Entertainment 2017

We are proud to bring an amazing line-up of talented performers to the 72nd Annual Steveston Salmon Festival. 

Main Stage Performers 

5:30pm – Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues

For nearly four decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading bles band. The mix of swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll and r & b has an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a feel-good groove that makes people dance and shout.

Powder Blues debut album, ‘Uncut’, was shrugged off by the major labels who told the band there was ‘no market for the blues’. Undiscouraged, the band sold it off stage and sent it to radio stations whose switchboards lit up with calls asking ‘who’s that?’ After selling 30,000 copies in a few weeks, the same record labels competed to distribute this ‘non-commercial’ product. To date Powder Blues have sold over a million records worldwide.

Band highlights include winning Canada’s Juno, headlining the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, winning the Blues Foundation Award in Memphis, Tennessee and touring the US and Europe with legends like Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, James Brown, Albert Collins, James Cotton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Leader, Tom Lavin has written many of the band’s best-known songs including ‘Doin’ It Right’ [‘On the Wrong Side of Town’] and ‘Boppin With the Blues’. Born in Chicago where he watched and worked with local bands and blues legends, Tom moved to Vancouver gigging nightly in the downtown nightclub scene. This led to work as a studio musician, song writer, band leader, record producer and film composer.

Tom has won BCMIA awards for ‘Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year’, a Juno award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy award. He has over a dozen gold, and platinum records for Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, and many others.
2017 is the band’s 39th Anniversary. Their more than dozen CD titles and DVD continue to sell world-wide making Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues one of Canada’s longest-standing musical ambassadors.

1:00pm – Urban Myth

Urban Myth is a Steveston based cover and performing pop, disco, funk, county and rock covers from the 1970’s to today. They have been performing at clubs, casinos, concert halls, festivals and private events around Vancouver and Whistler since 2007. Urban Myth is fronted by former Warner recording artist and vocalist Jasmine Bharucha. Jasmine was the first female artist to have her video played on MTV Asia. Band members also include Larry Lemieux, Dan Dittrick, Tim Koutsandreas, and Blaine Booth. An Urban Myth performance is always upbeat, fun, and loaded with a familiar mix of popular songs.  

 

2:30pm – Line 49

Line49 is a guitar-driven, dance oriented, rock cover band playing new wave sounds of the 80’s, alternative sounds of the 90’s and cutting edge tuns of today’s modern rock. Line49 are professional musicians who bring a passion and energy to shows that turn events into an electric experience.

4:00pm – Thor

Thor’s earliest incarnation began in 1972, when 12 year old Richmond boy Jimmy Coletsis invited classmates Brad Kilburn and Martin Tanaka to join his band called, Whitefox. Having no idea how to play any instruments, but inspired by classic blues, Chuck Berry, radio tunes, and their older brothers’ record collections, the boys somehow managed to play guitar, bass, and drums respectively, and were soon rocking local school dances.

Next up for Thor is a return engagement to Steveston, for the Canada 150 celebration, 41 years after their first appearance at the Salmon Festival, with coming full circle, in the community that Johnny and Brad still call home, the band couldn’t be happier to return to their roots, on July 1st, 2017. The band has also added legendary drummer Tommy Stewart, from Trooper and Trama, to the line-up.

 

Emcee Doktor Strange

Doktor Strange holds a unique stage name after Marvel Comic’s Sorcerer Supereme. He enjoys the great pleasure of entertaining people of all ages at special events working with people from all walks of life. 

 
Evening DJ by Hot Wax Mobile Music

Hot Wax Dj & Photobooth has been in the business of getting people dancing since 1985. With a team of trained professional dj’s, let Hot Wax take your event to the next level where people will talk about it, weeks, months, even years later.

 

Children’s Festival Stage 

Angela Brown’s The Ta Daa Lady

Ta Daa is a gentle, fun-loving, Charlie Chaplin – like character who sings, dances, clowns and pantomimes her way through all sorts of crazy antics. Her songs are call & response, and is entertaining for the whole family with lots of interaction for everyone!

Matt Henry Trained Human

Matt Henry’s serious skills, cutting-edge effects, and innovative wit have awed and amused audiences around the world. He’s rocked the stages of Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, New York, Paris, and Las Vegas!

 

Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra

The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra was formed and registered as a non-profit Society in 1971 by five music loving Delta citizens. Over the last 40 years the orchestra continues to encourage young musicians to learn more about themselves through their music.

Richmond Martial Arts

 

Richmond Martial Arts & Fitness takes great pride in the success stories of their students. Their goal is to offer the finest martial arts instruction anywhere delivered in professional and comfortable facilities.