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About Us

ABOUT OUR FESTIVAL

Over its long and rich history, West Nipissing has been host to many successful events including carnivals, fairs, pageants and festivals although, in recent years, most of them catered to a narrow demographic leaving a very real gap in community building events in our area. Rock & Ribs was created in May 2015 to become the festival “for the rest of us”.

Our music programming seeks to strike a perfect balance between promoting local artists and presenting some of the best Canadian touring acts across the blues, rock, folk and country genres ensuring we have something for everyone. Come discover great Canadian music with us!

As for food, we offer attendees a gamut of taste sensations from Professional Rib Teams Smokehouse Bandits and Fat Albert to World famous Sturgeon Falls fries and poutine along with tasty Beavertails and more!

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MEET OUR ARTISTS

We’ve spent the last 8 months attending concerts, festivals and various other venues to check out these exceptional artists because we wanted to make sure they were great live and we don’t mind saying, you’re in for one hell of a show!

Alt-Rock
Ascot Royals
Ascot Royals are a high energy alt-rock group currently touring their third album “New Skin” featuring their highly successful singles “The Best Is Yet To Come” and “New Skin“. We caught their show at Mavricks in Barrie on their recent tour with Big Wreck and were so blown away by their music, on stage chemistry and energetic show that we called them up right away to offer them a headline slot for this Summer! Ascot Royals have shared the stage with The Sheepdogs, Hollerado, Collective Soul, USS and Down With Webster, to name a few, and were named one of the emerging Canadian artists to watch in 2017 by Canadian Beats.
Blues
Steve Hill
When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene. 2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2015 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR, GUITARIST OF THE YEAR, RECORDING/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AND ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR.
Folk-Country-Rock
Union Duke
Toronto folk quintet Union Duke, known for their explosive live show. Blending soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country and layered harmonies, the group belts out irresistible songs that will have you up on your feet and dancing until the last note is plucked. Currently on a Western tour, Union Duke have performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Two fifths city, two fifths country, one fifth whiskey, their enthusiasm is infectious and they leave every audience smiling.
Classic Rock
Carl Dixon
Unofficial Rock & Ribs Ambassador, Canadian rock legend, fan favourite and dear friend Carl Dixon returns for his third year (What can we say? He’s awesome!). Carl Dixon has been at the forefront of the Canadian rock industry for three decades as frontman for Coney Hatch, The Guess Who, guitarist for April Wine and has toured with heavy metal icons such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Triumph, Ted Nugent, Accept and Krokus.
Classic Rock
Roadhouse
Popular local cover band and Rock & Ribs fan favourite Roadhouse return for a third year. Veteran musicians Dan Sigouin (vocals and drums), Rick Dion (guitar), Dan Gingras (bass guitar and vocals), Mike Lafleur (guitar and vocals) provide the musical vehicle for the powerful vocals of lead singer Cindi Griffin.
Country
JW Stevens
JW Stevens is a country artist who puts on one heck of a raucous show. Another Rock & Ribs fan favourite back for a third swing at bat, JW and bandmates Hans Hokstad, Karl Von Estorff and Shawn Blais are the real deal!
Rock
Cardinal Street
2015 was a good year for Cardinal Street. Their debut album sold out of physical copies and continues to be purchased on iTunes and streamed on Spotify. Songs from “The Very Best of Cardinal Street Vol. 1” have received airplay all over the world and two songs have charted on the UK Unsigned Chart Top 40 Chart. “Hey, Yeah!!” at #2 and “I don’t have time” at #1. Cardinal Street spent the majority of 2016 recording their first full length album “Ride On” which is expected for an early 2017 release.
Alt-rock
Justin Beauchamp
Justin Beauchamp is a young musician with an incredibly powerful, soulful voice who shares his time between West Nipissing and Guelph – playing a mix of covers and radio ready originals.
Folk-rock
Jean-Marc Michaud
Singer-songwriter Jean-Marc Michaud is an exceptional musician and vocalist from Sturgeon Falls with very soulful and sophisticated original music you will absolutely love!
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Ascot Royals
Alt-Rock
Steve Hill
Blues
Union Duke
Folk-Country-Rock
Carl Dixon
Classic Rock
Roadhouse
Classic Rock
JW Stevens
Country
Cardinal Street
Rock
Justin Beauchamp
Alt-rock
Jean-Marc Michaud
Folk-rock

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821 Evansville Dr., Box 6173, Sturgeon Falls ON P2B 3K6

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