Keep an eye out for the full Ness 2017 Program! Hitting the streets in June!
Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape.
Alex has recorded two Juno winning albums, “Humo De Tobaco” (2006) and “Agua Del Pozo” (2007).
Award-winning guitarist-singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw with an exceptional stage presence, the NYC-born Montrealer is a force of nature whose lyrics and sound make for an enthralling and intimate experience. She has released four albums to critical acclaim and received several Maple Blues Awards nominations.
Còig (Ko-ig) is an electrifying line-up of East Coast musicians. Originally formed as a promotional band for the Celtic Colours International Festival, these award winning performers decided to continue to play as the Còig ensemble whenever possible! Busy solo schedules make Còig appearances quite rare, so don't let your chance to see them pass you by!
C.R. Avery is a one man hip hop beatbox blues harmonica americana iconoclast. A musicians' musician, C.R. Avery is a unique and electrifying performer. He simultaneously beatboxes, sings, plays harmonica and a Herbie Hancock 80s style red rocket keytar. Having drawn from a well of influences, C.R. is to hip-hop what Jimmy Reed was to Chicago blues; a one man traveling troubadour - but he is one for these modern times.
Even though they may dress like clowns, Entangados might be one of Argentina’s most unique, exciting bands. Combining ska, rock, cumbia, salsa and Balkan folk music, Entangados emanate fun and joy from the stage with the power of 100 suns. With guitars, horns and accordions, the band builds a wall of sound that act as powerful catalysts to the biggest dance parties. In the midst of all this music, the group employs actors to help create a carnival atmosphere that will captivate and excite audience members of all ages.
Etienne fletcher brings together his French and English roots in his new self titled project. Accompanied by his guitarist Sean MCcannell and collaborating with a variety of guest musicians, he creates a high energy show with genres ranging from rock, blues, folks, pop and dance music. The project strives for each show to bring variety, connection and memorable experiences.
Almost three years have passed since the release of Royal Canoe’s sophomore album Today We Are Believers (2013). Those years were full. The band played 200 shows, which included tours with the likes of Alt J and Bombay Bicycle Club, and stops at major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga. The hard work paid off: Today We Are Believers received critical acclaim, was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos, and won Best Independent Album at Western Canadian Music Awards..
Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way are a multi-faceted project springing from the mind of singer songwriter Tavis E. Triance, formerly of the Royal Mountain Band and Spoon River. It harnesses his love of themes of darkness, absurdity and the unbridled madness of men, and imbues it with a lyricism and a swagger. Tavis's idiosyncratic vocals call to mind Bob Dylan as a tired cop in some old late night movie, Mick Jagger reeling off Randy Newman tunes, Dan Bejar as balladeer, or Cat Stevens on a quaalude binge.
Make sure to check out the over 75 other activities and performances happening across the festival! From the Drum & Dance Circle to the Children's Area to the Workshop Stage, discover hidden talents and new interests! Learn how to play the didgeridoo or belly dance. Take part in a spoken word sharing circle or explore stories and traditions from other cultures. Explore forest trails or jam around a campfire. Night or day, young or well-aged, there's something at Ness for you to enjoy!