Rock’N Country Jamboree
Friday, August 5th
The equally fresh and nostalgic sound of Antonio Larosa’s music has been described as a hybrid of roots rock, country and blues. With vocal styles comparative to Elvis Presley and electric blues guitar inspired by Eric Clapton, Larosa writes music from the heart to the heart of his listeners.
Antonio was born and raised in Burnaby British Columbia. Having a deep interest and passion for music Antonio attended Douglas College’s music program as well as Capilano University’s Jazz program. His original music deeply channels his love of music from the past. Drawing from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Sturgill Simpson, and The Eagles.
Antonio’s achievements include sharing the stage with noteworthy artists such as Allen Stone and Nick Waterhouse at the 2018 Red Truck Concert Festival in Vancouver. This past summer Antonio joined the stage with Famous country acts from the USA Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne at the Rockin River Music fest in Merrit BC. His latest single “Hard Days” has reached over 120,000 spins on Spotify.
Chris Andres is a Vancouver Island Outlaw country/southern rock singersongwriter.
Chris has recorded six albums including his latest “Scars” which has already won album of the year by The International Singer/Songwriter Association.
His music has been featured on radio stations around the world including True North Country, Galaxy 107FM in New Zealand where he held the number one position for several weeks. Chris Andres has opened for such acts as The Washboard Union, Megan Patrick and Rod Black just to name a few. Chris was also nominated in 2019 for the best traditional country album at the BCCMA awards, where he was asked to perform in the songwriter’s circle for industry professionals. Chris recently won an International Singer Songwriter Award for male vocalist of the year 2020 and is currently nominated for two 2020 BCCMA awards. Chris’ current line-up is Louie Anyos/guitar, Darryl Milne/bass, Robert Kopiyka/drums, Daniel Conarroe/keyboards.
The Porter Brother’s
Winner of the 2022 Zattzoo Project Youth Battle of the Bands. 3 brothers from the Cowichan Valley. This Rock/Country group creates a rock and roll sound that is sure to entertain and leave you wanting more. Also Featured at: Laketown Shakedown, 39 Days of July, Cobblestone Canada Day Party, and the Duncan Showroom
Hip Hop Fusion
Saturday, August 6th
XL The Band
The Band is a Western Canadian Music Award nominated hip hop/ jazz/ alternative fusion project featuring 2/3rds of 4x JUNO Award winning Vancouver group Swollen Members. The members of XL have decades of live experience rocking audiences of tens of thousands on festival main stages, playing in orchestras, and winding up jazz clubs.
XL have had their songs and music videos streamed over 3,000,000 times, have been selected to perform at multiple prominent festivals, and have European and North American touring lined up in support of their debut album release Opus No. 1.
Caleb Hart & Co.
Growing up in the the beautiful twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, gave Caleb Hart the unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures. As he learned, he fell deeper and deeper in love with a wide variety of music: Gospel, Soul, Pop, Rock, Calypso, Soca and more than anything Reggae.??
After trouble at home required a change of pace, Hart moved to Canada to step out of the ruts of gang culture and violence he had fallen into. Mere days after landing, Hart had a divine encounter that changed his outlook on everything. Suddenly, his life and music had purpose and he dedicated to growing in his craft, quickly hitting the road as a hip-hop artist under the pseudonym “BraveHart” and touring through schools, reserves and small towns on anti-bullying and suicide awareness campaigns.
Soon, Hart settled in Grande Prairie Alberta and formed a reggae band “Tasman Jude”. Within their first 3 years Tasman Jude’s popularity grew both at home and around the world racking up hundreds of shows in Canada, Australia and the Caribbean, as well as radio airplay, and awards. Throughout all of this Hart continued to grow as a performer, songwriter, and in his desire to reach as many people as possible with a message of hope, unity, and love. These days you will continue to find him out on the road or in the studio, connecting people, and working to spread joy wherever he goes.
Sirreal & Blue Satellite
Matt Dunae, aka Sirreal, has defied all odds and made it through his difficult childhood and experiences to become the man he is today. He is a father, certified performing artist, community ambassador and former crisis worker turned community support worker. He has spoken to over 10,000 youth at conferences, workshops and schools throughout Vancouver Island as part of his campaign to give back to the community which gave him so much when he needed it the most.
Devastated by the suicide deaths of both his father and brother, Sirreal learned to conquer his own addiction issues and reform his life with the help of some strong will, determination and strong connections along the way. Having had a son after his brother’s untimely death, Sirreal changed his trajectory and rewrote his story. He is now a dedicated father and does all that he can to support those around him by way of connection, open vulnerability, and musical messages.
Sirreal owns a presentation company called Lit Evolution Presentations that has developed and facilitates 8 different workshops for schools and first nations communities and conferences. His topics of discussion include suicide prevention, bullying, breaking cycles, and anxiety. He has released 7 albums independently and has 2 new albums ready for release this year. He stays busy with his community work, his son Ben aka Lower Case g, and his Bulldog/Pittbull rescue Stella.
Sirreal also has a 5 piece band called Blue Satellite that he plays live shows with and has created an entire live album with them as well. Sirreal hopes to help reconnect the world and help people feel less alone one word at a time.