ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS

Read below to find out more about the amazing talent at the

2017 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary Ribfest!

 

Becca Mabbett

  

It was in the heart of the Okanagan that Becca Mabbett found opportunity to grow as an artist and musician, developing into the performer she is today. Starting her music career at an early age she released her first studio album at 15, “Worldly Daze”. With one of her songs from that album ranking in the top 10 of the International Songwriter Competition it was evident she had a gift. After pursuing further education and completing her music degree she returned to the studio to release a second album, “Just A Girl”. 

Over the last 5 years she has shared her music across Canada, including venues like the Calgary Stampede. Her music has an acoustic-pop feel with a touch of jazz and a little folk, but you can expect a little bit of everything when you see her live. Recently, she has been collaborating with local musician Aaron Gordon. With his rock background and her soaring vocals, they are a force to be reckoned with. Becca currently lives in Kelowna, BC and is the music pastor at Mission Creek Alliance Church.

 

Black Cat Soul

   

This quartet of seasoned musicians from Kelowna has paid its dues in numerous musical projects over the years, performing at festivals, wineries, halls, weddings and pubs throughout British Columbia and Canada.
 
Combining passionate three part vocal harmonies, articulate guitar passages, a strong back beat, and the vintage resonance of the stand-up bass, Black Cat Soul is ready to deliver their blend of smooth blues, roots, and soul to stages everywhere.

Band members include Betty Goodacre with vocals, James Hay on guitar and vocals, Brian Maguire on drums and vocals and Chris Stanford on stand-up bass.

 

Cover2Cover

   

Cover2Cover is a 4-piece and sometimes 5-piece classic rock dance band created by guitarist Jim Rhindress in 2010 who wanted to bring together the very best classic rock musicians in Kelowna who love to play dance music and who are at the top of their game musically and who are, well...just really great people!
 
Cover2Cover is composed of five of the best musicians in Kelowna, BC and has proven itself to be THE classic rock cover band of choice for events large and small ranging from private corporate parties to large fundraiser events like the last three Golden Plate Canadian Culinary Championships as well as the last three Earth, Wind & Fire events for Nature Trust of BC most recently held June 21, 2015. 

You might have also heard Cover2Cover playing for fundraisers at the Mission Hall, The WAM (Wine & Music) event at the Rotary Centre for the Arts or the yearly lobster dinner and dance fundraiser for Rotary.  This is the dance band of choice for discerning party planners and fundraising coordinators!
 
Composed of award winning guitarist Jim Rhindress, versatile guitarist Mike Mueller, veteran bassist Mike Kleineberg and killer drummer Ken Pendleton with occasional guest appearances by 5-time Juno Award winner vocalist Julie Masi, Cover2Cover is a high energy classic rock dance band that can be counted on to have people dancing into the wee hours of the morning!

DeJavu

"From the west coast circuit - winner Battle of the Bands Vancouver 2012 - cover band "DEJAVU" guitar / vocalists Garry and Sean Hogan team with local bassist, Allan Rathgeber and drummer, Rick Prummell, to bring their rock and country hit sounds to Kelowna.

 

Cod Gone Wild

  

Based out of BC's Okanagan Valley since 2009, this Celtic inspired band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. Blending the varied talents of musicians whose classical, folk, rock and jazz backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting energy and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Booking everything from weddings to festivals, house concerts to sports tournaments, their music and performance is diverse and adaptable to any size venue or demographic. 

Having independently recorded and produced three albums to date that primarily feature traditional tunes (Cod Gone Wild, The Traveler and Battered and Fried), they have an increasing amount of original material that has come with their maturity as musicians, songwriters and performers that we can expect to hear on their new album set to be released in May 2017.

Extensive touring has taken them from San Francisco to Newfoundland, playing an average of 100 shows a year with that number steadily on the rise. Known for their charismatic energy, amazing vocal harmonies and their superior lights and sound production, the band delivers an entertaining show that keeps people coming back for more.

Cod Gone Wild's success is undoubtedly due to their ability to harness their individual talents into a collaborative vision resulting in unparalleled chemistry both on and off the stage, a formula that has earned them flawless reviews, a mounting fan base and regular airplay across the country and on-line all over the world.

Andrew Mercer on lead vocals, guitar, mandolin and Bohdran, Susan Aylard on fiddle and vocals, David Mihal on drums and percussion, Sean Bray on guitar, mandolin and vocals, and Martyn Jones on bass and vocals, all outstanding musical artists on their own merit, provide Cod Gone Wild with an upbeat, blended Celtic style of music and lyrics to entertain young and old alike.

 

Dunkin Hoops

  

'Dunkin Hoops' has been teaching dance as well as performing professionally around British Columbia and Alberta since 2015. You may have seen her performances around the Okanagan during New York New Years, Arts on the Avenue, the Kelowna Buskers Festival, as well as various private parties. She has also worked with numerous music festivals including Bass Coast, Ponderosa, Motion Notion, and Astral Harvest to name a few.

Specializing in Hula Hoop dance, she also practiced with multi-hoops, mini hula hoops, LED, silk fans, and fire performances. She brings a lot of energy and excitement so watch for her stunning performance from 1–2 pm.

 

Gorden James

Gorden James has made quite the name for himself, both as an artist and as an all-around great guy. 


James was featured on CMT Canada’s, Big in a Small Town, as one of thirty artists selected across Canada to participate. "They emailed me and asked me to audition," said James from his Kelowna home. "They picked 30 artists from across Canada, two of them from BC. It was a really cool experience.  All the staff and crew treated us like gold. It gave my album, Heart of the Matter, great exposure." 


James, who won a song writing competition in 2002 sponsored by Factor, CMT, and Country radio across the nation, released the EP Near You with the title track making it to the top ten in CBC’s Searchlight contest last summer. 


James has performed everywhere from large concerts to store openings. Whether a solo, duo or trio appearance, James tailors his show and set to accommodate! 


James is an accomplished singer/songwriter who describes his style as urban country, easy listening, with a touch of the blues. His debut album, Heart of the Matter, continues to get airplay across Canada and overseas. 


When James isn't performing, he spends his time as a volunteer for hospice and doing shows at the cancer lodge. He wrote a song for Soles4Souls, later known as Shoe Bank Canada, an organization that gets shoes to people that need them in Canada and around the world.


 

Hip Replacements

  

Together for over 16 years the Hip Replacements bring the best Tragically Hip sounds this side of Kingston. Having opened up for such acts as Chilliwack, Nazareth and Trooper, the Hip Replacements are a must see for any Tragically Hip fan, young or young at heart! The Hip Replacements will appeal to any Hip fan, young and old!  

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Melissa Livingstone

  

Melissa Livingstone is originally from the small town of Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island but currently lives in Kelowna, BC.  She grew up listening to artists like Paul Overstreet and Randy Travis with a love and passion for music since her early childhood.  From about the age of five, Melissa has had a love for the stage and for performing and she started writing songs around the age of 14.  She has since then recorded a full-length album, filmed three music videos, and released two singles to country radio.

 

NFA Band

  
Hailing from the Central Okanagan in the interior of British Columbia, N.F.A. is a Rock Band that features the talents of the renowned Eddi St. James on bass guitar and vocals, Guillermo “del Toro” on the keys and vocals, Greg “Gigi” Gaspari on lead guitar, and Jay “Jay” Agostino rounding out the rhythm section on drums while he adds to the smooth vocal textures that has made the band famous for the past two weeks!

The N.F.A. band members have been featured at numerous locations around the province, including sharing the stage with Foreigner, Trooper, Wild T and the Spirit, Alanna Myles, David Lee Roth, Extreme and Alice in Chains
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Shaughnessy Rose

  

Shaughnessy is a 17 year old musician and enthusiast who is a drummer, guitarist and singer/songwriter, homegrown in Vernon, BC!  She’s also a recent high school graduate this past June. Shaughnessy has been singing all of her life and as a toddler, and needed no indicators as to where she was in the house or on the playground.  If you found the singing toddler, you found Shaughnessy! 

She performs at many charity events including Critteraid, SORCO, Children’s Hospital Foundation and Friends of Nepal.  She also performs at many private functions as a solo artist, as well as more recently working with other professional musicians to deliver her music.  With her velvety, soulful yet powerful voice, Shaughnessy Rose takes her inspiration from such bluesy artists as Adele, Amy Winehouse and Etta James.  She can belt out a good rock rendition when necessary as well as mesmerize her audience with Edith Piaf and Elvis classics.  She plays at all age events with “The Goods”, Vernon’s best classic rock band.  She is currently the voice of BC Fresh Talent Quest and holds The Shuswap Idol title for 2015. 

Shaughnessy released her first CD last Christmas titled, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  

Shaughnessy can be seen performing at many private and public events throughout the Okanagan, is a regular busker at Vernon and Kelowna Farmer’s Markets and is the voice of The Vernon Viper’s Hockey League at many home games.

You can visit Shaughnessy’s website at www.shaughnessyrose.com and her Facebook page at Shaughnessy Rose
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Team Xtreme

Team Xtreme is a group of Warriors from the South Pacific Islands and Canada who share a message of hope and love through feats of strength and colorful cultural dance. Audiences from across Western Canada have enjoyed this unique presentation which will leave you changed for the better!

 

Roland Allen Rock Trio

  

Inspired by Matchbox 20, the Tragically Hip and Deep Purple, The Roland Allen Rock Trio performs classic and contemporary music that is universally appealing. Their passion and professionalism are evident; every time they perform, the Roland Allen Rock Trio has something new to share.

Sons Of Stanley


  

Formed in 2015 from a group of construction professionals with varied musical backgrounds, Sons of Stanley (formerly known as The Concosts Band) is part of the creative arm of The Concosts Group, a 49-year veteran of Western Canada's quantity surveying, construction management and real estate development scene. 

Lead singer and harmonica player Matthew K. Weber, vocalist/guitarist John Higgins, and guitarist/keyboard player Geraldo Dominelli have crafted a unique sound that resonates with diverse audiences. From Christmas parties to retirement send-offs, major corporate fundraisers and conferences, to intimate open mics, the Sons gather fans wherever they play. 

Following up on their breakout performance at last year's inaugural Ribfest, SOS look forward to rocking the main stage at 6PM on Friday September 15th. Don't miss them!

Visit them online at www.sonsofstanley.com or find them on social media.

Yamabiko Taiko

  

Yamabiko Taiko was founded in the spring of 2003 in Kelowna, BC, Canada.  The group was begun with very humble and simple desires: to enjoy and play Japanese Taiko-style drumming and be lost in its power and grace. 

With only a few members, practices began that summer using duct-taped tires and sawn-up broomstick handles. Since then, the group has purchased professionally-made performance drums, and has evolved into a regularly performing group.  

Today, Yamabiko’s main purpose is to share the beauty and spirit of taiko, and to promote cultural awareness within our community. Practices are held in the basement of Kelowna Buddhist Temple twice weekly, and performances are listed at www.yamabikotaiko.ca.  

Children Classes are also held from September. Please check Kelowna-taiko.com for more details.