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Thursday, July 19th

6:00pm The Autumn Roots - Indie/Folk Pop

Singer/song-writer Jeremy Hannah creates catchy music, with lyrical hooks for days. A unique sound deriving from a wide range of genres, you’ll hear all original work written in an indie/folk-pop/art rock/jazz-infused style.


7:00pm Shae Tull – Folk Pop/Anti-Folk

Shae Tull delivers a folk pop sound which is both melodic and dissonant, direct and vague all the same, presented with a definite unpolished yet focused honesty. She recently self-produced and released a cassette recorded album called "Music For Maladjusted Manchildren".


7:30pm Hannah Lindsay – Folk/Pop

Growing up in the Sault with Alberta roots, Hannah Linsday takes inspiration from her surroundings and experiences to deliver original Pop/Folk works. A student of Algoma University’s Music program, she released her first single, "Speak Your Mind", last year.


8:00pm Jackson Reed – Folk/Singer-Songwriter

Jackson Reed’s songs are nostalgia, and when you hear them you’re struck by reminders of elsewheres and befores, of summers past, and of loves come and gone the same way. His EP, “The November Gales” won Best Album at the 2017 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. His latest album, “Dark Areas of Description” was released May 11, 2018 on So Sorry Records.


9:00pm MD Dunn & The Innocent Weapon Ensemble – Contemporary Rock Folk

Songwriter and poet M.D. Dunn has been performing for nearly thirty years in venues across the country. With the release of his ninth album, “The River Lately”, he has brought together an eclectic band of musical veterans. The album is a reflection of life in challenging times.



Friday, July 20th

5:30pm Bold Noize – Hip-Hop/Rap

A young hip-hop artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Bold Noize brings high energy and a positive message for all ages. Be prepared to jump around and have a great time!


6:30pm A Dire Setback – Alt Rock

This high-energy, alternative rock trio bases their all-original songs on their shared life experiences here in the North. Singer-Songwriter Chris Nielsen has been pouring his soul into his music over the past decade with one goal in mind: to play. We want you to remember how to rock, let us jog your memory.


7:30pm id iota - Indie/Alternative Rock

Genres collide like a wreck at sea with id iota’s octopus-like rhythms. Boldly unique yet danceable and fun, this is a band that lives on the fringes of creative potential. They have been recording their debut full-length album since 2016; maybe this year they’ll finish it.


8:30pm Parallels – Synth-Pop

Playing smoky, synth-y, electro-pop, Toronto’s PARALLELS conjures classic pop sentiments of neon nights. With vocals described as “a young Madonna meets modern electro,” front-woman Holly Dodson is joined by her brother, Nick Dodson and keyboardist Oliver Blair. They released their third album “Metropolis” in 2018, debuting the title track on CBC’s “Here and Now”.



Saturday, July 21st

1:30pm The Elements

Get ready to bounce and head bang along with The Elements. Join the party, and start your afternoon with a high intensity, high energy stage show. 


2:30pm The Barn Board Trio – Blues/Rock/Country

A three-piece Blues, Rock and Country influenced band – The Barn Board Trio draws from personal experience to share their stories of love, loss and adventure through their original music.


3:30pm Great Chamberlain – Rock

With rock and roll guitars, avant-garde rhythm, over-powering piano and screaming synthesizers, Great Chamberlain can only be described as “Unorthodox Stadium Rock.” Having shared stages with the likes of Craig Cardiff, Kale Mattson, and Trails, the band is thrilled to be back in Sault Ste. Marie for a few shows this summer.


4:30pm Machines Dream – Progressive Rock

Defined by their accessible progressive rock sound, Machines Dream is a local band that has received international recognition through the Internet. In 2016, the group signed with Progressive Gears Records – a subsidiary of Progressive Gears Management – in Northern Ireland.


5:30pm Pointless - Indie/Noise Rock

Pointless is a new indie noise heartbreak band from Sault Ste. Marie lead by Bill Priddle of Treble Charger. They are working on a debut recording. Watch for an upcoming live video of their song "If It's All the Same".


6:30pm The Wild Iris – Soft Progressive Rock

Atmospheric and mercurial, The Wild Iris combine elements of progressive rock, blues, and classical music to create a unique blend of sound.  From influences like Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, and the Beatles, The Wild Iris have incorporated their individual, eclectic tastes to create a moody and picturesque landscape.


7:30pm Jesse Merineau – Indie/Alt Pop Rock

A highlight of last year’s lineup, Jesse Merineau is back and ready rock Rotaryfest. With a unique sound and energetic stage presence, you won’t want to miss this show. Come catch a sneak peek of this quickly up and coming band ahead of their official EP release, scheduled for July 26th.