We are excited to once again bring the best in emerging BC Homegrown Talent with Main Stage performers COD GONE WILD, NICIOLE SUMERLYN and HILLSIDE OUTLAWS presented by our sponsor, RE/MAX Orchard Country.
5:15 pm Hillside Outlaws
6:00 pm Nicole Sumerlyn
7:15 pm Cod Gone Wild (on stage following the light-up countdown)
Based out of BC’s Okanagan Valley since 2009, this Celtic inspired band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. Blending the varied talents of musicians whose classical, folk, rock and jazz backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting energy and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Booking everything from weddings to festivals, house concerts to sports tournaments, their music and performance is diverse and adaptable to any size venue or demographic.
Extensive touring has taken them from San Francisco to Newfoundland, playing an average of 100 shows a year with that number steadily on the rise. Known for their charismatic energy, amazing vocal harmonies and their superior lights and sound production, the band delivers an entertaining show that keeps people coming back for more.
Cod Gone Wild’s success is undoubtedly due to their ability to harness their individual talents into a collaborative vision resulting in unparalleled chemistry both on and off the stage, a formula that has earned them flawless reviews, a mounting fan base and regular airplay across the country and on-line all over the world.
Watch for the New Christmas album which will be for sale at the Festival of Lights.
Powered by endless energy, a lifelong gift for musical expression, and an unabashed love of performing, Nicole Sumerlyn has been engaging audiences in Western Canada for six years with a traditional country sound blended with a rock edge.
Originally from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Nicole embraced music and performance very early on. By the age of 4, she was already doing her own choreographed “shows” for her family and she grew up listening to an array of country, rock, pop, and blues classics with a special appreciation for Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Willie Nelson. She added to her artistic upbringing with community theatre, fine arts classes, and over 10 years of competitive dancing.
Taking modern inspiration from Gretchen Wilson and Miranda Lambert, Nicole focused her artistic energy exclusively on music and songwriting during her high school years with exciting results. In 2012, she made the Top 3 of the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference Song Race, receiving Canadian country radio airplay for the song “I’ll Find You”, co-written with Jesse Mast and Doug Folkins. After a Nashville trip in which she played at the legendary Commodore Grill and The Bluebird Café, she was named one of the 2015 Global Country Star Search winners and released her first iTunes single and music video, “Let’s Get Country”, which aired on The Heartland Network in the United States.
Offering a fusion of traditional country crossed with a gritty twist, Hillside Outlaws represent a sound and a way of life that is about embracing each journey, doing the opposite of what’s expected, and having good times along the way.
Formed in the hills of Penticton, British Columbia, the Hillside Outlaws came to be after lead singer and guitarist Louis Bigras won his division of the Road to Rockin’ River Talent Contest and was chosen to perform at the festival.
After playing at the festival, Bigras began collaborating with drummer Erik Galata and bass player Carlos Jiménez before the introduction of lead guitarist Langley Jackson into the group made its core complete.
With shared musical inspirations like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Brothers Osborne to go along with a common goal of entertaining audiences, Hillside Outlaws have come to be defined by live shows that exist in a place where fast energy and meaningful songs meet.
As they have developed their sound and fed their hunger for playing live, Hillside Outlaws are coming into their own as an emerging group that is putting forward the building blocks for success. After a series of live show success earned them an invitation to perform at the 2017 BC Country Music Association Pre-Awards Showcase before finishing as finalists in the 2017 Breakthrough Music Project.
From there, Hillside Outlaws have sowed the seeds to put their first creative stamp on the industry. After joining forces with veteran producer Paul Shatto (The Higgins, Robyn & Ryleigh, Jetty Road), they released their first radio single, “Hair of the Dog”, in the summer of 2018 in anticipation of their debut EP, Country Jukebox – a record that encompasses the pure sound of the group with the goal of introducing them to a wider audience.
In an industry that is eager to welcome original grit that is fused with the best of traditional country music, Hillside Outlaws will scratch the itch of country music lovers who want to experience a group that can serve as the life of the party while hitting one musical sweet spot after another.