Headstones will be headlining the Legacy 420 Indigenous Cannabis Musicfest. They are one of Canada’s biggest and well established bands.
Headstones are a Canadian punk inﬂuenced alternative rock bands that began in 1987 in Kingston and were active until 2003, subsequently reforming in 2011.
The band consists of vocalist Hugh Dillon, guitarist Trent Carr and bassist Tim White.
Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ-producer Shub continues to pioneer a growing genre of electronic music. Born Dan General, Shub began his career with nationally-acclaimed electronic music trio A Tribe Called Red, performing across North American stages with some of the biggest recording artists in today’s industry and winning a Juno Award in 2014.
Currently based out of his hometown, Fort Erie, Ontario, a small community with a population of 30,000, Shub’s journey has come full circle by bringing him back to where it all started.
“I’m very proud of the road I took to get where I am now,” said Shub, a nominee in the Indigenous Music category at the 2018 Juno Awards for his EP PowWowStep. In 2017, his music video for ‘Indomitable’ (featuring Northern Cree Singers) was also nominated for a Much Music Video Award.
Shub is Mohawk of the Six Nations reserve located in Ontario, Canada, as well as a husband and father. Since the creation of PowWowStep, he has grown more aware of the Indigenous way of life through his music, merging his heritage with his craft. “This style of music – there is so much culture in it, and that’s what makes it so original,” said Shub.
Starting off as a battle DJ in high school, Shub’s sound has developed into one that puts him in a league all on his own, creating a sound and experience many consider to be one of the most unique in today’s Canadian music scene.
Before solidifying his seat at the top of the PowWowStep world, Shub also turned heads in DJ competitions like the prestigious DMC World DJ Championships, by winning back-to-back Canadian titles and representing Canada at the world finals in 2007 and 2008.
In 2012, Shub came out of battle retirement and competed in the Red Bull Thre3style DJ Competition where he won the Canadian title, and once again represented his home country by placing fifth at the world finals.
In 2013, while with A Tribe Called Red, their album ‘Nation II Nation’ was short listed for the Polaris Prize.
Growing up, like many people, Shub was influenced by the music his family listened to. His Mom was into disco and his Dad was all about classic rock. The biggest impact was made by his older brother, who introduced him to the world of hip-hop and the DJ culture.
Over the years, Shub has followed the careers of battle DJs that inspired him. Many of them are now top producers and artists he has come to know personally.
DJ-producers like Craze, Klever, Skratch Bastid, Jazzy Jeff, Brace, Z-Trip, UZ, Hudson Mohawk, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, Qbert, D-Styles and the X-Ecutioners are just some of his biggest influences.
Shub is currently working on his first full-length album, scheduled to release later this year. “I had the freedom to go in different directions musically with this album, by working directly with traditional artists during studio recording sessions,” said Shub.
Producing is just half of what Shub does.
A major part of his success and why he draws such large audiences is his live show, a non-stop body-moving experience enhanced by special guest traditional Indigenous dancers who perform in full traditional regalia.
He has played some of the top music festivals in North America including New Orleans Jazz Fest, Hillside, Halifax Pop, Winnipeg Folk, Regina Folk, Calgary Folk, Rifflandia, Red Bull, Evolve, Blessed Coast, Atmosphere, Toronto Pride, North Country, Calgary Stampede, 420 Indigenous Cannabis Cup, and the International Aboriginal Music Fest, to name a few.
Shub has been featured in a number of media outlets including Vice, CBC, Exclaim, Digital Drum, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Global News, and of course his hometown local paper The Fort Erie Times.
In 2018, Shub will move forward with a relentless effort to push the boundaries of electronic music – with a full schedule of new releases and live performances across the country.
Howie Miller is one of the funniest corporate and club comedians in North America. He is a First Nation Descendant of the Cree Nation and was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
His quick wit and unique point of view on multi ethnic stereotypes is enjoyed by all audiences, regardless of age, race or sex; and has garnered numerous television appearances and placed him in great demand on the corporate comedy circuit.
Howie’s hilarious routine, mixed with stellar impressions has the audience laughing from start to ﬁnish.
Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music.
With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of North America, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 35 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.
It was in 2012 that he won a JUNO Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year for `Songs Lived & Life Played’.
Currently, he is in the studio recording his next album of original music titled, ‘Stand Up!’, which Murray strongly feels this is his best music to date. This will be released in the Spring of 2018.
Murray has opened concerts for many Artists including the late B.B. King, the late Etta James, The Neville Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Marcia Ball, and performed with Sam `Soul Man’ Moore (twice), The Funk Brothers (twice)…and shared the stage with Pura Fe, Derek Miller, and The Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddens) to name a few amazingly talented musicians.
Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, as a solo, duo, trio or with his fourpiece band, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.” He captivates audiences wherever he performs and makes new fans…and they never leave his show disappointed.
Links to Murray Porter’s Music:
With Robbie Antone, Thrill is Gone, Toronto Blues Society - Blues Summit 7, Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Ontario; Jan. 17, 2015 https://youtu.be/yJ_VuJ516SE
Once in a red moon, an artist emerges on the scene as if fully formed. Born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in the small ghost town of Brantford, Ontario - Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens.
From a young age, Logan’s haunting and distinct voice has won him multiple opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola and Mumford and Sons, to name a few.
Still a young man, Logan is regarded as an accomplished, multi-nominated and an award winning artist. Forever a student of great music - Staats enjoys jamming, collaborating and learning from his contemporaries and other recording artists. A great example is a powerful late night live off the floor version of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” in collaboration with peer Terra Lightfoot.
Logan’s live performances are juxtaposed by a level of self-possession and control that still wildly careen through emotions of sadness, hope, longing and joy.
A product of passion, compulsion and tireless musical commitment - Logan’s songs are his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out ven-ues across Canada including his favourite venue, The Sanderson Centre, in his hometown.
Logan is fresh off his win on The Launch, a new TV show that gives Canadian singers a shot at stardom. Staats was chosen out of 10,000 applicants to be featured on the inaugural season of the series, and was mentored by Canadian country megastar Shania Twain. The song that Staats performed is called The Lucky Ones, and was written by Grammny nominated songwriter busbee.
What’s more, The Lucky Ones topped the Canadian charts as the number one song in the country the day after the release.
Ingrained with the mentality that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into it, Staats is hell bent on raising the bar for indigenous/mainstream crossover music.
Currently on an open journey of art, expression and culture, no matter which medium you find Logan through- he’s incredible to watch.
LOGAN STAATS @logan_staats