OUR 2018 LINE-UP
Our 2018 Lineup!
Bill Muir (at Schneider Haus.)
Musician Bill Muir performed all around Scotland before coming to Canada in 1980 and becoming embroiled in an Engineering career which left no time for Music. Bill got back into performing after his retirement and has performed at McDougall Cottage and various local events in Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Fergus, and Elora. He has a mixed bag of music to draw from, such as, Traditional Scottish & Irish to older Country and Pop Classics, plus a few of his own songs. Bill plays guitar and sings with the occasional use of harmonica.
Bob MacLean is a Canadian folksinger and Celtic guitarist with East Coast roots (Cape Breton) and Quebec. He’s been playing guitar for as long as he can remember and his interest and passion for celtic/trad/east coast songs and tunes has steadily grown over the years. He is just finishing up his fourth album, “Bob MacLean Single Malt”, which will be released shortly.
Buskers for Change (at Reep House)
Camille & Mathieu
Mathieu Limoges is a talented drummer who can often be seen playing with great local musicians such as John McKinley and James Downham. Mathieu also plays many different styles of music such as blues, rock, country, pop, and even jazz. He has also completed two years of the jazz program at Humber College.
Camille Limoges is a vocalist and guitarist. She is a Hohner Ave Porch Party veteran, having played at the festival since the beginning. Camille can often be seen playing with her mentor and guitar teacher John McKinley. She plays many styles of music such as blues, rock, country, jazz, and has recently started learning gypsy jazz.
Chandler McQuade is an acoustic duo consisting of musicians Dan McQuade and Scott Chandler. As a duo, Chandler McQuade has played in Waterloo region off and on at various venues over the last 15 years and have both performed independently in various other musical projects, giving them a robust set of experience to draw upon.
In addition, Dan and Scott are both members of two other classic rock bands and are regularly performing shows with those acts as well. Chandler McQuade will be performing a combination of covers and some original songs and are looking forward to being a part of the Schneider Creek Porch party for 2018.
For more information, check out their website
Ed Koenig (at Schneider Haus)
Ed has performed as a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist since the early1970s, and has explored various roots/traditional styles. He plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, 4 string (Irish) banjo, and fiddle. During the last two decades he has focused mainly on Celtic music – as a member of Waterloo Region’s “Grand River Ceili Band” and through session involvement, locally and in Eastern Canada.
He has taught Celtic guitar, mandolin, and banjo in individual and group settings (e.g. with the Riverside Celtic College - Guelph, Ontario), and has taught university level ethnomusicology courses.
Ed recorded two CDs with his fiddler friend, Philippe Elsworthy – “Fiddle and Mandolin” (2011) and “The Crooked Path” (2014), and made a CD of Christmas tunes for finger-style guitar - “Peace on Earth” (2014). As well, he has contributed to several compilation CDs, including “Ceol Cara” (2013).
Edward John Barrington
Edward John Barrington is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and educator living in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. His extensive song library is reflective of past experiences and present emotions. A storyteller and musical painter, Edward evokes a multitude of images through his lyrics. He can be reached at https://edwardjohnbarrington.com/
The Fancy Dicks
The Fancy Dicks are a local band that play cover songs. Songs that make them feel all warm and fuzzy. They hail from Kitchener, Vancouver and Stratford but all currently call the Waterloo Region home.
Fiddle and Swing (at Schneider Haus)
Fiddle & Swing (and Bluegrass and Things) Is a band from Waterloo Region. It's made up of members of the deGroot-Maggetti family: Greg (guitar, bodhran + vocals), Jacob (mandolin, violin, guitar + vocals), Anna (violin), and Caleb (concertina, trumpet, piano + washboard). You can hear them at the Kitchener Market most Saturday mornings.
Floating Widget has been on the Irish Trad scene since the late 90s. Les Starkey is one of the founding members of Floating Widget and has been sharing his passion for the Irish drum for over 33 years.Les and penny whistle expert Egan Baird who is experienced in the Trad scene in SW Ontario as well as the East Coast and Ireland will be joined by well known local Irish Singer Brian Crozier. An amazing combination of Irish Tradition!
Les Starkey's Website
Gary Toms is a reggae-blues artist who puts 60s and 70s classics through their paces.
He covers a wide range of obscure and not so obscure songs ranging from bands like The Kinks to Taj Mahal.
His intensity shows a true love for the music. Hitting the stage this spring in Costa Rica, he’s ready to take his music to the streets- scratch that- porches.
Geoff has been involved in folk music for over four decades in both the UK and Canada, where he has performed at several folk music festivals and clubs, entertaining audiences with his songs and story-telling. He has developed a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folksongs from the UK and North America, drawing on people’s experiences of love, war and toil. He has also penned several of his own compositions. Geoff accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica – and even, occasionally, the bodhran or kazoo!
Geoff is a familiar face on the local folk music scene, having appeared several times at the Mill Race Festival, and in special concerts, folk clubs and events in the region. He is also a regular contributor to McDougall Cottage events and the Mill Race Folk Society and “Scran & Dram” Sessions.
“Geoff Lewis…is a ballad singer with an uncanny ability to touch the listener’s heart.”
(Brad McEwen: Artistic Director, Mill Race Festival Of Traditional Folk Music)
Gregory Gibson (at Reep House)
With 9 years' professional experience as a solo performer, an accompanist and a member of many kinds of ensembles, Gregory Gibson is a very active and musically-flexible multi-genre pianist.
Beginning at age 5 with Classical lessons, Gregory has spent the last 16 1/2 years learning to play in Classical, jazz, pop, sacred, gospel and Asian styles. He has combined all these disparate genres into a unique improvisatory sound enjoyed by many- Gregory plays Sunday services at Christ the King United Church, and he is a semi-regular musical guest at Sylvia Miehm's Funky Olive Hair Salon.
Gregory's side projects includes some amateur composing- he has performed some of his own jazz pieces in concert, and a few of his original sacred songs are sung weekly at Christ the King. Gregory has also recently taken up an interest in concert promotion, and this has led to a new and exciting concert series at Christ the King. Gregory is the accompanist for the Rockway Entertainers.
Jack Cooper is a Canadian/American artist who grew up to admire the cerebral songwriters (Paul Simon, David Byrne, Tom Waits), the seminal songwriters of the British New Wave (Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker), the musically adventurous songwriters (Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder), the California sound (Jackson Browne, Christine McVie) and the Beatles plus everyone influenced by the Beatles.
After spending numerous years hanging around folk clubs and releasing two singer-songwriter CDs incorporating elements of folk and classic singer-songwriters, Jack has recently started to fuse his songs with Baritone Horn (his first love) and other British Brass Band instruments (Tenor Horn, Tuba).
2015 was a break-out year for James Downham. Downham was winner of Season 2 of THE SHOT in March 2015, which kicked off a year which saw Downham release his debut self-titled solo EP and saw the band selected as finalists in Big Music Fest 2015’s Breaking Band’s competition, and semi-finalist in Indie Week Canada 2015. The group released their first single, "Don't Talk To Girls" to radio in February 2016 and showcased at Canadian Music Week 2016 in Toronto.
jamesdownham.com | facebook.com/jamesdownhammusic | @jamesdownham
Jamie Hofman is a graduate of the classical voice program at York University and the Faculty of Education at U of T. He worked professionally in choral and oratorio music during his time in Toronto, then changed his focus to contemporary music projects (Guerilla Sound Events, Inter Arts Matrix, The London Art Rock Group The Constructionists) in subsequent years. Jamie is currently involved in pop music writing, bass guitar performance, and vocal performance. He currently resides in Waterloo, and teaches winds, guitar, and vocal music for the Thames Valley District School Board.
Jesse Thomas and Noel McNamara
Cedar Hill neighbors Jesse Thomas and Noel McNamara enjoy playing music together.
Some of their favorite genres include country, R&B, rock & roll and blue grass. They look forward to performing a fun set at the Schneider Creek Porch Party. See you there!
Jerry Grey has played all over for years in various acts. Finally getting time to release his solo debut he has set out this summer playing anywhere and everywhere. Meeting up with the Suburban Bicycle Gang his music packs more of a punch when needed. Jerry Grey and the Suburban Bicycle Gang are out on the streets, lookout people!
Jerry Grey has just released his solo debut "street light" with the help of fiercemule productions.
| http://www.jerrygrey.bandcamp.com/ |
For Lynn Jackson, it’s all about the songs. Nineteen years and nine albums into her career, the one constant that fans have come to expect is top-notch songwriting and that voice. An authenticity runs through Jackson’s music that reflects a deep commitment to telling stories that ring true with listeners.
Says Bob Mersereau, CBC: “Jackson obviously has lots of sounds she wants to explore. . . It’s connected by fine writing, some soul-deep stuff.”
Pat Finch, NightLife, Waterloo Region Record: Busted Flat Record’s premier songbird has had an impressive musical career. . . . She has developed into a sophisticated songwriter. She’s no one-trick pony. It’s easy to believe that she’s capable of conquering any adventure she embarks upon.”
Jackson heads out on a Western Canadian tour this summer in support of Follow that Fire. For music, videos, live dates and more, visit:
http://www.lynnjackson.net | www.bustedflatrecords.com
The No Borders Project (on the Main Stage)
Bob MacLean & Randy Jackiw have been playing as a duo forever! Recently they decided to up the game and re-invent ourselves as the NBP, a duo playing acoustic/traditional material with some crazy loose borders – flipping/mashing celtic, trad, rock & blue grass standards upside down and sideways.
Ophelia Syndrome (on the Main Stage)
Ophelia Syndrome are a collective of weirdoes who make noise together. OS blends various instruments, and whatever else they can find to hit, pluck, strum or occasionally blow. The result is a unique blend of “indie” music with some indistinguishable classical, jazz, folk, roots, funk, soul, R&B, classic and contemporary rock influences.
Based out of numerous Southern Ontario basements, garages and attics, the band has actively existed in one iteration or another since the dawn of time it seems. After recording an EP “Shades of Grey” and their debut album “All Things Forgotten” at Catherine North studio, a stunning converted cathedral space, the band decided to return to their natural habitat to try and achieve a truly honest, cathartic, and performance-based vibe for their newest fan-funded release: “North Sea”. Teaming up with their good friends to produce and record the album in engineer Dan Rodrigues’ basement, the goal was to balance North Sea’s often depressing themes of loss, failure, betrayal, abuse, inadequacy, anger, helplessness, and other forms of general human stupidity by having more fun than you can imagine making music with their friends. Listen and enjoy? That’s all folks!
Paul J McInnis’ music is folk music in the truest sense. It channels John Prine, Adam Carroll, and every musician he’s played with. It is literate, joyful, melancholy, and timeless. Paul believes music should be simple and real.
Paul prefers to play in the moment; recording live off the floor with open mics and no overdubs. Mistakes happen, he’ll say, but so does magic. The resulting album, Broken Down Waltz, is a collection of some of those magical mistakes, all written and arranged by Paul and performed beautifully with some of his closest friends on mandolin, harmonica, accordion, cello and guitar.
Over the span of his career, Paul has spent years travelling and playing with Juno nominated troubadour Craig Cardiff. In the last decade, Paul has opened for acts as diverse as Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy and Big Sugar.
Paul Rempel has spent his 70 years in the Waterloo Region - a homegrown good old boy! Paul's been quite active in the folk scene in the KW area over the years with special ties the Black Walnut Folk Club, Old Chestnuts Song Circle and Waterford Old Town Hall concert series.
He is a singer/songwriter with over 60 songs to his credit, spanning the entire rainbow of musical genres - folk, blues, bluegrass and country rock. His stories are poignant and heartfelt, as well as whimsical and amusing (sort of a Canadian Jimmy Buffet)
"I love these Porch Party events, because they attract such a diverse group of musical enthusiasts - and there's always something for everyone. It's the best kind of concert - up close and personal!"
Phil Elsworthy (at Schneider Haus)
Cabinet and Violin Maker (Waterloo). Professional musician, and woodworker since 1975, Phil has received numerous prizes for furniture and musical instruments.
Propter Hoc Chamber Choir
The Propter Hoc Chamber Choir is the third in a series of ensembles formed each summer to sing fun music together and raise funds for local music-related charities. Under the direction of Jacob deGroot-Maggetti, this group of approximately 28 singers is performing 16th- and 17th-century madrigals in support of this year's cause, the YUVA Arts Project.
Having performed in 2017 as the Post Hoc Chamber Choir, the members of the Propter Hoc Chamber Choir are excited to return to the Schneider Creek Porch Party this year!
Richard Anthony is a singer-song writer who was born and raised in Kitchener. Richard began playing guitar when he was 21 and started writing his own songs. In 2008 he started performing at open mics in the KW area. Some of the projects Richard has been involved with include “Orange Eve” with Tyson Webb and Simon Thompson and “The Richard Anthony Construct” with Ken Brown, John Stuart and Daniel McPherson.
Richard tends to write lyrics that are full of symbolism and imagery. Richard Anthony is often compared with the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan.
Richard continues to call Kitchener his home and place of work. He can be seen playing music around the town several times each year and considers himself a fan and supporter of the KW live music scene.
Hello neighbours, I'm that busker.
That guy who PLAYS music at the downtown Kitchener Market every Saturday, and all around town when and where ever I can. I began learning music here when I was eight and I'm still loving/learning everyday.
I can't help it. I'm sure that PLAYING with others has been one of the good reasons I'm a happy healthy old guy. This is what I can share, and give. What I receive in return sustains me..
Come to the Schneider Creek Porch Party. It is all about sharing...
Rufus is a fresh face who brings a new sound to R&B Music. He is a musician with a genuine desire to bridge the gap between the youth and the elders of today with his music being the catalyst for change and the voice of positivity.
Born in Toronto, Rufus was raised within a Caribbean heritage he was exposed to many of the music legends of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. At the age of ten his family moved to Kitchener-Waterloo where Rufus has made his presence known by winning talent competitions and trophies.
In 2006 he released debut EP “The Reason”. The catchy first released single ‘Sex on the Beach’ spun continuously on national and international radio stations.
Scott Wicken (at Reep House)
Scott Wicken is a singer/songwriter, musician and spoken word artist based in Waterloo. If you had to put him in a slot, he would be an acoustic/roots/folk musician. But he draws his inspirations from a wide variety of rock, punk, ska, reggae, bebop, beat poetry, prog rock etc.
He plays many instruments… some better than others, and has a strong commitment to the lyric. With City’N’Eastern, an acoustic trio which features accomplices Brent Hagerman and Paul McInnis, he plays cello, spoons, saw and accordion as well as guitar. Wicken has also played in Dinocopter and The Jolly Llamas, performed as an MC, written and performed comedy onstage (with Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie) and given workshops in writing, spoken word performance and musicianship. There’s no rest for the Wicken.
Shannon Lyon is a Canadian producer and singer songwriter. Born and raised in Southern, Ontario, Canada, Lyon began his musical career in 1990.
Since 1994 Lyon has released 14 albums and has received critical acclaim in North America, Europe & Australia. With his deep swaggering voice and melancholic minor chord songs, Lyon is a true Canadian troubadour. In 2003 Lyon was the first Canadian artist to sign with Richard Branson's (post-Virgin imprint) V2 Records (becoming label mates with The White Stripes and Paul Weller) with the release of his critically acclaimed album 'Wandered'. Later that year New York's 'Billboard Magazine' would declare Lyon "Untainted & Pure!!". Lyon has shared the stage with such luminaries as Lucinda Williams, Jay Farrar and Ray Lamontagne.
Stumbleweed (GRAND FINALE SHOW 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. ON THE MAIN STAGE)
Formed in 2008, and drawing musical talent from the Southern Ontario area, Stumbleweed has gained the attention of music enthusiasts with their tasteful flavour of original music. The band’s veteran members are no strangers to entertaining audiences, fuelling dance floors, and touring the country throughout the last two decades. The group’s sound is a product of well-crafted alt-country music that is influenced by other musical genres including roots rock, folk and blues. Stumbleweed continues to produce a tight sound that features three-part vocal harmonies accompanied by a memorable electric twang and solid rhythm section.
STUMBLEWEED is: Chris Gatchene - Guitar & Vocals; Shelby Kerr – Vocals: Steven Elmo Murphy - Guitar & Vocals; Ricky Neu – Drums; Ian Richardson - Bass
Ted Parkinson has been writing songs for over 35 years. His music is eclectic, melodic and quirky. He writes about springtime in February, Mormons, Bob Marley and neighbourhood Bingo halls. Ted is a member of SOCAN and the Songwriters Association of Canada.
Ted has played at many porch parties and coffee houses over the years. In 2015 he released his first album "My Neighbourhood" recorded at Fred Smith studios. It is available on iTunes (and at all of his gigs). Come and sing along!. www.tedparkinson.com
The Woolwich Project
The Woolwich Project is an all original band out of Kitchener, Ontario boasting a fresh and unique sound that will get in your head and heart and make you move your body.
With a deep acoustic core beneath a hard electric shell, The Woolwich project will make you feel alive. Offering an authentic approach to their performance that is tailored to meet the audience right where they are, and music that is pure and genuine, The Woolwich Project will both command your attention, and let you ebb and flow with their rich and rewarding melodies. The Woolwich project’s focus is to be present in local community events and to share their distinct and engaging harmonies with the good people of this rich and diverse region.