Concerts & Music
James Barker Band
With over 48 Million total streams to date, the James Barker Band have taken the country music scene by storm. Formed in 2013, the founding members of this award-winning band (James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephen) continue to break records one release at a time.
The James Barker Band first burst onto the scene when they won the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2015 and were signed to Universal Music Canada. Their debut EP “Game On” has so far accumulated over 35 million streams, four top-10 hits on Canadian country radio, and four gold-
certified singles. James Barker Band has had the most spun song by a Canadian artist on Canadian country radio in both 2017 and 2018 year to date. “Game On” was awarded “Country Album of the Year” at the 2018 JUNO awards.
Their first #1 Canadian country radio hit “Chills” also reached #46 on the US Country radio airplay chart in 2018, the first time for a Canadian Country artist not signed to a US label to do so. The band have made history with the SOCAN Songwriter Prize nomination for their song “Chills”, which is the first ever country music nomination for this prestigious all-genre award. This record-breaking single was also awarded “Single of the Year” and “Best Selling Canadian Single” at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards
Their recent single “Good Together” is the most spun Canadian country music song in 2018. They are honored to have “Good Together” featured on Spotify’s “Hot Country” (the world’s biggest country playlist) – capturing 15 Million streams and counting on Spotify alone.
Few artists capture the spirit of country music like award winning singer/songwriter Kendra Kay. Raised in small town Manitoba and true to her roots, her songs are inspired by traditional country music. As the 2018 Manitoba Country Music Association Fan’s Choice Award winner and the 2019 Canadian Independent Music Video of the Year Award winner for ‘Best Country Video’, she’s known for her ‘powerhouse vocals’ and has firmly established herself as an artist to watch. Her recent two singles ‘Buy You A Drink’ and ‘Fuel On The Fire’ easily crossed into the Top 100 Canada Country National Airplay and spent 17 weeks on the charts. She has been called a
‘rising country star’, earned the Manitoba Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year award (2015) and her sophomore EP ‘More To Me’ was co-produced by country star Terri Clark, with additional production credits going to CCMA Producer of the Year winner Murray Pulver, Jeff Jones and Bart McKay. The star studded effort includes songs co-written by artists such as Jessica Mitchell, Meghan Patrick and Patricia Conroy, while featuring 3 x Juno nominee Don Amero.
Armed with her high energy 5-piece band, she has played shows across Canada including the CFL Banjo Bowl Halftime Show to over 33,000 screaming fans, joined Tim Hicks on his ‘Get Loud’ Tour and performed with country icon Patricia Conroy. She has also played festivals including Canadian Music Week, Canadian Country Music Week, Boots & Hearts pre-party, Dauphin CountryFest, Roger's Hometown Hockey Festival and headlined the Manitoba Stampede. Along with this, she has opened for artists such as Jess Moskaluke, Doc Walker, Drake White, Alee, Blackjack Billy and Aaron Prichett, among others. During this time, her profile increased as she was interviewed by national media such as Sirius XM, Global TV, CBC and was featured in Top Country News, along with many other digital, radio and broadcast platforms. With over 330,000 streams on Spotify and more announcements on the way, Kendra Kay is quickly becoming Canada’s country girl.
Big Top Radio
Let Big Top Radio take you on an adventure from a time where big arena rock shows were made to be a spectacle. From authentic costuming, impeccable mannerisms, to their spot-on replication of all of the big 80’s rock anthems you know and love. Big hair, big makeup, spandex, lipstick, and a dusting of humour wrapped into the most authentic 2 hour rock show you will never forget!
Experience the hits of Poison, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Queen, Journey, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and more!! Let us take you on a fun and stimulating journey that will leave your body tingling for days!
The Big Top Radio experience is all about taking you on a journey and forging new lifetime memories with every show!
Last Call is an electrifying new cover band making their mark on the local scene. Fresh takes on classic rock and modern hits make for an unforgettable musical experience. Five small town rockers form the backbone of the band, and their powerhouse vocalist brings it all home. In fact, the singer’s pitch-perfect performance brought her to victory in the 2015 Karaoke World Championships in Singapore. The rest of the band is way more than just a backing track; driving rhythms, killer riffs, and epic synthesizers get the job done right and tight! Whatever kind of music moves you, Last Call will leave you thirsty for another round of tunes at the end of the evening.
Brady Kenneth was born and raised in Manitoba, and started his journey in music around the age of 13. Taking the stage in a small talent show in High School solidified Brady’s love of performing. Brady established himself in the local music community as the lead singer of a hard metal band, playing bar shows in Winnipeg. That band lasted for 8 years before Brady found himself drawn to the country genre and undertook a solo career as a country music singer.
Heartbreak Highway is a five piece group that performs the songs of Tom Petty. Celebrating the great American songwriter and performer, Heartbreak Highway plays faithful tribute with a dash of personality to the dozens of classic songs in the Tom Petty canon. Selections from The Heartbreakers, solo material, and side projects are all included. After experiencing Heartbreak Highway, the songs of Tom Petty will be dancing in your ears long after the show!
Bluestem is a five piece cover band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They came together to play a mix of new and classic country, with a taste of rock.
With a set list comprised of classic country as well as hits being played on the radio today, Bluestem has something for every generation of country music lover.
All hail the Villains! Niverville locals, Art Desaulniers and Jarrett Ewanchuk have recruited ‘Peg City drummer Greg for their trio of great live entertainment – the Villains.
With a little blast of old school 80’s, some classic rock, and a spit of country twist, the Villains take you on a fun filled journey back to tunes you love! The Villains enjoy providing entertainment to their community roots, and a little bit of local flair will put a jump in your step. Come and see them live – We guarantee you won’t be able to stay in your seat!
4 on the Floor
4 On The Floor is made up of Tannis Tyler, Gerald Dyck, Owen Halldorson and Lenny Fidkalo.
Owen is the most recent addition. He toured and recorded for many years with the Cindy Cain band from Winnipeg. He was also an integral member of a touring project called the Breeze.
Lenny has been playing drums since the early 60’s and toured with The Quid, the Shondells, The Loving Kind and Burton Cummings.Tannis has been playing for 35 years. Her and Gerald continue to perform in their duo and she
performs for seniors and hospital patients every week. She also plays keyboards, accordion, and mandolin among other things!
Gerald lived in Niverville for many years and played in the church praise and worship setting. He is enjoying learning a great variety of performance music styles and has quickly gained acceptance and respect in Winnipeg’s musicians’ circles.
For those in the crowd that don’t only want to watch the entertainment, but would rather be the entertainment, we’ve added a karaoke night to our Friday night at the fair. Come out after the Blackout Fireworks and help close out the evening singing karaoke along with your friends and neighbours.