Sunday August 19 2018

Thank you for visiting – we are now booking performers for ArtsFest 2018 and will be announcing our line-up in early 2018. Thanks to all the fantastic performers below who dazzled their audiences at ArtsFest 2017. Be sure to sign up for our email list to be the first to know our 2018 line up!

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The Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble – Suite Canadiana Tribute to Oscar Peterson
with The Swing Shift Big Band

Sunday August 20 2017 at 10:00PM Gallery Stage

The Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble are legendary jazz musicians Tommy Banks, Dave Young, Terry Clarke & Jens Lindemann, who along with special guest guitarist Reg Schwager will perform their arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s classic album Canadiana Suite from start to finish, accompanied by the Swing Shift Big Band. The members of the Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble have worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians the world has seen, including Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, & Duke Ellington. Of course it need not be said that all of the members of this special jazz ensemble are Canadian, and have been awarded the Order of Canada.

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Canadian Brass

Sunday August 20 2017 at 8:00PM Gallery Stage

The best-selling Canadian classical ensemble of all time selling over 2 million albums, Canadian Brass are three time Grammy Award nominees, sixteen time JUNO award nominees, whose albums top the Classical billboard charts and whose performances sell out around the world. These gentlemen are Canadian cultural ambassadors, bringing the ‘fun’ into Classical music, introducing it to the young and young at heart, delighting audiences with their performances and unique repertoire. Don’t miss this rare appearance at a free festival!

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The Canada 150 All Star Blues Band

Sunday August 20 2017 at 6:00PM Gallery Stage

An ArtsFest Waterdown exclusive! The top blues musicians in the country are gathering for a once in a lifetime musical performance to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. With countless Juno Awards between them, this group of blues musicians include Downchild members Donnie Walsh, Chuck Jackson and Pat Carey, along with Michael Kaeshammer, Rita Chiarelli, Danny Marks, Carlos Del Junco, Bucky Berger & Terry Wilkins. These acclaimed musicians will be jamming their favourite blues tunes – with some special surprise guests- for what will likely be the live blues event of the year.

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Susan Aglukark

Sunday August 20 2017 at 7:00OM Gallery Stage

Susan Aglukark is an Inuk musician whose blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. Her most successful single is “O Siem”, which reached No. 1 on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995. Overall, she has released seven studio albums and has won three Juno Awards. The past 25 years has seen Susan set on a path of personal discoveries, cultural reconnections and personal healing, a very different path than the one she imagined when she left her home. Susan received The Order of Canada, the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, two prime ministers, Nelson Mandela, and will be performing for YOU at ArtsFest 2017!

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Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble with special guests Sophie Milman, Alex Pangman & Genevieve Marentette

Sunday August 20 2017 at 9:00PM Gallery Stage

The OOC Jazz Ensemble – Terry Clarke, Dave Young, Tommy Banks, and Jens Lindemann, along with guest guitarist Reg Schwager, stretch out in a quintet performance, with some special guest vocalists including Juno Award winner Sophie Milman, Canada’s sweetheart of swing Alex Pangman, and rising star Genevieve Marentette for a set that promises to be a highlight of the festival.

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Shuffle Demons

Sunday August 20 2017 at 5:00PM Gallery Stage

The Shuffle Demons are what you get when cross 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey and spend 1/2 their time playing in the audience. This high-energy unique Canadian band that blends virtuoso jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show that are a hit at festivals all over the world. The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene in 1984 with hit videos on MuchMusic “Spadina Bus” and “Out of my house, Roach!”, and has since then performed around the world at festivals in Oslo, Stockholm, Lund, Pori, Birmingham, London, Edinbourgh, Montreal and North Sea Jazz festivals, Yokohama Jazz Promenade, Bangkok, Beijing Jazz Festival, India, the USA, Cuba and across Canada.

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Tomi Swick

Sunday August 20 2017 at 4:00PM Gallery Stage

Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album “Stalled out in the Doorway” in 2007 by winning the juno for best new artist and a nomination for pop record of the year as well as 2 Canadian radio music awards, the Socan A/C songwriting award and multiple Hamilton music awards. A Warner/Chappell Publishing recording artist, Tomi spent four months in London England where he recorded his second album with top British producer Chris Potter of Verve / Richard Ashcroft Acclaim as well as many others. This self titled record ” Tomi Swick” was released on Warner Music Canada in 2012. Tomi has written, toured and played with the likes of Julian Lennon, The Barenaked Ladies, The Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tom Cochrane, Sam Roberts, Big Wreck, Feist, Blue Rodeo, & Ron Sexsmith.

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The Mozart Effect Chamber Ensemble

Sunday August 20 2017 at 3:00PM Gallery Stage

This group of some of the top classical musicians from Ontario appear on the best-selling series The Mozart Effect – recordings of selected works composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, curated by best selling author Don Campbell, into a music experience designed to inspire, elevate, and motivate the listener to an better mental state. Arranged by conductor Charles Cozens, The Mozart Effect Chamber Ensemble will perform repertoire drawn from these compositions in a set that is sure to leave the audience inspired.

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Sunday August 20 2017 at 2:00PM Gallery Stage

In the first ever Canadian performance, with songs ranging from Appalachian themed originals to Radiohead covers to art songs using famous poetry, Founders is re-imagining the boundaries of musical styles. As the New York Music Daily states, “Their excellent debut album, You & Who, is unlike anything else.” Founders combines the talents of five conservatory trained musicians who have worked with such acclaimed artists as James Taylor, Sufjan Stevens, Sting, and Björk, as well as with elite classical ensembles such as Canadian Brass, A Far Cry, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Individually they have appeared on stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Lincoln Center as well as on television broadcasts such as The Late Show, and Saturday Night Live.

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Jadea Kelly

Sunday August 20 2017 at 1:00PM Gallery Stage

One of Canada’s most acclaimed new artists, Jadea received the 2016 Contemporary Singer of the Year Award” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Jadea spends her time between Nashville and Toronto, her songs receive regular airplay on CBC Radio 2 and Sirius XM. She has been invited to perform on many notable stages including the Calgary FOlk Festival, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Massey Hall Presents Concert Series in Toronto.

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Jeremy Zeyl

Sunday August 20 2017 at 12:00PM Gallery Stage

Jeremy Zeyl is an award-winning songwriter whose work spans the genres of Folk, Pop, Country and Gospel. Since 2007, Jeremy has served as the songwriter and leader of the internationally-acclaimed folk vocal trio Isobelle Gunn along with both his wife and his sister. In 2013, Jeremy released a commissioned work entitled Heidelberg: Songs from the Catechism to critical acclaim within the Christian Church. Jeremy took a full-time role as Director of Worship Arts at Talbot St. Church in London, Canada in 2014 and served there until 2017. During his tenure in London, Jeremy created the Body & Soul Collective and began touring and teaching his songs in the U.S. and Canada at worship conferences and retreats. In 2017, Jeremy signed a record and publishing deal with True North Records and is currently working on an album to be released in 2018.

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