Tickets (cash only) also available at Holton Flowers in downtown Port Hope.
Afternoon Workshop Schedule
12:30 Doors Open 1:00 Cash for Kids: Andrew Queen & the Campfire Crew 1:45 Break 1:55 Music, Creativity and Community Speaker: Hilda Van Netten 2:00 Under the influence: David Wilton & Ariana Gillis 2:45 Break 2:55 Getting it Right When You’re Getting it Wrong Speaker: Rick Webster 3:00 Angels & Demons: Julian Taylor, Christa Couture 3:45 Break 3:55 Making a Stand Speaker: Carol Anne Bell-Smith 4:00 Country, Folk & Roots: John Showman, Kristine Schmitt 4:45 Community 101 Speaker: David Sheffield
With a new name, expanded programming, and a broader creative focus, the popular annual Johnny Cash tribute show at Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre seeks to break new ground in its fifth year—as community festival, dedicated to the spirit of Johnny Cash.
New Country Rehab The name only hints at what this high-powered alt-country unit brings to the stage. NCR combines the driving rhythm of rockabilly with the attitude of outlaw country. Known for his deep approach to stagecraft and songwriting, frontman/fiddler John Showman conceived NCR’s latest album on a trip to the deep south, where Johnny Cash’s sound emerged. Passionately committed to the spirit of classic country roots music, New Country Rehab were nominated for a Canadian Folk Music award for ‘pushing the boundaries.’ A contradiction? Let’s just say they Walk The Line!
Christa Couture A 2012 “best pick” by CBC Music, Christa Couture sings extraordinary songs—but it’s impossible to write about this Cree roots singer-songwriter without touching on the rest of her life. A survivor of heartbreak (she has lost two children) and cancer (she crowd-funded her prosthetic leg), Couture rises above pain with an unmistakeable voice and unstoppable spirit. Couture left audiences asking for more in 2014 and returns to Walk the Line with songs of her own as well as covers of Cash classics.
Julian Taylor A soulful singer with deep appreciation of folk, roots, and country, Julian Taylor “revels in versatility,” as the Toronto Star put it. A nominee for Best Soul/Jazz act at the Black Canadian Awards, Taylor is equally at home singing Gordon Lightfoot. His songs have been featured on TV shows including Degrassi: The Next Generation, and “Be Good To Your Woman” from his recent record Tech Noir, grew into a campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. Taylor embodies the kind of genre-bending approach that made Johnny Cash an icon.
David Wilton “Discovered” by audience favourite Ariana Gillis, David Wilton wowed the audience at last year’s show with a classic country voice and style that belie his 17 years. From his cowboy hat right down to his boots, this young crooner puts his heart and soul into the material, and returns by popular request.
Andrew Queen A founding member of the folk-rock ensemble Jughead, Andrew Queen has become a favourite as a solo kids’ performer on the festival circuit including Shelter Valley Folk Festival. Andrew is a former Children’s Artist of the Year, a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee for Children’s Album of the year, and the winner of two Parents’ Choice Recommended Awards. He’s back this year to start Walk the Line off with Cash For Kids.
Kristine Schmitt Kristine has the chops, and the charm of a true chanteuse. With an eerily authentic voice and a toe-tapping style, Kristine cheerfully channels the country spirit in originals and covers, both as a solo act and as the leader of one of her many side projects. Kristine returns this year both to our workshop stage, and as a special guest of New Country Rehab on the main stage.
Ariana Gillis A sensationally talented vocalist, performer and guitarist, Ariana can rock the house, or deliver a haunting ballad, with equal ease. Ariana is also a gifted and insightful songwriter, mixing elements of folk, pop, and roots-rock to compose eclectic anthems that are uniquely hers, Ariana returns to team up with David Wilton, whom she introduced to our audience in 2014.
Candace Shaw Feminist, bon vivant, actor, and cultural producer, Candace has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for twenty years. She was the long-time AD of Peterborough Folk Festival and is the current Chair of Shelter Valley Folk Festival. Candace is the founder of Canadian Women Working in Music and Secret Frequency.
David Newland Host of the annual Johnny Cash revue show since Year One, David also helps out behind the scenes with artistic direction. A Cobourg resident, David divides his time between writing, performing, hosting and travelling to faraway places with Adventure Canada.