We are excited to once again bring the best in emerging Country talent with Main Stage performers NICE HORSE, presented by our sponsor, RE/MAX Orchard Country. We are also happy to announce some of our local talent is playing, with GROUNDSWELL and TIMBRE WOLVES taking the stage during the evening.
5:00 pm – Entertainment starts on Main Street:
5:15 pm Timbre Wolves
6:00 pm Groundswell
7:15 pm Nice Horse (on stage following the light-up countdown)
It’s the Zac Brown Band in miniskirts; the Runaways at a hoedown; the Spice Girls on a whiskey bender. Girls just wanna have fun – and Nice Horse are the best of the good-time girls. Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Kaley Debra, Katie Marie, Brandi Caroline and Krista Lee are ready to unleash a jacked-up, bush-partying bolt of energy on the country music scene.
The band’s first year out of the gate is quickly garnering them a resume any veteran group would kill for. Following on the heels of a management deal with Coalition Music (Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane), the girls’ first shows included JUNOFest, an opening slot for the Kentucky Headhunters, and Big Valley Jamboree. Their first EP, produced by Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Dan Davidson, Brett Kissel) and Bob Rock (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Joan Jett), is set to release in February 2017 when they hit the road with Tom Cochrane. It’s a country Cinderella story in the making, but one that’s well-earned.
Nice Horse owes its present successes in large part to the girls’ past lives. Over the course of their respective careers to date, members of the band have toured across the globe, licensed songs for film, television, and commercials, and showcased domestically and internationally including the Calgary Stampede, Folk Alliance, and SXSW. Individually, they’ve shared the stage with artists as diverse as Carly Rae Jepsen and Steve Earle, sung as the original lead vocalist for Jakalope, and have over 10 full-length album releases between them, but they’ve never quite figured out how to settle down. Longtime friends and musical allies, joining forces (as horses) seemed long overdue. One strong, smart, powerful girl on her own can start a spark – but four together can create an explosion.
That’s a party. That’s a good time. That’s a Nice Horse.
Having met in New Zealand, Brad Riemer and Justin Wiebe blended their voices and two guitars to create a natural acoustic sound. After twelve years of writing and playing music together, adding three friends who are like-minded musicians and giving themselves the name Groundswell, they now feel that they are just starting to discover the potential of their sound. Now, as a band, their musical influences range from folk and funk to blues and rock giving Groundswell it’s own unique feel.
With his roots in blues, Luke Riemer uses his guitar to give audible expression to his own personal emotion. Wether it’s a well practiced piece or an improvised solo, Luke brings focus and feeling when he plays.
On bass, with his depth of understanding for the nature of a song, Jason Selles fills out the sound with tone and feel. Jason has invaluable past experience that is evident in his ability to enhance the foundations of the Groundswell sound.
Having been immersed in the music industry for years, Joe d’Aoust is a well-seasoned and mature musician. Playing drums, Joe pounds out strong beats that are often not easily predicted and yet are superbly tasteful. Fused with the Jason’s bass, Joe’s rhythm is the backbone of Groundswell’s dynamics.
Based primarily out of Summerland, this electrifying classic rock band will knock your socks off with their voices and hits from the 70’s to now, covering artists such as Heart, Blondie, Harlequin, Alannah Myles and so much more, in true to form rock and roll style.
Jill Fai, is the lead vocalist and sings with soaring vocals of which have compared to that of Ann Wilson of Heart and Amanda Marshall. At a very young age, she began singing and has performed in musicals and showcase choirs.
Kevin Fai, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer with a deep passion for music. He has been in several bands over the years, recorded several albums in studios across Canada and has had the opportunity to open for Big Sugar, Paul Laine, Prism, David Gogo & Alfie Zappacosta.
Terry Cormack a dedicated musician who has provided tight grooving bass lines and backing vocals for several bands in B.C. and Alberta over the years. His bass playing has been featured on 3 indie recording projects. Some of his compositions for children’s stories have been aired on radio and published in print.
Raymond Lee is a professional, solid & tight drummer with 35 plus years experience and is also a lead vocalist and guitar player. He is proficient in various styles of music and has played hundreds of venues in Western Canada throughout the 80’s and 90’s in such venues as the Commodore Ballroom and Club 88. He has opened for many big name acts including Tina Turner, Prism & Doctor Hook.