2022 Line Up  and Schedule

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 Pomeroy manstage Schedule

(Band on the top plays last , example , Washboard union plays Last , Sweetwater band First  on Thursday)
THURSDAY  JULY 14 (  5:00-10:00 PM)
- THE WASHBOARD UNION
- KYLE MCKEARNEY
- THE SWEETWATER BAND


FRIDAY  JULY 15 (5:00-10:00 PM)
- KIM MITCHELL
- SIMON KAOS
- SHANGHAI


SATURDAY JULY 16 (1:00-10:00 PM)
- EMERSON DRIVE
- DUANE STEELE
- NICE HORSE
- DANNY HOOPER
- TOM COLE
- KEVIN HICKS
- THE AVIATORS
-BRENT BOIVIN BAND
- BRAYDEN WATSON
-MEGAN CLARANCE
- GARY OKER  and Doig Drummers opening

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Kim Mitchell is a Canadian rock icon who has sold more than 1.5 million records in Canada, earned17 Juno Awards nominations, and, in 2021, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Mitchell is one of the most well-known and peer-respected Canadian guitar players and an acclaimed singer-songwriter who has written many classic rock anthems including Go For Soda, Rock N Roll Duty, Patio Lanterns, I am a Wild Party, Easy To Tame and All We Are. These hits have become part of the Canadian musical landscape and earned Mitchell three Juno Award wins for “Male Vocalist of the year”, “Album of the year”, and “Most promising Male Vocalist.” In 2018, Kim got together with his friends The Barenaked Ladies to record a new version of his Max Webster hit Diamonds Diamonds. Max Webster, and this track in particular, is cited by the band members as being a huge influence for them as musicians. The resulting song and accompanying video were released in 2019. The song and accompanying video were released in 2019 through Ole Media (now Anthem Entertainment) In 2021, Kim Mitchell dropped his latest album, The Big Fantasize (El Mocambo Records) This release came together as the result of Kim working with his close friend, Grammy award winning producer Greg Wells (Keith Urban, Adele, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Twenty One Pilots, Michael Bublé), who is also a former band-mate, having been the touring keyboardist for Kim Mitchell’s Rockland tour. On top of maintaining a busy nationwide touring schedule, Kim also hosted the fan favourite radio show, aptly named The Kim Mitchell Show on Toronto’s popular Q107. Kim’s show ran for 11+ years and became one of the most popular, listened to and highest-rated radio shows for any afternoon drive DJ in Canada. Kim and his band of accomplished musicians can’t wait to get back to live music and look forward to bringing some much needed cheer to cities and festivals across Canada this summer 2022.

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3x reigning CCMA Group of the Year and 5x CCMA Roots Artist/ Album of the Year, The Washboard Union are among Canada’s preeminent country bands, and one of the most talked about Canadian bands today. Led by step-brothers Aaron Grain & Chris Duncombe and their best friend David John Roberts, The Washboard Union share a love for the art of songwriting and storytelling that has resonated with audiences from North America to Europe. Certified Gold twice in Canada, the band has had seven Top 10 hits and numerous top 20 hits, and was the first country band to win the JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year; a multi-genre category. On their latest album  Everbound, released in April 2020, The Washboard Union keeps the good times rolling with an irresistible blend of roof-raising anthems and poignant ballads, coupled with their impeccable three-part harmony and top-notch musicianship.

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Emerson Drive’s astounding career, spanning over 20 years lands them at a place that few musical groups reach. Since bursting onto the scene in North America in 2001 when they released their debut single via DreamWorks Records Nashville, the band's first two singles – “I Should Be Sleeping” and "Fall Into Me" - both peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country chart and quickly became fan favorites. The sextet crisscrossed North America for the next four years, playing over 300 shows a year and racking up Billboard Music Award & Academy of Country Music Association Award wins for Top New Country Artist & Top New Group, respectively. But, it was the career-changing song "Moments" that gave the band their first Billboard #1 single in the US in June 2007. The group, which at the time, was comprised of members Brad Mates, Danick Dupelle, Mike Melancon, David Pichette, Dale Wallace & Patrick Bourque, was flying high on success when Bourque decided to step back from the group and leave the road. In September of 2007, Patrick Bourque passed away from suicide, and “Moments” took on a whole new meaning for band. “It’s still the song that connects with fans the most. The amount of letters, social media messages and stories we have heard over the years around ‘Moments’ and how it has saved people’s lives or made a difference in their lives still is crazy to us”, says Dupelle. “That’s why we all do music. It’s to connect with the listeners and leave a mark.” In 2011, ED released their first greatest hits package featuring ten of their hit singles – Decade of Drive – and have since gone on to achieve 12 more Top 10 singles in Canada, bringing their total to an astounding 22 Top 10 hits (so far). In 2013, they achieved their first gold single in Canada with “She’s My Kind of Crazy” that is still a fan favorite nearly eight years later. Pichette also stepped back from the band in 2013 to spend more time with his family, making ED a quartet with Mates, Dupelle, Melancon and Wallace still active members. Over the last five years, while they spend less time on the road, Emerson Drive remains a consistent force on the country music landscape. Mates says, “We are at a place where we know what we want and have a balance between our personal lives and our life on the road. We get the best of both worlds. I don’t think you can ever expect in this industry that you get to have a two decade plus career. It says so much about our fans, radio’s support and the ambition we still have to keep going as a group.” As Emerson Drive goes into their 20th anniversary since the release of “I Should Be Sleeping”, 2022 promises new music and shows as restrictions lift from COVID-19. 2020 and 2021 saw the guys also hit milestones to be celebrated including their second gold record in Canada for “Just Got Paid” and “She’s My Kind of Crazy” was officially certified platinum. With over 4000 shows played, millions of miles travelled, countless awards and nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, , CMT, Dove Awards, GRAMMY Awards, JUNO Awards, Billboard and the Canadian Country Music Association, Emerson Drive sets the stage for their 20th year of releasing music and seeing what the next ‘Decade Of Drive’ will bring for the group.

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 Alberta Country Music Hall of Fame inductee,  Duane Steele is among Canada’s top country recording artists and songwriters with a professional career dating back to 1984 and his first band Rock ‘N’ Horse. The multi-award winning artist has released six studio albums and one greatest hits album since, with many Top 10 singles on the Canadian country charts, including the #1 hit “Anita Got Married”. Duane has toured the world headlining his own shows, and opening for some of the hottest acts in country music including Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Trisha Yearwood and Sammy Kershaw. His pure voice and authentic country sound also makes him the ideal artist to pay tribute to the legendary George Jones, and he does so in a custom built show called The Legend of George Jones, in addition to playing his own music. In 2020, Duane released a brand new album to the world called Bonfires and Guitars, including the title track single, and a duet with Gord Bamford called “Blue Collar Palace”, released in advance of a tour that cancelled due to the global pandemic. Not one to be deterred however, Steele embraced technology to provide live streaming shows, and took part in Tom Jacksons “Almighty Voices,” an online series of concerts featuring multiple Canadian artists in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund. Duane was also the first artist to provide a recorded concert for Sakamoto Agency’s 100 Homes initiative, providing prerecorded concerts to care homes across the country free of charge, as entertainment for those who are isolated from loved ones. Duane’s comfort with the stage and warm, natural presence makes his live shows a must see, and his songwriting style is relatable for any music fan. When he’s not touring or working on his own projects he is often writing with other artists, and music production has become a natural progression for Duane, who enjoys working in this capacity on both his own music and others, while continuing his solo music career.

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TOM COLE

Nice Horse is wild: wildly talented, wildly entertaining, fun, fresh, fierce and feisty, and they’ve established themselves as one of the most buzzed-about and fast-rising groups in the Canadian music industry. A live act to be reckoned with, the self-contained all-female group has played high- profile festivals across Canada including Boots & Hearts, Big Valley Jamboree, and Dauphin’s CountryFest, and has performed in Spain and France. They have also toured as direct support for legendary artists such as Tom Cochrane and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band, made up of Katie Rox (vocals/banjo/acoustic guitar), Brandi Sidoryk (vocals/bass), Tara McLeod (electric guitar), and Krista Wodelet (vocals/drums), has garnered significant accolades in their four short years together, including three CCMA nominations, the 2018 YYC Music Award for Country Recording of the Year, and five Country Music Alberta Awards.

Tom comes from a long line of cattle men. His soft easy singing style is a product of his roots.Tom was influenced by country artists of the day like Merle and George.The 90’s were spent on the road with his award winning band, Cole Cole Heart and later years working with long time friend and Cowboy Poet, Brian Salmond. Today he lives close to family and runs a Comercial Recording Studio from his home. Hilltop Studios in Charley Lake BC.. Still finding time to write, record and perform, he is active in the Western and Gospel music communities.

 Tom is a tall drink of water that can quench your thirst for real country music.

KEVIN HICKS

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 Kevin Hicks is a true seasoned road warrior with many years of singing and performing experience, with  vocal tone and range that brings envy to most vocalists. Kevin resides in Fort St John and we are lucky to have a great Canadian vocalist in our community like Kevin Hicks. Wr are excited to have Kevin Hicks performing on our mainstage for our first annual music festival, he is truely one of our country's best. Golden tones , vocal strength and a versatile, Kevin can sing roots , pop, rock country and do them all very well. Ken Hicks has recently released his new single "step over the line" and we look forward to hearing much more!

THE AVIATORS 

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 The Energetic County Fair is excited to introduce The Aviators on the mainstage! The talented quartet is made up of  Mike Strandberg, his son Hudson, Thomas Larkin and Dave Suirnak. This is what our festival is all about , showcasing amazing local talent on the same big stage as the stars and hitmakers. The band plays a wide variety of music and do it very well . This is another one of our highlights. EVERY SHOW IS A MUST SEE

ACT!  it is truely amazing we can all get together and celebraste the talent with our community .

BRAYDEN WATSON

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We are honored to be presenting Simon Kaos , sharing the stage with Canadian Rock Legend Kim Mitchell , Friday evening of the festival. The original SIMON KAOS is Darcy D, Craig Brooks , Brian Poulsen, Rick Slavik, Andy Lorimer. One of Canada's top touring bands for many years in the 80's, filling clubs all over Canada, putting on epic concert style shows that had the crowds in awe. Formed in Fort St John , this band worked very hard on their craft, which took them to the big city of Vancouver , where they clearly stood out as the top rock act in the country. The band performed all the legendary rooms in Vancouver like the Metro/Outlaws, where they would often find members of bands on stadium tours at their shows. With the likes of members of AC/DC, Aerosmith, Loverboy, Bon Jovi and more. Simon Kaos had the respect of the prestigious Vancouver music scene at that time; so much in fact that Darcy and Andy were asked to join one of Canada's top supergroups PRISM. The rest of the band has stayed active in the music business to this day. Craig Brooks is an active singer/ songwriter who is a staple in Fort St John and has performed in such venues as the prestigious Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. People will be coming from miles around to see the historic reunion. We are honored to be able to present Simon Kaos on the mainstage this year, another must see event!

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Kyle McKearney has made an impressive debut as Canada’s next Americana / Roots export with the release of his debut solo album, “Down-Home”. Recently named Project Wild’s 2021 Top 12 participant, Kyle’s also garnered 2x YYC Music Award nominations and has amassed over 450,000+ global streams. Born and raised in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Kyle McKearney grew up immersed in Country and Bluegrass music. He followed that passion by first moving to Nashville upon finishing high school, where he absorbed the city’s atmosphere and learned how much of its classic music was made. Taking these lessons back home, where he’s now settled near Calgary, Alberta, he began applying them to his work on stage and in the studio, all while honing his skills as a singer/songwriter. From there he formed the alt-pop band The New Electric with his brother Shade, finding success at radio in 2016, which led to a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination and a national touring spot with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. The New Electric evolved into the band KROWNS in 2018, with its harder edged sound attracting the attention of Queen drummer Roger Taylor. Kyle’s relationship with Taylor resulted in the pair writing a song together and Kyle being tapped to join the touring cast of Queen’s musical theatre show We Will Rock You in 2019. Following that six-month run, Kyle returned to his Americana roots, launching a series of cover song videos that have tallied over 600K views on Facebook alone. From there, he gathered the best musicians he could find to help craft his new signature sound, one in line with the current revolution underway in country music spearheaded by artists such as Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell.

NICE HORSE

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THE SWEETWATER BAND

Brayden Watson is an up and coming country music star. Currently a highschool student at North Peace Secondary, Brayden is working hard on his craft and siings meaningful thoughfull country music . Empowering our youth and creating opportunities that last a lifetime is what we are all about . We are excited and proud to see Brayden Watson perform on our mainstage. He is sincere, kind , and simply easy to like.

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Truly a band from across the nation with members from coast to coast.  Both Dave White and Duane Myles are from Newfoundland, Carson Darling from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Steve Fehr from right here in the Peace Region.  Dave is a seasoned musician that started singing and playing acoustic guitar back in the 80’s and has stayed active ever since.  He has opened up for bands like Trooper and Kim Mitchell in the past and has shared the stage with some of Canada’s largest acts like the Barenaked Ladies.  Duane started playing guitar in the early 80’s and coming from a musical family began to hone his craft.  He has played in several bands in Newfoundland and Ontario before finally settling here in Fort St. John.  Steve, the junior musician in the band, started playing bass in 2016.  After a serious injury that saw him without the use of his feet for close to two years, he picked up the bass.  The hobby began as a pastime to help with the pain and boredom of not being able to leave his house.  However, he has not put it down since.  He is extremely proficient in the instrument and brings a country flair to the band.  Finally, we have Carson, the most versatile musician in the band.  Carson is a great drummer, a fantastic guitarist and very capable in several other instruments.  Carson brings a heavier influence to the band, which seems to balance out.  The Sweetwater Band has played just about every venue in the Peace Region.  They are the hardest working band in the Peace, and as a result, they have been voted Fort St. John’s favourite band for three years in a row 2019, 2020 and 2021.

OUR HOST:
DANNY HOOPER

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Danny’s on-stage sizzle led to an invitation in 1994 to emcee Canada’s largest annual outdoor country music festival, the Big Valley Jamboree. In 2019 Danny celebrated his 26th year as main-stage emcee of BVJ and was immediately contracted for an additional four years. Danny left the real estate business in 1995 in order to focus full-time on his entertainment career, specifically professional emceeing and fundraising auctioneering (though his first benefit auction dates back to 1987). He is an honours graduate of the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, MT and the first Canadian to receive the Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) accreditation from the National Auctioneers Association. Today, Danny is regarded as Canada’s top-rated fundraising auctioneer, having raised countless millions for non-profit organizations throughout Canada and the USA. He has been called “the Wayne Gretzky of charity auctioneers,” and proudly serves clients of every scope and size, from the smallest school groups on up to the David Foster Foundation. Danny is the bestselling author of EASY MONEY – How To Generate Record Profits at Your Next Fundraising Auction Event.