Rock and Pop

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, lead singer of Canadian rock band, The Joys, is stepping outside her band boundaries to bring audiences her own voice, her own experiences and her own personal sound.

Her power, energy and emotion have been unmatched to this day showing a different side to her sound and style.

Sarah's music is positive and inspiring and she highlights her vocal versatility, her writing skills and incredible arrangements in her songs. She is tender, powerful, soft, and hard. You can't escape her sound because her music is in everyone.

"I am a huge lover of a song, as a whole. Melody AND music. As I have grown musically, I have learned to appreciate softer, more melodic songs with a stronger emphasis on storytelling and lyrics", states Sarah.

Sarah Smith's debut solo CD is set for release in June 2012. The songs are representative of her own sound being emotional, full of passion with powerhouse raspy vocals that give her such a textured and recognizable sound. These songs have a wonderful catchy chorus and a great rhythm which lend themself to a long lasting effect on audiences leaving them in awe of her very talent.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Sarah was awarded Best Singer/Songwriter at the London Music Awards. She also hosted the 2010 Jack Richardson Music Awards and brought home a JACKfor Best Singer/Songwriter in 2011.

She is currently working with some of the best songwriters in Canada and The United States on her upcoming CD and is also honored to be working with Grammy and Juno award winning producer

You can listen to and/or purchase her music by logging onto:

www.sarahsmithmusic.com
IN2U

IN2U is David Cross and Deanna Shore, 2 vocalists who also play guitar. IN2U cover such diverse artists, such as Linkin Park, Johnny Cash, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Norah Jones. David has toured and recorded across Canada and the US, with many artists, Jeff Healey, Juno Nominee David Hutchins, The Barncats, and most recently, Up Front. Deanna has been adding her sultry singing voice to various events, fundraisers, jam nights, and hosting Karaoke parties for the last few years. In addition to playing guitar, Deanna also plays piano, and the flute.

Together, David and Deanna are an accomplished, dynamic team and are eager to perform at any venue, event or special occasion. IN2U will entertain all audiences and ensure everyone has nothing but a “darn good time!!”

Daryl Gray

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Daryl tasted the wanderer's life at an early age, traveling Europe and North America with his parents before settling back in Ireland. Growing up to music as diverse as The Beatles and Stones to Slade and Led Zeppelin, Daryl's first paying job as a musician was at the age of fifteen and was a solo acoustic performance opening for a local band for which he received the equivalent of $5.00 and was slipped a pint of Guinness under the table.

After immigrating to Canada he became very active in the Niagara music scene, fronting the popular 80's rock band Tracy Kane. 1982 saw the release of their self-titled album on the H&S Records label, which was also home to another Canadian indie band, Helix.

Along the way Daryl has attained 4 Gold, 2 Platinum and 1 Double Platinum albums, 2 Juno nominations, the 1990 Much Music Video Award for the best Rock Video, and has had Top 40 hits with numerous writing and production credits.

After departing Helix in 2002 Daryl continues to tour and record with own band Scurvy Dogz. He is also much sought after as a session musician, recording and performing with such local hero's as Ray Lyell and The Rick Rose Band and GM Paterson and Overdrive.

Over the past several years Daryl has garnered a strong following as a solo performer and has returned to his acoustic roots, bringing a seasoned and experienced ease to his performances. Drawing from a wide variety of musical styles and influences, (including his Celtic heritage) which showcase his vocal and instrumental talents; Daryl leaves his audiences wanting more.

Rita

Rita Carrey is the older sister to comedian Jim Carrey. She is a Canadian television and radio personality. Born in Canada, she grew up in Toronto and Burlington, Ontario and is an accomplished singer/songwriter and public speaker. Music was always a family affair. Her Father was the leader of a big band and her Mother was the singer. With roots like that, its no wonder Rita 's voice developed into a silky smooth package. On camera her beauty and charm sparkle and captivate her audiences. Describes as a "cross between a soulful torch singer and a hard rocker" she can sing anything from Amanda Marshall to Janice Joplin. On stage, Rita loves to entertain her audiences between songs with her great sense of humor and incredible stage presence. After suffering the lose of her guitar player, and oldest son Marty she took a much needed break from the music scene. Today she is back more energized and looking forward to a long career in music.

As well as singing, Rita is heavily involved in community events such as Dreams Take Flight which helps terminally ill and under-privileged children live their dreams. She is also on the board of directors for the Light Of Day Niagara which helps raise money to fight Parkinsons Disease. You can check out her quick wit and talent every afternoon on 91.7 Giant Fm in Niagara.

Kenny V

Kenny has been nominated twice for a JUNO Award in the "Best Instrumental" category for his cds, "Fiesta del Sol" and "Mediterranean Nights" and has 2 certified gold records here in Canada, “Superstarz” and “Fisher Price: Favourite Animal Songs.

He has been playing and studying music since he was 16 years old and has been playing professionally now for nearly 20 years. He has toured the world from Dubai to Bangkok to The West Indies.

Chances are you've heard some of Kenny's music already either while you're on hold on the phone or walking through the shopping mall or you may even own one of his cds and not even know it. Through his work with Somerset Entertainment (formerly Solitudes) he has recorded countless cds in many styles ranging from country to Latin to 50's to children's music to relaxation music, etc. The list goes on.

Even though his experiences are diverse, Kenny’s greatest fulfillment comes from entertaining on a daily and nightly basis in various musical environments ranging from corporate functions to weddings, restaurants, nightclubs, and theatres. His versatility allows him to perform as a solo artist, duo, trio, four- piece or more.

When you see Kenny perform you will experience a wide range of styles from reggae to rock to funk, soul, latin, swing and calypso.

The Relics

The Relics: Tribute to Classic Rock - A Live Recreation of Some of the Biggest Bands in Classic Rock History

The Relics is a Hamilton, Ontario-based band that has taken the art of reproducing Classic Rock music to new heights. It is comprised of three seasoned veterans of the Hamilton music scene. Spot-on vocal

harmonies, rip-roaring guitar playing, and a powerful rhythm section make this one of the most versatile rock bands around. The Relics' setlist consists of many songs that most other cover bands are scared to attempt: Boston, Kansas, Rush... (see the website for evidence of this).

As seen in clubs, halls and festivals (Cactus Fest, Mustard Fest, It's
Your Festival, Canada Day Fest, Victoria Day Fest), The Relics are
available to entertain at corporate functions, wedding receptions, or
almost any event where music is required. Full production (sound and lighting) is provided where necessary.

The band consists of:
Steve Parton (Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals)
Tom Kiss (Bass Guitar, Vocals)
Mike Rittenhouse (Drums and Percussion)

Sonny Del-Rio

Sonny has been rockin’ out his brand of music for almost 50 years!! His 4th CD “Welcome To Saxland” has them moving the dining room table and dancing up a storm! And his new band is playing to sold out venues everywhere!

3 time winner of The Real Blues Magazine’s “Best Blues Sax Player in Canada Award” and “2005 Special Instrumentalist of the Year” in The Hamilton Music Awards. Everyone agrees Del-Rio sounds better than ever!

Sonny was born Dennis Grasley in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1943. He started playing tenor saxophone in a rock & roll band in 1957, and he just keeps going and going and going.

For many years Sonny toured with Richard Newell a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy and Kelly Jay in a version of Crowbar (Oh What a Feeling, What a Rush), during which time he recorded 2 albums with his life-long friend “don’t call me Biscuit” Newell. Sonny and Richard continued to work side by side until King Biscuit Boy’s death in 2003. Earlier in that year they released a CD together titled “Two Hound Blues”. Sadly it was Richard’s last recording.

Suzanne O

Suzanne's singing style and vast keyboard experience enable her to be a featured soloist, but she can also provide a musical backdrop that creates an atmosphere for luncheons or wedding receptions with instrumental piano.

Over the past years, Suzanne has performed as a dueling pianist at casinos and piano bars, as a solo act on summer patios, private functions, weddings, and the summer concert series for Hamilton's Music in the City. She can offer a performance instrumentally with just piano, or with vocals. Her selection of material ranges from Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, to Classic pop/jazz standards. Her vocal range can easily handle all styles and ranges of music that can be suited to your occasion. Suzanne also has a regular guitarist/vocalist to perform with her as a classic pop duo that is a perfect fit for pubs and patios.

Sandy Vine & The Midnights

· Opening act (main stage) for headliners The Monkees, Gary Puckett and Johnny Rivers during tours at OLGC sites including Windsor Raceway and Hiawatha Raceway.

· has headlined with Summer Tent Series as Paul McCartney character in his “Caverners Beatles Tribute” show. OLGC sites included Flamboro Raceway, Fort Erie Raceway, Slots at Clinton Raceway and annual rebookings at Sudbury Downs, Windsor Raceway, Western Fair and Hiawatha Raceway.

· Numerous rebookings at the Niagara Fallsview Casino (365 Club and Splash Bar), Windsor Casino and Casino Niagara for both the lounges and for many internal corporate events (customer appreciations, major prize giveaways, quarterly birthday parties etc.)

· Formerly music director/ bandleader and host of “Molson‘s Monday Music Trivia Night” and member of the Tuesday night House Band at The Niagara Fallsview Casino 365 Club.

· Numerous performances of 1950’s and 60’s shows for corporate functions, reunions and weddings.

Flash Johnson

Hamilton, Ontario based rock combo Flash Johnson are an incrediblytight, energetic 3-piece cover band that never ceases to get the masseson their collective feet when they start to blast.For the past 4 years, Flash Johnson has been blowing the doors off every club they have been booked into. They play a fantastically coolmixture of more recent alternative covers along with choice classics by such diverse artists as Badfinger, the Beatles, Black Sabbath, and

those are just the ones starting with B. Everything is delivered in a fun and upbeat fashion. With a revolving repertoire of over 250 songs, things never get tired even on week-long bookings. One of the keys to the success of this fine group is spot-on harmony vocals courtesy of brother’s Paul Mallard (Guitars, Vocals) and Jeff Mallard (Drums, Vocals). In addition, both brothers are ridiculously proficient on their respective instruments. In fact, Jeff has been

playing professionally since leaving diapers. Rounding things out, Mark Costa “The future of 5 strings” is gaining quite a reputation for his relentless, punishing bass assaults. In addition, his session work with hard-rockers “Tailgunner” is well documented. The Mallard brothers and Costa met and formed Flash Johnson while attending the prestigious Lou Diamond Phillips School of Acting in the summer of 2001. After ditching their studies and spending countless hours in the ol’ quarry mining up their favorite rock hits, the trio won rave reviews at their early gigs and never looked back.

Sugar Dali

Following Performances across Canada with a high energy 4 piece rock band, hosting jam nights and performing in duos and trios, lead vocalist, rhythm guitar player Marianne Mazur founded today's Sugar Dali.

With a C.D. recorded in 2002 with some of Toronto's finest musicians, Sugar Dali continues to play in venues from Toronto to Hamilton delivering a high energy performance as a solo, duo or four piece rock band. Never have you heard a female vocalist with the power to belt out hits by artists such as Janis Joplin, U.2 and The Killers as you will hear Sugar Dali. A night with Sugar Dali will leave you in awe and wanting to come back for more.

Freedom Train

Few bands are as committed and dedicated to their craft as Freedom Train. Together since 1989 … Carl, Tim & Ed continue to entertain audiences - performing over 200 shows a year!After years of touring and recording as Speck Jennings (releasing a self-titled CD in ’94), the focus shifted to specializing in all styles of Rock-Blues-Funk-Reggae & Oldies. The new direction - Freedom Train.

Playing at halls, clubs, corporate shows, weddings and casinos, the band has never looked back – Freedom Train is working just as hard as ever at keeping audiences entertained!

Groove Corporation

Groove Corporation is an exciting musical project involving some of the best players between Toronto and London. Collectively, their backgrounds and experience ranges from r'n'b and blues, to heavy rock and country; but they all have one thing in common, which is their passion for the kind of music Groove Corporation performs - funk, r'n'b, groove, soul, and a few surprises that we couldn't resist.

Band members include Kim Campagnaro on lead vocals and congas, Steve Hilbert on bass, Dave Cross on lead guitar, Lily Sazz on keyboards, Frank Vignanello on drums, and our amazing 4-member horn section featuring Les Kadar and Craig Robertson on trumpet, and Cole G. Benjamin and Pete McFarland on saxophones.

Powerhouse Rock Band

Formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 1985, the band started with seven members – a threepiece rhythm section and four horns. The original mandate was to cover the Rhythm & Blues and Soul music of the 1960s, but as the band matured, more complex material, such as songs by Blood, Sweat & Tears and Tower of Power, was added to the repertoire. By the early 90s, the song list covered everything from Mustang Sally to Rod Stewart. At that time, a keyboard player was added and the new eightmember group now represented over 200 years of musical talent and experience.

Up Front

Up Front is a dynamic mixture of seasoned musicians providing a great up-beat selection of tunes suitable for any situation. On lead vocals and keyboards is Suzanne, an energetic front person that delivers a range of pop tunes from Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, to AC/DC. With 3 lead vocalists to keep the listeners entertained and the dance floor rocking, versatility and variety is the key to Up Front. This 4-piece band brings a perfect sophisticated mix to clubs, casinos, and private functions with a broad musical palette from Disco, R&B, and Classics that appeal to an unlimited age group.

Lost Vegas

Versatility is the game ...
Lost Vegas is the name! The coolest cats this side of the border.
Break away from today's reality and walk down memory lane with Roy Orbison's ballads and over 3 decades of The King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley, to The Doors and ACDC

Semi Tone - Mono Tone

A solo acoustic show…with attitude!

You take the lead singer/guitar player from the band Tone Deaf, give him a microphone, an acoustic guitar and a harmonica or five, and you have Mono Tone. Cleaver name, eh? So, let's just assume for the sake of argument this guy, Mark, has a clue and can sing and play guitar. Fairly safe bet there. So, what sets him apart from everyone else? To start with, he will play almost anything on an acoustic guitar. I mean, from Van Morrison to Van Halen, nothing is sacred. Add to that a large repertoire of songs, an "If I can hum it, I can play it" attitude, and a sense of humour to boot, you get Mono Tone.

Mark has been performing since he was thirteen, acoustically and in bands. He is considerably older than that now, by the way. One of his favourite types of venues has always been the campfire at the cottage routine. This is what he likes to bring to the every venue he plays... a "pull up a picnic table and join in' kind of vibe! An audience is all the accompaniment he needs…no request is off limits…the human jukebox…just don't ask where to put the quarters!

From patios to large parties, Mono Tone can rise to any occasion. Pull up a pint and join in!

Tone Deaf

Ok, let's be completely honest here...these guys have no freaken idea what the hell they are doing. They're just four beer guzzling part time musicians that were looking for a way to cover their bar tab. They started playing '70s rock because that's what they know, and presto, you have a classic rock band. Talent, no...good looks, mmm, not so much...partiers, oh yeah! Whatever works I guess.

"Never mind your daughters, hide your beer!"

Fortunately for them there are enough of you out there that love a good party and are lushes to boot. (Do not attempt to see a Tone Deaf show sober...just trust me on this one. -Ed.) Regarding the music, the theory is they "...play the songs the way the artist meant to record them." Of course they do! Whatever they want to believe...whatever makes your bunny jump!

The Phil & John Show

PHIL NARO has been on the music scene since the early '80's. He has played with & collaborated with some of rock's elite. BILLY SHEEHAN & PETER CRISS are just the short list.

Phil's distinct vocal style & stage presence have earned him a reputation as a world class front-man. Not to mention his songwriting ability which can go from ballad to hard rock anthem, can stand up against anyone out there past or present. Phil is definitely one of rock's premier singer/songwriters currently active in the business today.

The Phil & John Show

This is an inspired & passionate duo, truly a ompliment of North American talent from the United States and Canada in the Phil & John Show, skill-wise talent -wise and personality-wise. The Phil & John Show is a fun and laughter filled interactive musical show! there's no need to get caught up on the agenda, just feel the creative and pleasant atmosphere that makes the night ultimately more lively and fun.


Trip Doubt

Trip Doubt is a vocally explosive duo who know how to put energy back into the crowd. Playing everything from Bob Seger to Barenaked Ladies, there's something to satisfy every taste! Having performed at least 10 years independantly, Dan Speck and Greg Barry have teamed up to put the U back in Music! With a solid background in improvisation, strong rhythmic guitar, solid harmony, and a truckload of audience interaction fill a show that is sure to have shy toes tappin, and bold ones dancing. Sit down front, we DARE you!

Having played independantly for a combined 25 years, Dan and Greg have teamed up to put together one of the most energetic duo's around. Covering everything from Classic Rock to current Pop and Top 40, Dan and Greg have been working together for a little over 5 months, and have been graciously welcomed back wherever they play. Rich harmonies, strong musicianship, and unparalelled audience interaction guarantee audiences a great time. Sit down front, we dare you....

Greg Barry

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit next to a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity!"

-Albert Einstein

Mike Woods

Mike Woods loves to perform, which is evident each and every time he sets foot on stage. He caters to his audience, accepting requests for favourite cover tunes, and performs his own material which is known to be very serious, thought provoking sometimes sad to the absolutely meaningless, inarticulate and uncultured, but always meant to be fun.

Mike Fagan Experience

This talented Singer/Guitarist has honed his musical talents and entertainment skills over the past fifteen years to a point where each show is fresh and entertaining. The main essence of Mike's show is his unique ability to interact with his audience and create an atmosphere where everybody feels that they're part of the show.

New Country / Bluegrass

The Good Brothers

Listen closely and you'll hear a unique and versatile mix of harmonies that blend together perfectly whether it's classic country, smokin' bluegrass, traditional celtic and folk, or even down home rock'n'roll. Their magnetic on-stage presence and quick wit can bring a house down. Hits like "Fox on the Run", "Honk on Bobo", and Alberta Bound" have become crowd favorites. Their recent European live album "Gone So Long" has become a must for all Good Brothers fans.

Jim Witter

In an era when stars are manufactured at painfully young ages..., when everyone from your neighbor down the block to dear old Dad can attain seemingly instant celebrity status..., Jim Witter, the humble, unassuming, golden-throated tenor, who can paint a ballad with the delicacy of Serat and with the ferocity of a rousing rocker like Pollock, reached the summit of his stunning major-label debut, Forgiveness, the old-fashioned way: He climbed it. Step-by-step. Day-by-day. Year-by-year.

Rick Rose

Growing up in the honeymoon / daredevil capital of the world - Niagara Falls, Canada, Rick spent his early years listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash records.

Playing steadily, his reputation as a great live performer grew stronger in New York State and Pennsylvania and The Rick Rose Band was recognized as Top Original Act for 4 consecutive years as part of the Western New York Music Awards.

Rick now who spends most of his time in Nashville, New York, and Toronto, co-writes with hitmakers such as Desmond Child (Ricky Martin, BonJovi, Aerosmith).

Colbalt Crescent

Cobalt Crescent is an Indie Alt-Rock band formed in St. Catharines, Ontario. Their sound incorporates an elegant mixture of pop and alternative rock with some added funk for good measure. With lead singer and guitarist Chris O’Brien - a Barrie native - as the principal songwriter, the band quickly found themselves with an impressive list of catchy and hard-rocking tunes. They entered local St. Catharines recording studio 414 Recordings in the Fall of 2018 to work with producer/engineer Eddie Lucciola on their first studio album, Cobalt Crescent - a four-track EP featuring some sonic highlights of the band’s early period. The band is gearing up to record their second album in the fall of 2019.

The three members of the band each bring a unique element to the table. Their musical tastes form a figurative Venn-diagram where their respective differing influences meet in the middle - at their love of Rock. With Chris O’Brien’s virtuosic songwriting, the silky basslines of Lou Sementilli, and the funky drumming of Wes Graham, Cobalt Crescent is sure to become a permanent resident - in your head.