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15 May
April Wine<br />7:30pm
April Wine
It all began in Nova Scotia back in late 1969. The Henman brothers, David and Ritchie, together with their cousin, Jim Henman, and fellow musician, Myles Goodwyn, got together and formed a band called April Wine, were two words they felt sounded good together. Sixteen studio albums, three live releases, numerous compilations, a boxed set and thousands of concerts later, April Wine remains enormously popular worldwide.

Their hits You Could Have Been A Lady, Tonight is A Wonderful Time to Fall in Love, I Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Love, The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy, You Won’t Dance With Me, Roller, Just Between You and Me, Sign of the Gypsy Queen, Anything Thing You Want, You Got It and Enough is Enough.

Today, the group continues their hectic pace touring North America, satisfying fans with a live mix of straight ahead rock and roll and power ballads. Their current lineup consists of Goodwyn, guitarist Brian Greenway, bassist Richard Lanthier and drummer Roy “Nip” Nichol.

16 May
Current Swell<br />7:30pm
Current Swell
Victoria, B.C.’s Current Swell released their new album, Ulysses, on May 6, 2014. The 12-tracks deliver a textured, deep-groove sound, while capturing the energy of the live show which has earned them scores of fans across the Americas, Australia and Europe.

Current Swell is Scott Stanton (vocals/guitar), David Lang (vocals/guitar), Ghosty Boy (bass) and Chris Petersen (drums). From appearances at key festivals from Australia to Canada (Byron Bay Bluesfest, Peats Ridge, Rock The Shores, Ottawa Blues Festival and more) to sold-out headline tours of Brazil, to support slots with such established artists like Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, The Tragically Hip and even The Beach Boys, Current Swell’s infectious sound and raucous live shows have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans around the word. In 2012, Current Swell earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project and headlined a Canada Day concert to a crowd of 45,000.

17 May
Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson<br />7:30pm
Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson
The Vancouver-born son of Canadian roots rocker Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall was raised on the music of Neil Young, The Band, Bob Dylan, Tom T. Hall, The Beatles and Steve Earle. Kendel Carson, of the Celtic rock group The Paperboys, earned her stripes performing with West Coast live legends Spirit of the West. As two parts of Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes, the pair bring an energy all their own with an alt-country act based on their first EP Orion.

17 May
Bentall, Byrnes and Mann<br />8:15pm
Bentall, Byrnes and Mann
Featuring B.C.’s Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes and John Mann, this show opens a window into the lives and talent of three of Canada’s finest musicians. With over 25 albums, multiple Juno Awards, and countless tours between them, Bentall, Byrnes and Mann join forces to bring to the stage an engaging mix of their folk, roots, blues-rock and pop. Bringing their own unique experiences to the stage, these musicians put on a show full of their lifetime of stories in an intimate, warm and entertaining performance.

18 May
Will Ross Band<br />2:00pm
Will Ross Band
A Southern Ontario transplant, Will Ross came to the West Coast with the experience of playing in the Hamilton Classic Rock jam band and Ska scene before deciding to take his ideas elsewhere, pursuing a new sound. Finding a beautiful place to live in Squamish, B.C Will quickly caught the eyes and ears of the Sea to Sky area and won both The Whistler Talent Search 2014 and the Squamish Reader's Choice top musician of 2014. Joining forces with some of the highest caliber musicians Squamish had to offer, he formed the Will Ross Band. They recorded their first full length record, Freeloader, which was released August 2014 and has been getting great reviews. A mix of many different genres, Will likes to refer to the sound as “acoustic funkified folk rock and roll.”

18 May
Dakota Pearl<br />3:00pm
Dakota Pearl
Formed in Pemberton, BC out of the ashes of various projects, Dakota Pearl plays music which reflects the place they call home. Mountains, farm fields and rugged countryside are the inspiration for their soul-filled songs.

18 May
Willa<br />4:00pm
Her voice is her identity. Her voice carries memories, vulnerabilities, pain, sadness, happiness and freedom. It's her best friend and worst enemy. Now we hear and feel that voice wrapped in sounds from a dream. The growls, whispers, and sighs of what's been created, brings the music to a whole new place.

Paired with Ryan Guldemond, of Mother Mother (co-writer/producer), Willa’s new album is the birth of an electro-pop heavyweight from a songbird who comes out of jazz.

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