A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll; VEGGFEST Music & Culture Festival brings the party back to the pysanka!
August 25 & 26, 2017 | Vegreville Agricultural Society Grounds
Few artists can claim to have made a bigger impact on popular music than Randy Bachman, widely regarded as the "architect of Canadian rock n' roll," His list of unforgettable anthems turned pop-culture touchstones includes such hits as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” "Taking Care of Business," "Looking Out for #1" and "Let It Ride" for Bachman-Turner Overdrive; and "American Woman," "No Sugar Tonight," “Undun” and "These Eyes" with The Guess Who.
Since his first hit in 1965 with "Shaking All Over," Bachman has sold over 40 million records and earned over 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing, and his songwriting has garnered him the coveted #1 spot on radio playlists in over 20 countries. He remains the only one of his countrymen to have been inducted twice into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Bachman's creative fire still burns brightly. During the summer of 2014, he rifled through his vast catalogue of unreleased songs and knocked out 12 electrifying new tracks of rough-and-tumble blues-rock for a new album, featuring solo contributions from guitar greats Peter Frampton, Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Scott Holiday, Luke Doucet and the late Jeff Healey, and a powerhouse rhythm section consisting of bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
It is readily apparent in love songs that have helped set the standard for a generation. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape--pop icon and country newcomer Jessica Simpson cited “I Love The Way You Love Me” as an influence in a recent interview. It is apparent in the 2004 hit “Letters From Home,” one of the most moving tributes to the connection between soldiers and their families ever recorded, and in “The Little Girl,” a tale of redemption that plumbs both the harrowing and the uplifting. It is apparent even in the pure fun that has always found its way into John Michael's repertoire--songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” where John Michael's vocal earnestness takes musical whimsy to another level.
Acclaimed for bringing “rock energy” to “country audiences”, Aaron Pritchett continues to hold the title of one of the most sought after artists in the business. His passion and intensity for his art overflows on stage and spills into his unwavering dedication to his fans.
Growing up in small-town BC, Aaron drew his earliest musical influences from 80’s Rock, but the transition to country music came naturally, “it was based on being able to relate to the stories that country songs told. Those stories were a lot like mine. I was going fishing, camping, and riding buses to hockey tournaments in even smaller towns than my own, life was a lot more country than rock and roll. That feeling resonated with me and I strive to convey that in my music today”
Still there is no doubt that his rock roots have had a major influence on his sound with hits such as the classic’s “Big Wheel”, “Hold My Beer”, “Let’s Get Rowdy”, “Boat on the Water”, “Hold You Like My Whiskey” and “Wake You With A Kiss”. Following on the heels of a cross Canada tour and release of his Greatest Hits package “Body Of Work” in 2015, 2016 saw the release of a much anticipated new original album entitled “The Score” from Aaron on June 24th! The album debuted #1 Canadian on the country charts. The first single “Dirt Road In ‘Em” went Top 10 at country radio, marking Aaron’s first return to the Top 10 in over 8 years, and held the #1 Canadian single spot. His single “Out Of The Blue” hit radio June 28th and scored a top 15 spot at radio in November!
January 2017 brings the release of Aaron’s third single from “The Score” entitled “When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl” – it’s now at country radio!
The Northern Pikes were formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in early 1984. Over the next two years the band recorded and released the independent EPs The Northern Pikes (1984) and Scene In North America (1985) with producer and pal Mitch Barnett. Both were recorded and mixed at Studio West located near Pike Lake, SK.
The original lineup was spawned from the ashes of three local groups, "The Idols", "Doris Daye" and "17 Envelope", and consisted of Jay Semko (Vocals, Guitar), Merl Bryck (Vocals, Guitar), Bryan Potvin (Guitars) and Glen Hollingshead (Bass), who left the band in 1985. At this point Jay moved back to playing bass & numerous drummers came and went until June of 1986, when Don Schmid (The Idols) joined to make it a permanent quartet. With the help of friend and local booking agent Robert Hodgins, the band cut its teeth on the prairie bar circuit. The combination of exciting live performances, well-received indie albums and the continuous stream of demos finally caught the ear of Doug Chappell, President of Virgin Records, Canada, and with the help of managers Fraser Hill and Ed Smeall, The Pikes signed to the label on December 18, 1986.
Trinity is from Prince Edward Island, but now calls Calgary, Alberta her home. Trinity has been featured as SOCAN’s Artist of the Month performing on the Billy Block Show at the MERCY Lounge in Nashville. She has also performed at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Musexpo in Los Angeles, the legendary Viper Room in Los Angeles, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Big Valley Jamboree, Calgary Stampede, showcased at the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Alberta Country Music Association Gala Awards, the Boots and Hearts Festival main stage, while opening for Country megastars Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood.
On August 30, 2014 Trinity opened for one of her biggest inspirations and country music legend Shania Twain. In January 2017, Trinity won the Female Artist of the Year at the Alberta Country Music Awards.
The Unlisted are a high energy rock and roll cover band with a female lead vocalist. Their repertoire include classic rock and roll, like Rolling Stones, Beatles, and Jet. They also have a good repertoire of modern rock songs by The Black Keys, Lit and Tragically Hip.
The unlisted have performed at Boonstock Music Festival, TailCreek Music Festival, and The RiverCree Casino, among other venues.
The Off Ramp Boys (ORB for short) began as three blokes (Randy Kereliuk, Rob Hughes, and Ralph Lange) from Vegreville, Alberta who tended to show up at the same musical events, like open mic nights at the Vegreville Train Station or at the many events put on by Perogies and Jam. None of us can really remember when or who first uttered the fateful words "Hey, let's form a band", but whenever that was, it was about the time that someone asked the name of that "guy who lives beside the off-ramp into Vegreville", meaning Randy. A short while later, we were casting about for a cooler handle than the über-geeky "The Three R's" (for Randy, Rob and Ralph), when someone remembered the question about the off-ramp, and the "Off Ramp Boys" were born. Shortly after that, Gordon Forbes followed us home and we decided to keep him. "Three R's and and a G" made no sense at all, "GRRR" sounds too aggressive, and "RRRG" sounds too much like "Urrrg"!