Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music’s biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.
The guys have had a busy year, with no signs of slowing down. Their first single, “Lawn Chair Lazy,” which was written by band front man, James Barker, along with fellow Canadians Gavin Slate and Travis Wood, became the highest charting debut single ever from a Canadian artist at Country Radio. Their video for the song also spent two weeks at #1 on the CMT Canada’s Chevy Top 20 Countdown. The band’s follow-up single, “Just Sayin’,” received mass praise from the industry and fans and just like the first, went Top 10 at country radio. The third, single “Chills” released on March 3 also received a #1 from CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, but also a #1 at Canadian country radio, making them the first band to have a number one at radio off a debut album. The boys have played shows with the likes of Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Dean Brody, High Valley, Tim Hicks and more.
The band performed live on the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards and were nominated for five awards:Single of the Year – “Lawn Chair Lazy”Album of the Year – Game OnRising Star AwardVideo of the Year – “Chills”Group or Duo of the Year.
In April the band dropped their first EP, Game On, via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, which debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week. On the EP Barker found an immediate chemistry with writers Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Todd Clark, and Donovan Woods with who he wrote the majority of the songs for the EP, which was engineered and produced by Todd Clark. The result displays a consistency of voice, which is both authentic and clear. The cohesiveness of Game On leaves no doubt that James Barker Band knows the land on which they stand. On this EP they lay bare questions of love, life, and responsibility – and ask of their fans to be equally uncompromising on this journey.
“We’re so excited to finally release our EP, Game On. It feels like we’ve been working on these songs for so long that everyone should already know them, but at the same time it feels like only yesterday that we were recording Lawn Chair Lazy. We have poured everything that we have into these songs, and I hope people can feel that,” says Barker. “From the diverse collection of tunes, to the working album art and EP title, we wanted to make sure that the whole project made sense with who and what we are. We are a group of fun loving country music fanatics that are influenced by all kinds of genres, but we aren’t just party animals. We have personal lives and relationships just like everyone else. We really hope our fans enjoy listening and can relate to these songs as much as we do!”.
THE ULTIMATE THEATRICAL TRIBUTE TO ROCK’S BIGGEST STARS!
It’s the classic rock music you love … and you can’t get enough of it. Are these rock icons the real thing or is this Snake Oil?
This is not a tribute band! Snake Oil’s musical cast not only look like the rock stars they portray, but they use their own natural voices to perfectly impersonate the singing and speaking voices and stage mannerisms of these rock icons. Snake Oil’s live theatrical shows are known for their impeccable authenticity to the original artists’ recordings, with spectacular costumes, hilarious audience interaction and an array of incredible special effects. Snake Oil has an outstanding cast of world-class accomplished musical artists, talented singers, and technical support to ensure an authentic 80’s arena-style rock show experience.
Warp back to a time with the lost art and attitude of real 80’s rock. The kind of costumed and propped rock show that filled and shook the arenas and stadiums of the world; The Hair Rock, Melodic Rock, and Classic Rock you love, fueled with energy, fun and sprinkled in humor, these guys are good, real good.
The rock icons portrayed on center stage are supported by Snake Oil’s stage characters; Due, Roxxx n’Hammer, JIZ, G-Spot, Ryan Koke and Koz. These are 6 rockers from different parts of the world, who met purely by chance backstage at a rock festival in Leeds, England. Three of them hit it off right away, two of them didn’t, and 1 still doesn’t remember. However it was determined that they all had the same musical aspirations. From Muff Ireland, Detroit Michigan, Denver Colorado, Kokkola Finland, Winnipeg Canada and 1 doesn’t remember. This band of musicians is guided by one thing: “The spirit of the rock n’ roll party and everything that goes along with it!” Your audience is guaranteed a good time!
Kiss, Def Leppard, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Poison, ACDC, Journey, The Scorpions and many more…..
Rainwater Whiskey is a hard hitting country band from the Ottawa Valley. The boys have been stomping all over local bars in the Ottawa and Valley area since 2013 putting a little whiskey on all your favourite old and modern country tunes. Now the guys have released their own original music (The Long Time Comin’ EP) which is available on most online stores and are bringing their high energy show to some of the biggest stages in area. Some highlights for Rainwater Whiskey have been opening for Bill Durst, Brea Lawrenson, Jordan McIntosh, Rory Gardiner, the Roadhammers, Kira Isabella, Aaron Pritchett, The River Town Saints, Tebey Eric Ethridge, Gord Bamford and Brett Kissel! They currently show no signs of slowing down with a busy 2018 in the works, playing with more Canadian country royalty! So grab a glass, put some whiskey in it and get ready to “Redneck Represent” with Rainwater Whiskey!
The band’s sound has morphed and matured, their southern-rock roots pinnacled on 2011’s sprawling work “Princes and Kings” and moved from there into something far more unique. Today the songs are much more focused, and give more the feeling of looking forward than looking back. Working with John Chandler and Ken Friesen as producers on new material, the band still believes in and relies on local talent rather than looking beyond the Ottawa valley for the big names and hype of other cities.
Silver Creek have reinvented themselves while firmly establishing their place among the “must-see” bands in Ottawa. Sharing the stage with diverse legends ranging from The Guess Who to Kevin Costner, from Blue Rodeo to Bob Weir, Silver Creek is at home in any setting. This was confirmed when they were tapped to be the backing band for such acts as Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall, White Horse, William Prince, Tanya Tagaq and more when the Juno Awards came to Ottawa in April of 2017.
doubleBack is Ottawa’s Valley’s premier country/rock band. The band is made up of some of Ontario’s finest and most seasoned musicians. Their versatility and range of music keep crowds entertained and on the dance floor night after night. A typical show can include anything from new to classic country, new and classic rock, and even a little celtic thrown in just to mix things up. Featuring five musicians who love what they do, this band can play all of your favourite songs and keep you wanting for more.