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THURSDAY

 

Spare Change - Thursday, June 30th, 2022 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A local 1000 Islands band, Spare Change Trio plays pop and country favourites from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and features: Tim Hallman, Doug Gravelle and Terry Hoffman. Tim is on keyboards and vocals. In the 60’s, he performed in Robbie Lane’s hit TV show "It's Happening”. Doug on drums and vocals was a member of the 60's and 70’s Montreal recording group "The Bells", with hits such as Moody Manitoba Morning, Fly Little White Dove Fly, and the gold record Stay Awhile. Terry, on lead guitar and vocals, is an accomplished musician from the Ottawa Valley with his roots in country and Rock-N-Roll. As a traveling musician, he played with the group, Johnny Comfort, who toured with Box Car Willie, Vince Gill and Charlie Daniels.

Country Rocks - Thursday, June 30th, 2022 – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

 Country Rocks brings a great mix of classic, and current country music. Combining stunning 4-part harmonies and great music, you know that Country Rocks! While this group of musicians have been friends a long time it was only the summer of 2017 that the idea to play together was born. After a total of two rehearsals, they hit the stage for their first gig and it was obvious that they were onto something. Four distinct voices all capable of singing lead vocals but also able to blend those voices together for some sweet sounds. The set list came together quickly and is evolving constantly. Great reviews wherever they go and the fanbase is building. Catch Country Rocks and hear for yourself!

The Shadowz - Thursday, June 30th, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 The Shadowz band has been playing together for nearly a decade. They are a 50’s to 80’s Rock & Roll and Country band from the Trenton, Brighton, Picton area. What sets The Shadowz apart from most bands is the fact that there are five lead singers which allows for harmonies that will give you goose bumps!

The Stares - Thursday, June 30th, 2022 - 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm

 The Stares are one of the best Rock & Roll cover bands in the area. The Stares call Kingston/Gananoque their home base. This band has gained a huge following not only for being local but for putting on one of the better shows you will catch in the YGK area. They cover a wide range of bands from Zeppelin to AC/DC. If you haven’t seen them already, then you’re gonna love this show.

FRIDAY 

 

Lost Channel - Friday, July 1st, 2022 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 Legend and mystery surround The Lost Channel in the Thousand Islands. Musicians Mike Bishop, Pete Mitchell and Matty Brown rekindle and connect forgotten emotions and favourite tunes into fresh vibrant arrangements that stir the past with the present. Along with some original River songs, you will dance and sing when you discover The Thousand Island's musical treasure, Lost Channel. 

The Backsteps – Friday, July 1st, 2022 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

 The Backsteps are a 4-piece rock band from Gananoque. For the past few months, they have been grinding on the road playing sold out shows at venues such as the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood and the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. They bring a high energy live show with lots of sing alongs and anthems thrown in!

KnucKel HeD – Friday, July 1st, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 KnucKel HeD is a four-piece rock cover band based out of Kingston Ontario. Playing 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today with more emphasis on classic rock from the 80’s. Each member enters the stage with more than 20 years of music and live playing experience. They play music from “Their Time” so they know the music they play inside and out. They play with feeling, soul, heart, and pride. Unlike many bands, KnucKel HeD has four lead vocalists producing thick and rich harmonies differentiating them from many local cover bands playing their genres of music. If you are wanting to hear a great classic rock band, check out one of their shows.

Trevor Walsh Group – Friday, July 1st, 2022 - 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm

 The Trevor Walsh Group is a high energy rock band. Whether there's 4 people or 4,000 at the show, you're going to get just as much energy, showmanship and musicianship. Check them out on YouTube if you don’t believe us.

SATURDAY 

 

The Strata-Kats - Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 

 The STRATA-KATS were a high school band formed in the late 50’s/early 60’s at Lake Of Two Mountains High School in St. Eustache Sur Le Lac, Quebec. They played for High School dances and some clubs in the area. The band has been enjoying a re-union performing “Rock-A-Billy” music the last few years at RibFest. Original members Cliff Edwards, Danny McBride and Brian Allan are joined by Doug Gravelle and Jamie Drake, the son of Darrell Drake, another original member. This performance will be a tribute to Darrell.

Hunt, Frommer and Code - Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

 Mark, Brian and Alan are three long-time musician friends from the 1000 Islands who play all your favourite classic acoustic rock feel-good songs plus a few selections from left field. Perfect for singing and dancing along to.

The Fade Kings - Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

 The Fade Kings, formed in 1992, have been Groove Leaders throughout the greater Quinte area and southeastern Ontario. The Fade Kings have been delivering a great mix of well-crafted, easy listening material covering the Jazz, Blues and R&B genres for the last 30 years.

Back Swing - Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 - 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

“Back Swing” is a 4-piece country/rock band rich in vocal harmonies and unique instrumentation. Jim Patterson (guitars and keyboard) and Rick Storms (bass and guitar) share lead and harmony vocals. They are both formerly from the “Jim Patterson Band” whose origins gained momentum on the Canadian Country music charts in the early 2000’s. Laura Anderson-Brick (electric accordion synthesiser and vocals) adds dynamic piano, organ, horns, banjo and a whole array of orchestral sounds to round out the “Back Swing” sound. Keeping it all together, is their amazing drummer Ron Reedy who has performed at a multitude of events across the globe.

The Change - Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 - 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm 

 The Change, who hail from Kingston, Ontario draw material from the “classic rock” genre and concentrate on the familiar danceable hits of the eras. The Change deliver this package with a tight and powerful guitar driven sound, backed up with keyboards. With two lead singers and harmony vocals, the seasoned five-member group always fills dance floors and rocks their audience nonstop from the first song to the last.