Canadian roots music vet Rick Fines has had a long and storied career as one of the country’s hardest working musicians. He has toured across Canada countless times solo, as a duo or with a full band and has recorded over 14 albums and has been a guest on many others. Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released six solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick.
Rick believes in the transformative power of music. When not performing, he can be found teaching and sharing with students across Canada – including work with the Blues In The Schools programs in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Yellowknife. He’s also participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.
Tripoly is an acoustic trio that is formed of Elizabeth McNally, Glenna Hunter and Doug Hendry. Performing a mix of traditional songs from the British Isles as well as innovative versions of modern songs, you'll love their luscious harmonious sound..
Chris MacLean is an award-winning singer-songwriter and engaging performer. Her experience onstage and in the recording studio is extensive and includes; as a dynamic solo artist; as vocalist with Indo-Canadian ensemble, Galitcha; as one of Frida’s Brow, a folk trio nominated for Canadian Folk Music Vocal Group of the Year (2008) and as a backup singer with renowned folk artist, Ian Tamblyn.
She has 2 solo CDs of original songs and has recorded with many others. Her career spans 20+ years of composing and performing folk, world, jazz and old-time music and has taken her across the globe. In 2012 she traveled to South Africa for an intensive 7-month training in Voice Movement Therapy, an expressive arts therapy that primarily focuses on the voice as a vehicle for greater self-expression. Chris invites anyone desiring a stronger, more expressive & confident voice to work with her.
David Finkle has been called a 'Renaissance man'. Hailing from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in southern Ontario, he is an award-winning multi-instrumental recording artist versed in many musical genres. He's a sound engineer, a storyteller, a producer, drum maker and has completed many scores for various theatrical productions.
A traditional drum and flute maker, Fink brings about a uniquely organic blend with sweeping ethereal flute melodies and poly-rhythmic bass hypnosis.
You don't just hear Maria Hawkins, you experience Maria Hawkins. Her background from early Royal Conservatory training to now, is a hard fought and life long dream. Highlights of her 30 year professional career include: opening for Colin James and performing with Amanda Marshall and co-creating Blues in the Schools (2002 Keeping the Blues Alive Award).