There’s nothing like a little music to add a little excitement in the air. But with live artists and bands who can take your requests, your event can be awesome. Amazing Entertainment can make this happen at your event. Call us to discuss your requirements.
Take a look at some of our artists you may like from a long list of genres.
*International and top name recordings artists also available,
Blues Brothers Tribute
When audiences come to see Briefcase Blues, they expect to see more than just another band playing cover songs. They expect to see a full-on show that reaches out and connects with everyone – and Briefcase Blues does not disappoint! These guys have the look, the sound and the feel of the original show and it’s a blast for everyone!
In their tribute to Jake and Elwood Blues (a.k.a. the Blues Brothers), Briefcase Blues has been the premiere act to see since 1983 when it first began performing -and still continues to play at venues and events all over (as well as outside) the United States. Each show is crafted to each concert or event, and each show has its share of surprises, always driven by the high-energy backing band for which the show has become known. From the hard-driving opening of “I Can’t Turn You Loose” as an opener to the grand finale of “Jailhouse Rock” the audience stays on its feet, interacting with the band all the way!
In addition to the power-packed lineup of regular players, Briefcase Blues also has been granted the privilege of being able to offer the addition of original Blues Brothers Band members Tom “Bones” Malone (trombone) and Murphy “Murph” Dunne (piano), based on artists availability (letters of intent available upon request).
You can’t find a better or more experienced band anywhere to represent “the brothers in the blues”, as they first appeared on the music scene, than Briefcase Blues. Have a look and a listen, and you will agree … right up to the encores at the end of the show!
Beatles and 60's tribute
Replay is Canada’s most authentic, exciting, and compelling Beatles tribute. Many tribute bands imitate The Beatles… Replay makes you feel you have seen The Beatles.
In 2002 The Montreal Gazette wrote:
“Replay is the hottest tribute band on the circuit…”
In 2006 Montreal Six Flags (La Ronde) said:
“Replay is as authentic a reproduction of a show by The Beatles as you will see anywhere.”
In March 2010 Octopuses Garden Beatles Magazine said:
“I must rank Replay as one of the best I have ever seen.”
You’ll no doubt get goose bumps and butterflies-in-your-stomach listening to your favourite songs like She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Michelle, Penny Lane, Get Back, Hey Jude and many more! Add Liverpudlian accents, on-stage antics, authentic costumes and instruments, and REPLAY may be the closest you’ll get to seeing The Beatles.
“Replay is what you would see if you were going to a Beatles concert.”
– Hal Bruce, Maritime Beatles Event
“Replay is a great, hard working group who have obviously done their homework”
– Gerald Potterton (Animator, Yellow Submarine)
“Replay really recall some of the nostalgia of early Beatles performances”
– Ed Rudy (the only American news reporter to travel with The Beatles in 1964)
“Replay electrified the 2011 Canadian Tulip Festival. We’re estimating between 5 and 6 thousand that evening.”
– Canadian Tulip Festival
Since 2002 Replay has thrilled at dozens of prestigious private events like the Daffodil Ball, in theatres all over, at rooftop concerts, Six Flags Montreal (La Ronde), the Calgary Stampede, Hatley Castle Victoria BC, many Casinos (Montreal, Winnipeg Moncton Casino, Lac Leamy), and just about everything else in between including shows in the USA, Guatemala and Morocco.
Replay has played on the same stage with such outstanding acts as Michel Pagliaro, Andre-Phillipe Gagnon, Hedley, Terry Stokes, Hinder, Saving Abel, The Trews, State of Shock, Boogie Wonderband, Bowser and Blue, Sylvain Cossette, and many others.
The four members of REPLAY have performed and toured as professional musicians and studio session players since the early 70's and have performed all over Canada, in the USA, and internationally. In March 2012 they were honoured to be personally invited by the British Embassy to perform during British Week at the prestigious British Ball celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to over 1800 fans in Guatemala City.
Are you ready to feel the magic of The Beatles?
Green River Revival
If you are searching for North America's most authentic sounding CCR tribute, look no further than Canada's own Green River Revival.
Their version of "Down on the Corner" sounds so much like John Fogerty you'll swear it is the real CCR! The members of this band have played in CCR tributes across Canada, Scandinavia and the U.S. for the past decade and now they have joined together to bring you the ultimate Creedence Revival.
The show presents the music of CCR with a storyline that incorporates all the Creedence hits and includes several costume changes.
Chain gang prison uniforms right out of the song Midnight Special, those plaid flannel shirts made famous by Creedence in the 60's and you got to see the boys dressed in army fatigues depicting the era of John Fogerty's Vietnam protest songs!!
These boys have entertained thousands in the past few years and they are a favourite with First Nations, Casinos and Festivals, always delivering first class entertainment.
For an exciting show full of nostalgia, sing-a-longs and a down right good old time, you've got it all with the Green River Revival!!
Green River Revival's Roadshow includes the Bayou Swamp stage set up. The whole stage looks like the band is playing in the middle of the swamp complete with full sized Dock and Alligator. You got to see it to believe it!!
Brooks & dunn tribute
Carrying on in true Brooks & Dunn style; Neon Circus welcomes you to a live authentic tribute to country music’s most legendary duo. Spanning a 20-year career and selling over 30 million albums, every country music lover has a Brooks & Dunn album in their collection. Neon Circus features authentic performances of Brooks and Dunn’s number 1 hits such as “My Maria”, “Only in America”, “Neon Moon”, “You’re Gonna Miss Me when I’m Gone” and many more! Incorporating all of the real concert production it will look, sound and feel as if you truly are at a Brooks & Dunn concert.
With a true passion and love for their music, the show’s producer Drew Baloh has incorporated every small detail of the original Brooks & Dunn live performances. In addition to duplicating the duo’s touring show, Neon Circus has gone another step toward delivering great entertainment by offering the concert goers’ Brooks and Dunn themed attractions such as photo booths, Brooks and Dunn western wear & apparel store and a meet & greet with the band. The hardcore Brooks and Dunn fans can even have a stab at the Brooks & Dunn trivia game to win prizes.
All Country music fans will want to experience Neon Circus but for the millions of Brooks & Dunn fans this is a must see! Put on your boots and jeans and come re-live your favorite memories and make new ones as you’re entertained in true Brooks and Dunn fashion.
Who Made Who
Who Made Who is without a doubt the most unrivaled tribute to AC/DC around. The power of Who Made Who mirrors the pure strength, energy, impeccable sound and larger than life stage production of an AC/DC show.
The band extensively tours Canada full time, and have a rock solid track record of delivering good, hard rock and roll to sold out venues across the country. They continue to intensify their performances and are driven to reach the perfect reproduction of a live AC/DC show.
Handling the vocals is a multi-talented singer that emulates both Brian Johnson and Bon Scott with exact accuracy. Along with detailed impersonations of each band member, which include the trademark school boy outfit, and Marshalls loud enough to make your ears bleed.
Who Made Who is the only AC/DC tribute in Canada that is a full time touring tribute band, travelling Canada coast to coast for months at a time. Our shows range from small capacity bars to large concert venues, they also include Casino's, theaters, night clubs, festivals, corporate private parties and benefit concerts . This is the show you don't want to miss.
With an immeasurable crew of multi-talented men with a combined 30+ years of experience in the music industry, Who Made Who is sure to give you the full AC/DC experience. Only AC/DC does it better!
The Sands Trio
Tribute to the Rat Pack
John Morello as Dean Martin - Christopher Hayles as Sammy Davis, Jr. - Rick Sonata as Frank Sinatra.
When three tribute artists, in a Las Vegas-style dinner show take over the stage, then suddenly one is back in the 60s on the Las Vegas strip, and remembering 'OCEANS 11'. Their interpretation of these three great entertainers is so life-like, that one has to really look twice to make sure one is not dreaming.
Make no mistake about it! By the time these performers exit the stage, their audience is standing and demanding an encore. The chemistry of these artists is extremely contagious.
The true essence of "The Sands Trio" is that pure energy and spontaneity of their performance. These guys don't put it on, they bring it out. They are the real deal with that crazy cuckoo style. They are ready to bring down the house.
As each perform of The Sands Trio comes back to take center stage, the audience waits in anticipation. Leaving their heart in San Francisco, playing with “Sam’s Song” or dancing to “Me and My Shadow” these entertainers show a rare camaraderie as they toss one liners back and forth, filling their glasses with that special bourbon.
Shania Twain Tribute
Shania Twain is a Shania Twain Tribute act featuring Donna Huber. It is one of the most successful Tribute Acts in Canada, the United States and Europe. Donna has met Shania Twain, as well as Shania Twain's family. She has played for Canadian Troops in Bosnia and Croatia. She has played the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta for 3 consecutive years, and also was a guest on the "Jenny Jones" Show. She also appeared on Nationwide CBS Special, and has had articles in National Post, CMT Magazine, National Enquirer, and appeared on National Enquirer TV. A great compliment to Donna is the fact the Shania Twain herself had mentioned Donna in her autobiography.
What People Are Saying About Donna Huber
“I thought that was me for a moment...she’s the best one”
-Shania Twain upon seeing a photo of Donna - TNN Prime Time
“I’m flattered that she is doing a tribute to me and I’m hearing great things about her”
Shania Twain - Timmins, ON
Just Like My Granddaughter
“You look and sound just like my granddaughter”
-Grandma Twain - Timmins, ON
“Donna was the biggest hit on stage at the Calgary Stampede”
-Country Music News
“...A first class act”
-Bluff’s Run Casino - Council Bluffs, IA
Real Shania Twain
“As far as I’m concerned I had the real Shania Twain on stage”
-Trudeau park - Tweed, ON
“...A definite highlight of the tour"
-Bosnian Armed Forces Tour
“An outstanding performance”
-Wisconsin State Fair - Milwaukee, WI
“We love working with her, and she was gracious and easy to work as always. Our client was thrilled. We’ll look forward to our next adventure”
-Paul Creighton - T. Skorman Productions, Inc.
“Please pass on our sincere appreciation to Donna - she was great-exactly what we were looking for”
-Allan Bell - York Region Breast Cancer Friends
"...was a big hit, did very well and stayed to mingle with attendees..."
-Gino Startari - Event Planner
"I've enjoyed you at the Black Bear Casino Country Fest a ton. Thought you were the best. You’re a great performer! Thanks again."
-Scott - Black Bear Casino Carlton, MN
"Donna was amazing last week. The client was thrilled!"
-Meghan Bowness - Client Services Manager, Citywide Accounts Tourism Toronto
Bon Jovi Forever
Bon Jovi Tribute
Rock & Roll is still alive and the music of Bon Jovi proves it year after year. Paying homage to one of his favorite groups of all time, Bon Jovi Forever was founded in 2002 by lead singer, Baz Littlerock and the band has been entertaining Bon Jovi fans across Canada ever since. Based out of Oshawa, Ontario, the group is known and loved in the Durham Region and across the GTA and have been featured on many media outlets in Toronto over their 12 years of existence. With numerous reoccurring bar, club and theater dates, as well as outdoor summer festivals and many special event shows, Bon Jovi Forever provides one amazing stage experience.
Each of the five band members assumes and commits to the role of the character that they take on while on stage. From the stage set up to the signature moves, they capture all of the elements that go into a Bon Jovi concert, bringing a highly accurate recreation of the Bon Jovi experience to fans.
From the iconic smash hits of the 80's to the fist pumping sounds of the 90’s, and even covering through to today’s newest hits, Bon Jovi Forever is dedicated to paying tribute to this amazing rock and roll band. If the fans request it, they learn and perform it. Their huge catalogue of Bon Jovi songs is nothing short of impressive.
With a lead singer who sounds identical to that of Jon Bon Jovi, hitting every note imaginable, you have to hear it to believe it. Baz can hit those notes that only a young Jon Bon Jovi could successfully hit.
Bon Jovi Forever delivers the album-sound of all of the classics hits and arena-staple songs and even the rare songs that Bon Jovi themselves haven’t played live for years. Whether it’s an incredible riff, a talk-box solo or an unplugged, acoustic duet, this tribute band’s sound will amaze you.
Bon Jovi Forever is committed to bringing you the best Bon Jovi tribute show out there. Delivering hit after hit, taking requests on the spots and even playing those rare tracks that the true fans love, Bon Jovi Forever deliver every time they perform and will never disappoint. The energy at a Bon Jovi Forever show is comparable to the real thing and they will leave everyone coming back for more.
More than just a tribute band, Bon Jovi Forever brings the excitement of a real Bon Jovi show mixed with one of the most high-energy performances and fan-friendly shows you will ever see.
Donny Ray Evins
Tribute to Nat King Cole and Unchained Soul
With a beautiful bass baritone voice Donny Ray is seducing audiences around the world. He has performed at exclusive five star venues and premier events with highlights that include : Two Times Las Vegas Variety Entertainer of the Year, Two world tours with Buck Ram’s ‘Platters’, performed on Broadway, has International Television Appearances, performances with New Zealand’s philharmonic orchestra, headliner for Casinos, Corporate Events, Night Clubs and Five Star International Cruise Lines. Donny Ray is also an International award winning singer/songwriter.
Donny has two fantastic shows; “Unforgettable”- a tribute to Nat King Cole and “Unchained Soul”- which features some of the greatest R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock, and Pop music of our time.
The Donny Ray Evins tribute ‘Unforgettable’ is described as the number one Nat King Cole Tribute in the world, “Sophisticated, Brilliant and Fascinating” - The New York Times. Audiences experience Donny’s ability to capture the suave smoothness of Nat King Cole. Donny’s warm personality, embracing bass baritone voice and commanding stage presence captures the very essence of Mr. Cole. Unforgettable, Mona Lisa, Rambling Rose, Too Young and Route 66 are just a taste of the many Nat Cole hits in this show.
The “Unchained Soul” show establishes Donny as a true master singer/entertainer. His voice has soft round tones, a wide vocal range combined with a soulful singing style. Singing every song with raw emotion and musical understanding, Donny performs classic R&B, Soul, Jazz, Pop, and Rock. Singing hits from artists such as Ray Charles, James Brown, BB King, Carlos Santana and Wilson Picket to name a few.
Both shows have toured internationally in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and on five Star International Cruise Lines. “Unchained Soul” and “Unforgettable” have received rave acknowledgements and standing ovations from clients and critics alike.
Johnny Cash Tribute
Prociuk, who played harmonica and guitar for another Cash tribute act before striking out on his own 12 months ago, spends a good chunk of time in front of the mirror every morning, styling his hair into a full-on pompadour.
"I get a few people at school asking me what's up with my do," says the University of Winnipeg education student. "When I tell them I'm a Johnny Cash impersonator they're usually like, 'Oh, really?'"
It's been a full decade since Cash died in 2003 at the age of 71. But the 13-time Grammy Award-winner remains as popular as ever. Maybe more so. This year, two new Cash albums hit the charts - one, a rarities package called LIFE Unheard; the other, a set of duets he recorded with his old chum, Willie Nelson called Every Song Tells a Story.
Also, an exhibit of photographs entitled Johnny Cash: We Are All Men in Black was a huge draw this summer, when it toured through art galleries in Italy.
Thirdly, on April 30, two months after the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in Cash's honour, the long-awaited Johnny Cash Museum opened in Nashville. Displays range from depictions of his boyhood home in Arkansas, his career outside of music -- who can forget Cash's starring turn on the detective series Colombo? -- and his 35-year marriage to June Carter. Last month, National Geographic magazine ranked the Johnny Cash Museum tops in a run-down of the best museums in the world that showcase a particular artist or group. (The ABBA Museum in Stockholm had to settle for second place.)
Stu Reid is the host of Twang Trust, a radio program on CKUW devoted to "country, roots and big, dumb rock 'n' roll." Cash is a patron saint of Reid's show; nary a week goes by when his presence isn't felt in some way, shape or form, Reid says.
"I might not play (Cash) but I'll play a cover - or I'll play someone who's been heavily influenced by him. I love that he's become an icon to anyone who loves music - be it country, punk or whatever."
One of Reid's greatest regrets in life is not seeing Cash perform live. Not that the opportunity didn't present itself.
"I used to work for a screen-printing shop that got the gig to print hats and shirts for a late '80s Canadian tour," Reid says. "Everyone was offered free tickets to the show at the Playhouse Theatre. Even though I was starting to get into country music at the time, I thought of Cash as kind of washed up, so I didn't go. The next day our sales guy came in raving about the concert -- and how cool it was to go backstage and meet Johnny."
Reid has a bone to pick with anybody who says they dislike country music but love Johnny Cash.
"I dearly want to kick them in the (rear). If you have a T-shirt with a picture of Johnny Cash flipping the bird - but you don't own records by Merle Haggard and George Jones - then you clearly have no idea why Johnny Cash was great."
Apparel bearing the famous image Reid refers to are perennial top-sellers at Wild Planet, a clothing and music emporium located at 237 Osborne St.
At any one time, owner Roman Panchynshyn has over 40 different Cash T-shirts, hoodies and tuques in stock. (No, they don't just come in black.)
"Johnny Cash is still super-popular; it's almost like he's become an industry unto himself," Panchynshyn says, noting people who come in looking for Cash paraphernalia range in age from 10 to 80. "He crossed so many genres. Take for instance when he came out with his American Recordings series in the '90s, and began covering bands like Nine Inch Nails. Suddenly, he opened himself up to an even wider audience."
Back at the legion, Prociuk is ripping through A Boy Named Sue, the only Cash tune to reach No. 1 on the pop charts.
Prociuk and his band have close to 50 songs in their repertoire -- classics like Hey Porter to gospel-tinged tunes like I Was There When it Happened. That's impressive, considering the lead singer knew little to nothing of Cash until he saw Walk the Line, the bio-flick starring Joaquin Phoenix, about five years ago.
"A lot of times people come up to me after the show or between sets and say I look too young to be singing this kind of stuff," says Prociuk. "But to be completely honest I don't care for the music they play on the radio today. I'd much rather be singing the old stuff."
For now, the A.R. Cash Show is a part-time gig for the future grade school teacher. But even when Prociuk lands a job in a classroom somewhere down the road, he doesn't foresee a day when he'll hang up his six-string. Or park his gel.
"The kids might ask about my hair but no, I imagine I'll still be out there whenever I can, singing Ring of Fire."
The Songs of Tom Petty
Heartbreak Highway is a five piece group that performs the songs of Tom Petty. Celebrating the great American songwriter and performer, Heartbreak Highway plays faithful tribute with a dash of personality to the dozens of classic songs in the Tom Petty canon. Selections from The Heartbreakers, solo material, and side projects are all included. After experiencing Heartbreak Highway, the songs of Tom Petty will be dancing in your ears long after the show!
The Incredibly Hip
Tragically Hip Tribute
This top-notch group of seasoned professionals, all hail from Winnipeg, the epicenter of Canadian rock music, and have an impressive 100 years of combined recording and performance experience, showcasing across Canada as headliners themselves and in support of Canadian superstars such as StreetHeart, Harlequin, Chalk Circle, and The Northern Pikes, including legendary international rock icons Edgar Winter and The Who bassist, John Entwhistle, just to name a few.
The Incredibly Hip delivers a concert performance experience that will leave fans of Canada’s favourite band, The Tragically Hip, stunned, impressed and waiting with anticipation for their next appearance.
Mini Kiss is a high energy Kiss tribute rock band show made up entirely of little people that perform live on stage and play Kiss and other 80's rock hits. The performers dress in full Kiss gear and make up.
Mini Kiss was created in 1995 and has since become a World Wide Phenomenon! Mini Kiss is going to be featured in the major motion picture Mall Cop 2 to be released this year in 2015. In 2010 Mini Kiss was featured in the Dr. Pepper Cherry / Kiss Superbowl Sunday Commercial that was aired all year and was seen by 100 million people worldwide. Mini Kiss was also featured on the Gene Simmons Family Jewels, The George Lopez Show, HBO live sessions to name a few.
Mini Kiss has since become a household name. In 2005 Mini Kiss released its 1st single with Universal Records and toured Europe. After the release of the 2010 Dr. Pepper Commercial, Mini Kiss launched their 1st ever US Tour with much success.
Mini Kiss now tours worldwide and performs bars, nightclubs, gentlemen's clubs, casino's, festivals, indoor and outdoor events, private parties, grand openings, theme parks, Etc. Mini Kiss draws a large crowd everywhere they perform.
Mini Kiss has toured with A Perfect Circle, Jackyl, Blue Oyster Cult, Air Supply, Peter Frampton, and many others. If you like live entertainment and rock & roll, than you and your patrons will love Mini kiss.
The McCartney Years
Paul McCartney Tribute
There are many Beatles tributes. But there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid-1970s. And this is it!
Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein – the man who brought the original Beatles to North America – as “the best on the scene today”, The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid 1970s Paul McCartney concert.
Led by perfectionist Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, the band has a commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience. The show is period-true, technically stunning and sonically explosive. Every note is live and played true to its original arrangement. It has set the standard for all who might follow in this significant body of work. And, it’s a blast to watch and listen to!
Whether he plays an original Beatles-era Hofner bass or sports the same wardrobe from the “Wings over America” mid-70s tour, Yuri is true to Sir Paul in his musicianship, vocal stylings and presentation. And the band doesn’t miss a beat delivering a texture that will transport you back to the first time you heard these great songs on vinyl. TMY players include David Usselman (guitars and bass); Braden DeCooman (guitars); Hubert Orlowski (keyboards and synth); Laura Gagnon (percussion and keyboards; Dean McKey (drums) and of course Yuri on bass, vocals, piano and guitar.
Experience three decades of ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Wings’ live – with the world’s premier McCartney concert experience. Rewind into the 60s and 70s to dance, sing and relive your passion for McCartney with a band that has opened for Mariah Carey, performs sold-out shows across Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe and been featured on CNN.
Best of the British Invasions
British / Classic Rock
A one of a kind show that brings the best of the big British bands to you! This concert is divided into 10-15 minute segments that feature the music of some of the best-known songs released by each artist. With over 20 costume changes, two lead singers and audiovisual commentary between each act, the transition from one artist to the next is seamless and is sure to leave any audience awestruck.
Our full-length show consists of two 75 minute sets. However, to accommodate the various needs of our diversified clientele, we are pleased to modify our repertoire to lengthen or shorten the time devoted to each artist. We invite you to join us as we re-live some of the greatest moments in musical history.
80's Tribute Show
Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, The Ramones
Blondie by Atomic Blondie Intl.
More than 30 years of timeless classics are brought to the stage by internationally touring Blondie tribute act Atomic Blondie Intl. With more than two dozen chart hits, six #1 hits, and over 40 million records sold, Blondie fused rock, pop, punk, and disco into their own unique style to solidify their place in today's music culture. Atomic Blondie Intl. Brings the lush keyboards, percussion and full sonic instrumentation found only on the studio albums to the live stage while performing such hits as "Heart Of Glass, Rapture, The Tide Is High" and many more.
Cyndi Lauper by The True Colors
Performing the #1 smash hits "Time After Time, True Colors", the irrepressible anthem "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and many more, International touring tribute The True Colors bring back the fun, the dance, the eighties that is Cyndi Lauper! With her melodic voice, wild costumes and now more than 50 million records sold, Cyndi Lauper has affixed herself in music history as one of the great female divas of the eighties.
Ramones by Maroons NYC
Performing classic hits as "I Wanna Be Sedated, Rock n' Roll High school" and the arena anthem heard around the world, "Blitzkrieg Bop", Maroons NYC pay homage to the pioneers of punk pop by delivering the look, music and sheer excitement of the live Ramones concert, giving the audience an experience they won't soon forget. There will never be a Ramones reunion. Maroons NYC are proud to offer audiences the opportunity to experience the look, the songs, the excitement, The Ramones.
Bed Of Roses
Bon Jovi Tribute
North America's #1 Bon Jovi Tribute
Bed of Roses has authenticated over 20 years of Bon Jovi's popular music. Not only, has this band replicated Bon Jovi's sound, music, costuming, and overall look, a Bed of Roses show includes items that were originally owned by Bon Jovi themselves.
You will not be disappointed with the caliber, authenticity, and production of a Bed of Roses concert. They pride themselves in catering to every audience demographic. Bon Jovi has such a wide array of music styles. If you are looking for light, pop feel, or something on the country music style or you just want the band to bring you a full rock show with all the bells and whistles, Bed of Roses can accommodate all your entertainment needs.
Their itinerary includes clubs, casinos, festivals, corporate event, private events, and fundraisers.
Johnny Cash Tribute
A long-time admirer of the legendary Man in Black, Gary created a tribute show to the Master in 2004, and together with his three-piece band, the “Mad-Cow-Boys”, he toured throughout B.C. As the popularity of the show grew, and with the increased demand for Johnny Cash music as a result of the "Walk the Line” movie in 2005, Gary started touring across Canada, sometimes with the band, sometimes as a featured solo act, and sometimes as a part of his larger package show that included other tribute artists.
As of 2011, his “The Life and Times of Johnny Cash” show is appearing regularly in Theaters, Casinos, Arenas, etc. across the country, as well as at fairs, rodeos, and other music festivals whenever time permits. With over 600 performances, it has become the longest running Johnny Cash Tribute show in Canada, and is executed with such realism that it has engendered such comments as “he is playing Johnny’s songs and just lip-synching”, and “I never got to see Johnny in person, but now I feel I have”.
The show always includes some interesting lesser-known historical facts about Johnny, a full audio-visual element, and lots of good old-fashioned fun.
STAGE FRIGHT – THE DEF LEPPARD EXPERIENCE
STAGE FRIGHT – THE DEF LEPPARD EXPERIENCE
Stage Fright - 5 Musicians dedicated to showcasing a massive song list of Greatest Hits and Fan Favourites from the British Rock Group Def Leppard.
From all the Uniquely Interesting Song Intros to the Acrobatic Vocals and Guitar, this 5-Piece Tribute Band will have you singing along and dancing all night long!
This band made of Kiss fans was formed 12 years ago playing to sold out Casino rooms and Festivals to smaller rooms, Ikons has a show for every venue. Authentic costumes and staging, fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking and flashing guitars bring an exciting show for all to enjoy!
Holly Davidson Band
The Holly Davidson Band is an energetic, female fronted 4 piece musical project playing some of Winnipeg's largest clubs & events. The band has a repertoire covering 60+ years of music, and many genres, with this breadth we can provide quality entertainment to a wide demographic in one event! We carry our own production and top quality performance gear. We are only satisfied when the end customer is happy, that said we will work whenever possible in advance to be sure to cover all areas of question/concern to make your event the best we possibly can!
The Holly Davidson Band looks forward to working with you in the near future.
Stacey James is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose love for music started at a very young age. First putting pen to paper at the age of 7, Stacey's short stories and poetry quickly evolved into songs. Needing a way to create the instrumentals to all of her lyrics, she started playing the keyboard followed by many other instruments as her songwriting tools. By 14, Stacey was performing within the local music scene and has not stopped. Over the years, Stacey has written with artists throughout North America and Europe including Marianna Zappi (X Factor UK) of England and John Robinson of Germany while sharing the stage as opening act with the likes of Classified, Souls Of Mischief, MastaAce and Awol 1 among many others. Along with her love of music & the arts overall, Stacey is passionate about helping & motivating others including with her upcoming children’s book series “Dealing With Feelings”. She is also the founder and organizer of the annual “Women Helping Women” event; assisting local resources whom help victims of domestic abuse. Stacey has had the opportunity to be published several times with Huffington Post at the initial request of Ariana Huffington herself. Alongside her creative endeavors, Stacey works with people every day to help them identify their true essence and assists them in becoming more aware of their presence. In turn, it leads others to find happiness, their life purpose, learn self-love & acceptance while being able to embrace past hurts in order to let them go once they’ve begun the transformational process. She does this through public speaking, online presence and one on one works.
Celtic Roots Rock
Plain Salt’s name evokes images of the wide open prairie and the rolling sea. The group membership has evolved over nearly two decades to its present configuration of four members who are diverse in origins but share roots in their affinity for Celtic and folk music.
Often billed as “Prairie Celtic Roots Rock”, their sometimes spirited, sometimes soulful, and always entertaining music originates from a wide range of sources in and around the United Kingdom to offer a truly ‘pan-Celtic’ experience.
Engaging and down to earth, they’re sure to ground your feet and lift your spirits, and they love it when you dance and sing along.
Odyssey 3 & 13
Classic and Contemporary Rock
Covering classic and contemporary rock music that spans several decades, Odyssey 3 & 13’s band members joined together in 2014. All three have many years of musical experience and share a deep passion for music. Reverend William plays “sweet beats” on the drums. “Burnin’ Vernon” has a world class blues-rock guitar style. These along with Stacy’s expressions vocally and on the harmonica all guarantee a unique and moving musical experience.
Two Dollar Pistol
Classic Rock and Country Tribute
Two Dollar Pistol is:
4 sets of Awesome Music
The ultimate party band!
Thousand Dollar Truck
modern rock, country
Thousand Dollar Truck is a five piece band that plays popular classic to modern rock and country songs. Thousand Dollar Truck is like that set of wheels you know will deliver the goods when you stomp on the gas. The sum of the parts make it great as a whole; the bass and drum rhythm section is the powerful engine, two guitars rock the city streets and take you down country roads, soaring vocals make people notice and want jump on for the ride. Hitch a lift with Thousand Dollar Truck and crank the tunes, they will make the journey fun, groovy, and maybe a little unpredictable.
Classic Rock, Pop
Forgery is a result of five experienced Winnipeg musicians coming together with the purpose of creating something special. Forgery believes that rich vocals and powerful musicianship combined with passion and chemistry results in an outstanding entertainment product.
Whether it is a corporate event, private function, community festival or nightclub, forgery always delivers a compelling, energetic, and professional performance.
Forgery plays songs by artists that include Bruno Mars, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Tragically Hip, The Beatles, Maroon 5, Journey, CCR, Tim McGraw, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, just to name a few. The band is defined by its ability to play an eclectic repertoire with stylistic accuracy.
Forgery has the experience to read an audience, react to its needs and ultimately deliver a captivating performance that will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
… do yourself a favor and hire Winnipeg's own forgery for your next event or special occasion.
Metal, Classic Rock
Wild Illusion formed in Ebb and Flow, Manitoba in 1995 and started out as a garage band. In 2000 the band expanded their horizons and began playing at various bars and night clubs.
The band consists of four members:
Wild Illusion specializes in everything from rock, classic rock, country rock, hard rock and heavy metal.
The Old Roosters
The Old Roosters are Gerry "Big Bear" Barrett & Will Peters. They provide a selection of classic country and rock tunes from the 50's, 60's & 70's. For larger events the full band is available including drums, rhythm guitar, and bass players.
You may recognize Big Bear from his years as radio and television host on NCI Radio and television as well as his years of headlining as a stand up comedian. So get ready for some great music as well as some great stories and jokes as part of the show!
Please note Amazing Entertainment equipment and staffing are based on availability at time of booking and cannot be guaranteed until a contract is secured.
Rockabilly, Blues, Classic Rock, Punk, Alternative
Jason Lowe is a solo singer of an acoustic cover act from Winnipeg MB. Jason has been the front man/songwriter of Winnipeg band “When Planets Align” for the past 6 years. Now, he's taking his endless list of covers on the road!
With a wide variety of cover songs ranging from the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Pink Floyd to Sublime, Nirvana and Green Day. Styles include rockabilly, blues, classic rock, punk, alternative, ska/reggae and more.
To kick it up a notch, ask for the Bro Show! A two-man acoustic act. Two singer/guitars are better than one!
Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rock n' Roll, Country, Swing, Jazz
Take two pianos and attach a couple of crazy, fun loving piano players. Connect one reliably solid, in-the-groove drummer. Affix to the mix a huge repertoire of popular song, and what you have is Piano Catz.
Piano Catz is the collaboration and combination of three well known Canadian musicians that have played, sung, and entertained their way into the hearts of their Winnipeg hometown audiences and beyond. We're not talking low light lounge music here... This is a have fun, sing-along-with, and dance-the-night-away type of band. Their electric pianos, along with the drums, offer this trio a surprisingly full sound and the ability to cover an expanding pianorama of musical songs and styles — everything from Jumpin' Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rock n' Roll, Country Swing, Jazzy to Novelty and more. There's something here for the young and the young-at-heart alike. Enjoy their spontaneous musical combustion and request your favorite songs. Bring along your dancin' shoes, a sense of humor, and engage yourself in a little social lubrication!
R & B, Blues, Rock
A singer, guitarist and songwriter of exceptional talent and sound all her own, Claire Bestland combines RandB, rock, and blues together with one thing in common: groove. Claire has teamed up with the fierce energy of George Demaduk on drums and veteran monster bassman Vaughan Poyser to record their first EP album at Empire Recording to be released in spring of 2015. Her mission is very clear onstage and in the studio: to renew the ability of genuine songwriting and musicianship combined with raw, open, and uncontained energy to speak powerfully to a modern audience.
Deep and Powerful
"When I get up on stage with Claire, I never know exactly what to expect and that's one of the most exciting places to be as a musician. She brings her emotions into her playing, and no song is ever the same twice. Her slow songs are deep and powerful, and her faster up-tempo songs are as funky as it gets! I've seen Claire develop as a player and songwriter immensely in just the short time that I've known her. She has a vision of where she wants to be, and I know she's determined to get there and not let anything or anyone stand in her way."
- Sky O
Superb Guitar Playing
“In my opinion, Claire Bestland is not only Winnipeg’s, but Canada’s next up and coming singer/songwriter. With her superb guitar playing, soulful voice, hooky songwriting and total determination I know she is headed for big things."
– George D
“Claire is a phenomenal player"
– Justin Ginter (of Dirtypool)
Quote from City TV segment with Jenna Khan.
“Claire Bestland is to blues what Lucinda Williams is to roots and Americana."
– Broose Tulloch, UMFM Radio Program Host
Blues harmonica diva
In a business where safety nets are non existent and successful female harmonica players are a rarity, you have to admire the plucky and positive spirit of Tracy K. She’s a terrific entertainer with a committed sense of purpose. Through shear determination and talent she has indelibly stamped her versatility on the Canadian blues/roots scene with her singing, songwriting, and playing that little tin biscuit which has become her trademark asset. She’s a gifted award-winning writer whose broad catalogue includes songs for a Hollywood movie, for CBC's "Canada Reads, Ontario Rocks", and themed originals for festival workshops.
Tracy K immerses herself into the audience at every live show, with fiery passion and an engaging energy that sets her apart as a performer. She’s shared stages with today's 'A-list' international blues performers and hires first rate players who give her music the professional edge. Among her personal reinventions is her contemporary blues band, wherein Tracy K kicks it up a notch with amplified harp and tests the limits of her throaty rasp inspired by vocal benchmarks Bonnie Raitt and Koko Taylor. Her acoustic Blues Duo with partner Jamie “Snakeman” Steinhoff reflects some of Tracy's fondest musical influences. Jamie's mastery on acoustic, dobro and lap steel guitars derives from his well-informed history of early blues and folk. 'Snakeman's Canned Heat Salsa' and 'Tracy K's Stolen Apple Jelly' sold at their shows create the homey vibe that you'd find at Chicago's legendary Maxwell Street Market back in the day. With their five-star rated album "Canned Heat" they tour house concerts and soft seaters, and have opened for Ramblin' Jack Elliot and shared a double bill with John Sebastian. Tracy K’s rarer forays into jazz range from single guitar accompaniment to a Billie Holiday tribute given the most lavish treatment with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Tracy K has always been sought out for her harmonizing skills over the years for live work and sessions, recently recording harmonies on a project at Ardent Studios in Memphis in early 2015. In the late 1980s Tracy K worked as a live and session vocalist in Toronto. Years later she would be included to perform at the Toronto Blues Society's Harmonica Workshop and their prestigious Women's Blues Revue. Tracy K's gig history lists blues, jazz and folk festivals, concerts, various tributes, fundraisers and women-in-blues events. Her touring map spans Canada into North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana to Tennessee and Mississippi, and as far south as the Caribbean. Tracy K has been booked multiple times by many events including the Winnipeg Jazz Fest, Saskatchewan Mid-Winter Blues Fest, Live from the Rock Fest, Red Rock, Ontario (headlining in 2014), Thunder Bay Blues Fest, Greatwoods Music Fest in Manitoba and the Winnipeg BBQ & Bluesfest. She’s opened for blues legend James Cotton and shared a playbill (and photo) with Koko Taylor.
Tracy K was unknown to locals at the inaugural Thunder Bay Blues Festival. An instant hit with her crowd-pleasing manner she was back for an encore in 2003. She moved to Thunder Bay in 2004 positively impacting the local music community over the coming years. She created and hosted a weekly Sunday Night Blues Jam at the local Legion where she was dubbed by fans as 'Tracy K Jr.' whenever she sat in on drums! Twice she won regional competitions to represent Thunder Bay at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee, as a band and then as a duo. In 2015 Tracy returned to Memphis as one of the judges. 2014 also saw Tracy K included by invite on Ruf Records 'Harmonica Ladies' compilation album and on the globally popular Mary4Music's "Keeping the Blues Alive: Volume Six". She has now moved back to Manitoba and it’s renown music scene where she is recording her next release. Not bad for a musician doubling as mom to three kids - now an empty nester, time has come for this undeniable musician to soar herself.
International Blues Challenge Regional Winner/Memphis Participant - Thunder Bay 2013 band & 2014 duo
International Songwriting Competition Award Recipient Blues and Performance
Ontario Independent Music Award Best Blues Song
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search First Runner Up
Winnipeg Blues.com Harmonica Player of the Year
Winnipeg Blues.com Female Vocalist of the Year
Nominee for Winnipeg Blues.com Electric Act of the Year
Upcoming Album, Tracy K, 2015
Album "Harmonica Ladies" compilation, Ruf Records, 2015
Album "Keeping the Blues Alive Vol.6" Mary4Music, 2014
Album "Canned Heat" featuring Blues Duo Jamie Steinhoff & Tracy K ©2011
Single "Science of Being Distant" Tracy K/Jamie Smith, CBC Radio One "Bandwidth"
Album “Old, New, Borrowed & Blues” ©2007Tracy K
3 Singles for “Prairie Fire Project”, Canadian Diabetes Foundation, 2003
Single “Rock This House” ©2002Tracy K, licensed to Zernick Von-Sertner Films, L.A.
Album “Welcome to my Fantasy” ©2000Tracy K
"The audience was blown away by the bold voice and harmonica playing of Tracy K ... an artist like Tracy K is what music festivals are all about."
- Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal
". . . an impressive harmonica player, a voice that commands your attention. Add her songwriting, versatility, and on-stage charisma, you've got someone special."
- B Bedesky, Canadian Blues interview
"Tracy's blessed with a magnificent voice, raw power and passion tempered by a tender fragility ... she's mesmerizing; there are moments here approaching the sublime."
- John Taylor, Blues on Stage CD Review
Ability to Move an Audience
"Tracy's a sizzling vocal powerhouse, with style and ability to move an audience. Her blues harp and Right Hand Band rocked the Rainbow!"
- Jim Roy, Ottawa Blues, Jazz, and Swing Guide
Gutsy Stage Presence
"A fine harmonica player/guitarist/vocalist whose gutsy stage presence and twinkling-eyed charm are sure to connect with fans"
- Scene magazine, from "On the one"
"When it comes to vocal stylists, Tracy K may be one of the best and most exciting of the lot."
- J. Monk, Scene CD Review
"She is an entertainment"
- Randal Mcilroy, Style Manitoba
"A vocal powerhouse and top notch harp playing"
- Pres. Music & Folklore Assoc. of Eastman
groove musician, multi-instrumentalist
Paul Edward Plouffe is a groove musician, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Paul founded and performed with several bands in the early 70's and 80's including jazz-fusion groups Majek and The Paul Edward Lines Band. In 1982, Paul retired from the music scene to pursue more traditional familial avenues of existence. He never quit playing though he certainly stayed under the radar. Through the turn of the last century he hosted a monthly event called the Margaret P. Saxton Coffee House. In 2009 he re-emerged into the local music scene with a new repertoire of blues, funk, soul and R&B originals that pay tribute to the excitement and positive energy of the days when Motown and Philly Soul ruled the airwaves. Since then he has expanded his repertoire to include over 100 hit songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. His solo performances range from simple vocals, guitar and a lot of foot stomping to the integration of his "electronic" back-up band consisting of pre-recorded background tracks (unlike most artists who use downloaded backing tracks, Paul actually plays all the instruments and produces all the tracks he uses). He also has some great stories about the artists he covers.
Praise for Paul Plouffe
"Paul was wonderful and really added to the night for the Home Opener! I will definitely be in touch if we plan to have a band/performer at a game in the future as well as if we are looking for any of the other services you offer."
- Erin Petreny, Winnipeg ICE
SEE MORE OF PAUL’S WORK!
Bassist Tony Stevens, original founding member of Foghat and veteran performer with Savoy Brown, has assembled a powerful blues-rock ensemble who deliver an explosive live concert performance bursting with passion and energy.
SLOW Ride features former members of Foghat, Savoy Brown, Clarence Clemons Temple of Soul, Rick Derringer and Hall and Oates. SLOW Ride is currently touring playing Foghat classics, originals, and wailing blues. Catch a show ... you won't be disappointed!
A self-taught Canadian Artist who developed a passion for singing suddenly discovered her talents, took her to the Winnipeg Arena on stage with Celine Dion in 1996.
Suzanne performed for over 3000 people in Las Vegas and for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Victor Davies, songwriter for the Pan Am Games said “Aretha Franklin showed up” when he heard Suzanne audition.
Movies seemed like fun too, so Suzanne ventured to the film industry and met Dan Akroyd in the making of “The Avro Arrow”. Other movies include Marriage of Convenience, The Clown at Midnight, Nights Below Station Street, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, The David Milgaard Story, A Helluva Woman, and many television commercials.
In New York, Suzanne has performed on the same show with Soupy Sales, Zimmerman of Hogan Heroes, Andrea Roman and many other comedians and actors (Joey Reynolds birthday roast).
Suzanne has co-written songs with Grammy winner Freshie I.E. (Rob Wilson) and other Award winning artists.
Suzanne Mariani did receive acceptance for the roster of musicians to perform for the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington. (Armed Forces Entertainment) USO tour, classic rock and Motown cover songs for the American Troops.
50's music up to today
This four member band plays a great variety of Music ranging from the 50's to today. With three lead vocals and impeccable harmonies, you can expect to hear a wide range of styles to fit any occasion.
At The Hop
50's and 60's dance party
At The Hop is also a new show that has been taking Manitoba towns by storm since 2013. At The Hop features Adam T. and Marsha Lynn with The Good Rockin’ Tonite Band in a 3 hour “50’s Sock Hop” show and dance. We encourage everyone to get up and dance to the music as we play all the greatest hits of the 50’s and 60’s.
A blast from the past puts our audience in the mid 60's Sock hop and At The Hop is the opening act for Elvis Presley. Performing a couple of sets, they band finds out that Elvis' Cadillac has broken down and will be late. At The Hop keeps the night going until Elvis arrives in Kingly fashion and brings down the house in an amazing high energy set. At The Hop features music and songs by Danny and the Juniors, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chubby Checker, The Beatles, Connie Francis, The Crystals, Chubby Checker, Gene Vincent, Beach Music of the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and more. Slip on you poodle skirts, slick back your hair with a little Brylcreme, and slip on your Blue Suede Shoes as At The Hop takes you back to a better time when life was easier, and people looked forward to Saturday Night to dance away all their blues.
Plug in the disco ball, crank up the music, turn the beat around, and strut your funky stuff, you're invited to dress up and boogie down with Disco Dolls! This six-piece live 70's disco act features three girls and three guys with all the nostalgic, outrageous costumes and image that made this era so unforgettable. Partying is what disco is all about, which makes it a great theme for any event and all ages, it's active, slightly crazy, and ever so much fun!
Book Disc Dolls for your next event and create the ultimate 70's Disco dance party!
Latin, Motown, Pop
Carlos Carumba is a group of five seasoned (but not too ripe) musicians who have created their own blend of Latin infused Motown and Pop they call Latmo. With a repertoire of "salsified" hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's they bring out the Latin passion in any audience, turning the night into a fiesta of song with their infectious beats and soaring vocal harmonies. Their costumes are also pretty cool.
With great songs like Black Magic Woman, Higher and Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me), Smooth Operator, Backstabbers, Living la Vida Loca, Listen to the Music and Good Lovin’ who can’t use a little more Santana and Sade in their lives. Not to mention the O’Jays and Jackie Wilson, with a splash of Ricky Martin and The Rascals, along with an original or two.
Composed of Paul Plouffe on vocals, guitar, and keyboard; Craig Oliphant on vocals and ukulele; Glenn Zaretski on vocals and guitar; Scott Komus on vocals and trumpet and Henry Zacharias on percussion, they are dedicated to groovin’ the beat and movin’ your feet. Carlos Carumba has been bringing joy, peace and a little heat to events from Arborg to Fort Francis and are ready to spice up your next event as well.
50s, 60s, 70s, bluegrass, blues
For starters, I'm in a very great 50's, 60's, 70's cover band named "Smokebox" with top notch players and an amazing young female singer who can really belt her vocals.
I also have a new bluegrass project that has been fun - we've taken 16 1980's pop hits and redone them as bluegrass and have CD's and Merchandise. The album is called "A Tease Done Bluegrass" and many people are entertained when we perform - especially the slightly older folks and the younger adults as well.
I also am able to do accurate impressions and tributes of a number of artists - namely Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson to name a few and can put together tribute bands at moments notice with top players I have good working relationships with (Gilles Fournier, Paul Hampton, Kent Macrae, Jeremy Rusu, Julian Bradford, Curtis Nowasad, Mark Arnault, Patti Lamoureux, Sky Onosson, the list goes on and on).
I also have an original songs show with a band or solo. This is what I do the most often. I have 14 albums out and tour a few times a year.
I've performed corporate events with my guitar doing instrumentals of well known classic hit songs and gone over really well. I play a few different shows - a blues show, bluegrass show and a rockin’ party show.
Bluestem is a 5 piece cover band from Winnipeg, MB that came together to play popular country music and deliver high energy performances to keep dance floors full all night long!
With a set list comprised of classic country as well as hits being played on the radio today, Bluestem has something for every generation of country music lover. Whether at a festival, fair, pub or nightclub, wedding, corporate event or private party... Bluestem will deliver a performance that keeps the crowd dancing and entertained, without breaking the bank. Let us take care of all the details from sound/lighting, to music in between sets. Bluestem is the perfect choice for your event or venue!
New Country Rock
Aaron, currently living in St. Albert, was born and raised in Northern Alberta's Peace Country around a large musical family. Aaron first took the stage at 11 years of age at the Prairie Mall in Grande Prairie. In the last 9 years Aaron has performed hundreds of times all over Alberta, into B.C., & Saskatchewan. In 2004 he performed in Nashville and Pigeon Forge Tennessee and in 2005 he performed in Austin Texas and Nashville Tennessee again!
Aaron's first 3 song CD was recorded in the spring of 2003 at Chris Rolin Sound Studios in Pitt Meadows B.C. (Chris was referred to Aaron by Country Music Recording artist Rick Tippe) .The first single "Dream and Write A Book" CO-written by Aaron and Greg Tonn was released to radio in August of 2003 and lasted on the Top 100 CanCountry Hits for 4 months!! Aaron's second single "One More Moment", written by Aaron was released to radio in the spring of 2004 and lasted on the Top 100 CanCountry Hits for 10 months!
In the fall of 2003 Aaron was thrilled to come in as 1st runner-up in the Country Vocal Spotlight Competition held at Northlands every fall during C.F.R.!
As part of the prize winning package, Aaron is very honored to be a Rising Star in the Global Country Rising Star Program. Aaron made his first trip to Tennessee with the rest of the 2003 CVS winners for the North American Country Music Association's International (NACMAI) .7th annual country music competition in Pigeon Forge. Aaron was awarded the 2004 International New Country Male vocalist of the Year.
While Aaron was out on the road in December 2004, he was thrilled to find out that he had made the Regional Auditions for Nashville Star 3 in Austin Texas !!Aaron was one of 4 Canadians in the 75 hopefuls out of the thousands that auditioned. 2005 started off with a bang in Austin and then it was off to Nashville for one month to record another 4 song C.D. with Grammy Nominated Producer/Engineer Miles Wilkinson. With Miles’s help, Aaron was able to meet and write with some of the very best song writers in Nashville.
Aaron united three talented musician friends, Ben Bradley, Dylan Gillett and Matt McKay in 2004 to form his own backup band. Aaron does all the bookings, scheduling, setting up production and managing for the Band. After winning the Country Rising Superstar contest in May 2005. The Aaron Goodvin Band recorded a live album of their most requested originals, the Album was called Almost Famous.
Since Aaron graduated from High School in 2003, he has been working very hard with his music career, (as well as every afternoon at a shipping yard if he isn't on the road) He loves to entertain young and old, either acoustically or with his full back-up band, for small gatherings to crowds of thousands. His versatility is shown not only in his singing and playing traditional country, new country and old rock, but Aaron also excels at song writing and creating his own music. He's an award winning and very dedicated vocalist, songwriter and performer!
He's very honored to be associated with the country music industry, and is continually amazed and thankful at how much support he has out there!
We have variously been described as The Pig and THISTLE show marking the 80 TV show The pig and Whistle' As Manitoba's favorite Show band and on one occasion as Canada's favorite etc.
We are a quad of four experienced mature musicians and the act plays up to 14 instruments on occasion offering hand clapping, sing along materials while throwing in some comedy.
We have a sound bite that was prepared in a basement studio to emulate our ambient sound with no added tricks such as Vocorders or Helicons to enhance our work.
folk, country, alternative, jazz
Rollin Penner, who is well known for his six year stint as the voice from Annie’s Café on the CBC Radio’s ‘The View From Greenfield” now puts his comedic talents to work to bring live audiences a new show. Rollin’s extensive experiences as a standup comic, singer and actor come together to add a unique flavor to the hilarious series of jokes, stories and song parodies that make up the Traveling Medicine Show. The show is by turn, light-hearted, satirical and sweet. Episodes of ‘The View From Greenfield’ are presented live. While these episodes bring to the show some of the laid-back atmosphere that made ‘The View from Greenfield’ so popular, the Medicine Show livens things up considerably with its music and comedy routines.
The Traveling Medicine Show Band is a trio of accomplished musicians featuring Rollin on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and harmonica, along with bassist John Gosselin and acoustic guitarist Brett Penner. The group’s spot-on three part vocal harmonies and syncopated guitar rhythms make their performances as musically pleasing as they are funny.
The trio performs a mix of original songs, cover tunes and parodies of well known songs that range from folk to country to alternative to jazz. Songs from such diverse artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and of course Randy Van Warmer are interspersed with original songs and comedy. Rollin’s story-telling abilities and interaction with the audience might best be described as “Stuart Mclean meets Will Rogers”.
The Traveling Medicine Show is available for a wide variety of events. The group is capable of playing full concerts of 90 minutes or more, with or without intermission, but is equally at home with shorter shows of 30 or 60 minutes. Also available is the option of having Rollin do a forty-five minute one-man standup comedy show, and then come back with a forty-five minute show with the band. In entertainment jargon that’s known as “two shows for the price of one”.
The Traveling Medicine Show can provide custom printed posters to promoters in advance of events to help organizers advertise and sell tickets.
Celtic, Folk, Country Rock, Rock & Roll, American Standards
Sunset Highway is a musical duo formed by 2 talented, professional musicians with over 60 years of musical experience between them to provide entertainment geared to the older generation. Having run the gamut from old-time, country, heavy metal to folk, Celtic and ethnic, there are not too many styles of music these two musicians have not encountered or played.
Playing an eclectic mix of Celtic, Folk, Country/Country Rock, Rock and Roll and American Standards, Sunset Highway can provide entertainment for whatever function you are having, whether it's a senior center, restaurant, night club or concert.
A night of entertainment you won't soon forget!!!
Jerry Tretiak: (Guitar, Vocals) Jerry started playing music when he was 10 years old and has played in and led bands in both Winnipeg and throughout Canada. While living in Yorkton in the ‘60s, his band had the privilege of working with entertainers like Bobby Curtola, Buddy Knox and Barry Allen. Jerry was formerly the guitarist and lead vocalist of the Thistle Band.
Ismail Sinn: (Keyboards, Vocals, Bass) Ismail is a new arrival from Cyprus and has only been in Canada for a little over a year. A professional musician who spent 30 years touring Europe, Russia and the Middle East as a keyboardist in bands and also as a solo artist. Ismail was formerly the keyboard player with the Thistle Band. His musical skills are impressive, providing the orchestration for the group, adding bass, drums, strings horns, and other sounds too numerous to mention.
Celtic, Contemporary Folk
Beggar's Brawl is a group of Winnipeg musicians who play a mixture of traditional Celtic and contemporary folk music. A love for Irish music prompted the formation of the band in the summer of 2000, and since then, we have enjoyed increasing popularity in and around Winnipeg. With a blend of instrumental tunes, folk songs and a large repertoire of sing-along favorites, Beggar's Brawl provides a wide range of entertainment for nearly any audience.
Lead singer, pennywhistles, fifes and bodhran, Originally a concert and military band musician, playing first clarinet and then baritone saxophone. He only started playing Irish music in the late 80's but immediately felt in the music a link to his heritage. He first began performing as a member of Borealis, and then as part of the heritage ensemble Simpson's Folly. His album credits include Rick Yarish's "Irish Raven" and Simpson's Folly recordings "Fourteen Miles from Kildonan" and "Redcoats and Bluejackets". Darrell's powerful vocals and distinct whistle style have made him a fixture of the Winnipeg Irish music scene for well over a decade.
Guitarist and singer, Mike began playing guitar at the age of twelve and was greatly influenced by the likes of Eagles and John Denver, as well as Bluegrass and Classical guitar. Mike spent some time as a drummers for the Rivers and District Pipe Band, and played guitar at St. Charles Church for 12 years. When his daughters began Irish dancing, Mike got involved in the Irish Association of Manitoba, where he immediately fell in love with the music. His guitar style is rich and diverse from solid rhythm to complex picking. He especially enjoys playing for dancers and for ceilis, and is also a gifted mandolin player.
When it comes to Irish music, you've got to have a fiddle in the band, and boy, have we got a fiddle! Miriam is a classically trained violinist who has played since childhood. A keen interest in old time Canadian, Appalachian and traditional Irish music has led her to study Irish music by haunting home and sessions at the Irish Association. Before joining Beggar's Brawl, Miriam played with the country/Celtic band "Southwinds" and Appalachian group "Little Whiskey". She has taken lessons with Lisa Gutkin, James Kelly, Liz Carroll and Sheila Garry of the Kilfenora Ceili Band, and voice lessons with Diane Berger.
If there's one word to describe D'Arcy, it would be Diverse. This young musician plays banjo, mandolin, didgeridoo and percussion. You can also see him with his own band Goblins.
Wistful melodies and charming Scots traditional in both English and Gaelic are Carolyn's forte. She has grown up singing traditional music in English and Gaelic, and has won in several classes of the Mod Ontario competition. She appeared in the documentary "The Blood is Strong" and has performed in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. including two performances at the Pan Am games. Well known for her work with the Highland Gathering and an active member of the Scottish community, Carolyn rounds out the group bringing a fuller, richer tone to every tune.
Country greats tribute
Dereck Siteman has been performing for the last 25 years in Stage Shows, Banquet halls, Theaters and Private Functions. He was the lead singer in several Rock and Roll and Country Bands and also performed a tribute to Elvis for about 5 years, which started to give him popularity. At that time Dereck began doing Radio and TV commercials in Winnipeg Manitoba. The TV commercials were written by Dereck and are still being aired today by Abalon at various times.
The past 15 years Dereck has been displaying his vocal talent by performing a fabulous tribute to the memory of the late great Roy Orbison in Legend Show across Canada. Recently he has been performing his Roy Orbison Tribute with a Johnny Cash show. Dereck also performs as Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves with the Johnny Cash show and other Country shows.
Dereck also performs all his characters in a Country Classic Show which includes a Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette that has recently had a very successful run throughout the Maritimes.
Blair Hordeski-Solo Acoustic Artist
Blair Hordeski, a mainstay of the Manitoba music scene, performs solo acoustic covers of popular hits. You can also find Blair performing regularly with the acoustic trio Copper Moon.
Please note Amazing Entertainment equipment and staffing are based on availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed until a contract is secured.
Dirt Road Pilots
4-Piece Pop Band
Dirt Road Pilots is a band for all events. This tight four piece covers popular music with something for everyone in the room. Whether it’s a dance, corporate entertainment, the beer garden stage or the bar, we can entertain in a fashion appropriate to the room and the client. Dirt Road Pilots starts on time, and delivers with no surprises. Each show delivers a solid 4 sets of music with short breaks between sets with recorded music. We carry our own PA and lights, or we can use the venues as needed. We’re flexible.
Pop, Rock, Country, Contemporary, Modern hits
Purple City - Event Band is a High Energy Dance Experience. With one of the most eclectic mixes of Classic Pop, Rock, Country, contemporary to Modern hits, Purple City is guaranteed to deliver the party to your Event. Our customers demand the best, and Purple City delivers every time. There's magic in the grooves, and that magic is Purple City - Event Band and Entertainment.
Purple City provides the following services:
Life's Good Duo
Pop, Motown, Classic rock, Country, Folk, Roots, Big Band
Les has been performing throughout Canada and the US for 35 years, as a lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, song writer, and recording artist. He has performed the We Fest, Country Fest to Dauphin Fest, throughout the Casinos, and Clubs alike. His style of music ranges from Classic rock, Country rock, Folk, Roots, Big Band, Motown and Pop.
Ismail is native of Cyprus, has performed from England to Ireland, throughout the Middle East and Europe alike for over 40 years. Ismail technical skills have been used by Korg USA. His smooth voice and soft fingers upon the ivories is a pleasure to listen to.
Plus 40 other artists to select from.
Comedy, Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Adam Kirk is a storyteller of many talents, an artist, entertainer, singer and songwriter. With a blue bird guitar that he painted himself which looks as “sparkly” as it sounds, Adam sings the songs he writes, as well as classic crowd pleasers he learned from the internet, plus some parodies of hit tunes with original lyrics that he thinks are hilarious. From the Led Zeppelin inspired epic power ballad “Stairway to Sasquatch” and Buffy Sainte-Marie meets a galaxy far, far away in “Universal Stormtrooper” to Bon Jovi’s prehistoric slow jam “You Want to Make a Dinosaur” and more which I won’t spoil by mentioning here. With an emphasis on comedy, in case you had not figured that out by now, and a flair for the dramatic, Kirk uses giant interactive puppets in his performances such a life size T-Rex (Just the head. Don’t get too excited!) and a larger than life octopus puppet that takes nine people to bring to life. That’s right, folks. Audience participation is a big part of an Adam Kirk show, which is designed to be enjoyable for all ages. Tiptoeing the tightrope of being equally suitable for kids as well as adults, but no actual tight rope walking… yet. Often seen performing in medieval armor because it makes him feel powerful (& safe from tomatoes. Just in case.), and wearing prosthetic pointy ears because he is a huge fantasy nerd with an affinity for elven culture, but the best part is: Adam Kirk is not only a rising parody pop-rock star; he is also one of Canada’s most in demand caricature artists, and can be booked after the show to sit down with audience members face to face one on one to draw everybody. What? Are you serious? Yes. I am being very serious right now. This performer is also a caricaturist and has made it his mission to blow the minds and open the hearts, third eyes and crown chakras of people everywhere. Book Adam Kirk to perform and draw at your next event with Amazing Entertainment.
One Woman, Many Voices
Karen Grainger grew up in Toronto, Canada surrounded by music. By the age of six, Karen made her television debut with an appearance on a youngster’s talent show singing “Delta Dawn,” accompanied by her dad’s guitar playing.
Karen enjoyed a very successful impersonating career as not only Reba, but Celine Dion and Cher as well. Audiences were spellbound by Karen’s skill at recreating these diverse characters, capturing their voices as well as their mannerisms.
It was time to sink her teeth into something more challenging. Over 14 years ago, Karen and her Business Manager and husband, Don, teamed up to write a very successful singing comic impression show called, “All In One!”
Karen and Don have just completed a 2 and a half year contract with a collaborative show on Crystal Cruises! Karen starred in a very successful show called “Diva”, which was built completely around her special talents.
Karen is very excited to be back travelling the globe with her fresh "Lasting Impressions" Show - featuring new voices and new exciting costumes! Audiences will be treated to an evening of entertainment, which is both visually and vocally spectacular!
You won’t believe your eyes…or your ears!!
Stars of Pop
Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus & Britney Spears
The Next Best Thing to the Real Thing!
The Stars Of Pop, the only place where you'll see Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears all on the same stage.... or at least you'll think that you did?! This is one lineup that the whole family can enjoy, from pop to rock to country, these amazing tribute artists look, sound and perform just like the real entertainers, performing hit after hit of some of today's biggest songs!
Bieber Fever - Tribute to Justin Bieber
It was only a matter of time before the very young and multi-talented Justin Bieber would take over the pop-R&B world. Discovered on the internet at age 12—thanks to some home videos posted on You Tube—he quickly wound up the protégé to R&B superstar Usher, and has since become a huge celebrity in his own right, beating out his mentor for ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2010 American Music Awards. Justin’s debut release, My World—which includes the mega-hit One Time—was certified platinum in the United States, making him the first artist to have seven songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His first full studio release, My World 2.0, has since received similar success, debuting at number one and within the top ten of several countries—as well as being certified platinum in the United States. His worldwide top-ten single, Baby is his biggest hit to date. Justin Bieber possesses a natural musicality and stage presence that is reminiscent of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson in their heyday. It’s no wonder that ‘Bieber Fever’ provokes the same tears of joy and excited screams that Justin’s predecessors received.
Kiss & Tell - Tribute to Selena Gomez
From Disney princess to teen film star to platinum-selling recording artist, Selena Gomez is one of the hardest-working starlets in show business. She is also a passionate philanthropist, serving as the youngest ever ambassador for Unicef and dedicating herself to several other charitable initiatives, including Disney’s Friends for Change. Discovered by Disney in a nationwide scouting, Selena has played roles in several of the Disney Channel’s shows, including Hannah Montana and the Wizards of Waverly Place. With her star on the rise, she soon made an effortless foray into the music industry, founding the pop band Selena Gomez and the Scene, which has released two gold-certified albums, 'Kiss & Tell' and 'A Year Without Rain'. The band has also earned the distinction of producing two platinum-certified singles, ‘Naturally’ and ‘Who Says’. There’s no denying the graceful girl-next-door from Texas is an accomplished actress, but it seems she was destined for a successful career in music from day one. Gomez was named after the Mexican music star ‘Selena’, and continues to carry on the Tejano icon’s legacy, by inspiring young women around the world with her luminescent beauty and stage presence.
California Gurl - Tribute to Katy Perry
A true California girl, Katy Perry is an unforgettable head-turner whose catchy songs, unique style and explosive performances have won over audiences all over the world. Not since Britney Spears, has a pop princess made such an impact on the music scene. The outspoken singer-songwriter began her career as a serious gospel artist, but it was the transition to mainstream music that shot Katy to fame, when her quirky album, One of the Boys became the 33rd best-selling album world-wide in 2008. Her sophomore album, Teenage Dream, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has seen chart-topping success with the hits California Gurls, Teenage Dream and Firework. Named by Billboard Magazine as one of the most important artists of the decade, there’s nothing stopping Katy’s star from shining as brightly as the glittery outfits she wears on stage. Whether she’s opening for the Video Music Awards or hamming it up as a host for the Teen Choice Awards, Katy Perry always leaves the audience yearning for more.
Bad Romance - Tribute to Lady Gaga
It’s been a while since a new pop artist has made her way in the music industry the old-fashioned/grass roots way by paying her dues with seedy club gigs and self-promotion. This is one rising pop star who hasn’t been plucked from a model casting call, born into a famous family, won a reality TV singing contest, or emerged from a teen cable TV sitcom. “I did this the way you are supposed to. I played every club in New York City and I bombed in every club and then killed it in every club and I found myself as an artist. I learned how to survive as an artist, get real, and how to fail and then figure out who I was as singer and performer. And, I worked hard.”
Fearless - Tribute to Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is an American country/pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and actress. At 13 she became the youngest artist to ever sign a deal with Sony Records. In 2008, her albums sold a combined four million copies, making Taylor Swift the best-selling musician of the year in the United States of America.
In 2009, Taylor Swift made music history at the Country Music Awards when she became the youngest artist to ever win Entertainer of the Year. That night she also claimed awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Album of the Year with Fearless. Her popularity and success continued in 2009 highlighted by five American Music Awards including Pop/Rock Female Artist, Adult Contemporary Artist, Country Female Artist, Favorite Country Album and the biggest prize of all, Artist of the Year.
Swift was also named Artist of the Year in 2009 by Billboard Magazine. Her success and popularity shows no signs of slowing down either. With eight nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards including one of the biggest, the nomination for the Album of the Year, it looks like an incredible start. Taylor Swift has become a teen idol. As the current teen queen she’s become an interest to even those who aren’t country music fans. Her music has the ability to bring in a new fan base, blurring the lines between country and pop, she has a great voice, lyrics with a message, and she's adorable!
Good Girl Gone Bad - Tribute to Rihanna
Pop diva Rihanna is one of the hottest singers to captivate the music scene in recent years; her powerhouse vocals and provocative performances are continually enchanting audiences around the globe. The singer’s unique musical style combines a variety of genres (R&B, dancehall and reggae) with undeniably catchy pop hooks that often catapult her name to the top of the charts.
Rihanna was born on the Caribbean island of Barbados and began singing at age 7. By age 14, she and two of her classmates had formed an all-girl group exhibiting a similar look and sound to the band Destiny’s Child. However, Rihanna, like Beyoncé Knowles before her, possessed a star power that outshone her bandmates, and the blossoming performer was eventually signed as a solo artist to the Def Jam record label in New York.
Her debut album, Music of the Sun, pays homage to Rihanna’s island heritage. It was released in August 2005 and reached number 10 on the Billboard 200, selling over two million copies worldwide. The album’s lead single, ‘Pon de Replay’, shot to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became 2005’s summer dance club anthem. Since then, Rihanna has released five more albums, showing her versatility as an artist by reinventing her image and sound with every release.
To this chameleon from the Caribbean, variety truly is the spice of life, and she’s forever seeking to chart new waters. It’s no surprise that she was recently named the top selling digital artist of all time, surpassing her idol—and the Queen of reinvention—Madonna. And yet amidst all of her successes, Rihanna remains grounded and eternally committed to referencing her beloved roots.
Britney...One More Time - A tribute to Britney Spears
Following in the fancy footsteps of her childhood idols—Madonna and Janet Jackson—singer, dancer and megastar Britney Spears has positioned herself as the Princess of Pop for Generation Next. The best selling female artist of the 2000s, she has sold 100 million records worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Britney began her journey to pop stardom at the tender age 3, in her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana. Doting ‘stage mom’ Lynn Spears enrolled a young Britney in dance lessons initially, and by age 5, the budding performer was singing in—and winning—many state-level talent competitions. The tiny tot with the mature vocal range went on to compete on the televised talent show ‘Star Search’ and her triple threat abilities took centre stage on the revived 'Mickey Mouse Club' variety show.
But it wasn’t until Britney turned 17 that she became a household name, upon the release of her debut album, ‘Baby One More Time’. During a phase when overzealous pop groups like Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys dominated the charts, Britney’s innocent yet independent spirit was a breath of fresh air—and reminiscent of her idols in their younger days. Baby One More Time’s first single and title track sold 500,000 copies on its first day and the album became the best-selling album ever released by a teenager.
Over a decade later, Britney Spears is still a young woman, but has established herself as an industry veteran, showing considerable strength while riding the roller coaster of fame. She holds the longest time span of number ones on the Mainstream Top 40 chart (over 12 years) and her seventh studio album, ‘Femme Fatale’, was released in March 2011 to rave critical reviews. No longer the little girl chasing a big dream, she has been handed the torch by her iconic predecessors and continues the legacy by inspiring a new crop of pop divas—including the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
Mariachi De La Noche
On May 5th, 1917 Mariachi De La Noche (Mariachi Of The Night) performed their final concert in a secret location in the town of Cocula in the province of Jalisco, Mexico. Having completed their mission of bringing joy, peace and a little heat to the masses and reviving the custom of celebrating every occasion with live music they simply disappeared. Trumpeter Carlos The Unspoken, who had never uttered a word on stage throughout their entire career, was quoted as saying "Job done".
On May 4th, 2017, on the eve of Cinco De Mayo, in the Eglissa Santa Del Gordoni, during the annual Wang Of The Dang Doodle Festival, the sound of a trumpet, a ukulele and two guitars suddenly echoed in the chapel as mariachi aficionados gasped in disbelief. What appeared to be the members of the legendary Mariachi De La Noche were strolling into the room to the sensual sound of "The Lonely Bull" performed exactly as it had been a century before. At the end of the performance, Carlos The Unspoken simply said, "Guess not".
And now, Mariachi De La Noche wants to once again take up it's mission to bring joy, peace and a little heat to any event you have in mind. With a repertoire of "salsified" hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's as well as numerous traditional mariachi songs, this quartet of veteran musicians and stage performers will bring out the Latin passion in your guests and turn your fun night into a fiesta with their infectious beats and soaring vocal harmonies. Their costumes are also pretty cool.
Mariachi De La Noche consists of Pablo The Contumacious Poet, Fernando Of The Flowing Hair, Carlos The Unspoken and Caesar "Che" Muchacho.
Expectations Were Exceeded
"We booked Mariachi De La Noche as entertainment for our Fiesta themed gala and couldn't be happier that we did! From their roaming set, to a staged performance, they were able to add a real Mexican flair to the evening that didn't go unnoticed by our 200+ guests. From the phone call prior to the event, to their performance evening of, and the follow up call to ensure we were happy with the performance, our expectations were exceeded! I have no doubt that their performance contributed to the $36,000 we were able to raise in the evening to support local health care. Thanks again senors!"
-Allison Cox, Director, Riverside Foundation for Health Care
Winnipeg, the multicultural capital of Canada is very lucky to have such an amazing artist like Marco Castillo to represent the vast and complex culture of Brazil. Born in the Capital Samba, Rio de Janeiro, he was raised in a musical family and that's evident in his musical knowledge. Latin Samba-Jazz Funk probably best describes Marco's music. Blending the unique traditional rhythms and contemporary sounds of Brazil with lush jazz-voicings and epidemic grooves, Marco has been impressing international audiences around the globe. Castillo made Canada his home in 2006 and Brazil wept – for she had lost one of her beloved musicians. Following in his father’s footsteps, a man who recorded tons of albums (including with Nat King Cole) and toured the world with "Trio Irakitan", Marco’s skills were honed at the feet of the best. Castillo’s extensive musical and rhythmic expertise spans from the gentle, warm musical embrace of the romantic Bossa-Nova, rustic and contagious root rhythms of Baião, and the festive, upbeat, exuberant Samba, to the velvety sounds of Smooth Jazz, and alluring, infectious funky grooves. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at "Estácio de Sá University" in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, he instantly began touring South America with Brazil’s hottest bands.
Since moving to Canada, Marco has been giving back as much as he has been given. His musical influence can be seen everywhere among his peers. Whether it’s his work as a solo artist or his collaborations, not the least of which is his full 8 piece "Brazilian Beats" band which always brings a one of a kind show, Marco is the Latin/World Music ‘go to guy’ and is becoming one of the most sought-out artists in North America. His intelligent treatment of all the rich Brazilian styles on his Canadian debut CD, Brazilian Season, ensured that it topped college radio charts for weeks. Castillo’s much appraised Trip to Brazil, a sumptuous samba compilation awarded World Recording of the Year (2012) in Regina as part of the Western Canadian Music Awards, continues to rocket Marco to the top of the World Music scene in Canada. Marco’s new release Zabelê (World Recording of the year Nominee WCMA 2014) brings ten original eclectic songs in a perfect and diverse mix of uplifting Latin-Jazz and delivers a variety of deluxe textures that will surely bring all listeners to their feet.
His vivacious compositions and passion brought Castillo the opportunity to participate in numerous festivals including the glorified Western Canadian Music Awards. Marco Castillo was a finalist for the 2015 Viña del Mar International Music Festival in Chile. Held annually since 1960, this international song contest is one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, and is broadcasted and seen by over 150,000,000 fans. Castillo’s original song "Forró no Canadá" from his recently released CD Zabelê, was one of six finalists in the Folkloric category of the competition. The Viña del Mar festival took place from February 21 to 27, 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile.
Clyde Heerah is a professional steel drum player. He has and still is performing in all varied types of venues. Examples are weddings, indoor and outdoor concerts, schools, retirement homes, at breakfast, lunch and dinner events, corporate companies parties, shopping malls, etc. His solo steel drum performances sound like a full steel band orchestra with the accompaniment of back up tracks produced by himself on which he plays all instruments. He also participates in many cultural events throughout the city and province. Please google his name Clyde Heerah on the internet and peruse some of the interesting venues in which he performed. He can be seen performing with a steel band on a float during the Toronto Caribana festivities 2009 on YouTube. Mission as a steel drum player is simple to get people into a party mood.
Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Latin
A Powerful Musical Force for over 15 Years, Caraballo is the name to remember for one of Winnipeg's Top Bands. Caraballo has travelled all over Canada, playing all types of venues and events, plus performing with well-established recording artists.
The band's diverse repertoire, from Bob Marley style Reggae, Harry Belafonte style Calypso, modern day Soca, Latin, and Dance-Hall Reggae, as well as chart topping Top-40 Dance tunes, combined with these versatile musicians, makes Caraballo Band a leader in this industry, throughout Central and Western Canada.
A powerful Musical Force for well over 15 years. Based out of Winnipeg, Canada. The immense versatility of our repertoire and in each member's abilites, keeps us at the pinnacle of this industry. Caraballo's repertoire comprises of the major styles of music. Bob Marley style Reggae, Harry Belafonte style Calypso, modern style Soca, Latin, Dance - Hall Reggae and the new Top-40, Dance Hits. What ever it takes to move the audience.
Caraballo has performed in venues from Weddings, Pool Parties, Office Functions, Conventions, Major Concerts and Festivals of over 10,000 people, Top Casinos, and Premiere Night Clubs. The following list is an example of these venues:
In addition, Caraballo has backed up recording artists from Trinidad, Iwer George, The Baron and SuperBlue in Winnipeg. The unique sound has been captured on our own recordings, but the soul of the music can only be seen and felt on stage. So for Central and Western Canada's most versatile Top-40, Soca, Reggae, Calypso, Latin, Dance Band, contact this Winnipeg Based band Caraballo (a.k.a. Carabello).
Latin American Band
Grupo Sabor started in Winnipeg on December of 1990 with only six members. This highly energetic Latin American Band has grown to nine members since who are all fully dedicated and passionate for their music. Through the years Grupo Sabor has been recognized as being recognized as being one for the best Latin American bands in Winnipeg.
The musicians are from different regions of South America including El Salvador, Nicarauga, Columbia and Chile. Music and dance play a vital part of their everyday lives and it comes across in their shows. Their traditional music is rich in percussion and vocals. The show includes a variety of styles of music such as Bolero, Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa and Soca. The band also pays the top hits that are recognized in Latin America such as Hot Hot Hot, La Bamba, Macarena and many more. With their talent and varied set list the band has been filling night clubs, festivals and fair sets for years! The last few years has seen the fan base grow across the country after appearances throughout Canada including Calgary, Edmonton, Dauphin Regina and many more.
Grupo Sabor has an irresistible beat to their music. One cannot help but be taken away on an exotic and fun filled trip with their energetic and pulsating rhythms.
Hasta la vista... See you on the dance floor!
It's party time. Glen Williams and his band bring the sounds and rhythms of the Caribbean to you. Reggae, Soca, Calypso and Rhythm & Blues make up a typical set. It's all for fun - and to get you dancing!
Glen Williams leads the group with vocals and guitar. Any number of band-mates join him depending on the event. Life of the party Doug Wilson on sax and Chris Meszaros on bass are among the usual suspects. From a Glen Williams solo set to an eight-piece show band with drums, keyboards, percussion and back-up vocals, the Glen Williams Band is ready to pump-up your crowd.
Whether you remember when 'Under the Boardwalk' or 'One Love' first came out, or are falling in love with the reggae beat for the first time, Glen Williams Band parties are fun for every age. The "Jah Children" Show is specially tuned for young ears and the young at heart, with dancing, juggling and singing - all to the rhythms of the tropics.
A well known performer in Winnipeg's multi-cultural music scene, Glen Williams brings a wealth of experience working with kids to his act and his songs. Reggae music is his first love, but he also sings classic R&B and Soul hits. His original compositions bring all of these elements together with an infectious sense of fun.
afriCan guitar and drum
A truly one of a kind group in Winnipeg, Trio Afrique combines the sweet guitar and vocal melodies of Central and Southern Africa with the driving drum rhythms of West Africa. Master musician from the Congo Ewinge Kiki leads the group, and is backed by highly sought after performers Daniel Koulack on bass guitar and Jay Stoller on hand drums. Formed in 2012, this group has been delighting Winnipeg audiences ever since, and take great pride in introducing listeners to this wonderful musical style.
A note on Congolese music: Democratic Republic Congo has an extraordinary wealth of music. Home to literally hundreds of different cultures, the music of the Congo has strongly influenced and in turn been influenced by both Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music as well as the music of surrounding African countries. The sound is characterized by compelling rhythms, melodic interlocking guitar parts with the trademark reverb and long delay, and a particularly appealing vocal line floating on top. The songs are sung in many different languages. The official European language of the Congo is French, and there are four African languages that also have official language status. Ewinge sings in six different languages in addition to French and English. It is wonderful dance music.
One Man Wailin
Single Marley Tribute
'One man Wailin' is a one man, fully sequenced/pre-recorded Bob Marley & the Wailers tribute. It features all of the instrumentation (drums, bass, organ, piano, clavs, synths, percussion etc.) except guitar which I play live. I also performed every background vocal to recreate a complete, full band sound. It's a project that was literally months in the making.
Live performance - I sing lead and play electric guitar to an evening’s worth of Marley classics and other rare gems. I encourage the audience to join in vocally on many of the classic, sing-along choruses to make them feel a part of the show.
Always a fun time and good for some laughs too! I interact well with kids, seniors and everyone in between!
Bavarian Musik Werks
Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zassy, Oi Oi Oi! A toast to your health and well-being makes Bavarian Musik Werks the perfect choice for any Oktoberfest or any event that enjoys lively music delivered in authentic German costumes. Consisting of veteran musicians the show is a mix of festive songs to sing and dance along to. Bavarian Musik Werks bring Munich to your event. The upbeat sound of the brass and accordion quickly turns your event into a festive party.
An evening with BMW will be one your guests will long remember.
Reggae, Calypso, Disco
The Paradize Band performs Caribbean music such as calypso, soca, and reggae, as well as classics from a variety of other styles infused with some Caribbean flair. This fun and exciting group is perfect entertainment for a wide variety of occasions, ranging from laid-back social gatherings to lively parties with everybody on the dancefloor!
Also features the smooth pulsating sounds of steel drums.
Tribe of One
It takes an amazing blend of art and culture to create Tribe of One’s incredibly rich, one-of-a-kind concert experience. 12 years after their first show, there is still no one like them. Painters, poets, dancers and musicians combining their artistic voices to showcase their Aboriginal, Metis, French/English cultures - each performance is a tour de force.
Rik Leaf & Marie-Josee Dandeneau, play over a dozen instruments between them, creating a thunderous World Roots sound that layers First Nation pow-wow drums, hand drums, didgeridoo and ocarinas over Rik’s percussive acoustic guitar and MJ’s soulful, funk bass. Buffy Handel, one of Canada’s top Aboriginal dancers, mixes traditional and contemporary choreography, regalia and costumes as she physically interprets the songs.
Throughout each show, award winning visual artist, Tina Newlove, completes a painting from start to finish. Tribe of One are always festival favorites, and a story full of so much colour, sound and movement they are impossible to capture in a sound byte.
Summer Time Duo
Shout out loud of the SummerTime Duo from Cuba. The duo has entertained many large audiences and gatherings in several 5-star hotels. They have performed in China, Egypt, and Kazakhstan. Both of them can sing in several languages, which are English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Mandarin while playing guitar and percussion instruments. Their top 40 songs include many energetic dance styles, including bachata, pop, reggaeton, salsa, rock & roll, and more.
Bubba B the MC
Host, MC, Speaker
Bubba B, “a man of distinction, character and stature” like NO other. From Radio Host to Children’s Host, Youth Advocate, Performer, Artist or outstanding citizen, “Bubba B the MC” is a force to be reckoned with.
“Delivery is unique but fits in on all levels and definitely leaves an impression.”
-Grade 4-8 Principal
“Doing shows in front of one person or a crowd of people, and knowing that their eyes are on me and that I have the power to enlighten and educate them is a very powerful thing which I don’t take the responsibility of lightly.”
Host and Master of Ceremonies and Notable performances
Alternative hip hop
Something has started in Winnipeg and is spreading across the world!! Back porch rap! And who do we have to thank for it? Winnipeg born alternative hip-hop group, Abstract Artform.
Alternative Hip-Hop?? Back porch rap? Well that’s exactly what you can expect from this live hip-hop experience! A drummer, bassist and DJ create the sound backdrop while the MC’s get the crowd going!
The track “Bring it Back” was nominated for the best song in genre for Hip-Hop at the Effigy Awards by ABC Radio in the US!
Abstract Artform has released 3 underground albums but most notably the full length album "Prairie Kid" in retail (HMV etc..) and online (iTunes) which received great reviews from local publications (Winnipeg Sun, Uptown, CBC radio) as well as CD Baby featured release. The CD features hip-hop legends Jurassic 5 and Juno nominee DJ Brace.
Also brand new is the “Summer in the City” music video which has been submitted to Much Music for rotation! The song features Doodlebug of the Grammy winning Digable Planets.
Svet the Violinist
hip hop violinist
SVET was born on September 3rd 1986 in Eastern Europe and at the age of only three, he displayed his unique talent on the Violin. Through dedication, determination and discipline, his early compositions on piano and violin won him a scholarship to the legendary Eastman School of Music. As a violinist, singer and music producer, SVET is now one of the few if not the only one in the industry with such horizon.
“I love the fact that I can elevate music to the next level. It gives me inspiration watching people enjoying and dancing to my music”.
At the age of 26, SVET has appeared on major networks such as ABC, BET, MTV, and recently SVET was featured on NBC’s premier TV show America’s Got Talent. SVET is currently working on his debut album as well as touring College Campuses all around the country. SVET was also the first ever half time performance act for the Brooklyn Nets franchise at Barclay Center in Brooklyn NY.
Joseph Daryl Sinclair, a.k.a. BlaZe has been setting fire to Winnipeg’s hip-hop scene for over a decade. Passionate about music and creatively fearless, BlaZe delivers banging music that is truly a product of his life and his struggles.
Aboriginal and proud, BlaZe has volunteered his time to inspire kids in Winnipeg to pursue music. Time after time, BlaZe has triumphed over the struggles of poverty, drugs and violence. He can hold his head high as a committed artist and community leader.
BlaZe has been:
He has also signed with TG Records as a Breakout Artist (2007).
BlaZe not only earned his status from Winnipeg‘s hip-hop community, but has been internationally recognized as a true contender.
Growing up as a middle child in a family with six kids was difficult (You do the math). I was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, and spent most of my life in Steinbach Manitoba, where the name Corny is as common as Bill, John, or Dave. I don't think my parents knew what they started when they called me Corny. I watched a lot of TV as a kid and was always fascinated by all the voices and characters and I religiously sang along with every theme song. Music has always been a big part of my life. My siblings and I started a gospel group when I was a teenager. Years later when we all got married and had kids we didn't have time for the group so I started a country band called "Brazen Eagle" which included two of my siblings. Now I'm doing my own thing. I've unleashed the voices and characters in my head and let them put on a show for you (and some people call Multiple Personality a disorder). A big part of my show pays tribute to "The King" Elvis Presley but all his friends like Shrek, Jack Nicholson, and Cher join him. I've had the pleasure of performing all across the Canadian prairies, as far north as Thompson Manitoba and as far south as Mazatlan Mexico. I recently entered the biggest Elvis Competition in the world at the Collingwood Elvis Festival in Ontario and ended up in the top 10 in the "Professional Division - Vegas Years". Hope to see you at the show. I'll be the one in the jump suit and cape... or a strait jacket.
Adam T. Elvis
Born to pay tribute to the King of Rock'n Roll, award winning tribute artist, Adam T. Elvis executes a dynamic portrayal of authenticity that makes him one of the most adored and sought after tribute artists in the country. Mastering the sound, look and mannerism with amazing accuracy of Elvis Presley, Adam delivers a fascinating, high energy stage performance. Adam's mesmerizing interpretation, exciting stage presence, authentic costumes and exhilarating charisma ushers in an outstanding performance filled with the music and memories of Elvis Presley.
The Adam T. Elvis Show has emerged onto the scenes as one of the best tribute shows in the industry. An explosion of talent not to be missed. Adam T. Elvis and the Good Rockin' Tonite Band spotlights the life and music of Elvis Presley. The show case features the legendary Sun Studio Recordings through to the movies, a Blue Hawaii Tribute, '68 Comeback and the explosive concert years. The show can also be done using tracked music for smaller or private functions. You still receive the same high energy show without the band and the same amount of fun!
Don Constant was born in The Pas, Manitoba and was raised by his grandparents. As soon as he was old enough, he left to pursue other interests.
Don comes from a musical background: Both parents were musicians who performed in local churches in and around the surrounding area of The Pas.
Don’s passion for Music began in his early teens when he first started playing guitar. After a few years away from music and his hometown, Don returned to The Pas to start a trucking business and again pursued music.
Don spends all of his free time actively pursuing his love for music. He is deeply involved in promoting his upcoming appearances.
Today Don spends his time promoting his love of Elvis Presley's music. Elvis being one of the greatest recording artists of his time.
Justin Timberlake Impersonator
While world-famous pop sensation NSYNC are taking a well-deserved break as a group, Justin Timberlake, not satisfied with just being a member of the biggest boy band around, has launched a solo career. His debut, 'Justified', has been deemed a smashing success, yielding a string of top-10 hits including "Like I Love You," "Cry Me A River," and "Rock Your Body." Propelled by incredible talent, charisma, and sex appeal, Trevor brings Timberlake's persona to every performance with this energetic tribute! Trevor's efforts prove to be 'Justified' not only as a tribute artist, but as a spectacular entertainer in his own right.
Neil Diamond Impersonator
Tom Sadge (pronounced Tom Sage) has been a full-time entertainer his entire adult life. He began as a singer with bands and, later, became a popular mobile DJ / vocal impressionist whose repertoire included the voices of Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett and other singing legends. For the past sixteen years Tom has performed from coast to coast, in Europe and in Canada, as a Neil Diamond impersonator and tribute artist.
The celebrity impersonation act germinated in the summer of 1996 when Marion, Tom's wife and business partner of three decades, was inspired by a Legends In Concert booklet. Why not use makeup and costumes as did the impersonators performing on the Las Vegas strip? The transition from local entertainer to a national act as a tribute artist thus began and in November 1997 Tom debuted his Jazz Singer era Neil Diamond.
Since his debut, Tom has entertained at many major venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. "Diamondheads" (Neil's top fans) in both the U.S. and Europe have hired him to perform at fan club gatherings, eight consecutive Neil Diamond Chicago Birthday Party celebrations and three Carnival Fan Cruises.
Tom Sadge has met Neil Diamond and his band members on several occasions. Does Neil approve of Tom? During a 2002 concert in State College PA.Neil, spotting Tom in the front row, leaned over the stage and, pointing to Tom, told the crowd of many thousands, "This guy sounds just like me!."
Opening national act credits include Engelbert Humperdinck, comedian Jackie Mason, Kool and the Gang, The Guess Who (featuring Burton Cummings), Bare Naked Ladies, and The Lords (acclaimed German band). Tom Sadge considers superstar Engelbert Humperdinck, who has met with Tom many times, to be a friend. "Enge", like Tom, is a family man who often tours with his wife, sons and/or daughter.
Casinos regularly book Tom Sadge as a solo performer or with his tribute bands. "Tom Sadge As Neil Diamond" has appeared on casino theater marquees from Atlantic City, NJ to Las Vegas, NV. In 2013 Tom performed at Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains and was also one of the last entertainers booked into Mount Airy Lodge (late 1990s) and the Sands Casino Copa Room in Atlantic City (demolished in 2007). Tom Sadge has entertained twice at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA and has performed at Trump casinos, as well.
Production show producers choose Tom as their first choice to portray Neil Diamond: Legends In Concert (CT, MO, NV, NJ, SC), Memories Theatre (TN), Showstoppers Live! (AZ), A Really Big Shew (NJ, WA, NV) and Legends Alive! (CA) are just a few of the large U.S. and Canadian companies who repeatedly hired Tom for extended bookings.
Tom Sadge's 20+ years’ experience as DJ/MC enhances his ability to mesmerize an audience of three or a crowd of 62,000 (Philadelphia's Eagles). He is in demand for state and county fairs, corporate functions, conventions, outdoor concerts, amphitheaters, festivals, fundraisers, charitable events, country clubs and active adult 55+ communities. Guests at weddings, bar mitzvahs, landmark birthday, anniversary and retirement parties always pleased with the special magic Tom brings to celebration.
Dozens of radio and television personalities, as well as print journalists, have interviewed Tom throughout the years. The list includes New York City's popular morning drive DJs Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill. Tom was interviewed and then sang live from the WPLJ studios above Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. Television credits include The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (NYC); ABC's The Next Best Thing; Inside Edition and AMC's special, Lookalikes.
The Tom Sadge Show averages 90 minutes, but Tom's been booked for one song or three hours. Tom adjusts his repertoire to suit any special occasion. Clients can book Tom as Neil Diamond and/or enjoy his alter ego (Tony Testosteroni) performing other vocal impressions (see first paragraph). While not a comedian, "Tony's" friendly banter and occasional jokes bring levity to the performance.
Tribute to the Legends
Elvis, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline
The Tribute to the Legends is a new show featuring Adam T. Elvis and the Good Rockin’ Tonite Band along with other Tribute artists such as Corny Rempel as Johnny Cash and Laurie Sutherland as Patsy Cline.
In this 3 hour Tribute Show, you will get to relive and hear all the great stories behind the songs, all your favorite #1 hits and songs you may not have known these great artists even did. You’ll laugh as you hear some of the jokes the tribute artists throw in, you’ll cry when you hear one of the songs that touched you growing up and you will clap along to all your favorite songs.
The night kicks off with Johnny Cash singing all his famous Prison Songs and Love songs. From Folsom Prison Blues, Give My Love to Rose, Ring Of Fire and More, you’ll be clapping along with the Man In Blacks’ famous Chick-a-boom sound that changed the sound of music forever.
The second set goes to Country/Pop Music First Female Crossover artist. Wearing Patsy’s famous Cowgirl outfits, Our Patsy Cline Tribute Artist Laurie Sutherland belts out Patsy’s timeless hits, ‘Walkin’ After Midnight, Crazy, Seven Lonely Days, A Closer Walk With Thee, and I Fall To Pieces and many more with such accuracy you’d figure Patsy never left us in 1964.
The Show closes with Adam T. Elvis performing a split set doing a set of 1950’s Elvis and then changing over to the 1970’s Vegas concert. Belting out hit after hit, Adam leaves it all on the stage and performing all your favorite Rock N Roll, Country, Gospel and Ballads. Hound Dog to Heartbreak Hotel, Burning Love to Suspicious Minds, Adam sings ‘em all.
International Performer, Tribute Artist, Producer, Songwriter and Actor.
Daylin James has performed worldwide in Las Vegas, Europe and Japan and all through the USA and Canada.
In 1997, Daylin was named 'Canadian National / International Elvis Tribute Artist Grand Champion' by Elvis' former backup singers 'The Jordanaires', his drummer D.J. Fontana, and Elvis' third cousin, Donna Presley Early. Daylin was also named the 2011 Canadian National Elvis Gospel Tribute Artist Grand Champion.
Daylin performed for seven years with Las Vegas 'Legends in Concert' and various other world renowned Tribute Artist Productions.
In 2004, and 2006 Daylin performed to a sold out concert in his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario with his own production “ELVIS, The Legends Lives” and still today continues to pack the house. Daylin now produces his own shows and stars in them. He also continues to sell out his production, “The Gospel Music of the King" and his tribute to Broadway music, “Bits of Broadway'. In 2016, Daylin performed his first lead in an off Broadway musical in New York City.
The world’s #1 ranked Aboriginal Elvis is available for your next event. Presented by Gerry The Big Bear Barrett The Show can also include his standup comedy show.
Britney Spears Impersonator
It takes an incredible performer to recreate the excitement of Britney Spears, and Laura Aiello has been doing just that for over five years. She's impressed audiences everywhere honing the unmistakable look, sound and moves of this worldwide teen icon. Demand for Laura's exceptional impersonation of Britney has landed her performances at fairs, festivals, casinos, parks, theaters and private parties across North America and overseas. Some career highlights include The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada, The Fireworks Festival in Shanghai, China and a tour of Greece & Dubai to name a few. Bring all the excitement of Britney Spears to your next event with this successful and dynamic performer!
Multi Personality Show
Vic O'Neail has been performing for audiences since he was 13 years old. He began playing guitar at the age of 11 and has always enjoyed performing for people since then.
Vic has performed at many venues in Winnipeg such as the Regent Casino, McPhillips Casino, and the Fort Garry Hotel for numerous weddings. He has performed as Elvis in the Canada Day festivities in Gimli, Winnipeg and various other festivals throughout Canada. Singing, playing guitar, performing impressions and acting are just a few outlets for Vic's creative mind. He is also an artist and enjoys painting, sketching in pencil, and designing web sites (his real job).
Jay Buchanan is a singer/songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist born in New York, USA. After graduating from the UofM Jazz studies program, he began playing in several local bands & working as a private instructor in Winnipeg. He is greatly influenced by Nat King Cole and Harry Connick Jr.
Since graduation, Jay began making a name for himself in Winnipeg and across Canada. He has performed his folk-jazz fusion music at the Winnipeg Folk Festival (2012, 2014, 2018) and has performed with Ron Paley at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. He played on three full length records as a side-man in 2018, and he looks forward to releasing his solo record in early 2020.
Sir Luc and the Dukes
Funk, Soul, R&B
Sir Luc and the Dukes are a seven part funk/soul/R&B project who would love to play at your next function!
Let us be the one of the highlights of your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, birthday parties, house parties, bars, restaurants or clubs by doing what we are best at, playing incredible music.
Sir Luc and The Dukes can accommodate any budget by offering different ensemble choices such as Solo guitar/piano, duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextet and septet.
We have now paired with DJ Subeats to make us a one stop shop for all of your music needs for any type of event.
jazz pianist, trumpeter, saxophonist, trombonist
Jonathan Alexiuk was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. After graduating from John Taylor Collegiate, he began performing in Winnipeg and Kenora, and soon after on Princess Cruise Lines. He joined the Air Command Band in 2004, and served there as pianist, trombonist and arranger until 2007.
Jonathan has performed and recorded as a pianist, trumpeter, saxophonist, trombonist, clarinetist, and is a largely self-taught arranger.
He has taught and conducted at the International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens for the past six years, as well as arranging for their vocal jazz choir; his arrangements have been played by the Ron Paley Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Memory Lane Orchestra, Those Guys, the U of W Downtown Vocal Jazz Choir, the Air Command Band, among many others. When not performing on various cruise lines, he is performing around Winnipeg with his own groups or as a sideman.
Big Jay Harrison
Bandleader, Vocalist, Multi-Brass Instrumentalist
Jay Harrison is a highly successful musician and entertainer. His ensembles have dazzled audiences throughout Canada and abroad for over twenty years. Having backed such artists as Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Bob Hope, Engelbert Humperdinck, Kenny Rogers and The Platters, Jay is a highly experienced pro with groups that impress. For your special event, look no further than the Jay Harrison ensembles!
Jay Harrison has been a successful professional Bandleader/Musician for over twenty years. While residing in Ottawa, Jay was extremely active in a variety of musical ensembles. From 1977 until 1980, Jay Harrison was a member of The Ottawa Symphony, The Nepean Symphony and The CBC Recording Orchestra. From 1980 until 1994, Sgt Harrison held the position of Principal Trombonist, Vocalist and Musical Director of the Ambassador’s Dance Orchestra of the Central Band of the Canadian Forces in Ottawa. In this capacity, he performed at State Functions, Diplomatic Receptions, Military Balls, Festivals and Concerts throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. During this period, other ensembles led by Jay Harrison were featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival (eight consecutive years), the Ottawa Jazz Festival (fourteen consecutive years), the Quebec Worldbeat Festival and the Hull, Quebec Festival of Jazz and Blues. Jay's Jazz Quintet, Duo Bone, was twice recorded by the CBC for subsequent broadcasts on the National Network's Jazzbeat. He also recorded with Solid Brass, the Champ Champagne Orchestra, the Vernon Isaac Big Band, the Rejean Gauvreau Big Band and the Bill Jupp Big Band. As a member of Stevens and Kennedy, Ottawa's premiere Dance/Show Band, Jay worked throughout the Capital Region as well as in Toronto, Montreal and Bermuda. As a freelance trombonist, Jay Harrison performed with such acclaimed artists as:
Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, The Canadian Brass, The Platters, Sonny Stitt, The Four Freshman, Bob Hope, Engelbert Humperdinck, Rob McConnell, Red Skelton, Valdy, Peter Appleyard, Michelle Wright, Wayne Ronstad, Guido Basso, Maureen Forrester, Kenny Rogers, James Moody, Martha Reaves, and the Vandellas.
In 1994 Sgt Harrison re-located to Winnipeg as the Principal Trombonist, Vocalist and Musical Director of the Rhythm in Blue Dance Orchestra and Jazz Septet of the Air Command Band of Canada. In 2000, Jay completed his service with the Air Force Bands of Canada. Since arriving in Winnipeg, Jay Harrison has been extremely active in the local music scene. Jay is the lead trombonist with the Ron Paley Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra as well as the Salsa Band, Combo Latino and is featured on the latter group’s CD entitled “Ritmos Calientes”, recorded in collaboration with the CBC. Jay Harrison also leads a number of his own popular ensembles including:
The Jay Harrison Big Band Dance Band and Jazz Quartet, Big Jay and the Jive Flyers, The Dixie Demons
During the summer of 2001, Jay released his debut solo CD entitled “Soon” in conjunction with the Jazz Winnipeg Festival. On this recording, Jay is featured on vocals, alto, tenor and bass trombones, trumpet and flugel. Jay Harrison is formally the Vice-President of the Ottawa/Hull District Federation of Musicians’, Local 180 and is presently the Vice-President of the Winnipeg Musicians’ Association, Local 190. In this capacity, Jay is a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Member's Committee. Jay Harrison also sits on the Board of Directors for the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra and is a member of the Outreach and Education Committee for the Jazz Winnipeg Festival.
Cowboy alternative power-duo
Cowboy alternative power-duo Two Hip is made up of Jay Buchanan (NY) & Chelsey Young (WPG). They have a unique style that combines poetic imagery & introspection with lush harmonies. A variety of instruments are used in their performance (ranging from 80's B8 Mini Air Organs to dobro acoustics), many of which were found in the back lanes of Winnipeg.
J & C have collaborated on countless projects ranging from creating new Fringe shows, singing in opera choruses, & performing 'Louis & Ella' at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. Most recently, they were Wandering Minstrels at the 2018 Winnipeg Folk Fest and are planning a record release for the fall. They chill, they lit, they ain't never gonna quit.
In the summer of 2014, four men came together from the four corners of Winnipeg to see how they sounded as a quartet. Even though they were four individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills, they discovered a natural synergy and were able, from the beginning, to “lock” chords to create a beautiful a capella barbershop sound. That initial excitement spurred them on to build a repertoire of classic and contemporary songs, and now dozens of audiences have found their renderings highly entertaining.
Hats Off is: David Peters (tenor), Victor Olafson (lead), James “Doogie” Kautz (baritone), and Ken Broadfoot (bass), David has been a part of the Manitoba music scene for several years and has sung in a variety of vocal groups. Victor started as lead singer for what he calls a machine-shed band and also played piano, guitar, and trumpet. He has been in three previous quartets and is an Assistant Director of the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen. “Doogie” has been singing in a variety of groups since he could talk, ranging from pairing up with siblings and cousins, to singing bass in a Bible school travelling chorus, to being a music leader in his church. Ken has always loved singing and listening to music (especially the Beatles) and started barbershopping just a few years ago.
Hats Off would love to sing at your anniversary or birthday party, fund-raiser, group or corporate event, or any other situation calling for a bit of fun and vibrant musical entertainment.
latin jazz vocalist
“A beautiful mix of traditional and pop Brazilian music!”
“Brazilian Vibe” enchants audiences while performing the poetic and vibrant “Samba” and “Bossa Nova” from Brazil.
This rich palette of rhythms and graceful melodies will without a doubt take you to the tropical land of Brazil!
As the lead vocalist, Guylaina’s authentic interpretation consists of a beautiful mix, ranging from the jazzy “Bossa Nova” by renowned composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, to the lively “Samba” by popular singer Aline Calixto. Performed in Portuguese, English and French, the repertoire also includes Brazilian favorites from the accomplished singers and songwriters João Gilberto and Vinicius De Moraes.
Traveling through Europe, Africa and Latin America, Guylaina’s passion for Brazilian music is inspired by her extensive travel and her desire to share the poetic language of these universal grooves.
Introducing the members of “Brazilian Vibe”…
A native of Quebec, Guylaina was raised in a passionate singing family, surrounded by classical music, during her growing years. She started her artistic journey by accompanying herself on guitar. Subsequently, her fascination for “World Music” brought her to experiment with a variety of cultures. Guylaina sought out ways to express herself through French, Spanish and Italian songs until she discovered her passion for Brazilian music.
Guitarist Marcos Martins has recently made Winnipeg his home. He flew to Canada bringing with him his musical culture from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With his charming interpretations, Marcos will captivate your imagination and take you on a trip to his homeland!
Learning from Brazilian masters in New York, Fabio Ragnelli moved from Toronto to share his expertise of “World Rhythms” with Manitoba. Fabio tours and performs all summer throughout Eastern Canada, which keeps him extremely busy.
The trio comprised of Guylaina, Marcos and Fabio is the perfect synergy between Canada and Brazil. “Brazilian Vibe” brings a fresh interpretation of these irresistible rhythms, while simultaneously revitalizing the classics and introducing us to the newest songs from Brazil in three different languages!
Jazz / Ragtime Pianist
Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who have mastered the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles from the first half of the 20th century. The Stride piano of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith and Fats Waller, the New Orleans styles of Jelly Roll Morton, the ragtime of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, stomps, boogie woogie and swing, Asaro plays them all with a fine ear for detail, blending the elements into his own personal style. Indeed, most of Paul’s earliest influences were more recent pianists such as Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton and Butch Thompson, musicians who worked within these traditions while at the same time developing their own unique approach.
In a career now spanning two decades, Paul has performed at theaters and clubs worldwide and has appeared at such major venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He has performed onstage with such musical legends and luminaries as Leon Redbone, Steve Allen, Marian McPartland, Butch Thompson, Jeff Healy and Vince Giordano. He was the featured pianist in the Obie award winning Broadway production of “Jelly Roll! The Music and the Man”, performing solo and accompanying the show’s creator and star Vernel Bagneris. Asaro also played for the national tour and numerous regional theater productions of “Jelly Roll!” including a run in Philadelphia resulting in a Barrymore Award nomination for best supporting actor. Asaro has had long runs as house pianist aboard the legendary New Orleans steamboat “Delta Queen” and in Chicago with Jim Beebe’s band featuring former Louis Armstrong All-Star Barrett Deems and the legendary tenor man Franz Jackson.
Currently Asaro tours the country as accompanist to Leon Redbone, playing concerts as a duo as well as appearing on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Mountain Stage” and recording for Leon’s latest studio album. Paul’s piano can be heard on two recent albums by singer and guitarist Loudon Wainwright III including the 2010 Grammy Award winning “Charlie Poole Project”. Recent appearances include solo and two-piano duets with Butch Thompson and Jon Weber for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival’s “Stride Piano Night”, an extended solo tour for Allied Concert Services, and onscreen with Vince Giordano’s band in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”. When not on the road Paul holds down the piano chair in the seven piece jazz band “The Fat Babies”, performing weekly at the long established Chicago jazz club The Green Mill and at the Honky Tonk BBQ. The group plays a wide variety of jazz from the 1920s through the 1940s and has released two albums to critical acclaim with their Delmark Records release “Chicago Hot” being named one of the best jazz album releases of 2012 by the Chicago Tribune.
pianist; ragtime, classical, jazz, rock, and pop
Liam Lewis-Sing is a seasoned pianist from Winnipeg, specializing in performing the best known hits of the 20th century. Ragtime, classical, jazz, rock, and pop fuse together to create an exquisitely well-balanced stage performance or a particularly lovely background ambience. Various past events include weddings, socials, cocktail parties, conventions, graduations, and festivals at various venues in Winnipeg and the Interlake region.
Monika Wall is a classically trained singer (Masters Indiana University, Bloomington) who has a wide range of performing experiences. She sings jazz, classical and also performs her songs that have a cinematic quality ranging from folk/pop to jazz, gospel blues and light classical. Monika has sung in German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Latin. Her diversity allows for a wide range of services. For example, she can sing classical at a wedding ceremony, then jazz standards and originals at the reception.
She is a prolific songwriter and can write a song specific to your event. Monika has performed in Europe, the USA and across Canada. Winnipeg is her home and she has sung with every major group from Manitoba Opera, Ron Paley Big Band, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, CBC Television and Radio, Winnipeg Philharmonic, and Rainbow Stage to name a few. She was honoured among others by the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra as an outstanding Canadian composer when she sang their arrangement of her song ‘Big Blue Waves.’ She is available to perform as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet.
Armadillo String Quartet
Classics, Jazz, Country Fiddle, Broadway Tunes
The Armadillo String Quartet consists of 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello, yet what sets us apart from all other string quartets is our vast and eclectic repertoire, which has been the hallmark of our success. From the traditional classics to the groove of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, ‘The Beatles’, American jazz standards, country fiddle and Broadway show tunes… we satisfy every musical taste!
Since 1989, we have performed for countless private functions and given public concerts. From wedding ceremonies, receptions, and corporate events in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Banff, and Montreal to performing concerts on luxury cruise ships, we've entertained audiences world-wide with our eclectic mix of musical styles.
During our international travels we recorded a CD entitled:
“Armadillo String Quartet: Music From Around the World”, which is an eclectic mix of classical & ethnic music from across the globe. Available to purchase from us directly.
Melissa St Goddard
From Portage La Prairie Manitoba, Melissa has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her Uncles, Darren Lavallee, Mark Morrisseau, and cousin JJ Lavallee, are accomplished fiddle players and were a major influence on Melissa. She received her first fiddle at age 13 from her Uncle Armand Jobin and with the help of her sister Demi, she began to teach herself to play .For the next two years Melissa took fiddle lessons from her Uncle Mark Morrisseau, and began to help teach a young group of fiddlers. Now at the age of 24 Melissa is no longer taking lessons from her Uncle but has become a fiddle instructor herself, teaching children in the Prairie Fiddler's group in Portage la Prairie, and Portage's Conservatory of Music. She has had to opportunity to play at several events around Canada including the "Take the Fort" tour across Western Canada, Batoche, Asham Stomper Fest, Metisfest, Keplinfest and several other festivals in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg's Piano Man
As a musician, Ron Krug has performed with musical theater companies in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Barbados, Regina and Saskatoon, with choirs in several Canadian and European locations and with solo artists across the continent. His favorite though, is accompanying songs from Broadway shows. As accompanist, musical director and yes, even performer at the Hollow Mug Dinner Theater for more than 20 years, he has certainly had a chance to get inside almost every Broadway musical.
Ron continues a 25-year association with Scottish Country Dance music – having played for classes, workshops, examinations and tours throughout Canada and United States and with three Scottish bands. He has also composed music for specially designed dances. His first professional exposure to this music was to play for an examination conducted by Miss Milligan - the co-founder of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. He says that he has been afraid of playing Scottish music ever since!
The warmest spot in his musical career must be reserved for The Bunch of Grapes - a Winnipeg performing troupe specializing in British Music Hall and War Time music. For more than 20 years this close-knit family of performers has produced recordings, presented full-length stage shows, performed for royalty, filmed award-winning television specials and entertained hundreds of Winnipeg, Ontario and U.S. audiences.
Ron’s standard for musical excellence can easily be traced back to his college years with the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers. From that stemmed other rewarding choral affiliations including The Tudor Singers of Montreal. This association established his goals for quality - in working with professionals, amateurs and students - and hopes above all, that everyone enjoys the music they create and share it with others.
Dual citizen Canadian/American recording artist Julie Biggs began her career as a classical singer performing in opera and recital in Canada, the U.S., and abroad. In 2009, Julie released her second album Passions:Art of Seduction, a classical cross-over project which is distributed nationally by Outside Music. "Bold, exciting and fresh, be prepared to be seduced by Biggs' new sound" wrote Jason Gladu of Pop Journalism Magazine and Website in November 2009. Julie’s debut album My Loving Days (Amorosi miei giorni) was released in 2001 and was nominated for a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording.
In 1999, Julie completed her Master of Music in Voice and Opera Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In 1998 Julie attended the summer program at the International Institute of the Vocal Arts (IIVA) in Chiari, Italy. In 1995 she attended the Ost-West Musik Akademie in Altenberg, Germany. In 1993, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Minot State University in North Dakota. In addition to performing Julie is a passionate teacher and vocal coach. She is the founder and director of the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music. She is an active member of the Association of Manitoba Arts Festivals (AMAF) and frequent adjudicator of competitions. Julie has been a longtime member of Manitoba Music and frequent judge of the Western Canadian Music Awards and Canada’s biggest Music awards - The Junos.
Internationally recognized master guitarist Hector Pimentel is a favorite New Mexico entertainer. His music reflects the passionate and musically rich heritage of his classical guitar background. From the day he started playing guitar at age 8 to his status today as an internationally recognized performer, Hector Pimentel’s life reflects the soul of guitar music. Also a recording artist and instructor, Pimentel brings sounds of classical, Spanish, nuevo flamenco and popular music alive.
Hector Pimentel’s Awards
Along with recognition as a world-class performer, Hector Pimentel has received music industry awards that salute his excellence on the following recordings:
Infania, 1995 Mic-line music awards, Infania Nuevo Flamenco styles, group performance
Spontaneous Exchange, 1992 Mic-Line music award, Malaguena en Fuego Nuevo Flamenco styles, group performance
Hector Pimentel was nominated to receive the 1994 New Mexico Governor's Award of Excellence in the Arts. The scope of the award was broadened to recognize the entire Pimentel family, honoring all for their unique contribution.
About the Company Hector Pimentel Music Guitarist represents Hector Pimentel and Leyenda for the finest in classical, popular, and Nuevo Flamenco instrumental music and dance show.
Flamenco, Latin Jazz, Classical Guitar
Philippe Meunier is a Winnipeg based guitar player who brings expertise in various styles including Latin Jazz and Classical Guitar. He also works regularly with various Flamenco Dancers.
Philippe performed across Canada and he is always working on new projects. Whether solo, in a trio or with flamenco dancers, he can provide a band for any special occasion.
Philippe studied at Laval University (Québec) and he holds a Manitoba teaching certificate. He offers private guitar lessons at the University of Manitoba and in River Park South.
In 2016, he was awarded three grants by the Canada Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council & the Winnipeg Arts Council to study Flamenco Guitar in Spain.
This well-dressed duo brings that touch of distinction to any gathering. Performing a mix of classical and popular music for weddings, receptions, corporate events, and functions they can stroll from table to table or in a set area as background or even as a show.
The musicianship is always of the highest quality as members of the group have performed with symphonies and orchestras around the world.
String quartet options also available.
Glen is a multi-instrumentalist and entertainer, tarot reader, photographer, artist, writer and dance-exercise enthusiast living in Winnipeg. In addition to his creative performer activities, Glen also runs a retail business selling Himalayan singing bowls as well as his handmade incense, perfumes and marbled papers.
If you are so fortunate to live in Winnipeg, you might have already heard Glen play or maybe even have had him play for you.
People the world over love the sound of the pan flute, with its soothing, mystical and spiritual qualities. But few are able to play this ancient instrument because it is so demanding.
Because he doesn't drive, Glen needed something to do while he was walking and waiting for buses. Though the piano is a wonderful instrument, it is also very heavy, and Glen's arms were getting tired pushing his concert grand down the street, so he took up the pan flute to give himself something to do while waiting for buses and walking places.
Glen's first instrument is the piano, and he has a very strong Classical background. Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms are his specialties, but he knows hundreds of pieces by other composers. As he got older, Glen branched out into other styles of music, including Ragtime, Oldies, Folk and Rock.
For many years, Glen dropped into the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Wednesday nights and played concerts on the Baldwin concert grand piano on the first floor. Glen has also played at a number of functions and events over the years. As a member of the "Sonica" performing group, Glen (playing gongs, singing bowls and bain-suri) was part of a "Sound Temple" event in the Pool of the Black Star at the Legislature, which drew close to 800 people.
Glen has been reading cards professionally since 1983 when he got his start as a Tarot reader at the old Chocolate Shoppe on Portage Avenue. Glen enjoys both the light-hearted 'fun' aspect of card readings as well as exploring the more mystical and esoteric sides. He brings a knowledge of psychology, history, art, literature and other subjects to his readings. Most recently, Glen has been providing readings virtually on the Facebook group 'Socially Distant Fest' as well as private personal readings.
Glen has worked as a professional musician for many years, and his top Classical piano video on YouTube has over 10 million views. Glen also plays the pan flute and has been at the Romanian Pavilion in Folklorama in recent years. Pan flutes can be played in all weather, and if you have ever seen someone walking the streets of Winnipeg playing a pan flute, that has most likely been Glen. ;-)
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