PERFORMERS

EMCEE: JOHNNY MAX

At the helm of the Johnny Max Band, Johnny is a frontman who is not afraid to jump into the audience and get them going. The Johnny Max Band is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with 7 albums, 2 JUNO Award nominations, multiple Maple Blues award nominations and working on two new albums (studio and live). The JMB is a groovy New Orleans/Memphis style Blues horn band playing Blues & R&B, that makes you want to get up and dance! It is all about the music, not the solos. It is all about the groove and the move!

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: MARGARET STOWE

Guitarist Margaret Stowe performs all over Canada and Europe and has recorded and performed with a host of Canadian/International artists. "Stowe's departure point is jazz, but her style ranges from folk to blues to world beats, propelled by her trademark high energy and eclectic tastes."--Prague Post. She is listed in the Canadian Encyclopedia of Music under “guitarists of note” and, more importantly, is in yeahbaby.com list of celebrity baby names. ​Margaret performs original multi-stylistic jazz-based music from her 4 CDs at festivals and events and she can also be found playing shows with diverse artists such as Big Rude Jake, Max Woolaver, Mose Scarlett, Priscilla Wright, Sonya Cote, Susan Wylde, Brenda Lewis and the Blues Fuse, and several other artists. 

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the headliners

House Band will be announced shortly, stay tuned!

BROOKE BLACKBURN

Brooke is the composer and guitar player of the JUNO-nominated, Maple Blues winning Toronto based soul blues band “Blackburn”. Performing for thirty plus years as a Canadian musician, Brooke has accumulated a vast repertoire of original compositions. His solo album, Songs, consists of music that incorporated various styles and compositional methods acquired throughout his unwavering career.

CHUCK JACKSON

Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s lead singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 30 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. Chuck has been nominated for 7 Junos; won 2 Junos for Blues Album of the Year; nominated 8 times as Male Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards- winning the award twice in 1999 and again in 2007; 2002 he was presented with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award; and the list goes on!

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SERAFIN LARIVIERE

With a 5-octave vocal range that runs the gamult from tender to tempest, Serafin has cultivated a cross-genre audience that embraces Jazz, Torch and even Classical music.

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SPENCER MACKENZIE

Spencer has developed a tone, a vintage sound, a style that resonates and phrasing of a seasoned pro. Spencer has received many awards including the 2017 Blues Artist of the Year, Niagara Music Awards and the 2016 New Artist of the Year, Maple blues Awards.

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RICK TAYLOR

Long regarded as one of Canada's finest finger-style guitarists, Rick Taylor brings a high level of energy to the stage. A 50 plus year veteran of the guitar, he has been a featured artist on numerous TV and radio shows, main stage festivals, concert halls and clubs. Rick is the recipient of the Jimmy Lewis "Life Time of the Blues Award" and 3-timer winner of The Great Lakes Blues Society "Road To Memphis" competition.

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TYLER YAREMA

Juno Award winner, Tyler Yarema is an award-winning piano player, singer, and composer. He has played on over fifty albums ranging in genres from blues and jazz to reggae and pop. Tyler also holds an enormously successful twenty-two-year house gig at the world-famous Reservoir Lounge in downtown Toronto. In June, 2021 Tyler became the newest member of the Downchild Blues Band.

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