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Bands 2017

Schedule - Saturday July 1st
CANADA'S 150TH Birthday
Schedule - Sunday July 2nd
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM - Lazy Mike & The Rocking Recliners
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM - FROM THE HIP
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – THE COUNTY LINE
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM - SirReal
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM - THE RANGERS
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - BABY JANE
9.00 - 10:30PM Headliner - DARKHORSE
Featuring Paul Laine
9:00 - 10:30PM Headliner - THE ODDS
July 1st
Saturday Headliner - 9pm

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Dark Horse is the new vehicle for Canadian vocalist Paul Laine and his band. I’ve followed Paul since day 1 – his debut solo album Stick It In Your Ear, then moving to his brilliant time with Danger Danger and his modern rock project Shugaazer. All essential listening in my mind, he can do no wrong!

I heard demos for this album a year or so ago and knew that despite the “country” badge on the cover, it was still 100% Paul Laine music and for that reason I love this also.

Paul just has a wonderful knack of writing memorable songs with great hooks and choruses that draw you in. And his voice of course is one of the most likable in any form of music he’s singing. Some won’t be able to get past the twang or steel guitars or occasional use of banjo and mandolins, but strip those instruments back and you have a pure melodic rock record underneath.

The breezy uptempo southern rocker You Were The One I Waited For sets up the album with its classy sound and production and Paul’s natural lead vocal. The feel good Better Days is pure ear candy and features some outstanding vocals. I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World, Heaven Tonight, Nowhere Fast and the anthemic In The Country are all easy transplants from Paul’s catchy rock songwriting world. The sultry ballad Goodbye could easily have come from Shugaazer and is a killer song in any format. It’s joined by the big power ballad Strong which should be a hit single given any justice.

Would I be as much into this album if someone else was singing? Probably not, as it is Paul’s style, voice and delivery that draws me in. Its country driven, but the heart of the album’s songs remain melodic rock. If you can sit back and enjoy it for what it is - you’ll find another high quality Paul Laine record. If you like a little bit of new-country rock n roll, then this album is likely to be on high rotation for many months to come.

July 2nd
Sunday Headliner - 9pm

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Odds (1987-1999)

The band was formed in 1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting of vocalist-guitarists Craig Northey and Steven Drake (both of whom had led different bands appearing on a music compilation album, Spotlight '86), bassist Doug Elliott and drummer Paul Brennan. The band members claim the name came when Brennan asked Drake, in a town somewhere on the BC coast, "What are the odds of us ever escaping bullshit gigs like this?"

In the late 1980s, the band played up to four nights a week as a 1960s and 1970s cover band called Dawn Patrol at the Roxy nightclub in Vancouver, while playing as Odds on weekends and funding their own demo recordings at Crosstown Studios in North Vancouver.

In 1991 they released their debut self-produced album Neopolitan, which spawned the radio hits "Love Is the Subject" and "King of the Heap" (both sung by Northey). The third single, the sexually explicit "Wendy Under the Stars" (sung by Drake), failed to chart, but attracted the attention of music critic Greil Marcus in his book Dead Elvis. After the release of Neopolitan, the band were picked up by Warren Zevon, becoming his touring band for his album Mr. Bad Example.

In 1993, Zevon returned the favor by guesting on the bands Bedbugs album. Its lead single was "Heterosexual Man". The video for that song featured the band members performing in drag, with Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald and Mark McKinney from The Kids in the Hall, themselves often noted for drag performances, as stereotypically macho jocks in the audience until Foley inexplicably turns into a woman. Three more singles were released from the album: "It Falls Apart", "Jackhammer" and the Europe only "Yes (Means it's Hard to Say No)". "Jackhammer" features a guitar battle between Robert Quine (Lou Reed, Richard Hell, Matthew Sweet, etc.) and Zevon.

Good Weird Feeling, their most commercially successful album, included drum tracks from both Brennan and Steward. The album featured the top 10 hit singles "Truth Untold" and "Eat My Brain". "Satisfied" hit the top 20. "Mercy to Go" and "Smokescreen" also charted. "Eat My Brain" later found a place on the Craig Northey-produced soundtrack to the The Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy. Northey composed the score for the movie along with Steward and Elliott.

In 1996 the album Nest was released. The track "Someone Who's Cool" originally intended for a sequel to the Friends soundtrack,[1] was their first No. 1 single in their native Canada. It hit the U.S. top 40 and was No. 3 at AAA radio. It later was also used as the title theme for the short-lived CBS comedy Love Monkey. The follow-up single "Make You Mad" featured a video which was co-directed by and starred Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall. "Nothing Beautiful" was the third single.

Odds toured extensively during the 1990s, including as an opening act for The Tragically Hip and Barenaked Ladies. The band performed until 1999, headlining that year's Arts County Fair year-end concert at the University of British Columbia, but released no further new studio albums.

July 1st
The County Line

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County Line Bio--Dynamic, energetic, and unapologetically honest with their music and performance, the contrasting yet complimentary vocal styles and personalities of Hayden and Megan shape everything about The County Line. As artists, they deliver their music with the same humble, kind, and honest approach that country fans know and appreciate. While this is evident in all that they do, the band is without a doubt based on the mix of their own unique individualities and styles. The chemistry between Megan and Hayden is seen in every performance, interview, and fan interaction. Hayden’s grit, edge and yet humble energy is the compliment to Megan’s sweet but strong personality. Perfecting their craft at over 250 shows since their start 2.5 years ago, this contrast and chemistry is not only apparent in the interactions between them, it is what makes their fans relate to, and come to love, the duo.

The County Line had a humble beginning: playing acoustic guitars and singing their favourite country songs in small pubs and bars across Vancouver Island in 2013. Hayden’s background was based mostly in rock, yet he had a deep down passion for bluegrass music, the soundtrack of his childhood. With his dad helping him learn to play the mandolin and fiddle before the age of 5, he had a jumpstart into the roots of country music. Megan’s past experience included genres that were sweet and soulful, including classic R&B and Musical Theatre. These varied backgrounds, combined with their contrasting yet complimentary vocals and personalities, is what gives the duo their unique sound and style.

In two short years, The County Line have grown as a band, as performers, and as songwriters. Their acoustic show beginnings have turned into performances across BC as a blazing 6 piece electric country band. Small bar stages have paved the way into playing as an opening act Dierks Bentley, opening for well known Canadian acts including Brett Kissel, George Canyon and The Washboard Union, and performing before thousands on festival stages.

July 2nd
Baby Jane

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Baby Jane was founded some 16 odd years ago by Shelley Beeston and Robert Pegg. The two core members still form the nucleus of what may be Vancouver`s longest standing club band to date. Spending 4 years as a house band for the Buffalo Club in downtown Vancouver, as well as continuing to work in the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island area on a regular basis, has kept the band in top form. Rob Morrison [Jann Arden] joins Baby Jane on bass and Frank Baker[Trooper] rounds out the line-up on drums; both talented professionals in the Vancouver music scene.

From the Grey Cup after party for 2000+ people, to the local club for 200 people, it`s always the same commitment to good music and great times. Recent shows of note include the press conference at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver for the upcoming 2014 Rock & Roll Marathon, a fundraiser at the Qualicum Civic Center, and a tenure at the newly re-opened Point Pub in Port Moody.

A current and diversified set-list, coupled with the always stunning voice of Shelley Beeston, continues to captivate audiences in every prestigious club featuring live music entertainment in Western Canada!

JULY 1st

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For More than 30 years Tragically Hip have been telling stories and giving us melodies that have intertwined with our lives. Recently The Hip have embarked on a new chapter of their lives, and that story has yet to be told. A celebration like Canada's 150th Anniversary would not be the same without taking the time to pay homage to one of Canada's most influential bands of all time.

'FROM THE HIP' proudly brings you The Essentials that shaped our Lives. We are Fully, Completely… “FROM THE HIP”

JULY 2nd

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The Rangers----Over three decades rock music was born, was pubescent and then matured right along with the millions and millions of people who grew in the exact same steps. The Rangers roam the musical landscape of this time with a passion bred in the hearts of each of them.

JULY 1st
Lazy Mike & The Rocking Recliners

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"It seems ironic that a band called “Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners”, is considered to be one of the hardest working Blues bands on Vancouver Island!

At the nucleus of Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners, is the Father/Son team of “Lazy” Mike Mallon on Vocals and Harmonica, and Carson “McKinley Slim” Mallon on Guitar and Vocals, creating a musical bond, and a fresh spin on old Lowdown, Rockin’ Blues. With Al Medcalf laying it down on the Bass Guitar, and rock steady Drummer, Evan Matthiesen locking in to drive the bottom end, forging the band’s “Harp Driven Rockin’ Blues” sound, inducing Good Times and full Dance Floors where ever they play."

JULY 2nd

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Sirreal is an original hip hop artist bringing hard hitting beats and lyrical talent to every performance. As an entertainer Sirreal knows how much hard work and dedication it takes to be one on Vancouver Islands' best. Born in Comox, BC and currently holding it down for Nanaimo, this hip hop phenomenon takes full advantage of today's technology wrangling his army of fans via internet, music videos, albums, concert promotions and constant hustle. Just like the music industry, the life of this rising star has not been easy.

Devastated by the untimely death of both his father and older brother, Sirreal learned to stand as a man conquering his demons of addiction and poverty. Now, instead of drugs Sirreal boldly laces his lyrics with the die hard truths of reality and its consequences whether they be positive or negative.

Sirreal's musical style bridges all genres of music by blending truthful hard-hitting lyrics with a live touring stage band by the name of Blue Satellite. A Perfect fit for any lineup, you may be surprised at what these guys can do. Sponsored by Nanaimo's very own Smoke Zone, D. Clarke Plumbing , Underground Skateboards and Mambo's Pizza, Sirreal's reputation precedes him.

He continues to shine with over 60 shows all over BC and Alberta. Opening for such artists as Tech Nine, Royce Da 5"9,Bone Thugs N Harmony, B Real of Cypress Hill, Heavy Metal Kings (Vinny Paz and Ill Bill), Masta Ace, Bif Naked, The Beatnuts, Daniel Wesley, Moka Only, Mad Child, Sweatshop Union, and Juno award winning rap artist Belly, just to name a few.

With great determination and gratitude, Sirreal's "Self Centred" album has been released independently and has sold 1000 copies to date, going ghetto gold in the process. If you haven't heard him yet, now is your chance to give one of Vancouver Island's finest a listen. Having Recently linked up with his live band Blue Satellite ; Sirreal’s stage show has definitely taken it to another level

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