2010 Artswells Line-Up
Aaron Goodwin & the Circle of Stones, Penticton, B.C. I am a musician, and hopefully one day author. I live the good life every day.
Andrea Ramolo,Toronto, Ont.“The Toronto-based roots singer has the whiskey-soaked pipes to land a song straight into your cerebral cortex”. Blending folk, roots, blues, and some tap-dancing, Andrea and her one-man band (Jason Skiendziel) bring their 80 date cross-Canada tour to Artswells. Party time!!!
Ari Neufeld, Penticton, B.C. Ari is young and old all at once. His organic approach to making music turns not only his emotion, but his physicality into song. He breathes beats and croons out multi-octave melodies over textured acoustic guitar and percussion performed by his feet, through an amplified wooden box.
Betty Supple Betty grew up in F’realtown Ontario, which means she is required, by blood, to keep it real. She’s been firin’ out tunes since it occurred to her to do so, and speaks her mind, heart and soul through her songs.
Blackberry Wood, Vancouver, B.C. Blackberry Wood is a wonderful, secret and Magic combination of original Alt-country/ragtime/Circus/Gypsy music, BIG party grooves like exotic Worldbeats, headbobbin’ HipHop, jumpin’ Ska, and other irresistible body shakin’ an’ foot shuffling stuff.
The Burning Hell, Peterborough, Ont.The Burning Hell sings catchy, fatalistic little songs about animals, conferences, wombs and tombs, making music to dance to at the end of the world.
Carolyn Mark Victoria, BC Carolyn will sing and play the guitar and hopefully the piano. She might tell some jokes. Diona Davies will play the violin tastefully and harmonize.
Chasing Red Lights, Penticton, B.C. Mankind has always been Chasing Red Lights. From the very first rising of
the sun right up until now, where, even as the sun sets, the chase carries on into the night. This constant stop and go through lifes meaning,purpose, culture, goals, dreams, desires, needs, wants, and all the yellows in between. ..
Corbin Murdoch, East Vancouver, B.C. Corbin Murdoch is an adventurous folk musician from East Vancouver. Whether collaborating with jazz artists for mash-up performances, with visual artists for a year-long song-blog (http://corbinmurdoch.wordpress.com), with bluegrass bands or brass quintets, Corbin Murdoch and his band, The Nautical Miles, continue to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian folk music.
Corwin Fox, Victoria, B.C. With his distinctive knack for ironic juxtaposition and a playful sense of humour, Fox takes another deep cut at Big Business, Government practices and environmental politics, all while warming us with his deeply concerned and heart-felt words of compassion and wisdom. Live, Fox’s performances can range from extremely intimate acoustic shows to full band onslaught.
CR Avery Band, Vancouver, B.C. Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist.
The Creaking Planks, Vancouver, B.C. The Creaking Planks strap on forgotten and dismissed instruments of simpler times, preemptively gathering the tunes and jingles of today from the ashbins of tomorrow and re-presenting them in a novel anachronistic setting and style.
Crooked Brothers, Winnipeg/Falcon Lake, Man. These Manitoban boys are hard to pin down musically – Stomping scrapyard funk, back porch blues, or honest country waltzes… they’re worth checking out.
Danielle Savage & The Miscreants Danielle Savage is joined this summer by her Penticton-based band, ‘the Miscreants’, permutating from her history as a singleton-songwriter and Pan-American busker/ performer.
Dave Newberry, Vancouver, B.C. David Newberry sings folk songs with rock sensibilities. Or is it the other way around? His songs capture insights into the complex social world. Exclaim Magazine says “his voice has a ring of truth,” and calls him “an artist to watch.”
David Roy Parsons “I have to say that David Roy Parsons is the best new songwriter I’ve found in the last couple of years. I don’t say that lightly. I’ve played several hundred gigs in about 10 countries in that time. His lyrics remind me of John Donne, and his melodies are undeniable. He’s sophisticated and straightforward at the same time, like Hank Williams. If you care about songwriting, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of listening to this man.”–Geoff Berner
The Deckchairs Since their inception in 2007 The Deckchairs have been resposible for developing and delivering and emphatic style of progressive folk music based around 12 string and lapsteel guitars.
Diana Catherine and the Thrusty Tweeters Woodbridge, Ontario The Spirit Ranch Sessions is their latest album produced by Grammy winner of The Allman Brothers, Bud Snyder. CBC’s Fresh Air with Mark Rheaume listed them in the TOP 8 Ontario Bands of 2009.
Dirty Grace, Victoria, B.C. Together, Marley Daemon, Betty Supple and Shelder Footz represent the stripped-down, raw version of their band, Dirty Grace. Their highly diverse, original repertoire points to a new era in music when bands, released from the suffocating limitations of adhering to a single genre, are free to explore any and all inspirations that come their way. Dirty Grace combine gypsy, bluegrass, jazz and hip hop (what they call ‘Jazzypsy Grass-Hop’) with their unique brand of ‘New Canadian Poetry’ (“Canoetry”) to create dancy, emotional grooves with big heart.
DJ BassMint of Karmetik Collective gets back to his roots with this project. His deep and delicious funky electro infused sound carries the dancer into other realms, relying heavily on luscious vocal melody, throbbing baselines and groove of epic proportions. Inspired by life on the rugged West Coast of British Columbia, BassMint brings a broad spectrum of feeling to the dance floor, sure to tickle all corners of the psyche.
Dorah Amora From Saltspring Island, Self-taught Gypsy Accordionist Extraordinaire. Forget every bad Polka you ever suffered through and prepare for eclectic French, Gypsy, eargasmic tunes to put your heartsoul in a trance
Drum and Bell Tower, Williams Lake, B.C. Drum & Bell Tower is a one-man computer-based live-drum-pounding, knob-tweaking, psychedelic-guitar-soaked experiment with rhythm and harmony. It is music for spacing out and/or dancing off the proverbial buttocks.This stompy psy-folk songwriting project of Williams Lake BC’s Brent Morton offers melodic and danceable journeys for life on a crowded planet.
Fish & Bird, Victoria, B.C. BC’s Fish & Bird use various folk traditions as the context with which to express something modern and relevant, whether performing as a duo, or more recently filling out with a full band.”
Free Soul, Prince George, B.C.
Blest from birth unplugged from earth is my soul purpose. Free my mind, soul my rhymes
Geoff Berner, Vancouver, B.C. Geoff Berner, Wayne Adams and Diona Davies have played in 12 countries and on national radio in 5. They play strange klezmer music for drunken dancing.
Ghengis Gandhis, Ashcroft, B.C. The Ghengis Gandhi’s have coined their musical style as “BC Homegrown Reggae”… it is fun, danceable, socially relevant original music that swells the heart and fills the soul…
Ghost Brothers, Vancouver, B.C.Ghost Brothers are Vancouver’s very own Roots Rock Rhythm Bandits. Reggae/Surf/Folk inspired grooves , harmonious and energy-infused songs will keep you moving on the dance floor. If you like to be entertained, you will most definitely enjoy Ghost Brothers lively performances, memorable tunes and crowd interaction. Four guys: djimbes, guitars, bass, drums, flutes, keyboards, pump organs and vocal melodies all perfectly placed and combined with no effort.
Glenna Garramone, Vancouver, B.C. Winner of the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest, harmonizes the experimental with the classical, the unexpected with the organic, and she wants you to sing along.
Graham Hall Quesnel, B.C. Graham (DJ.Algorhythm) is coming back home for his second year at ArtWells. A self described dance instigator, break-beat belligerent and enigmatic electro-eclectic his only want is you, feet on the floor shakin the night away.”Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” ~Samuel Beckett
Granville Johnson The feel and sound of the Djembe’s African goat-hide/skin that barks and sings the essence of the rhythmic melody ringing beneath fingertip and palm.
Indio Saravanja “He is a poet of the finest water, a keen observer with finely attuned literary sensibilities and a thinker of considerable substance….. Saravanja is clearly connected to the larger contemporary global zeitgeist. Big things are coming his way”. (Greg Quill- Toronto Star)
Ingrid Gatin Winnipeg, Manitoba Ingrid Gatin makes eclectic beautiful. Reaching top 20 on Earshot Charts across Canada, Ingrid is getting ready to take Canada by storm. Touring by train, writing music in a cabin in the woods, and making art in the Exchange District of Winnipeg all are influences that can be heard in the sounds of Ingrid’s music. With accordion, piano, vocals, handclaps, foot-stomps, and tambourine, Ingrid has crafted her own eclectic and beautiful sound in the indie/roots music genre.
Jeff Andrew, Victoria, B.C. Jeff Andrew was once blessed by a hobo on the streets of Salem, Massachusetts. He also knows a trick for raising the dead, but it only works on Tuesdays.
Jesse Dee & Jacquie B, Edmonton, AB. Jesse Dee & Jacquie B define versatility. Their musical landscape ranges from funky jazz and hard hitting rock, to delicate folk; yet their unique harmonies and rhythmic shifts defy any expectation listeners may have. Putting a finger on what they’ll do next is next to impossible! Dee’s electric guitar and pedal stylings along with the charming accordion B throws on occasionally, the final product is a genre-bending mélange that has been steadily becoming a favourite of Canada’s independent music scene.
Jill Staveley, Peterborough, Ont.“Like a female equivalent of Greg MacPherson, a lone person singing and playing an electric guitar can be the most beautiful thing in the world. Staveley spoke little, more often opting to play her guitar and captivate the crowd with her strong voice and melancholic songs.”
Joanna Chapman-Smith, Vancouver, B.C. Alone on stage, sitting atop a percussion rig made out of a suitcase and outnumbered by instruments, she charms unassuming crowds into singing along and letting themselves be carried away into her world that questions right and wrong, mind and body, permanence and impermanence.
Joey Only Outlaw Band, Vancouver, B.C. He’s a Vancouver radio personality, writer for BC Musician Magazine, booking agent and artist. His epic alt-country troupe JOEY ONLY OUTLAW BAND has played 250 shows in Western Canada.
Johnnie Ninety-Nine Vancouver, BC A johnny ninety-nine is a ruthless beverage using wine and a shot of gin. The Johnnie Ninety-Nine Band take a similar approach to song-writing, believing high-proof music should be combined, not diluted.
Karyn Ellis Playful and passionate, this modern folk darling has “a magical waywith song… Leonard Cohen has no copyright on the word hallelujah.”(Globe and Mail)
Ken Whiteley, Vancouver, B.C. Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected roots musicians, songwriters and recording producers. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children’s music. Recognized as a gifted guitarist and mandolinist, Ken’s musical cohorts affectionately refer to him as a “playing encyclopedia” for his vast repertoire, depth and range of playing styles, and his prodigious ability on over 20 instruments. www.kenwhiteley.com
Kent McAlister & the Iron Choir, Calgary AB. & Vancouver, B.C.Kent McAlister And The Iron Choir create clever, dark folk-country music that sits well outside the commercial pop-country box.
KarmetiK::Bhutan Sonically combining the east, the west, the above and the below, they religiously infuse packed dance floors with live instrumental fusion. Bhutan cleverly creates an ethnically diverse musical tapestry, often incorporating a variety of instruments.
Kia Kadiri, Vancouver & Victoria, B.C. Kia Kadiri is one of Vancouver’s most respected & powerful females on the mic. This Maximum/universal recording artist has dedicated her voice, time and energy to the hip-hop community. She has performed for countless festivals, and fundraising events over the years.
Kirby Belted emotional lyrics, his driving rock style and quiet thoughtful picking on the guitar, reminiscent is of Nick Drake, John Mayer or Dallas Green.
Ladybug The Rambler I love the wide open prairie sky. I will sing and play for all and the stories will reveal themselves. It is my hope that my music reminds people that the earth does not belong to us but that we belong to the earth. thank you.
Lady Glitch Guttersnipe Lady Glitch first picked up a guitar at age 15 and immediately began constructing a unique musical identity. Self taught and fueled by mentors such as Ani Difranco and Django Reinhardt. The urgent sounds emerging from her well-worn axe can only be described as Gyspy Gutter Folk, revealing Lady Glitch’s Compelling musical vision that demands attention
Lake of Stew, Montreal, PQLake Of Stew is a six-piece acoustic string band that sing all kinds of original tunes in all kinds of styles, and all kinds of mutations of traditional-ish song forms. They all like to have fun with tunes, grub, dancing, and singing, and are currently happy about everything!
Leslie Alexander “Wonderfully evocative . . . the simplicity and directness of these songs make for a superb listen,” said Americana-UK about music from Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Alexander, whose three independent have garnered international airplay and honorable mentions from the ISC and Billboard song competitions. Leslie recently finished tours across North America with Jane Siberry & Jenny Allen and is currently recording her fourth CD.
Linda McRae, Nashville, TN, USA From Dear John to John Deere. Combining old-time sounds with themes of heartbreak and redemption, Linda’s lyrics are timeless and heartfelt. She has the pipes and the chops
Lisa Poushinsky, Ottawa, Ont. With edgy songwriting and a stage presence reminiscent of the great jazz vocalists, L.Poushinsky’s guitar and vocal chops deliver “tear stained bone machine melodrama for the forlorn and frisky alike.”
LMNOP LMNOP are James Lamb, Corbin Murdoch, David Newberry, and some Other People. Three of Vancouver’s most promising songwriters have come together in a special country-rock collaboration that is even more than the sum of its parts.
Low Flying Planes, Edmonton, AB. On the menu is a fresh twist of gypsy with your folk. Lynett McKell and Megan Kemshead will have you swaying from their first notes. Their harmonies blend together to create an instrument that stands alone and will keep your ears guessing and toes tapping.
Llynn KellmanFormer RCA recording artist Llynn Kellman followed a mysterious white light from notoriety to obscurity. One of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of.
Marc Carney I have been making music in the Okanagan for 15 years or so. My musical influences have been mainly my friends and a complete breakdown of a fair and just society.
Marcel Gagnon, Fort Fraser, B.C. “Often couched in poetry similar to Leonard Cohen or even JJ Cale. For a long time he didn’t think anyone would want to hear it.”
Stuart Derdeyn: The Province
Marley Daemon, Victoria, B.C. Hailing from an obscure, secluded little island off the coast of B.C., Marley Daemon is a new breed of folk songstress. Drawing on a strange array of cross-cultural artistic influences (jazz, Celtic, magic literature, Wicca, post-modern philosophy and Indian Classical to name a few), she weaves pieces of music that push into unexplored territory, uncovering new human emotions. Exploring the deepest questions surrounding human identity, her lyrics are heartfelt, personally revealing, and reach to a depth of reflection uncommon in much of today’s music.
Melissa Bandura, Vancouver, B.C. Melissa describes her music as “quirky folk: think of dwarves skipping through the forest carrying various stringed instruments!”. She uses eccentric chord changes, unconventional meters, flowing melodies and interesting harmonies. She paints pictures with her words and loves to get metaphorical!
Melisa Devost, Hornby Island, B.C. has toured extensively throughout western and northern Canada, the UK and continental Europe, carving her niche as a compelling vocalist with the guitar chops and songwriting skills to match. She has shared the stage with many folk/roots veterans such as, Ruthie Foster, Colin Linden and David Francey and has graced many festivals with her unique take on gospel singing, often teaching workshops on the subject.
Miss Emily Brown, Montreal, PQ Miss Emily Brown returns to ArtsWells for her fourth year of creative collusion with a mitt full of new dusty encyclopedia songs to refract love into your lenses. She is over the moon to be joined by a dreamy assortment of cowboys and yogis: Leon Power (drums, mandolin), Kevin Bertram (bass, accordion) and Steve Brockley (guitar, voice).
Miss Quincy Nelson, B.C. Miss Quincy comes alive on stage through her stories, her music and the characters she picks up along the way. She naturally captivates her audience so that you can easily imagine her wild west wrangling, saloon brawling or midnight serenading. Equal parts edgy frontier woman and risque saloon madame, her mystique lays within the character created through her music and the carnival weaved throughout the show. Influenced by the renegade women who came before, Miss Quincy draws inspiration from the blues ladies of the 1930s, boot stompin’ bluegrass, and a healthy dose of vaudeville.
Moon Union, Salmo, B.C.Moon Union is Nyla Raney and Tom Reimer. They are lovers and musical confidants. There music is a lush wash that brings a cinematic vision on an aural palate, that creates a beautiful music
Namgar, Buryat Republic.
From the spot where Russia, China and Mongolia meet comes Namgar. The history of Buryats includes Genghis Khan, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Russian education sysytem. Namgar’s music could be called Buryat/Mongolian as Buryats retained traditions that Mongolia lost when the Qing Empire ruled China. Interestingly, it is more archaic than Mongolian, and yet newer due to the presence of Russian culture, especially musical education styles. We are blessed to welcome them as guests.
National Treasure, Wells, B.C.
The new collaboration of Wellsians Ory No’man, Jesse Dee, and Jacquie B. Together they delve into the realm of 3 part harmonies and zoom across the Folk, Blues, Jazz, and Rock landscapes.
Morlove, Victoria, B.C. & Montreal, PQ. Best heard through your oldest set of speakers, Morlove is the creative collaboration of Corwin Fox and Miss Emily Brown. Experimental, handmade folk.
NikTex Victoria, B.C. NikTex is returning to Artswells for a second year, this time with a full band of bandits from KarmetiK, Wassabi and beyond. They are delighted to serve themselves on a platter of fusion folk, world and electronic. At a glimpse : Guitars, Electronix, Percussion and Vocal Harmonix.
Nir Blue, Montreal, P.Q. & Vancouver, B.C. From Mount Carmel to underground loft concerts to out-door shows, Piano Rocker Nir Blu mixes melancholic classical piano with heavy metal and raw songwriting.
O’mally, Victoria, B.C. O’mally’s ‘Speck’, recorded on Mayne Island BC goes back to what folk music is about: good friends inspiring each other to play great music and having fun. O’mally’s live shows are no different!
Onalea Onalea is a singer/actor/songwriter who likes to perform in both delightfully naughty, grotty cabarets and splendid concert halls. Her four CD’s range from big band to jazz standards, electronica to original material. She has performed across Canada in theatrical roles & in original shows with symphony orchestra. Onalea recently premiered the poetic song cycle Blanche: The Bittersweet Life Of A Wild Prairie Dame, which was commissioned by the Banff Centre & Two Bit Oper-Eh?- Shun an Oratorio about Homelessness that she created the libretto for, and appeared as a soloist in, for the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. “Onalea is a captivating singer when she takes on a torchy tune” Martin Morrow, Globe&Mail
Ory No Man, Toronto, Ont. & Wells, B.C. is a cancerian fire dragon who likes to hike, bike, ski, play music with his friends, and bear his soul to whomever is willing to listen. His favorite things in life are pretty girls, his guitars, his wurlitzer’s, his motorcycle, and riding his motorcycle to play to pretty girls. He writes songs about pretty girls, and then sings those songs to other pretty girls whom he’ll write other songs for and sing to other pretty girls.
Raghu Lokanathan, Valemont, B.C. A rare sort of songwriter whose work conjures a world both familiar and strange. He is an artful dabbler in folk traditions.
Romi Mayes, Winnipeg, Man.Romi Mayes Band is an unstoppable force. Think The Rolling Stones meets Ray Charles meets Joan Jett. Mayes can out-cuss any sailor on a Saturday night.
Ross Douglas, Point Roberts, Wa. Award winning songwriter, great singer, wonderful performer, iffy dresser. His music is praised for its humour, emotional power and grand variety of influences More? www.rossdouglas.com
Ryan Somers [OK Cobra], Vancouver, B.C. & Toronto, Ont.Ryan Somers is the vocal half of the alt.rap duo that is OK Cobra. The OG (original gonzo) poet is an acid-folk singer trapped in a rapper’s body.
The Sandman, Dunn Center, N.D.
Sarah Burton, Toronto, Ont. Sarah Burton packs a deadly musical punch using charisma, charm and a rock and roll attitude. With songs that are at the core, folk, Sarah draws from country, pop and rock to bring her songs to life. Blending traditional folk sensitivity with quirky and sometimes sarcastic word play, Sarah writes honest songs that slide nicely under the skin and into the heart. Teaming up for this year’s festival with the sweet-unique of Jesse Dee and Jacquie B, Sarah Burton offers an intimate look into the kaleidoscopic human heart.
Scott Cook, Edmonton, AB Edmonton’s own prairie balladeer Scott Cook sings thoughtful acoustic roots music so honest it hurts. He brings years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting and storytelling.
Scott Dunbar, Prince George, B.C. & Montreal, PQ comes from the land of lumberjacks and pickuptrucks, and has bit by bit been learning to master his mutant abilities in order to use them for the betterment of all humanity. Lately Scott has been existing in Montreal taking in the cultural scene, busking and hawking his first independently and entirely home (mom) produced cd Philosophies of a Moth Vol. 1: An Awful Racket. Distinctly and diversely influenced blues and soul strains emerge for an on-the-whole uplifting celebration of all that lives.
Shawn Stephenson, Ymir, B.C. Kootenay mountain musician… multiinstrumental looper freakshow. He likes meat, veggies, booze, wigs, tofu and bacon stir-fry and other genderless stuff. He is overly friendly when he needs to be… usually to get some of the above items. Shawn is an independent recording artist with two discs under the proverbial belt.
shayne avec i grec, Victoria, B.C. says words, and sometimes even writes them down. He is one half of Ghosts of the Highway, and one whole of himself. He lives in Victoria, but wanders endlessly.
Steve Brockley, Montreal, P.Q. Folk Music isn’t usually this greasy. A finger picked electric guitar, smooth vocals, slick upright bass, and one special drummer. Neat lyrics are a bonus.
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Victoria, B.C. The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is Victoria, BC based, varied accoustic band, who consistantly stretch genre boundaries with influences from from folk to gypsy, bluegrass to ska. With an ever developing and maturing sound, you can expect to hear more about this band from the west coast of Canada, who look and play like they are from deep Europe but sound like they were raised by Bill Monroe.
Tim Williams, Calgary, AB. Tim Williams is a blues-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He is a 40-year veteran of the roots music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60s. He has played folk/blues/jazz festivals and concert halls and clubs from Halifax to Vancouver Island to the Yukon.
Tribute to Tempest Grace Gale (aka Pest) 1984 – 2009
Transfiguration Good News Band, Prince George, B.C. Come celebrate the joys and sorrows of life with The Transfiguration Good News Band—danceable jazz-grunge fusion arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals—Hallelujah!
Trevor Caswell, Kamloops, B.C. Folk and Blues singer Trevor Caswell doesn’t much like writing bios but he does like to sing and play guitar and is excited to be back at Artswells to do so!
Tusk Mountain, Oliver, B.C. Along with a heavy influence from their Canadian country roots, Tusk Mountain delivers a high-energy breed of dark folk music and electric driven rock ‘n’ roll.
Wax Mannequin, Hamilton, Ont. was born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things. Incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic, Wax infused his local influences with road-broken experience to forge something unsettlingly new.
Window Broker Hard working and hard traveled; Window Broker plays a progressive-rock-and-country-blues-roll that can be enjoyed with any meal, or as a meal replacement.
Yael Wand, Wells, B.C. From the enchanted suburbs of Wells, Yael just released her third album, Good Stitch Gone. With Christina Zaenker and Juli Steemson, they aim to shiver your spine and nudge your feet with hill-billy jazz songs and swinging roots ditties.
2010 Artswells Workshops
A Waltz with Ann Walsh Through History, Mystery, and More.
Ann Walsh will read from and talk about her gold rush books “Your Time, My Time” and the Barkerville Mystery Trilogy–“Moses, Me and Murder” “The Doctor’s Apprentice” and “By The Skin of His Teeth.”) Widely used in schools, these books are packed with Gold Rush history are enjoyed by both younger readers and adults alike–check her website http://www.annwalsh.ca/
Wilderness Running with Tyler Doerksen
With all this fresh air and invigorating wilderness, Wells is a runner’s paradise. Join local runners on a moderately challenging jaunt of 6 kilometers down backroads, trails, and a sub-alpine meadow.
Needlefelting the Easy Way with Sharon Cahn
There is a $35 cost to buy the kit for this workshop (cost is not included with festival pass). The kit contains a special paper that allows participants to needlefelt their first project in a foolproof way. There is enough wool and the special paper in the kit for you to make several items. We will make one in the one hour class, but you can later either practice on more of the paper or can go on to needlefelt without it, having gained confidence in their abilities to needlefelt. If you need a refresher course, the kit includes a DVD that goes over the process again. It is an easy foolproof way to begin. http://www.pluckings.com/
PLUS, Sharon will be teaching a second textiles workshop:
Nuno Felting with Sharon Cahn, also known as Laminated Felting is a process where wool is felting into an open weave fabric. In this class we will make a nuno felted silk scarf. There will be a material fee for the supplies, but you will go home with the ability to go on from here to whaterever felting takes you.
Freestyle Rap Session with Ryan Somers aka Fritz tha Cat
Can you rap? Whether you know it or not, the answer is YES! We’ll start with a simple breakdown on the art of freestyling, then have a group rap session. Bring your voice or bring a drum! Kids and grown-ups welcome!
Introduction to Ukrainian Dancing with Ksenya Dorwart
– Warm ups
– Bar work
– Feet and arm positions
– Introduction to basic Ukrainian steps (central and Hutzul steps)
– Boys and Girls technique
Under ideal circumstances, practice attire for girls includes black tights, bodysuits and dance skirts.
Practice attire for young boys includes white T-shirts and black shorts.
Older boys attire includes white T-shirts and black sweat pants.
Yoga with Kate Sulis
Kate Sulis has been leading yoga classes in Wells and Quesnel for a number of years. She is a registered massage therapist and uses this experience to help lead participants through a fairly energetic yoga routine which focuses on core strength and flexibility. She follows no particular brand of yoga, but draws on experience from different classes she has taken over the years. Come prepared with a yoga mat if you have one and a light-weight blanket. We will be outside (weather permitting) so bug dope might be in order!
Bird’s Eye View Stilt-Walking with Ruthie Sumiko Tabata
Wells Walks with Mary Forbes
Wander the streets of Wells and hear the sordid stories and stupendous sallies of the the little town that could and still does. From miners to minstrels on a tailings pile or snob hill. From any vantage point Wells will warm your heart and help walk off last night’s dance and prime you for more culture than you can carry in a Cornish water wheel. Let’s go for a walk! http://www.dandelioninterp.ca/index.cfm
Drumming Circle with Granville Johnson
Drummers of any level welcome! Drums are provided. www.designbygranville.com
Sound Exploration Walk with Kristen Roos
Walk through town and listen to the interior sounds of objects using contact microphones. This workshop is great for anyone who hasn’t been exposed to the magic of contact microphones, come listen to a sign post, drum on a wall, turn a playground into an instrument.
Great for a variety of ages: 6 yrs old and up! www.kristenroos.com
Hot Venues: Running Them & Getting Booked Into Them with Carla Stephenson
Ever wonder what it would be like to host your own house concert or start a little venue in your town?This workshop will examine all the basics.
Where to start, how to contact musicians, legalities of alcohol sales, promotion, basic sound requirements.. and so much more. You will leave with lots of hands on information, suggestions, templates for contracts, posters and stage diagrams. If you are a musician looking for gigs this workshop will show you what venues are looking for and what give you some insight into their process for making choices on who plays and who does not.There will be time for an open discussion where we can connect musicians and venues and problem solve collectively on creative solutions to make everyone money! For the past few years we have booked our entire winter seasons at Artswells and we can show you how. www.undergroundartsrailroad.com
Journey on The Relation Ship: Transformative Rebuilding of Our Relationship to Aboriginal History through Story, Song, and Art, with The Melawmen Collective. Facilitated by Meeka Noelle Morgan, M.A. , and Rob Hall , co-founders, The Melawmen Collective.
This transformative workshop brings the story of local Secwepemc People to life through storytelling, song, and music in a way that is inclusive, collaborative and consciousness shifting for all. Through the teachings of her people and family, Meeka presents a perspective of history that is closer to her oral tradition of storytelling, yet merges with poetry, song, and visual art. Through his own experience of consciousness shifting, Rob presents his perspective through song. Their workshops are interactive and encourage collaboration with one another through the development of sharing experience and feeling, and what happens when we channel our creative energies to express our stories. A journey into local Aboriginal history, expressed through contemporary artistic mediums. Bring writing or art making implements and notebook if you like but not necessary.
Getting to First Bass (learning bass as a second instrument) with Peter Mynett
This workshop is designed for people with experience on another instrument who want to get a handle on bass as a second instrument. Also applicable for beginner bassists. Topics will include: basic technique on stand up and electric base, simple base line construction, understanding bass in ensemble settings, and more.
Tightening Tone and Technique with Paul Wolda
This workshop is open to percussionists of all levels, and is an open forum for percussionists. We will be focusing on creating good tone while making sure that our technique avoids injury. We will focus on dynamics and creating an orchestrated sound between percussionists. Also will be tuning djembes. Bring/Bang your drums!
Yoga for Musicians with Kate Sulis
Do you have repetitive strain issues from playing your instrument? Are you interested in learning some self-care to prolong your playing career? Learn to stretch, strengthen, and generally be kind to your body to undo all the stress from life and copious hours of playing instruments. Specific concerns can be addressed – bring your sore and abused body! Kate is a yoga instructor and RMT with 15 years experience in making folks helping themselves to feel better.
Lyrical Dance Class with Jessie Herman
Learn some basic elements of jazz and ballet mixed together to create a flowing and modern movement known as Lyrical dance. Dive into some choreography, let the music fill you up and carry you away. No experience is required, just a open mind and open heart. Please wear clothing that will allow you to move freely!
Rhythmic Fiddle WorkChop with Patrick M’Gonigle
This workshop is going to focus on implementing violin into various styles of music. We will work on improvised soloing, percussive bowing techniques, and the various historical backgrounds of these styles. Topics: Chops and grooves, chord voicing on violin/viola, jazz, bluegrass, old-time, Darol Anger, improvisation.
Veggie Oil Conversion with Jason Griffin
Join Jason and his veggie-fueled vehicles for an overview of converting and operating a diesel vehicle on waste vegetable oil (WVO). A practical demonstration of the how-to’s and what-to-consider in the daily maintenance of a WVO-vehicle including a discussion of the pros and cons of WVO vs. bio-diesel.
Vocal Improvisation with Dirty Grace
Being comfortable with jamming vocally makes way for hours of spontaneous, good’ol fun. We’ll play with singing with others, exploring our own sounds, harmonies, freestyled words, and vocal percussion/beat boxin’. We’ll illustrate some movements and sentiments with sound, inside safe, encouraging, inclusive space. No experience necessary.
Lyric Writing with Linda McRae
Want to find ways to unblock your creative flow? Come have some fun and Linda will show you how to jump start the writing process and improve your writing no matter what discipline you’re in…songwriting, pros, poetry, journalist, what have you. Please bring paper and a pen.
Juggling It All with Tyler D
The ancient art of juggling (keeping more objects in the air than hands used) has brought Tyler into many strange, fun and exciting places and situations. Eventually Tyler and his props ended up at ArtsWells six years ago. Torches flew. People were confused and he hasn’t missed an ArtsWells yet.
Outdoor Natural Art Making with Ruthie Sumiko Tabata and Caroline Anders
Join Caroline and Ruthie in the Wells natural surroundings for an outdoor art making Happening. We will go on a short walk in the woods and bog visiting landmarks and gathering natural materials to make a collective outdoor natural picture/sculpture. Over time, nature will dominate and the picture may evolve into something new or fade into the earth. Come be a part of our nature art instillation and be a part of something special!!
Geodesic Dome Building for Kids with Beth Holden
Simply using newspaper and masking tape, help make a three dimensional, geodesic dome appear before your very eyes! This workshop is geared towards kids but is open to all of those who are young at heart. You don’t need to bring anything other than your creativity and a smile.
Laughter Yoga with Heather & Chris Hartridge
The Quesnel Laughter Club started in 2006 after Chris was smitten with the laughter bug in his first Laughter Yoga session at ArtsWells and yes, he was instantly inspired! Now both certified by the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga, Chris and his giggling wife Heather will host life-changing Laughter Yoga session for this year’s festival. Bring a friend and come prepared to LAUGH FOR NO REASON… all you need is the willingness to laugh! You’re guaranteed to experience the power of laughter and you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy after… maybe even the next day!! www.heatherhartridge.com
Everyone Can Sing, hosted by Onalea Gilbertson
Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Let’s start at the very beginning….a very good place to start. We’ll do vocal warm ups, sing together, and you will be empowered to find, cultivate, and use your voice……..and leave singing. www.onalea.com
Signs of the Times with Martin Comtois
An astrological perspective on the changing times. Join astrologer, chef and artist Martin Comtois for a journey into the astrological archetypes as we search for insight into the meaning of these very powerful times.Visit him in the school kitchen to find out about the times he will be presenting his workshops or for an individual session. You can also visit his website for more information on what he’s been up to. www.mountainmystics.ca
Introduction to Stage Combat with David Jeffery
Everyone is welcome to come and learn a few simple tricks for creating basic stage fight moves such as slaps, punches, and chokes. Who knows…you may leave this workshop with the skills to fight James Bond (ask Dave about the Bond role he turned down). Hi-ya!
Top Hats and Tails with Jessie Herman
Class and steamin’ hot sass all rolled into one! This dance class will focus on good old Cabaret style JAZZ! Top hats and tails will be provided for all you cats who come on out! Ladies, fish nets and heels are smiled upon but not necessary. Gentleman, bare chests and suspenders are smiled upon but not necessary. This class can be rocked in bare feet and clothing that will allow you to move freely.
Drawing in the Fifth Dimension with Megan Hepburn
What is drawing? A process? A language? Design? Creative self-expression? The primary abstract human art form? What you do when your teacher is boring or your parents are fighting? Mindless scribbling or a big waste of time?
In this all-ages drawing workshop we will take all of these ideas and more to the next level. No, you will not need to bring pencils and paper, though please do if you want to use them.
You will, however, need a few supplies.
– some tape
– a roll of coloured thread or rope
– a camera of any kind if you have one
– an image or object that makes you want to draw
– an image, object, word or text that frightens you
– some serious attitude
Clowning Around with Aubrey Burke
Aubrey Burke, a.K.a “Po-Co the Clown” was born in to a clown family with big feet, a big nose and a big ol’ laugh. He encourages the absurd and life as one big joke! www.aubreytheburke.com
Introduction to Ballet with Jessie Herman
Come take a graceful step into the mad and marvellous world of classical ballet. Learn the basic positions, work on posture, placement and carriage of the arms, all through the voice and memory of my most loved and hated Russian ballet Master! Please wear clothing that will allow you to move freely and bonus cookies for men in tights.
Radical Folk History 101 with Joey Only
The working class has used folk music for centuries to represent their struggle against the system. Joey Only will take you on a musical journey through the slave rebellions, the strikes of 1877, the death of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World (1905-1930) and the songs of Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips and more.
No Score? No Script? No problem. Hosted by The Sunset Theatre. Starring You
A colourful film will be shown with the sound turned off. You are invited to improvise the score. You are invited to improvise the dialogue. This delightful drop-in-when-you-like event could go anywhere. It’s your call. Aaaaand “Action!”
Watershed Roves with Mary Forbes
What’s a watershed? What’s the significance? And where did she get that fabulous hat? If you can’t spot Mary (I can only imagine you’ve misplaced your glasses), she’ll spot you and share her treasure trove of information. www.ccconserv.org
2010 Artswells Films
DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.
The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”
DIRT! the Movie–narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.
DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.” But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.
“The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.”
What we’ve destroyed, we can heal.
Chris “Sandman” Sand is a rappin’ cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota (population: 120 and shrinking). He drives a semi, plays the guitar and raps. He looks like Woody Guthrie but sings like LL Cool J. Roll Out, Cowboy follows the 39-year-old country/hip-hop musician as he tours the American West during the 2008 Presidential election. Small town America isn’t as conservative as we think.
His tour bus is broken, he bought his house for a thousand bucks, and the small farming town in which he lives is disappearing faster with each passing year. Roll Out, Cowboy’s Chris Sand is the face of the dying American West. Except for one thing: He raps.
The Woody Guthrie protégé looks like a cowboy, talks like a cowboy, but writes songs like LL Cool J. When hip hop music hit the airwaves of the North Dakota badlands, where Sand grew up, he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. The result? A music fusion in the raw—country/hip hop/folk/rap/cowboy. Whatever you call it, it’s unique, fresh, sexy, and distinctly western.
Roll Out, Cowboy follows Sandman the rappin’ cowboy as he embarks on a national tour during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. He travels from red state to blue and back again; blending discordant music genres into a style uniquely his own. Through him we see a part of America that remains immune to marketing campaigns, record labels, and consumerist politicking; as if it were the truth. We witness band break-ups, small town groupies—even a brief flirtation with commercial truck-driving, when a particularly impoverished Sand needs to make ends meet.
This is not the romanticized, Roy Rogers version of the American frontier. This is Sandman. The cowboy who raps.
ArtsWells: The Festival of All Things Art
Two years in the making, the documentary of the 2008 Swell. Independent filmmaker, Dan Williams and interviewer Carmen Mutschele brought their team to the 2008 ArtsWells Festival and did a host of interviews and live tapings. Over the last two years Dan teamed up with videographer Jason Beauchene who has now edited it into a 60 minute documentary featuring interviews and performances by Shane Koyczan, Don Alder, Green Tara, Linda McRae, Kevin Kane, Yael Wand, Miss Emily Brown, Jarimba, Blue Island Trio and more.
For 18 months songstress Onalea Gilbertson gathered vivid tales from Canada’s largest homeless shelter, the Calgary Drop-In Centre and teamed with composer Marcel Bergmann to create a sweeping composition discussing homelessness and addiction. This recording of the world premiere at Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo features the award winning Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, The Drop In Centre Singers, soloists and choir.
Incarcerated at twelve for a crime her mother committed, Sapana’s story is one that has been shared by thousands of Nepali youth. Shunned by her community and father, she and her brother accompanied their mother to prison after her arrest for trafficking girls into the sex trade in India.
Indoctrinated at 14 by Maoist recruiters, Chandra became a messenger for the Maoist rebels in their uprising agauinst the government, an act considered treason by the Nepali army who arrested him….
Reel Youth, in partnership with Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA Nepal), is proud to present a touching and uplifting film about seven remarkable Nepali children and their struggle to connect to a society that relinquished them.
Filmed in part by the youth themselves, ‘FAMILY STONES’ showcases the work of Canadian Zachary Bartonas the Directer of Kamala Foundation, and it’s sister organization PA Nepal. It is a testament to resilience and the individuals who continue to rescue children from the Nepal’s prisons.
Scored with songs by the youth of PA Nepal, and violist Christien Lein, the result is a film that is much like the children themselves: captivating, ebullient and memorable.
This film was produced with the financial support of the Canadian Government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Island Mountain Arts and Reel Youth present the 2010 Video Production Day Camp Films
For four years now, Island Mountain Arts has been partnering with Reel Youth to give up-and-coming filmmakers to write, produce, direct, and often star in their own films. This year’s films include “Sacrificial Ignorance”, “Pressure”, and the haunting “Beavers”. Special Thank You to Mark Vonesch, film maker and visual artist and the Founder and Director of Reel Youth. He has made over 200 films with young people over the last six years, which have been screened in film festivals across North America, broadcast on television and distributed online.
2010 Artswells Theatre
Where Poetry, Song and Dance Collide
Micaele Johnson, Smithers native, Theatre Royal and Barkerville’s weetheart for 5 seasons opens her one woman show at the Sunset Theatre in Wells BC. Forget Me Not takes us on her journey as a young woman leaving the north to explore the greater landscape of the west and the lights of the big city through poetry, song and dance. Forget Me Not encompasses Micaele’s own poetry and song while she dances to music that speaks to her heart,informs her journey and inspires her to dance.
A prolific tap dancer, Micaele started studying tap at the age of 12 after sustaining a major injury during figure-skating training. After a year at Canadian College Performing Arts her passion for dance and performing brought her to Barkerville where she performed 5 seasons at Theatre Royal. Her thirst for knowledge and excellence propelled her to continue her studies at Circle in the Square in New York City. Micaele fell in love with the big lights and dreams of Broadway but like many Canadians was required had to come back home before the dream was sated. Coming back to Vancouver, Micaele interrupted the role of the Station Mistress for Storyeum,danced her way through West Side Story at Royal City Musical Theatre under the musical direction of the late Lloyd Nicholson,played Nurse Monika in The Physicists for Genus Theatre and portrayed a Hurdy Gurdy Girl in the silent film Little Heaven and Earth.
Co-created and directed by Karen Jeffery Forget Me Not paints the picture of the inner landscape of leaving home to find your dreams, embracing the world and learning that sometimes the best things in life are found in your own back yard. Semi – autobiographical using Micaele’s writing and choreography, theatrical license and interpretation has been engaged to lace together beautiful and mysterious mosaics of life and love. Professional Actress, Singer, Producer, Stage-manager and Executive Director, For-Me-Not is Karen Jeffery’s creation-directorial debut which fulfills another dream of the Sunset Theatre when she bought it over 10 years ago.
Victorian Street Music
Take a step back in time to the Victorian era as Danette Boucher, James Douglas, Andrew Hamilton, Lynnette Candy and JP Winslow dust off some old Barkerville Street songs. Clap your hands and stomp your feet and enjoy a family friendly evening of music and memories. All Welcome.
By James Douglas and Danette Boucher
Fred Wells lives on! James Douglas is returning in the role that gave the town its name– The Fred Wells Show. A popular original production depicting the life and times of the man that built the town and recreated the area in the 1930’s.
As the great depression fell like a fog of gloom over Canada in the 1930’s one tiny pocket of prosperity shone like a beacon of hope high in the Cariboo Mountains. An introverted but charismatic and determined prospector called Fred Marshall Wells had a hunch that there was still gold to be found in the area where British Columbia’s great Cariboo Gold Rush had once boomed in the 1860’s. And he was right – the second caribou Gold Rush had begin.
The Fred Wells Show emerges as the inner thoughts of a man of few words. It is an exploration of a person who loved to be alone with the land, and who was fiercely compelled to see what lay within it. It is also a snapshot of a precise moment in BC history – a moment when Fred wells suddenly found himself in a position to save a collection of souls from the jaws of the greatest depression of the modern age.
“We cannot believe our luck. As the world sinks in to a chasm of despair we at the Cariboo Gold Quartz find ourselves sitting right in God’s pocket.”
No Score? No Script? No problem. Hosted by The Sunset Theatre. Starring You
A colourful film will be shown with the sound turned off. You are invited to improvise the score. You are invited to improvise the dialogue. This delightful drop-in-when-you-like event could go anywhere. It’s your call. Aaaaand “Action!”
Lindsay lives in Wells with her family. She divides her time between motherhood, painting, volunteering and organic gardening.
Laura McIntosh is a gentleman and a scholar.
She enjoys working with paints, fabrics, glue, and whatever other neato tidbits come her way (most recently a very enthralling Bedazzler and some broken shoes).
Ms. McIntosh is in the process of completing her Bachelors Degree in Illustration at Emily Carr University, after which she hopes to take over the world.
Nora Curiston is a painter and sculptor living in Grand Forks. A self-proclaimed ‘late bloomer’ she only recently graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She thinks of her sculptures as ‘visual poems’ – quirky juxtapositions or manipulations of objects that give them new meaning.
Caroline lives in Wells year round, painting during the winters and working out at Bowron Lake during the summer. Caroline had a solo exhibition titled ‘Cities’ last April at Island Mountain Arts and will be exhibiting that series at the Quesnel Art Gallery, Terrace Art Gallery and Maple Ridge Art Gallery in 2011.
Paula began painting in her late thirties, is mainly self taught and credits the BC Festival of the Arts and Island Mountain Arts workshops for much of her development as an artist. Her work is mainly autobiographical; memories, feelings and muses of the world from her perspective meant to provoke thought.
Born and raised in Christina Lake, BC. Obtained my BFA from SFU in Vancouver. Never straying far from the mountains, I then lived in Whistler for 3 years, working as a Snowcat mechanic’s assistant and making paintings for art shows in my spare time. I currently reside in the small town of Ymir where I have a home studio so I can paint and snowboard full time.
Laurie Monique Landry
A visual artist painting with acrylics and oil, Laurie Landry completed Fine Arts Techniques at Emily Carr University in 2008. She is currently living in Wells, BC to focus on a series of local landscape and still life paintings.
Andrew has worked with steel most of his career and gets a lot of his inspiration from nature.
His forms generally are of an organic nature, giving new warmth to an otherwise industrial material and process. Andrew works with fire to achieve the plastic state of the material, and with the high temperature of the oxy-acetylene torch, is able to cut and weld the steel into an amazing creation. www.craftconnection.org
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) with Laurie Monique Landry
A COLLABORATIVE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE
Artist Trading Cards are miniature original works of art that anybody can produce. They can be paintings, collages, silkscreening, drawings, anything!!! The point of the project is the exchange of cards as well as personal experience. Like ArtsWells, it’s about the artistic exchange of ideas, be it music, words, or visual.
Bring your ATCs! Don’t have ATCs but would like to participate? We’ll have a creativity table set up, for you to create your own ATCs for trade or swap.
1. Art Trading Cards (ATCs) must adhere to 2.5” x 3.5” size.
a. Art side must have original artwork created by creatively inspiring YOU.
b. Back side should have your name, bio, and optionally, information bout the artwork
2. Cards must be for trade or swap only. No money shall be exchanged.*
3. You must have fun making the art cards, and have fun trading or swapping.
Need to create cards? Come 1 hour before swap time
Swap Time – July 31 & August 1 2 – 3 pm
Need to create cards? Come 1 hour before swap time
Cartier & Bailey Creative Studio, in the Good Eats Building at the corner of Pooley & Blair Streets.