2013 Performers

Sebastian Owl

Blair Atkinson- Mandolin/Piano/Vocals, Ian Russell- Bass/Vocals, David Comrie- Guitar/Vocals, Trevor Crook- Drums/Vocals

Let me set the scene. It's a cold dark winters eve in Brandon, Manitoba. In a cold basement lies four gentlemen, one holding a mandolin, one plucking a bass string, one banging away at a drum set and the other soothing guitar strings. All of them letting their voices conform into a mythical beast

Learn more at: www.reverbnation.com/sebastianowl


A one-man synthpop spectacle from Winnipeg, Manitoba, formed over the impossibly cold winter of '12-13. Combining classic synthesizers and drum machines with electric guitar and other special effects, Aband*nthecar builds cinematic soundscapes around stories ranging from time travel to murder mysteries.

Learn more at: http://www.abandonthecar.com

Inna Riddim

On the Winnipeg reggae music scene since 1985, Inna Riddim servesWinnipeg music lovers an eclectic concoction of reggae mixed up withrock, folk, and R&B. The band's long history of jamming together hasspawned a musical style that feels natural and laidback, infused withlots of improvisation and a playful, energetic sound.

Inna Riddim has evolved considerably since its first gig at an anti-apartheid rally one summer long ago, and has filled out over the yearswith a range of instrumentation including flute, viola and horns. Today,the four-piece configuration includes original band members Jeff Diamond(lead vocals, guitar, synth) and Ron Torpey (drums, vocals), veteran Jim Stoeber (guitar, synth, vocals) and Rick McGee (Bass Guitar).

Compiled over two decades, Inna Riddim's musical repertoire is varied,and includes a cocktail of traditional roots reggae tunes, reggae-fiedrock and pop numbers, and several original songs that start with a reggaebase and throw in some other flavours to cook up their own unique blend.

Inna Riddim has played a multitude of Winnipeg venues and festivals overthe years and toured to some nearby towns including Winnipeg Beach,Gimli, Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, Kenora, and Thunder Bay.

Learn more at: www.innariddim.ca

The Brothers’ Landreth

Beautiful slide guitar and lush instrumentation are married with sibling harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve song writing to deliver their own take on alt-country flavoured pop. Specializing in love gone bad and cowboy lullabies.

The Frog Ponders

The Frog Ponders Rhythm and Jazz. Once again a Matlock Festival special presentation, featuring a constellation of players from here, near, and far, this band’s eclectic vibe sends out positive ripples towards the shores of cosmic wetlands beyond imagining... Ponderous, perhaps, but making it impossible to be a worrywart, and certain to get you hopping!

Woodshed Havoc

Pulling sounds from the past Woodshed Havoc pushes foot stompim blues rock well into the future. A strategically melodic riff driven groove guarantees to raise the dust off the dance floor and rustle the shadows in the night!


Naysa are a pop rock band with elements that are sometimes psychedelic, and gloomy. The members include myself Dave Todd on vocals and guitar, Hayley Smith on keyboards and vocals, Grant Danyluk on bass, Graham Duvall on drums, and Sean Leslie On guitar.

Learn more at: www.manitobamusic.com/naysa



Kate Ferris 

Kate is a veteran of the Manitoba Music scene and has performed at music and storytelling festivals, fairs and concerts in Canada and the US. She's appeared on recordings, tv and national radio, and has twice been guest storyteller with the WSO. For the past 10 years she's had a passionate love affair with the `ukulele, and teaches uke for the Winnipeg Folk Festival Folk School. She is currently in the studio with Dan Donahue, recording her extremely-overdue CD.

3 Hours

Carol McCalpin (guitar, vocal) and Joe Stamper (guitar, banjo, vocal) are two friends who play and write tunes together.   They will perform a collective of originals and covers influenced by folk, country, blues, rock, Celtic, and Latin music.

Robert Allan Wrigley

With Roots, Country, Rock and Blugrass Robert Allan Wrigley wants to make you feel good.

In 2011, he released a self-titled album. This was his first solo collection of songs that reflect the past and the future, where he has been and where he would like to go. Songs of love and family bring light to the sounds that come from darker places. The Genre is indescribable which can mean only one thing; Robert Allan Wrigley is on “on the road” less travelled.We are a three peice with drums/vocals, electric guitar/vocals, Bass/vocals.

Theo Tzu

Theo got his start in 2001 with JNL Cinemafunk (then Flux Capacitor) playing house parties and jungle raves under the alias Dexx.  By the age of 17, theo was running a weekly jungle club night called Next Revolution @ The Collective Cabaret (later known as Transition) with Messmer & Cortex.  Around that time, theo teamed up with MC Four20 and began throwing shows under the alias Dirtydog Productions.

He went on to start WinnipegJungle.com which served as the meeting place for junglists online in Winnipeg for 4 years strong.  During this time, from 2004-2008, theo & DJ Riddim hosted a radio show on CJUM 101.5 UMFM in Winnipeg called Bassline Dropouts.  Which eventually morphed into Rinseout Radio FM, simulcasting on UMFM and BassDrive.com.

Nowadays you can find theo on the radio each week on CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg every Tuesday from 10pm-12 (CST) with co-host Selektah Coda for Dub City Steppers, and every Friday with EL RICHEE from 12am-2 (CST) on Sub.FM for Dubcity deadBEATS.  theo's current project is called mixtechs deejays, which serves as a production company and website documenting the adventures of theo and his friends in Winnipeg and around Canada.

Over the years, theo has had several releases on record labels such as: Monkey Dub Recordings & In Da Jungle Recordings (as Natural Selectors, Safe Crackers and Lucky Souljahz), and on Phantohm Soundsystem with Turtilian.

He has opened for N-Type, Freaky Flow, PropaTingz, KJ Sawka, Capital J, Infiltrata, Joe Nice, Process Rebel, Evol Intent, Dieselboy, Krafty Kuts, 6Blocc, Ill-Esha, Mark Instinct, Hive, Goth-Trad, DJ Craze, Benny Page, DJ Nu-Mark, Mat The Alien, Blue Lunar Monkey & Marcus Visionary.

He is sponsored by Szoldier apparel.

Jason Ross Band

Jason Ross along with Simon Davis and Tim Osmond play a unique sound of Prairiegrass music. Somewhere in the realm of folk and bluegrass they play songs about life, sometimes with an edge and sometimes with a twist.

Somebody Language

A loose screw, a faulty level, a bent nail, a hole in the wall of perfect brick.

This is simple. Expression. Any living beings perception. Poetry? For me? For you? Our choice. As always.

Mutual Love. Respect. Peace.

Thank you. You are welcome.

Learn more at: soundcloud.com/somebodylanguage

Downer Party

Downer Party plays original Punk n' Roll and cover songs we like. Dan Shnier (Guitar & Vocals), Mark Yuill (Bass), Bruce Shaw (Guitar & Vocals), Murray Elfenbaum (Drums), Steve Raizen (Keyboard & Vocals).


(Notice it is spelt as just one word) is a psychedelic blues band from the basements of South Winnipeg. Lush and hypnotic blues tinged jams blend with 60's rock and psychedelica allowing listeners and the band themselves to be taken to a place far beyond Winnipeg. Live shows are full of soaring guitar solos, gripping bass lines, and a strange form of using a guitar as a dance partner in the most intimate waltz ever!!! Poorboy released their debut album “We can’t all be free” in June 2013!

Young Pixels

The Young Pixels are a husband/wife electric guitar-and-drums duo. They have received play on CBC Radio and CBC's Ismaila Alfa listed them among the Top 10 Manitoba Bands to Watch in 2013. They have an organic grain farm in rural SW Manitoba, where they live with their 2 young boys.

Double Trouble

Quit shaking yer eyes! You are seeing double.  That’s nine year old twins Luc and Aidan Wrigley and their dad, Rob of Stonypoint. These young fiddlers have been playing, singing and dancing since they were four and have already performed at the MTS Centre, Festival du Voyageur and Winnipeg Folk Festivals “Folk for Families” concert series, twice. Carving out their brand of Metis fiddle music, fun kids classics and a few Pop tunes they can be heard busking at The Forks in Winnipeg and love playing festivals especially because- “we like back stage and sleeping in our tent.

Quinton Blair

Is the genuine article when it comes to honky tonk music. Blair was born and raised in Southern Manitoba, and has been touting his guitar back and forth across the Prairies for the last half decade. Writing and performing self-described “real” country music, Blair is quickly developing a reputation as a stand out song writer and captivating performer. Blurring the lines between roots country, outlaw country and throw back country Blair cuts a wide swath when it comes to country music knowledge and understanding. Inspired by the words of Austin, TX singer/songwriter Hayes Carll “I bet your tired of dancing to the same old song,” Q and his band are not afraid to play great tunes that are off the beaten track; and you can bet at every show there is a little bit of country music education going on, all the while bringing high energy and great guitar licks to centre stage around great writing and thoughtful arranging of music.

Passionate about the traditions of country music, Q goes much further than name dropping his heroes into his song lyrics, "I try to write a tune they would actually sing". Working with some of the biggest names in Canadian Country Music, Q has shared his brand of capital C Country with thousands of people all across Western Canada.

Wrangling horses is in his blood, and has been a part of the Blair family for generations. From horses to train songs to hurtin’ songs Quinton Blair is sure to infuse your inner red neck, so belly up to the bar, buy a round and listen to some of the best honky tonk music north of Texas

Hollerin Pines

A 5 piece folk-country-roots band from Winnipeg who’s sound is reminiscent of a warm lakeside campfire. Their strong 3 party harmonies, upright bass and fiddle give them a traditional style while remaining unique and current. The group has been on 2 western Canadian tours in support of there 5 song, self titled E.P. They are excited to be back for a summer of Manitoba festivals. 

Bearded Brothers

Legit beards, legit bros. These once quarrelsome siblings, have put aside their petty differences to unite & form the dynamic duo known as "Bearded Brothers". With inspiration derived from various classic & contemporary artists, these two have set out to forge their own sound, using whatever tools available to them. Singer/songwriter & axe-wielding duties are shouldered by the eldest sibling (Sean Clements), while percussion & drum duties fall upon (Ian Clements), the younger (& oddly taller) of the two. With the help of their beardless brother from another mother (Ian Russell) on Bass, they strive to create new sonic landscapes, push their creative envelopes & reach out into the unknown....

Deborah Romeyn

Manitoba’s original renaissance woman – a woman of Science,  massage therapist  AND  singer/songwriter.

Deborah is a veteran performing artist who looks for the extraordinary in everyone she meets and in everything she does. With five recording projects to her credit, it was no surprise that her work was played on the space shuttle in orbit over the Prairies. Extraordinary indeed!

Her work captures the beauty of the natural world we live in on the Prairies, and reminds us of the open landscapes of the heart  that exist  in us all.

Listen to Deborah’s music and you will truly be moved.