2023 Music Archive


Saturday, June 3, 2023


Ken Workman Ken Workman playing guitar

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.


Ken Workman – guitar
Laura Greenberg – bass
Dylan Roberts – drums

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Ken Workman was raised on the vinyl sounds of roots and began singing at age 11 in a Choir and quickly fell in love with music and wanted to learn more. He picked up his first guitar at age 15 and enrolled in lessons. Even after the removal of part of his lung at 17, Ken never lost his desire to sing. Having only one lung has never slowed him down to this day.


Shirt Tearing Boys Shirt Tearing Boys band

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.


Charlie Sohmer
Fred Guignion
Corky Kealey
Ann Downey
Sally Robinson
George Laing

The Shirt Tearing Boys have been performing in the Ottawa Valley and beyond for close to 15 years. Known for their harmonies and humour, the boys and girls treat their audiences to an outstanding range of music from Bob Wills and Cindy Walker to Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway and Dean Martin along with some toe tapping originals from Charlie Sohmer.

Evil Creek Evil Creek band photo

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.


Mark Garrod – Lead vocals, guitars
Cliff Chamberlain – Lead guitar, vocals
Johnny McConnell – Keyboards, mandolin, percussion, vocals
Rus Miller – Bass guitar
Steve Thompson – Drums, percussion



Like a Ghost

Voted Music Group of the Year for the second year in a row in the 2023 Ottawa Awards, Evil Creek is a rock band that forges music honouring multiple musical traditions and appealing to a wide audience. ​​​​​

With a heavy groove behind energetic acoustic guitar riffs and eerie melodic vocals, Evil Creek’s unique high-energy sound leaves audiences in awe. Formed in 2017, the band unites a group of accomplished musicians who capture the power and authenticity of unplugged musical performances honed through years of road work and playing live. ​


Ball & Chain & The Wreckers Ball & Chain Band

4:30 – 5:15


Michael Ball – fiddle, vocals, mandolin
Jody Benjamin – guitar, vocals
Fred Guignon – lead guitar, lap steel
Derek Jeffrey – bass
Robert Bangs – drums, vocals


I’m Satisfied With You

Based in Ottawa Ontario, Ball and Chain has been performing as a duo for over 20yrs. With The Wreckers we are a 5 piece band that has been playing festivals and clubs locally and across the continent for 15yrs or more… it’s hard to remember. We can keep you dancing till closing time and when you’re done we’ll wrap you up in Vintage Country Comfort and then set you up with a soundtrack for while you’re countin’ sheep.


Slo’ Tom & The Handsome Devils Slo' Tom and The Handsome Devils Band

6:00 – 6:45 p.m.


Slo’ Tom – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Jon ‘Killer’ Kiely – drums, backing vocals
Rob ‘Chops’ Snazdell-Taylor – bass
JJ Higgs – electric guitar, lap steel, backing vocals


Down in a Government Town

Slo’ Tom is a Canadian songwriter best known as one third of seminal punk/alt-rock band FURNACEFACE. He has spent the last decade perfecting his rollicking country outfit Slo’ Tom & the Handsome Devils.  Tom’s second album “Musta been a Pretty Good Night” was released in October 2012 and his third album “I’m Sick” was released October 2013.  The band’s their third album “Down in a Government Town” was release in October 2016. This new record features live favourites such as “One Way Street”, “Family in the Mansion on Parliament Hill”,  “It’s a Condo Now!” and the title track “Down in a Government Town”.

Together, Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils are creating music that combines traditional country arrangements with a dash of Canadiana (think Stompin’ Tom and Gordon Lightfoot) and a endearing sense of humour.

Sunday, June 4, 2023


Hemlock Hotel Hemlock Hotel band

12:30 – 1:15


Danny Lee Duke – drums
Rod Leggett – guitar
Gary Archambault – bass
Marc Gold – electric guitar




Messy World

Hemlock Hotel appears regularly on Ottawa stages and in smaller communities along the Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston corridor. Known for their versatility, at their shows the band generates country & folk-rock feels but also pop and adult contemporary vibes.

Their debut album was ranked 39 in CKCU’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 with their first single “America”. In 2022, Hemlock Hotel released Tailwind. Recorded with Steve Foley at Audio Valley in Ottawa. Currently the band is working with Steve on their upcoming studio album to be released this fall.

The band’s philosophy is rather simple. Write heartfelt songs that people can dance and singalong.



Sunsdrum Sunsdrum

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.


Lynda Brown – Vocals
Heidi Langille – Vocals

Siqiniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum) does Inuit cultural performances that include throat singing, drum dancing, games and singing traditional songs.

The name of the group, Siqiniup Qilauta roughly translates to The Sun’s Drum. The name was influenced by an Inuit legend they heard about the sun. When the sun has a complete halo around it, it indicates good luck and the halo represents a drum.

The group is located in Ottawa, Ontario, and has travelled nationally and internationally. They are featured on David Newland’s album, Northbound. Lynda Brown works at Students on Ice, Heidi Langille works at Nvision, both are Royal Canadian Geographic Society Fellows.


Paul Weber Paul Webber band

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.


Paul Weber – Guitar vocals
Rob Lethbridge – upright bass
Christine Fagan – vocals
Camille Forget – vocals
Trevor Lubin – various stringed instruments


Ode to Gerry Barber

Paul Weber is an engaging storyteller, singer and songwriter. He is a people’s poet of sorts, telling tales of past times, stories of the street, and community struggles. With one foot in the narrative folk tradition and another foot in the digital world, Paul frequently combines self-made videos into both his live and online performances, making for an engaging and sometimes educational show. Paul just released, “Ode to Gerry Barber”, a heartfelt collection of songs in a wide range of musical styles. In 2020 he was awarded a Bernard Grand Maître award for his musical contribution to Francophone culture.


Cody Coyote Cody Coyote

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.


Ottawa’s Cody Coyote is of Ojibwe/Irish descent with ancestry from Matachewan First Nation. With his fusion of strong, profound lyricism accompanied by corresponding influential sounds such as his song “Debwe”, this multi-award nominated, and award winning Hip-Hop/Electronic/Pop artist commands his listeners’ attention by delivering mesmerizing performances.