2019 is the 25th anniversary of the tragic Rwandan genocide. As a young army captain in the summer of 1994, Tim Isberg was deployed for a one year mission to Rwanda as an unarmed UN Military Observer. It was his first of many tours of duty, but one that would change his life forever.
Combining a cascade of photographs, genuine stories and live music, Tim will share a very personal account of his experiences in Rwanda and songs it inspired.
ACMA Male Artist of the Year Nominee, Tim is an accomplished singer-songwriter originally from Alberta, Canada, who is emerging in the performance scene after a lengthy hiatus from music to serve in the Canadian Army. From Rwanda to Afghanistan, Tim experienced the challenges of living and working in different cultures and conflicts, and amid the best and worst humanity has to offer. As a performer, he has entertained audiences in many corners of Europe, east Africa, Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East and Levant. Many of his storyteller songs stem from these life adventures.
Tim brings well crafted contemporary Americana songs to the stage along with an appealing vocal timbre in styles similar to Lennie Gallant, Ryan Adams, Rodney Crowell, and JJ Cale. More than that, Tim brings a special and endearing array of life experiences and shares them in a way that makes each listener feel connected. With a genuineness, sincerity and a natural sense of humour carefully woven through a fabric of stories and songs, it is Tim’s live show – whether solo or up to his full band – where he shines most. His shows are not to be missed!
Headlining folk circuits around the globe, Emmy award nominee Ruthie Foster has shared the stage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi. Her soulful voice combines a taste of blues with the gospel of the American South in an intimate night with this talented songstress.
Inspired by the desire of youth to break away and be free. To seek freedom from imposed rules and becoming something that you do not want to become and finally finding some sort of redemption and peace from those wild and reckless years.
Two Little Birds by Diyet and the Love Soldiers
Conceived by Alistair Maitland
Video by Alistair Maitland and Brendan Preston
Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton; this multi-instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.
This charismatic, globetrotting trio are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland. They sing songs they love, and they most certainly don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s all about the music, the harmonies and the fun.
This charismatic globetrotting trio are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland, singing songs they love and not taking themselves too seriously. For The Celtic Tenors, it’s all about the music, the harmonies and the fun. The Celtic Tenors will perform songs such as Danny Boy, You Raise Me Up, Nessum Dorma and other favourites. With a renowned international reputation and over a million CDs sold worldwide, The Celtic Tenors offer a truly unique performance.
Multi Award-Winning husband and wife duo Twin Flames combines Jaaji an Inuk/Mohawk from Nunavik and Chelsey a Métis from Ottawa. Together they take the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic. Two time Winners of the Canadian Folk music Award for Aboriginal Songwriters of the year 2016 and 2017 they push the boundaries of “Contemporary Folk” and incorporate both Western and traditional instruments. Feature songs by Twin Flames are written in Inuttitut, English and French. Their goal is to further introduce people from around the world to their beautiful cultures, harmonies and powerful songwriting.
There’s something compelling and immediately likeable about Trevor Panczak and his music. The Alberta-based and award winning country music entertainer writes, interprets and records songs that speak to one’s heart in a way that is simple and soulful with an appeal to a broad array of music fans. In simple terms, Panczak is as real and honest as you can get. His new album, Where I Go to Come Back, is a collection of 13 songs that are a perfectly balanced blend of old-school country storytelling with the feel and textures of modern recording.