Drawing on traditional sounds
and contemporary influences for their timeless melodies, Tamarack is folk
music at its best. With vocal harmonies as true as the stories they have
to tell, Tamarack's music explores the Canadian landscape and the people
and events that shape our national character.
Expertly weaving a rich wall of
sound with an array of instruments (guitar, mandolin, bass, violin,
bazouki, concertina, bodhran, pennywhistle), a Tamarack live performance
is charged with the same passion and commitment as the characters in their
songs. With finely-honed songwriting skills this group creates new songs
out of old legends, literally making history sing.
The songs of Tamarack go beyond place and time to speak
to all of us about where we've been and where we're going.
with Ken Allen and Joe Springall, bring a diverse mix of acoustic guitar
playing, harmonicas and harmonies to their festival audience. From their
original tunes to other artist’s songs, you will feel that you have
traveled, north, south, east and west. The unique blend of music is
enjoyed by all ages, and will have you toe tapping in no time. Kick back,
relax and enjoy the warm, sweet, summer sounds of Backroads.
For more information and to book the band contact:
Caber Toss is a Celtic band based out of North Bay.
We play everything from traditional Scottish and Irish Celtic/folk jigs to
modern day Celtic tunes that have recaptured the spirit of the music.
We like to cover new music such as Great Big Sea and Spirit of the West
but also cover older artists such as Stan Rogers and the Irish Rovers.
It has been a goal from the beginning to incorporate tunes that no longer
surface at concerts such as jigs and songs that were written as far back
as the 1800's but with a new added twist to give them live audience
appeal. We have always believed in strong harmony singing and always
make a point of adding a few A Cappella tunes to our set.
The zoom daddys are a band of three musicians, all proud descendants of
army deserters from long ago. Armed with guitars, harmonicas, and rocks (for self defence against bears
and critics) the zoom daddys combine wit, zaniness, comedy, humour, and even some funny stuff in their
songs. They wander around aimlessly throughout the land in search of listening ears, preferably
listening ears attached to people. The group features brothers Richard and David DeJonge and Ivan Arneill.
Richard and David met one morning at the breakfast table when they were quite young. After a heated
argument about how many raisins are in 2 scoops, they quickly discovered that it would be more fun
and less violent if they sang about the after effects of too much bran. Thus, their musical journey began.
They met Ivan 20 years later in prison and formed the zoom daddys shortly after their escape.
For Over 15 years, these bizarre minstrels have played and sang all across
Canada and almost half of the time - from outside prison walls. Tell them your name and you may get
special improvised song just for
you! Show them your money and watch their hungry eyes bulge out. Expect
the unexpected and be ready to run away if necessary but whatever you do, don't miss the zoom
If you enjoy the music you hear the zoom daddys will gladly sell you their
CD. If you hate the music you hear they will gladly sell you a CD for you to give away to your annoying
relative at Christmas. Everybody wins!
For more information or to order a CD contact Richard DeJonge at
519-913-0186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Ingersoll Secord - Pauline Grondin
A resident of Queenston and heroine of Upper Canada
who help save her country from the enemy in 1813.
professional storyteller, heritage performer and historical
interpreter who has been telling stories and making music all of her life.
Following her French Canadian and Irish roots, Pauline’s storytelling
has delighted audiences of all ages in Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland
and England. In the oral
tradition of storytelling she presents a potpourri of stories, legends and
myths, many of them self-penned and told in first person.
Pauline took her love of storytelling one-step further to include living history
presentations. Dressed in
period clothing she will take you back to yesteryear to share tales of the
early settlers who planted their roots firmly in Canadian soil through
adventure, hardship and joy.
Meet Dr. Phineus P. Quimby, medical wizard. Marvel at his Medicine Show
as he demonstrates his prestidigitation to awe and inspire. Sample his
potent elixir - sweet enough to cure all ills or to pour over your
"Dr. Phineus Parkhurst Quimby, your most humble and obedient
servant, is pleased to inform all and sundry who are attentive to this
missive that his practice of "Miraculum Medicosity" with its
attendant display of prestidigitation to inspire awe and wonder will be
presented for two days only on the Village Green at the Faire at the
Forks. Phrenological readings and circumlocutory dispensations are a
Your Obedient Servant,
- Don't miss this tongue twister of a performance, and perhaps purchase
a particularly poignant product presented to preclude precarious living.
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If you have concerns about our health care system today, you will appreciate it a lot more after a demonstration of 19th century medical
care services. Witness and listen well as the surgeon explains and demonstrates the crude ways of dealing with amputations, infections
and other ailments of the time. New patients are always welcomed!!
Native Drumming & Singing The On-gwe-ho-way
Native re-enactment includes some amazing singers and sensational
storytellers who know a variety of songs that are (and were) sung by a
variety of the nations, and several of the legends that have been an
important part of the culture for centuries, and hopefully will be for
Cyrus and the Snake Oil Show
Sutler Cyrus brings you a dazzling selection of finest
quality, well-researched historic games and toys, jewellery, and
non-functioning reproduction arms. Our world-famous Cartridge Candy can't
be beat! The Monkey
Minstrel Show featuring Monkey See and Monkey Do as well as feats of magic and healing potions is pure
entertainment for all ages.
the Story Teller - Doug Robinson
Shaymus the storyteller know by some as Shaymus Gunn is an
amateur historian and life-long entertainer from Chatham, Ontario.
Doug draws on the age-old minstrel/jester traditions by sharing hi love of
history through entertainment. Well versed in medieval tales and
pioneer lore. For the past several years, Doug has been focusing on
Canadian pioneer history, specifically the War of 1812 and United Empire