PAST ARTISTS 2014
A Tribe Called Red
Bursting forth from Canada's capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is producing a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. Since 2010 the group – made up of two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and DJ Bear Witness – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their self-titled album, released in March 2012, was long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize and included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of the year.
One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. Considered something of a local legend and prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992 debut Close To The Floor, Ashley broke through to the mainstream with the double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today? in 1995. International radio play for the single, Sleepy Maggie, and a regular slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant Canadian icon.
George Leach is an artist in relentless pursuit of truth. His dedication to songcraft is evident throughout his career, nowhere more so than on his latest album, Surrender, out now.
Surrender is the follow up to George’s debut from 2000, Just Where I’m At. The album’s 11 tracks offer ample proof that the time was well spent. From the funky groove of opening track You Got It, to the confident modern rock groove and keening vocal hooks of the first single, Carry Me, to the vulnerability and intimacy in songs like the title track, Surrender takes you on an adventure. The album covers a vast terrain – touches of classic rock, balladry, and R&B, all in the service of a restless musical explorer coming into his own. It ranks among the finest you will encounter, this year or any other.
The energy level of a George Leach show can be described as ‘high’, to put it mildly. In concert George disappears into the moment, chasing the promise of fleeting transcendence that music offers and taking us all with him. Don’t miss it.
The PepTides is Ottawa’s favourite avant-garde pop noir band. The celebrated nine-member group puts on an eclectic spectacle of electro-pop and retro-inspired funk and soul. With songs as deep and dark as they are danceable, the show sizzles with artistry, energy and fun.
River City Junction
River City Junction is a Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio long steeped in the traditional roots of old school Chicago Blues, Motown, and Classic Rock. Deeply infused with elements of yesteryear, their driving sound forms a very potent sonic cocktail that is raw, organic, uplifting and distinctly their own.
FEVERS put Ottawa on the indie-electro scene map and continue to with their debut album, 'No Room For Light', released in North America and Europe in late 2013. Produced by Laurence Currie (Wintersleep, Hey Rosetta!, Sloan), it’s an exciting follow-up to the band’s first EP, 'Passion Is Dead' (October 2011).
Brock Zeman, a staple on the Ottawa Valley music scene, has been called a "hardcore troubadour" and hailed for the grit and power he brings to the stage. At 32 years of age he has already released 10 albums. Exclaim! magazine proclaims: "Zeman is a songwriter worth hearing over and over again."
Dr. Lee Tam-Tam
As part of the amazing lineup this year, we have Dr. Lee bringing you the ever famous WestFest TamTam! The TamTam offers a chance for anyone and everyone of all ages to play and jam with hand drums and any other percussion instrument. Dr. Lee, will inspire and bring you a tapestry of talent and a wealth of musical energy that continues to grow by leaps and bounds to the TamTam this year. Ottawa Folklore Center will supply drums but if you have a drum please feel free to bring it.
Ottawa indie stalwarts GOOD2GO have been cooking the rock with rocket fuel for 15 years now and continue to record albums and perform at Ottawa clubs on a regular basis. Fronted by the dynamic Miss Maureen on vocals, the high octane rock n roll attack is further fueled by Christian Lapensee on guitar, Reg Allen on bass, Gilles Mantha on drums and Glen Russell on piano and organ.
The Last Supper
The Last Supper was picked as one of the best 20 new bands on the planet for 2006 by Classic Rock Magazine (UK), and has been included on several compilation CDs distributed by the magazine. Among the highlights of their international shows was a stadium benefit concert in Turkey in 2000, and a live show at The Great Pyramids in Egypt in December 2010.
DJ LAKES DISTRIKT
Raised on a diet of funk and breakbeats in the back woods of northern British Columbia, Lakes Distrikt is no stranger to a good party. His omni-tempo, genre defying sets have quickly earned him the reputation of being one of Capital Region?s premier selectors; in addition to Westfest, LD has played at Piknic Electronik Gatineau, Beau?s Oktoberfest, FAU MARDI and Club SAW.
Ottawa's own Blueslady Maria Hawkins, has a unique and powerful, emotion-filled voice "Silky, Soulful, Smooth and Sassy". She has opened for Colin James and Koko Taylor, she loves to sing tunes made popular by Etta James and writes some killer material of her own in the rockin' and traditional styles. Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for 25 years of serving Canada and youth, Maria created "Stop the Bullying" workshops for schools and community groups. For more information on this campaign, please visit www.stopthebullying.ca
Pony Girl excel at painting soundscapes in which you can be lost. Anchored by guy-girl pop harmonies, songs flow seamlessly from calm to chaos with inspiring lifts–blending guitars, woodwinds and samples together like colours. Show Me Your Fears, their debut album, was released in September 2013 to high critical acclaim.
Soul Shaker, power yellen' passion seeker. Shawnee hits you hard using her voice as fire power that shoots clear strength and soul right at you and like the meaning of her name, her vocal ability is dangerously beautiful.
Smoke Wagon Blues
Featuring funky blues harmonica, whiskey stained vocals, slick guitar work and a solid rhythm section, Corey Lueck & The Smoke Wagon Blues Band has been performing in clubs and on festival stages for over a decade. The band has been nominated for many blues awards both locally and nationally.