2020 Fire & Water Line Up!

Our Artistic Director is hard at work selecting the best independent music for this year’s festival! While we aren’t quite done yet, you know it’s going to be another fantastic music lineup just by looking at who they’ve already booked!

Emily Burgess: Blues

Direct from the hallways to the roadways, Emily began touring Canada and the U.S. with the JUNO Nominated 24th Street Wailers. 8 years and hundreds of shows later, she fronted her own band, the Emburys, and playing guitar with many different acts across Canada. Emily has shared the stage and traded riffs with guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, John Primer, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sue Foley and Sam Weber among others. Burgess wrote two songs and took guitar duties for 2015’s JUNO nominated album “Wicked” by the 24th Street Wailers.

In November 2017, Burgess released her debut solo album ‘Are We In Love?’, produced by The Weber Brothers. CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau calls the album “Empowering” and “A Big Winner”. John Valenteyn of The Maple Blues Newsletter writes “…she has a knack for writing attractive tunes that feature her biting lead guitar…a combination not often heard”. He adds that the album is “Gorgeously produced”. 

Last Year’s Bands:

Andrew Neville & the Poor Choices: Country

In a nutshell – Pure country music genius. Andrew is a singer, songwriter, and larger than life while on stage. I mean, you can’t help but love the guy. The only thing keeping him from being one of the greats in Canadian Country music is that I think he can’t stand the idea of leaving Manitoba for more than a few days at a time. Correction – The only reason he might not be known as one of the greats is that he can’t stand the idea of leaving Manitoba for more than a few days at a time. When checking out your schedule, remember, your only poor choice will be if you choose to miss his show.

Brent Parkin: Roots/Blues

Brent Parkin is a guitar player, singer-songwriter and veteran of the Winnipeg Music Scene, playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for over forty years. In the early 70’s he co-founded the popular blues bands Houndog and Brent Parkin and the Stingers. Brent’s music is a combination of Chicago Style Blues, Swing. Jump Blues and Roots Music. For his solo shows, you can hear shades of Leon Redbone, Tampa Red, Merle Travis, Robert Johnson, and Parkin originals. He has been part of the backup band for such greats as Bo Diddley, Gate Mouth Brown, Otis Rush, Johnnie Johnson and has opened shows for such legends like James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, and John Prine. A career highlight was sharing the stage and tour bus with the Legend BB King as the opening act on a Canadian tour in 1983.

Cohen Sieg: Pop/Folk

Cohen Sieg is a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician from Sieg’s Corner, Manitoba. He Has been writing and performing for the past 7 years, playing at festivals, small events, and open mics all across Canada. His musical style is pop/folk, but he’s also known to play a variety of songs from genres such as country, rock and a bit of blues. Although he is best known for his guitar work, this multi-talented musician also plays the bass guitar, piano, drums, mandolin, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, harmonica, banjo, accordion and an assortment of other percussion instruments. He performs as a solo musician, but with the help of his looper, he sounds like he has a full band backing him up. He’s been all over Canada from, Charlottetown P.E.I, to Vancouver, BC. He’s even been to Los Angeles, CA, where he holds a certificate from the Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music.

He has a passion for music that is undeniable, and you can hear it in his songs, such as his independently released single “Goodbye”, and his covers such as Treat You Better, In the Air Tonight and Attention. With his much-anticipated album in the works, it seems as though nothing is going to slow him down

Chris Micheal: Country

Chris Micheal, Emerging Country Artist, is an emotional provoking singer and electric guitarist with a flair for vintage lead Country Rock soundscapes. Loaded with light hearted fun, Music to relate too, interactive, and a good old party resonate with a lot of people. Making Chris Micheal Band a pleasure to watch live. Listening to songs such as “Fire In Your Heart” Chris Michael has passion that takes you on a journey while tackling heavy themes in love and loss. Captivating, high energy performances blend musicianship with hypnotic rhythm and catchy hooks. Some of the finest players and best personalities bring life to the powerful Country Rock collection. Their forthcoming Ep titled (Standing Still), is expected for release this year.

Dizzy Mystic: Hard Rock

Dizzy Mystics is a band based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A dynamically diverse, tastefully complex, and an energetic dose of adventurous hard rock with feet moving rhythmic swagger, and stargazing melodies. Filling out the sonic experience is Kyle Halldorson (Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin), Jeff Laird (Drums), Alexandre Joyal (Guitar), and Aaron Bacon (Bass).

Jaxon Haldane: Rock/Country/Folk

Jaxon Haldane reveres tradition while retaining a distinct modernism. His ability to combine the visceral intensity of punk rock or Dixieland, with the soul-stirring emotion of vintage country and blues is emboldened by his songwriting. The result is a gumbo – rich and spicy. Earthy, yet sweet. Rustic, but refined enough that you know a real chef is in the kitchen… one who cooks with love.

Ken Kansas: Folk

Kansas has had one foot in the music world for a couple of decades, weaving in and out of various bluegrass and roots groups, primarily performing original tunes in between a regular job as a fisheries biologist and tossing flies at fish. Work lead Ken and his wife to Lac du Bonnet some 13 years ago and they have called the area home since. Coincidentally, his mother was born and raised in Lac du Bonnet, so, he got an early taste of his uncles and aunts jamming at kitchen parties and such. Ken has released two cd’s of his songs (Hard Liquor-2013 and The Old Hotel Café-2016) and has another due out this summer (Ragged Poetry-2019). Previously produced by Jaxon Haldane, Scott Nolan and Lyle Baldwin, Jaxon has returned for Ragged Poetry, primarily spawned at the 100-year-old Beresford Church Studio with owner/operator Jody Weger. Longtime Roaring River Rangers Chris Carmichael and Tony Wytinck, join Jaxon, Jody and Ken at Fire and Water this year. We hope you enjoy it.

Kevin Peters: Country

Kevin Peters is a Country Music singer, songwriter and performer from Manitoba. You can catch Kevin Perform with 3 piece band, or solo, in many of the venues all across Western Canada. His selection of Traditional, neotraditional and originals music has proven to be a crowed pleaser from the foothills of Alberta, down to the hot heat of Mexico, through the Western prairies, and into Canada. Born and raised 10 minutes north of a little town Arborg Manitoba, Kevin grew up singing gospel at church every Sunday. The 7th of 8 children, Kevin has been instilled with a strong sense of Family. At the age of 14 Kevin recorded a gospel album with his brothers, and spent the next few years recording, performing, and touring with his own, and other family bands.

Kevin Peters released his debut album Basics of Love produced in part by Ryan Voth (The Bros Landreth, New Lightweights), in the summer 2017. It features 8 compositions written by Kevin Peters. Kevin, being a music instrumentalist, performed many of the instruments on the album. The album also features performances by Ryan Voth drums, Julian Bradford bass, William J. Western steel guitar, and Kevin Peters vocals. Kevin recorded a live record, Farmers Hall Recording Sessions, in the spring of 2018. It features 12 compositions written by Kevin Peters. The record features Eric Lemoine steel guitar (Little Miss Higgins), Patrick Alexandre upright bass (Little Miss Higgins), David Peters (Kevin?s brother) harmonies, and Kevin Peters acoustic and lead vocals.

Kevin Peters might be a new name to the Canadian Country landscape, but he brings a wealth of experience from years of paying his dues, and slugging it out on the road. From Honky Tonks to Rodeos, Theatres to Festival Stages. Kevin Peters is an old soul in a young mans body, doing music the way it should be done: from the heart.

Knob and Tube

“I thought it was a great band name, so we started a band!” -Jo Miller

The members of Knob & Tube are all well known in the music scene, playing collectively in over a dozen local acts. Traditionally side players, Dunn and Miller trade off leading this outfit, with a mix of heartfelt originals, and covers that are personal favorites. Chris Dunn, guitar and vocals, has that high, lonesome tenor voice that evokes images of coyotes and campfires. He writes songs that tell a story, and plays guitar like he not only knows the words, but invented the alphabet. Joanna Miller, drums and vocals, sings with a sweet ernestness, like she couldn’t tell a lie if she tried. Songs of life, love, and the highway float over hythms so relaxed they’re almost dozing on your parents couch. Gilles Fournier, bass and good vibes, has that certain, what the french call, i-don’t-know-what. A master on upright and electric bass, he adds an indispensable blend of musicality, humor, and groove.

Little Miss Higgins: Country/Blues

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whetherit’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. This is all too true on her most recent award-winning album, Across The Plains (2010).

Mitchell James Band: Roots/Pop

Hailing from the outskirts of Winnipeg, Canada, Mitchell James is a roots/pop artist with a bright future ahead. He began his career writing songs in his bedroom at the age of 18 and never looked back. Throughout high school and his early twenties, Mitchell honed his understanding of song and structure by working in the studio alongside JP Laurendeau, and has been featured on recordings by Del Barber, Cassidy Mann, and more. His latest EP, The Spark, produced by Winnipeg’s own Ariel Posen and backed by the members of Juno winning The Bros. Landreth, showcases a more aggressive side of Mitchell’s writing. This collection of pop, soul and rock songs are sure to warm the heart and inspire the soul.

OVERSTEER: Classic Rock/Metal

OVERSTEER is a versatile rock band that plays to their audience. They are young, but they offer a diversified sound. Their genre of music ranges from classic rock, metal and even a bit of country.

The band was formed in 2018; their debut performance was finishing second at the TJ’s Gift Foundation Battle of the bands. While gaining themselves some exposure, OVERSTEER has been invited to play several times at Bull Dog Pizza. This exposure has resulted in the band performing in front of larger audiences like The Canadian International Comedy Film Festival at the Park Theatre and TJs Gift Rally Day at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Raine Hamilton: Folk

Resonant, acoustic chamber folk with an other-worldly edge, and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Prism-clear vocals and strings; A combination of vocal agility and power.

Raine is part prairie songstress, part story weaver; Each song has a story, delivered between songs with humour and grace. Raine invites her love of the violin into the singer-songwriter genre, writing for violin and voice, as well as for guitar and voice. Joined by cello and upright bass, expect string arrangements that push and pull, that move as they console.

Richard Inman: Country

A staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene, Richard Inman is blessed with a rich baritone voice and a delicate musical touch. His mature songs feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh. Between steady gigging and a residency at Winnipeg’s legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and a true Prairie gem.

Solutions: Soul

The Solutions are a high-powered 8 piece band playing some of the best-known Soul music from the 1960s and 70s and beyond.  Featuring enigmatic horns, power-house vocals, and a funky rhythm section, these friends add their own unique and undeniable energy to the stage while paying homage to the original style of such artists as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and many others. Entertaining fans in Winnipeg for a decade with their dynamic performances, they’ve grown into an act well known for their ability to get people up dancing and coming back for more!

Teakle Family Circus: Circus Performers

The “Teakle Family Circus” is made up of three super talented, international award-winning Winnipeg-based siblings that will both entertain and inspire! They bring their unique brand of sibling antics combined with truly world-class skills to every performance!

The Madtrappers: Folk/Country/Rock and Roll

The Madtrappers are a countrified super group of rowdies ~ famous at heart, infamous at home. Led by songwriter Richard Inman, this is their second time on the Fire and Water Stage. Influenced by the folk, country, and rock and roll of the 1970s, they have become a crowd favourite throughout western Canada.

The Stanley County Cut-Ups: Bluegrass

Ralph Stanley was hands down the best singer on the entire Earth. The Rural Municipality of Stanley is Southern Manitoba’s Bluegrass Country.

This official bluegrass band of Winnipeg’s West End has roots and influences from both Stanleys and features an ensemble of five seasoned musicians pickin’ banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and stand-up bass

Jess Reimer, Jeremy Hamm, TJ Blair, Jeremy Penner and Tim Osmond play traditional and original numbers, sure to lure fans of The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Bill Monroe, Hazel Dickens and others from the bluegrass canon.

This group of veteran pickers have been involved in many different projects over the years, and to hear them come together to perform as a bluegrass band sounds pretty darn good.

Surf and Turf: Rock & Roll

Surf n’ Turf is a Winnipeg based trio specializing in vintage surf and rock & roll. Best know for their involvement in the F-Holes and Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five, ‘peg city music scene veterans Evan Friesen (drums), Sean Burns (bass, vocals), and Eric Lemoine (guitar) delve into all the classics from the Ventures to the Lively Ones. Surf’s up!

Vince Andrushko: Country/Roots

Currently living in the wild west end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Vince has been in and out of the music scene for the last 11 years or so. He plays a mixed plate of straight-up country songs to toe-tappin’ two chord bluesy numbers to fictional tales brushed with a touch of humour (depending on your sense of humour). Let’s call it “Mashed Roots and Groovy”…..salt ’n’ sour cream…..good for ya.

Woody Holler: Country/Jazz

Woody Holler grew up on the Canadian prairie hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to those western roots. In 2009, Woody teamed up with some of Winnipeg’s finest jazz musicians and began purveying his own brand of Western Swing that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. The show is reminiscent of a 1940s radio show with a sound that is nostalgic yet thrilling. The music involves clever arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons, a dash of opera, and show-stopping “extreme” yodelling.

Festival Yoga!

Fire & Water Music Festival has a great new partner! Moai Yoga Studio will on site with us on Sunday, August 4th starting at 9:30 a.m.

Unwind and relax the morning of the last day of the festival – all you need to bring is your yoga mat.

Whether you are new to yoga or a returning practitioner … this class is for you. Newcomers to yoga will find these classes offer a compassionate approach to developing balance, strength and flexibility. Emphasis is on breathing techniques and proper alignment.

Experienced practitioners will continue to develop their strength and flexibility while practicing at their own level. With special attention to breath awareness, you will learn to calm the fluctuations of your mind resulting in more awareness and relaxation.

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