Country

James Barker Band

Bio: Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013, and consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music’s biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.

Playing a spunky and engaging variety of contemporary country with pop and rock accents, the James Barker Band enjoyed a speedy rise to popularity in their native Canada before making a strong impression in the United States. The James Barker Band were formed in 2013 in Lindsay, Ontario by James Barker (lead vocals and guitar) and Connor Stephen (drums), who first met while they attended band camp together when they were kids. The two played in bands together through high school, and while doing some recording at a local studio in 2011, they met guitarist Taylor Abram. Abram hit it off with Barker and Stephen, and he was soon making music with them. The final piece of the puzzle came in 2013, when bassist Bobby Martin, who had worked with Barker in the past, joined the lineup. Shortly afterward, the James Barker Band won the Nashville Star talent competition at Kempenfest in Barrie, Ontario, and the group was on its way.

Website: www.jamesbarkerband.com, Facebook/JamesBarkerBand

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Game On - iTunes, Amazon

Madison Kozak

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Country singer-songwriter, Madison Kozak, was born and raised in rural Ontario, Canada. Having grown up in a musical household, she discovered her passion for entertaining at an early age. At just 10 years old, Madison was selected to perform at the Havelock Country Jamboree, a music festival drawing an audience of 30,000 people. Past performers include Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, LeAnn Rimes, and Reba McEntire. 

Madison’s passion for music eventually led her to Nashville, where she has since worked diligently to hone her craft. When asked about her songwriting style, she responded, “I write music with my live shows in mind. I strive to create music with a strong back beat and lots of groove. Authenticity and truthful lyrics are key to my creative process.” Madison seamlessly blends her old-country roots with clever lyrics and catchy melodies to create a sound that is fresh, unique and compelling. Whether it’s in front of ten people or a thousand, her infectious energy and lively personality are guaranteed to evoke excitement and enthusiasm across generations of audiences.

Website: www.madisonkozak.com

Facebook/MadisonKozak

Albums: 

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Madison - iTunes, Amazon

 
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Steppin' Up - iTunes, Amazon

Sticks 'n Tones

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Members: Marc Ekins- Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Harmonica and Neil Lafortune- Drums, Percussions, Vocals

Marc Ekins has been performing across Canada, as well as in the States, Europe and the Caribbean islands. He has opened for great Canadian artists such as Great Big Sea, The Road Hammers, Aaron Pritchett, Chris Cummings, Julian Austin, Amy Skye just to name a few. His high energy and eclectic mix of music, (rock, country, blues, folk, Celtic and swing) makes for a show that covers a large demographic of music fans. Fast paced and fun, the audience is swept up in the show, and Marc works hard to get them dancing and singing along. Marc*s original songs have gotten rave reviews from fair and festival goers all over North America. Mixing in a group of cover tunes that compliments his originals, Marc*s show is an exciting work of art.

Neil Lafortune began playing the drums in November 1985 and since has played many styles of music from Rock to Latin to Country to Jazz in a variety of settings. He studied at Ontario College of Percussion for five years, and with the famed Jim Blackley for two years studying mainly Jazz and Latin styles. He currenly plays in several tribute acts such as "Message In A Bottle," a tribute to The Police, and has played shows in theatres and clubs in the Toronto area, as well as an outdoor festival in Bermuda.

Neil has been playing with Marc for over 10 years,  and along with him, has opened for Great Big Sea, The Road Hammers, Prairie Oyster, Aaron Pritchett, Jessie Farrell and most recently, Emerson Drive. 

Website: www.sticksandtones.rocks

Facebook/SticksnTones

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Marc Ekins - I Stand Alone - Amazon, iTunes