2019 Ness Creek Music Festival Lineup
Keep an eye out around your neighborhood for the full Ness 2019 Program!
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Anna Haverstock and her full band play upbeat alternative rock tunes that are sure to get you dancing! Her debut full length record Coasting In Dreams was released in summer of 2018 and the music had been described as "strong" & "radio ready". CBC Radio 3 even compared her to Serena Ryder.
When she’s not talking about trash, finding trash, or selling trash, Aurora Wolfe kills her days with the composition of sleepy folk tunes. Simple melodies and honest lyrics based on themes of Indigenous Identity, colonization, and blood memory, are woven together in a genuine and thoughtful performance.
Bombargo drops a vibrant splash of soul on their funky indie vibes with layers of rock and R&B. The band brings an unrivalled energy to the stage - even billionaire and Virgin Records founder Sir Richard Branson was impressed, quoting: “I haven’t seen this type of energy since The Rolling Stones!”.
Fresh off of releasing their debut LP, Bucket Soup, Crabstyle is primed to serve audiences that homemade boom-bap hip-hop with a unique twist. Featuring 3 emcees, 2 MPCs, and a DJ, their live performance is unparalled, full of raw energy and wreckless talent. From kung fu to clutch buckets, Crabstyle brings the ruckus.
Rocky Lakner and Donny Millikin, the son of Jack Millikin "The Grandfather of Ness Creek", are two of the Crooked Creek scribes, best buddies and song writing masters, with an on and off stage chemistry that is uncontainable, comical, clever and entertaining. Joined by long-time friend Kelly Reid and with nearly forty years of musical glory, this local favourite and Ness Creek house band will be sure to get you on your feet and steal your heart away.
Dagan Harding Band
Harding blends the rock sound of yesteryear with rawly-melodic biographical "yell-stories", inspired by the indomitable spirit of 90’s grunge and mid 2000’s Independent Rock. "I Learned How" was featured on Rodney Bingenheimer’s “New Cuts” Chart, long listed for best Saskatchewan Album of 2018, received #1 chart placement on Earshot Radio, and an exclusive Premiere by Exclaim and GrayOwl Point Magazine.
Dan Parsons conjures up the essence of troubadour folk-rock and classic Americana influences, evoking sun-hazed days with his rich baritone voice and deft guitar style.
With three critically acclaimed solo albums to his credit, his latest release 'Sunday Morning Cinema’ (2018) takes the listener riding through canyons, across silver oceans and launching into the interstellar...
Daniel Romano, has been called a shapeshifter, contrived, a chameleon, a Charlatan… and his new effort “Finally Free” sings like a radical revelation, exploring the concepts of music as a celestial being, flora as a consequential ancestor and singing, no matter its quality or sound, as the endmost important output of our species.
Denise Valle is a soulful songstress with an uncanny gift for finding the undiscovered hooks in her own fiery fusion of R&B, Soul, and Pop music. Fresh from her performance at Canadian Music Week and the debut of her new single “Lesser Love”. She is excited to return to Ness Creek this summer.
Dirty & the Perks
Dirty & The Perks is a four piece Neo-Folk-Rock outfit from Saskatoon. The Perkin siblings provide upbeat strings unconfined to traditional rhythms while powerhouse vocals drag you into the haunting maze of Jordan Diederich's lyrical finesse. Top it off with stompy timing and dynamic performances, they're sure to leave Dirt in your ears!
Dylan Cooper drums with Saskatoon’s Ellen Froese and the Hot Toddies, and is the vocalist and drummer for Von Jumbo. As a solo artist, he draws heavily from his Nunavut upbringing and his new home on the prairies. An eclectic and intriguing performer, he sings about the human condition. Dylan’s debut album was released in September 2018
Eliza Doyle Trio
Bright, feisty, and fierce, this banjo playin’ troubadour of exceptional talent and vision delivers a live show with energy that goes beyond the stage with her spontaneous and contagious energy. Eliza Doyle is an international award winning Saskatchewan artist who, together with her band, can be described as sweet as honey and raw as hide.
Ellen Froese & Campbell Woods
One songwriter from the west (Saskatoon), one from the east (Montreal). The award-winning artists met on a whim, thanks to a tour put on by German DevilDuck Records, and bonded over a shared love of Blaze Foley and gas station coffee. For fans of folk songs of the past. Duo EP coming in 2020!
Flor de Toloache
2017 Latin Grammy winners, Flor de Toloache has been making musical love potions since 2008 as New York City’s first all women mariachi. Their distinct vision and enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments together with the band’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds, transcend culture and gender by forging a new path for mariachi music.
Drawing inspiration from old school funk, early heavy metal and golden era hip-hop, Hoodoo uses a unique blend of styles to create a captivating sound. Fresh off the release of their debut “G-Swamp”, the young 5 piece from Regina is known for their high energy live performances that are sure to get your feet moving!
Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities
Even if he's missing digits, you know that Johnny's built to Rock 'N Roll! J2f & the D's have been lighting up stages across Canada with a ferocious show for the past eight years. Inspired by guitar rock from the 70's - these boys construct an altar to the rock gods, then they burn it down!
La Force is Ariel Engle, vocalist of Broken Social Scene, and the music of La Force is nocturnal electronic pop.
Born out of AroarA – project with Andrew Whiteman – La Force is a deep reflection on the magic and dismantlement of motherhood; the never-ending tightrope walk of life, and death; and the re-discovery of self.
Continuing in the bardic tradition, Lord Byrun cherishes and champions the inherent power of songs. Cutting his teeth as a member of Indigo Joseph, he is constantly working his craft having begun as a wordsmith and slowly teaching himself guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drums. Curiosity and a sincere pleasure in playing and learning drive his musical quest.
Lost Highway Navigators
Lost Highway Navigators sling up cosmic honkytonk tunes about lovin’, hurtin’, drinkin’ and flirtin’. “It’s old-fashioned, inter-galactic, two-stepping, swallow-and-grin country music.” Led by songwriter Patton MacLean, LHN features Jay Metheral (upright bass), Guy Perrin (telecaster), Jody Giesbrecht (pedal steel) and Christian Kongawi (drums). Get high and lonesome with their debut EP, “Cosmic Honkytonk”.
Mariel Buckley’s sophomore album, Driving In The Dark, firmly plants her flag as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul. Her songs paint poetically plainspoken highs and lows, long nights and hard days, all filtered through Mariel’s wry, no-bullshit perspective. It’s honesty that brought her to this point, and honesty that will continue to carry her into the future.
Ritual Rabbits is an indie rock collective from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The band marries inviting melodies, sweet hooks and dreamy vocals to evoke a cinematic and sublime essence – a cocoon of comfort to live within. From rousing rock anthems to bouncy singalongs to wistful ballads, Ritual Rabbits deftly move both the head and the heart.
Skaravan 1969 is one of the newest bands to Saskatoon, with the sole mission of bringing a new type of energy and rhythm into the local music scene!!
Fusing Ska/Latin and other high energy, horn blasting styles like Jazz and Punk Skaravan1969 is ready to rock your socks off and get you dancing all night long!
Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Combining talents of Yung Trybez and Young D, hailing from the Haisla Nation, ‘The People of the Snow.” They blend trap beats with woven lyricism that challenges Indigenous stereotypes that paint their people as ill-mannered savages. Their music is best described as thought-provoking club bangers. And their live shows prove it. Audiences will dance and sweat, leaving with new knowledge.
Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneli-ness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.
Delivering shimmering Indie Americana, coasting a musical landscape between her Canadian roots and the heart and grit of Australia’s alt-country scene. McNeil has been releasing albums in Australia since 2007 that draw from classic rock, pop and alt country influences. Her latest singles ’Not Like A Brother’ and ‘Stars’ follow the success of ’Thieves’ (Best Country Album, The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016).
Taking the improvisation and groove of 70's rock and mashing it with stoner riffs and chaotic punk speed, this 4 piece includes organ, overdriven guitars, lightning fast bass playing, and a singing drummer who hits the high notes. Bring extra protection and your best sneakers! They dedicate this performance to the power of friendship and ask everyone attending to embrace love and rock and roll.
From Treaty 4 territory, The Won'ts are made up of four best friends. They met at a local paint night and while none of them finished their paintings they did go on to finish a bunch of songs anchored with an infectious blend of group harmonies, surf guitars and vintage combo organs.
Hailing from Saskatoon, originally from the Sweetgrass First Nation (Treaty 6 Territory) & representing South American bloodlines, Yellowsky’s Indigenous rap pays homage to the grimy city life of classic of hip-hop, while his elastic deliveries harken to the traditions of both Jamaican deejaying and more modern MC styles. He is joined by DJ Exl, from One Arrow First Nation.
South African/Canadian Zaki Ibrahim is a globally distinguished singer, songwriter and producer known for making music that defies any one genre.
The two-time Polaris Music Prize nominee (2013 Shortlist and 2018 Longlist), and Juno Award-nominated artist has come up as one of Canada’s hip hop and soul icons.
Raised with the help of the prairies, Zayda is a pop & folk singer-songwriter from North Battleford. Whether it be her raw, iridescent vocals or kick-ass homemade synthesizers, she creates her art through music; combining different elements of her favorite genres. Zayda's music delivers an intimate and groovy insight into her life’s mad adventures as a young woman in todays society.