is a singer/songwriter who spent several years in Nashville building his career and working with some of the best in the music industry. Sharing the stage with some of Canada’s top country acts including George Canyon, Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Doc Walker, and Johnny Reid, Carnegie has built a strong following of fans that have helped him define his place in country music today. 

In the spring of 2014, Carnegie released his sixth single, Unwind, to country radio. Produced by John Willis, (Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Leanne Rimes, Craig Morgan, Toby Keith, Alabama, Jewel) Unwind is now available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and many other online stores.

Take a stroll down the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District this Labour Day weekend and check out all that Artfest Toronto has to offer.  

 

 

Posted on August 24, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Rob Carnegie Band at Artfest Toronto September 5th

We are excited to have Rob Carnegie perform at Artfest Toronto in the Distillery District over Labour Day weekend. 

 

Kingston native, Rob Carnegie, is a singer/songwriter who spent several years in Nashville building his career and working with some of the best in the music industry. Sharing the stage with some of Canada’s top country acts including George Canyon, Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Doc Walker, and Johnny Reid, Carnegie has built a strong following of fans that have helped him define his place in country music today.

In the spring of 2014, Carnegie released his sixth single, Unwind, to country radio. Produced by John Willis, (Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Leanne Rimes, Craig Morgan, Toby Keith, Alabama, Jewel), Unwind is now available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and many other online stores.

In 2013, Rob played at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Bowmanville, ON and opened up for renowned country artist, Kix Brooks (Brooks and Dunn/American Country Countdown). Adding to his list of credits, Carnegie played the Bills in Toronto Tailgate Party in downtown Toronto, ON where the Buffalo Bills faced the Atlanta Falcons and he also played at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN.

Artfest Toronto, in its 9th year, is emerging as one of Toronto’s favourite summer art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto, get ready to rock with Rob Carnegie while he performs a variety of top hits sure to keep you dancing!

Rob will rock the stage at Artfest Toronto  on Sat. Sept 5th in Trinity Square on the main stage. 

For more about Music at Artfest, visit Artfest Music

 

 

Posted on August 14, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Melody Fair to be performing at Artfest Toronto!

Dave and Hazel Wipper will be performing at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District Sept 6th & 7th!

This dynamic duo has been involved in music most of their lives.  Guitarist David Wipper has a solid background in recording and concert performance. You can hear his distinctive style on Grammy Award winning hit song, Black Velvet as well as other hits by Amanda Marshall, Rita Coolidge and Return Trip.

Hazel and Dave were also part of a Children's TV series, BOOKMICE. This show was broadcast in many countries and won a plethora of awards. They also released an instrumental CD in German-Speaking Europe (VoiceStrings), which sold thousands of copies. Since then, the two have been following their true musical passion touring and performing timeless songs.

The songs and incidental music add an emotional texture which could be achieved in no other way...a depth of feeling and fun...a polish which contributes significantly to the high production standards we strive to attain in TVOntario’s children’s programming. The success of BOOKMICE will be largely due to the care and dedication you have shown in creating such excellent songs and incidental music cues.
— Jeremy Pollock, Producer/Director of BOOKMICE

Continuing on with music as their sole career, the energetic, talented couple, will perform  a wide variety of tunes at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend.  Find them on the main stage in Trinity Square at the Distillery and HEAR THE EXPERIENCE!.

Posted on August 12, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Vladimir Gorodkne performs at Artfest!

At 7 years of age Vladimir Gorodkne was first introduced to a musical instrument that became his loyal friend forever. This traditional Belarusian instrument is called the Tsimbaly and is played by plucking or striking the strings.

Vladimir will be performing at our upcoming Artfest Toronto show so listen for the sounds of this delicate and majestic instrument - clearly an instrument that is one of a kind! This outstanding musician, as a part of an ensemble of folk instruments, took part on two countrywide competitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg, in 1974 and 1975 respectfully.

More about Vladimir:

While in the army, Vladimir Gorodkne took an active part in a creative life of his army reserve. He plays in a dance and chorus as well as in an army pop group, where he takes a role of a drum player. That is when he accepts an invitation to work for the National Instrumental Ensemble of the Radio and Television of Belorusia, to play as a soloist on the Tsimbaly and drums. From this moment on starts the most interesting part of his life.....

With the Ensemble of the Radio and Television of Belorusia, Vladimir recorded over 120 soloist compositions on his Tsimbaly , as well as made numerous appearances on National Television. One of the most interesting side of the concert life, Vladimir thinks, is traveling to other countries.

He has toured over 20 countries on numerous occasions giving performances on stages of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique to name a few.  Since 1997, Vladimir Gorodkin and his family live in Toronto, Canada.  In Canada, Vladimir continues to work as a musician.

Drop by his booth and purchase one of his CD's and take some time to listen to the traditional sounds of the Tsimbaly - A unique cultural experience unlike any other.

  

Posted on July 31, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Barefoot Players performing at City Park & Lake Ontario Park!

Artfest Kingston gives a big high five to the Barefoot Players for their intriguing performances at Artfest this past Canada Day long weekend!  The group was friendly, bare footed and stupendously talented!  Way to go guys, you are outstanding!

Barefoot Players performing at Artfest Kingston 2015 

Barefoot Players performing at Artfest Kingston 2015 

Barefoot Players theatre group operates out of the Queen's University Drama Department and performs for local schools and parks throughout Kingston and the surrounding area.

You'll want to check out their upcoming performances at City Park and Lake Ontario Park in Kingston.  The group with retell Shakespeare's As You Like It - with their zany retelling - All the Stage is a World!

When the daring Orlando and clever Rosalind meet at a wrestling match, it's love at first sight - until the nasty Duke Frederick has them both banished to the wonderful and dangerous Forest of Arden!  

For their full performance schedule, visit: All the Stage is a World. 

Show Dates:

City Park - July 31 @ 2:00 pm

Lake Ontario Park - August 10 @ 2:00 pm


Posted on July 28, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music, Other.

Hazel & Dave Wipper to perform at Artfest Toronto!

The Distillery District, located in downtown Toronto is the perfect setting for Artfest Toronto.  

Melody Fair is a rockin' duo where Hazel hails from a folk band and now performs in harmony with her partner, David Wipper.  David has a solid background in recording and concert performance.  You can hear his distince style on Grammy Award winning hit song, Black Velvet as well as other hits by Amanda Marshall, Rita Coolidge and Return Trip.

Melody Fair will be performing at Artfest Toronto Sunday and Monday so be sure to 'mosie' on over and check them out!

Posted on July 25, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

THE ROCKERFELLAS ~ Performing on July 4th (USA Day) at Artfest Kingston

USA Day Performance at Artfest Kingston - The Rockerfellas Live!

Formed in 1988, THE ROCKERFELLAS have been bringing joy and celebration through music at live venues throughout the Ottawa Valley. Clubs, private parties, festivals and celebrations of all types are rockin’ to this high-powered, professional band made up of guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and percussion. They are performing at Artfest Kingston on July 4 at 2:30 - 4:30pm.

Band members are:
    •    Grant Tomkinson,  bass, lead vocals and songwriter.  Grant is the band's founder.  His upbeat, energetic and charismatic performance style is one of the band's strongest assets. Grant is also the bassist for Ottawa's Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo,  and the driving force behind the legendary Wilno Tavern blues nights for the last 16 years.  Grant has toured extensively in the US, playing in California, New York State and Altantic City. A prolific and gifted songwriter,  Grant's original tunes showcase the rockier side of the band.
    •    Peter Brown, piano, organ, lead vocals, songwriter.  Peter is very much in demand in Ottawa and the valley as arguably the strongest all-round keyboard player in the area.  Known for his inspired and virtuosic solos, Peter was a member of Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo for 17 years.  He has also toured with ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and Canadian blues legend Dutch Mason.  His keyboard work is featured on dozens of local CDs including those of songwriters Brock Zeman, Brea Lawrenson and Terry Mcleish, as well as three CDs under his own name.  Another gifted songwriter, Peter's tunes showcase the bluesy/jazzy side of the band.
    •    Larry Wayne Church, guitar, backup vocals, songwriter.  Larry plays with great dexterity and passion.  His bluesy guitar solos are another of the band's best features.  Larry is another well-established veteran of the Ottawa music scene,  having previously worked with well-known Ottawa blues bands Wicked Grin and Shameless Blues.
    •    Tom Martel, drums and backup vocals. Tom is a uniquely “groovy” drummer, which means that he is much in demand in the local rock and country scenes. . Tom has worked with Jack DeKeyser, Freddy Roulette, Jerome Godbout, Steve Pittico,and recently toured North America and Australia with the theatre production, Grievous Angel, the Legend of Gram Parsons.
    •    James States, percussion and backup vocals.  James solid percussion work, combined with Tom's flashy drumming really gives a rhythmic sparkle to the Rockerfellas.  James has played with the Rockerfellas off and on since the beginning, as well a number of other bands in the upper Ottawa Valley, including opening for Leahy and Paul Brandt.

Posted on June 9, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Matthew King Performing at Artfest Port Credit!

Born into a musical family, performer Matthew King began his musical path at the early age of 12.  Performing live and professionally since he was 14, Matthew continues to rock on!

Over the last few years Matthew has taken on the role of solo acoustic guitarist/vocalist and plays in the duo with Scott Apted who is a sideman for a number of local artists in the greater southern Ontario area.

Matthew has performed and/or recorded with a variety of well-known musicians such as Scarefactory, Barney Rebel, Midnight Radio, The Funk King Band, Gonzo, Kevin MacLean, Astrid Young, Harrison Kennedy (appearing on the Juno-nominated "Shame The Devil"), and most recently, the band Masheen.

Check out Matthew King's site here: https://www.gearmusic.com/pages/matt_king.html.

Matthew will be performing at Artfest Port Credit Friday night on the main stage.  Bring your favourite beverage, blanket or chair and plan to get your groove on!

 

Posted on May 18, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.

Artfest Kingston Music Rocks at Artfest!

Artfest Photographer: Steve Veale

Artfest Photographer: Steve Veale

Artfest has booked a rockin' line up of talented musicians this year for the Canada Day long weekend Artfest celebration and arts show!

This year at Artfest, you can enjoy live music from 11am-6pm, daily.  During the event, Artfest has coincided with the festival theme 'Friends Across the Water' - which is a selection of Canadian Singer/Songwriters, Francophone music, gifted youth performers, and a special salute on July 4th to - made in America tunes.

Bruce Kaufman and Artfest worked together in order to select the musicians, drawing from the local area and beyond.  Come and join our Artfest crew for the Canada Day long weekend - Four Days of Music & Creative Fun!

Our Line-up of Artfest Performances include:

  • Amanda Sadler
  • Baker Street Kingston
  • Erika Lamon with Sophia Lamon
  • Melody Fair
  • Inna
  • Jenny Lapp & Kieran L'Abbe
  • Johanna Wilson with Kayla Ironside
  • Big Balade
  • Kendra & Kings
  • Kyra and Tully
  • The BIG Picture
  • Phyllis and Colin Watts
  • Rob Carnegie
  • Trilogy

 

Posted on May 12, 2015 and filed under Artfest Music.