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PERFORMING ARTISTS - 2004
54-40

54•40 (Saturday, July 24, 2004) - With any great rock group it always comes down to the sum of parts. While it's easy to say 54 40 defines this statement - it's the relentless power and rhythm of drummer Matt Johnson and bassist Brad Merritt, the crafty edge of Phil Comparelli's guitar work and the signature phrasing, timbre and lyrical muse of lead singer Neil Osborne that drives the point home.

After more than 20 years of consistently creating some of Canada's most recognizable and memorable classic alternative rock, the latest chapter in the history of this prolific band is the release of their tenth studio recording Goodbye Flatland. It's a sonic reminder of why 54•40 is so deeply rooted in the fabric of our music scene and what makes the band so damn good.

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Sue Medley

SUE MEDLEY (Saturday, July 24, 2004)   In Canada Sue Medley's first single, "Dangerous Times", not only pushed her debut album to gold status within a few weeks of release, but was #1 on MuchMusic for two weeks, #1 on the Pop Adult charts for a whopping 12 weeks, in the Top 3 of the National album Rock chart for six weeks, and earned Sue a SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award for most airplay.

     On the heels of the singles "Dangerous Times" and "Love Thing", she toured North America the rest of the year including dates with Bob Dylan in Toronto and other major markets. In October, 1991 she was invited by John Mellencamp to participate in the Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens in New York.

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Aaron Pritchett

Aaron Pritchett (Friday, July 23, 2004) - Every now and then someone emerges from the pack and defies the cliché descriptions commonly applied to today’s country music. Aaron Pritchett is literally such an artist.

In the spring of 2003, Aaron returned to the studio with producer, Tom McKillip, to record his sophomore release. The album, aptly titled “Something Going On Here” was released on Royalty Records in October 2003.

The first single from the new album, "New Frontier", was an instant hit at radio and by the end of 2003 had reached the top ten in Canada at the #8 position. The video for "New Frontier" debuted simultaneously on CMT in Canada, and had the honor of being the first #1 Video of 2004. This also marked the initial #1 of Aaron’s promising career.

To quote John P. McLaughlin, of The Vancouver Province, "He has the talent, the voice, the stage moves and, yes, the tenacity. With these undeniable attributes, Aaron is the complete entertainment package – some might say in the simplest of terms – a star."

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Pied Pumkin

PIED PUMKIN (Friday, July 23, 2004) - Absolutely original, slightly organic and eternally orange, Vancouver's legendary folk trio Pied Pumkin String Ensemble have been creating original, infectious music for over 25 years.

In the mid 70's Pied Pumkin's mixture of timeless music, fearless arrangements and irreverent humour defied categorization and made the group a West Coast favourite. Their combination of dulcimer, violin, guitar and flawless harmonies created a sound completely original and enduring. They self-produced two albums which sold over 30,000 copies for their own Squash Records--one of Canada's first independent labels.

After Shari's departure to The Hometown Band in 1976, Rick and Joe continued performing and recording for eight more years as Pied Pear, then each Pumkin went on to their own successful solo career.

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Bobbi Smith

BOBBI SMITH (Friday, July 23, 2004) - Bobbi Smith is coming off back-to-back years as the Female Vocalist of the Year as voted by the British Columbia Country Music Association. Bobbi’s last single release on Roxie Records, "READY TO FLY", was her 6th consecutive single to make the Canadian National BDS Country Music Charts. The success of those single releases has resulted in Bobbi being twice nominated by the CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION for the "Independent Female Artist of the Year".

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UHF

UHF (Sunday, July 25, 2004) - Shari Ulrich, Bill Henderson, and Roy Forbes first got together in February 1989 for a one time only appearance at the Vancouver Winter Roots Festival. The artistic and musical success of that first concert lead to more shows and finally the recording of their first self titled CD, released in 1990.

Since that time, UHF has become a fixture on the Canadian music scene, leaving audiences calling for more of the powerful acoustic energy of this unique talent pool. Shari, Bill and Roy continue to find the collaboration a refreshing break from their busy solo careers. So much so that during the winter of 1994 they found time to complete a second CD of UHF material, a recording that continued the UHF tradition of solid playing and that unimitable blend of three distinct solo voices.

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The Cruzeros

The CRUZEROS (Sunday, July 25, 2004)   The Cruzeros self-titled debut album released in 1996 resulted in 5 charting singles, 4 videos on CMT, 2 Top Ten CanCountry hits and dozens of award citations including a JUNO nomination for Country Group Of The Year.

     Their second album, 'El Niño', has won the Canadian Independent Music Award for Best Country Album for 2002. It was listed by Country Music News as one of the Top 12 albums produced in the year 2000.

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ALSO PLAYING ...

Terry Jacks
Terry Jacks
(Sunday, July 25th)
Closing - "Seasons"


Dr. Fun & The Nightcrawlers
Dr. Fun & the Nightcrawlers
(Saturday, July 24th)

Ellen McIlwaine
Ellen McIlwaine
(Saturday, July 24th)

Ron Irving
Ron Irving
(Friday, July 23rd)

Slava Bogu Band
Slava Bogu Band
(Saturday, July 24th)

Billy Chernoff
Billy Chernoff
(Friday, July 23rd)
(Sunday, July 25th)


Brisas del Palmar
Brisas del Palmar
(Saturday, July 24th)

Jana Keeley
Jana Keeley
(Sunday, July 25th)

Dave Soroka
Dave Soroka
(Friday, July 23rd)

Evans Sisters
Evans Sisters
(Sunday, July 25th)

Trillium
Trillium
(Sunday, July 25th)

... and more!




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