Our 11th Festival – on the Queen Street Stage

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Henry Strong

Saturday Sept. 15 2018 • 1:30 PM

Henry grew up in Toronto where he started at an early age playing music and then went to York University to study jazz.  From there he moved to Hamilton where he now works as a full time musician.  Henry can be seen playing in various locations throughout the Greater Hamilton Area as both a band leader as well as a member of various other groups.  You can currently see him playing every Friday and Saturday evening at Cavello Neros in Ancaster.
Performing with Henry are Tom Forsyth on sax; Roy Patterson on guitar.

Joel Banks Trio

Saturday Sept. 15 2018 • 2:50 PM

Although he hails from the Niagara region originally, bassist Joel Banks considers Brantford his musical home, having honed his craft in local rooms such as Alexander’s Tavern, Two Doors Down and Poor Folk’s Deli alongside many of Brantford’s great musicians. The city’s rich musical culture provided opportunities to play in many different styles from rock, to funk, reggae and jazz all of which influence the musical choices in today’s set.

This is a rare opportunity to see Joel, the perennial side-person, in a leadership role because, as he says, “fronting a band is a real hassle, just playing bass is way easier. People are happy if you just show up, but Frank asked nicely, so here we are.”

Accompanying Joel in his trio are Miles Evans on Keyboard and Matt Burns on drums.

Joel would like to dedicate his set to the memory of his dear friends and musical companions Karl and Mikki Langton.

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Saturday Sept 15 2018 • 4:20 PM

Organyzed is a Hammond Organ trio featuring Frank Gennuso on the Hammond B3 seeking to capture the old school Hammond Organ trio sound.   Additionally, Mark Texiera adds his own unique guitar talents and musical flavours to the trio and Frank DiFelice with his expert drumming skill gives Organyzed that finishing touch.  The band performs standard jazz tunes as well as contemporary and original material.  The Trio is regularly featured at the prestigious Windsor Arms Hotel in downtown Toronto.

Kevin Williams and Friends

Sunday Sept 16 2018 • 1:00 PM

Kevin can often be found performing in the area, either as a duo or with a larger ensemble. Kevin and fellow musicians have attracted sell-out crowds to their unique jazz coffee houses, held in various venues.

Joining Kevin on keyboards is his lovely wife Mary Ann Gorcsi. The rhythm section consists of Brian Chhangur(bass), and Chris Nemeth(drums).

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Nosey Neighbour Trio

Sunday Sept 16 2018 • 2:30 PM

These Nosey Neighbours are Juno-nominated guitarist Paul MacDougall (Mr.SomethingSomething, The DoneFors, Surefire Sweat), bassist George Ouellette (Bad Reed, Procons), drummer Costa Chatzis (Bad Reed, Yoney) and special guest baritone saxophonist Phil Skladowski (KC Roberts, My Son the Hurricane, Down with Webster, Chris/Ken Whiteley). Born from a shared love of jazz and funk and fusion, Nosey Neighbour will provide the ear worms to the soundtrack of your festival weekend.

Fresh Water Funk

Sunday Sept 16 2018 • 4:15 PM

Fresh Water Funk is an 8-piece rock, soul, and funk project based in the Waterloo region of Ontario, Canada. We play all your funky faves like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Tower of Power, and more. Come on out and shake your groove thang with us! We also have a few composers of our own and like to play a selection of original music.

Photo of Fresh Water Funk in performance