Published: July 26, 2017
Each August the Ear Falls Waterfront Park fills with people of all ages with the common goal: to enjoy the “music in the woods”.
Set to kick off its 22nd festival Aug. 11-13, this year’s entertainment line features the usual mix of folk, bluegrass, country, rock and everything in between.
A full list of performers is available at www.troutfest.com, however, here’s a snapshot of some of the acts headed to the North in just a few short weeks.
Ridley Bent is back with his latest release Wildcard the anticipated follow up of Rabbit on My Wheel showcasing the Western Canada based Country artist’s keen fascination for characters whose life on the straight and narrow rarely lasts past the nearest exit to a short, crooked road.
Ridley Bent continues to weave tales of wisdom and intrigue with titles such as ‘Fill Yer Boots’ about a truck driving card player, and ‘Crooked and Loaded’ written about a shoot out with a posse of outlaws. Produced by the John MacArthur Ellis and supported by an all star band of country musics finest Wildcard will take your mind away and get your toes tapping as Ridley Bent does what he does best..!
Since the release of her acclaimed album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, soulful roots rocker Terra Lightfoot has wowed audiences across North America, the UK and Europe, playing hundreds of live dates in venues from cafés to coliseums and everywhere in between.
On stages in Europe, the UK, the US and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, The Both, Albert Lee, James Burton, Grace Potter, Bettye Lavette, Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, The Sadies, The Wood Brothers and Daniel Lanois.
Terra Lightfoot’s love of touring is beyond question, as is the energy and passion she brings to the stage at every stop along the road. Thanks to her indisputable talent, hard work, relentless touring and the incredible support of fans across Canada, Lightfoot has been named the latest recipient of the Canadian Independent Music Association’s prestigious Road Gold certification — an honour reserved for artists who sell at least 25,000 concert tickets within a 12-month period.
In with the Old
Northern Saskatchewan’s In With the Old seamlessly combine raw talent and prairie camaraderie with a passion and respect for the music from the past. Young and dedicated, they take an extremely unique approach to memorable old-tyme music through gifted harmonies and infectious songwriting – and though the songs and stories they tell are filtered with a small town perspective – these kids see through a colourful, worldly lens.
Professionals without a doubt, one of the band’s many goals is to help restore meaning and authenticity to modern folk music. With their endearingly awkward stage presence, sharp, witty, and definitely dry sense of humour, and ‘out-there’ fashion sense, these three certainly know how to turn heads. In order to avoid their fear of remaining stagnant, their sound is also ever-shifting. After going electric at a recent show, they consider it a big accomplishment that no one from the crowd yelled rude names at them! Though they highly respect old-time and bluegrass musicians of the past, they feel ready to branch out into a new sound that is entirely their own. Like Jim Lauderdale once said to them, “In With The Old puts the ‘sass’ in Saskatchewan”!
Adams Wacky World
Sure, Adam Rosner grew up playing music, went to theatre and Groundlings improv school and spent years rocking around Winnipeg. But the last eight years working as a substitute teacher and stay-at-home-dad have taught him some new things – like how to captivate kids and get them to sing! Since deciding to focus on kids’ entertainment in 2014, Rosner has quickly established himself as one of Manitoba’s most delightful performers, with a gregarious stage show suited for kids of all abilities and ages. It helps that he has all sorts of talents: he can sing, he can tell stories, he can even do magic! Whether he’s leading the whole crowd in a dance party, or pulling a prop from his big bag of tricks, this is one show your family won’t want to miss.