150th Birthday for Orangeville – Entertainment Line up

Entertainment line-up announced for Orangeville’s 150th Birthday
With a star-studded local entertainment line-up, Orangeville’s 150th Birthday Bash is sure to offer something for everyone on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The main stage, on Second Street, will feature acts from mid-morning until 11 p.m., ranging from reggae to pop with everything in between. A second performance area at Mill Street and Broadway will also keep the crowds entertained with martial arts, zumba, juggling, belly dancers, a magic show and a fire show.

On the main stage, Riddim Forward, hailing from Orangeville, will get everyone moving to the beat at 11:45 a.m., leading into the official opening of the Birthday Bash at 1 p.m. Playing a mix of their own music, classic reggae hits, and unexpected remixes, Riddim Forward is sure to have the crowd dancing and singing along. Led by Perry Joseph, a veteran of the Canadian reggae scene, these six guys from Orangeville leave all stereotypes behind and move the beat their own way. It’s a show not to be missed.

The Houseplants, on stage at 1:30 p.m., are singer/songwriters Gordon Shawcross & Perry Joseph. They are joined on stage and in the studio by some of their favorite musicians including Scott Bruyea, Wally Jericho, Michael Herring, Nichol Robertson, Mark Mariash, Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck and many more. Influenced by jazz, folk and country music, their original songs are catchy and thought-provoking.

It’s time for some blues at 2:30 p.m. Trouble & Strife will take to the stage with a five-piece band. Bruce Ley and Larry Kurtz have been playing their own brand of soulful low down music for almost 10 years. With a hot rhythm section, explosive dueling guitars, and sweet harmonica, you have a boiling blues stew! Both Orangeville area residents, Larry and Bruce both have had the privilege of sharing the stage performing with or opening for James Cotton, Lucky Peterson, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger, Downchild Blues Band, Jack DeKeyzer, Fathead, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Mel Brown, Michael Pickett, Tony D, and many more.

Next up is local resident and world renowned lyric tenor Mark DuBois at 3:15 p.m. Mark DuBois is universally acclaimed for his outstanding lyric-tenor voice, its exceptional clarity and tonal purity, and his artistry and musicianship in performance. His extraordinary versatility garners plaudits from audience and critic alike in all genres of music, whether opera, operetta, oratorio, lieder, baroque or the classics of Broadway and modern musical theatre.

He has performed with every major orchestra in Canada and with numerous orchestras in the U.S. Mark’s busy career on concert and opera stages has taken him across Canada, the U.S., Italy, France, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Bermuda, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Mark DuBois is featured on 14 commercial recordings, the most recent of which include solo recording “Chanson D’Amore”(nominated for a Juno) with pianist Gloria Saarinen, as guest soloist with the Vienna Boy Choir “500th Anniversary – Vienna Choir Boys” and his newest solo compilation CD “The Music Within” a compilation of favourites from operetta, Broadway and song.

In 2008, Mark was awarded the distinguished “Pauline McGibbon Award for Lifetime Achievement In The Arts” at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. In 2011, Mark was awarded the “Established Artist of the Year” by the Town of Orangeville. Mark continues teaching exceptional young talent. Joining him on stage for the Birthday Bash performance will be Julia Obermeyer.

Old School performs at 3:45 p.m. This acoustic trio from Orangeville will consist of Orangeville District Secondary School teachers Gerry Holden, Allain Brisson, and Scott Jordan, playing hits from the 1960s to present day.

The late afternoon and evening performances will kick off with the funky blues style music performed by local legend Heather Katz. Heather started her career playing in the famous Canadian coffee houses of the late 1970s. She has performed with world-class artists such as B.B. King, James Brown, Blind John Davis, Long John Baldry, Otis Clay, Solomon Burke, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy. She was one of the first in the Toronto Blues Society “Women in Blues” series at Toronto’s Albert’s Hall.

Heather toured across Canada for five years with cover bands performing everything from top 40 to disco, R & B, reggae/ska, rock and blues. Residing in Orangeville, she took the years 1987-2003 to have a family, but remained popular on the benefit concert circuit helping to raise funds for children’s organizations and women’s shelters across Ontario and into Michigan. In 1998 she recorded “The Wish” for the “Search for a Cure” Cancer Campaign with an all-star cast of singers. Heather released her long overdue debut CD “Tell Mama” in 2005, with long-time friends Virgil Scott and Michael Fonfara at the helm. She is currently working with an amazing group of women honouring the musical contributions of Etta James.

Next up will be the young up and coming songstress Hannah Chapplain of Alton. Hannah is only 20 years old but has blasted on to the music scene with two full-length albums as well as four EPs. Hannah has produced two professional HD music videos and over 15 unplugged videos of her most popular songs which are available on her YouTube channel. Hannah is coached by Canadian Opera superstars David and Sandie Pomeroy who have helped her develop a powerful vocal quality. Hannah’s bohemian country-rock voice is reflected in her attitude and gritty style. Hannah has opened for a number of well-known artists such as Blue Rodeo, Kim Mitchell, the Jim Cuddy Band, Paul Brandt, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, April Wine, Lighthouse and Carrie Underwood. Her country and pop vibes are sure to get the crowd moving.

Caledon native Skye Sweetnam, 25, will be hitting the stage with her edgy pop vibes. Skye is an international artist with Capitol/EMI Records. She has had six major singles and has toured with well-known artists such as Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, and Simple Plan. Skye’s hit song that shot her to success was the infamous “Billy S” in 2003 and she has been going strong ever since. With her fun party pop-punk sound, she has released two full-length studio albums and was nominated for a Juno Award in 2006 for New Artist of the Year. Skye describes her music in her official biography as, “one part punk funk, one part little girl want to-be…like the sour centre in a lollipop, too-sugary to handle on the outside and then it bites back when you least expect it.”

The Campfire Poets are on stage next. Hailing from Dufferin County, the Campfire Poets deliver music from almost every genre, all cooked up by a dynamic, high-energy band. The Campfire Poets have become quite successful with more than 100 performances a year and they are a favourite of several Ontario festivals and events. This band started in Orangeville and is very excited to be playing for Orangeville’s 150th Birthday. You can also catch them headlining this year’s Orangeville Ribfest, as well as all over town during the summer! Don’t forget your dancing shoes as the Campfire Poets will keep you rocking during their performance.

The headliner for the Birthday Bash will be none other than the Los Angeles-based and Orangeville-grown guys known as DVBBS (pronounced DUH-BS). Alex and Chris Andre grew up in Orangeville before making it big on the dub-step/electronic scene. These brothers are a dance-duo who combine the genres of electro, house, reggae, rap, and pop in an all-encompassing hybrid that is not only perfect for clubs but also reaches the top of the charts. Uniquely, DVBBS’ musical efforts are performed live as Alex sings and Chris drums, however they also perform in an engaging and energetic DJ set.

Former Orangeville District Secondary School students, the multi-instrumentalists have an insatiable appetite for the DJ culture. Their first release in March 2012, Initio, is roughly translated to mean “in the beginning” which has truly developed into their mantra. “For DVBBS this is just the beginning. DVBBS’ inspired debut single, “DRVGS,” made waves and raves from the moment the single dropped. Since then DVBBS has had a momentous year packed with an explosion of live dates and North American festival performances supporting top artists and DJ’s such as Deadmau5, LMFAO, Calvin Harris, Rusko, Eric Prydz, Dada Life, Borgore, Adventure Club, Dragonette, Steve Aoki, Far East Movement, and Carnage.

DVBBS’ newest release, “We Know,” is a collaborative effort with Swanky Tunes and Eitro packed with powerful vocals and an escalating build-up followed by a much-anticipated beat drop that makes crowds wild.

The full day entertainment line-up which includes Chanda’s School of Dance, BEEBO Music for Children, belly dancers, jugglers, magic shows, Elias Repka’s fire show and more is available online at http://www.orangeville150.ca/.

On July 6, come out and show your Orangeville spirit and wish the Town a happy sesquicentennial.

For more information please visit http://www.orangeville150.ca/, email orangeville150@orangeville.ca or call 519-941-0440 Ext. 2252 or 2253.

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