The music

Here is the first taste of our 2018 lineup. More artists to come soon!

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Anwar Khurshid

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Anwar Khurshid's music has been featured in Oscar-winning film Life of Pi as well as Kama Sutra besides performances in Europe, North America and Asia.

Performing for more than 3 decades with musicians from other genres including Blues, Jazz, African, Middle Eastern and Chinese, Anwar's innovative collaborations create music transcending categorization!


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Onion honey

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Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in with banjo and mandolin, washboard and double bass, fiddle and warm five-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears.  

Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Keenan Reimer-Watts, Leanne Swantko and Kayleigh LeBlanc play new-time traditionals and old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music filtered through the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dim saloons and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles and downtown galleries, and once a fancy hat shop.

 


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KW Poetry Slam

The KW Poetry Slam is a monthly spoken word competition where anyone can sign up to perform their original poetry in front of an attentive and responsive audience. Audience judges score out of 10 and after two rounds, there are cash prizes to the top 3 poets as well as people's choice ribbons. Each slam also begins with an open mic where anything goes. Slam poets have an opportunity to represent KW on the team that competes at the annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

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Vic Horvath

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Vic horvath is a walk under the glowing embers in the wood stove sky. A mouth that mutters magic, breathes somber strings and cackling feathers.

 

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CASCABEL

A magical music journey to Latin America.
CASCABEL expresses Latin music styles just as the meaning of its Spanish name: it is a rattlesnake, a chili pepper and a child's musical rattle. Like its diverse meaning, CASCABEL plays with intensity and sensitivity. Its sound is fresh and familiar adding up to a captivating musical experience.

CASCABEL has been a major attraction at various festivals in places such as Harbourfront Centre, the Canadian National Exhibition, Chinatown, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto to name a few, and the Kempenfest Festival in Barrie, Ontario. Cascabel has also performed internationally in Mexico to sold
out venues and had a guest performance at the Festival of the cultures in Guiyang China.


The Oldest man i know

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The Oldest Man I Know is a combination of hard travel, falling in love, and too much time spent alone.

But mostly it's the solo project of Taylor Esch.

 
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Jack Garton

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Coming from Galiano Island in the Salish sea, Jack Garton’s pursuit of foot-stomping beautiful songs has taken him as far as Europe, Canada’s arctic, and the Southern USA, playing his unique combination of trumpet and accordion. Parts writer, composer, player and showman, Jack’s show is a roller-coaster tour through roots music in the folk and blues traditions.

 


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BLUE SKY SINGERS

The Blue Sky Singers are a group of strong, creative Anishinaabe and Onkwehonwe women whose beautiful music tells stories that preserve and celebrate the resurgence of their respective cultures from the constraints of colonialism. They sing traditional and community songs, covers of songs by Indigenous artists, as well as their own original music. All of these women are urban Indigenous sisters and are (or have been) single mothers who are active in the Indigenous community. Members include Christine Lefebvre, Amy Smoke, Jaydum Hunt (Mohawk), and Heather Majaury (Algonquin).