2017 Artists


MIP Power Trio

Whether you’re craving something quirky and upbeat, the twangs of a modern minstrel, or soul-wrenching rock…whelp, the Mip Power Trio has a tune for that. Mip, through writing, arranging, and performing music her way has created something that is “unconventionally exciting to the ears.”




Bluenatics are a TO blues band, playing an eclectic mix of classic Blues and Rock n Roll. Featuring powerful vocals, solid rhythms and electrifying solos. Danceable, toe-tapping, fun, exciting and captivating Blues and Rock n Roll from the 30's to present interpreted with smiles, heart and passion.



Terrible and the Horribles

Terrible and the Horribles started after an open mic in September 2015 that brought together Edie Wilson on lead vocals and bass, and Greg Kowalczyk on drums. The longtime friends and erstwhile roommates had their first band practice that Wednesday. They eventually decided against looking for a guitarist in favour of the tight dynamic that comes with a 2-piece. Usually a post-punk band known for their ability to make a huge amount of noise with fewer people, they're switching it up for this festival, bringing Greg up to the front on acoustic guitar and paring down Edie's usual giant bass rig.


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Erik Bleich

With experimental spirit, this Toronto-based group propels singer/songwriter Erik Bleich’s street lit lullabies & manic romps into a dynamic fusion of Eastern European folk, alt-county & chamber pop. Their kaleidoscopic whims weave chiming glockenspiel and trumpet fanfare into lush swells of accordion, violin, and percussive guitar.



Sean Cotton

For 20 years Sean Cotton was an international recording and touring artist with Toronto based folk duo The Undesirables, and sideman for some of Canada's best Independent Music Artists, before settling in Almaguin Highlands, 7 and a half years ago. Co-founder of Tree Ring Records, a Muskoka/Almaguin Highlands music co-operative and scene, he is continuing to define himself as a "local" recording and performing solo artist, as well as a record producer, and community commissioned songwriter and composer. Sean's material is currently inspired by the history and stories of his new home region.

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Dan McLean Jr.

“Almost everything I write is like a scene from a film or a play, with me inserting parts of myself into the protagonist, so mostly, they’re about a fictional version of myself. Once in a while, I later realize that I’ve injected so much of myself that it really did end up being autobiographical”.



Carl Lorusso Jr.

Originally hailing from Tottenham, Ontario, Carl Lorusso has been performing regularly in Toronto for the past 9 years. He has released three studio albums, including “100 Broken Words”, recently released in March 2017. For the past three years Lorusso has been performing a monthly show at Graffiti’s in Toronto’s Kensington Market.


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Doug McLean

Canadian Singer -Songwriter Douglas Eldon McLean was born in Sudbury Ontario and grew up in the small mining town of Lively. Deeply influenced by the poetry of Leonard Cohen, McLean is a songwriter in the same tradition despite his blues -rock enthusiasms. He has a long history of touring and collaboration. After a prolonged abscence from the music scene to raise his family, he returned to music in 2011 and began to to write and play shows in the Burkes Falls area.


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Rexy Spice

"I’m a lyrically driven, violently acoustic, unintentionally comic singer-songwriter. My songs are funny, angry, political, and horny–often, all at once. If Chrissie Hynde and Billy Bragg had a kid raised by Madonna and Ani DiFranco, he’d sound exactly like me. "



Joe Watts

Joe Watts is a Toronto based musician and fine artist, and writes unconventional guitar tunes and sings dark vocal melodies over them. Joe's sound has been influenced by Nick Drake, Cat Power and Elliot Smith. 

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