Go North Music Festival, held on beautiful St. Joseph Island is thrilled to announce the line-up for the second annual festival set for Saturday, July 14, 2018. The day-long family-friendly event will feature a variety of musical acts including Folk Rock Alt Country band Elliott BROOD, Indie-Rock group Fast Romantics, Alternative Folk band Shred Kelly, Rock group Jackpine, Blues & Country group Andrew Parkhouse Band, Americana Roots duo Harrow Fair, Singer-Songwriter Ambre McLean, local youth band CASS FM, and kicking off the campfire stage Andy Chillman. “We’re really excited about this year’s line-up,” shares festival organizer Jody Wildman. “We want Go North to be a memorable experience, and that all starts with great music.” Tickets for the festival go on sale today. Admission for kids 12 and under will be free again, and this year there will be a new youth ticket price for 13 to 18-year-olds.
This full-day music festival will offer an afternoon and evening of new music, local artisans, local craft beer, delicious food, and overnight camping in a relaxed outdoor venue unlike anything else in the area. Of the festival, Wildman says, “Not only do we have a great line-up on the main stage, but we will have live music in the kids’ zone and an after-hours set on the campground stage which will lead into performances and sing-alongs, we hope, from campers themselves.” Tickets will be available online today and at local vendors on March 19th – Case’s Music, The Rad Zone, 17 East Trading Post, and The Township of St. Joseph Municipal Office. Stay tuned for more details at www.facebook.com.
The Richards Landing Centennial Grounds is the perfect location for an outdoor festival, with its beautiful timber-frame Go North stage, food, beverage and concession booths and plenty of room for on-site parking and camping. Returning this year will be the popular Go North Marketplace providing an opportunity for local artisans to feature their works. Any vendors, producers, supporters, and sponsors should contact the Township of St. Joseph if they would like to get involved.
WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT THE 2018 LINEUP?
Elliott BROOD is a three-piece Folk Rock Alt Country band based in Hamilton, Canada. Their brand of fuzzed-up roots music has always made for a captivating, and frenetic live performance. That energy has always translated onto the band’s five previous critically acclaimed records. In 2013 the band won a Juno Award for their World War One inspired album “Days Into Years”. Over the course of their career they have been nominated for a total of five Juno awards. In 2009 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and in 2012 the band found themselves nominated for a Genie Award for their original song “West End Sky” that was featured in the film “Grown Up Movie Star”. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music. Fall 2017 the band released their sixth full-length studio album “Ghost Gardens” via Paper Bag Records. Elliott BROOD are Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin.
Fast Romantics have been blurring the lines between modern indie-rock and classic pop for some time, carving their own unique path to radio success. But with their latest release American Love, the world is paying much more attention to this fast growing Toronto-based band. Led by singer-songwriter Matthew Angus, Fast Romantics have begun to earn a loyal following with their irresistible pop hooks, anthemic live shows, and Angus’ emotive and personal approach to lyricism, often infused with the political and social chaos of the times.
Their recent release, American Love, produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Wintersleep, Arkells, Whitehorse) serves as a follow-up to the band’s 2013 LP, Afterlife Blues, bringing together the most lyrical songs Angus has composed to date and serves as the first record by what Angus describes as a “brand-new band.” The group — originally founded in 2008 in Calgary between sole-survivors Angus and bassist Jeffrey Lewis — cleaned house in 2015, and added Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kirty, Kevin Black, Nick McKinlay, and Lisa Lorenz around the time they were set to record their breakthrough single Julia in 2015. “Julia” ended up climbing the charts, finding itself charting on commercial/AAA radio on both sides of the border, and eventually won the SOCAN national songwriting prize in 2016.
The first single from American Love — the anthemic “Why We Fight”— broke the top 20 on the Canadian alternative rock charts (Mediabase) and hit #1 on the CBC R2 National Charts, and the band was short-listed for the prestigious Anchor Award at the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany. Having earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in Canada, the band released a fresh new single “Get Loved” in October 2017. The single release was accompanied by an international tour.
Soaked in electric crescendos and folk-tinged sing-along anthems, Shred Kelly is known for their high energy live show that ignites dance floors with their alternative folk sound. Over three albums and countless tours, the five British Columbians have developed their signature sound by taking inspiration from the mountains where they hail from and the people who inhabit them. Shred Kelly have seamlessly fused traditional instrumentation with modern rock, presenting a sound that is both unique and compelling.
Jackpine (formerly The Lost Angelos) is a rock band from Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. The group consists of Nik Hirst (keys, vocals, harp), Ryan Gaynor (drums, vocals), Max Boyko (guitar, vocals) and Dave Pearson (bass, vocals). Crafting their songs in a cozy wood cabin beneath the sway of a mighty Jack pine, the band creates a musical juxtaposition between old and new, rural and urban, and plays with energy and integrity. The band’s rustic blues/roots sound draws heavily from 1970s artists, including The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Allman Brothers Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In the summer of 2016, Jackpine tracked their debut EP (Lately-EP) at Helm Recording, and released it in May 2017 under their previous name. Jackpine looks forward to playing at Go North Music Festival and performing our song “Black Bear”, which is a crowd favourite and a song about riding on one of the final tour trains from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst, Ontario.
ANDREW PARKHOUSE BAND
With layers of rich tones, foot tapping and bare bones, Andrew brings his love for all genres of music and delivers it to you in his own unique way. Andrew’s love for the blues, old country and southern folk enables him to create sounds you’ve heard before, but his vocals and emotion are raw and unrivaled. Touring internationally and recording in major studios he stays humble and true. A quarterfinalist in the international blues Competition in Memphis Tennessee this year – Andrew’s played Internationally from Beale Street Tennessee to Granville Vancouver BC and in Southwestern Ontario. Andrew has shared the stage with the likes of David Wilcox, Ash Grunwald, George Canyon and The Ghost Town Blues Band. Check out his new Judgement Day album everywhere online!
Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (formerly of Great Lake Swimmers) & Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players). One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock n roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. Debut full-length album “Call To Arms” is out now.
“Singer”, “Songwriter”, “Storyteller”, “Multi-Instrumentalist”, “Looper” – all words used to describe Ambre McLean. However one may attempt to describe her, with her new album “My Heart”, Ambre has been wowing audiences from coast to coast with her unique brand of genre-defying musicality. “I never write a set list” explains McLean. “Every audience is different – different tastes, different moods, different energies. I feed off of that. Every show becomes something different, and I love that because you never know how the night will unfold. I love interacting and connecting with my audiences, sharing my songs, stories and my musical creations new and old.”
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