Performer Bios – July 1

Main Stage

Sam Roberts Band

Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts released his debut in 2002, following a popular independent demo recording he had made in Montreal. Before that point, he had been a violin player who eventually moved on to guitar and started a rock band with his friends. The Inhuman Condition was released and became the best-selling independent EP in Canadian history. In 2003 he released his first full-length album, We Were Born in a Flame. The double-platinum selling album was a huge hit in Canada and won the Juno Award for Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. He continued to release hit albums for the remainder of the decade: Platinum-certified Chemical City in 2006 and Gold-certified Love at the End of the World in 2008. Each album also won the Juno for Rock Album of the Year. For his 2011 release, Collider, Roberts changed from using his name to using Sam Roberts Band. In 2014, Lo-Fantasy was released to great acclaim. Lead single We’re All In This Together reached the top of both Canadian rock radio charts, followed by Top 10 hits Human Heat and Shapeshifters. In 2016, TerraForm was released, the band’s 6th studio album. Lead Single “If You Want It” reached #2 at both rock radio charts. The album was nominated for the Rock Album Of the Year at the 2017 Juno Awards.

FEFE

FEFE (formerly known as Fefe Dobson) is an English, French, Jamaican Canadian singer, songwriter from Toronto, Canada. FEFE’S self-titled debut album, Fefe Dobson (2003, Island records) has sold over 300,000 copies in the United States. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard HeatSeekers Album Chart. Her sophomore studio album Joy released in 2010, earned two Canadian certified platinum singles and a gold single with a collaboration with legendary music producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel) and recording artist Orianthi. The album debuted to critical acclaim and also won several awards including Canadian Radio Music Awards and a Much Music Video Award. She has penned songs for Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Jordin Sparks and has written in the past with Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong.

Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive has been a part of the country music scene since they signed their first record deal with DreamWorks Records Nashville in 2001. The band’s first two singles, “I Should Be Sleeping” and “Fall Into Me,” peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and quickly became fan favorites but it was the career-changing song “Moments” that gave the band their first #1 single in the USA. Emerson Drivehas been honored with awards and/or nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association, CMT, Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, Inspirational Country Music Association, Juno Awards, Music Row Magazine and Campus Activities Magazine. The band has toured with Toby Keith, Shania Twainand Big & Rich among other artists.

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ Dash

Deconstruct Reconstruct is a live multimedia performance that fuses Tlingit First Nation singing, drumming and dance with electronic music, and video. The music and performance is a collaboration between The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers a First Nations dance group who perform traditional songs from their Elders and communities and DJ Dash, a born and raised Yukoner with a passion for electronic music and recording the sounds of natural landscapes. This high energy performance features carved cedar animal masks, stunning regalia, and floor shaking bass and beats that carry the unique voices of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers into the future.

Ryan McNally

Whether he’s playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, Ryan McNally can’t be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music. His genuine style and performance is a breath of fresh air. McNally was raised in rural Quebec, south of Montreal along the U.S. boarder. He began pursuing music at the age of ten when he first picked up the guitar. In his late teens and early twenties he would seek out musicians he would hear at cafes and bars for lessons in finger style blues. He continues to work in studying with teachers into his schedule while he is performing on the road. Ryan calls Whitehorse, Yukon home.


SPECIAL GUEST! Jackie Chan, Hong Kong Airlines Ambassador

Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong on April 7, 1954. At the age of seven, he was enrolled in the China Drama Academy where he spent the next 10 years training in the art of Peking Opera. It was at the Academy that Jackie learned the acrobatics, martial arts, acting, and singing that would later help him to become an international superstar. When Jackie left the Academy at the age of 17, he turned to stunt work in films, where he gained a reputation as a talented and fearless stuntman. After a series of attempts to break into the American movie market, Jackie finally got his break in 1995 when he returned to the US to film Rumble in the Bronx and starred in a succession of American productions, none more successful than the blockbuster Rush Hour series. Over his nearly four-decade career, Jackie has received hundreds of awards, including an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in 2016. Jackie has always had a keen interest in business and has been involved in varied ventures. In 2011, he partnered with Sparkle Roll Investment Ltd. to create his own signature cinema in Beijing. Most recently, he signed on to become an ambassador for Hong Kong Airlines, helping the airline make their first appearance in the North American market with the intention of cultivating a global audience, and further establishing an East-meets-West, cross-cultural connection with its new travelers. For the past 30 years, Jackie has devoted much of his spare time and energy to charity work, with the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation and Dragon’s Heart Foundation among them. He is also Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF/UNAIDS, a celebrity cabinet member of the American Red Cross, and founder of the Jackie Chan Civil Aviation Foundation in China.

 


Coast Capital Savings Stage

Hey Ocean!

Hey Ocean! is to many the quintessential West Coast band. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham, & David Vertesi) it’s true that their roots, their name, and many of their lyrics hark back to the pacific shores they call home. However, over the last 12 years they have earned a reputation as much more than just ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada’s best young bands. In the spirit of classic Pop songwriters such as Paul Simon or Fleetwood Mac they are refreshingly musical with compelling lyrics, beautiful harmonies and superb musicianship at the front and center.  Meanwhile, their passion for the music they make is unmistakable and it breeds positivity even when singing the saddest of their songs.

The X Presidents

The X Presidents are an award-winning hip hop group based out of Vancouver, Canada. Blending live instruments, samplers, singing and emceeing, this group is not one to miss. The group is comprised of Khingz (named Seattle’s Best emcee by Seattle Weekly), producer/emcee Matt Diamond, looping instrumentalist and singer Mark Woodyard, and emcee Mic Flont (Seattle). With their sound blending a wide variety of influences including jazz, rock, and blues, this group is pushing themselves both musically and lyrically.

DiRTY RADiO

Since 2010, DiRTY RADiO have continued to build momentum by releasing a steady stream of music. “Numbers” is a funky club banger that has earned almost 3.5 million plays on Spotify, the addictive “Drop Your Love” is a danceable Young Franco collaboration that has topped a million plays on Spotify, and “Distant Future” is a Sleepy Tom team-up for Diplo’s Mad Decent label. DiRTY RADiO’s bombastic live show has earned them a reputation as a must-see act, and has led them to share stages with the likes of Dragonette, Miami Horror, k-os, Lights and more.

Soda Pony

With one full-length album already tucked into their waistline and another currently being cooked up in the kitchens/studio of Old Crow Recording, Soda Pony truly kills during their live performances. Patrick Hamilton, playing bass synthesizer with his left hand while also hammering at his drum kit, keeps the course steady for Aiden Tentrees’ hooks and leads, alternating between organ and crunchy electric guitar. Meanwhile, the duo trade off vocals (frequently even in the course of the same song), adding to their charismatic, playful dynamic. The songs are clever, musically sophisticated, tightly arranged, and most of all, performed with original, forceful spirit.

Her Brothers

Her Brothers is a high energy pop rock group from Langley BC.  In 2015 they were the first and only band to win the title of Langley has Talent, this honour led them to an opportunity to perform on the WE DAY Stage at Rogers Arena as well as Mighty Peace Day in Alberta.   The name Her Brothers, flows from a life defining moment on a humanitarian trip to South East Asia as well as their connection to their little sister, Tiana. The band believes music has the unique power to get behind walls and open doors to conversations that might not otherwise be had. The bands ability to connect with a variety of ages has made them a local favorite, as well as earned them the opportunity to travel to many stages in BC and Alberta with a positive message of hope for all ages.

 


Vancouver Sun Stage (in the North Point Lounge)

Madeline Merlo

Merlo signed with RGK Entertainment and Open Road Recordings at 18. After several trips to Nashville her first single, “Sinking Like A Stone”, was added by JRFM in Vancouver, winning the Hot Country Challenge. The word began to spread and Merlo’s journey began. She has always had eclectic taste, and in her music you’ll hear the influence of classic country of artists like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, R&B greats Etta James and Billie Holiday and modern superstars such as Miranda Lambert. She has contributed to Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls, which features interviews with female artists, entrepreneurs and public figures in British Columbia. She’s also performed for the Canadian Armed Forces as part of Team Canada, a small group of Canadian ambassadors from the sports, music and entertainment industries visiting Sicily, Italy, and an operations base in Kuwait.