9:30 PM — Main Stage
Pronunciation: neh-Hee-o-wuk (emphasis on 2nd syllable)
Meanings: Cree people, People of the Plains, Plains People, Exact People
nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Comprised of Kris Harper, Matthew Cardinal, and Marek Tyler - three Indigenous musicians coalescing at the intersection between traditional and contemporary music. Their sound at times loud and sweeping, and in moments - reticent and careful. Recording their first EP in November 2016 with Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), the music balances the band’s heritage with the present. Indie-rock guitar and dance floor synths blend and walk alongside the steady beats of carved cedar log and hand drums. nêhiyawak tells stories - their story - capturing time through honeyed and haunting vocals, swaying in and out of the cacophony of electronic and analog sounds. Within the framework of the conventional song, the band creates and adds their own history and stage. Collecting and piecing together their experiences - existing simultaneously between diverse and disparate cultures - nêhiyawak shares with its audience their unique expression of Indigeneity in Canada today.
8:35 PM — Main Stage
Asad Khan, professionally known as Khanvict, is a Pakistani-Canadian DJ and producer based in Surrey, BC. Having arrived as an immigrant in 2001, Khanvict explores his roots through his music. His style blends elements of classic Bollywood, Sufi and Panjabi music with Bass, Moombahton and Trap.
7:40 PM — Main Stage
Diamond Cafe is the solo project of Canadian artist Tristan Thompson. Out of his bedroom he blends the sounds of synth pop and R&B with a beautiful touch on sex and love. "The Way You Used To Love Me” is the latest and most recognized Diamond Cafe song being featured on HBOs Ballers and countless playlists.
6:55 PM — Main Stage
Growing up in 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.
6:10 PM — Main Stage
Victoria, BC based alt-pop/rock outfit Fortune Killers (formerly Isobel Trigger) strikes you with their dynamic synth-scapes and high-voltage performances. Withalluring vocals, soaring lead lines, and heart-thumping grooves, the band weaves a musical web that pulls your hips into a sultry sway. The lovechild of Lana Del Ray and Metric, Fortune Killers make glitter and grit collide. Having just released their debut album Temper Temper, Rolling Stone calls them “one of Victoria’s best up-and-coming acts.”
Described by Victoria Music Scene as “one of the most entertaining local bands to watch,” Fortune Killers is widely recognized as a band that “has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated” (Ride The Tempo). Since the release of their 2014 EP Nocturnal, the band has toured nationally with performances at Indie Week, Canadian Music Week, BreakOut West, and Rifflandia Music Festival, and many more.
Fortune Killers' debut album Temper Temper features production work from Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Dear Rouge), Tom Dobzranski (The Zolas, Said The Whale), and Adam Sutherland (Vince Vaccaro). The album showcases the band's love for developing their own tones and samples, modifying and sometimes creating their own instruments. The 10 tracks of Temper Temper are laced together with themes of illusions, desires, and the monsters within.
Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow
5:55 PM — Main Stage
Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow is a slam and spoken word poet, and an honours graduate from Reynolds Secondary School. She was formally appointed to her one-year term as Youth Poet Laureate on January 10, 2019 by Council. Aziza is Victoria's seventh Youth Poet Laureate.
5:15 PM — Main Stage
At the early age of 16, Johnny Gr4ves started his career strong collaborating with Electronic powerhouse duo Pegboard Nerdson "Just Like That" which topped Billboard and iTunesElectronic charts. More opportunities came rushing in with the success of the song which put Johnny onto songwriting credits for ARMNHMR and the Polish Pop star Dawid Kwiatkowski. Collaborating on the album COUNTDOWN with Dawid and Konrad OldMoney won them a #1 album as well as "Album of the Year". Johnny Gr4ves' successful start only makes the next few steps of his career more promising.
Dominic Pelletier of Caravane
4:20 PM — Main Stage
Francophone rock band Caravane have forged a scintillating start to their young career. Led by their heavy, yet sexy sound and their undeniable talent for hooks, their first two albums Chien Noir (2014) and Fuego (2016) garnered them numerous accolades and nominations in their native Quebec. On the heels of two impressive tours of over three hundred shows that saw them travel numerous countries, perform in major festivals and open for international acts (Milky Chance, Our Lady Peace, Deep Purple), the band recently released an exciting and very different third record, which raises the bar both lyrically and musically. In the recent years, Pelletier has focused on pushing their explosive and dynamic live show even further making sure to captivate the audience everywhere he goes.
3:45 PM — Main Stage
Fintan is a singer/songwriter with an ear for infectious, heart-breaking melodies and an open and honest songwriting style. Having moved from England to Canada at an early age, he busked his way from the streets of Victoria, B.C., to various songwriting competition victories and residencies in Dublin, Ireland, and Toronto. His first EP, "Then We Fall," was released on March 22.
Victoria Children’s Choir
3:30 PM — Main Stage
The Victoria Children’s Choir is considered to be one of the top choral and music organizations in the city, and is highly respected for its consistent professional level of performing music throughout the Concert Season.
Under the instruction of Founder and Artistic Director, Madeleine Humer, and an expert music team, the Victoria Children’s Choir offers outstanding music education to more that 115 youth throughout Greater Victoria. Great emphasis is given to delivering programs in a unique, supportive and happy social environment, enabling each young singer to develop their skills to the best of their ability. As a testament to its reputation and skill, the Choir is regularly invited to collaborate with renowned international and local musicians, including the Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Tenors, Fretwork and the Pacific Baroque Festival.
3:15 PM — Main Stage
The Lekwungen Dancers originally started over 40 years ago at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre under the guidance of their late uncle, Ray Peters from the Cowichan tribe. He taught their uncles and as well, their late father Jim Dick, who then started the dance group on the Songhees Reserve after the other group had stopped. Father Jim Dick, along with his wife Dell wanted to keep the dance going with the children from around their area. Now years later they are going even stronger with performance all over their traditional territory at schools, festivals, parades, for all levels of government, and have twice welcomed members of the Royal family on their tours to Victoria.
Being able to share a little bit of their culture while representing their Nation is something the Lekwungen Dancers love to do with pride and knowing that they are keeping the songs and dances alive.
Master of Ceremonies — Main Stage
The legendary Gouda Gabor has brought her brand of comedy, song and glamour to many of Vancouver’s top night clubs including the Commodore Ballroom, and to the stages of the Arts Club Revue and the Stanley Theatre. In Victoria she has graced the Capital Ballroom, performed at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the MacPherson, Belfry and the Metro theatres. Gouda now hangs her frocks in both Canada and Mexico, where home base is the beautiful Incanto Vallarta Show Lounge and Theatre on the banks of the Rio Cuale. She is known there as The Pearl of Puerto Vallarta; not because she’s precious, but because she’s old…round…and white! Times Colonist Theatre critic Adrian Chamberlin calls Gouda “a legendary West Coast drag performer, renowned for her razor-sharp wit, lightning fast comebacks and sexily outrageous persona. Everybody wants a slice of Gouda”. Ms. Gabor is delighted to have been asked to host Canada Day at the BC Legislature, and sends out special thanks to her beauty sponsors, the makers of Botox and Polyfilla.
Master of Ceremonies — Main Stage
Elli Hart is a Canadian born artist who blends gorgeous melodies over gritty guitar tones. Known for her soulful voice and ability to dig into her guitar, Hart’s unique sound has been described as ‘dark country blended with modern rock’.
Established in 2016, Hart released her first EP under the moniker Dirty Mountain and began performing throughout Western Canada. During that time she has played for audiences of 50,000+ people opening for Arkells, Eric Church, and Little Big Town, and has played some of British Columbia’s largest music festivals, including Sunfest Country Music Festival, and Rock the Shores.
In April of 2019, Hart decided to drop the moniker, Dirty Mountain and step out front as, Elli Hart & The Dirty Mountain. After spending three months songwriting in Nashville, TN, Hart will be heading into the studio to record her sophomore album with producer, Dave Genn (54-40, Marianas Trench, Matthew Good Band) in Vancouver, BC before embarking on a six-week tour throughout the USA in the fall of 2019.