This year's lineup has just been announced, and you are
invited to attend under the stars this summer to see and hear superb entertainment while sipping red or white.
Sam Roberts Band: June 16
Sam Roberts is a Juno Award-winning Canadian rock singer-songwriter, whose 2001 debut release, The Inhuman Condition, became one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history. He was born in 1974 in Westmount three weeks after his parents immigrated to Montreal from South Africa. Sam Roberts is trilingual, speaking English, French, and Spanish. He married his high school sweetheart Jen in 2004 and they have three children.
Sam Roberts Band: http://www.samrobertsband.com/
Sam Roberts - Brother Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71EnaOs-Xdk
Adam Cohen with the Niagara Symphony: July 21
Adam Cohen is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, and front man of the band Low Millions. He has released three major label albums, two in English and one in French. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Leonard Cohen's son is the ambassador of the Cohen family to art exhibits of Leonard Cohen Art. Cohen was born in 1972 in Montreal, but spent many years of his childhood living with his American expat mother, Suzanne Elrod, in Paris and in the south of France, after his parents separated. He taught himself to play guitar, drums and piano by age 12.
Adam Cohen: http://adamcohen.com/
Adam Cohen - What Other Guy - Official Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6eYIt2ANQQ
Sarah Slean & Royal Wood with The Niagara Symphony: August 25
Sarah Hope Slean (b.1977) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and occasional actress from Pickering, Ontario who has released eleven albums to date. Slean recorded her first EP Universe (1997) at the age of nineteen. It was followed by Blue Parade in 1998. Night Bugs was her first major label album, co-produced by Slean and Hawksley Workman, and released by WEA in Canada and Atlantic Records in the United States. It was heavily inspired by cabaret music.
Royal Wood is a Canadian pop music singer-songwriter/ producer, based in Toronto, Ontario. His classic pop style has drawn comparisons to Hawksley Workman, Ron Sexsmith, Randy Newman and Rufus Wainwright. Born and raised outside of Peterborough, Ontario, Royal Wood began playing piano by ear at the age of four and started lessons at age eight. Following the release of his debut EP, Wood set out to create an over-the-top pop record for his full-length debut, drawing inspiration from The Beatles and The Beach Boys. In 2004, he released his full-length debut record, Tall Tales on Maple Music. The record's ornate sound and layered arrangements garnered much critical attention, and Wood was praised for his vocal style and infectious lyricism.
In May of 2010 Bradley Thachuk was appointed Music Director Designate & Principal Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, now a 52-piece professional orchestra.
Sarah Slean: http://www.sarahslean.com/
Royal Wood: http://www.royalwood.ca/music.php
Niagara Symphony: http://www.niagarasymphony.org/
Sarah Slean - The Rose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs3QcjKulvM
Royal Wood - Mirror Without: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huOOD5K6USA
Niagara Symphony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WFVGSxfh6s
David Usher: September 7
David Usher was born in Oxford, England to a Thai Buddhist, artist Samphan Usher, and a Jewish Montrealer, Dan Usher, who is a professor of economics at Queen's University. He has lived in various places such as Malaysia, New York City, California and Thailand since early childhood, before his family settled in Kingston, ON. Usher attended Simon Fraser University in
Burnaby, British Columbia, majoring in political science. A humanist, he has been involved in such causes as War Child Canada, White Ribbon Campaign and Amnesty International. Usher is featured in the acclaimed 2001 MuchMusic special Musicians in the WarZone, a humanitarian documentary produced by War Child Canada, directed by filmmaker Liz Marshall.
David Usher: http://davidusher.com/
David Usher Black Black Heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7iYqf_LF5E
Steven Page: June 23
Steven Jay Page (b. 1970) is a Canadian musician. Along with Ed Robertson, he was a founding member, lead singer, guitarist, and a primary songwriter of the music group Barenaked Ladies (BNL); he left the band in 2009 to pursue a solo career. His first major project was completing his work writing music for the first production of Bartholomew Fair: A Comedy at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2009. He also embarked on a tour of music festivals accompanied by Kevin Fox on cello. On January 17, 2012 Steven released a new single containing two new songs, "A Different Sort of Solitude" and "Manchild." "A Different Sort of Solitude" was written for the film "French Immersion." "Manchild" was co-written with Craig Northey, and is the b-side of the single.
Steven Page: http://www.stevenpage.com/
Steven Page and The Barenaked Ladies Break Up on Q TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxoUzbUJonI
Johnny Clegg (Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music): July 7
Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg (b. 1953) is a musician from South Africa, who has recorded and performed with his bands Juluka and Savuka. Sometimes called Le Zoulou Blanc ("The White Zulu"), he is an important figure in South African popular music history, with songs that mix Zulu with English lyrics, and African with various Western European music styles.
Johnny Clegg: http://www.johnnyclegg.com/
Johnny Clegg (With Nelson Mandela) - Asimbonanga - 1999: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGS7SpI7obY
Kathleen Edwards: July 28
Kathleen Edwards (born July 11, 1978 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. Her 2003 debut album, Failer, contained the singles "Six O'Clock News" and "Hockey Skates". Edwards, the daughter of a diplomat, spent portions of her youth in Korea and Switzerland. Her father is Leonard Edwards, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. She appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on January 17, 2012, singing "Change the Sheets" from her new album Voyageur.
Kathleen Edwards: http://www.kathleenedwards.com/
Kathleen Edwards - Change The Sheets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdTF_M-h1J4
Jarvis Church: July 14
Gerald Eaton is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and music producer, originally from Jamaica. He is the lead singer for the R&B-pop group, The Philosopher Kings, which reached its peak popularity in the 1990s. During the group's 10-year hiatus, Eaton began a solo career, releasing the album Shake it Off in 2002 under the stage name Jarvis Church, derived from two parallel streets in Toronto, Ontario. The Philosopher Kings subsequently reunited and released a new album in February 2006. As a producer, he co-produced Nelly Furtado's debut album Whoa, Nelly! with his Philosopher Kings band mate Brian West. Their production team is known as Track and Field, and they also appear on the production credits of Esthero's album Wikked Lil' Grrrls. Track and Field also produced Canadian rapper K'naan's albums The Dusty Foot Philosopher and Troubadour, and the title track from Stacie Orrico's 2006 album Beautiful Awakening. He appeared on the song "Saturdays" by Nelly Furtado on the album Folklore.
He appeared on the television series Da Kink in My Hair in 2007.
The Philosopher Kings - Hurts to Love You (1997) STEREO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqvgnzN5hp0&feature=related
Chantal Kreviazuk: August 17
Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk (b. 1973) is a Canadian singer-songwriter of the adult contemporary music genre, also a classically trained pianist, who can play the guitar. In 2010, she contributed the song "Na Miso" to the Enough Project and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo compilation with Bibiana Mpoyo. Proceeds from the compilation fund efforts to make the protection and empowerment of Congo's women a priority, as well as inspire individuals around the world to raise their voice for peace in Congo. Kreviazuk also appears on Canadian singer-songwriter Ryan MacGrath's 2010 record, "Cooper Hatch Paris". She performs a duet with the artist entitled "Bird & Cage."
Chantal Kreviazuk - Feels like home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-ouxPhYy7Y
Raine Maida: August 18
Raine Maida (born Michael Anthony Maida in 1970), is a Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. He has a unique countertenor nasal falsetto singing voice, as well as cryptic and poetry-influenced song lyrics. Maida began a solo career in 2006, releasing his first solo album The Hunters Lullaby in 2007. He also self-produced Our Lady Peace's seventh studio album, Burn Burn, in 2009. Maida has been married to Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk since 1999, and together they have three sons. Maida has been intimately involved with War Child and other charities since 2003, and was an outspoken critic of the Iraq War and former U.S. president George W. Bush.
Raine Maida - Yellow Brick Road Official Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHdHSmAuk-k