2018 lineup

Check back here closer to the 2019 festival dates to see what we have in store for you for our 25th annual festival!

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Coco Jafro is a hard hitting force to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. Check out their website here.


Jesse Waldman

With a unique and eclectic blend of folk and blues, Jesse Waldman brings his soulful delivery, exceptional technique, and effortless ability to write honest, memorable songs. Check out his website here.

Jimmy D. Lane

Lane is a passionate Blues singer. His music is on the rocking side, but is tempered with just the right amount of blues tradition. Check out his website here.


Kevin Roy

Kevin Roy is Winnipeg's alt-country troubadour. He delivers poignant folk ballads, wry wit toe-tappers, and barn-burners with just the right balance of aw-shucks honesty and unbridled enthusiasm. Check out his website here.


Kym Gouchie & Northern Sky

With a unique mix of harmonies, cello, mandolin and banjo, combined with percussion and traditional Aboriginal chanting and drumming, Northern Sky elevates Kym’s message with a rich tapestry of modern folk and Canadiana traditions. Check out their website here.

Mark Perry

Born and raised in Smithers BC, Mark is a singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from his love for rural Canada — the strengths, the struggles, and the impacts of the landscapes and the seasons. Check out his website here.

Quique Escamilla

Quique breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as Ranchera and Huapango with modern flavours of rock, reggae, ska, pop, boleros, cumbia and other Latin American rhythms. Check out his website here.

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Red Moon Road

A big sound and engaging presentation is with polished songwriting, undeniable musicianship, spontaneous repartee and masterful storytelling; the last a dimension in which the band is both renown and unique. A must-see! Check out their website here.

Rose’s Pawn Shop

Rose’s Pawn Shop is a tornado of Appalachian bluegrass, alt-country, rock, Americana, folk, Celtic, punk and the kitchen sink, drawing in not only the attention of critics and fans but other musicians as well. Check out their website here.

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The Burying Ground

The Burying Ground is an upbeat blues string band that brings the fire of punk to the technical prowess and distinct sounds of such early blues, country and jazz masters as Blind Blake, Bessie Smith, Gary Davis, Memphis Minnie, Big Bill Broonzy, and Jimmie Rodgers. Check out their website here.

The Lions Den

Expect goofiness, and interactive songs about the beauty of nature, sing-alongs about your Grandfather's Clock and annoyingly catchy ditties extolling the virtues of cute fuzzy Ewoks as projectile weaponry. The Lions Den doesn’t bite… at least not the audience. (For the kids)



Mip writes edgy power pop, rock 'n' roots music that is coloured by an eclectic mix of genres ranging from gospel to post punk. Check out her website here.

100 Schools of Thought

A heavy mannered ethereal touch to the songs of King Crimson, including covering an abbreviated entirety of the 1969 classic first album, "The Court of the Crimson King"

Backroads Home

Their music fluctuates greatly between driven folk, acoustic roots, and even a couple of more bluegrass style tunes. Backroads Home has been a festival favorite at Midsummer in Smithers, BC and a mainstay in the local coffee house scene. Check out their website here.

Big Legged Woman

Big legged woman is a blues infused folk rock band. You can hear all the flavours of Northern British Columbia in our music. We all come from diverse backgrounds and unite to create a sonic thunder clap that will keep you coming back for more!

British Columbia

Rob Sturney, formerly from Leather Rabbit and Scott, Joey and Cheese (later dubbed the Houseshakers). He took a hiatus from performing for about 30-years, preparing the musical ground by absorbing heaps of shoegaze, ambient, punk, metal, jazz and whatever you call the Pixies.

Bumbling Sisters

Bumbling Sisters have been performing children’s songs since they were old enough to giggle. Come sing’a’long, while they bring the classics of ukulele to life, enjoy singing children songs like Baby Beluga and Five Green and Speckled Frogs.

C'est La Vie

Their music is energetic, upbeat, fun-loving and sensitive. They are a local Kispiox Valley group that plays a wide variety of music in French and English including poignant ballads, foot stomping drinking songs, jazz standards and even a little pop.


Chad-E-Ose works hard to get you moving. With that goal in mind, he mixes everything from new to old with his own twist of deep bass and funky rhythms. You will often catch him joining the dance floor for a good boogie during his set! Check out his website here.

Coastal Drifters

Hailing from Terrace, BC. Blending influences from blues, rock n roll and indie, they have somehow come out on the other end with a surf rock sound the gets ya movin and groovin.

Colin Maskell Quartet

Colin Maskell leads this swinging quartet through a buffet of jazz tunes. From the ‘20’s through the ‘60’s your ears will be delighted and your toes will tap for the jazz interplay of this fabulous quartet. Check out their website here.

Danny Sklapsky

Danny Sklapsky is a lifetime musician, starting with an upbringing in a home full of music which led to playing in High School bands and then “ On the Road “ bands, finally discovering the festival scene. Check out his website here.

Don Piano

Hailing from Terrace, Don Piano hones various styles of fast-paced and melodic punk rock. Don Piano is excited to bring their brand of music to the Kispiox Music Festival family.

Frances & Sarah

Sarah and Frances are long-time Prince Rupert residents who have been writing songs and weaving harmonies together for more years than they care to remember. They’re excited to fill out their sound and their stories with fellow Rupertite Chris Vick on violin.

Gypsy Moondogs

In their fourth year playing together, an acoustic trio from Terrace BC that can go from romantic and melodious folk prog all the way to foot tapping gypsy jazz. Denis Gagne on voice and guitar, Shaun Jones on bass, Teresa Robinson on percussion.

Jason Camp & The Posers

The self-dubbed Post Colonial Punk band mixes traditional Haida song and dance, hard hitting guitar licks, stories about characters from the shores of Haida Gwaii, indigenous rage, rolling drum beats, and good times live on stage for a show that you will never be able to explain. Check out their website here.

Junktime Puppets

Junktime Puppets are an extreme Puppet music and performance group who use acoustic and electronic music alongside  handmade puppets to deliver important messages. They are known to combine live actors and puppets onstage together. Check out their website here.

Michael Averill

Michael Averill is an adventurous Canadian troubadour who delivers stories and songs of serendipity around the country by foot. Through well walked Roots, Folk, and Blues, Michael captivates his audiences and invites them to connect deeper within themselves and their communities. Check out his website here.

One Ton Feather

A unique sound is arising from their varied backgrounds and open collaboration. They’re just getting started. Stay tuned…  Find them on Facebook here.

The Brazen Harlots

The Brazen Harlots are a rock and roll band based out of the Kitwanga area. Formed in 2016, they've been playing a combination of originals and covers to audiences around the North.

The Damn Beavers

Two Canadian guys doing songs, eh? Find them on Facebook here.

The Dearly Departed

The Dearly Departed delivers a compelling medley of Folk, Rock, and Blues sounds. Featuring a handful of originals as well as covers from multiple decades, this group offers something for everyone.

The Rats

Despite their modest small town upbringings, their performance and song execution are far from amateur.  Tightness complimented with strong drums, killer bass, amazing guitars, and powerful vocals make The Rats a stand out band, easily holding their own with the elite.

The Revelators

The Revelators are Mark Holenstein, Tim Sharp and Jaap Kalkman.  Covering a mix of Southern Rock, Blues Rock and Outlaw Country (think Lynyrd Skynyrd and old ZZtop).

Thee Night Bamm

THEE NIGHT BAMM is a high-energy rock trio made up of brothers that met at birth and have been playing music together ever since! They blend upbeat hooks with heavy riffs and danceable tempos that are sure to create a fun and intense live concert experience. Check out their website here.

Tiny Tones

The Tiny Tones Band performances are fun for the whole family, with songs ranging in style from funk to celtic. Don’t let the name fool you, The Tiny Tones Band has a BIG sound! Check out their website here.

Tree Bomb

Tree Bomb is a garage rock duo that has been spawning spirited sounds on the banks of the Telkwa River for about a decade. DaveMachine and Momma T’s raunch-infused rock beats will release those pent-up frenzied dance moves lurking inside all the cool cats and kitties.


Full Lineup

Red Moon Road  •  The Burying Ground  •  Kevin Roy  •  Jesse Waldman  •  Jimmy D. Lane  •  Coco Jafro  •  Kym Gouchie & Northern Sky  •  The Lions Den  •  Mark Perry  •  Rose’s Pawn Shop  •  912  •  Backroads Home  •  Big Legged Woman – Blues Revival  •  Brad Reddekopp  •  British Coumbia  •  C’est La Vie  •  Chad-E-Ose  •  Danny Sklapsky  •  Don Piano  •  FrancEs & Sarah  •  Gypsy Moondogs  •  Hank Sinatra  •  Hillbilly Scrabble & the HSB Horns  •  Jason Camp and the Posers  •  Junktime Puppets  •  Local Vocals  •  Michael Averill  •  MIP  •  One Ton Feather  •  Sing-A-Long with the Bumbling Sisters & Friends  •  Relative Humidity  •  The Brazen Harlots  •  The Coastal Drifters  •  The Colin Maskell Quartet  •  The Damn Beavers  •  The Dearly Departed  •  The Rats  •  The Revelators  •  THEE NIGHT BAMM  •  Tiny Tones  •  Tree Bomb  •  Quique Escamilla  •  100 Schools of Thought  • Ease West

…and more