JUNE 2-4 LAROCHE PARK, MECHANICSVILLE, OTTAWA
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Steven Page will tell you that the themes explored in Page One are those of love, loss, and new beginnings. These are universally felt, and no less so for Page. Page One marks his first solo release since leaving the highly-successful band he co-founded, wrote and performed with for more than 20 years, Barenaked Ladies. Page One is not Page’s contribution to the they-said, he-said discourse over how the last chapter of that book should be read, it is the latest in an established and continuing exploration of his craft as songwriter and performer.
To speak of an artist’s “growth” is an unforgivable cliche, but it’s hard to describe Origin:Orphan, The Hidden Cameras’ latest release, as anything but an evolutionary leap beyond their previous efforts. With this album, their fourth studio record proper, Toronto’s self-proclaimed “mild-mannered army” have sunk their roots deeper, branched wider, and gained a new musical maturity–simultaneously finding inspiration from more unexpected sources and creating some of their catchiest songs to date. “This album is a foray into new territory,” says Joel Gibb, the Cameras’ founder and front man, “exploring genre as a theme in itself while retaining classic Hidden Cameras moments.”
After a 20 year hiatus, the COOPER BROTHERS are back... Canada's premiere country-rock band from the seventies through to the mid 80's, the Cooper Brothers first gained international attention when they signed a major recording contract with Capricorn Records (famous for several of the most popular southern-rock acts of the time including: The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Delbert McClinton and Elvin Bishop).
Marrying their passions for global dance culture, contemporary club music, punk and electro, SILKKEN LAUMANN is the collective alter-ego of three of Ottawa's most restless artists, Adam Saikaley (CBC radio), Pat Johnson (The Acorn, Party Knives), and Rolf Klausener (The Acorn). A mixture of pounding live & electronic drums by Johnson, underscores Adam Saikaley's exploratory keyboard sounds, and Klausener's melodic vocals. Having quickly developed a reputation for mind-jarring party shows, the band recently released their first video “On The Mend”. The band is currently recording their debut album “Not Forever Enough” to be released Summer of 2012. SILKKEN LAUMANN is in your dance panties.
From humble beginnings on the local airwaves of Live 88.5 and now being heard on the national airwaves of the CBC, no matter where in the world this band performs, Amos The Transparent always have, and always will, call Ottawa home.
The COUGAR CHICK TRIBUTE BAND is excited to perform at this year’s Westfest. This 7-piece premier, high-energy show band, entertains with style, class and fun. Featuring 3 extraordinary female vocalists backed by a hot 4-piece band, dramatic costume changes, choreography and staging, Cougar covers female pop, classic rock and R&B artists.
Community, rhythm and fun.... Bringing people together through drumming and rhythmic freedom is what the Tam Tam is about. Everyone who participates at the Tam Tam has a chance and choice to be heard on their drum alone as we go around the circle and share this visceral energy and music.
Since relocating to Ottawa from British Columbia, DJ Lakes District has been rocking dance floors with his party-starting blend of bass heavy ghetto funk, hip-hop, breakbeats and electro. His mandate is simple: to keep the bass jams funky and keep the people on the dance floor.
Being a first time performer at WESTFEST, Brock Stonefish will introduce his mix of Blues, Rock, Reggae and Contemporary Folk-Roots. Brock has toured Canada and the United States, where he opened for blues legend B.B. King. Stonefish’s Television performances include APTN’s “REZ BLUEZ“, as well as COGECO CABLE’s “Juction 28“.
The Haybirds are an indie folk / rock band hailing from Sudbury, Ontario. Fronted by three singer / songwriters in Chris Leblanc, Sean Barrette and Brent Wohlberg, they bring many different styles of music together to form one incredible sound and a show that is not to be missed!
A folk festival rug rat, singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb grew up backstage. Liam was signed to Sony Canada when he was 15. Now 23, Liam is a seasoned and respected musician. Even before the release of his first album (age 17) he was touring across Canada with established acts like Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, David Usher & Colin James.
ZATTAR : founder and host deejay of the now infamous monthly night Timekode which happens every 3rd Friday inside the Eri Café (953 SOmerset St. W). Specializing in a cornucopia of musics that orbit around the "soul" sounds, he does not hesitate to connect the dots between generations and styles to satisfy discerning dancing feet and ears! Always reaching into the past but with an ear to the future, he strives to bring together quality music and presenting them to a wide variety of audiences.
The Joynt is a hip-hop act you won’t want to miss! Since releasing his Capcity video, Peter Joynt has created quite a buzz, and captured the attention of media, local organizations (like the Ottawa Senators), and music fans alike. He brings to the stage a strong flow and live performance.
The Riot Police are a five piece all original Ottawa band. They have released their first cd ‘Those Days . The second disc unnamed at this point is nearing completion and you can expect to hear songs from this cd at Westfest. We want to rock so come on out and rock with us.
Playing an average of 120 shows per year around the world, John is easily one of Ottawa’s top road warriors. He has won many awards, including the American Songwriters’ Association award in Nashville for best songwriter and the Toronto Independent Music Award for his live show.
Ottawa songwriter Andrea Simms-Karp writes what she knows. Her latest offering, Hibernation Nation, explores the lonely, frigid and often beautiful expanse of winter. Penning harmony-soaked folk songs on both banjo and guitar, Simms-Karp was described by the Ottawa Xpress as “recalling a young Alison Krauss.”
Ty Hall is a singer/songwriter from Ottawa, Ontario. The life of a travelling indie artist has taken him far and wide through ups and downs that lend themselves well to the colourful dynamics of his electro-acoustic soulful groove.
"For Tara Holloway, the membrane between performance and life is thinner, if it’s there at all. Now, some 15 years into her career—and with the help of some very auspicious friends and a back story that reads like a movie—Holloway will release Sins to Confess, of staggering depth and personality."
Al Wood and the Woodsmen are a double-barrelled guitar and harmonica driven blues band eager to make a mark at this year's Westfest. Their sound meshes a reverence for the blues with a fresh take that unifies the audience while never losing their edge. Perfect for the festival that deals everyone in!
Churchill Alternative School in Westboro is rocking out to songs from the movies this year. Made up of 80 students, ages 8 - 12, C.S.O.R. have been belting out rock and roll hits since they started this format in 2006, and look to keep on rocking!
Big Soul Project, under talented Music Director Roxanne Goodman, is a community-based gospel choir with more than 100 voices and a rockin' band. BSP brings a blend of gospel, soul and reggae to West Fest and a chance for audiences to join in and be part of its "joyful noise".
VJ.Daisy manipulates moving images that are infused with live footage and feedback loops, resulting in a live multimedia performance that makes use of literal and artistic images to uniquely interpret events. VJ.Daisy is the resident VJ at the monthly party Timekode and has an audio/visual noise dance band called raas.