Artists

Interested in performing at the Whatshan Jam, click here, otherwise stay tuned for many more band announcements over the coming weeks!

SHRED KELLY

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 they hail from and the people who inhabit them. Shred Kelly has seamlessly fused traditional instrumentation with modern rock, presenting a sound that is both unique and compelling.

Shred Kelly has produced their most ambitious project yet with their fourth album Archipelago. The collaborative song writing of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, and Ty West have pulled inspiration through individual experiences and musical influences. The result is a dynamic and cohesive collection of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs dipped in themes of relationships and the world in the modern age. Using traditional instrumentation at the base of the songwriting, the album explodes into a symphony of sounds incorporating banjos, ukuleles, synthesizers, guitar hooks, harmonies and pulsing beats.

See rest of bio here…

or visit their website for more info.

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HIP REPLACEMENTS

 

This popular Tribute Band has been performing Hip music it’s members love for years at clubs, festivals, concerts and private events. The band members are not only professional musicians and performers, they are super fans who have seen numerous Tragically Hip concerts! As true and dedicated fans, they can be note-perfect on all the songs, while adding the jams and electric performance elements audiences are looking for. This is truly what has made The Hip Replacements the most sought after Tragically Hip tribute band.
The band is passionate about the material and especially passionate about capturing the nuances and spirit of the original performances – down to the rants, stories and all the songs the Hip are known for!
You will be amazed by the vocal ability and sheer stage presence of Paul Sexsmith as he interprets and recreates the full Gord Downie experience, all as part of a phenomenal band which gives it’s audiences the highest level of energy and musicianship the Hip is known for! See for yourself the performance that embodies all the best of the Hip and leaves audiences raving everywhere.
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DARREN JOHNSON

For the last fifteen years, Darren has been a fixture on the Canadian blues and roots scene – working with the likes of Amos Garrett, Tim Williams, Jim Byrnes, John Lee Sanders and The Blind Boys of Alabama to name a few. His music has been described as “somewhere in between Tom Waits and Leon Redbone, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Nelson. His songwriting is simple, yet deals with everyday situations for everyday people. His sound is a throwback to yesteryear, one may find themselves deceived by the contrast between what they are hearing verses what they are seeing…

Check out Darrin’s website here.

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COD GONE WILD

Based out of BC’s Okanagan Valley since 2009, this Celtic inspired band is focused on
giving traditional music a modern edge. Blending the varied talents of musicians whose
classical, folk, rock and jazz backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique
sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting
energy and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke
a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Booking everything from weddings to festivals,
house concerts to sports tournaments, their music and performance is diverse and
adaptable to any size venue or demographic.

Having independently recorded and produced three albums to date that primarily feature
traditional tunes (Cod Gone Wild, The Traveler and Battered and Fried), they have an
increasing amount of original material that has come with their maturity as musicians,
songwriters and performers that we can expect to hear on their new album set to be
released in May 2017. Continue full bio here…or visit their website here.

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BLUE CRUSH

Blue Crush features some of the West Kootenays busiest musicians! They all perform in a number of different bands throughout the year and are very excited to be back together at Whatshan Jam for 2 sets as well as hosting the open mike Saturday at 11am. They love to play all styles and enjoy backing up all the guests who want to get on stage to be a part of the Open Mike!

Their energetic set will include original songs by Jason Thomas and Tonnie Stewart and several cover tunes that showcase their vocal abilities and guitar stylings of Terry Alton, all backed by the rock-solid rhythm section of Jason and Jim Fike.  Expect some great music that you will make you want to get up and dance!

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BLAKE HASSEBROCK

Blake Hassebrock is a singer/songwriter and folk-soul artist. He was born in Colorado, raised in the Carolinas, and now resides in Phoenix, AZ. Blake has been creating music from an early age and each of his songs are inspired by a story, event, or chapter of his life. As a former professional baseball player, journeyman, and current adventurer, the songs Blake continues to write and perform are his articulation of the world around him. These songs have served as his home on the road, and the possibility that they may fulfill the same purpose for others is what inspires him to create.

Blake has been compared by critics to artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Jack Johnson, and Damien Rice.  These comparisons stem from his reflective, timeless writing style and soulful performance energy.

Blake has been featured on Arizona State University Radio, and in events such as the Christmas for Kids Tour, Nashville, TN (with Chris Stapleton and various other artists), Sing for the Smokies at The Sutler Saloon, Nashville, TN (performing alongside Bridgette Tatum, Keith Burns, Joi Scott, and Angela Oliver), The annual MCC Festival of the Arts Mesa, AZ, and the annual “Save Them All” festival, Chandler, AZ, among others.

Blake is currently recording his first professional project. The album will be aptly named “Souls for Sail” with a release date coming soon.

Visit Blake’s website here.

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PAUL TOBIN

Paul Tobin is a Canadian singer/ songwriter who has played stages coast to coast over a span of 40 years. Born in Corner Brook NL, he began his career at the tender age of 15 in the pubs of St.john’s, soon making his way across Canada learning his craft as he travelled and sharing his songs. Over the years, Paul has played many music festivals and has shared the stage or opened such artists as KD Lang, David Wilcox, The Wailers, Stephen Fearing, Randy Bachman, & has been featured on many CBC radio productions, many of which he hosted. Paul has toured internationally and has collaborated/co written songs with other artists from Mexico to Nashville. Having spent many years in Sk. before finally settling in the Okanagan, Tobin continues to perform at various festivals and record new songs. With 4 albums to his credit, look forward to hearing much more from this Canadian singer/songwriter.

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HENRY SMALL

Henry Small’s performances have been reviewed as nothing less than stunning. His voice and his electric violin must be seen and heard to be believed. He is truly one of a kind and a legend in Canadian rock.

Henry’s career has spanned more than 40 years in the music industry and has enjoyed many successes including writing, recording and touring with the likes of John Entwistle of The Who, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who and, of course, his legendary tenure with Prism and his #1 hit single “Don’t Let Him Know” written by Bryan Adams from the album SMALL CHANGE that also earned him a gold record.

Adding to that, Henry has done soundtracks for movies, has made several national television concert appearances and continues to write, record and produce his own solo CD projects. Most recently he’s recorded two new tracks titled “How Gently You Roll” and “Big Woman Blues” – click on the MUSIC tab to hear them!

Check out more at www.henrysmall.ca

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LISA NICOLE

A true musical self-starter whose story-driven lyrics are fused with a modern country sound and a carefree stage presence, Lisa Nicole has earned warm admiration from fans and deep respect from industry peers alike who value her tireless work ethic and her fun-loving personality.

Hailing from the mountains and nature of small-town Castlegar, British Columbia, Lisa Nicole grew up hunting, fishing, camping and embracing country music. As her childhood was sprinkled with the sounds of Shania Twain, Martina McBride, and the Dixie Chicks, Lisa Nicole discovered her own love of singing at the age of 8. By 15, she was playing regular jam sessions at Kootenay-area bars, which required her to be escorted on and off stage due to her age. After high school, Lisa Nicole followed her ambitions to Selkirk College of Contemporary Music and Technology, completing a Songwriting and Performance diploma with a Major in Vocals.

In 2013, Lisa Nicole made a strong entrance into the Canadian country music industry with her debut EP, It Got Ugly and a showcase at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Awards. Industry recognition followed with 2014 BC Country Music Association Award nominations for the Ray McAuley Horizon Award and Music Video of the Year.

As Lisa Nicole’s momentum sent her to the Canadian mainstages of Sunfest, Rockin’ River Fest, The Calgary Stampede, and Sturgis North Music Fest, she capped off a banner year by winning the 2015 BCCMA/Music BC Artist Development Project, which included a Nashville songwriting trip and placement in Canada’s Music Incubator 10-week Artist Entrepreneur Program.

Lisa Nicole’s award manifested into the 2016 EP release of Come Find Me, produced by Tom McKillip and Carly McKillip, which led to a coast-to-coast Canadian tour, three radio single releases, two more BCCMA nominations, back-to-back Canadian Music Week Showcases in 2017 and 2018 and a once-in-a-lifetime impromptu on-stage performance with Keith Urban at a Nashville pop-up concert.

Eager to immerse herself in the creative hub of Music City, Lisa embarked on extended songwriting adventure in Nashville for the spring of 2018 – an experience that empowered her with fresh inspiration and new creative energy.

After performing as part of Canadian Country Music Week in Hamilton, she connected with CCMA award-winning producer Jeff Johnson. With Johnson producing her next album Take It From a Girl, Lisa Nicole is poised to pen the next verse of her musical journey with a sharp commercial edge while maintaining her pristine country authenticity.

Visit Lisa’s website here.

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MAMA SOUL

BIO COMING SOON…

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BROTHER RAY LEMELIN

The love of music, dance and singing started early in Ray’s life as a child in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, through his mother’s taste for Rhythm and Blues. Ray was immediately drawn to the Soul sounds of vocal groups, notably ‘The Supremes’. “I love the groove and those big vocal sounds” confirms Lemelin. James Brown, Joe Tex and Wilson Pickett were other major influences. It was his migration to Calgary, Alberta in the late seventies that really opened up opportunities for Ray to pursue a career. Inspired by a quote from guitar legend Johnny Winter – “it should be the “older” black musicians we listen to”. Lemelin immersed himself in the recordings of Blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo and James Cotton.

Lemelin spent 1985 through 1987 working with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown as stage manager and personal valet. He then began working with a wide range of musicians including Queen Ida, Johnny Copeland, Larry David, and the Legendary Lowell Fulson with appearances on stage with numerous performers. Among them Luther Johnson, Junior Wells, Amos Garrett, the Late Valerie Wellington, Micheal Coleman, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Albert Collins who enjoyed Ray’s playing so much he invited Ray to come back and sit in the next night, The Ray Lemelin Band has also completed their 3rd tour with Grammy Award winner Fenton Robinson.

In 1986 Ray joined ‘Johnny V and the House Rockers’ (Rooster Records) Calgary’s premier Blues Act. In August of 1988 he formed his own group ‘Sho-Nuff’ and performed as writer, arranger, guitarist, vocalist and band leader. John Rutrherford of ‘Calgary Tonight’ magazine is quoted as saying “’Sho-Nuff’ has developed a tight Blues sound (and) Lemelin has mastered the diner aspects of time and dynamics”.

However, the calls for his working as a sideman continued and through 1990 he was kept busy free-lancing. This led to performances with Rusty Reed (Independent) and his subsequent relocation to Edmonton. Peter North of the Edmonton Sun, while praising the new sound of Reed’s band, acknowledges that one of the main factors is the “smooth voice (of Lemelin) who favors the more soulful side of the Blues”.

Lemelin has written and performed two compositions on CFRN-TB’s Video Stew, and has a song on Crystal Plamondon’s (Independent-French) new recording. 1993 found Lemelin with a new release (Independent ) ‘Thangs’.

The Ray Lemelin Band has been kept busy working throughout Western Canada the last couple of years. In October, 1995 Ray completed a very successful tour of Eastern Canada. From the shore’s of the Gaspe peninsula, Quebec, to Cape Breton Island , Nova Scotia.

While opening up for Luther “Guital” Junior Johnson at the Fredericton Harvest Jazz Festival, Luther was so impressed with Ray’s performance he invited Ray to “sit in” for his entire second show. The night ended with just Ray and Luther playing “Real Delta Blues” guitar. Word of this performance preceded Ray to the Halifax Blues Festival where he was greeted with great respect and ethusiam.
The approach is simple. Sharp performances and professionalism. “If you put the Blues of B.B. King, the grooves of James Brown, and the Gospel vocal sounds of the Staple Singers”, states Lemelin, “and mix it all up, you have the ingredients for a Funky, ‘Soulful’ good time!”

You can learn more at www.raylemelin.com