Entertainment Lineup

Entertainment Lineup2021-06-11T17:22:16-04:00

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Al Grantham

Drawing equally on the lyrical density of Townes Van Zandt, the anti-establishment libertarian sentiments of punk-rock and the experimental leanings of a Jeff Tweedy, Al Grantham weaves a unique tapestry of music and words. His new album, Your Person, was released on June 8th through Bandcamp to raise funds for Community Living Brant, an organization that provides support and services to people in the community with developmental needs. Your person will be available across all [...]

Aliya Kanani

Host and Master of Ceremonies for our 44th Markham Village Music "Virtual" Festival Aliya Kanani is a Toronto-based comedian best known for her playful and mischievous personality. Her solo show, "Where You From, From?", sold out at the 2019 Just for Laughs Festival, 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2020 World Fringe in Perth. Aliya has performed on stages around the world including the renowned Gotham Comedy Club in New York with Standup NBC [...]

Cale Crow

Cale Crowe has always felt a musical passion, sparking from childhood with his first guitar at age 12. He performs with an acoustic guitar and a looping pedal, creating stories that reflect snapshot moments of his own experience for the world to see. Crowe’s musical journey helped him escape the tribulations of awkward adolescence (and sometimes adulthood) and has since taken him across Turtle Island, from Albuquerque to the Atlantic. Cale’s unique performance is one [...]

Carol C Dance

Carol C Dance Studio  is dedicated to promoting Chinese cultural awareness through the performing arts. Most importantly, we aim to educate younger generations of Chinese Canadians in the diversity of Chinese culture, as they discover the stories and history behind the dances they learn. Our dance program encourages community involvement and cultural awareness through year-round performances at local events, charities, and festivals around the York Region and Toronto areas. We have performed for events such [...]

Deanna Drudge

Deanna Drudge is a singer/songwriter with a unique variety of indie folk rock - a hint of grunge with a touch of outlaw country while her roots as a woman with a guitar are up front and sincere. These elements are seamlessly blended together with the accessibility of catchy pop tunes. The sound has been cultivated through years of writing and playing solo and with her band formerly known as Pigeon. Deanna grew up on [...]

Edwin Johnson & The Roux

Edwin Johnson got his first guitar in Grade 4 or 5. He had just changed schools and met John Shisko who just got a set of drums. They started hanging out and got the grand idea to start a band, so they did! With the help of Johnson’s little brother on bass, "Cast Iron" was formed. Throughout high school and beyond Johnson played in a handful of bands, gigging here and there. One night he [...]

Farrucas Duo

The name of our group is called “Farrucas Duo”. We are a husband-and-wife duo (Laura Spada & Jorge Cuamacás) that experiments with the diversity of Latin sounds and instruments through our music; painting an exotic musical portrait for you to enjoy all year long. Farrucas Duo’s artistic taste is a “fusion” between two musical traditions; Mediterranean and Ecuadorian, blending together other several genres including Arab, Cumbia, Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, and Rock influences. Between recording new [...]

fortysomething

fortysomething  Harry James and Alan Kennedy, they are in demand at local pubs and community events such as Markham Farmer's Market, Markham Village Music Festival as well as fund raisers, wedding and birthday celebrations to name a few. fortysomething have performed at Markham Theatre and have opened for Brian Roman at Thomson Hall. fortysomething's first CD "Escape The Rat Race" was a hit and they are contemplating producing yet another toe-tapping CD. www.fortysomethingmusic.com

Fred Penner

Fred Penner is a gentle man with an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself. This musical master brings more than 40 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that blends the many genres of performing and communication. Fred continues to grow and create music for his generations of “Fred Heads.” From hosting the United Way National conference in Saskatoon to emceeing the renowned Polaris Music Awards and being part  of [...]

Hollowsage

Sagen resides in Sandford, Ontario working as a Funeral Director at a funeral home in Markham. His experiences within his career have been extremely influential in his songwriting. Sagen started performing at a local open mic hosted by local producer and fellow musician Kevin Ker (Future History), where he was encouraged to attend weekly and play his original music.  Never looking back, Sagen has performed for countless crowds over the last few years, garnering a [...]

Holly Clausius

Hot off the release of her debut EP 'Sunflower', Holly Clausius is a queer artist blazing a trail of her own. Her original voice can be as sharp as a sewing needle and as smooth a cup of chamomile tea. Holly currently resides in Toronto, Ontario and is a full time musician/music teacher. Placing 2nd in the Cross Canada Artist For Social Change competition, Holly’s mission in music is to be a voice for the [...]

Isaac Page

Isaac Hunter Page is a Canadian musician existing and writing in two realms as two people: Isaac Page as a classical composer and conductor, and Isaac Hunter as a singer songwriter. The songs of Isaac Hunter feature self-deprecating humour, songs of heartbreak and relationships gone wrong, and nostalgic yearning all filtered through an eclectic mix of influences. Isaac Hunter’s first EP, Four Songs, was released in August 2020, and since then he has released a [...]

Jay Dee

Since capturing first place at 2016's Toronto Open Mic Contest, Richmond Hill's Jay Dee has established her band as a high-voltage, spell-binding feature of numerous music festivals (Wintersong, Markham Village Music Festival, SOTC, Markham Ribfest, Taste of Stouffville, and more). You can find her recently released debut EP "Smiling Face" and new single “End of Time” on all streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, and more. “Smiling Face” is her signature, sing-along title track - [...]

Jen Schaffer and the Shiners

Jen Schaffer and the Shiners hail from Toronto via Montreal, Hamburg, Calgary and the UK! They are purveyors of original soulful folkrock music with lush harmonies and heavy bass. Jen Schaffer is the lead singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist. She came to music via a stint as a public defender in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, where she gained a love of alt-country music and a heightened social conscience. Her self-penned works, which have garnered [...]

John Muirhead

John Muirhead is a Canadiana troubadour, a campfire storyteller, and a big-hearted folk-rocker. From fingerpicked folk confessionals to upbeat singalongs, John’s award-winning songs have touched audiences across Canada and beyond. Since the release of his debut EP Yesterday’s Smile, John has earned a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination (Young Performer of the Year, 2017), a Forest City London Music Award nomination (Folk/Roots Artist of the Year, 2020), and has graced the stages of Winnipeg Folk [...]

Julie Moffat

Julie Moffat has been writing music most of her life; she pours her soul into her song writing and her deepest emotions fuel her creations. She's had extensive vocal training and with her combination of technical ability and passion, she delivers a genuine, emotive performance. Julie participated in the Judy Stakee song writing retreat in New York, where she worked with industry professionals towards enhancing her craft. She has since recorded her debut EP with [...]

Laya Bhava Dance Academy

Laya Bhava Dance Academy is a school of Bharathanatyam, Indian Classical Dance. It was established in 1986 by our artistic director, Mrs.Kirupanithy Ratneswaran and follows the kalakshetra style. We have locations in Markham, Scarborough and Toronto. Our school trains students to learn this Indian classical dance and perform as well. Students from the age of 5 to 35 continue to learn dance. Our school provides yearly examinations for all students and offers high school credit [...]

Los Moralitos

Los Moralitos Founded by Richard Morales, the band fusions tropical Latino rhythms using modern sounds. The first official gig was at the 2012 Markham Village Music Festival. The band has original music too and they are continuously experimenting with elements of other genres like pop and rock. They released a song dedicated to the City of Markham named “City of Friends”, a song dedicated to the City of Markham and the Pan Am Games of [...]

LST IN HLYWD

LST IN HLYWD is a pop punk/rock band from the Greater Toronto Area, aging 17-20. They have the sound of today's current pop music if you were to put electric guitars and a 5 octave range Rock N Roll singer on top of it. Originally started by the lead singer, James Marrin, as a solo project to defeat covid boredom during the summer of 2020, it soon became a 4 piece band the following autumn [...]

Michelle Rubinov

Michelle Rubinov immersed herself in the York Region music scene a few years ago - starting with karaoke nights, moving on to performing at open mics, and then even joining other bands like Jay Dee Band on vocals and tambourine! Battling stage fright all the while, she began writing her own songs and finally set out to perform her original material, as an acoustic duo with Kevin Zarnett on accompanying solo guitar. An avid traveller [...]

Mimi O’Bonsawin

Mimi O'Bonsawin If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. She epitomizes the powerful scenery and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her rich and warm French Canadian and Abenakis heritages. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness. Her newest release ELLE DANSE is a [...]

Pulse Dance Works

PULSE DANCE WORKS INC. Come be a part of a studio that cares!!! At Pulse we are a family and family is everything! Register Now for Summer & Fall Classes (DANCE WITH US ONLINE until it is safe for us to dance in-studio) www.pulsedanceworks.com Conveniently located at 158 Anderson Ave (East side of Markham Rd. at Castlemore between 16th & Major Mac), Pulse Dance Works Inc.is reputable for a positive and encouraging environment which is [...]

Quincy Bullen

Quincy Bullen is an accomplished pianist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass, guitar, Piano) and singer. Extraordinarily talented, with a great sense of timing, Quincy ‘wows’ audiences across Canada, the USA and the Caribbean. His style is jazz with a funky vibe. His repertoire includes his own version of popular standards from jazz, R&B, Pop and soul as well as his original compositions. He has been a featured performer at many large music festivals and venues [...]

Quisha Wint

Quisha Wint is a familiar face as she has lent her voice in singing our national anthem for many prestigious events hosted by the City of Markham. Quisha has sung with musical greats and actors such as Maestro Fresh Wes, Paul Schaffer, William Shatner and Johnny Reid to name a few! She and her band during the pandemic, when it was safe to do so, got together to dust the cobwebs off of their [...]

Ron Hawkins

Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada's greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada's legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years: In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group's 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, [...]

Shane Joseph

As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Shane Joseph has spent years playing in various GTA-based acts as a drummer, bassist, and as a singer/guitarist. As well, he spent the last few years hosting a long-running weekly acoustic open mic at King Henry’s Arms in his hometown of Richmond Hill. Now he will step out from the background to the front of the stage as a singer-songwriter for the first time to perform his own original tunes. [...]

Tania Joy

Canadian folk-roots musician Tania Joy has been using this time in isolation to hone her songwriting, finally following up her 2013 EP. Her stories, so far, have been about relationships, in all of their complicated forms. However, during the pandemic, Tania found herself taking on a more complex narrative as the world around her shifted, bringing increased and global attention to Black Lives Matter. With mentorship from Hillside’s Girl and Guitars program, Tania wrote her [...]

Tennyson King

Tennyson King is a nomadic indie folk musician from Hong Kong and Canada. Despite being grounded from tours due to COVID, Tennyson has been productive with his time. He released the singles ‘Wild Rose’ & ‘Garden Of Truth’ in collaboration with guitarist Daniel Rougeau (Kaia Kater) and Shawn Mendes’ bassist Dave Haskett.  The singles were featured on CBC Q, Sirius XM North Americana, Stingray Music, and was named SOCAN Song of the Week. Tennyson [...]

The Beresfords

The Beresfords are a brother and sister country music duo from Aurora, Ontario. Their debut EP skyrocketed to #4 on the Canadian iTunes Country charts during its release in June of 2017. With new music on the way for summer 2018 and festival season in full effect, you won't want to miss these two. They are so excited to be back on the bill for this year’s festival."  

Wayne Madder

Wayne Madder is All That Madders, a local singer/songwriter from Greenbank Ontario with over 50 years experience playing cover and original songs. Wayne performed at the Markham Wintersong Festival in January ?:A2O, and was a feature performer at Markham's Rouge Valley Brewery in March 2A2O. He has to date, completed recording thirteen songs featuring his signature iazzy hlues style. His first four song EP, ALL THAT MADDERS, was released on all streaming platforms on December [...]