Our 9th Festival – on the Bell Stage

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Circle 5

Friday Sept. 16 2016 • 7:00 PM

Circle 5 is charming audiences everywhere with their energetic shows. Jam packed with original songs, reggae classics, soulful harmony singing and powerful dance hall beats, Circle 5 is making memorable music that audiences everywhere can dance to.

Fronted by Sattalites lead singer Fergus Hambleton, and featuring the searing vocals of Hermina George, Circle 5 pushes the boundaries of reggae into soul, country and jazz genres. With the sparkling rhythm section of Sun Ray Grennan on drums and Bruce Mack on bass, anchored by the keyboard magic of Sam Weller, reggae music has never sounded so sweet!

Circle 5 touches on all the styles, from classic rock’s steady vibes to wicked dancehall beats, bringing a fresh take to rhythm, blues and jazz. Building on the reggae foundation, tight three-part harmonies capture a soulful feeling that audiences love.

LL7 Latin Jazz

Friday Sept. 16 2016 • 8:30 PM

Hailing from Metropolitan Detroit, this 7-piece ensemble presents an exciting mix of both Latin and straight-ahead jazz, with an emphasis on rich arrangements. This is Jazz you can dance to!

LL7 Features Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and vocals driven by the rhythmic pulse of Piano, Acoustic Bass, Drums and Latin Percussion.

They play club dates in some of the best-known jazz clubs, including The Dirty Dog, Cliff Bell’s, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the Black Lotus, Cadieux Café, and the Music Hall Jazz Café. They have been fea-tured on the Music Hall Discovery Series radio program in Detroit, and have been featured at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Michigan Jazz Festival, and others in Michigan and Ohio. LL7 has also developed a loyal following of Latin Dancers from local dance clubs.

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The Jimmy Stahl Big Band

Saturday Sept 17 2016 • 12:45 PM

The Jimmy Stahl Big Band began in 1977 as a rehearsal band, rehearsing Saturday mornings, giving the guys a chance to read through new charts and also playing through original arrangements written by various band members.  The band soon started being asked to play for private functions, weddings, banquets, dances and concert venues in various festivals and Sunday night concerts for a large number of churches. It wasn’t long till the JSB was being contracted to back recording artists for concerts, recordings and television. The JSB performs throughout Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio & Michigan performing between 45 & 60 engagements per year.

Bernie Senensky


Saturday Sept 17 2016 • 3:30 PM

Gifted composer, arranger, and conductor in his own right, the brilliant Bernie Senensky began occupying the keyboard chair in The Moe Koffman Quintet in 1979 when the band was the number one small jazz combo in Canada. He had played with Moe on many occasions prior to that and “was always impressed with his utter musicality and his complete mastery of the flute, alto and soprano saxophones”.

Bernie continues to keep the memory and the music alive today with his celebrated Moe Koffman Tribute Band, featuring the internationally acclaimed jazz flautist Bill McBirnie, and veteran members of The Moe Koffman Quintet – bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Terry Clarke. Playing Moe Koffman’s Alto saxophone is the up-and-coming “New Star On The Jazz Horizon” (and his grandson) Jake Koffman.

The repertoire of the Moe Koffman Quintet was unique for its time because it featured many of his interpretations of classical themes from composers such as Bach and Vivaldi. The Tribute Band also plays original Koffman material, including his international hit “The Swinging Shepherd Blues”.

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Saturday Sept 17 2016 • 5:00 PM

POWERHOUSE, in its 30-year existence has played well over 1000 shows in festivals, clubs, theatres, private functions and corporate events in places everywhere from the US midwest to across the pond in Portugal and the Azores Islands.  The band, consisting of a full three-piece horn section, five-piece rhythm section and multi-lead vocalists, was originally formed to emulate the 60’s soul/horn bands, revived again by the first Blues Brothers movie.  As the band developed, it retained this early Motown/Soul/R&B ‘feel’ while adding newer mostly horn and vocal-dominant material to their show.  Over the years, and through many personnel changes, the band has collected a wealth of material suitable for anything from intimate corporate events to a night of dancing in the clubs or large-venue, sit-down, outdoor festivals.  Although the band is well-travelled, playing shows throughout eastern and central North America, POWERHOUSE continues to perform regularly to a strong local following near their home base of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where their trademark ‘wall-of-sound’ first originated, thirty years ago.

Sonia Aimy

Sunday Sept 18 2016 • 1:00 PM

With an inimitable velvety voice, Nigerian-born songwriter, singer and actress Sonia Aimy is a quintessential virtuoso of world music. Her music juts out unrestrained brilliance evoking the sound of afro-jazz, highlife, and call-and-response traditional African griot styles. Aimy’s style, however, is still effortlessly “afro-jazz & folk.” Fluent in English, Italian and several African languages, Aimy also enjoys exploring African languages such as Edo, Yoruba, Hausa, Obamba, Wolof, Lingala, Kiswahili, Somali through her music.

Touching hearts and souls has been Aimy’s passion since she started singing at the age of eleven in her native Benin City in Nigeria, where she received an early education from her mother in traditional folklore. She developed interest in folk, traditional music and storytelling, later gaining an education in traditional music and dance. In Italy she studied jazz music and interpretation, as well as theatre arts; crafting a unique sound that is distinctly her own – a beautiful amalgam of jazz, folk, and Afro-pop. Aimy’s commitment to themes of motherhood and fair play is an important theme often present in her lyrics!

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Kennie Marco

Sunday Sept 18 2016 • 3:00 PM

Brantford born Kennie Marco has played in some of the hottest rhythm sections in rhythm and blues and popular music in North America, performing and recording with such notable talents as David Clayton Thomas and Blood Sweat and Tears, and Etta James. Living between Toronto and Los Angeles, he enjoyed the musical highlights of performing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on two Henry Mancini specials, as well as Don Kirschner’s Midnight Special and The Dick Cavett Show. In 1972 he performed at the Rio De Janeiro 6th International Song Festival while living in L.A. & representing the U.S.A. & taking home 1st place honours.

Kennie Marco is an original member of Motherlode – a Canadian group who enjoyed an international hit single with When I Die, which sold over half a million copies in Canada and the U.S. The song can still be heard on Classic Rock radio stations across North America. Motherlode songs have been used in television and movies, including the CBC Television series “TRUDEAU”. Kennie is also an original member of Dr.Music, a top Canadian group.

Alexander Zonjic

Sunday Sept 18 2016 • 5:00 PM

Alexander Zonjic is an Award Winning Flutist whose career spans four decades playing with the biggest names in the music business and the largest venues around the world. Two of his Awards include: Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, International Broadcaster of the Year. Zonjic is also a 15 Time Detroit Music Award Winner.

Alexander Zonjic

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts

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